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New job

August 14, 2014 in Baby 36 Cheesed

Junya turned 2 months!

Which also means i have assumed the job as a mom for two months now. A job that you can never resign from until the day you die, no matter how the job sucks.

Although my employer doesn’t pay me a single cent, and would spit on me occasionally all the damn time, i find myself quite enjoy this new job.

A lot of people also have been telling me how envious they are that i make motherhood look so effortless. Well, all i can say is that do not trust things you see on Instagram (after all, there is this deception called “filter”).

Most parents of course post only the happiest and most beautiful pictures of their baby and family, and that does not exclude me. Behind all the cute infant smiles and coordinate pictures with impossibly high heels, is a mad woman with shit hair (most of the time) wearing recycled T shirts stained with parmesan-flavored spit-up trying to reclaim a half-eaten soiled diaper from her dog’s mouth.

True story.

Unbelievable right? Instagram is the biggest liar.

Anyway, here are some of my job descriptions for the first few weeks into my new career:

  • 1. Some of the days you will have to have breakfast in bed with your baby. You eat while he eats. With one hand. After that you may or may not have to wash the bed sheet.
  • 2. It is a requirement to learn how to hold chopsticks with your left hand. Of which you fail, you will have to resort to go back to using big spoon. And eat like a baby.
  • 3.  You will have to eat half your dinner at 6pm, and then finish the rest at 10pm.
  • 4. Sometimes you may have to put your baby on the dining table like a dish because that’s the easiest feeding position wtf.
  • 5. You will have to brave the moments when you remove a diaper and your baby’s butt is pointing right at you.
  • 6. You will have to take a quiet bath instead of a shower just so you can hear what’s happening outside your bathroom.
  • 7. And when you decide to take a shower instead, you will have to turn it off at least 20 times mid shower due to suspicion of baby crying. But 99% of the time it’s just your imagination.
  • 8. No job will ever require you to take off your shirt so damn often you may as well be topless all the time.
  • 9. By the end of the month you will unlock the achievement of pumping, breastfeeding AND putting up make up SIMULTANEOUSLY.
  • 10. Suddenly you will learn how to keep your sleeping position as stiff as a Chinese Zombie (if you co-sleep with your baby like i do. On a queen size bed. With your husband.).
  • 11. Your legs are also hands.

 

Also i some of the 2014 Mom Problems i face:

  • 12. Snap 15 burst-mode pictures, want to keep ALL.
  • 13. Forever running out of memory on iPhone.
  • 14. Not sure if it is your baby crying or it’s your baby crying on his grandma’s iPhone in a recorded video.

 

Lastly, after being in this job for two months, i also realized that:

  • 15. No matter how reluctant you are, at one point you will succumb to tasting your own breast milk. I once tasted a 3-hour-old room temperature breast milk, gagged instantly and thought “my baby has been happily drinking this shit for two months?!” Now i found new respect for babies. And will stop eating durians.
  • 16. Annoyingly, there’s an On-Off switch for every dad. When it is switched Off (deliberately, every single day), the dad can sleep through the fiercest murderous wail your baby make middle of the night. (Miraculously they actually can switch it back on while you are away.)
  • 17. The exact same thing your baby does is so much less cute at 5am than at 10am.
  • 18. The milk-coma face (i call it the Oppai-High), is nature’s way of making this nightmare called breastfeeding all bearable and worth it.
  • 19. You have many more funny things to say but and you can’t recall a single thing because your post-pregnancy brian fails you. (Is that how you spell brian?)

 

That’s all for now.

Are you in the same job? How is it like?

Stored in Baby | 36 Cheesed

Merries

August 13, 2014 in Baby / Commercial Break 11 Cheesed

Did you know?

When your baby turns 1 year old, he would have used about 3,000 diapers!

From birth till now, Junya has tried almost all the diaper brands in the market, (complementary from the hospital, gift from friends, etc) and as his mom who hashad the experience of changing something like 500 diapers now, i can say without any hesitation that the best diaper in the market now, is

Merries.

Merries is Japan’s No.1 selling diaper, trusted locally and around the world. I have been reading a lot of Japanese parenting magazines, and you know how Japanese always have ranking for everything? Merries is almost always ranked no.1 in Japan.

