Isn't it true, nothing screams "I've been to Japan!" than posting a picture of yourself with a shrine or temple in the background, right? If you happen to visit Japan, don't miss to include visiting temples and shrines in your itinerary and don't hesitate because no matter what your religion is, it's no big deal … Continue reading Shrines and Temples in countryside Tokamachi
Oh, in case you're new here and/or not following me on social media, especially on Instagram, we've moved to Japan. It's been a month since I started sleep talking in Nihongo again. And if you ask me how we're all doing, thank you, we're all doing fine (except that - my daughter claims that I … Continue reading Sand dunes, in Japan?
One of the "must do" things to do on our trip to Japan was to EAT. And oh boy, our list was long! There's simple eats at the convenient stores to that special soba in Niigata (my husband's hometown), summer sweets, curry rice, gyoza and of course, RAMEN! My kids are crazy with ramen which … Continue reading Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum – is it worth it?
Let's talk about honesty. I've been lucky to experience living in two places where honestly still exists - Japan and Dubai. I dropped my wallet one snowy night on my way home on a bicycle so many winters ago in Japan and received a call from a local policeman telling me he has my wallet … Continue reading Japan’s unmanned store
* We’re back to Dubai, this is just a recap of our trip to Japan. * Time flies when you're having fun, right? We feel that our days in Japan is coming to an end. It's still hot but that didn't mean anything for these kids who are overwhelmed with the idea they can actually … Continue reading Week three in Japan
* We’re back to Dubai, this is just a recap of our trip to Japan. * I actually attempted to publish this post without writing anything. But I can't help it. I need words. The below photo is taken in Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture in Japan, where we lived before moving to Dubai. What … Continue reading Week two in Japan
* We're back to Dubai, this is just a recap of our trip to Japan. * The tots are excited as we leave Dubai. The last time Pristine was on a plane was four long years ago, of course she is ecstatic. It's Benjamin's first ever plane ride - I don't know if he knows … Continue reading Week One in Japan
We were out for dinner with a couple of friends in a Japanese restaurant. One of them has not tried Japanese food before and was very intimidated (but very curious and eager to try!). I know in her mind there are a lot of questions: What will I order? Will all the food be raw? … Continue reading Eating Japanese food for the first time
Would you believe, Nestle introduced more than 200 KitKat varieties in Japan? Why the fad, you ask? The term 'Kit Kat' has become a part of the Japanese exam-preparation time lexicon. High school and university students across Japan have been buying up the chocolate bar like there's no tomorrow. The reason? The word 'Kit-Kat' in … Continue reading Why the Kitkat is big in Japan
Note: These are all based on our experience flying with our baby and what has worked for us. You know your baby best! A few weeks ago, I was looking at the ceiling with deep thoughts: long haul international flight with Benjamin, then a few days shy of becoming 20 months old. How will I … Continue reading Flying with a baby or toddler