Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter times

The reason I wasn't very active the past week was because it was really.. just VERY cold. I know there's lots of people in Finland and Sweden laughing at me right now, but the place I live in does NOT freeze. Ever... it's a sub-tropical island! Yet somehow last week they recorded the lowest temperature in history.

On top of that... I caught a nasty cold ;_; and lost my voice for 3 days already.... not good as a teacher, but great for singing Amy Winehouse songs OwO;;;;

I wasn't prepared. Haha. Neither was every one else, houses here don't have heating and all I have is a small space heater and hot water bottles. However, Japanese heating pads (known as Nuanbaobao here) have become very popular here, so those were my salvation! Especially with the evil humidity getting the cold inside everything!


Look at these cute Rilakkuma ones I got. They come in all shapes and sizes, I got some for in my shoes as well ~ basically you stick them outside/inside your clothing (but leave a layer of clothing between it and your skin!) ~ and they heat up by themselves due to a chemical reaction with oxygen. ~ they stay warm for up to 12 hours! I have to send some to my friends back in Europe for sure! ~

I'm sure you've noticed the background in the above picture~~

It's my piano~ :D Ahaha~ I ordered a high-quality electronic piano (weighted keys and all) online since I don't want to buy a real piano for now but I do need to practise badly! I've been spending hours on it, and it also warms up your fingers very well~

It's made of wood and weighs a lot, I also had to assemble it by myself (so, so heavy!)~ but I'm very happy with it!

Hope every one's keeping warm x3~

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  1. Sounds terrible. Hope you are feeling better. :O
    Those Japanese heating pads are really nice. I remember we put them in our pockets in our school uniform *^^*
    Nice invention.
    Wow, I can't imagine houses without heating! Mind blown here! XD'

    Congratulations! You finally have a piano! :'D I'm so happy for you! It looks so pretty. *__*

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    1. Thank you~ :D Yeah they're amazing, I can't believe they're not popular in Europe with the cold weather there xO xO
      Yeah... it's not very nice to have such a house in my opinion xD; ~ but then again in Holland we don't have air conditioning usually, which would be impossible here.

      Thankss :D Yeah it looks very much like a real piano, doesn't it? D:

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  2. I can understand how the cold weather can seem horrible if you're not used to it, sorry to hear that you've caught a cold too >.< I really hope that you feel better soon! ♥ Those heating pads sound really handy, my brother actually has something similar but they're just plain one color and not as cute as those XD

    Oh a piano! I'm so happy that you finally have one, it looks really nice :3 Perhaps you could share some videos of you playing it in the future?

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    1. Yeah, it's the humidity which makes it bad though!
      Thanks very much :D ~ yeah they are really great but just single use, it seems a bit of waste actually ^^;;

      Thanks so much :D but I'm not very good at all, that would be way too embarassing! Hahaha :)

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  3. Ohh what a great way to practice piano *u*!!!
    I'm always ashamed to complain about being cold because here we never go past -5 celsius or so haha Dx..... well at least in my city because at the south it gets really cold and there's snow (which I don't have ever).
    I hope the weather gets better and you too!!! Take care of that cold very seriously so it goes away soon and doesn't get any worstT!!!

    I didn't know about those heating pads, and they look so cute!!! If I ever travel around Asia I'm going to get me a bunch XD

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    1. I thought so too~

      Ah you're lucky, that's not too bad :) places with like -30 or so got it bad! LOL
      Thanks so much, I'm just sleeping lots!

      I can send you some (if customs allows such chemicals?)

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    2. Yeah the weather here is not so bad :) wish there wasn't any cold though hahaha
      Quemicals are tricky here. If customs open a package with make up stuff they will make you pay a lot just so they can check their components and tell you if they can enter or not, so I imagine heating pads would be in a similar situation, so don't worry :D! I plan to travel someday so I can make blog posts like yours too :D XD

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    3. Yeah customs can be super evil =O =O they opened my packages before and removed snacks ToT sooo sad.

