Live Squid in Saga Prefecture

May 28, 2016 in Japan 2 Cheesed

Stealing some time to blog during the nap time of two babies!!

During our trip to Nagasaki earlier this March, we had one day free after our overnight stay in Huis Ten Bosch, so the danna asked if I wanted to visit Saga prefecture, which is about just half an hour drive away from Sasebo, where Huis Ten Bosch is located.

I was super excited and asked him, “what’s there to see in Saga???” and he was like, “Nothing.”

He only wanted to bring me there because he knew I wanted to check one more prefecture off my life mission (which is to visit ALL the prefectures in Japan).

I haven’t heard anything particularly interesting about Saga too, except for their beef. Saga beef is famous even in Malaysia! But I really appreciated the danna’s kind thoughts and looked forward to the road trip very much!

Breakfast: Ichigo Nama Cream Sandwich and Meiji milk from Famima.

Sigh. Have to wait half more year or more again for this.

Saga town from our car window!!

It’s just like Nagasaki, it’s a seaside town, but a lot a lot more kampung than Nagasaki city haha. We had no destination in mind whatsoever, just driving along and feeling the vibes of a new town.

The 24th Prefecture Conquered: SAGA.

But coming all the way, we knew we wanted to have a good lunch. A quick search online and we decided to go for seafood at Kawataro!

Other than beef, Saga prefecture is also famous for live squid. And if you remember my experience about the crying live squid from Nagasaki, it is actually a restaurant that serves Saga cuisine.

I’m not sure if this poster is meant to tease your appetite…

Live squid. As lively as it gets.

This is actually the first time I saw swimming live squid. Usually they were already on my plate.

Junya woke up from his nap.

Perfect Onsen Tamago that comes with our set meal.

Osuimono (clear soup)

The star is here!!!

Dunno la maybe some people thinks it is gross (or even cruel, but anyway it doesn’t move anymore), but the ones you eat at sushi shops that are pressed on top of rice is the same thing anyway XD.

I love it!!!!! It is amazing how different the texture is when eaten raw. Grilled ones are chewy and springy but the fresh sashimi has a creamy texture!

The danna decided to go all out with budget so we also ordered a whole box of fresh uni and it was the best freaking uni ever T_____T.

And by the way it was only 3,000 yen which is like RM100. In KL it would costs at least double. Now to think of it I totally regret not ordering another box T____T.

Ahhhhhh my uniiiiii

Ika Shyumai (Squid Siew Mai), another Saga specialty. This one is really addictive, with a dash of Yuzu Pepper on top.

The rest of the squid went through some deep frying

And grilling.

<3

Super happy meal!!!

 

The final mission in Saga was to get my Gotochi Kitty cuz I pretty much gave up on sight seeing given no homework done whatsoever on Saga XD. Usually all these cute souvenirs are selling in gift shops at touristy places, so I asked danna what are the tourist spots in Saga, and he didn’t know. He tried asking the locals, and there were like… uh… here?

@.@

And then he tried to rephrase the question and asked if they know any souvenir shops around, and the locals very helpfully pointed him to places that sell souvenirs, such as this…

lol. Okay.

The danna then tried to google and called a couple of “gift shops” and asked if they sell Gotochi Kitty, and apparently the shop staff had never heard of Gotochi Kitty before XD.

Waiting with JunJun in the car while papa asked around.

So we left Saga prefecture and headed back to Nagasaki without any Gotochi Kitty. T_T I was disappointed, but I was more touched than sad that the danna took my Gotochi obsession so seriously.

Just when we were about to enter Nagasaki on the highway, the danna stopped by the rest area for a break.

JunJun with giant Matcha soft cream.

And drinking from the water fountain for the first time.

And…

Found my Saga prefecture Gotochi Kitty. T______T.

Rest area souvenir shops are really still your best bet.

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The first week

May 25, 2016 in Baby / Shoutouts 19 Cheesed

Baby Sakura has been home with me for more than a week now.

It feels like nothing has changed, but everything has changed. There’s one more tiny human in our house!!!

Yes I promise. 🙂

 

Here are some of the things I felt after I gave birth:

1. I didn’t expect the second surgery to cause so much pain.

The first one I had really minimal pain, and was walking about as usual the moment I was discharged from the hospital! But this time around, I had to be wheelchaired to the car because it was simply impossible to walk T___T. They discharged me because everything looked good. Once I could go to the toilet and passed gas I was allowed home. I really never thought that things like pee and fart can be soooo important in my life until the day I had my stomach cut out.

