Event, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip

WTT National Day 3


Around 7:00am, he started a day with yoga as usual.


I instead relaxed and enjoyed coffee & muffin on the balcony.


Then he had a warm-up before the last match.


Here is the venue for his team Day 3.


Although he and his partner played well, the team didn’t win 😦


Before heading back to LA, we stopped by a local diner for lunch.


California Avocado Cheeseburger $10.95

Too tired to have dinner on the night.

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Event, Family & Friends, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip

WTT Nationals – Day 2

I felt too sick to get up to go cheer for his morning match at 8am. By sleeping in till 10 or so, I got recovered around 11.


Went to watch his match in the afternoon.


Got hungry and had an energy bar (from Tesloop)


We were relaxing a bit in the hotel room after.


Team dinner: Four teams from LA gathered at Yard House.


Shared a single scoop of Ben & Jerry’s after dinner.


I slept and ate enough, then felt great to go out for a night pool/Jacuzzi.

At Work, Event, Family & Friends, Vacation/Trip

Tesloop to Indian Wells, CA

He drove to Indian Wells on Thursday to play for WTT National from Friday to Sunday, but I had to work till Friday morning. I didn’t want to drive there and drive back here all by myself, so he booked a trip with Tesloop for me.


Here is Tesloop at World Cruise Center in San Pedro, which was my pick up point.


Smooth and comfortable ride


The “pilot” educates customers about Tesla. It’s equipped with drinks, snacks, pillows and phone chargers. Nice!


Picking up another passenger in Anaheim
All the way from Anaheim to Palm Dessert, I was sleeping.

This particular ride costs $79. The pilot says it’s more expensive than usual because of Friday evening. It took 2.5 hours to get there. Not bad at all.


I love the hotel bathroom! It shows a tennis friendly hotel.


Dinner around 8pm: Beef & Mushroom Soup (room service)
It was ok. He already had dinner at the players party with WTT and I was too tired to go out.


I was happy to relax in a gorgeous hotel room by the way. WTT gave the players great deals! Hotel even upgrade it!

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My cough is getting easy but a co-worker gave me this Korean cough herbal liquid to try.


Breakfast


Lunch


Before I left work

At Home, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip

Flying Back to Home, Finally!

I was missing home more than I imagined. Maybe because he was not with me or I would be more comfortable in American culture than Japanese somehow. Am I considering LA home now!? I guess. Since I live here.


Anyway, the return flight was smooth and ANA service is always great. I always wish I would be in business class, but I was sleeping more than 6 hours so it was not like 9 hour flight.

Getting through immigration was pretty quick but there was thousands of people stuck in baggage claim area. They closed the custom for some security issues. Ok…but it flowed once it’s open. My husband was right there at the exit in the international terminal and asked me, “Mexican or Pizza for dinner?”


His dinner


My dinner


Souvenir to eat


Souvenir to present food

Restaurants, Vacation/Trip

Sushi & Ramen @ Haneda Airport


I decided to have sushi one last time before I flied back to LA.


The same special I had with my mom when she flied out.


Salangidae(しらうお)


Conch(つぶ貝)


I am crazy I couldn’t stop trying the ramen next door.


Setagaya Ramen (せたが屋ラーメン)¥1,080($9.50)


Seafood base broth and thick noodle
This is my type of ramen.


Chashu is so tender.


Menma is so thick and fresh.


Very good!

Family & Friends, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip

Back to Time in College


I hang out with friends from college just like back then. We went the same restaurant (different location tho) we used to hang out. Fun!


I tried a new menu.


Everyone else had the same old thing we used to enjoy.


The dessert gets us nostalgic too.

Family & Friends, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

20 Year College Friends Reunion

I didn’t realize it had been more than 20 years since we all got together for a wedding when one of us got married. Nine of us are good friends during the days in college in Tokyo and I saw some of them every 5 years or so when visiting Japan, but never saw everyone together.


I had coffee with two of them before dinner.


There was a lot to catch up. Some shocking stories from them.


Here is the restaurant for the reunion!


Italian Course Dinner with All you can drink
Making a toast with a glass of sparkling 🙂


Chicken Liver Crostini


Marinated Salmon


Farmers Salad


Salami & Prosciutto
My second glass was Italian white wine.


I had two glasses of red wine. They offer whiskey, cocktails, sangria and soft drink as well.


Margherita Pizza with Mozzarella made in Hokkaido & Gorgonzola Pizza with Yamanashi Grapes


Italian Sausage & Vegetable Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce


Vanilla Gelato

We had a great time to catch up each other. I am glad that they haven’t changed at all and we could get back to be like then instantly.

I really like the quality food here and the all you can drink system. It cost us only ¥3,900 ($35) per person.


Five of us stayed in hotel and kept hanging out.


Eating my favorite instant noodle in the middle of night.


Oops!