Posted in Choco-chan, Daily Life, Exercise, Feelings, Friends, Gadget, Tokyo

Work Out with Four Ladies in Malaysia Together via WhatsApp

Suddenly, I was invited to attend two (2) webinars this morning.

To be asked to join VCs and webinars at very last minutes became one of common new normals.

Now I’m glad that I attended I thought it’s going to be a boring “webinar”.

I spotted a friend that I haven’t communicated in a while among other participants.

We started to communicate via WhatsApp and she invited me to join a work out and exercise together via WhatsApp tonight!

I pulled out a yoga mat and a selfie stick cum tripod to join four ladies in Malaysia to work out (Tabata/HIIT) together via WhatsApp.

I sweat, felt good exercising and happy to be connected despite our distance.

And YES, this is definitely one of new normals and THIS I enjoy.

Choco was very supportive!

Thank you my friend for extending me an invitation!

I will try to join regularly!

#friends #newnormal #webinar #whatsapp #workout #tabataworkout #hiit #yogamat #tripod #mybelovedchocochan #funtimes #invitation

Posted in Feelings, Food, Friends, Gadget, Restaurants, Tokyo

Lunch at Ginza Espero

I had a Spanish food for lunch at Ginza Espero.

Each of us can select a dish from 4 categories to customize our own lunch.

The cost efficiency is definitely high and all delicious!

Later I became busy posting about the restaurant and food on Instagram and Twitter (I started recently at both @sonokotchi ) to get a complementary sherry and rum raisins ice cream.

Ow this was worth troubling for.

Well later I noticed my mistake.

The restaurant asked for #銀座エスペロ in Japanese, but I #espero and #ginza separately and in English. Ooops

But I managed to get yummy ice cream. Yeah

Posted in Art, Daily Life, Exercise, Experience, Family, Feelings, Friends, Health, Japanese Culture

A Happy New Moo Year!

When I started Year 2020 a year ago, I was full of excitement and expectations; it was Tokyo Olympics Year.

None of us dreamed of adopting new normals in our daily life.

Year 2020 was surely a tough year for all of us.

However, the pandemics made me THINK.

Think of my health, life style, work style, relationships, etc.

In fact, I managed to improve my health, life style and mentality.

I’m happier and started challenging a new project with friends.

I appreciate and value bonding and networking more.

Although we stayed in playing games with niece; it was so much fun.

Glass Deco
Doraemon Board Game

I welcomed New Year with excitement and expectation.

Let’s try to make Year 2021 interesting!

STAY SAFE!

Posted in Art, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Toranomon, Tokyo

The first Toranomon Hills (Tower) was opened on 11 June 2014.

This is my first visit to Toranomon Hills.

Therefore, this is my first to meet Toranomon.

The second tower, Toranomon Hills Business Tower, was recently opened on 11 June 2020 and there would be additional two Toranomon Hills tower for residential and station by 2022.

I went to Toranomon Yokocho where 26 restaurants are located in a block or one floor.

We hopped restraints to enjoy few dishes.

We had pork skewers at Torishige.

Torishige

There is a distiller for gin: Sake Shokudo Toranomon Joryusho (Liquor Restaurant Toranomon Distiller.

I had Mojito, and

Gifu Lavender Gin

If you want to have varieties of bites; this would be a place.

She is a great guide!

She also took me to one of iconic public arts: 10 m high sculpture “Roots” by Jaume Plensa.

Arigato!

Posted in Cooking, Feelings, Friends, Work

Cooking Malaysian Food at Home

My friend started importing Malaysian food paste, Mama’s Delights, from Malaysia.

She sent me samples to me so I tried few.

First, Nonya Curry with seafood (squid, scallops and prawns) and vegetables (onions, eggplants and potatoes).

Then Malaysian Curry with chicken and vegetables (onions, eggplants and potatoes).

She told me it required efforts to change packaging and modifying taste; but I think it’s paid off.

It’s easy to prepare and delicious!