A lot of my friends know that Merries is indeed the best diaper you can ever pamper your baby with, but they always say “but it is so expensive!

It is true, Merries, compared to other diaper brands in the market is priced one of the highest (about RM25 for a 24 piece pack), but here’s why it is all worth it:

1. Of all the Merries diapers i have used, there wasn’t a single leakage up till today. The diaper contour fits the baby’s anatomy perfectly.

2. It is the softest diaper i’ve ever touched! The rest of the diapers from other brand always feel so uncomfortable on my hand, let alone on Junya’s delicate little bum.

3. Merries’ speciality is its “airiness”. Even when super full, there’s no moisture on my hand when i touch it!! Junya has never gotten diaper rash (touch wood) until today.

4. And this is the most important: a Merries diaper last very, VERY long. a could put Junya in a new diaper and put him to sleep. It lasts through the whole night!! (I found this out accidentally because i was just waaay too sleepy for midnight diaper change lol) When i change it the next morning, the diaper is round and full but never a leakage.

For other brands, they almost never fail me: leakage every damn time. It exploded on my bed, on his cot, on sofa, on my clothes, on his clothes, everywhere!!!! i had to spend so much time and effort to clean up the mess. Sure, i can change his diaper more often, but when you think about it now, for a diaper that last much, much longer, minus the extra cost you spend on laundry and replacing soiled clothing, Merries is actually more worth it in every aspect.

Junya is graduating from newborn size, so i had to use up all the diapers from other brands that’s left in the house, and the usual explosion happened. i got so angry i tweeted:

 

Sorry for the dirty language, literally.

But yea. I LOVE MERRIES! Did i mention that it is also the only Made in Japan diaper in the market? That makes it twice more awesome! ♡

 

Is your baby’s bottom worth it? If yes, then you don’t have to think but go for Merries ^^

You can check out

Merries brand site at www.kao.com/my/merries or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MYMERRIES.  

Happy baby, happy mommy.

 

Dressabelle

August 11, 2014 in Commercial Break 3 Cheesed

Coordinate post!

Some readers asked me if i could post more of working wear coordinates, since i work from home and most of the time i wear really casual. It looks like career women has the most headache when it comes to daily outfits!

Today all the outfits are from Dressabelle, an online boutique that provides high quality affordable work to casual wear. It’s very well established in Singapore and Malaysia, and is in an expansion phase within South-East Asia. Dresabelle believes that a lady never takes a day off style, and DSB completes the look for you.

There are two collection updates every week, and over 480 products a month for you to choose from!

Accessories available too at Dressabelle and it is easy to complement your outfits.

 

The second latest collection. Seems like checks are in now!

From the classy elegant to playful patterns, you can find something that suit your mood every work day.

 

Here are some of my Dressabelle coordinates!

 

1. Blue Leaves Executive Dress

A feminine print with a good dress length for that mature executive look.

 

 

2. Pocket Front Shift Dress

An absolute essential LBD. Simple yet edgy, it has a loose but flattering cutting, perfect for any day at all (including days you need to go for a 15-course dinner).

And lots of room for accessorizing to play around with.And love the soft material, a very comfortable piece!

 

3. Textured Sweetheart Bandage Dress

For party or a romantic date!

Love the material too! It’s thick stretchable bandage fabric that really flatters your body line.

 

4. Chequered Cropped Two Piece Set

I love all the two-pieces! There are just so many ways to wear them, super worth it XD

This is a cropped top and skirt together.

 

4. Chequered Cropped Top 

This is the cropped top worn another way. Transitional summer-> autumn coordinate!

 

 

Dressabelle ships worldwide, and offers free shipping locally (Malaysia & Singapore). In Malaysia it is by poslaju, arrives within 2-3 business days. If you have any questions, do send in an enquiry, all queries are attended to within 24 hours!

 

Also, for Cheeserland’s readers from Malaysia, you can key in the coupon code DSBxCheesie20 for 20% discount off ANY purchase.
As for Singapore, you can use this 15% coupon code: CHEESIE15 to get 15% off any purchase as well!
Both coupon codes will expire on 31st August.

