Blog, Travel, Vlog

How to purchase a Suica Card

October 9, 2013

A Suica card is a reload able smart card used as a fare card on rail lines in Japan. To purchase a new Suica, you will need ¥2000 (¥1,500 prepaid, ¥500 deposit). When you no longer need your Suica card, you can return at a JR East station or subway office.

The benefit to having this prepaid travel card is convenience. As a foreigner you may not want to carry around tons of loose change in your pocket or slow down the line counting yen at rail station restaurants. In the video above Yuta and Mihoko from Tokyo Daily Life will show you how to purchase a Suica card and some of its additional uses.

Blog, Entertainment, Fashion, Photography

Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show (Photos)

September 27, 2013

The Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show was presented at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Sept 26th. Before the fashion show VIP guest mingled with celebrities such as Dan Savage, Isaiah Thomas and Detlef Schrempf .

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Photo Brandon Foy & Antonio Smith

 

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Although the show was quite short GQ and Nordstrom style experts presented an assortment of different looks.

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I enjoyed the more classic look of velvet blazers, black driving gloves and leather boots.

Bellevue fashion week 2013 Mens fashion show

Fashion, Philanthropy

Nordstrom Men’s Shop & GQ 2013 Fall Runway Show

September 26, 2013

The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, Nordstrom Men’s Shop and GQ are collaborating together for a Fall 2013 men runway show this Thursday, September 26th. GQ and Nordstrom style experts will present a runway show that will spotlight the best of the Men’s Shop collections and will be featuring local celebrity guest models. All proceeds benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and the evening’s charity partners – Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation and Inspire Youth Project. If you’re not attending, I will be uploading photos for the blog.

Click here for tickets: http://bit.ly/18ZnExj

 

Travel, Vlog

The Story of Hachiko – Tokyo Daily Life

September 23, 2013

Hachiko is a famous statue of a dog who possessed legendary loyalty to his owner. It’s located at Shibuya station and is a great place to meet if you’re gathering with friends or a night out. Here’s part two of the Tokyo Daily Life video series where the founder of TDL tells me about the legend of Hachiko and why it’s a famous meeting place at Shibuya station.

Follow Tokyo Daily Life on twitter.

Blog, Entertainment, Life, Travel, Vlog

Tokyo Daily Life Introduction

September 16, 2013

During my stay in Japan I hooked up with Yuta Sakaguchi of  Tokyo Daily Life.  Tokyo Daily Life introduces attractive points of Japanese daily life to people all over the world! In this video Yuta (writer / creator) tells you all about what you’ll find their Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pages. This video is the first of four videos to be premiered on my blog featuring Tokyo Daily Life.

Blog, Technology, Travel

5 Must have mobile apps you’ll need when visiting Tokyo

September 10, 2013
Apps you must have going to Tokyo

 

Whether you’re going to Tokyo for business or holiday you’ll need at lease one these apps to get around smoothly in the land of the rising sun.

5. iTranslate – iTranslate will record your speech in English and translate it into Japanese. This app comes handy when you’re having difficulty expressing yourself, for instants getting lost, needing help, or asking questions.

4. Tokyo+ (Rail Map) – If you’ve seen the Tokyo rail map you’ll understand how confusing it can be. With this app you can study the rail system with no Internet connection and with GPS support you can find the closest rail station close to you.

3. Circle – With circle you can find out what’s going on locally in the city using your GPS. With this app you’ll find out information like weather forecasts, big news, events and people in your area. Information is power!

2. Line – If you don’t have a phone service while in Japan you may want to check out this app. Now I’m not really into Emoji’s and stuff but if you want to message and call your new Japanese friends for free give that app a tap.

1. Your bank app – It doesn’t matter if you have HSBC or Bank of America either way you are going to need to know about your funds. I recommend knowing how much money you have in the bank account at all times. Foreign charges can and will sometimes sneak up on you and you don’t want to be unaware in emergency situations.

Blog, Travel, Uncategorized, Vlog

TOKYO: THROUGH MY LENS

September 3, 2013

For those who follow me on closely know I am a huge fan of Japanese culture. There’s something about the bright lights, the business, and cultural differences that excite me. Today I will be traveling from Seattle to Tokyo for the second time and will be capturing the things I see through my new camera and lens.

Although I will be focusing on Tokyo I will be uploading videos on how to get around in Japan featuring tips and tricks. If you have any suggestions on things you would like me to cover let me know.

 

Video from my previous trip New years 2013: http://wp.me/p3971i-A4

Blog, Photography, Technology

Olympus OM-D E-M5

August 29, 2013

You can call me an Olympus fan boy if you want but I really enjoy their cameras. I especially enjoy the AF (auto focus) and size of their micro 4/3 cameras, which are great for on the go and nonintrusive for private occasions. My previous camera the Olympus elp-5, was a joy to use and a great learner tool for prosumers transitioning into a pro DSLR.

My new camera the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has the same sensor as my previous but more beefed out features. Some of these features include a extra battery holder and weather sealed body for a more rugged build. Below I’ve pointed out some of OMD’s highlights.

Highlights of this camera:

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • Twin control dials
  • New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
  • Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
  • Flipped out display touch screen
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
Blog, Entertainment

Making the music video (Lions Ambition)

August 13, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of being involved with another Lions Ambition music video. Just case you don’t know about this energetic music group (Lions Ambition) they are a mix of hip-hop and rock. The unique sound has gained the band praise to be selected to open for National acts: (Ludacris, Shwayze), Colleges, Festivals, and awarded in multiple competitions. The band was selected to compete on: “America’s Got Talent”  and has toured around the U.S. and parts of Canada.

In this short clip you’ll see previews of the new video and shots of my make up and costume process. The title for this music video is “Believe” and will be releasing early September 2013. I will be posting this video when it is released but until them visit their website for updates. Lions Ambition