Weekly Reads #169: August 30, 2014

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Have I mentioned how insane the past week has been? Since last Saturday, my life has been like this:

Business trip in Osaka (Saturday)  → travel to Tokyo and back for a business trip (Sunday) → Fly to Hong Kong (Monday morning) →Fly to China on an 8 AM flight (Tuesday) → work in China (Wednesday through Friday) → Fly back to Japan (Saturday evening)

I don’t mind traveling a lot for work, but being constantly on the move is exhausting!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Shatsu Kooru (“Shirt Cool”) – a cooling spray for your clothes

When I came back to Japan last year, it was EXTREMELY hot. Japan is hot and humid from mid July to mid September, and last year was considered the hottest year in history.  Although it is not quite as hot in Japan this year, I still use many products to keep myself cool.

One product I have been really enjoying this year is “Shatsu Kooru” (“Shirt Cool”), a cooling spray that I spray on my clothes.  The cooling sensation lasts for around 30 minutes, which helps when I walk to the train station.

IMG_5497_finalWhat it does: (from Kobayashi Pharmaceuticals website)
Spray on your clothes, and the menthol will keep you cool every time you sweat.

Price: 500 yen (a little less than $5 USD) for 100ml

Availability: this product is widely available in Japanese drugstores during the summer

Scent: this product smells like straight up menthol.  Apparently there is a floral scented version as well

Pros:

  • I love the (very strong) cooling sensation!
  • This works better than the Seabreeze deodorant for keeping me cool
  • the cooling sensation lasts for a while, which is probably prolonged because the product is applied to your clothes instead of your skin
  • Does not leave any stains or scent on my clothes

Cons:

  • This product works by reacting to moisture (=sweat), so it will not work that well on areas of your body that do not sweat
  • This product is quite strong. If you are not a fan of strong menthol, try the mild version

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely!  This is a summer staple for me, and I apply it every morning before I leave for work and every evening before I go to sleep.

Kobayashi Pharmaceuticals makes many creative (and sometimes strange) products. This one was a hit with me!

 

xoxo, K

WordPress plugins for blogging

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about my experiences moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress when I already had a custom domain. 

If you would like to catch up on my move to WordPress, please check out my previous posts.

I am really enjoying WordPress so far. The switch was not as painful as I had expected, especially considering how difficult getting set up was, and how different the interface is.

One of the features of WordPress is that the features can be extended through plugins.  Plugins are developed and distributed by users to do almost anything you can imagine.  For example, I found the interface for writing blog posts to be a little difficult to use. No problem – there is a plugin to modify it.

 

Here are some of the plugins that I use.

 

What plugins do you use on your WordPress blog? I would love to hear your recommendations!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #168: August 23, 2014

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Japan has been hit with major landslides recently (link goes to Reuters).  A few places in Hiroshima and Kyoto have had huge landslides, and even though the landslides themselves have subsided, apparently people cannot get in to search for missing friends and family.

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

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xoxo, K

K’s Kitchen – Thai Pasta One Pot Wonder

Although pasta is often thought of as a quick and easy dish, I consider it too much effort for me to make on a weeknight.  I have a TEENY kitchen (seriously, it is smaller than you think it is), and I just do not have the space to make a sauce and cook pasta at the same time.  If I do make a pasta dish, I like making a “one pot wonder”, where I can cook the noodles in the sauce.

(adapted from Produce on Parade)
Ingredients:
6 ounces pasta (I used linguine)
500ml chicken broth
1/2 carrot, julienned
1/2 red pepper, julienned
1 onion, slice thinly
2 minced garlic clove
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1/2 tablespoon gochujang
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon lemongrass paste (I used 3 stalks of dried lemongrass)
1 tablespoon lime juice (I used lemon juice)
chopped cilantro

Instructions:
1. In a large pot, add all the ingredients except for lime juice and cilantro.  If needed, break the pasta in half lengthwise to fit into the pot.

2. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce to a simmer, cook for 10-15 minutes until pasta is cooked and soup is reduced. I tested this recipe a few times and found that I did not need to cover my pot while it cooked, but did need to add a few tablespoons of water at the end to loosen the sauce.  This was easier for me than covering the pot and then reducing the soup.  This may vary depending on your pot, your stovetop, and your pasta.

4. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and cilantro.

This recipe was very easy and quite delicious. I will be on the hunt for more easy pasta recipes to try.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

xoxo, K