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JRunway Online Shop

July 18, 2014 in Commercial Break 2 Cheesed

Two years ago i was at Singapore for JRunway’s store opening, it is so exciting finally Japanese brands i like are available to more people!

But at the same time i was also a little sad because there’s still nothing like that in Malaysia :(

 

Anyway, it is about time!!! JRunway has been planning to add an online shop in addition to the physical store in Plaza Singapura, and it is now finally launched!

 

If you love JRunway store, the same items will be available on the online shop as well. In addition, some exclusive exclusive brands for JRunway Online will be coming up soon too!

Some of the brands available:

 

JRunway offers both casual street style from Shibuya and Harajuku for the young (at heart) and fun, as well as simple and sophisticated Tokyo style for the working and those who prefer a more otona (mature) look.

Some of the new arrival items:

So many citrus and botanical prints that’s super got this summer!! What’s more they are on sale in conjunction with the Great Singapore Sale.
Isn’t this lemon pattern set-up cute!!! On sale at $49 only!
Floral print dress ♡
My favorite brands like EMODA is also available (some items on discount!)
Some items are at 50% off!
Shop.Jrunway.com also have a fashion portal site: “trends.jrunway.com“. This trends site offers street to high fashion in Japan, so if you want to get in touch with the latest fashion happening in Japan, this would be a great reference site!
Under “Fashion Snap” you can get inspiration from all the casual street snaps.
There’s also Buyer’s Choice, where Chinami (JRunway’s buyer) posts her fashion tips and inspiration. I love her fashion photos!!!
Of course there are also other hot news and fashionista blogger’s sites.
Anyway!
Specially for Cheeserland’s reader,  JRunway is giving out a special $5 off e-coupon to use on the online store!

Just use this code:  BLOG-LRJ9

 

Go shop at JRunway Online now!

Your dream Santorini wedding

July 14, 2014 in Commercial Break 7 Cheesed

If you follow me since last year, you would have read about my Weddingmoon in Santorini!

It remains as one of the best memories ever in my life, because it was just simply perfect. A few friends of mine also went to Santorini for their weddings after seeing all the amazing photos, and all of them told me they had the time of their lives.

To refresh your memory, here are some of the pictures of my Santorini Weddingmoon journey:

What is this!!!!!!!!

I thought this experience is only available in heaven or something!

Quiet time, peace, the sea and good wine (and finally a wife HAHAHA), that’s the danna’s perfect relaxation moment.

Our private villa. Apparently this picture was re-posted on Instagram a lot of times and everyone is in awe!!!!

Also, our wedding was incredible.

It was as romantic as how i imagined it to be.

Felt truly blissful and thankful to be given the opportunity ♡

And it was really like a dream escapade.

With the one whom you will spend the rest of your life with ♡

Recently Xiaxue also went to Santorini for her wedding photoshoot too with the same wedding planner, and she told me it was super fun!

 

Of course none of these would come true if not for Sunrise Greece and Memoires Aboard, exclusive partner of Sunrise Greece in Malaysia.

Memoires Abroad help facilitate overseas wedding planning, both legal/symbolic wedding. They also do:

  • renewal of vows
  • pre-wedding photography and videography
  • anniversary arrangement
  • honeymoon arrangement
  • guest arrangement
  • sale / rent of wedding gown and bridesmaid dress

Basically a one-stop destination wedding company based in KL so you can meet up with the planner and discuss your dream wedding in details.

For me i had to communicate via email with Amie from Sunrise Greece everyday, sending images and photos back and forth. Although she did a perfect job crafting the best wedding for me, it was kind of exhausting for the both of us, what’s more battling the time difference lol.

But now you can just relax and let Memoires Aboard help you with all you need!

For my weddingmoon, i had to source for my own wedding dresses (one is from blogshop, another one is just a casual dress from EMODA lolol). Now Memoires Aboard is selling and renting gowns and dresses in a wide selection!

They actually also lent me a few so that i can reminisce the sweet memories of my Weddingmoon.

Here are the coordinates of some of them!

 

Coordinate 1

If you prefer minimalist and mood-matching, this is very Grecian and totally suit the ambience!

