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Milbon: 360° Beautiful Hair

November 4, 2016 in Commercial Break 3 Cheesed

Today I am introducing something for those who want beautiful hair – to be more exact – hair that remains beautiful all the time.

We are all familiar with the confident high the moment you step out of a good hair salon, but only to see your hair wither slowly in sadness after a couple of months of absence from salon care.

Salon care is super important, because it is able to transform life (at least of your hair!), but to keep your hair looking just the way it does after a salon visit, try the Milbon 5-week maintenance regimen.

 

Milbon Signature Line

Quick introduction. Most of you probably have not heard of Milbon, even though it is Japan’s No.1 Professional Hair Care Brand since 1965. Every hair professional in Japan knows its presence. That is because Milbon has always been in the background as they worked exclusively with hair salons.

Salon Care

Trying out the brand new Global Milbon Smooth treatment at Number76!

The key feature for this treatment is the Perfecting Primer that is applied to your hair prior to treatment to help absorption and to keep the effect for a longer period!

Quick and fuss-free, this intense treatment is especially suitable for people who are looking for a quick hair pampering!

With Sakura.

Amazing result!! My frizzy hair is much smoother and softer to the touch. <3

The Global Milbon salon treatment is available at all Number76 branches! <3

 

At-Home Booster

You can also purchase a homecare kit, with four weekly boosters that ensure salon results continue until your next salon visit 5 weeks later. They even write down the dates on when you should use each booster.

That is Milbon’s 5-week maintenance regimen.

And in between? Daily care at the comfort of your home, with professional salon-grade products.

Last year, Milbon’s research lab in Japan discovered how to analyze hair from a 3D perspective, bringing X-ray and CT scan technology to haircare for the first time.

And their analyses revealed astounding, never-before seen symptoms about damage hair.

And these symptoms are called “Stick-Shaped Voids”, SSV in short.

Our hair has protein and fats within, and when the hair loses them due to chemical treatments, stick-shaped cavities can form. It’s like your hair is made of macaroni. This is the major cause to loss of shine, split ends and breakage.

This discovery leads to Milbon’s solution to rescue damaged hair with their SSVR-Silk, a powerful complex that supersedes these SSV voids, making hair healthy and beautiful again.

This year, Milbon is reaching out to every one who wants beautiful hair that extend long after their salon visit. The all-new Milbon Signature Line comes in 3 ranges: SMOOTH, MOISTURE and REPAIR. I picked SMOOTH as is a universal formula for all hair types.

This is my hair after a long absence from the salon and non-stop weekly traveling. The pictures were taken before my recent hair cut!

Other than external damages, my hair actually suffers from texture change after my pregnancy (the second time it got even worse). It’s like growing a baby suddenly gave me a bad perm lol. While the natural waves give me crazy hair volume, it actually looks very unruly.

The 3 home-care products:

 

Milbon Smoothing Shampoo to detangle for a silkier feel.

Milbon Soothing Treatment to smooth cuticles and enhance texture and shine.

And the leave-in Luminous Softening Oil to soften unruly hair like mine.

Result:

Indeed my hair feels softer, lighter and much smoother.

Bleached hair ends remain soft and smooth too.

Before and after:

After blow-drying, it looks much more manageable, and much less frizzy!

Milbon Signature Line is officially launching in Malaysia on the 18th August, you can get it at all Number76 salon branches in Malaysia!

Visit Milbon’s Facebook Page for more updates!

 

10 Awesome Japanese Packagings

Haro! Brainwash time again!

So so so! Today I want to talk about how awesome Japanese packagings are, I took a few months to collect all these pictures so I can compile them into this post.

Even if you have not been to Japan before, I am sure you have seen/bought/received Japanese products with packaging so awesome that it makes you wanna hang it on the wall lol.

And I’m not even talking about packaging like this:

 

I am talking about packaging that is not just attractive/cute/almost redundantly elaborated, but packaging that shows the thoughtfulness of the person who designed it. Everything is made for the convenience, comfort and happiness for the person who is using it. It is made with heart and love (and some mad creative skills).

Using these awesome packaging makes me fall in love over and over again.

Here are just some of the packagings that I found very interesting. Maybe some of these are not exclusively available in Japan, but to me some of them are novelty design that made me go very mindblown.

