Shake Duo

Hubs requested that we drop by Book Express for his book shopping fix on our way home from office. It was a good thing this duo was doing a performance in the open space in front of JR Sakuragicho Station. They were pretty good! Hence I had a good time as I waited for hubs. I noticed though that most of us who were watching were women.

(sorry for the shaky cover on the first minute. I dropped my PET bottle and had to retrieve it haha :) )

They were giving away flyers for their upcoming concerts; their first album is selling at ¥2500 yen.

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In fairness the vocalist’s voice was good and blending with the backup was good as well. Beatbox man was pretty good too! No wonder many were hanging around to watch them instead of the usual handful of watchers for other singers on other days.

Hope to hear more from you guys.

autumn on November 30

We’ve been so busy lately that we haven’t really been to the countryside to experience autumn. Here in the city, I feel like autumn took a long time in coming. And even when it came, the visit was so short. Short though it may be, yet still beautiful.

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Margaret and poinsettia

One of our bosses in our current project invited some of us for dinner at his home last weekend. Since Hubs was busy with work, he had to decline and I had to go alone. The party was a blast; we thoroughly enjoyed the night. When I got back to the house at around midnight though, I saw Hubby had a very enjoyable evening as well. He had a very enjoyable time re-potting our plants that has outgrown their original pots.

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And he bought a Margaret (the one with white flowers on the right) simply because the name Marjorie was derived from the name Margaret. Sweet. :)

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He also bought this happy,Christmassy-looking poinsettia.

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The other night, he trimmed big buddy (the first photo) and got a few loose leaves. He tied them with our leftover twines from the wedding and immersed them on water on our Marlowe glass. I just LOVE the arrangement! It looked like a flower to me.

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Hubby is definitely the artist AND the green-thumb in our household. :)

pilipit

Mama used to buy this for us as omiyage/present when she came back after being out the whole afternoon; omiyage for us to munch for our afternoon snacks.

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The one above is not the 5-peso pilipit that mama used to buy for us. It’s the one I bought earlier in Pompador, at 130yen, roughly 70pesos at the current exchange rate. And the taste is EXACTLY the same. Such a world of difference in price, in a matter of 5-hour plane ride.

The 1st week of Advent and a Happy New Year

I feel so guilty not being able to attend one of the most anticipated Sundays in the Church’s calendar. The 1st week of Advent, which marks the first of the four weeks of waiting for Jesus’ birthday. In the Church’s calendar, today is like the New Year and hence a time of looking forward to the new year’s blessings and joys as well as being thankful to the year that was.

And with a smile, I was thankful that unconsciously, we were also doing our recollections and our share of thanksgiving. We are now cooking something that enabled us to reminisce on how our story started and how it unfolded. Listening to Hubs share how he felt buoys me up and made me really thankful how God has been good to us to have had enabled us to spend our lives together.

And so with joy, love and hope, we look forward happily to the future God has planned for Atsushi and me. I am excited! Because I believe it is gonna be great. We claim it Lord! :)

Happy New Year everyone!

overtime

Already 9pm but both of us are still working. On a Friday at that. But it’s worth the while to stop for a few minutes and appreciate the view. I hope though I could get to take photos of the breathtaking sunsets we’ve been having these days. Next time!

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your $2M Christmas tree

Although it’s supposed to be a Christmas tree, I ain’t labeling this under Christmas. It’s just so….commercial for me, this GOLDEN Christmas tree.

Got wind (via twitter) of a pure gold Christmas tree which costs a whooping TWO MILLION DOLLARS!

If you ask me though, it ain’t really that pretty.

Check photos and feature of the Christmas tree here.

by the front door

Merry Christmas everyone!

~ A and M

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book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

It’s 3:40am and I’ve just finished the book. It’s a bit unnerving to find 6 book leaves at the back of the book, totally blank; 12 pages of nothingness after having had read that last part of Never Let Me Go that was so profound you’d find yourself reeling in your emotions. It must be a printing mistake, those additional 12 blank pages, but it suited the book just fine. It’s like you need those blank pages to write your thoughts and emotions on.

There’s a big disparity on how I treated this book from the first to the last page. At the start, I find myself getting bored and it was all I can do to will myself to go on reading; oftentimes telling myself that this book hasn’t received all those acclaim for no reason. And I’m glad I persevered. By the time I got to the middle of the book, it was so hard to put the book down in that I find myself trying to squeeze in a few more lines from the book within the last minute during lunch breaks.

One thing I’m thankful I didn’t do before reading this book: to read any synopsis/reviews that may allude to what the story is all about and who Kathy really is. Just go and read it and be surprised and be taken. And be haunted. And be brokenhearted.

