Monday, September 30, 2019

Cavalock and The All-Guys' Tokyo Food Collages

Look, I wasn't kidding when I said us guys had around five to six square meals a day when we were in Tokyo earlier this month. There were six of us and what we ate was enough to feed ten men. And there was no one or anything to stop us from stuffing our faces.

A typical morning would begin with one of us group-messaging to see who's up for an early breakfast at 7.30am. One or two of us would agree and meet at the lobby. It's usually coffee and sandwiches nearby then an hour, there'll be another shout-out by those who didn't meet for the first breakfast for breakfast again. So between the two breakfasts and lunch we would of cos, snack along the way. And by 'snack' I mean, a supermarket takeout sashimi serving and the like. Lunch would come along and we made sure to eat and eat and eat. Tea break came and then before you know it, it's dinner time. That would be around 6pm or 7pm and end by 9pm, we would head to what's known as 'dinner round 2', like that time when we had a meaty yakiniku dinner then went for a big bowl of udon each near our hotel simply becos we 'needed the carbo'!

Best buys of this Tokyo trip, a Midori Traveler's Notebook and Lamy fountain pen. Still remember my Primary school days of learning to use the fountain pen and me inking my shirt pocket. Anyone else out there into the Midori Traveler's Notebook?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cavalock and That First Tokyo Conveyor Belt Experience

Believe it or not, of all the times the Baker-at-Home and I have vacationed in Japan, we have never ate at a conveyer belt sushi joint. No particular reason, we just never did I guess. I mean, we had sushi and sashimi numerous times in restaurants whenever the two of us are in Japan, just not in a merry-go-round. Well, that all changed for me when me and the guys spent a couple evenings at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Shinjuku. Actually the pix were taken during me solo trip to a conveyer belt joint also in Shinjuku a day before the guys arrived. So yah, premium sushi at prices we'll never ever see back home.

Street festival right in Shibuya! Never been in the middle of one of them before. The sights, the sounds, the energy from all that revelry, it was almost rather exhilarating. This was a pretty big affair as they had several contingents of revellers carrying the massive structures through the streets. Of cos, we had no idea what they were celebrating as we kinda stumbled into it while out shopping for sneakers and Magic: the Gathering cards. Hah! One of the perks of an all-guys vacation is definitely doing what we want, whenever we want, even if we have no idea where it's taking us.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Cavalock and The Tokyo Slut Breakfast

There is a certain kind of exhilaration and freedom when us guys are on vacation without the wives and kids. It's undeniable. Like I mentioned in me last post, us six guys finally got to go on a geeky Tokyo vacation earlier this month. We all agreed that we got to do things like spending half a day at Akihabara or eating five square meals a day (really), things that our significant others would never allow us to get away with.

So I arrived a day earlier than everyone as I got several solo errands to run in Tokyo. Our hotel's right in the heart of Shinjuku and while getting my stuff done, I saw this! A snaking long queue at the opening of Eggslut, the popular egg sandwich joint from the US. Later I told the guys bout it and we decided to head there for breakfast as soon as possible. We kept our fingers crossed ahead of the perceived long breakfast queues but on Tuesday, a day after a Japanese long holiday weekend, there was no early morning line!

I had the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. Tasty and hearty, a good start to a full day of walking, eating, shopping, drinking and eating. It's right next to Shinjuku train station and pretty easy to spot. Yah, in the same building, there's also Boul' Ange deli and the ever popular Luke's Lobster, the latter opening at 10am instead of 7.30am like the other two.

Check out this crazy-ass Gacha capsule toy. I thought I have seen bizarre Gacha toys before but this one takes the cake. Apparently they are components for a poop flicking game. And no, I didn't get one.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cavalock and Yet Another 2019 Tokyo Vacation

Yup, it's another Japanese Haagen-Daz ice-cream post and that means I was on another Japan vacation, less than three months after the last one! But this is different, very different. It's a trip that had been in the planning stage for longer than the sequel to Avatar. It's the first all-guys week-long Tokyo Turmoil Tour 2019! We all agreed that it's so different from vacationing with the wives and kids, there was pressure to follow anyone anywhere, except for one guy, the rest of us have been to Tokyo and kinda knew our way around. We ate at least five square meals a day, each spent a small fortune at video arcades, visited game shops and went for late-night suppers and drinks.

Alright, that edamame one sounds pretty weird even by my standards. Took the familiar brown sugar mochi instead. No regrets. And pumpkin flavour was yummy too. Anyway the guys are more into savoury than sweet and we didn't exactly did the dessert makan trail so all them Haagen-Daz cups were consumed alone in me cosy little room.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cavalock and The Birthday Lunch Post

What a wonderful birthday lunch at Hashida Sushi! Was our first time at their Mohamed Sultan joint and it's one of those places that we kept saying that we oughta go but just never got to. Anyway, we were finally there and almost immediately we were pretty impressed by the lush yet minimalist decor. Always fancied them Japanese restaurants with those cool long corridors and dining rooms. Amazing omakase selection and I must say that I preferred the fresh 'traditional' sushi here than what we had at Esora (*cough* M.Star *cough*) last year. Esora was great but if I had a choice I would pay a return visit to Hashida than Esora anytime soon. And becos the sake connoisseur AKA the Baker-at-Home requested it, we also had 540ml of sake to accompany the meal.

Now here's something you don't see at your average neighbourhood FairPrice. Fusion Pringles available at Liang Court's Meidi-Ya. Sounds pretty exotic. Don't ask me how it tastes cos I don't do Pringles. I just find these Fusion flavours rather intriguing and yes, almost gimmicky. Hah!

Friday, September 06, 2019

Cavalock and The Photo Bomb Post

Enough of me Tokyo trip, been awhile since I shared me Dad's wildlife pix. Still having to hear him complain bout having to carry 8kg worth of equipment on public transport. I guess feeding time would an appropriate tag for these pix.

As for me, it's back to the painting board. Managed to paint my second Aleguzzler Giant as well as a couple of terrain features like the death statue and bloody alter to use as objectives in my games.

Oh yah, as for food. We dined at kausmo, lunched with the folks from kausmo at a friend's house, and drank at %Arabica Coffee. Whew! That's a lot of pix for one post.