Almost every other day i receive emails asking me questions about Japan.
I used to answer really nicely and give suggestions because talking about Japan alone makes me happy, but recently i’m doing that less because when i do, 90% of the time i don’t even get a reply or some sort just to say “thank you” or something along that line, so i started to feel like i’m Wikitravel in an insignificant way. Except that i’m still honored that you consult me before you even go to uncle Google or Wikitravel. So Google/Wiki, i win.
And also, they look upon me as a travel consultant so highly to the point most of the questions asked are like this:
Hi! I’m traveling to Japan in (month) with my (travel companion), i would really appreciate if you can recommend some places to go and things to do there as it’s my first time to Japan.
I am really quite impressed and overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and immensity of the question alone. It’s almost like asking God: Care to tell me every damn thing you know about the universe?
Fine. Maybe God is less of an asshole like me and he will give you a nicely crafted long and detailed answer written with unicorn hair brush dipped in florescent rainbow beam ink on a piece of fluffy cloud, but there’s a reason why i’m not God, you see.
So, the non-God me have decided to stop answering all emails pertaining questions like that from now on.
Instead, i am going to just give you a link, which contains more than 150 blog posts i have written over 6 years or so regarding a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of things about Japan. If you still cannot find anything remotely useful for you, then i’ll be damned and can only admit that i am, truly, a shit blogger. I apologize in advance for things you cannot find there.
The holy link is this:
You are welcome.
And actually, i am also a little kinder than you think (still not as great as God), so i’m making things even easier for you.
Here are the 100 things you may or may not ask or want to know, depending on the topic of your interest.
I LOVE FOOD
I LOVE SHOPPING
I LIKE SOME FUN AND THEME PARKS
I WANT TO GO TO TOKYO
I WANT TO GO TO NAGANO
I WANT TO GO TO NAGOYA
I WANT TO GO TO OSAKA
I WANT TO GO TO KYOTO
I WANT TO GO TO FUKUOKA
I WANT TO GO TO KUMAMOTO
I WANT TO GO TO NAGASAKI
I WANT TO GO TO OKINAWA
I WANT TO GO TO TOHOKU
I WANT TO GO TO HOKKAIDO
I LOVE SAKURA
I STILL HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK!
Here are some of the coordinate pictures for the past 2 months!
It gets increasingly challenging as i can barely fit in any of my usual bottoms now, and i’m not so much a bump-showing person (hide it ALLLLL while you still can!!!) so expectedly most of my outfits are getting baggier and looser as i grow bigger XD
So here are some coordinate shots from between 17 weeks until 25 weeks now, pretty much in chronological order: ♡
(In some pictures i was wearing crazy high heels but that’s for sponsored shot purposes only so relaxxxxxx )
Let me know your favorite!
(You weren’t even looking, you were just scrolling and sharing at my belly weren’t you??? GOTCHA!!! Haha… In real life it’s probably much bigger than it looks in photos though, Angles, people, angles.)
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Awhile ago i talked about all the useful household items you should have in your home, and today i’m adding one more, to your kitchen, and it is the newest Sharp Plasmacluster Dual Swing Door Fridge.
So what’s so special about this fridge!!
Let’s take a look at a video first where i did a very amateur virtual tour of the fridge.
Let’s summarize the points!!
Dual Swing Door
I think this is a genius idea!! (And i have no idea how it is done, it’s really like magic to me.) Ever bought a piece of furniture back home to only realized that the direction is wrong?! With the door open from both sides, you can place your fridge anywhere and it fits any kind of kitchen layout!
Also, you guys, the door is never gonna break. Just check out this video:
Vege Top, Bottom Freezer
So of course Japanese people like to do lots and lots of studies and surveys, and they found out most of the time we utilize the refridgerator comportment the most. It’s true with me, i hardly open up the freezer unless it is cooking time. So less bending and better for your posture too!
Hippo Mouth Vege Case
If you compare it to your conventional fridge, it’s much more spacious! To me the vegetable room is probably the most important too since it’s the most frequently accessed and sometimes the cabbage is just too damn big lol.
I love love love this Hippo Mouth invention, indirectly gives you healthier diet cuz now you can store more veggies and fruits!
Check out the drinks/sauces compartment!!
Remember my supply of Hokkaido milk??
Not to mention also supply of Yakult and the danna’s beers and crazy amount of cooking sauces. I don’t even know how SHARP conjures up so much space (while K-brand fridge is obviously full already).
7 Levels Adjustable Shelf
Having a whole turkey
or a mini elephant for dinner? You can position the shelf at 7 different levels to fit in large or small items. Now i can stuff a whole pot of leftover soup in without having to separate it in several bowls!!
And i think no fridge should be made without Plasmacluster technology because you now know how powerful it is to eliminate odor (as demonstrated in my air purifier post), and also keep the balance of ION (as explained in hair dryer post), so now you can imagine your fruits, meats and vegetable living linger and healthier (before being gloriously devoured by you)!!!
