Meet my new Little-Big-Boss ☆
★2016/06/18 10:41

When I knew that I was pregnant, needless to say, I was super excited a2_up2.gif a2_up2.gif a2_up2.gif

How I wished to tell everyone the good news, just like anyone would do.

Even after I’ve got through my first trimester, a stable stage during pregnancy, I was still reluctant to get this news to public.., even to my friends..

Unlike my first pregnancy, which went all public with overly excitement us, who did not think much of any circumstances that might occurred..face2_catface.gif

What I wanted to reveal is, exactly one year before I knew I was pregnant with my new Little-big-boss, I was pregnantf_been.gif

2nd pregnancy - miscarriage

A pic from year 2014 September

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But a miscarriage..
I felt like I was brought up high to the sky when I got a “line” on the pregnancy test, and being slammed back down to the bottom of the earth  when the doc told me that this baby is not likely to be growing inside my tummy..

There was no heartbeat detected on my 7 weeks checkup..face2_weep.gif

This miscarriage was really an experience for me. A valued one.

I was shocked and sad, but not extremely.

I did my research and knew that, especially for an early miscarriage, it was not an accident, nor a fault from the outside or inside. It was a coincidence.

It was due to chromosomal abnormality. A cause that is biologically natural that would occurred to anyone, even if you are a completely healthy person.

It was said that in 10 pregnancies, there is a very high percentage that one pregnancy will end up on a miscarriage of chromosomal abnormality..
Just that I got it on my second pregnancy..face2_despair.gif (kinda? face3_kao20.gif)

It is not a rare case.

To think of me myself is a living being, this miscarriage is just a natural occurrence. Not a thing that can be prevented.
In fact, I considered this as lucky, where I didn’t carry this  abnormality to a further stage..
Most of the time, the nature is all made up very fine itself. The body knows something is wrong and tried to terminate it.

This fact balanced up my shattered feeling a lot.

Though sad and confused, I was kinda ok with my feeling.

Just that, I was afraid to face the upcoming pain.

I chose not to have a D & C surgery (Dilation and Curettage). I chose to wait for the fetus to come out by itself.

I was told that I shouldn’t wait for too long for it might cause an infection.

Yeah, I can’t deny that I was still carrying a slight hope that this baby is growing inside.. maybe the doc missed out something, or maybe the heart hasn’t start beating yet only?, lost counting cz of my irregular menstruation? face2_weep.gif

I had a time limit of 4 weeks, if nothing miracle or the not-growing fetus is not coming out naturally, I will have to undergo the D & C procedure..

Obviously, there was no miracle.

I waited without any signs but knowing that my baby is not growing inside me..for like more than 3 weeks.
-It was dreadful..

A few days before my D & C appointment, I started bleeding.

At last some sign!

Bleeding from really light to heavy with lots of clots. One of this clots is supposedly the fetus..

I was still bleeding until the day of my appointment..

I was hoping that my tummy is cleared but no.. fetus still there..
But doc said it will come out soon, so we decided not to perform the surgery yet.

True enough, at night on the same day, I felt like my womb was going to tear off! Felt so heavy and pain. Much bleeding and with more clots! Big one!

Some people said this felt like a mini labor, and I couldn’t agree more.

The pain came very gradually.

Felt so much pain at one point and so much was coming out that I need to get rid of them in the toilet..face2_crying.gif

The great pain subsided on the same night..

Went to the doc the next day, and as expected, all is gone.

I was relieved.
Studies and researchers revealed that early miscarriage (due to chromosomal abnormality) is not all a bad news. It also proved that we can conceive normally, and most likely the next pregnancies are going to be good one with a healthy baby face3_kao06.gif Most of the time, miscarriage is a one-time occurrence.

So if anyone is experiencing the same case, don’t worry too much!
This is also an episode of life p_futaba.gif which still not a bad one, just a coincidence.
(If this is hard for you to accept, maybe try to think that your baby forgot something and he just went back to God to get it face2_smile.gif)

My only concern after that was, I couldn’t made it to give a look on my not-growing fetus..face3_kao20.gif

2-3 months of rest, we tried to conceive again. I wish that my baby comes back to me as soon as possible to fill my lost.

