Today I will be introducing one of the most luxurious and premium skin care ranges you will ever come across, and it is none other than THE GINZA COSMETICS, the highest skin care line by Shiseido.
You might or might not heard of it before, and it is so exclusive that it is available only in Japan. Nowhere else in the world!! It’s been getting so popular in Japan that I have heard tourists raiding the store and bought them in cartons!
THE GINZA COSMETICS.
Interestingly, this line is named after the flagship store by Shiseido, called “THE GINZA”, located right in the center of the upscale Ginza district.
SHISEIDO THE GINZA
I’m sure you all know about the brand Shiseido. I myself own some of its cosmetics products. But coming to the flagship store is an entire different experience. Everything is about… class.
I was introduced to Chen, a beauty consultant who can speak mandarin, (although she can speak Japanese just as well!) so if you are worried about language barrier, no problem. They also have english-speaking consultant readily available to serve you. 🙂
So this is the whole range of THE GINZA COSMETICS!
These two bottles, are the king and queen of the series. I had a shock when I was told the price. These are the only two bottles other than your cleanser. One for day, and one for night. All you need is one drop of the concentrated essence to complete your beauty regime!
I tried it on
And this set is sold at… 180,000 yen.
When I save enough money… when I save really enough money, I will come for you.
Miss Chen helped me with trying out all the products! #kiasufakesingaporean
She was really gentle and thorough with all the product explanation, overall I think all customers would be very at ease shopping at SHISEIDO THE GINZA! Of course it is not a Japanese culture to hard sell their products to push sales, feel free to try out with no obligation 🙂
After visiting SHISEIDO THE GINZA!, you should definitely check out Shiseido Parlour Ginza, just right across the road, for some seriously tantalizing sweet treats!
I was told that Salon De Cafe, a cafe upstairs, is the cafe for many Japanese girls. They dream to be brought here, to indulge in the ultimately luxurious Ichigo Parfait, and I also heard that many wedding proposals happened here!!
Classic Mont Blanc.
My Christmas Special. These were what we have back in December 2016 from their Christmas menu!
If you happen to be in Ginza, please do not miss out this legendary hangout!
And now… let’s get back to THE GINZA COSMETICS
For those who are looking for more affordable cosmetics for daily use (obviously not everyone can whipped out 180,000 yen in an instant T_T), here are my recommendations!
THE GINZA COSMETICS is made to suit all skin types and all ages, because the ingredients they use focuses on building one’s skin immunity to fight the damages the harsh environment can do to our skin. I feel that it suits busy city girls the best, because we are often surrounded by pollution and harmful particles in the city!
This cleanser will help to remove toxic substances on skin with its rich bubbles, and it feels so gentle of soft on your skin! After cleansing with it, my skin feels very clean yet well-moisturized, which is what you want for a cleanser.
It is priced at 6000 yen for 130g. Pretty affordable for a premium skin care line I’d say!!
THE GINZA Clarifying Lotion
This is another star product from THE GINZA COSMETICS series. Inside this pretty light blue bottle is a lotion that exfoliates the skinʼs surface cells that helps transform dull skin into clear translucent beautiful skin! Soak a special cotton pad (see below) with the lotion and gently swipe your skin with the pad after washing your face.
This bottle is sold at 12,000 yen for 200ml.
This bottle is sold at 12,000 yen for 200ml.
This special Refining Cotton (60 pieces) to be used together with the Clarifying Lotion.
It is a high quality cotton pad that is soft like feather, made with a silk blend base that serves to gently exfoliates dead skin cells off your skin, revealing a skin like it has been reborn.
It feels sooo good!!! I am quite particular about cotton pads because the cheap ones always end up leaving fine cotton fiber on your skin that could be quite annoying. This Refining Cotton leaves your skin feeling super smooth and clean!
I’m using only two products yet I feel that my skin is getting clearer and less dull! If only I have the entire range T__T.
And.. the good news!
