September 9, 2016 in Senti-Emmental

Today this blog turns 12 years old.

For the past few years I kept preparing myself for the imminent demise of this blog but I guess… it accidentally survived yet another year.

Just right before I gave birth to Sakura, I seriously considered taking a break from blogging so I can give my best to being a real mother. But I guess… I love writing here too damn much to even have a break.

Twelve years ago I was stuck at home with nowhere to go so I befriended my laptop. Twelve years later I am stuck at home with @cheesiepetit X2 and can only befriend my laptop when they are both asleep. And I am pretty happy (or pretty AND happy. Ok actually I’d prefer the latter HAHAHA).

Twelve years later, I feel like I have completed a full cycle. I’m back to where I started. I am writing for myself again. A (rather) silent blog with drama reserved for only my own imagination. A compilation of memories kept for future retrospection. A few anecdotes for the curious eavesdroppers who chance upon.

When I was writing my e-book, it was almost like I was planning the funeral for this blog. a fiercely glorious one.

To excerpt a part of Chapter 7 from my e-book titled “How to Be a Successful Blogger (Cheat One™) “, (which very likely is excerpted from this blog. So it’s a real #excerption lolol.  Basically I am just damn good at plagiarizing myself.)


Uhm hello? Anybody there?

Right. All my 11 blog readers are probably simultaneously having internet connection problem and cannot access my blog. Or they are taking a holiday from my blog.

And huh, the last time I updated was one week ago? Hmmm. Strange. Time passes real fast when your life is about blending baby purees and picking up bits of thrown food on the floor.

Or busy finding your son.


Well. Writing a book is much tougher than writing a blog entry. I should just stick to being a blogger. Or go back to writing diaries.”

Excerpt From: Cheesie. “How to Be a Successful Blogger (Cheat One™).” iBooks.

Thank you everyone who purchased the book. Thank you for the nice comments and emails. Thank you for letting me know that writing it was worth my time. It was almost like you guys helped me close a very long chapter.

Today is a special day so just for today only, you can purchase my e-book at 30% OFF, if you use the coupon code “IWANTTOBECHEATED“. (Ha you see. This is how I trick you into ticking the “I agree” box so even if the book turns out to be shit, you totally asked for it.)

How to Be a Successful Blogger (Cheat One™)


Today I am writing the will for this blog.

I want it to be shared by everyone who once loved it. I want it to be of help for anyone who needs it. I want its soul to be freed (and remain free or course). I want its organs to be donated to assholes who needs a heart. I want it to be here as a proof of how I have lived the past 12 years. And I want you to witness this. Today.

Today we are celebrating the death of this blog in advance. (In case it’s too late to do so. You know like, when you are so old that all your friends are dead and basically you are just sending invitations to your own funeral to ghosts. Unless they are all already there with you then the party is on. Sorry I’m not quite sure how ghosts’ funeral works.)

So let’s begin the party!!

The standard blogniversary questions every year!

1.  When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?

2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?

3. What would you like to see more this blog?


All the ghosts can answer. ^^

95 responses to “12 YEARS”

  1. starmist says:

    Cheesie! It sounds so sad I got worried as to whether you’ll be culling the blog. -____-”

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog? Since…forever… Ok la, since the first time Kenny (Sia) wrote about you on his blog
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)? Japan. Hehehe. And your wedding to the Danna
    3. What would you like to see more this blog? Anything! Fashion, food, the little ones…

  2. Nur says:

    1.The first time I heard about your blog, was when you been interviewed by Astro channel 705 (or am I wrong?).I was so curious about what did you do/write that made Astro interviewed you.So, like a curious 14 years old teenager (or creep/stalker),I read your blog and the rest is history.Damnnn,typing this also made me feel damn old.Like I am reminiscing how young I used to be or how I met the love of my life hahahahah.I only follow a few bloggers, and everytime the blogger I followed do the blog anniversary entry, I looveeee to reflect how things changed in my life too over the year.

    2.Favourite blog post?Cant name specific one but perhaps the pungent entry?

