Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weeks 20-21




I'm still in love with the second trimester and all is good so far! 

It used to be waking up feeling terrible with the morning sickness and dragging myself to work. Now, I wake up feeling happy about each and every day with the bun in my oven. I no longer feel lethargic and could do the activities that I love, like exercising. Really looking forward to the next short trip before I pop as well! :)

The hubs and I made it a point to talk to our little one nightly and sometimes I would just keep sayang-ing unconsciously and talk to myself in public. Is it normal?! I hope so...

Also ever since we found out about our baby's gender, shopping has been fast and furious.
- Play-yard
- Stroller
- Bath Tub
- Play mat 
- Clothes 
- Breast-pump
- Stroller
- Misc like baby wipes, bottles etc

The list goes on endlessly and hopefully we check them off soon! 

Next up would be jazzing our nursery room to welcome our next family member. Any mothers with any ideas or experts, do drop me a line! :)

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#DressingTheBump for Week 20/21 has been more fun as well since I have the mood to do so! I'm growing bigger each day so it's getting more challenging hahaha.

Just 3 weeks more to my second trimester - how did time fly so fast?!











Friday, June 19, 2015

Tokyo Diaries 2015

Clearing my travelogues backlog and here is the last! :)


One of the highlights this year was visiting Tokyo during the Chinese New Year this year for Tokyo Marathon that I've previously blogged about. It was my FIRST time travelling during CNY and after distributing our Angbaos for the first time, we zoomed off to the sushi land! This was one race that I wouldn't mind going back IF I can get the slots!

Tokyo as usual was fab and despite the one week short stay, we visited quite abit of places. The weather was cooling except that it rained on the last day, food was yummy and we managed to get to everywhere with the help of Google Map.

It was also TC's first time to Japan and I'm glad he loves it! At least more than Bangkok haha.

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Airline - We booked our tickets via SQ since there's was a two-to-go promo after we knew about our marathon balloting results. Paid about $1.4k for two pax and it's a good deal for a direct flight!

Accommodation - Shinjuku Sunroute Plaza was still my first choice after the good experience last year but unfortunately there were no more rooms during the selected dates. :( As there's no suitable hotels in the area for us, I decided to give Airbnb a shot.

I scanned through lots of apartments, contacted a few and finally decided on Shu's place - Your Home Away from Home. Some that I contacted are reluctant to open the bookings for February since it was half a year away. Shu was very accommodative to let me pre-book his calender in advance so I'm veryyy grateful!! :>

These were the factors that we considered prior to booking:-

1. Location - Accessible to train stations and near our marathon starting line
2. Reviews - I think this is far more credible than pretty pictures. The good reviews gave me confidence to book the place.
3. Price - A night costs us about SGD100 for two pax, very affordable considering that most Tokyo hotels are higher than that.
4. Credibility - Fast replies, polite direct messages and a verified Airbnb user.
5. Appartment layout - It came with a washing machine with dryer and living area yay.




Super NICE right?!

The place was EXACTLY the same as their online pictures so we had no complains! It was a very comfty one week stay and we look forward to returning to our warm crib every night. However, the location was a little hard to locate at first as it was tucked in an alley and we were unfamiliar with the area. Our google maps didn't point us to this place and we ended up cabbing on the first night. 

We did not managed to meet the host at all since we usually return before 9pm and he works rather late. He was sweet enough to leave us notes, food and drinks which we thought were a kind gesture.


Sufficient wardrobe space

Plenty of space for us to nua and chill. My favourite spot was on the sofa beside the heater!

Phone Data:  Our host gave us a portable data device but we still ordered the B-Mobile Visitor Sim (1GB) which costs close to SGD60. Kiasu just in case we need to use google map alot. It lasts me for 7 days even with the sending of pictures on Whataps or uploading onto social media platforms. 

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Now back to the travelogue - breaking this into two parts coz there's about 120 pictures in total. The second part would be on the cafes and food that we explored. Most addresses were covered in last year entry so I will try my best not to repeat them again. [For reference : 2014 Part I, II, III]

As usual, dressing up was my favourite coz it's winter! How often do you get to spam scarves, coats, leggings and boots while still keeping cool! Everywhere in Tokyo was #ootd-worthy as well, even the trains and alleys. 

Photos all credit to TC.




ASOS hat & coat, LB tweed skirt, Uniqlo bratop, USA boots








Taobao coat, Zara pants, Uniqlo heat-tech








Stripe jacket bought in Tokyo, ASOS hat and leggings, Zara skirt







Taken at the Imperial Palace East Gardens.



Pink ASOS coat & skirt, Nike Shoes, Taobao top

And of course to be fair.. he had his #OOTD too. :P






And lots of pictures together ;)








Till the next! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dressing the bump


20.

Initially, it was all about CONCEALING the bump before the secret is out. Now, it's all about embracing it before the journey flew by. The key thing is comfort and chic which I'm still trying to find a balance between both.

One of my fashion inspirations is Kate Middleton who remained so elegant and glowy throughout her both pregnancies attributed to her exercising everyday and also eating really well. I especially loved her fashion choices as well! Despite them being rather safe and conservative choices, I thought the silhouette and colour of her apparels really works for her.

printed wrapped dress

a crop blazer that paired with a A line dress

peplum top with leather belt for a defined waist

trenchcoat paired with a neutral shift dress with matching pumps



She's gorgeous right?

I'm still living in most of my normal clothes and my favourites are joggers, skater dresses, shift dresses and swing dresses! I used to try to hide my bloatedness in really loose apparels but they made me feel worse which aggregate my moodiness. It's never easy dealing with a roller-coaster mood, body changes, morning sickness and all.. so I find that dressing up does play some part in a happier mood!

I have been purchasing some maternity clothes on and off just in case the belly gets bigger. Probably by next month I can start wearing them already! :)

I especially love how the ASOS Maternity wear is especially so affordable and modern chic. And when taking them out of the wrappers, they didn't look a single bit like maternity wear except that the tummy potion was more stretchy than the rest. I liked that you could just take your usual sizes (6 for the usual and 8 for the body hugging ones) instead of pondering over the size chart. All the items have fit great so far!

And of course, lots of excuses to stock up on flats! My favourites now are the Melissa 3" heels and its flats that match almost everything.

Embracing the bump can be really fun since it's just a relatively short period where we can do so. I can't believe it's just 4 more months to go!

Stocking up on dinner dresses, shift dresses, loose camisoles for layering, joggers, belly bands and stretchable printed skirts!







14-16 weeks






















17-19 weeks