How to Make a Japanese Cooking Party | Villeroy & Boch 🍝

Hi everybody!

For today’s lengthy blog post, I will be teaching you guys how to make a delicious & healthy Japanese-style spaghetti (“Wafu Pasta”)! Yay!

I know that many of you guys are surprised by this sudden cooking tutorial category on my blog (never thought I’d make one as well, lol) but it was just soooo timely because when the Villeroy & Boch team reached out to me to work together for the #vbclassics worldwide campaign, Aki & I were already conceptualizing on simple yet fun Japanese cooking videos for my youtube channel.Β The blogger challenge / task was: From old to new – style up your traditional table look by mix and matching old and new pieces from V&B!Β And you know me, I love challenges! ^^

Between the two of us, he cooks more than I usually do. I can only cook very basic meals that only I can eat for survival purposes.. seriously, haha! I even learned how to level up my pasta game after our mini cooking party session! :))

The star of this blog post is my very generous sponsor Villeroy & Boch. At first, I had to google how to pronounce the brand name and omg lol, it does really sound super sophisticated. I even watched a video to know a little bit of history about this brand (where it originated, started at year 1748, etcetera). It was so funny & coincidental because this is also the brand that Aki’s mom is using at their house (especially the glasses from the Old Luxembourg series, one of the oldest dΓ©cors made by Villeroy & Boch). His mom told me that the set was gifted to her and I think that this may be a popular brand for tableware here in Japan.

When I’m in the mood for some food x self-care activity (hobonichi time!), I arrange food bought from a local grocery & recreate a cafe-style ambience in my little Japanese apartment. This is probably the only instagrammable corner at the moment, haha! Woops.

 

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During the shooting day, Riria-chan (his niece) and Papi (their cute dog) stayed with us for our double-purpose mini cooking party !

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5 Days in Thailand + Missed Flight 😲 (Huhu) + Narita Airport Tour ✈️

Hi all!Β γŠγ―γ‚ˆγ† from Japan!

I have some free time this day so I want to sit down and start the Thailand Blog series already. Yay!

We booked our flights to Thailand 3 months ago. Since Aki is working at a company (his industry is really far from mine haha), he only has some days off during the year. For this summer vacation, we first thought of going to Hawaii / Okinawa. When we found out that Thailand would be waaaaaay more affordable, we decided to go for it! I was also going through a lot of transition that time so anything that’s more affordable was really favorable to me, haha!

VIDEO: Watch our Thailand VLOG here

VIDEO: Hobonichi With Me | Thailand Summer Trip!

Our flight for Bangkok was at 10:00 AM last August 26. Because many things happened that morning (we overlooked the email), Scoot didn’t allow us to check-in and board! We paid 30K JPY each for our one-way flight! (when you thought you saved more.. lol) ;_; We just missed 5 minutes of the check-in time…omg. We didn’t even have luggages to check-in. The reason we got few minutes late was that we had to go to the other terminal to get our wifi. πŸ™

We even walked around for a bit in the airport (I went to Traveler’s Factory Narita & had the time of my life stamping my pages ahhh lol) after getting the wifi… because we thought we had more time. If only it was emphasized that passengers should check-in an hour before, we would’ve gone straight (I experienced checking-in maybe 40 minutes before with another LCC / low-cost carrier). Of course, it was our mistake but I was just soooo surprised that Scoot Narita airport staff was not very accommodating at all. Though they did talk to us that we should call the “main” Scoot or whatever (I consulted Scoot customer service via phone), it even took more of our time. :O Overall, I don’t think I would recommend Scoot anymore to anyone if you’re gonna fly from Narita. It was my first time to fly with them and if only they were more approachable / accommodating / helpful to clients like us who were in trouble, I would even admire them more. I also handle customer service through my shop / JLM Store and I know how it feels to be a customer who experiences a problem and is not being provided with solutions.

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Hello from the Land of Smiles: Thailand! πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­

Hi everybody!

(Or should I say, sawadee ka? Hihi)

If you’ve been following me through social media, you would know I’ve been in Thailand for a couple of days right now with Aki. Today is actually our last full day. cries

It’s my first time to go here and Bangkok really surprised me! I cannot wait to share stories about our trip! If you are looking for an Asian country to visit (and you’re living at the western side of the world), I really recommend Thailand before you visit Philippines / Indonesia / Singapore / another South-east Asian country if these countries are a little bit far from you.

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