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.

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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.

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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 :P

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

Ginza Kuroson

Think my blog is almost collecting dust (remove dust) It is so difficult to blog with an infant at home. Not much opportunity to rest properly so don’t even talk about sitting infront of the computer

Ginza Kuroson
We have been exploring quite a bit of Japanese eateries in Singapore to make up for my lack of sashmi eating during the pregnancy. So this time, Sushi brought me to this place that came highly recommended by his co-workers.

Ginza Kuroson
Alas, gone are the days we can eat slowly in peace and we had to gobble our food here cos the little one was whining away. But still it was still quite enjoyable to be out of the house after 5 full days of being at home. I am grateful that this place comes with individual dining rooms which was helpful cos I could nurse in peace. (The staff knocked before coming in to serve our food)

Ginza Kuroson
Wasabi cheese crackers, love it!

Ginza Kuroson
He wants some salad.

Ginza Kuroson
Grilled eggplant

Ginza Kuroson
Yeah, sashimi~ This was a platter for 3 but I was really starving.

Ginza Kuroson
Missed minced tuna rice bowl and so I ordered one. Just a little disappointed that the minced tuna wasn’t so fresh.

Address:30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251

Kanda Wadatsumi

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Our first dinner out with baby in tow, she was an angel that evening. Maybe she knows that Mama haven’t had a piece of sashimi since she got pregnant and decided to be an angel to let her enjoy.

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Sushi san ordered a bottle of sake and the server took out a container full of pretty glass ware for him to choose. I guess drinking is a form of art too?

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We got the Omakase set dinner that evening and just waited to be surprised by the head chef. (By the way, the head chef was Sushi San’s university friend and he assured us that only the freshest fish were used in their restaurant.) Just like that they have a “fish pride” certificate in their restaurant. Chef Hara checked if we were ok to eat the white fish sperm sac, yeah it is not for the faint hearted but if you like something creamy and yet not fishy, this is to go for.

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Next up, is stewed radish with white and dark miso. 2 extreme tastes for the miso.

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Seared fish salad.

kanda wadatsumi
3 types of fih cuts were served for the sashimi and you can observe from the color, they were really fresh.

kanda wadatsumi
1 happy moment would be fresh wasabi. Fresh wasabi is not spicy but helps you to bring out the taste of the raw fish.

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The fried dish, was an element of surprise for me. I felt Autmn

kanda wadatsumi
The white pops were actually Japanese rice pops!

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Japanese beef dish

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Ending with a bowl of fried rice and miso soup.

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Pudding for dessert which we had to gobble down as Baby was stirring and we better hurry home for her feed. Thanks to her co-operation that I got to enjoy this whole meal in peace. (and this was the only time since than) :P

Address:Kanda Wadatsumi50 Tras Street, Singapore 078989

Chabuton Ramen

Chabuton
Pardon my ignorance, I didn’t know about this ramen chain from Tokyo but Sushi San did and he said it wasn’t too bad in Tokyo.

Chabuton
So off we went for some ramen, in continence of our hunt of the “THE” ramen in Singapore

Chabuton
Quite comprehensive menu for Tonkotsu ramen and choices of soy sauce and miso base.

Chabuton
A bowl of miso ramen with all topping and a side of stewed pork belly on the side.

Chabuton
The taste was pretty average in my opinion, the soup just lacking a punch. Maybe it is just the water used in Singapore? We haven’t found one place that gave us the yummy soup we drank back in Japan.

Chabuton
The gyoza was delicious though.

Address:Tomi Sushi9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-15 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596

The reason for the blog hitaus

Hello all! It has been almost 2 months since I logged into my wordpress. There is a big (well, could be tiny depends on how you look at it) reason for the disappearance from the blogosphere.

Baby M burst her way in 6 weeks pior her EDD and caught us off guard. So after she was discharged from the hospital, it was a steep steep learning curve for the new parents from breastfeeding, taking care of her, understanding her cries. Moreover, I had a traumatic birth story that was like from the ER drama, so my body was also battered. It was tough trying to juggle with a new baby when mummy is sleep deprived, still recovering from her c-section wound and battling breastfeeding woes. I was lucky in a way that my milk supply came pretty quick so she is an exclusive breastfed baby from the time she was born.

Thinking about it, being pregnant was the easy part!

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful, free of morning sickness and I was quite energetic on most days. I did not send Sushi san out in the middle of the night with food cravings nor did he get any emotional outbursts from me.

However, on week 20 when we went for the detailed scan for Baby M that I was asked to go for a MRI immediately and eventually had my case transferred to a government hospital in Singapore that would be more affordable if in the event we have pre-term labor. My pregnancy complication was almost unheard of in Singapore and even most OBGYN in Singapore did not see such a real life case at second trimester with no symptoms. I was diagnosed with uterine incarceration In a way, I was lucky that it was caught by this very thorough sonograher at my first hospital as most of the time, my case could be passed off as placenta previa major

Week 20 – 22 was the lowest point in my pregnancy story that I was worried and depressed. We visited quite a number of OBGYN in Singapore both in public and private practice and most came out with the same conclusion – too risky to do anything now to displace the trapped uterus, high chance of pre term, highly complicated c-section with potential of huge loss of blood and accidental cutting into other organs, we can only monitor as the pregnancy progresses.

We read a lot of reading materials on this complication and most of the case studies were from the west and some from Japan. There isn’t a lot of medical cases similar to my situation but we were comforted that there was a high percentage of safe deliveries for both mother and child if this rare complication is detected early where the medical team knows where to cut. We were contemplating to return to Japan to deliver the baby since some of the hospitals there had done operations for my case prior but we were not sure if it was ok for me to take the flight. I could only continue the pregnancy with the hope of a miracle that there could be a spontaneous correction or trust the doctor we decided to go to for the complicated delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I referred to spinningbabies.com and did inversion exercises routinely daily with the tiny hope that everything would be ok eventually.

Hence, I continued the rest of the my pregnancy and tried to enjoy the remaining journey. Baby M is a strong one who miraculously helped me to have a spontaneous correction at week 32 where my uterus sprung out of its trapped location and the ultrasound showed that everything looks normal again. We were so relieved that even though she is still breech (Which means c-section) but it means it would be a normal procedure. We were assured that everything looks normal and we should just wait for our EDD. However, Baby M has her own plans. Either she has used too much effort to move out of the trapped pelvic or she is just tired from the cramped womb, she had mummy’s water bag burst on week 34 and arrived 2 days later via emergency c-section due to cord prolapse. (another drama!)

Now, she is a healthy 9 week old baby and I am still a new 9 weeks old mummy trying to understand her needs and cries. Hence, I rarely get to have time to sit down to type anything unless daddy or grandma helps with baby sitting. Hopefully, I still get to get on my blog time to time with my food adventures (with our new member)
Can’t wait to start travelling again…….

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