Believe or not, what bothers an American most in Singapore, it is not the hot weather or chewing gum ban. It is the unavailability of what it is on the menu. If you go to a shop or resturaunt, often, you order something on the menu, but the staff will tell you the thing that you want to order is not available or sold out.
So once, one of my American friends told me what’s the point to put it on the menu to disappoint your customers .
If you have been to Tokyo for a while, you must have heard of the fashion street near Shibuya called Daikanyama, where you can find a spate of indie fashion designer shops for furniture and clothing. However, little knows there is a hidden traditional Japanese house in this neighbourhood, which was built almost a hundred years ago. The name is called Kyu Asakura House. If you Search it in Google Maps, then you will find that it is just off on a side street next to the crossing of Daikanyama koban-mae. I like its lovely garden especially.
It is definitely a worth visiting after a long and tiring shopping near the Daikanyama station.
Ho Chi Minh city does not have subways but it is the home to about 8 million people as of 2016. According to a signage on the street, It seems that Japan is helping it to build its subway, and the famous Japanese department store Takashimaya also has its branch, where you will see lots of Japanese and international food and products.
Once again, I saw another southern east country that is under heavy influence of Japan. No wonder that I stumbled into many Japanese wives of expat(駐在員)
Through a conversation with a local, I heard some interesting anecdote about the men’s mentality towards women’s sexual experiences. For example, many Vietnamese guys prefer to marry a virgin , they will be upset if they discover that the bride is not virgin. So many girls here thrive to keep their virginity.
I didn’t know that Vietnam is one of the biggest coffee bean producers until I hit the famous Bến Thành Market and found myself surrounded by numerous coffee bean stalls. I bought a few Vietnamese coffee beans in the market, and I will try them out with my Mazzer machine in Singapore.
I discovered some new fruit that might be unique to Vietnam. For example, Sapoche smoothie, and Mia Lau tea and a lime smoothie which is very tasty and refreshing!
And for the first time, I learnt how a papaya tree look like in Vietnam
Since, there are currently no subway. The scoot-like motorbikes are like streams on the street , they are ubiquitous, rampant and never stop even in the middle of the night. Check out this video below:
Vietnamese cuisine is amazing. I fell in love with it . The food is affordable, healthy and tasty, compared to the food in Singapore anyway. Meals usually include fresh herbs and veggies. Apart from the famous Vietnamese phô , which can be found in other countries. I tried many dishes that I have never seen in my life before
This is a desert. It may look not as sophisticated and pretty as western desert, but it is simple, primitive but yummy and healthy. It suits my Asian tongue well.
Having been in Singapore for almost 8 months, partaking spicy, oily or salty food (of course, tasty) here, I ,sometimes, miss the food in Japan. Sadly, I could not find any affordable yet delicious authentic Japanese food with fresh ingredients in Singapore , like the picture showed below. Anyone knows good place?
Despite that I have to give up my vegetarian diet for 3 days, food in Saigon is cheap and incrediblely tasty and pleasant for my tongue. I tried so many tasty food that I never had in my life.
The broth they made is very tasty. I gave up 3 days of my vegetarian diet to try the local food, I still do not like the meat in it. Actually, I got a bit “drunk” – some strange reaction from my body, radish on my skin (maybe allergy). Nevertheless, I recovered from that in an hour or so. I especially loved the spring roll with vegetables.
As one of the main coffee bean producers in the world, Vietnam has its unique coffee style. I went to the famous Bến Thành Market, to scout some good coffee beans. I found some interesting roasting method. Almost all the beans were roasted with some sort of butter, which gives the beans a oily and shining coat together with sweet and caramel smell.
Famous beans like “blue moutain” are incredulous cheap, costing about 5-6 SGD per 100g. I am curious how this buttery roast will affect the taste of I use these beans to make my espresso at home, so I bought some. I will report the taste after I try it out with my La Pavoni.
The below pictures was taken by me in Takashimaya Tokyo, one of the oldest and most famous Japanese department stores. This is an epitome of Japan’s human redundancies, which you can see almost everywhere you go. It seems that people enjoy spending valuable time doing things that don’t need to be done. Well, at least, I believe most of the people can press the buttons in the lift and know which floor they want to go to.
She is cute and polite, and I assume the Japanese customers enjoy this kind of services and her hospitality.