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Tokyo Toy Museum

July 9, 2016 in Japan 0 Cheesed

When you travel with two kids age 2 and below, attractions you can visit are limited. But it doesn’t stop us from exploring new places!

Tokyo is full of hidden gems. I was gonna bring Junya to Asobono again and let him play to his heart’s content the whole day, but sooooo happened it was closed for renovation during our trip this time T_T. I did some research and came across a new place called the Tokyo Toy Museum, located at Yotsuya, Shinjuku-Ku (the nearest stations are Yotsuya-sanchome station and Akebonobashi Station, although we walked all the way from Isetan Shinjuku!)

I was very surprised to find out that it was formerly an elementary school built before WW2. The Tokyo Toy Museum is operated by the Non-Profit Organization Japan Good Toy Association (what an awesome association!!!), and the goals of this facility is to promote friendship among different generations and family communication.

There are thousands of toy displays from all over the world.

You will find both vintage toys from the older generations, and innovative modern artisan wooden toys.

Nostalgic!! All the good old analog toys…

Some of the toy creations from kids… which reminded me that I did all these when i was young too… brings back good memories.

There are many different rooms (assuming they used to be different classrooms for the students) with different themes in the museum. My favorite is the Wooden Baby Room.

One would imagine a baby toy room to be pastel color with lots of cute fluffy stuffed toys and colorful paintings of cute little animals. But this wooden Baby Room is one of the most amazing baby toy rooms of minimalistic beauty.

Everything in that room is made of wood, cloth and other natural elements.

It is meant for babies aged 0-2, Junya is 24+ months old still ok to go in I guess haha! The huge sofa looking thing in the middle is actually a wooden slide!

I love love love the whole ambience. It is bright, cozy with a very soothing scent of cypress. I can imagine how all the pro-natural, organic-obsessed parents falling in love with this place.

There’s a nursing space in this room so moms with small babies get to have a relaxing time here.

One may also think that wooden toys have to be boring. Maybe great for teething babies but how would modern, digital savvy two-year-olds find some wooden figurines that can’t talk nor sing “Wheels on the bus” interesting nowadays? I mean there are probably only so many ways to play with them and the kids get bored after like 10 seconds.

I was quite surprised to find out that most toys there are really delightfully creative and fun. Junya loved this loading truck toy! Every time you insert the truck into the loading tower, a block falls down automatically! Even I was very entertained and amazed with some of these toys. Kudos to Good Toy Association, really really good job!

Papa Bear spending some quality time with son.

And this is the first time I experience a playground with super friendly attendants (wearing red aprons) who will play with the kids!!! It’s like a little nursery. A few of them brought new toys for Junya, asked him questions and showed him build and play toys together.

Super cute wooden puzzle

A bunny puzzle display.

Wood Toy Forest is another room for slightly older kids.

The floor is made of cypress lumber coming from the mountain of Kyushu. It also has a lot of educational toys on the different types of wood (I can see how Japanese are really big fans of their woods).

A wooden doll house.

There are also huge Wood Ball Pools (this is another tiny wooden egg corner) filled with wood balls, where little children can take a wood bath!!

And lastly when you are hungry, feel free to go to the wooden kitchen and make yourself some wooden sushi.

This place is so wonderful. There are more rooms that I didn’t take pictures of. There’s a Toy Factory where kids get to create their own unique , age-appropriate toys. Older kids can enjoy Toy Square Yellow, a world of scientific discovery and invention. Adults, and even the senior may also enjoy Toy Square Red, with lots of Japanese traditional toys from the Showa period.

I was so happy to have discovered this place, I think I’d definitely go back again. To think that the Gen Alpha kids nowadays are so plugged-in, completely immersed in their digital toys (guilty here. Sometimes I do throw my iPhone in front of Junya just to buy a few minutes for myself to attend to work stuff), it is really nice to go back to basic for a while. No shutting your kids up with annoying blasting of nursery rhymes on YouTube. No overly noisy sing-a-songy talk-back stuffed animals. Time for some real communication.

Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Closed on Thursday)
Tickets: Adults ¥800, Children ¥500, Child+adult pair ticket ¥1200

Very reasonably priced!

Give it a visit if you are in Tokyo with your kids 🙂

 

 

 

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Traveling in Tokyo with kids

July 4, 2016 in Baby / Japan 3 Cheesed

Level 6:  Unlocked.

