Friday, January 23, 2015


... for girlfriends old and new that go through the stages in life with you. makes its not too weird to buzz way past midnight for advice on leaky boobs (those days are done and dusted), whinge about daily annoyances and to celebrate the best bests in life with! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

five things :: the playroom

its been a looong while since i've done a five things meme around the home!! mostly because its always in a shameful state of disarray but as i was tidying this morning around the house, i realized how quickly things change around here. his blocks and shape sorters have been replaced by train tracks, his teethers and rattlers abandoned and replaced by cars and things with wheels... 

so here are his favs in his playroom at the mo!

his miffy lamp! he loves it and will show it off to anyone that will look at it!! 

his train tracks is always center of any party! from young to old, everyone gravitates around this train set and he can play on it for a good chunk of time. but these personalized train tracks is just the icing on the cake! look how beautifully made it is!? thanks, auntie SA!! 

we HAD to place another order immediately for his good pals in train fever. and the awesome people at woodpeckersch are by far the nicest online retailers i've met! and look at how BEEEAUTIFUL!!

daruma-san series of books will always been his childhood favorite. the three-part series is filled with hilarious sounds and expressions that he uses in his day to day life (useless words and sounds! but scho cute!). and the wooden whistle papa picked from our travels in japan. favorite. 

these beanbags my mom made!! they're great for indoor basketball practice, toss and throw, shuttle run and balancing on head goofy dances! the back side is the alphabet so you can mix in a bit of education if you so desire! 

of course blake is still obsessed with little miss peppa. if the condition of his books is indicative of his enthusiasm!! 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY home treatments? anyone?

i've recently complained to a girlfriend about how tedious it is to keep up with beauty appointments. there's the waxing, the ipl, the threading, the scrubs, the massages, the soak offs, wash and blow..and we're only talking about removing things...

basically, if i were to line up my appointments and do them once a month, i would be very busy every week. and mind you, im not one of those girls that luxuriate and think the best afternoon spent is one giggling over trashy magazines with my hair stylist. i get antsy. my seat feels warm, i fiddle one too many times with my phone and frankly, i get bored lying there for an hour for a facial. and even then, once a month is far from ideal for some treatments. complete first world problem, i know! but why does it take so much effort to look half decent? 

so recently, i've been spending more effort to do my own nails. and pinterest-ing cute ideas like this DIY gold striped nails tutorial!! sometimes pop over to a friend's place and hang out, paint our nails and chat the night away... and sometimes, i do it myself after blake is tucked in bed while catching up with daniel! it's not been the most perfect nails.. but i've been having a great time so far!

what are some of the other home DIY beauty things that won't goof up too badly?

p.s. don't suggest home waxing. been there, tried that. don't wanna talk about it... 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

happy birthday song!!

we just had a lovely week surrounded by family!! 

all because this special guy is back in town and celebrating his big birthday!! its such a rare opportunity to have him around due to their work schedule. and even though we don't stay under the same roof anymore, anyone's return brings the whole family together. 

we can't get enough of each other. we hang out every single waking moment and each time we get a small pocket of time, we want to squeeze in (yet another) meal or coffee! this time around, song also had his lovely girlfriend, nora with him. and blake is endlessly obsessed with his auntie nora!

can't wait till we see them all again!

p.s. that's blake's latest poopoo face when we take pictures. then he sits at the computer and is so critical of his expressions when daniel edits the pictures. what a silly boo! 


Friday, January 9, 2015

happy weekend!

what are your plans this weekend? 

we have somewhat ambitiously packed it in a bit tight. we have a family reunion party, blake's first mochi pounding event at the japanese association and his first drop off sunday school! :) and then in the middle of it all, my brother and girlfriend are flying in from boston! such a nice treat after a busy week at work!! 

hurrah!!! im so excited i can hardly contain myself! 

hope you have a lovely weekend with your loved ones! 

tonnes of love from us!