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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Car Trip and Yakitori!

Finally I got better after 3 days, and we decided to go for a car trip! :)))
The sky is forever blue and cloudless.
The street is forever clear of any kind of trashes, and you can never find a rubbish bin to throw the trash unless you see a Family Mart/7-11/Lawson.
That's a real pain because I'm still having runny nose and I'm creating lots of "wantans" with my tissues and no place to throw them!!! T____T 

Alright I should save you guys the gross parts. Hahahaha. I'm very unhygienic. LOL. Anyway, I did try to dispose of them as soon as possible when I see any convenience store!

I'm not sure about this, but I think Japanese usually bring a plastic bag with them so they can put the trash in the bag until they reach home or until they find a rubbish bin. I really can't get used to that because in Shanghai, I get to see a rubbish bin every 10 steps I walk, and I'm not exaggerating. LOL! Speaking of culture differences!!

I'm really amazed with the discipline of Japanese to keep the recycling system going so well. Though that also make me super nervous when I was there. I'm worried that I might break some rules unconsciously and appeared to be a barbarian in such a civilised country. It is a place that you're expected to be ridiculously well-behaved. It makes me super self-conscious. 

For example, when you're in the subway, you have to refrain from talking on mobile phones, and if you're standing in front of the priority seats (seats for pregnant women, disabled person etc.) you have to turn off your phone. And in other places in the subway, you have to switch your mobile to silent mode. (ps: I didn't bother to do that because nobody calls me there anyway lol, but it still make me pretty nervous)

Right, will talk more about the interesting culture differences I discover there! :)) For now let's continue with the car trip! :))

With kareshi! :) Thanks so much for bringing me around, cooking me amazing good food and showing me all the great places! Really really really appreciate it! :))) 

Some snacks to keep us company on the way :)

The rubbish car in Japan. Looking so cute and clean! You won't wrinkle up your nose when you're around it because there's no foul smell at all! The only bad thing about driving behind it is it moves too slow. LOL.

At first kareshi wanna bring me to a really good soba noodle place, but turns out we were out of luck that day. It was closed. So we tried to go to another ramen place, and it was closed too!!!

In the end we had no choice but to go to Gusto, the steakhouse nearby. It is similar to Pizzahut/KFC/Saizeriya. I was really confident with Japanese food's quality so I was pretty sure it would taste great even if it's just some fastfood branches.

Both happily prepare to dig in. Everything look fantastic at first.

But after we took our first bites, we were like dropping our forks immediately and yelled, "Mazuii sooo!!!" Which means "IT TASTES SO BAD!" Hahahahahaa! 

Alright, now please don't imitate us when you're in Japan, because that's very impolite hahahahahaha, but we really couldn't help it. Coz it was totally out of my expectation. For the both times I'm in Tokyo, I have never eaten anything that taste mediocre at all, everything is fantastic, even the streetfood or super small restaurants. They never disappoint me.

But, this one. Omg, I think it is the sauce. The sauce is too sweet so everything taste disgusting. Imagine a sweet steak. T_____T

Anyway we didn't waste the food and ate everything with distorted facial expression. LOL.

After the horrible lunch, we continued our trip to the lake! :) We stopped by Lawson to get some drinks. I realised all the workers/staff there are always so enthusiastic and smiling all the time. You can hear it in the tone they speak, always so cheery.

That's another thing that I find really bizarre and amazing. I mean like, you have to REALLY like your job to be that happy and smiley all the time. I'm very sure that I can't be having good moods everyday, and I'm sure they are too, but they really treat their job so seriously and professionally. Job always comes first before their own feelings or moods. That's how and why Japanese can provide amazing services. (my own opinion though)

That's something I really admire, and I know that is something REALLY hard to do. I definitely can't be smiling to a ridiculously bad-behaved customer when I'm moody or having a bad day. Anyway, I think the whole Japanese society is super well-behaved so it makes it easier to be smiley and professional at all times. I don't think I can do that in China. LOL. Again, just culture differences. :)))

It was really cold that day! I'm glad I brought my turtleneck knitted top, coz I still feel pretty bad breathing in cold air.

Japanese can even make shit looks cute. Hahahaha omg!

The lake! :)))) Really beautiful place!

I was busy taking pictures with my phone. Oh yeah, and my phone dropped onto the ground and cracked after that. :'( So sad. :(((( Luckily it doesn't affect the camera so I still can take pictures LOL LOL.

There isn't a lot of tall buildings in Japan, I think probably because of the frequent earthquakes, it's not wise to build tall buildings. So everything is like less than 3 storeys and cute in size. :)

And my eyes lit up when I saw this place. I knew it would be perfect for photoshoot lol!

the "wheat" is taller than me and the golden hue and sunlight just make everything looks so gorgeous! :)) So we did some photoshoot there hahahaa, totally had fun!! Good thing that both me and kareshi loves taking pictures, though I love to be taken more than him :DDDD. He's more behind-the-camera kinda person :)

This pic is my fav!!! :)))

Alright, this one too! Can't decide! LOL.

Gorgeous view! :)

The breath-taking view when we left the lake, taken from the highway!

We spent that evening at an Outlets mall nearby the lake and had a lot of fun shopping and trying out Chinese food in Japan. :) 
My conclusion is, Chinese food in Japan is way overpriced and the taste is almost the same/not as authentic. Well, I guess I have too high an expectation because I've been living in Shanghai for so many years now. LOL. 

