Posted in Experience, Feelings, Food, Gadget, Place, Restaurants, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo, Work

My First Uber Eats

Boss wanted to treat us McDonald for lunch.

It’s hot outside so he asked me to order delivery.

Well, I want to eat my food when it’s freshly made so I’m not a delivery person.

I rather cook during the Stay Home Period though I crossed many delivery persons then and even now.

I needed to start with downloading the app.

McDonald engages two delivery services: Mc Delivery and Uber Eats.

Since it’s Mc, first, I registered on McDelivery.

When I tried to request for a delivery, I found that our office area is not covered by McDelivery which is understandable because many offices are located in our area, Ginza.

Then I continued registering on Uber Eats.

I received few errors on payment because I wanted to pay by cash but the system only allows payment by credit card which is also understandable because the Uber Eats delivery person might have faced issues on change (small coins).

Finally, I managed to order our food by Uber Eats.

After installing apps and understanding the system, I’m ready to order delivery via apps.

I understand the convenience of service; however, I still want to dine at restaurants or shops, or cooking at home after experiencing it.

Am I an old fashioned person? hahaha

Posted in Daily Life, Feelings, Friends, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

No More Free Plastic Shopping Bags

Japan imposed retailers to charge plastic shopping bags to save environment by reducing producing microplastics and CO2 emission on 1 July 2020.

The retails charge a plastic bag (and some for paper bags) from range of JPY 2 – JPY 20 (ISD 0.02 – USD 0.19).

Therefore, this became a memorable last free plastic shopping bag at Precce, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

However, some retailers such as Meidi-Ya continues to provide free shopping bags that is categorized as biomass shopping bags.

There are three types of biomass shopping bags and they are:

First, the bag is made by more than 25 percent of biodegradable material. The Meidai-Ya provides this type.

Biomass Plastics Logo by Japan BioPlastics Association
Biomass Mark by Japan Organics Recycling Association

Second, the thickness is more than 0.05 mm that allows to reuse it and it requires to state state that it is recommended to reuse the bag on the bag itself.

Third, fully (100 percent) marine biodegradable shopping bags.

We are now encouraged to use Eco Bags.

Today, I carry my favorite Eco Bag that my friend gave me years ago, could be a decade…?

I do have a collection of large and durable shopping bags that I bought in the US and given by friends as souvenirs from overseas.

I use them when I visit to COSTCO but now it would be handy when I go to any supermarkets.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Shop, Shopping

New Normal: More Time

In late April or during Stay Home request, I was unable to order my basic cosmetics that I get supply from Rumania via Amazon.

I got panic because night cream was about to finish and these are the basic cosmetics that my skin can take only.

I looked for alternative supplier but there was none.

I also looked for alternative product but I couldn’t check the product because the store was closed due to government’s request.

At the end of May, I was desperately checked Amazon again.

Yeah, the service is back!

I quickly ordered via Amazon.

It says it takes 6 – 8 working days to reach me in Japan.

Usually, the parcel arrives earlier than the scheduled day.

However, it was taking longer this time and started making me nervous.

Simultaneously, I understand there are less flights available for delivery.

I need to be patient.

The package has safely arrived today!

Yeahhhh!

I finished night cream last night so luckily, the package arrived today!

I think we need to understand that it might take longer to receive the same service – this is part of new normal, I think.

I’m so happy to receive my Gerovitals from Rumania!

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 Feelings, Food, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Stay Home: Coffee at Home

Japan is still under the State of Emergency.

Many shops, restaurants and cafes are closed.

I need a cup of coffee to start my day.

Fortunately, I received few vouchers to stock up my coffee powder before shop close.

One of them is this one: Takashimaya Special Blend by Capital Coffee, Takashimaya Department Store Nihonbashi Main Store.

It’s nicely balanced coffee.

The store keeps customer purchase record and preference by Passport (member’s card) to recommend other coffee.

It might be interesting to try other coffees as well.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Japan Technology, Shop, Shopping

Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Nail)

The series of nail stamp is available at 100 yen shop, Can Do.

Of course, the price for each stamp plates and stamps are JPY 100 (USD 1).

There are many attractive designs and I have been collecting stamp plates without any guilt.

I wanted to try it for long; however, I thought it could be difficult and hesitated to try.

Now it’s good time to try it.

First I apply base nail colour.