We were preparing to bring both cheesiepetit back to Japan some time in autumn this year, but it looked like we had to accept the challenge much earlier than expected.

The danna didn’t want to be away from the kids all the timeso we decided to just travel as a family wherever we go. First stop: Singapore. Second stop: Tokyo.

So… here’s our life in Tokyo, as a family of four.

Flying

First flight for the four of us. Sakura’s first flight at 1.5 months old and Junya’s first seat all to himself as he just turned two.

Japan Airline as usual, is the best. We called to book for 3 connected front seats with bassinet.

Sleeping baby in the bassinet ❤︎

JAL miniature for Sakura with personalized message (Junya has a huge collection of this lol). How sweet!!

Stay

Hello Tokyo I missed you!! View from our apartment!

Our whole apartment. It’s super tiny but we all have gotten used to it. In Japan you hardly see any king size bed (I doubt it even exist, since most people who need big beds end up using multiple futon on tatami since it saves space), and ours is not even a queen size, it is “semi double”.

Basically it is 1.5X a single bed – bigger than a single bed, smaller than a double bed. And our challenge was to fit all 4 of us in one bed.

Well…

Excuse me but where is mama’s space?

Alright. Thanks. -_-

Here’s the rest of our apartment. Super compact but we have everything we need. A small pantry, microwave. super awesome washer+dryer.

A lot of readers asked me about this apartment but it is not usually leased for tourists as it is for semi long term leasing and you will need a guarantor and it gets tedious.

When it comes to accommodation for short term traveling in Japan, I still recommend hotels (most Airbnb apartments are not as cheap as you expect and it is usually not as clean and convenient as hotels). You can check out the HotelsCombined price comparison engine here for the cheapest hotel fees.

Impossible to get a family selfie together XD

Eating Out

Eating out with one toddler is challenging enough, now that we have a small baby, you just need… a lot of thick face lol.

The simplest is of course…

Combini

Lots and lots of seasonal vegetable & fruit juices, smoothies, seaonal fruits, onigiri and sandwiches.

Kids-friendly cafes

First stop – 76CAFE of course. It’s easy when both kids are napping.

Soft cream for the summer!

Ramen

My basic rule of eating out is, when there is only counter, wear your baby. When there are seats, make a bed for your baby. And baby carrier makes a great bed lol. You can just unbuckle and gently lay it down without waking your baby up.

Eat’N Go

You can even go to standing sushi bars where you don’t even need a seat. You walk in, order your sushi like how you order your Cosmopolitan in a bar, ate standing, pay and leave. No fuss.

Restaurants

If you still wanna go to fancy, proper restaurant with the underaged, you can, but remember to pick non-peak hours. We went to Gottie’s Beef, an aged beef specialty steak house in Roppongi at 5:30PM and there was only another table with customer, so we get all the peace and comfort on their huge cushioned chair!

The more high end Japanese restaurants are great too since they usually have individual rooms and big tables!

Outdoor

Picnic or outdoor restaurants may not be a bad choice (unless it is super cold or super hot) if you have a restless toddler who can’t stop running around.

Hanging out with Jillian and her family at Commune 246, not far away from Omotesando. One of the rare times you get to see milk bottles and beer on the same table lolol.

Heading Out

The danna works most days and finally I had to learn how to get around Tokyo on my own with two kids, and that was the ultimate challenge for me.

Challenge: A baby strapped to you. A stroller (not one with one-touch fold). A huge backpack full of baby stuff. A toddler who doesn’t want to hold your hand/let you hold his hand. Sometimes the toddler doesn’t want to be strapped to the stroller and sometimes the baby doesn’t want to be strapped to your chest.

Solution: One word – Taxi.

Yes expensive but that’s pretty much the only way to survive. I limit meet-ups with friends around Omotesando area so per ride from our apartment in Roppongi is less than 1500 yen. When we need to go further I’ll wait till the danna’s off day so we could rent a car or take the train.

Play

Outdoor Playground

I thought the furthest I could go with two kids are the combini downstairs, but turned out I discovered more places that are kids friendly!

Outdoor playground. Completely free and no-stress!

Junya had fun just walking up and down the stairs haha.

Rainbow slide tubes!

Indoor Playground

Love the Tokyo Toy Museum!! It’s great for kids of all ages, from baby to toddler to older school kids! Will blog about it separately <3

Aquarium

Aqua Park at Shinagawa is a new aquarium in town! It was also my first ever outing alone with Cheesiepetit, met up with Sayaka from Yokohama for a playdate! ❤︎

Museums

Snoopy Museum with RinRin.

