Japan: Osaka & Universal Studio

Hey you all, finally i have time to arrange my photos in Japan and blog about it. Well overall its quite a pleasant trip for me except that some old uncles & aunties (i follow tour) who has been making too much noises and complains~ lol

First we arrive in Osaka's Kansai airport. It was quite late when we reach our hotel, around 7:45pm, and all the shops at there closed at 8pm, so the first day we just have a good rest at our hotel before we depart at early morning the next day. First stop we went to Osaka Castle Park to have a good look at the beautiful Sakura... see the pics below, splendid isn't it? :)
Look at the whole place, its full of white sakura
Our tour guide told us we are the lucky team as we arrive at the right week. My friends went there 2 weeks before me, and the sakura is not fully bloom yet; while the week before my trip, there's some windstorm in Japan, which might make the trip an unpleasant one. And while we reach this week, everything is perfect as all the Sakura bloom at the same time :)
A museum in Osaka Castle Park
The time capsule build by Japanese in the Osaka Castle Park
This is for their future archaeological study
There are full of Jap culture things inside

Next, we went to my favorite - Universal Studio... I was so so so excited :) see? how grand the place is~ i feel like a small kid back to my old time cartoon world again...
The Universal globe
Shrek & his princess
So colorful

We went to take a roller coaster ride in Jurassic Park. The ride is definitely like how the first movie is~ As the ride go along, we were screaming and laughing of excitement. Final dino attack make us fall in the pool of water and we are all wet, lol~ its fun :)
Then we went to have a look at the Backdraft. This is an old Hollywood movie which talks about firefighting. This studio let us have the experience of the movie making and the explosion effect. At first it was quite boring as the worker at there explain everything in Japanese, but the effect is really impressive~
Took lunch in this The Dragon's Pearl, one set cost us 1200yen which equals to RM45 for this.

Waterworld, a show which my tour guide say we should never missed. The whole place can took more than 400 people in once, the whole show is so exciting and of course, fire & explosion is not to be miss~

My kid time's scary JAWS is here, arrggghhhh~ i scream through the whole boat ride (lol, just kidding)...

The snoopy's & hello kitty's world
Final place before we left Universal Studio, we went to take a Spiderman ride.

After Universal studio, we went to Doutonbori Street to have our dinner and walk around for shopping...
View of the whole street
Fashion in Japan

Sakura Sakura :)

Watashiwa going to Nipon Desu :P

When you read this post
I think i'm on my way flying to Japan now
So excited
Dream come true :)


The 4th Year ?!?

I never realize this is the 4th year of me blogging
But will there be the 5th?
I hope so :)

ANTM Series 5: Big & Juicy Toccara Jones

 Toccara Jones
13th March 1981

7th place in Cycle 3
America Next Top Model

The most juicer girl that ever participate in ANTM
She was the 3rd full figure girl who get in the finalist
(there was 1 in each previous cycle)
Too bad, she was crushed and lost her bubblelicious personality
But she was doing well after the show


 Jones attended Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, where she majored in theatre and dance. Jones was honored by the Middletown, Ohio NAACP at the Freedom Fund Gala. She received a key to the city

She was the eighth contestant eliminated on the third cycle of America's Next Top Model, where she won "Covergirl of the Week" five times. She was voted as one of the most memorable contestants by AOL Entertainment.

Since ANTM, Jones signed with Wilhelmina Models as a plus-size model. She has been on the covers of Be, The Next Level Magazine (November 2005), Black Men magazine, Black Hair magazine, Braids magazine, and King magazine (February/March 2006, March/April 2006, and April 2008), Plus Model Magazine (October 2011). She appeared in the December 2008 issue of Ebony magazine.

Jones has modeled for Ashley Stewart, Avon, Torrid, New York and Company, Target, Essence magazine, Vibe magazine and Smooth magazine. Her runway shows include Hot 97's Third Annual Full Frontal Hip hop Fashion Show, Luxe & Romance Fall 2005, BET Presents: Rip The Runway 2, Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America's Next Top Models 2005 and Alice & Olivia Fall 2006. Jones was also selected to be part of the 2007 Rocawear "I Will Not Lose" campaign representing the Rocawear plus-size line for full-figured females.

Jones continues to model by participating in BET's Rip the Runway. At the 2009 Rip the Runway, which was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Jones featured several items by designers including Project Runway's Korto Momolu and Portege.

She was photographed by Steven Meisel for the July, all black issue of Vogue Italia and had a 14 page spread in the magazine. The "Black Issue" featured significant past and current black models in response to the "black out" of black models preventing them from getting hired for print and runway jobs.

She was featured in Cycle 11 as CoverGirl's Top Model in Action.

As of May 2010, she has landed her first major UK modelling job with High Street store Evans, modelling their Summer collection.

 She has co-hosted an episode of 106 & Park. She was a correspondent for The Black Carpet and a co-host on the game show Take the Cake, both for the BET network.

She occasionally appears on The Tyra Banks Show. In one talent episode, she served as a judge. She also hosted America's Next Thick and Sexy Model on the show. She recently was one of the former Top Model girls who appeared in post show interviews in America's Next Top Model: Exposed.

In 2006, Jones appeared in another reality show for VH1, Celebrity Paranormal Project.

In 2008, Jones was a competitor with Asraf Isa on the second season of the VH1 series Celebrity Fit Club. During the show, she lost 32 lb (15 kg) to get down to 173 lb (78 kg). Toccara wanted to weigh 180 lb (82 kg) because it was "good for her career." Toccara gained 14 lb (6.4 kg) back and appeared on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, which pitted celebrities from past seasons up against new celebrities. She ended the show weighing in at 166 pounds, surpassing her weight-loss goal by 7 pounds. However Asraf Isa had gained weight at the end of the competition. She has released her own work-out DVD called Toccara's Fabulous Work-Out for Real Size Women. The work-out DVD is a program for the everyday woman who wants to exercise but have a good time doing it. The program consists of 30 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of sculpting techniques for the arms, legs, and abs. In 2011, Jones is scheduled to star in Season 2 of The Ultimate Merger.

She made a cameo appearance in Trina's music video for the song "I Got a Thang for You". She participated in a 2009 national tour of The Vagina Monologues with an all-black cast.

    * "Will I Ever" extra in Lyfe Jennings' music video (2009)
    * "I Got a Thang for You" extra in Trina's music video (2008)
    * Celebrity Fit Club TV Series .... Herself (season 6, 2008)
    * 1st Annual Fiercee Awards (The Tyra Banks Show) .... Herself (2008)
    * Take the Cake .... Host (2007)
    * Celebrity Paranormal Project (1 episode, 2006)
    * E! True Hollywood Story .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    * The Tyra Banks Show .... Herself (6 episodes, 2005–2006)
    * Girlfriends .... Waitress (1 episode, 2005)
    * All of Us .... Marsha (1 episode, 2005)
    * America's Next Top Model .... Herself (Cycle 3, 2004 * Cycle 12, 2009 * Cycle 14, 2010)
    * Are We There Yet? ... (season 2, 2011)

 Toccara with Amanda Swafford (ANTM cycle 3's 3rd place)
in Samsung advertisement