elyse: (karaoke craze!)
Just had another karaoke session with [livejournal.com profile] nefretiriii last weekend and found two great things!

The first is our dinner at Marufuku (inside Plaza Melawai complex). OMG, it's SO HEAVENLY GOOD and worth the money so much that I'm coming back again tonight! xD Everything is delicious, from the sushi to the shabu shabu Maezawa beef! :9 とてもおいしいかったよ!

shabu shabu maezawa beef :9 (by elyse.)
Taken by my BB Bold camera, so not of the greatest quality, obviously. But it looks good nonetheless! :9

In my last karaoke entry, I wrote that Doremido is missing J-songs from mid 2006 - mid 2008. Apparently I was wrong! It started from me getting bored of singing the same songs I had been singing in all of my previous karaoke sessions. Thus I was trying to find KAT-TUN songs I just heard / gotten myself familiar with from the Queen of Pirates Concert I watched the day before, using DAM remote with the most complete song database. I now can do a search by myself using the remote, YAY! xD

Turned out, I found so many songs from mid 2006 - mid 2008!! However, some of the songs can't be played (I guess Doremido either missed those songs or deliberately didn't download them). Two songs I had wanted to sing aren't there: Mother/Father (KAT-TUN) and Voice Link (Fujiki Naohito). But the other 10 or so songs are there, so I'm happy! o(>▽<)o

After I got back home, I stumbled upon a blog that gives a link to DAM complete song database. Oooh, that really helps a lot! Now I can search for song numbers before karaoke sessions, which will save a lot of time previously spent for searching the songs, YAY! ☆(^○^)☆
This DAM machine system is really slick! Wherever you are, if the J-karaoke place you go is using the DAM system, the song numbers will always be the same. So nifty and helpful, indeed, especially when I go to Japan again one day and have karaoke sessions there! xD I could just input the song numbers directly~~~!!

This weekend, [livejournal.com profile] utaoutao is coming to Jakarta again & of course we're gonna have another 日本 night: karaoke & GOOD food! (^∇^)♪

elyse: (naruto: ramen!)
Blame my ramen addiction to my bro!

I initially wasn't a big fan of noodles. But then my bro kept brainstorming me how good ramen is, etc. I didn't really believe him, until I tried Ramen 38 at Pondok Indah (which is only a branch & not as good as the main shop at Kamome building) around the end of 2007. Then I went to US & Tokyo last January 2008. THAT! was the lifechanging experience. I tried Santouka Ramen at Costa Mesa, CA (inside Mitsuwa). I love their negi meshi & shio ramen and vowed to come back.

The Tokyo experience was the peak of it all (but of course!). I don't even know the shop name, but it was beside Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku hotel where mom and I stayed at. It was totally random, because we were hungry when we arrived (the journey from Narita airport to Shinjuku took 2 hours by airport limousine bus) and found the nearby ramen shop very tempting. You go into any ramen shop in Tokyo, and you'll be sighing in satisfaction, I tell you! xD Since I'm pretty faithful when I find one GOOD restaurant, of course I came back! Look at how oishii it was! *drools*

shio rameeennn! :9 (by elyse.) tantan ramen! (by elyse.)

I went through the rest of 2008 wishing for another satisfying ramen experience, but didn't really find any up to par. So I had to make do with Ramen 38. A month ago, I found out that Santouka Ramen has a branch in Singapore -- at The Central, Clarke Quay (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nefretiriii), so I immediately went there during my Singapore trip last Easter! A friend of mine also told me that Miharu Ramen at The Gallery hotel is also very good.

Actually, the taste of negi meshi & shio ramen at Santouka wasn't as good as the one in Costa Mesa. But I still love it nonetheless!

negi meshi & shio ramen! (by elyse.) tokusen toroniku ramen (by elyse.)

As for the ramen (the noodle) itself, I like the one in Miharu better than Santouka. I heard the ramen is shipped directly from Sapporo everyday. No wonder it tastes SO GOOD & fresh! :9

tonsuke tonshio ramen! :9 (by elyse.) kuomi tsukemen (by elyse.)

We wanted to go back there again on the last day of Singapore trip, but didn't have time ¬_¬ Still very much craving! Must go back to Singapore again soon!

I have since become a true ramen aficionado! xD

And now I'm OFFICIALLY HUNGRYYYY gyaaaa >_<
Shouldn't have written all this in the wee hours of the morning! *lol*

Added on 1.50 PM:
The last thing I remember before waking up, I dreamed of eating ramen (Miharu Ramen, but on a certain airport *lol* and self service!) o(>▽<)o
I'm so gonna have ramen tonight!
elyse: (full metal alchemist: glomp)
Blame it to Voice episode 3, now I want to eat Korean jjigae!

This really looks oishii :9

Btw, I really enjoy watching Voice. I'm always touched by the story in each episode.
Initially I thought this was a mystery / thriller kind of dorama, because of the synopsis "five medical students take on the task of conveying the 'voices of the dead'" and "explore the mysteries of death". I thought it had something to do with lots of corpses and the like, which I really dread and despise. But the story turned out to be more of a drama than medical.

I don't really care for Eita, I watch this because of Toma (well, obviously :P). But at least Eita's hair is normal, making this dorama watchable, unlike in Last Friends o_O I kinda skipped around while watching Last Friends because I couldn't stand his hair!

Toma is kinda back to his happy-go-lucky self in Voice, because of his character. Aww, I miss the serious Toma in Maou!

Now I must set a time to have a Korean jjigae dinner! :D


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