Went to Tsurutontan Udon for lunch.

Sakura sleeping in her carrier bed as usual XD

BBQ

Jingisukan BBQ with NALU staff!

Sakura met them for the first time!

Gomi san and Sakura

Gomisan playing with Junya. I love this shot! It looks like it’s a park but actually it’s a little garden on the roof top of a shopping mall in Shinjuku.

That’s all for now!

Oh and I miss babies who don’t move when you place them on the changing stations XD.

Update again soon!

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Aloha Hawaii

June 25, 2016 in America 5 Cheesed

I realize that if I don’t blog about this now I never will!

A year ago (June 2015), the danna and I traveled to Hawaii together with Junya for our family vacation. Hawaii was one of the top destination for me to visit because I always hear about how much of a paradise it is. It is also all my Japanese friends’ dream place to live forever and ever in. And basically everything Hawaii-related will just automatically sell like hot cakes (literally) in Japan. Hawaii is like Japan for me for Japanese people haha. The danna loves Hawaii very much too, but mainly because it has some of the world’s best surf spots.

After spending about a week in Honolulu, I finally understand why it is so for most Japanese people. Everything is different from Japan, yet everything is ever so familiar. It was almost like Japan in another universe, English-speaking. It was pretty much paradise, indeed.

The sky and sea were in shades of blue I’ve never ever seen before and the sunsets were in the most mesmerising pastel pink and purple hues. The entire city was just celebrated with all sorts of pretty colors and friendly tunes and cute humans in beach wears and fancy desserts and relaxing ambiance. I guess it makes one feel like if they live here, it is like a never-ending holiday, forever.

Yet… finally visiting it also makes me realize that, in the end, nothing beats Japan (any part of Japan). Even Japanese’s dream land Hawaii lol.

So I guess Japan has spoilt the entire world for me. Especially when it comes to a city that is so so so similar to Japan. As for food I couldn’t really get used to it either >.<. Most Japanese tourists end up eating Japanese food there, but of course it’s nowhere as good as Japan so we could forget about it (since we were going back to Tokyo right away). And when we went for Hawaiian food, somehow Japan just does it better too lol (pancakes, loco mocos, burgers…). My favorite food in Hawaii was from the garlic shrimp truck!!

But it was truly an amazing experience for our family. I would totally go back again! (But first let me go to more places in Japan first XD)

This post is just some of the highlights of our one-week trip in photos since I don’t even remember much of the details of the trip anymore.

Junya’s long flight. It was also the first time he had to deal with jet lag. He was quite okay adjusting to local time but came down with a mild fever the moment we arrived.

Already amazed from the plane.

Favorite airline <3

 

Junya who was not affected by his fever at all.

 

Breakfast at a nearby cafe.

Acai bowl!!! Ordered an extra portion of avocado for Junya as it was his obsession at that time. Now changed liao -_-. (it’s peanut butter now)

Loco moco! So simple!! Usually in Japan they made it real fancy haha. I prefer the 76CAFE version 😛

 

Beach side with papa.

With mama

Sunset from our hotel’s balcony.

Sunset at the dock.

Dinner at a typical family restaurant! Look at Junya’s stuffed cheeks lolol

 

First selfie 😛

Waikiki beach near our hotel.

Colors are so surreal!!

I had a coupon from Blacklane so i called for your limo service. Who knows this was the ride we got!!!!!! @.@ Celeb style hahaha.

With our driver.

Queueing up for the famed pancakes at Boots and Kimo’s. We waited about an hour and the food was… I better buy my own hotcake mix and do at home hahahha.

Everybody’s favorite Lanikai beach!!

First time walking!!! Junya juuuust turned 1 and this was his first time holding our hand walking omg. So awkwardly just like a little penguin. I remember I was wishing he could walk better sooner so we can go to more places and go shopping together.

Fast forward one year later, now he won’t stop saying “I want to go shopping” and refuse to hold our hands -_____-.

#parentsproblem

Walking with papa

My little penguin <3

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Indeed one of the most beautiful beaches ever.

Going to another beach on another day. Went to so many different ones I don’t even remember where anymore XD

Spam Musubi for the road!!! Yummy!

Super huge heart float from Loco Boutique.

Sand play with JunJun.