 

Go to shop now at

Dressabelle Malaysia

Dressabelle Singapore

Sign up for Dressabelle’s mailing list, like them on their facebook page, and follow them on instagram and twitter at @dressabellemy for daily fashion inspirations!

 

Playing Game, Be Back Soon

August 9, 2014 in Cheese-offs 23 Cheesed

This is not a pretty post, but a pretty upset post.

Today the danna took a day off his super busy schedule so that we could go buy some baby products we needed. We wanted to get something from Combi so we went to Mid Valley.

We always wanted to try out Combi because it is a reliable and very popular brand in Japan. I didn’t even think of other brand options. We went straight to Combi and expected to get what we wanted.

Have you ever given up what you wanted to buy in a shop because the attitude of the shop staff suck SO MUCH? (Like you really need to buy that item so badly but they piss you off so much you would rather go through the trouble to buy it somewhere else then to let them earn money/get commission?!)

In this case, Combi, you just lost a customer because of your horrible choice in hiring albeit having rather awesome products.

 

First of all nobody was in the shop.

Then i noticed there was a poorly written piece of sign on a poorly located standie outside the shop that says “BE BACK TO TOILET!!” (?! So do you work in the shop or in the toilet?)

Anyway, we really wanted to just get it done and over with, so we waited in the store.

After about 5 minutes, still not a single soul was seen so we went around for a walk aimlessly and time-wastingly, only to come back and realize the “BE BACK TO TOILET!!” sign was still there. It must have been a helluva difficult toilet visit.

I was getting annoyed at this point, but not anymore when i realized that the shop staff was there the whole time.

I went from annoyed to fuming and shocked.

 

Know why we didn’t know he was there?

 

He was hiding behind the counter sleeping.

 

Means all these while he was pretending to not be around with the BE BACK TO TOILET sign permanently displayed outside SO THAT NO CUSTOMER WILL COME IN AND DISTURB HIS BLISSFUL NAP.

(Wonder why your sales dropped lately, Combi Mid Valley?)

So i guess we woke him up (by walking around and *ahem*ing), and he very very very VERY (i cannot emphasize the word “very”enough here) reluctantly walked towards us, bleary-eyed, letting out a cold and dull, “yes?

I had to garner all my tahan not to slap him and to maintain my cool to tell him politely what we wanted to buy.

He pointed away to some products, with absolutely no intention to elaborate whatsoever. His face expression said “fasterly get the hell out of here so that i can go back behind the counter and be invisible again“. Perfect salesman.

We then asked him a few more questions like, “are those the only colors available?” and “what’s the difference between this and that?”, he was mainly just giving answers in a maximum of two syllabus.

I was in such a dilemma. We needed the item, and if we don’t buy it we were just gonna trouble ourselves more. But i really really couldn’t stand looking at his face a second longer without having the urge to splash tabasco on it. Then the danna said if we buy the product and if something goes wrong with it, this is the attitude we are going to get when we come back to the shop to ask for repair/exchange so there’s really no point buying it there. (The danna is always right. I mean for real.)

So as much as we love Combi, we left and went to the shop nearby and bought a competitor brand.

When we left and passed by the store again, the fella was awake this time, and happily playing games on his mobile phone (i know it is game and not text cuz we all can recognize that frantic hard taps on the screen lol).

a couple walked in to the store, so i was observing what he was gonna do. He stood up after like 30 seconds (since the customers didn’t leave as he wished), eyes and fingers still glued to his phone, occasionally looked up to see if the customers have left or were gonna open their mouths to trouble him again. They left.

That is when i couldn’t tahan and decided to snap pictures and blog about this.

So no offense Combi, but you basically just eff up your own sales by hiring an incapable scumbag. Such a shame, Japanese products Malaysian service.

I would have written in to Combi to complain about this incident but why waste my time? Their human resource is such major failure i doubt even with this post i will get any kind of customer service, if it even exists.

