Saturday, May 02, 2015


I've come to the point where I don't use my digital camera anymore and only use my iPhone.

Granted, the iPhone has its drawbacks, but, it beats lugging both around.

Recently, selfie sticks are being seen more and more around here.

Apparently, this trend started in Korea.

And just as I was pondering over whether to get one or not, it seems more and more places in Japan are banning them.

unhooking the selfie stick before answering the phone may be a good idea... They are "dangerous" especially when the person using them is not paying attention.

Plus, if you need to talk to someone, you may look like that lady in the photo above...

new gadget since selfie sticks banned here & there...universal clip lens...hope it is good�� #universalcliplens #japan So, bring in the next trend...universal clip lens.

In Korean they are called "selka lens", "selka" means "selfie".

This gadget is similar to the ollo clip and a little cheaper.

There is a fish eye lens, wide angle and macro lens.

I'll be testing it out this weekend, hope it won't disappoint!

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

kobayashi memorial hall

kobayashi house Yesterday, while walking to the market, Satoshi and I stopped at the Kobayashi Memorial Hall to check out their baseball exhibit.

The house is located near the Ikeda castle ruins and was the residence of the founder of the Hankyu railways, Kobayashi Ichizo.

On the ground floor of the house is a French restaurant, Gazoku Sanso.

And on the second floor is where their living quarters were. This is also where the exhibit was.

kobayashi house The entrance was quite dark but I was fascinated by the decor.

kobayashi house Also, the living room area (on the ground floor) was large and I was amazed by the large windows and high ceilings, definitely not something found in Japanese homes during the 1900s.

The gardens surrounding the home are also something to see too.

I'm glad we got to check out this place and hopefully we'll be able to eat at the restaurant in the coming days.

Kobayashi Memorial Hall
7-17 Tateishi-cho
Ikeda, Osaka
Phone: 072.751.3865
Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed Mondays
Admission: 300 yen

ps it's a holiday today and the start of Golden Week(GW), we have some adventures in the works!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

tom yum nuts

tom yum nuts I was browsing in Kaldi one day and came upon these...Tom Yum Nuts.

If you are familiar with Tom Yum Soup, then you'll know it is a Thai version of "hot and sour" soup. If you aren't familiar, you can read more about it here.

Cashews are coated with a "caramel" then dredged into herbs and spices like chili, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.

These are spicy! and they are similar to Sahale Snacks' Sing Buri...Sahale's were sweeter.

Tom yum nuts These are nice with beer.

I'm glad I bought two bags...

Monday, April 27, 2015


It seems that we've jumped from Spring head first into Summer...

The daytime temps have been quite warm.

At least early mornings and evenings have been quite comfortable.

Saturday after Satoshi's class, we headed to Fukushima for lunch at Pannya.

A tiny curry shop, they have about 6 different types on their menu.

dry keema at pannya♡ #keema #curry #pannya #福島 #大阪 #fukushima #osaka #lunch I went with the dry keema...this wasn't too spicy and had lots of cilantro.

I loved the baked naan-thingy, it was crisp with a little salt...kinda like chips.

katsu curry @ Pannya Satoshi went with the katsu curry.

His came with pickled cabbage and a nice piece of pork loin. The curry was "soup curry style" and very spicy (it had many chili pepper markings on the menu)

Both lunches also came with a small salad and cup of coffee afterwards (hot or iced).

There are other items on their menu we'd like to try.

We'll be back.

wisteria at noda community center #noda #nofilter #wisteria #fuji #osaka #藤 #野田 #大阪 After lunch, we walked to check out the Noda fuji (wisteria) at their community center.

It was beautiful!

Have a nice week.

2-9-10 Fukushima
Fukushima-ku, Osaka
Phone: 06.4256.6319
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:00-15:00 (lunch), 18:00-22:00 (dinner)

Friday, April 24, 2015

culture shock

gmh3 I've ranted before about the election system here in Japan.

Well, they are at it again...

A couple of weeks ago was the election for Minoo city (where we live), their city council or something.

This week it is an election for Ikeda city, their city council or something.

We just happen to live on the border of both cities so it has been "noisy" with all the campaigning using their loud speakers.

Ikeda has 30-something candidates, so each one has a loud speaker car trolling for votes from 8:00 to 20:00 (even on weekends!)...thank goodness their election is this coming Sunday.

Try not to be walking on the roadway when they pass or they will call out to you (over their loud speaker) about embarrassing!

I still wish they would combine their elections...this staggered system is crazy and I am pretty sure a waste of tax payer monies.

The sun is back...Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

oh em gee

these jerky crisps are super addicting! thanks aunty! #alohaedibleshawaii #jerkycrisps #hawaii I think we received these gourmet jerky crisps from my Aunty when she visted...

We finally opened it on Sunday...oh em gee!

These are awesome!

Super crisp like a potato chip.

It is actually thinly sliced beef jerky crisped up...brilliant!

So good with beer...thanks Aunty!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


almond milk Almond milk is finally in more markets these days.

Most of the brands I've seen are coming from Australia, though there are some from the U.S. as well.

I bought a couple of liters (almond & coconut and almond), though I wish they would sell "unsweetened" versions.

I'm not too crazy (no pun intended) about the company name though...Sanitarium, even though the product name is "so good".

Another thing in the markets trending these days are "greek yogurts" and "chia seeds".

Any interesting food trends where you live?