First Time with Woodworking

 

I went to a woodworking intro class for women at Blackhorse Workshop in London. There were four of us and we are all beginners. We learned to use chopsaw, bandsaw, pillar drill and disc sander. I made a color palette but didn't have enough time to drill a hole for holding the palette. The class was from 10:30 to 1 pm. I think it was nice to make your own simple cutting in a safety class. Would definitely go back to do more!

 Brunch at the coffe shop next to the workshop space. 

Brunch at the coffe shop next to the workshop space. 

 

Japanese Tea Masterclass

I went to a full-day Japanese Tea Masterclass today. It is an intensive training from 10am to 6:30pm. I learned about the history, different types of Japanese tea, cultivates. The most interesting part is the tea evaluation where we compared the appearance and tasted different Japanese tea and Sencha. 

Today is also my first time listening to a Japanese lecture. Although there was English translation and I couldn't understand 70% of the Japanese, I still feel pretty happy about the 30% that I could understand. 

The Gyokuro cha is the most special tea I've tasted so far. It has such a strong taste of umami that it almost tastes like dashi or salmon sashimi. We tasted 7 kinds of Sencha in different origins and qualities. It does taste different.

 I got the completion certificate!

I got the completion certificate!

Pairs!

 

Bonjour! This week I'm in Paris. It's our first time in Paris. The city is beautiful and the Japanese food here is amazing!

Paris Free Walking Tour

 
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I love doing the "free" walking tour when I go to a new city. It's a tip based tour so you pay what you think the tour is worth of. I've never been disappointed by the tour, and recommend anyone to try it. It's the best way to learn about the history of the city, and see lots of the tourist attractions in a short amount of time (about 2.5 hours).

Cruise on River Seine by Bateaux Parisiens

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It was recommended by our guide form the walking tour, and it's great way to hit all the touristy spot in an hour. We got on the boat about 30 minutes before the sunset (4:15pm in December), so on the way out you can see the view in daylight, and on the way back, you can see the city is lit up.

Kunitoraya 国虎屋

Japanese chain Udon bistro. We ordered a tempura udon, curry udon, and a oyakodon. In total, it was about €50, so a little expensive for udon. But the ambience is nice.

Dosanko Ramen どさんこラーメン

I think it's the Sapporo style ramen, which is known for the thick, creamy miso soup base. We ordered the white miso and red miso royal. The portion is very generous and the price was cheap. It was about €30 for two bowls of ramen.

Nodaïwa 野田岩

Our first meal in Paris. It's a Japanese unagi restaurant. €70 for two sets of unagi rice. Somehow it feels not very satisfying for me...

 Nodaïwa Unagi Don

Nodaïwa Unagi Don

Sweetalk

We got sick and this place's Chinese beef noodle soup and wonton soup are perfect. I didn't try the desserts but they look legit.

 

First week in London

Today is my 12th day in London. Jet lag is over. I don't need to use the navigation to go to work now. And I'm getting familiar with the tube system. My temporary housing is in Camden Town. It's a very lively and young neighborhood, with lots of international options for food. 

 Camden town market on a Saturday. There are lots of street food and small shops, and of course, loads of people. 

Camden town market on a Saturday. There are lots of street food and small shops, and of course, loads of people. 

 7:45 AM in the Mornington Crescent tube station. I didn't expect to be so empty on a weekday morining.

7:45 AM in the Mornington Crescent tube station. I didn't expect to be so empty on a weekday morining.

I didn't expect UK is this different than the US. Here, there isn't AC in the apartments. In my temporary housing, I have the use a small AC machine to keep cool and ventilated. The good thing is it's not very hot here. Dryers are not standard facility in the apartment. Instead of using the dryer, you hang your clothes on the rack in a tiny room. 

 Woaaaaaaw....St. Pancras

Woaaaaaaw....St. Pancras

The office is right next to the Kings Cross station. It's very new and has a great view from the 11th floor roof. The breakfast is absolutely delicious! Pastries, fresh juice, British breakfast, baristas...

 View from the Google building

View from the Google building