Posts

Showing posts from 2015

Christmas & Boxing Day

Image
How did you spend your Christmas 2015 Holidays? I was sober and around in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate my father's birthday on the eve. He is a Christmas baby and I always got to eat yummy food on Christmas Eve all my life.

 My mum had gone to heavens, so my sister took over  the cooking this year. We had all the English Christmas menu trimmings that consisted of the Honey Hams, Cheese Macaroni, Steaks,
Meat Balls, Roast Chicken, Grilled Potatoes and
sweet Apple Curmble & Birthday Cake as desserts. My brother lamely asked where was the Traditional Roast Turkey? The lady chef snapped to correct him that Turkeys are only for Americans during their Thanksgiving Dinners. English folks would eat Ham and Chicken while the Swedish would roast the Moose!!! Moooo!
This year, my dad's maid returned home for Chrsitmas and we got him a Pinoy male-nurse as caregiver. Guess how much it costs for just a month?



After too much of overeating the Christmas dinner, the next day was Boxing Day. …

The Tokyo National Museum

Image
Whenever I made plans to visit any new country,  I never failed to check out their museums! The more is the merrier and that was why I loved Xian - China. Never had enough of it. I know most ladies would seek the shopping streets but not me. I would be hungry to see their historical sites, buildings and museums in order to understand their country better.

 01. We headed to Ueno Park where all the museums are.
Our Japanese blogger friend Minoru Saito-san
so kindly guided us all the way from Akasaka to
Ueno's Park before leaving us to wander on our own.
I really respect the culture and hospitality of all
the Japanese who often play very good hosts to
all their guests. I can never thank them enough.


 02. This is the prominent statue to commemorate
the Imperial Prince Komatsumiya Akihito who was
the first President of the First Red Cross Society
of Japan.





 03. The crow just landed on the hat of the Prince's feather.





 04. The long beautiful pool of fountains flanked by pretty blooms
of …

Sugamo Shopping Haven

Image
This place is also known as The Harajuku Of The Old Ladies! My wifey absolutely loved this place with the highest ranking. Hear me?? Top most favourite ranking place visited by her
in Tokyo!



01. This 800 meter long Jizo Dori shopping street has so many Red Underwear shops which is their signature products.




02. The whole area is very popular with the older generations who are fondly called Obasang & Ojisang! It means Old Aunties & Old Uncles.



 03. I really lost count on the number of red underwear shops! Muahahaha




  04. The Obasangs and Ojisangs were busy fussing away at all the stuffs like tonics, supplements, fruits, warm clothings  walking sticks and rocking chairs! Suddenly I missed my 4 Grandmothers.



05. Voila! These signature red underwears,  which comes in a variety of styles  and is thought to bring abundance luck to the wearer.



 06. My wifey insisted many times that I should buy one red underwear too!!



 07. I was amused by the activities and shoppers there. I fores…

Big Bad Wolf's Book Fair 2015

Image
I was very happy that I managed to visit this  World's Biggest Book Fair 2015 this year.  I went twice and felt contented that we managed to get  some good reads that would last me at least several months.  Last year, I was quite mad that I drove to The Mines 3 times  and the horrendous traffic jams made me turn back home.  I bought nothing in 2014.




This was taken early in the morning but the whole place  became crowded by lunch hour onwards.


So happy that I must share our small loots below.



 My wife's books for intellectuals.



My books show how hungry I am for China's history. I bought them for my coming plans to visit the historical sites of China again.

Datong - Dunhuang - Bhutan - Tibet

*****


Rikugien Gardens @ Bunkyo-ku Tokyo

Image
We always adore the Japanese who often practice Art as a graceful way of Living. They would take great pains and planning to beautify & perfect  their environmental areas from the gardens, landscapes, buildings' ambiance and even the correct postures to eat or sip the green tea.  That's beautiful and amazing Art to me.
We headed to Rikugien Gardens as it was often lauded for the best place to appreciate the foliage of Autumn's myriad colours. This gardens at Bunkyo-Ku was built around 1700s.





1. We took the JR Yamanote Line train from Akasaka to  Komagome Station and walked some 30 minutes to the gardens instead of just 10 minutes as we were lost in circles. I enjoyed getting lost as I could admire the neat houses with trees growing abundance of orange and peach fruits! It was a sight to behold.




 2. My wifey who was my trip's banker & navigator paid 300 Yen each for entrance fees.





3. They even placed a pretty bonsai with beautiful blooms on the table next to t…