Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sannomiya = Eating, drinking & shopping

Today I met up with Gouhei, Chieko and Jun. Jun-chan has been Chieko’s best friend since junior high school. She’s a lovely and friendly girl who works as a nurse and loves holidaying in Okinawa. She took us to Robinson Café, a very trendy (oshare) café with stylish décor and Moet & Chandon bottles everywhere.

We had the pasta lunch set (only 1000 yen) which included a drink, salad, a very filling serve of pasta and all-you-can-eat bread. Very similar to Tooth Tooth but the variety of breads here were much better. We had cranberry bread, matcha bread, maple syrup bread, nut bread, soba wheat bread, basil and tomato bread. They were all so tasty. Definitely another cafe to add to the 'must-go-again' list.

The weather was rainy and the Kobe Matsuri (festival) was on. I felt sorry for the people who had to sing, dance, march and play instruments in the rain. But there were lots of people with umbrellas watching the parade so that was good. We watched the parade for a little bit then decided to head to Round 1.

I guess there isn’t much to do in the city but to eat and drink and shop. That’s basically all I do in Sanners. So we played air hockey and this ball-throwing-videogame, then went up to the karaoke rooms. As I’ve said many-a-times before, I’m not a fan of karaoke but it was fun to add my own tambourine and maraca beats. I guess it also helps your Japanese reading ability and kanji recognition too. They made me sing Avril Lavigne’s ‘Sk8ter Boi’ and do all the random English rap bits in the other songs. Needless to say, I was crap. But we had fun.

That evening I met up with a bunch of Kobe City JETs to celebrate Alison’s birthday. We went to an izakaya and ate a lot of good food. Then we wandered over to Polo Dog for some drinks then called it a night. Hope you had a good one, Alison ~ Happy Birthday!

Adam and his gay 'Homo-dachi' candy. Tomodachi means friend, but on this packet of 'Homodachi' candy it had a picture of 2 guys getting friendly with 2 angry looking ladies in the background. Classic.

Adam: "Yeah I must say, it does taste pretty gay."

Alison with her tofu toys from me and Marissa. We discovered that we had both got her the same yaki-tofu one. Gomen!

Toiger shot

Blue steel shot - rather.. Blue eyes VS Red eyes

Lady & the tramp

"Hey you guuuuuys" a la The Goonies

The awesome rockers at Polo Dog - the guy on the very right was on fire - at one stage going nuts and playing with his teeth! Hardcore.


At 6:43 pm, Anonymous ben said...

heya cuz!
been reading ur blog now and again. good stuff.. looks like ur having loads of fun.
i didnt know ur email so i figured this is the best place to announce to you that I am officially a dad!

At 10:25 pm, Blogger Christine said...

Hey Ben ~ CONGRATULATIONS! I knew you guys were expecting but didn't know it was so soon! He looks so cute! Wowzers - you're a dad! So happy and excited for you guys! Can't wait to see you guys and little Elliott too - I'm guessing in January when the wedding bells start a'ringing again.
take care!


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