And he did! -exactly 1 year after thath_heart09.gif
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My new boss freshly from the oven

Once again, meet Kta, my new Little-big-boss!h_heart02.gif body3_te03.gifFreshly out from the ovenh_shine.gif

Grandpa and grandma’s WONDERFUL home-cooked dishes ♥
★2016/02/09 01:29

Like I said, everyone is making me feeling left out and making me missing home so much and making me craving for all the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) feast!!! with all the pictures posted on FB! face3_kao08.gif

To be fair, I’m going to post all the wonderful yummy dishes prepared by my parents-in-law when we were back for New Year! face2_bleah.gif

Day 1 - lunchLunch upon arrival!
p_sakura.gif Spaghetti
p_sakura.gif Salad

Day 1 - Sukiyaki dinnerDinner
p_sakura.gif Sukiyaki hotpot
p_sakura.gif Octopus sashimi

Day 2 - breakfastBreakfast
p_sakura.gif Miso grilled onigiri
p_sakura.gif Grilled salmon
p_sakura.gif Wakame (seaweed) miso soup

Day 2 - lunchLunch
p_sakura.gif Yakisoba

Day 2 - dinnerDinner
p_sakura.gif Oden
p_sakura.gif Vege soup
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Grandpa the chef!Little-big-boss grandpa the master chef! h_shine.gif

Day 3 - lunchLunch
p_sakura.gif Fried rice with loads of vegetables starchy sauce for topping

Look at the little hearts h_heart02.gif

Day 4 - Ramen lunchLunch
p_sakura.gif Soy sauce soup based ramen

Day 4 - dinnerDinner
p_sakura.gif Sweet and sour sauce on fried pork with vege
p_sakura.gif Dried radish salad
p_sakura.gif Japanese cucumber salad
p_sakura.gif Octopus sashimi
p_sakura.gif Karei (marbled sole) cooked in soy sauce
p_sakura.gif Soup
p_sakura.gif Rice

Day 5 - breakfastBreakfast
p_sakura.gif Miso grilled onigiri
p_sakura.gif Tamago-yaki (Japanese fried egg)
p_sakura.gif Wakame, tofu miso soup

Day 5 - Okonomiyaki lunchLunch
p_sakura.gif Okonomiyaki

Day 6 - Mochi breakfastNew Year breakfast
p_sakura.gif Mochi with crunched walnuts paste, sweetened soy sauce or red beans paste
p_sakura.gif Green vege salad
p_sakura.gif Wakame, nameko, tofu miso soup

Day 7 - breakfastBreakfast
p_sakura.gif Grilled salmon
p_sakura.gif Vinegar based salad
p_sakura.gif Vege soup
p_sakura.gif Rice

Day 7 - lunchLunch
p_sakura.gif Soy sauce soup based soumen (wheat noodles) with squid tempura and vege tempura

Cheese cake by grandpa!Last day treat!
p_sakura.gif Rare cheese cake face2_delicious.gif

 

Grandpa actually had been attending cooking school and GRADUATED h_shine.gif not long ago after his retirement (though now back to work out of some circumstances).

 

We had our wonderful feast too the whole week! face3_kao07.gif
Thank you so much for the hospitality, grandpa and grandma h_heart04.gif

 

Anyway,

 

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year again!! h_notes.gif

Don’t over-eat mark3_sign03.gif haha

 

Hoping  next year we can also join in the celebration!!!! face4_kao-a04.gif

 

09 February 2016 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

Happy New Year at grandparents’
★2016/02/08 00:37

Since everyone is back home celebrating Chinese New Year,
and posting pictures that is making me feel so left out..face3_kao26.gif

I am going to post my New Year story insteadmark3_sign03.gifface3_kao15.gif

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We celebrated 2016 Happy New Year back at Big-big-boss hometown in Morioka, Iwate.

I was actually expected more snow and to play in the snow!
But too bad that this season “snow” is not visiting enough..

Even ski resorts were not opening coz of the lack of snow..(except in Hokkaido I guess..)

Anyways, Little-big-boss expectation was something else.

