May 30, 2013

Litpon Tea...


I tried some new teas recently.

First is Royal Milk Tea:

Another from the Premium Series and just like the others I couldn't finish this one either.  Too rich for me.

Next is Golden Pineapple Tea:

Nothing says summer like pineapple and here's Lipton with Golden Pineapple.  It was a nice refreshing tea and the pineapple flavor was surprisingly light and not over powering at all.

The list:
  1. Milk Tea
  2. Maple Milk Tea
  3. Lemon Tea
  4. Peach Tea
  5. Earl Grey Milk Tea
  6. Green Apple Tea
  7. 50/50 Tea & Lemonade
  8. Tropical Fruit Tea
  9. Chamomile Citrus Tea
  10. Roast Milk Tea
  11. Jasmine Lemon Peel
  12. Grape Tea
  13. Straight Tea
  14. Apple Tea
  15. 50/50 Tea & Fruit Punch
  16. Matcha Milk
  17. Tea Cappuccino
  18. Mikan Tea
  19. 50/50 Tea & Nectar
  20. Luxurious Milk Tea
  21. Muscat Tea
  22. Plum Honey
  23. Cream Milk Tea 
  24. Grapefruit Tea
  25. Orange Marmalade Tea 
  26. Royal Milk Tea
  27. Golden Pineapple Tea
The Top Five:
  1. OG Milk Tea
  2. 50/50 Tea Lemonade
  3. 50/50 Tea & Fruit Punch
  4. 50/50 Tea & Nectar
  5. Jasmine Lemon Peel 

May 29, 2013

A week in clothes...

Hi, I'm still here and posting sparsely.  Sorry.

May 22nd:

Cute right?  Even down to the matching accessories!  Shirt and pants Uniqlo, shoes Payless, necklace Lia Sophia, bracelet Forever 21.

May 24th:

Sweater & pants Uniqlo, shoes Fergalicious, shirt g.u.

May 25th:

Sweater & dress Kohl's, tights Daiei, shoes Fergalicious.

May 26th:

For a picnic with the boyfriend.  Sweater Green Parks Sara, dress Jessica Simpson, shoes Kohl's.

And in case you're wondering where I got such a great idea look no further than New Girl:

My total style idol.  It's Jess!

May 19, 2013

Late with the clothes again...

So apparently one person likes my fashion so here it is better late than never.  Sorry.

April 30th:

Blouse Honey's, tank Goodwill, jeans Uniqlo, shoes Target.

May 2nd:

Battling a cold front.  Sweater Uniqlo, shirt Target, jeans Collen Collection, boots Chiyoda, necklace Forever 21.

May 3rd:

Warm again.  Dress Olive des Olives, boots Forever 21.

May 4th:

Dress Target, tights Daiei and boots Macy's.

May 5th:

Top Daiei, jeans Uniqlo, shoes ABC Mart.

May 7th:

Top Daiei, sweater Goodwill, jeans Colleen Collection, boots Couripie.

May 8th:

All Uniqlo except necklace which is Lia Sophia.

May 9th:

Dress Gap, jacket Colleen Collection, boots Chiyoda, bracelet Forever 21.

May 10th:

Blouse Forever 21, pants Kohl's, shoes Payless.

May 11th:

Shirt & jeans Colleen Collection, boots Forever 21.

May 12th:

Dress XI, sweater Treasure Factory Style, shoes Target.

May 13th:

Dress Uniqlo, leggins & necklace Kohl's, boots Chiyoda.

May 14th:

All Uniqlo.

May 15th:

Jacket Colleen Collection, pants H&M, shoes Payless, shirt Goodwill, bracelet Forever 21.

May 16th:

Tops Daiei, pants Forever 21, shoes & necklace Payless.

May 17th:

Jacket H&M, jeans Karen Collection, shoes Wal-Mart, shirt Uniqlo, necklace Lia Sophia.

May 18th:

Dress/shirt Forever 21, leggins & sweater Kohl's, shoes Payless.

That is all.

May 14, 2013


This is when I feel the worst. 

There are guys outside screaming and hollering and although they are annoying, I can't help but think "they sound like they are having fun."  And here I am underneath the covers reading a book in English and not studying Japanese while trying to choke back tears.

Yesterday, I had a particularly hard day and instead of keeping the tears at bay, I let them flow.  I don't know if it was because of the circumstances or the weight that has been on me recently.  Then later I had a Starbucks and forgot to tell them soy (not for lactose intolerant or vegan reasons but for health reasons) so I drank a whole milk frapp only to feel sick afterwards.

The weather is already disgusting.  It's become so humid and this change happened overnight.  I swear we didn't get a proper spring or fall or that matter.  Everyone claims Japan has four seasons and although the leaves changed the temperatures went from intolerable heat and humidity to blistering cold and then back again.  I'm back in ponytails but hey at least it's sunny.

Don't ask me what the point of this blog is.  I look around me and all that exist are people who want to get so earth shatteringly drunk they don't know which way is up.  I don't want to do that.  I didn't do that in America, so why would I do that here?  I'd rather spend my money searching the racks for clothes that fit or buying DVDs I promise to watch but never do or investing in Japanese books that don't help.  In the meantime, I'm sending texts out to the whole of Tokyo, hoping someone will respond.  Someone who would rather sit and chat at a cafe, someone who lives in east Tokyo instead of west Tokyo, someone who likes shopping and movies.  Friends are so hard to find here while in America they just seemed to magically appear.

It's 9:08PM.  I should go to bed and try again tomorrow.


May 10, 2013


Hi guys,

I don't know if you noticed or not but I haven't blogged lately.  I've been fighting a bit of depression lately that's kept me holed up in my apartment.  The root of this isn't really any one thing but a combination of things like life changes and stress, Japanese (always), friendships.

Tokyo is a big city and it's easy to get lost here both physically and emotionally.  Don't get me wrong.  I love living here but it is more work than I've ever done in my life.  But I guess the best things never come easy right?

So I will continue to fight.

May 4, 2013

A vegetarian foodie in Japan...

A quick post for you that I haven't really had time to post until now.

First I made the supposed Best Tempeh Ever:

It wasn't that great.

Next I made some Spicy Thai Noodles:

These were delicious and I'll be making them again soon.

Next I made a stellar pizza:

It was delicious but I guess I didn't save the recipe.  Anyway, it's simply caramelized onions, potatoes, bleu cheese (Stilton) and pine nuts on premade pizza crust.

And finally Spaghetti with Onions and Sun-Dried Tomatoes:

This was okay, a bit oily.  I don't think I'll make it again.

So I guess today's recipes are half delicious and half meh.