Back from Japan!

And super duper tired πŸ˜‚

The thing about holidays is that if you're not intending to relax, but to see/shop/eat as much as you can, it's usually going to be super physically exhausting πŸ˜‚ #tokyo

We clocked more than 10k steps in Japan almost EVERY DAY and I think the average is like 15k a day and the highest was about 23k πŸ˜‚

Thanks to expensive taxi rides and needing to walk to the train station, between train stations and back to the stations πŸ˜‚ seriously, we spent almost 90% of the time travelling (I feel) and I think it just sucked up all my energy at the end.

I'm not sure how I'm going to structure this post, but I guess I'll just share some of my top 10 favourite moments of my trip! πŸ˜‚

It's gonna be super messy, but it's good to have things to keep as memories and as reminders! 😍 I'm not sure when we will have the chance to travel as a family again, especially since the family keeps getting bigger (more babies πŸ˜‚ not from me ah)

But despite how tiring it was and the arguments (πŸ˜‚) I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

So…here are my top 10 Tokyo moments πŸ˜‰

1. Travelling with a baby

Not a super flattering picture, but travelling with a baby is EXHAUSTING.

Besides the fact that they rely on you completely to tend to their every need, they also become extremely fussy and whiny when they don't get enough rest.

I know it's damn easy to say "Why keep crying ah. Tired just sleep la, got people carry some more"

But babies can't do that cos when they are over stimulated and over tired, they cannot fall asleep properly.

It's like their brain goes into over drive and they cannot fall asleep easily. Almost like when we work too hard and get a headache and even when you close your eyes and try to fall asleep, your head keeps throbbing.

Most of the time he needed to be Tula-ed or baby worn to sleep and his poor mummy wore him for maybe up to 8 hours a day.

So I offered to help! And successfully being able to put a whiney baby to sleep is seriously such an accomplishment. πŸ™Š

If you're wondering why I have a scarf tied around my ass, it's cos I was wearing a super fitting dress and the baby carrier basically squeezed the life out of my love handles πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So my SIL helped me cover up with the scarf πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I know I always say to embrace all yourcurves and bumps la πŸ˜‚ but it also helped to prevent my dress from riding up. Super hilarious.

My favourite moments are when baby wakes up from his nap and is still disoriented and super quiet. πŸ˜‚

Plus his cheeks were super red in Japan after sleeping cos cold weather + wind and he was wrapped up too hot and his cheeks were flushed. πŸ˜‚

Needing to be entertained at EVERY meal time. Haha. Either someone took him out to be played with or we took turns to eat.

Travelling with a baby also means you need to choose baby friendly places for meals. No ramen bars, no smoking izakayas and no super crowded places.

But somehow, his presence made up for everything la. It was damn tiring and sometimes annoying to have to keep looking out for baby friendly places but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Also, when baby wants something, he needs it now. That means cleaning up poop in subway toilets (lucky Japan toilets damn clean) and feeding milk on trains/in the middle of uniqlo.

Forever active and wanting to stomp around, grab everything, look at everything and eat everything.

If he didn't get to eat while we were eating, prepare for a scream fest or whine fest πŸ˜‚

Sometimes you will feel super frustrated cos there are moments where by it's literally shit just dropped and after you cleaned it, you need to feed an empty belly and after that immediately coax him to sleep.

There's no rest for mummies and it really takes a village to raise a kid la!

But gugu loves you anyway! Thank you for brightening up our trip with your super hilarious laughter, smells and ultra stinky farts. 😍

2. Tsukiji Fish Market

I never thought I would have the chance to visit this before it closed/shifted (because I'm not big on Japan. πŸ˜‚) But I did!

I think it was a crazy cool experience and we got to walk through the inner market and look at all the professionals doing their thing.

Daniel was the happiest la I swear. He loves all things Japanese πŸ˜‚

In the inner market is where the big stalls prepare the fish for delivery to restaurants and businesses after the bidding ends.