The bullet trainmark3_sign03.gifya_s_bullettrain.gifh_kira02.gifya_s_shinkansen.gifh_kira02.gif

He was literally very interested in trains (especially where we have lots of trains travelling experience and trains watching anywhere we go in Japan face3_kao07.gif that boosted his interest). He even remembers the train names quite well face2_catface.gif

Seeing him so excited telling stories about trains, and had really been a very good boy (yes, he never nag (as in the spoilt one), never fight back when friends took his toys and so), we can’t resist our own desire to upgrade his toys..train set.. haha← gonna tell this toy’s story later face3_kao07.gif

So, we’d been telling Little-big-boss that we are going to ride on E5 series Hayabusa (E5系 はやぶさ),the bullet train to grandpa and grandma’s house!

He got so excited! face2_happy02.gif
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On Tokaido Line train to Tokyo stationWe started our train ride on Nambu Line, then change to Tokaido Line to Tokyo station ya_t_train.gif

Seeing the real Hayabusa the bullet train for the first time!And finally Hayabusa, the bullet trainmark3_sign01.gifface2_lovely.gif
(The white with pink line bullet train is E4 series Max Toki, just happened to be there on the opposite track face3_kao07.gif)

On E5 series Hayabusa bullet train to Morioka stationAround 2 hours ride on Hayabusa ya_s_bullettrain.gif and we had our leisure time looking out the window with on and off views of the snow towns and mountains w_4_snow.gif

On E5 series Hayabusa bullet train to Morioka stationThe train was fast! ya_s_bullettrain.gifw_5_l_thunder.gif
We can see snow covering the town and completely dry after a few minutes in a different town.
Yeah, on and off.
At this time, I really was hoping Morioka (our destination) is going to have more snow!! w_4_snowman.gifw_4_snowman.gifw_4_snowman.gifw_4_snowman.gifw_4_snowman.gifw_4_snowman.gif
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Swing at a nearby parkOur wish was half answered, heavy snow one day before we arrived w_4_snow.gifh_notes.gif
Seriously, the whole while before that, there were no snow piling at all! Which was rare at this time of the year compared to previous years p_futaba.gif
You can see the snow (picture above) is not much at all to cover the ground..face4_kao-a19.gif though it was as cold as ever face3_kao28.gif

Nearby robot playgroundThe Robot playground nearby! w_4_snowman.gif
As cold as it can be, kid still a kid face3_kao20.gif *Don’t really care much as long as they get to play (play=move a lot=warm)
Though the mom was freezing to death..face3_kao28.gif

Excited arriving at grandparents'Little-big-boss was so excited arriving at grandpa and grandma’s house that he just kept running around playing  face2_happy02.gif

Playing daddy's toysBig-big-boss even took out his old toys for Little-big-boss!
One generation gap of toys!face2_catface.gif
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We went for an Onsen trip on the 3rd day yb_s_spa.gifface_self-conscious_smile.gif
Onsen is my favorite in winter and specially on a snow land w_4_snow.gifyb_s_spa.gif

Onsen trip - Hotel Shidotaira ホテル志戸平On grandpa’s treat, we got to stay in this wonderful hotel room face3_kao22.gif

Our hotel room ♥We loved this big window h_heart09.gif

Our hotel room viewTrees and a river just right below p_ki.gifw_4_snow.gifh_kira02.gif

Wefie-ing our YukataWe changed to Yukata getting ready for our first soak in the onsen  face3_kao07.gifyb_s_spa.gif

Family onsenCan you imagine how lavish it is to be on a hot spa outside in the snow ! yb_s_spa.gifw_4_snow.gifh_kira02.gif
Best is when it is snowing! w_4_snow.gifh_kira02.gif
Where snow came falling down and melt on your face! face_self-conscious_smile.gif

The yukata ♥Once again, the Yukata~face3_kao09.gif haha

Buffet dinner at the hotelWe had buffet dinner that night face2_delicious.gif

Buffet dinner - Maguro sushi (tuna)He was excited seeing grandpa’s bringing sushi to the table and asked for maguro (tuna) f_x_tea.gifface2_catface.gif
Yeah, he’d been watching some story about maguro recently and that was why he got all so excited face2_coldsweats01.gif

Brushing teeth ready to sleep at the hotelBrushing teeth ready to sleeeeeeep~h_sleepy.gif

The story behind:
We thought of putting Little-big-boss to sleep first (around 7pm), then Big-bog-boss and I planned to go for another onsen bath before bed..

