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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.

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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: 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.

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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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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!

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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!!!

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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