I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

9 August 2004

Coming to Saturday. Slept at 4am this morning. Woke up at 10am. No mood to sleep much, brain keeps playing back my research n my bicycle. After brunch, went to repair my bicycle, then work work work with my research till now. Still got to cont later on. Anyway, glad today's one smoother.

Ok, back to Yuko trip. Hehe... finally come to the last day version. :P Yuko, hope u like all the posting bout ur trip to Kyoto then. ;)

Fish fish brand breakfast

I cooked breakfast for Yuko. She enjoyed the soup I made for her yesterday morning v much. So happy to see when someone enjoy eating my food. :P Today, I come up with the idea using fetuccini to cook eastern style pasta. Wat did I put in? Well, a few kinds of mushroom, big onion, egg, corn & nori (dry seaweed). The nori is the point. It makes the food taste very oriental. Wat more w Sarawak coarse grinded black pepper. Hehe...

Yuko love it. She told me can't believe she actually finish the whole big plate with her little stomach. ++ soup & fruit. Haha!! Luckily she is not staying w me for long term, or else she will be blaming me for putting on weight.


After the breakfast, n get ourself ready, we r heading to Arashiyama as planned earlier. It is one of the most famous place in Japan for red leaves. Wait till autumn then. We actually heading to Arashiyama tat day for a famous shop. But when we reach there, our stomach still full full with my heavy breakfast. :P

Yuko: Yang, hv u heard of Suzumushidera before? (Yuko suddenly ask me a Q)

FF:?? Wat dera?

Yuko: Suzumushidera.

FF: Wat's tat?

Yuko: (With shining eyes... n excited voice) U dun know Suzumushidera?? (As unbelievable for a fact tat fish fish dun know this temple.)

FF: Nope, never heard of it. (Fish fish started to feel being challenged... a famous place tat I dun know in Kyoto?? Maji?? (Really??)

Yuko: Wahhh!!! I'm so happy... First time the place I mention Yang dun know. U got to go... It's a really famous place. Heeee.... (Eye shines even brighter)

FF: (Fish fish get even more curious to know wat this place is) So, wat is so special bout this place (I still remain to act cool, :P)

Yuko: Well, u c... They got many bell cricket in the temple, which make noise in all season, not the normal one tat only make noise in autumn. And wat is the most famous, is the famous Jizo (a guardian deity of children) in tat place. Whereby u can make any wish with him, n he will fulfill ur wish. Only one wish at a time... (blah, blah, blah... I cut off this details then).

Anyway, in the end, we turned up to walk for around 1 hr for tat temple in a big big sun day. I used umbrella, but tat stubborn Yuko just want to get out of my umbrella. She hates umbrella, she said. Hmmm... wat a reason.

So, this is the Suzumushidera. Finally we reached there. I was kind of loss patient when we walk walk walk, but still hasn't reach there on the way. Yuko keeps encouraging me. Usually I like walking, but not on a hot day like tat, my migraine killing me. So how relief we were when we reached there. Oh oh, seem like many people (on a Monday hot afternoon??), I started to believe wat Yuko saying. Want to know more bout this place? Heeee... see it for urself. Dun go on weekends and holidays is my advice. Btw... anyone of u guys in Japan heard this place b4? If yes, let me know.


We then take bus back to Arashiyama. And there we off for the famous Kyoto style dessert shop, called Oimatsu.

This is how the branch in Arashiyama look like. Very strong Kyoto style.U will b surprised with the high price of their Kyoto dessert, n yet u can see crowd lining up n buying them. Silly! Hehe... including Yuko n me. :P The reason tat attract Yuko here is becoz a fren told her... As for me, I hv always been thinking to try it at least once when I 1st saw it on TV. We specially come to Arashiyama just for the 2 desserts. Wat r they? Wait please...

We hv to line up. Only 20 seats inside the cafeteria corner. And before us got 8 more people. After we line up for a while, got a few more groups people coming behind us. On a Monday time. So, just imagin if it is weekends...

Feel bored while lining up, so take some pics of the other product selling there. See this souvenir pack? Written 4305 yen (RM149.86). Takaiiii (Expensive).