    3.I love this blog as the way it is now.Cliche I know.But I feel like this blog is like a baby too,growing up and it have its own babies..I loooooveeeeee cheesiepetit monthly update since Junya is my twin =P

    • cheesie says:

      Hi Nur! Really? Even I don’t remember that XD.
      The pungent entry is one of my fav too ^^

      You mean you share the same birthday as Junya?? 😀

  3. wei2 says:

    Hello, I have been a silent reader, but your blog-will made me want to 留爪印, so here it is; and Happy 12th blogniversary 🙂

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Only bout a year, but I’ve read through your archive of course. Dedicated liddat. haha
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    I enjoy mostly your Japan & food posts. Also you don’t write them anymore, but I like your punny posts and word-play very much. 很冷不过回过味来很搞笑恍恍惚惚
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Anything, whatever you like boss.

  4. Sandra Joan says:

    Happy 12th Blognivesary !

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Hmmm.. i think when you enter some competition. Too long forgot dy! hehe

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    Post about Life hacks + motherhood + Baby!

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Life hacks like how u apply kon mari to ur life. really inspiring. I’m half way on it.

    • cheesie says:

      Thanks Sandra. Good luck to KonMaring your house! 🙂

      • kahong says:

        AND now you are featured on The Sun newspaper too!

        Many regard social media influencers as “anyone who owns an Instagram account”, “selfie factory” or “annoying person who spends 15 minutes taking pictures of food” but Cheesie takes it quite literally which is a person who has the ability to influence a large group of people through his or her social media channels.
        “People who have stepped foot in the industry will know that it is not as easy as it looks. I know many new and young influencers who put in a lot of effort in making sure they produce quality content and making their channels aesthetically professional, and I admire them for that.
        “It is easier and harder at the same time to be a social media influencer. Easier because advertisers are more aware of the power of social media, there are more user-friendly apps available, and you gain followers at a greater momentum. Harder because there are so many people ahead so you need to be extra special.
        “The social media industry is getting popular and crowded but with any other industry, to stay in the game you always have to work hard and level up. I think being a social media influencer encourages a lot of creativity and individualism. Since your career is about yourself and your life. Every influencer has to constantly better themselves and find their own uniqueness,” she said.
        Cheesie believes one has to be genuine and keep their audience and followers in mind, and be thankful for them as they make their channels sellable.

  5. Anicia says:

    When i heard the word…” closing” “saying goodbye”, Please don’t …. because in someway i find some happiness in reading your blog.. looking you from a mei mei turn into a beautiful mummy with 2 munchkins .

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Me and my bestie were actually talking about when did we start reading your blog.
    there is a few event that i remember
    i think it was when you join the model competition. then kenny sia giving you quite
    wow comment. then you appear in some .. news .. some magazine not sure how long

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?

    I think your post about japan. is like the most complete version of how to live eat
    and enjoy life in japan .. your kon mari…everything japan , and your blogpost on how you survive .. your nomad lifestyle of moving from one place to another with your family.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    More … of everything. just write with your heart content and i am sure you will always captivate your readers.. Like I said , me and bff always take turn reminding each other you have a new post.. so keep going … we will always happy to stalk on your new blogpost!! 🙂

  6. kyandii says:

    1. 2010! 16 yo me was in love with gyaru style then ~ followed you from livejournal °*.(♡˙︶˙♡).*°

    2. no favourites but i love your hunour + photos ♥


    Happy 12 Cheesie!! ٩(*´꒳`*)۶

  7. Yofany says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Since about 9 years ago, where blogsphere is super “hype”. I was reading some “list of blogs” on someone’s sidebar (wtf haha) and found yours. Fell in love with your japan-related post & admire how you can be so open about your preferences!

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    I used to love your japan trips and love story, but as time goes (and age get older) – i love your baby post like junya turns 1 month, 2 month, etc. Also i love the posts where you share on your opinion & explaination on japanese culture (like the cleaning & tidying book, cooking, japanese way of life & ideology – no maid, no waste of food, etc). I think I found a lot of efforts that you put there, i see the love and the devotion that make the contents very interesting 🙂

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    I would like to see what i love lololol.. But of course, anything that you would like to write & post.

