KLKK (Kia lai kia ki) is NUS hostel-speak for walking around aimlessly. And that's exactly what we did the rest of Day 4. Of course, to those who like shopping, this is just normal browsing, window-shopping; I guess it's fun for some people. Not for me and the boys. Most of the time, we'd find a place to sit and just wait while Eddie looks around at stores like Mitsukoshi, Isetan and Takashimaya Times Square.
All that walking around, he ended up not buying anything. Irony was, the rest of us managed to get stuff; Sean a pair of Zara pants cos his only good pants (the other two very comfy pairs I brought along are ripped at the knees) was really dirty and he needed nice ones for the flight home. I also got some cool stuff at the stationery departments, including origami airplanes for Brian and this neat lapdesk which I'm using right now as I type on my notebook while lazing on the sofa watching a Cantonese kungfu serial.
The food sections of Tokyo's department stores don't hand out samples as much as they used to in the past. But while we were KLKK-ing around in Takashimaya waiting for Eddie, we chanced upon a food fair on the 6th floor. Whoa...samples galore.
Tried some really yummy cheese cakes, ice-cream, crabs, pickled seaweedy stuff (not sure what they were), and the boys also tried roe, which Sean said tasted like salt water.
Jelly-fishy stuff I think.
Roe and crab on rice, these are for sale, not sampling!
Gluttonous (sp?) ball in savoury soup, each bowl is a sample.
Fried stuff, not sure what these are.
Delicious cheese-cake, moist and almost ice-cream-like.
Sampled enough to not feel too keen about dinner. It was 430pm by the time we left Times Square Taka...and when we reached Shinjuku West Exit, where the shuttle takes us back to the hotel, we hadn't decided what to eat for dinner. Eddie wanted to shop a bit more, we wanted to wait for him at the hotel; so to cut the discussion short, I said, let's just cross the road and look for dinner. It was already after 5pm when we headed to Shinjuku West.
I remember back in 1997, that Eddie and I had a fruitless search for something we liked in this exact place, tempers flared then; but I thought perhaps the food scene here had improved. Yikes, history repeats itself. We walked for almost an hour, and couldn't agree on where to eat!! Sean was just going, "Never mind, I don't NEED to eat anything!" and Eddie would still try to look for something both he and Sean could eat. I was pretty resigned to lousy food that night anyway, but seriously, every place we went to looked like tourist traps, not appetising at all. Brian was going, "Let's just go into this one!!" BUT Eddie still couldn't decide, aiyohhhh, cannot tahan, he claims the look on my face showed I wasn't happy with any of the places he was contemplating. Actually, all I wanted was to leave them in any restaurant while I scoot off to a standing-room-only sushi place we had passed by, which looked really authentic and yummylicious.
In the end, we decided to return to the hotel and eat at one of Eddie's original suggestions, this restaurant chain called Royal Host. Okaylah, he suggested this place even before our aimless food search, but I baulked at the thought. Remember my preoccupation with Authentic Japanese food?
And would you have it, the boys loved their dinner at Royal Host. The menu in Royal Host is pretty extensive, but nothing I liked. Eddie was gloating lah, cos he loves Royal Host. I just zipped my mouth the entire dinner, didn't really eat much, bleahhhh.
Sean's kiddy meal, which he gobbled up.
Sean loved his meal, as did the other two fussies. The only unhappy camper was me, so Eddie is right, we, that includes me, are all fussies who don't want to give in when it comes to food! While I felt this was a missed meal opportunity, I was glad to see Sean eating up happily. You know he's happy with his food when he says effusively, "I love you Daddy!" "I love you Mummy!" while tucking in. So I concede, Eddie was right this one time. The day thus ended well with ice-creams for everyone.