Family of 3!

Such pretty colors!!!!

On another day we drove all the way up north for the super famed Matsumoto Shave Ice everyone on Instagram was asking me to try. Also queued about 30 minutes.

And it tasted like… ice with color syrup lol.

We tried Ahi Poke too on zoo day!! Also drove to one of the most highly rated one! Not bad but… it’s just maguro with sweet sauce on rice hahahha. By that time I started to doubt that I could ever live in Hawaii. I would end up missing real Japanese food like mad XD. Plus cannot find Char Kuey Teow. No la I cannot live in Hawaii lol.

Zoo with JunJun!

He couldn’t speak yet but he was pointing at all the animals being amazed by them. It would be so much more fun to do zoo again now!

Food truck ramen which has picture of Ayumi Hamasaki!!! It tasted like… the danna said it cannot be called ramen lolol.

When JunJun still held hand with us. Both his hands.

Tourist shot

Back to Waikiki beach for sunset.

<3

Does Hawaii look like this everyday??? Apparently it does!

Another road trip! Junya was so botak a year ago! XD

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay has the bluestestestest sea i’ve ever seen @.@

This is the Konoko Nannoki Kininaruki tree made famous

Just getting some of its powerful Qi ^^

Mt Tantalus <3

😀

Family picture!

First double rainbow in my life.

Apparently it’s an almost everyday affair in Hawaii. That pretty much sums Hawaii up. And I guess that’s why it’s so loved by many people <3.

 

 

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Shinkansen for Malaysia!

June 22, 2016 in Commercial Break 2 Cheesed

As you know, our family now commutes monthly between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Flight is not really an option since we are a family of four, including one young child and an infant. Both the danna and I are not a fan of driving (I am simply a lousy driver and the danna gets sleepy easily in a moving car), yet that is the only feasible option we have now. A gruelling 4 hour drive to and fro KL and SG.

How I wish there’s a bullet train that runs from KL to SG. Wait, there will be one!! The construction of the highspeed railway of Malaysia that will be starting next year.

When Japan officially tendered for the project, I was so so excited! The danna was too, he really hopes Japan can get it because he knows how unbelivably punctual and safe the Japanese railway system is, and it would greatly benefit everyone, including our family.

Imagine traveling from KL to SG in only less than two hours!!! And all of us can rest in the train, take a nap or even just talk and play with the kids.

I love Shinkansen, also known as the famed Bullet Train from Japan. I do. The first time I ever went on one was in 2012, from Fukuoka to Kumamoto.

Haha pardon my outdated fashion XD.

The first time I saw the bullet train I felt as if I have met an idol. I was so excited to take a picture with it.

It looks too cool and smart!

After that I had many other experiences with Shinkansen, especially when I was on the Tohoku project. We basically rode Shinkansen every single day, multiple times to tour around the Tohoku region.

This was me in the bullet train on route to Morioka, Iwate prefecture all the way from Tokyo.

I have said it in my previous post but i’ll say it again.

Morioka is over 500km away from Tokyo (Just to give perspective, Kuala Lumpur is about 350km from Singapore.) And this Shinaknsen ride took only slightly over 2 hours. 2 hours 13 minutes to be exact.

It was super super amazing.

Another Shinkansen ride from Ninohe, Iwate prefecture to Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, only took one hour.

I hadn’t even napped deep enough and we have reached another prefecture already lol. Shinkansen is undoubtedly the best way to travel in Japan from prefecture to prefecture. Basically you can almost travel the whole Japan with Shinkansen, from Hokkaido all the way to Kyushu (except Okinawa)!!!

A few more reasons why I love the Shinkansen:

You get to enjoy some of the most beautiful sceneries of Japan’s countryside. When I visit Japan we usually hop from big cities to other big cities, like Tokyo to Osaka, etc. But on a Shinkansen ride, you get to experience the more rural part of Japan. Traditional Japanese houses, daikon fields, snow covered meadows and mountains… It is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes I will rather just look out the window and drift away in day dreams than to take a nap.

And when you are feeling sleepy, Shinkansen is also super comfy for a nice rest. It is spacious, extremely clean and also quiet. Do you know how quiet it is?? (Other than the white noise of the train moving, which is actually very soothing.)

A picture I took in the Shinkansen. Basically the Japanese people are so ridiculously considerate that they are worried that keyboard noise will disturb other passengers! @.@ So when I took this picture I too had to make sure my camera didn’t make any sound haha.