THE GINZA Selection (CLEAR SKIN) “Limited Edition”
Starting January 21 2017, THE GINZA COSMETICS is coming up with a very limited edition value sets that includes the following products:
THE GINZA Deep Cleansing Oil (full size)
THE GINZA Creamy Cleansing Foam (full size)
THE GINZA Clarifying Lotion (full size)
THE GINZA Refining Cotton (full size)
THE GINZA Energizing Lotion (52ml)
THE GINZA Moisturizing Emulsion (42g)
at a special price of 24,000 yen! So if you are visiting Tokyo end of January, don’t miss out this chance!!
You can purchase THE GINZA COSMETICS at the following places:
SHISEIDO THE GINZA
7-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
[TEL] 03-3571-7735 [Business Hours] 11:00AM-8:00PM
THE GINZA Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel Arcade 1-1-1 Uchi-Saiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011
[TEL] 03-3503-7971 [Business Hours] 10:00AM-7:00PM
And also selected duty free shops in airports all over Japan, view the complete shop list here:
More info on SHISEIDO THE GINZA here!
Here’s a yummy post!
Things we ate last December:
Ichigo. I basically binged on Ichigo every day until cannot. Because once we get back to Singapore, everything would be 3 times the price XD.
Usually at the ichigo section in supermarket they also sell condensed milk (in a tube) and recently a new way of eating it is with sweet milk powder for extra calcium. I tried but I still prefer eating Ichigo on its own! Japanese strawberries are too sweet to be laden with more sweet stuff.
Snoopy and Pon de Ring! I hate donuts (so oily and the sugar coating is just… gross) but Mister Donut is the only donut I’ll eat. Plus it’s too cute!! Pon De Ring is totally not oily at all! It has a mochi mochi (spongey/chewy) texture and I love!!
Tamago-In Onigiri and Ichigo mixed juice and… just ichigo.
I see that Baked Cheese tart shops are popping up everywhere in KL but most of them are not baked but faked lol. Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart is not from Hokkaido (it’s by Secret Recipe) and Tokyo Secret’s only secret is that it’s not at all from Tokyo (it’s from Hong Kong).
This. Is the real deal. I have yet to try BAKE in Singapore, does it taste the same as the ons in Japan?
Early Christmas Cake
Every year our family will get a simple ichigo shortcake for Xmas.
This time it is Ichigo tart, you can inject strawberry sauce into the cake 😛
I don’t know why but I was craving Siew Mai so badly! This is a 4-in-1 set: Original, Kurobuta, Ebi and Scallop siew mai. Yums!
Went into this Izakaya after we discovered that the garlic steak place we badly wanted to go was closed.
Motsu-ni (braised cow insides)
Porcini risotto and assorted ajillo!
Ajillo seems to be a very trendy food in Japan now. I tried making it at home with the oven (I don’t own any skillets) and it’s easy and super yummy!
The 小瓜竟然 fell asleep half way through dinner lolol.
Sea God Ramen
Kaijin (literally Sea God) ramen again cuz I missed those huge hamaguri so much. That’s Junya watching live hamaguri in the tank.
HAHAHA CANNOT SEE ANYTHING. This is for the danna. Instead of buns it’s all lettuce!
The classic 4 Japanese Chinese food: Subuta (our Ku Lou Yok), Ebi Chili (Sweet and Spicy Prawn), Chinjyaorosu (青椒肉丝) and stir fry seafood with broccoli.
Our regular dinner place with NALU staff. Gomi san was showing Junya new PPAP video.
Dejima san was like, let’s count your hair. lolol
Gomi san & Sakura
“Huh I can see mama sitting over there. So who… is the one holding me??”
Raw cow something something. Forgot what it was haha.
And then my shopping haul! A bit bohliao but don’t care, including all anyway 😛
One of my fav snack, now in Cookie and Strawberry edition!
Calbee Furugura, possibly the yummiest cereal ever. I was browsing some Japan daigou app and this item seems to be one of the most requested item for daigou!! I was wondering why so I bought it. And then I got so addicted omg. In Singapore you can get it from Tampopo!!!
Shimajiro Vegetable Boro
Baby stock in powder form!!
Nabe cube – hotpot stock!! Tried it once and loved it!
