Travel reading

January 26, 2015

I get most of my book readings done when I go on vacation. Gone are the days of lugging books around my suitcase and making it weigh even more. Thanks to my friends, I got a kobo reader. It's a ritual for me to download all the books I want to read before I embark on a trip. 

I usually read while waiting at the airport, inside the plane, and in between transit. I find that I can concentrate more when I don't have my usual every day distractions. I especially love lounging and reading while on vacation (I mean, who doesn't?)! 

Here are some of the books that I've read last year: 
1. The Vacationers - A little family vacation drama but nothing too heavy.
2. One Day - loved this book and the movie.
3. The Fault in our Stars - I cried when I read this and when I watched the movie. Such a tear jerker. 
4. The Rosie Project - I was laughing a lot when I read this book. Second book not so much..
5. Crazy Rich Asians - ohhh the wealth, gossip, and the food. Worth reading!

What's your favourite book(s)? Any recommendations?

*images via google*

What I ate: Tokyo

January 22, 2015

One of the main reason for my trip to Japan was of course THE FOOD! I ate a whole lot of ramen. Different types of broth but I mostly preferred the miso broth. My first meal was from Hidakaya ramen. It was sooo good!

Another ramen place we tried is Ichiran. Again, amazing! I would flew to Japan again just for the ramen shops. We did arrive there in the fall and it was perfect time to eat soup.

I also had the takoyaki in Asakusa. For lunch that day, I had soba with shrimp tempura in one of the small restaurants on Nakamise Shopping street. This was really good but I had a mild allergic reaction. Not quite sure from what.

The last two pictures are from Sukiya restaurant. It's fast food with excellent food. It was so close to our hotel and I was curious to eat there as we passed it every time we went to the subway. I had the rice with beef. It was delicious and cheap. 

I don't think you could go wrong with the food in Japan. It's always fresh and delicious!

Shinjuku at night & Omoide Yokocho

January 19, 2015

My friend Keiko is visiting me from Japan! I am so excited to have her here in Toronto again. Three months already went by since I was in Japan and it feels like only yesterday. I hope you all day a great Monday!

We went to Shinjuku station to shop at night. I was looking for an extra battery for my camera and I just generally wanted to window shop. We started inside the underground shops at Shinjuku station before going outside. 

We also accidentally found Omoide Yokocho or "piss alley". It was rows and rows of small restaurants packed with people. We already had dinner before going to Shinjuku so we did not get to try the food there although everything smelled really good. Next time, I will be back to eat here. 

Tokyo comes alive at night! Lots of bright lights. I was completely overwhelmed. Tokyo makes Toronto look like a small rural town. People were spilling everywhere. It was a surge of crowd but at least no one was trying to trample me over. People will give you personal space but it was still pretty crowded and overwhelming. I didn't know where to focus. It was a visual and crowd overload. I felt claustrophobic. I am so thankful we stayed in a quieter part of Tokyo. As much as I love city life, I also need to have my space. And some peace and quiet. 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed while travelling? 

Tokyo Skytree

January 16, 2015

Asahi Beer tower

After walking around Asakusa, we headed to Sumida park to see the Tokyo Skytree across the Sumida river. I wasn't interested in going up the tower because I knew it was going to be a long line.

It was really quiet around the park. We took that opportunity to sit at a bench and just watch the trains and boats go by. I really love this part of Tokyo. So peaceful!