1. Sanitary Pad

Not the packaging for sanitary pad per se, but when you buy sanitary pads from the drug stores, they will always put it in a cute paper bag for you. Why? So that girls don’t feel embarrassed about their feminine shopping. I don’t mind people seeing pads in my grocery bags but I think that’s quite thoughtful, although nitpickers probably will say it’s a waste of paper. But well, you can recycle it!

2. PET Bottle

I am not sure if it is just Japan, (I haven’t seen such design in MY/SG), but their large PET bottles come with a dent in the middle on two sides.

The first time I noticed it I was like, hey that’s cheating! I thought with the dent there was less water inside LOLOL *slap self* and the the very next moment I understood it BECAUSE I WAS HOLDING IT  WITH MY THUMB PLACED PERFECTLY ON IT.

This. Is ergonomic.

I can never hold the usual 1.5 litre PET bottle the same way ever again. Japan spoilt me.

Also, the PET bottle can be crushed into a small chunk very easily, which makes great space when recycling.

Also the PET wrapper can be super easily torn off so that you can separate it for recycling.

 

2. Straw

Can I know how many of you, when drinking boxed/bottled juice or beverage that comes with a straw, will first separate the straw from the box, then tear the straw plastic wrapper apart (most often with great effort, sometimes even scissors are needed), and then only poke it into the box and drink it?

Yeap. I see some hands.

Well apparently in Japan nobody needs to do that. Because.

You push the straw downwards and pull it out, there you have the straw, with the plastic wrapper still attached to the bottle/box, and you have one (or two, or three) less piece of garbage to throw.

You know I have lived my whole life taking out straws the troublesome way, until the Yakult people told me there’s a short cut to it. I feel like I have wasted a big part of my life away prying straws off from boxed juices.

And now you know how to drink Yakult more time-efficiently. You are welcome. (Bet Vitagen doesn’t have that.)

 

3. Box Packaging

I have never ever need to use cutters/scissors to open anything I bought from Japan before, including those clamshell packages. And your beautiful manicure will never get hurt.

Their boxes designs are especially awesome.

Some herb supplement.

All in one action.

This is Junya’s Meiji milk powder. It is cardboard material so usually you will need a cutter or at least pry open the top with your nails. But this one is just a press away with your thumb from accessing the content.

Also I have talked about this before a few times, don’t need to repeat how awesome and genius this Raku Raku cube formula is.

4. Can

Even for the canned milk powder…

The lid can be open half way so you don’t have to take off and put the lid down every time (a bit unsanitary I feel), it’s super easy to open and close.

And also, the main reason for the half-open lid is that…

You can use it to get exactly the right amount of formula. The rest of the formula elsewhere usually comes with a scoop, and it’s always agak-agak (rough estimation). I remember when I was a child the formula cans came with a bar in the middle for you to remove excess formula. But that made quite an obstacle and it’s damn hard to reach the bottom.

Even the scoop is designed in such a way that you will never spill any formula when you pour it inside the milk bottle. (Other formula brands have scoops that are too fat, too deep, etc, always end up powder spillage everywhere!)

 

5. Cup Noodle

Of course cup noodle is a wonder of the world itself.

Some of you probably have a Nissin cup at home now. Ok flip to the bottom.

Do you know what is this for?

It is a sticker for you to use to tape the lid. So you don’t need to cover it with your aircon remote control/magazine anymore during the 3 mins wait.

As if cup noodles are not compact enough for traveling, now it comes in travel refill forms. It is squarish and just half the size. Never need to eat crappy local food when a travel destination fails you on gourmet aspect.

A mochi cheese bread also has a sticker attached where you can use to re-seal it! Although it’s so yummy I finished the hole thing at one go XD

 

6. Freshness

Usually a shop offers you ice packs when you purchase something that’s likely to melt under warm temperature. Like… a tub of ice cream.

In Japan, they give you ice packs when you buy cakes, cream puff, other assorted desserts, and even salad. So that when you reach home you can eat it still served cold. And at its freshest.

They would ask you, how long is your journey back home? If it’s a short trip, say 20 minutes they give you an ice pack, if longer they give more. What is this thoughtfulness??

