Monday, May 30, 2011


Quite a while ago, Suntory has introduced this revolutionary non-alcoholic beer that has 0g sugar, 0 kcal and 0% alcohol content.

I tried it today. 

The taste is well...wheaty and quite refreshing. It doesn't taste bad but it's also not something I would pick up at the convenient store when I need an ice-cold beer. It's more like beer-flavoured soda. 

My host-family Otousan commented that it's 'beer, but not beer'. Very pointedly put. Do you get it??? 

The website is here and I checked out the FAQ section a bit. As the alcohol content is 0%, consumers may operate vehicles and those who are below the legal drinking age of 20 may also drink it. But Suntory has advised against allowing children to drink it and stated that this beverage is created for those above 20 years of age. 

Would you switch your regular beer for this healthy, 0kcal version? 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Loot from Post Office

Hello hello! 

Popped by the post office to drop a mail back to Singapore and I chanced upon these cute collectibles!

One Piece stamps! 

Closer look. 

Collectible from Japan World Stamp Exhibition 2011. 

Hello Kitty and Choujuu Jinbutsu Giga. 

No need to name these familiar faces. 

And some postcards! 

Japan has such lovely stamps! View more here

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Natural Kitchen, my favourite store in the world

Hello! I haven't been blogging very much lately as I had been busy with school work and ukulele practice. There were days where I just wanted to stay at home the whole day jamming away on my uke.  I love my ukulele so much! 

Anyway, as the title of this post suggests, I shall talk a bit about my favourite store in the world, Natural Kitchen! 

Tucked away in a little street in Kichijouji, Natural Kitchen has the cutest little household items for 100yen apiece. 

I spent a happy whole hour browsing. 

My plant Gaga (see previous post) was purchased from here. 

I really adore Natural Kitchen's goods. Simple yet fancy! And cheap! Its website is here

And its sister store Kitchen Kitchen has lotsa great items too! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gaga the House-Plant


Yes it's named after the great Lady Gaga herself. It's the only companion I got in my lonely apartment here in Tokyo. Sometimes you just need something ALIVE to talk to. And it costs only 100yen!  

Omg I just realised how crazy that sounds.  Haha kthxbai! 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kimono and Monjayaki Party

One fine winter day in February, my friends and I decided to put on kimonos for no reasons and strut down the neighbourhood to a restaurant for some Monjayaki.  Such crazy spontaneousity! 

We noticed that the reactions from passers-by differ with age. The older folks would stop for a friendly chat, asking us if there was a special event that we were heading to. The middle age people would gawk at us and then smile. The young ones would sneak a quick peak at us and quickly walk away with a look of horror on their faces. I wonder why! 

3 German girls, 1 Korean girl and 1 Singaporean girl! 

I miss my German girlfriends. They have all gone back to Germany and I hope I can see them soon. We had such lovely memories together! 


Imagine the look of surprise on the staff and customers' faces when they saw 5 loud foreigners in kimonos entering the monja restaurant!  Such fun! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Animal Rescue Demonstration in Shibuya (Super Image Heavy)

Just the other day, it was hot and sunny like Singapore. And it has been chilly and rainy these two days. I love cranky Springtime weather!    It's quite fun to wake up in the morning and decide if I should wear my t-shirt-and-Birkies combi, or tights and wellington boots

I participated in a demonstration organised by animal rescue organisations last week. Many animals are left in the disaster area with no food and water. As an effort to raise awareness and to appeal to Japanese government to allow animal rescue teams into the restricted 20-km to give aid to the trapped animals, over 600 people marched down Shibuya on 8th May.

Part of the rally. 

Marching down Shibuya. 

Some photos I took before the march. 

A special memorial service was held to commemorate animal lives lost in the disaster. 

Emotions flowed and many people teared during the memorial service. 

Listening to instructions for the march. Great turn-out that day! 

All ready to go! 

Police officers were there to block one lane of traffic for us. 

Shibuya, not just for shopping. 

We marched around the area near Shibuya station for about 40 minutes, shouting slogans such as 'Support Animal Rescue in restricted area!', 'Animals have the rights to live too!' and 'We want to save them! We want to feed them!'. Emotions were running high and we were all shouting at the top of our lungs with much zest and passion. 

People were still hanging around the area even after the rally had ended. 

I am so glad to have taken part in this meaning event. It's so amazing that strangers from all over the world have unite and come together to do something for the animals. I really hope that this demo proved something to the Japanese government and they will be moved by our efforts. 

More videos are here