The One about Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte)

Austrian Director Michael Haneke is one of cinema’s most revered and also most reviled with films that are typically bleak or disturbing, nerve-rattling and shocking. From his first major film “The Seventh Continent”  of modern alienation to his next film “Benny’s Video” about a 14-year-old who is fascinated by watching violent acts via playback on video, his shocking “Funny Games” (which was remade in the US) to the titillating 2002 […]

The One about Eating at Hanami in Omotesando

One of the restaurants and cafe that I wanted to try when I visited Omotesando is Hanami. The restaurant is best known for showcasing cuisine from different countries and so, the menu is changed every few months to showcase something different. Also, once in awhile, you will see Hanami have special collaborations. On November 16th through December 15th, the restaurant is collaborating with Glass Bottle Cafe.  And also, Hanami rents […]

The One about Timothy’s World Coffee – German Chocolate Cake

Back in 1975, Timothy and his wife Teresa Snelgrove founded Timothy’s World Coffee, a retailer of premium roasted coffee beans. Originally as a business-school project by Snelgrove while studying at the University of Western Ontario, the business would evolve to selling brewed coffee. In 1986, the company was purchased by Ian and Beck McKinnon and the company expanded to other retail locations and Timothy’s would later become a roaster partner […]

The One about Funawa Cafe in Asakusa

Outside of Asakusa Station and not far from the major temples is one of the oldest Japanese sweet shops in Tokyo, Funawa Cafe. Established in 1902, the place is known for selling “imo yokan” (sweet potato paste), various an-mitsu offerings (red bean+ fruit or cream) and also special ice cream (note: in Japan, they call it soft cream). But one of the difficulties that some people tend to have is […]

The One about the Skagen Hagen Connected Hybrid Smart Watch

I have reviewed several Skagen watches on my blog and one of the things I tend to emphasize is that Skagen watches are now known for their lightness, stylish design but also being affordable quartz watches. As a watch enthusiast, I also recommend Skagen for those who are starting out with purchasing of watches, wanting it to be stylish but also are not as willing to spend over a $100 […]

The One about Noel Coward and David Lean’s “Brief Encounter”

An endearing romance classic about a doomed love affair. “Brief Encounter” is filmmaker David Lean’s film adaptation of Noel Coward’s play “Still Life” and their final collaboration together. It’s quite interesting to watch a film such as “Brief Encounter” because we see extra-marital affairs in film as common place in cinema. But we don’t really see a film that focuses on the actual affair and how one deals with it […]

The One about the Tora-san Statue Outside of Shibamata Station in Katsushika

In Northern Tokyo, outside of Shibamata Station is the statue of Tora-san. The character is best known for the long-running film series “Otoko wa tsurai yo” (which translates to “It’s Tough Being a Man”) directed by Yoji Yamada and stars actor Atsumi Kiyoshi. With a total of 48 installments which ran from 1969 to 1995 but would end with the death of Kiyoshi. Because the film has been part of […]

The One about Nagoya Castle

Earlier this month, I traveled to Nagoya, Japan to visit Nagoya Castle. And I will say it was one of the most breathtaking experiences that I have ever seen. Just from a distance and seeing the castle, you are literally in awe. According to Wikipedia: Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō) is a Japanese castle located in Nagoya, central Japan. Nagoya Castle is known for its unique “connected-donjon” style of construction, with […]