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Enoshima (food) trip

I love it when Hubs plans our trips. There’s always that “surprise me” aspect and that I can always be confident while following his lead that we’d be going to an interesting place.

Heard about Enoshima quite a lot but in my four years stay in Japan before, I haven’t really gotten around to going here. Glad it was so; glad to have hubs leading the way.

There are at least three different train routes that can take you to Enoshima but hubs opted we take the monorail to go to the place. With a surprise, I realised this is my first time to take the monorail. I didn’t like it much. Don’t like the idea of a big train being suspended in air like that. True it is much the same as cable cars and cable cars are even suspended waaaaay higher than monorails. But even so, I still find monorails scary especially when we had to make a turn and the train had to tilt at some angle!

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Our destination is the last station on the line.

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Enoshima is an island and you’d have to cross a bridge to get to the island. This point marks the start of the bridge walk.

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The most popular delicacy in the area is the shirasu しらす which looks quite a lot like the fish we always fry with eggs back in Philippines. This shirasu is just so cute! Albeit they might look like worms at some point hehe.

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Different variations of shirasu dishes in the restaurants lined both on your left and right.

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But eating them raw is pretty interesting.

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They tasted so fresh and tastes very good with shōyu (soy sauce).

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The other treat that’s distinctly Enoshima is the beer. Quite pricey than normal though, at least more pricey by 200yen.

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The walk around the island is more or less uphill.

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You’d see a lot of these in Japanese shrines and temples. Wooden slates for couples to write their wishes on.

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Relaxing view. Sun seems to promise us a beautiful sunset.

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Yachts moored in the distance, and some out at sea, with people enjoying a day of fishing.

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Some were content to fish on the island’s rocky boundaries though.

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Beautiful,don’t you think?

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Had a late lunch at 2pm hence we pretty much had this traditional restaurant to ourselves.

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Of course we opted to take the traditional table. Perfect chance to stretch.

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Hubs’ boiled shirasu meal.

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Of course we had to enjoy Enoshima beer.

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Loved this Enoshima cider as well.

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Drinks aren’t usually sold in glass bottles in Japan so I guess drinking it from a bottle is part of the novelty. And well, drinks are more delicious when taken from a bottle. Drinking coke from an 8-ounce bottle is much more delicious than drinking from can, right?

We chose to go to the cave first.

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Noctiluca used to abound in the area and leave these shining pebbles around.

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Loved the local people’s idea of giving us candles to light our way inside the cave.

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As is expected, the Japanese are really amazing when it comes to safety.

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They have a number of sacred statues inside the cave. One of them is that of Mi-Zo the Snake who likes to curl around in a……..very unusual way.

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Hope you didn’t get to read this just before having a meal. :D Mi-zo’s eyes look so real though!

The cave also featured the love story of the area’s folk tale.

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The statue of the infamous dragon.

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This is the dragon’s temple. There were ladies praying every now and then. I wonder if they were praying for a one true love, just as I’ve prayed for it back then. :D

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Didn’t have the courage to take a photo of the inside. Even then, and even when I’m a Christian, the place felt so solemn.

Enoshima also have a Lover’s Hill and true enough, EVERYONE who went there were couples. There was also a place for couple locks just as how it was in the Seoul Tower and in Praha near the Lennon Wall.

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The green phone booth-like corner visible in the background houses the Bell of the Dragon’s Love. Wasn’t able to take a picture of it as there were a lot of couples milling about who I figure might want to have some privacy. We did clang the bell though. Giggles.

Cats in Japan are sooo fat and Enoshima practical abounds with fat cats lying about.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a dragonfly up close!

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And as I say, this is more of a food trip. ~sheepish grin~

Grilled shellfish and scallops.

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Soft ice cream with different flavors.

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More grilled food options!

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Churros!!! This was particularly fun for me as I had a chat with the lady selling these, in Japanese! She told me she has been to Cebu and what a beautiful place it was.

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As if all the eating wasn’t enough, we also bought dried products. The preserved squid that Hubs bought was just sooo good I’d gladly go back to Enoshima again and again even just to buy that squid. Too bad we weren’t able to take a photo of it.

Capping the day off, the sun was true to his promise. It was indeed a beautiful sunset.

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The place was bathe in a golden glow.

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Fuji-san also made his lovely appearance.

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More sunset photos. And of course, we just have to have our faces with the sunset. :)

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We took the ordinary train on our way back. The station though was far from ordinary.

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Gah. Suddenly I’m craving for that squid. :P

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All photos were taken with Canon G-12 and unedited save for the watermark. :)

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