Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pretty Henna Art

Henna is a traditional art from Egypt and India... they  used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals and for simple body adornment.

Yesterday, I had an activity at the International Festival in Shizuoka event ...  one of the features of the event is to try to experience different cultures.  This henna art caught my attention ... it was not the first time i tried it ... i had it 4 years ago at same event with Indian artist and it was cool.
This time ... i tried it again ...

Here's my henna art ↓... made by a lady from Bangladesh. 

The next day ... it turned brown like this. ↓.. they said this will last for a week.
This is really cool ...
but when i worked today as interpreter at the prosecutor's office ...
it was really awkward :P

Friday, February 20, 2015

International Festival in Shizuoka 2015

You are all invited! 
Rain or shine! (It's gonna be rain on Sunday for sure :P)
International Festival in Shizuoka on Sunday, 22nd of February... 
Philippine NAKAMA Organization will be promoting our culture and tradition too!
— at 静岡市国際交流協会.
At the Int'l. Corner, Phil. NAKAMA booth will introduce our organization and activities.
At World Cafe Booth, our Pres. Dang Palima will introduce her specialty kakanin "Bibingka".
At the stage program, the members of NAKAMA will dance again the "Pinoy Ako" plus witness the first performance of "Tinikling" of our very own Nakama Kids Folk Dancers.
See u all there!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Right on Emil!

Sharing my nephew's rendition of Bruno Mars' When I was your man ... way to go my dear!
Welcome to the family of good singers ...lol

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Unexpected Mondate!

Finally ... i had a chance to go out dating with one of my long lost BFF --- Lolit !
I was busy organizing the house when Lolit phoned me after lunch saying that she was available to see me that Monday ... February 2 ... So we decided to meet in the afternoon in Akihabara Station which is near to our house here in Tokyo.  So even i am busy ... i ignored what i was doing and hurried up to see her.  

We actually met twice here in Japan thru JCOB's big event ...  but it was always a quick hugging and greetings only ... it's our first time to have a moment date... after 26 years !  We're really happy to our reunion ... what to be expect??? ... girls talk  ... never ending kumustahan and recalling the past and testimonials lol.
The moment we start talking about our presents lives ... awww i have no hesitations ... she's really my big sis that i used to open and tell her everything ... she's always there to listen and have a big heart to understand... and most of all she's still the cheerful lady i know.  
Well, i did same to her too (of course!) we did pamper each other ... hahah!
Ohhh what a life we have struggled since on our 20's... and come to think of them... we are thanking God that we are always blessed somehow up to now.  

Lolit and I are also wishing to have a reunion with our group of friends way back then -- like Maryann,Tet, Christy, Marivic, Lina ... we all been separated when everyone started going and working on different places and countries ... thanks to Facebook especially to Maryann for reuniting us all.

I will never forget those days we had on our 20's ... that's one of the most memorable part of my life ... those were the times we really started to grow and became stronger and i am happy to see everyone successful in their lives.

and Lolit ... thanks for the precious moment date and your wonderful present, the cardigan  ... i hope to see you again here in Tokyo xxx


Life in Tokyo

It's a good thing that my daughter Sachan is near to her home town Shizuoka this time.
From Niigata ... she got her new job in Chiyoda, Tokyo so here we areee ... moving time!  
 Last Friday of January ... It was snowing in Tokyo ...
We started moving in Tokyo!

organizing all the stuff 

Monster's balancing game

Ganbatte mama!

Connecting TV set
 Done with the room light! 

Feeling better with new carpet ... haizzz :)

Our first breakfast -- easy one!

Collection--- Bowing to Harley Davidson Motorcycles!

Sachan got limited magnet letters and she said to use them to form some words or sentence i can think of ... lol  

 Our keys! 

Our room is way up there!

feeling so gooood

  I likeTokyo because it's really a very interesting city ... but personally i don't think i want to live here for keeps ...  it's a busy city for aging woman like me lol ... i prepare the quiet and simple life like in rural areas xx

3 days after...  done ... and down!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My long Sunday!

I am actually missing the Sunday service of JCOB Shizuoka ... seems i have no chance to attend this January.  My weekend is full of activities ... and seems it will continue till February ... but i am enjoying it anyway ... good to be busy for a cause. 

So here's the activities...

Ryunan Culture Promotion Association's "もっとアジアを知ろう" (Know more about Asia) ---
featuring Philippine Culture and Cooking Class held in Nishina Learning Center.

Cooking time! 

This was Amie, Liza, Precy and your's truly's  Philippine dish presented in the class.

After the lecture... 
Thanks to Nagano san's hardwork for the DVD ... it's a compiled vid of our activities we did together in the Philippines in connection of World Zoo Art Exhibit event.  
with Mochizuki san and Nagano san ...

After the Philippine culture class ... Our friend Susuki san, owner of Maganda House Home-for-the-Aged invited us to his place to see his class on care giving.

 Foreigners mostly Filipinos studying care-giving.
If there is anyone from Shizuoka who have interest to study ... please contact us!

After the visitation ... it's our private time!


