Tokyo Day 3

Time flies when you are enjoying your holidays.  A late start for day 3 in tokyo.  Had lunch at the Sze Chuan Resturant in our Hotel as this restaurant is owned by one of the chef who appeared on the Japanese TV programme  “Iron Chef” (a cooking competition show, where people can challenge the chef on duty).

 

went for their set lunch. One of the dishes included : Gong bao Chicken

 

my yummy main course... chilli prawns

 

One of their specialty.. mapo doufu

 

the hot sour soup was one of the better ones I have tried. Taste was just right... not too spicy or too sour. Lots of fresh mushroom

 

 

one of the restaurant's specialty... Dan Dan Mian

 

the only disappointing dish... can you tell that was a Peking Duck serving? Think I prefer the usual style we get in Singapore. Beats that anytime.

 

Chestnut was blended to a paste-like texture, topped with milk. this dessert was really tasty. Sure wouldnt mind a 2nd helping.

 

took a pic while waiting for the bill

 

taken outside restaurant. can you see the blur poster of the 2 famous chef behind me?

 

a roadside florist near the Shibuya Station. Nice right? Like the way they have added the Halloween theme to the store .

 

A big Apple store in Shibuya. Shop looked crowded. Wonder if they were checking out the new Iphone 4S?

 

this place is called "The Spanish Steps". Located beside Parco Shibuya. Lots of small and interesting shops are located here.

 

this is what you see on the small lanes of the spanish steps

 

one of my favourite socks shop in shibuya.

 

Visited Shibuya 109. Too bad no photography allowed within the mall.

 

dinner was at a sushi restaurant i have found about 15mins walk from Shibuya 109

 

all the sushi menu on the wall.. guess this could be a challenge for many foreigners

 

cute sushi chef with "yeh" pose. chef told me that his restaurant has been around for the last 35yrs

 

ordered the premium assortment. the sushi was really fresh

 

my biggest treat for the night.... toro sashimi (tuna belly).

 

really enjoyed the sushi. I will definitely come back next trip.

 

 

 

 

 

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Burberry Beauty Workshop

Burberry has finally launched their make-up (known as Burberry Beauty)  in Singapore.    We have seen write-ups in local magazines (Her World) and also from known make-up artiste (Andy Lee) since last Oct but it was after a good 9-10 months wait for the counter to be up at CK Tangs.

 

I was invited to the Burberry Beauty Workshop this week at CK Tangs.

 

Colors from Burberry beauty’s iconic look were inspired by the nude and neutral tones of the their famous trench coats.  Their concept : back to basics.  This is indeed something very refreshing as the last basic color brand (Bobbi Brown) was started about 15 yrs ago.

 

The nude and neutral shades are meant to enhance the natural beauty on all skin tones, a modern and aspirational interpretation of the 60’s classic British look.  The line of make-up and beauty products are wearable and of very high quality.  The powders and foundations has a super light-weight finishing.   I feel that this is a good choice of colors for ladies who like the natural look and great for ladies who are not confident with colors as you can hardly go wrong with these shades.

 

The line of Burberry Beauty comes in a comprehensive collection.  Products consist of : a make-up base, sheer finish foundation, Concealer, eye shadows,  eyeliner, mascara, blusher, lip liners, lipstick and lip gloss.

 

burberry beauty

 

the burberry iconic looks of the 3 beauty girls

 

at the makeup classroom

 

a set of colors has been put aside for trial during the workshop

 

for our hands-on trial in the class...

 

class started with a make-up demo on how to create the iconic look

 

Celestine showing us the step-by-step how to create the look

 

the completed look... soft n feminine

 

after the demo, we had a guided hands-on session to create the iconic look

 

a close-up on the eye shadow collection

 

blushers

 

their range of lip gloss and lip liners

 

celestine did a 2nd demo of the new autumn winter look called 'storm'.

 

the colors used to create 'storm' look was inspired by the british weather.. imagine shades of plum, blues and grays

 

the 2 different looks created

 

a picture with Celestine after the event

 

 

Bought 2 highly recommended items by Celestine Sng (the Make-up artiste for Burberry Beauty for Asia), Fresh Glow and the Kabuki brush.  The star product “Fresh Glow” is a gel make-up base that contains wild rose extract (antioxidant).  The slightly pearlised effect gives skin a glowly, dewy look.  The Kabuki Brush is a great Blusher brush.  Extremely soft as it is made of natural hair.   Makes blending of blusher so effortless.

 

Kabuki Brush (S$94) and 'star-product' Fresh Glow (S$70). All Burberry Beauty items are available at the Tangs Counter.

 

Click here for the link to create the Burberry Iconic Look:

burberry beauty make-up tutorial

 

Tokyo Day 2

Started my day 2 in tokyo with a simple soba for breakfast.  Decided to head to Roppongi today.