 

Coordinate 2

This convertible dress comes in like a thousand colors and you can also wear it a million ways so good for those who want variety, and also a great choice if you are inviting your bridesmaid over! I picked blue because that’s Santorini’s color :D

 

Coordinate 3

If you love something romantic/princessy, this sheer, flowy dress with empire waistline encrusted with diamantes  won’t go wrong!

 

Coordinate 4

Elegant and classy is in the collection too!

 

In full view:

 

Close up:

 

 

 

 

Anyway i really really miss Santorini and would definitely want to go back! I love it so much i would like to get married every year there! (to the same man la hahahha.) Hopefully next time i can bring Junya there too and perhaps have a family photoshoot!

SO….. i decided to dress him up matchingly and took a few mama and baby photos lol #shioksendiri

Can’t wait to travel with him!! :D

 

 

Anyway, for those of you who are planning to have a wedding or a romantic getaway in Santorini, the awesome people from Sunrise Greece is coming to KL!!!

 

Last year they did the same thing too! I was there as a guest to share my experience:

With Amie (Sunrice Greece) and Betty (Memoires Aboard).

Accident matching coordinate hahaha.

 

They are all really nice people! So don’t miss the chance to talk to them and ask them anything you have in mind.

 

 

Reservation method:  – info@memoiresaboard.com / 03-6211 6655

Website: www.memoiresaboard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/memoiresaboard

Instagram: memoireswedding

One day as a mom

July 10, 2014 in Baby 74 Cheesed

With a newborn.

Alone.

So my mom had to go back to hometown earlier than scheduled due to family emergency on my day28 postpartum.

When she told me about it, i was like oh okay sure!Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 3.49.49 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-09 at 3.50.00 PM

But my heart turned blue and was like

 

Anyway, that marked the end of my Baby Holiday™And ironically, that was also the start of my confinement, because i literally cannot step out of the house (not that i have the confidence yet anyway) and am grounded with the baby.

A few friends thought that i was crazy enough not to start finding or hire a maid/confinement lady/baby sitter when i was pregnant. Also they predict that if i wasn’t already crazy, i will soon be. Point taken.

But so far it wasn’t as bad as i thought because my mom was more like Junya’s mom than i am, i was pretty much just a milk machine wtf. I relaxed, did my work, put on make-up, even went out for dinners while she took good care of the baby. But eventually the day i feared has to come. And came it has.

After mom was gone, i stared at the danna, poker faced, didn’t know whether i should start freaking out or not. But he just told me one thing that instantly lifted me up. I suddenly feel like my life is full of hope and seeing the lights of a bright future wtf.

 

He said,

Well, this is the perfect chance for you to experience how being a mom in Japan is like. And this is the ultimate challenge for you. If you can do it, you will be sure that you can live in Japan.

 

I CAN LIVE IN JAPAN!

 

Actually the danna also said:

1. If you can take care of the baby, cook 3 meals a day, do the laundry, clean the house all by yourself and not go crazy, congratulations, you can now survive  in Japan.

2. If you can take care of the baby, cook 3 meals a day, do the laundry, clean the house all by yourself, at the same time prepare bento box for your husband (and kids) and not go crazy, you are a true Japanese mom.

3. If you can take care of the baby, cook 3 meals a day, do the laundry, clean the house all by yourself, at the same time have the godly patience to prepare Instagram Popular Page worthy Kyaraben (Character bento) for your husband (and kids), calculate all the calorie intake and always buy the most value-for-money household items and not go crazy, you can be a popular charisma housewife.

4. If you can take care of the baby, cook 3 meals a day, do the laundry, clean the house all by yourself, at the same time have the godly patience to prepare Instagram Popular Page worthy Kyaraben (Character bento) for your husband (and kids) and dress up and put on make up before your husband wakes up and only remove your make up after your husband falls asleep, you are a super star housewife. (And probably truly crazy).

 

(Eh i’m not joking. Watched a variety show on Japanese TV where this actress admitted she did that and her husband has never ever seen her without make up before in their entire marriage wtf.)