Apparently this cup noodle was voted the most 想吃 (want to eat) in the world, and it is a representative from Hong Kong -Hot and Spicy Seafood.
Then I got Junya a Nissin cup noodle Tomica too 😛
Rilakkuma wet wipes.
100 yen shop in Japan!!!!
Non-oil, non-salted tuna to make baby food.
I think I mentioned before but this Glico butter cookie is so good??! This is the caramel version. Super yummy too!!
Seasonings (Singapore also can buy but much cheaper to buy in Japan!)
Kakkonto is a traditional medicine to treat common cold, just in case! Since I can’t take medicine now cuz I’m still nursing Sakura.
New iPhone case!
Shoes for Sakura since Junya also has a pair! 😛
Ok that’s all! Rushing off to cook dinner haha.
One of my new year resolutions for this year is to start exercising, particularly swimming since I will probably pass out running under the sun, but judging how I don’t even have time for floss properly, I didn’t include it into the resolution list in case I fail myself lol.
But I’d still like to do something at home! Other than housework, there’s a way to let you accelerate your body’s metabolism whether you are mopping the floor, cooking or even just casually walking around.
Hot shaper pants or slimming pants is quite often mentioned in the topic of fitness these days, and Softsnug.com provides high quality hot pants that promotes body heat preservation.
How does it work?
Soft Snug hot slimming pants are designed to help increase your core temperature when you’re moving about, causing a thermogenic sauna effect on your body to promote more effective targeted fat burning.
You are gonna sweat extra lots when you wear SoftSnug, and it is made of a special neotex material that body temperature while absorbs sweat at the same time so you’re always dry on the outside. It is also comfortable, light-weight, stretchy, and the fabric moves with your body while performing any activity.
You can wear it to go jogging, running, yoga, or just simply wear it as you go on your usual activities!
I started wearing it in the morning and I went on doing the usual chores preparing breakfast and cleaning up. By the time I was done with house chore I could feel that my thighs were sweating a lot! While I was at it I also continued to do some simple stretching and I was really sweating like I’ve done some intense workout haha.
Of course this is not a pair of miracle pants that will make you lose weight in just one day. It’s helpful to boost fitness if you are ready to get active and start having a good diet. The website also provide tips on diet plan for Soft Snug for weight loss and healthy eating habit so you may refer to the articles.
Visit Softsnug.com for more information!
Yeap. The moment you become a mother, 50% of your shopping belongs to your babies. another 40% is groceries. The rest are new bras to replace your torn nursing bra since 3 years ago, and anti-stress drugs. Just kidding.
I love baby fairs!!! We all know that babies grow up sooooo fast but you need to buy a million things for them! So it’s always wise to wait for a massive event where you can get everything at a great deal.
And the chance has come. Announcing the Must-Go Baby Fair of 2017!
From 17-19 February 2017 – SuperMom is organizing the Biggest Post Chinese New Year Blowout Sales at the First Ever Baby Fair happening at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. There will be over 1,000 international brands with more than 100,000 products up for grabs at the event!
SuperMom is the largest parenting movement in Singapore for expectant parents and mothers, and often organises events that promote happy and healthy pregnancy and parenting life. And this time, they are holding the Biggest and Grandest Baby Fair, and here are what’s happening!!
You will be able to get your hands on crazy deals starting from as low as $1 as well as exclusive and new product launches. – from baby diapers to strollers to skincare and other baby essentials!
As a #kiasufakesingaporean I quickly browsed through the Starbuy Deals and many things are going at a huge discount!! Ok la share a few with you here ok. There’s this Fisher Price Jumperoo that I wanted to get for Sakura is going for $50!!
The original price is $299 ok!! That’s a crazy big discount!
And and and… a cute Baby Bean Bag that both Junya and Sakura can use:
$20 only???! I WAAAAAANT. Hopefully I can be there early enough to grab this!
5% Cash Rebates
To help you save even more, SuperMom will also be offering 5% cash rebates for every $100 spent at SuperMom Baby Fair.
