Yes, I have changed my blog name! My original blog name was Sandier Pastures, a name I picked when I started blogging when we moved to Dubai from Japan in 2007. I was happily blogging for eleven years and used the handle @sandierpastures in my social media accounts. Everyone who knows me connects that name … Continue reading Surprise! New blog name!
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?
This year, I took the kids again to the Philippines so they can spend the rest of their summer vacation (2 months!) after our 10 days vacation in Japan. We started to let them stay with my parents starting from last year because they're better off there than being cooped up indoors in Dubai during … Continue reading Swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu
I've been thinking a lot about Japan lately. I blame my husband - we have been watching Japanese news on the TV almost every night at bed time. Everything sounds and feels familiar once again. I blame my mother in law who, right now got addicted to sending Japanese foodstuff lately. Or this is just plain … Continue reading Visiting Japan’s small town charm
Photo credit I love places that makes me feel I am in one of the pages of a fairy tale book. I love old German inner cities that I have only seen through books, magazines or travel blogs and Rothenburg ob der Tauber could be my favorite. The architecture is very well preserved, you can't … Continue reading Rothenburg ob der Tauber: a Medieval gem you can visit now
Way back in 2007 when we were new in Dubai, we needed to meet some people who set the meeting place at Grand Hyatt Dubai and I could not forget being so impressed the moment I entered the hotel. After all, we just moved here from Japan - the land of mini this and that. Small apartments, … Continue reading Where we stayed: Grand Hyatt Dubai
I have visited the Austrian city of Salzburg in 2015 and since it was a very short visit (I only spent 24 hours in Salzburg), I know I had to go back, with the kids one day. Salzburg - I can't say this word without the songs and hymns of the movie The Sound of … Continue reading The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg
My son Benjamin (6 years old next month) is allergic to all tree nuts - almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachio, cashew, etc. We've had accidental ingestion in the past where he ended up in the emergency so we are very careful with his food but alas, sometimes even I fail. The last incident was a year and … Continue reading Dealing with food allergies while eating out or travelling
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?
It's currently summer vacation for all of the kids in the UAE. It's actually over a month already since most of the schools have closed for the school year 2017. Since classes will start on September 10, that's about 12 weeks long of holidays! When I planned where to take the kids in summer and … Continue reading Our trip to Japan, summer 2017