Cold wave swept over Japan again. It will be snowing in Tokyo again. Its already like the fourth or fifth (?) time in Tokyo this winter.
Actually, it rarely snow in Tokyo, once or twice yearly perhaps.
Does this explain why Tokyo residents get so excited each time when “Snow” mark showed up in the weather forecast?
All these excitement dies when the ground got so slippery due to the frozen ice and people tumbled because of that. I managed to escape a fall this year with a number of hard struggles though.
I was quite shock to hear the news that Elpida, a semi-conductor company filed for bankruptcy yesterday. This news is heart-rending as my previous job in Singapore, in a semi-conductor company had given me opportunities to work with many wonderful Japanese companies and Elpida was one of them. It had been a very memorable experience in my life.
Elpida was made up of NEC and Hitachi which manufactures memory chips. They are Japan’s only surviving DRAM maker and are supposed to have the top technology in the world. It comes as a great pity that they need to abandon DRAM business.
I think nobody can deny that Japan’s brands has very high class and high quality image. Somehow, it is very ironical that it took decades to build a name, but one moment is all it takes to become a “legend”. I really hope that they will make a comeback someday.
I love to bits the fried oyster in Japan especially the ones from “Shinjyuku Saboten” bento shop. Fried oysters are seasonal (November~February) in most restaurants in Japan. A miss out would mean that I need to wait for nine months or so before I am able to have fried oysters again. I decided that I wouldn’t want any regrets, so I popped in the bento shop and bought my last fried oyster bento of this season for lunch.
The taste is as usual SOLID, since the day I was their customer.
Oh, why couldn’t they just include fried oysters into their regular menu??
Next round will be a long wait again (v__v`) …
Sexy summer top
The top was featured in the famous Japanese magazine ViVi of April edition (cut-out beside).
The cute peplum style is currently in trend. This top is separated into two pieces and connected with the lace up at the waist. Its meant to reveal some of the skin without exposing too much and the overall look is very sexy.
For the more causal style, topping it up with a jeans is recommended like the magazine image.
Correspondence courses leaflet was attached when I tried to buy magazine in a book store. The courses were all about specialties and qualifications. In Japan, there are so many distance leaning courses that you might not even heard of some of the names before. Is this the same in your country?
I counted. This company has a total of 114 courses for one to choose from.
Ranking on top 20 popular courses were consolidated. And don’t be surprised that top in the ranking is the “handwriting” course. So maybe a lot of Japanese yearn to have nice handwriting (?+_+)!?
2: Medical office administrator
3: Pharmacopoeia administrator
4: Notary public
5: Nursing care manager
6: Real estate agent
7: Child care
8: Nursing care administrator
9: Bookkeeping (Level 3)
10: Social insurance worker
11: Financial planner
12: Elderly care worker
13: Microsoft office specialist (MOS)
14: Speed writing
15: Interior coordinator
16: Electrician (2 types)
17: Dental assistant
18: Color coordinate
19: Enjoyable writing
20: Licensed cook
Earlier on, I had made an introduction of Sakura boutique (located 2 mins walk from north exit of Mitaka station). Today, I revisited the shop again to take some pictures since it is spring and they have some new stocks coming in.
Additionally, I picked up my recommendation set from the store. Do inquire for more details (with the button below).
Tunic + pant + necklace
My pick will be the tunic blouse with the sheer and airy material. The design accent is on loose fitting dolman sleeve (recent trend) and the nice fitting waist.
Top it up with a straight wide navy blue pant to complete the mature, feminine look.
Bright color coordination representing the color of spring.
Colors of Spring
The exotic look coordination. I forgot to mention the other time that the shop is selling unisex stuffs.
Exotic Style fashion
Sweet retro blouse
A retro style flower prints blouse for retro style fashion lovers.
The accent of the design is on the sleeve with details like puff sleeve, flip cuff, neared three-quarter sleeve. Isn’t it sophisticated and ladylike?
Off-White, Navy, Pink
Have a sudden craving for hometown’s food. The images were of course Singapore’s famous Yong tau fu. Singapore’s food might not be as decorative when compared to Japan’s food, but I am proud to say that the taste of our food is very unique and delicious, due to the influence of multi-races.
Yong Tau fu is just one of my many favorite food in Singapore.
Dry Yong Tau Fu uses Sweet Soybean Paste and chilli paste as base. Sweet and spicy taste is irresistibly delicious!
Soup Yong Tau Fu feels light to the stomach. It is highly recommended in my opinion for those people who are on diet.
These lovely room shoes are designed and produced by a Japanese model.
Altogether, the pastel colors (in the pictures) and the ribbon with the glossy pearls at the front looks extremely sweet. The material is soft to the touch and feels so comfortable to wear.
Not only as a room shoes, but it suitable for wearing in the hotel rooms during travelling.
Room shoes (travel use)
Light blue, Pink, Pink beige
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This winter’s addiction — Ginger + citron tea. A new addition to my list of favorite teas. Ginger tea is well known for its benefits to health. During winter, ginger drinks aids in cold and flu prevention, warms the body, which is especially useful for women with low body temperatures (I am one typical example). Citron addition makes up a very refreshing drink as compared to ginger tea alone which is strong and slightly bitter in taste.
These days, ginger tea becomes a “boom” in Japan. Combinations of all sorts of ingredients into ginger teas can be found easily. Perhaps a different type of ginger tea might be worth a try.
This package comes in 10g/10 sachets at 295yen.
Japanese ginger tea