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Mama & BB Coordinate Tokyo

January 19, 2015 in Baby / Useless fashion 20 Cheesed

Here’s a collection of oyako coordinate from Japan!

We tried our best to mix and match with limited winter clothing we have. Junya only has one down jacket for the entire 3 weeks XD.

 

Coordinate 1

One of the earlier days for shopping and lunch at a cafe!

Both went for light colors!

 

Coordinate 2

Road trip to Hakone, so dress warm and comfy!

:D

 

Coordinate 3

For a whole day out on a rainy day T__T. Junya is also dressed up for his first date :P

Right: the complete coordinate!

It is quite challenging to dress up in winter T__T. There are your baby’s layering outfits, your baby’s down jacket, your own layering outfit, your own coat/jacket, the diaper bag, the baby carrier, the stroller, plus an umnrella during rainy days….

:D

 

Coordinate 4

Lunch date with mama. Junya is wearing the same coordinate in rotation XD.

But with extra swag lolol.

 

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Coordinate 5

A little darker today! A happening date with papa, aunty Qiu and her baby in the belly!

 

 

Coordinate 6

Shopping at Harajuku today! All in a happy playful mood!

:*

 

 

 

Coordinate 7

Earthy tone for lunch date with mama! Beige and brown base for mama, mohair fur pants and an oversized 50% off knit (18-24m) for bb from BabyGap.

<3

:)

 

 

 

Coordinate 8

Dinner date with papa. JunJun was gonna sleep in the carrier so may as well just wear his onesie PJ :P

 

Coordinate 9

Knit cap for both mama & bb!

:D

 

 

Coordinate 10

Lunch date with mama and friend! A day of navy and grey.

Full coordinate.

 

Coordinate 11

A lazy, relaxed day for casual dinner at a family mall nearby!

 

Coordinate 12

Shopping at Omotesando. And a very very warm day so only light jacket! <3

Complete coordinate.

:D

:)

 

 

 

Coordinate 13

Lunch date with mama. Edgy chic today!

(not so) *behind the scene* lolol.

:P

 

 

Coordinate 14

Lunch date with mama & friends. Navy + Brown theme.

Complete coordinate.

:o

 

 

 

Coordinate 15

Casual family day out! Minimalism day <3

Stripes!

 

 

Coordinate 16

Shopping at Harajuku and Bounenkai (year end party!) Color theme: Khaki & beige.

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Coordinate 17

Family casual lunch date. <3

 

Coordinate 18

Lunch date with mama& friends. Tartan and Xmassy coordinate <3

:)

 

Coordinate 19

Only one photo for this because JunJun was sleeping. This is the just-woke-up face XD

 

Coordinate 20

Last mama&bb coordinate lolol.

 

 

That’s all! Hope you like em coordinates <3. Which is your favorite? :)

Do ask me if you have any questions on winter coordinates, and do share if you have tips too! :D

 

EMODA Jan 2015

January 16, 2015 in Useless fashion 4 Cheesed

EMODA Update!

So happy! Finally get to wear all the winter items i ordered from EMODA!

Even though i have gone very casual lately, EMODA’s apparels still suit me perfectly, with just a little mixing and matching. Instead of EMODA from top to toe, i have also learnt to throw in pieces from other brands so complete the casual look (yes, even with sneakers!). So i would say that EMODA is really versatile to suit almost any kind of style.

Here are some of the coordinates of my Japan trip in December.

Coordinate 1

Cable Boy’s Knit Top from EMODA

 

Coordinate 2

Volume Fur Collar Military Coat from EMODA

 

 

Coordinate 3

Flannel Check Over Shirt from EMODA

Slim Chino Pants from EMODA

Summer Beret in Navy from EMODA

Thurmon Epo Glasses from EMODA

 

Coordinate 4

Classical Tartan Check Salopette from EMODA

Shell Drop Earrings from EMODA

 

Coordinate 5

Multi-Line Check Knit from EMODA

 

 

Here are some of the new arrival from EMODA!

 

Not forgetting, there’s a BIG SALE going on for selected items!

 

And the EMODA Magazine for this month:

 

Don’t miss out on this month’s novelty item:

For all you selfie-loving fashionistas!

