It has been a busy week since I arrived in Bandung, for work, on Sunday. Despite that, I managed to get, literally, a flavour of Bandung. As I write this, my stomach is still burning from the chips, made locally with tons of spices, that I bought earlier. I am going to be here for another 2 weeks with a break in between when I go back to Singapore for a friend’s wedding. Meanwhile, can’t wait to try more Bandung food.
Before I arrive in Tokyo for the first time, I had already planned to go to Sensoji in Asakusa as simply a check box that I had to tick. The visit was made worse by the rain as a lot of the street vendors were closed. However, the cold gloomy weather made the freshly baked Ningyo-yaki (molded cake with red bean paste) and the piping hot minchi katsu (fried minced pork thing) I ate, along (both) Nakamise Street, extra palatable. I really want to like Asakusa, but it is what it is for now; Just a tick on my touristy check box.
Staying in Shinjuku for all of my three trips to Tokyo gave me the opportunity to return to the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen as many times as I want, and I made sure I went there once during my first spring visit, in 2012, and back there when I return in Autumn 2013. Although I never get to witness the garden in its full cherry blossom or its autumn colours glory, it was still amazing… for 200 yen. I really recommend to whoever is going the visit the garden to just buy a bento set from the nearby Takashimaya food market, or a few onigiris from a convenient store, find a bench, and eat a slow lunch while watching people enjoying themselves in the garden.
My theory about food in Tokyo is that you won’t get it wrong. At least, that was my experience. When I was hungry, all I have to do was figure out which type of cuisine I craved for, and pick a restaurant of cuisine around my location based on just pure gut, and – boom! – satisfied belly. The best thing about Shinjuku is that it has plenty of delicious and, most importantly, affordable meals. When I looked back, I wished I took more photos of my food. I mean, I am an Asian, for goodness sake! Anyhoo, here are some foodie highlights from Shinjuku.
Shinjuku 新宿区 was my base camp for all three of my Tokyo expeditions. The reason is the absolute convenience and, probably with the exception of arts and cultural stuff, you adequately can do everything in Shinjuku. I have indeed grown to love this part of Tokyo from spending a lot time there. Here is what I saw in Spring 2012, and Spring and Autumn 2013.
Yesterday, as I was going through my feeds, I came across this 2007 documentary about the relationship between the bible and homosexuality. For the Bible Tells Me So summed up what I would like to say to fundamentalists of any kind really. This includes politics, philosophy, and even on a professional level. It’s all about the context, stupid!
Wheeler’s Yard must have, or soon to have, one of the most photographed facades of a cafe ever. It also must be one of the most spacious cafe in Singapore. Even the al fresco area, and the atas bike shop (or the bike atelier as it is called atas-ly), is sheltered by the hanger-like warehouse. It is really kid-friendly as well with all that space to run around. The overall experience with the space is very nice. And, that is the key about this cafe that will make me go back again.