CHANEL Joyau

I remove a film from stamp plate.

Place a stamp and scraper

Select the design and apply nail colour that I want to stamp on the nail.

Use scraper to remove extra nail polish from the stamp plate.

Press the stamp on the stamp plate to transfer the design on the stamp.

Press the stamp on the nail to transfer the design on the nail.

CHANEL Pure White

To my surprise, it’s much easier to enjoy designing nails.

I will continue to enjoy designing my nails for seasonal events. Yeah.

Posted in Beauty, Feelings, Japan Technology, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Stay Home: Self Beauty Care (Scalp Care)

I introduced Plosiom Shampoo (middle) and Conditioner (left) before.

I could buy this series only at selected beauty salons.

Today, MTG, a Japanese beauty care maker, opened a retail store in Ginza on 8 November 2019 named Beauty Connection Ginza.

Now I could buy these freely at the Ginza shop.

When I visited the store, I found other products under the series.

This (right) caught my eyes; this is Cracking Serum for scalp care.

Well, this shampoo is shampoo; simultaneously, this shampoo is carbonated form, therefore, the form massage the scalp while washing my hair as I introduced before.

This scalp cracking serum is used after drying my hair.

Shake and hold the bottle vertically, then spray and hold the serum with palm.

I can feel cool crack stimulating my scalp.

FEEL FUNNY AND GOOD!

Yes, I will add this scalp cracking serum in my beauty care collection!

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, Daily Life, Feelings, Flower, Food, Health, Japanese Culture, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo, Travel, Work

Work From Home

Yesterday, Prime Minister Abe announced a plan to declare the State of Emergency for One Month (8 April – 6 May 2020) on today, 7 April 2020 for following prefectures:

Tokyo Kanagawa Saitama Chiba Osaka Hyogo Fukuoka

JPY 108 trillion Economic Measure etc

By reflecting case records.

Tokyo alone recorded as follows:

117 cases (4 April 2020)
145 cases (5 April 2020)
83 cases (6 April 2020)

We cannot identify the source for about 90% of cases.

My office has decided to work from home today and tomorrow.

This declaration is still requesting bases for self-restraint and doesn’t have any legal enforcement such as an arrest or fine.

Essential services will continue to operate.

We can still go out freely to supermarkets, convenient stores, drug stores, even office as need it.

I don’t have any Corona Tsukare (Corona Depression) because I’ve been commuting office every weekdays and I also had few Corona Sokai (Corona Evacuations) on weekends to enjoy fresh air when premises in Tokyo closed for weekends.

In Roppongi alone, two major shopping complex, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown Roppongi, closed last two weekends.

Events for Ohanami (Sakura viewing) are cancelled not to create the cluster.

I don’t feel suffocated by Jishuku (self-restrain) or no social life (gyms have been closed, flower arrangement classes have been cancelled/rescheduled, of course no dinner/lunch appointments, etc).

However, I’ve been feeling uncomfortable commuting to office by taking public transportation, subway.

These trains/subways cross other state of emergency prectures (states) such as Kanagawa (Yokohama), Chiba and Saitama.

I won’t have enough distance among other passengers.

It’s not crowded as rush hour train but we are about 50 cm apart or even next each other if I take a seat. (Ooops, I didn’t think of this).

And they are all strangers.

Do we need to take a risk…?

I expressed my worries to my boss because my job can be conducted at home.

Though the declaration of the state of emergency is effective 8 April 2020, the situation is serious now.

I’m happy that I’m free from the stress of catching public transportation today and tomorrow.

I’ve been cheering me up by putting springy nail colours.

Mirage & Day Dream

Walk in a park with Choco for his walk and Ohanami.

Nonetheless, I’m excited to work from home.

I woke up as usual.

Since I can save commuting time, I took a bath to increase my body temperature to enhance immune system.

Started detoxing

Two Carrots and One Apple

Brewed coffee for starting work.

My father gave me a voucher for Starbucks which validated till 13 April 2020.

I went to Starbucks last weekend but three Starbucks that I visited were closed.

I believe Starbucks might extend the validation date, but I was hesitated to go through the process or even to request for it.

Starbucks was opened yesterday so I bought a French Roast Coffee beans.

I received complementary drink, Kenya and sample of Columbia.

I brewed Columbia and I should start working. hahaha