Posted in Tokyo, Feelings, Daily Life, Japanese Culture

Snow in Tokyo

According to the weather forecast, it forecasted starting snow around 3 pm today.

When I looked out around 3 pm, it was still raining.

I was budgeting for a project so I wanted to finish it before I go.

Everybody left at 5 pm sharp.

I looked out at 5:30 pm…then I lost a word…

I don’t mind snow, but it’s uncomfortable walking on the icy road with office attire.

It takes time to reach home.

We need to walk carefully (again, the road is slippery: icy snow on the asphalt) and public transportation delays.

I use subway, underground, for commuting so theoretically, I should not get affected by snow.

But, I was stacked in a subway on the way back because public transportation in Tokyo is vulnerable to snow.

There are many train operators in the Greater Tokyo Area.

To enhance the usage of line, suburb lines are connected to the Tokyo Metropolitan Subway.

Line is getting longer and longer.

At the end of my subway line, it connects to another line on the ground.

Subway operates behind schedule: it increases people waiting on the platform by taking space for passengers to get off from a train.

Train operators (not only one operator, but many) stop subways to control crowd on the platform.

All subways park at the nearest station till crowd get controlled, making subway to operate behind the schedule…

I plan to leave home early tomorrow morning, anticipating delay of subway and the icy road condition to walk carefully and slowly.

I’m thankful.

I’m at home and in the warm bed.

Oyasuminasai (Good Night)

Posted in Exercise, Family, Feelings, Food, Japanese Culture, Restaurants, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Furniture Hunting with Mom

My parents plan to move to a new condo.

Mom is looking for new furniture and so as I.

We plan to go for furniture hunting today; that’s why Mom spent night at my place last night.

I excused myself to go to gym and quickly got ready to go out.

Of course, before we go for a good exercise, we went to get a nice brunch at my favorite Italian Restaurant: Il Ritrovo, Roppongi Hills.

This restaurant is famous for pizza.

The chef won the pizza contest in Italy.

Food is delicious; price is reasonable; staffs are nice.

I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an Italian.

We took enough fuel, then went to IDC Otsuka (International Design Center Otsuka) Ariake Show Room, Ariake, Tokyo.

Otsuka Kagu Ltd. is the first furniture retailer implementing direct import of furniture from overseas.

Yes, this company had an issue with furniture industrial people by breaking the Japanese tradition of multi-layered distribution system in Japan.

This is my favorite furniture store because I can find about 50,000 items in 75,000 sqm.

I can compare many styles, concepts and brands at once.

Yes, it is a good exercise because I walk back and forth to compare furniture.

Yes, this shop ables to see the actual products.

Mom found a dining table and chair set and lace.

I’m considering a bed and light.

We plan to visit few more shops.

I love furniture hunting!

Posted in Beauty, Cooking, Daily Life, Exercise, Family, Feelings, Food, Travel

Healthy Saturday

I woke up and went to gym for cycling.

Recently, I added a new routine: taking a bath after morning exercise.

It’s refreshing.

Then cooked a healthy brunch.

After brunch, I went to hair salon.

I had good time chatting with my favorite beautician: she is funny, sweet and good (skillful).

After finishing my hair, time to go for body therapy.

I asked for an advice how to further improve my health.

He encourages me to continue going to gym for cycling (warming up).

I don’t need to work out hard because objectives are enhancing blood circulation and increasing metabolism.

Instead of increasing volume of exercise, he advises me to control my appetite.

Yes, I love to eat and drink…this is my weakness.

It’s dinner time; I cooked simple dinner.

Then Mom who was in town today arrived my apartment.

We had Gluhwein (I made it with Gluhwein bouquet (spice bouquet)) together with a Gluhwein cup that I bought in Germany when we visited Christmas Markets in 2006.

Cheers!

Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Restaurants, Tokyo

Family Dinner @ Aux Six Arbres, Roppongi

I’ve been looking for a French restaurant that my Dad wants to dine.

I had difficulty to locate it because he gave me the wrong area to look for…tonight, we locate it and went to Aux Six Arbres.

I’ve dined here before so I knew this restaurant, but I didn’t think this is the restaurant that he was looking for because he gave me the wrong area.

He dined here 20 years ago.

He followed his superior at that time so he couldn’t remember the location.

Well, it’s sweet of Dad that he thought of taking us (Mom and I) here.

All of us enjoyed nice French.

Desserts, we could select from these.

These all look nice, how could I resist them?

Therefore, I asked for a small piece for all together with a cup of Espresso!

There are more…we all brought them back.

Restaurant is cozy and food is nice so we smiled through out the dinner.

I think this restaurant becomes our family restaurant tonight♪

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food

Cooking Rice in a Pot

I cook rice and brown rice in a pot.

Cooking rice in a pot is very easy.

This time, I cook brown rice.

I wash two cups of brown rice and add 120% of rice of water.

First, cook with strong fire to bring it up to boiling, then lower the fire to the lowest to cook till all water is absorbed.

Add 120% of rice of water again; then cook brown rice the same way again.

Cook with strong fire till boiling; then lower the fire to the lowest to cook till all water is absorbed.

Turn on the fire to maximum for 10 seconds; then turn off the fire to steam it for 10 mins.

I cannot eat all at once so I quickly pack them individually to make a ready-to-eat instant rice pack.

You need to pack immediately after finishing steaming it for 10 mins.

If you leave it long, rice won’t be moist enough when you heat it up by microwave.

Now these are ready to be frozen.

I can easily heat it up by microwave to enjoy steaming brown rice anytime.

Posted in Feelings, Friends, Health, Japan Technology

Cleverin

I suffered from a bad flue at Year End.

It took me two weeks to fully recover from it.

My friend introduced and recommended this Cleverin which is manufactured by Taiko Pharmaceutical.

Chlorine dioxide is supposed to free air from bacterias and work as a deodorizer.

It sounds good to me to try it.

I opened a box, put powder in a bottle and screwed the cap.

This small bottle is good for 10 sqm room for a month.

Let’s try it!