    Happy anniversary & thank you! 🙂

  8. Sawcheng Chan says:

    Happy 12th Blogniversary! What a long way to have come! Here are the answers from your once-silent-reader.
    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Must have been around 2007/2008? I don’t remember exactly, except I recall distinctly at that time you had a seed pearl necklace with a tiny (cross) pendant, and I really wanted the same necklace. I religiously read your blog for the several years and then I kinda lost interest in blogs generally although I still periodically check in. And then a happy coincidence happened when you had Sakura and I gave birth at about the same time. I started reading your blog again.
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    It used to be the fashiony stuff – I love Emoda’s clean aesthetics because of your posts. But my absolute fav post has to be one where you talked about the absconding maid… I understand it on so many levels!!! (Ah… The auntie life :P)
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Keep up on the posts on coordinates! Your style has more or less influenced mine over the years and it’s refreshing to see how to combine practicality and style as a mother.

  9. zoe copper says:

    another silent reader here. ㅋㅋㅋ…

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    after i dicroved your picture with three diff pose from instagram. hahaha. you still my fav though. and then started to read your blog when you have junya.
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    definitely cheesiepetit monthly update. those are my favv. maybe you can change it to weekly. HAHAHA. i know you are busy so just do whatever you love.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    maybe some japanese manner that you teach junya and little japanese phares that junya speak because he’s cute. of cause sakaru are lovely as well. more post please, i read your blog everyday because you are my fav. HAHAHA. a bit creepy but you’re my inspiration.

    if you reply my comment i will go crazy.. xDDD loll

    • cheesie says:

      Thank you so much!! I didn’t expect so many people (even non-mothers) liking my cheesiepetit updates. Thank you 🙂

      (Don’t go crazy lol)

  10. Yansan says:

    1. Everything is a blur. Probably 4-5 years ago.
    2. I dont have favorites.
    3. Just keep posting Cheesy!
    Thank you for providing me with endless blogposts.

  11. Candy says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    When Kenny Sia wrote about you.. no idea when that was, many years ago
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    love the japan posts and fashion and cheesepetits
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    anything you wanna share.

  12. Lydia Kang says:

    When did you started to be a reader of this blog?
    Emm. Not quite sure but is around 2009 when I’m addicted to blogging. Searching from one blog to another and found you!! Very impressed of your writing skills and cheated ONE Hahaha!

    Which is your favourite blog post(s)?
    In 201p or 2011 when all you and other bloggers went Hong Kong Disneyland and subsequently your trips blog inspired me.

    What would you like to see more in this blog?
    Travel entry and cheesiepetite!

    Please don’t stop blogging!

  13. Steph says:

    Wooooo 12 years! It really feels like one hell of an epic journey that you’ve taken us on, and you might be one of the reasons I’m currently (still) studying Japanese and slowly planning my escape to Japan. THANKS AH.

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    So long I don’t even remember lolol somemore go and read all the old entries until I don’t know when the actual day was. From gyaru – liz lisa – otona fashion is the best I can describe lolol.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    ALL THE JAPAN POSTS! And I miss your make up / hair cheat ones but if it’s been replaced by food cheat ones I also don’t mind.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    KYARABEN TUTORIAL!! So my onigiri don’t look like pinterest fails ok.

    Thanks for another year. お疲れ様です!

  14. Peggy says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    About three to four years, when I start followed your Instagram.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    About your baby, motherhood and japan tour.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Maybe your personal feeling, your makeup, dressing.

    Congratulations and keep continue to write your blog.

  15. Jessica says:

    I love your blog, Cheesie!

    I began reading your blog many many years ago, maybe 10 years?
    I loved reading about your experiences with hosts family in Japan, I loved your Cheddie photoshoots, your Lolita fashion, I was so sad when your husky was missing, and now you have 2 beautiful babies! I grew up with your blog. Thank you for sharing your life, you have inspired me in many ways, dream to travel, dream to live an international life, your positivity. I will miss your blog if you ever stop updating it, and I wish you all the very best in life!

  16. Jacqueline says:

    Happy Blogiversary!
    12 years is quite a long time, and I hope you continue writing (whether it be for yourself or for those of us who look forward to your post). It’s been an honor to watch you grow as a writer, daughter, wife and mother.

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?

