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Some random updates about my life here.
I’m doing pretty fine as a mom so far. Terena is now very active and a fast learner so I need to be very careful of what I do as a role model. Kicking off some of your bad habits can be quite tough no? But we have to do anyway for the love of our child.
Last week Terena and I flew up to Bangkok again because I need to attend a few weddings this month and also for a short break for myself. All my family members were dying to see her especially my dad. She slept on the plane for the very first time after flying alone with her quite a number of times! Think it was about 15-20 minutes and I managed to take a short nap as well.
After spending only a week in Bangkok, baby Terena has gained some weight too. She is somewhat chubbier now especially her cheeks. We bring her out everyday while we are here! I’m not sure about other babies but mine definitely like to go out A LOT. Are they all the same? Here are some photos of baby Terena just in case you miss seeing her. x
She is growing well in overall. Not overweight or underweight. Also starting to walk by herself. Can’t imagine when she starts to run around… It would be so tiring yet so fun.
Terena is getting along very well with all my family members as usual especially dad who is really good with babies. There is more time for me to run some other errands, catch up with old friends, enjoy my own space etc.
End up this post a few more random things I have yet to post up. First, one of my many favourite shots of Terena.
And, a special delivery of homemade lychee chiffon cake by Rachel herself a few days before I flew to Bangkok. The cake is really light with a soft texture and sweet fragrance of lychees. Think it will goes really well with a high tea session with my girls.
This is not an ad. You can look out for her pop-up sale through Instagram @pleasure_monger or hashtag #twentysevenbyrachel for and other good reviews. Thank you Rachel. Hope to make you Lava cake next time when we have a chance.
Lastly, a beautiful bouquet of flower that my honey gave me during our first anniversary. Love flowers very much.
And again, thank you family, friends and lovely readers for all your kind words and well wishes for me and my girl. I will try to write more this month if possible. Quite a lot of photos I’ve been taking this trip. Back for more.
If you want you hair to look good, it’s going to take some work. Look at my hair now and you probably have no ideas how bad my experience was with hair rebonding.
First time I got my hair rebonded many years ago, it turned out to be a big disaster. My hair was very damage with a lot of spilt ends. It took me more than a long time to fix that so I was afraid to do it again.
However, I want my hair to look good everyday without having to straighten the wavy parts, and also to save time. After much thoughts and consideration, I decided to go down to my new hair sponsor, Combhead at Plaza Singapura and get better suggestion on this from the experts.
Soft rebonding would be a good choice for my hair type instead of normal rebonding. Normal rebonding will make my hair look too flat and too straight like a broom. That’s a NO for me. Honestly speaking, I kinda have a phobia for rebonding since my first experience was pretty bad. I have been taking really good care of my hair so those effort shouldn’t go to waste right? Most importantly, I trust my new sponsor right after my very first visit. They have technicians as a specialist, and hair stylist separately. This is to make sure you have higher chance to achieve exactly what you want yet keeping your hair healthy.
Insteading of rebonding my whole head, they suggested me to do only certain parts from the root to middle part and avoid the ends; to achieve natural looking straight hair with my natural wavy ends to compromise the look. Here’s the result.
Need I say more how much I love my hair now?
Process took about 3 hours in total. What I enjoyed most was great hair wash because the way they do it surprised me. I know many salons give head massage but at Combhead they pay attention to details on every points. Talking to a massage lover like me.
Not only the atmosphere makes me feel like home with a spa but I love how the staff treat their customers as well; friendly yet professional. Working with nice people is enjoyable.
This is my favourite spot and it supposed to be their makeup services area. They also have a private room if you want one.
Oh yes, they like to spoil their customers too.
If you are curious, Liz was the one who did my rebonding and haircut by Phyllis (above). Price for soft rebonding is around 280-350 depending on your hair length.
You can check out their Facebook here or call 62388044 to book your appointment, located at Plaza Singapura #04-31.
And again, thank you for making me feel very comfortable and great results.
