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Spring in Japan – Part 3

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On Wednesday, since it was a public holiday, T could join in whatever we are doing. So we went to Fuji Matsuri, a flower festival. It was of wisteria which was really pretty. The google version was really awesome so my expectations were high but when I got there, it was extremely crowded and the view wasn’t the same. So I guessed the google version must have been at another place!


baby T fell alseep on the way there so we had to push our stroller amidst this crowd. Obviously, we made our way around the bridge instead hahaha 😉

The wisteria that we came for! Swaying beautifully along with the breeze.


And another photo of the crowd


After, we headed to Shinagawa since we wanted to check out if the supermarket there has Enfamil milk powder. baby T was going through a growth spurt so she was drinking a lot more milk than usual so we ran out. But apparently, Japan doesn’t stock foreign macilk powder brands?! Anyway, we still enjoyed our time there since we had yummy tempura. There was also a sky garden where we spent some time there soaking in the sunshine.



The plan on Thursday was to head to Akachan Honpo. I read that it is a store that sells everything for babies and there was one a few train stops away from my hotel.

I actually saw pretty clear directions online but can’t find it now! Anyway, I did check the directions with the concerige since they were posted in 2009 or something, and I wanted to make sure they haven’t moved! Get on the JR Yamanote line to Gotanda Station, take the West exit and cross the street. Take the TOC shuttle (there is a TOC sign at the bus stop so it should be really easy to locate) and get off at the second stop. FYI the bus is only making 2 stops. Walk through the doors of the building it stopped at, known as TOC building and take the elevator to level 5. You should be able to spot Akachan Honpo.

Since it is a departmental store for babies/kids, there is a changing area and several nursing rooms. It is also very spacious and has a rather large variety of goods ranging from shoes to food to toys. We spent the most time in the toy section the most of course, and there is a little playarea that baby T enjoyed a lot too!


That’s her playing with toys. I love bringing her to the toy store! There’s a wide variety and she doesn’t bug me to buy anything for her. Yet. hahahaha 😉 I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

That basically sums up my whole week in Japan. We didn’t go anywhere special on Friday since we were leaving that evening. I only brought her out for a short walk to the nearby supermarket.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable and memorable first overseas trip as a family! So much that we recently went Phuket as well. Will blog about that soon.

Now, ending with the breakfast I had daily in Japan. Beef donburi!

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June 28, 2015 at 10:18 PM

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Spring in Tokyo – Part 2

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The next day is a Monday so I am on my own. For my first day, I decided to head to an area I have been to before – Shibuya!

I decided on Seibu Muji as they have a kids play area on level 5 and diaper changing area. Both very important once you have kids. It wasn’t too difficult getting around as there were elevators whenever I needed them after some looking around.

From Shibuya station, I exited via Tokyu to use their elevator and once outside you will be able to see Hachiko. Walk towards the famous Starbucks just right across the famous Shibuya crossing and you will be able to see Seibu. From there it should be quite easy to get to Muji as there are link bridges.


Baby T really enjoyed her time there as there were a lot of toys to explore. I also managed to get some clothes for her ^^ I fed her at level 2 where the café is. As I wasn’t hungry, I only got a coffee but the staff didn’t chase me away. I saw a few moms with their strollers enjoying their lunch there too so it I guess it’s rather popular among moms to hang out here too.


On Tuesday, I went to meet my Japanese colleagues since our office is really near to where I stayed. They showed world class hospitality by allowing me to use the meeting room to feed baby T after our lunch.

One of the places I had on my list was Kiddyland in Harajuku so I decided to head there after settling baby T. To walk to Kiddyland, once you exit from Harajuku station, cross the street and you will see Gap. Facing Gap, turn right and turn left at the first corner. Keep walking straight and cross the street when you get to. Keep walking straight and you will reach Kiddyland! It’s around 5-10 minutes walk.

I wanted to go Kiddyland as it is a toy store and I thought it will be fun for baby T but a lot of the toys were for bigger kids or even adults and many of them were in boxes so she couldn’t really play with them per se. But in the end she still had fun exploring the place just looking at the other people in the store and walking around.