After lining up for about 30 min, finally we get our seats. This is one of wat we ordered. Called the natsumikan jelly. It's something like grapefruit and orange mixture. One of the well known product in this shop. If u eat in the cafeteria, half cut for 735 yen (RM25.59). If u buy n bring home, 1 for 1155 yen (RM40.21). I would advice take away is much better, cheaper n dun hv to wait. Ok, wat bout the taste? Mamamia!! One of the best jelly I hv ever had. But too bad it's only sell in summer time. So, for those of u tat miss it out this year, next year then.

Now, see this big bucket with small pieces of greyish stuff? It's the warabi mochi. Some of u might say " No way! Warabi is not grey." For usual case, it is. The one made from starch powder, is white. Make from real warabi powder, is yellowish. So, how bout grey? Hehe... it's real warabi powder tat hv been stored in cool n dark place to age for 5-10 years.

Now, the whole set things, 5 small warabi mochi ball with the soybean powder n black honey.... 1260yen !! (RM43.86). Even more expensive then eating birdnest. Heee....

How big is the one ball? I asked Yuko to hold it up. This small... Yuko hands r very slender, so if macho guys hands, will look even more tiny. Yuko n me each 2.5 balls. Poor us, people around us all hv 1 bucket each... But most important thing if to try this so call legendary taste. Well... after eating comment... very smooth n soft, compare to the normal warabi mochi I had. The taste not much different from the real warabi powder version. But the texture is very attracting. Want to look for something special for a trip in Kyoto? Try this one then, once a luxury in time.

B4 we went off, I bought a Japanese version of geppei (mooncake) from tat shop. Not much to a mooncake look tat we always had huh... Instead, didn't taste mooncake actually... Very rich fruity taste. a bit too sweet. If not, will be a good one. 157 yen (RM5.47) for 1.


We reach Kyoto station kind of late. Yuko will take Shinkansen back to Hamamatsu. We tried to find a place for dinner. After look around many places, finally we decided to eat in Capricciosa. The Italian franchise restaurant in Japan tat I go with my frens once in a time.

Yuko wanted to eat pizza. She hasn't had one for a long time. So she chose this salami n bacon pizza called Capricciosa pizza. Well, not a bad taste. Just tat too much meat. And they all finish up by Yuko. :P The favorite part for me in this pizze is the green green rucola.

First, I wanted to order penne arabia which I hv'nt had for a long time too. After making the order, I saw the menu got Parpadelle... wooo... i love fresh pasta... So after asking Yuko if ok for me to change, we decided to try on this one. I had Parpadelle in other place, but not in Capricciosa before. This one is cooked with Porcini mushroom ( I believe is in can one) and shimeji mushroom (fresh) in with cream sauce. Well... Chun Lian... the white sauce penne tat I cooked last time is good? I am 100% sure u will like this one. The combination is just perfect. Though Yuko prefer andante in pasta, and I prefer well cooked. But both of us like this one. This was her first time in having Parpadelle. She said luckily we changed the menu. Heee... Well, I am sure she will like the penne as well... Next time then.

Ok, finally comes to the end for the posts of Yuko trip in Kyoto. She told me she had a great time. So do I. :) Haven't seen her for a long time since last year May. We make a promise to meet again early Oct at Hamamatsu. I am very looking forward for tat then. Yuko, u got to introduce ur special person to me then if got chance wor... ok? Heee... Till then my dear fren, take care.

And till then everyone. B4 I go, just want to remind for those of u in Kuching, dun miss the Kuching Festival if u haven't got time to go yet. A gathering w family n frens there will be a nice one. I have been missing a chance to go to one for the 5th year oledi. :(

Friday, August 20, 2004

8 August 2004

Come to 21 August oledi... wow!! Time so fast. Yuko cmailed me 2 days ago, saying tat she likes the talk bout her trip to Kyoto. Hehe, I promised her I will try to finish the post once I hv time. But it happens tat these few days I am damn busy with my research. Wat more, not running smooth, so kind of very stress now actually. Ate 4 buns & 1 cup noodle just now as dinner!!! Didn't eat the bentou tat I brought from home. Very crazy huh... Still hv many work to finish tonite, but I think I need a break for me to hv a deep breath. So, come to my kuishinbomeow... :P

Yuko, I hope I can finish them tonite for u. :) Here u r, my dear...


