Things got weird in Asia. Like real weird. But in a cool way?
To set the tone, let me tell you about our Asia crew. I went with great company, with a bunch of friends who have never been to Hong Kong or Japan before. Basically we stood out like a sore thumb…
Mainly because they were throwing up peace signs every where we went?
Just imagine us getting lost,
eating stabbing dim sum with chopsticks, lots of sake, lots of laughter, lots of fun times that I’ll forever remember… although some I wish I could burn from my memories lol. If you guys hung out with me on Snap (user: CynEats), then you saw the weird, crazy, fun, shit that happened.
So let me just start off by telling you about our first dim sum experience at Tim Ho Wan (cheapest 1-star Michelin restaurant in the world). Granted, this was their FIRST time eating dim sum.
I made the mistake of letting them order…
Leo went pencil happy with the dim-sum sheet. And here’s what came to the table:
I shit you not… he actually said “WAIT!! I hope I ordered enough food.” He ordered FIVE ROUNDS of everything. Everyone in the restaurant looked at us like we were crazy.
You see that guy eating before I take my food photos? Yup. Thats Leo… clearly doesn’t know the rules lol.
Hong Kong overall was amazing, but let me tell you though… Japan is my favorite place in the world.
Okay, so the service in Japan is absolutely shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
Every where you go, people are so respectful and accommodating. I will never forget the time I saw a Japanese woman saying goodbye to the people in the elevator, and she bowed the ENTIRE time…
Until the elevator door closed before she got back up. A 90 degree bow.
Another example, we called an Uber and was waiting for about 15 minutes in the freezing cold. Then we see this guy waving us down from the street corner, wearing professional white gloves, and a black suit. Where else can you find an Uber driver running out of his car in 40 degree weather?
Another insane experience in Tokyo…
We signed up for a robot show… and we had ZERO idea what we were getting ourselves into.
I know it sounds strange but bare with me. The robot show is one of the coolest man-made things I’ve ever seen. There was music, drummers, dancers, actors, big ass robot machines, robot whales?, machine guns…
And just when you thought you’ve seen it all…
PLOT TWIST… out comes a giant ROBOT DINOSAUR attacking an evil robot machine.
It was ridiculous. Outrageous. And out of this world. We all still have zero idea what went on (lol), but it was still cool AF.
We stayed at the Four Seasons in Ginza, which is where all the high end shopping is (and also one of the best revolving sushi places we have ever been to). If we could have done it again, we would have stayed in Shibuya, Shinkuku (fun, younger, area), or Roppongi Hills (only a 10 minute bus ride to Shibuya Crossing).
Besides the crazy robot shows, the Japanese are BIG on arcades and gambling here. We walked around Shibuya and my boy Chondy (the one always photo bombing my snaps), murdered all the games. We also stumbled onto the 4th floor of an arcade where we saw live horse gambling? And some intense dance dance revolution battles, hah.
On our very last night, we stumbled upon the cutest, tiniest bar that almost felt like we were in someones home. At first, the bartender wanted to turn us away. We literally begged him to let us in (also because it was cold as hell) for a drink. It looked like a spot that only locals go- only reserved for close friends and family.
The owner turned out to be the coolest dude… we talked politics (nothing too serious), talked life, talked about the most random things over drinks. It was honestly one of my favorite nights, and if you guys followed on snap… you saw the Karaoke moment(s).
Obviously the drinks were flowing.
The owner also told me that I looked like a “Vanessa”
Vanessa WILLIAMS. (LOL!)
And on THAT note….
If you guys are going to Tokyo for the first time, be ready for one hell of an adventure. I’m totally in love with Japan and would go back in a heartbeat.
Alright, phewwww, long post. Sending you guys good vibes from Asia!
And for those of you asking on social, a foodie guide is coming your way very soon.