7. Combini Packaging

Combini packagings blow my mind. I’m sure by now everyone has eaten an onigiri with a wrapper so awesome that separates the seaweed from the rice so that the seaweed remain fresh and crisp? (No? You need to finish reading this post and book a ticket to Japan, like, now. There’s a new world waiting for you to discover :D)

That’s just one of the many awesomeness. Each new trip the convenient stores come up with something new and innovative that makes me more and more incline to just live off a combini.

With innovative packaging, it also means that there are more variety of food you can eat now, from combini.

Have you ever wish you can eat a bowl of piping hot, al dente ramen right in your own home? It sounds like a dream (unless you can cook it) but it is a dream no longer.

The combini sells ramen. (WHAT?! HOW?)

RAMEN

The noodle is separated from the soup by a thin film so it never gets soggy. Just pop it into the microwave, perfect for times like when you are too lazy to queue an hour outside Ichiran. And it tasted pretty damn good considering it’s off a shelf. No complaints from me.

BENTO

All the combini bento also comes with a breathable hole for reheating so you don’t have to remove the lid in microwave.

TSUKEMEN

This is Tsuke Udon (udon with dipping sauce).

First of all the dipping sauce is of course, in a separate bowl, which you can heat up.

And then there’s a pack of water (of course, the packaging is a “tear-anywhere” design. For those who are looking for the little cut-out opening, don’t need.) for you to “rinse” the udon, since it gets dry and are probably stucky (I know there’s no such word as stucky. But if there’s sticky then there must be stucky. HAHAHAH).

And then there’s a plastic tray in the middle as a bowl, I guess?

ODEN

Oden is probably my favorite food everrrrr from combini, and I loooooove the bowl design. Usually the staff would ask if you want small or big bowl, how much soup, what kind of seasoning you want. I like big bowl, a lot of soup and ALL the seasonings 😛 (#KiasuFakeSingaporean)

AND THE GENIUS PART ABOUT IT IS

The little built-in “saucer”. For your seasonings. Like Yuzu Pepper, mustard, shichimi, etc. It is SO USEFUL please because where else are you gonna squeeze your yuzu pepper onto??? Your lap ah. 😛

 

8. One Glass Wine

This one actually is not from Japan (from Italy!) but also very awesome so I’d share! When you travel unless you have drinking buddies, which the danna doesn’t, it’s a bit crazy to buy bottles of wine. So maybe you can buy a glass of wine? From the combini?

Cheers.

9. Salad dressing

So. Let me guess again. You have tried opening a pack of shoyu (soy sauce) for your boxed sushi and it freaking splattered everywhere and now you stained your fingers and you accidentally poured too much on ONE piece of sushi and you wished you could keep some for later to dip, but whatever lah you were just gonna pour all on the tray and eat overly-salty sushi.

It won’t happen if the soy sauce is this:

Salad dressing for JAL inflight food. You tear it open horizontally, and because the opening is a narrow funnel shape, you get to control the amount you need for the salad.

And you don’t have to pour all at one go. You can keep it aside for later use. Because it freaking stands.

Awesome or not.

 

10. Chopstick wrapper

This is not particularly useful but I loved it. It made our dinner time extra fun, especially it was a dinner with Junya’s only cousin and Jiji.

Looks like a normal chopstick wrapper with cute Mt Fuji motif.

But you can fold it the origami way, and it becomes this:

A Mt Fuji chopstick rest.

Sigh. I love Japan.

Little things like these we often take them for granted. But it is also exactly little things like these that make me want to appreciate every other little things in life. To learn to be more creative, and thoughtful for other people. And maybe put more smiles in this world.

 

Have you come across any other awesome packaging that’s not mentioned here? Share with me!

Nursing Coordinate Cheat One™

October 28, 2016 in Useless fashion 27 Cheesed

If you are a mother who are nursing yet want to look less like a shapeless paper bag, this post might be sort of useful for you. However if you are not, this post is just gonna sound weird as hell. Because you throughout this post you’re gonna be like Wtf am I reading? And why am I staring at her bust the whole time?! AND GOD FORBID WHY AM I PICTURING HER UNDRESSING?! and it’s gonna make the both of us uncomfortable. Because today I am basically talking about my mooies (and yours) and how to expose them. Literally. Anyway you have been warned.