“PLAN FAILED” o_dokuro.gif

Obviously at 7pm! was too early..face2_coldsweats01.gif
Little-big-boss sensed it that we were up to something and wouldn’t want to stay with grandpa and grandma in the room next door..
So no other choice but to tag my little cute Little-big-boss along face3_kao09.gif

Rosy cheeks after onsen ♥“I won” body3_te01.gifface_self-conscious_smile.gifyb_s_spa.gif
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We stayed just for a night here though I wished to stay longer face3_kao15.gif
So that we could play in their indoor pool toomark3_sign03.gif

Fun with grandmaEven just for a night, it was a great refreshment with grandpa and grandma together h_notes.gif
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Now, we were back home and ready for num_2_two.gifnum_0_zero.gifnum_1_one.gifnum_6_six.gif Happy New Year celebration  h_notes.gif

Happy New Year O-sechi dinner! お節☆On New Year’s eve we had a Japanese style feast! お節 f_z_spoon02.gifface2_delicious.gif

A visit to a nearby temple on New Year dayThe next morning on New Year 1st day, we went to a nearby temple for our first pray, hatsumoude (初詣) face_shy.gif
And had a little snow-playing-time at the Robot playground again w_4_snow.gif

Well, this was how we celebrated New Year peacefully at home with family h_note.gif
Quite a simple one, but a Japanese-style home celebration p_sakura.gif
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On the 2nd, we were back in Tokyo.
We were in a rush when heading to the station, too bad didn’t get to take some proper photos with grandpa and grandma..face3_kao21.gif

Back in Tokyo station - Snapshot with Hayate v(^o^)vWe were on E2 series Hayate (E2系 はやて) bullet train back to Tokyo ya_s_bullettrain.gif face3_kao09.gif

Ready to go back to Tokyo on E2 series Hayate bullet trainAll excited getting to ride and meet his loved trains lining up at Tokyo station ya_s_bullettrain.gifya_s_bullettrain.gifya_s_bullettrain.gifya_s_bullettrain.gifya_s_bullettrain.gif

Happy seeing Kagayaki bullet train that just stopped byE7 series Kagayaki (E7系 かがやき)mark3_sign03.gif
Happened to be on the opposite track of our Hayate ya_s_bullettrain.gif face2_smile.gif
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Getting pressie from grandpa and grandmaAnd guess what an_mushi.gif All pampered by grandpa and grandma, he got his most wanted toy (at this moment), Plarail train set from Takara Tomy of E5 series Hayabusa and E6 series Komachi connecting bullet train (プラレール E5系とE6系新幹線連結セット) face3_kao20.gif h_shine.gif

You’d be surprised when you see how his train set has expanded..face3_kao20.gifh_shine.gifya_s_bullettrain.gifh_shine.gifya_s_shinkansen.gifh_shine.gifya_t_densya.gifh_shine.gif ← Toy story next round face3_kao07.gif
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Anyhow, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR to all who are celebrating itmark3_sign01.gifface4_kao-a04.gif
May your heart and home overflow with peace, love and joy h_notes.gif
Good luck, good fortune, and good health h_heart04.gif
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f_been.gif 20151227~20160102
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08 February 2016 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

My birthday
★2015/12/24 13:59

It was my birthday! face3_kao07.gif – 3 weeks ago face3_kao02.gif

Before I’ve been hired by my Little-big-boss,
I was a treated like a princess on my birthday,
in a wonderland p_rose03.gif
-Yes, my birthdays were celebrated in Disneyland or DisneySea every year since 2007 till 2012 (when Little-big-boss is 3 months old), straight 6 years!!

Since then.. yeah, I guess I was no longer a princess face4_kao-a12.gif

Maybe a erm.. a queen? a maid? face3_kao20.gif haha

Anyway, I always will not know what the Big-big-boss gonna be planning.
I was half expecting something, but half trying to NOT expect too much face2_catface.gif

(Moreover, we had a little fight before the day..face3_kao27.gif)

And so, my day started like this..
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In the morning, I ran my routine as usual.

Making breakfast for my Little-big-boss, do the laundry, (wondering if the Big-big-boss is skipping work.. face4_kao-a12.gif well, he used toface2_bleah.gif)
and while watching the kids programme on TV..
The Big-big-boss came in and wished me “Happy Birthday” with a kiss face3_kao04.gif
and then off he went to work face3_kao20.gif..

