Minoru Diner (みのる食堂 銀座三越店)

Minoru Diner
Chanced upon this eatery as we were in Ginza Uniqlo doing some shopping. A quick check on Tabelog showed pretty good review of this place as we decided to eat there.

Minoru Diner
This place is supposedly quite crowded in the day as it is quite popular with ladies and mummies. We were there at around 730pm so we only waited about 15 minutes to get a seat.

Minoru Diner
This place is famous for getting their produce fresh from local Japanese farms and explaining to the diners where the location of the ingredients came from.

Minoru Diner
When we were there, the place was not full house but it was still a good 20 minutes wait for the food to be served (baby got a little cranky)

Minoru Diner
Fresh potato salad.

Minoru Diner
Scallop Ajijo

Minoru Diner
Mountain vegetable tempura.

Minoru Diner
one of the best dishes that night – grilled chicken

Minoru Diner
The Japanese beef was a little tough but still very fresh and juicy

Address:東京都中央区銀座4-6-16 銀座三越 9F

Rikyu Beef Tongue (牛たん炭焼 利久)

Rikyu Beef Tongue
A very famous Sendai Beef Tongue chain which also have a huge following in Tokyo. We decided to go for this as we were supposed to have a busy afternoon so we wanted to have a full stomach before we did our errands. My lunch set of grilled beef tongue, salad, onion soup and rice with grated Yam topping.

Rikyu Beef Tongue
See, thick cuts of succulent beef tongue. They were juicy and flavorful.

Rikyu Beef Tongue
There was a slice of beef inside the salad too.

Rikyu Beef Tongue

Japan Denny’s

Denny's Japan
There wasn’t too many food choice on the last day of 2015 since a lot of eateries are closed for the New Year. Surprisingly, Japan Denny’s food is not that bad.

Denny's Japan
The salads were made with fresh crispy lettuce instead of soggy ones.

Denny's Japan
Beef stew was flavorful and soft.

Denny's Japan
Tomato pasta

Denny's Japan
Hamgburg with grilled chicken

Denny's Japan
The only disappointment was likely the steak which was a little tough

Denny’s is not too bad a selection if you don’t want fast food and they are ok with pushing a stroller in. The only bane is their idea of smoking and non smoking seats = different corners of the restaurant so the non smoking areas does have a smoke smell.

[Winter 2015] Nursing Rooms in Tokyo

[Throwback Winter 2015] It is so difficult to blog nowadays as little M takes up almost all the time I have. Had to finish this post with many naps that she took. We had a 2.5 weeks vacation during the New Year holidays to visit family and friends before I ended my maternity to go back to work. I was a little apprehensive as this time we had an extra tiny person tagging along with us. I was worried about the flight, worried about milk supply, worried if she would catch a cold, worried about nursing her, worried about pumping, worried about the new environment for her.

End up, it was not that bad. In fact, I think she adapted pretty well and enjoyed the much much cold weather compared to sweating buckets of sweat in Singapore.

As a first time mum, who was pumping and nursing during this trip. I paid much attention to NURSING ROOMS for the first time in my life. I have to say, nursing rooms there impressed me a lot. You do not have people walking in to get water like it is a pantry room, mothers wait patiently in line for their turn to use the nursing room, some would nurse at the sofas if the rooms were occupied, some nursing rooms welcomed daddies, and it is really important that the nursing rooms are CLEAN, provide hot filtered water for making or warming milk and they do not smell.

I downloaded this app called BabyMap onto my phone which is connected with a data plan. It is ok if you do not understand Japanese as you can just turn on your location setting, and use the map feature to figure out where is the nearest nursing room and diaper change area. This is app is available for both Apple and Android.

Here is a list of the nursing rooms that I had visited this trip.

1) Daimaru @ Tokyo Station

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Entrance to the nursing room. Most would be using the diaper change stations or using the sofas to feed baby’s solid food.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Only 3 nursing rooms, men are not allowed inside. But it is pretty spacious and definitely no issue with pushing your stroller in. You can also put your toddler in the toddler seat so you can nurse baby in peace. You can have your own privacy with the curtains pulled

Tokyo Nursing Rooms No fret if you run out of diapers as there is a diaper vending machine here too. Nepia seems to be the brands for all the diaper vending machines that I had encountered.

2) Tokyo SkyTree Town

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Nice and clean nursing room at the Tokyo Skytree and this one comes with a view.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Only 2 nursing areas but no issue with pumping as there is an electrical plug. You can have your own privacy with the curtains pulled

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Hot water and a washing area for you to wash your bottles. Most Japanese mothers I know personally only bring 1-2 bottles out. They usually wash their bottles in the nursing rooms when they are done to prepare for the next feed.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms It is ok to forget your change pads some times. Some places do provide diaper change area paper. Tokyo Sky Tree nursing room does provide.

3) Muji @ Yurakucho Station

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Visited the main flagship store in Yurakucho where we have the mega Muji store and the Muji Cafe. Everything in their nursing room were so Muji. The nursing room, privacy with drawn curtains.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Hot water and basin

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Diaper change stations.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Free Muji wipes and tissues for use.