Ang Pao Bag
In addition, to celebrate this Post CNY Blowout event, parents can redeem a $188 Ang Pao Bag for every $50 spent for the first 500 customers.
You are gonna go crazy shopping loads so you are gonna need a car!! SuperMom is offering transportation perks such as free parking and discounted taxi rides. For full detail please see this page.
Value Added Services
SuperMom also sees to ease and enhance your shopping experience with first-class facilities and other value-added services this year such as a beautifully designed Diaper Changing and Nursing Rooms, stroller rental, bag drop-offs & home delivery services for parents’ convenience. These amenities and services are never seen before in other baby fairs are added in an effort to make the entire experience a comfortable one!
And and and… that’s not all. Just when I lost track of all the awesome deals, Supermom is also having something new this year: Supermom Luxe, Asia’s first Premium Boutique Baby Fair and Junior Fashion Show!
Don’t miss it out!!!
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Expo & Convention Centre Hall A & B
Time: Fri & Sat (11am-9pm) & Sun (11am-8pm)
Dates: 17-19 February 2017
Lastly, For all Cheeserland’s readers, you are entitled to $5 SuperMom Voucher (limited to the 1st 100)! Enter Promo Code: CHEESIE
Get it HERE!
Junya turns 2 years 7 months today, and Sakura is 8 months old now.
I don’t usually find them looking alike until I see the pictures of them together. Sometimes if I put Sakura next to a younger picture of Junya, they look like the same person.
See this? Hahaha.
Here’s the regular monthly update!
(Also read Junya’s 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 , 22nd month , 23rd month , 24th month , 25th month , 26th month , 27th month , 28th month , 29th month and 30th month here.)
This month is the month of independence for Junya. I feel like he is graduating slowly from my embrace, and it is a little exciting yet scary…
Of course the biggest news this month would be him going to a new school! This was the first day! 劳动到 the whole family to send him in the morning lol.
I stayed with him for the first day and second day.
Third day in school. I was worried so I followed along. But when we reached the school I just shoved him into the door and run off lol.
This isn’t his first school experience, so I think he adapted rather okay. This morning when we told him it’s school time and he told us “I want to go shopping. After that we go back home.” lolol. And then he looked teary but went onto the stroller anyway.
Now papa sends him to school before work and I pick him up after school. Everything worked out really well!
Junya now has his own room!!
We figured he is big enough to sleep by himself so we picked a house that has an extra room for the kids (Sakura will join once she graduates from boobs!) (… or so I wished).
This is his first day on his own exclusive bed and I was so so worried. I prepared myself for many many many different stories to coax him to bed, and also mentally prepared myself to wake up multiple times a night to tuck him back to bed. The first two nights were horrible. He sort of had night terror and started screaming in the middle of the night, it took us a long time to calm him back to sleep.
And then from the third night onwards, something strange happened.
I think he secretly prefers to sleep next to us (just like how he secretly prefers not to go to school than to go to school lol), but he dragged his sleepy self to his own bed and fell asleep there. No protest, no whining.
And then in the morning when I woke up, I found him next to me. In my room on my bed. And it happens thereafter, every night without fail. I will tuck him to his own bed, and end up having him next to me in the morning. He quietly slips into our sheet every night without waking anyone up at all @.@.
He is very proud of his chopstick skills now so he requests for chopsticks instead of spoon even for rice. God bless whoever invented the training chopsticks.
He also graduated from Toothbrushing video time. Usually we let him watch Shimajiro while I brushed his teeth for him. But this month he learnt how to brush his own teeth and also gargled (previously he just ate all the toothpaste haha). He found it really fun.
He is given responsibilities. There is only one of me, so sometimes I had no choice but put my faith in my 2.5 year old to watch over his infant sister.
Some of his responsibility include stuff like, “Please show Sakura how to use the toy!” “Please watch Sakura and don’t let her roll off the bed. If she almost roll off you call mama loudly ok!! (when I had to step away for a few seconds)” “Go go go go go pat pat Sakura!! (when she wakes up crying)”… etc.