I also enjoyed these Malaysian food at office by bring it as my lunch.

Yeah

Posted in Feelings, Friends, Japanese Culture, Movie, Tokyo

Movie Voucher

My friend gave me two (2) movie vouchers valid only at the movie theatre near my place – Toho Cinemas Roppongi.

The original validation date was 31 May 2020; however, the movie theatre was closed during the State of Emergency (8 April to 25 May 2020) therefore the validation date automatically extended to 31 July 2020.

Unfortunately, major movies postponed the showing date in later year such as 007 in November; therefore, I had to select a move from available movies.

I like an action movie so I decided to watch “Rambo – Last Blood” on 30 July 2020.

It was the last day of showing; therefore, it was showing only at the last show time of the day (9:30 pm – 11:25 pm).

I regretted to go alone to watch this movie at late night at isolated cinema – there were only seven (7) of us occupying a cinema.

I should have gone with a buddy because I needed somebody to calm me down after watching this movie – too much sorrow and pain.

I also reserved to watch Nausica – Princess of the Wind Valley (official English Title is “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind”) on the following date on 31 July 2020.

The Toho Cinema was showing four Ghibli Movies – Nausica, Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), Sen to Chihiro no Kami Kakushi (Spirited Away) and Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) – for providing opportunities to watch these masterpieces once again at the movie theatre.

I wanted my space when I watch this movie (again, there were seven (7) of us); therefore, I reserved the first movie of the day (9:20 am – 11:30 am).

I know the movie and it’s story; nonetheless, it was nice to watch Nausica with a big screen.

This is my favorite Ghibli Movie with a sentimental value.

Thank you my friend!

Originally, we had a different plan – watching Frozen 2 together; however, the situation didn’t allow us to do so.

Let’s plan something together when the situation is better.

Well, I didn’t waste them and I enjoyed watching two movies!

Arigato!

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Food, Friends, Health, Japan Technology, Shopping

Shiseido

My friend recommended me the followings and decided to start for health and beauty.

From Left

N.O.U Brown Rice Black Vinegar for Health (Energy with Rich of Amino Acid and Citric Acid)

N.O.U Sellsizer for Health (Slimming)

Benefique White Bloom for Beauty (Whitening)

I shall see for outcome in a month with these one month supply.

Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Restaurants, Tokyo

Totally Eel Day

21 July 2020 was this year’s Doyo no Ushi.

Doyo no Ushi is a date for Chinese calendar; therefore, the date for western calendar changes every year.

On Doyo no Ushi, we have a custom to eat Unagi (Eel).

We believe eel is energy food and we encourage to eat eel during summer when we lose energy.

I had my belated Doyo no Ushi (Eel’s day) on 22 July 2020 at Chikuyotei, Ginza for lunch.

It was nice and surely I gained some energy.

When I returned home, Mom reported she bought Eel Obento (take away) for dinner at our family restaurant, Shojikiya, Roppongi.

It reminded me of my grandpa.

We talked about him and memories with him while having our dinner.

I like eel so I don’t mind to have it for two continuous meals.

Each restaurant has different taste (character) on food even though it’s the same dish.

I think I managed to gain energy which I need it for now.

Posted in Cooking, Family, Feelings, Food, Friends, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Place, Shop, Shopping

Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme)

In 2014, Japanese government introduced new tax incentive system to support local areas: Furusato Nozei (Home Town Tax Payment Programme).

We can purchase local products and services (hotel stay, experience such as diving, etc) to support the area.

We pay for products and services and the government provides incentives for income tax deduction.

There are few Furusato Nozei service providers such as Satofuru, Furunabi, Department Stores, etc.

This time, I purchase Nama Katsuo no Tataki (lightly roasted bonito) from Katsuura-city, Chiba via Satofuru,

My mother side are originally from Katauura; therefore, YES, I would like to support the city and this has sentimental value for me.

I will purchase more products and services from the areas that I would like to support.

This was my first purchase and I’m glad that I was strongly recommended to use this system to enjoy products and services AND tax deduction.