    I actually chanced upon your Instagram around 4 years ago and quite honestly I’ve been hooked!

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?

    I love your posts on Japan! I actually used your guide to help me plan for my Japan trip earlier this year. It was very useful and I feel like I got the most out of my short time there. Can’t wait to go back!

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?

    Hmm! Definitely more of your posts on traveling and places to go in Japan! I also love when you just write about a day in your life.

  17. Ailina says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    it’s been so long i cannot remember!

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    I love all the Japan related posts! My friends call me a “japophile”, since I’m so obsessed with everything Japanese. I even started taking notes off your blog when I was planning my first F&E trip to Japan with my parents. Junya & Sakura are too cute not to read about.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    As long as you continue blogging I’ll thank you everyday. I check back everyday for new posts and I’m so happy when there’s one. Even if they’re adverts I’m certain it’s a good Japanese product (most of the time)!

  18. Hayley says:

    Happy anniversary once more dear Cheesie 🙂 I’m so glad that you still find a way to keep blogging through your #pokemomgo adventures. I’ll keep reading as long as you keep writing ^_^

    1. Early 2006 :3
    2. I love your slice of life posts, no matter what country they happen to be in.
    3. More posts – I don’t mean more frequent, I just mean that I hope you can continue blogging for another year ^_^

    • cheesie says:

      Hi Hayley. Thank you for being here for so long 🙂 I can only say I have all my gratitude <3
      Thank you, I believe another year will pass real soon before I even realize! All the best to you too!!

  19. Liz says:

    Happy Anniversary Cheesie!

    1. Been reading your blog since I was 14 so that’s about 10years!
    2. I loved reading all your posts about Japanese fashion and hairmake, especially the cheatone tutorials.
    As you transitioned into motherhood, I found myself enjoying baby and household related posts very much too. (for my future reference too HAHA)
    3. Snippets of your life and interesting things you encounter along the way! I’d be contented to just have you keeping this blog alive. 😀

    P.S. I bought your e-book a couple of months back and I enjoyed it very much! Shed a couple of tears (okay, maybe a lot more than that) while reading it.

    I wish you and your loved ones nothing but happiness and please keep writing!!

    • cheesie says:

      Thanks for liking my motherhood posts even though it’s not yet relevant to you. I always thought younger readers would lose interest in that. Thank you 🙂 And thank you so much for your support, for buying my ebook. It means a lot to me <3

  20. Alyssa says:

    Happy 12th year Bloggiversaey Cheesie!

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    I don’t really remember when I started reading your blog. But it is probably when I was in pre-u which would make it about almost 10 yrs.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    I don’t have a favourite blog post. I like most of them, from your things about Japan, to your marriage, and now your kids. I guess I have watched you grown and you are what I wish to be in a way. You’re really inspirational

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    I would like to see more about Japan and your family I guess. Your interesting finds that are useful would be one of them as well.

    Thank you Cheesie for showing me that it’s possible. 🙂

  21. Mary says:

    Hello Cheesie!
    Congrats! I thought that I congratulated you with 11th Anniversary a couple months ago but it was a year ago! How time flies!

    I guess I started reading your blog in 2009. I became interested in Japan that year. And though I do not dream about Japan anymore I am still here ^^

    I like your posts about travelling, culture and your views on life (Kon Mari, about maids etc) as our cultures differ a lot.

    Keep on writtng about things which you are interested in. Because reading your blog is a pleasant pastime 🙂

  22. Yumii says:

    Hiyo, laobanliang! Congratulations once again! Was wondering if I should continue my tradition to reply these anniversary blog posts~ I guess I should… XD

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    – I believe it was 2007~2008! Via my cousin, via THE Kenny Sia. haha.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)
    – I love all your senti-emmental blog posts, mostly coz I’m quite a melancholy person. And often times, your posts with this tag shows the most true you. That’s why I love it. 🙂 But if you really want me to choose one, I would say ‘Yuriko’s Cooking’! That’s too much of a classic! I remember I laughed so so so much the first time I read that post. It’s amazing.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    – Ah, for now, Pokemom posts are the ones that I look forward to the most. Not really because of photos of Junjun and Sakura though. Those are the bonus! I like Pokemom posts because of how real you portray motherhood. They are entertaining yet eye-opening for someone who has no sights into motherhood, really.

