Posted September 8th, 2012 in Perth WA | No Comments »
… First, this is not a photo of Hinata Cafe market which was held in Bibra Lake. Today a new Apple store opened in Garden City so I went there to have a look in the morning. It wasn’t my plain, it was D’s. I was actually gonna go to Hinata Cafe from 10AM, but D insisted that he wanted to get free T-shirt. :-p
There were many people queuing and the staff in blue Tshirts were cheering to all customers.
After receiving freebie, we headed to Hinata Cafe market.
It was a beautiful sunny day! Perfect day for outdoor market like this. It was my first time going there, and the place was cosy and filled with people. Parking area was very limited.
There’re chairs and tables where people can eat and drink the food/beverage they buy from Hinata cafe. Above photo – nature craft was my favourite.
There are handmade arts and craft sold inside the small building. They’re so cute and well-made. Very lovely.
From 10:30 and 12:30 there was “under the tree kindergarden” which some people did reading and singing to kids.
Demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony was available.
I met many friends over there. It was a great catch-up. My friend had this “miso soup & 2 onigiri” lunch served on a bed of a bamboo leaf. There was a big queue to the cafe. I wanted to eat green tea tiramisu, but I couldn’t Hopefully I can try lots of food next year.
Posted August 31st, 2012 in Food, Perth WA | 2 Comments »
We visited my friend’s house for her elder son’s 3rd birthday party!
I’m surprised that not many people (even Indonesian people!) don’t know this Japanese cartoon character “Anpan-man”. Anpan-man is super popular in Japan now. Everywhere you go, you’ll see this face. All my friends here who have children have at least one Anpan-man good at home. So do I. On my last homecoming trip I felt like I had to buy Anpan-man goods as they’re everywhere.
Above foods are chirashi-zushi (scattered sushi) with Anpan-man face, omu-rice with Anpan-man face, potato salads, and gyoza.
Here is another Anpan-man. They are actual anpan (buns filled with sweet red bean paste). The faces are so cute! Everything was handmade.
Hiro got one too.
Birthday cake was tiramisu. With Anpan-man face on it.
After blowing the candles, the birthday boy did this “traditional Japanese ceremony” thingy – breaking the lid of sake container. I thought there’d be toys or lollies inside as this was a child’s birthday party, but the inside was filled with real sake. It was for adults.
Food was amazing. Mum did a great job!
Posted August 16th, 2012 in Food, Jakarta, Perth WA | No Comments »
I’m quite surprised to know that not many people are aware of IKEA’s current promotion – “I could eat an armchair” where the amount you spend at IKEA restaurant will be taken off your store purchase. (term & condition) This offer ends this Friday, so if you are interested then rush to IKEA!!
I actually didn’t have anything particularly that I wanted to buy, but since sister-in-law is here from Jakarta we took her to IKEA for lunch yesterday. We ate around $33 worth food, and got $33 worth IKEA items for free!
It’s not only IKEA, but many shops in Perth are starting Sunday trading from next week. Perth is changing. I remember when I came here in 2003…. I had a huge culture shock when I found out shops are closed on Sunday. For me, weekends are the time people go shopping!
Hmmm…. by the way, I’ve already started shopping from Japanese online shops…. I’m gonna ask my dad to bring them to Bali then I can take them home here in Perth. (thank you, dad) I wasn’t gonna buy many things, but it’s so hard…. There are so many things that I want to buy from Japan!! On my last homecoming trip to Japan, we had total of 50kg allowance for check-in luggage, but we had to leave half of what we bought there because our luggage were already over 50kg. So, imagine how many things we bought during our stay there…. It’s crazy.
It’s kinda shame that there is no Daiso in Bali. Well, but we are not going to Bali for shopping. We are going there to RELAX and EAT I can’t wait!
Posted July 29th, 2012 in Perth WA | 2 Comments »
There will be an exciting event for people who love hand-made craft, art, music, Japanese foods and culture in Bibra Lake. This event, called “Hinata (sunny side) Gallery Cafe”, will be held on 8th of September 2012 at Perth Waldorf School, Bibra Lake.
There will be stalls selling hand-made crafts, arts, etc as well as Japanese foods and drinks. I’ve never been to this event before, but apparently it’s held annually. I hear all the things at this event are very well-made and good quality. Above of all, nothing can beat the warmness of handmade things.
There will also be an opportunity to experience Japanese calligraphy, and listen to Japanese musician playing and watch Japanese film.
Cafe will open from 10:00 to 19:00, Craft/Workshop open from 10:00 to 16:00, Music Concert will start at 16:00 for 30 minutes, and Film will start from 16:30 until 18:30. Yes, it’s a whole-day event!
So, write down the date “8th September 2012″ on your diary and experience the whole culture and entertainment of Japanese artists!
Posted June 20th, 2012 in Perth WA | 5 Comments »
I had hair cut!!
I went to Nao’s place again. (previous post)
I wanted to cut my hair short (my hair was below my shoulder and sooo damaged!), and I did. Well, it turned out not as short as I was thinking, but I like my hairstyle now.
I did cut, colour and 4 foils (we call it “highlight” in Japan). Because my hair tends to go reddy colour, I chose ash brown to dye my whole hair + golden brown for the highlights.
One thing I like about going to a home-based salon is that I feel more relaxed going there. Price is often cheaper too. Nao has done a great job on renovating the room – automatic shampoo chair is one of them. I’ve been to some home-based salons (Japanese) before, and they usually don’t have this type of shampoo chair. You’ll have to do it either at the laundry sink or use their shower room to wash your hair by yourself.
When Nao washed my hair she did little massage with hot towel, and it was great. I really needed it!
Now my hair is all new and I just love easy shampoo!