So I have received many comments and emails from fellow #Pokemom asking for tips to dress up fashionably while breastfeeding. To be honest, I have not done any fashion-related post for a long looooong time because the only thing I am wearing now is my baby. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Then again, now that I think about it, for close to 3 years, I have not properly dressed of a normal woman’s own free will, to wear whatever and however I like, ever since I got pregnant with Junya. It started with preggo clothes, then breastfeeding friendly clothes, then preggo clothes again, then now back to breastfeeding clothes. I can even hear my closet sigh in resignation.

Junya was breastfed for 15 months and now Sakura is coming to 6 months, so that gives me almost close to 2 years of experience to experiment with different outfits that ease breastfeeding on the go, especially when we travel so much.

Some readers were very puzzled at how on earth I feed my baby wearing those outfits I posted on my blog/social media. Most of them told me that the only things they could wear were loose T shirts and front-button shirts. In the beginning, I too was one of those new mothers who went shopping for maternity/nursing outfits that look like only people who want to look unattractive on purpose would wear. Now that I know better, I know that I can wear whatever I want. (Well, almost.)

So here is a list of coordinate styles that breastfeeding mothers can wear without needing to desperately find toilets or nursing room just to undress. These are proper, tried-and-tested nursing coordinates (though some with a bit of cheat) I have experimented, all “Aruki Oppai” (feed-on-the-go while wearing your baby, literally “walking boobs”) style.

There are generally three styles for boob access: lift up, and pull down and from the front. There’s also through the side but very limited outfits have that access.

I usually use a nursing cape thrown over for coverage but it could be quite hot for the baby especially when you are outdoor. Sometimes if the exposure (of boobs) is minimal, the sunshade hood of the baby carrier is enough to cover a feeding session!

1. T-shirt
Boob access difficulty: ★★★★☆


T shirts seem like a safe choice. They are fine. Except that when you need to feed while baby-wearing, it is a bit of a pain. You will have to lift your T shirt up and pull it through the carrier up over your bosoms. Usually your T shirt ends up wrinkled and if you are wearing it tucked-in, errr… good luck. ALSO, If your T shirt is slim-cut, you can’t fit your baby underneath, but have to pull it all the way up and that makes you quite exposed. Basically… forget about T shirts.

2. Front-button
Boob access difficulty: ★★★☆☆

This one makes the most sense and pretty much is the default “nursing coordinate” but it is actually my least favorite. I almost never wear any front-button tops, and the reason is that it takes time for access. When I expose to feed I like to do it quickly and discreetly. To unbutton you need both hands and during urgent times especially when baby is screaming of hunger, it’s gonna frustrate the both of you while you desperately fiddle your shirt buttons in panic. Not to mention the fuss having to button back your shirt after feeding.

3. Cropped top
Boob access difficulty: ★★☆☆☆



It’s funny because cropped tops were hidden in the deepest of my closet when I was pregnant, but now it’s all on VIP front seats lol. Cropped tops are easy especially when you are baby-wearing, since the carrier usually is strapped around your waist. I generally won’t wear any top that goes beyond my waist that get stuck between the carrier.

4. Wide-bottom top
Boob access difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

I love wide-bottom tops because I can just shove the baby in from bottom and feed without using an extra nursing cape. Loose knit tops and light-flowy material blouses work the same.

5. Off shoulder/wide neckline
Boob access difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆



This is the easiest!! Usually tops with elastic neckline are the best. Basically just pull top-down to pop your boobies out lol. The only thing is that since it is so exposed, you will need a nursing cape to cover.

6. Pinafore/dungaree dress
Boob access difficulty: ★★★☆☆


Challenging but possible. It looks too complicated for nursing but actually given the right combination it’s totally doable. First you choose looser pinafores that allow plenty of room for movement, then pair with either a wide-neckline top or a cropped top for easy access.

This picture gives quite a clear idea on how it works!


7. One piece/dresses
Boob access difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

How on earth?!

For the longest time I shunned all one piece dresses because there’s simply no way you could lift the whole dress up to feed your baby. The only way to do it is if your dress has a V neckline, or at least a wide/elastic neckline. You dig your boobies out and feed lol. You are probably still scratching your head and wondering how the heck it works and now you are feeling weird because you just scrolled up again and pictured me digging my boobies out from that dress. Awkward. My bad. Anyway it helps if your bust is not too… magnificent. It’s easy for me lolol.