Oh, that means,

Rather than having a normal, I guess I need to plan something! for my day!! by myself!!! face3_kao23.gif

A quick and easy plan!

And so, this was my day with Little-big-boss face4_kao-a04.gifh_heart09.gif
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All ready to go~Heading to the car on Strider bike ya_bicycle.gif (my car was parked just beside the house though face2_catface.gif)
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Around 20~30mins drive,

We arrived to this park!
Strolling around Mitsuike Park with Strider!Mitsuike Park (三ツ池公園), a park with 3 beautiful lakes and great views p_maple3.gif.
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Strolling around Mitsuike Park with Strider!Strolling around the park with his Strider bike while looking for a perfect spot for our picnic lunch!h_notes.gifya_bicycle.gif
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Strolling around Mitsuike Park with Strider! Looking at the ducks in the lake.Will stopped by anytime to oversee the ducks in the lake face2_happy01.gif
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Picnic with a tent!Here, our perfect spot! face2_lovely.gif  it was on top of a little hill yb_m_mountain.gifface3_kao09.gif
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Mommy's birthday picnic at Mitsuike Park!Pizza picnic lunch! face3_kao07.giff_z_spoon02.gif
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Birthday picnic lunch date ♥Happy eating pizza in a picnic style face3_kao07.gif

Little-big-boss celebrating mommy's birthday with pizza and a cake ♥And we had a tiny cake! My tiny birthday cake face_self-conscious_smile.giff_c_cake2.gifxmas_candle.gif
Little-big-boss sang me the birthday song h_notes.gif face3_kao22.gif

My little gift from my little man ♥Followed by a birthday kissmark3_sign03.gifface3_kao22.gifh_heart04.gif

All these had already made my birthday quite so complete with lots of h_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gif
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Playing his toys after lunch.Tummy full face2_delicious.gif

The beauty poseThen, we had some relaxing, playing time under the sun with cooling air face_shy.gifw_1_sun.gifp_hana-ani03.gif
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The picnic spotIt was Autumn p_maple.gif on a very very very sunny and fine day h_note.gif
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Next,
Looking at the map.Let’s see..

Looking at the map.To the playground~face2_happy02.gifh_notes.gif
(He loves looking at the map these days face3_kao07.gif)
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Playing at Mitsuike ParkThe small kid thing..face3_kao20.gif

Walking up a little mountain..Maybe we have to explore to get something more adventurous face2_smile.gif
And so, we climbed up a little hill..

The real play-time at the park!Up and up..a2_up2.gif
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The real play-time at the park! The long SLIDE!The real play-time at the park! The long SLIDE!The real play-time at the park! The long SLIDE!The real play-time at the park! The long SLIDE!There, the LONG slide~!face3_kao09.gifh_shine.gif Wheeeeeeeeeeeee~~~~face2_happy02.gif

The real play-time at the park! The long SLIDE!We were playing this over and over again until all together I think we’d climbed a 1000m height mountain yb_m_fuji.gif face2_coldsweats01.gif
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My birthday park picnic day with Little-big-boss ended up here.
Though not in a wonderland, I still really quite satisfied with the day face3_kao06.gifh_heart09.gif
Just that it looks more like Little-big-boss’s birthday rather than mine face2_coldsweats01.gif
(I h_heart05.gif this park face_shy.gif)

We went home, had our bath,

and just when we finished our home dinner..

the Big-big-boss came back!

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Happy seeing the cakeA birthday cake and a POT of flowers (Cyclamen Persicum)mark3_sign03.giff_c_birthday.gif+p_hana-ani01.gif+face4_kao-a17.gif
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My two men ♥Shall I refer this as a happy Happy Birthday? face3_kao07.gifh_heart09.gif

My birthday kisses ♥With more kisses face4_kao-a04.gifh_heart04.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gifh_heart02.gif
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Gifts from Yappi ♥ A cake and flowers! A pot of cyclamen persicum !

24 December 2015 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

Specially dedicated to my BIG-BOSS~ or basically the KING!
★2015/03/21 18:28

It was my Big-Boss birthday’s eve h_notes.giff_c_birthday.gif

So Little-big-boss and I wanted to wish Big-Boss papa,

Mommy and Little-big-boss 1HAP-

Mommy and Little-big-boss 2PY-

Mommy and Little-big-boss 3BIRTH-

Mommy and Little-big-boss 4DAY~h_note.gif
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But Big-Boss was at work till late..

