Friday, January 19, 2018

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I joined because I wanted to feel included, but never have I felt more excluded.

The irony.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Food, food, food...


So, the other great thing about having friends in town is that I get to go to all these restaurants/food places around Tokyo.

Yeah, it's true Tokyo has a lot of fantab food but I rarely eat at these fantab places. First of all, I'm worried about putting on weight. My work usually has me tied to a desk for hours. Sooo, I don't think it's healthy to be eating ramen and tonkatsu and onigiri all the time. Haha! Second, I'm trying to do this intermittent fasting thing that my Richie has been doing. I fail most of the time but still, I try. Haha!

Anyway, so thanks to visiting friends, I was able to enjoy loads of Japanese food including okonomiyaki, seafood at Tsukiji Market, ramen (of course!), Japanese curry, Dominique Ansel's cookie shot and cronut, omurice, and so on and so forth.

I've yet to try Barbacoa. Hopefully, the next time my best friend is in town, we will get a chance to eat at Barbacoa. Haha!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A memorable second day of 2018...


The second day of 2018 was just as memorable.

Today, I got up really early. So did Moi and I-van because we planned to go to the Imperial Palace for the New Year greeting.

I'm glad that both Moi and I-van were up for the event.

It's such a memorable event for me: First, this is one of those rare opportunities that you get to enter the Imperial Palace grounds; Second, this is the last time to see Princess Mako. After she marries her fiancé this year, she will lose her royal title; Third, this is the first and probably only time I will get to see Emperor Akihito before he abdicates next year.

We queued for more than 2 hours (thankfully the weather was cool). We only got to see the Imperial Family for less than 10 minutes.

It was a very memorable experience though...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu...


Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

Good first day of the year!

The day started with breakkie in Ebisu. From Ebisu, I walked to Shibuya where I met up with I-van and Moi. It's Moi's first visit to Japan. His timing was very good.

After taking the mandatory photos with Hachiko, we walked to Harajuku area. Thankfully, the crowd at Meiji Shrine was bearable soooo we actually got to do hatsumode, or the first shrine visit for the New Year. I guess it's one of the parallelisms between Catholicism and Shintoism - going to the church/shrine to pray for the New Year.

From there, we walked around Omotesando and Aoyama. However, most of the shops were closed since it was January 1.

We went to Kyu Shiba Rikyu so Moi can see a Japanese garden but it was also closed. Hehe! Instead, we headed to Tokyo Tower and passed by Zōjō-ji along the way.

Our final stop was Shibuya where we met up with Frances. We had dinner at a semi-izakaya place. I made the guys try various kinds of kushiyage which they liked. Yahoo!

Nice first day of 2018!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Memorial flowers...



Last night, I went to a friend's place for a dumpling party. His parents are in town from China and they made dumplings from scratch! So awesome!

On the way to my friend's place, I decided to get his mom some flowers just to say thank you. I passed by a neighborhood flower shop and chose a small bouquet from one of the several pieces on display.

I took the flowers to the Obaachan to pay. As I was getting money from my wallet, I said to her, "これわプレゼントです。" (This is a present.) because I'd like her to add a ribbon. She replied, "これわプレゼントができない。" ("This can't be a present.")

She said, "これわ memorial flowers です。" We both LOL'd! So I asked her which flowers can be presents and she showed me.

Good thing I asked! LOL!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hey, December....


It's December! Sheesh, the year is almost over.

Tonight, I decided to get out of my comfort zone. I went to Nich on my own. I was just itching to do some clubbing and with my favorite clubbing buddies living 5,000 kilometers away, I had to be brave and go out on my own. Lol!

It was fun! Of course, it would have been waaaay more fun had my favorite people been here.

Also, tonight, I just got fed up with a few things so I decided to do some drastic measures. This year has been such a learning experience for me. With a brand new year just a few weeks away, what better time to close one chapter and start a fresh one anew, right?

So, I guess tonight was the first step to write a somewhat new chapter. Haha!

