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)

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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 Beauty, Daily Life, Feelings

DIY

I used to go to nail salon to do calgel, but it couldn’t last for a month for me.

I had to visit nail salon often and it wasn’t cheap.

I used to spend minimum USD 100 for ten fingers.

If I add more decorations, it costs more.

Today, I apply nail by myself; but, after some time, tip will chip.

I am lazy to redo; therefore, I added another colour to look like bi-colour design. hahaha

It’s not bad, isn’t it?

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Taking a Bath

Taking a bath can solve problems of swelling and blood circulation.

I take bath which is 38 – 40C for 15 – 20 minutes to warm the centre of my body.

40C is low for Japanese, but I start sweating and get warm up after 20 minutes.

Taking a bath is also good for detoxing.

Water gets cold fast during winter; therefore, I reheat a couple time in 15 – 20 minutes.

There is a function to reheat a bath in Japan.

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Wadaya No Gohan (Wada’s Food) Making Body and Soul to Win Cancer!

Dr. Wada is teaching us how to prevent making and growing cancer.

Our daily life and eating habit creates cancer; on the other hand, we can also prevent making or growing greatly if we change our eating habit.

Cancer needs sugar/glucose to become cancer.

I should not overtake sugar and carbohydrate such as white rice, breads, pasta, etc.

Salts will give energy to cancer.

I should take less salts to reduce activities of cancer.

I should cut daily products such as milk, cheeses, yogurt, butter, etc. because it will grow cancer.

I should take good quality oil, omega 3 oil such as linseed oil, perilla oil, etc. and omega 9 such as olive oil.

To reduce salt, Dr. Wada advises to use dashi (umami: soup stock of konbu (seaweed) and katsuobushi (fish flakes) for cooking.

I will take his advice to change my eating habit to make my body and soul to prevent cancer.

I know it’s not easy because I love to eat and these delicious food is the one I should stop eating. Ahhhhhh