 

Go shop now at EMODA GLOBAL WEBSTORE!

 

 

Don’t forget to follow EMODA on Instagram to see their latest collection! <3

Beee Mobile

January 15, 2015 in Commercial Break 0 Cheesed

I have blogged about Beee Mobile before, the pocket wifi i use for traveling in Japan.

I have knowned about Beee Mobile’s service for a while now, but i haven’t had a chance to try it since i haven’t gone back to Japan for quite a while. I finally did try it first the first time during my short trip to Kanagwa, Japan, and recently the long trip to Tokyo.

So this is my review on it!

 

 

1. Deliver to your doorstep (FOC!)

(They also do pick-up after you return from your travel, FOC too!)

One of the most wonderful things about Beee Mobile is that you already have it even before you travel.

Beee Mobile sent me two devices just in case lolol. Super kiasu right XD. I used both just to try out what are the differences. They are pretty much the same, except the one on the left (KDDI AU) is much more user friendly, as it has only ONE button, whereas the right one (NEC) has a complicated menu and only in Japanese language.

For those who could not understand Japanese, i recommend you go for KDDI AU. It can last up to 8 hours as well, with strong connection strength.
So yea, since you have it with you already, you can use it the moment you step out of the airplane cabin. (You can also start using during landing la, but if the cabin crew scold you i dunno la lolol.)

My first posting using Beee Mobile Wifi! I did it on the limousine bus on the way to our hotel hahaha. If you check the location tag it says i’m on the highway XD.

 

2. Size

This is my daily outing bag content in Japan!

Guess which one is it?

(No, not 5, i wish it comes i pink, too.) It’s No.4. As you can see, it is smaller than my iPhone (No.6).  And so weightless you can really bring it everywhere with you!

 

3. Connection & Speed

No problem whatsoever!! Did you follow me on Instagram? I was surfing and posting like crazy hehehe.

Means i also cannot lie that i can’t work due to limited internet access -___-. I haven’t done any work in that 3 weeks due to sheer fact that i was just plain lazy -___-. So yea, that’s the only downside of using Beee Mobile lolol.

We also brought it to Nagasaki and other very very kampung areas. I dunno if the cellular signal is just way too advanced in Japan la. Even up the mountain also can get perfect connection! Now i suspect i can also do live updates 200 feet under the Okinawan sea. Provided if Beee Mobile is water proof lol.

 

4. Data Limit

Limit? What limit. lolol.

I was there for 3 whole weeks blasting videos and endless pictures PLUS also running auto picture back-up via wifi while phone is idle in case i lose the previous photos.

I honestly haven’t encountered a single problem during the whole trip!

 

5. Battery Life

You are not going to believe this.

I think you can pretty safely say that i am a heavy-user of the internet for the amount of times i refresh my Instagram account. So let’s see on a usual travel day in Japan, what’s the average battery life!

08:00

This was during one of the days of my Kanagawa trip.

So i charged my Beee Mobile over-night and we left the hotel at 08:00, fully charged to 100%.

 

We went to Hakone in the morning and back to Yokohama in the evening before flying back to Malaysia. It was a full-day activity-packed travel.

By the time we reached Yokohama, it was 6:06PM. The battery says 26%.

Our last stop was Hello Kitty cafe in Yokohama.

By 7:30PM, it was 13%.

When i got on the bus to the airport at 8:51PM, it finally asked me to recharge my battery XD.

So, morning 8PM until slight after 8PM at night, that’s 12 hours in total. Without re-charging it. Someone as kiasu as me, i always brought along a portable charger (for both iPhone and Pocket Wifi. Because if i run out of battery for either one that’s pretty much the end of my life hahaha.), but i almost never ever used it.

 

So yea! In conclusion, i had a wonderful experience with Beee Mobile!

Go find out more from www.beeemobile.com

Other than pocket wifi, they also offer some other useful products like winter wear rental and even affordable accommodations. Go have a look and have an awesome trip!

7 months

January 11, 2015 in Baby 21 Cheesed

Junya turns 7 months today!

(Also read  first month , second month , third month , fourth month , fifth month and sixth month here.)

