founder of this website; Jamie is in her final year of university and is very passionate about Japan and Korea.

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the decision to take you home was something long considered. before moving to a new home, we’d always make sure the apartment allowed animals, and that the area would be dog friendly. after years of long considerations and a visit to your breeder, we fell immediately in love with you. you were curious, hyper and loved biting my hair. you were everything we ever wanted. it was the exact definition of love at first sight.

we carried you and played with you for a long while and realized we had to take you home. that you were the child we are going to bring home and commit the next 10-15 years to. our lives will change but it’ll change for the better because you’re going to be worth it. you came home shortly after a week of seeing you as your mom finished nursing you. you were not like the others; you were tiny. a very small little corgi but unlike the bigger shy corgis, you were a burst of energy, and that was what we were looking for– an active corgo that can go on hikes together, go for long walks and runs.

you came home at 2.4kg and you were a pooping and peeing machine. you never made a sound despite your energy and you were so adorable. potty training you was the most difficult as you kept getting it wrong and you pooped and peed everywhere; your bed, the floor, the carpet, and all other smaller carpets. I started to think maybe you weren’t bright but that’s okay, because you cute. your favourite sleeping place is oddly on your pee pad. it was so smelly but you somehow loved curling up there instead of your comfortable bed.

you grew so very quickly and at 5 months, you started to bite daddy hard. we were worried so we got you a trainer and those sessions unleashed a whole lot of potential. we realized how we could communicate better with you and we worked so hard. you learned how to potty shortly, know how to sit, spin, down, bang, touch and even ring! we look at other older corgis that can’t even do half the things you do and we start to realize you were actually a genius.

maybe you were too smart, you would bully mommy and daddy with your teeth, growls and snaps and gave us such a hard time, but that was alright, because you were so sweet otherwise. If we were to sit on the floor, you will come in between our legs. sometimes resting your head on our lap. you worked with mommy on my lap for such a long time when you were tiny. when you grew a bit bigger, you just slept around my feet because you want to feel close to me. when you were long enough to jump on the bed, you started wanting to sleep right next to us — body on the bed and head on the pillow, just like us. you really enjoyed that didn’t you?

you started to bark one day and it just grew more and more, but it was the cutest bark. you would bark at the slightest noise because you were waiting for one of us to come home to you, or trying to let us know someone’s at the door–thank you. but that’s not all, you would make dinosaur sounds. sounds that we can’t really describe but you stretch so much and you would make all these weird sounds that made us so happy.

not to mention when you sleep, you sleep belly down first but very quickly flip across and completely humanlike. we do question the spots you choose to sleep but it seemed like your favourite was definitely the white carpet. it wasn’t as fluffy and comfortable as your bed but we suppose because you can see us from there and the carpet smells like us.

and how can I forget your sharp ears. they were big for a reason, because you can hear the slightest sound (although you kept doing it selectively!). when we open the door, you would bark. when we open the fridge, you would go into stalker mode and look out from your pen and your bunny-like ears popping out. when we play videos of us training you, your head goes left and right and left and right; honestly the most adorable thing on earth. when mommy comes out from the toilet, you know it’s time to head to bed because I would always give you a treat. when we call someone, you would get all excited wondering who’s going to talk over on the other end. you were so smart and adorable it made us smile so much.

many people loved you since you were this cute fluffy bunny. fluffy because mommy gives you salmon oil everyday but when you walk/hop, you really do look like a bunny. and nobody would say no to you. you were a beggar for pets but everyone who see you WANTS to pet you; because you’re this adorable. even when another smaller younger, questionably more adorable corgi walks in, eyes are all on you because you shined so bright.

daddy has a soft, timid character with not a lot of discipline in terms of his schedule at home, but you completely changed him. for you, he was so determine to change so that he can lead you and be the best dad to you. he always doted on you. always bringing home watermelon– your favourite. making more rice or pasta so we can feed you some. cooking our steaks without oil so that you could have some and getting to understand which kibble is the best for you, and made sure you only had the best and the tastiest. your love for yoghurt is also unreal. you would go ahead and lick up a whole tub of yoghurt until your entire face is smudged with yoghurt, and you look so adorable after that. especially when you’re being mischievous and all we had to do is say “watermelon” or “chicken” to get your attention.

when our friends visit, you were always so excited and it made everyone so happy. your little nips were cute but most of all it’s all that positive energy that you channel. you are such a simple dog. all you want to do is play and eat treats. it doesn’t matter where, but who you’re with. mommy could be chasing you around the house and your tail would wag left and right continuously. recently you even turned on your turbo tail wag speed which was something that made us laugh. you learned to walk so well and the sight of you looking at daddy continuously melted mommys heart. you are so attentive and curious at everything. a cat, another dog, grass, paper, plastic, everything. you sniff and sometimes you eat. you shock mommy always by having the ability to poop out almost everything, including a huge piece of plastic which we had no idea how you ingested it. having to bring you to ER several times to regurgitate all that huge foam that you eat scared us. you always come back weak and it hurt us so much to see you without energy.

