Ichiran Vs. Villainess
The JLPT is over. I think I passed it this year, though now I'm ready to start studying for the next level.
In other news, I think the Ichiran ramen shops own my soul.
Ichiran is a chain of ramen shops based out of Fukuoka. The ramen is incredibly delicious; and it is a perfect shop for anti-social people. You buy tickets from a machine for what you want, and you sit at a seat at the counter; which is enclosed on both sides, so you can't see the person sitting next to you. You fill out a form with your ramen preferences (seasonings, broth strength, noodle texture, etc), and then press a button. People take your order and go. Whoever invented the concept is a genius; I like it because I can personalize my order and am anti-social; from a business standpoint it seems like a great idea because people will eat and leave faster, and many people will come back to try a different combination of seasonings.
Anyway, I love it. And I crave it. There is one shop in Nagoya, and I ate there twice this weekend. I'm totally craving it again today, but with an injured foot and a budget to follow, it seems like I'll have to wait.
Speaking of owning my soul, I think Villaines might have to battle it out with Ichiran.
I've tried two other products.
Flashes of exotic foliage - coconut, banana, papaya, dewfruit, mango - amidst slightly more domestic fruits - nectarine, red apple, peach, plums, pears, and raspberries - and an explosive burst of citrus - mandarin orange, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine.To ground our island paradise? A light musk, salted driftwood, sugar cane, and dry sandalwood.
To my nose, none of the fruits really stand out. It smells sweet and fruity, and like a delicious tropical fruit punch. It lathers nicely, and my skin doen't feel tight after I rinse it off. I think this would be a wonderful scent for summer, and I probably would not even need lotion if I were to use it in the summer.
The other product I tried was the Paradise Misplaced Smooch. It is a moisturizing shower lotion, unlike the other 2 smooches I have tried which are sugar scrubs. The scent description:
Sweetly creamed coconut with touches of mango offset by crisp green tea
The scent was really mild. I could pick out the coconut and mango, but I don't like this one as much as the other scents. It did moisturize well, but one of the ingredients is shredded coconut which I imagine will get caught in my shower drain, and the idea of that does not thrill me. So, overall the product works, but I am not crazy about the scent.