We went to Byodoin around noon time. We r supposed to get out from home 2 hrs earlier, but delay delay... :P Anyway, it's just 5 min walk from my house. Heeee... Yuko like the place so much. In fact, it's a very famous shrine in Japan. See the back of the 10 yen coins, tat's the byodoin. And this November, the new 10000 yen note will hv byodoin at the back as well. :D Ok, here are some of my favorite pics from this shrine. Hope u all like it.

This is the main focus in byodoin. It's called Hou Ou Dou (Phoenix Hall). For entrance into the shrine is 600yen (RM20.86), excluding Hou Ou Dou. If u want to enter the Hou Ou Dou, another 600 yen will be charged. However, there isn't much to see in the Hou Ou Dou, cause most of the things inside have moved to the Byodoin museum, which charged is oledi included in the entrance payment. Wat I like bout this Hou Ou Dou is its dignity. And it has different look in 4 seasons. I never realise it looks beautiful too during summer, isn't it?

This Hou Ou Dou is built surrounded by a pond. As today weather is very good, the reflection of the pond make it a perfect time to take picture. Wat do u think of this one? All colours of nature... Hmmm... I like it. :)

Summer time flower, Suiren (water lily), is in full blossom in Japan. Uji dun hv much, but surprise to see they have a few tiny suiren tat r pretty good in Byodoin. I am kind of satisfy with this pic of mine. :P Kind of artistic rite? Heee... another effect in using water reflection. ;)

Suiren is one of my favorite flower. And Claude Monet is one of those impressionist who I think draw good suiren. He was very good in using light effect for his drawing. His passion towards this flower can be seen by many of his drawings.


We r supposed to meet Sylvia in Kyoto station at 3.00pm. But we know we wouldn't be in time, so the time is postponed to 1hr later. So after we finish the Byodoin sightseeing, Yuko n me were heading to another maccha shop which r very famous in Uji. It's called Itokyuemon, an old shop with 280 years of history. One of my favorite shop in Uji. :)

Yuko saw this tea jelly, she wanted to try it. And I was attracted by this maccha cheese cake. I saw it in the webpage last time, and when I went to buy in the shop, they said it's only sell online. Kind of disappointed tat time. Was surprised n happy to see they finally make it sells in the shop. Guess this cheese cake must hv been popular they decided to make it a regular product.

Ok, here it is, the tea jelly n maccha cheese cake set (1/4 cake). I forgot the price oledi, should be 850 yen (RM29.53) if I dun remember wrong. The cake taste so rich, cheese cake lover must try this one. Yuko was thinking to buy the whole cake for her mum as omiyage, but it is 2310 yen(RM80.26) for 1 cake. Kind of expensive, so Yuko changed her mind. I just gone thru the web, seem like they have promotion now starting from 24 August, 1995 yen (RM69.32), hmmm... if only Yuko is here tat time.

We oso ordered one of my favorite menu in this shop, the maccha parfait. See, it's not as colourful as the one from Nakamura Tokichi rite? I told Yuko this one is my favorite, taste better than the Nakamura one. When she first see the outlook, it is not as colourful. But once she tried it, especially the green tea jelly, she just totally agree with me. :P And she likes this one better too. Heeee... I wonder if the Nakamura Tokichi saw this site, they will surely get mad with me then. :P No offend, just personal preference, rite? Oso, I love the white ball in this parfait as well. Very good mouthfeel when u bite it. :)

Biwako Hanabi

One of the main events happening during summer is the hanabi (firework) performance here and there in Japan. For Kansai, besides the PL Hanabi (biggest hanabi in Japan, with 120,000 shoots), which I haven't has a chance to see yet (next year must go, cause most probably will be my final chance), Biwako hanabi is also one of the famous in Kansai area. Even though it's only around 10,000 shoots, the way they arranged the shooting and the contrast scence with the Biwako lake (biggest lake in Japan) is irresistable. Here is the link to the hanabi events in Kansai area this year.

