First flight

Finally! It was time to bring to Junya back to Japan for the first time ♡

The danna and i had been feeling nervous about this for months, since we have heard many stories about how difficult flying with a baby could be. And admittedly i have also had the urge to strangle a few wailing children in the plane before i had one myself T__T. So while very excited, i was also dreading it.

Since we would be away for 3 weeks, we had to send Champon back to Seremban to stay with my mom.

The danna couldn’t go with me so it was also my first time driving such long distance with Junya alone. He was just spacing out/dozing off the entire time so i considered it a success, and hoped that it was a good start to level up to a much longer flight.

Mom sent me this picture later on. Apparently Champon was waiting at the door all the time after i drove away (!!!). Hachiko in our house???


So… the flight!

We always fly JAL so it was a night flight (22:50). The timing was actually just right, we go out about 20:30, when i put Junya to sleep and wore him in a baby carrier. He always sleeps quite well in the baby carrier!

Reached the airport, checked in and he was still sleeping soundly.


The moment we boarded, he woke.Screen Shot 2012-11-22 at 7.43.10 PM

Wide awake Screen Shot 2012-11-22 at 7.43.10 PM

It was really bright in the plane so i think maybe he got confused and thought it was already morning T___T.

And suddenly gotten very excited *__* (Yes i know baby, we are going to Japan!!!!)


I have heard the worst part of the flight is take off and landing, when babies cry the most due to the air pressure causing discomfort in the their ears. I have also read that nursing the baby will help “pop” their ears so i was all prepared, wearing a super loose top and kept him close to me.

But then he fell asleep during the entire take off! I think it was because they dimmed the light so he dozed off again.

But then wide awake again when they turned on the lights again T___T.

And then he couldn’t fall asleep anymore T____T.

The cabin attendant set up the bassinet for him, but he just couldn’t get some shut eyes. Mostly because the bassinet was placed right under the brightest lights, and for safety reasons they couldn’t let him sleep on the other side (head on the right and feet facing left).

And i couldn’t cover his face with anything without suffocating him T____T. And then he started to fuss because he was so tired yet couldn’t fall asleep.

But JAL really has the bestestest cabin attendants ever. And also oldest CA ever lolol. Most of them are obasans so you don’t really see hot chicks, but i looooove obasan because they are just super super super helpful and kind.

She was so patiently calming him down i may as well hire her to be my babysitter for the entire flight.

And zzzzzz finally.

And i had a couple of hours to get some shut eye myself.

Also received free diapers from JAL!


And after 6.5 hours or so, we landed in Narita yay!!!!! So the first flight for Junya went rather smoothly!

First selfies with Junya in Japan!


Hi ♡




Took the airport limousine bus to our apartment.

This time we stay at Ikebukuro, it’s quite far from all the places i usually hang out, but i am very glad we picked this place!

Very very spacious too!

This is my 6th day in Japan and i finally have time to blog. (Yes Junya is sleeping ^^)

So far we have brought him to Hakone (to touch the tree that made him a dream come true), i also had him go on an outing with me one whole day in a carrier. In winter. During a non-stop rainy day. On a weekend. By train. At the most crazily crowded place in Tokyo.

I survived. My baby did, too. (My shoulders almost didn’t, though.)

Anyway life with a baby in Japan is completely different from what i am used to back home, but i am very inspired and really enjoying it so far. I’ve got so much to share so let’s hope i have time to update again soon!

Let me know if you have anything you would like to read about (regarding traveling with a baby in Japan), or share some tips if you have any!! 😀


36 responses to “First flight”

  1. たむたむ says:

    おはいよございます, chiji! Did Junya put on many layers of Uniqlo heattech to keep himself warm? What is your secret??? I want to say a very big thank you to you! If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t know more about Japanese culture, food, words and many more. I used all the knowledge I learnt from your blog (since Form 1)to communicate with my Japanese youth exchangee.And I picked Japan as my first outbound destination for a youth exchange programme.(Am 18 this year) So glad, blessed and happy to read your blog and Facebook T_T And all the little steps had encouraged me to learn and speak Japanese, and eventually I fall so deeply love with this country. Couldn’t have done all these without you! ほんとにありがとございました!<3

    • cheesie says:

      Actually he didn’t! There wasn’t a baby heat tech his size, so usually he just wears his inner and fleece, and we go out we use a down onesie. That’s pretty enough to keep him warm. Y:)

  2. Mikasa says:

    Hi chessie! May I ask what cameras do you usually use? Like for this post for an example? Is it a combination of cameras or do u just use one point and shoot cam for selfies and outdoors? Really love your pictures! Can’t wait to read more about your stay in japan! It always makes me excited to live vicariously through your updates there. ^_^

  3. Irene Chan says:

    Your mom celebrate this coming CNY alone? :'(

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi, can u do a post or video about Junya of his face expression when eating different kind of food.. like dash version! 😀

