Tuesday, June 28, 2011

tourist for a day

A good friend from high school was visiting Japan this week and happened to be staying with some relatives who lived in Kanagawa too! So, of course we met up! Ronjie & I took the train to Ebina today to have lunch with George, a high school classmate whom I had not seen for 10 years! (Thank goodness for Facebook which keeps us all connected despite the physical distance!)

We picked an okonomiyaki place because George had not tried Osaka-style okonomiyaki yet. (She's tried the Hiroshima-style.) The restaurant was similar to another restaurant Ronjie and I ate at just a couple of weeks back, where you cook your food. For today's lunch, we ordered okonomiyaki, yakisoba and monjayaki. (Monjayaki is like okonomiyaki but more liquid-y.)

me and George cooking the yakisoba


After lunch, we headed to NAF Atsugi in Ayase and met George's cousin Ate R and her husband Kuya G, who toured us around their 'hood. Kuya G is a member of the US Navy and he & Ate R have been stationed in Japan for the past 3 years. NAF Atsugi reminds me of the Subic military base in the Philippines. (I guess all American military bases would look alike.) We were also able to enter the duty-free shops and it was just so wonderful to see so many familiar brands, English books and American food items! Our hosts bought some stuff for us and we happily took home some Reese's peanut butter cups, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and Betty Crocker microwave chocolate cake mix, among others. :) Yay!

US Navy souvenir items

torii by the main gate of NAF Atsugi

Then we headed to Yokohama.

I rode the Ferris wheel!

6:25p.m. & 7:10p.m.

cool reflections!

the Ferris wheel at night

Kuya R invited us to have dinner at their place so after Yokohama we returned to NAF Atsugi for more chikahan and for some of Ate R's wonderful home-cooked curry. :) Sa uulitin!

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