8. Two piece/Layering 1
Boob access difficulty: ★★★☆☆



Breastfeeding outfits should be as simple as possible, why complicate things with wearing more clothes!!! But I like challenges and increase game level difficulty wor HAHAH. And layered dresses now very in-trend ma. Pity to give up altogether…

Just like pinafore, it’s actually pretty easy! The trick is the same, which is to wear a short-ish cropped top inside. When you need to feed you just pull the inner top up and the outer dress downwards. It helps if the dress is stretchable.

And I love to wear this because it creates an “opening” while you are still covered pretty much from all sides!

9. Two piece/Layering 2
Boob access difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆


Now I have ONE magnificent boob. HAHA.

I just recently found out about this style and I regret not knowing it earlier! Basically you wear a tube dress/maxi dress with wide neckline and then throw a loose cropped top over. The top serves as a nursing cape. Awesome.

10. Romper
Boob access difficulty:★★★★★

Difficult, unless it is a tube romper or has V neckline, even so you are going to super regret it because if you are wearing your baby, you basically can’t go to the toilet.

11. Maxi dress (with narrow neckline)
Boob access difficulty: Impossible


Just… cannot.

I gave up wearing my favorite maxi dresses since I had Sakura. Ironically it was my favorite during pregnancy. Now they are hidden in the deepest of closet.A kind reader suggested getting a tailor to sew an opening on the side with zipper, it’s a great idea but… . I’ll just tahan another half a year or so la.

Others useful pieces
12. Nursing Cape

If you have one you basically can wear anything. Just… depends on how long you want to let your baby scream while you prepare her food. XD

13. Camisole

Camisoles are super useful especially when you are nursing baby underneath your shirt. It gives you an extra layer of protection. You lift your top up and pull down your camisole so in this way you are all unexposed.

But anyway, nobody looks perfect all the time. The moment you make the decision to breastfeed your baby, just be prepared to look forever 衣冠不整 (disheveled)… until your boobies gain new freedom again. That’s the life of a nursing mother.

That’s all for today’s #Pokemom lesson!
I know, I know. All you lactacting ladies are like Mamamilla!! That was awesome!! And the non-lactating ladies (and guys) be like, dafug did I just read?

I bet my boobies have never been stared so many times in one single post. This is weird. But you are welcome.

Tokyo Family Coordinate

Quick post!!

Honestly I cannot remember when was the last time I did a coordinate post. Or even properly take a coordinate picture, becauseeee…

1. My coordinate is forever same-ish no matter what I wear since I have a grey baby carrier strapped onto me almost the whole time.

2. When you have to fit 3 pax worth of autumn clothes into a single luggage, it doesn’t give you the choice to look fresh and different every day anymore…

3. Priority. My priorities are to prevent my toddler from jumping off a train platform and to solve a hungry baby situation, rather than, you know, finding good locations/angles for perfect #ootd shots.

But I try. It is Japan. You cannot afford to look like you have no fashion dignity lol. And instead of #ootd of myself it is now family coordinate.

Coordinate 1

White one piece with checkered outer from About A Girl, available at Isetan Scotts, Singapore. No shoes because it was our first day in Japan and I didn’t haven’t done any shopping XD.

 

Coordinate 2

Sleeveless knit top + halter dress from Pageboy. Sakura’s dress from Baby Gap.

Coordinate 3

Dress: Je, Shoes: Journal Standard

 

Coordinate 4

Knit cardigan: relume, knit top: Archives, bag: Givenchy, Belt: Muji, Necklace: Santa Monica

Sakura’s cute overall from a baby bazaar in Ikebukuro!

Coordinate 5

Everybody beigey tone day.

Mama -Top: GAP, Skirt: About A Girl, Flats: GAP

Sakura – Sophie La Girafe

Junya – Top: some 300 yen top from Nishimatsuya, shoes from Asics

Family #ootd is hard XD

Coordinate 6

White Tee: GAP (stolen from the danna because I was starting to run out of things to wear)

Romper: About A Girl, Hairband: WEGO, Necklace: is actually Sakura’s teething toy.

