There are just too many styles of ladies bags these days. And they are all called differently! What's a tote? What's a envelope clutch? What's a how-do-you-even-pronounce-that

Regardless, finding the right handbag is a matter of personal choice and is really not easy ok. Your bag represents you, your lifestyle, and your sense of style. Keep reading to see which best ladies bag style is just so you.

And for the guys, best to know your bags also ya, to avoid getting scolding from your special lady when she asks you to fetch her that bag. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.

Top-handle Satchel.  
(AKA the perfect daily bag if it comes with a shoulder strap.)
This is considered as the most ladylike among all bags. It is very versatile and a great choice for girls who don’t have the time to change their bag often. It seamlessly transitions from day to night or work week to weekend.

 (AKA I'm only going to use this at dinners.)
There will be times when you only need a few essentials to bring, and that is when a clutch is all you need.

Bucket Bag 
 (AKA I won't be able to find my things in here.)
If you have so many things to carry around then opt for this bag. It is most deceptively roomy if you have tons of stuff to tote around. This trendy bag is going to be around, at least for a while, so get one!

Cross-body Bag  
(AKA I only carry at most a phone, compact powder and a card holder with me.)
Keep your hands free and make sure your belongings are safe with this type of bag. Perfect if you are on the go, this style of handbag can go from day to night. 

 (AKA I don't like something banging against my hip or torso, so I opted for this.)
Backpacks are very popular right now. If you don’t want to be called as if you have been living under a rock then get one!
April 9th, 12PM - Arakawa, Tokyo.
Again, I had nothing planned for the day but I was feeling a little nature-ry and cultu-ry. So I Googled my next destination in bed. It was between Meiji or Yoyogi Park but I read somewhere that Yoyogi is where aged people go to for exercises in the morning. Meiji it is.

April 9th, 1PM - JR Station, Tokyo.
But first, settle my JR pass amirite? I was heading to Kyoto the next morning so I guess it was about time I get my JR pass. So I walked into the JR office, ready to spend another USD 239 on the new JR pass. But when I approached the attendant, the words that came out from my mouth sounded like, "Where's the nearest pay phone?"

What??? That was my gut feeling speaking, it was telling me to call the JR info line to check on the status of my reported lost and found (though I received no call from them yet).

Well what do you know...... "We have good news for you, Lim Shin Yee. Your JR pass was found in Nippori station!"


I ran out of coins halfway talking but I caught half the instructions (that will have to do). Never mind how it ended up in that station, I literally ran to board the train there.

April 9th, 1.30PM - Nippori Station (JR), Tokyo.
EXPECTATION: A tearful reunion with my JR pass. Slow-mo of me sobbing uncontrollably at the sight of the found pass, presented by a kind looking ojisan. I then bow my way out of the Lost and Found office reciting "Domo arigatou gozaimasu" over and over. Fade-out of smiling face of the ojisan, because he's like the hero of the story.

REALITY: It was a really really small hut and the attendant didn't speak much. I settled the papers, took my found pass and left quietly after saying "Arigatou".

 Nevertheless, I'm truly grateful for the found pass and to everyone that contributed to my reunion with it. May you be blessed!

April 9th, 2.30PM - Meiji Jingu (明治神宮), Shibuya, Tokyo.
To get to Meiji Jingu, simply alight at Harajuku station and follow the crowd. Or you know, make your preparations and research earlier, don't be like me. I had to follow a few different crowds to finally find my way to the right place.

I told you a little about torii's (shrine archway like the one above) in this episode, now let me tell you more. To pay respect, a visitor bows once at the torii when entering and bows again when leaving. This is just etiquette and is independent of religious beliefs.

But then again, there are many replica torii's for aesthetic purposes these days. The one above is an example, it's simply marking the entrance of the forest path area of the shrine, and not the shrine itself.

 I had a refreshing walk to the shrine. There were quite a number of visitors, but this place is so huge that you can still feel its serenity.

Meiji Jingu's forest was created in honour of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, for their souls to dwell in and with every tree sincerely planted by hand. This forest was carefully planned as an eternal forest that recreates itself. Now after about 90 years it cannot be distinguished from a natural forest, inhabited by many endangered plants and animals. 

 Came upon another torii similar to the first. Could this be the actual torii?

 Ok never mind this should be the legit torii.

Shrine grounds.

Again, no photography inside the halls (when there is a roof above your head) but from outside ok lor.

Another torii just because.

The Temizuya.

And here's where you can write your wishes on a piece of wood and hang them.

Barrels of sake wrapped in straw.