Let's do this!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Some Hakone pics...






The pictures don't do the real thing a justice. Hehe!

Hakone ga suki! =)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hakone getaway...

I had another out of town trip recently. Yay.

Two friend from Singapore were in town and they were kind enough to let me tag along with them to Hakone. Hehe!

It was my first time to Hakone.

After the Nikko traffic jam experience, I braced myself for a similar situation in Hakone. But... surprise, surprise, the trip was generally smooth.

We stayed there overnight and it wasn't enough.

Here's our itinerary:

Thu:

0700 - Left Shinjuku via Odakyu Romancecar

0840 - Arrived in Hakone and took the Tozan Line to Gora Station for the Hakone Tozan Cable Car.

From Gora Station, we took the cable car to Souzan but we were told the Hakone Ropeway service was suspended due to volcanic gases. We didn't let this ruin the trip.

We took a bus that took us to Togendai-ko, where Lake Ashi and the mountainside with fall colors greeted us.

At Togendai-ko, we had lovely lunch by the lake. We planned to do the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise but we saw that the Hakone Ropeway was back in service. Sooo...

We took the Ropeway to Owakudani. We got off at Owakudani and took some pictures, then we took the Ropeway back to Togendai-ko.

It was such a beautiful ride as we got to see the fall colors from the cable car/gondola.

At Togendai-ko, we took the boat and we got off at Hakonemachi-ko.

Our accomms were a stone's throw away from Hakonemachi-ko Pier. It was defo a blessing.

After checking in, we walked around and then took the bus to Tenzan Tohji-kyo. It was my first authentic onsen experience and I loved it.

Fri:

Following breakkie, we took the bus to Mishima Skywalk. We spent about an hour or so at Mishima Skywalk.

Then, we had lunch at Hakonemachi-ko before taking the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship back to Togendai-ko.

At Togendai-ko, we took the bus back to Hakone Yumoto Station.

1619 - Left Hakone Yumoto via Odakyu Romance Car

1800 - Arrived in Shinjuku

There were so many other things that we weren't able to do... Need to go back to Hakone one of these days.

TIP: Get the Hakone Free Pass!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stormy birthday weekend...



Sunday was a stormy day.

Typhoon Lan(?) hit Japan. Actually, it wasn't that bad in Tokyo. Yeah, there was a heavy downpour but it was not something I'm not familiar with having grown up in a country visited by at least 20 typhoons a year. Hehe!

Anyway, initially I made reservations at Barbacoa. I've been meaning to eat the restau for the longest time. I ended up canceling my reservation because of the weather. This is the second time I've canceled. Lol. I hope I don't get blacklisted.

For a few minutes, I debated whether I should step out of the house or if I should just stay put. I decided to head out and feel some sort of celebration.

Who cares about the typhoon? Lol.

Sooo... I took the train and headed to one of the hotels near Ginza for a nice breakkie. I've been craving for pancakes. I would've gone to bills Omotesando but again, the weather.

It was a good breakkie. I just didn't like that I had to wait for 20 minutes for pancakes. Seriously?! For the price I paid? Maybe they forgot. Anyway, I enjoyed my meal and headed to Ginza.

The highlight of the day was doing some shopping. Hehe!

Finally found a new pair of work pants, a new backpack to replace my ages old backpack, and a new scarf. Hehe! Love you CDG.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekend!

I decided not to work this weekend! Yay!

I have a busy Friday work night but I'm excited to get home and not have to rush myself to go to sleep. Lol.

Hmm, maybe I'll binge-watch Designated Survivor tonight.

It's kinda annoying though that the weather this weekend is ugh. Everyone's been saying a typhoon will hit Japan this weekend... so there goes the weekend.

Tomorrow, I am planning to check out the Tadao Ando exhibit at the National Art Center in Roppongi. It should be good. I'm just wondering if I should go because of the weather.

In the evening, I'm going to a nomikai aka drinkin party with some peeps. I'm hoping it'll be good. Haha!