Sunday, December 20, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Headed straight to Shibuya in the morning to queue up at the restaurant that was recommended by Ching. Located on the 4th floor of the Mark City mall's East Wing, Midori sushi restaurant already had a queue forming even before the restaurant opened.
We arrived at about 10.45am (restaurant opened at 11am) and our queue number was 30. Joined the end of the line and waited as more people streamed in to get a ticket. As we were chatting, a guy suddenly comes up to us to ask if we were 2 pax, and gave us his ticket number 19! What a stroke of luck. Turns out his friend had already come earlier and gotten ticket number 3.
With our smaller queue number, we were able to be seated soon after the restaurant opened, and even managed to get a counter seat where we could see all the sushi being prepared. We ordered one ultimate sushi set and one tuna sushi set which cost 2000yen and 2800 yen respectively.
The sushi was super fresh and so good, and we ordered extra pieces of sea urchin, salmon roe and also inari sushi. Sosososo good.
Stomachs filled, we made our way to Roppongi Hills. From what I gather, Roppongi Hills was in a more atas part of Tokyo. There was a Belgium beer fest happening at one of the atriums, and there was a good crowd attending the event. I was surprised to see that each attendee was only issued with one plastic beer glass and some tokens, and that participants would have to wash their beer glasses at various rinsing points scattered around. What a brilliant way to minimise litter!
Lazed in one of the parks / open spaces and then made our way to Tokyo Midtown. There was a park next to Tokyo Midtown that had a chill vibe to it. Lots of people were sprawled across the grass, lying on picnic mats and reading books or chatting with friends. We bought our drinks from Starbucks and spent some time lazing around on the grass too.
It was such a beautiful day and we took a much slower pace compared to the few days before.
Ended the day by checking out the Tokyo Tower and heading back to the hotel area where we discovered a branch of that outlet that sold tempura and soba. Yay! Dinner was settled.
Wasn't as exhausted as previous days but was tired from all the walking nonetheless, so fell asleep pretty quickly after my shower. Time in Tokyo is passing so quickly!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I'm thankful for holidays with the husband. I think we make a good team traveling together and we always have such a good time exploring places together. What I like is how we don't have have a fixed plan, and we're flexible in where to go and what to do and always manage to have a great time.
Saw a sign that said "Shibuya - 3km, Harajuku - 5km" so we decided to walk instead of taking the subway.
Had breakfast at one of the few joints in the area that was open in the morning, Freshness Burger. I had a chicken teriyaki burger and +3 had a hotdog and spme croissant-puff with cream. A yummy breakfast to start the day.
Walked to what we thought was Shibuya, but turns out we were still in the Shinjuku area. Japan is big! Lol. Popped into Takashimaya Times Square cos they had a sign advertising Tokyu Hands and +3 wanted to see what it was. Turns out Tokyu Hands is just a brand of a department store that sells all kinds of stuff like stationery, toys, household stuff etc.
Bought some toys there (Star Wars for him, Pose Skeleton for me) and walked around the various levels. Bought some food from the basement food market (tuna sushi, chicken yakitori, plum rice balls and sweet potato - which were all ok only) and ate at the rooftop garden, a nice space we discovered that gave a gorgeous view of the city.
Took the subway to the Harajuku station (it's got another name) and walked along the Otomesando Avenue. From Harajuku we walked to Shibuya, stopping at Tower Records and a couple of other shops. I took a break while +3 explored the area and took some pictures of the public spaces.
If you're in the Otomesando Avenue area, take a walk along the back alleys. It has a lot of interesting shops and lots more character.
Saw the famous Shibuya Crossing (crazy So. Many. People.). Originally thought of looking for this sushi joint that was highly recommended but we were too tired and decided to head back to the hotel instead.
Took the wrong train to the outskirts, but discovered it soon enough and managed to find the right one after. Dinner was at the same Tamoya-like place. Heh.
On Monday, we went to Ueno and Asakusa. We headed to the Ueno Park which was crazy crowded (the Imperial Palace Park was waaaay nicer and less people). Also visited the National Museum of Western Art (admissions at 430yen each - according to +3, I didn't want to go in but he decided I needed some culture lol). This museum was designed by Le Corbusier, apparently the grand master of modern architecture.
Hilariously, +3 thought another building (the Symphony Orchestra building) was the one by designed Le Corbusier. (I guessed correctly hahahaha).
The collection used to be owned by a rich guy called Matsukata, who lost his paintings during the war, and then the Japanese governmnetasked the French government to give them back after the war as part of the peace treaty. Or something like that.
Bought some ice cream from an ice cream truck after, then walked around the area before heading to Asakusa.
Asakusa is like Old Tokyo, and we originally had plans to see the Senso-Ji temple but OMG there were So. Many. People. Decided to just have lunch at a nearby steakhouse (The Very Steak!) which was delicious, despite being a standing only place. We had 300gm of ribeye steak each. Yum. Popped over to Starbucks where I discovered that they had a short size drink (smaller than the small size, tall). Matcha tea latte = love.
Walked past a building designed by Philip Starck (not sure how to spell), which looked like a black square building with a golden turd (or carrot if you're polite) on the top. Lol. This guy also designed +3's lemon juicer. Hehehe. Sat by the river for a bit then headed back to the hotel.
Explored the area around our hotel in the evening. Booked the wrong Hotel Sunroute - instead of the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku that everyone was recommending, I booked the Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku instead. Thankfully it was also near a sunway station.
The hotel is located near Korea Town and also near the Square Enix building (some office building of some game company- +3 says he feels like he is having an umrah by visiting that building. Lololol). We were also within walking distance (about 8 min walk?) to the Don Quijote shop- the Japanese version of Mustafa. Dinner was at a local Tamoya-like joint opposite the hotel which is open 24 hours. We picked items off the shelf and paid for it before sitting down to eat.
It was a tiring day but fun exploring the city. Passed out when I got back to the hotel. Lol.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
We got in to Tokyo yesterday, after a pleasantly comfortable 7 hour flight on SQ. Knowing that Baby Chung is now using my bladdar as a kicking bag, +3 let me have the aisle seat so I could make my frequent trips to the toilet.
An uneventful flight, thankfully, the highlights being my multiple toilet runs and watching Unlucky Plaza on the in-flight entertainment system. Thumbs up for Unlucky Plaza.
There was some initial confusion upon arriving at Narita Airport on which train to take to get to our hotel, but I'm blessed with an amazing husband who managed to figure it out. We bought tickets for the Narita Express (about 3020 yen each) and waited for the train. We also bought Pasmo cards to use on the subway.
Got to Tokyo station, got out and explored a little while looking for the stations where we couldchange to another line. Again, I have to say how amazing +3 is. I don't know how I would have navigated this alone.
By the time we checked in to our hotel (Hotel Villa Fountaine Kudanshita), we were starving. Put our bags in our room and explored the neighbourhood. Found a little joint that said "Tendon Soba Udon" and went inside. I was wondering what "Vegetable Tendon" was, and turns out a tendon is a tempura rice bowl. Ahsohneh!
Ate first meal in Tokyo, then walked around for about an hour or so. The weather at night is nice and cool, and there were lots of small restaurants and minimarts (7-11, Lawson's etc) around. Not a bad place to be for our first two nights in Japan!
Today, we woke up and skipped the hotel breakfast (looked like toast and scrambled eggs) and decided to have breakfast at a cafe we spotted the night before that had charcoal roasted coffee. +3 had pancakes with azuki and a scoop of ice cream, and I had a sandwich (roasted chicken and egg mayo).
Walked down to the Nippon Budokan and then down the Imperial Palace Park and explored the Imperial Palace. The park had gorgeous open spaces and we spent some time lying on the grass, in the shade of the trees.
Had curry for lunch at some place called Hot Spoon near the subway station, and then took the train to Akihabara aka the place with all the electronics.
Went inside a book store that had 9 stories, 3 of which were dedicated to all things comic-related. Beware if the sign on the 9th floor says it is for "portfolio" cos what it really is are the pornos. Lol. Imagine being the only female on that floor.
Walked to another building and explored Muji and wow, the selection of stuff is so much larger than what we have in Singapore!
Was feeling tired so we stopped at a cafe, and I ended up dozing off for about 10-15 minutes. Finally woke up and headed to some mall (can't remember what it was called) where we spent the rest of the afternoon. 7 floors of stationery (we bought some pens) and electronics and household appliances and toys (bought some bandai too, +3 was a happy camper).
Made our way back and ate at the same place we had dinner last night. Tomorrow, we check out and head to our hotel in Shunjuku.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
I know I'm taking a really long time to finish these series of posts, but what can I say? It's my blog and I'll post when I want to. Lol.
Simple thing to be thankful for today - my Shu Uemera Tsuya Skin Youthful Crystal-Transparency Lotion.
When I was preparing for my weddinv last year, shiny recommended a make up artist. I went for a trial make up session and really liked her, and she shared that I had really dry skin. I confessed that I didn't really have any facial routine other than to wash with a generic facial wash and the occasional slap of moisturiser (every other month).
Instead of nagging me about the importance of a proper skin care routine, she actually said that she was very lazy herself and just used this Shu Uemera lotion at night after she washed her face.
I decided to get a bottle for myself and tried to use it every night. It was really easy cos after I'd wash my face, I just needed to shake a couple of drops onto my palm and clap them together and then pat onto my face. And that's it!
A super simple skincare routine.
I saw her a couple of months after my trial make up session, and while I did pamper myself with a few facial sessions, I know my skin was definitely not as dry as when she first met me.
Even today, more than half a year after my wedding, I'm still using that same bottle I bought and my skin thanks me for it. Heheh.
Friday, July 10, 2015
One of the places I enjoy hanging out at since I've stopped working is the main branch of the National Library. It's convenient to get to, and the airconditioning is comfortable and not too cold like in the malls.
The wide selection of (free) books keep me entertained as well and the space is generally comfortable and pleasant to spend a few hours in.
Today, I've found myself a nosy nook to settle into, and I've picked up a Piers Anthony book which will transport me to the wonderful land of Xanth. What a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
I've been feeling a little under the weather these past couple of days and +3 has really stepped up to take care of me. Despite a busy day at work, he comes back home to cook dinner when I'm too tired to, and also does all the chores around the house.
The exzema on my fingers have been flaring up too and guess who has been blessed to have in-house shampoo sessions? *love*
I'm the luckiest girl in the world. I'm the luckiest girl in the universe!
Monday, June 8, 2015
+3 and I bought some gundam toys (is that what they are called?) over the weekend. We got the limited edition SG50 one cos we are so Singaporean, and another green one called Hi-Mock.
The result of this gundam filled weekend was a couple of gundam related dreams. I can't remember the details of my dream but it has to do with me giving +3 a white one.
+3's dream was less complicated but much sweeter.
He dreamt that he was looking at a movie poster which had a huge gundam and at the bottom, some small pictures, one of which was a couple hugging (which turned out to be us). The movie tagline was "We have limited time in the sun" which was a reminder that we only had a limited time on earth.
I'm so thankful to be blessed to be married to such a wonderful man who is compatible with me in so many ways. Gotta really remember not to take our time together for granted.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I was reading random old posts from 2009 and saw that I used to do these "Happy Moments of the Day" posts. I know I've not completed my 30 Days of Thanksgiving series, but that's the beauty of writing in your own space, isn't it?
So here are my Happy Moments of today (26052015):
- Spent half the day clearing out my desk and chucking out stuff. Nothing like counting down to your last day at work to give you motivation to get organised.
- Met Rab at AMK Hub to have a shoulder massage at Wanyang, followed by a yummy lunch at Ichiban Sushi. One of the people I will miss is definitely Rab, especially since we've gotten closer in the past year.