Barrels of wine. Something to do with friendship between France and Japan.

April 9th, 5PM - Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑), Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Now that I've had my dose of cultural, I wanted more of nature. So I made my way to Shinjuku since I heard (thanks Google) that the blooms in Shinjuku Gyoen are rather remarkable.

Well I got there too late, it was closed. So I walked around the area for a bit and made my way to Shibuya to experience the rush hour.

April 9th, 6PM - Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya, Tokyo.

Stood by the crossings for a while (took the video above too) and crossed it a few times just because I can. I didn't bother going to Starbucks to get a good photo/video because it was probably too crowded.

Took a photo of the public smoking area though. In Japan, if you want to smoke, you will most likely have to do it in one of those boxed up areas (and end up looking like caged up animals in the zoo).

I went to the subway too and saw the crazy scene where the attendant had to shove/stuff people into train coaches so that the doors can close. It's like this, quite crazy how they remain so calm and selamba with this. So interesting!

Well I wasn't going to be pushed into a train so I waited it out, went walking around instead. Later, I did that thing. That thing where you run and jump into a train last minute. Was at the subway wanting to go back to my hostel and the train was sounding the "about-to-close-doors" alert. I don't know why but I just started running and jumped into the train a second before the doors closed.

Just casually demonstrating my secret agent skills to Tokyo. 

Stopping here, it's been a wordy one. Next up, shinkansen ride to Kyoto!

whoosh whoosh.
Correct answer:
Report the loss to a JR Lost and Found counter.

JR Pass is non-reissuable. Once you lose the one and only hard copy of it, you will have to pay for a new one. Unless, someone turns in your lost pass at the Lost and Found counter.

The one I lost so happened to be a 1-week JR pass which costs USD 239. I realised the loss when I travelling to Mitaka earlier that morning, in a JR train itself. Fortunately, when I told the Mitaka train counter that I just lost my pass, they allowed me to pass without complications - but mentioned that I will have to pay for my consequent trips.

I didn't bother so much with the loss because I was more focused on enjoying the activities planned for the day - Ghibli Museum and Owl Cafe. So it was only after those that I started thinking about my next steps for the pass.

I made my report at the Tokyo JR station and answered several questions:

  • Where I lost it - Well, I had no idea but I told them when I realised that I lost it (like which train I was on and the direction I was going). 
  • Current residence and contact - I had to give my hostel's address and phone number because my mobile was just working on wifi connection. This is rather worrying because if the JR guys do call, there's no guarantee that the message will reach me.

The kind uncles at the counter made several calls to other JR stations to see if any JR passes were turned in earlier, but to no avail.

Alright, now what? I definitely need another 1-week pass because I will be staying in Japan for another week or so, but more importantly, because I will be travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto in a day (counting from the day I lost the pass), and also from Kyoto to Osaka after that.

Pay another USD 239 for a new JR pass? That's going to tighten the budget I had for the trip - a lot, but I had that amount allocated. 

Something told me to sleep on it first since I have a day to decide anyway. Onto my next adventure!

April 8th, 7PM - Shinjuku, Tokyo.

I had nothing planned for Shinjuku, I just wanted to see it. So I got off at Shinjuku station and walked around for a bit, using only my Google Maps to navigate. 

If you asked me, "What's the one thing to do in Shinjuku?" I'd say, get yourself a pair of Nikes from Sports Lab by atmos, I guess? That's where I went anyway but I bought a pouch instead of sneakers.

Also, I did ramen in Shinjuku - nothing much to shout about.

April 8th, 9PM - Shibuya, Tokyo.
Shibuya is right next to Shinjuku, so it makes sense to visit them both at a go.

This is the famous Shibuya crossing. I was there rather late, so the human traffic is not as bad as compared to rush hour's.

Here's a video (click here if preview below doesn't work):

Sorry ah quite lame because not rush hour. #shibuyacrossing

A video posted by Shinyee Lim (@shinyeee) on

I've crossed those roads several times too. Though it looks crowded and messy, there's actually nothing much to worry about. It's an organised mess. 

Took this picture from the famous Starbucks located on the first floor, which is where everyone else takes their "Shibuya crossing/scramble" photo. 

Wasn't easy trying to get this nice spot so I sat there for a bit, watching the scramble a few times, and listening to an expat hitting on another expat. 

I headed back to my hostel after that, it's been a long day.


MYTH: The green tea latte in Japan's Starbucks is better than Starbucks elsewhere.

BUSTED. They all taste the same.

(photo of Shibuya crossing - captured by me.)