The first night was simply a nightmare. Pain killers didn’t seem like they are doing their job and I was in so much pain I could not even move. My uterus must have been so goddamn torn and worn out with all the cutting and stitching back together and now is painstakingly shrinking back to its normal size -___-. I couldn’t even find a position to sleep which did not make me want to just pass out T____T. I cried in pain at the edge of the bed and then realize I couldn’t even stand up and walk to get tissue to wipe my face so I cried more and was in a mess with tears and mucus all over my face -_- and I really felt very, very very pathetic like a 废人 (useless person) especially when TWO of your kids are crying at the same time and there was absolutely nothing you could do. T___T. It was really one of the worst feelings ever. I also had to take minutes to get into the least awkward nursing position for both me and Sakura.

And the first night as a family of four together was quite a havoc lol. #onecryallcry

But things got much better day by day!

2. I forgot how it felt like to be pregnant immediately.

I thought I was gonna miss having the baby in the belly, but I can’t even recall how it felt now!!! It’s soooo weird. I was having phantom baby movements though, with all the gas and whatever that’s going on inside.

One of the biggest difference I felt was, “OMG THIS IS HOW BREATHING FEELS LIKE?!”. Seriously, I thought I found a new ability to breathe. It felt sooooo good, and I realized how I had’t been breathing normally for months with the baby stuck on my ribcage!

3. Losing pregnancy weight.

Huh, what pregnancy weight.

LOLOL. Qiu said I really 欠扁, that if I say this out loud publicly I would probably get punched on the street lolol. But really one. This time around my weight loss was fast and furious. By the time I managed to walk to the weighing scale and whipped out the phone for a selfie, there was almost none of the pregnancy evidence left except for my wound scar.

If this is what pregnancy is like (minus all the pain) all the time I will happily make babies as often as I can.

 

4. WHY AM I SO HOT?!

Sorry I don’t mean my body (although I’d like it to be.). I not so buay paiseh. Eh sorry again I really mean my body. As in hot like, sweating non-stop sitting in full blast aircon room?!? Does any newly delivered mommy feel the same?? I know during pregnancy you will feel extra warm but now I am like, JUST ICE ME!!!!

I really really don’t understand how can any new mommy do confinement with NO aircon and NO fan on AND have to wear long sleeve and long pants and wear socks??!?? How did anyone survive Malaysian weather like that? Please tell me.

 

Anyway some family picture update!!

Papa sunbathing Sakura.

Actually they really have same sleeping face hahaha.

Sakura’s naming book.

Mama and baby girl <3

Although with just 160 grams difference, she feels sooooo much smaller than when Junya was first born.

Qiu came all the way from SG just to visit!!! Really 委屈 her because shortly after she touched down KL she already met a crazy taxi driver who alternated every few minutes between saying he knows exactly where my place is AND asking her where exactly is my place. (?!?) I then told her to just download Waze and show the driver and it took foreverrrrrrrr to download the app (I forgot Singaporeans don’t need Waze!!).

So apologize to her multiple times on behalf of the taxi driver and internet speed in this country. And then never mind. Her accommodation in KL turned out to be freaking haunted what the shit. I don’t think she will ever come visit me anymore given all these experiences lolol.

Out the house for the first time!! Sending big brother to school and bringing Sakura for her jaundice review.

This is what my freedom would be like from now on. Sandwiched between two kids with very limited space to move about lol.

And also the same nursing wear every day for the rest of the year.

 

And then… the moment you realize that if you are alone, your life is over when this happens:

Two sleeping babies.

Can any mother enlighten me on how you handle this situation alone if there isn’t a stroller and a baby carrier in the car???

 

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Parenting Shoutout:

DIY Confinement with Daveleen

So the first time around I did zero “confinement” with Junya, except for the confinement home care package with Daveleen. So this time around, I have decided to do the same because it worked out perfectly for me!

I feel really lucky that in our modern generation, “confinement” is made so much more convenient and easy. Daveleen has everything in a packet. Moon’s products are safe to consume, easy to use, hassle-free, beneficial for women and most of all is breastfeeding friendly.

They say that this crucial 30 days is all a woman has to maximize her recovery from a child birth, so here’s something you can’t miss to complete your confinement, with 4 stages including Inner Cleanse, Recondition, Enhancement and Energize. All you have to do is pour the sachet in a cup and add water!

