Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Shinjuku experience

Shinjuku is another special ward of Tokyo that we explored.  This part of Tokyo is known for its entertainment and shopping areas.  It’s also known as the sleazy part of town, as it includes Japan’s largest red light district.  There are tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs in this area.  We came here mainly to check out the Robot Restaurant show and eat some delicious food.

Burger King black burger
While exploring Shinjuku, we stumbled upon a Burger King with an advertisement for this disgusting looking black burger.  

Called the Kuro Burger (“Kuro” means black), this black cheeseburger had black buns, black cheese, and black sauce.  I had to give it a try. Although the black burger I received definitely didn’t look like the way it was presented in the picture, I have to say, it wasn’t bad!  
The burger patty tasted like Salisbury steak, which isn’t exactly gourmet but the meat was better than what you’d find at a Burger King in the U.S.  The most unappealing part of the burger was the pitch-black buns, and for the most part they tasted just like regular burger buns.

Robot Restaurant
With the help of Google maps, we found the Robot Restaurant surrounded by the more seedy parts of Shinjuku. 

The advertisement for this show reads:

“Robot Restaurant bursts onto Shinjuku’s sizzling entertainment scene with a 100 million dollar splash in 2012, and has attracted the likes of Hollywood directors and actors to witness its high-octane, smash-hit robot showdown.  Prepare to be blown away!”

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Shibuya experience

Shibuya is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan.  It was one of the subway stops closest to our hotel, and we dropped by several times during our stay in Tokyo.  Today I’m going to talk about our Shibuya highlights. 

Shibuya pedestrian scramble
The Shibuya subway station here is one of Tokyo’s most active.  Here is where you will find the Shibuya pedestrian scramble, the busiest intersection in the world.  Every few minutes, all surrounding traffic lights turn red and hundreds of people scramble into the street to cross at the same time from all directions.  It was a lot of fun just walking through the crowded street.  All the pedestrians were very polite, no one was pushing or shoving and we didn’t really bump into anyone.   

If you’re into fashion, Shibuya is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, and a shopping paradise.  We did some brief window-shopping as we walked towards restaurants.  There are tons of delicious places to eat all over Tokyo, but we found our favorites in Shibuya.  We went to Shibuya for several of our meals.

Little Shop Curry
Located in the backstreets of Shibuya, this curry restaurant really is a “little shop.”  Run by a husband and wife, the shop only seats 14 people at a time. This restaurant only makes one big pot of curry each day, and once it runs out, they close the shop. 

We arrived just before the restaurant opened at 11:00am, and found ourselves waiting about 1 hour before being seated.  While we were still in line, the shop put up a sign saying they were closed for the day.  People who came later could no longer eat at the Little Shop the same day.   

There are only 5 different things to order on the menu:  
We ordered the combo curry, which included freshly fried juicy pieces of kara-age chicken, tonkatsu pork, fried tofu, fried cabbage, grilled pepper, eggplant, over easy egg, cheese and a grape tomato all over a huge bed of white rice covered in fresh curry.  The husband and wife duo prepared our meal right in front of us.  Both of us struggled to finish our shared plate. 
The best part was that our entire meal cost 800 yen, or less than $7! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Side Hustles 2014

The great thing about doing side hustles to generate extra income is that you can hustle on your own terms.  The more hard work, time, and creative effort you put in, the more extra money you can make.  You can hustle as little or as much as you want, whenever you want.  It’s your extra money, and you can choose how you want to spend it.

Welcome to December, the start of another brand new month!  The holiday season is in full effect.  Is Christmas going to make you go broke trying to find the perfect gift?  I hope not.

November was a busy month for us.  The first half of the month included us traveling to Honolulu, Tokyo, Taipei, Hualien, Okinawa, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.  I will be slowly writing some trip reports on our travels over the next few weeks.  Going back to work wasn’t too bad for either of us, especially since we both enjoy our professions.  With our short month, we didn’t have too much time to hustle.

Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we’ve generated in the month of November.
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