Shiba Inu Tote bag: wasabi

Hi^^

 

Coordinate 7

Skirt: About A Girl, sneakers: Converse

 

Coordinate 8

MODE kind of day.

Top: Evris, halter suede dress: Pageboy

 

Coordinate 9

Top: PLAY, hairband & backpack: BAPE

Junya always likes to hide behind me and do the emo look-away #ootd shots XD

 

About A Girl

If you love Japanese casual wear, there are some good finds if you look through About A Girl, available at Isetan Scotts’ department store on ladies floor. Girly, flowy and sometimes loose + oversized. Totally in the mood for those now.

 

BAPE Singapore

Shopping date with Junya. He is wearing Hello Kitty X Baby Milo haha.

New shopping from BAPE’s at Mandarin Gallery!

Been eyeing that canvas tote bag for a looong time. Got a smaller matching two-way sling bag for Junya. And a love-at-first-sight camo high cut slip-on.

Even though it’s a bit mafan to wear (considering I could hardly bend down while baby-wearing) but it’s too cool not to have T_T.

College knit in beige (a very rare find in BAPE! Looooove!) and rib knit wide pants with camo pockets, for my December trip to Japan. Can’t wait!!

 

 

 

Eat Tokyo Autumn 2016

Food post come liao!

Here are some of the food we ate during our previous trip!

So on the first day the TV was showing a buffet special feature and I saw this…

Super luxurious hotel buffet, unlimited foie gras and caviar with wagyu steak and many other delicacies for 6000 yen… (about $80). T__T.

After watching this I got a little 心理不平衡 (emotionally unbalanced) because we couldn’t go to eat and was in the mood for luxury right in the comfort of our own home.

So… Hokkaido fair it is.

Hokkaido fair at Tobu Ikebukuro, lux until cannot! Wagyu steak, abalone, Ikura, uni… But the price was also quite lux XD.

Mountains of karashi mentaiko.

A castle made of Ikura…

BENTO

Our lunch bento!! In Japan you can eat hotel-grade food in your pajamas. On your own bed if you like haha.

3 different kinds of giant ebi with scallop, uni, ikura, plus extra abalone topping. Can you think of a more luxurious seafood bento?

The danna’s roast wagyu bento with giant scallop.

When Josh and Carolyn visited Japan, I brought them to the fair for more bento!!

This time the beef bento comes with Wagyu hamburg also.

Seafood bowl was kani and uni!!

 

SNOW MILK

And and and!!! I want to talk about this Snow Milk thing. Have you guys tried before??

Junya loves milk so the danna saw this and bought a bottle for him. He had one sip and there were sparkles in his eye lol. He said “meccha oishii” (super yummy). And I got a shock because he rarely has any big reaction to even some of the yummiest food. He just eats them with a straight face. So I had a sip too (to Junya’s protest) and omg you guys are gonna think I’m totally overreacting again but I really thought it was the most delicious milk I’ve ever tried.

And to think that I thought Meiji Hokkaido Milk was the most delicious. I guess tastebuds do get spoilt, and mine are of quite high CP now HAHHAHA.

However though, this is not pure milk, but milk infused with amazake, a sweet rice wine (non-alcoholic). I have tried amazake before and didn’t particularly like it. I just didn’t expect this surprising combi could result in such explosive wonder.

Curious and want to try?

Meidiya in Liang Court totally sells it. I was like OMGOMGOMG when I saw this lol. It’s just that it is selling at a whooping $7.40 (even in Japan it is already crazy expensive at 400 yen) for a tiny bottle that confirm leaves you craving for more.

And if you look carefully it is actually a different brand too! And is frozen. I bought 7 bottles (wanted to give a few to Qiu but she told me Josh got for her from Japan and she didn’t like it omg I lost faith in this girl lol) and had one. Hmmm, I’m not sure if it is the brand or if freezing it lowered the quality, somehow it seems like there were some sediment in the bottle and made it less smooth to consume.

Anyway, now you know about Snow Milk.

Back to bento!! Some other bento we ate during the trip:

Cod fish bento. I loooove the ume furikake here.

Unagi bento. This was soooo good!