One of the reasons why i didn’t give birth in Japan as you all curiously asked was because i would be all alone. Without any family except my working husband and a crying baby. In Japan there’s no such thing as maid/confinement lady. There are helpers and babysitters but maybe only people like Ayumi Hamasaki  can afford because it probably costs more than your college fee. (Even some of the most popular models i know in Japan told me that they do their own housework.)

Everybody does it themselves. Lucky ones have family to help out, but millions of Japanese moms probably do it alone all the time. Right after delivery, they do all the cooking, grocery, housework, taking care of their child (sometimes more than one child!) while their husband work till late night. Some even had to do all these WHILE having a job. Don’t say Japanese mom la, our own grandmothers (my grandma had 11 children!!!!!) or even mothers also did it without all these help, their children never die also wtf if not we all won’t be here today.

SO WHY WE CANNOT??? Summore last time there was no such thing as washing machines/microwaves/vacuum cleaners/pizza delivery/Wikipedia/Google etc etc etc. What happened, modern moms???

 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

 

So i decided to document a day of my life as a new mom taking care of the baby.

07:00

Get up (not wake up, since there’s no such thing as sleep) and feed Junya.

He drifts back to sleep and i did a quick pump session to boost supply.

07:39

Wash all midnight feeding bottles.

And sterilize .

 

07:54

Feed Champon and wash his toilet.

 

08:30

Eat breakfast with the danna.

 

08:50

Bathe Junya (and dropped my iPhone in the water and kelam-kabut-ly splashing water all over myself while taking this picture wtf.)

Successfully undrown him and changed him into new clothes. And myself.

 

09:08

While the danna is still around to keep an eye on Junya, go downstairs to run errand and come back, danna goes to work and i clean up dishes etc.

 

10:00

Feed a screaming baby.

 

10:31

While Junya falls asleep, it is the best time to cut his nails. WHY DO BABIES’ NAILS GROW SO FAST???? I just cut it few days ago!!! Sucking all the calcium off me T___T

And no matter how short you cut it it’s still sharp so have to file it off to not end up having a scar-faced baby. Cut half way he wakes up crying and comfort him back to sleep.

 

11:16

Take out the laundry. Then hop over the PC and check some emails.

 

12:15

FREAKING HUNGRY. And already failed first test.

Because no time to cook so i had food delivery for lunch.

Half way have to tend a wailing baby to change his diaper.

After changing he is still wailing so have to feed him while feeding myself.

I think in a few more weeks and i can rock-climb with just one hand. Also another astonishing new discovery : my feet are actually beyond dexterous. The amount of things i pick up from the floor while both hands are tied, and the degree of weird angles my legs are able to bend to accommodate feeding and multitasking. In a few more months i could probably build a castle with just one foot.

Then continue to finish trimming all his nails! (Now it’s time for mine)

 

13:26

Discuss with Champon about life in general and brush him.

 

13:40

Vacuum the house with Champon chasing around the dust machine.

 

14:00

Feed a screaming baby. Then continue to clean the house foreverrrrrrrr.

 

15:15

After a few decades of forever, tend to a screaming baby thinking it is nappy change time, and he decides to have a poo explosion the moment i open his diaper FML.

After some frantic cleaning up i was rewarded with a smile that makes at least half the troubles worth it.

Snack while watching over Junya’s tummy time.

 

15:49

Fold the laundry then console a fussy baby.

Finally he falls asleep on the couch and i heat myself a snack.

Then baby wakes up, feed, cuddle etc etc etc.

Baby naps again, mommy does some work, tends to crying baby, feeds, goes back to work….

The rest of the evening was a fuzz i couldn’t even be bothered to document what’s what. That’s when i failed the dinner test again. Decide i was just too lazy to cook so i napped next to Junya until the danna came back at night.

He made us dinner, and we ate straight out of the pan so there’s less dishes to wash wtf.

Finally it is time for the two of us to relax and catch up with each other’s day over dinner, until…

Junya insisted he wanted to join dinner too.

So the three of us ate dinner on the same table.

 

23:14

Attempt to write this blog post.

 

23:45

Decide to screw that and crawl into to bed.

