So this is a very backdated post. I realized that I didnt’ finish blogging about our last Japan trip in 2013. I stopped at Day 6. Here’s a post about day 7.
Azabu Juhan, Tokyo
On day 7, we decided to meet my sis and her friend at Azabu Juhan, Tokyo. Azabu Juhan is a district in Minato. It’s a residential area with restaurants, shops and bars. Although it is located in central Tokyo, there is a village feel to it. Roads are narrow, there are many little interesting establishments which we explored.
This little boutique has a little corner which sells ice americano and latte. After walking about for an hour or so, hubby and I decided that we wanted to take a day trip to Hakone instead and so we left my sister and her friend and went about getting ourselves to the train station. Getting the JR Pass for our trip was the best thing we did. It was very convenient for us to travel from one city to another.
Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park which is situated less then 100 km from Tokyo. We basically spent half a day at Hakone since it was an impromptu thing. But if you have time, I would recommend to stay at Hakone for at least 1 night 2 days.
When we arrived at Hakone-Yumoto, we headed straight to the information counter because we hadn’t a clue on what to do. And as usual, we expect no less from the Japanese. The lady at the counter opened up the tourist map, mapped out what we should do in the limited time we had that day. We were very grateful for her help and efficiency. We bought the Hakone Freepass and toured Hakone via 5 modes of transportation i.e. Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan cable car, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and Hakone Tozan Bus.
Owakudani is the area around a crated created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Today, the area is an active volcanic zone which emits lots of sulfurous fumes – which is so stinko by the way….
I would recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes because it’s a bit of a walk from the ropeway station to the volcanic zone (about 10-20 minutes walk). It’s definitely not stroller friendly here so if you’ve a baby in tow, I would recommend using a baby carrier. Toddlers and younger kids should be able to walk on their own with a few stops here and there to rest.
One should be able to get a good view of the peak of Mount Fuji but we didn’t get to see it that day.
We bought eggs which were cooked naturally hot water. The shells were blackened by the sulfur and apparently, eating these eggs will prolong one’s life by 7 years. I think we ate 4 or 5 eggs!
We went on a cruise on Lake Ashinoko. Laki Ashinoko was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano’s last eruption 3000 years ago.
The view was simply breathtaking!
If my memory serves me right, we took the last bus to Odawara station and took the Shinkanzen to Shibuya…also another impromptu destination…..and boy were we glad to have made that decision because Shibuya Crossing is just a sight to behold!
Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and busy districts. Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. When the traffic lights at the crossing turn red, thousands of pedestrians cross at the road at the same time from 5 different directions.
We had dinner at a simple Japanese restaurant at Shibuya. I think this is the Japanese version of fast food because we had to buy our meal tickets from a machine.
It was a long day but we definitely had enjoyed ourselves!
So I have been tinkering around with my blog lately. I wanted a new look to it. I haven’t changed the theme for years. Changing the wordpress theme for this blog wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. Turns out that the layout of my blog was totalled screwed up when I wanted to change it to this new theme but I spent hours figuring out what went wrong last night. After disabling ALL the plugins and removing ALL the widgets, the problem with the layout finally got fixed.
So I changed it from this….
to this! What do you think? Love it? Hate it? I think it’s simpler with clean lines.
…..And then I found out that there was something wrong with my RSS Feeds. Before I knew how to fix it, I had to google what RSS and Feedburner were all about because believe it or not, my mind just went blank.
What is RSS?
RRS stand for Really Simple Syndication. What it does is that it basically retrieves the latest content from the sites you are interested in and pulls them into your feedreader where you can read them all in one location rather than visiting the sites separately.
What is Feedburner?
Feedburner is a free web service which enhances bloggers and podcasters ability to manage their RSS feeds and track usage of their subscribers e.g. for me, Feedburner tells me how many people subscribes to my feed. If you want that, head on over to http://www.feedburner.com to claim your feed and publish it.
Ok back to my feeds…..
If you want to follow this blog and type in the http://www.mom2ashley.com/blog in your blog roll (especially in Blogger), chances are that it will appear like this :
When you hover your mouse over it, it points to –>> http://feeds.feedburner.com/%20mom2ashley/sLoP however that just gives an error! I don’t know why. If any of you know why, please tell me. I can’t sleep if I can’t figure this out.
Photo taken at Meiji Shrine at our last trip to Japan in 2013.
Remember I blogged about going to Japan at the end of this year with the family? Well guess what? I will be making a trip to Japan before that! I got an all-expense paid holiday to Japan with the my business partners mamapumpkin and Drama Queen thanks to Naturally Plus! You cannot imagine how big my smile is right now. It’s literally from ear to ear I didn’t expect that I would get it since I only started this business 6 months ago and I’ve been sharing without any expectations and bear in mind that I’ve only been doing this on a part time basis since I do have a full time job which allows me to work from home. So..THANK YOU NATURALLY PLUS! I am so excited that we will be making a trip to the Super Lutein factory. We’re gonna bond in onsens…(ok not me…no way am I going to strip and bond in an onsen) and just have fun! However, those who won the Japan holiday but are not able to go for the trip due to work/family commitments are able to exchange their Japan holiday with RM5300 worth of products (IZUMIO/Super Lutein) – what a good deal right? Win-Win!
So first order of things…It’s already JULY! I’ve got lots to do!
2 weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going into the Naturally Plus office to meet my other 2 Power Business Partners i.e. mamapumpkin and Drama Queen. I had to settle some admin work there and although it was a saturday, it was a fun saturday because….
