2 Jan 2017

I was actually debating between going back to my regular schedule of blog posting or commemorate the fact that this marks the first entry of 2017. I decided to go with the latter because as much as I find "new year resolutions" ridiculous, I still want to respect the new calendar and tell you some notes I'm going to remind myself this year. Let's have a short tea break for this transition.

The day before...

First of all, let's retrace to last night's dinner. My parents and I went to Shaburi, an all you can eat Japanese shabu shabu restaurant for the first time. There are four "all you can eat" packages to choose from: the beef shabu, special beef-shabu, Shaburi wagyu-shabu and special Wagyu-shabu which is the most expensive out of the four. As someone who loooves a good meat, my father and I picked the fourth deal, the special wagyu set ($36 / person) — I may not eat meat often but when I do, I'd like the good deal please. Unlike the typical shabu-shabu place where everyone shares one giant hotpot, Shaburi serves each person with their own pot. Thus, each person gets to choose which dashi soup they want. Since it's an "all you can eat" deal, everything else (vegetables, rice, drinks, dessert, etc) is included.

There are seven types of soup in total and my parents settled down with original konbu and hot miso soup while I picked the collagen chicken soup. Each soup also serves different purposes: original konbu and hot miso are filled with calcium and is good for preventing fatigue, stress and improve digestive system while the collagen chicken soup is beneficial for skin condition.

It was such a satisfying dinner and there were 15 trays of wagyu beef in total! (because my father and I, we're insane when it comes to wagyu)

You can read more about Shaburi here.

they are also available in South Korea, Shanghai, Singapore and soon Taiwan and Philippines.

First day of 2017...

The night the clock stroke midnight, everyone bid farewell to 2016 and how shitty it was and crossed their fingers in hope 2017 won't be as mean. I personally do not have such expectation, however, what I saw on tv earlier this afternoon kind of made me down. Just a little bit.

There was a report about a ship caught on fire. An accident. 20 people were killed. On the first day of 2017. As I listened to the news, I couldn't help but to think about whether or not 2017 will suck too. Like I always say, I'm a realist and not an optimist so I did not hold on to any expectation. If the year goes bad, it goes bad and if it doesn't, then we're lucky. Still, starting the first day of a new year listening to the death of 20 people is not a friendly idea. I can't help but to wonder about the people who are left behind.

It really is an unfortunate way to welcome the new year.

The realistic notes and goals...

A post written by Hannie made me rethink about setting "resolution" for this year. I wouldn't call it resolution though since I don't want to put it that way. Besides, I'm one of those cliche people who won't do any of her resolution. I also mentioned, in my previous post, about how "new year resolutions" sound so pretentious to me. With that said, I'm going to list down a few realistic, do-able notes (or goals, if you like) to serve as a reminder for myself.

  • Buy one or two storage box(es) to keep my things organized

  • Brew tea leaves instead of tea bag (since it's more economical that way)

  • Buy a cushion / pillow

  • Drink my tea before it gets cold

  • Avoid getting emotionally compromised

  • More water, less tea

  • Take a break when my body asks for it
The list may look so basic to some people but it is the basic thing that you can get it done and over with. Why note down something so extravagant and out of reach and be an idealist only to feel down if none of them are completed by the end of the year or worse, right?

Similarly, I hope I can collect enough courage to find a job this year.

What resolution, goal or notes do you have for yourself this year?


  1. One of my goals this year is to shift to simplicity and minimalization. After I find a replacement to take over my lease in the big city, I plan to sort of my clothes and donate some of it. I have startwd though sorting through my other stuff and throwing away expired/uneeded things.

    I have shifted from tea bags to loose leaf teas about 3 years ago and I love it. Loose leaf teas seem to have better flavor options than teabags - flavors seem too genetic and there are just too many "herbal teas" with tea bags (which is not my thing)

  2. I have to try that shabu shabu place because I love buffet restos!
    Seems like you had a good time and the food is yummy!

    What an unfortunate event to welcome the new year :( My heart goes on to the victims' family. Hope we'll all have a good 2017, nonetheless!

    I love tea and would also like to brew it but it seems that I have no patient enough for it lmao.
    Hope we can both find a job this year! Fingers crossed <3

    P.S. I've missed you, Shiki! I feel bad we fell out of touch, hope you're doing well, though fellow INTJ! :)

  3. hey Gill! ohmygod we haven't been talking for ....years now. i suck at keeping up lol

    it's funny how some people still call me by my old internet alias (not that i mind) :P
    i hope you're doing well too! and i hope you're back to blogging again! :D

  4. I tried shabu" place and it's really amazing. Have a great 2017 ahead dear

  5. I am sure you will be able to find a job – you have artistic talent that companies would absolutely love to have and would want to help you upskill. But I know that the right time will come whenever you are ready, first and foremost – so I hope that time will be this year. :)

    I didn’t know much about miso soup, I just eat it a lot... I used to have it every day for breakfast for many years. No wonder even just a small amount of soup was enough for me to feel filled up during the day. 😆

    Also, I agree that if you don’t eat meat much, when you do you should definitely go for the best option! ;) Why not.