We are supposed to meet Sylvia at 4pm... But we couldn't catch the train in only 1 second. Stubborn JR driver, just wouldn't wait for us when he saw we were running down the stair for the train. UUuurrrgggghhhhh~~~~ if Keihan line, for sure they will wait. Luckily, Sylvia was patient enough to wait for us after we called her to apologise and informed her bout our late arrival.

By the time we reach the spot, it's around 4.30pm. We went to get a good seat first before we can move our butt to buy food.

Me n Sylvia go first. Whereby Yuko n Naomi (Yuko's fren who came directly from Fukui tat day just specially to see this hanabi) look after the seats first. On the way, we saw this blueberry plant on sell. It was my first time to see a blueberry plant, though blueberry has been a favorite fruit of mine for years. Well, M'sia dun hv one mar... :P Looks cute rite?

We then went to Lawson (famous franchise convenient store in Japan) to buy some foodstuff. Man... the crowd was terrible. We had a long q b4 we can settle our payment. Back to the seats quickly so tat Yuko n Naomi can hv their turn as well. Here r the food me n Sylvia bought. Onigiri, junk food and Sylvia's kakigori. She has been keep saying wanting to have a cold cold kakigori to clear off her heat in body. She looks so shiawase (blessing) when she eat the ice. Heeee....

Ever wonder how these 3 frens of mine look like? :P Yuko, sorry... I think this one is near enough tat people will be able to c ur face. ;) But cute cute gal, nvm show to other people rite? Heee... Ok, here r the 3 sweet gals. From left to rite, Sylvia, Naomi n Yuko. And see the big stone?? Yap, tat's our seats. Hah!

B4 I went to buy food w Sylvia, took some pics of the scene of the crowd. Ok, still very empty, with a lot of mat around. Means those places are booked oledi. One thing good in Japan is people dun disturb ur reserve place, so it's safe for u to book earlier then come later by only putting the mats. But make sure u put big big stone on top of it, or else, the wind will steal them away from u. Heee... Tat time was around 4.30pm

Then, after 2 hrs... here is another version of the same place... U can only see people kepala (head) here n there. Many people wearing Yukata... especially those young gals tat comes with their gals' gang, or their bf. :P Dun ask me how many people, I just dun know... Too many to be able to count.

Took many pics on the hanabi, even though I told Sylvia beforehand dun want to take any pic, just want to watch. Eventually, I break my own promise. :P

Only a few turned out to be satisfy. Damn! Should hv bring my tripod. But bit heavy n troublesome to bring for a crowded event like this.

This big bloom not bad huh? We were kind of far away from the Hanabi, n my camera can only 3 times zoom, so I guess this was not bad oledi huh... (self comforting, sob sob).

This was my favorite. Especially the reflection. The red reflection was due to a taller bigger explosion. But I think without it was oso a good effect. Wat do u think?

This one was Yuko favorite. I like it too. Good combination of the buildings, lake n hanabi.

We had a good hanabi tat nite. With frens to see this kind of event, was very enjoying. But after the end, we just tried our best to rush as fast to the station. Cause if we dun do so, it will be lucky enough if we can get home with the last train. I experienced it 2 years ago, so I know it.

Ok... finally finish for the 2nd day. Dear Yuko, sorryyy... I think the 3rd day will hv to be delayed till tomorrow. Cause I am in my maximum now today after working with my research for 14 hrs. Please wait for another day ok?

Till then. Nite nite everyone.

Monday, August 16, 2004

7 August 2004 (2)

Hamamatsu Omiyage

Yuko brought me my favourite Unagi pai (Eel pie) from Hamamatsu. Got 3 types. From top till bottom: XO unagi pai, normal unagi pai and nutty unagi pai. The nutty type was my first time. Very nice nutty flavour, like it.

She bought me another souvenir. Kame manju (Turtle bean cake). Well, inside is the red bean. Not too much to my favour. However, it's a gift by Yuko, so I must appreciate it. In fact, this one is not too sweet, and kind of powdery, so acceptable. Wat I like more is the cute look of this manju. Dun u think so too? :)

Want to know how Yuko looks like? Here she is. Very fair and thin sweet gal. I like her. Very fun to be with her actually. You can't see her clear in this pic rite? Cause she wants me to put only her far and small pic. :P

I always focus on the maple leaves in autumn time. Then realise they actually looks very attractive too in summer time... with the sunshine that goes thru the space among these leaves. I just love green nature.