The day started off around Harajuku and Omotesando areas. I would say I prefer these two areas than Ginza. There is a lot to see and more to buy. Most importantly, for me, lots of fashion boutiques and rare local designer clothes. It’s not possible for to name all the Japanese brands and designers I love. Too many yet never enough.
We began our shopping at Takeshita Dori, a narrow and roughly 400 meter long street. This street is very popular in Japan so it is always very busy and extremely crowded on the weekends. Many local fashion boutiques can be found here and mostly for teenagers.
Spotted one interesting shop where they sell lucky box for minimum 300yen, 500yen and so on. I bought one for my husband to try his luck.
Next was Tokyo Plaza, Omotesando Harajuku. This 7-storey shopping mall is filled with domestic Japanese brands, mostly for ladies.
They have Starbucks and Bills restaurant at the top. Food was good but the waiting time was quite long, 25-30 mins at least. I had their signature dishes; sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (1400 yen)
One thing you shouldn’t miss at all is all the small streets with lots of shop off Omotesando. It’s not crowded at all. There is lots of cute shops and not grand or anything. I like it there very much.
For dinner we went to Ebisu and decided to go for this restaurant (below) after looking through many in that areas. It was a good choice. Food was great and affordable price.
We have seared marinated raw mackerel, grilled chicken thigh kushiyaki style 2p, barbeque squid and my most favourite, seaweed tempura.
Back to hotel right after dinner. My legs were overly tired from walking but it was all worth it.
First thing I went to 21_21 design sight to see the exhibition. It’s a small art museum located in the upscale Roppongi Midtown area. Admin fee is 1000yen.
The next time I visit Tokyo, I will check out more Museums.
In the afternoon we went to isetan and takashimaya (Shinjuku) to get some snacks and chocolate for little souvenirs. Then, headed back to hotel to get ready for a special dinner at Kozue, park Hyatt hotel 40th floor.
The view was amazing. If we were lucky enough to have good weather, we could see Fuji mountain right where we were sitting.
Their sashimi was like the best. Crunchy, soft and wonderful texture.
I wouldn’t mind going to Japan again right now. Miss their food very much, and also shopping. Pretty happy with my new purchase during this trip, especially beauty products.
And YES, some of these products below are for another GIVEAWAY, as promised.
including this pretty iphone5 case.
Just share with me one (or more) of your favourite Japanese fashion brands and why you like them. Remember to leave your email address. If you want to win iphone5 case please put *IP5* at the end of your comments. Giveaway ends 14/9/13. Thank you and good luck. x
Despite the fact that Japan had recently been affected by natural disasters, it is still one of the very few places I’d want to be. I love almost everything about Japan, good food, culture, and people. Most of the Japanese are hard-working, polite, and have perfected good manners.
Having fresh and good Japanese cuisine in Japan is one of the things I’ve been looking forward to since I was pregnant. As you know, we asians believe that anything raw is not allowed for pregnant women. I think I didn’t have them for at least 9 months.
My main purpose for this trip is FOOD, and we did it right. Warning: This post will make you hungry.
It took about 1 hour car ride from Narita airport to our hotel, Conrad Tokyo. I chose this hotel mainly because of good location. It’s very near to Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market and not so far from all the areas we wish to go.
Everything is good except for their wifi. Overall, I like this hotel a lot.
Our first meal in Tokyo was at Tempura Ten-ichi *highly recommended*, at Ginza area. This restaurant is cozy and simple decorated. Nothing pretentious. They also have a separate room for us to have a dessert after.
I swear they have THE MOST DELICIOUS Tempura I’ve had so far in my life. They spoilt my tastebuds forever.
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Tempura here doesn’t taste like other places, it’s very crispy and yet not too thick or too light. Everything is fresh. Prawns and gingko nuts are my favourite. Eel is very sweet too.
I had many of this. Gingko Nuts.
Melon was so tasty and juicy. It melted in my mouth. Oh well, you probably have no ideas how much I love Japanese melon. I can have it everyday.
