The One about Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway, the otaku shopping area of Nakano (a special ward in Tokyo). A ward that epitomizes Showa era (1926-1989) and the bubble economy, back in 1960, the construction of Nakano Broadway building was created. The goal was to create a 10-story shopping and apartment complex and in 1966, the building was a go to destination. It was a location where many entertainers lived, the location had luxurious outdoor pools, […]

The One about Staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Near Long Beach Convention Center

Having stayed at several hotels in the Long Beach area, this time I decided to stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites near Long Beach Convention Center. What was surprising was it was located near where I lived in Long Beach as a teenager. This simple budget hotel is 5.1 miles from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, 4.5 miles from the Aquarium of the Pacific and 5.4 miles from California […]

The One about Revisiting Porto’s Bakery and Cafe in Burbank

Last week, I wrote about Porto’s Bakery and Cafe. But I figured that people want a more thorough review considering that the Burbank location was rated at #1 for Yelp’s list of highest-rated restaurants in the U.S. As I was in Southern California for several days for a viewing and family funeral, we needed to grab something to eat for dinner, so it gave me the opportunity to go to […]

The One about Revisiting Salju Dessert in Alhambra

Snow ice.  It’s a popular dessert that you can find in areas with a high Asian population in California.  But I wanted to introduce family who had never tried snow ice for the very first time. As I posted about Salju Dessert earlier in the month, I figured that perhaps my palate is a bit biased towards Asian cuisine and dessert, so I wanted family (Asian and non-Asian) to give […]

The One about my Grandmother Virginia

It was a little over a month ago that I celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday.  And at the same time, our family was preparing the 40th day of the death of my Uncle Jun. And here I am again, preparing another week of mourning for my grandmother Virginia with a viewing and a funeral. As I prepare my eulogy for my grandmother, I had a lot of things that went […]

The One about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Right on 7000 Hollywood Blvd. and a short walk from the TLC Chinese Theatres is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. An iconic hotel which hosted Hollywood cinema legends such as Charles Chaplin, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and many more. And while events still happen at the hotel (such as the Turner Classic Movie Festival), it’s probably the closest hotel for those who want immediate access to the Hollywood Stars […]

The One about Kin-no-Torikara

When traveling in Shibuya, you will see an interesting restaurant with a cute yellow chick character featured on its sign. The location that I visited is located at: 25-3 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture The chick is the mascot for Kin-no-Torikara, a spot that originated from Kyoto that specializes in karaage (fried chicken). The restaurant chain focuses on fried chicken using skinless chicken breast meat, no bone, created with a special recipe […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about JAL Mileage Bank

Are you a frequent flier who often takes flights on Japan Airlines (JAL)? I would definitely take advantage of the JAL Mileage Bank card when flying to destinations around the world. Just book your flight provide your JMB membership number when making your flight reservations, checking into your hotel or when using the service of JMB partner companies. Simply earn miles for flying, for hotel stays, shopping, etc.  And you can […]