    It’s upsetting to hear about accidents like the ship being caught on fire and that lives were lost, but the thing to remember is that this kind of thing happens every day. News is something I gave up many years ago because, psychologically, it makes us feel helpless and powerless. 😞 The news is always going to report doom and gloom and when lives are lost.

    I hope 2017 has better things in store for you 🙃

  6. Hi. Want to exchange links?

  7. The shabu shabu looks delicious! For that price, I'd expect some good quality meat too XD. It's better to get your own pot because you can choose whatever you want and there are fewer germs to go around (even though it gets boiled anyway). The wagyu beef looks super high quality.

    Hearing about deaths as new year's hit doesn't leave a good taste in welcoming the year. Let's hope this year will be a better year despite the rough start.

    Good luck with your do-able notes this year! Do what you have to do and enjoy your time while you're bossing out there ;). I love how a few points are tea-oriented XD. I need to drink more tea and less sugary stuff!

  8. Same :(
    Didn't know it was an alias, I'm so sorry! I love the name Elisa. I would like to name my future daughter Elise actually, in homage to The Cure's "A Letter to Elise" haha
    Yes, I'm back for good <3

  9. I like your realistic goals! They may "look" basic on the outside but on a deeper level, these are all things that everyone should also be doing but find hard to do. For me personally, drinking water is an issue. I know I should be drinking more water, but sometimes coffee becomes too much of a temptation.

    I also hope that 2017 is a better year than 2016. Not that it seems to be getting off to a positive start but maybe we'll be going up instead of down. Happy New Year!

  10. how cool is that you ended the year with such a feast! and a good deal too! everything looks so yum. i need to go here when i have time. definitely *-*

    it's incredibly important to keep the goals as realistic as possible. it's a thing that people failed to see. yes, it's a goal for a year. but you must know your limit and try to raise the border bit by bit rather than pull it super high at once. i've been doing it for the past five years and it's been doing well so far. i do have yearly goals. but i noticed whenever i post it, i find it harder to cross it off. it's so weird haha but i do write it in my notes. yes to more water. i actually been slacking which made my skin drier than ever sometime before holiday T_T also i want to improve my sleeping quality! so good luck for everything for both of us!

    i hope the bad start didn't hinder you from trying to do better this year, elisa. i find it as a warning to proceed with care and double check.

  11. it's definitely worth trying especially for a celebration! i mean, wagyu ain't cheap right :P

    hm quite frankly, the bad start did not affect me in anyway. for me, it's just another year for us to survive so if something bad or a bad day happened really early on, i won't really be one of those sad people who'd sulk and be like "aw but why, i expected 2017 to be better~" because well in reality, bad things do not give a damn about the date. they happen when they happen haha

  12. i know right! sometimes i forget to drink water because i'm so obsessed with my tea and then when i drink my water, i'm like "aaargh so refreshing why don't i drink you a lot moree!?" LOL #wtfself

    happy new year to you too :)

  13. ahaha it's alright. you can call me with whatever nickname you feel comfortable. the name Elise or Alice is so pretty! i personally love them but not ElisA .... pfft

  14. hi tamz!

    de-cluttering is one of the best ways to start the year :)
    i should probably sort out my wardrobe and give away the clothes that are too big for me now, hm..

    weirdly enough, loose leaf teas here are usually japanese green tea or local, indonesian black teas which i don't really like. i'm trying to use loose leaf green teas though. but for others like english breakfast or earl grey teas, most of them sold here are in tea bags so i don't really have a choice haha

  15. Hi Elisa! It's past 1am here and I am feeling so hungry looking at your pictures! I have never been to a shabu shabu restaurant before but it looks absolutely amazing and it's so cool how it's served in separate pots for everyone. My family and I also had a hotpot dinner for New Year's but it was the Chinese style - still warming and delicious though!
    I really like the realistic goals that you've set for yourself. I've never been great at resolutions either and then I end up feeling really bad about myself for not achieving them. Drinking tea before it gets cold is one I think I could easily tick off as well! Instead of classic resolutions, for 2017, I've chosen a word of the year that will hopefully guide my days as they go by. Anyway, Happy New Year, Elisa! I look forward to reading more of your blog :)



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