Top 5 Buys from my Tokyo 2017 Trip (and Packing Tips)

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to really road test everything that I brought back from my trip. For this post, I chose five of my favorite products: 1) a hairdryer by Panasonic, 2) Hand mixer by Muji, 3) Kanebo’s Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, 4) Coffee mugs by the Traveler’s Factory and Blue Bottle Coffee, and lastly, 5) assorted clothing items by Journal Standard.  I Towards the end of the post, I’ll answer the question probably burning on everyone’s mind (ha!)… how did I get it all home?

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Hello Tokyo! A preview of upcoming posts.

Hello everyone!

I’m back! I had such a wonderful time during my trip and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you in the upcoming weeks.  A few highlights can been seen over on my Instagram, such as my trip to the tranquil Nezu Museum, my mothership, Muji, and even a sojourn to the Traveler’s Factory, a trip that I’ve dreamed about since my friend Peggy introduced me to Traveler’s journals a few years ago.   My friend Laura joined me for part of the trip, and treated me to Harb’s strawberry cake for my birthday, which ticked off another item on my Tokyo wish list. I have series of posts planned about what I saw, ate, and of course, bought.  So I hope you will come back every Monday for the next couple of weeks, for a little glimpse of the Tokyo I experienced this time.

親愛的大家~我回來啦!從東京回來後, 感覺很滿足,收穫也很多。 我會花一點時間整理一下照片 & 文字   In the meantime, 可以先去我的 IG 看看喔! 也祝大家新年快樂 雞年好運!

Enjoy!

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Shinjuku, Tokyo

Field Trip: Cafe and Meal Muji (Taipei) 無印良品餐廳 ( 阪急店)

Information: Cafe & Meal Muji is located in the B2 Level of Hankyu Department Store, Taipei. | PH:02-2345-8551 |Hours of Operation: M-Thu: 11:00-21:30,Last order 21:00, Fri-Sun & National Holidays: 11:00-22:00,Last order 21:30 | More photos can be found here.

Cafe & Meal Muji opened in Taipei sometime in early 2015.  I kind of imagined to be an idyllic place~ where we could eat slowly and really enjoy the food.  That, was only a figment of my imagination. In reality, is that Cafe & Muji is a crowded, hectic little piece of square footage in the basement of one of Taipei’s busiest malls. Ever since it’s opening, there is always lots of people waiting in line. I happened to pass by one rainy afternoon, and decided to try my luck.  The front of the cafe now has a kiosk, where you can enter in your mobile phone number, and they send you a text message when there is a table available.  You can also specify if you are willing to share a table with other people, which may speed up your wait.  Then you can wander off and browse in the store and wait to be notified via text message.

Once your spot is available, you have to wait for the staff to lead you to a table, then you have to wait in line again, to select your food.  The basic formula is you can choose set menus consisting of three items (one hot food item, and two salad items, or two hot items and one salad)  for $220 NTD, or four items for $270 NTD (two hot, two cold items)  There is invariably a hold up because there is always someone ahead of you that cannot make up their mind, and/or changes their mind about 5-6 times.

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Luckily, they have a semi-open kitchen where you can watch the food being created.  Dozens of staff are bustling about, churning out the food that is served in the cafe. They seem to use the same kitchen tools that are sold in the store (some appear a bit larger, and are probably designed for restaurant use)  Continue reading