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Some of my favourite links … June 2021

I’ve long been a fan of interior designer Matthew Williamson and really enjoyed this virtual peek into his own home.

Tour Matthew Williamson’s home in London – a beautiful boho apartment full of colour and vintage finds

I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual wander through this amazing exhibition.

Sony World Photography Awards exhibition

Got some unused pasta, lentils or rice hanging around in your kitchen? These recipes might just be what you need.

11 recipes to help you spring clean your pantry

Mystery solved! I’ve been wondering about those hand signals.

Why Japan’s rail workers can’t stop pointing at things

I’m so going to try this!

Rice water for hair: benefits and how to use it

Combat that afternoon slump:

13 energizing afternoon habits that can make the rest of your day so much better

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This month I’m … June 2021

“Halston” on Netflix

Ewan McGregor is absolutely fabulous in the role of fashion designer Roy Halston who dictated American glamour in the late 1960s and 1970s. 

The “Superwoman Wellness” Podcast

If you only listen to one episode, make it EP 218 – Bras & Breast Health. It’s truly eye opening.

Lots of yummy summer fruits

Click here for the recipe of this refreshing Mango Lassi Bowl recipe – a summer breakfast favourite in our house

My mornings on our tiny little balcony

To watch the fun little 30 second balcony styling video I made a couple of weeks ago, click here.

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Video: Tiny Balcony Styling

Love love love our tiny balcony corner!

It gets sunlight first thing in the morning which is rather early right now. Japan doesn’t change clocks twice a year so sunrise is at around 4.30am right now ☀️

Sitting here at any time of the days feels like getting away from it all, but I do love the morning hours before the city stirs and wakes up.  

Items used in the video (click on the pictures for further details)

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Recipe: Mango Lassi Bowl

Weekend breakfasts are a delicious affair in our home and this mango lassi bowl is a yummy refreshing dish for the current hot temperatures. Plus mango is my favourite fruit 🤤

This is for one portion:


  • a large handful of frozen mango pieces (ca. 100g)
  • a small handful of frozen banana chunks (ca. 50g)
  • 100g natural unsweetened yogurt
  • 50ml milk
  • the ground seeds of 3 cardamom pods
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric and
  • splash of orange blossom water (optional)

in a blender until smooth.

Decorate with 

  • diced fresh mango
  • chopped pistachios and
  • chia seeds

Bon appetit!

*Recipe from Olive Magazine

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Sunday Stroll: Nezu Shrine, Tokyo Japan

Japan does plant and floral displays really well. Flower festivals can be found in many places during spring and summer all the way into autumn.

Around 3,000 purple, pink, white and red purple azalea bushes turn the grounds of Nezu Shrine in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward into an explosion of colour in April – early May.

Nezu Shrine
1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031

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Some of my favourite links … May 2021

Hopeful thinking we might one day get back to being able to travel fairly easily…
30 trips to plan a year in advance

I’m going to try this next time I have an unripe avo
This brilliant 2-minute trick will ripen avocados on the spot

Japan’s most secluded train station is inaccessible by foot
Koboro Station

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This month I’m … May 2021

My strength back after surgery

A nodule had to be taken out of my lower left lung a couple of weeks ago; I talked about it here: Video

The Mosquito Coast

An idealist uproots his family and moves them to Latin America.
Apple TV+ is currently releasing one episode each week and we are hooked! 

Sayonara to some dear friends & customers

The Sayonara season is upon us…

The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction and autobiographies lately and can’t wait to get started with this story:

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

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The Sayonara Season is upon us

The dreaded Sayonara Season is upon us and lovely friends pack up their lives in Japan to move elsewhere / back to their home countries. I’ve called a number of countries my (temporary) home for more than 20 years, but I’m still not used to the frequent good-byes…

Are you saying sayonara to some of your friends and would like to get them something to remind them of your time together?

Here are my suggestions: