Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Japanese Food

Cooking @ Home

I love to dine out with friends; but I cannot dine at a restaurant alone.

When I’m lazy to cook, I buy take out dinner.

Well, it’s not healthy and some are not welcomed such as rice or other carbohydrates.

Nowadays I cook at home.

Unfortunately, most of time, dishes that I cook are not photogenic enough to be posted and these are not my own recipe; I search from internet, mostly from COOKPAD.

I cooked Oyakodon (Family Rice Bowl: Chicken, Egg and Rice) tonight.

I made a minor modification by using chicken tenderloin and with brown rice.

I try to make it healthier.

2.8 million recipes are introduced at COOKPAD.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Work

Nail for Meeting

I have meetings to attend this week.

At the meeting, we usually exchange business cards and I want my nails to look sweet.

I use these stickers on old rose pink.

And of course, I use these base coat and top coat as well.

Posted in Exercise, Feelings, Food, Health, Japan Technology, Japanese Food, Shopping

My New Customs

About a month ago, I consulted how to lose weight with my physical therapist.

He advised me to cycle for 20 minutes 2 – 3 times in a week.

Before exercising or starting a day/waking up, I was advised to take amino acid to recover from muscle fatigue quickly or prevent from any muscle fatigue.

I searched for the product and started taking Ajinomoto’s Amino Vital Pro which contains 3600 mg of amino acid.

I regularly take one sachet in the morning and before exercise; sometimes even in the evening because I can take as many as three sachets in a day.

It is recommended to take amino acid because our body cannot produce it; we need to obtain it from food.

After exercise, I was advised to take a lot of protein.

The quickest way to obtain protein is by drinking a protein drink.

Again, I searched for it; then start taking Meiji’s SAVAS Whey Protein 100.

This is my first protein to try and image of protein wasn’t good then.

I picked Meiji brand because Meiji is a major confectionery manufacturer in Japan and good in making chocolates.

This SAVAS Whey Protein 100 is a chocolate flavor.

When I start going to gym regularly for 20 mins bicycle ride, I became very hungry, and I mean, VERY hungry.

I was scared about my huge appetite which I couldn’t control at that time.

Well, I found out about a week later that I need to make a protein drink with three scopes of protein powder.

Since a scope is big, I thought it requires only one scope to make a protein drink.

Actually, I was making a watery protein drink then.

Now I don’t mind to replace my breakfast with a protein drink and I am fine with it.

Today, I finished my first pack of protein.

There are some days that I had a difficulty to control the appetite, but now I’m doing better.

I bought a new package: Meiji’s SAVAS Soy Protein with a yogurt flavor.

According to the package, it states “Weight Down” and “for Losing Weight”.

It also contains Garcinia, a popular weight-loss supplement.

It supposed to help me controlling my appetite and prevent from making fat – sound absolutely great!

I hope I would experience these effects.

Posted in Beauty, Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Nature, Tokyo

Hi, Mr. Snow Man!

I left my room earlier this morning, anticipating delay of train and icy road that might require small steps to walk carefully.

Surprisingly, there aren’t many people on the train; I expected a train to be packed with people rushing to the office.

My office is located at the edge of Ginza, busy commercial area; therefore, people are busy clearing sidewalks.

I could walk safely around 8:30 am, though I diverted to avoid any stairs.

By the time I reached office, I felt like I’ve accomplished a task already.

When I looked out my office window…I found him.

Somebody made a Snow Man!

He made me smile and warmed my heart.

At lunch time, I looked out looking for him…he’s gone.

When I left office, the sidewalks are cleared.

Well, I should plan to leave early tomorrow morning again to watch out for ice which might be created under the shade and night.

It’s like a survival game in Tokyo. hahaha

I returned to home early so that I had time to do my nail.

I use nail sticker to design French Nail.

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Tokyo

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)