GLICOPIA EAST: Visit to Pocky Factory

Who doesn't know Pocky?
Who doesn't love Pocky?

I love Pocky! And I have been wanting to visit Pocky (or Glico, name of the company which produces Pocky) factory since four years ago, and finally I visited one of the factories. I AM SO HAPPY!

In summer 2015, I stayed in Ashiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Knowing there is a Glico factory called Glicopia in Kobe, I have been wanting to go, but all in the website is in Japanese, I couldn't understand and even I went there I wouldn't understand what the staff explain.

Now my Japanese is getting better and I still remember I wanted to go Glico factory. I don't know how many Glico factories in Japan, but as far as I know there are three Glicopia which are open for public. Glicopia Kobe and Glicopia East in Saitama are producing Pocky and Pretz, and also Glicopia Chiba, the Glico ice cream factory.

I visited Glicopia East in Saitama. The factory tour is free and all you need is reservation in advance. The reservation website page is all written in Japanese and the guided factory tour held in Japanese, so if you'd like to visit Glicopia, you can ask your friend or someone who speaks Japanese to book and take you there (and translate). You can book the tour up to three months in advance and you can check which schedule is available (weekend might be difficult to book).

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ALEX --- WORST CONTRACTOR IN GATTON?

Read the previous post: The Beginning of My Gatton Life

不不不

After I arrived in front of Alex' -the contractor- house, I called him and I told him if I had arrived. He was not home and asked me why I didn't ask him to pick me up in bus station. After waiting few minutes, he arrived with his legendary blue Hi-Lux. I shook his hand and guessed his age around 65 to 70 years old. He let me come to his house and he left again... busy guy.

As soon as I found his full name, which is Eskander Alokaily, I googled and found many news about him. Some just neutral normal news, but there are also many negative posts. I even googled his name in Japanese and many posts in Japanese about him also.  Since then, I felt like I need to be careful with him. Scared, but not really scared la, but a little bit worried and tried to be careful. 不 You know, a person even wrote that he is WORST CONTRACTOR IN GATTON

Is it?

The answer is I DON'T KNOW.
But I don't think so.
And anyway, you can get second visa by working to him.

If you can see his teeth in real life, you're lucky. 

3 Places to Visit in Santa Barbara for Foodies

Guest Post

Santa Barbara is the perfect food destination for any foodie. Many restaurants and food producers make top-notch refined dishes you should try. This town has many top chefs who moved from the pressure of the big cities to start their restaurants in world famous hotels here. More so, this town produces its natural ingredients, so you are sure of getting healthy dishes. Whether you are a resident or a tourist in this area, you should take time to visit these places. Some of the places you can visit if you are a foodie include:

1) Visit Santa Barbara Chocolate
If you are a true ‘chocoholic,’ then you are in for a treat. This company makes delicious mouth-watering chocolates that just melt in your mouth. Their wholesale chocolate is available in a wide variety of cocoa origins, cocoa percentages, and flavors.


Santa Barbara Chocolate is also known to make the best-unsweetened gourmet drinking chocolate that you as a foodie should try. This unsweetened drinking chocolate is made from 100% percent ground cocoa with zero sugar. The lack of sweeteners is in consideration of personal preferences or health concerns. To prepare this drink, mix it with hot tea or hot milk then beat it with a whisk or shake it until it froths. You can add honey or sugar to enjoy its flavor. You can add sugar if you like. They also make dark, white, milk and vegan based chocolate. You do not have to enjoy these chocolate products alone, order a box of chocolate for a loved one too.

2) Try The Sumptuous Dishes At Los Agaves Restaurant
This restaurant launched in 2008 on Milpas Street in Santa Barbara. It is family owned and operated. This restaurant is affordable, and it serves a variety of classic Mexican dishes in a simple but sophisticated way. Their signature dishes include the Los Agaves Enchilada. They also have garden burritos that are fit for vegans. The restaurant has gained a large number of customers since it was reviewed and named the "Best Mexican Restaurant” and “Best Salsa” inn by the Santa Barbara News-Press and Santa Barbara Independent. The restaurant also secured a position in the top 100 Places to Eat in the United States.

Santa Barbara. Source: santabarbarainn.com
3) Visit The Well Renowned 24 Hours Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery
This restaurant was opened in September 2010 and is located in Santa Barbara’s downtown district. As the name owl suggests, this location is perfect for night eaters since they serve and deliver food even at late hours of the night. They make Asian-inspired dishes and bake their bread for sandwiches and seasonal salads. They also serve beer on tap, local wine, and simple, tasty food in a casual, neighborhood setting. This Owl was awarded the best late night open restaurants in Santa Barbara in 2012 and 2015. It has featured in the New York Times and on many local and national blogs. Also, it has been reviewed by previous customers who loved the food and recommend the restaurant. Therefore, you are sure not to regret this choice.