    I do miss your frequent posts and sometimes found myself reading your older blog posts. But it’s okay! You should be spending most of your time with your precious petits!

    Thank you so much for your continuing efforts in your blog posts. It’s something that I don’t see anymore in other blogs. That’s why I’m still here even after all these years even though I rarely comment anymore ^-^

    Can’t wait to see you in Japan and the cute petits! <3

    • cheesie says:

      Hi Yumii, thank you so much for commenting again. I remember you commented before that your favorite was Yuriko’s Cooking. Thank you for remembering all these little things. It means a lot to me. Yes see you in Japan, (again! 🙂 )

  23. Eleen says:

    Happy Anniversary!!

    Here’s another silent reader hehhe

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    when I stumbled upon your instagram posts around 2-3 years ago which leads me to this 😀

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    Your posts about Japan coz I’m also a Japan cray-cray here! And also posts about your babies because they’re really really cute! And of course, your life stories and some thoughts of yours on life

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Travel updates or maybe just a reflect on one of the days in your life. And of course both cheesiepetit monthly updates!

    I really really hope that you can keep blogging anything you like because reading your blog has sorta become my monthly to-do-lists now. Even if it’s not frequent I still hope that you will keep on going ^^

  24. Hanna says:

    Cheesie, I have been reading your blog for almost 6 years now but I have never ever made a comment before (sorry I have no excuse;)). I live in Sweden and out of a reason I have forgotten I found your blog in the jungle that is the internet, and wow what a jewel I found! I just wanted to drop a couple of words to say that you have been such a great inspiration to me both when it comes to traveling and your love for Japan but also when it comes to your way of dealing with life, both the good and the bad.

    I have followed you since your gyaru days until the present day when you found your Danna and later had your petits, and it has been a pleasure to see you grow and share your thoughts. My life has followed yours in a way except that me and my husband have not extended our family with petits yet. 6 years ago I had never travelled by myself but I had a strong passion for Japan. I read all your posts on Japan, collected my courage and went with my now husband to Japan. After that we went back two more times and we read your guides every time. (Particularly the ones on food). Therefore your posts on Japan has a special place in my heart. Other posts that I love to read, especially nowadays, are your senti-emmental posts and posts on life in general. I admire that you have such a deep and responsible way of writing about life but at the same time make the most childish and funny puns and jokes. Life is not always easy and you have to find a way to navigate through it all with both responsibility and humor.

    I also read your posts on motherhood a lot. Since I don’t have kids yet I feel like they give me a lot to think about (in a good way) and serve as inspiration for days to come. As with your other posts you describe motherhood in a very real yet entertaining way, and after following your struggles and heart-warming moments I feel mone inclined to become a mother myself.

    I would just want you to continue to post about your life, whatever it may bring. And never stop writing about Japan (but I don’t think that that will be a problem^^).

    Thank you for everything and I hope that I will have the privilege to follow you for many more years to come!

    • cheesie says:

      Hanna, thank you. Thank you so much. 12 years ago I wouldn’t have thought someone from Sweden would be reading what I write in my diary. Thank you for your kind words. People like you give me a lot of encouragement. That is why I can’t stop writing this blog. (And yes no problem about the Japan posts lol). So, thank you 🙂

  25. Jayne says:

    1. Since secondary school maybe? It’s been at least 5 years from now. Here is usually where I go whenever i start surfing x)
    2. All the posts about Japan. *You kinda infected me with the Japan-fever-disease. This precious country had became my travel destination and will become my next, next next, next *n times travel pick! I’m falling in love with this country *gasp*
    3. Would love to read more post about Japan and how you’re going through your life as a mama to @cheesiepetit x2. Love your daily hacks as well!

    PS: Please keep going on with this blog of yours!!!