 

Stored in Cheese-offs | 23 Cheesed

With love from Japan

August 7, 2014 in Baby 26 Cheesed

The danna had to go back to Japan for work for two weeks, and this time i couldn’t follow because i think Junya is still too young to handle a mid-summer trip in Japan T_____T

So this was the longest we were apart ever since we got married. My mom came to stay with me while he was away so taking care of the baby was a breeze, but i was mostly bitter about all the nice things i couldn’t have in Japan. Although it was a little worse for him cuz what he couldn’t have was Junya hehehhehe. So i win.

He would update me about his work and stuff, places he went in Tokyo, and send pictures of his room:

I see he is having fun shopping. (Although some are parcels i bought online XD).

And i would update him about… i dunno… how many times Junya pooed. And send him pictures of my room:

Obviously we were living two very drastically different lives here.

 

 

Anyway… on the last night before he flew back, middle of the night, he had to send me this

That shop is apparently one of the most popular ramen shop in Tokyo with a looooong queue outside.

I almost drowned in my own saliva wtf.

(Btw the “end product” pic is totally unnecessaryemo3)

 

Nevermind.

After ramen he sent me this.

ENOUGH LOR.

Usually in revenge for all the food pictures he send me i’d spam him with lots of smiley pictures of Junya to remind him what he’s been missing out.

 

(“Hi dad! Sniff me! Oh right, you can’t.” Oh My God today your son totally climbed the stairs! Something like that.)

 

But since he was flying back real soon, he could just tahan a bit more and could hug/kiss/sniff his son for all he wants. But i still cannot have my ramen. FOR MONTHS.

Life is unfair.

 

Fine. And when i thought that was the end of all the food-you-can’t-eat torture, since his flight was 10am in the morning (what else could he eat? McBreakfast? Pffftt).

(On hindsight actually he could. :X The Mentaiko Infinity Buffet at Narita Airport is no joke.)

AND THEN HE LINED ME.

 

My chatbox exploded with pictures of weird colorful edibles that would please human palate in many amazing ways.

Who would have known. I applaud him for waking up at 5AM to go to Tsukiji Fish Market. SO FREAKING EARLY. He totally deserves the worm. (Metaphorically, okay? Just in case, you know. Joke?)

Anyway here’s the complete picture collage of what he tortured me with:

Sigh.

 

So i spammed two Smiley Junya pictures in vengeance but he no layan (maybe already switched his phone off -___-).  Summore said “safe flight” to myself sien.

 

Anyway that is all la.

When he came back he did bribe me with ichigo and onigiri so life is all good again and i forgave everything he’s ever done HAHAHA #cheapdate

Anyway the next half below a boring shopping post! Things he got from Japan for the family (some of course i ordered him to buy wan haha)

Here goes!

 

For Wife & Family:

First thing was ICHIGO!!!

It is mid summer now and is almost impossible to get strawberries, but he somehow managed to find me Nagano Ichigo (altho i wanted Hakata Amao). This alone offsets all the evilishly yummy pictures he annoyingly sent me haha.

Sandwich points for this husband.

Summore got a Frozen collabo sandwich lolol. Trust Japan to monetize ALL the latest sensations.

Japanese riceeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

Things i ordered:

Supplement for breastfeeding moms. All my Calcium is going to Junya’s fingernails i’m not kidding.

 

Yakult probiotic pills for good intestines. Can never live without this now.

 

 

 

 

For Junya:

Meiji Hohoemi Formula for later use. We also bought a Meiji “Raku Raku Cube” pack earlier, which is one of those Japanese awesomesaucethingabomb invention. The formula COMES IN A BAR. Like an individually packed chocolate bar. You just break the cubes according to baby’s need and mix with water.

Huh? What milk powder case?! What measuring spoons? Y NOBODY ELSE DID THAT YET?!

 

Papa’s presents:

Bath time toys from Franc Franc

Papa wants a western mafia son wtf.

 

 

 

Mama’s presents:

Mama is more like a…. i dunno, Edo period yakuza person wtf.

Rattle toy

Swimava neck float (don’t dare to use all the made in China with fake Disney characters on it wan. They look painful and flimsy wtf)

Sunblock and some care packs. This one not really present haha.

 

Uncle’s presents:

Danna’s brother sent him tons of oversized clothes and i could see he has very unique taste lolol.