And he surprises me sometimes with his reliability as a brother. He called out to me a few times when Sakura moves where she shouldn’t, and pulled away a cable from her and told his sister off “NO THIS ONE CANNOT EAT SAKUA!!!” lol.
Sakura gets increasingly active and curious so she often wants to grab his toy. That is when he gets upset. Like any other parents would have said, “please share your toy with your sister” will never, ever work. So I changed it to, “please find another toy for Sakura”. And then he would pause and ponder very seriously for a good 10 seconds, before grabbing a pack of wet wipes for her. Lolol.
So… toys he has carefully curated for Sakura include diapers, socks, or whatever in the vicinity that is the opposite of a toy. But ok. We need to learn how to be creative with toys, right?
1.*turning an IKEA screw on his Tomica* “I take out the tyre. Please don’t disturb.”
2. This one is a little… inappropriate to blog about but it was really too funny not to share. One day I was bathing him and asked him to soap himself, and he started touching his… boy stuff (the ones that come in pair lol). He touched for a long, long time, feeling them, looking very very serious.
I thought I just ignore him since it happens all the time to boys his age. And then after fiddling them for another while, he finally looked up and said to me in a voice like he has discovered a new scientific breakthrough, “edamame.”
I was stunned for a few seconds. Huh?! “Mama, touch. Edamame.”
I did. And it felt exactly like edamame. So now uhm… his boy stuff has got uhm… a new name.
Sakura turns 8 month today!!
Sakura has always been quite ok with sleeping/napping. Not that I want to haolian but she really is one of the babies who sleeps through the night at 2 months lol. Buuuuuuuut since about a few weeks ago she is complete horrible at staying asleep. I guess it has something to do with her separation anxiety.
Compared to Junya she has milder separation anxiety. Junya started his stranger danger stage at 6 months. No stranger, including Papa can touch him. I could not even step away to go to the toilet for a minute.
Sakura though, lets everyone hold her, but not too long. She is quite ok with papa (but not too long too lol). She is also capable to play by herself (for about 5 minutes) as long as I am within her sight.
But recently she wakes up multiple times during just one nap T___T. I don’t know how but babies are so amazing at knowing when the mother leaves them. When I sleep next to her, she will never ever make a single tiny voice. But when I am not around, somehow she knows and would wake up repeatedly, screaming to look for me!!! The moment I creep back next to her she is okay again -_-.
I tried to put her down gently, and then move away from her literally inch by an inch, and replacing myself with a soft bolster. So she would be hugging the bolster instead of me lol. Then I run off to do my thing, only to have to return to her wailing again just minutes later.
Basically even just to wash the dishes, I have to do it at a few intervals. Sometimes cooking half way have to switch off the stove and attend to her, then re-heat again. Nobody can blame me for shitty dinner. Blame the baby -_-.
(Okay you know what, I just found out already wrote the same thing last month. This is what happens to you after you have babies. Fish oil. I need a better brain.)
She started eating a little more now! She seems to like non-food more than food though.
Or foot. HAHAHAH.
She also learns how to drink with a straw quite good now!!
Sitting & Crawling
She can also sit and play now. She also started crawling (on her tummy), although very slowly 😛
I Want It!
She is now being more expressive at many things, which means… she can protest now. With a loud voice 😛
When she reaches for something not safe to put in the mouth and I snatched it away, she will now have a mini tantrum. Previously she would just stare blankly and be like oh okay. Now it’s gone. Haha. But at this stage it’s a piece of cake to distract her. Ahhhh what a sweet, sweet stage of babyhood. I will cherish it dearly now. XD
Same old, same old.
I thought that after Junya goes to school, I would have all the time in the world to do my own things, including sitting down to write proper blog posts. But I was probably naive XD. I forgot I have a baby at home. Haha.
Anyway I am writing this while Sakura is napping now at 11:41am. She already woke up twice crying for me. Let’s see if I can finish this post by noon. 😛
It is a busy month for the danna. He is mostly at work including weekends, so when I have to run chores, I have to do it by myself too.
