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[blog] these are a few of my favorite things

(With apologies to Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and The Sound of Music.)   A weekend spent in bed without interruption Well-written fan fiction that feeds my addiction Dramas that leave me with only nice feelings These are a few of my favorite things     Tokyo, Taipei, London and Barcelona Travel, airplanes, iPod and…

drama: AMOUR ET PATISSERIE (first impressions)

I rather like the alternative title of this PTS drama: A PATISSERIE WITH NO NAME, rather than the literal LOVE & PASTRY.     So obviously, it’s going to be about food, in particular, pastries. I’ve been craving for sweets myself (after missing all the delicious desserts when I was back home recently because I…

drama: who’s HUNGRY?!

The first scene in Osamu Mukai’s drama, Hungry!, is of him showering interspersed with making breakfast. Whether there’s a connection between the two is up to the viewer but having Mukai-kun for breakfast is certainly not a bad idea. In fact, not a bad idea at all. Hungry! is about Yamate Eisuke, a rocker turned…

movie: Patisserie Coin de rue

Care for some dessert? I went to my favorite seafood restaurant last week and as usual, had my fill of curry crab, prawns and garlic frog. After that sumptuous heavy meal, I wanted to have dessert but there were no nice cake shops nearby. So I had to content myself with a movie: Patisserie Coin…

thankful to be in Taipei

(Dateline Taipei part 1) I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving (I find it too Western) but I am thankful right now for being in one of my favorite cities. It’s been a hectic time since I arrived I didn’t even have time to look out of the window on the ride from the airport to the…

it’s tea time!

I can’t help but laugh whenever Kageyama (Sakurai Sho) stops everything he’s doing in Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de to make way for what he calls as “tea time”. It reminds me of a British friend, who, a few minutes before 4pm, would be puttering about and making herself tea. Without fail. I actually…

only in Japan: take a break, have a strange KitKat

I bought these packs of KitKat during a recent trip to Manila in orange and mint flavors. I know they’re not even close to the strange flavors that Japan comes up with. According to this Wikipedia entry, there are 101 flavors available in Japan, with a few of them available in other countries, like boring…