Osaka 24-Hour Eat Drink Walk

For a day of exploring food and drink around town, one must exercise a stronger determination to say no to the array of food on offer that comes with the room and just go for a light salad to start the day with. Where you won’t be required to have one food order per person,…

Western Tea House, Osaka

Aki confirmed that the Japanese sign on this building says, “Western Tea House!” The beloved and I wanted to try something new this time so we headed for the longest  (2.6 km) shopping street in Osaka: Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, consisting of some six hundred shops of Japanese food, clothing, souvenirs, specialty shops. My favorite find was…

12 Hours in Kobe

On a roll of appreciating nature in the Autumn season, the day’s blessing was the beloved’s surprise of an impromptu day trip to Kobe with a new stop. Nunobiki Herb Garden From Osaka, the Shinkansen Train to Kobe takes only 13 minutes plus a good walk to the entrance of the Herb Gardens on Mount…

Autumn in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Peeking through the doorway of Autumn season, the glorious backdrop of cerulean sky flecked with fluffy patches of clouds made for glorious walk-thru outdoor paintings. ARASHIMAYA Getting off the Hankyū Arashiyama Line from Katsura at Arashiyama Station, we just followed the crowd and within a few hundred feet was the Ōi River straight ahead. The Togetsukyō Bridge is…

Sweet Sorrow for My Stepfather

I was an adult when I gained my Jewish stepdad, Bob. I called him Bob TC (the suffix short for “The Chosen”), the nickname he gave himself  after I told him that Jews are God’s chosen people. When I would arrive at the Amtrak Station on Kettner Blvd, he and Mom were usually holding hands…

Trump and Neverland: Two Tea-for-Two’s, Vancouver

The imposing facade spells modern luxury. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s Golden Mile, the recently (2017) opened Trump Hotel offers a snazzy Afternoon Tea at the lobby just next to Mott 32. Lisa and I arrived at 4:11pm. “Our Afternoon Tea just ended at 4 o’clock. Can you come tomorrow?” the host courteously…

Mott 32 Vancouver

The year is 1851. The first Chinese convenience store in New York City opened on 32 Mott Street.  From that address developed present-day lively, bustling NYC Chinatown celebrating Chinese culture, tradition, and cuisine offshore among people from all over the world. The symbolism of that address inspired the name of the luxury Chinese restaurant, Mott 32 in…

Anh and Chi Vietnamese, Vancouver

Anh and Chị [/ aĭŋ / ænd / ţi /] in English is “elder brother and elder sister; a respectful form of address for a friend or a even a stranger, man or woman respectively, generally above one’s age; address for fellow members of the same community.”  It is also the name of a chic Vietnamese…

The Empress Afternoon Tea, Victoria, British Columbia

If you come to Victoria, you must try the world-renowned Tea at The Fairmont Empress (fondly called “The Empress”), one of Victoria’s oldest hotels.  Because of her national signficance, The Empress has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. When she became weary around 1965, there arose a debate to either tear down…

The Best Things In Life Are Free

Victoria and Vancouver are such beautiful cities. A mere stroll across four days within a very small radius provides a feast for the eyes and senses. This is a sampling of the landscape, architecture, sights, and vibe.  Apart from God’s beautiful creation, it cost someone to pay for the buildings, plants, labor. But it’s free…

Butchart Gardens Afternoon Tea at the Dining Room

The original family home of Robert Pim Butchart and his wife, Jennie, has been converted into The  Dining Room where you can enjoy afternoon tea or meals. Set in the Butchart Gardens, now a National Historic Site of Canada, The Dining Room is where the family used to live… …and the adjacent Rose Garden used…

Butchart Gardens, Victoria

I didn’t get to see Arashiyama on my last trip to Osaka but my marshmallow test reward gave me something I like even better! Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province, British Columbia! Thank You, Lord for the blessing that comes with obedience to You! It started with a 35-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver Harbor,…