Tokyo Review

Ryan and I decided that we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary overseas just like how we eloped for our wedding. Being that frequent flyer that I am, I had accumulated enough points to get us a free trip overseas. While perusing through the flyer talk forums I decided that Tokyo was a suitable option since the fares were favorable during the time we wanted to go. Also the last 2 times I went to New York and had Ippudo and Ryan missed out so it would only be fitting that he would go to Tokyo to get some real Ramen.

So here are a few things that I observed while we were in Japan:

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1) Clean very clean.

The Japanese are very clean people. We noticed that even in the fish markets, however exposed to the elements these places are, they still do a fair amount of cleaning all over. Now that doesn’t mean that all buildings are superficially perfect, but overall no litter on the ground, it doesn’t smell, and since people don’t eat in public there aren’t any public  trash bins.

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2) People are very very quiet and well dressed.

Didn’t see one person wearing pajamas of any sort. Pretty much while we were there women are very well dressed and are well kept, even the older ladies got dressed! Same with the men, pretty much unless you were dressed like Johnny Depp or David Beckham you wore a suit and tie. I think Ryan wearing a hoodie around town was probably the most casual I saw when we were out there. In fact, I was wearing my bright neon teal Nike’s and leggings, and that was pretty casual. Also, I noticed while I was wearing my Ray-Bans people were staring at me because people don’t wear sunglasses out there.

3) Food is fucking off the chain. No matter where you go there’s great food.

Sushi- thick cuts, go to The Tokyo Fish Market. It rocks and you’re not gonna find premium fish like this anywhere prepared by master sushi makers.

Ramen- There are hundreds if not thousands that will rock your socks off. All places are different, and they all are delicious. You even order it from a vending machine with pretty pictures. WARNING: have cash on you, they don’t take cards at these places.
Any other foods of different nationality will have a Japanese take on it, so be mindful of that, they cater more to what Japanese people are used to eating so we had pasta & pizza at one place that had corn and fish eggs. Weird. So stick with the Japanese food!

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4) The city is rich in culture, lots of temples lots of things to do, we couldn’t do it all.

We were at a crossroads of trying to do everything, see temples, eat good foods, and go see all the hotspots. It’s nearly impossible with our budget and with the time we had to see everything. So we stuck around the city and just saw as much as we could.

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5) Public transportation is very well organized and easy to use and you can go virtually anywhere in Japan.

What’s great about Tokyo, is that it’s relatively easy to follow their pubic transportation system. Also worth noting, was that we didn’t have to worry about pick pockets like we did in Rome or Paris. Even though people are in close proximity on the train, need not worry. Although alternatively, they have train cars that are ONLY for women, because it’s actually a chronic problem of men sexually assaulting women. Hence the women only cars.

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6) No pan handlers, no homelessness or signs of poverty, at least we never saw any.

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7) One thing that I noticed was their priority on not selling any kind of luxury goods that were replicas. Rolexes, and Breitling watches were sold second hand super cheap.

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We’ve been so busy planning our other trips that we didn’t pay much attention to what we were gonna do exactly. We had visions of trekking out of Tokyo out to Osaka, or even Hiroshima but it just didn’t seem viable for us to go especially if we were only going to go there for 3 days. Next trip we were thinking of doing a group trip and probably bounce around the whole country but since it was just us, we decided to do some pre-Tokyo scouting.

Now that this is done we were able to accumulate a good chunk of miles and gain status on our next flights. With Vancouver following this, it should give us enough miles to book our last ticket for my around the world trip! Stay tuned!

Stay Healthy,

-E

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My Week in Sales

Hey all! I’m writing this as I am waiting for my baggage to come out from our trip to Vancouver, B.C. We had a ball with our friends Jeremy, Stella, Michael, Bri and Andrew for the weekend. It was quite spur of the moment and the flights were relatively cheap going there so we thought why not?!