Daveleen’s 30 days postnatal herbal soup that you saw in the first picture is made with quality natural herbs and processed by advanced manufacturing techniques all well-packed and sealed. All you need to do is boil the soup packet with chicken or pork and some vegetables if you like! There are 5 different flavors and each soup packet has different benefits.

Dr.Peiling’s postnatal guide book “Falling in love with Confinement” is very helpful tool especially for first time mamas! She is very modern and doesn’t believe in many confinement myths and taboos so her book is written in health and nutritional point of view. There are also many postnatal tips and meal recipes, even a Japanese one! Follow her Facebook Page for more info! 

Some of other useful products from Daveleen that will make your daily life much easier in the first month, especially if you are doing a nannyless confinement (it is totally possible!).

Check out their website and Facebook for more prenatal and postnatal products, and don’t forget that
they are having a 25% discount right now in their website www.moms2b.com on all products!! Just use the promo code: MOMS2BLIVE
Can’t wait till baby Sakura’s full moon!!
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The Japan Professional Deodorant QB

May 23, 2016 in Commercial Break 0 Cheesed

The weather has been so crazy hot recently, or is it just me?

After giving birth, I have been staying home a lot to take care of one toddler and one baby, and even though the aircon is on, I feel like I am constantly trapped inside a sauna! I really cannot imagine other mommies who goes through “confinement” with no fan or aircon allowed. I am soooooo glad I don’t have to go through that.

I am sweating all the time and it feels really icky to have to hold my baby and nurse her when I’m all sticky but I simply don’t have the time to go for showers 5X a day T___T.

It would be really disastrous if she gets used to my sweaty scent lol so I try to stay fresh all the time, and deodorant would be one of the solutions but most of the deodorants in the market smells like cologne and it always leaves a powdery feel after that.

And… Japan did it again when it comes to ground-breaking beauty products. A deodorant from Japan that is completely fragrance-free, coloring-free, alcohol-free and additive-free, and most importantly has an amazing texture and lasts a whole day!

QB is Japan’s best selling deodorant cream that has 8 different natural ingredients for effective body odor prevention, at the same time helps moisturize your skin and it’s suitable for sensitive skin.

What I love most is its super compact size!! It’s as small as a lip balm cream and you can just carry it anywhere you go.

The newly improved formula has a few benefits:

1.It has a velvety texture and is sooooo smooth on your skin you may mistake it as a lip balm.

2. You only need to apply a very thin layer and it lasts a whole day!

3. Very water resistant, it lasts through sweat and even after swimming.

4. It leaves zero white residue! It feels just like a color-less balm and very gentle on the skin.

 

It looks waxy and white but the moment you apply it it just melts onto your skin like a mosturizer.

 

How to apply:

Take up an appropriate amount and rub it into the skin of underarms, feet or anywhere you prone to sweat.
Use it over clean and dry skin after taking shower!

Now I can be as close as I want to my newborn baby (and maybe smell as good as her! :D)

You can purchase QB deodorant at Watson’s Malaysia and also Tokyoninki.com!

Enjoy RM3 OFF when you purchase it from Tokyoninki’s website, just key in code : CHEESIEQB (valid until 30th June)!

My first book!

May 18, 2016 in Happenings 32 Cheesed

I have already announced it on my social media but here it is again!

My first book titled “How I Make A Living Blogging” is out!

I have not mentioned anything about this until it is actually out in the bookshelves, because I didn’t believe that it would actually happen!

A million thanks to MPH, my publisher who made this a dream come true. MPH approached me in December 2015 and they were interested to publish my story on how I am making blogging a career. At first I was like, huh, the whole story is in the blog itself, why would anyone wants to read (or even pay money to buy) my story?

It was my childhood ambition to be a published author one day, but I thought, haiya… a moderately successful blogger is close enough!!! (Better even, considering how authors in Malaysia probably can’t make a living writing, ironically.) It would be quite nice if I can bring whole blogging thing to another stage, to have it actually be printed on real papers and be put on bookshelves. Sorry, trees.

So I said yes. My editor asked me how long do I need to churn about about 12 chapters? I said, 6 weeks…? Considering if I write two chapters per week. I mean, I have rushed 5 sponsored posts in 3 days before, so this is probably nothing. Plus I am writing about… myself? How hard is that? lolol.