There’s a first time for everything, so here’s my first MRT with two kids. Easy peasy lol. We went to DAISO for shopping and I ended up buying so much!! Can you imagine how awkward: one kid sleeping in the stroller and another on my chest and a million shopping bags and I was trying to get into a cab but before that I have to remove the sleeping toddler from stroller, put him in the cab, fold the stroller and put it into the trunk, shove the shopping bags in… while trying not to wake both kids up lol. Everyone was looking like me with a bit of pity lol they wanted to help but I guess they didn’t know how? (Cab driver didn’t come down to help) Lol. But it’s okay!! I GOT THIS. I’m an evolved PokeMOM now. 😀
I think I’m going to get into the routine soon enough, and would be able to find more time to blog!! I have a million things to share!! This blog won’t die just yet!!!!!
Here I am at 23:36 trying desperately not to fall allseep, but I really really owe this blog a new entry. On my To-Blog-List there are 6 posts that I really wanted to write, and I am clearing with this one first.
Photo post on #Tokyolife, December 2016.
Forever in love.
I have travelled with two kids for at least 7? 8?… (more?) times so far, and one would think that I am probably a #PokeMOM Go pro at this by now, but you never know. I am still trying very hard to level up each time, because the level difficulty also gets increasingly high.
The challenge this time: Conquering Winter.
First of all, after putting the two kids’ winter outfits into the luggage, there’s literally no space for mine. You really need mad packing skills right here.
Secondly, (all of you from the tropics) please imagine now, the kind of things you need to prepare and bring along for your two kids in winter weather for even just a short outing. Yea I know right? You need a freaking truck just for those stuff.
Thirdly, please imagine wrapping your baby up like a bak chang (rice dumpling) and then wrap your baby bak chang around you, before wrapping yourself like a huge bak chang, and then having another medium-sized toddler bak chang tagging along everywhere.
And then now, please imagine that, your bak chang baby has pooped and is fussing about it. Warm inside under layers and layers of bamboo leaves.
Done? Yeap. That was tough, wasn’t it. Phew.
Ok now you are completely out of the mood for shopping and you just need a cup of hot drink and throw yourself on the couch like Gudetama. After you have found a cafe and settled down, your bak chang toddler has pooped.
Yeap. Welcome to my #Tokyolife Winter 2016.
Omg I can’t believe I digressed so far, when this was supposed to be a quick, half-arsed photo post. Like, BAM BAM BAM paste the photos and throw myself on bed and just pass out blissfully. Nope I guess not? I think I’m too good at blogging for my own good. Or I really, really need some caffein right now. Except that I am caffein intolerant. Even if I am not I am not supposed to take it either or else my baby would be up all night.
Ok you know what?
Sakura is getting big for that bassinet!!
She has very sensitive skin, upon touching down the airport and out of the aircraft, she immediately got that rosy cheeks every mother in tropical country is obsessed with.
It got rosier and rosier. To the point I wanted her to stop getting any pinker because it was a sign of dry skin. Any more roses and the skin is gonna start peeling. I had to apply slabs of cream to keep her skin moisturized.
This looks like a week worth of laundry? Guess again. It was what I prepared for the next day’s outing. The 3 of us. Yes, those are our bamboo leaves. We are the fatty, fragrant bak changs.
The floor was cold and I was too kiam for heater and we didn’t have a carpet so that is Sakura’s improvised playmat.
You can never see your shirt’s logo because your baby always does that.
Trying miserably to twin with your baby. And you end up wearing bedroom socks because you are too lazy to change.
Same bedroom socks again HAHAHAH. Please pretend that you never read this.
For those who have read my review of Hairbeauron on Instagram, actually there’s another secret called the Hairbeauzer. Basically a hair dryer using the same bioprogramming technology. I bought it buuuuuuuuut unfortunately I could only keep it for Japanese use because of the voltage difference T___T.
First time using Hairbeauron!! You can still get it from Number76!
Here’s what we do at home:
Eat and watch TV.
Just… watch TV. Floor potato.
Cuddle and watch TV.
That’s all for Tokyolife. At least for today because if I continue with the food pictures I will end up having to cook something at midnight and won’t be able to finish this post.
So… another day!