I came across with this post on FB today. It was taken at Mysore class on last Saturday. I didn't even know someone took a picture of us practicing. I am not the main person on this pic. I am the person behind the lady in the front. Probably no one knew I was there if I don't say it. hahaha. Anyway, this lady"Kiyoko-san" is 65 years old and rocking with her amazing crane pose!! Wow, such an inspiration! My teacher added more poses to my sequence now, and it took me over 2 hours of practice at this day. My arms and legs were so tired when the practice came close to the end, however, the people practice with me and my teacher, gave me great energy to keep me going:) I always get inspired by the people there and my teacher. That is why I love to practice at the studio:)
I baked a gate chocolate cake for the first time in Guam.( used to bake them when I was in the States.) Since the weather is always hot here, I am not trying to use an oven...(cuz, it creates my room hotter..) However, it is Valentine's day. I wanted to bake this cake for my friends, and I baked two cakes.
I mixed all the ingredients together, and poured the mixture into cake pans.... and then...
OMG!! I just realized I cannot see anything on control knobs of my oven. My condo is a bit old building, and some appliances are not up-to-date kind. I forgot to check before I used it!!!
I asked my neighbor to show me their oven, and I got an idea where It could be "BAKE" on the control knob.( Temp control knob is still seeable.)
I think I baked them all right, but maybe the temperature was a little higher than it should be? A gato chocolate cakes is supposed to creat a dent in a center after cool down, but mine stayed flat so that it looked more like just a chocolate cake. I sprinkled power sugar on top for a fun decoration.
I always made this chocolate not too sweet. Some of my friends ate with wiped cream with a slice. I hope all my friends enjoyed it:)
It was a very pretty day with a lots of red and pink hearts and flowers illuminations and decorations here in Guam.
I've received a card from one of my best friend from US with goodies. I like it here in US that even friends can celebrate Valentine's day. (In Japan, it is a day for girls to give chocolates to boys. not the other way around..)
I found a small canvas in a closet the other day, so I have been painting a heart and my usual flower on it for last couple of days.
Did you know that Valentine is the second busiest day at the restaurant throughout a year?
It was traffic everywhere. I was going to take a picture of sunset, but I got to the beach after sunset. It was still pretty after sunset, tho.
It has been really warm sunny days recently. It is lucky for Japanese tourists who came to Guam during this time since Japan got hit by severer snow. I would say weather around the world seems unpredictable now a days. To my surprise, it is very chilly in an early morning here on Guam, too. I got a phone call from a friend out of blue one day, and she asked me to check if I want some furniture from her rental property. She has a furnished condo for rent, however, a new renter wants to move in with his furniture. My friend needed to get rid of hers right away since there was no space for her to store them and new renter moves in that same evening. First, I didn't want anything, but when I looked a coffee table and sofas, that caught my eyes...ummm maybe I can use them for my room. So, I got them for FREE of charge! I am happy, and so does my friend. Yay :) I think Uni likes her new single seater, too. Great. Next day, I went to a new ramen noodle restaurant "Misoya" for a lunch. I think this is Japanese franchise restaurant, and there are several stores in US, too. It is all about Miso ramen. You can choose among 3 different miso form different regions, Noodles are a bit thick, and soup tastes a little salty and think for me, but it was good. Within 3 min walking distance, there are already 2 other ramen noodle restaurants. It is a ramen noodle hot spot area. I guess Guam people likes ramen a lot.
Sunset from yesterday. There wasn't much clouds, so it was a pretty one:) Guan weather is very nice and warm but not too hot. I really like this season here. Japan was very snowy day! My mom and a few of my friends sent me photos of how much snow they got. Mom sent me a video of Anzu who recently got hit by a car. She seemed so happy to play with the snow. So cute:)
My mom's dog Anzu got hit by a car yesterday, and she was missing for all night. Mom was devastated and couldn't sleep the night... She asked friends and neighbors to search Anzu. Despite of all the effort, no one found her anywhere. It was the coldest night of this winter Luckily, someone found and brought Anzu back to mom's house next morning. We don't know who this super generous person is at this point, but this miracle maker tied Anzu at the porch in an early morning without leaving any notes. Losing someone ( even animal like a cat or dog) all the sudden or even you already prepared, hurt us terribly without any marcy. It is just... I don't even know how to describe with words, however, I can relate that feeling too well, and gave me a chill just thinking about it.
Great thing is that this story comes with a mighty happy ending:) Anzu looked so fine like nothing had happened to her. There is no sign of she got hit by a car.. Thanks Universe for bringing Anzuback to my mom. This is "Miracle"! "Miracle" is the word that I picked myself for year 2014 and I've already experienced some:) Great!
1. I love bath time. Guam is summer all year around, so you don't really need to take a hot bath. My bath tub in an apartment is shallow, so it doesn't have enough depth for me to soak in like a Japanese bath. However, I still have to take a hot bath. I used to enjoy pretty bath bombs from LUSH and bath salt. Now all I have is these Japanese bath bombs and salts. hahaha, I used a lot already, but I still have many of them to enjoy:) 2. While I am taking a bath, I usually read books. Books I currently reading is about Ashtanga Yoga. One is 『アシュタンガヨーガの実践と探究』グレゴリーメーレJapanese book about poses and theory. It is written in Japanese, but it is hard for me to understand since I have no idea of names of borns and muscles .. Second book "21 Things To Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice" by Claudia Azula Altucheri s cool. This is just for me who is a beginner, and it is easy to relate with this book:) 3. While I was enjoying bath time, Uni enjoyed hers without hot water:)