 

 

Whoa so many things happened in the past month, it is really the most happening month in his entire life (which is 7 months lol)! There were many firsts for him, and it was also the month full of new milestones! Physically and emotionally he has also changed a lot…

So let’s see what happened in the past month!

For Baby

1. First flight

Everything went unexpectedly well! Junya flew 4 times in total: long flights to and fro KL-Tokyo, and short flights  to and fro Tokyo-Nagasaki. He was pretty happy the whole time!

 

2. First Winter

While it is natural for babies to adapt to the changing seasons in most countries, it isn’t for babies born and raised in Malaysia. He went from a scorching 35°C  and zero winter apparel in his wardrobe, to wearing 3 layers and touching snow for the first time.

I was very worried since he can’t tell me if he’s too cold or too hot. And his parents seem to have very different views on temperature. I’m alright with just tights and a knit top while the danna shivers under 3 layers of heattech, so we weren’t sure what is the norm to dress him up.

Luckily the weather didn’t seem to bother him much (and super thankful he didn’t catch a cold either), although in the first week we did need to apply lots of moisturizer on him due to the dry weather. Never thought baby’s skin can get so dry too! >.<

 

3. First Onsen Experience

He looooves it. We booked a private onsen so we could all go in with him (babies are ok in public bath too). He was so happy!

 

4. Met Jiji for the first time

Junya’s Jiji (Grandfather) finally gets to see his second grandchild! The danna’s brother has a boy and that was the only grandchild he had for 10 years. Anyway, Jiji has 3 boys. And two of those boys have one boy each. The whole family is full of boys. Even the neighbors got only boys. It’s really no surprise if Junya ends up with only brothers in the future T___T.

 

5. New Fav Sleeping Position

He now likes to sleep on his tummy! Put him on his back and he would roll onto his tummy again XD

And… now he would wake up to find his mama. If he does he’d give a wide grin like this and bury his head in the mattress and zonk out again. If he doesn’t, he cries. -_-

He still does the human clock (see 6th month) thing, but in Japan the beds are SO SMALL both of us had to sleep like Chinese zombies HAHAHA. Plus when he sleeps on his tummy he doesn’t move much.

But i would have to sleep like lol. Literally “lol“, throwing my hands above the pillow because there’s zero space for my hands to put by the sides without crushing my baby T__T. And now i have permanent sore arms T__T.

 

6. First date

With his love of destiny Anna ♡

 

7. :P

The notti face come out liao!!!! Most of the time on picture he’s like :P :P :P :P

 

8. Starting Solid

A few friends recommended BLW (Baby-Led Weaning) method for starting solid, it didn’t go as well as i’d like it to be T__T. I just could not stand the whole mess on his face, body, the chair, the table, the floor, not to mention 90% of the food end up on the floor and then into Champon’s tummy T__T.

So we are back to spoons. Even spoons are a mess! He’d stick his tiny hand into his mouth full of pureed mash and then wipe it on his face (and sometimes on mine) T______T.

I started his solids in Japan, so far he’s tried assorted baby foods in a jar, ranging from mixed vegetable, pumpkin, potato, spinach, carrot all in puree or porridge form. He hasn’t spat out any so far!

Japanese ichigo.

He’s also gnawed on adult food (without really eating it). He loves strawberry because the shape is a bit like nipple LOLOL.

 

9. Using a straw

He can now drink from a straw!! I was very puzzled how baby learns to suck from a straw as the straw-sucking motion is completely different from suckling a nipple.

But!! I just let him try a few times on his own and he just figured it out himself!!!emp2emp2emp2

I think the trick was to try with boxed juice (in Japan, they sell mini boxed juice and mugi tea for babies), since the straw is short and easier to draw the liquid out. You can also slightly squeeze the box and let the juice flows into his mouth, so he knows it is for drinking :D

Babies really really amaze me! And once they learn how to do it the first time it is really like an achievement unlocked, they will do it again and again and again!

 

10. Crawling

The biggest achievement this month is… moving forward!

Right before we left for Japan, he was interested in reaching for things but all he could do was to kick his legs in random directions (like a flipped tortoise) and then cry out of frustration lolol.