It's super busy, super wet and super duper crowded and dangerous so I'm surprised we actually survived πŸ˜‚ a group of 8 with 1 baby and 2 senior citizens. πŸ˜‚

A lot of the sellers were very unfriendly (splashing water everywhere and on our legs) haha because apparently tourists disturb their peace and obstruct business.

It was eye-opening tho!

Huge ass πŸ™

A lot of fresh fish!

The tuna are always the most eye opening. Especially since they are so huge!

The outer market tho is more touristy and it's super fun! It's like a seafood themed market with SO MUCH food.

There was an indoor building area where we scored some sashimi and you can bring it up to the 3rd floor to eat.

They don't allow you to eat as you shop, I don't know why. Maybe to ensure the area is kept clean! πŸ˜‚

Our guide recommended we try some grapes and it was AWESOME!

Super thin skin and no seeds and super sweet πŸ˜‚

We tried to be cheapo and bought similar looking grapes from the supermarket at discounted price and it had SEEDS and the skin very thick πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Our little picnic! 😍

My dad and mum happily eating snow crab legs πŸ˜‚

The outer market is super fun! If you're travelling with elderly or kids, I don't recommend you go to the inner market because it is really wet and slippery and very messy. The business owners also drive around this weird little buggy like vehicle at quite high speeds and they just whizz around you as if they are super annoyed at you. They seldom give way.

So it's actually quite dangerous! The aisles are also very narrow and wet.

The outer market, although more touristy, was actually more fun. Cos you get to stop and see stuff and buy stuff. Instead of just walking quickly and observing.

No photos are allowed in the inner market also πŸ˜‚ so Sian right. We took a few but the security actually stop you if you're too blatant.

3. DISNEY

Hahaha bringing a baby to Disney is different from going to Disney as a couple πŸ˜‚

Our main goal was to see the fireworks and parade at night so we went a little later than usual (reaching only after 1pm) but we only managed to take 3 rides and watch 1 show before we headed home at 830PM πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Damn the weather for making it drizzle at night which cancelled the bloody fireworks we were waiting for πŸ˜‚

At the time we were all damn hungry, tired and cold but looking back it's damn hilarious.

All smiles because we didn't know what we were walking into πŸ˜‚

Taking the train into Disney was already quite tiring (I think we changed a total of 3 trains πŸ˜‚) and when we reached the first thing we did was hop onto a train we thought was a ride.

But it was a tram to another "world" in Disney πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So we skipped one entire section liao. But ok la! Immediately after, baby pooped so we searched for a toilet and after that he had to eat πŸ˜‚

By the time we got on this ride…I think we already spent 2 hours doing…nothing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But ok la! It was a fun ride with no height limit and no queue. We took it twice and baby YC joined us on the second round πŸ˜‚

It's like teacups but on water πŸ˜‚ I quite liked it πŸ˜‚ I have a love for kiddy rides.

After 2 rounds on this, we got psychoed to go queue for the Nemo ride which set us back 1 hour in the queue. WTFFFF.

The worst thing?????

The ride sucked. Sorry to ruin the magic guys but the Nemo and friends ride that we had to wait 40 mins for was a HUGE ASS disappointment. No offense to the people who liked this ride.

We were ushered into a cinema and the seats moved while we took an adventure with Nemo under the sea…then they sprayed water on us and the ride was over πŸ˜‚

Worse than the 4D rides in sentosa IMO πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Damn jialat.

Plus the ride was in Jap so you don't understand anything at all.

I hate rollercoasters but at that point, I wished I was on a rollercoaster instead πŸ˜‚

By the time we were done with the ride, the sun set already. Literally. Baby woke up from his nap and we walked to mermaid island for dinner.

The mermaid theme was amazing I wish we had more time to spend there but sadly it was drizzling already and we wanted to catch fireworks so we walked back to the entrance.

It was then, after waiting in the rain until about 815 that we were told that the fireworks were cancelled.

So sad leh. It's like your main purpose of going there was cancelled. Boo.

I sound like I'm damn unhappy right! HAHA how come this still ranks so high on my list!

Because of the Disney magic la. DisneySEA was really amazing and I think my only regret is that we didn't have more time and energy to explore the entire park.

The next time if you're travelling with kids and you know you'll need to spend alot of time in the loo, walking, etc. I recommend getting the 2 day pass and probably a stay at the resort so you don't have to take the transport in.

I think getting to the park from the city already drains half hour energy and having to take it back just kills you.

Nevertheless I'm still really thankful and happy we got there as a family and we all got to experience the Disney magic together 😍 #Dayretravels

What happened while we were queueing for the Nemo ride πŸ˜‚

Yeye and Nainai photoshoot session with a very happy baby πŸ˜‚

Taking a photo with Mr Incredible!!!!

I'm so sad I didn't get to take photos with any mascot hahaha.

I wanted to find Mickey and Minnie but all I saw was chip and dale πŸ˜‚

I think this photo is from a different day but I just want to say that. While everyone was damn tired after disney, only this little king was having the time of his life πŸ˜‚

Of course la baobei you get to sleep and nap any time ok! You can pole dance all you want on the train home πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Ok I just verified it was the same Disney day except his clothes are different cos…he pooped on them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Don't you love babies πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

WE LOVE YOU DISNEYLAND/SEA.

I promise to bring baby YC back again! Hopefully when he's older and can play rides without having to nap πŸ˜‚

4. The Purikura Machine

We first chanced upon this on our second day and @mrschow_yiiyin immediately suggest we try it out πŸ˜‚ but then my eldest brother hadn't arrived yet so we decided to come back again another day

Purikuras are like the neoprint machines we used to see everywhere back when I was a teen πŸ™Š

We almost gave up looking for this during our second visit to Shibuya but by some miracle stroke of luck, we found the exact same shop πŸ˜‚

Btw besides neoprints, you can also rent costumes (for 400yen) for the booths and my father damn hilarious went to rent a Samurai costume wtfffffff.

Super spontaneous and game. He just walked off and said he wanted to rent the costume. We thought he was joking πŸ˜‚ love this weird man.

Here are some of the shots we took πŸ˜‚ it's damn hilarious and super good family bonding cos you have to squeeze 8 people into a booth meant for 2-3 πŸ˜‚ there was so much laughter.

Plus the auto beautifying mode is just HILARIOUS. Like it made all our eyes bigger and faces sharper. Including the guys πŸ˜‚

Check out how squashed we were πŸ˜‚ plus got baby hor.

Super duper hilarious and squashed.

Highly recommend families to do this. My dad was Sian cos in the end cannot even see his samurai suit πŸ˜‚

Check out our beautiful eyes

Second attempt!

I think my husband looks better after being beautified πŸ˜‚

5. Baseball Batting ⚾

I don't have many photos of this πŸ˜‚ because the space was very cramped but it was super interesting to have tried this!

Our hotel was a stone's throw away from a batting cage so one night, before supper, we went to try it out.

It costs 300yen for about 26-28 balls (depending on the speed you choose) and it's all self service.

When you walk into the batting place, you basically walk into an arcade at the back and then many doors at the other side of the wall with entrances to the cage.

Each door is one batting area and only 1 person gets to bat at a time.

You choose the speed (each door has different speeds) then tong 3 100yen coins into the machine, pick up a bat and gloves then start hitting.

Super no frills I love it! The spectators stand between the cage and the door entrance which is a super narrow space πŸ˜‚

Don't worry if you're noob ok! Cos the other players don't really care bout you. They are too engrossed in their own game.

And each game is quite fast, so if you pass by a batting cage, just go and try hehe. There's also a pitching game so you can try throwing some balls.

The girls and boys are both very very good at batting man. πŸ˜‚ Barely miss any balls.

Us on the other hand……we hit 2/22 balls πŸ˜‚

6. Sega Arcade Claw Machines

If you don't already know, I am a huge fan of claw machines. πŸ™Š

When we went to Taiwan back in 2016, I spent most of my nights at the arcades catching toys πŸ˜‚

It's not so much of the toy but rather the experience that I really like! I don't even have to play, watching someone play makes me damn excited also!

Haha. The sega arcade was damn awesome cos all the toys are original (not those fakes), making each catch damn worth it.

A lot of people think that it's luck, or its a one shot one catch kind of thing.

But nowadays the machines are set so you need a certain set of actions in order to catch it. And most of the time you're flipping and rolling and pushing the toy down!

Be prepared to spent 1000-2000 yen on each toy la! Especially the bigger ones! Confirm cannot save more than that!

We each caught a toy on the first night there! Haha. All below 2k yen ok la!

And on the last day, I went back to catch another 2 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it is an addiction!

It's damn cute la. My brother was messaging us for SOS cos he ran out of coins and his toy was only dangling by a foot left. And if he left the machine someone confirm come and killsteal πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ he spammed the family group chat until my SIL read and called us to his help πŸ˜‚

Hilarious. Sometimes it's really team work. Alot of discussions.

7. Yokohama Tour

I am completely, totally, and irrevocably in love with Yokohama. Despite only spending 1 short day there, despite the rain, and despite missing the Kirin Beer Distillary.

😍

We set off to see the ramen museum first because we were a little behind schedule after our McDs breakfast, but once exiting the train station, this greeted us.

A huge Ferris wheel and roller coaster!

And also, the entire vibe of Yokohama was very different from Tokyo. The place was windy, spacious and very very sleepy and quiet.

I have always had this love for seaside towns, like when I visited Dalian in China. Sigh.

There's just something about seaside towns.

We spent some time at the ramen museum which was interesting, but we didn't customize our cup noodles cos we were already behind schedule.

We did take plenty of super cute photos tho! And it was interesting to know about the history of cup noodles and it's inventor!

Baby so happy here haha.

We also took some super cute photos at the museum haha. This was our favourite wtf.

I'm huge πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I love it!!! It was hilarious. πŸ™Š

What were we rushing for? Our crab feast of course!

Remember I mentioned in my previous post that the restaurant was fully booked? We found a slot at the Yokohama outlet!

It's called Kani Douraku! πŸ¦€

Basically you choose a set (or alacarte) and they specialise in cooking Hokkaido crabs in multiple ways

Or what my dad calls θžƒθŸΉεεƒ aka 10 ways to eat crab πŸ˜‚

This is the crab with vinegar!

Crab sashimi!

Tempura

Grilled crab omg my fav so sweet and juicy πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

And Kani steamboat aka kaninabe πŸ˜‚

After lunch, we changed 2 trains to the seaside line so we could go outlet shopping! πŸ˜‰

Haha the coach store was having the most ridiculous discount. Like 65% off original price. πŸ˜‚

And I really loved the whole design of the outlet park! It was very very nautical and ahhh those feels. Reminded me of Perth all over again!

It was very rainy when we were there, and since there were a couple of buildings, we didn't explore all cos we got caught in the rain πŸ˜‚

Main loots were from Coach, Timberland and GAP!

I didn't buy anything tho πŸ˜‚ I think cos I was super tired. A coach handbag did catch my eye but I was too lazy to think about it seriously.

I wanted to go back to Yokohama again the next day but the travelling was too intense πŸ˜‚ especially getting to the outlet store.

But I definitely recommend a day trip! If you're not with a baby and a huge group, it should be no problem convering the beer distillery, ramen museum and outlet!

8. UNIQLO & BICQLO

Personally not a huge fan of uniqlo, but seeing how happy my mum and dad were shopping there made the MULTIPLE trips to MULTIPLE uniqlos worth it πŸ˜‚

My mum was happiest looking through all the 500yen bins and trying on t-shirts and camisoles πŸ˜‚ she even dug through bins looking for stuff FOR ME

My husband also very happy buying 500 yen heat tech and super damn alot of socks. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The coolest thing tho! Is the BICQLO building near our hotel in Shinjuku!

It's 7 floors and has everything from a small cosmetic and food/camera place at the basement, uniqlo from floors 1-4 and then GU, and more tech stuff all the way to 7F

It is amazing! We went like 3 times and spent like 2-3 hours there each time haha. This is where I got most of my cosmetics and skin care!

I'll share my loots of course but I'm not a huge skincare person and I'm damn clueless about everything so just take everything I say lightly hor!!!

I wanted to get a new humidifier here cos it's cheap but Japan has a different voltage from Singapore so we didn't get it in the end. Scared later explode πŸ˜‚

Alot of the skincare products are a lot cheaper here! And I also wanted to get the new Casio Exilim camera with the detachable lens for about 300sgd but couldn't bear to part with the money πŸ˜‚

If you're in the Shinjuku area, do take a look and do some shopping here!

Each uniqlo also has different stuff on sale, so can visit the different outlets la! It's good for group shopping cos they have clothes for everyone. Cannot imagine going to H&M of F21 cos I think my dad and bros would have been super bored πŸ˜‚

The taka in Shinjuku also has a pretty awesome uniqlo with a kids section! πŸ˜‰

9. Staying in Shinjuku

Talking about Shinjuku brings me to this point…

I loved staying in Shinjuku!

Remember I said that it's like the Geylang of Tokyo? Well, it was super fun being in the red light district cos it means that the city never sleeps.

Daniel and I went out for nightly walks almost EVERY night and Shinjuku never bored us.

The nightclubs were always busy and you always got to see interesting people. The food scene was amazing and it was just super lively.

It's also very very safe and the crowd just adds to the feeling of excitement which is wonderful for tourists.

Compared to being in Patpong of BKK, you enjoy the liveliness without having to be in fear. They are also very very mild and do not pester you.

The food tho. The food in Shinjuku past midnight is never a problem. So many izakayas. So many grill houses, ramen shops, sushi joints that open past midnight!

You walk into these alleys and it's almost as if you're transported into another world.

One alley can be home to 10 little bars that only have 7 seats each. People sit close to each other, whispering, drinking, eating and smoking.

And we looked in from the outside, feeling as if we were intruding. We contemplated going in for a drink, but decided that sometimes things look better from the outside. πŸ˜‰

Late night shopping was also never a problem. We were walking distance from Don Quijote which opens 24 hours and sells EVERYTHING.

From fresh vegetables, to alcohol, to sperm test kits, baby milk powder, vapes, to Halloween outfits, specialty snacks and even electronics and sex toys.

I FRIGGIN LOVE THIS PLACE LA!! HAHA. My brother did some research and apparently out of 10 million tourists, 5 million have been here πŸ˜‚ it's that popular.

This is an accurate picture of how it looks like. Super messy, super awesome.

I LOVE IT. It's like a huge Mustafa but everything is Japanese. 😍😍😍😍

Haha I'm so passionate about these kind of things so hilarious. πŸ˜‚

They have multiple outlets so be sure to visit one ok!

Oh, my brother and father got their diatomite mats from here that were only about 990yen πŸ˜‚ gotta lug home tho.

They also sell alot of kitchen ware πŸ˜‚

I love Shinjuku la! πŸ˜‰

10. Being with family

And of course, my favourite part of the trip was definitely to be spending so much time with my entire family.

My dad spends most of his time working overseas and my eldest brother as well. So having 8 days to spend with each other is really an unprecedented event since they moved overseas.

Of course, more people means more opinions and conflicts and there are some times where we get so frustrated cos we're tired and hungry, but I'm happy the trip turned out marvellous anyway.

Already looking forward to planning the next trip!

LOL SPOT MY #DEDINSIDE FACE πŸ˜‚

Also super in love with my nephew #overlyobsessedgugu

Can we be best friends PPM (pang pang mao)

There are quite alot of places that didn't make it into my top 10 list, like hakone and Meiji shrine, but if you need info, feel free to comment! πŸ˜‰

Eating black eggs at hakone πŸ˜‚

Being ridiculously tired cos going to hakone involves taking 100 different kinds of transport

More family photos cos the tour guide loves taking pics for us πŸ˜‚ and yes that is Daniel handbagging the pram πŸ˜‚

And to my dearest mummy, thank you for making this happen! πŸ˜‰ We love you very very much 😍

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