“Mary-Terese, you forgot to pack Benjamin’s hat!
Now I’ve to go out to Rhythm to buy one for him”
“Sorry Ma’am I thought you packed already”
“Luckily Rhythm is close by to Maples”
Usually Mary-Terese is very good at this sort of thing, better than I am. It was such a last minute decision to come over to Niseko to ski. Lincoln had a window of downtime for a few days and suggested that we fly over to get in a couple of runs on the slopes. Luckily, we bought the 3-bedroom unit at The Maples and it was available. Usually it’s rented out because of its location and Lincoln says the yields are good. I leave that sort of thing to him. Had to scramble for tickets — convenient also that Cathay Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong to Sapporo. What I love best is there’s no jet lag, especially for Benjie. Nothing worse than a tired jet-lagged toddler to spoil a vacation!
Too bad, I had to bring my last season’s ski suit — too late to buy anything new as everything in my size had already been sold out. Just hope being almost end-of-season, no one I know is here in Niseko — hate for anyone to see me in dated clothes! Luckily I have new clothes for this winter season to don as après-ski wear!
I heard that a new French dining room’s opened in Hanazono called Asperges, led by 3-star Michelin chef Nakamichi. I managed to make reservations for the last night they’re open for the season — what sheer luck! Looking forward to it.
Linc loves Niseko because of the dining options. Being a bit of a wannabe chef himself, he likes the fresh seafood and his favourite dining haunts for this are Hanayoshi and Ezo Seafoods. James, the owner of Ezo, has become a great pal and always recommends the best seafare he has for the day. We even do takeaway some days when we’re just too tired to go out to eat. Mary-Terese will go with Benjie to pick up a seafood platter for us and stop by Seicomart to get Benjie some Japanese snacks. The other firm favourites with Lincoln are Kamimura, Steak Rosso Rosso, Abucha 2, Izakaya Raku and Crab Canon, all within walking distance to The Maples!
Sometimes we go to Annupuri for the soba at Rakuichi, the pasta and pastries at L’ocanda and the cream puffs at Milk Kobo! Benjie loves them! I think he looks so cute when his face is all slathered with fresh cream! Linc and I make it a point to have one special night to ourselves where we’ll venture further and Linc will usually take me to Maccarina or to Moku No Sho for dinner. Lincoln also loves his Kurabito Shu sake from Niseko.
Late spring weather in Niseko’s gorgeous — we can almost ski in our t-shirts! The snow’s a bit wet but up in the slopes around the King Bell Hut, it’s still good especially very early in the morning once the lifts and gondola open. It’s a good break for Lincoln — he’s really been working his ass off the last few months with so many M&As to handle! I’m not complaining — my new 3-carat Tiffany canary diamond ring’s a beauty! Benjie’s having a good time with Mary-Terese in the snow! Life is beautiful!