1. I got to bring my kids and not leave them home to do God knows what!?
2. I got to do whatever it was that I needed to get done at the office i.e. submit registrations etc.
3. I got to meet mamapumpkin and Drama Queen face to face. We chat on the phone every single day but only meet once or twice in a month or so.
4. I got to personally meet for the 2nd time – my blog reader who have made a wise decision to invest in herself! (Hi M.R.!!!!)
So while we were busy going about our own stuff, the kids entertained themselves! These were the 5 boredom busters the kids did while their mommies were at work!
1. Finished their homework
On the contrary, the kids may not classify this as a boredom buster but it’s the same difference to me. As long as they are occupied and I can go about doing my work, then so be it!
2. Read a story book
I think they spent not more than 10 minutes on their story book before they warmed up to play together with mamapumpkin’s kids.
3. Played hide and seek around the office
They were so noise – we had to confined them to the meeting rooms instead!
4. Took a photo by the wall of fame at the office
But of course we had to take a photo by this wall!
5. Played hangman
And while I was busy, dear AK was very well taken care of by daddypumpkin!
….and after 8 months, the little one is slowly showing her true colors! She has been a bit more irritable lately but to be fair, she has a bit of the sniffles thanks to her dear Kor Kor but nothing too serious. The moment I placed her in her cot, she knew she didn’t want to be in there and crRrRrRieeeed! AK has us wrapped round her little finger!
Those who know me know that I enjoy online shopping. Happy Fresh has made is easier for me to shop for groceries online too. With these simple steps, you’d be able to shop for groceries and get them delivered right to your doorsteps at the time/date of your choice.
1. Download the Happy Fresh application onto your smartphone.
2. Once installed, choose your location.
3. Select the grocery store you’d like to shop at
4. Start shopping and add your items into your cart
6. Your items will be delivered to you at the date/time of your choice!
I got these. In fact, 1 of the items that I ordered were out of stock and staff called to inform me about it and even suggested an alternative in which I agreed right away. The items were delivered on time. Shopping was easy and seamless.
If you would like to check this service out, Happy Fresh is giving all your wonderful readers RM10 off when a minimum amount of RM50 is spent. This includes free delivery too! Just enter the voucher BLOGGINGBUU uipon checkout!
Do you use makeup on a daily basis? I work from home so the only makeup I use when I go on my daily school runs is to pencil in my eyebrows and that’s it! but on weekends, I usually apply makeup because I like to. Believe or not, I just started getting really into makeup about 7 years ago. I picked up makeup tips from makeup gurus on Youtube! (I’m a late bloomer!) and before they opened Sephora in Malaysia, I used to get a personal shopper to help buy my makeup supplies from overseas! I was SO into it you’d think I was a professional makeup artist by just looking at the number of makeup brushes I have! I have so many eye shadows in my makeup drawer I think I need to spring clean and throw half of it away because you shouldn’t keep your makeup for more than a year. I’ll share the amount of makeup stuff I have one of these days
I’m always on the lookout for anything healthy. Thanks to Furley Bioextracts! I got to try out 2 bottles of Ostania Premium Mangosteen Amrita Juice. We don’t usually buy mangosteens but thought this is great way to consume and get all the goodness of mangosteens and more.
So let me tell you a bit about Ostania….
Ostania Premium Mangosteen Amrita is a beverage formulated using the whole mangosteen fruit including puree and rind which is an excellent source of Xanthoes, which can contribute to many beneficial effects to your health. This beverage is packed high in antioxidants which combine the goodness of mangosteen whole fruit, apple, roselle, acai berry, grape and pomegranate. The mangosteen fruit contains the most xanthones compared to any plants. It has over 43 types of xanthones and they are mainly in the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit. Xanthones is known to be ‘Super Antioxidants’.
You know me.
I’m all for anything high in antioxidants right? Anything to neutralize free radicals in our bodies!
Ostania has been tested at the National University of Singapore for ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) with a value of 14186.98 which is the highest compared to peaches, pomegranates, blackberries and cranberries. A high ORAC score denote greater capacity to neutralize free radicals.
These are some of the benefits of drinking this beverage.
When Ashley saw this drink on my table, she couldn’t wait to try it! I must say so though that the packaging is very attractive. The ingredients were stated clearly on the bottle and the bottle is made of reusable aluminium and is quite hardy.
The recommended serving is to consume 1 part (30ml) or mix with 1 part of water if desired. In my opinion, it tastes better when chilled. I tried drinking it neat but it was too strong for my liking. I prefer mixing it with 1 part of cold water. The kids enjoyed it too!
A bottle of Ostania Premium Mangosteen Amrita costs RM49.90. If you want to buy it cheaper, it you can buy a set of 3 which comes out to RM43.35 per bottle. If you’d like to try this out, you can place your order by clicking on this link.
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For the past few weeks, I have been contemplating if I should have my eyebrows done. If you asked me 1 year ago, I’d probably won’t think twice to do it but ever since I checked out eyebrow embroidery, the bloody ad keeps popping up when I go into Facebook and I must say so that the eyebrows done by a particular establishment looks really good!
These are some of the photos I got from their Facebook page. (These photos are not mine)
Don’t they look totally natural? These apparently can last up to 2 years and you for touch ups. This is semi permanent unlike tattoos which are permanent.
For those of you who do not know what eyebrow embroidery is, colored pigments are added to the skin and fills in empty sport on the eyebrows to give them a full and flawless look. A feathering technique can produce a natural look since it uses pigments perfectly matched to your actual eyebrow color.