New Item – Postcard/Tea

Two must-have things for your Japan collection are definitely 
TEA  & POSTCARDS

I went to a tea-shop¹ browsing all the different containers* [yes, there are 2kg ones too] when the owner (half promoting – half being nice) told me I’m lucky to have come in May, as they just got hands on the first flush of the year ⇒Sencha being harvested 3 times a year, with May being the first and thus most delicious flush[but also most expensive *whisper*]

I love Genmaicha.  In case you don’t know much about the horrendously wide variation – simply ask them to let you smell [and mostly also have a taste] of certain categories. You’ll be surprised for sure, as the range goes from → ‘did I just swallow dirt?‘ to → ‘now that’s how grass might taste‘  followed by a → ‘oh, we come closer to tea’ and → ‘wow, tastes like green tea with popcorn‘ …


If you’re at it, stop at one of the stationary stores and browse the amazing postcard-collection. They change designs by season, so you’re good to go all around the year.

[Wish Hallmark would have such cute designs for cheap (110yen) in Europe, too.]


¹ 楽山 神楽坂店 (Rakuzan), between Kagurazaka and Iidabashi station
*Containers have various designs, Japanese paper glued onto, with a lid inside to seal the flavor.  Be sure to keep it dry and cool [fridge] after opening a pack. Taste and quality are lost every second exposed to air.

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Travel – Hong Kong

The long awaited travel post.
Finally Hong Kong.
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I actually was going to plan a nice (way overdue) honeymoon trip [resort, 2 weeks doing absolutely NOTHING] but seemingly a higher power was against my plan ⇒

  • Philippines [dangerous and Boracay closed]
  • Hawaii [earthquake and volcanic activity]
  • Thailand [fully booked or flights to expensive]
  • Indonesia [oil spills in Borneo]
  • ….are you freakin kidding me?!

And that’s how one ends up in Hong Kong. Though –end up– is a bit harsh for this gem regarding food and potential to amaze.

Some keywords here: 
×they freeze you to death with air-conditioning (felt like 18C inside and 36C outside)×NON SWEET food culture (coming from japan where everything contains 90% sugar, Hong Kong is a real blessing!! Everything tastes normal, gonna miss it so much! ) ×Less ‘chinese dirty/loud’ than expected (felt like a Seoul with less of anger and like a Japan with much more “life” inside people)

We all know space in Hong Kong is limited and even hotels are smaller than Japanese standard – we did the full luxury course with a 40m2 room at OZO Wesley – to keep some slight honeymoon-touch, which I was hoping for in the beginning. (If you don’t mind staying in smaller places, HK can be a nice weekend trip in case you live in Japan and got bored of Korea.)


The ‘island‘ has less impact, if you have been to Tokyo or Seoul before, but what it made still jaw-dropping, was its density. You suddenly feel like a tiny ant no matter where you go. Also, compared to theit’s so close to china“-pollution we expected, the air quality was one of the best we experienced since 2 years, plus no rain with beautiful hot sunshine [sweat is not dripping down but drys off asap and only makes you more “sticky” than you might used to be. » Get’s my ‘Love It!‘ stamp – my skin has never been so smooth and clean!!]

It’s a small island, so 2.5 days is enough for a nice overview. We didn’t do much research and browsed the different areas as they came. And yes, you can find some spots that actually let you “breathe” for a while. It would spoil the fun to go into details, so I’ll throw in some keywords for you here ⇒ Hong Kong Park (Zoo) • Harbor view + Harbor (Island side) • Times Square • Causeway Bay Area • Sheung Wang/Soho Area • Kowloon Park • Tsim Sha Tsui …


Food is delicious as well, and even for picky eaters (intestines are a no-go for me too) there are variations of delicious congee (rice stew) and tons of fruits/snacks to explore. [avoid places crowded with tourist or touristy areas, it won’t taste even close as good as the “real deal”   addiction potential ⇒

        • Mui Kee Congee¹, 5min from Mong Kok St. [inside a fish-market on the 4th floor, makes you feel you jumped into one of those old HK fighting movies from the ’80s]
          —  cheap, with a nice view and super delicious

        • 椰汁大王 (Coconuts Drink)², 3min from Ya Mau Tei St. [opposite of starbucks]
          serves fresh coconuts juice mixed with a hint of condensed milk

        • Dim Sum Square³, 3min from Sheung Wang St. [a bustling area, slightly expensive,
          but very delicious food, and a nice stop to gain energy for exploring HK further]

       

      • Little Bonus for Mango Fans and “smoothy to go” — Hui Lau Shan (Tsim Sha Tsui, A2) – quite pricey but hella delicious.


