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Happy Birthday Choco❣️

Choco became three (3) today.

I bought this Chicken with Sweet Potato cake at Jocker, Roppongi Hills.

It seems I was the last customer for today.

Once I stepped out from the shop, the light went off. Oops

By looking at his gesture, he likes this cake!

However, I didn’t know it takes 4 – 5 hours to defrost….. uuuuu

He likes it and tries to eat it but it’s too cold for him.

He gave me an reaction like a human.

He tried to have a bite; then his head goes back and also walks in a circle but he continues to try it again.

I took it back and put it in a refrigerator to be defrosted.

You can enjoy it better tomorrow.

Hummm

Last year, a cake was too big for you.

This year, it’s too cold for you.

Next time, I will plan it better.

I love you Choco❣️ Happy Birthday❣️

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boulangerie Bonheur, Roppongi Hills

In the morning, I went to the bank and walked by a cute looking shop.

It smells nice with fresh bakeries.

There are so many bakeries to choose from.

There is a kitchen in side of the shop and we can see the baking progress.

When I visited a shop, the shop serves a free coffee.

It is nice warm sunny day so I was tempted to eat them under the sun; but I hurried back home.

Choco (my doggy) is waiting for me.

I’ve decided to picnic at home balcony.

Yes, my eyes are bigger than my tummy.

Sorry, I cannot share them with you Choco.

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Work From Home

I received a text from my boss late at night (past midnight) on Thursday that we can work from home on Friday, 8 January 2021.

I’m glad to hear a news.

I happily reported to my boss that I took note of a text and I won’t have any problem working from home because I brought back necessaries from office.

I like to work from home because I can work in comfortable clothes and be with Choco.

Choco seemed VERY happy to see me at home.

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture, Place, Tokyo, Work

Healing Choco

Due to increasing number for new case by recording record high, Japanese government plans to announce the State of Emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba tomorrow effective from 8 January – 7 February 2021.

I am hoping boss to allow us to work from home.

In fact, I can work efficiently at home.

It’s getting cold, winter in Japan; therefore, it is getting harder for me to come out from a warm bed to go to office.

Especially with this Choco’s face.

He is my angel.

Posted in Choco-chan, Family, Feelings, Food, International Culture, Japanese Food, Surprise

The Last Day of Long Weekend

First, I taught UNO to my niece based on rules that I remember.

However, I worried what if I taught her wrongly and she gets confused when she plays the game with friends.

I checked the official rules practices by Japan UNO Association and I changed rules; yes, to my surprise there is Japan UNO Association!

She is only 5 years old and can play with adults by remembering many rules such as same Colour, same Number, Skip, Reverse, +2, +4 and WILD Card and according to the packaging, the game is designed for 7 years old and above!

I am proud of her!

We were so full from lunch the previous day so we skipped dinner and souvenir – Panda Baum (Matcha Baumkuchen or layered cake) .

After playing few games of UNO and having a light breakfast, we opened the box….there is a cute Panda!

The cake is in Panda shape!

We decorated our Panda Baum with Macarons.

It’s cute and delicious!

We all got excited, regardless our age!

It’s fourth day and last day today.

While she was packing, she asked me what date would it be her next visit?

She is asking for DATE!

I told her we should plan again on her school holiday.

I’m glad to know that she enjoyed her stay at my condo and she is looking forward to visiting me again.

On the other hand, Choco looks happier to get attentions and his quietness after guests leaving.

Yes, we finished our roles as host and we shall get some rest.

Posted in Choco-chan, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Hotel, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Nature, Place, Restaurants, Surprise, Tokyo, Travel

Trip to Moto-Hakone

The State of Emergency was lifted; weather is getting nice so decided to go to Moto-Hakone for Onsen (Hot Spring).

Choco found his stay over goods at the entrance so he got excited.

On the way to Moto-Hakone, we stopped to get our lunch and I had my BigMac and Ramune Shake.

Ramune shake (Japanese traditional soda flavored shake) is seasonal and limited menu.

It finishes serving either finishing the ingredients or serving duration.

We arrived Moto-Hakone early so that we stopped at Ashinoko (Ashino Lake).

Some people are enjoying fishing.

I could see a fish, very peaceful.

We checked in at Caro Foresta Moto-Hakone Lucia at 3 pm.

This time, I have chosen a western style room.

There are welcome Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Boiled Eggs) and cookies for Choco.

