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SK-II is Like Drugs

SK-II cosmetics have done me very well over the years. I started using it in 2008, just when I returned to Indonesia. My skin was having a problem with Jakarta very polluted air and after trying several brands, SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser and Facial Treatment Essence combo solved my problems and kept my facial skin healthy and hydrated. Their powder and foundation are perfect match on my skin tone as well. This Japanese brand is superb! I slowly started acquiring different products, most works very well. Out of 12 products I tried, only 3 are so-so.

First Love Patisserie: Hokkaido Thousand Layer Cake

Another Japanese dessert store has open in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. First Love Patisserie. Thousand layer cake a la Hokkaido. Apparently the patisserie has been in business since the end of 2010, but this is the first time I’ve seen its outlet. According to a Jakarta Globe interview of the owners it seems that the brand came out of Malaysia.

I'm sorry for the bad picture, I took this with my blackberry.

When I first saw it yesterday, I tugged James, “Look, Baukumchen!” We immediately went over and picked some tiny samples. Wow, delish! It turned out that it was not baukumchen. It was something better. Placed in between countless paper thin crepes are equally thin layer of vanilla cream. Yummy mille crepe One bite, I was caught. Good bye ‘back to my original weight by July dream.’

Faux Kobe Beef

Kobe beef. Its name has soar far and wide across the globe as the premium of Japanese beef. Regardless the fact that its lower standing in Japan, outside Japan Kobe beef is all the rave. Interestingly, Matsuzaka beef, its superior, is less well known. People outside Japan flock to high class restaurants, willing to pay premium above premium just to have a bite of Kobe. Little do they know, what they are having is a fake branded beef.

I savored my first faux Kobe Beef in 2006, in a Japanese restaurant, downtown Chicago.

Don’t be Eaten by Misinforming Nuclear Crisis News (and Pay More Attention to Disaster Relief)

One of the things that I have learn from the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis is to choose your source of news well. Instead of reports on the real earthquake and tsunami victims, unfortunately, the nuclear crisis has taken up more page space and airtime. I think people has their priorities messed up here. It angers me that international attention has shifted from what is truly more important. To make matter worse, a lot of international media are blowing up the nuclear crisis out of proportion, feeding people wrong information and utter panic.

This had triggered a massive purchase of iodine outside Japan, alongside with screaming parents telling their expats children to come home. I am not saying that people should not take precaution. I think I want to keep my family in a safe distance from any radiation leakage. But, what I am against is misinformation. What is the safe distance? I mean, why are people in the US and Australia freaking out and started hoarding iodine supplements when there’s no need to?

The Great Tohoku Earthquake

God bless Japan.

As most of you know, an 8.9 magnitude (richter scale) earthquake hits 130 km off Sendai yesterday around 2:46PM local time, triggering a massive tsunami. I didn’t follow the aftermath through the internet 2 hours after.

The first thing I did was make sure all my twitter buddies are safe, and then tried to make a call to friends whom cell phone numbers I had in hand. I found out soon enough ALL cellular networks are down and people are forced to queue all around Tokyo for free public phone use. Miraculously, however, internet service was up and twitter was on steam.

Around 11:30PM Japan time, I tuned into NHK live streaming and saw what I described to my husband as hell on earth. Kesenuma City, Miyagi was on fire. My twitter friend told me that the tsunami had distributed oil spill all over the city and triggered fire all over the city. I was just praying that nobody is being burned alive.

Aside from twitter, here are some websites with updated information regarding the Great Tohoku earthquake:
Gakuranman
Nihongo Up
Surviving Japan Without Much Japanese

One of the biggest concern in Japan is the situation in the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. Here’s a NY Times article about it.

The first people I thought about after my friends were Monkey Majik members who are in Sendai. They are coping with the disaster. You can follow Blaise’s twitter for the most recent news on what’s going on there.

Other tweeps to follow are: @durf, @gakuranman, @goodpeoplejapan, @kimiecat, @japantimes, @sandrajapandra and @survivingjapan.

My Thoughts

First and foremost, my family and I extends our condolences to all the victims and their family. My dad called me and was surprisingly worried about how my friends were doing in Japan. I am glad everybody is fine. I hope every Japanese stay strong and vigilant in facing the earthquake aftermath. Most of all, I pray that the death toll will not rise significantly and the lost will be found. Oh one more thing, I hope the nuclear crisis will be handled swiftly and safely.

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