Wrapping Up 2014!

31 12 2014

I am at the airport in Manila, the Philippines, waiting for my flight back to Tokyo.  Been busy or had little internet connection so days have gone by although I wanted to write daily about my trip.  But since it’s December 31, I’m going to do a wrap of the year 2014.

When I finished writing the above, it was time to board.  So I am back in my apartment in Tokyo before I leave for my parents’ for the new years.

January:  It became the final January to be attending the industry convention in Cannes, France I have been going to for the last 22 years although I did not know that at the time.  From 2015, it will be held in June when it’s supposed to be warm and sunny.  It also was the last time my best friend and I would rent an apartment together in Cannes, though we did not know that at the time either, as my friend got transferred to another group company in August.

February:  The Cannes trip lasted into the first week of February after which time I took advantage of my location to visit Monte Carlo, Monaco for the first time.  It rained throughout my short stay.

March:  At the end of March, I decided to visit another region with casinos, Macau, though it was just by coincidence.  Again, heavy rain at times but I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences as I had been told otherwise – that Macau is small and it’s good only if you like gambling – not true.

April and May:  From the end of April and the first week of May, paid a visit to Boston, Massachusetts, US of A, upon request by my aging parents, where we used to live in the ’70s.  Met new and old friends, went to where we lived, places we used to visit, a perfect trip down the memory lane.

June:  Since I got rid of my cable TV subscription I started going to movie theaters again and probably during the month of June was when I went to see the most number of films.  This is the list.

July:  Almost every month my two good friends and I get together to eat different cuisines of the world and we always try to go to a new region except that in November we do French because of “Beaujolais nouveau” and in December we do “Christmas”.  This year we ate around the world by going to Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Chile, India, and Myanmar.  In July it was Chile at Mr. Eduardo’s.  His empanada which he made in front of us from scratch, as well as everything else, was beautiful.

August:  For my summer vacation I chose Poland as the place to visit and when I mentioned this to my German friend living in Berlin, she insisted I come and visit her as well.  So I did.  Warsaw, Krakow, and Berlin in ten days.

September:  A major change in my bathroom which I had been reluctant to do because I liked the design of the old one but it was getting too dangerous to not change.  Now completely updated, typically Japanese toilet installed and because of that, I was once again able to have guests at my place for the first time in a long time.

October:  My birthday month and celebration was to be had.

November:  My two most favorite musical groups, the Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, were in town at the same time which interestingly enough gave me an opportunity to visit the Tsukiji Market for the first time.  Feeling very blessed.

December:  Finally a trip to the Philippines, Manila and Vigan, after offices closed for the new year holidays.  Things unexpected happened which I shall write about in the new year as I sort out my photos.

Hope more good things to come in 2015.  Happy and peaceful new year to all.





Dining Out in Little India of Tokyo

6 10 2014

For the month of September, my two good friends and I chose “India” as the theme for our “world cuisine in Tokyo” dining expedition.  There are so many Indian restaurants in our city but we decided to try what is claimed to be “home food” from Western India in “Little India” of Tokyo, in the Nishikasai neighborhood.

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The restaurant is brightly lit inside and there is not much “atmosphere” and it obviously used to be another restaurant, a Japanese izakaya perhaps, but it’s cute and definitely looks family run.

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I had asked in advance if it was OK to BYO which the restaurant owner, an Indian guy who speaks fluent Japanese as well as English, did not understand and he told me he will follow whatever “system” is generally accepted.  He did not charge a corkage.  Nice guy. 😉

We got there early when it was empty but as the Saturday evening progressed, we started seeing many Indian families come and go.

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Indian Home Food Reka

At the end of the evening, the owner gave me his name card which was for a corporation that had nothing to do with his restaurant business.  He is apparently the “Country Head” for a company called “Polaris Software Lab Japan K.K.” which, according to his card, has an office in central Tokyo.  I forgot to ask which business he enjoys more.





Twilight Indian

25 06 2013

I love dining and drinking and seeing the dusk set in at the same time.

From my other post a couple of days ago.

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But that’s not so easy to achieve in Tokyo where at the height of summer, it gets almost completely dark at as early as 7 pm so you would have to start earlier than that if you want to see the sun set.

So on a late Sunday afternoon last month, I chose this Indian restaurant at Tokyo Midtown that has a view to meet up with a good friend.  And I would add that we both love Indian food.

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I have to admit that I actually prefer the regular, more down-to-earth Indian than this upscale dining. ^^

Nirvana New York





Dining Out in New York – Jack’s

8 04 2013

This was very much a business meeting dinner but with very pleasant company.  The restaurant near the very busy Times Square was easy going and while not something very special, my Indian-themed chicken salad with curry flavor in a poppadom shell was excellent.  I finished the whole thing despite the gigantic portion.

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Jack’s





Double Reunions

5 10 2012

As you grow older, you begin to reminisce the good old years gone by and consider reconnecting with old friends.  Nowadays facebook has not only made it easier for friends to find each other but I think it also kind of encourages people to actually get together in person.

I had a couple of middle/high school reunions in September.

One of the best and oldest Indian restaurants in Tokyo, many of us used to frequent it in high school. We were 10 girls from four different classes (years) this night with two of Los Angeles residing friends being in Tokyo. One of them is a flight attendant and she left at 9:30 pm to be (i.e. work) on a 0:45 am flight leaving from Haneda. She apparently does this twice a week between LA and Tokyo.

After the same reunion, the four of us went for another drink.

On another night.

This was a smaller reunion with three of my middle/high school classmates. This complimentary wine came from a gigantic bottle that was bigger than a magnum.

Shabu shabu time!

An all-you-can-eat deal.

Sesame dip with a touch of chili sauce.

And my class is now planning a bigger reunion in December as this year is a commemorative year for us.  So many years since graduation.

Moti

Shabuzen








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