Bye-bye to Restaurant City
★2012/07/11 23:27

Restaurant City, the Facebook gamemark3_sign01.gif has closed down since 29 June 2012mark3_sign01.gif

I think I’ve started playing this game since 2009..

Back then, I was totally obsessed in this game so much that it took almost all my time trying to get the best out of this game face3_kao20.gif though I kinda lost the passion to it since last year I guess.. but still I continued to access everyday just because Restaurant City is cute face2_catface.gif Their items are cute, their characters are cute, yes the design! and they got cuter over the past years. I kept accessing just because I wanted to see their progress and feeling heavy to abandon a game once I was so passionate in face3_kao20.gif 

Restaurant City interior evolution
The changes of my restaurant since 2009..

Started with very less money, not much to do with the interior.  
We researched for the best functionality to earn fast by the arrangement of the tables/stoves. It was fun and you can actually see the result body2_a_good.gifh_shine.gif

It was a bit hard for the old time Restaurant City where it was not as flexible as to compare to the new-era of Restaurant City. That was why people came out with lots of hidden tips back then, for example, [stacking the items], [putting the door not against the wall], etc face3_kao20.gif 

Yappi and I wasted loads of time experimenting too..face3_kao20.gif  yes, he was the truly extreme RC addictmark3_sign03.gifo_dokuro.gif I was just normal~ haha

Restaurant City in different themeThis is the new era of Restaurant City h_shine.gif

More flexible in designing your restaurant and there are always a theme in every updates.

I did Alice theme,  the Christmas theme (mine was actually more to the Gingerbread themeh_sweat02.gif), and an Italian-style theme h_note.gif

Restaurant City Halloween teamOh, and I did a Halloween-themed interior once too o_dokuro.gif before the new era w_2_kaminari.gif

What I did was nothing compared to these people belowmark3_sign01.gif

They were the winners for Restaurant City Design Contest in 2011, and their design are just amazing~mark3_sign03.gifface4_kao-a17.gif


RC best adventurous restaurant, ShadowlandBEST ADVENTUROUS RESTAURANT – Shadowland by Knalltute

RC best realistic restaurant, The Pepper MillBEST REALISTIC RESTAURANT – The Pepper Mill by Pyrographer

RC best romantic restaurant, Breeze HotelBEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT – Breeze Hotel by Scouse Thumper

RC best message in a restaurant, Seashore CastleBEST MESSAGE IN A RESTAURANT – Seashore Castle by Vcshox

Pics source


Too creative, too awesome face3_kao22.gif

I wanted to make something like that but was too reluctant to my passion has died off to actually put much time on it..face2_catface.gif

And now I couldn’t make it back..

For Restaurant City is closing..

Restaurant City closing down

They had goodbye party on their last month..

Restaurant City goodbye party flyer

And they are officially closed on 29 June 2012..face3_kao10.gif

Restaurant City closed

This is Maggie, the main character of Restaurant City..
Goodbye cooks from Restaurant CityWe love her coz she was cute h_heart09.gif We’ll miss you too..

Visit the official blog an_fish.gif


I’ll miss those days where I’d always use my restaurant to be one of our virtual dating spot..h_heart04.gif

Working together in Restaurant City
I had Yappi and me myself as one of the staff and would always make us work together nearby h_heart09.gif


Restaurant City Haruka and Yasuhiro
We’ll miss you Restaurant City for making a place for us to have fun once h_heart06.gif 



11 July 2012 | 2 Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

My home cooked dishes during pregnancy
★2012/07/10 01:49

I cook almost everyday on weekdays f_kinoko02.gif 

Except on weekends, I get my off days from cooking where we either eat out, pizza delivery or Yappi will cook a simple meal for ush_heart09.gif Something like Okonomiyaki, instant noodles, or maybe cold soba/udon face3_kao06.gif

Even though what I cook now was almost the same as before I’ve got little-big-boss in my tummy, I still tried to cook a nutrient balancing meal as possible during my period of pregnancy..face3_kao07.gifh_shine.gif 
though sometimes, some days could be quite improper..face3_kao20.gif

So here are some of my most recent home cooked dishes for 3 h_heart09.gif Yappi face5_boy.gif, me face5_girl.gif and little-big-boss-in-my-tummyf_been.gif~



Hotpot (Nabe, お鍋)

Japanese hotpot yb_s_spa.gif お鍋 (O-nabe)

From top left to right:
no01.gif Kimuchi nabe (キムチ鍋)
no02.gif Sukiyaki (すきやき)
no03.gif Soy milk nabe (豆乳鍋)
no04.gif Mushrooms nabe (キノコたっぷり鍋) 

A nice and easy menu in winterw_4_snow.gif
Make the soup, cut the ingredients, put everything inside and just wait to boil body3_te01.gif
Lots of veges, good for baby face3_kao25.gifh_heart04.gif

Japanese-style dishes (和食)

Japanese-style dishes f_riceball.gif 和食

From top left to right:
no01.gif Nikujaga (肉じゃが)
no02.gif Tofu top with meat miso (肉味噌の冷奴)
no03.gif Spinach mixed with sesame seeds (ほうれん草のゴマ和え)
no04.gif Hijiki seaweed with soybeans (ひじきの炒め物)