Tofu with minced meat and a shishitou. Didn’t like the sweet gravvy. Making a mental note that all ankake-type (thick, starchy sauce) are probably sweetish.

 

ONIGIRI

I blogged about this before but I just want to remind you guys again to not miss this out in combini. Half boiled egg onigiri (there are a few versions, some with whole egg wrapped inside the rice ball, some has half an egg visible from outside. This one is with minced chicken rice).

Just check out the egg omg.

 

INSTANT NOODLE

Supper is Donbei Kitsune Udon with sakura kamaboko <3

 

BAKE CHEESE TART

Head over to BAKE cheese tart. Maximum need to queue 5 minutes only. I hear SG still need to line up for about an hour?

It’s totally worth the queue. Anyway, 5 minutes only ma HAHA.

 

RAMEN

We were hosting a few groups of people this trip so Ichiran was a mandatory stop. This is the Harajuku branch, 90% tourists haha. Also Junya’s first Ichiran visit.

And Sakura’s.

Japanese probably won’t wait this long to get into an Ichiran because there are many better places and they think it is too touristy nowadays. But I do think that it is one of my favorites still!

This is Kaijin (海神, literally God of Sea) Ramen, a clear fish-based seafood ramen. It is pork-free so it is many Muslim customer’s choice of ramen. In Japan it’s super popular among ladies (the guys tend to go for heavier soup base), it has a very yasashii aji (subtle and mild healthy taste) and I absolutely love how magnificent their hamaguri clams are. Slurp.

ABURA SOBA

Do you know Abura Soba (oil noodle)? It’s weird because Abura Soba is actually not soba but Ramen, and is soupless. It’s like the Japanese equivalent of 干捞面 (kolo mee), you eat it with a special sauce and a small bowl of clear soup on the side.

 

76CAFE OMOTESANDO

Carolyn’s first time to 76CAFE! (sorry Junjun I picked this picture)

Scrumptious lunch!

Classic Karaage Rice.

Shogayaki and Hoikoro (回鍋肉) set lunch. Love the simple home-cooked taste!! Gonna try to steal the recipe and duplicate at home 😛

Special Halloween dessert plate!!

 

MOTSUNABE

The usual for our family.

Mentaiko dashimaki.

 

MIZUTAKI

Both Motsunabe and Mizutaki is a Hakata specialty (from Fukuoka). This chicken soup is so love <333

 

YAKINIKU

The only yakiniku we had this trip. Somehow I didn’t really feel like so much yakiniku recently. Omg what happened to me T__T.

 

STANDING SUSHI BAR

Guys, take note of this place if you don’t want to break your wallet for Michelin’s or queue up 1 hour at Tsukiji.

The name is “Uogashi Nippon Ichi”, not “Standing Sushi Bar” ok haha. Anyway it’s sort of like a cheap sushi bar with prices ranging from 80 yen to 300 yen and adapted sushi versions (like mayo topping/aburi…) that make real sushi masters cringe but the quality is nowhere near inferior. We love it because you can just pop in anytime and order whatever you want from the bar, eat pay and leave, all super casual. It’s so casual it’s almost like a drive-through snack.

Junya’s first time at standing sushi bar.

Not tall enough to reach that’s why have to use a stool lolol. So thoughtful of the shop!!!

Avocado mayo. So much mayo but I’m not complaining. <3

Kimo – some fish gut thing, tasted like jelly!

Koboreru Negi toro– Overflowing fatty tuna with spring onion.

This thing looks… weird?! How does this exist in a sushi shop?!

The danna ordered this “Nakaochi Yaki” for Junya because it is a rice dish and easy to eat with spoon. It is minced tuna with tons of mayo and sweet soy sauce – torched.

Usually I am no a fan of anything sweet in my savory food but this one was so good that I ordered one extra for myself.

Our favorite Engawa – aburi and non-aburi version.

No need to go to Gotemba liao. The Aburi Engawa here is equally mind blowing.

 

HANEDA AIRPORT

I am so so happy that we are flying out from Changi instead of KLIA this year because

1. Changi is awesome. Nobody can disagree on that.

2.  We get to choose JAL flights that land at Haneda instead of Narita (which is a pain to travel to and fro).

3. You get to eat all these at Haneda right before you fly home, near your departure gate. Your last chance to feast before you return to Japan again:

Wagyu steak.

