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SG-Bound

We’re back from New York. Both me & Nadya masih suffering from jetlag and i’ve read that West-East jetlag is harder to kick than East-West jetlag. 

I don’t know. We’ll see. Nadya took 3 days to recover from the jetlag when we were in NYC. I just hope she’ll take no more than 4days to go back to her sleeping pattern. 

We both slept at 5.00am yesterday and woke up at 7.00pm. Right now it’s 6.00am and we’re both still very much awake. Die. 

So anyway, i’ll try and write up abt NYC as soon as i can since there were a few who asked me abt travelling long-haul with toddlers lah, getting around NYC & Halal food etc. 

We survived the long flight. It was surprisingly painless. I worried too much for nothing. I should have prepared myself for our jetlag instead actually ūüėā

But i had a good time in New York! It was a great 5th year Anniversary & Pre-birthday trip! ‚̧ԳŹ

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Long Flight Ahead! 

In preparation for our long flight to New York, i’ve made plans to make that 23.5hr journey bearable for us all 3. I know we’ve got to expect meltdowns cos even adults can’t handle long flights seh. Apa lagi toddlers. 

Babywearing

I plan to babywear Nadya most of the time in the plane. Will probably put her in the bassinet only when she’s asleep or during playtime. 

We survived a 6hrs bus ride with babywearing and if we can do it again, even for 6hrs pun aku bersyukur sangat2 seh. Lol

Essential Oils:

I love using essential oils on Nadya so will definitely resort to oiling her. And me. Hahahaha. Lavender EO for sleeping time. Peace & Calming EO for obvious reasons. 

Will also be bringing other EOs like Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves etc since weather will be quite cooling. 

Activities:

Super excited about this because i bought few stuff for Nadya and i’ve been keeping it aside for the trip cos i want her to be excited cos new things mahh. So hopefully it’ll make her spend more time on it! 


Especially love this Smiggle Casing! It’s so cute with all the cartoon characters and i can already picture Nadya poking the characters and saying “tatik…tatik.” Hahaha.

I’ve filled it up with blank papers, a small notebook and gel crayons so she can do her conteng-conteng. 


Activity Book! Mad expensive but there’s so many things to do and really nice stickers. Nadya loves peeling out stickers and pasting it everywhere. Suspect she’ll paste it all over the plane seat. Lol

I also bought her some new books and small activity toys to play onboard to help keep her occupied.

Videos

This is my last resort. I usually don’t allow Nadya to hold any gadgets on her own. I do allow screen time but most of it strictly through the TV where i still have control over it. When we go out, she only get to watch in the car through the car dvd player. 

I have a spare iphone and i have downloaded all Barney shows on it. This will be the very very last resort and i hope i’ll still get to control it as in i’ll be the one holding it for her or u know i’ll use a monopod or something but i hope this will be the last resort in case she gets really really cranky. But let’s hope she behaves most of the time! 

Cos i really don’t want her to develop the habit of wanting to hold a phone all the time and doing this might just trigger that. Sighhh. 

Let me know if u have any suggestions to keep a toddler occupied during flights! 

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New York Planning II

Two more weeks before we head over to my dream city!
Had a stroke of luck yesterday in the wee hours! A friend initially recommended the Airbnb apartment she stayed in when she was there previously. She loved the apartment cos it was further up from city area but 10mins away by Express train to Times Square. Just 3 stops away je. And the subway station is right across the apartment. Best thing is the affordable price of course.

I love the apartment but unfortunately it was snapped up just as i was communicating with the host. Not our rezeki i feel so i looked around for other apartments. So many swanky apartments tapi seriously mengarut cos most of the them are walk-up apartments. As in takde elevator seh. I don’t mean to sound spoilt but there’s no way i’m gonna climb up to 4th or 5th floor with luggage, stroller¬†& a toddler. It was so hard to find an apartment with an elevator. Those with elevator are usually ones with the doormen kind and go for at least $350 per night which is more or less the same as hotels so macam tak masuk akal. Ada satu apartment i like, tapi takde TV. Apa maksud tu. Nak suruh aku buat anak ke? Lol.