The pictures below were from the next day! We spent the day looking for souvenirs around kichijoji and ended up having Yakitori for dinner! :)

Kareshi just had a nice haircut :)

We had a funny-face competition, as usual, I won.

He's always good at cooking, so I let him mixing out the perfect sauce for our yakitori :) hahaha!

Japanese dimsum. Taste exactly like hong kong dimsum except you have to eat it with the wasabi mustard. T____T I hate wasabi. :(

Yakitori place is a more noisy and reckless place compared to the other places I've been. People talk louder and smoke in the place. :) Although I hate smokers I actually enjoyed myself in there because I'm kinda tired of being too well-behaved all the time. LOL. So in the yakitori place it sort of have more freedom I guess, and it reminds me of Shanghai too, the happening and noisy Shanghai, with loud-outspoken people. Hahahah!

Sipping the beer just to pose for the picture lol. The rest of it ended up in kareshi's stomach, because I really dislike the taste of alcohol. :( I dislike all kinds of bitter things: coffee, alcohol etc. Alright, except bitter gourd, I'm a big fan of bitter gourd because it's good for health hahahahahaha!

Yakitori place gives me the view of the more noisy side of Japanese! It feels nice! :)))

Juicy juicy chicken and beef yakitori :)

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Blogging is still so fun! :))) Yeay! :) I guess I'm the kind of person who likes to share what I see and hear, so I feel happy to be able to write out everything! :) Hope you guys enjoy reading too! 

Till then, xoxo!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Horrible Internet Speed :(

I don't even want to apologise for being M.I.A for so long because I don't even feel guilty anymore omg. Hahahaha. 

Time flies and so many things/events/incidents happen I don't have time or energy to blog about all of them. School is the priority. So now finally when I finally get to have winter holidays and back in my favourite hometown in Malaysia, I guess I deserve some time to sit down and get back into blogging business, even if it's only for a month. LOL.

My hometown was flooded last month, I'm glad that everyone's fine. There's nothing much else to be worried about since my grand piano is long dead (thanks to the flood last year) and other things are "movable" to higher ground lol.

The only annoying thing, the "side effect" of the flood, will be the terrible internet speed I'm now experiencing. 

And it's not just the internet speed, it's like the whole system gone haywired! I can't even get onto facebook or blogger sometimes! Something like this will pop up:

What do you mean "real" facebook? O.O 
I thought I'm already free of the stupid "facebook-banning" thing, and now this. Confusing hmm. :( So I will just have to keep trying my luck and refreshing the window until I get lucky.

So yeah, now I got lucky with Blogger and immediately started blogging just in case it gone crazy again. LOL.

I went to Tokyo the second time on 17th January! :) And I'm still very amazed with everything there yet. I have so many thoughts I want to share and interesting stuff as well! :) So read on! :)

In a shopping mall in Kichijoji.

Even the veges on sale are cut and displayed beautifully for you to try out the taste. Note the dressing bottle and the introduction sheet! Crazy lol. I tried all of them out, uncooked, and the taste is so amazing I puked rainbow. O.O So fresh and the carrot actually tasted naturally sweet!

Got these adorable presents from Miki! She went to Vietnam for holidays so I didn't get to meet her this time! :( She actually mailed all these presents to me!! Thanks Miki!!!!

Taiyaki. Fish with red bean paste in their tummy. Best served while hot. :))))

I think this one is 2nd or 3rd floor of a shopping mall. When the elevator door opened, I was like "Woooooowww". Didn't expect to see a whole garden on 2nd or 3rd floor! Had a great time eating Taiyaki there and enjoying the sun! :)

The sky in Tokyo is always blue, without any trace of cloud.

I was sicked for the first 3 days, so didn't really have the energy to go around and check things out. Really sad about it because it's such a waste of precious time! T___T It's not like I get to come here often. :(((

Anyway I got amazinggggg home-cooked food by kareshi so it's okay. :))))

Japanese eggs is my fav!!! The very healthy soup. :) Perfect for winter.

5-star sausage tomato pasta. :))))

And the salad is the vege we got from the very fancy shopping mall I showed you guys above. :) The one with introduction sheets and all. Just cut it up into pieces and served with dressing, that's it! No need to cook it or whatever! 

So crunchy and juicy!!! T____T I want to eat it everyday!!!

Was amazed with the coffee bag there. LOL. This is for Drip Coffee. So convenient!

The amazing kareshi self-made dessert. O.O When can I cook like this????
Cream also self-made omg. He can totally become a chef already. 

As for the apple, he heated butter and sugar on a pan and put the sliced apple in for a few minutes, then it became sugar-coated apple, perfect to go with the cake!! 

All these make me want to be better in cooking. Hmm. Foods for thoughts, literally. Hahahaha.

Alright, now, this is not cooked by kareshi. Hahahaa. We went to a restaurant, and this is THE BEST CURRY I've ever eaten. 


Discovered some interesting restaurants in buses/vans!! :))) So adorable! And the food looks amazing too!

Oh no, I forgot the name of this place. :( I sucks with remembering names, especially one in a language I'm not good at. LOL.

Anyway just look at the pictures. Hahahaha. It has a gorgeously lit stairway in the middle! :)

I'm still pretty sick so couldn't really walk around much. That wraps up a day! :) Will update more soon! :))