 

my breakfast....hot soba with sliced pork

 

my first stop for the day was at roppongi hills

 

roppongi was serene and peaceful...

 

it felt as if i was walking thru a small park

 

other options to your starbucks joint.... the mobile coffee van

 

had lunch at the best tasting Oyako don Shop... the chicken was charcoal-grilled then cooked with eggs, unlike the usual stir-fry

 

tadah..... the chicken and egg was simply out of this world. Limited bowls were being served everyday

 

the yakitori were really good as well as they were grilled to perfection

 

had grilled chicken skin, chicken liver

 

 

this was the tsukune.. it had a crunchy texture cos they mix soft bones into the minced chicken

 

Found this nice pet shop... they provide grooming services and retail pet items. bought Mie a nice collar and some other doggie stuff

 

pets being groomed here.... there were quite a few shops pet-friendly shops in this mall. Me jealous!

 

Chanced upon this Singapore Restaurant.. Check out their singaporean dishes written on the wall

 

Located Azubu Jiuban as I left roppongi... it was an interesting street. Felt like an olden and out-of-place part of tokyo with a mix of new and old shops

 

a nice and cosy looking cafe that i saw on the side street

 

an old looking shop. They claimed that their seafood are all direct from Tsukiji Fish market

 

a few shops away from the traditional shop, was a french pastry shop. An interesting mix of shops, dont you agree?

 

Tully's coffee joint with an 'open air' seating area where one could sit and read with a cuppa

 

a low 2 storey-building with many restaurants. I was headed to "the Darjeeling'.

 

this was the nice coffee place... i was attracted to the yummy looking cakes

 

had a little 'trouble' deciding what to buy... cos everything looked yummy

 

on the way back to shibuya, i saw this big car or big limo or big vehicle! wonder which big celebrity was in it?

 

Another familar brand with a big building.... Bershka in shibuya!

 

if you think our H&M is big, pls take alook at this. while we only have 1 H&M big store, they have a few big stores just in tokyo!

 

Bought quite a few items for Mie today.  It was a ‘fruitful day” for her.  I enjoyed Roppongi despite only buying 2 hats.  How i wish Singapore could be more pet-friendly so I can bring my little Mie out shopping… or at least in a bag ;)

 

mie in her new denim bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tokyo Day 1

Over the years,  I have made many trips to Tokyo.  Friends always ask me “don’t you ever get sick and tired of going back to the same place every year?”.  My reply ” No..Never” .  If time permits, I will be there every season.

This is truly how i feel about Japan.

Guess you can always find a lot of information on tourist sights either from the internet or from books,  so  I would like to share what I like to do when I am in Tokyo.

having my supper before taking the mid-night flight

 

after 6+ hrs, finally arrived at Narita. This is a waiting place for people waiting for the train to get to city centre.

 

 

the interior of the narita express. this is a quick and convenient way to Shibuya (where my hotel is located)

 

The train ride lasted about 1hr 45mins. Scenary along the way was peaceful and nice.

 

my first dose of caffeine upon reaching hotel. A much needed cuppa as i touched down at 7am Japan time (which is 6am in S'pore)

 

 

my first meal in tokyo.. the club sandwich was enough to feed 2!

 

I stayed at the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel. This is the hotel lobby where i waited for my room to be ready.

 

My room throughout this stay. Am surprised that the room was so big and spacious.

 

Look! the attached bath room is very spacious too

 

there was a big shower area and even bath tub

 

I managed to check-in to my hotel room at 12 noon, which is considered early for Japan standard.  The usual check-in time for the hotels in Japan is about 3pm.  Time for a hot meal…..

 

You have to buy your meal ticket before you order your food.

 

You can add any toppings on the menu to your curry rice.

 

Lunch was at a curry rice shop near my hotel. Curry is a usual favourite whenever I visit Japan. The hot and spicy gravy with rice makes the meal really satisfying.

 

Decided to go for a ‘walk’ after lunch to help digestion.  My hotel was only a short 8mins walk to the famous Hachiko Square.

 

Can you see the number of people crossing at this traffic light?

 

Something that we dun have here...L'occitane has a cafe in tokyo

 

 

Love the pastry in Japan.. This is a promotion counter for egg tarts outside Seibu Departmental Store

 

 

OI City shibuya is a departmental store for the younger crowd

 

 

have you seen such big "ears"... A funny-looking car i saw on the road

 

Next, to my favourite Shop... called "45RPM". Staff is wrapping up my purchases with a traditional wrap.

 

 

Have you seen this bear? a very popular character created by a Japanese celebrity. This bear is really "hot" now.