Little-big-boss needs to sleep before Big-Boss is home..face2_catface.gifh_sweat02.gif

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Celebrated before Big-Boss is home!face2_smile.gif
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Little-big-boss eating cake before daddyAaa~~~
Little-big-boss eating cake before daddy - yummy! Umm~~ face2_delicious.gif
(Got a small sliced cake just to celebrate earlier face3_kao02.gif)
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When Little-big-boss was in his dreamland,
we celebrated again just at midnight,
when the clock struck 12:00 h_heart08.gif

Happy Birthday Cake!

21 March 2015 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

A leisure day at the riverside
★2015/02/11 17:13

Just had a walk at the river nearby (Tamagawa river) on papa’s off day~♪

川辺でお散歩♪( ´▽`)

Father and son at Tamagawa

Leisure walk at Tamagawa

892 days old
2歳5か月9日

11 February 2015 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

MOMOE fashion
★2014/08/01 03:44

10 years back, there were one period of time, I used to buy my clothes and accessories from MOMOE, a fashion brand more likely for teenager girls  face_self-conscious_smile.gif


I think mainly because of their style which is more to Japan’s fashion influence (street style) and the price was pretty cheaph_kira02.gif


Even their slogan is in Japanese, “あなたらしさ”, which means like “be yourself” face2_catface.gif I’ve never been visiting this shop for years and now that I’ve upgraded my status to be a mom, at this age, and I can’t believe that I walked into this shop again face2_catface.gif and actually shopped face2_coldsweats01.gif




MOMOE tops and skirtsThey were actually not bad at all! I mean not like for the young and only young as I remembered face_self-conscious_smile.gif



MOMOE bagsTheir bags are cute h_heart04.gif


Some posing with Little-big-boss o_camera2.gifh_shine.gifa2_down.gif

Wefie with Yuto on Momoe blue top The blue Thai-ish top with flowery mini pants-skirt o1_fuku01.gif


Wefie with Yuto on Momoe blue border top The blue border top o1_t-shirt.gif


Wefie with Yuto on Momoe blue border top - cool pose Little-big-boss posing like an adult..face_self-conscious_smile.gifh_heart04.gif


Wefie with Yuto on MOMOE off-shoulder top The off-shoulder sweet top with yellow polka-dot in red skirt o1_fuku02.gif


Wefie with Yuto on MOMOE off-shoulder top The off-shoulder sweet top with yellow polka-dot in red skirt o1_fuku02.gif


The end.

01 August 2014 | 2 Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

A little Happy Valentine’s day 2014
★2014/02/17 02:33

As usual, I had a very simple Happy Valentine’s day this year at home with my lovely loved ones h_heart08.gif

Happy Valentine's dinnerHad a simple homemade dinner, which I just had all the ingredients wrapped and baked in the oven for 40 mins face_shy.gif
Tied it with a ribbon in the end and tadah~ f_kinoko02.gifh_kira01.gif
Simple yet gorgeous face3_kao06.gifh_heart04.gif



Happy Valentine's baby dinnerThis year, we had our little-big-boss joining in our little happy valentine’s day h_heart06.gif for the very first time h_heart06.gif
He had his baby menu of course face3_kao25.giff_z_spoon02.gif






Happy Valentine's Fondant ChocolaLater at night while little-big-boss left for his sweet dreams,
Yappi and I had a little Valentine’s sweet treat, homemade fondant chocola h_heart09.gif

Glad that these chocolas came out perfect face_self-conscious_smile.gifh_heart04.gif
In Japan, Happy Valentine’s day is all about “chocolate”mark3_sign01.gifface_self-conscious_smile.gif haha

17 February 2014 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes harupi kitchen

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

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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

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Too creative, too awesome face3_kao22.gif

I wanted to make something like that but was too reluctant to start..like 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

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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

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

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11 July 2012 | 2 Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

Yellow spring at Mother Farm
★2012/06/24 16:13

Spring is not just sakuras in Japan~! p_hana-ani01.gif

Other than a pink spring, I had a yellow spring this year too p_hana-ani03.gifh_kira01.gif face_self-conscious_smile.gif

A yellow spring at Mother Farm (マザー牧場) in Chiba an_aries.gifh_kira01.gif
The official website in Japanese / English. (Japanese one has more contents)

