Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Awkward Experience at the Sumo Stable in Tokyo



Sumo Wrestling has always been one of the interesting things about Japanese culture that I have always wanted to see and experience in person. And so, when I recently came back to Japan with my family this month I tried to book for a ticket to watch an actual match, but it was fully booked for the month. But then, I found out I could instead book for a Sumo Practice Viewing at the sumo stable.

I tried to book via Viator (a company owned by TripAdvisor) for three people... but I found out kids are not allowed. And that I could only book for one person on the dates that I prefer. So what I did was book for myself on one date and book for my husband on another date.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Siquijor

Bewitching, bewildering beautiful beaches of Siquijor up on escapecapades.com







Visit escapecapades.com for more...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore

The holidays came and went just like that... just like 2016.  And since the start of the year, I have been ever so busy with work, etc. But now, I finally found a weekend to write about the previous weekend when we had an opportunity, courtesy of our credit card points to stay at Raffles Hotel. I had been waiting for a long time for this. It's such a magnificent and historical site that I wouldn't want to miss checking out, especially since I have been living in Singapore for a really long time now.

The magnificent facade of Raffles Hotel along Beach Road

Read on for more pics and video of the Courtyard Suite that we stayed in...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

This year's Christmas was a quiet affair spent among intimate friends and family. We did not do the usual trip abroad to take advantage of my week-long forced holiday (our Singapore office closes during this time every year), instead we're having a staycation while awaiting my brother's family coming from the Philippines to stay with us for the New Year.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few days:

prepping up the Christmas tree

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Garden State of Mind

I'm just in the mood for nice songs today. This one's on the top of my list of go-to, feel-good favorites:


And so was the movie, "Garden State".

Have a merry mid-week, everyone! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sick Day Saturday

What you can do on sick days, not just on a Saturday...


* Read interesting bits of literature and plunge into depths of musings and ponderings. Here is one good link. And one screen capture:
Very Douglas Adams... my kind of thoughts... (screen capture from e-flux)

What makes interesting literature for me is how the words are arranged in a certain way that creates a sense of rhythm. To the sensitive reader this would feel like reading poetry instead of prose, or even actually feel like listening to music. I do not care so much about vocabulary and grammar because these are just mere technicalities. I prefer to read clean and clear, simple passages minus the unnecessary boastfulness of complex vocabulary.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition

Ever since I saw an article on the internet that there is going to be a new Nintendo Entertainment System in a mini console with HDMI port, I have been salivating over it. I really wanted to get one for myself for Christmas. Even more so, when I have a colleague who actually managed to buy one and brought it to the office. I've been longing to be able to play my favorite Nintendo games again, especially since I have a full week to spend at home during the Christmas holiday, with my brother coming for a visit along with his family. It would be so nice to play the games with my brother again just like when we were kids in the 80's.


The new Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Mini, released 11th November 2016 (image from http://www.nintendo.com)

Imagine my dismay and shock when I found out that Nintendo did not deliver enough stock. And that a lot of scalpers have taken advantage of this limited stock and are now selling them four times (or more) the original price. See angry comments on Amazon.com. This is really absurd, crazy and unreasonable. And very, very cruel on the part of Nintendo.

I just want to remind people out there that you should NOT give in and buy it for more than the original retail price. Nintendo will surely release more stock in the coming days or weeks. You are just encouraging the greedy scammers. It's just not worth it. You can actually just play the games with your regular computer using an emulator. Or if you are a more technical person, you can just get a Raspberry Pi and install the games.

My colleague's RaspberryPi3

I am actually just wanting to buy this product over pure sentiment and nostalgia... but I do not know for how long this nostalgia-induced "wanting" will last. Nintendo, you better act fast!