Japan bound – Osaka and Kyoto 2015

Before my virgin trip to Japan in 2014, I never really wanted to go Japan. I wasn’t into the whole Japanese culture thing, except for the food maybe. Give me Hollywood and Pitch Perfect any day.

Anyway, I didn’t even managed to blog anything about my 2014 trip. I usually try to blog within 3-6 months but 2014, was a trying year and coupled with crazy start to 2015, Japan travelogues fell off my plate.

BUT… I am a changed woman this year who is OUT on a writing mission. I’m going to pack my Panasonic Lumix for a handy camera.

Japan travelogues 2015 – I’m coming for ya!

Bangkok 2015: ISAO

ISAO is officially my favourite restaurant in Bangkok. It has knocked off Sab Sab pork trotter rice, Another Hound’s prawn bisque and After You’s sticky date pudding. You get the gist right? I’ve heard so much about ISAO so this time, it got right up on to the top of my Bangkok list. It is a MUST EAT I told my travelling companions. ISAO was so good that we went back for a second time as our farewell meal before heading back to Singapore. What makes ISAO so special? It checks off all the criteria for a good Japanese restaurant:

  • Innovative sushi rolls
  • Quality ingredients
  • Addictive sauce
  • Fast and prompt service
  • Attractive presentation

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Bangkok 2015: Cataholic Cafe

I really liked Cataholic Cafe – because it is the only cat cafe I’ve been to where there are more cats than humans. You don’t feel that you’re overwhelmed and also, there are so much opportunities to interact with the cats.

It’s located in this very quiet suburban mall called Ozono where animal-friendly restaurants are located.

You know how some cats feel tired of humans at cat cafes and tend to hide away? The Cataholic cats seemed so secure and comfortable around humans.

I was there about 4pm and there was only one other patron. As compared to the other bigger cat cafes, Cataholic is much smaller in scale. However, Cataholic also does not have as many cats as compared to Purr Cat Club or Caturday so I think it all evens out.

Panorama of the cafe!

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Bangkok 2015: Airbnb review

I usually stay at First House Hotel when I’m in Bangkok but seeing that I’m heading there with Bestie + BF, I suggested for us to stay in an apartment instead. I looked for a 2 bedroom and 2 baths apartment.

I enjoy the freedom and independence of staying in my own bedroom and toilet which means I can be the first to shower yay!

We stayed near Ploen Chit BTS.

The condo that the apartment was situated in.

The check in process was much like a hotel. The owner arranged for the condo office to pass us the key cards. Basically, you show the condo office your Airbnb booking and tadahhh your key cards come.

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What gets on my nerves in dance classes

Since graduation from NUS, I try to keep a regular dance schedule so that I don’t turn too rusty. It’s also my form of work out and exercise.

I’ve taken classes at a lot of dance studios and meet many new dancers who just started taking classes. Some, I feel, lack dance studio etiquette and manners. I don’t think any of them harbours any ill intentions. The lack of basic, what I call, studio courtesy, stems from ignorance.

These are some of things that gets to me when I go for classes.

Okay interruption: rare video of me dancing in class. If you can spot me that is.

Lack of spatial awareness

In a class full of moving people, it can get dangerous when a dancer is not aware of the amount of space around him/her that him/her can move in. In very basic laymen terms, it means to know how much space you have before you hit your neighbours.

While we’ll all like to stretch to our fullest, the least is to be considerate of your neighbours and manage your strength just in case you hit someone.

One of my most terrifying case seen: Someone kicked another someone in the eye and the person (who got kicked) was wearing contact lens and had to seek medical help. No joke.

Arriving late to class and taking a spot that blocks someone’s spot in the mirror

Haven’t we seen this all? Someone who comes late to class and instead of slotting at the back, the person shifts to in front of you, doesn’t bother to take window but stands directly in front of you.

Your mirror spot? Nah. My parents used to say this when I blocked their line of vision.

“Did you eat glass? Are you transparent?”

The shifty person: One who changes her spot or can’t decide on her window

Type 1: The person who’s late to class, slots in at the back during warm up and stealthily migrates to the front

Type 2: Cannot decide on a window in class.

While I will just “Tsk tsk” the first type, the second type makes it a more disruptive class.

Wearing multiple accessories or watch to class

My old instructor used to say this if he spots you wearing a watch:

You watching how fast my class goes?

To be honest, this is a safety issue too. Imagine your clunky rings and bangles hitting someone. Or rather what if you get hit by someone with clunky rings and bangles?

Taking the front row in open class

Typically, the front row is taken by the regular class takers who know the usual class warm ups. They’ve also been coming to class for some time.

Why are these dancers granted the “front row” rights? Because usually, the rest of the class will take the cues and lead from these dancers.

How about those who rush to the front row and miraculously disappear when it comes to small groups?

All in all…

To be honest, I don’t think anybody new to dance classes will know these etiquette rules of a dance class. It comes with observance and attending multiple classes.

How do you tell someone basic class etiquette? It’s not like an instructor will tell you. Personally, I feel that it can be awkward and somewhat confrontational.

My question to you is: Do you actually ask someone to move if they take your mirror spot when they’re late or do you move yourself?

Also, (in case my post goes viral), these are MERELY my observations and opinions. You may have your observations and opinions too, feel free to leave a comment below.

Bangkok 2015: Caturday Cafe

Visiting cat cafes overseas now is like my thing to do. Cat cafes in Bangkok are probably one of the cheapest cat cafes globally. There is no cover charge, you’re expected to order a drink only!

As compared to the other cat cafes in Bangkok, Caturday is centrally located and within easy access to the BTS station. You’re saved from the heat!

  1. Drop at Ratchathewi BTS, take exit 2
  2. Go down the bridge, turn left, spot Guts restaurant and walk through the car park

Spot Guts and you’re there

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