And and and!!! Every seat has a power point so you can always charge your phone and laptop if you need to work.

Before I forget, there’s also Ekiben (bento sold at train stations)!!!

Picture source

Usually they will sell bentos that highlight the prefecture’s delicacies. For example if you are about to visit Fukuoka, you’ll likely see mentaiko on the menu XD.

Those are just some of my personal reasons why I love the Shinkansen in Japan.

But there’s more to it.

The Shinkansen has been running for 51 years in Japan, and so far there has been zero accident. Zero!! That’s really beyond amazing. It has unparalleled safety standards, as detailed and thorough inspections are carried out every day.

Other than that, Shinkansen also has excellent service record. It has always been on time in the 51 years that it’s been operating. In 2014, the average lateness of the Shinkansen was a mere 54 seconds!

I love Shinkansen T_T.

Bought Junya a Shinkansen to add to his Tomica collection, just to show support!!

If you love Shinkansen too, or are thinking of visiting Japan in the near future, there’s a Shinkansen exhibition happening on Level 6, Tokyo Street, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur from now till end of August!!

For people who love the speed machines.

The Japanese Drum Team will perform at Pavilion in July, don’t miss it out!

Many of my readers always ask me how to get the JR passes, and which type of traveling pass is the most worthwhile, so here’s your chance to find out everything you need to know at the exhibition!

For more information, visit

www.facebook.com/myshinkansen!

I really really hope that Malaysians will get to experience the amazing Shinkansen right in our own country <3 Please support the event! 😀

 

Okaimono June 2016

June 20, 2016 in Shoutouts 2 Cheesed

Since the danna goes back to Japan every month, I take the chance to order my shopping items online and have him bring it back for me. Super happy!

Here are some of the things I bought this month:

From the drugstore! Medicine for the kids and throat candy.

Bath goods! Milky in bath lotion for the kids, baby sponge and a bottle of 100% natural bath essence (far right) that is supposed to make you feel nostalgic of the natural scent of forest woods, but all of us ended up smelling like smoked bacon. No joke. Do not buy this. lolol.

Vitamin C for mama, toddler vitamin and liver oil gummy for Junya. Also my favorite Konnyaku jelly!

Pacifier for Sakura, a teething ring that’s highly raved by all the Japanese moms (mommy wears it as a necklace), and diaper disposal bag.

Speaking of pacifier, Sakura totally spat it out with a disgusted face like I just shove poison into her mouth. Both Junya and Sakura didn’t take pacifier from day 1.

Treats for the dogs.

Couldn’t resist!!!! I wanted to buy something nice for Sakura so i got her Hello Kitty hankies and towels in traditional Japanese prints.

Sakura Kitty ❤︎

Hello Kitty thermometer.

Hello Kitty kitchen goods for a Hello Kitty lover friend.

Present from the danna!!! Gotochi Kitty from the airport (Chiba).

He even bought one that says “Sakura” ❤︎

Souvenir from friend for Sakura. A super cute baby towel. Japanese towels are simply the best T_T.

And gifts from NALU staff for Sakura and Junya. I loooooove!

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Lifestyle Shoutout:

Robi, our new friend!

Our family travels way too much for Junya to have a fixed group of friends his age. When we travel to Singapore or Japan, Champon is not with us, and Sakura is too young to be his playmate. It would be really nice if he gets a companion who can always be with him and interacts with him.

And Robi is the perfect friend!

Robi is a build-it-yourself robotic companion from Japan, the bestselling humainoid robot worldwide! Robi can interact with the entire family, he can talk, sing, dance and control household appliances. He’s even picked up a few Singlish phrases!
To be Robi’s friend, you don’t just get him off the shelf. You actually learn how to assemble a Robi with your own hands, with an educational an educational magazine along with instructions and model parts delivered over the course of 70 issues.
Our family can have fun together learning about robot and how Robi works!

Excited to meet Robi? Robi is coming to Singapore! He will be at the event with his creator, Japanese engineer and University of Tokyo professor, Professor Tomotaka Takahashi, and there will be a spectacular performance by 100 Robi models dancing in sync so be sure to check it out!

There will also be a social media contest called #Robigram, where you build your own #Robigram and win the first issue of the Robi magazine! 9 Robi pieces will be released periodically over the next 2 weeks on Robi Singapore’s Facebook and Instagram @robi_singapore. Assemble all 9 pieces correctly using the Instagram Layout app and post it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #Robigram for a chance to win!