 

 

this bear has been so well-received that a shop has been set up to sell their merchandise

Found this huge 5-storey Forever 21 store on my way to dinner place. So unfair right? All the known brands are having such bigs stores in Japan :(

 

 

Dinner was at my favourite Tsukemen Store

 

 

Look at the size of the serving... this shop charges the same price regardless of the amount of noodles served.

 

 

my noodle size is considered "small".... unbelievable right?

 

 

Tsukemen is a new way of serving ra-men created only a few yrs back. Noodles are served hot or cold with a concentrated soup dip. Very very tasty!

 

 

After a satisfying meal,  I headed back to hotel.  Decided to have an early night as I didnt sleep well on the route to Tokyo.  Will share more on Day 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Spotting in Tokyo

Hi everyone, sorry for not updating my blog.  I was away in Tokyo for a week. Was too caught up with all the eating and shopping.

To me, fashion trends in Japan have always been interesting.  Below is a preview of the trends for Autumn.

These are some candid shots of passerbys  I have taken of people on the fashionable streets of  Shibuya and Harajuku.

 

Checkered shirts is definitely on one of the 'must-have" list (in shibuya)

 

checked shirts ... even for the guys (at shibuya 109)

 

other checkered choices? checkered cape (at Omotesando). model is a 19yr old university student, having her pictures taken for her school project

 

checkered long dress (at harajuku)

 

stripes are still in.... (at Shibuya)

 

stripes... for all ages (at Shibuya, outside Parco)

 

animal prints are popular too.. (at Shibuya, near Parco)

 

animal-printed jacket (at Shibuya, famous traffic junction)

 

boyish style (known as "oji-style) is also seen everywhere (at Harajuku)

 

another passerby in ... oji-style (at Harajuku, Takeshita dori)

 

tribal styling .. (outside shibuya 109)

 

tribal styling... even for the guys (at La Foret, near Omotesando)

 

denims....an all-time favourite (at Omotesando)

 

another lady in denim skirt (opposite Harajuku Station)

 

denims for the guys... (at Shibuya 109)

 

a very stylish version of the denim jacket... i find his dressing very cool (at shibuya)

 

shorts are a big hit... even in the cold weather. i Like her jacket-with- shorts look (at shibuya 109)

 

shorts with oversize knits are very popular (outside shibuya 109)

 

this mama looks so good with the oversize top with her shorts (at Shibuya, near Hachiko Square)

 

2 japanese gals in different style with their shorts (at Asakusa)

 

Retro look is another 'must-have' look for this autumn (at shibuya 109)

 

a must have for the retro look... the polka dots. you can see them in every shop (for tops, shorts, skirts and even dresses) (at Shibuya, near OIOI)

 

Mikko’s comments:

I think there is a look for everyone.  Its up to individual how she would like to ”customise” their look.   Being a Kiasu Singaporean,  i bought something in checkered, polka dots, laces etc etc.  Sure cant go wrong this season.. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prada Python

Fall Winter fashion for Prada this year is one with a lot of snake and fur.  Since I am usually a practical buyer,  i have decided to indulge in a bag that I would never have considered in the past.

Snakes and even snake skin have always given me the creeps… But this bag has made me changed my mind.

 

ta dah !.... love the blend of off white and beige which makes it easy to mix and match with my clothes.

 

even the handles of the bag are wrapped in python

 

bag comes with a easy to carry side sling

 

think the fabric handle is a great idea as it makes the bag a little less formal.. i like :)

 

interior of the bag has a luxurious suede finishing..

 

a roomy bag for me to put all my barangs...

 

there are even handphone compartments which makes it so handy

 

According to the sales staff,  there are only 2 pieces brought in to Singapore.  Must be my lucky day to chance upon this bag.  I will definitely put it to good use.

banana or banane?

Launched more than a year ago on april’s fool day.  A simple eco bag has been the talk of town till today.  There were rumours that many Tai-Tais also bought this bag in every color.  Taiwanese Celebrity,  Barbie Hsu caused quite a commotion when she gave away this bag as a gift at her wedding.  According to Taiwanese programme (Queen’s), the waiting list for this bag is now 1 year.

This is non-other than the famous, banane bag (or banana bag) from Taiwan.  A close girlfriend managed to order one in April 2011 but i only had my hands on the bag in Sep 2011.

I believe there are many versions available in the market.  Heard there are even imitations as well.

Let’s take a look at the original Banane bag…

there are total 11 colors available

 

close up pic of bag

 

each bag comes with an individual certificate

 

a tag with individual serial number

 

a little booklet stating that everything is handmade

 

with banane label attached

 

with washing instructions

 

item comes with dustbag as well

 

Mikko’s Comments:  Total cost of this bag is about S$100.  Well-made.. yes i think so.  Printing on bag is superb… yes i agree completely.  Is it worth paying so much for it? Erh… i really dun know.