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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Food Find: Haagen-Dazs' Sakura Ice Cream

I'm seeing a couple of photos of friends having a great time in Japan under lovely Cherry Blossom Trees. And because of that, I just want to give friends a heads up about Haagen-Daz's Sakura Ice Cream.

Based on an article from Japan Daily Press, Haagen-Daz Japan has gone pink this year and in celebration of their 30th anniversary in Japan, they came out with two floral ice creams: Sakura (Cherry Blossom) and Rose.

We were fortunate that we visited Japan towards the end of Winter, hence, we encountered a couple of food and drinks in relation to Spring. In one of the many nights we passed by a convenient store on the way back home, I found the Sakura Ice Cream
The ice cream consisted of a jelly-like layer on top which tasted like cherry. The base ice cream was vanilla and it had swirls of raspberry and Sakura powder. It tasted more fruity than floral to me. The Sakura flavour was subtle. 

Over-all, it was a good tasting ice cream. I'm quite fond of cherry and vanilla so this was something that was worth a try for me.

If you're in Japan and love Haagen-Daz ice cream, have a try of their Sakura flavour.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

March on Ibyangram

Ibyang + Instagram = Ibyangram
While my instagram photos are shared on my twitter page and sometimes on my tumblr and fb page, I would like to have a monthly dump of ibyangrams on AWCL too. It is thru instagram that I share everyday moments and random finds. I use instagram as my real time mini-blog. Every end of the month, I'll be choosing a couple of photos from my instagram and share it here because I have something more to say about a certain ibyangram.
While my instagram photos are shared on my twitter page and sometimes on my tumblr and fb page, I would like to have a monthly dump of ibyangrams on AWCL too. It is thru instagram that I share everyday moments and random finds. I use instagram as my real time mini-blog. Every end of the month, I'll be choosing a couple of photos from my instagram and share it here because I have something more to say about a certain ibyangram.
March seemed to passed me by so quickly. Maybe because it was a month of transitioning back to our normal routines in Sydney. The month of March was filled with unpacking our stuff,  sorting things out in the home, getting my rhythm back at work and seeing loved ones too. Then there's getting over our wonderful Japan adventure. We miss Japan. We miss travelling. Instead of daydreaming, the Husband and I used our time creating photobooks out of our Instagram photos (I'll share them soon). 

A few highlights on my Instagram feed:

Art inside Narita International Airport. The first day of March meant the end of our two-week holiday in Japan and going home to Sydney. Our flight was scheduled at 2pm but we went to Narita Airport in the morning. We had breakfast and lunch there and went around the shops before we boarded. The flight back home made me a bit sick because it was stuffy (something must have been wrong with Korean Air's plane's airconditioning) so when we had a layover at Incheon Airport, I was kind of out of whack and can't wait to arrive home.
Back home in Sydney on the second day of March. Loved ones welcomed us with a delicious lunch and then capped it off with Tim Tam & Adriano Zumbo collaboration flavours. 
Going thru a few keepsakes from Japan as we have coffee (we missed our Nespresso!) and biscuits.
A little treat in the middle of a workweek. Marshmallow Pops in Nutty Sea Salt Caramel, a delicious find in Hunter Valley.
Received our first IG photobook which holds our Kyoto, Nara and Osaka photos. Here's the Husband who's very happy to see the results of our creative efforts.
Tried to be creative by turning this pretty washi tape into a border and pasted a "happy birthday" cutout in the middle.
Australia celebrates Harmony Day - a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs - from the traditional owners of this land, our first people who represent a continuous living culture of more than 60,000 years, to the 300 cultural groups who have recently made Australia their home.
Phoenix dinner with the Husband. My fortune on top, Husband's fortune at the bottom.
On a Friday off from work so I get to have proper breakfast: Chicken & Spinach Arrozcaldo, Omelette & a cup of Nespresso Decaffeinato.
The best way to get rid of travel blues is to see dear friends. So glad that our social calendar were pre-occupied due to special people having their birthdays.

85th Birthday of my Grandma. A whole day of celebrating the life of my Grandma with family.

We've done well, month of March. Hello, April! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Discovered Inspirations: Shine Like Sunbeams

One of my words for this year is SHINE and I found the right quote to inspire me in living a life that exudes positivity from within me. 

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” - Roald Dahl

It's not always easy to think good thoughts all the time. Like any other person, I sometimes worry or come across a negative thought. But it helps to acknowledge that I have such thoughts so I can decide to let it go and fill my thoughts with something positive again. I also find that prayer is helpful in having the right state of mind.

Every thought of ours have merit. In my book, a thought of worry may also be a thought of caution. What's important is that we are aware of every thought we have, acknowledge it and never let it consume us. 

Happy start of April, everyone! May our thoughts be filled with positivity all the time.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

My Autumn Sunsets Are Back

A thought that I shared in my facebook page when we arrived back from Japan at the start of March:
Left Sydney in Summer, Arrived in Japan in Winter. 
Left Japan in Spring. Arrived in Sydney in Autumn. 
Four seasons in two weeks. Amazing.
I'm fond of the changing of seasons. I like seeing the changes in nature when a new season comes and goes. In Sydney, the Autumn light bring different hues to our sunrises and sunsets. I don't know the Science behind it but it is what I've observed after living here for a few years. 
In Autumn, the sunset paints a deep canvas of pink and orange which lasts for awhile until the hues gradually become warmer.

Last day of March today. I've got two more months to appreciate my Autumn sunsets before Winter sets in.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Shibuya Scramble Crossing

The famous Shibuya Crossing, known around the world and seen in several films and documentaries, is Tokyo's busiest intersection. It's also tagged as "The Shibuya Scramble Crossing" wherein all vehicular traffic stops so that pedestrians can cross in different directions.  

We spent a couple of hours here one Sunday, from afternoon until evening, to experience what seemed like chaos and magic at the same time. I was in awe. The Husband was in awe.  It was an amazing experience.

We've shared a couple of photos of our Shibuya rendezvous but the Husband also created a 15-second video so you can virtually experience crossing Shibuya with us. 


Hundreds of people intersecting for 50 seconds. To be a part of this collective energy was a gift of a lifetime. :) 


If you're in Tokyo, this is one place you shouldn't miss.

Stories and photos of our Japan adventure coming your way in April!