And one day he figured how to wiggle his way forward using his knees. I think it was because he was wearing full body suit on a smooth surface and that makes it easier for him to slide forward! (In KL he is always pantless lolol and he plays on a soft fabric playmat.)

Reaching for allllll the things!

 

11. No weight gain

Before we left, he was about 6.8KG. 3 weeks later and with bulky clothes on, he was only 7KG. All the girls around his age (and even those younger than him) are all heavier than him now XD. He is eating and pooping okay though.

 

For Mama

1. Be with baby 24/7 for 3 weeks, minus 2 hours.

Back home there’s my mom, and we also finally got a helper to take care of Junya when i am away for work. So this is the first time i’m with him twenty four seven for three whole weeks.

Everywhere. To shopping, to lunches, dinners, drives, meetings, walks… In trains, car, malls, restaurants, toilets…

Except for the two hours i went to Shibuya for a meeting while papa looks after him – which he cried nonstop for 2 whole hours apparently T__T.

He has started to know faces by now and sometimes he really just wants mama, mama and mama. Papa has no say whatsoever here lol. Ok la i was secretly a bit happy and smug about the exclusive bond i have with my son, but it also makes being away from him impossible now.

 

2. Failing to wean

Because, during the three weeks, he wanted nothing but boobs. (Plus some fancy food in a jar.)

I was prepared to wean him in Japan because i thought it would be much easier and also because we have done it for 6 months (yay!). Turned out it was the complete opposite. I prepared bottles, formula and flasks for hot water and stuff, ended up we needed none of those.

He just won’t take a bottle.

At first i thought he didn’t like the taste of Meiji formula, so we switched to another brand. Still no. He cries the moment we stuff a bottle in his mouth.

So ended up, maybe it is a blessing in disguise, i had to continue to nurse him for 3 whole weeks. What i thought to be an obstacle to fuss-free traveling, turned out to be a life-saving convenience.

What the danna calls “Aruki Oppai” (Boobs On The Move) lolol.

(“What time is Junya’s feeding?” “Now. he’s on Aruki Oppai.“)

Basically all i needed was a nursing cape, nothing else. I carried him in the baby carrier, throw the cape over (which just looks like a scarf since winter wear are all so bulky anyway, it’s hard to tell what is what anymore lol), and nursed him while shopping, while eating, while in the train, while in a meeting. Whenever he fusses/ is sleepy/hungry, nurse.

That was my life-saver throughout the whole travel. No wailing baby in public places (you know how embarrassing it could be especially in such a place like Japan where everyone is expected to be ridiculously well-behaved), we even managed to sneak him into some places that are not usually very baby friendly (like an extremely narrow and noisy Ramen shop). Not to mention the freedom of not having to carry milk bottles, formula, bottle warmer; searching for hot water, (and cold water to mix?), worrying about water safety, cleaning the bottles in public places for next feeding, etc etc etc.

I never thought i’d say this but breastfeeding is really the best for traveling!! Although Japan does have quite awesome facilities for bottle-feeding. Will blog about that in a separate entry!

 

3. Really enjoying it

Back home in KL, i have to admit guiltily that sometimes i do feel worn-out by having to take care of a baby. When the cries come during , it’s not all that fun after all (everybody will throw the baby back to you and it’s your responsibility alone).

But the entire 3 weeks, i have never once felt that way, even though it was waaaay more tiring to do all the baby-carrying and walking. Maybe i was on a holiday mood (back home it was work-mood and housewife-mood), so the baby is happy that the mama is happy that the baby is happy that the mama is happy… it’s all a very happy cycle.

I think i like this feeling and i hope it continues… Everyone tells me that this is the “golden age”. And it’s true, he is so much fun now and as geli and cheesy as it sounds it’s quite hard to not feel happy with him around.

 

For Family

1. First Xmas & New Year Together

We spend a Merry Christmas having a home party eating half-price dinner from department food stores. May we have many many many more to comes. Even 18 years later… (No, Junya. Come home for dinner. Girl friend can wait.)

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[Shoutout]

Merries Holiday!

Bring allllllll the Merries for your trip! Of course we could also buy it in Japan, but he’s graduating to an M size soon and we wanted to use up all the S sizes!

By the way, do you know about the Merries Bunny?