It was really a long day ... and at night ... we proceed to our NAKAMA group's SHINENKAI.
At long last natuloy din!
Thanks to all who was able to come! 
It was a simple gathering in TENGU Japanese restaurant but we all had fun!
Cheers to all! これからも仲良く頑張りましょう!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Multicultural Fair in Shizuoka Markis

The 2nd Multicultural Fair of Shizuoka Prefecture was held last 24th of January in Shizuoka Markis.  

Cheers to my NAKAMA group ... we had better presentation this time compare to what we did in Hamamatsu!!!

Another best thing that happen to me that day was the non- expected meeting 
with Arakawa sensei and family ... yaaay ... i missed them a lot ... they were shopping in Markis that afternoon and they happened to passed by at the event ... Shizuoka is really too small!
What surprised me more was that Sosuke kun is no longer a baby ... hahah... this mean that there were so many things i missed in 5 years ... and congrats to the family again ... they have additional cute 4 months baby boy in the family.  How i wish i could really visit them this spring ... I missed our bondings like in Italy, Nanako's wedding and most of all i damn missed them a lot.  They are one of those friends i will never trade to anyone!  It's really right that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More Power Shimizu Nihongo Kouryuu no Kai!

Congratulation to the successful celebration of Shimizu Nihongo Kouryuu no Kai 25th anniversary.
The celebration was held in Granship Kouryuu Hall last January 18th, Sunday.

The last time the association invited our group to perform was their 20th anniversary event.  In behalf of Philippine NAKAMA group ... it was a great honour for us to be a part again of their  anniversary and this time ... it was really a big gorgeous event.
Thanks to the whole staff especially to chairman, Yoshida Sensei for always believing in our group.  Thanks a lot for the wonderful reception, for the great presentations and delicious meal.

It's nice to see familiar faces!

Five years ago (20th anniversary event) ... this girl performed Samba as a cute lil girl ...
 this time, she turned out to be a gorgeous lady.  How fast time flies! 

list of performers

Requested folkdance ... Philippine bamboo dance

Shizu chan ... our ever smart talented performer

After the performance, we did have an audience participation for them to experience the dance step with the bamboo and it turned out to be so popular to everyone.

The 10 languages of "When your happy and you know" by the foreign students

The staff of Shimizu Nihongo Koryu no Kai

Hoping that the association will invite us again on the 30th anniversary event.
I wish by that time i am fully graduate already from bamboo dance ... i just want to be a manager only ... lol :P

By the way ... with regards to our performance this time ... we are sighted by dental association to perform to their event on June ... wooow ... i think it's our lil star Shizu chan's OKAGE!
Maybe next time ... i need to produce some folk dance consisting of kids ... oh well calling Angel dear... we have new work to do!!!  :) 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Japanese chicken soup ... my style!

I'm home alone! Sometimes it's hard to be single! 

Even i'm alone i need to cook and eat ... but there is nothing to cook on ref except for left over veggies and chicken meat. 

So i need to invent a recipe according to what i have in ref... 

So here's today challenge for me... something different... however, it turned out to be a simple, healthy and nourishing chicken soup. 
This is a mildy flavored! I love this kind of clear soup ... not oily and healthy!

My ingredients:

½ lb chicken thigh, chopped bite size
1 heaped cup radish, cut bite size 
1 cup carrots, cut bite size 
chicken broth 
2 cups spinach salt and pepper (optional, fish sauce) 
3 tbsp lemon juice 
umiboshi (dried Japanese plum) 

How i invent ... i mean cook? :P 

Boil chicken to a soup pot for about 10 minutes (skim the soup of any fats or particles and discard). 
Add chicken broth ... then add radish, carrots. 
Seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper. 
Add umiboshi and spinach ... simmer for about 2 minutes. 
Serve hot! Ittadakimasu!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Moving to Tokyo!

Sachan's new adventure in life is starting ... 
from Niigata City ... she will be moving to Tokyo this time.  
We visited her new found pad last Sunday.. ummm not bad ... it's near to her job in Chiyoda and well, not too far to her fav Disney Resort ;)
I will be staying with her in Tokyo on last days of January and maybe up to February to help her out on organizing her new pad.  Yaaay... i am also excited :D

It was a long Sunday ... after the long checking of rooms and dealing with the real states  ... we stayed in Odaiba at Hotel Nikko ... our home sweet home lol ... 'been a long time we never stay there.
The next day was holiday ... so we had the chance roaming around, shopping, dining and playing around.   

I always visit Odaiba lately but I always missed the full-size Gundam statue in Diver's City...
I also missed it when Gundam was exhibited in Shizuoka City about 4 years ago.
Yatta! this time ... nakita din kita!!!  Got yah! 
Gundam's back view ... so cool.

We also visited the  the Sony Explora Science...
Science Museum of lights, sounds and entertainment in Odaiba.

Loook ... i got 9th place in "Smile Best Eleven"
Smile is the cutiest thing i can wear ...
i love to smile always so this one was pretty natural for me :) 

Sachan's smile VS Mel' smile
She defeated me only at first but the rest 3 tries ... i got better score than her ...
I can't believe it ... i defeated everyone's fav... the Sachan's smile ... looool !

What happen?  Why am i serious here lol??? 
peek a booo???
lovely night view from the hotel.

Date with Papie and Sachan .... our coffee time ... our parting time ... 

See u soon Sachan dear!