 

Junya’s uncle also works in Kumamoto so he gets ALLLLL the Kumamon shirts!!!

Since i don’t have a girl i have given up hope on ridiculously cute Hello Kitty collabo items in various pastel hues. Instead i am gonna force subtly brainwash him with this whole Kumamon cult XD

 

For Champon:

Apparently his snacks are worth 3X more than Junya’s commercial lunches and dinners for monthssssss. Where’s your priority, dad?!

 

Ok that’s all.

Now let me have a “pretend in Japan” breakfast.

XD

 

PS: Anyway now i understand how some of you feel when i post food pictures. 我也有今天了。

Stored in Baby | 26 Cheesed

Pocket Wifi for Japan trip

August 6, 2014 in Commercial Break 9 Cheesed

The 101th most asked question that is not listed in my 100 Ultimate FAQ about Japan, is:

How do i get internet while traveling in Japan?

I think i answered many times, but i’m gonna answer once and for all in this post!

 

A few years ago if you travel to Japan, usually your only internet choices are:

a) rent a mobile phone b) use internet roaming by your local telco provider  c) be all zen and disconnect with the world and live without it.

 

But after traveling to Japan for so many times, i can say that the best choice now is:

A Pocket WiFi.

Why? I have said it in a previous post before but now i’ll list down again all the reasons why:

 

1. It is much, much cheaper than data roaming, unless your telco company is run by Santa Claus, or lying.

2. You have internet with you all the time, provided you don’t forget your device in the hotel and that your device doesn’t die on you (which bring me to point n0. later in the post below).

3. It can connect multiple devices for the same price! Meaning you may have the internet on your iPhone, your BF’s iPhone, your iPad, your BF’s iPad and your cat’s laptop. If you travel in a group you can also share the bill. Like sharing a cab.

4. This point is very very important! Even if you have the internet, it would have no use whatsoever if your smartphone runs out of juice. Since your phone is now on wifi and not 3G, your phone’s battery life also lasts much much longer than when you are on data roaming.

So now the next question is:

How do i get one and which one is good?

Before this i usually rented mine from Japan. They would send it to Narita airport and i would pick it up from there. It was easy for me because i could read Japanese websites so the ordering was really simple as well. For some people they might be a little bit of trouble. And you always feel insecure not to have internet with you BEFORE you fly.

Now.

Finally there’s a company that provides Pocket Wifi rental service for Japan IN MALAYSIA. And that’s Beee Mobile.

What are the advantages of choosing Beee Mobile Pocket Wifi Device?

1. The most important now of course, is you can pick the device up at KLIA and drop it off when you return. If you fly from other airports, you can also have it delivered to your doorstep FOC (within Klang Valley). Now you can stay connected the moment you land in Japan! :D

2. All the Pocket Wifi devices i have ever rented for my trips other than Japan are all from this H brand, which honestly is quite shit. The battery life is so short you will have to bring a power bank (or two!) all the time or charge it every 3-4 hours. I always got so worried i had to switch it off when i wasn’t using, and switch it on again when i want to tweet or IG a photo wtf. Now Beee Mobile Pocket Wifi’s battery lasts for 12 hours!!! Pretty much cover your whole day trip :D

3. The device is also the latest model that supports 4G (means super super fast!), is made in Japan, manufactured by NEC and supported by Docomo. If you don’t already know, Docomo is the top network provider in Japan and its reliability speaks for itself.

4. Usually Pocket Wifi allows you to share up to 5 devices, but this one tops it all with a maximum of 10 devices. Bring your whole family to Japan!!!

5. No deposit required.

6. Lastly, very competitive price.

You can find out more about the rate here.

Other than Pocket Wifi rental, Beee Mobile also provide camera rental. One is Instax Mini polaroid, another is TR15, which is the most sought-after camera right now, but sold out, or waaaay too expensive to buy right? Why not rent it! :D What’s more, if you don’t want to splurge on winter coats which you won’t use again, you can also rent it from Beee Mobile. Pretty much a one-stop awesome website to prep you for your life-changing Japan trip.

Go to Beee Mobile now!

And check out their Facebook Page. ^^