Sushi (from the same Uogashi Nippon Ichi sushi bar, except you pay a little extra cuz it’s airport ma).

Famous Tsukemen!

Yaki soba and Oden omg this was so so good!!! It’s 00:38 now and I WANT TO EAT THIS RIGHT NOW T___T.

The danna made Ebi Fry from chopstick wrapper to entertain his son again haha.

 

Ok that’s all. Cannot take it I need a might night snack. Update again soon!!

 

#LetThemLearn

October 16, 2016 in Commercial Break 3 Cheesed

Sometimes I do think that being a parent is the toughest job in the world because in other professions, you at least know the exact thing you should or should not do, and focus on the end results based on statistics.

But nobody tells a parent what to do. Or worse, everybody is telling you what to do and what not to do in all sort of conflicting ways. And you can never be sure what you do is the best and there will never be an end result… because parenting is a never-ending job. You always wonder… am I doing it wrong?

But I like how Ruth Liew, a leading child development expert said, you are always doing it right. But it is exactly because parenting is never-ending, you always improve, and the one thing you can help your child with is to let them learn.

The #LetThemLearn Campaign by Wyeth Nutrition aims to educate parents the joy and beauty of letting children learn by themselves in becoming better-rounded, responsible and independent individuals. And you help your children in three areas of Multiple Intelligence – Body Smart, Brain Smart and People Smart.

I agree with the concept of giving my children the freedom to explore, make mistake and learn on their own. But sometimes it is also tough because I am sometimes not sure just how much I should let go and how much space I allow for Junya to make mistakes, and when and where should I draw the line?

For example he absolutely love to complete everyday tasks all on his own, from cutting his own nails (“dowan mama help!”) to frying his own sunny-side-up (I allow him to crack the eggs but he cannot touch the fry pan)…

 

Body Smart

Even though it took agesssssss and maybe like 5 tries for him to get the sides right, if I was not in an absolute rush I would let him put on his own shoes although it’s reeeeally tempting to just help him get it over and done with.

The hard patience paid off because, Junya now can wear his own shoes at ease (although only two familiar pairs), so less work for me when I have to sling a baby and preparing a million other things for an outing.

Although… now that wearing shoes sort of becomes his hobby, things like this happens:

Oh well. ^^

To boost Body Smart, wholesome nutrition is important to support physical growth in order to enhance toddler’s motor skills. Two glasses of S-26 Gold Progress/Promise daily would be a good source of calcium and protein!

Brain Smart

When you spend a good part of your salary buying a fancy toy-set for your child only to find out that he is more interested in the house broom… haha. Or when your child does not play the toys according to the instruction on the packaging… it’s tempting to tell your child the stickers are for the sticker book not the window haha. But I usually let Junya play the way he wants as long as I don’t have to replace the wall or buy a new house XD.

Recently he is into puzzles!!! Sometimes he’d get frustrated and go like “mama help, mama help!!!” but his happy smile after successfully solving a puzzle on his own is priceless. ^^

Other than fun games and activities which stimulate a child’s thinking and to help them learn more effectively, good support nutritionally is equally important for brain development. Be sure to include DHA, Choline and Lutein in your child’s diet!

People Smart

Junya is socially awkward just like me. He freezes up when there’s a big crowd of children especially when it comes to the playground and will end up hugging my leg and just watch afar.

I am still trying to ease him with younger children who doesn’t know their strength and watch out for other children who play rough.

Starting with one to one play date and just let him interact without forcing them be super good buddies.

Not only with other older kids, but with animals too! ^^

And also letting him assume the real role of a brother by getting him to show his little sister how to do stuff, and help his sister with little chores like fetching her a wet wipe or pulling the musical toy for her when the melody stops.

Letting a child to socialize early is important, but be sure to boost their immunity and get good nutritional support from foods & milk containing vitamins, pre & probiotics such as Oligofructose and Nucleotides which will help maintain good overall health!

And the #LetThemLearn journey continues.

If you too are a parent who believes in giving children the wings of independence while sowing the seeds of responsibility will catalyse growth, follow the #LetThemLearn parenting tips by Wyeth Nutrition on www.wyethnutrition.com.my and their Facebook page !