Akebono Children’s Forest Park (あけぼの子どもの森公園)

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Love exploring out of Tokyo as everything could just move back in time.

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a very retro and old convenience store that looks like it was back in the 1980s

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The park was 30 minutes walk from the station so we here was the view we saw as we strolled along.

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Lots of children out playing since it was the summer holidays.

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Finally, we see the name of the park!!! Hopefully it would be near so.

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Another sign of the park after crossed the park.

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Yes we are finally here!! We are all melting from the heat already.

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This is a free entrance Moomin theme park that was built for the children of Hanno City in Saitama but it was also to welcome children from all over too.

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Here we are visiting the Moomin’s houses and enjoying the nature.

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I think it would be a perfect place to chill when the weather is cooler.

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Though it was very hot when we visited but it was still quite fun to check out the various fantasy theme buildings.

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At least we were close to nature.

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The exhibition hall was air conditioned so we headed there to cool down.

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I think it would be more fun if Baby M understands the figurines.

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Hopefully, one day, she would also enjoy the nature bestowed to this country.

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Visiting Moomin’s house, heavily fashioned with north European flavors.

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Since this is a entry park, it would be nice when the weather is cooler and we could sit down for a picnic. I think we would come here again when she is older and if we are in Japan during Spring or Autumn to picnic and let her run freely.

Shake Shack Ebisu & Conrad Tokyo

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August was a special month, as part of the Baby M’s birthday celebration we booked a room with Conrad Tokyo just because Mummy loves the place (more for myself) I wanted a place to chill for 2 nights and a good hot bath soak. Not that I don’t love staying with my in law but still I would love to get out of bed and just leave the room to come back with everything cleaned and packed away nicely and lots of SPACE. Thanks to Baby M’s charm, we got a free fruit platter from reception just because they knew it was her birthday.

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Always wanted to try out Shake Shack that came from NYC but the wait line is always about 2 hours at their main branch in Jingju Maen so I was happy to hear that they opened a 100 seater branch near to Ebisu Station.

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Here we go, it was full house at 530pm on a Saturday evening.

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Checking the menu

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Waiting in line to buy our burgers.

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Fret not, the menu is in English and Japanese.

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After placing our order, we were given a buzzer and headed to the other side of the restaurant to wait in line to be assigned a seat.

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Finally, I got to try this after months of waiting. Beer with burger – YUMMY! Plus catching pokemon go!

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Shake shack originally started as a hot dog food truck so of course we must try it too.

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Cheese fries. Loved the food but the portions were really small so I would recommend getting more if you want to fill your tummy up but we were planning to go for 2nd helping with other food so we were fine with what we had. The overall wait at the Ebisu branch was not more than 20minutes but we were early at 530pm.

Address:<a href="https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13194431/東京都渋谷区恵比寿南1-6-1 アトレ恵比寿西館 1F

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The humor from the Conrad team with their turn down service with Baby M’s snuggly toy and blanket.

Jojoen (叙々苑 新宿小田急ハルク店)

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Jojoen is a famous high end Korean BBQ chain in Japan and received much following amongst the salarymen and Taiwanese tourists.

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I had always wanted to check out this place as it seems to be the in the must go to eat list amongst all my Taiwanese friends and finally I got the chance to go my last Tokyo trip.

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We went to the Shinjuku Odakyu departmental store branch when it opened at 530pm as I was due to go back to take over babysitting by 8pm. It takes about 1 hour for me to go back to my in law’s home so it was actually quite a rushed dinner. I would recommend to go eat here only if you have the luxury of time for dinner as the place gets crowded by 630pm with the dinner crowd and the service become extremely slow.

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Kimchi appetizer plate.

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My friend got premium set so raw beef with egg was part of the set.

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Urban sky dinning, eating our dinner while watching the crowd in Shinjuku.

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This was the normal cut beef and shrimp set.

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Premium cut beef and lobster set. Surprisingly it was really filling and I have to admit the the beef from the premium cut was really good.

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We chose the abalone congee over the udon as we were really full but unfortunately we were unable to eat our dessert from our set as it was already 730pm and I was in a rush to get home. So, if you ever decide to try out this place please make sure you have the luxury of time!

Address: <a href="https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13011894/東京都新宿区西新宿1-5-1 新宿西口ハルク 8F
Link to Jojoen website: http://www.jojoen.co.jp/

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