We then went to dinner in Hakodate Ichiba as posted earlier. By the time we out from the restaurant, it's a heavy rain. But we hv made appoinment to meet my frens in the downtown. So we hv to off to the place with heavy rain.

In the city, we were shocked to see how heavy rain it was there. Wat shocked me more is the look of the Kamogawa. Oh my god!! Is it really Kamogawa was my first reaction. Yuko was very shocked too. Many people was on the brigde getting wet by the heavy rain and look at the river. See the pic, and u will know wat i mean. This one is facing the north. Sorry for the blur pic, didn't bring tripod. So very difficult to take good pic on the stormy rainy time.

For the direction tat facing the south, it seem to be even greater flood. Funny is some silly guys was thinking of having fun with these water. Stupid!! Making the work of the policemen more troublesome only.

Why we went to the downtown tat nite? Cause the salsa club of Matsumiya in my lab having a salsa party. It was a nice one. See the guy with the black and gray stripe shirt? He is Matsumiya. Very fun to be with young boy. He dances salsa very well. This is the 2nd time I hv this salsa. And guess wat? I think I am starting to like it more n more. I am thinkin of joining the club. Maybe start from next month. So envy to see how the gals dance so well and look very sexy with the dance. :P Want to dance like them... Heee...

Ok, I think I hv done many posts today. Hv back stiff now. Got to stop. Stomach grrruuurrrr oledi. Till then, ciao ciao.

7 August 2004 (1)

Yuko: Hisashiburi Yong. (Long time no see, Yong)

Yong: Hontoni hisashiburi. (Really long time no see). Genki? (Fine?)

Yuko: Mm, genki yo. (Yap, I'm fine). Ano ne, Yong... (Well Yong...) Moshi Yuko konshu no shumatsu, Yong no tokoro ni asobi ni itte demo ii? (If I go to ur place this weekends, will it be fine?)

Yong: Mochiron. (Of course.) Irrasshai! (Welcome!)

Yuko: Honto? Ja, Yuko ikuyo. (Really? Then, Yuko will go).

And yes, so from 7-9 August, I hv 3 days fun again w Yuko. A Japanese fren of mine which I haven't seen since last year May. Guess for those of u in KL and in Kuching tat have met her before, still remember rite? She miss Malaysia, u all and the nice nice food. :P Want me to send regards to u all.

And yes, we took many pictures for tat 3 days, especially on food. The 2 gals r really eating like crazy... :P

Nakamura Tokichi

Yuko reached Uji around noon time. I went to fetch her in Uji station. From the station, we walked for a few min to reach Nakamura Tokichi, a famous shop in Uji tat sells green tea product. In fact, Uji's green tea is No.1 in Japan, even though it is not produced in mass. Am I lucky or wat to stay in this place? :P

We ordered 2 types, as we didn't dare to order too much, cause we need to take lunch later on. First come is the Maccha jelly. 630 yen (RM 21.60). Wat I like is the cute bamboo container tat they use. The jelly is a bit too bitter though, good texture.

Next, we have the maccha parfait (green tea parfait). 680 yen (RM 23.31). Looks nice with all the fruit that decorating it. Under is the green tea ice cream, jelly blah blah blah...

Well, my comment is... Not bad, but not too good as well... Actually kind of disappointed w the taste cause before I go, I heard tat it's very nice. Oh well, maybe becoz I hv tried a better one. Will write bout tat one in later post.

Hakodate Ichiba

After the parfait, we were so full. So we went home, let Yuko put down her luggage, rest for a while. When the outside sun getting milder, we start to go for walking around the Uji river area. Slowly and relaxingly...

Then, after a long hr walk, we reached the Hakodate Ichiba , a famous spinning sushi restaurant in Japan, near the Uji Keihan station got one branch. It's almost dinner time. Just the rite time for us to take dinner before we take train to go to the downtown.

This is how the outlook of this branch.

And we were arranged to seat in front of this pretty chef. Heee...

Before we take the sushi, we take the gari (pickled ginger) first. It's free eating. As much as u want. :P The one is this restaurant is good.