4) Tokyo Midtown @ Roppongi Station

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Daiper change stations and sofa.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Nursing room, you need to share with another mother. You can close the door but it cannot be locked as 2 mothers are allowed in each time. Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Instead of the usual hot water dispenser we see in other places, this one just runs from the tap but the water if filtered for making milk.

5) Aeon Laketown Mall @ Koshigaya Laketown Station

Tokyo Nursing Rooms This mall is not in Tokyo but in Saitama but worth to check it out if you have day to spend as it is really huge and has an outlet mall too. I visit this mall more often this time as it is really close to Sushi papa’s home and with a baby in tow, it is difficult to go shopping in Tokyo at times. Tokyo Nursing Rooms
This is actually a common sight when you dispose of diapers in Japan. Most of the nursing rooms would provide plastic bag for you to wrap your soiled diaper in. If not, everyone would wrap the soiled diaper with their own plastic bags. You have to throw them in a separate bin as indicated.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Nursing room here is individually locked.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Hot water dispenser

Tokyo Nursing Rooms

Older kids can go straight to the kids’ toilet too.

Tokyo Nursing Rooms
Yup, the toddlers can play and check their heights while their baby siblings are being nursed. Remember to remove your shoes.

Jelly Nails

My personal blogging time is really a luxury nowadays.
Micro-blogging is easier nowadays, so my Instagram is more updated with the sights and happenings (not much except milk, poo and baby cries)

Jelly Nails
[This draft has been sitting here for so long] I bought the popular Jelly Nails nail kit when I was still living in Japan (plus baby free). Though it was quite affordable to have gel nail manicure on a regular basis in Tokyo but it still adds up. I thought of trying out to do my own nails instead.

Jelly Nails
The starter kit consists of – gel nail remover, LED light, base coat, top coat, 2 colors and a brush.

Jelly Nails
Detailed instructions on how to use the kit from getting your nails ready, putting on the color and hardening the gel with the LED light to removing the gel manicure.

Jelly Nails
I bought this kit cos I thought that it is more portable with a shine LED torch but soon I realised that it was actually a much slower process with the torch as you can only work on your nails one by one. (so it would be faster if you buy the LED light where you can insert all your fingers in at one go)

Jelly Nails
Had a gel nail party with another friend who introduced this to me.

Jelly Nails
The 2 colors that I bought for my starter – bloody mary red and gold dust. Why I choose to buy this brand was cos the gel were all made in Japan.

Jelly Nails
Working on our nails.

Here are some of the works I did with the kit.

They update their site monthly with step by step videos on some DIY nails. I often refer to their site for designs.

Jelly Nails
Removing gel nails is always a hassle and I use the rubber finger glove that you put over when you are counting your cash to hold the foil wrapped remover soaked cotton in place. Much more convenient.

Rounding up 2015

This is what happens when you become a parent, blogging really have to take a backseat. I used to do my rounding up post on the last day of the day but guess what I was doing on the last few minutes of 2015, I fell asleep after nursing her.

Well, instagram did help me put up my best 9 photos for 2015 and some of the it are really the ONES for 2015. so let us re-capture.

Yup, my favorite activity when it comes to winter and I did eat my fill of strawberries.

Though filming was in 2014 but it was screen on the now defunct Hello Japan channel for a while. Well, my 30 seconds of fame.


Here is the interstitial if it interests anyone. (still)

Though I was stuck in Singapore but I still got to taste yummy chips from Japan, thanks to Sushi San.

Got to stay in the Ocean suite which was an awesome experience.

Caught some fireworks from our SG50 national day preview while soaking in the MBS pool.

Yup, the main hightlight of 2015 – Being pregnant

Then, becoming a mum to this little human being who arrived 6 weeks prior to her EDD. Thankfully, she is growing well.

Bought a new camera but sad to say, I havent got much chance to explore it yet.

Everything also #starwars #uno men's facial wash from #Japan

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The best thing, being able to go back to Japan before 2015 ended….

Cheer to 2015 and onward to 2016

MaguroDonya Miura Misakikou Sushi & Dining

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
In continuation of my sashimi fetish….Checked out the new Japanese dining area in Suntec. Quite a nice place if you want to be away from the crowds on a weekend.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Was undecided between the Yakiniki vs sashimi but we don’t want the little one to be subjected to all the oil and fumes in the yakiniku place so I guess raw fish is the choice.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Maybe it is new? Maybe it is the location but it was pretty empty on a late Saturday noon.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Cute Chopstick holder that is worth a photo snap.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Sushi san indulged me again. hahaha..He was grimacing from the cost of sashimi since it was only half the price in Japan.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
But, if you are a tuna lover……all these excellent cuts would delight your taste buds.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Just sashimi is only enough so we got 2 lunch sets. The lunch sets were not expensive and definitely tasty.

MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Finally cooked fish😛

Address:#03-314 Suntec City North Wing, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, 038983

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