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A Bar In Tokyo Where People Don’t Talk, But Write



Since the pandemic started, it has gotten many of us being too careful when around other people. Not all face masks are created equally to protect us from COVID-19, wearing one while talking could still have some risk of spreading germs. Most people choose to stay at home in order to avoid infection which made places that used to have face-to-face interactions such as bars and restaurants are now having a new method to bring customers in.


A book cafe bar in Tokyo, where customers can choose to communicate either by talking, or you can just write on a piece of paper. Even the staff who welcome guests by the entrance scribble instead of talk. In Japanese, these types of bars are called “Hitsudan Bar” which means “writing bar,” and it is the only one of its kind in the entertainment and red-light district Kabukicho.

Inspired by the collection of novellas The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron contains hundreds of tales from the point of view of men and women who sheltered in a village outside of Florence to escape the Black Death in the 14th century.

“It is Kabukicho tradition to do this so that the customers aren’t feeling ‘in-between’,” said Tezuka Maki, the owner of Decameron.

“We want to make sure customers are feeling good when they enter and leave our store,” he added.

People are required to wear a mask when they are drinking in Decameron. Customers also have the option to talk with their friends normally but most of them tend to enjoy the unique atmosphere that writing gives them.

Customers order their drinks or food, they write on a piece of paper that the bar provides, and the staff reply to them on the same note.

“Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area has been severely affected by the coronavirus. When Japan entered the state of emergency, fields such as sex work, host and hostess clubs, basically everything in Kabukicho was neglected,” Tezuka said.

“Many people working in Kabukicho were tested even before [it became a coronavirus cluster], to ensure no one was infected. In Kabukicho’s culture, trust and honesty are extremely important. Workers always reported to their boss about who they met, and always took the test. Fortunately, a lot of them were asymptomatic because they are young,” he added.

Tezuka opened Decameron in order to revive the Kabukicho’s reputation and show people that it’s still a safe place for them to have a drink.

Source: Vice


Food Review: Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Stick Is Now Available In Malaysia



Chocolates have the power to uplift someone’s mood and ice cream is perfect for a hot sunny day. But both combined, it is the perfect combination to ever exist. Snickers Ice Cream, Oreo Ice Cream, and Kit Kat Ice Cream are the usual stuff we find at our nearest grocery store but have you ever heard of Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream?

It has been sold for a long time but at that time, it was only available in certain European countries. Now, you can get this delicious treat from a local seller on Shopee!

This ice cream comes in three flavors. There are Original, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate but according to the local seller’s page, it is available for people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor only.

Head over here to place your order and get your Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Sources: Shopee nowme_01

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Food Review: ‘Sambal Hitam’, One of The Best Sambal That Can Be Eaten Anytime And Anyhow



Sambal hitam would always be one of the most favorite alternatives for many people in Malaysia who loves to eat spicy food like any other sambal but they do not want it to be too spicy up until they have to feel regret eating the food. This particular sambal hitam is really well-known in the state of Pahang.

The texture of this sambal hitam is one of the reasons why many people love to eat it. Sambal hitam is really full of anchovies. It is so easy to be made by anyone because the recipe only takes 4 simple ingredients. The ingredients are belimbing buluh, red onion, anchovies, and also red chili.

Picture: Resipi Bonda

According to many people, the process of making this sambal hitam would take a very long time to be done. There is a very special way to cook this sambal hitam from Pahang. It does not take an hour or two to cook but it takes hours. The manufacturing process is quite complicated and also time-consuming.

It goes well with steamed white rice, brown rice, or even porridge. This sambal hitam really enhances the taste of the food. Once you taste it, your mouth will definitely have a fusion of flavors and you will surely crave more of it.

Sources: Cookpad.

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Step & Repeat, First-Ever Global TikTok Reality Show Based On Style Launched



KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Glamhive and Mary Kay Global Design Studio have announced Step & Repeat, the first-ever style show launching on TikTok.

Step & Repeat is a five-week style competition and mentorship programme where wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists worldwide compete in the fast-paced environment of TikTok to drive their business success.

The international competition is open to all and goes live on June 22 on TikTok, according to a statement.

TikTok’s community has been growing at an incredible pace since the start of the pandemic, and unique new talents are being discovered daily on the platform.

Step & Repeat is the first-ever global style competition on TikTok, giving structure, recognition, and rewards to winners weekly.

Glamhive and the Mary Kay Global Design Studio have partnered to create Step & Repeat as a global stage open to anyone who wants to explode onto the international scene and get recognised for their incredible talents in wardrobe, make-up, and hair styling.

Each week, Step & Repeat’s host, Johnny Wujek will announce a theme-based challenge, and TikTok users will create their best wardrobe, make-up, or hair style look for that theme.

Videos will incorporate the show’s custom sound, ‘Step & Repeat’, the hashtag #stepandrepeat, and the hashtag associated with each challenge, enabling all entries to be discoverable by the show’s judges.

At the end of each challenge, Wujek will announce the winner in each category: wardrobe, make-up, and hair. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a one-hour mentoring session with one of the 19 industry leaders stepping up to provide mentorship.

At the end of the five weeks, Step & Repeat will announce one overall winner for each category, crowning it the very best in wardrobe, make-up, and hair based on entries from worldwide.

More details at

Sources: BERNAMA

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