The ones that fit my requirements & budget pulak do not allow kids below 12 due to noise etc. Sighhh. So i booked Row NYC but still halfhearted so i booked and chose the option to pay to the Hotel directly just in case i change my mind. It came up to S$2600 for our 7 nights stay which was slightly above my budget cos i only wanted to¬†pay max $2500 for accommodation.¬†But i was halfhearted cos it’s very near Times Square and noise could be a problem for Nadya. I think it’s already hard enough to get her to adjust to the new timing etc abih¬†kalau too noisy for her, i think she also frustrated.

Then¬†on Monday, i emailed them to ask for late check-out and pro-rated hours cos our flight back is at 23:00hrs and i don’t want us to be stranded with our luggage, i also teringat to confirm if they have a fridge in their rooms. Turns out they don’t! Selamat i asked lah cos if not, where am i gonna store fresh milk for Nadya’s consumption kan.

It was then i browsed Airbnb again to see if i can find something this time round and guess what?? The apartment my friend recommended is available. I contacted the host to confirm it’s available and booked it right away! I asked him how come it’s available and he said he just had a cancellation for that date 1 hr before i msg-ed him. That’s really our rezeki lah cos guess what, the total cost of the apartment is only $1160!! I saved $1440 gaissse. That’s shopping money! Weeeee.

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It is a simple apartment. No frills but it fits all my requirement.

  • In a quiet but safe building.
  • Near to Subway stations.
  • With elevator.
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer & Dryer available so we don’t have to bring too many clothes.

Most importantly, it has to be clean and based on the 100+ reviews, the place is neat & clean and everybody loved the close proximity to the subway station cos it’s just 10mins away to Times Square. Yayyy.

So glad our accommodation issues worked out in the end.
We’ve applied for the ESTA, settled our travel insurance as well.

I’ve also booked Dubai International Hotel for our 7hrs transit at Dubai Airport because after 14hrs of flight, baring kat lantai dengan toddler for 7hrs tak kelakar seh. We only book for 4hrs though after reading Farhana’s¬†entry on it, i emailed them and ask for a pro-rated rate and they’re charging $220 for it but to be honest, i don’t care lah janji that 4hrs tu kita dapat tido atas katil. The remaining 3hrs, kita can makan Shake Shack¬†and jalan2 around the airport before we take the next flight out!

I have to go book our Mobile WIFI next and then do up the itinerary. Can u believe i have not done up the itinerary yet! lol. We’ve also decided not to get the New York Pass since Farhana said macam tak worth it sangat. Kita pun not really keen in going in and out every museum etc cos i’m not exactly a museum person and i don’t want to feel like i have to go to certain places just because i’ve paid for it anyway. Maybe next entry i’ll list down the places that i really want to go for this trip cos this entry is getting too lengthy! ‚̧

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New York Planning I

After getting the tickets and getting a little excited (and even starting to plan what to wear there semua), i stopped planning the New York trip last week cos i was so busy. But this week i’m back to thinking about the trip and i don’t even know where to start. Lol.

Itinerary
I gotta start doing a rough draft based on the number of days we have and the proximity of the places etc. I want to do a rough itinerary 1st before deciding on the New York Pass cos i’m not sure how many days we’ll need to cover the main attractions i wanna see.

Anyway, the New York pass also no hurry sangat cos it’s available all the time. I probably will wait for one of their Holidays cos sure got some promo. They had a Mother’s Day Promo the other time and i’m sure they’ll have another one soon.

Accommodation
Still undecided on Hotels or AirBnb although as usual i’m more inclined towards the latter cos of space issues. To be honest the prices between Hotels & Airbnbs in New York, not much difference cos Airbnb rates are pretty much at the $300+ range. But space wise, a LOT of difference. New York Hotels are really tiny. While i know we can’t afford to have a baby cot in it, we’re hoping for at least a King Bed or a couch in the room. Cos during our trip to Japan, Rusly preferred sleeping on the sofa bed instead cos really korang, Nadya takes up a lot of bed space. I’m not kidding. Then we have two massive luggages and a hand-carry and a stroller. I doubt we’ll have space to move around. Cos even the small studio apartment we had in Japan pun cukup makan. The New York hotels look even tinier! Lol

We kinda set a budget of max S$350 per night for accommodation and i think that’s a decent amount lah. We can get Row NYC with that budget definitely and if we ever decide on hotels, i think Row NYC would be our 1st choice due to it’s price and location.