I love the agenasu sushi in this shop. Rare actually in normal spinning sushi shop to offer this dish. The nasu was hot hot, but melt in ur mouth. And with the sweet sauce coating it, needless to say anymore... Yummy!! Yuko like it very much too, first time she had it. 126 yen (RM 4.31)

Then, I ordered the shishamoko (a kind of fish egg). 126 yen. Yuko took the squid with soft bone inside. 126 yen. I like this fish egg. No fishy smell at all. Yuko like the squid. She tried one of the fish egg too, and she likes it again. :P

I then take the thick omelette cake with ikura (salmon egg, only 3 small eggs though, heee...) on top of it. 126 yen. Nice as usual.

After tat, I had mayonnaise corn. Yummy yummy... delicious as usual for a corn lover like me. 126 yen.

I saw another egg dish. Call puri puri tamago (elastic biting egg). It's actually smashed boiled egg with mayonnaise. Didn't expect much when I take this dish... And kind of surprise the mouth feel is really good. The elasticity was good enough. No wonder it's called puri puri. 126 yen.

I never tried the Natto sushi in any sushi shop before. So today I tried one. Ok, wat can I say... Natto. Yap, normal natto taste with rice and nori.
Good taste though. 126 yen.

As for Yuko, she took the Ooanago (Big conger). She likes eel, so anything tat is family to this fish, she loves it. In fact in her hometown, Hamamatsu, kabayaki (grilled eel) is the famous food. She said the taste of this ooanago is splendid. 315yen (RM10.79).

Then she take another favorite dish of hers, aburiyaki (broiled salmon). 315 yen. And she said this one was very good too. She started to hope tat they hv one branch too in Hamamatsu. Even though the price is a bit expensive if compared to the normal spinning sushi shop, but with the taste, she thinks it worths the price.

Wai Wai last time came to this shop too. She tried the botan ebi (botan prawn). And she said it was very good. So this time, I recommended Yuko to try it. The 2 of us were so funny looking when we were taking the pics of this botan ebi. Dun know how Yuko drop the ebi on the desk, n so she has to rearrange them to retake the pic. Heeee... She said the prawn was very very sweet. One of the very nice prawn she has ever tried. Well... concerning the price? The most expensive dish that we had on tat day. 420 yen (RM 14.38) for a dish.

Definitely when my sis comes, I will bring her come to this restaurant. She is crazy bout these fresh stuff. Still remember how she only concentrated on the fresh oyster when we were having Japanese buffet in a hotel in Kuching. Forgot the name already. :P

As an ending for my meal... I order my favourite chawan mushi (steam egg). 168yen (RM 5.75). Oh my god... only now I see i was taking too much egg tat evening. >_< Must be careful next time. Or else, sooner or later I will be listed as one of the top colesterol carrier.

We didn't order this, but seem so cute. Half a meron with ice cream. Wow... no way we can finish tat. Heee... temptating look. 630yen (RM21.60).

To be cont. 2nd part.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

6 August 2004

This one another omiyage from Nari. Another miso snack. Made by Haccho miso, a famous product in Aichi prefecture. It is sweeter than the normal miso. Hehe... another unique snack with the miso taste.

Park went to Amanohashidate with her church's frens, located in the north part of Kyoto. One of the 3 most beautiful spots in Japan. The other 2 are the Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture and the Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture. I hv been to all of them. :P

This tanuki manju (raccoon bean cake) was good. I like the white bean paste. So happy to see inside is not red bean. :P Kind of scare to see red bean now.

5 August 2004

Prof. Matsumura went to Tokyo for conference. And he came back with this cute little dango as souvenir. One bite size. It's called pudding dango. Yap, the filling is caramel pudding. Very nice. I like them very much. Ate 2 of them, as got extra left after everyone had theirs. ;) I hint my sensei it was such a good one, and feel 'shiawase' when eating it. Hehe... i guess my sensei got the hint, as he said next time if go will buy again. :P

Tat evening. One the way home, too lazy to cook for dinner. So, stop by in Ozaki to see if got some good half price sushi. Yap... I got it. :P The sushi in Ozaki taste good, but not their tempura. Heee... Miss sushi very much after a while didn't take any of them.