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New Normal

Japanese government lifted the State of Emergency on 26 May 2020.

Businesses started to reopen.

I had my spa; however, there are new routines to be added such as taking body temperature at the entrance, beauticians wearing mask and plastic face shield and during my hair treatment, I continue wearing my mask.

Italian dinner at IL FIGO INGORDO Roppongi.

The restaurant has taken away tables to half to provide enough distance between tables.

Furthermore, they operate by less staffs (2 floor staffs) and chefs (3 chefs).

Now Tokyo Metropolitan Government allows restaurants to operate till later hours (closing 10 pm from 9 pm).

I haven’t had wine for more than a month..?

It tasted so smooth and so goood!

It surely enhanced food.

I also had dessert wine and desserts: vanilla and blueberry ice cream.

Today we need to adopt new normal to enjoy our daily life.

Businesses are taking measures against COVID and I respect them to provide us safety and their considerations and efforts.

I enjoy my every days!

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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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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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Stay Home: Health and Culture (Shobuyu on Kodomo no Hi – Iris Bath on Children’s Day)

It’s Japanese National Holiday, Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day).

Although the direct translation of Kodomo no Hi is Children,s Day; it is for Boys Day.

We decorate family carps, Kabuto (Japanese Samurai Armor), and etc to wish for health and prosperity.

In addition, we take a bath with Shobu (iris) to wish for winning.

The Iris, Shobu pronounces same as battle.

Taking a bath with Iris brings a health to win the battle.

And I surely want to win against COVID-19!

Choco is a boy so he takes a bath with this, too.

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Giving Choco a Bath

I regularly take Choco to grooming.

However, due to government’s declaration of the State of Emergency”, his grooming appointment got cancelled.

Choco looks scared of water so I thought he gets wild if I bath him; furthermore, I’m not used to giving a bath.

Nonetheless, I thought I should try it how it goes.

I bought a Shampoo and I already had the conditioner for his additional grooming treatment.

To my surprise, he behaved and looked enjoying taking a bath.

I troubled drying him because my hair dryer can get too hot for him.

I need to adjust the distance, power and switching hot and cool air.

I’m happy to know that he is okay with all processes and he actually looks enjoying it.

He looks so comfortable and looking at him makes me smile.

Let’s take a bath again!

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Masks Have Arrived

I received this talk of town masks.

This is one of Prime Minister Abe’s counter measures against COVID-19: to deliver 2 masks per household.

Why 2 masks?

The average size of Japanese household is 2.47 persons.

Yes, our birth rate is low as 1.42 in 2018 (the latest statistics available).

I understand the budget is limited so it’s difficult to provide more; nonetheless, these masks are recyclable/washable.

The size of these masks are suited for women or children so it’s fine for me; however, I’m afraid these could be too small for men.

I still cannot find masks easily in the market so I’m thankful for these masks that I can get for free (well, technically paid by tax).