Location pun satu masalah actually. I really want to be in Times Square cos u know, it’s convenient. (Sephora at my doorstep kind of convenient. Hahaha) but i’m scared of the noise. Not for me & Rusly cos kita memang jenis kebencian mak-mak seluruh dunia. Tido mati, nak bangun pagi pun susah. But Nadya, garbage truck kat bawah rumah kalau pass by, even with windows closed, she will wake up. Or bunyi orang tutup pintu van. So that could pose a problem. I don’t want to handle jet-lag and a baby who can’t sleep at night.

So i’m considering Upper East Side as well which is nearer to Central Park. Also aku leh feeling Gossip Girl cos they’re Upper East Siders. Hahahaha. Although kalau aku berangan nak tinggal macam Penthouse Blair Waldorf¬†or the Palace Hotel,¬†aku anak beranak mengemis tepi jalan after 3 days in NYC. Pretty obvious i’m a GG fan, eh? I’m obsessed over the show. I’m even rewatching it now. You think i can meet Chuck Bass there? Lol

Manhattan-Map

I found this visual Manhattan Map online and thought it’s genius! Great for us to visualise which area to consider staying at and also help us plan our sight-seeing trips better although to be honest i think all the attractions are very close to each other.

So hopefully by the next update, i would have booked the accommodation already and decide on where to go etc!

xoxo
(masih tau nak gossip girl reference. hahahaha)

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Tokyo Day 5 (Harajuku)

Ok we are finally at Day 5! LOL.
this would be the last daily entry on Tokyo. The next one would probably be a cost breakdown and tips for those bringing kids as i had some email requests on this. So sorry i’m taking so long to draft it out.

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It’s our last day in Tokyo and because our flight is at 8.50pm and we’ll have to be at the airport around 5.00pm, we took the chance to go to Harajuku! I deliberately chose to explore Harajuku on Monday because i’ve heard it can be quite ribut macam Bazaar Ramadhan on sundays and i honestly tak kuasa nak rempuh the crowd. Then again, i’m not into cosplay etc so if you are, then go on Sunday!

We took a cab down to Harajuku cos we didn’t wanna waste time and we requested for the cab driver to stop us nearby Pablo! It is actually really near to one of the subway exit, i just don’t know which exit. So sorry!

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Look out for this sign cos it’s in ¬†one of the small lane!

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This is to die-for korang! You must try this if you’re in Tokyo! They have few outlets all over Tokyo but the one i went to is a Cafe so you can sit down and eat it there. We ate these mini cheesecake pies for breakfast! We chose the mini ones to eat cos the big one is bigger than my palm so we brought it back to Singapore instead!

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It survived a 6 hr plane ride guys! I wanted to choose the raw texture where the cheese will ooze out and all but scared it will not survive the plane ride. Haha.

Pablo also have a few souvenir snacks for you to buy home. We bought lots of them! Not cheap to be honest but so worth it cos it’s really really nice!! I snapchat it last time but forgot to download the video and i don’t have pictures so i’m an awful blogger cos i’m making you google for the picture yourself¬†. It’s called Sabrel Cheese and it’s actually butter biscuits with cheese. So lemak and sedap. They have a few others, i bought each of everything and semua sedap!

Right after Pablo, we head on to Takeshita Street which is just 3-5 minutes away by foot.
Can i also mention it was freezing that morning that Rusly almost wanted to buy a glove cos he left his at the apartment, thinking he can steady kacang rempuh the weather. Of course i told him not to buy the gloves cos we’re going home that very night and he should just sumbat his hands in his pocket. That’s why you should¬†listen to your wife guys. Learn from this.