I think Japanese food especially their home cooked menus are always so well-known as healthy as ever. Moreover, the quality of their ingredients are so unbelievably good which not only for the taste but also the physical appearance. For example, I didn’t really like eggplant back home, but I like Japanese eggplantmark3_sign01.gif They taste different. Japanese veges or fruits are somehow.. so rich..h_kira02.gif

Anyways, in Japan, pregnant women are especially recommended to eat more spinach (rich in folic-acid and iron) and hijiki seaweed (rich in iron and calcium). Of course in their home recipes, there are always all kinds of seaweed, veges, tofu, beans, fish..etc food rich of nutrients you would ever need to consume f_riceball.gifh_kira02.gif 

Fish dishes (魚料理)

Fish dishes an_fish.gif 魚料理

From top left to right:
no01.gif Grilled sanma (サンマ焼き)
no02.gif Teriyaki-style Japanese amberjack with honey and black pepper (蜂蜜と黒胡椒風味のブリ焼き)  
no03.gif Karei (with it’s eggs) simmer with ginger (子持ちカレイの煮込み)  
no04.gif Grilled aji (アジ焼き) 

I eat fish a lot in Japan and that’s what Japan is famous for body2_a_good.gifh_shine.gif Especially in winter where you get more oil (fats) from the fish making it not dry and mealy..(dry like eating chicken breast..face3_kao17.gif)

Eating different kinds of fish is highly recommended during pregnancy for it’s rich protein, calcium and DHA.

Fish makes healthy baby face3_kao25.gifh_heart04.gif

Japanese-style rice bowl (Donburi,どんぶり)

Japanese-style rice bowl body_a_biceps.gif どんぶり

From top left to right:
no01.gif Oyako-don, chicken with egg rice bowl (親子丼)
no02.gif Oyako-don top with tomato, white-radish and spring onion (トマト、大根、万能ネギトッピングの親子丼)
no03.gif Beef, eggplants, carrots simmered with BBQ sauce rice bowl (牛肉と野菜のBBQソース丼)  
no04.gif Chirashi-zushi, scattered sushi (ちらし寿司)

In short, Donburi is Japanese rice-bowl dish. Fish, meat, vegetables, etc simmered together and served on top of rice in a bowl. Oyako-don is a standard menu in Japan and is very very easy to make body3_te01.gifh_shine.gif I cook this when I’m feeling lazy face3_kao07.gif 

Chinese-style dishes (中華料理)

Chinese-style dishes p_hana-ani03.gif 中華料理

From top left to right:
no01.gif Mapo tofu (マーボー豆腐)
no02.gif Mix-fried beef with summer vegetables (牛肉と夏野菜炒め) 
no03.gif Fried Japanese mustard spinach with minced meat (小松菜と挽肉の炒め) 
no04.gif Stir fried shrimp in chili sauce (エビチリ)

A lil’ bit kinda Japanese arranged Chinese-styled dishes..face2_catface.gifh_sweat02.gif

I think I eat less green veges in Japan..h_sweat02.gif In every of mom’s dishes, there’re always green veges h_heart04.gif
Sometimes, I just followed her style of cooking the green veges, and try to eat more during this period for little-big-boss h_heart09.gif

Meat dishes (肉料理)

Meat dishes an_c_chick.gif 肉料理

From top left to right:
no01.gif Teriyaki-style chicken wrapped with shiso leaves (鶏肉の丸め照り焼き)
no02.gif Japanese-style fried chicken in soy sauce (焼き唐揚げ)
no03.gif Grilled pork with celery and black pepper (セロリとブラックペパーソースの焼き豚肉)
no04.gif Ginger fried pork with salad (バラ豚肉の生姜焼きとサラダ) 

Sometimes craving for meat, but after eating them, I feel so heavy face3_kao20.gifh_sweat02.gifhaha
In every meat meal I made, I tried to prepare also salad with fresh veges as much as I can to balance up a2_up.gif

Soups (汁物)

Soups yb_s_hot_spring.gif 汁物

From top left to right:
no01.gif Lotus root soup (レンコンスープ)
no02.gif Shungiku with fish ball soup (春菊と魚のつみれスープ)
no03.gif Seaweed with meat ball soup (海苔と豚肉のつみれスープ)
no04.gif Chinese cabbage miso soup (青梗菜の味噌汁)

Soup is never to be left out in our dinner! (unless if we’re eating noodles)
People said a warm soup / tea after meal helps warming up our body for a  good digestion body2_a_good.gifh_shine.gif

Rice plates (ライスプレート)

Rice plates f_z_spoon02.gif ライスプレート

From top left to right:
no01.gif Chicken with spinach Indian paste curry (鶏肉とほうれん草のインド風カレー)
no02.gif Tomatoes and prawns creamy stew (トマトとエビのクリーム煮)
no03.gif Japanese-style beef curry (ビーフカレー)
no04.gif Grilled salmon and vegetables with rice (サーモン焼きと色々な野菜ライス)

