Frozen Green Tea Bars with Sweet Azuki Bean

Before the semester begins, I want to share with y’all this treat I bought a while back.

the packaging
the packaging

I have always wanted to try these frozen bars/ice bars/what-should-I-even-call-them-bars ever since I combined green tea ice cream with an imagawayaki. It was like a revelation; I finally understood why desserts like these have this divine combination. I bought this when I saw it on sale because, regularly, it is surprisingly pricey. Each package comes with six bars that are relatively small.

I eagerly took a bite out of the frozen treat and was met with a lackluster taste of matcha and an overwhelming sweetness of red bean. I could literally taste the corn syrup that encompassed the frozen bar’s core as I took another bite. The icy exterior was nothing I imagined as well. I should have suspected it would not be creamy by its name, but I was blinded by the divine combination that was shown on the package (seriously, I recommend everyone to try an imagawayaki with a scoop of green tea ice cream on top). That is not to say that the green shell was nasty. When there was no more azuki bean filling and I was nearing the end of the bar, I could taste the green tea. Finally. I think that area is the best part.

Rating: 3/5.

one bite in
one bite in and I was filled with a millisecond of happiness
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Frozen

Title: Frozen
Type: movie – American
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Genre: Animation

Synopsis: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. (source: imdb.com)

Rating: ★★★★☆
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Go Go Bossa – Cafe Ghibli

I haven’t done this in a while, but I really wanted to share this lovely gem I came across on youtube many months ago.

Like most college students, I often find myself listening to music while writing a paper or studying, sometimes neglecting said paper or study guide because I’m too busy jamming away. However, I think this album, Go Go Bossa – Cafe Ghibli, is one that lowers my stress and helps me focus on the task at hand.

Go Go Bossa – Cafe Ghibli, which contains sixteen tracks, is a fresh take on Studio Ghibli music by giving listeners smooth, mellow jazz/new age music that will take them to a toasty cafe… or wherever is your go-to place to relax.

Here is one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Tracklist:

となりのトトロ (My Neighbor Totoro)原田芳宏 (Yoshiro Harada)

カントリー・ロード (Country Roads) Marcelo Martins
風になる South Pitch feat.Miyako Hasegawa
人生のメリーゴーランド (Merry-Go-Round of Life) Rio Novo
崖の上のポニョ (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) 原田芳宏 (Yoshiro Harada)
風のとおり道 (Wind Forest) Ze Carlos and 加藤実 (Minoru Kato)
さよならの夏〜コクリコ坂から 佐藤正美 (Masami Satoh)
やさしさに包まれたなら Tatiana
愛は花、君はその種子 Rio Novo
ケ・セラ・セラ (Que Sera Sera) 原田芳宏 (Yoshiro Harada)
旅立ち (Departure) Leandro Braga & Ze Carlos
いつも何度でも Cana Feat. Tugune
あの夏へ (One Summer’s Day) South Pitch
テルーの唄 (Teru’s Song) Bossa Organica
時には昔の話を Swanky Feat. Saltie
アシタカとサン 佐藤正美 (Masami Satoh)

You can buy the album or a track you fancy either from amazon or iTunes.

A Day In The Life Of Memories

I’ve been meaning to post this. I’m going to do something a bit different and tell you a bit of my school life, or rather, share with you an amazing upcoming artist.

IMG_20131003_170941Back in October, I had the pleasure of attending my classmate’s, Ace Vu, gallery exhibition titled A Day In The Life Of Memories, or #Memories for short. This beautiful installation triggers all the senses, and evokes a sense of nostalgia as one walks into the gallery. The centerpiece is hauntingly exquisite: two wooden chairs and a hat sitting on one, vintage trinkets and dried bouquet of roses placed on a wooden table, and pieces of paper hanging above by wooden clips and string. Aside from the aromatic smell of coffee pervading the room that reminded me of a cafe, the core of the gallery transcends to the memories of those whom we cherish and/or miss, whether they are not of this world anymore or simply in another city. Each piece of floating paper contains a memory of a loved one (or two). The words I write cannot describe how emotional it is standing there and reading some of the notes: the remorse, the happiness, the pain…

Below are some photos I took of the gallery, and hopefully, they capture the essence of the installation.

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