Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Added some photos to my Tokyo Food Recs

Still a work in progress, but now you can see some of the food in my Tokyo Food Recs.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

So cute! The pizza looks good too.

In other news, after half a year, I have set up proper recycling containers by re-using cardboard boxes that I've been keeping around.  I hope they stay clean.  They're lined with plastic but I don't want the plastic lining to get dirty.

The left box is for paper scraps, the box within the big box is for flimsy plastic (my town's recycling needs these bundled together in a plastic bag so that they can sort it), and cardboard and other recycling doesn't need special treatment.  Technically speaking, they don't say that paper scraps need to be collected together, but if they can't sort plastic bags out, they're not going to be able to sort paper scraps either.

In closing, enjoy one of my favorite songs ever, Brandy's "Piano Man" off of her underrated album "Human":

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If you like paper products

This shop in Shimokitazawa 下北沢, Tokyo looks super cool.  I love these kinds of paper crafts.  Of course, I really don't need them, so it's a good thing that I have a relative who loves them.

Speaking of criminally underrated, I leave you with one of my all-time favorite pop songs by Teedra Moses "Can't Be Luv":

Monday, April 13, 2015

Is the overwrap on Numi tea bags recyclable?

Numi Tea seems to say that all of their materials are biodegradable, but I wonder about the overwrap (the individual packaging around each tea bag) and the staples.

From a naive viewpoint, buying loose leaf tea seems more ecologically friendly than buying these convenient, individually wrapped tea bags.  You just generate waste with tea bags.

That said, Numi seems quite conscientious about using recycled materials and making their products biodegradable, while avoiding support for GMO industries.

Shockingly, I have not yet shared Tamia's latest pop song "Sandwich And A Soda":
To be Honestly, the song is not terribly profound or brilliant, but Tamia sounds great on it. Her singing is so effortless. A totally underrated artist.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

disposable drink containers

Now that I know how much water and other chemicals and resources go into the production of a paper or plastic cup, I cringe when I realize that I've bought yet another disposable drink container.  I have gotten far too used to the convenience.

I really need to start carrying around a reusable container to be filled instead.  I still have my Oracle mug from 10 years ago, and I still like it.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Android XiaoMi HongMi, and arsenic in rice

Installing the files specified here did install the adb drivers I needed for my XiaoMi HongMi device to be recognized by Android Studio.  The 2nd install specified in the instructions did not modify the MiPhoneManager to display in English though.

Mi 米 is the character for rice.  On a tangent, did you know that rice absorbs metals well?  As a result, it has a higher amount of inorganic arsenic than other popular grains, mostly absorbed from the soil.  Apparently the US has been used arsenical drugs for chicken for 70 years or more, and this has polluted the soil that is often now used for rice farming.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Tokyo food: Afternoon Tea Top 3 (by Rie)

Of Toys and Co. asked me about afternoon tea in Tokyo. Sadly, I have never personally visited the many afternoon tea places in Tokyo yet.

Fortunately, I have a friend who is an expert, and she kindly allowed me to post her top 3:
Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Nihonbashi:
My favorite place with delicious scones. ;q Outstanding service with stylish and unique oriental tea sets.  Very comfortable and I always end up staying there from 5 hours straight (12pm through 5pm)!

Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku:
Modern, classy atmosphere with nice view. Great selection of tea, and all-you-can-eat style sweets. (It's not a buffet; hotel staff will deliver varieties of sweets to your table.)

Palace Hotel in Marunouchi area:
They have a cozy terrace by the water of the imperial palace moats, and their sweets are very unique with some Japanese touches. They even offer Maccha as a part of the afternoon tea set. They do not accept reservations however, so it's better go early before tea time at 2pm.
 Let me know if you have any favorites!

I can't find any afternoon tea music, so I leave you with a British singer, Kyla La Grange: