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Even PokemonGo is better in Japan.

September 2, 2016 in Commercial Break / Shoutouts 5 Cheesed

Nah just kidding.

Singapore is still the best because I caught my first wild Pikachu at Changi airport.

Apparently Pikachu thinks he’s a better fit for a pet than the leopard named Ice Cream that we got Junya from the night safari.

 

Anyway, my #PokeMOMgo life here in Tokyo.

It is a short trip this time, and the danna works every day so I am staying home with @cheesiepetit the whole time.

But I’m not complaining because……

Two overlapped Pokestop with lures sponsored by random trainers, accessible right in the comfort of our apartment.

While @cheesiepetit are napping, I spin and catch alllll I want since there’s no house chore or work to do. Laziest mother ever lolol.

Even when @cheesiepetit are awake I am doing evolving session with lucky egg while watching the tv, since evolving 50 pidgeys is quite a boring chore.

And the two Pokestops are no joke. It keeps spawning awesome pokemons!!!!

How often do you get to catch this dude!

Also all the evolved Pokemons with high CP and the rarer ones.

But it spawns waaaaay too many Horny Cockroach (don’t know what it is called in English, the language of the app is set to Japanese) and is now my high CP pokemon but I don’t want to fight using such an ugly bug!!

After one whole day of monster catching, today I decided that I wanna explore the town a little with @cheesiepetit, since I have not been back to Ikebukuro for quite some time.

The first time I went shopping alone with em both in Tokyo. And the malls are just like a few minutes away hahaha.

Totally zero confidence to go anywhere further than that alone. I think I need to evolve myself into the next generation #pokeMOM. Now not enough candy yet lolol.

Actually it wasn’t too bad. Until you meet a staircase. And your toddler is asleep. #Gameover.

By the way you know you are addicted to PokemonGo if you start seeing and thinking everything in PokemonGo terms. Suddenly a leafy plant in front of our apartment looks like Oddish.  And when Qiu sent me a picture of the new ride she got for Meredith, I thought I saw a new generation Pikachu+Mew hybrid.

No meh?? With the flipped out door as its ear.

 

Anyway!!! If you plan to visit Japan and wanna catch some Pokemons, remember to get a pocket wifi with unlimited data and long battery life!!!

I’m using Ninja Wifi!

With my PokemonGo app on all the time, and blogging on my laptop now, it is still super speedy with its high speed 4G-LTE!!

It also lasts a whole day when I am out (and after my phone died multiple times).

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “CHEESIE01” when you make your order to get 10% off!!

You can click the Ninja Wifi on the right banner to make your order!

That’s all! Enjoy catching em all in Japan! 😛

 

 

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Skin Care Shoutout:

Curel Moisture Gel Lotion

As you know I travel between 3 countries now with my family, and right now everywhere is summer haha. Summer is coming to an end in Japan but the heat still can get pretty bad.

Junya sweats A LOT and I’m not even kidding. When he wakes up from a nap the pillow would have a big wet patch drenched in his sweat even in full-blast aircon room. Many months ago he had a mysterious rash that the paed suspected to be heat rash all over his body and it made him really cranky, and it broke my heart because I didn’t know what to do.

I wish I knew Curel Moisture Gel Lotion earlier because it is the FIRST in the sensitive skincare market that claims to resolve sweat-irritated sensitive skin, as it contains sweat care formula that protects skin from sweat and heat rash.

The texture is AMAZING. It is said to be light in texture, non-sticky and moisturizing, but to me it feels like… like cooling water jelly. Seriously it feels soooooo nice on your skin especially when the weather is hot.

Now I apply it everyday for Junya (and myself) after bath or before going out to play (and start to sweat).

So far the heat rash has been a one-off incident and after using Curel has has remain rash-free, back to his super smooth enviable baby skin, and that makes me immensely happier as a mother! A quick application & massage into skin is all it takes for peace of mind.

Happily playing outdoor!

Sakura might also be prone to sensitive skin as her baby acne was reaaaally bad the first month. Next time I can use it on her as well because it is it is suitable for even babies above 6 months old. Prevention is better than cure!

Curel Moisture Gel Lotion retails for $24.80 are now available at selected Watsons stores in Singapore. Redeem your Curel Moisture Gel Lotion sample now from http://bit.ly/Cheesie !

 

 

Lighting up

August 29, 2016 in Commercial Break 0 Cheesed

Lighting is very important as it changes the entire ambiance of your home.

We are currently living in 3 different homes, and I must say that the lighting makes a huge difference, and it greatly affects the comfort of our living space.

For example, our apartment in Singapore is quite old and the lights’ quality have deteriorated over the years. At some space it is too dark, making it a little eerie to be honest. Our backyard’s lighting actually short-circuited a few weeks ago and now it is totally a non spark-joy area for us at night lol.

Here are some of the reasons why you need quality lighting for your home:

1. You cannot always rely on sunlight. I work from home a lot and sometimes I can only work late at night when cheesiepetits are asleep. It is almost impossible to take nice pictures with bad lighting indoor, especially when the sun is down.

2. Poor quality lights usually are prone to flickering, which makes your home the perfect location for scary movies.

3. Glaring lights are really bad for you. Sometimes if it is overly bright, it could cause you a lot of inconveniences. I spend most of my free time on the laptop, and every night Junya gets his 15 minutes to watch videos on the phone or iPad while we brush his teeth. We had to make sure the lighting is neither too dark nor glaring because we don’t want him to end up having bad eyesight due to our carelessness.

Sakura too are on her back facing the ceiling most of the time, glaring lights would be such a pain!

4. Comfortable lighting that’s neither too bright nor dark will create a soothing ambience at night for the entire family to relax.

If you are thinking of replacing your home lighting or getting new lights for your new home, consider PhilipsLED Lights, as it is a trusted brand made with quality in mind giving you comfortable brightness in your home.

Its two key features are Non Flickering and Non Glare.

Using generic lights might save you some renovation cost, but you cannot trust that they are flicker-free, and you probably will have to replace them more frequently. PhilipsLED lights are also made to reduce glare, so you can rest assured that your children are reading under comfortable lighting with ideal brightness.

Watch the two videos below to find out how bad lighting can cause various problems in your life! The first video totally is how I feel about my backyard right now hahaha.

Could bad lighting cause a break up?

 

Visit http://bit.ly/2bB7ZT8 to view more Philips Lighting products and visit http://bit.ly/2baXt2N to purchase them online!

Do you have any bad lighting experience? Share with me if you have one!

Keio Rail-Land

Quick post on the theme park we visited with Cheesiepetit during our stay in Tokyo.

We are running out of new major theme parks to visit so we are starting to explore the lesser-known ones. Who knows we may find a few hidden gems!

Junya loves vehicles in general so we decided to bring him to see some trains this time.

The Keio Rail-Land theme park/Museum is operated by Keio Electric Railway Company and is located in Hino city, Tokyo. It is adjacent to the train station “Tama Dobutsukouen” on the Keio Dobutsuen Line. It’s quite a distance from Tokyo, we drove there and it took us about 40 minutes.

The exit of Tama Dobutsukouen station.

We were greeted by a real bus as we entered the museum. Bus is Junya’s first favorite vehicle. I think now he has advanced to helicopters and Shinkansen haha.

Little bus driver.

One of the most prominent features of the museum is the diorama display, which you get to drive your own mini train for 100 yen for 5 minutes. I can see the boys going crazy with this!

Little train driver.

I didn’t manage to get a picture but there’s also a train driving simulator that is very realistic. You will be coached by a real train-driver and it’s perfect for slightly older kids.

You can dress up for the train photo booth.

Also you get the opportunity to selfie all you want inside a (part of a) train, which you don’t get to do when you ride the real trains in the city. Unless you very buay paiseh hahaha.

Yeap.

Why sit so far apart like they just fought liddis hahaha.

There’s also an outdoor museum where you get to see 5 historical trains by Keio, which has operated for more than 100 years!!

(Only for the train enthusiast) Spot the EMU 6000, 3000, 5000, 2010, and 2400 series, which were retired from the tracks.

Would love to add one of these to Junya’s vehicle collection haha.

Interior of the Keio 3000 series.

There’s also a mini train ride for kids at 100 yen!

If you have toddlers who loves running around, there’s also an indoor playground on the second floor of the main museum for them to spend their energy.

Junya at the ball pit.

It can get pretty crowded during weekends and school holidays!

Keio Rail-Land
Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Museum is closed every Wednesday, year-end and New Year.
Public transit access: Tama-dōbutsukōen Station
Entrance fee: 250 yen for age 3 and above

So basically Cheesiepetit get to go in for free haha.

 

If you (or your kids) are a fan of Japanese railway, it would be quite a fun visit! The good thing is that after you are done with the theme park/museum, you can just walk across the road to visit the Tama Zoological Park.

 

Tama Zoological Park

Entrance fee is 600 for adults, kids go in for free!

This Junya already super tired but still wanna walk so baby Sakura’s turn to be in the stroller.

Outside the Insectarium.

It’s quite a large park and a lot of walking to do as most of the enclosures are huge to ensure animals to be able to roam more freely.

Three little cubs.

Two lionesses haha.

 

That’s all for now!

Leaving for Tokyo again tomorrow so I’ll have to work harder to catch up with updating!

 

 

How Instagram Story Helps Me Lie

August 22, 2016 in Pokemom 18 Cheesed

I never quite got people who are addicted to Snapchat because I thought it was quite a rubbish app (either it really is or I’m getting too old for social media lol). First of all it is impossible to navigate and secondly, it is all made of snippets that’s not qualified to make it to an actual Instagram video. PLUS it gets deleted the very next day so what exactly is the point of it ah?

People who are popular on SC are probably super celebs, or really have a life so interesting that everyone doesn’t want to miss a single second following it. Unfortunately for me I’m stuck in between. My life is neither entertaining enough to be broadcasted every minute live to the whole world, nor boring enough for me to want to waste it away watching other people’s snaps. (To spend 2 minutes watching how an acquaintance turns into a dog and lick the screen from various different angles? No thanks. I rather change 15 diapers instead HAHAHA).

And then Instagram Story came. I was quite excited because finally I get to try this whole snappy chatty thing out without surrendering myself to downloading yet another social media app to get me busier.

And then I failed miserably. And here’s why:

1. There’s no way I can do one of those pretty selfie snaps BECAUSE YOU NEED TO KEEP PRESSING THE RECORD BUTTON. While holding phone vertically. All with one hand.

And both my hands are full. Almost always.

Just a very extreme example lol.

2. I need more time. Not a nice snap? Go over and record again until you get the perfect snap. Erm… Also, Junya may drop into the pool while I draw something cute or input some text after snapping him. (Not literally.)

3. My Instagram Story is for people who want to feel better about themselves. Cleaning up spilled juice again? Yeap. At least I get to visit the park to catch Goldeens.

So, I was reading a Japanese parenting book on how to be an “Anyhow Mother” (by the way their “anyhow” is totally not anyhow at all -_-. Expectation too different haha), and the author mentioned that one of the best things you can do for yourself in order not to stress about parenthood is not to compare your parenting life with those you follow on social media. Because social media is all for boasting. Friend posting family photo taken at Disneyland over the weekend while all you did was wiping spit-ups. Mommy friend cooked a great feast and you fed your toddler canned tuna. Other friends had fun dressed up at a party and you are stuck home wiping spit-ups… again.

But how true is that. Every single thing someone posts on social media is mostly for boasting their meaningful and happy life. You don’t really post about spilled juice do you? Let me scroll through my feed now. Ah. Coffee with coffee art at hipster cafe (I’m cool.). Bikini #ootd at the beach (check out my workout efforts and praise me now). Romantic dinner (my BF is better than yours). Just made a donation! (tell me what a great person I am). Selfie (I have a face).

Yeap. I have my own fair share of showing off too. Let me do some extra boasting today, with screenshots of my Instagram Story, in case you missed out watching my awesome and exciting life.

My Instagram Story

(What a lovely morning.)

(I woke up looking like this. Huh, what make up? Why would I put on make up when I stay home the whole day?)

(I cook great meals for my kids everyday with great nutritional balance. They love it. You will never see me when I secretly feed them canned tuna.)

(Just showing what a great cook I am. It’s never unhygienic or dangerous to chop with one hand and press your phone with another hand.)

 

(I care about my kids health, except when they ask me for french fries. And Kit Kat. And beer. Ah just kidding.)

(I just absolutely love to sound as if I know what I’m talking about.)

(I am an amazing cook. 1 out of 68 times.)

(I can cook rice.)

(I multitask like a champion.)

(My house is even neater and cleaner than yours. Oh wait. Do you even have kids?)

(I’m as good as your maid.)

(I am simply a multitask champ and I love to say it more than once.)

(My toddler’s meal totally looks this good. EVERY TIME.)

(During my free time I read intellectually stimulating books with my kids. I will never shove them an iPad while I catch my own Pokemons.)

(We are fun.)

(Even when there’s nothing else to do I hold meaningful conversations with my kids.)

(Erm this just… never happened. Ok I gotta delete this snap. It was supposed to show how smart my kid was, not how he spilled his juice.)

(Ok but if it ever happens, the first thing my son fetches is the sanitizer. We teach about hygiene at home.)

(Overall he did a great job helping me clean up by placing various things such as a post card on the wet patch. Thank you baby. Why waste money hiring maids? Also, my house doesn’t look like that. The mess is just your own imagination.)

 

(Cooked my husband’s dinner. I am a good wife as long as he never finds out that the hamburg is actually store-bought frozen and the Gudetama is a digital stamp.)

Yeap that’s my Instagram Story. How about yours?

Now praise me.

 

 

 

 

Stored in Pokemom | 18 Cheesed

Goodsania

August 19, 2016 in Commercial Break / Pokemom 0 Cheesed

I blogged about Goodsania last year, a shopping site selling Japanese household items that make home living more convenient and enjoyable!

This time I did more shopping on the site, since my whole life is pretty much about cleaning/cooking/laundry now.

Here are some of the items I got!

Hahaha super aunty.

But actually a lot of the items do spark joy for me and the home other than being useful!

Also, when you have no time to even get out of your house (to buy groceries and catch some pokemons on the way), Goodsania is a godsend when you only need a few clicks and everything can be ordered and delivered!

 

ASVEL Airtight Rice Container

I wanted to get this for a long time! To keep our precious rice fresh, it is best to store it in airtight containers, along with a rice bug repellent (usually made of wasabi or chilli pepper).

The special slanted design of the base makes rice from the back of the container flow towards the front, so it is easy to scoop out the rice. Very often, rice is just stuck at the back of the container and you have stretch your hand inside to scoop but this user-friendly design solves this problem!

The measurement lines is also useful to know how much rice I have left and how much to buy.

Punched-hole Triangle Corner Rack

I have been trying to find the perfect triangle corner for the kitchen sink. I couldn’t find it in KL because I think most people dispose their food waste into a plastic bag? But how do you dispose of wet/liquidy food waste such as porridge??

You can get plastic ones for much cheaper but remember you are dealing with food waste that rot easily, so better get a good quality stainless steel such as this one!

There’s also corner rack plastic bags so that rubbish disposal is easy and more hygienic! 

Eco Food Bag

Did you know that vitamins and minerals in vegetables and fruits are easily lost even though they are kept in the fridge? An easy way to keep food fresh while locking-in important nutrients is to store them with P-Plus Eco Bags.

This is no ordinary plastic bag. It is a freshness ziplock bag that is made with special breathable plastic film that is developed by Japanese innovation and technology. The micro-holes control the breathing of the fresh foods and maintains freshness.

It’s good for both whole and cut foods! Easy for me to prepare food for quick cooking and also packet food to take along on outings!

P-Plus Eco Bag for vegetable/fresh food can be used repeated and locks in the freshness of fresh foods. Tests show that when fruits/vegetables were placed in the fridge without P-Plus Eco Bag used, they lost 49% of Vitamin C in 7 days! But when P-Plus Eco Bag was used, only 24% of Vitamin C was lost in the same period of time.

These Eco Bags come in handy L, M, S sizes.

Zoo Drying Agent

It is difficult to keep biscuits, dried goods like sesame seeds dry in this hot and humid weather. Things get soggy so quick especially when Junya likes to repeatedly open and close container lids -_-.

I also worry about the safety of some packet drying agents and those silica beads. Junya always plays with them and asks me what it is. Those packets could also burst and Champon the eat-everything-monster probably would devour them in a second.

This Zoo series drying agent is made in Japan from special silica gel and pulp with no loose silica beads so it’s safe and hygienic. Of course it is also reusable – value for money! Each piece is suitable for keeping a capacity of about 1.8L container dry for a month. It can be easily restored to top condition by simply heating it in the microwave.

It comes in cute bear, hippo and camel shape! 

 

Hello Kitty Onigiri Wrapper and Hello Kitty Food Picks

Well. Simply because Hello Kitty. Haha.

The Riceball wrapper makes a simple homemade onigiri instantly cuter, and Hello Kitty food picks can be used to skewer fruits or sausages on a platter, or just for decoration in a cute bento box. <3

Minnie Mouse Baby Tableware Set

Can’t wait to start using this for baby Sakura!

It’s meal set in Minnie Mouse design and has everything a growing baby needs for dining –from plates to bowl, fork, spoon and cup. It also comes in Mickey Mouse design and it is great as a gift for the next baby shower for friends!

Minnie Mouse Wet Tissue Lid

This is super useful to keep baby wipes and wet tissue dry all the time.

Simply stick it onto the wet tissue package opening! The special adhesive design makes it reusable so no more hassle fiddling with the opening sticker that always gets misplaced.

The flip-open lid makes it super easy when you only have one hand to function (which happens all the time when you have a baby to cared for XD).

It comes in a few colors and also available in Mickey Mouse design!

Tanita Digital Cooking Scale

I don’t bake but the danna sometimes likes to make hotcakes for Junya, and him being fastidious with measurements, he requested a good quality kitchen scale.

Tanita is a reliable and well-known weighing scale brand from Japan. This model comes in various colors too and since I’m the one getting in, the danna just have to deal with the cute pink color XD.

Mini Retangular Pinch Clip Laundry Hanger

Since we travel a lot and stay in 3 different homes, I needed something small size to bring along, especially airing baby clothes.

This hanger is super slim and foldable, totally space-saving, and suitable for indoor airing!

Richell Rilakkuma Fridge Safety Lock

Absolutely must for every house with a toddler. Or else all your snacks will be gone. Junya broke and outsmarted a few locks before so hopefully this one is complicated enough for him haha.

So! Some of these items may be available locally, but if you compare the prices Goodsania is actually much cheaper!

There’s a currency converter on the website for your convenience at exchange rate. Although JPY is higher now, I still found some of the items cheaper than retail stores here in Singapore, even after discount!

For example this cute food pick:

Goodsania’s normal price is approx. $4.50, with discount code it is only $4.05, while I saw it on a popular retail stores the other day selling at $11.90!! That’s like 60% cheaper.

There are many other items that are definitely cheaper than retails store, so it’s really worth it to buy it from Goodsania. But… how about shipping cost? What if you stay in Europe or USA???

Don’t worry. Worldwide free shipping is provided for any order more than JPY8000. Huh, I really don’t know how they do it. I received my order from Japan within 3 days, and they even sell large and heavy items like stools and storage boxes. How do they cover the shipping costs?!

I have no idea, but it’s all good news for us #Pokemoms who want to go for quality value buys! Extra Discounts, Free Shipping, Fast Delivery to your doorstep… perfect!

Shop at:

Goodsania.com

They have revamped their website recently and it’s even better and more user friendly!

There’s also a limited offer for Cheeserland’s readers: Use this code GDS2CH10 at check out and get 10% OFF. Valid only until 30 Sept 2016!

There are also on-going Extra Discounts with various credit cards from major banks such as UOB, DBS, Citibank etc, click on this link for more info. Save More Money on Goodsania!

Check out Goodsania Blog & Facebook for more lifestyle tips and promotions!

Ringer Hut – Nagasaki Champon

(This is about the noodle from Kyushu, not the Shiba in our house.)

I rarely do restaurant reviews but today I want to introduce a fast-food chain called Ringer Hut in Japan, which specializes in Nagasaki Champon.

The danna would crave for Ringer Hut every now and then when we are back to Japan. I have had Ringer Hut many times before, while I think it is quite delicious, it never struck me as life-changing, as how Ichiran Ramen does for some foreign tourists.

But then I understood that it was because Champon is the danna’s soul food since he grew up eating it in Nagasaki. He said it is just like fried beehoon for me. Yeah that makes sense. My whole childhood was pretty much all about fried beehoon lolol. The school canteen sold it, birthday parties or any sort of gathering/party would for sure have it, my mom cooks it (until today).

Which is why we ended up naming our first pet Champon. If we ever have a second one in the future maybe I’ll consider Beehoon.

Anyway, back to Ringer Hut. It is one of the healthier fast-food options you can get in Japan.

It is pretty similar to ramen, yet so different. Ringer Hut especially focuses on healthy eating. Their slogan for this summer is, “Eat Japanese Vegetables”.

You get to consume at least 7 different types of vegetables in just one bowl of Champon (cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts, green peas, green onion, sweet corn and onion). Sometimes they go all overboard and keep adding on new seasonal vegetables. Once they had 10 types of vegetables and I thought that’s a little too much haha.

I really do love how beautifully colorful it is, green brown yellow orange, with Kamaboko adding even some pink tones to it. Such a happy bowl of yummy goodness.

This summer the theme is “Kikurage” – black fungus.

As if 10 types of vegetables doesn’t sound healthy enough, they also offer a “Yasai Tappuri” (Vegetable Abundant) menu.

You can go for extra vegetables, which is a whopping 367gm!!! For Champon, it can go up to 480gm!!!? That doesn’t even include the noodles. If the noodles are 300gm, and the soup is 200gm, the whole bowl is almost… 1KG?! Hahaha.

Other than Champon, they have another popular dish called Sara Udon. It is nothing like udon, though, more like very thin yee mee (crispy noodle), with the same thicken vegetable gravvy topping.

I ordered the Yasai Tappuri version (367gm). Honestly it’s a little too much for me but I ganbatte and finished the whole plate.

You will also be given dressings for your Sara Udon. I had Yuzu dressing and Ginger dressing. But I think it already tastes great without additional flavoring!

It is very much like our Cantonese Fried Noodle (Kung Fu Yee Mee)!!

Ringer Hut also serves the danna’s favorite Gyoza.And we love to eat it with Yuzu Pepper (the green stuff on the plate) instead of the usual Chili Layu.

Ringer Hut strives to have a wholesome menu so there are also the less-salt version. The Champon has 30% less salt and Sara Udon 25%. (It is not discount hor don’t so happily order this when you flip to this page of the menu and see 30% OFF lol.)

For weight watchers, there are also the zero-calorie seaweed noodle in soy milk Champon. And due to popular request from customer they also has “Noodle-less” Champon. I guess is for those who want to go light on carbs. So basically you are eating a whole bowl of just vegetables haha.

Their latest shoutouts:

1.FOC additional noodle!
2. All vegetables are locally grown (from within Japan)!
3.Using zero-cholesterol cooking oil!
4.Noodle flour are all made in Japan!

Maybe we foreigners won’t really understand what’s the big deal this but Japanese really has this obsession over everything “made/grown in Japan” (so do I, admittedly lolol), it gives them the peace of mind especially when it comes to something that goes into your body. You’ll never know, with all the horror stories about fake milk powder and stuff from another country haha.

Ringer Hut too, has now made the effort to use 100% local ingredients in order to support farmers. I find it amazing that a lot of restaurant chains (like Ootoya, Mos Burger, etc) have a notice on the ingredient’s origin pasted on the restaurant wall. “Today’s Carrot is from Aomori. Cabbage from Gunma, Sweet Corn from Hokkaido…” etc.

They are so serious about this that they even have information and feature stories about the sources of their ingredient origins.

(Carrot harvested from “Maple Farm”.)

While most people don’t care which part of the earth the vegetables they ingest sprouted out from, it is sure nice to know that they take things so seriously, and at least we are not eating fake onions. Made of recycled cat hairballs. XD.

Ringer Hut’s TV commercial:

Ringer Hut is from Nagasaki but you can find it in every city. Shibuya has two outlets if you are keen to try! 🙂