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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 Patisierre – Green Tea Hokkaido Layer Cake

My husband’s birthday came around and I ordered a large green tea flavored Hokkaido Layer Cake from First Love Patisierre. I was intending to share it with our family during his birthday lunch. Much to our dismay, Table 8 charges Rp. 25,000 ++ (almost US$3 + tax + gratuity) per slice for outside cake, so we ended up taking the cake home. (I’m glad we found out before everybody got there.) To add to the wound, the cake turned out to be the wrong flavor when we opened it at home. I called in to complain about the mistake. The store apologized and redelivered a new cake for me the next morning. Great customer service! After two days of wait, my husband finally got to enjoy the cake he has been waiting to eat.

After the delivery man left, James promptly requested me to serve him a slice. He got a wait for a bit more, though since I got to snap some pictures :D

Here's the picture of the box that was missing from the previous post.

At a quick glance, the green tea version looks like the original, but at a closer look it lacks the caramel glace of the original. Of course the difference is clearly visible once you take out a slice. The layers of muted green colored cream is really inviting.

Vaneea’s Desk – January

New year, new calendar, new agenda. Check what I got to start off the year.

Vaneea's Desk - January

I picked up a 2011 pop-up calendar in Takashimaya, Shinjuku during our honeymoon. I spotted it on the second day of our trip, but had some doubts. After looking around all over, I came back and grab one. I couldn’t find anything cuter. Of course, it only marked Japanese holidays, but I written in Indonesian ones. In the front left, you can see my pink agenda. My husband found it in O|O| (Marui) Shinjuku. He bought a blue one for himself. I will post detailed pictures on it one of these days.

Although not 2011 related, I also have knick knacks I got from Japan in my previous trips. My pen holder is a miniature milk glass bottle which was the packaging of Botejyu Farm’s mango pudding. The stuffed gray bunny is a portable speaker we got from OIOI Shinjuku; it doesn’t work well. Both of these we got during our pre-wedding trip. I got the tiny ceramic bunny to the right of my pen holder in Asakusa, in 2003, I believe. If you are curious, in the background of my desk, on the white rack, you can see three cat shaped toys. We got those in a designer toy store in Shinjuku; will also be posted soon.

I hope everybody is having a great start of the year!

Hime Went to Nakano Broadway

Hello minna! Ohisashiburi desu.

I officially returned to my country two days ago. I can’t believe that I am not in Japan anymore. Just about two weeks ago, me and James were so excited as we hurried to pass through immigration, hopped on the train, left our luggage at our hotel (checked in was not until 2PM) and went straight to Nakano Broadway, another otaku heaven in Tokyo aside from Akihabara.

In front of Nakano Broadway

Getting to Nakano Broadway was quite easy. From Shinjuku We took JR Chuo Line Rapid to Nakano Station (not to be confused with Higashi Nakano). From there we followed the map that I had printed up from One up‘s website; pictured below:

If you decide to use this map, please ignore where that pointy end of the cloud bubble is indicating; Nakano Broadway, along with ‘One up’ is located on the green rectangle on the map.

We went through Nakano dori on the way to Nakano Broadway. It was after 11AM, and the sun was shinning brightly.

Frula: Gourmet Fruit Flavored Ramune

I’m a big fan of Ramune. It is not only tasty (original flavor), but the bottle is fun to open and drink out of. It’s one of the most entertaining beverage to drink ever. In the US, I can just run to a local Japanese or Korean groceries to grab one. Here in Jakarta, the drink is very rare and hard to find.

I found Frula, a gourmet ramune brand in Ranch Market 99, Jakarta last month. The label says that it is a fruits flavored gourmet drink. Only Lychee flavor was available, but Rakuten sells Mango and Le France flavors as well.

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