 

To sum it up, my life:

And how i feel at night:

lolol

 

PS: In the end this blog post is done two days later over small stretches of baby nap breaks. If it sounds incoherent or doesn’t make any sense at all, that’s exactly how i am now.  Anyway. One thing at a time. Just wait, you award-winning-popular-page-worthy-hubby-and-kids-kyaraben.

 

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I breastfeed and also bottle feed (expressed milk) Junya, I’m so so glad that i have one because it really saved my life as a new mom. The first few days after delivery in the hospital, i was major stressed about my low milk supply as the baby was crying day and night of hunger T___T.

When i got back home immediately took out my Ardo (still intact in the box lol) and started my first ever pumping experience. And felt so relieved how convenient it is to my life.

The one i have is Ardo Calypso electric double breast pump, which could be converted to a single pump. I have never use other pumps before but so far i’m quite happy with it!

 

The first few days i pumped every hour to boost milk supply, then kept it in the fridge so my mom or the danna can feed the baby when i’m busy, and when i had extra i stored it in the freezer for future rainy days.

Was embarrassed to post this pic cuz this is probably the most exposed picture of mine. I’m showing you not even my boobs, but the content inside my boobs wtf. Talk about intimacy.

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  • Mains or Battery operated
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You can find it in major maternity/baby stores in Singapore and Malaysia!

 

 

 

Stored in Baby | 74 Cheesed

Girly date and romantic date Tokyo

July 6, 2014 in Japan 19 Cheesed

Photo post on Tokyo.

Excuse the title because i really don’t know what else to put.

Girly date was a date with the girl friends and romantic date is with the danna (what do you call dates with your husband??) but there’s zero romantic element in it unless you considered slut bars romantic wtf.

Also we only passed by didn’t go in lah! Hahhaha

 

This was March 2014!

Girly date coordinate. But right after this pic i decided that my 7-month pregnant belly is too gross in that body hugging polka dot skirt so i changed it XD.

Make.

 

The girls are Ashley, Vivian and RinRin! Went to 76cafe for dinner!

Four of us with yummy food.

Then hopped over to TGC After Party.

Ashley ♡

And then went to RinRin’s fashion show at Laforet Harajuku!

Along Omotesando street hahaha. Yes in Tokyo people really wear liddat go out wan!

The season’s collect is mad wicked! The theme is something about this dark, angry suicidal girl.

Here are some of the pieces:

Signature motif in indignance. Everything is angst lol.

And then she set fire on her lol.

HAHA DAMN MEAN

One more.

Met a girl who is also preggy!!

5-month bump & 7-month bump!

 

Went for dessert after the party!

Looking exactly like photo on menu, Japan is doing it right. XD

 

 

 

Next day! It was dann’s off day so we went on a rare date!

Not-Romantic-Date coordinate!

Cherry earrings ♡

Braided hair with soft curls.

Breakfast was Ichigo from Shizuoka! “Benihoppe”.

I was really really obsessed with Japanese strawberries, and every couple of days i bought strawberries from different prefecture just to compare! My favorite was still Amao from Hakata, Fukuoka, which is ranked no.1 in Japan. Also one of the most expensive la haha value for money indeed.

Then brunch with the danna at this newly scouted Gyoza place!!

So good the two of us could eat the whole plate!!! (Two of us means the unborn baby and i, not me and danna hahahaha)

 

Then we went Meidi-Ya for grocery shopping! (30KG to bring back to Malaysia). Raid all the Japanese rice and sakura snacks and milk and everything else that could fit into our luggage.

Some interesting things we saw:

Wa so tempted to buy this and make my food look extra yummy!

 

Edible rose!!!!

 

Edible sakura! On the left is sakura-flavored salt, and in the jar is sakura pickles.

Also went to a nearby pet shop to buy Champon’s toy.

 


And then also bought Joy, a godly dish washerThis time comes with Rose scent AND moisture care! God level up!!

In the evening we went to Roppongi for dinner and movie!

Went to a quite fancy sushi restaurant!

Natto temaki.

Fancy mancy sushi like Foie gras sushi!

1. Aburi 3-types

2. Avocado

3. Baby scallop

4. Maguro

5. Kanimiso (crab roe)

6. Takenoko (Bamboo shoot)

7. Fugu tempura

8. Chutoro

9. Ikura

Which is your fav?