- Managed to successfully replicate +3's mie bakso recipe and whip up a delicious dinner. It's a simple and tasty recipe that looks like it will make repeat appearances at our dining table.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Had a pretty awesome day yesterday. Got up and had breakfast, and pottered around the house while +3 had to head to the office for a bit to get some work done.
Finally got round to making my embroidered card, even though I stabbed myself once with a needle and sliced a bit of my finger. It was fun, but I need to find a better (safer) way to poke holes. Lol.
A couple of days ago, my dad called. This was our conversation-
Dad: Hello. (small pleasantries) I have a tip for you.
Me: Huh? What tip?
Dad: I'm free on Saturday.
Me: Ohhhh ok. What do you wanna do? Wanna go out?
Dad: I have another tip for you.
Me: Erm, what?
Turns out Helios was a movie with quite a lot of big name actors, and they had been advertising quite heavily and now my dad wanted to watch it.
So we met up for lunch at Dian Xiao Er where we had duck and this yummy vegetable dish (think they used lime in it) and proceeded to watch the movie.
Helios was pretty entertaining, even though there were bits that got confusing for me here and there. It waa a 2 hour long movie about stolen weapons of mass destruction, and different parties trying to get their hands on it. Lots of fighting and explosions and a mix of actors from Hong Kong, China and South Korea.
Grabbed a coffee after, discussed the movie, walked by the waterfront and headed home. It was a relaxing and enjoyable day with the two important men in my life.
Was hungry on the way home (almost dinner time) so we went to Sheng Siong and bought ingredients to make mie bakso. We didn't follow a recipe and +3 estimated based on his recollections, and our meal turned out to be such a success! Slurp. Now we just need to be able to replicate this dish hehehe.
Lazed around at home after dinner (+3 still had to finish some work) and decided to go out for a night time walk at about 9.30pm.
We didn't have an agenda, and ended up feeding the cats, walking by the park behind our block, heading to One Fullerton and back. Passed lots of smaller streets during our walk and saw lots of stuff (temples, restaurants, pubs) that we normally don't walk by.
Got home past midnight, exhausted and dripping with perspiration. It was a good walk and an excellent way to end an awesome day.
And this is just the start of the weekend! Today, to celebrate Mother's Day, we are going to cook dinner for the parents. How exciting!
Monday, May 4, 2015
Wow it's already May! Been rather slack with my updates and thanksgiving posts on this page. Don't really have any excuse except that life just happens.
April was a quiet month. +3 started a job at a new company, which so far seems like a much better place than where he was previously.
We travelled to Bandung to attend the funeral of his uncle, who passed away quite suddenly. While it was a sad occasion, being there made me feel like a closer part of the family.
I also submitted my resignation at work, but there have been discussions on the work load and asking me to stay on on a part time scheme. Pros and cons to that, and it's hard to make a decision without speaking with my boss (who has been on a long mc).
Plans for this year is to really try to get pregnant, and we've started taking things a bit more seriously (seeing a gynae and all) so hopefully there will be good news to share soon.
With all these job changes, we've not gone on our honeymoon! But that's ok, I guess. I'm sure we will find time when we need to.
That's pretty much it. Family and friends have been well, and life is good. :)
Monday, March 30, 2015
Last week was a sad week in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, passed away on Monday (23 March), and the nation is in mourning. +3 and I queued up to pay our respects at the Parliament House on Thursday, after 5 hours of queueing from 10pm to 3am. The state funeral yesterday was a solemn affair. What needed to be said about the man was said.
Today, I am thankful for a man who contributed much to Singapore's success. I've had a good education both in the classroom and while traveling the world. I live in a clean and safe environment and have many opportunities to succeed and thrive.
My life is good, and I am thankful.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Home made poo spray. Pooping will never be the same again!
Yummy was the one who told me about it and it seeemed relatively easy to make so I got the stuff needed and got round to making my own poo spray.
Take a spray bottle, add rubbing alcohol, essential oils and water, shake it up and ta da! Poo spray.
So how you use it is to just spray into the toilet bowl before pooping. Few sprays is enough to coat the surface of the water in the bowl with essential oils. Poop, wipe/wash, flush. And instead of smelling your poop, it'll smell so much nicer cos of the poo spray!