  5. choong says:

    I brought my kids last year to kansai,
    smallest one is 2, also, I slinged, baby sling is the easiest, cos, that way, we can go anywhere,
    generally, kids enjoyed, on the flight they slept, but maybe I’m too used to m’sian mall’s facilities,
    I find that, in general, japan’s good, and convenient, but they’re not so kids’ oriented,
    and we find that, the younger generation (as long as they’re not married, even if they’re… mm…) they’re not too baby/kid friendly,
    maybe it’s different mentality, cos, they don’t quite give ways to kids/babies…
    unlike hong kongers, who always like to say, “siu pang yao! siu pang yao! 小朋友“,
    we found that only the old people likes kids, and they even talked to them, and tell them to Q up properly, bla bla bla… in a friendly manner…

    however, overall, it’s good experience,
    as long as I sling my smaller one, and make sure bigger kids walk, no stroller…
    I’m a non-stroller person

    • cheesie says:

      that’s a lot of commas in your comments hahaha. Japan is a little tricky because there are some extremely baby friendly places, there are also some absolutely no-baby spots. You just have to go to the right ones. When i collect enough experience i’ll write a blog post on that. 🙂

  6. Sharon says:

    Hi cheesie,

    May I know what brand is your baby car mirror?

    Thank you~

  7. TenshiChn says:

    I’m glad Junya had a good flight trip! Can’t wait to read more about your Japan trip!

  8. Rii says:

    Cheesie, I am pretty sure Junya is the cutest and most adorable baby in the entire world!!!
    Have fun in Japan!

  9. Natalie says:

    You are totally my role model. Flying with Junya and bringing him around by yourself and making it look so fun… You make me want to try it too! (er, maybe when my baby is older… haha)

    • cheesie says:

      you should! Although they are probably too young to enjoy all the sight seeing but it’s a great experience! I can’t really explain how but it’s very different from our usual daily life, in a good way! 😀

  10. Adeline says:

    Please share how you dress junya n keep him warm! I am bringing my baby to europe soon and it will be around zero degrees! Need some guidance in dressing cause never been to country so cold before! Ohya and how to dress urself to fit baby into babycarrier! Tha ks!!

  11. izu says:

    Whenever i visit Jap, i observe most of Jap mummies are very independant and they can take good care of the babies/kids even without accompanied by the husband, this is quite impressive.

  12. joy says:

    Hi cheesie, why did you cut your hair?

  13. Najwa says:

    Hi cheesie! Big fan here! I rely on your blog a lot for my Japan trips aside from googling for additional trip infos. So thanks a lot for that! I try to go there as often as I can. :’) May I ask what is the name of the ikebukuro apartment you mentioned in this post? Maybe a link to their website?

    P/S: would love to read more on your tips of bringing a baby around Japan! My husband and I are trying for one at the moment, and we are constantly talking about how we would bring around our baby around Japan. 😀

  14. Carol says:

    Hi Cheesie, I have same hair length like urs so could you do some tutorial how you set your hairstyle?

  15. Evie says:

    i am loving your japan trip blogs. making me want to go japan soon

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  17. Scarlett says:

    Thx for sharing Cheesie, it’s pleasure to read your blog! Please keep blog more about motherhood, thx! :p

  18. You are such a strong mom traveling such a long distance with your baby all alone (or did the danna join you at the airport?) for the first time! How does life with a baby in Japan differ from life in Malaysia?

  19. Larissa says:

    Post pics of the Tokyo shops, please! No matter about clothes or food lol
    This city has to be soooo magic!

  20. Konapple says:

    It looks like Junya is camera-conscious? He looks so handsome for real! 🙂 So glad the flight was smooth. Waiting for more photos and posts! 😀 x

  21. Denise says:

    Inspiring post for mummmies who longs to travel with a baby! May I ask what brand is the inflatable chair baby Junya is using ? Find this really handy and convenient. Thanks!

  22. Szu Mei says:

    Hi Cheesie! Was wondering how did you deal with the pressure when the flight took off/land? As I’ve read he was awake when the plane was about to take off is it?,did the pressure bother him? I will be traveling to Korea when bb hits 6 months too. So concerned about this pressure discomfort!

  23. Szu Mei says:

    Hi Cheesie! Was wondering how did you deal with the pressure when the flight took off/land? As I’ve read he was awake when the plane was about to take off is it?,did the pressure bother him? I will be traveling to Korea when bb hits 6 months too. So concerned about this pressure discomfort!

    • cheesie says:

      He was mostly asleep luckily!! Actually when he was awake it didn’t seem to bother him much though. If you still bf your baby you can do so during take off/landing, i heard it will help! 😀

  24. Lina says:

    Hi Cheesie, would you be able to give more details regarding the apartment in ikebukuro please? Did you book through airbnb?Thanks a lot in advance

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