Mother Farm is actually a sight-seeing made farm for visitors located at the top of a mountain. This place has a very charm view, very breezy, very cute farm animals, very nice face3_kao09.gif

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Mother Farm's ticketThe tickets face3_kao07.gif 
Don’t know how many types do they have, but we’ve got a sheep tic and an alpaca tic~ face3_kao06.gif
Yes, they have ALPACAs in the farm h_bikkuri04.gif Alpaca has been very popular  in Japan these days h_note.gif

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Mother Farm AlpacaPic source: http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/news/alpacameet.html
See how cute alpaca is h_heart09.gif

View from Mother Farm 1This is the view from inside the farm~ h_kira01.gif Up at the mountain face3_kao09.gif a2_up.gif

View from Mother Farm 2Spot the yellow part! That is the yellow spring we are gonna visit face3_kao07.gifh_note.gif

Before that, lunch first f_z_spoon02.gif 
Time still at around 10:30am but we din’t wanna get stuck with the crowd at lunch time. Eat earlier avoid the traffic body3_te02.gif

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Mother Farm's lunchA very oily lunch, but the fried thing quite yummy with broccolini flowers p_hana-ani03.gifh_note3.gif

There’s a BBQ service house there too for lunch! Big space, nice view great fun for a BBQ party if come in group a2_up.gifa2_up.gifa2_up.gifface3_kao09.gif

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Mother Farm BBQ terraceLooking like this h_shine.gif not lunch time yet, so still no one around. Order food ingredients at the shop and BBQ~ easy body3_te02.gifh_shine.gif 
kinda miss Hokkaido face3_kao21.gif..BBQ-ing so often the whole summer in the great nature p_yotuba.gif 

 
Looking at the Mother Farm's map Checking the map for our yellow spring p_hana-ani03.gifh_kira01.gif

 View from Mother Farm 3The nearest spot was just down the stairs near the lunch station.

Mother Farm in spring with broccolini flowersAnd here! face3_kao09.gifp_hana-ani03.gif 
The name of this yellow bush is Broccolini flowers (菜の花, na no hana). It’s actually a type of vegetable similar to broccoli. Tasted quite nice in the fried thing I had for lunch face2_delicious.gif   

Yasu at Mother FarmYappi acting cool~ face_self-conscious_smile.gif p_hana-ani03.gif face_self-conscious_smile.gif p_hana-ani03.gif face_self-conscious_smile.gif p_hana-ani03.gif face_self-conscious_smile.gif p_hana-ani03.gif face_self-conscious_smile.gif p_hana-ani03.gif 

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Siu-siu (笑笑) two-shot time o_camera2.gifh_shine.gif hoho

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Yasu and Haruka Mother Farm two-shot 1Yappi looks like a little boy here face_self-conscious_smile.gif

Yasu and Haruka Mother Farm two-shot 2
Yasu and Haruka Mother Farm two-shot 3First time self-taking photos’ background looking so magnificentmark3_sign01.gifface3_kao22.gifh_kira01.gif

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Little stairs to the broccolini flowers at Mother FarmWalking down and up a little..

Surrounded by broccolini flowersand there’s a little space with a table and bench to rest h_note3.gif

But somehow, while we were resting and taking some photos..
Taking photos for other people at Mother Farm we were also kept asking by other people to take photos for them.. face3_kao17.gif busy yappi face3_kao09.gif

Resting corner at Mother FarmTotally a different view from the opposite side face2_catface.gif
Trees still in the state of preparing to turn green p_futaba.gif

Baby momiji at Mother FarmBaby momiji (maple leaves)h_shine.gif started to grow p_maple.gif so cute h_heart09.gif


Gazing at the lovely view at Mother FarmThis place supposedly a farm with a lot of farm animals for people to enjoy and learning about them.. but we were here more for the flowers, trees and the tranquil~face_shy.gif

I like farm, but prefer to visit a real farm face3_kao07.gif some place like Hokkaido h_heart08.gif wahaha

Cow at Mother FarmThe cow an_taurus.gif near the entrance..

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Sheep at Mother Farmand the sheep an_aries.gif 
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What the farm actually looks like with all the farm animals → Click h_bikkuri03.gif

24 June 2012 | No Comments » |

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