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We bought most of our souvenir and small knick-knacks from here. Fridge magnets & keychains for most of our friends and then we head off to Calbee+ for snacks!

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These are delish! I particularly love the potato sticks! They really goreng these panas2 before serving it to you! We took the Royce Chocolate & Cheese one and i personally like the cheese one. They also sell lotsa calbee snacks in small packs which makes really great souvenir. our family loves it and i keep eating them. -___-

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Next stop is CREPES!!! We went to the Marion one as recommended by Farna! So sedap!
I took a safe option though. Choco-Banana. Safe nak mampos. I need to be more adventurous with my food choices!

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Our next stop is Kiddy Land! Trust me, aku yang lagi excited seeing all the toys there. So many cute stuff!!! I bought lotsa toys for my nieces & nephews. and also Nadya of course and me. Hahahahha. I know i do not look like someone who’ll get excited over toys. But really, i do. The toys are quite pricey¬†but they are of good quality and some are released in Japan only. I think i spent close to S$300 on toys alone. wtf.

2016-02-08 13.23.462016-02-08 18.56.41 - CopyWe finished up our shopping by 3.00pm, took a cab back to the apartment to pack stuff and then checked out by 4.00pm. Took the NEX back to Narita, checked in all our luggages before getting our last dinner in Tokyo,

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I love this one a lot! It’s in the airport itself and certified halal so makan lah tanpa was-was! lol It’s pretty much self service so u get to dispense as much broth as u want. The broth is simple tapi flavorful and that telur goyang, stop it seh.

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Spamming pictures of Nadya cos her pipi so red from the weather and all and it’s so cute!!!
The redness subsides the next day so dah tak leh feeling anak jepun lagik. Oh wells, we’ll make do with blusher k baby!

IMG_8345IMG_8347IMG_8351Flight home went well. Nadya slept most of the time so i ate her infant meal as well. Hahaha. Our luggage didn’t beranak that much but if you’re travelling for about a week with a baby, expect that amount of luggage and backpack lah, carryon luggage lah, mak dia peh handbag lah. I no longer travel light seh.

So that wraps up our Japan adventure! I’ll try and finish up the cost breakdown and tips for¬†the trip very soon ok!

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Travel plans!

Time to plan for our October getaway cos it’s already¬†May and i’m having travel withdrawals already.

October is extra special cos it’s our 5th year Anniversary and also my 32nd¬†33rd¬†birthday! Sumpah sometimes i cannot remember if i’m turning 32 or 33. I have to literally go minus¬†1983 from 2016¬†in my head when people ask me how old i’m now. #granny
But who caressss. Someone told me i don’t even look 30. So yeah, #fliphair.

I know i want¬†a¬†trip i’ll remember for a lifetime. Hahahaha. Perangai. Baru 5 year anniversary. Belum 50 year. Kalau 50 year anniversary, aku request gi bulan agaknya.
So we shortlisted a few destinations! Some, i really wanna go and some just tangkap muat. Lol

NEw York

NEW YORK
Undoubtedly my 1st choice. I’ve been wanting to go to New York since foreverrrr. Dari zaman muda remaja but i’ve always thought it’s pretty impossible. Lol
Now with Nadya with us, the 24hr flight to New York seems pretty scary. 24 hours with a wriggly toddler. Hello? But my heart is at New York. It’s all i think about.

NZ

NEW ZEALAND 

I love New Zealand landscapes and also cos we can self drive here. Flight is between 12 – 16 hours depending on airlines. It’s a long ride but still manageable lah kan.

Melbourne

MELBOURNE

I love the idea of going to chillax Australia and Melbourne would be a good place for Nadya. It’s very kid friendly and there’s plenty of places we can bring her to and then there’s seafood! Yums! 7 hours flight is also very manageable!

Other destinations i’ve considered are¬† Turkey + Santorini.
Santorini is one of the places i WANT to go to. But i wanna head¬†there after i visit Turkey. But with the many Turkey bombings etc, i’m really thinking twice. Especially when one of my friend’s sister happen to be verryyy near the last bombing site. I just don’t feel comfortable with it. Maybe not now.

