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Stay Home: Walk (Street Painting Project @ Roppongi Tunnel)

When I take Choco out for a walk (or shall I say carry because he like to be carried), I try to take him a different route.

Yes, I walk at the park often but I try the path reversing it the next day hoping to look different for Choco.

Today, we went out when it’s still bright out.

I walked a path that I haven’t tried before.

It became an exciting adventure for me as well.

It led us to the other side of Nogizaka Station or Route 319.

I walked through Roppongi Tunnel where Street Painting Project was conducted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

There are five street paintings.

Sometime I pass it quickly by car.

Today, I walked to see each paintings.

Now I can go for a walk when it’s still bright.

Where to try tomorrow?

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Walk Walk Walk…

On 4 May 2020, Japanese government announced the extension of the State of Emergency till end of May 2020.

Government requested businesses to continue considering closing its business (especially retailers and services) and working from home if possible.

I’m glad to know that my boss decoded to cooperate to government’s request and to continue working from home.

However, we are still require to return to office once a week to check on office and settle office administrative matters.

And today, we are required to go to the office.

Though Japanese government announced the extension of the State of Emergency and many of us will continue to work From home; I expected a large number of office staffs to go to office today because the long Japanese National Holidays, Golden Week, just ended yesterday.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t mind to work at the office but I do mind to take a crowded subway.

The weather is getting better (20C – 28C) so I decided to walk to the office today.

It takes 1 hour walk or 4 km or 4 subway stations to the office.

On the way back, I stopped by few stores to look for and buy a battery for thermometer, bulbs and grocery.

Furthermore, today, Choco patiently waited for me so I took him for a walk.

Today I walked a total of 10 km or 18,153 steps.

Now I’m exhausted and ready to hit the bed.

This week, we need to go back to office again tomorrow; and YES, I plan to walk to the office.

I hope the waking would contribute to accelerate my weight loss. hahaha

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Choco’s 2nd Birthday

I volunteer to lockdown myself for eight days.

I could continue to stay home on 15 April; however, it’s a nice sunny day and it’s Choco’s birthday.

Originally, I plan to get him a birthday cake but I decided not to due to the current situation.

I plan to take him out for his birthday walk after being lockdown against his will for eight days because of me.

Time to time, he appealed to go for a walk by trying to reach his walk bag which contains necessaries for his walk such as poo poo plastic bags, sanitation spray, pee pads for quick liquid absorption, and more.

I know he would love to have his walk after eight days.

I also plan to go to bank and supermarkets using a precious mask but unfortunately, I cannot take Choco to supermarkets.

Choco was funny (well, it wasn’t funny for Choco).

Since I’ve been with Choco for last eight days, he didn’t check on me when I was getting ready at the powder room.

He suddenly look anxious when he sees me getting fully ready with make up and coming out of the powder room.

I guess I caught him in surprise.

At the evening, I was simply taking my bath, but he positioned himself as if he was watching on me.

He could be serious but I thought he is cute, making me smile.

After settling my chores, I took Choco for his birthday walk.

Yes, he enjoyed it very much!!!

Though, I carry him mostly.

It was a nice day and it’s Choco’s birthday so I took extra miles.

We went to our shrine “Tenso Jinja (Tenso Shrine)” for a pray.

Yaezakura (Sakura with many petals) there is gorgeous.

We also stopped by Green Dog, a pet shop at Tokyo Midtown Roppongi, to get his treats.

From Left: Freeze Dried Vegetables (Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkins), Cheese and Chicken Cubes and Sweet Potato Puffs

And made an appointment for his Complementary Birthday Health Check Up.

I don’t know he would like this, but I want him to take it.

I’m happy to know that he enjoyed his walk very much by looking at him – satisfied?

It’s Choco’s day so I wore these poodles today.

Happy Birthday, Choco!!!

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Stay Home

It’s my fifth day staying home, not going out at all.

And I’m enjoying it very much.

I’m doing what I wanted to do.

I wake up and soak in a bath tub for 20 mins as if I were at Onsen (Hot Spring).

Followed by foot massage.

Hoping to detox by smoothie

Cleaning house where I haven’t touched for a while: dusting, wiping, etc.

I have enough stock in refrigerator because there were many rumors that Tokyo might lockdown (it’s a request but technically it’s more like lockdown) and enjoy clearing those food.

Stretching with my trainer.

And I realize since I’m working from home, I can play with my nails.

Happy Easter!

I plan to stay home happily tomorrow. fufufu

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Trip to Miyakojima, Okinawa (Continued)

When I tried to post numerous photos and videos on my diving trip to Palau, the system was jammed.

I noticed WordPress upgraded the system recently and perhaps, I might not face the problem.

Nonetheless, I’m posting other matters on my trip to Miyakojima, Okinawa on this post.

On previous post, I mainly shared about under water matters.

Now I would like to share on over (!?) water matters.

There are many more activities on the ship.

While we are resting between divings, some divers were enjoying fishing.

As a result, they caught Ika (squids)

And Gurukun (Bananafish).

Gurukun is popular Okinawan fish that we can find it easily on the menu of restaurants.

However, to serve in sashimi (raw), it has to be super fresh.

We have to eat it in 10 mins after catching it.

Therefore, this is the only way to try the taste: on the ship!

You might easily guess that both Ika and Gurukun were super delicious!

While we are moving to next point of diving spot, we met dolphins and manta.

I could catch manta’s fin by my eyes but not able to by my camera because it blended in to waves.

If you are lucky, you can also see dolphins and manta.

We had lunch on the ship over looking ocean.

This place is famous for its clearness and colour!

Lunch was nice; these are all home made cooked dishes

We also enjoyed food and activities in town.

Nice local food and local music at Bunmya.

We had Awamori (distill made of Thai rice which contains 35 – 40 percent alcohol) and local beer, Orion.

The store taught us local way of enjoying Awamori – with canned black coffee.

To our surprise, it’s so nice!!

The musician sang with Sanshi (Okinawan local guitar).

He plays a traditional music instrument, but he rocked the place!

My body started moving automatically!

The next day, Deiriguchi.

We asked other diving mates to join us for dinner and we enjoyed drinking, eating and laughing together.

Yes, we had fried Gurukun (right bottom corner) as well.

The final night, we had our dinner at Yakiniku Inkazi (BBQ Inkazi).

We tried different Awamori every night: Tyumya, Kuon, Ryukyu Ocho, etc.

Every night, despite how full we were, we returned to the Steak House Leon to end our day.

The last day, we woke up late lazily.

We even had our breakfast at our room. hahaha

Since our body was tired from 3-day diving.

We went for massage at Hogushi-Ya (Unwinding House).

After unwinding our body, we went to Steak House Leon for last visit.

I’m gonna miss this…

Then I walked the street for looking for a souvenir.

The place, Miyakojima is famous for production of salt and found a salt specialized shop, Maasuya.

I enjoyed soft cream (ice cream) with free flavored salt.

I bought souvenirs from this shop.

However, I noticed I’ve been to this shop by looking at their products but in Azabu-Juban in Tokyo.

The sales lady happily reported to me that the company has a satellite shop in Azabu-Juban.

I bought souvenirs that I could buy in neighbor. Ahhhhh

Well, good prodicts should be accepted at any markets anyway.

However, sadly I learned the satellite shop in Tokyo will close on 15 March 2020.

The last thing we did before heading to airport is to cross Irabu Ohashi (Irabu Big Bridge) which we crossed under it every morning.

It’s 3,540 m long bridge to connect Miyakojima and IrabuJima.

It’s longest bridge in Japan for free access.

In terms of length, it is fourth longest bridge in Japan after Aqua Line (4,384 m), Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi (3,911 m) and Kansai Kuko Renrakubashi (Kansai Airport Connecting Bridge: 3,750 m).

I believe I’ve done all what I could do in Miyakojima.

I would like to thank my friend to plan and reserve nice restaurants and n advance so that we won’t miss out any good food and time together.

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Trip to Miyakojima, Okinawa

Monday, 24 February 2020 was a Japanese national holiday in observance of replacement of New Emperor’s Birthday on Sunday, 23 February 2020.

I took few more days off to go to Miyakojima, Okinawa from 21 – 25 February 2020.

There is a direct flight from Haneda Airport to Miyakojima which takes three hours to my surprise – three hours…

I look forward to use the lounge for domestic flight and I thought we are going to have a bite there.

However, I was informed that there aren’t any food.

When I reached at Haneda Airport, I spotted Mac Donald and suddenly I had a craving for Sausage Egg Muffin, regular Mac Breakfast.

Nonetheless, we stopped at ANA Lounge.

It’s time for boarding.

This is when we realized the flight takes three hours.

The distance must be almost same as reaching to Guam…?

Another world, I could go to overseas with three hours flight.

Today, ANA briefs flight safety in Kabuki (Japanese traditional play) Style.

As you can see, we are not provided an individual screen.

We need to be creative to enjoy flight entertainment which I failed to do so by forgetting to bring my head set for iPhone X.

We are finally approaching to Miyakojima, Okinawa.

It takes two hours to the capital city of Okinawa, Naha, meaning Miyakojima is located much farther.

Once we reached Miyakojima, we checked in at Coral Island Hotel.

We unpacked and waited for other friend from Osaka to join us for dinner.

Unfortunately, this nice Okinawan and Miyakojima local food restaurant, Bocha Tatsuya doesn’t allowed to take any photos of food.

I took some photos for my memory but sorry, I should not post any to respect the restaurant.

This restaurant is must go to enjoy delicious local Miyakojima food.

Despite enjoying various Miyakojima local food, we followed the Okinawan custom – eat steak for last meal of the day.

We went to famous Steak House Leon for a steak and local beer, Orion.

Please remember we just had various dishes and we even emptied two bottles of Awamori (distill made of Thai rice which contains 30 – 45 percent alcohol) at the restaurant.

However this is what each of us had after good food. hahaha

The hotel provides us simple breakfast such as bread, egg or yogurt and drink (tea, coffee, milk and water).

I could enhance it by buying salad and yogurt myself but I’ve been having nice dinner so these are sufficient.

We engaged Aqua Story for three-day diving (3 dives x 3 days).

We passed famous Irabu Ohashi (Irabu Big Bridge) every day.

The diving spots for Miyakojima are famous for Chikei (landscape).

We dive through a hole, looking at cracks and shape of rocks and how sun light reaches at the bottom of ocean.

Sometimes we go up to surface and dive back to return.