day 1961 – fishy cravings

it hasn’t been long since i had some. but the fish craving is pretty strong once again since i didn’t get a fair share of sashimi during my vacation. going without sushi for more than week is rare, but it’s hard to be picky when on vacation. also, i was told not to trust the salmon within many places in asia. the best fishes are on the west coast, so it only makes sense i take full advantage of them and abuse my rights

day 1736 – appas and dongsaeng

and so the birthday celebration begins. taken out to lunch by colleague for shared birthday meal with an appa. the two appas and two dongsaengs gotten close because we’re late eating buddies. the four of us going all the way out to mr black for long lunch; i’ll probably end up working through tomorrow’s lunch. their menu features much fried katsu of all meats, but going out of my norm is acceptable once in a while. the decor was nice and food was decent, but kind of pricey if everything was regular priced. it was quite evident that traffic wasn’t very high at all

day 1132 – sushi for days

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labour day was a lazy laid back day that included sushi for lunch and sushi for dinner. i do love my sushi and japanese food, i can eat sushi for days without getting tired of it. sandwiched in between the meals was a workout, shopping, grocery shopping and some project work. although the nagging back pain was getting worse, i was adamant on continuing with my monday routine. i stuck to lighter weights and still got some decent lifts in. must work harder if i want to eat

day 1103 – know no japanese

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my headache has improved as the days pass by, but all those hours of teaching and coaching caused a lot of havoc for my throat. my mom gave me some medication she bought in japan, ones that only provided instructions in japanese. it doesn’t help that i am japanese illiterate. little did i know how to take them; i just assumed they were to be ingested in some form which is exactly what i did

solo series [day ten]

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since weather forecast said both osaka and kyoto are affected by rain, we decided it’s not worth the trip out to kyoto and will postpone it for next day. that was my que to sleep in and make up for the lack of sleep. we spent our morning in shinsaibashi, a 600 metre covered street mall, and shopped until lunch time. we were fortunate it didn’t start raining until 5pm and that’s when we made our way back to b&b

for the second straight day, i elected to not go out for dinner. this gives me some personal time and a chance to do a circuit. that’s no replacement for gym sessions, but i will have to make do with it until i get back. all that pigging out and no training is not boding well. i’m worried the time away from gym has set me back many steps

i clearly didn’t learn enough from watching anime. menus with only japanese characters are pretty meaningless to me which makes ordering impossible. the only way for me to remember the names is to translate them into chinese; they all sound so absurd i end up making fun of them

i have yet to have a video chat with mo while i am in japan; it’s very difficult based on time difference. we still exchange messages very frequently. i know that he’s taken this time to reconnect with his close friends

day 704 – japanese meal

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feels like it’s been ages since i last sat down with my family to have some japanese food. in fact, i haven’t had many sit down meals with my family since i returned from montreal. i suppose the fourth of july is a good day to catch up on some of the family time that was missed. here’s some cold noodles and sushi rolls to satisfy our stomaches and beat the summer heat

day 622 – lunchtime don

imagerather than eating a salad today, i met up with a friend and had myself a spicy tuna don to make my tuesday lunch a special one. i guess this might be a way to get my heart rate and blood pressure back up to beat normally again. it is such a nice day outside, perfect to be strolling outside. i would use that as an excuse to get out and then hit the gym tonight to burn off some of that lunch