I’ve also considered Amsterdam + London but striked it off the list cos Rusly is not interested in London. Currently the only thing i’m interested about London is Primark. Lol. But¬†i feel like 9 days in Amsterdam alone would be too long and we should split the trip to 2 countries? But 2 ¬†Euro countries in 9 day pulak like not enough. And i have no interest in the other neighbouring European countries except for Amsterdam. Actually i kind of lost ¬†the interest in European countries. I know the desire will come again soon. Cos i know i wanted to go Europe last few years and then the fascination just died off macam tu je. Except for being able to buy bags lah. Lol

I have a few criteria for the next trip.

  • Short flight
  • Diversity. i want to be able to shop & also sightsee.
  • Eat good food.

Actually tu je ah and Rusly said KL fits all my criteria. Tenksss.

But after ding-dong-ing for a while and lotsa twitter rants, we finally chose our October destination!

ding ding ding…

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Hello Akak.. I’ll meet you soon!

Yes we chose NEW YORK!!!!!  Woots woots!!
How we’ll survive a 24 hour flight with Nadya, i don’t know. We’ll just wing it and i hope to be able to tell you that i survived a 24hr flight with a toddler and you should just #gojer.

We booked the tickets via Emirates cos it’s cheaper than SIA!
We paid $3275.00 for us three compared to $5000+ for SIA.
$1000+ difference boleh cover half of our accommodation there! Lol. Emirates is good enough¬†for us and the timings pun tak merepek. Except for the return journey ada 7hrs transit time. Ok yang tu merepek.¬†We’ll probably go check ourselves in the transit hotel ke apa instead of tersadai kat airport cam pelarian.

But yaaaayyy i’m so excited!!!!!
Dreams do come true after all. I cannot wait for October to come!
Rusly was quite reluctant to say yes to NYC and i had a tough time convincing him it’ll be fine and i’ll bribe Nadya with toys segala so she’ll keep herself occupied in the flight.

Please Nadya, if you cooperate, i’ll buy you whatever you want there.

Now time to find our accommodation there! Will update that next.

padahal Tokyo nya entry belum habis tau. sibuk nak update pasal New York. Lol

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Tokyo Day 4: DISNEYLAND!!!!

Yes, over gila aku. Part Disneyland je kena capital letters, siap exclamation mark semua.
But that’s because Disneyland is indeed the happiest place on earth.
You can literally hear that “happy song” once you enter Disneyland that makes you wanna jalan henjut2 that kind. Not kidding.

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So i got the Disneyland tickets from JTB Singapore¬†cos i didn’t wanna waste time queuing up for the ticket at Disneyland itself. It’s $88.00 for Adults & $58.00 for CHild (4-11yrs old). Free for anyone below 4!

We took a highway bus to Disneyland from JR Highway Bus Terminal which is few minutes away from our apartment at Shinjuku. It’s actually next to Takashimaya & Times Square. It’s not a huge place but you’ll know it’s a bus terminal. The journey took about 45mins and costs ¬•820 (S$10.00) per adult. Bus is clean & comfortable. We even managed to take a nap! It’ll stop at Disneysea first. Disneyland is the last stop.

You can also go there by the subway but you gotta change stations and all. I seriously malas already so if you stay at Shinjuku, take this highway bus! U can just sleep in the bus, it’ll take u straight to heaven Disneyland. Be careful of the timing though. The last bus leaves at 9.50am.You can check out details on the bus here.

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One of the Disneyland Staff was kind enough to ask if we would like to take pictures at the entrance. We didn’t even have to ask for help seh. Why are they so niceeee.

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Plenty of space for her to roam around and she really roamed around tak kisah dunia. I had to keep chasing after her. -___-

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We watched our 1st show for the day at Theatre Orleans. Minnie Oh Minnie!
I really wasn’t sure if Nadya would appreciate it but…

DSC04050DSC04051DSC04053… Nadya was smiling throughout the show. Really macam paham ni budak. Haha
So i’m guessing she enjoyed it too. So yes, never too young for Disneyland. Never too old either!

