Christmas present came early this year, along with tax

This month alone we spent about MYR 2,000 just for customs duties only. What to do? It’s our duty to pay the duties. The hubby has some shipments (car stuff) coming from overseas and I have mine from Japan. I’m ultra delighted that my Kendo uniform and armor have arrived yesterday. Yaaahhh !

My goods from Tozando Japan has arrived

I’m very excited to receive my package from Japan

Indigo is the new black - my new Kendo Gi and Hakama

Indigo is the new black! My single-layered Indigo-dyed cotton Kendo Gi and #7,000 genuine Indigo-dyed cotton Kendo Hakama

#7000 genuine Indigo-dyed Hakama

#7,000 genuine Indigo-dyed cotton Kendo Hakama

I know there are other premium and more expensive uniforms available out there, but for the time being these equipments suit a beginner like me just fine.

my kote - gauntlet

The ‘kote’ / gauntlet with my chinese name embroidered on the sides. Yes, I know ‘kote’ means male’s private part in certain dialect in Penang but in this picture it means the wrist.

Yeah, I have a Chinese name; it was chosen for me by some sifu whom I found by a temple in Miri.

Indigo-dyed Hakama

the label behind my new Hakama

Elena Aradia admiring her new Indigo-dyed Hakama

I’m still learning how to properly fold the Hakama.

Hakama folded by a newb Kendoka

A brand new Hakama folded by a newb Kendoka

I managed to capture a video on how I clumsily tied and folded the string of the Hakama… I’m not sure if it’s 100% correct but I will continue to practice until I get it right. To me it’s not just a sport but a beautiful art. I was alone in the room so I steadied the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom between my knees, praying it won’t slip! My fat thighs could act as cushions, haha.

Tenugui - sakura usagi

Don’t let the small, cute package fool you. This traditionally-dyed Tenugui costs EUR 18.00 ! The theme is ‘Sakura Usagi’ and I like it very much. =)

traditionally dyed Tenugui sakura usagi

Lovely, traditionally-dyed Tenugui ‘sakura usagi’

my Tabi - left foot supporter

Since I always get blisters on my left foot, my man ordered a Tabi foot protector for my left foot.

my new shinai bag

shinai bag

Trying out the MEN I ordered from Kendo-Bogu.com

Trying out the ‘Men’

interesting mission

Very interesting company mission

Out of topic:- Who’s watching 47 Ronin in the cinemas tonight? I received an invitation to watch the movie this midnight, unfortunately I could not make it. I rarely (almost never) come out at night these days.

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