I just happened to be out all week, leaving for work in Atlanta on Sunday and making a few sales while I was out. Ryan and I have a really good set up going. If something sells while I’m not home, then I email the label to him and he ships it off for me. We have a shipping station and some cards pre-made and I have a basket of goodies/ give always that he throws in based on the price of the item, so it’s really a no brainier for him. 

This week I sold about $100 and I wasn’t too immersed in sharing since I’ve been working all week. I plan on listing more and being more active in the next two weeks before my big 30th at the end of this month. Also, I haven’t finished the next Healthy Girl of the month yet, it usually comes up first Friday of the month but I’ve been slacking the past few months on gearing up on content. Debt and travel goals will do that to you. But I will have more stuff for you guys in the next week since I will be staying put for awhile. More stuff to come, promise!

How has your week been? Let me know all your trials and tribulations! 
Stay healthy,
-E

My Week in Sales

So this week was the week of getting my jetlag back in control and getting all the items that I sold whilst on vaycay out to their respective new homes. This week I sold approximately $300 in sales this week (gross not net). So I need to go on vacation more often!

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Zōjō-ji Buddhist Temple aand Tokyo Tower in the background.

A few things that I’ve done more this week that kind of helped with my sales, was added more items into my closet. For some reason it’s really helped with me with moving inventory out and getting sold. I keep telling myself that, “if it’s not listed, no one will buy it” and it’s so true. Things that I’ve kept in my “inventory” for probably a good year but have not taken the time to list has just sat there and accumulated more and more debt. At this point, I have already paid the cost off on all my items so everything at this point that sells is pretty much profit. I know in business terms that’s not necessarily how it works, but it’s been really helpful in renewing my faith in Poshmark and this whole business that I am crazy enough to keep up with.

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Sold these Celine Cat Eye sunglasses this week!

I’ve noticed a lot of my friends on Poshmark are starting to move a lot of their designer goods to Tradesy. I mean I would too, but I think it has something to do with the address that I moved to that caused my account to close. For some reason as soon as my address changed on Tradesy I’ve had nothing but trouble, so I think the previous renters ruined my accounts for me. I have no idea. I think when it comes to selling your luxury designer goods, Tradesy has been known to give sellers the best deal on their goods, and they tend to sell much faster. I’ve sold a few items pretty quick through there up until my account closure. As for the here and now, I sold my Celine Cat eye sunglasses that I listed less than a month ago on Poshmark so it all depends on who is looking for it. I’ve also listed pretty much all my bags, and given my closet a new makeover. Goodbye chevrons! I’ve moved on to a more mature look and it’s been paying off so far.

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Took new pics of my bags and listed on Poshmark.

Before I go, I wanted to talk a bit more about Japan. I have a post talking about my review of Tokyo but I felt that this piece of info was more worthy of sharing again. For those of you who are thinking about going to Japan and plan on doing some shopping, Japan is very well known to have amazing second hand goods. LIKE BALLER STATUS. There’s a department store that is called Komehyo that is pretty much like a luxury high end Poshmark. They don’t sell shit hand me downs here ladies! Everything is in excellent condition and all used but all luxury brands, in pretty much everything. Jewelry, Watches, Shoes, Clothing, and most importantly, handbags. Dior? Gucci? Celine? YSL? CHANEL? Yes they have it all! All authentic, and perfect for the taking.

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Komehyo Department Store in Tokyo selling luxury designer bags. These are just on third of the CHANEL they have on display.

How do I know they are authentic? Because it’s a standard that any luxury goods that are being sold secondhand in Japan MUST be authentic. The Japanese are very strict on this because they want it to reflect the integrity of goods coming from there. I found vintage CHANEL for $300. Not lying 100% true. Do I have your attention now?! Yeah, pretty freakin’ crazy. Saw another CHANEL large le boy bag for $1700. So with that said, who’s up for a girls trip? LOL

Have you been to Japan? What deals did you find? How has your week been?

Stay Healthy,

 

-E