I like to use peppermint and rosemary, and I've combinations which include citrus scents like lemon and orange. Such a brilliant idea. Hehee.
Eeks I'm lagging behind on these posts and so much has happened since my last entry.
Am thankful that I have loving in-laws and that trips back to +3's hometown are actually quite enjoyable.
We went back for 4 days during CNY, and apart from the journey which was quite tiring, spending the holiday in Tasikmelaya was really quite nice.
Spent a lot of time just hanging around at home and chatting with family, or going to eat mee at various noodle shops. Laid back and relaxed.
Took a walk on one of the days to +3's high school and ate at a small noodle shack that had yummy yummy noodles - mee bakso ayu - which was beehoon with soup and meatballs and you add ketchup and vinegar and some crackers. Slurp.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Woah, I did not realise that I use that much toilet paper. Being sick means I have to drink more water. Drinking more water means more toilet breaks. More toilet breaks means more wiping up. More wiping up means using more toilet paper. I used SO much. It's scary!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
In my last post, I wrote about how I've got shingles. +3 isn't faring too well, and he's been down with a bad bout of cough.
What this means is that both of us wake up in the middle of the night (him coughing, me with my nerve pain) and aren't getting as much rest as we really should. Being sick is really quite tiring.
However, +3 mentioned this the other day and I must say it's true. This has probably been one of the worst weeks we've had as a married couple (actually, probably as a couple) and yet we've been taking care of each other and we've not had a fight. Yay!
Hehe it's been a while since I penned one of these, and now that I'm stuck at home with a case of shingles, I thought I'd write about being thankful for my health and for the many people around me who are healthcare professionals.
Maybe it takes being unwell to make you truly appreciate how wonderful it is to be healthy. I'm able-bodied, and generally have good health. Even when I had high blood pressure readings, I was able to keep that under control thanks to my TCM doctor.
I found out I had shingles a few days ago, and along with the rash that seems to be getting worse (I think that it's the natural progression of things), the accompanying nerve pain is really quite hard to bear. My doctor gave me panadol, but that didn't seem to keep the pain away for too long.
Knowing that I shouldn't be taking too many panadols, I opted to take ibuprofen (a much stronger painkiller) to help manage the pain. I reckoned that taking less of a stronger pill would be better than taking too much of a not so strong one.
It was the weekend and the clinic was closed, but while I was pretty sure my reasoning on managing my pain was sound, I still had some doubts. Self medicating when you have a virus attacking your nerves seemed a little risky.
Thankfully I had a couple of friends in the medical profession whom I could ask about dosage and thankfully, I was on the right track. Knowing the parameters on how much medication I should be taking made me feel safer about my decisions and less worried that I was turning into a pill popping painkiller addict.
So while I still need to see the doctor tomorrow (Monday), I'm glad I made it through the weekend with relatively few tears (I think only 2 episodes where I broke down and cried because the pain was too much to bear).
Now let's hope I get better and that the rashes won't scar too badly (or at all)!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wow it's almost mid January! Quick summary of what's been going on since my last post:
- Wedding was amazing. Full of love and laughter. We had a small intimate dinner with family and close friends, and had a tea ceremony before that. Apparently the bride gets a lot of jewelry. My sister and brother surprised me by singing the march in song (A Thousand Years), mom sang the song for our first dance (The Look of Love), brother's kids sang and danced to I'm Yours.
- Spent time with family who came over and it was such a blessing. Hung out with Darwin and Michelle, had lunch and a couple of pints while catching up. Very nice.
- Celebrated our first Christmas and New Year as The Chungs. Dinner at home with lots of good food.
- Didn't get much of a break cos I had a work event which just ended last Sat. Busy busy busy. Event was a success but age is really catching up with me. It's been a couple of days and I'm still tired!
Things I hope to achieve for 2015. Hmm. Better health. Continue to be happy and bring happiness to others. Be a good wife, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, niece and friend. Save more money. Make a baby? ;)