Yesterday, today, tomorrow

When I got home yesterday, our glass vase already had an identical twin vase and was holding this delicately twirled bamboo (and some more flowers that we couldn’t identify).


Hubs also bought some rattan holders.


They sure are so pretty to behold they practically make us bubbly.

My nasal allergies got worse again today. Oh please leave me now allergies as I’ve got a big day tomorrow. It’ll be my first day at work after almost 8 and half months!!

Early to bed now.


Hubs went out to buy minced lean chicken and pork and pumpkin, all for Yui’s dinner. He went home bringing more – strawberries (and condensed milk too!) and flowers and new plants! Now the dining area looks like this.



The petite lavender dahlias now occupy the mini basket Hubs gave me for valentines this year (the ivy and begonia didn’t survive). It’s my first to see red carnations too!

Ahhh. Thankful for Hubs’ hobby. πŸ™‚

child proofing the house

With Hello Kitty! πŸ˜€




magnet umbrella stand

We previously have a ceramic umbrella stand by our doorstep.


It broke early December however. And for almost two months, we used it albeit broken, for lack of the time to do the shopping and for the difficulty of finding a replacement – they’re either beyond my budget or very heavy.

Last week, Mayumi and I went shopping for my advance Valentines gift for Atsushi – a portable book box. And in the process, found the perfect umbrella stand for our home.


It’s magnet type so I can just stick it on our door. Talk about space saver. Loving it.

Hello Kitty T rolls

Had a long inner debate whether to post this or not. But they’re just so cute not to share.

Went inside a drug store to buy a small pack of wet tissue. But Mayumi and I saw these and of course we just had to buy although we still have quite a number of rolls at home. πŸ˜€

Pink one is candy scented while the green one is melon scented. πŸ™‚


baby cabinet and baby bed

Finally, our baby’s cabinet has been delivered! I so love the engraved mickey head.


It came already assembled but sans the mickey head handle. So while brother and sister (hubs and Mayumi) took care of assembling baby’s crib (baby’s crib is just right beside my side of the bed. Perfect arrangement),


I installed the mickey head handles. Voila! πŸ™‚


Giggles on the mickey heads.


After roughly more than one hour of assembly, crib is all up and ready! πŸ™‚


One thing I love with this type of crib is that one side can be lowered. So while sleeping, I can lower down the slide for easy access to baby.


No worries on baby falling because baby’s bed and my bed is jammed up tight (foam is askew in the photo hence the seeming gap).

Now we just have to wait for the futon that we’ve just ordered from Rakuten. Cutie isn’t it?


I’m a very satisfied Rakuten customer actually.

The Mickey baby cabinet we bought at 29,800 yen is really reasonable considering the price of the cabinets we’ve previously purchased from our friendly neighbour furniture shop. You can also select the color of the cabinet (either black or white) and the mickey head handles (comes in white, semi-transparent, blue, pink, black, yellow and of course red). The best part is that it’s wooden and not plastic.

The 7-set futon is at 21,000yen compared to the 5-set futon sold in Keikyu mall at 39,800yen.

The Katoji baby crib we bought at Akachan Honpo at ~13,000yen, courtesy of Otosan. Arigatou Otosan. πŸ™‚

green thumb hubby

I just can’t get enough of melons recently. Thankfully hubs is all too patient to buy even when it’s heavy to carry along with the other groceries.

Little did I know, Hubs planted the melon seeds we had last Saturday. There was still nothing on the pot this morning. But lo and behold after 12 hours!


Hubs is just amazing with plants! I forgot already if we had honeydew or the cantaloupe variety last weekend. Curious and excited!

Diaper talk: Combi’s Sangenic and garbage collection

Garbage segregation is strictly implemented here in Japan. Every household has a copy of the daily garbage pickup schedule – what type of garbage gets picked up at certain days and at what time. And if you’re a delinquent and your combustible garbage is with PET bottles, trust that the garbage dudes definitely won’t pick it up.

The schedule differs with every area. in ours, burnables/decomposing garbage and plastic wrappers/cellophane/styro and similar stuff gets collected twice a week at Mondays and Fridays (albeit burnables should be in a different garbage bag as the plastics). PET bottles are on Tuesdays, big boxes and old magazines/books (should be neatly tied and bundled together) every second Saturday of the month, und so weiter. And oh, it’s required that you use see-through garbage bags, well, sometimes, it’s out of courtesy as well.

During winter, spring and fall, the decomposing garbage getting holed up inside your house is just fine. The cold ambient arrests the bacteria that would otherwise cause foul odour. It’s a different matter though during summer when it’s hot and decomposing garbage could fester fast. Thankfully, we don’t cook much nowadays, especially during the workweek so it’s not torture at all.

However, I can just imagine how used baby diapers would reek after four days of being held up in the garbage can. Or rather, I really don’t want to imagine at all.

Hence, I am convinced that this special diaper trash can made by Combi is really a boon for parents in properly disposing their baby’s poop.




The “contraption” is actually a bit complicated when we tried to check it out – Mayumi and Hubs had quite a good laugh about it as we explored how it is used. But basically, it uses a disk of partitioned cellophane. When you throw away the used diaper inside, the opened partitioned cellophane will “candy-wrap” the diaper as it goes to the bottom, leaving a newly opened cellophane gaping wide open to receive yet another used diaper.

Supposedly, the “candy wrapping” and good trash can seal can eliminate the odour seeping out of the trash can. Hopefully. Let’s see how it is in a few months’ time or should I say, next summer.

baby-safe home

After almost a month of hiatus, Hubs and I went about mall hopping again looking for baby stuff (and of course shopping for ourselves, on the side ^_^), with Babies R Us as our main objective this time.

We realised that the benefits of window shopping (onsite and online) is that as we get to see more options, what we want gets pretty more defined.

Earlier today, I was telling Hubs that when hopefully Baby already started walking, we should find a way to lock the cabinets in the kitchen, especially the ones under the sink, where the knives are – I do shiver at the thought.

When we looked around Babies R Us earlier, we found really cute options that could help us keep our home safer for Baby.

Cute electric plug socket covers.



And THIS is what we need to lock our cabinets.


I have a feeling Baby will have a lot of Miffy stuff; there’s so many cute baby stuff with Miffy. πŸ™‚

This one’s to lock the fridge.


Even as an adult, I still get my finger pinched between the door and its frame by accident. Knowing how painful it is, this one makes it a must to protect baby from getting pinched.


This on the other HAND, is for unsafe corners.


Who says fashion and function can’t go together? I’ve always been a proponent of fashion and function’s togetherness. Because really, they can.

bedroom ala Laura Ashley

Took a couple of snaps of bedroom arrangements that I liked when we visited the Laura Ashley shop in Motomachi for our curtains.

I like the bedroom that looks cozy and comfy and charming. I definitely prefer it over the modern look.



I prefer a bigger bed though.
This wallpaper is just is just lovely. Note to self, hopefully someday. πŸ˜€


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