Friday, December 19, 2014

Japanese restrooms

A lot has been already said about the famous Japanese toto toilets, but what about the whole restroom?
I think almost, if not all, malls and stations in the city not only provide you with a clean toilet but also with a very pleasant overall restroom interior which many times even includes individual tables to do your makeup(!!!)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How To Eat FANCY But CHEAP In Japan

I am a big fan of nice restaurants, but I'm not a big fan of spending too much on eating out.
When looking into forums or blogs I always read about great restaurants that go weeelllll beyond the 50$ a person mark. My maximum budget is mostly around 10$ per person or maximum under 50 bucks a person for when it's a really really special occasion, but luckily I still manage to experience completely luxurious dining in expensive hotels and michelin starred restaurants.
For example?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Husband Development Update At 33 Years Old

Moms always make those "baby growth development updates", so I thought why not making one for husbands, too? After all, there aren't many differences, right?? Right??

Husband Development Update ( 33 Years ):

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Working in The Entertainment Business (Films/TV) - Japan. Another job option for mamas

I think the title should rather be "working as a foreigner in the entertainment business in Japan".

In this post:
Agencies types.
How to get jobs .
The highest point your career can get.
Obvious scams (apart from the agencies with "payment issues").

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Take On Relationships With Japanese Men (and where to find one)

I saw many threads/blogs describing Japanese men. With some I agree, but with some I don't.
In terms of serious/marriage relationships I've been only in one (and the guy is my DH now). However, I've been approached gazillion of times, some even pretended to be my friends and some didn't even care I'm already taken. Anyway, if you are interested in how it's like to date Japanese guys (or if you are already dating and just want to "compare notes" lol), read on:

Freelance Journalism Work in Japan (whether you are a mama or not)

So, in this post I'd like to share my experience freelancing for major (and not so major) media companies.
I apologize if my visible sarcasm sounds bitter, I just want this post to be honest and bullshit-free. Feel free to ask me questions in the comment section.

* My (short) Opinion
* How To Apply (and how to get exclusives- in short)
* Money
* Bottom Line

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: My AVEX Singing Audition

AVEX singing audition singing competition
So, few days ago I went to my 2nd screening process of Avex.
(Avex is the biggest record company in Japan, boasting of internationally known artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Koda Kumi, BoA, etc, etc).
I'm actually surprised by the lack of any forum threads or blogs on this subject!
Before going, I spent an hour googling, but the only posts I found are of some major auditions from past years (apparently, Avex had some huge international audition back in 2009 and then again last year). BUT, at least since the beginning of this month (because that's when I happened to come across their ad. Although, I'm almost sure it's been like this for quite a long while already) they have an online form saying that they accept people to audition throughout the year. And visa statuses and nationalities don't matter...SO WHY NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT?

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring & Summer Are All About Flowers!

I love flowers and I love exploring new flower-gardens and fields!
Here are some of my most favorites:.

Plum! Similar to the cherry flowers, but with stronger color and smell. Favorite place in Tokyo is this Koishikawa Korakuen garden which is over 400 years old and used to belong to the Tokugawa family. Best season for the plum here is from mid February until the beginning of March.
More info about this garden can be found in this useful site about parks in Tokyo:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Big Katsu A.K.A Deep Fried Cutlet Snack That Will Shock Your Mouth

Big Katsu or The Fried Cutlet Snack Shocking Japanese Food
Big Katsu A.K.A Big Cutlet Snack for kids in Japan
After a long time of postponing, today I finally tried the Japanese snack called Big Katsu (translation: big cutlet). This is one of those cheap snacks that many Japanese kids are totally crazy about! For real!
Forget the flavored potato chip and popcorn - Big in Japan Big Katsu is in da house yo!

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