These are yummy face2_delicious.gifh_heart09.gif Curry and stew are creamy and makes you eat more rice without realizing..face2_catface.gifh_sweat02.gifh_sweat02.gif

For curry, I usually cook a big pot at once which can last for a few days and there I get to rest from cooking for that few days~ hoho face3_kao07.gif 

Noodles (麺料理)

Noodles f_noodle.gif 麺料理

From top left to right:
no01.gif Cold bukkake udon (冷ぶっかけうどん)
no02.gif Hiyashi chuuka with cucumber (冷やし中華-キュウリ) 
no03.gif Hiyashi chuuka with cabbage (冷やし中華-キャベツ)
no04.gif Wat tan ho (広東風キシメンに卵のあんかけ)

We usually eat noodles on weekends coz they are easy and fast to prepare. Yappi helps to make and sometimes I just let him do all of it face3_kao07.gif Weekends’ my holiday face3_kao06.gif That’s why on weekends, I think sometimes I kinda lack of nutrients in food..face3_kao20.gif Cucumber or cabbage doesn’t make enough..h_sweat02.gif


Spaghetti (スパゲッティ)

Spaghetti f_z_spoon01.gif スパゲッティ

From top left to right:
no01.gif Campbell mushroom soup (キャンベルのきのこスープ)
no02.gif Spaghetti carbonara (カルボナーラのスパゲッティ)
no03.gif Spaghetti bolognese (ミートソースのスパゲッティ)
no04.gif Spaghetti with basil sauce (バジルソースのスパゲッティ)

Spaghettimark3_sign03.gif One of our favorite face3_kao09.gifh_heart04.gif



Leave me a comment if anyone wants a recipe of any of the above~ face3_kao09.gifh_shine.gif

10 July 2012 | 4 Comments » |

Category:harupi kitchen

Little-big-boss’s head, foot and hand! 5th, 6th and 7th prenatal checkup
★2012/07/03 01:02

Little-big-boss is so big now that he could hardly squeeze in the scan anymore except partly of his body~ face2_catface.gifh_sweat02.gif


Prenatal check-up baby 21 weeks5th prenatal checkup on 1 May 2012
21 weeks 4 days
Estimate weight: 411g

p_futaba.gif Confirm with the doc once again about the baby sex, and yes, a very high percentage that little-big-boss is a boy~face3_kao25.gifh_shine.gif Now we have to think of a NAMEmark3_sign03.gif face3_kao20.gifh_sweat01.gif

Prenatal check-up illustration 21 weeksHis HEADmark3_sign01.gifface3_kao09.gif

Only the head popping out on this scan face_self-conscious_smile.gif Getting more and more like a baby~ so excited every time going for a checkup to see how much he has changedh_heart04.gif


Another 4 weeks later..


Prenatal check-up baby 25 weeks6th prenatal checkup on 29 May 2012
25 weeks 4 days

p_futaba.gif Little-big-boss moved so much that the doc could hardly capture a clear scan at all..face3_kao17.gif And his face was facing the other way..face3_kao17.gif What was clearly seen on this checkup was..

Prenatal check-up illustration 25 weeksHis FOOTmark3_sign01.gifface3_kao09.gif

Kinda cute..h_heart09.gif And this is one of the foot that keep kicking me nowadays face2_catface.gif


Checkup once in 4 weeks has changed to once in 2 weeks starting from 26 weeks of pregnancy yb_hospital2.gif
Time flies!! This makes me feel like little-big-boss is coming out to see us very very soon!!! h_sweat01.gifh_sweat01.gifh_sweat01.gif
And so, another 2 weeks passes by..


Prenatal check-up baby 28 weeks7th prenatal checkup on 15 June 2012
28 weeks 0 day
Estimate weight: 1221g

p_futaba.gif Doc said his weight is just good face3_kao06.gif At this point, I myself gained around 5kg a2_up.gif
Little-big-boss moved a lot here again but was able to captured at least..
Prenatal check-up illustration 28 weeksHis HANDmark3_sign01.gifface3_kao09.gif

Scans these days could only capture part of his body..h_sweat02.gif But this is also a sign which shows that little-big-boss is growing big healthily~face_shy.gifh_heart04.gif

Had my 2nd blood test on this checkup to check for blood glucose level.
Was asked to drink this sweet carbonated drink and wait for an hour with no other food or drink before the blood sucking session~face3_kao19.gif

Sweet carbonated drink for blood test

Didn’t know that I have to have 3 blood tests for this pregnancy..face3_kao17.gif in Japan. There’s one more to go weeks later.. *Do not really like the sensation of blood being sucked..face3_kao26.gif


29 weeks tummy in HakoneTummy this big from outside on my 29 weeks (22 June 2012) of pregnancy~face_self-conscious_smile.gif 
Picture taken near the hotel we were staying in Hakone.
A holiday on my parents-in-law’s treath_heart08.gif

I actually haven’t really get a big round baby bump still..
Only this picture, maybe the angle, makes it look quite round and bigger face3_kao07.gif

03 July 2012 | No Comments » |

Category:my little-big-boss