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We didn’t really take any rides cos Nadya is too young and to be honest, i’m too lazy to queue up and all.

Initially i was apprehensive on visiting Disneyland during winter cos it’ll be cold and all. But we arrived at about 11am, by then the sun is up so it was a nice weather. You have the sun shining bright but really cooling air. But we still bundled up cos it was still cold! At least 10-11 deg during the afternoons. But you’ll see some young Japanese girls ke hulu hilir kat Disneyland dengan skater skirt pendek. Me & Rusly macam nak diri depan dorang and salute je. Kulit apa sak pakai skirt pendek time winter.

And we argued whether they were wearing skin-coloured stockings or anything. I went so close to one of them and discovered that nope, no stockings. Confirm chop guarantee cos aku nampak bulu roma dia ternaik. Hahahaha.

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The parade was obviously my favourite lah kan. I think i enjoyed it more than Nadya. Aku duduk depan. I left Nadya with her father. Yeeeehhhaaaaa.

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Took few more pictures around Disneyland, bought churros, popcorns and ate at one of the diners. I think it was some seafood rice & fries. The fries is seriously sedap cos tengah sejuk2 makan fries panas2. Ya Allah nikmat dia. Padahal fries je. Airfry sendiri kat rumah pun boleh.

Oh can i also mention i love love love their Baby Room? We went to the Baby Room nearby Toontown and it is so pretty & clean. There were people there to help you to the changing station, lay the changing mat for you and all. They also have a place for you to feed meals to your baby. The whole atmosphere was just really nice. Oh and Rusly noticed another thing. I was the only mom changing diapers there. The rest of the changing station were occupied by the daddies!! I’m not kidding! The daddies there are quite hands-on! The mummies were outside, waiting for the daddies to be done. Rusly noticed that cos he felt out of place. HAHAHA.

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We shopped around for souvenirs and bought benda-benda merepek for Nadya (and me!) and left Disneyland at about 4.00pm so we could catch the 1st bus out which is at 4.10pm. I love Disneyland but it was really tiring. So we left early. We took the same bus, at Disneyland Bus Station and that picture above is Nadya interrupting some nenek-nenek nya conversation. tsk tsk.

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The view from the bus. It was so pretty. ‚̧

It was about 5.00pm when we reached Shinjuku. It was dark and we were tired so we wanted to get dinner and just rest.

So guess where did we go?

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Gyumon lagik lah!!! :p
Aaaaah so sedap. I miss Gyumon. I miss Tokyo. Sighhh.

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And that’s muka penat, tak sabar nak balik and get the damn heater on!

 

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Tokyo Day 3 (Mori Tower)

Right after our Mount Fuji day trip, we reached Tokyo Station at about 6+pm and then switched trains to Roppongi cos it’s only few stations away.

Firstly to have our dinner at Sumiyakiya, another halal place that serves Japanese & Korean BBQ.

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To be honest i only like some of the beef cuts, i can’t even remember which though..Sorry! The fried rice was okay lah.. The marinates for the beef was quite nice but if you ask me, i prefer Gyumon. Also, we got lost searching for this place pasal Google Map main2 kan kita. Padahal it was so so near to Roponggi Hills seh.
We jalan sampai the residential area and all. Penat seh. But thing about walking in Tokyo during winter, you don’t feel rimas cos it’s cooling. Jalan ah jauh2 pun tak rasa like mandi peluh. Rasa kaki nak tercabut je.

Then we head over to Mori Tower cos i wanted to see Tokyo skyline at night.
It was either during sunset or night lah actually tak cerewet. But because we couldn’t squeeze in Mori Tower for sunset, we went up at night instead.¬†DSC03989

The rooftop observation deck is closed at night so we had to make do with the Tokyo City View deck which is also a gallery. Nadya had fun running around, kacau orang buat kerja & all.