 

Lastly, at night we went for a movie date.

And shared a large salted butter + caramel pop corn.

That’s about the most romantic thing we did on that date.

 

 

Stored in Japan | 19 Cheesed

Meimon Yakiniku

July 1, 2014 in Bon Cheesepetit / Japan 18 Cheesed

Some people told me before that they don’t read my blog when it is a food post, because no matter how yummilicious the food looks, they don;t get to eat it anyway, unless they fly to Japan.

Lolol true also ah if i’m my readers i will be quite pissed off also.

So if you love Yakiniku, this is to top up your piss-offness. So, feel free to have beef with me (LOLOLOL).

 

Anyway it is a forever unsolved mystery how i only gained 1KG of pregnancy weight during my one month stay in Japan, because i ate Yakiniku all the freaking time. Like, average 3 times a week. And trust me, that’s A LOT of meat. I probably ate accumulatively a whole Japanese cow wtf.

Meimon

It was almost like i was on a Yakiniku hunt throughout Tokyo.  Just two days after Yoroniku, Omatsu san and friends brought me to Meimon, their favorite and number 1 Yakiniku in Tokyo, although he hasn’t been back there for 4 years since it is a little far out and very very expensive (be prepared to spend at least ¥10000 per person!).

And totally not atas at all. But Yakiniku is not really something atas anyway, you end up smelling like BBQ human at the end of the day.

The interior! It’s full of photos of famous people who had been here.

Including the Japanese prime minister.

An Abe figurine hahaha quite cute!

My Yakiniku buddy Omatsu san and a photobombing staff.

 

Meat nommers.

Yukke! The worst thing for pregnant people wtf. Raw egg + raw beef. I didn’t dare to post this earlier cuz scared kena scolded but i actually stole one piece to eat and subsequently had most of it :X. Just cannot. It was so good T___T.

 

Beef stomach thing, which looks like some spikey fish.

First course was this. Beef freaking tongue!!! I have never seen such a huge piece!!! Usually they are thinly sliced.

Each of us get one whole piece and it was SO GOOD T____T

I always joked that i would name my future child Gyu Tan (Tan is my surname) but guess that didn’t happen lolol. Junya, you are welcome.

 

Then there was Y bone.

The thing i like about the restaurant is that full service is included. Meaning they BBQ everything for you (which is great! Cuz 50% of the yumminess depends on BBQ skill!), and they are really funny (or trying to be very funny). SO yea instead of T bone they made Y bone -___-

And then there was this crazy fatty beef

Which you then put Daikon Oroshi on top, wrap it up and eat the whole thing at one go. The juice would flow out and fill your mouth and you cannot talk for two minutes (out of fullness of your mouth and also sheer intoxication lol.)

Then there was the loin steak with wasabiiiiiiiiii

 

Anyway i’m about to show you one of the grossest looking things you will never want to miss out eating and that is horumon. I probably blogged about horumon a hundred times already but i’ve never seen an entire horumon on its own before.

The most famous menu in Meimon. Nobody goes home without having this.

So this is how it looks.

This long!!!!!

You grill it till the fats melt and only the fattiest of fats remain lol

And chop

And i promise it is even better than the best char siew you’ve ever had.

 

After so much meat there was still mini ramen.

And Usagi apple.

I was so freaking full i was on the verge of throwing up but that would just be too wasteful. (Bet i’d tapao the vomit if i did HAHAHAHA ok sorry gross but that’s how awesome it was lol.)

Ok that’s all. Beef tonight?

 

Baby Holiday♡

June 26, 2014 in Baby 62 Cheesed

So there’s no escape. I have officially turned into one of those people whose Instagram is full of their own baby’s pictures. Booooo.

As i was posting away (baby pictures, occasionally my own selfies in case nobody knows how i look like anymore), i keep getting comments asking (especially in Chinese): “不用坐月子吗?” (Don’t you need to do confinement?).

By no mean were they rude or anything, i’m sure they were just asking out of curiosity. But i am equally curious! Commenter Yvonnetham was absolutely right: What do they mean by “坐月子” (do confinement)?? How do they know i am not doing it? I mean how do they judge from a few Instagram selfies that i am not under confinement?