with that said, seeing you go is probably the hardest thing that we ever experience. because you were such a special girl. you’re not only a pet, but you’re our daughter whom we care for deeply and love so very much. your scent is so strong and we love it. it still lingers at home and we miss you every moment. everything we do at home, it almost felt like we weren’t just conditioning you, but our own actions were conditioned. when we open the fridge, when we wash our hands, when we call someone, when the doorbell rings, when someone is outside and most of all, the anticipation of seeing you when we open the door every day.

you don’t deserve to go so young. theres still so much more food we want you to try, so many places we want to bring you to, and we want to spoil you so much more although you’re already a queen at home. after you left, we crumbled. we never knew it would hurt this bad. although you were in our lives for a mere 6 months, it felt like eternity, because we knew it was eternity for you. and even it was a short time, it was the most rewarding experience raising you. and we promise to love you till eternity, never forgetting you. daddy told me that the morning I left for work, you whined. I forgot to get my purse and I came back up but I didn’t even say bye to you because I don’t want you to feel lonely without me, but if I had known that that will be the last time I would see you, I wouldn’t worked from home. I would’ve played with you all morning. I would’ve tried to kiss you knowing you don’t enjoy it. I would’ve done so much more..

when a life is taken, it always feel so unfair. why does such a bright, smart, lovely, cheerful and sweet dog have to go this young, and this way. but I know that you’re with us at home as I am typing this out because I can still smell you. and when I close my eyes, it feels like you’re still here. what I miss the most is your footsteps tapping on the floor, your dino sounds, your whines, your growls, and believe it or not, even your butt and poop smell. I would pick up your poop 10 times a day if I had to. and I would give everything to have you back with us. because you meant this much to us. today we bid our last farewell to you. we saw you enter the chamber of fire and we laid flowers next to you. you have your favourite watermelon right next to you and daddy’s socks that you so eager try to steal every time but because you’re such a good girl, you always give it back when we ask you to give. you were so beautiful. you laid there with your eyes closed; looking peaceful. you were cold, but your warm body that warmth us through the entire winter will be in our memory. your fur was so soft. and we kissed you goodbye.

I don’t know how long mommy and daddy will cry and how many more breakdown episodes we might have. don’t panic if you see us this way, because it means we really really miss you and that our love for you is true. it is very difficult because we miss you so dearly and it hurt us to know that we can’t recreate the happy moments again in this life. our heart feels hollow, and its feels like our hearts are sunken to the very bottom. it will take us time to get used to not having you around. waking up is still the most difficult because each time we hope so much that it was just a bad dream and that you would be jumping back at us again; waking us up sharp at 7am everyday with your poop smell and jumps even though your breakfast is at 9:30. we will remember your birthdays and prepare your favourite watermelon and chicken. and we will think about all the good times we had.

we hope you will visit us often, we hope you’ll appear in our dreams. we love you so very much. it is hard for us to say goodbye, but we believe that we will be reunited one day; it might take quite a long time, but at the mean time enjoy running endless fields with your new furry friends in heaven and feel free to visit whenever you miss us. we don’t mind if you leave a couple of farts of brush your butt smell everywhere, we would be so happy to know that you’re here.

once again, we just wanted you to know that we love you so much, so much more than words can describe.

[HK: Central] Sushi Saito

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tempted by my foodie friend’s instagram, I finally got to try Sushi Saito last summer. Sushi Saito is a world renowned Sushi restaurant from Tokyo, where they used to have 3 Michelin stars. until they stopped accepting booking, just like Jiro’s, and is now only bookable via special connections. Chef Takashi Saito has two overseas branches, one here in Hong Kong under the same name; Sushi Saito and another one in Kuala Lumpur called Taka. their style of sushi is Edo-mae, and according to my Japanese friend, each sushi master have their sort of “signature style,” where Saito’s most significant one is their al-dente sour rice.

the one in Hong Kong has 2 Michelin stars and although it can be booked without connections, it is still very, I mean very very difficult to book. my foodie friend knew the chef so you can say that I booked through connections, but even him, he books his spot several months in advance usually. because dinner is even more difficult to book (and I am cheap anyways), I booked for lunch. it costs 1680HKD for their sushi lunch and a hefty 3600HKD for their kaiseki dinner. of course, it’s all omakase, and one price. the time slots are fixed hence try not to arrive late. additionally, what makes it so expensive is probably also because the ingredients are handpicked by Chef Saito and flown in daily. freshness guaranteed. Continue reading “[HK: Central] Sushi Saito”

[Bangkok] PS: Overrated Restaurants

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Okay, so out of the long list of restaurant recommended by Mark Weins and some other blogs, I’ve filtered it down to a few that looks absolutely legit. but… to my disappointment, some was far from what I was expecting. like Thai food that’s even worse than what I can get in HK and Malaysia. maybe even Korea. well either the vlogger/blogger doesn’t have too high standards on food, or the restaurants dropped in quality. or perhaps it’s just me. I’ve written dedicated posts for those which I think is absolutely worth a try, but to save your time and to remind myself not to go there in the future, here’s 3 restaurants which I felt had absolutely wasted my belly space/the detour for.