Then I regretted immediately. Because my editor was like, great, if that is the case, you are officially my fastest writer to date.

So that’s the situation I put myself into: to write a book in 6 weeks.

Awesome.

And the reason I thought this book will never see the daylight is because: 1. Our family was moving back and forth KL and Singapore. It was the busiest time for us. 2. I was heavily pregnant and come on, writing a book is probably the last thing on my mind.

There were weeks I did nothing but curled up in the bed and watched Wheels On The Bus with Junya. There were days I wrote multiple chapters in a day.

There were also days I thought nobody would ever read this crap I write and wanted to burn the manuscript (except replace burn with a delete button, thought that would make me sound more author-ish).

But I did it. I completed the manuscript with pictures and sent it to my editor end of February. And I just didn’t want to think about it after that.

Two months later the book was out!

A very cheesy book indeed. Read at your own risk.

It is available at Malaysian MPH, Borders, Times and Kinokuniya.

 

I also know that I have a lot overseas readers who may be curious to read the book, or people who prefers to read an e-book. Since MPH do not have an e-book version, I have decided to self-publish an e-book version, of a different title.

How To Be A Successful Blogger (Cheat One™)

Understanding the publishing industry in Malaysia, they have certain policy to follow and also they will have to go through editing and proof-reading, etc before publishing a book. This e-book however, is the original manuscript, raw and unedited (and probably full of grammar errors).

If you can’t get hold of the print book or prefer an ebook, you can buy it from Etsy, which is the easiest way! (I tried Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc, they really are a headache.)

I’m also giving away this ebook for free for those who have already purchased the print book. Just drop me and email and ask for it! ^^

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My Baby #2

May 17, 2016 in Baby 16 Cheesed

Baby #1 here, on 16th June 2014.

Baby #2.

Thank you for coming to this world. ^^

 

When I entered my 38th week of pregnancy, I started panicking. The baby was head down but she was still posterior, and showing no sign of engaging.

It was exactly the same the first time around with Junya. I had a Cesarean with him because he was facing up and did not engage till the very end. This time around I was determined to try for a VBAC, because I know how long it takes for a Cesarean wound to recover and I really really wanted to be able to hold my newborn AND carry my toddler as soon as I deliver. It really really sucks to not be able to move at all when your kids are needing ALL your attention.

My gynae did not allow me to go past my due date, and I wasn’t allowed an induction due to the previous scar, counting in all sort of risk factors, I either had to be in labour naturally BEFORE my due date, or she was gonna operate me on the 18th of May.

I was hopeful because I still had time. I tried everything I could find on the internet that sounded legit to induce labour naturally.

There were the raspberry leaf tea, EPO (for insertion), lots and lots and LOTS of pineapples, I also went to see a chiropractor every week and do all sort of crazy poses spinningbaby.com suggests.

 

I began feeling more mild contractions, but I could still feel her kicks up at my rib cage and towards the stomach, which means she was still in a bad position. I talked to her too asking her to please make a turn, drop further down and give mama some help.

I had one more week to try my best. But on the 10th morning while helping Junya to get dressed in his school uniform, he suddenly peed on me.

I was like what the, Junya…?!

And then he looked at me innocently. Then I realized it wasn’t him. It was myself. My water bag leaked and I wet the bed and floor. But there was no pain. There was no contraction. Everything went on normal for the next couple of hours.

I called the hospital and they wanted me to go to labour room immediately. I was put on CTG and I wasn’t allowed to go back home that day. They say if my labour does not start they will have to get the baby out because once the water leak there’s a chance of infection.

To be honest I did regret calling the hospital. I felt that it wasn’t time yet, and my baby simply wasn’t ready yet, and I could have been given more time. I could do it. But once the hospital knew about the water leak incident they had to follow their policy.

My gynae did break the hospital rule and allowed me to go back that night, and she gave me 12 hours to go into labor.

And when I was home, I was practically on all four the whole time. I was doing cat cow while eating pineapples. My friend Daisy was like, how is that even possible?

It is.

I also went for long walks and climbed 25 floors up. The danna totally did not believe me, but I have proof lolol.

I was really like “COME, JUST COME AT ME, CONTRACTIONS!!!!”

I went to sleep that night, nothing happened.

Last belly picture.

In the morning I was called to the hospital again, and they strapped me to CTG, my gynae did sweeping and broke the membrane, I was waiting for contraction but all I get was 1cm.

