Final Shopping 2010

Didn’t do anything besides house cleaning... took both of us, MoonFlower and I, all day!
As a result, we’re ready for welcoming new year now.

Since no major topic available for you, I’d better tell you of my last shopping in this year.

Yesterday, I picked up this pair on the way to the restaurant with MoonFlower.
Since last black pair was worn out and I discarded it... needed a replacement.

Black... not fancy brown... I stayed conservative in my choice. Hahaha.
Shoe style also very basic. Not really fancy like others that I possess.

Maybe, “back to the basic” is my concept for 2011???
The other day, I picked up black pair of glasses... This time, black shoe...
You know, how colorful I normally go. For instance, purple is my favorite color.

Maybe next year is going to be different from all others...

My Family's One Last Party in 2010

Not with anyone like friends... tonight it was strictly internal... just my family.
It means just between MoonFlower and I... hahaha.
Yeah, she finished last working day in this year and we went out afterward.

To her favorite restaurant in Chiba City tonight.

Fresh raw fish - SASHIMI to start wtih.

Fruit tomato... I do not even know that this is available in US... or other countries.

Menu board is much more organized than before. Hahaha.

Wine was selected by the owner of the restaurant for us.
MoonFlower knows him well for a long time and he is wine master.
Of course, it was a great choice.

Very light but yet pretty sweet. Just what we wanted then.

Oysters... MF’s favorite... I liked this dish much, too.

Beef crocket. Old-fashioned Japanese crocket... very good style.

Pork dish followed. We could have finished our dining here... but still continued for one more plate.

Pasta was the one last plate to come... my favorite.
I really love this Owner-made pasta dish so much. That was why we couldn’t finished with one last plate. Hahaha. This extra really helped me gain the extra pound or possible two!

Well, this dining was fun and surely tasty.
MoonFlower and I laughed so much to each other or together and time really flew fast.
One bottle of wine may not have been sufficient for two of us? Hahahaha.

Thank you, Year 2010!

Christmas Presents 2010

Any Christmas cannot be completed without gift-giving.
For us, MoonFlower and I, this one cannot be happening until today.

MoonFlower got these from me...

Georg Jensen... her favorite brand.

Dessert folks... bought her 4 of them (even only 2 shown).

Beautiful folks! With these, she completed the entire collection home.
We do not use knives and folks everyday. Rather, we use it for special occasion.

What did I got from her? Good question... Here they are:

This frame has no screws... very unique shape.
Lenses had to be ordered to the maker... so I have to wait for a while like 10 days or so to be ready.

No more Alain Mikli brand for me? Maybe so...
This is Japanese made.

No more colorful taste? Could be true...
The color of this pair is BLACK.

One more thing... this is for me.
I picked up in a department store...
I wanted to have something can hold my iPad... This is perfect size and good addition to my bag collection (?). Hahaha.

I bought this for myself.

Christmas Dinner 2010

Christmas dinner took place in a French restaurant...
This place seems pretty famous in this area... highly ranked in good local restaurant list.

France’s national flag is the sign...

Of course, I had reservation.

Very good handwriting... hard to read? Hahaha.

Took us about 2 hours to complete the course. Very good!
Really recommended.

Good Christmas dinner for sure... MoonFlower was also content... this is important!

First Home Party

MoonFlower’s friend is today’s guest... 1st guest to my home EVER!
Welcome! Hahaha.

Sort of Christmas party with her...
We opened the bottle of sparkling wine first.

Japanese Christmas... definitely chicken? Hahaha.

Red wine followed.

The guest brought a big fruit plate to us... this was so good!

Now, 1st home party is over... no more in this year...
How many to come next year??? Just wondering... you might be invited!

China (Day 3): Guangzhou

Another day... same early bird!

Chongqing Airport... another cold airport for me.

No surprise about today’s move???

No so fast, folks... Today’s airlines gave me a big choice for breakfast...

Water or Coffee... this is big choice! Hahaha.

Plus, big bag of cookies. So many pieces within... I couldn’t even finish half of it!
Is this usual thing for air traveler for this particular airlines???

Last hotel in this trip... concluding free upgrade to Suite Room. Wow!

King size bed with big work table.

I surely don’t need this... no make-up for me.

Too large... this mirror.

No luxury time for me to take a bath with night view of Guangzhou (Nan Hai).

I bet that this is first time for me to eat soft-shelled turtle... YUMMY!

Pig’s ear... I don’t think I had ever had before... Hahaha.

Pie... of “King of Fruits” - Durian! Must be first time for me as well.
Smell was surely strong even from this pie... but I liked it! Happy

Another blue LED-lit Christmas tree at the hotel lobby.
Okay, everything is done as per plan.

Met lots of Great Chinese people... surely the image of business in China is part of my reality for now.
Totally away from the one coming out of the politics. Hahaha.

Every one of those I met over this time... was very sincere and decent people. Happy

China (Day 2): Chongqing

Made it very early morning... I was so sleepy!

Wuxi Airport seems nice... but COLD... air condition wasn’t that effective.
Everyone was wearing the coat... but me! I did have my coat... in my suitcase.
Why not putting on? Good question.

Well, I presume that I would be outside in cold weather for limited time during the move.
Airport and aircraft... I thought that it would be all right. Not quite in fact!

Even made me walk outside from terminal to the aircraft like that!!! Hahaha.

Like Lost Cost Carrier (LCC)???, the space between seats was so limited. Made me feel very tight.

Noodle... not that kind of what I like... couldn’t finish this dish.
Cucumber was yet big... Hahaha.

Japanese poster in the office that I visited... where all Chinese people work.
All Chinese capable for Japanese language in business!

Hotel room... another great living space provided. Very nice! Roomy!

Too bad that I spend just a night... just come here to sleep... no more than that.

Another blue LED-lit Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Blue for Christmas tree is common in China?

Chongqing is famous for hot pod... Very spicy... but very tasty!

Night view of Chongqing... very nice.

China (Day 1): Wuxi

Pro Secco Sparkling Wine

No guest home today... too bad because we had great food and drink! Hehehe.

This was really dry... I was okay with it while MoonFlower didn’t like this... much. Winking

Strawberries... surely go with sparkling wine very well.

Is this Thanksgiving coming home? Hahaha. This is BEEF, though!

Ate enough and drank too much... The alcohol really hit me and knocked me down...

Lumine the Yoshimoto

“Lumine the Yoshimoto” is the comedy theater located in Shinjuku.
MoonFlower, Mother-in-Law, and I got tickets for today and we spent time laughing... much!

This is right before the show starts... so many comedians (of course, famous ones) came on the stage to make all us laugh. Almost all were seen on TV.

No doubt that the place was surely packed!

We usually go to theaters to see plays... not comedy... but this was good. Really good. Happy

Bit Lot in Inventory

8 bottles of what???
Wine and sparkling wine... Wait. Who in the world consumes this much?

Are MoonFlower and I expected to drink that much for year-end?
Probably not!

So who has been invited over?

Love Expo

Friend’s wedding party... came along with LOTS OF SURPRISES for fun!
Please... this is very extraordinary and make sure that you do not believe that this is common practice in any wedding party in this country. Totally unusual!

Plus, this kind of wedding party results very costly... as you can easily imagine...

“Live Tuna Butchery” <- am not sure that this is proper English... Hahaha.
Better say, Live Fish-Cleaning Show???

They put the knife together into huge tuna... pretending like a wedding cake? Hahaha.

Good tuna dish over rice.

Official mascot.

Photographer must be drunk already... couldn’t even hold my camera straight... Hahaha.