Posted in Experience, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Shopping

Happy 49th Birthday Cup Noodle!

I didn’t know birthday for Cup Noodle is on 18 September 1971.

I should honor and celebrate the birthday together; therefore, I decided to think these are guilty free. hahaha

Nonetheless, I thought I should buy these special birthday package Cup Noodles for a memory and trying Chili Tomato for the first time.

I am traditional for Cup Noodle.

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

Online Takarakuji (Lottery)

The service to purchase Takarakuji online started on 24 October 2018.

The Takarakuji counter is opened from 9 am to 5:40 pm on weekdays only at designated kiosks and Mizuho Bank; therefore, it was difficult for me to purchase Takarakuji.

Today, I can purchase Takarakuji online via official website or apps for 24/7 throughout a year.

I can not select lucky number ticket but if I don’t buy it, I cannot win.

I bought three sets (1 set for 10 tickets) of Summer Jumbo (1st prize JPY 500 million or USD 5 million) and two sets of Summer Mini (JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million).

The winner number was announced on 21 August 2020 and I regret to know that I didn’t win.

I only won complementary prize which is one ticket worth of value for each set.

I spent a total of JPY 15,000 (USD 150) and won only JPY 1,500 (USD 15). Boo hoo

One of benefits of online purchasing is saving me from going to the counter to cash it.

If I win – hopefully, one day – the system will automatically remit the amount in the registered bank account when the amount is greater than JPY 10,000 (USD 100) or I can request for remittance.

In addition, I can get points from each purchasing amount and I can use the points to purchase Takarakuji tickets.

I plan to buy Halloween Jumbo (winning prize for JPY 300 million or USD 3 million) and Halloween Mini (winning prize for JPY 10 million or USD 0.1 million) which are scheduled to be sold on 23 September 2020.

Hopefully I can hit a jackpot one day.

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 Feelings, Food, Hotel, Shop, Shopping, Tokyo

Self Rewarding

As I mentioned before, I had vouchers from ANA which I can use them to dine and purchase at ANA Intercontinental Tokyo.

I cannot get change from the voucher; therefore, I paid the balance the other day and returned to the hotel to spend the balance of voucher: JPY 5,000 (USD 50).

I went to a Sophisticated French Pastry Shop: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux.

First, I asked for a box of Chocolates and four flavours of Macarons.

When I was about to make a payment at the cashier, I was informed that a shop is offering 20 percent discount till 31 July 2020.

I saved JPY 1,257 (USD 12.5) which allowed me to buy am additional short cake (strawberry cream cake).

It’s fun to open boxes….although I bought them myself and knowing what are inside…

I was wondering what to eat lightly to enjoy these. Hummmm

Well, I had the best dinner: eggs, flour, milk (cream), grapes and some guilty sugar. (Some..!?)

The BEST!

I’ll try to enjoy them slowly.

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.

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 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 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.