Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Kitchen of Japan launches the world's first Kitkat sandwich

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So in Tokyo today, living a #Travelife, I'm finally trying the world's first kitkat sandwich.

Yes, you read right. First Kitchen, a fast-food chain in Japan, has created a kitkat sandwich which it is selling for 220 yen.

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A SANDWICH FOR DESSERT

As you may imagine, this is probably not going to be anyone's main course for lunch.

First Kitchen envisions the Kitkat sandwich more like a dessert or a snack, especially as it's put in lots of whipped cream and added some orange peel for accent.

And then everything is placed in between two slices of white bread.

GOING SOLO

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Separately, they're also selling a special Kitkat chocolate called Kitkat for Cafe.

This is the same chocolate they're placing in that Kitkat sandwich, and if you don't fancy it with white bread, you can have the chocolate alone for 50 yen.

I'm not quite a sandwich person myself, but I thought I should try it today, to add just a little bit more sweetness to my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.





The artworks in the presidential suite of the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo include works by Isamu Noguchi and Toko Shinoda


Most luxury hotels these days have very contemporary-looking presidential suites, so it was quite a nice surprise to enjoy something of a time warp at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, living a #Travelife.


Their presidential suite, you see, has deliberately been kept as it has always been for the past 30 years or so, because it was designed by one of the top designers of that time.



And all around this presidential suite are artworks and objects created by some of Japan's foremost artists and creatives.

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I'VE SEEN THAT BEFORE

In the private living room of the suite, which is actually called the Imperial Suite, is a lithograph by Japanese master artist Toko Shinoda.

I have a Toko Shinoda artwork in the foyer of my Tokyo home as well, so it was a familiar piece to me.



MASTERPIECES IN THE IMPERIAL SUITE

There was also a very intriguing wooden tabletop sculpture on a sideboard in the public living room. Apparently, this was created by the same artist who designed the famous Tokyo Sky Tree.



Beside it was a lamp designed by the famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi -- and again, this was also a recognisable piece for me because I really like Noguchi's pieces and have some in my home.



How nice it was to experience this special suite in Tokyo, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Planning a trip to Morocco and renting a lovely riad in Marrakech and in Fes, for a private party



So two Sundays ago, there we were gathered around a dining table in Manila, talking about Travel and Life, and living a #Travelife.

We'd all traveled together to Sri Lanka ages ago, and since then we'd done other places together in little groups. Some people had joined me for trips to places as disparate as the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain and South Africa.

But since this wonderful trip to Sri Lanka, we hadn't really traveled all together again.

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MAKE MINE MOROCCO. AGAIN.

So two Sundays ago, I said: "Why don't we all go to Morocco?" This will be my third trip to Morocco in 15 months, by the way.

It wasn't that difficult to convince everyone to sign on, although getting the dates right and getting everyone in Casablanca on the same day was the biggest challenge.

Some people said they were coming in from a walk to Santiago de Compostela, others told me they were on their way to Edinburgh afterwards, and a couple of others had to rearrange their existing plans to join.

This photo was taken before stepping out to dinner
in Fes last June, living a #Travelife

IT'S MEANT TO BE

But in two weeks, everything's fallen into place.

This #Travelife to Morocco isn't happening for quite awhile, but already the itinerary has been planned in detail -- down to the restaurants we're eating in everyday -- and the core group of about 20 has committed.

We're just looking for a couple more friends of friends to join us and we're done.

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A SUDDEN INSPIRATION

Actually, 20 is a pretty decent number for a trip. 

But then this morning in Tokyo, on Facebook messenger with so many of them, I suddenly got inspired to book the whole riad, for every riad we were booking in Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech. This meant we would take the whole place, staff and all, and we would have the riad to ourselves.

How fun would that be?

It would be an all-night party every night, living a #Travelife.


In Marrakech last June,
living a #Travelife


MAKING THE MAGIC NUMBERS

To book an entire riad, we're still short of a couple of people, but I thought we'd get our numbers with no problems as this is still six months away.

So today, I told my operators in Marrakech: "Book the riads as a private hire if all the rooms are still available. I'll fill the rooms up."

Already I was imagining sitting on that rooftop in Fes, or in that garden by the pool in Marrakech, with bottles of bubbly and laughter the whole night, and with everyone living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.