The bill was around 28000 yen for two. If you are planning to visit Tokyo, you have to go there. I suggest you to make reservation than walk-in.
We walked around Ginza areas after lunch
and saw this bar with an interesting concept. Just nice when the weather was pretty hot.
We had one beer each (550 yen per glass) to cool us down before heading out for a dinner.
Dinner was at Shabu Zen, at Roppongi. Two plates of sirloin and one ribeye. They look almost the same but taste different. We spent around 22000 yen (approx SGD280) for that, with a small bottle of Sake. It’s an affordable price and food was good.
However, honestly speaking, I prefer Shabu Shabu Gen in Singapore. The food there is quite close to perfection even though it’s more expensive.
Back to hotel after that as we took it easy on the first day. x
Slept around 12am and woke up around 3 for Tsukiji Fish market. We arrived there at 3:30am with a private guide, Mr N.Kamei. This market only permits for 120 pax and many people couldn’t get in so we have to queue up very early at 3:30am. Divided into 2 groups, 60 each. We were in the first group wearing bright yellow vests because we were early. However, there is a waiting time for roughly an hour.
If you can’t stand wet market smell then don’t bother going there. There are many Off-Limits area and heavy traffic. The road is very wet and slippery so sneakers would be the right choice. You have to be extra careful of the traffic.
They allowed us to be inside the Tuna Auction Hall only 20-30 minutes. There are serious business activities inside this market and it’s not so tourist-oriented.
As of January 2013, the highest tuna auction was at $1.6 millions for 222KG Bluefin Tuna fish. That’s is around $7k for 1kg.
In tokyo around 90% of fish in the restaurants are from this market. More than 1400 different veggies. More than 350 different fish. 50% fish are import from china, Taiwan, Spain etc.
After the auction, we visited Tsukijihonganji Temple to feel the early morning atmostphere of Buddhism.
And then looked for sushi places at associated market nearby. This particular restaurant below had very long queue, all the way out until main road. Oh well. I’m sure it must be really good but I was too hungry to wait that long though.
I love the feel of restaurant too, very local.
However, our guide recommended us to try Sushi Zanmai, if we want to skip long waiting times. It’s 24- hour chain restaurant and the owner won the Tuna auction I mentioned earlier. Good, fresh and affordable food.
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Fresh, fresh, fresh.
A very simple dish like seaweed soup, was very delicious.
headed to Shibuya for shopping in the afternoon. It was crowded almost everywhere in this area. If you have time, do check out Parco in Shibuya. I love quite a few pieces of womenswear from the local designers such as Lily Brown.
Random shot. I had no idea what he was doing. haha.
Look at the guy in pink T-shirt on the right, his expression…. haha.
Ok, and this will be another highlight of my trip.
Fine dining at Ryugin (Roppongi Minato-Ku) *highly recommended*. We booked table a month plus in advance. It is a very small restaurant and has only about ten plus tables but the food is to die for. Ryugin is a 3Michelin star and ranked #22 in the list of the best restaurants in the world by San Pellegrino. And they really deserved those awards.
Take a look at this interesting menu. Click on photo to view full-size.
The food has very unique taste and well play on flavours and textures.
My favourite was their famous Summer Dish called Swimming Ayu fish grilled over charcoal with bamboo aroma. Smell good, taste great. Crispy and fish head was the best part of all. It was kinda bitter but taste unique.
The bill was around 70000 yen for one full course menu (for 2) and a bottle of champaign. My day was completed with fantastic dinner like that.
I kinda feel hungry right now going through all food photos I took in Japan. Craving Japanese.
ps.- Look out for the next post as there will be a lovely giveaway. x
I was recently interviewed by Parents World magazine; sharing about my experience and thoughts in blogging. Time really does fly that fast and I can’t believe it has been almost 7 years since I started sharing and connecting with people through my site. Until now, I’ve had so much fun doing that. Thank you for your great support, always.
Grab a copy (Issue 39) to read more. Thank you for having me there. And Happy National Day everyone. x