Also means no more foul odor in your fridge, (trust me, morning sickness + smell of fridge = phobia forever) and higher level of food safety.
It is priced at RM1599, with 10 years compressor warranty!!
And it is available at most electrical store – Harvey Norman, Courts Mammoth, Sengheng Electric, SenQ, etc.
Check out their:
Australia is one of danna’s favorite countries (besides Japan of course) because of the perfect environment for family living annnnnnnd also the sea and waves. We went there during CNY break for a two-weeks holiday, not for sight seeing but to get a feel of how it is like to live in Australia. Who knows one day we may really relocate there.
So instead of the usual hotel stay, we tried many different types of accommodations this time. Sometimes we save, sometimes we splurge. It was really spontaneous and quite fun!
The first night in Gold Coast we stayed at QT Gold Coast. Good hotels are always comfortable, but of course $$$$$$
We tried it last year, it was quite an experience. This year, although we didn’t plan to sleep in a mobile throughout, we rented a smaller campervan sleeper just in case can’t find a good accommodation.
Considering i really needed some roomy space for comfort, it was honestly quite the last resort. The car we got was quite old and basic.
Setting up our house.
Our neighbor lol.
When we got sick of the car, we just drove to the nearest motel near the beach and have tacos and iPad movie party.
We are also super lucky to have two Japanese family friends in Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast who hosted us for a few nights, (and cooked us rice and miso soup which we craved so badly) and experienced how true local lived in Australia.
They have a huge house in the suburb and every time we go we get to eat home made pizza
Sara chan making pizza dough
Their special Negi-Miso recipe!
A few nights we stayed over in accommodations booked via Airbnb. If you haven’t already known, Airbnb is a portal where you could find (and rent out your own) lodging including private rooms, entire apartments, castles, tree houses, igloos, even private islands and other properties.
When i looked through the website there were tons of lodging in Australia where we wanted to stay. It was my first time using the service and i was really impressed by the amount of choices i have, and how popular it is. Some of the hosts receives more than a hundred comment/reviews.
Some hosts rent out private rooms for guests at a fraction of the cost you would pay for a normal hotel room. If i were younger, not pregnant and were traveling with friends, i would have loved to try it out but this time the danna and i wanted some privacy, so we splurged on two entire apartments/house for ourselves:
ByronBay Holiday Home
In ByronBay, we rented this little house surrounded by vast nature for a little quite retreat.
The hosts (a friendly Australian couple) stay just next door in a separate building, so while we have our complete privacy, it’s also very convenient if we need anything during our stay.
There’s only one bedroom so it’s meant for couples like us who want some relaxing time.
The living room is huge.
And it has an amazing veranda that overlooks endless greenery.
And two day beds you can relax outdoor.
Went to the nearest supermarket and and cooked some simple food for a home party.
The hosts obviously love the nature so much they build a little sanctuary to house strayed little baby wallabies. She gave me a tour and showed me one of the babies she rescued.
The Byron beach is just 5 minutes away from the house, and there was where the danna surfed with the dolphins.
Sunshine Coast Beach House
The other accommodation we booked via Airbnb is a 2-storey beach house resort.
It’s a little too big but hey we aren’t complaining XD
It has a super spacious living room upstairs, and you get to rent free DVDs from the management office and watch all day long.
Dining area at the balcony overlooking the ocean
And also a pool!!
We stayed for 3 nights so everyday it’s the beach, BBQ at the pool, and then DVD at night.
Danna’s lunch while i swim.
Breakfast by the pool again!
And off to the beach.
If you are in for a little adventure and something new (whether you wanna save money or splurge on the luxurious), you can book for accommodation via Airbnb for your next vacation, (or even list your own unused space to earn some $$!!)
My experience with both the accommodations was excellent, and i’m quite excited to use the Airbnb again in my next travel to other countries and see what they have to offer.
A quick search at my fav cities:
Santorini. I wanna go back already!!
And for those of you who always complain that Tokyo hotels are too expensive:
Crazy cheap or what!! Now still got excuse to tell me no money go Japan? lol
Of course i advice you to spend lots of time doing research on the places you wanna visit, when you browse through the accommodation, there’s a Google map on the left and will show you exactly where it is, and you can also navigate around the place you wish to stay, super convenient!
If you are worried about safety and security, All guests and hosts verify their IDs by connecting to their social networks and scanning their IDs, and you also get to private message the host directly to get to know more about them (likewise, they may ask you questions to know more about their guests). I have texted about 10 hosts before i finalized our two lodging, all of them replied promptly, although some accommodations were not available on the nights i requested.
I recommend reading through their profiles and go with those with many positive reviews!
Excited to try out Airbnb for your next vacation yet?? Here’s the best part! Airbnb is offering all Cheeserland readers a chance to win RM 500 worth of travel coupon to book your next holiday accommodation, all you need to do is:
If you have already signed up before, you are also eligible to participate if you just leave a comment of the url of the listing and why you’d like to travel. Just leave a comment here and i’ll pick one that gives the most interesting answer
Good luck and happy browsing!