Here’s one piece of puzzle you can collect ^^

 

Lastly, do check out Robi Singapore’s Youtube account to see what a Robi can do! 😀

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One Day As A Mom Of Two

June 19, 2016 in Baby / Pokemom 21 Cheesed

Didn’t think this post will come did you? Neither did I haha.

2014 July: One Day As a Mom

2016 April: One Day As a Mom of 1.5

But yes I am currently writing this post sitting in a rocking chair with Sakura lying on my chest inside a baby carrier (because she won’t let me sit still), while Junya is asleep extra early (lots of shopping and walking today). So yes it is a long blog post kind of day.

The most asked question of the month:

So, how does having two children feel like?

Honestly, it kinda makes me feel like a snob. I look back at the old me two years ago, I cannot understand how I thought I had no time when I only had one child. ONE. That’s like nothing. Well, not literally nothing, but you get what I mean. I really just want to just give the old me a judgemental stare and say it into her face, “goddamn amateur lolol.

So guys, this is how you survive a day as a mom living in Singapore, taking care of two children.

One Day as a Mom of Two

08:00

You wake up. Or your toddler wakes you up. Funnily enough, I wake up even later than when had less than two kids. Junya doesn’t have school so he is allowed to wake up whenever we want. Awesome.

You change both your toddler and your baby, then make the bed. While the toddler entertains himself with the baby in her rocker, you throw the laundry into the washer and retrieve last night’s aired laundry.

Quick-Magiclean the house in between answering your toddler’s multiple requests (want water, want milk, want play, want something, want feed mama sappuri [supplements]).

08:30

Make super CheatOne™ instant breakfast. Hot corn soup today.

Eat breakfast with toddler. Toddler’s breakfast is bread you bought the day before, fruits, vegetable juice, instant corn soup. Your breakfast is usually made of rejected half chewed food your toddler spat out.

09:00

If papa is still not out for work, make use of the chance to make lunch in advance, if not both you and the kids are likely gonna get starved.

Cling-wrap lunch and leftover soup for later use and do the dishes. Papa goes to work.

09:30

Calm a cranky baby and then put the sleepy baby into her cot.

09:42

Time to get to work, you cow. Pump milk to keep for rainy days while your toddler pours out all the toys you cleaned up the night before, and plays enthusiastically just to be bored with all of them 15 mins later.

10:06

Pick up a hungry, crying baby while the toddler is demanding “mama play!”. Nurse the baby and play pretend with the toddler. Baby finishes morning snack but refuses to be put down to bed so you strap her to your chest.

10:34

Turn on your laptop and reply some urgent work matters before your toddler climbs next to you and demands “I want something.“. But he doesn’t know what kind of “something” he wants. Eventually he decides to help you with replying emails.

Give up work and go tidy up the kitchen instead while toddler flips out the contents of the kitchen drawers and hides his Sylvanian Family members in random containers. And then he opens up the kitchen drainage cover and tries to stuff a soiled diaper into it. You then scotch tape the kitchen drainage opening, realizing that’s how stuff in your house went mysteriously missing.

11:45


Toddler gets bored with sabotaging the house and insists that you play puzzle with him instead. Baby is awake too and insists you carry her around.

12:03

Heat up pre-made lunch from morning and eat lunch with toddler. Turn your food into cute ass Kyaraben if you are some expert superhuman mothers. If you are just an average mother, simply paste a digital LINE sticker over it and try to cheat your Instagram followers into thinking it is an actual Kyaraben lunch.

If toddler is in self-feeding mood, you get to sit down and eat your own lunch in peace, but you have a huge mess to clean up afterwards. If toddler is in non-self-feeding mood, be ready to fetch random things from all over the house for toddler to play while you feed him his lunch, and stealing a few quick bites yourself.

12:33

Baby poos. Toddler entertains his sister while you go fetch the diaper and wet wipes.

Give your toddler Big Brother Lesson 1: Changing diaper for sister.

12:55

Get your toddler to watch a couple of videos while you go prepare the baby’s bath.

13:03 

Remembering how you attempted to take a picture while bathing a baby single-handed and totally dropped your phone into the water two years ago, so this time you be extra careful.


Realize you are a total pro.