    Lots of loves <3

  26. ann says:

    i was reading this post on midnight and bit sleepy and for sudden i was fully awake when i read ‘funeral of this blog’ word, thought you gotta quit blogging forever but im glad i was wrong lol

    well then here’s my answer :
    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    -half a year ago, when i stumbled upon your instagram and becoming fans instantly with u and cheesiepetit . I found out that you have this similarity with me, love Japan too much ! I also adore the way you write and share to us in interesting way.
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    – ” my marie kondo wardrobe makeover’
    gee, cheesie youre such a pokemom aka supermom ! i appreciate the fact that you can still marie-kon while being a busybody ; full mom & blogger, it inspires me in just minutes aft reading your blog post , how i long to learn more about this amazing marie-kon thing.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    more your FOTD post please.. your’e style is such inspiration us , young adult and even for mums and mum -to be out there~ <3

    lastly, cheers for this 12 years long blog. I hope it will grow bigger and drive us people to love Japan more !

    Ps : it brighten my day whenever i see new alert from your newest blogpost ^^

    • cheesie says:

      Haha yes “too much” is right, 😛
      Good lucky with KonMari-ing your house!! And thank you, I hope this blog can brighten your day many more years to come 🙂

  27. Kaede says:

    Hi Cheesie! It’s been a looong time since the last time I read your blog (all thanks to the other socials medias yikes.)

    1. Started reading your blog when I was 15 (when I started to know what a blog is), 10 years ago. Back then I kept on updating myself on what’s new in Cheesie’s Wardrobe (somehow feel like I can be oshare after I wear like you but thinking back again, the clothes that I bought that time, is not oshare for now zzz). And I remember somehow I got into a little fight because of bidding for the clothes wth so childish that time.

    2. Don’t have any favourite blog entries, but damn shocked when you’re invited to NHK Tokyo Kawaii ’cause I got watch that show eh. So cool can represent Malaysia! (Btw, you look much prettier now than your gyaru days :x)
    OH WAIT, is there a blog post about your blogging workstation? If yes, then that’s it! (Wth not sure still dare say)

    3. Promote Japan more… Ehehe…. No la, anything will do. Since it is your blog, just write whatever you want to write! Travel, Japan, motherhood, cheese…. Readers come and go, but those of us who read your blog long time ago (eventho now we no longer read your blog) we are still happy for you, how far you been through this by looking at your Instagram updates!

    • cheesie says:

      Haha thank you!!! Yea 10 years ago I was also childish so nvm la we are all grown adults now :)) Thank you so much for coming back here to leave a comment! 🙂

  28. Nanda says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?

    I think around 18? I’m 26 now!

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?

    Punny Post. You are the queen of puns.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Danna face. Hahaha Kidding. Nothing really..just post whatever you what I just read.

  29. Michelle says:

    Hi Cheesie! I feel compelled to leave a comment here (my first one!) when I found out that you considered taking a break from from blogging. I hope you continue to find the encouragement and motivation to continue blogging/other social media; even if you do take a break or choose to reinvent yourself with something else, do know that you have our love and support!

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog? since 2012 . I was initially impressed by your photography skills during your travels, but later realized that it was your writing that is real gem.
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)? Right now, i enjoy reading how you balance motherhood with work/travel/life. Coincidentally, I am also a married to a Japanese with two kids (25months and 7weeks old) and can relate to many of your posts. Oh, and how could i have forgotten about #lunchforjunya? I even have the link bookmarked on my web browser.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog? It is so wonderful to read about your experiences and how you have evolved over the years, so continue to write whatever your heart desires.

    • cheesie says:

      Thank you Michelle for taking time to drop in your first comment! Wow wow, then in a way we do have quite a lot in common :))

      I’ll evolve into more powerful version of myself lolol omg the #pokeMOM come out liao XD

  30. bels says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog? I was an on-and-off reader around 2009 but when you started blogging about your “kareshi” who is now your danna(hehehe) i would visit your blog everyday hahaha.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)? So hard to decide because your writing is what draws me to your blog (as in, the really lame puns you come up with that are so lame all i can do is laugh). I think an all-time favourite is the one where you talked about the way your danna and yourself see life very differently and how you guys have arguments but you talked about how you realised love that is expressed differently doesn’t mean it is worth less. You didn’t exactly put it that way but that’s the message i got from it and i still value it today.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog? I guess just keep doing what you’re doing. I love the assortment of blog posts you have! from traveling, to parenting, to silly stories, to cleaning, to personal reflections, even your “commercial breaks” are entertaining lmao

  31. Kathy says:

    . When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?