Two weeks ago i was in Gold Coast, and one day i was wondering why Australian loves fresh flowers so much to the point all supermarkets are displaying them right at the entrance. Hmm it must be a huge business….
And then i realized it was Valentine’s day.
So yea that’s the kind of woman i have turned into. I don’t supposed it is a bad thing. XD
Anyway this was my Valentine’s gift to the danna (on Vday in Japan, girls will have to give their loved ones hand made chocolate. Girls get nothing. So actually this stupid day is best forgotten lol):
Bought from the gas station XD
And he didn’t even get to eat it because an hour later it became hot chocolate in a wrapper when we forgot about it in the car under scorching sun. XD
How was your Vday?? Had a good one with your loved one? Good! Still single? Never mind. You can kepoh about other people’s love life instead!
For instance…. You can vote for your fav couple that you want back together in Clozette’s Vday Contest – Mend The Broken Hearts.
My vote of course goes to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Who can forget about the last scene in The Notebook!!! *sobs*
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Herbal Essences Neo Gal Party!
Herbal Essences’ new Japan series! ♡
Japan-inspired scent that makes your hair smell sooooo good! It’s now available at Watsons and other participating stores.
Also, since it’s all Love-Japan theme, there will be the first Neo Gal Party in Malaysia, and i’ll be there together with Chuckei, so come party with us!
Neo Gal Party
Date – 13th April 2013 (Sunday)
Time – 4.30pm – 730pm
Venue – The Pool, Jalan Ampang
Dresscode – Neo Gal
How to win the tickets??
Ae you a “Sweet Rose” or “Soft Lavender”?
Comments on this blog posts to win tickets! ”Are you a ‘Sweet Rose’ or ‘Soft Lavender’? Tell me why!” and the best 4 comments will win a pair of tickets for you and your friend!
To stand a higher chance in winning, you can show me your best Japan Inspired OOTD/Make-up Styles/Hairstyles and upload your picture on Instagram with tags #HerbalEssences @Nuffnang and also tag me at @cheeserland. Remember to set the Instagram account to public to be in the running to win.
Contest Period: 3rd March – 31st March!
See you at the party!
Photos from two weeks of holiday in Queensland, Australia!
Pretty much sums up what we did the whole two weeks.
It was his kind of holiday.
Sea, wave, a surfboard, lots of beer, and zero itinerary.
Every day a different beach, riding different waves.
I was never trained to be an outdoor person (i hate the sun >.<), but coming to Australia makes me slightly envious of how people here can just chill by the beach or park or go on a skateboard or scooter or surfboard and look like they have the whole world and want nothing else.
Me too spent countless of hours just staring at the sky/sea/turf.
Occasionally accepted the fate of sun, although i still cannot understand the whole joy of sunbathing in the heat.
And occasionally some surprises make it all worth it. Like surfing alongside a school of dolphins. Or even just witnessing and getting a good shot at it.
The weather was mostly accommodating, and almost everyday we had a magnificent sunset.
By the third, the whole Asianness in me exploded. I would die for anything with rice in it.
And thank goodness for MOS burger.
$9 for 9 pieces Tuesday.
Sometimes we just go for really sinful food.
Only to make it up with the extreme.
And sort of became a pattern. Greasily battered fish & chips by the sea.
Then all-fruits and Nutrigrain. (My new fav cereal!!!!)
But eating out in Australia broke us (emotionally and economically).
Here’s what the danna bought XD
And when we got to Brisbane at last, we were famished with the craving for anything close to home. It was almost like a hunt for anything Asian/Japanese to fill our tummy.
The yum cha
Okonomiyaki at a Sunday market.
Okonomiyaki is probably the only Japanese food i can’t appreciate (don’t like the sauce often found in Kansai cuisine), but i had ALL OF IT and never felt so happy and blissful since i can’t remember when.
And then a Japanese family who hosted us made sashimi for dinner <3
And the danna would spend an hour on Google looking for Japanese restaurant review.
And i thank everyone who commented and gave me suggestions!
Most of the restaurant you guys recommended were awesome!
From Kangaroo’s Point
And the Beach-in-the-city concept is just too cool!!
Turfing for the danna since there’s no surfing.
Lone Pine Koala Santuary
Everybody wants to talk to the Kangaroo.
My way of saving $20 for a Koala-hug picture.
JRunway SS 2014
Just got news that my fashion catalogue for JRunway Spring& Summer 2014 collection is out!
I blogged about the photoshoot in detail earlier in this blog post and all the behind the scene photos.
There’s also an interview page at the end.
Some of these items are already or soon-to-be in store, so check them out!
EMODA: Top-$69 Shorts-$89
You can also go to JRunway’s website to view the whole catalogue! Some of the coordinates on me are of course available in store.