Catch the Sakura Season at Tokyo Bubble Tea

After my trip to Japan, spring has been my favorite time of the year. I just love to see nature filled with greens and colorful flowers. Residing in a tropical country makes it not easy to witness such a beautiful season and time and financial availability are not always there. Even though “hanami” or cherry blossoms viewing is worth it, sometimes it is not so practical to just fly to Japan every year and experience this. Luckily, one of the largest milk tea stores in the Philippines, Tokyo Bubble Tea, brings the feeling of spring and cherry blossoms here in Read More …

Ramen: Irreplaceable Japanese dish

I think I have written in my previous posts my wonderful experience in the land of the rising sun. The country might be popular for Mario, Doraemon, Rilakkuma, Harajuku girls, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, Yui, Sumo,but for me it is the place for sushi, sashimi, tempura, and of course RAMEN. It might be embarrassing to admit but in my two weeks stay in Japan, I gained 5 KG. No joke. I guess it is a no-brainer that I loved the food there and even first class Japanese inspired restaurants in my country can’t compete with the taste of authentic Read More …

Eating like a Sumo: Sumo-sam experience

Paul was hungry. He said so while we were seating in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. “I’m hungry. Aren’t you?” Honestly, I was full after eating 떡볶이 (tteokbokki) for lunch. So I tipped my head to the left and answered, “So-so.” He smiled a bit shyly and claimed, “Well, I’m on a diet.” Then he laughed. I followed. It was so funny. “We can go and find something to eat,” I offered. He stood up and replied, “Let me go to restroom first.” Of course, I nodded my assent. When he went back, we focused ourselves to one of the Read More …

Star-crossed lovers: the origin?

Yesterday, August 22, a Chinese friend greeted me with “Happy Valentine’s Day, Monica!” I was like, “What? It’s not even February.” My friend explained to me that tomorrow, August 23, Chinese will be celebrating their own Valentine’s Day – six months after our Western Hearts Day. August 23 – Be my Valentine? My friend explained to me that tomorrow is Qi Xi Festival or 七夕节for them. It is commonly known as Chinese Valentine’s Day (情人節), but literally means Night of the Sevens. It is also known as Magpie Festival, the reason of which will be explained later. Other names for Read More …

67th year of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb… It is an awful responsibility which has come to us… We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes. —President Harry S Truman, August 9, 1945 On August 9, 1945 at 11:02 AM, American B-29 Superfortress Bockscar dropped Fat Man, an atomic bomb containing a core of 6.4 kilograms of plutonium, in an industrial valley in Nagasaki, Japan. This was in relation to United States Potsdam Declaration – threatening Japan Read More …

私の父 : My father in Japan

Early this morning, I checked my yahoo mail account and smiled when I saw a mail from my Japanese foster-father. He replied! Few days ago, I’ve been reminiscing my Japan days. Along with those memories are the Kojimas who served as my Japanese foster family in the youth exchange I have participated. Last Friday, I sent an email to my otoosan and wasn’t expecting his response to be so soon. Usually, it takes two weeks before he can send his letter to me because 1. He’s busy as a news director of Ishikawa prefecture; and 2. He must translate my Read More …

日本が大好き: My Japan Experience

Last Saturday, my friend and I dined in a local Japanese restaurant in Quezon City. The ambience transported me back to Japan with those paintings depicting lovely cherry blossoms in bloom. The meal served was mediocre – perhaps because I’m always partial to authentic Japanese cuisine. We downed our food with sake, a choice I surprisingly made. I admit I was tempted to go for avocado juice, but with the atmosphere being so Nihon (Japanese), I suggested a bottle of sake could improve the mood. Okay, some of my readers know that I am not a drinker. You’ll be glad Read More …