Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Essentials #1 Beauty

It's that time of the year where one applies thick cream moisturizers and liquid foundation but not me. My beauty essentials remain the same except for the sunblock where i have changed it to cream type.

(L-R clockwise)  Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme, Estee Lauder face brush, YSL powder foundation, L' Occitane hand cream, La Roche Posay Anthelios XL sunblock cream, and BonBon Lipgloss.

The Chanel Hydra Gel Cream was an unplanned purchase. As been told before, Laneige has become my holy grail moisturizer for day and night at any season but due to an order gone wrong, i needed an emergency replacement because my face as per experience reacts badly without my realible moisturizer. My seller wrongfully shipped me cream type instead of gel type. All the necessary actions from my part and theirs, my goods have arrived a few hours before this post was published. 

For two weeks, I was scrimping on the remaining little gel inside my last jar of Laneige and on night time, i apply Chanel. Though it does not make my face as radiant as Laneige does, it did not cause me breakouts. The flowery scent reminds me of old lady perfumes did not bother me at all though i was afraid that it might generate adverse effects on my face. Price is expensive. For one 50g jar of Chanel equals to two 50g jars of Laneige. Good thing the Chanel effect was average for I don't want to make it a habit. 

Monday, October 13, 2014


My daughter wearing Adidas track suit. Quick flashback: I bought those for her while she was still 5 months in my belly. Two years after, the pants fit her. The jacket has been worn by her since 1 year old.

Probably the last time I'll be wearing sandals this year for Autumn is slowly setting in.

It's our first time to be at this side of Odaiba Beach as we always frequent that side near the miniature version of Liberty. This side was renovated a few years ago to achieve a more beach-y environment by filling sand on the once more rocky seabed. 

We like Odaiba because the place is family oriented. Malls are many that tempt us to empty out our pockets which is inevitably the case. The view is amazing, day and night (Tokyo Tower can be seen from the beach). There are even museums that are adjacent to one another which would allow visitors having limited time to fit in one day itinerary. It's quite popular among locals and foreign tourists because the place has so much to offer.

People queuing for Takoyaki at Takoyaki Museum.

In March this year, with Lady Gaga at Madame Tussauds Tokyo

Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo. Amber looking at a Luchador

This is the view from the ferris wheel at Venus Fort (another mall a little far from the beach).

We were there over the weekend to check out Trick Art Museum but unfortunately failed because the queue was long. That's why we end up hanging out by the beach. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Travelling with Amber

I did blog about travelling with a toddler two months ago but that one was not so detailed, hence, the need to post a new one.

Amber got her first taste of outside world (i mean, outside home longer than an hour) at 2 months old. We went for a walk to a newly opened mall in Beomgye. Later we would regret because she had difficulty sleeping due to gas pains which resulted to T and I took turn in lulling her to sleep. After 521 lullabies and some dancing, we all finally managed to sleep at 3am!

This was when she was around 2 months old. We stopped using the carrier a few months after she turned two years.

At that time, we used the baby carrier to make her feel the warmth from her Papa's chest (it was Spring, cold and windy; that explained the gas pains).

Four months after, we took Amber to Seoul as we deemed her ready for long train rides. This time, we used the reliable Inglesina. At present, in spite of the obvious signs of wear and tear, it still proves to be reliable.
Amber at 7 months while feeding her with apple sauce at Incheon airport.

Amber at 1 year and 6 months old. As you can see, this stroller is not bulky but has space underneath for the baby bag containing her essentials.

About the baby bag. Ours is nothing compared to those huge ones with a lot of compartments. The first baby bag I owned was a gift (a goody bag given by the hospital where she was born). It was not bulky and had zero compartments. When we moved to Japan, I bought a new bag with few compartments from Gap. It has plaid design with a fabric suitable for autumn/winter season (as seen on the photo above, bag underneath the stroller). In Summer this year, I decided to replace it with a Dean & Deluca small canvas tote.

What's in her baby bag: The Stitch case containing her diaper, wet tissue, Pigeon insect spray repellant (especially this Summer season), a toy car (i know, but she loves anything with wheels), and something that keeps her from wandering around too much. Often, I put cookies and a juice drink in that bag for her snacks, a bib and face towel.

Everything fits perfectly.

For food, we stopped bringing her own baby food since she started having more teeth. Prior to entering a restaurant, we make sure to check the menu (often placed at the entrance) or at the food directories in malls or establishments. Once we find a place which serves food palatable enough for Amber, we sure do go back there as often as possible. 

A baby chair was necessary but lately of no use since she tends to move around a lot. Before our food arrives, we normally let her watch cartoons to keep her occupied.

At Royal Host, this is what we would usually order for her. Of all these, she only consumes the potato fries, corn soup and rice. Picky eater, i tell you. She used to love eating tomatoes. 

At Sylvanian Forest (another favorite for her to dine with). It's a child-friendly establishment with a buffet of healthy foods and corn! (Amber loves anything corn). They mainly sell toys and this restaurant was just riding on the theme of their main product. Amber practically know the place. She recently discovered her love for cotton candy due to my influence, lol.

The challenge lately is her stubbornness. They call it the terrible twos. The period in which kids are insufferable, LOL! She actually wants to do things her own way, won't listen even when called, and when reprimanded, cries then you end up apologizing profusely. Parenthood is and will never be easy but each day you strive to be a better one.