There is restrooms in Kiddyland itself and also a restroom that is bigger and meant for changing diapers on level 1 as well. As she was well stimulated at the toy store, she promptly fell asleep while I was walking back to the train station. So I did manage to spend some time at a local drugstore and did some shopping! I also chat up a super nice store assistant who gave me his staff discount because I didn’t have my passport with me and wasn’t entitled to do tax refund.

And ta-da! My haul 😀


Am super pleased that I managed to get some shopping done!

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June 24, 2015 at 12:31 PM

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Spring in Tokyo 2015 – Part 1

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I recently went to Tokyo (end April) so I thought I would share some photos and the places I went since I brought baby T along with me! It was a solo journey there since T will be traveling from US to meet me in Tokyo. I decided to tag along for his work trip because I am sick of staying in Singapore but don’t want to travel without my baby unless it’s for work 😉 Before the trip I did a little research on the places I could go (which wasn’t a lot) as we stayed in Shinagawa but I figured being in a different country should be sufficient to entertain a 1 year old already. Schedule

She will usually wake up between 630-7am and then we would give her milk after she wakes. After we are all ready to go down, which is usually around 8-830, we would all have breakfast together which is different from what Taylor is used to at home but we are going to switch to this schedule when we get home anyway. After that Daddy would leave for work and I will bring her back to room to clean up a little, and get ready to bring her out for that day. We usually head out around 1030, which is very close to her nap time, so I will bring her to our intended place of the day and give her milk before getting her ready for a nap. After that, I will choose somewhere quiet to hang out, either to have coffee or lunch or even ice cream one day.


Once she wakes, if I am at a convenient place to feed her lunch, I will do it there if not I will just pop to a nearby café/restaurant to feed her. After her lunch, the fun starts for her where she will spend her afternoon exploring the place I have chosen to bring her to that day. Around 3pm I will give her some snacks while she’s playing, and then around 4-5pm, depending on how she feels, I will give her a bottle and prepare her for her second nap. After her nap I will bring her back to hotel to have dinner with Daddy if he is free. If not, I will grab dinner from the station before heading back.

Even though we go to different places every day, but she pretty much follows the same routine so it worked out rather well.

Ok that was a lengthy intro so I am just going to start talking about the places I went. Probably going to spilt this into 2-3 posts in case it gets too long.

The first proper day we went to Tokyo Tower! Met up with my friend Miki and her family. It was a sunny day and very beautiful weather.


Well, T didn’t go up since he’s afraid of heights and not baby T either since she was napping haha. It is their loss because the view is spectacular! I always love having a bird’s eye view.


After that, we had a nice sushi lunch around the corner and then headed to Ginza for some shopping.

Not much shopping done since we only went to Uniqlo but better than nothing. Sadly I left some of my loots back in the hotel ;(

Since it is springtime, it really isn’t too cold and all baby T needed was a jacket. A hoodie is very useful when the wind gets strong and also when I want to cover her eyes to get her to sleep quicker hahaha.

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Ok signing off now since I am tired. Will try to continue again this week! 🙂

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June 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM

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Maldives – Day 4 and 5

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This is going to be my last post about the Maldives, but definitely not the last time I am going to think about this lovely place!

Here’s a photo of 5 jellyfishes, can you spot them? They were aplenty at our end of the island so we couldn’t really snorkel there despite staying in a water bungalow T_T


And off we went for dinner after another ‘tiring’ day of snorkeling and hanging by the beach! :p

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That’s literally how I am whenever I walk from our villa to the island. Always looking out for sea creatures! 


And ta-dah! Here’s our resident shark. Saw it everyday. 

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Last photo of T on the next day when we were departing. I wasn’t in the mood for photos because I didn’t have any makeup on and I was too depressed by the fact that my holiday has ended!


Although it is really very tempting to go back there again since it was really a wonderful time spent, but I want to check out other islands in future as well for example Palawan, Fiji, Bora Bora etc! 

Now I just need money to drop from the sky.

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December 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Maldives – Day 4

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Onto the fourth day of our Maldives trip, by this time we are able to recognize everyone on the island, which goes to show how small it is haha. But we really enjoyed the privacy and it wasn’t too boring for us.