    If you get yourself a 24h-ticket, you’re as good to go. Don’t forget sunblock/sunbrella and WATER! ( ! Free Shuttle Bus ! to your hotel is provided)

    (don’t worry, looks like fake money but isn’t. Each bank prints their bills in different style.)


    HK Air offers 1am flights from Haneda Airport and there are hotels which offer early check-in (7am) thus you’ll be getting a full day extra.
    We were arriving on a Friday morning and left Sunday late afternoon2.5 days with 2 nights hotel is a pretty nice deal.
    If you won’t let yourself rip-off in touristy areas you can eat and drink cheap [in total, this 2.5 day trip was around 1000 bucks for 2 ‘all inclusive’, and we ate a lot and stayed “luxury” class]


    ¹ Mui Kee Congee, Mong Kok St., Mainland [Exit B3 is closest]
    ²椰汁大王 (Coconuts Drink), Yau Ma Tei St., Mainland [Dundas Street Exit A2]
    ³ Dim Sum Square, Sheung Wang St., HK Island [Exit A2 along Hillier Street]

Travel – Korea 2018

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This time for my brother in law’s wedding. So this post is really short, as was our trip (weekend).  If you’ve read my blog about our wedding, then simply exchange groom & bride and location and you got this months wedding. [in Korea weddings are to make money, less about “celebrating” something, which makes them so repetitive in style]

A nice treat – when being in Korea – are the cafes. This time we went big and got these

mouth watering eyecandies


[Cafe Osulloc, Seoul]

New Item – ASOS (2018)

Based on the fact that my last post was a delayed summary of 2017, this post might seem quick, but actually isn’t.  ASOS (TALL) & other tall brands sale, again. (and again, very lucky to grab some nice pieces)  This time I also purchased items from ASOS Maternity (Tall) – which, in case I do get pregnant, I definitely would regret not having got my hands on  this great stuff for such small money.
→ [see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE] »Other posts related to ASOS«]


NOISY MAY tall shirt, grey-print
[size M, soft material] 12€  6€
BRAVE SOUL pullover, pink – for men
[Size M, perfect for ‘oversize’ look] 55€  28€
PULL&BEAR tall shirt, stripes
[size M, nice design] 12€ 8€
NOISY MAY shirt, logo print
[size M, love this style] 17€ 8€
ASOS tall t-shirt, white
[size M, stripes] 8€ 13€
ASOS tall shirt, rib design
[size M, goes great with high-waist] 18€ 8€
ASOS Maternity tall longshirt, print
[size M, ‘coming soon’ slogan] 20€ 10€
ASOS Maternity tall sweatshirt, boyfriend-style
[size M, very cozy] 25€ 14€
ASOS Maternity tall top, chevron-print
[size M, slightly see-through ] 25€ 9€
ASOS Maternity tall dress, cage insert
[size M, bodycon style] 47€ 12€
ASOS Maternity tall dress, colorblock design
[size M, sporty style ] 33€ 15€

 

Random – Wakasu Seasidepark

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With this post we are following my real-time life again. Last week we went for a spontaneous drive to a park called Wakasu Seaside-park. An unknown jewel located only 20min drive away from home and my new fav. spot to go.
There’s a huge park for BBQ and tents, cycling/jogging area and a fishing spot that leads right onto the sea. From there you are able to see  Fuji on clear weather, as well as watch airplanes starting their journey.
You are also able to walk alongside the newly opened (2012) Tokyo Gate Bridge – literally walking on the sea, but it might be a long way to go (bike is recommended)

We were lucky enough to catch sunset alongside clear blue sky, Mt. Fuji in its best light.
The park itself is free, only the parking lot is about 500 yen – quite affordable regarding the fact you can stay all day (closing time around 9pm)


[funny sidenote – the artifical Island everything is located on is called -yume no shima– (island of dreams) but it is basically 100% built on GARBAGE —- Japanese people know how to sell stuff, or where would you rent your apartment? on the island of garbage or dreams?]