Names and Faces

Read about my affliction…tell me if you have it too!

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I have a confession to make…I’m not good at remembering names! When I’m introduced to someone, I try all the tricks…saying the name repeatedly or associating it with something. Sometimes, I just want to grab a pen and put a name tag on them but that would be rude, no? Add to that, that the current names I try to remember are in a different language 😜.

Then , there are times when I can’t distinguish sibling names ‘coz they look so much alike! There’s this set of six brothers in our highschool with all their names starting with the letter K. I cannot remember which one is which! But, I guess other people say the same with us five sisters 😬😂–we all look alike! (We do not!)

There’s this time I thought the Enchanted actress also starred in the Shopaholic movie. You know what I’m talking about?

This! They…

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Hooked on J-dramas

Read about my new pastime! Any jdrama recommendations? Comment below! Would love to know what you like

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Under the pretense of learning Nihongo, i have been binging on J-dramas. I thought it’d be fun to have a Japanese counterpart to Odessa’s Hook on Hallyu post.

4257_mischievouskissloveintokyo_nowplay_small_1Itazura Mischievous Kiss Love in Tokyo 1&2

The series is about a persistent girl, Kotoko (acts a lot like Yaya Dub), who declares her love for Naoki Irie. After a series of unfortunate events, (ehem spoiler alert) she ends up marrying him. Naoki is supposed to portray a cool handsome genius who is a bit aloof and unfeeling, almost condescendingly so. Acting wise, he played the aloofness part pretty well which left me wondering why Kotoko was so in love with him. The handsome part, errrr, I’m probably not the target market (aka too old for this na?!). The actor was also in another series “Rich Man, Poor Woman” and he played a fun, loud student .

Season two felt like it was…

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El Torito Restaurant 

Mexican food in Tokyo.

You won’t see many tourists coz who comes to Japan to eat Mexican food? But, I was told locals come in droves. Good place for large groups!

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A friend suggested we have Mexican food the other weekend. I haven’t had mexican food in years and been dreaming of eating carnitas!! So off we went to El Torito in Shinjuku.

There wasn’t a line during lunch time which was perfect. But there were no carnitas!!

But there was this:Buffalowings by five or ten. Quite spicy but the blue cheese dip compliments the wings superbly.

And these:Mexican Potatoes (foreground) and Nachos. They basically have the same chili sauce except for the extra jalapenos on the nachos. The nacho chips were extra crispy and oily!

We had these three appetizers while waiting for people. A lot? Not really cause the dishes are small and we were famished.

We decided to share a jumbo fajitas set (🐷🐷🐷)Looks so colorful and tasted wonderful! Grilled chicken, beef, and shrimp and enough trimmings to go into the tortilla wraps.

The server…

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New Clothes for Vintage Barbies

When we last visited Manila, Little A inherited two vintage (aka old) barbies from her aunts. These came with clothes, tons of shoes and a suitcase. The clothes are faded, the hair is frizzy, but still, Little A plays with the dolls. 

I read somewhere that conditioner works wonders.  We tried it. Little A squirts half the tube, tried to weave her fingers between the tangled golden hair, washed the greasy substance off while spraying water all over barbie (and us). We use a small towel and wrapped their hair so water doesn’t drip down the floor. She squeezed the towel. Squeeze and squeezed some more. The hair, now less tangled but very shiny. Oh well. We can still sing “flower blooms” while pretending to comb the blonde mane.

The clothes are a different story. Barbie clothes are so short and tight. It’s really hard to put them on (it’s my job so I know what I’m talking about). But the cheap mama doesn’t want to buy new barbie clothes that are just as tight. With virtually no sewing and designing skills, I set out to make new clothes for the dolls. 

I took some  scrap fabric and fabric glue and started working. 

My first experiment was a short skirt so in case I fail, I’d still have some fabric left to work on.

I made pattern out of paper to check if I got the dimensions correctly. Cut out the fabric then glued the edges so it won’t fray. Then, I placed velcro strips to fasten the clothes.

Not clean but these are prototypes (wink)


There we go. A new outfit but still short and tight. :/

With newfound confidence, I present the two new outfits I made. 

And as a happy coincidence, the back of the star dress can be another outfit!

The glue.

The fabric glue isn’t permanent and could be washed off. As far as I know, it’s a temporary solution to sewing issues. So I guess unless I learn to sew, these new clothes won’t get washed. 

I had to do these by trial and error. Maybe I should’ve searched for patterns online or read up on doll dress making. I’m sure there’dbe something   that would’ve made it easier. If you have any tips, please feel free to leave a comment.

Hokkaido Soft Serve Ice Cream

Summer treat!

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Summer is definitely here and what better way to enjoy it by eating Hokkaido’s finest soft serve ice cream! Hokkaido is famous worldwide for its rich and creamy dairy products and it doesn’t hurt that Hokkaido has wide variety of sites to visit. Spend a day (or ten!) going around Hokkaido to enjoy the food and the beautiful landscapes the place has to offer. It is hard to choose just one so here are the top three soft cream brands you should definitely try!

#1: Le Tao’s Soft Cream

LeTao Soft Cream

Le Tao is famous for their Double Fromage Cheesecake which is so heavenly and light that it feels like one is eating sweetened clouds. They have magically extended this magnificence to their soft ice cream offerings by serving vanilla, cheese and chocolate ice cream flavors. They’re so good that there is always a bee line in ALL their five (yes, 5!)…

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Can You Tell Me How To Get To Elmo Cafe

Past the event but posting here for uhmm… posterity

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Takeshita Street is the new Sesame Street– coz that’s where you will find the pop up  Elmo Cafe.Similar to the My Little Pony themed cafe in Harajuko, Elmo Cafe is a limited time restaurant that serves thematic food and drinks, with stuffed toys to play with while eating, decals and decors all over the cafe and photo booth for you to go crazy over. They sell merchandise, too!

They have a small sheet that lists cafe rules.  Don’t get offended with the sheet; it’s to get things moving along if there are way too many people. The most important one is that you can only stay for 1-1/2 hours, which, I think is long enough to eat, snap some souvenir photos and hug the hey out of the communal dolls. The other item that I can remember is a request to only take photos after you’ve ordered.

As an suggestion, can they please…

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Bien-Etre Patisserie

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There’s always room for dessert, no? Right after having lunch at home, we decided we needed to go out. We decided to try out this neighborhood cafe (far from us!) that is getting a lot of good reviews.

Bien-Etre is a small sweets shopthat sits about 10 people. When we arrived, there were already 3 couples seated and so we chose the bar seats where the drinks are being prepared. I think it was the first time Little A smelled coffee! It was wonderful but we aren’t coffee drinkers so we asked for really cold water instead.

There were about a dozen or so cakes and entremets to choose from. I chose 2 desserts and Little A chose hers. DrG doesn’t get to pick! Hahaha, oh well!

Little A’s choice is Harmonie. She likes that it’s purplish!

The innards. Theraspberry mousse sandwiched between biscuit and chiffon cake layers thencovered with…

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