Plan for the day was to go to another island where Maldivians stay during the early afternoon. So what better way to start the day than breakfast? I really loved sitting by the beach everyday for meals, so relaxing and I find myself actually eating slower and enjoying my food more.

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T named the photo below, ‘The Lady and the Bird’ LOL. I finally found someone with the same amount of creativity when it comes to naming things. I used to have 2 turtles and they were simply named ‘Big Turtle’ and ‘Small Turtle’.

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And it was time to leave the island again! 🙂

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It was just a short 30 minutes boat ride, and our tour guide also happens to be the same person who is taking are of the sports centre.

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The island is really small, with only about a thousand inhabitants. Most interesting thing is the coral wall I saw below. At first I had on a shawl in an attempt to be decent, but it got too hot after.

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We spent the remaining time just chilling by the beach at a cafe, thankfully I brought along a book. T also kept me entertained. He can be really funny when he’s not occupied with his phone :p

Afterwards we got back to the hotel and it was time to take a dip again! This time round in the pool first and chilling before heading to the sea to snorkel once more.


Photos of the underwater turned out really blurry boo ;( But I really did enjoy all the time snorkeling and hope I get to travel to places like Tahiti, Fuji etc to snorkel again. 


Oh and below is the water jacuzzi in our villa that we managed to use a few times. 


Another enjoyable day in Maldives! ❤

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November 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

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Maldives – Day 3

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I have some work that needs to be done but heck I am going to take a break and reminisce about my awesome summer holiday by blogging about it!

Day 3 in Maldives was simply magical. Also because it’s our first year wedding anniversary 🙂 Time passes so quickly!

We started off the day with T being silly.


And a full body massage after while listening to the ocean waves.


Technically I can’t even enjoy the view since I was facing the floor most of the time.

But it was a beautiful day in the Maldives!!! :p


Obviously we had to do more snorkelling. There isn’t really many other activities to do, but I was very happy snorkelling everyday so I am not complaining.

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Just for laughs, because nobody looks cute in their snorkel mask right?

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And we proceeded to chill by the pool. Such is the life, I missed it so much!

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Then it was time to go for our sunset cruise that was cancelled yesterday! Thank god the weather was amazing the next day, so it didn’t get cancelled again.

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Soon we boarded the yacht and left the island 😀

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It was an amazing 2 hours out at the sea, saw many wild dolphins swimming close by and doing tricks. Also saw a sea turtle.

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And the sunset was just beautiful :’) I felt so blessed at that moment, even now that I got to experience such a wonderful sunset with the one person that I love most.

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A random photo of T playing pool, it’s our daily activity before heading for dinner.


After dinner, we went back to our room and got a surprise from the staff! They do it for everyone on anniversaries, honeymoons etc I guess. Really thoughtful of them.

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So much love whenever I look back on the wonderful memories we have created together and look forward to more beautiful moments.

This is something that I would never want to let go of, the reason I go to bed smiling and wake up contented ❤

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October 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Maldvies – Day 2 (Part 2)

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Hello, I am here to continue with my Maldives posts. I didn’t expect it to take so long, as I was away for the last 2 weeks in August to US for a work trip. BUT I had already uploaded my photos and was ready to upload regularly! Just that fatigue got to me and I was unable to find any energy to blog till now (in a very comfortable position nonetheless haha).

After our short snorkeling adventure on the second day, we rushed back to shower and get ready for the sunset cruise we signed up for. In the end it got cancelled because of bad weather! Bummer, we could have snorkel more but now it turns out that we have 2 hours to kill before dinner.

What best to do on the island then?















Because T insisted on taking a photo with the sea plane.


‘All these makeup shall not go to waste!’ – what I am thinking while taking photos lol. It’s still not a lot, because who brings a lot of makeup to Maldives? =o








Love it when he smiles in photos ^^




And of course, we had to do something corny.



Can you spot the crabs?




And a lot more crabs that were totally camouflaged in with the wall. Love the wildlife on the island although I am sure bigger islands would have even more. But I don’t really fancy too many creatures so it’s really enough for me to spot a stone crab, hermits and big lizards here and there.


Back with more posts as soon as I feel better!

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September 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM