Tokyo Trip : Accomodation & Transportation

Accomodation :

Our first 2 nights were at Sheraton Tokyo Grande. It is one of Disney Resort Ambassador and very nearby to the train station to Disneyland.

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The biggest Sheraton Hotel that I have ever been to. They have chapel, pool, garden and even am arcade inside the hotel. We used up Enchek Kedek’s SPG member points to stay here so I dont really know how much does 1 room cost.

After our 2 nights stay there, we moved into a homestay which I booked via airbnb.com. Here is the link to the house where we stayed :

https://airbnb.com/rooms/12117257s=41&user_id=92535329&ref_device_id=35564590efbab6d8f4e75c9f188101671488b40a

We spent 5 nights there for RM2300++. As you can see from the link, the house is equipped with kitchen with kitchen utensils for cooking, fridge, microwave and my most favourite, washing machine with dryer. So we dont have to go to the laundry shop and spend 1-2 hrs to do laundry.

Transportation :

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We fully utilised the public transport and our feet. Hehe. We bought a Suica card, and for the whole trip, we only used below 2000 yen. It depends on where your destination is. Since that we only covered Tokyo, it wont cost us much lah. Unless if one of you lost your Suica card somewhere after your husband recharged 1000yen. #nope #notme

In Tokyo Bay, the transportation arrangement was pretty easy. Sheraton is the nearest hitel to the Disney Resort train station, 3-5 mins walk only.

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For our Kawaguchi trip, we went there by bus from Shinjuku Station. My advice is, buy your tickets at least few days before the trip. We didnt. Luckily the Japanesse are very punctual. We were put on waiting list for the 9.15am bus. By 9.08, they announced our number, which means there are 4 passenger who didnt show up and their ticket was burned. Will blog more about Kawaguchi in different post.

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Till then.. more stories to share 🙂

Tokyo Trip : Food

So before our trip, i had been google-ing around to find tips on travelling with small kids in that big city. I know both my girls are easy to handle. Ariana is already 6 years old. Asal ada nasi, semua boleh jalan. While my 2 years old Sofea, suddenly have less interest with her susu kambing and now more to susu from kotak, makes my work easier.

So in term of food, my kids survived with rice and telur goreng for breakfast. There were times where I was not feeling really well (sajukk bah), i only cooked instant mee for them (guilty emoticon).

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In one of the sushi restaurant in Ikspiari Mall

We usually had our lunch & dinner at the local restaurant. In term of Halal, there are quite number of Halal restaurants in Tokyo. All we did was Google for it. Two Halal restaurants that we went to in Tokyo was Sekai Cafe (Asakusa & Oshiage) and Sumiyakiya (Roponggi).

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And in term of price, try to budget at least RM50/per head/per meal. Places like Omotesando, Roponggi and Ikspiari Mall (Tokyo Bay) are high end punya places. So having your meal here faham2 seja lah.

When in doubt, you can always ask the restaurant, or they themself will tell you like what happened to us in Kawaguchi. We went into one Tempura Restaurant which was recommended by google as a halal place. As soon as we got into the shop, they served us with water and immediately told us that they dont have any non-halal food there, but, all the tempuras are fried using lard and asked us whether lard is ok. How thoughtfull of them kan? Some other restaurants are also helpful sampai they took out their dictionary and translate things for us.

Alang-alang ke Tokyo, we went for streetfood hunting at Tsukiji Outer Market. Fresh tuna, salmon & mackerel! There are more interesting foods that looks soo tempting but we are not so sure of the ingredients. And since that it is a very busy market, it is not really easy to stop and ask them for information of the ingredients.
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Those who can take sushi (raw fish etc), definately can survive and eat happily here while those who cant, will surely enjoy rice, steamed ommelette & miso soup (cc: Maisara & Sofea) everyday! Hahaha

Family Vacation to Tokyo, Japan

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We went to Japan with the kids & my mother-in-law on the 10th October 2016, and juat came back last night 17th October 2016.

It was end of Summer and almost beginning to Autumn so the weather was like 16-17 degrees C.

More entries to come because I will make it part by part based on days and locations visited but specifically in this post, I will share our family trip itinerary.

Day-1
Kk-Narita
Check in Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay
Dinner at Ikspiari Shopping Mall

Day-2
Tokyo Disneyland

Day-3
Heads to Tokyo
Nippori – Textiles Town
Check-in at Sumida-ku
Akihabara

Day-4
Kawaguchi Station (1 whole day)

Day-5
Asakusa
Sumida River Cruise
Odaiba

Day-6
Tsukiji Outer Market
Shibuya
Harajuku
Roponggi

Day-7
Tokyo Skytree
Sumida Aquarium
Akihabara

Day-8
Narita – KK

All locations that we visited are child and senior citizen friendly :). We fully utilised the public transportation and and feet. (Good tips for feet : Buy Sketches shoes with Memory foam. InsyAllah you wont feel super tired on your feet).

See ya in next post 🙂

Little Pianist in the house

Last Saturday was the 23rd Kota Kinabalu Music & Dance Festival held at Rasa Ria Resort.

Ariana choose to play ‘Disco Fever’ and had been practicing since earlier this year. It was kind of hard with her piano still in Miri and she only rely on her piano class i.e once a week.

She had improved in her playing skills thanks to her awesome piano teacher, Sammie & Florisa of Beyond Music Kota Kinabalu music school.

During the 23rd KK Music & Dance Festival held recently at Rasa Ria Resort, Ariana managed to get Silver!! I was soo relief and thankfull because although I dont have any music knowledge, I know that she made a mistake during the competition, and confirmed by Sammie who was also there. But mistake was there to improve ourself and Ariana accepted it positively.

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Hiit with ArianaSofea

While keeping up my life and juggling with work, family, kids and #misi10kg, I admit I am tired and also guilty for leaving the girls at home.

So today, I decided to do my routine workout at home with the girls. Ok. The decision was made because I didnt remember to pack my gym clothes. Hehe.

We did:
40 Jumping Jacks
30 Crunches
10 Burpees
..for 5 sets, and;

20 Jumping Jacks
10 Squats
..also for 5 sets.

Then, I do 10 Lunges for 5 sets while Ariana busy with her hulahoop and Sofea korek-korek cari batu.. Hehe

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So that is all for today’s #misi10kg with the girls at home 🙂

Work it out

I havent update my blog for quite sometime. I have soo much to update on my recent Personal Training programm, which already ended. Hehe. It was a 1 month training and currently I still continue with my training alone, utilising all the infos that I get from my personal trainer and also from google. Hehehe.

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I did my training at Platinum Fitness Gym at Plaza 333. As much as I could, I will go to the gym at least 3 times per week for 1 hour.

While on weekends, I usually go to Bukit Padang for either brisk walk or hiking.

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As for diet, i really struggled. Hard to explain but yeah, struggle!
And for the record, counting up from where I started my #misi10kg, I had already lost 6kgs.

Wheeeee ~

Japan!

We are finally going for our first oversea trip to Tokyo! MAS was on 2 days sale (and then extended to another 1 day) and we made a quick decision to travel to Tokyo.

The return ticket was RM709 and we just paid few thousand because we used up all Enchek Kedek’s accumulated Enrich points.

And since that it was quiet a short notice trip, I have to start planning now and travel blog really helped me a lot! Thanks you so much for sharing! (Will try to share their blog links in my next entries).

And I decided to share out my experience in planning and preparation for our muslim family trip with 2 toddlers & 1 warga emas to Tokyo.

As a start, our 7 days trip will only cover Tokyo.
The preparations are:
1. Hotel. We are going to used up Enchek Kedek’s SPG points to stay at any SPG hotel. And since that Japan’s rate for rooms is at least 20k points, and we need 2 rooms, we will also be staying at any cheaper hotel or homestay. Travel blogger suggested airbnb.com. I’ve downloaded the apps and currently looking around for Japanesse style homestay. Wanting to experience the traditional homestyle.
2. Food. I hope it wont be too hard to find halal food there because we can always get sushi. Its better than packing mee maggie all the way from Malaysia, while you can actually get proper food in Japan. Husband’s cousin went to Japan last year and she told me that to pack finger foods such as biscuits for the kids, in case they got hungry.
3. Medicine, or for my case, Essential Oils!
4. Insurance. One of them is TAKAFUL IKHLAS KEMBARA. But you can also ask from your insurance agent for other option.
5. Inform Malaysia Embassy. It can be done online at www.ekonsekular.kln.gov.my/en/
6. Passport. Make sure that your pasport is still valid at least 6 months from your travelling date.
7. Pocket wifi. We need to keep our phone apps online to be able to get directions/maps/google translate etc.

That is all that I can get for now. Will keep the list updated for future referrence.

Jom Kurus sama-sama

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Our Sunday hillwalking at Bukit Padang with Enchek Kedek.

Many months ago, i read an article on how to lose weight while breastfeeding and one of the point in the article was, NOT TO GET YOUR HUSBAND TO BE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER.

And it was indeed, very true.

All the way up the hill, asal ada peluang untuk bercakap, dia akan bercakap.

‘Jangan terlampau slow sayang’
‘Bernafas pakai hidung sayang, jangan pakai mulut nanti penat’
‘Sikit lagi mau sampai ni sayang’ (padahal masih jauh.
‘Must lose weight. Must lose weight’
‘Sampai bawah nanti kitak jangan minum dulu k’

Seriously, I dont remember hiring him to be my personal trainer pun.

So yes. Thats how Enchek Kedek is. Bikin panas.

Nevertherless, we managed to finish the short trail. It was fun, except the bikin panas part but I still love you most.

So, Enchek Kedek has always been my motivator cum banker. He motivates me sambil kasi keluar duit so that I do all the excercises..

So for the record, from 87kg to 85kg this week with puasa (twice a week), gym (2-3 a week) and no dinner. 20kgs more to buang..

Back to KK

We, Kedek’s family are now back to KK for good. I was transferred to KK after last November re-organization. Feels good to be back home although I did feel heavy hearted to leave Miri after 9+ years.

Looking on the bright side, we are now closer to home. Closer to my family.

However, Enchek Kedek is still located in Johor. One more month left i think. He was there since Sofea was born.

Currently we are staying at my father’s house. Managed to get a rental house. Our stuffs from Miri arrived 3 weeks ago and I spent my weekend unpacking the 204 boxes, to get the house ready by mid May, when my MIL expected to come and stay with us. Few more boxes to go. Hopefully I have the energy to settle all the bixes this weekend.

Handmade Baby Shoes

I have a friend who made beautiful handmade baby shoes. She is very talented and located in Miri, Sarawak.

As of now, she have 3 designs which are Soft sole, Mary Jane and Toms Inspired.

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Soft sole

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Mary Jane

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Toms Inspired

Haaa.. Imagine your cute baby wearing these cute shoes.. Cute kan? Cute kan? Mau nangis kan? Mau picit-picit ja rasa kan?

Head over to her Instagram acc blue_eyedmonkey and be prepared with overloaded cuteness of baby shoes.