You know the feeling, when things are just chugging along, run of the mill, grind and grind. So I jumped at the invitation of my japanese housemate to visit his family in Kawagoe, Saitama and participate in their local Matsuri(festival) in October. I also needed some shopping done in Tokyo so the timing is perfect.
I also donned a traditional japanese matsuri outfit(Happi) and was allowed to be a part of the community in the festival. This is a great honor as outsiders, even other japanese are not allowed to join except bystanding.
Japan is really quite amazing, they have the fastest, sleekest, most efficient trains, but they still have paper posters in their subway. They have amazing futuristic architecture, but they also have countless traditional wooden buildings dating back to Edo. They have terribly advanced LTE communications yet a good number of the population still uses traditional clamshell keitais (mobiles) with dangling ornaments on them. They have gotten it right by balancing modern globalization and retaining the very essence of their culture and heritage. It is simply amazing how everyone cleans up after themselves, even sorting their trash by bottles, cans, plastics, paper.
It is very surreal for me to see a old looking train travelling side by side with a futuristic Shinkansen(bullet train) for a few seconds. I am coming from a country where the old gets bulldozed or loosely ‘preserved’.
I am also proud to say that Ive finally stayed in a traditional tatami home, so generously provided to us by my housemate’s family. This is not a commercial inn, but a real home. It is beautiful, terribly beautiful.
Please enjoy some select images from my trip. These images are from the Kawagoe Matsuri, and scenes of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Harajuku. Taken with the Fujifilm X10 Compact.
A cup of coffee in the morning keeps the “tiredness” away. It works for me and most of the people i guess. Will a coffee drinker switch himself/herself to a tea drinker? if by drinking teas regularly enhances Beauty from within.
Today i’m going to share with you the 4 “special” benefits you can get from teas beside drinking it?!
1. Relieve your tired eyes
Revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. Soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.
2. Reduce razor burn
To soothe razor burns and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet tea bag to the affected area.
3. Cool sunburned skin
A few wet tea bags applied to sunburnt skin will take out the sting. This also works well for other types of minor burns. If the sunburn is too widespread to treat this way, put some tea bags in your bathwater and soak your whole body in the tub.
4. Make soothing mouthwash
To ease toothache or other mouth pain, rinse your mouth with a cup of hot peppermint tea mixed with a pinch or two of salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol which alleviates pain on contact with skin surfaces. To make peppermint tea, boil 1 tablespoon fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup water and steep for several minutes.
Stay tune for my next post onTea-Drinking benefits!
Had Hainanese chicken rice at Famosa Chicken rice shop in Jonker Street. Not to recommend you all because the rice is so hard and tasteless Chicken is hard too. Bad.
Walked pass some really nice houses. The feel there is similar to Taiwan.
Imagine the motorcycle is xiao mian yang. Haha
Had satay celup at night at Ban lee siang. Wanted to go Capitol but the queue there is crazy! Freaking long so changed my mind. Anyway lok lok in malacca is so much more cheaper than in JB. RM28 for 2 persons and we counldn’t even finish the food. Where in Jb probably you have to pay RM40-50 in order to fill up your stomach.
Durian Cendol from San Suk Gong. Went there to buy some local delicacies to bring back then sun bian eat cendol. YUMMMSSS although i had flu and cough that day. Couldn’t really smell the durian.
Kawaii pandan flavour pancake.
Went to Dataran Pahlawan before heading back.
Lastly, Nadeje Mille Crepe Cake is a must have when you to travel to Malacca. But seriously the queue is WOW! Be patient if you want to eat yummy cake k!
OTW back to Jb. Second time i saw rainbow in my entire life! Heeeee Happy~
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37 boxes entirely filled up hermie’s cubicle space.
#2 Aunty Crystal pathetically packing up goodies bag and even skipped lunch. Poor thing. But we did helped her out! Marketing is not easy. PROVEN here!
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#4 Weekday jogging at MBS after heck work. Enjoy the breeze and very very chio scenery! Saw people flying LED kite too.
#5 Sarang bi main actor Jang Geung Suk! So handsome!!! Recently i’ve been watching this korean drama. Although i couldn’t understand korean but still i love korean drama. The way they dressed are so nice! Especially girls. Sweet and lovely. The colors they match <3
#6 Loves from Ganjeong Spider. =’( Sad to hear the news…
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#8 Bought some accessories from Taipei Muse! Major love. Visit Taipei Muse now!
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