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[Tokyo] Shibuya Sky

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if you follow me on instagram, you would’ve probably seen a similar picture like the one above with a lot of likes — not for me but for the view. and that’s Shibuya’s latest attraction: Shibuya SKY @ Shibuya Scramble Square; a new shopping mall in the heart of Shibuya.

I’ve never really understood why you should pay so much for a view; Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Skytree… etc. they all costs so much, yet you can go to some free buildings in Ebisu or Shinjuku. but this place, it’s so good that I’d pay to go there again if I were to stop by Tokyo. this was probably the most spectacular observatory deck I’ve ever been to, not to mention it’s also has a lot of picture spots which are so scenic, sofas for resting and even floor hammocks for you to chill at. shame that I forgot to take pictures of it but you just got to go there to experience it. 

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2020

I’m not sure how many of you do this, but I’ve always low key believed in feng shui. At the end of every year, I check how the following year is going to be like for me – to be exact, for a water monkey; because that’s what I am.

Before 2020 came, I thought 2019 was one of the worst years. Well one because feng shui said so, and for reasons that I cannot even remember anymore as I’m writing, I just remembered feeling like I had a very difficult time, and that 2020 is where my “bad luck” will turn, also because feng shui said that it will.

Trying to think back on what happened in 2019, I spent the first half of the year studying like I had no friends and no social life for a difficult financial exam, which I fortunately passed. The process was excruciating because I felt tired after work, and I still had to fit in 2-3 hours of study time. Not to mention I studied for 6-8 hours on weekends. On the exam day itself is where Hong Kong saw one of the largest protests in history, shutting down most transportation.

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[Amsterdam] Day 1 in Europe

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I’ve never been out of Asia, and that’s the reason why I planned 2-3 months in advance for my… short less than 2 weeks trip. as my partner have lived in Amsterdam before, it actually does make things a little bit easier for me. 

I made it just in time for early fall, where the trees were all starting to turn yellow and red. and that was… mmm.

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[Bangkok: Silom] Som Tam Jay So

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I’ve heard so much about how amazing food in Bangkok is. no doubt as Thai food makes it to my top 3 favourite types of cuisine. but to be very honest with you, I was a teeny weeny bit disappointed. because really, not all food are good. even those that are popular. I was expecting a majority of the food to be good because I hadn’t had much bad Thai food before.

For this trip, I’ve done a weeks worth of research mainly with Thailand’s most popular food youtuber– Mark Wiens. I used to watch his videos back when I was in Sophomore year of university. his videos are creepily addictive, but after a while after I noticed that he enjoys all food and heard that he has really low standards on food, (finds everything delicious) I kind of stopped. but interesting enough, there aren’t much food blogs/vlogs around in English that reports as well as he does. so for my first ever trip to Bangkok, I decided to try out some of the restaurants he recommended highly of.

so here’s one of the ones that I loved. I’ll also of course tell you which are the restaurants that are completely over rated. at the next post! (depends on how much you really need it!) Continue reading “[Bangkok: Silom] Som Tam Jay So”

[Seoul: Dongdaemun] Spicy Chicken Feet

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oh glorious dakbal/chicken feet. I know I give off the vibe that I do not eat anything “disgusting.” truth is, i have an “ajae ibmat or 아재 입맛” (which stands for an older man like an ajosshi/uncle) tastebud. I love all food which appeal usually in particular to older men. example: sundae/blood sausage, gopchang/intestine, yukhoe/raw beef… and chicken feet of course. I never understood how some younger Koreans don’t like these food, because to me, they are the food which I REALLY crave for when I am away.

and a little funfact on dakbal: there are really two ways to eat chicken feet in Korea. one’s like this one, where they cook the chicken feet for you and put it on a grill or a steamed pot; another is the great soup dakbal which is usually in a thick spicy soup. I can’t really say which I like better as they both taste really good and as spicy.

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[Seoul: Ikseon-dong] Ida Seoul

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although I now live in Hong Kong, I still keep up to the up and coming restaurants in Seoul. 뭐랄까.. it’s always been my hobby looking at amazing restaurants and I’ve always been very open to try new things. so this trip back, I made it clear that I want to make the most of it by visiting all these restaurants that I’ve been drooling on my computer for so long. truth it, it’s impossible to go to all.  but for a great after exam celebratory brunch with my best friend, this quaint little restaurant in Ikseon-dong was it! (and because it was really good, I am so excited to share my findings with you!) not to mention my current obsession with the Scandinavian style small plates obsession I currently have (for people in HK I recommend Okra! blog post for that soon..!!!)

I was intrigued by this new restaurant mainly because it is somehow opened by a restaurant owner whom owns another successful (and beautiful) restaurant around the corner and how the ingredients are so colourful and attractive in the pictures I saw online. also one of the chefs an adoptee whom’s not afraid of expressing his own version of modified Korean food which makes everything a whole lot more interesting.

NOTE: this place do not sell authentic Korean food, but instead a creative twist (the style here might come across odd for people whom are not as adventurous) on Korean ingredients therefore if you are looking for the traditional and local Korean experience, I recommend you to read my other food posts as I have a lot of them! 

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