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It’s such a pretty sight. Tokyo is so vibrant at night and we got to see the Tokyo Tower all lighted up.

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We headed back to the apartment after that after the long day! Took the taxi home cos the legs cannot take it already. Especially cos i babywore Nadya the entire day.

Will update our next Tokyo adventure soon. Else you can read up all other Tokyo posts here.

 

 

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Tokyo Day 3 (Mount Fuji)

Continuing my Tokyo Post. you can read previous posts here.

We woke up really early for this Day tour cos we gotta be at Keio Plaza Hotel by 8.30 am and we don’t want to be late and say bye bye to our money.

I bought the Mount Fuji & Hakone Day Tour package from Japanican.
We chose the package with a return trip via the bullet train (Shinkansen). It’s ¬•16,000 (S$200.00) per pax so we paid S$400.00 in total for the package. It’s free for infants.
They have adjusted the price to¬†¬•17,000 (S$211.00) now and you can also check out other tours organised by them here. They have a local office in Takashimaya Singapore but we only purchased the Disneyland tickets from them and purchased the Mt Fuji package online cos it’s cheaper by about $30+.

We took a cab to Keio Plaza Hotel even though it’s only 10 minutes walk away cos i didn’t wanna take the chance, get lost and then miss the bus.

There’s a convenience store at Keio Plaza so we bought some onigiri and stuff ourselves silly¬†after we’ve reported our attendance.

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This budak kecik also kepo. Want to register people.

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Our 1st stop is Lake Kawaguchi. Apparently during Spring you can see Lavenders everywhere. Cos it’s winter, everything is dried up here. And you can actually see Mount Fuji here. It was quite early when we reached so there was a huge cloud shadowing the shy Mount Fuji.

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They brought us to a Resort Theme Park area for lunch. We requested for Seafood & Vegetables only. Also confirmed that the broth is not meat-based. The lunch was ok ok lah. Asalkan kenyang cos i don’t think we got other options to eat somewhere else.

DSC03817DSC03818DSC03823The theme park looks quite cool ah actually. They have one of those crazy japanese roller coaster (that i will never queue up for!) hahahaha.

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They brought us to another Mount Fuji viewing point and we could see the Mount Fuji but i can’t seem to capture it on camera. I don’t know why seh.

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Our next destination is Lake Ashi where we took a Cruise Ferry. It’s a short ride but really peaceful surrounded by calm waters. The ferry also took us to the Ropeway¬†Station.

You know i didn’t actually research how the¬†Ropeway¬†would look like. I thought it’s like the usual Cable Car we always take to go¬†Genting Highlands. Turns out to be bigger and can fit at least 40-50 pax inside and it is so so stable. I couldn’t feel it swaying ke apa. Amazing.

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DSC03890View from the Ropeway. The ride took about 7 minutes. Most of the trees had icicles on them. Too pretty. Macam cerita Frozen.

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SNOW BLANKET EVERYWHERE!!!! *twirls around*

To be honest, i wasn’t expecting to see snow. I know it’ll be cold gila. And yes cold gila indeed at -18 deg. Brrrrr… But according to the tour guide, there were snowfalls 3 days before. I was freezing guys my face so stiff macam baru cocok botox but we were kinda prepared for it. Tampal heat packs & all. I just had to. It’s not just cold cold, but the wind was really cold as well. Anyway, i was reading on Mount Fuji and learned that climbing up Mount is only safe between July to August. It is deemed unsafe to go anytime other than those two months cos of the extreme weather conditions. It can be as low as -40 deg at night. There were also cases of people blown off the mountains by the strong wind. Scary shit mannnn.

I wrapped Nadya like a ketupat ok. So scared she’ll be too cold but member chill je. Cos i had¬†her in the baby carrier so she was really warm & cosy in there.
There was another toddler up there and he was crying so hard due to the cold. I felt so bad for him and i resisted the urge to shake the mother and tell her to get her ass up back to the sheltered area cos her son was obviously too cold. Then there’s another angmoh couple, with a baby in a stroller up there. Relax je. Konon jalan2 kat shopping centre. Hahahaha.

