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Monday, 24 October 2016

60 Servings of Fluffy Pancake Goodness a Day

Some pancakes are dry; some pancakes are bland; some pancakes taste better once you smother them with butter and maple syrup; and then there's Cafe Gram's premium pancake

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Halloween Madness in Tokyo

Tokyo is known to be one of the fashion capitals of the world. For the past year and a half or so of living here, I have observed how conscious Tokyo-ites are about the little details in their everyday look. They match their outfits to their umbrellas, take time to style their hair in braids or curls, and really stick to the fashion for the season (for example, once it's autumn in the calendar, expect them to be in sweaters and jackets even if it's still warm). If you go to the Disney parks, you would see groups of matching outfits, often times Disney-themed.

Given all this, I did not expect Halloween to be so intense when I first experienced it last year. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

DMM.PLANETS: A Feast for the Senses

A creative group called teamLab has an amazing art exhibit open this summer 2016 in Odaiba, Tokyo. It's called "DMM.PLANETS" and it is AMAZING. If you'll be in Tokyo this month, this is something worth looking into.

Japan generally takes pride in its technology and this is one creative output. There are lights, sounds effects, and scents. There are also moments when everything turns black and then you feel different kinds of texture underneath your feet (nothing gross, I promise). 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Turista Series: Proper Japanese Etiquette

The Japanese (more often than not) adhere to the norms of society. I think most people would agree that they are very polite and organized people. That being said, it is very easy for foreigners to stand out when they're visiting the land of the rising sun. So before your trip to Japan, it's best to equip yourself with some basic Japanese etiquette!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Turista Series: Getting Lost in Japan

It is fairly easy to get lost in Japan. The train system, although very efficient, is also very complicated with a lot of transfers and exits. Shinjuku Station in Tokyo alone has about 200 exits (yes, TWO HUNDRED. It is the world's busiest train station after all); some trains even switch lines or skip stations, so if you're unaware, you could miss your stop easily (mind you, it's happened to me plenty of times). Then, of course, there's the language barrier. Planning where you're going and how to get there can easily save you a lot of time and money.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Turista Series: Transportation Tips in Japan

Japan is presently opening up to the world and is attracting more and more tourists, especially since it will be hosting the 2020 Olympics. Living here for a year, I can say that it's a good destination to explore as the culture is so rich and yet you'd be fascinated by Japan's advancements in technology at the same time. Not to mention, the food is awesome and it's a shopping haven. One thing you have to expect though-- transportation can be quite pricey.

But! Have no fear. For the budgeting traveller--I have a few tips on how you can get around more (mostly in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka) for less. 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentine's Day in Tokyo

A friend once told me that Japan loves events. Of course, this month of February focused on Valentine's Day. Pocky suddenly came out with ridiculously sounding names that made me scratch my head for a while (with a few giggles here and there). Okaecy, Yorocky, Ganbacky, Sukky, Lovecky, Giricky, Tomocky, Papacky... 

I obviously had to ask what this was about. So, apparently, these are simple messages for whoever is going to receive them. For example, Ganbacky is "gambatte" (something like, "do your best!"), Yorocky is "yoroshiku onegaishimasu" (there's no direct translation for this phrase but it's something like "please be nice to me"), Tomocky is for "tomodachi" ("friend"), and Sukky is for "suki"(could be "like" or "love" although I'm not sure why there's also a Lovecky box). Oh, there's also a Thanky, but that one's pretty self-explanatory.

More interesting though is is how Valentine's Day is celebrated on this side of the world.