Junya was with me and it was our last moments together as mama and the only child.

Showing no sign of labor progress whatsoever, in the evening they sent me to the operation theatre and my baby was delivered via Cesarean.

Hello baby.

It wasn’t my ideal birth plan, but I was just glad and thankful that she was born crying out loud, and kicking healthy.

It was maybe fateful that she chose to come to this world in this way, on May 11th 2016.

Because her brother was born on 11th June and her father 11th July. A celebration on the same day 3 months in a row. And that was perfect enough for me.

My two babies:

The difference of having eyelash extensions lolol.

1 hour old. ^^

Junya came to visit but he was sleeping XD. That’s his picture when he was 2 months old. How he is almost two!!!

Their first supposed touching and heart warming meet-up, totally unsuccessful lol.

 

 

Anyway…

“My name is Sakura.^^”

Twins?

That’s all for now! Looking forward to a new life of family of 4. ^^

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23 months

May 11, 2016 in Baby 5 Cheesed

Junya turns 23 months today. And in a few day’s time, he is going to be a brother. ^^

(Also read  1st month , 2nd month , 3rd month , 4th month , 5th month , 6th month , 7th month 8th month, 9th month , 10th month , 11th month , 12th month , 13th month , 14th month 15th month , 16th month , 17th month , 18th months , 19th month , 20th month ,21st month and 22nd month here.)

A quick update!

For Baby

Sleep By Himself

I consider this quite an achievement, considering how sticky he has been with me! He used to need someone to hug him to sleep, or at least a milk bottle if he is very very tired. But recently without even knowing, I accidentally “trained” him into going to bed by himself. This is what happens when you really don’t have the time to spend 1 hour tucking your toddler to bed.

Typically after his night milk routine which is about 8pm, I’ll give him a toothbrush and we would watch videos on the bed. He always asks for Wheels On The Bus song so every single day we just watch different versions of the song. Initially he would ask for more songs, one after another. And if i said no he would protest and whine. But I have decided 3 songs is maximum so I stuck to that, and told him by the end of the second song that this will be the last, and after this song, mama will get a goodnight kiss, switch off the light, and close the door, then get him to pinky promise. He always eagerly said “okay, promise!”. At first he continued to whine, but after a few times he got it, and miraculously he would just willingly give a goodnight kiss, I’ll switch off the light and close the door, and he goes to sleep just like that. @.@

 

Appetite

This month he has monster appetite.

And his current favorite phrase is “I want peanut butter banana toast!”. Yeap that’s his current food obsession.

He also can open the fridge anytime and withdraw random snacks to eat. Including seaweed, Goji berry, cereal, fruit juice. (He broke the fridge locks. These things never works.)

 

JunJun says

Here are just some of the things he said recently:

(out of the blue) “Mama daiki!!!” (Mama daisuki = I love mama).

“WAAAA!!! SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!”

*sigh* JunJun sooooo cute.”

“What happened??? What happened????”

“I miss cockroach.” (he just saw a cockroach for the first time the day before.)

“Duh Duh Dog! Khh Khhhh Cat. Thhh Thhh Petrol Station”

“I want go shopping together mama!!!!”

(When he is very very bored) “I want something. Mama, I want something. I want somethingggggg.”

“Don’t let Champon go in. Champon bite Gudetama all.”

“Gudetamadeshita” (Gochisousamadeshita.)

 

In His Dream

Things he said in his dream:

“Don’t want bib!!! Don’t want bib!!!”

“Fire engine… fire engine….”

(wakes up and points at the window towards the sky) “Helicopter!!!!! Dolphin!!!!!!” (obviously no such thing -_-)

 

Breaks Into A Song

ALL. DAY. LONG.

Like, literally. Out of nowhere he’d make circles with his arms and goes “allllll day loooooooong“.

 

Messed Up Grammar

It’s all my fault because I got very confused myself when I talk to him in multiple languages.

So now he goes:

JunJun want taberu kore.” (I want this eat.)

 

For Mama

Giving as much attention as I can now to Junya as he will no longer be the only child sooooooon. My favorite is bath time because… well, you can’t do this naked skin to skin bonding forever. One day your baby will grow up and you are gonna miss this soooooo much. Cherish it to the max.

What else? Mama is also…

… just waiting for contraction to start… endlessly. And getting tired and sleepy after 40 mins of walking. Good night everyone.

 

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