These Onsen Tamago were boiled at Ohwakudani: the origin of natural Onsen.

These eggs are also known as good luck because we believe one egg can bring us longer life, 9 years, by eating it.

The air is fresh there.

This hotel is dog friendly and I was busy using facilities for Choco.

First, he exercised at the Dog Run (Dog Playground) at the entrance.

Hakone is famous for Onsen (Hot Spring).

The hotel is equipped with Onsen facility for Choco as well!

He had his first Onsen of his life and it was Iou Onsen (Sulfur based Onsen).

I also dipped myself at Onsen.

After refreshing, I had a nice French for dinner.

All dishes are delicious.

I got so excited when I received the dessert plate!

There is Choco!

After dinner, I took Choco for Indoor Dog Run.

This Indoor Dog Run is opened for 24 hours.

Both of us got tired and slept well.

First thing I did on the next day was dipping in the Onsen.

In the morning, I found a dog greeting me from outside!

I had a nice Japanese breakfast.

After breakfast, I took Choco to the Wood Dog Run.

Again, I took him to the Dog Run at the entrance and Indoor.

The check out time is 11 am; therefore, we rest in the room before checking out.

Choco must have so much fun because he slept in the car on the way back to Tokyo.

I had a big breakfast so I had a late lunch at Misoichi, Nakameguro Shop.

I had a basic Miso Ramen with toppings of corns and butter.

I like it!

After unpacking and resting, went for late quick bite to say hello and congratulate reopening after Stay Home Request to our friend, Sushiya no Goto (Goto’s Sushi Shop), Roppongi.

It’s nice to see smiling face of Taisho (Master) and Mama san (Madam).

I enjoyed Sushi very much after two months!?

It was memorable two days.

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New Normal: Walk to Office

According to the media, on 1 June 2020 (the first Monday after government lifted the State of Emergency), the number of commuters has increased.

To avoid taking subways because I won’t have enough social distancing there, I started to walk to office.

During the State of Emergency, I was required to go to the office twice in a week so I could manage it; however, from 1 June 2020, I’m required to go to the office every weekdays.

As reported in previous blog, it takes 1 hour or 4 km to reach office.

It’s getting warm outside, reaching to 30C with strong sunlight.

Walking with a mask makes me feel hot which leads me to sweat.

Today, I tie my hair.

And carry a drink (amino) in small bottle.

My mask gets wet with my sweat by the time I reach to the office so I keep some (backup) at the office.

In addition, I reinforced footwear.

I have already introduced Asics Walking before.

I started wearing this brand when I hurt my knee because cushions are soft.

I bought other colors and styles that I don’t have yet.

I also bought Tokyo Olympics designed sneaker for memory.

These will surely assist my walking to the office.

Choco checked its quality and approved. hahaha

I’m more ready for next week.

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Stay Home: Officially Last Day

Japanese government officially lifted the State of Emergency (Stay Home Request) for Tokyo today.

I’m gonna miss being lazy when I wake up.

On the other hand, town is getting active and cheerful.

Though we had restrictions, I had rich moments during Stay Home Period.

I started good practices such as healthy diet, self beauty care, Choco’s care and many more.

Bathing Choco

I became healthier, both physically and mentally.

I think I managed to detox my body as well as thoughts.

I like TODAY’s ME.

I should continue good practices that I started during Stay Home Period.

The State of Emergency is lifted throughout Japan but it doesn’t mean our safety is guranteed.

We still need to be careful; however, I strongly believe we can control the COVID.

Today I appreciate more what I used to have: freedom, social life, entertainment, etc.

I consider it as a wake up call so that I appreciate every moment.

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Stay Home

The government lifted the State of Emergency to 39 prefectures (states) on 14 May, 3 prefectures in Kansai/Osaka region on 21 May and plans to lift for the rest of 5 prefectures such as Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido.

Japanese government originally planned to conduct the State of Emergency till 31 May 2020; therefore, my office plans to practice work from home till 31 May 2020.

Though the government lifts the State of Emergency or Stay Home Request, it doesn’t mean our safety is guaranteed.

We still need to be extra careful.

I’m comfortable with the working environment during Stay Home Request.

This is how I work at home.

In addition, I could save commuting time to start new such as self beauty care and quality time with Choco.

I start brushing his teeth.

Now town is getting active and cheerful.

We will start new styled daily life tomorrow.