Okay if confinement means you totally cannot cross your house door even one step for one whole month, then yes i am a disqualified confinee because when Qiu came to visit me we went out to eat Japanese food lol. Oh yea? Did i mention Japanese food? Ok another rule broken.

 

Or isit because during confinement you are not allowed to look good?????

 

 

I guess this is what i should look to convince everyone that i am under confinement hor:

Say! Isit i have to look liddis 你们才甘愿. (Removed eyebrows for dramatic effect. And the ginormous fly because scared you all cannot see properly.)

I admit i put on make up when there are guests, or when i need to go out, or when i just feel plain vain because i didn’t want the first few pictures of me with my precious newborn looking like crap. I mean, he is so cute! How come the mother looks so like a homeless? XD

 

So yea! Back to the very definition of “confinement”. Curious, i went google image to see what Google and the world think confinement look like:

Right. I don’t blame you guys. No wonder all of you feel like shit.

 

See, i think the problem isn’t about whether somebody does “confinement” or not, but what the person sees “confinement” as. I personally think that “confinement” is a really good practice, because the whole meaning behind it, i believe, is to give the new mother abundant rest and peace to recover herself, when she has just gone through so much. Not to mention she is also not allowed to lift a finger to do housework, and all meals are cooked for her, and she even gets daily massages?!?!? Sounds like heaven to me leh!

But the problem is i don’t like the word “confinement” (who came up with it anyway?!?! Cannot just say “Sit Moon?” That sounds like some awesome galactic fun!). If your image of confinement happens to be like what Google thinks, then you are doomed liao. No matter what you do you are not gonna enjoy it.

A friend of mine who recently just gave birth texted me:

Not don’t do, just do it a different way.

To me i prefer to think of it as my “Baby Holiday”.

To my surprise i really quite enjoy it, since the first day i got home from the hospital! My mom is here to help me with my Baby Holiday, she is of tremendous help to clean up the house and cook some food and occasionally help change some diapers.

So for one whole month (or however long i want to take this Baby Holiday for), all i will do is to spend time with my baby, stare at him when he is awake or half awake, do some of my own things (like errr… write this blog post?) while he sleeps, take selfies with him for future precious memories, opening presents from friends, and… just enjoy the moments. Of course the not so fun part is that i spend most of the time being a cow… and a milk maid at the same time wtf and now i’m udderly a lactating mess and not to mention when… wait the baby is crying,  brb.

 

 

 

 

Ok back.

Anyway as i was saying, basically just do whatever you like and don’t let other people stress you out! Being happy is the best path to recovery (i say wan. Feel free to quote me for free). Yes i washed my hair the moment i got back from the hospital and i drank room temperature plain water, unboiled (Cleansui water, to be exact), touched tap water with my hands (no need to wash milk bottles ah you all?!) and guess what?

I FEEL SO GOOD.

In fact i was wondering why confinement must be 1 month because two weeks have passed and i feel that i am ready to 重出江湖 lolol. (To those who say i won’t feel it now but will suffer when i’m old cuz i never follow confinement rules, fine. 30 years later only you come talk to me, okay?)

 

Ok that’s all.

 

Wait not finished yet. By the way, off topic but do you know when new moms actually need a proper confinement? WHEN THERE IS HAZE. Confine yourself. Yes, shut all windows tight, do not even step out of your house. It would actually be good for you. AND your newborn. I am just SO pissed off that this haze thing has become like an official weather category in Malaysia. What a beautiful hazy day!)

Whatever. *drinks cool water and calms self down*

Finished.

Some pictures!

Papa, baby and Champon sunbathing. When it wasn’t a hazy day.

 

Friends who came visit!

S size Junya and M size Fighter!

Huiwen QiuQiu Shuyin and Xiaxue came all the way from SG!!

Ordered Papa John’s and the girls were like “harh you can eat pizza de meh!!!” lolol. Why cannot???? I’m not a frog, or dying lol.

Mom and baby selfie ♡

So new moms out there, enjoy your Baby Holiday!

Stored in Baby | 62 Cheesed