    I think about a year ago when i found out you through xiaxue and qiuqiu.

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?

    Basically i love all your blog posts 💞😊

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?

    More Japanese related posts!Food, culture and places.😄

  32. potato says:

    I think I started reading your blog when I started befriending my laptop too which was 6 years ago!

    I LOVE all your puns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please make more of them XDDDD

    and more junya and sakura posts pleaseeeeee <3

    and happy birthday cheeserland

  33. SL says:

    You will be surprised at how many silent readers there are…I like the unpredictable posts like the decluttering one. Your blog is on my weekly must-read list:)

  34. yihling says:

    Happy 12 years anniversary Cheeserland!
    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Umm, since a few years ago, I can’t remember now, but I have read every single post on your blog. 🙂 I am such a stalker
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    I love all your blog posts, especially Japan posts and baby posts, fashion, and even all your commercial breaks lol. And because I looove Japan too, I feel like we share the same love. Love your book too, I finished it in one sitting.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    I hope you continue to write. Love your kind spirit and just your attitude towards things (I sound like a super fan/scary stalker now). But yes, I honestly check up your blog at least every 2 days to look for updates, that’s how much of a fan I am. Please continue to write. 🙂

  35. Elisabeth says:

    1. I start to read your blog long time ago i think around the year you started Foruchizu

    2. Before, my favourite post of yours is Yuriko’s cooking. But now it has changed. Now i love all your post about parenting #pokeMom because now i am also a parent myself and i can relate so much. Now my favourite post of yours is “The Helper”.

    3. I would like to read your sharing about bringing up kids more, how to become a housemaker, balancing between husband children house and personal time, etc.

    Love you always, Cheesie!

  36. Moonglass says:

    Just want to drop an encouraging note here that you should continue to write. Not everyone has a flair of writing in such simple but engaging manner. Your command of language is admirable and I love your quirky sense of humor. In addition many including myself are inspired in your balancing act of caring for two young kids plus a hubby. I’m sure things can be crazy sometimes but mommies are all tough cookies. If you ever want to quit blogging one day just remember this. NEVER quit on a bad day. Take good care mommy!

    • cheesie says:

      Hi Moonglass, thank you so much. Thanks for commenting quite often these days when comments are precious <3. It's ok, there won't be a bad day to quit cuz I already have had such a magnificent funeral in advance for it. Thank you so much for your encouragement!!! <3

  37. Nicole says:

    Hi Cheesie!!! I don’t comment often (or ever) but I felt compelled to do so here!!

    1. I started reading your blog way back in 2008!! Admittedly, I loved reading just the random entries you put in about traveling and just personal thoughts. I loved it when you started doing more fashion-y posts, and I like to think I got a tiny bit more fashionable hahaha. I love your writing style so much, it’s so casual, but you are really gifted in writing about deeper/interesting topics.

    2. My favorite posts are all your food posts (like Eat Tokyo…) because I’m a glutton and I love food. I live and work in the USA, so I’m super jealous of all the food you have. I also am just in love with your “day in the life” style posts, showing your routine. One post I keep coming back to is the post where you talk about living with Rinrin in Tokyo for a month. I don’t know why, but it helped me “cope” with my anxiety that came from me moving and living on my own.

    3. Like I said, I’m a big fan of food and updates on your life. Junya and Sakura are adorable, and I’m sure you’re a wonderful mother! Please continue to write, I love this blog (and you!)

    • cheesie says:

      Ahhhhhh ok one advice for you – COME TO JAPAN lolol.
      I know how you feel!! I was pregnant at that point of time for the first time and was really anxious if I could handle everything by myself. I’m so glad you found it useful. 🙂
      Thank you so much Nicole. <3

  38. cathdebbie says:

    1. since 2012
    2. food post, ootd, and all your post about japan
    3. i hope you will post more about Japan (i literally make my itinerary of Japan trip based on your blog) and more about your babies! Love them!!!!

