April 5, 2014 Off

Ramen in Japan (2013 vers)

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I know, I’ve finally gotten around to doing this (笑). This time in Japan we had a mini ramen tour in Tokyo. We had our dinners, then there were the second dinners just for ramen. We take ramen seriously!

Tokyo Station Ramen Street is a good and lazy place to try a selection of popular ramen stores from around Japan. Currently there are eight stores there and they can sometimes change. We managed to try four of the most popular ramen stores during our five days in Tokyo. The top stores will most definitely have a line with some exceeding 2 hours. Some stores ask you to buy a ticket from their vending machines then enter the queue, others will ask you to line up first and only buy the ticket when you get to the front of the line. Getting this right is very important! There was an occasion where we were in line for 20 minutes, the store required for a ticket to be bought prior to lining up. When the staff person asked the businessman at the front of the line for his ticket and he didn’t have one he stormed off… Instructions are usually in Japanese and taped close to the entrance of the shop…

Ramen ticketRamen ticket from the vending machine.

HondaHonda’s shoyu ramen with 3 different cuts of chashu ☆☆☆
Queue time ~10min at 10PM.

IkarugaIkaruga’s tonkotsu ramen. It was extremely heavy and oily…
I couldn’t finish it and felt physically sick after…
Queue time <10 min at 10PM.

RokurinshaRokurinsha’s tsukemen. Most likely the most popular of all ramen stores at Ramen street!
Queue time can exceed 2 hours during peak times. The broth looks heavy but it wasn’t heavy or oily at all. After finishing your ramen you can request for them to dilute the soup with some yuzu broth so you can enjoy the broth on its own ☆☆
Queue time <25 min at 5PM.

HirugaoHirugao’s shio ramen. The the broth tastes light with the sweet taste of scallops ☆☆☆
Queue time <20min at 7PM.

After trying 4 ramen stores nearly 4 nights in a row the next and final time we had ramen was at Ippudo in Kyoto (the same store I visited the previous year).

IppudoCondiments at the counter table at Ippudo.

Ippudo shiroIppudo shiro ramen. The broth tastes like it has duck egg?! ☆
Wait time <10min at 11PM.

Ippudo akaIppudo aka ramen. sbf’s ramen… I don’t remember what he said it tasted like 8D

Hopefully next time I’ll get to try a good miso ramen XD

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March 16, 2014 Off

Lusi

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A few weeks ago sbf gave me a spa voucher for a Swedish Aromatherapy Massage (this still sounds foreign to me) at F Spa. I was excited and anxious since I have never been before (a massage? like what I do when I rub oil, salt and herbs into my meat to marinate it??), but scheduled for an appointment the Saturday he was doing a brus weekend thing (lol).

Because of awesome timing, Cyclone Lusi strolled into town the same weekend with Saturday forecasted as the most violent of out the fri-sun storm. On Friday weather warnings, power / water concerns, event cancellations were all over the news. I did think about rescheduling it, but then I realized the main question was “Do they mean Auckland stormy? Or Wellington stormy? Or actually extremely concerning stormy?”.

As it turned out, it was only Wellington stormy. It was hard to walk in the strong winds, I got my shoes drenched in water from deep puddles, my hair was thoroughly tossed by the gales, watched frozen in a near empty theatre in the morning, had lunch at The Don (miso tonkatsu don, it was ok), did some shopping (KW polka dot scarf cuteness), and made my way to the spa…

It was smaller than what I expected, but the staff were welcoming and nice. They served me herbal tea (oook) before my masseuse came to get me. The actual massage room was dim with the scent of calming aromatherapy oils, soothing filler bgm, and after half an hour of getting my back and shoulders done I was nearly asleep. The other half hour was spent on my limbs and scalp, and towards the end of the hour I caught myself thinking I could totally be doing this all day LOL. If you’ve ever felt your shoulders or back feeling stiff and tight you should consider going! I was a little nervous about it but a nice place will make sure your modesty is kept intact and ensure you are comfortable at all times.

And I just wanted to say my hair salon does a better scalp massage but I guess they specialize in the head area.

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March 10, 2014 Off

Week 11: What I’ve been playing

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I wasn’t going to talk about The legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds until AFTER I finished the game but I seemed to have hit a wall (´・ω・). For a while I was blazing through the game, I was completing a dungeon per sitting, it always felt like a breeze to get to the half way point but not with the Dark Palace in the Dark World.

This dungeon is creepy… It’s always pitch black except for your lantern or a lit torch, there are mimics that only move when you move (like a mirror), falling floors, eyeballs, ghosts, weird anti-light rooms, gaaaaah.

I was quiet excited with how I was coping with not buying any new games…
BUT THEN I BOUGHT MAJORA’S MASK (N64, 2nd hand) BACK IN FEBRUARY.

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January 30, 2014 Off

Melbourne 2014

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I went to Melbourne with the bf to visit a good hs friend over the Auckland Day long weekend. Incidentally it was the Australia Day long weekend too. It was not easy getting to Melbourne. My flight was cancelled and I somehow managed to buy the last seat out on the next flight out within minutes of running off the plane… (Thanks Mish!)

I stopped at Uniqlo in every large city we stopped in Japan, so this sight was extremely odd. Queuing to get into Uniqlo?? Not only was there a line, at times the line went around the corner of the street and stretch onto the other side. Happened to pass by when there was NO line and the “shop” was more like a “stall”. I am not sure why people were so desperate to buy Uniqlo…

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January 2, 2014 Off

Lately

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I’ve been sniffing a lot and it feels hard to breathe like my nose is always blocked.
It’s always fine when I sleep.

That’s all that’s been bothering me lately though.

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