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Lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Sayoko’s friend, Chef Shun Hirota, worked for Alain Ducasse before moving to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Signature restaurant, which has one Michelin star.

Sometimes he cooks for Sayoko and friends at home

On our second day, Sayoko treated Jeroen and me to a special lunch at the Mandarin to try Chef Hirota’s dishes.

Fancy! I love that my bag even had its own stool

Sayoko wanted to treat us for our wedding anniversary, which was actually last November. We had cancelled our annual honeymoon in Tokyo to donate instead to Yolanda victims.

Chef Shun Hirota, Jeroen and Sayoko

Thank you, Sayoko-san!!

(To be continued)

SALE! Kids and baby fair this weekend at Bench Tower

A once-in-a-lifetime family shopping event filled with deals, discounts, enlightening talks, exciting games and activities, is happening at the Playground of Bench Tower this March 28-30, 2014.
Carrying over 100 family-oriented brands, the fair will be a carnival of toys, clothes, and all kinds of baby and kids needs. Admission is free!

Bench poster

Learn about baby care, potty training and oral care from from CIRQUE DE BEBE’s talks and seminars.
Expecting moms and supportive spouses can learn about breastfeeding basics and how to avoid SIDS.
Check out Mothercare Philippines’ Facebook page for the program list and schedule.
Aside from the enlightening talks by renowned speakers and experts, parents will be wowed by amazing discounts from their favorite baby brands. Raffle prizes, goody bags, and other surprises will be up for grabs.
Highlights include a magic show, a Strider Adventure Zone, and Gymboree Play Area, while little girls can have their hair and nails done at the glam Barbie Salon.

Participating brands:

Bench poster

Visit Bench Tower’s Playground this March 28-30, 2014 at 30th Street Corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City.

Meet Sayoko Hokazono

Sayoko Hokazono is my best friend in Tokyo. I met her through Rita Nazareno’s mom, Tita Vicky a few years ago, and meeting her has changed the way I see Tokyo.
I love her so much. Sometimes we even dress alike.


Sayoko goes to the Philippines twice a year to for Manila Fame, and I try to go to Tokyo twice a year to find myself.
She has made a lot of friends in Manila.

Jeroen, Keri, Sayoko, Cecile, Grace and Cedric

Sayoko owns a store and showroom in Aoyama called Kika Style, where she represents Mich Dulce and S.C. Vizcarra, among other brands.

Kikastyle window
Kyoko Barbie and Joe
Mich Dulce at Kika Style

She also lives in a nice house designed by her BFF, Akihiko Yamazaki (R)

Sayoko and Hiko ordering

We are alike in many ways. I learn a lot from her.
Just look at her house!

sayoko's housesayoko's house
sayoko's housesayoko's house
sayoko's housesayoko's house
sayoko's housesayoko's house
sayoko's housesayoko's house

(To be continued)

Peninsula Tokyo and the hood

I finally got a three-year multiple-entry to visa to my favorite city in the world.
We stayed as usual at the Peninsula, which is home in Tokyo

Hotel Entrance

I love this place

Deluxe Park View Day

It has the best hotel bathroom in the world

Deluxe Suite Bathroom

The best room service

Peninsula Tokyo

Here’s what I like to order: salmon and rice for breakfast

Room service

Chicken Caesar salad for merienda

Room service

and steak bowl with giant leeks for dinner.

beef bowl

Jeroen loves the coffee maker

Peninsula Tokyo

I love the closet

Deluxe Room Dressing Room

It’s cherry blossom season!

Peninsula Tokyo

This lady was playing calming music at the lobby, but Jeroen says if you sit there long enough, you will go crazy


I prefer the jazz music they play in the daytime from this hidden balcony

musicians at the peninsula tokyo

There’s nothing like a stroll on Ginza at night. First stop: Hakuhinkan toy store before they close at 8.


Tita Virgie Ramos was here: Questina!


and right next to it, coincidentally, is a Virgina S store


There’s the Yamaha building


Vertical gardens inside the building next to Zara


I love wooden blinds


Prada Ginza


A beautiful tree in the middle of it all


Hawaiian bistro with scribbles on the window


Jeroen loves these holes in the wall, but it was full


We ended up having tapas and drinks at a Spanish restaurant


Before heading back and stopping by 7-11


These look so wrong—but the following day they were all sold out!

Chocolate covered shrimp crakers

We walked back in the freezing cold carrying snacks from 7-11 and spotted this cute Peninsula coffee truck.

Peninsula Tokyo

(To be continued)

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