  39. C says:

    1. I forget when but it was when you still dressed in fluffy pastel clothes LOL
    2+3. I would love more CheatOne meals – I also loved Junya’s baby meals photos and I hope to see Sakura’s food. Since you used to spend so much time with other bloggers, especially Audrey of FourFeetNine, I guess it’d be nice to know you still keep in contact with them or not.

  40. C says:

    BTW thank you for not using your kids as an excuse for taking a break from blogging. You really are a high level PokeMOM!

    • cheesie says:

      Hey, my kids are quite the reason for me to continue blogging you know? haha. Yes gotta level up, gotta evolve more powerful! <3

  41. Kayce says:

    12 years……omg you made me realize I have been stalking you for long long time. Enjoyed both book, tho I have to say I prefer your self edited content eBook.

    1. I started reading some time before KennySia incident
    2. I can’t decide which is my fav post, I like different stuff on different days. Having said so…I still sometimes read back some of your old stuff and laugh myself silly…..(don’t delete ya 😆)
    3. I wanna see more of you,the real you,even if that means upleveled auntiness or anything in between. Your sense of humor is priceless.

    • cheesie says:

      Thank you so much! If you read before Kennysia, you are probably my oldest reader here lol.
      Thank you Kayce. That means a lot and I will!!! <3

  42. Joelle says:

    1) Since your trip to Otaru with XX.
    2) Too many to list!
    3) All the Japanese related stuff! Your love for Japan was why I started reading your blog and subsequently follow you on other social media platforms.

  43. Lynn says:

    1. Through Kenny Sia’s blog.
    2. Your Santorini wedding posts. In fact, I even got married there with Betty and Amie’s assistance. Also, had my first son a few months after yours, and now waiting for the birth of my daughter next month! Learning a lot from your experience.
    3. Motherhood and Japan related posts.

  44. Ulrike says:

    Alles Gute zum 12-Jährigen! Happy blog-i-versary from Germany, Cheesie! 😀
    I can’t exactly pin down when I first started reading your blog (or how I even found it to be honest), but it must have been around 2013 and I’m an avid (yet silent) reader of your blog (and your instagram feed) ever since.
    I don’t really have a favorite post – I just enjoy your honest and witty writing – about your kids, your life, food (duh! Of course! Who doesn’t love food?!) and life in asian countries in general, as I’ve never been but really hope to go to some time in my life.
    Having said that, I’d just be really glad if you continue the way you do!

    All the best to you and your family!

  45. filicia says:

    Happy 12 years anniversary! whoaa, it’s such a long time to blog

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog? I do not remember exactly, but I think it is around 4 years ago, I think I discovered your blog when I search about something related to Japan culture

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    Your monthly updates about cheesiepetit and also the omiyage! haha, I am a design student so I love seeing the packaging of Japanese product.

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    I love the blog as it is and I love the way you write just being yourself. So, yeah, just stay true who you are. We will keep on supporting you!

  46. Rebeca says:


    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    I started reading this blog in 2007, when I was reading an Australian blogger (Chay Gyaru) and she made a list of her favourite bloggers and yours was one of them.
    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)? The ones you talk about your babies, as I Have a 2 years old girl myself.
    3. What would you like to see more this blog? I’m pretty happy with what’s going on here for now. But if you want to try something different, I’would love to have some typical recipes from your country, because I love cooking, I imagine with two kids it will be a little tricky though .

  47. Tahti says:

    Congratulations on 12 years! I’ve love following you and reading your blog, I think you’re great 😀 I’m a reader from Ireland!

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    About 3 years ago when I started learning Japanese and stumbled across your blog. I read back through sooo many archives, I love/d your style and I was really inspired by your Japanese knowledge!

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    Travel posts and lifestyle posts!

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    I love your sense of humour and I think it’s great when your incorporate it into posts, the puns are always too good!

  48. SS says:

    1. When did you start becoming a reader of this blog?
    Long time ago, when Kenny Sia wrote about you in the Stellar as Babybelle…

    2. Which is your favorite blog post(s)?
    Hmm.. I can’t remember the title, but you written a lot which I love to read, and I remember how humorous you were when you wrote some comic entry of a carrot doll or something..and rabbit maybe.. really funny

    3. What would you like to see more this blog?
    Just being you.. Japanese food maybe.. hehee

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