Sachan left me at the hotel in the morning to meet her friends in Kyoto to watch concert event today ... i was left in Kobe and continue my adventure alone around the city.
Sachan told me to visit Starbucks in Kitano-- an old foreigner district... coz it's kinda unique shop ... since i am a Starbucks fan ... i included it in my itinerary.
I am lucky to find the place that easy ... coz it's popular around the area.
The moment i saw it ... wow it's really cool ... an elegant old American wooden house.
It's a 19th century style house and said to be one of Japan's cultural properties.
Starbucks in hilly place of Kitanozaka
According to the history, this building was originally called Kitano Monogatari Kan or Kitano Story Museum.
The two-storey house was build in 1907 and owned by an American who was residing in Kobe that time. Later it was passed on to a German. It became a property of Kobe City after it was damaged by 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. From it's original location in Kitano 1 chome, it was relocated and reconstructed to the current location in Kitanocho. Starbucks opened here on 2009.
You can order your drinks and food at the counter in the back room...
Then you can dine wherever u want ... there are many rooms from 1st floor to second floor.
The shop inside is also designed as an old American home. There are different kind of rooms from dining to living room. There are study rooms... guess rooms and terraces too.
Dining room in the first floor ↑
It has a lovely exterior ...
The library room on the second floor
I was lucky to have a comfortable seat beside the window ...
feel at home... enjoying my drinks and the street view
The menu is the same as in usual Starbucks shop
I was sitted beside this typewriter area
It's not like a shop but a home
The hall on the second floor
watch out your step ... this stairway is too steep
'ambiance sake ... i will definitely come back to this place if i have a chance to visit Kobe again.
Last night my Philippine NAKAMA family gave me, Precy and Pam a birthday dinner treat gathering in Shizuoka Nakajimaya Grand Hotel ... it was a blast !!! Thank you to all my dear Philippine NAKAMA family xx
I went to our rooftop to take this photo tonight ...
and stayed there for a moment while watching the lovely clouds ...
i was texting to my bestest friend that time
who was flying over to Turkey for a business trip ...
i just realized that we are closer friend this time ... xx
Isn’t it crazy how we can look back a year ago
and realize how much everything has changed?
The amount of people that have left your life, entered, and stayed.
The memories you won’t forget and the memories you wish you did.
Everything. It’s crazy how all that happened in just one year. Thank you my dearest friend for always being there for me through good times and bad... no matter how busy you are ... xx Thank you for always lifting up my spirit through my hard times and laughing with me after the hard times pass ... you are truly worthy to be my bestest friend and you are such an awesome inspiration ... thank you for the wonderful friendship xx
Thank you so much to each one of you who took time to greet me and message me on my different account... and also to all my family and friends who dated and partied for me.
You all made me special on my birthday ...
you're all a blessing to me and i am feeling the love xx
... Bless you all!!!
— feeling blessed
Sweet surprise present in one from my loving daughter ... for mom's day, dad's day and my birthday ... "love u Sachan " — feeling loved at Sangria Spanish Restaurant.
The birthday message from my daughter is the most touching gift i received ... perhaps the best love letter i received ever... i can't help my tears to shed while reading it. Thank you so much for everything Sachan ... my life is not that long enough and i might be away from you from time to time but remember this ... you're all i have and i will always run to you every time you need me ... no matter what ... i love you very much precious xoxoxo
Well, this is the 5th cake I received so far ... and it seems there are more to come... i love cakes but not this too much lol
You will begin to heal when you start to let go of regrets, forgive those who have hurt you and learn to forgive yourself. With time and courage you will be able to tell your story without pain in your heart, ache in your soul and without tears flowing down your cheek. That is when you know your healing has begun.
I’m humble enough to know that I’m not better than anybody ... but wise enough to know that I’m different from the rest.
Summer is coming soon ... it's getting hot from time to time so last Monday, i decided to cut my hair again ... I like long hair but to a woman aging like me ... shorter hair is better besides my hair are no longer gloomy like before. This time i told to hair stylist to please cut my hair with the length below my chin ... but it turned to be above my chin ... ngek!
My best friend told me i look like Chibi Maruko Chan with my hair cut .... grrrrrr ... But come to think of it ... i only need to put bangs and indeed i look like her already waaa!!!
Oh well to avoid that image ... i arranged it my way ...
Japan is a manga and anime superpower. There are many facilities related to manga, anime, and special effects work throughout the country, where you can immerse yourself in the world of your favorite works.
Here's the one i am going to introduce to you ... the pride of Shimuzu District ... Chibi Maruko chan ...
On the way ...
It's a fine Thursday! Shimizu S-pulse Dream Plaza
Chibi Maruko-chan Land is a facility related to “Chibi Maruko-chan”, located in the commercial complex “S-Pulse Dream Plaza” in Shizuoka City, where sets from the series, including the school and the interior of Maruko’s home, are reproduced. It consists of various areas such as one where you can try games or sand painting and one where you can buy small snacks.
Sakura family's home
Maruko's dad ... Hiroshi. He likes drinking but he is a good dad.
Maruko's grandfather and mother
at the door reception of the house ... with Maruko's mom. She scolds Maruko always for being lazy and disorganized. But she is kind and responsible mom.
Maruko's sister, Sakiko ... they always fight together but they get along well
Maruko's homeroom teacher ... not my sis Emily but the one on the right side, Sir Hideyuki Togawa
Whaaat ... horrible answer!
I know ... i am small ...lol The playground image
Chibi Maruko-chan is originally a cartoon about a comical primary school girl “Maru-chan” modeled after a real girl “Sakura Momoko” in old Shimizu City, Shizuoka and it has been animated and broadcasted to this day. “Sakura Momoko” is also the author of “Chibi Maruko-chan” and has ever made the city of “Shimizu” known throughout Japan
Maruko and her best friend Tamae chan
Tamae chan's dad ... he like taking pic of her daughter ... catch u Honami san!
Shizuoka image and pride ... Mt Fuji, Japanese tea and Mikan
Matsubara image ... with Maruko chan and her mysterious classmate Noguchi san ... opppsss there is another strange character at the back!!!