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The sun was setting as we left Mount Fuji to take the Shinkansen! The tour guide brought us to the station itself and then he went to the ticketing office, got himself a pass and brought us to the platform and told us to wait for the next train to Tokyo!

I was really excited cos at that same time, a Shinkansen just drove past us and it was so fast lah!! It came & left the station in 7 seconds. I was recording it on my phone. That’s why i know.¬†Hahahahaha

We didn’t take any pictures in Shinkansen cos we were so so tired seh. Panjat gunung and all. Lol.

But honestly it felt just like taking a normal train. No actually it is quieter than a normal train. Even quieter than our MRT. Just yesterday i took the MRT and i was thinking asal MRT ni bising sgt. Tak macam Shinkansen langsung. Ngada2. Sepak kang.

That’s the end of our Mount Fuji Day tour. Will continue Day 3 in the next post!

Our Little Family, The Travel Tales

Tokyo Day 2 (Asakusa)

We were supposed to head over to Disneyland on our 2nd Day but guess what.. we woke up late and by the time we went out of the apartment, it was about 9.45am. We went to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal which is just next to Takashimaya Times Square and tried to get the direct bus to Disneyland. But their last bus was 9.50am.
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I remember i jot that down somewhere but i forgot where. Kaoooo.
So yeah, we shifted our itinerary around and decided on heading to Asakusa instead!

We head down to Ippin Asakusa for lunch. Ippin is by Les Copaque, the same production company that produces Malaysia’s famous cartoon duo, Upin & Ipin. Hence the name Ippin, i think.

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The Ramen is good! Love the broth.. It’s simple but hearty. It wasn’t very spicy but i was ok with it cos it didn’t spoil the taste of the broth. Rusly ordered a rice set with some fried chicken and the chicken is so lembut, omg i’ve never tasted chicken that lembut!

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Turns out they only use this Kumamoto Chicken which is bred 2-3 times longer than normal chicken. It is really so lembut even the breast part, which is usually not our favourite cos it’s dry, is so sedap & lembut.

What made it even nicer was because Nadya slept through the entire lunch session. Hahaha. No attention seeking toddler to steal our food. I feel so bad for saying this. Hahahaha.

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My two sweethearts. Taken in Asakusa. ‚̧

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We then head over to Sensoji temple which is few steps away from Asakusa Station.
There’s nothing much really. We end up walking through the Nakamise Shopping Street.

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There’s mostly souvenirs. Lotsa them! We didn’t buy any souvenir though. But if you’re looking at buying stuff like paper fans, kimono etc, they sell it here and i think it’s cheaper here? I don’t know.

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Bought ice cream! I know, i know. Ice cream during winter. But not bad uhhh. You’re already so cold, makan je lah.

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We sat around and people watch and waited for the sun to set. It was beautiful.

Asakusa has this old charm vibes to it that i like. Yes, it’s not vibrant as Shibuya but Asakusa is worth a visit!

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We headed back to Shibuya cos i wanna people watch again. This time at the famous Shibuya Crossing!

Took that shot from L’Occittane Cafe, just across the Shibuya Crossing!

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I had the nicest Creme Brulee here. We went in with no expectations. I just wanted to sit down & watch the Shibuya Crossing. The other option would be Starbucks but since L’Occitane Cafe is something we don’t have here, i thought why not?!

After walking for abit at Shibuya, we head back to Shinjuku. I was looking for Shinjuku Sakae Sushi but after going round & round, turns out the place is no longer there. Sighhhhhh.

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So after doing so many rounds, we settled down for the nearest sushi joint, Kizuna Sushi.

That Unagi is huge! We also ordered Grilled squid. Didn’t manage to take pictures of it cos it was so nice, we gobbled it fast and that fatty tuna is so yums.

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We gave Nadya the Tamago (Egg). Look at that face. That Tamago ada happy pill agaknya.
Nadya mostly eat whatever we eat there. But no raw food of course.

We head back to our apartment after that after a long day.

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Hello! Meet Nadya-san.