Posted in Food, Tokyo, Cooking, Daily Life, Health, Exercise, Japanese Culture, Work

New Normal: Back Pack and Necessaries

Today, after expiring my subway commuter pass on 15 May 2020, I didn’t renew my pass and started walking to the office.

The rainy season is over so it’s VERY HOT in Tokyo now; therefore, I need a backpack to carry many more new necessaries to the office.

These are new necessaries in addition to normal etiquettes things such as tissue, cosmetics for retouch, hand cream, wallet, cough drops and eco bag.

Evian, Body Wipe, Perfume, Cooling Towel, Ice Packs, Change (Top/Clothes)
Umbrella for Both Rain and Sum, Lunch with Lunch Bag (Thermo), Hand Towel, Handkerchief, Wireless Headphone, Extra Mask and Sanitizer.

It’s heavier now but these are necessaries.

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.

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Health, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shopping, Tokyo, Work

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.

Posted in Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture, Place, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Step 2 for Business and Tokyo Alert

Tokyo Metropolitan Government shifted businesses to Step 2 on Monday, 1 June 2020.

Step 2 allows more businesses to reopen and to operate longer hours.

Gym finally opened on Monday, 1 June 2020; I went on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 after two months.

Gym is also taking counter measures to COVID.

There is a plastic sheet at the reception counter to protect staffs from spread of COVID.

Trainers and trainees need to wear a mask while exercise.

Wipe an equipment with sanitizer after every use.

Placed equipment with enough gap.

Stops providing stone bath service for now.

It’s nice to get a professional guide for exercise.

Then as usual, I visited 100 Yen Shop Can Do for shopping.

I usually buy consumable goods there and my stock became low after two months.

I happily bought 21 products there including masks and a wet tissue.

I was hoping to relax on businesses more by shifting to Step 3.

However, I received a flash news earlier on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 that Tokyo recorded 34 new cases on the day which indicates a peek.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced Tokyo Alert which means the State of Emergency for Tokyo; but didn’t request for closing businesses.

The economy needs to move now; therefore, it remained Step 2 for Business.

However, with Tokyo Alert, people need to be more careful and corporate to voluntarily Stay Home to manage COVID if we want businesses to stay operating.

The State of Emergency, Tokyo Alert, Stay Home, Social Distancing, Step 1, 2 & 3 for Business, the Second Wave, Masks, Sanitizer, etc., these vocabularies remind me we are living in New Normal Society.

Posted in Art, Choco-chan, Exercise, Feelings, Japanese Culture, Tokyo

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?

Posted in Beauty, Choco-chan, Exercise, Feelings, Health, Japanese Culture, Shopping, Work

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

Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Flower, Food, Place, Shop, Shopping, Shrine and Temple, Surprise, Tokyo

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!!!

Posted in Beauty, Choco-chan, Cooking, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Food, Health, Work

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