I love Merries Bunny! Did you know that every time a baby is born on earth, two Merries Bunnies will be born as well? The Merries Bunnies are like guardian angels (whom you may not be able to see), they play with your baby and protect them. Find out more by reading the bunny story.

For this coming CNY, Merries will also be giving away limited edition Merries Ang Pao for purchase of RM50 and above!

How cute are they!!! <3

In this new year of 2015, i’d like to give Junya plenty of chances to explore and see and feel the world with his own eyes and touch, as he is gonna learn how to crawl, stand, walk, and even talk! It’s a super important year and it’s gonna be super exciting!

Junya will also be trying out the Merries Walker Pants soon, will update again! ^^

Stored in Baby | 21 Cheesed

Tokyo Omiyage!

January 7, 2015 in Japan 25 Cheesed

First post of 2015! ♡

Was packing our luggages before heading back home, so i snapped some pictures of the things we bought/received.

Here’s a quick post on all the omiyage (souvenir) and presents!

 

Baby Series

 

A totoro toy clip and chewy banana for teething.

Mini Ponyo for Junya. Too cute!!!♡♡♡

Mini cotton bud for baby! In KL one box is sold like RM20 X__X. It’s only a few Ringgit so i stocked up!

Soxies in an egg carton.

Soxies that says “Eldest Son” ♡.

Insect repellent and Anti-itch cream for babies

Story book for Junya!

Baby solid food recipe ♡

A mini porridge maker for baby’s meals! So convenient! :D

 

Snack Series

Good news (bad news?) for enthusiastic baristas, now we can have Cheat One latte art on a sheet lolol.

 

Kakinotane!!! Gouda cheese flavor!!! There was also Camembert flavor, bought it from Nagasaki airport at the Huis Ten Bosch corner!

Message cookies!

Jagariko potato bus lol. 10 different flavors in one bus! :D

Hello Kitty Apple Baumkuchen.

Even their plastic bags are so worth keeping T__T

Gudetama cookie!

 

Toys/Keepsake Series

Gudetama toast for Junya to nom on lol. And Gudetama gatcha gatcha!

I collect snow globes but hardly ever seen one for Japan!! So happy to have found this! :D

 

Hello Kitty Series

The year of goat so Hello Kitty is all dressed up as a… huh… lamb lol.

Hello Kitty Music Box! (Music is Canon in D!)

Talk-Back Hello Kitty!!

Souvenir from Nagasaki! Castella Kitty and Nagasaki Fuchiko!

Hello Kitty Fuchiko and Strawberry Kitty!

Hello Kitty Omamori for year 2015!

Another Lamb Kitty plushie !

 

And that’s all! :D

What kind of souvenirs do you look for if you travel to Japan? :D

Stored in Japan | 25 Cheesed

Happy 2015!

December 31, 2014 in Senti-Emmental 18 Cheesed

So, let’s see what has happened in 2014!!

1. Had a baby!

2.

 

Hmm.

I had a baby. And….. that’s all. That pretty much sums up my year 2014 lolol.

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But 2014 has been the happiest year! :D :D :D Although i thought the same about 2013.

All the better, i am spending new year here in Japan, with the danna and Junya! (We always fly back to Malaysia on 31st December every year due to work.)

It’s really quite hard to imagine a life happier than this. Even washing the dishes here is a happy chore cuz their dish washing liquid is so kickass awesome.

Hmm but actually I kind of can imagine an even happier life if i think about it. I just need to double the happiness.

Instead adding one dollop of mentaiko on my ramen, i can add two. Imagine there are 48 hours a day, which means I can eat two lunches and two dinners!! Maybe i can also have two Junyas.

Ok maybe not.

 

What’s my new year resolution for 2015?

1. Be as happy as i did in 2014!!! If not more!

2.

Actually i don’t think there’s anything i need to be resolute about lolol. Maybe come to Japan as often as i used to. Be as patient as i have this year. Learn how to make solid food for Junya. Eat more vegetables.

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Be a mother Junya can feel proud of.

I hope 2015 is a better year for all of you filled with more manners, more peace, more patience, more love.

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Happy New Year!

 

From Chiji & JunJun