      I hope you get to travel, and if you plan to go to Taiwan or China we should definitely meet up~ :D :D

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  4. Oh I do feel for you Irene, I hate the cold! I hope you are feeling a little better today. Interesting "piano" you have there, I have never seen one you assemble yourself. We are lucky to have an upright piano (it's a pianola as well) I do love to hear the tinkle of the ivories.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. ~ah, me too :3 especially when it's quite unexpected! Thanks TT;

      You're lucky for sure, real pianos always sound nicer but the problem is that they require regular tuning as well! :D

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  5. Sound bad the weather, but I understand! It doesn't snow either where I live.
    And your piano looks great!!

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    1. Ahaha, it actually snowed a bit here (off-island) as well, and in Taiwan too. That's crazy since it hasn't snowed in like a 100 years! xD; I don't mind the cold I just wasn't prepared for it at all ~

      Thanks :D :D I hope I can practise more and get better ^^

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  6. I noticed the piano in the background. Congrats on its arrival. And am in awe that you assembled that thing! Looks complicated!

    Sorry to hear about your cold, that is never any fun. Hope you are feeling better and feel free to send some of that cold up my way. We're having a horrible heatwave up here, I'm outside the house away from the air-conditioning for five minutes and feel like I am melting into a puddle!

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    1. Thanks :D It wasn't that bad, the top part was already mostly assembled, but it weighed over 50kg so it was a bit hard to lift it up on the leg parts once I'd assembled those! :O

      I wish we could, the weather all over the world has been a little crazy I do believe, with the sudden coldness/snowstorms/heatwaves :3
      Hope you're okay!

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  7. Oh my god that piano!!! I'm so jelly! I want electronic piano so bad but unfortunately we don't have space for it right now... ;___;
    Sorry to hear about your cold! Remember to drink something warm and stay under the blankets! I hope you get better soon! <3

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    1. ~you can always make space? Ahaha. I had to minimize my life quite a bit to make space for it as well! (I sold my TV and wii and PS2 and donated a ton of my clothes to H&M among other things) ~~

      Thanks :D I will definitely stay warm ;o; I dislike being sick, especially on my days off T_T;;;

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  8. Awww, I hope you get well soon! Lol, whenever it gets cold, all I want to do is lay in bed all day. And congratulation on your piano, it's lovely!

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    1. Thanks! :D I agree, that's just what I want to do!

      Thank you~ I'm very happy with it!

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  9. Oh yes, I can understand how a sudden and unusual cold can feel devastating. I've lived in Thailand for 2 years and it once got really cold, like 12-15°C for a while during daytime. We in Finland would be out in shorts in that weather but the locals were freezing in winter coats. We'd be devastated too if it suddenly hit -40°C without a warning. -30°C already causes problems for the unprepared. It doesn't really matter what the temperature actually is, as long as it's not usual, it can cause problems. Similarly we get problems if we get an unusual heatwave because most houses here don't have cooling.

    I hope it passes soon though. In the mean time, wear a lot of layers or clothes and stay warm. :3

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    1. I totally agree on that~ my hometown had a few days of 30 degrees last summer and people were completely unprepared for such heat as well. Though where I live now it's regularly 35+ degrees! :O It's hard to deal with the changes when you get used to the climate, isn't it?

      It's already passed, it's 15 degrees now :D Thank you though!

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  10. For me the humidity would be worse than the cold. My sister lives at Belfast and that was a sock of sort that her house was colder than here and more humid. I hope you'll get warmer weather soon and get over your cold. I have cold as well and that's not nice! Those heating pads are adorable, I'd never heard from them before. ^^

    Great that you have your piano now, congratulations and many happy practices! :)

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    1. Yes, it's true! Humidity makes the temperature always feel more hot or cold than they actually are T_T;; ~
      I hope you'll feel fine soon too! I'm just dealing with an annoying cough at the moment ToT
      Yush~ so happy, I think music can heal us too!

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