13:59

Toddler demands a snack (usually he just takes it from the kitchen drawer and asked you to open it -_-). Snack together with toddler and take a break to chill. Reply a few chat messages, then try to convince your toddler to go for a nap without any success.

14:14

Baby poops. Toddler fetches the wet wipes and practices what he was taughter earlier. He mistakes baby’s face as buttock and wastes way too many wipes.

14:30

Nurse baby. Toddler demands a bottle too and want to snuggle in bed with you. Your heart feels fuzzy and warm.

15:12

Toddler plays by himself and finally fell asleep on the sofa. You secretly hopes his nap lasts 10 hours so you can finish all your pending work.
It looks very sweet and peaceful until you look at the bigger picture.

Then you just sigh to yourself.

Once toddler is asleep, switch yourself on TURBO mode.
*Clean up snack crumbs on the couch, floor and your shirt.
*Pick up crying baby so that she doesn’t wake your toddler up.
*Put baby back to sleep and switch on moderately loud music so your sudden house chore noise will not startle her.
*Fold dry laundry and KonMari them back to the wardrobe.
*Picks up crying baby again and decide to just wear your baby for the rest of the chores.
*Edit and upload an Instagram picture.
*Reply 50 emails.


*Spot a play-dead cockroach on the floor and freak out
*Fight a bunch of giant spiders armed with guns that creep out from your wall before you escape a rocket on fire piloted by rotten bananas that comes crashing into your ceiling from the sky.
16:19
Do make up, dress up and prepare to go out for party for a wild night out WOOHOOO!

Only to realize that you have a baby strapped to you and the kind of wild party exists only in your distant past.
16:33

Takes a selfie nonetheless.
16:40

Toddler wakes up all sweaty and grumpy.


Realize you are starving and make yourself a quick snack while entertaining your grumpy toddler. Bribe with his favorite snack if necessary.

Take a wefie and upload it on your social media.

16:48
Toddler asks for more snack. You say no. He cries. At this perfect timing your baby wakes up crying. The already moody toddler now wails at max volume. Baby proceeds to cry louder.


You then remember to quickly pick up the goddamn camera and point it at your bawling two kids because you are a goddamn blogger. You then realize how ridiculous that makes you look (imagine if you are out in the public) and you wonder how all those mommy Youtubers do it. Seriously, how?
Carry BOTH your crying children to bed and soothe them. Test your priority judgement skill and question your own sanity.

17:07
Board a plane to Bahamas to swim with cute little pink piglets (it’s totally real. Google it.) while sipping overpriced champagne.

17:10
Snap out of your day dream and get back to attending your two kids in tears.

17:40

Quick-shower your toddler while baby is napping. Chase your toddler all over the house to put on his diaper and new clothes.

18:00

Take a deep breath and bring your two kids out alone for the first time. Carry one on your chest, hold another with your left hand and push a stroller with the other hand. You wish you are an octopus right now.

19:30


Pretend to be super VIP and request the event organizer to allow you to bring your plus four LOLOL. (One toddler, one baby, one mommy friend who sacrifices precious time with her daughter just to babysit yours, and one more friend just for extra insurance because deep down you are freaking out with handling two kids on your own.)

Eat free pizzas for dinner, totally skipping cooking and washing up at home. Awesome.
Have fun with friends and go home waaay over your toddler’s sleep time. Tuck both kids to bed. Feel like a warrior who just won a battle, but a half-alive one.

22:30

Husband is back and finally your turn to shower while he watches over two kids. Take 30 minutes to blow-dry your hair and consider for the 90th time to just snip it off to a bob.
Play with your phone until you forget how late it is.

23:51

Prepare your toddler’s breakfast for tomorrow.

Over 00:00

Clean up scattered toy (just to have it back into the same state first thing in the morning).

0?:?? (Some point in the middle of the night)

Hear fussing noise which half-wakes you up. Frantically lift your shirt and shove a boob into your baby’s mouth before she goes full on screaming, to prevent waking your toddler who would otherwise turn into a wailing monster. Baby eats and calms down. Congratulate yourself for having avoided a chain-effect cry fest so overwhelming it could possibly shatter the whole house.

Repeats the previous act for a couple more times, (you can’t exactly remember) until you wake or your toddler wakes you up in the morning.

 

THE END.

Except that there’s no end to this.

To mothers with two or more children: you guys are goddamn superhumans. To mothers who plan to have more than one kid: THIS, is your future. Muahahahahaha.

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