Miyu Life Store in Carousel Shopping Centre

Posted October 2nd, 2016 in Japanese Stores in Perth | No Comments »


As I was taking my kids to the free indoor play area in Carousel shopping centre the other day, I noticed this shop Miyu opened right next to the playground.   This is another shop that sells 100yen goods from Japan (exclude cosmetic products), like Fuji Mart and NEUGO.

Miyu’s first store is located on Newcastle street in Northbridge, so I guess this is their second shop in Perth.  I’ve never been to the Northbridge store, and for me with two children it’s much easier to go to this one inside a shopping centre.


The size of the store is about the same as NEUGO.  I found some goods from Seria and Can-Do (both are popular 100 yen shops in Japan) there.  I thought they have quite good range of products and it was easy to spot items as they display products tidily and according to the category.


They also sell cosmetics and Japanese-brand nappies.  Cosmetic products are not from Japan though, there’re Chinese written on the packaging.

I just did some online shopping from Japan few weeks ago, and I already own some of the items sold at the store (yes, I always go to 100 yen shops in Japan to buy things for the house), so I didn’t really buy things – except this binoculars.  I’m not sure if $2.80 is cheap for binoculars, but my boys always fight over one pair of binoculars at home and I really needed to get one more.  Plus, I thought I can trust the quality of product sold in Japan.  This binoculars are Can-Do brand (100 yen shop in Japan).

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Looks alright, for being a 100yen item. So now my boys have one each. 🙂

MIYU Life Store in Carousel shopping Centre, Cannington WA.
(in front of indoor play area, near JB Hi Fi and Pumpkin Patch)

MIYU Life Store in Northbridge WA.
47/188 Newcastle street, Perth
(08) 9228 1905

Yoshiko – Japanese Hair Stylist in Northbridge

Posted August 9th, 2016 in Perth WA | No Comments »


It’d been a while since my last visit to a hair salon – my hair needed a rescue!

I brought lots of hair-colouring boxes from Japan to dye my hair by myself, but after few boxes I realised I really needed to have my hair colour fixed by a professional.  Sadly I started to have few white hair (by having two boys at home..) and I found it’s difficult to dye these white hair!  And the colour of my hair was really light brown and I knew they’re all damaged.

I was going to go to HairPlus in West Perth, but then I heard about this Japanese hair stylist Yoshiko from my friend so I made a booking for haircut & colouring with her.



She used to cut people’s hair at home, but now you can see her in Northbridge.  She rents a chair at Eternity Hair Design hair salon on William street just for her customer.  The place is conveniently located in heart of Northbridge.

I think it’s a good idea to rent a chair – she doesn’t work at this hair salon but she just uses a corner of this shop.  Customers need to make bookings in order to meet her as she doesn’t stay at the shop when there’s no booking customer.


Some Japanese magazines to read + nice tea.

She’d been a hair stylist in Japan for 9 years, and has been in Perth for 7 years now.  All the products she uses at the salon are from Japan.

Hair Cut for Men $25 (inc shampoo)
Hair Cut for Women $25 (shampoo +$10) (for people who has super long hair +$5)

Colour $60~$75

Hair Bonding Perm $150~ $170 (cut +$20)

Treatment $20

Booking essential to 0423288620 (Yoshiko)
Mon ~ Sat 9:30 ~ 18:00


I coloured my hair darker, and trimmed the length….

I really love itttttttt!  My hair was really damaged but now it’s much easier to style.  Thanks Yoshiko san, I will definitely be back!

Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant

Posted July 2nd, 2016 in Eat out in Japan | No Comments »


Another Indonesian restaurant in Perth after a post about Manise Cafe.  Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant has also been in Perth WA for a long time. After moving from Northbridge many years ago, now with a new owner the restaurant is located on Lord street in Highgate.

Although the restaurant is pretty small inside, I like going to this restaurant because the food is nice, the price is pretty reasonable and also there’re ample parking spots on the side streets.

As soon as you go inside the restaurant the friendly staff would greet you and take you to the seats.  The owner is not Indonesian but he is very nice and during my visit there’re lots of laughs and smiles from customers.  🙂

At Sparrow, I ordered Laksa Ayam (yes, it’s not really an Indonesian food but I couldn’t resist it) and my partner ordered Nasi Kuning.  We also ordered Tahu Tek to share.


Nasi Kuning – combination yellow rice with friend chicken, egg, and chilli pickles.


Tahu Tek – fried bean-curd omelet with peanut sauce.

The omelet was nice but the peanut sauce was bit too rich for me.  My partner (Indonesian) really enjoyed it though.

While I was there, the owner was talking to all the customers that 10% discount would apply to new customers.  I hadn’t been there since the owner had changed but my husband had gone there couple of times with his friend so he told the owner it’s not his first time, but we received 10% discount anyway.

Great service, great food, and great price.

Try to avoid a peak lunch hour or book a table beforehand as the seats are limited.

Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant
301 Lord Street, Highgate, Perth,WA
(08) 9228 2238

11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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We recently went there for lunch again and here are some more photos:

Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken in tasty soy sauce)


Mie Goreng with vegetables.  Kids shared this dish.


And, as usual we ordered Tahu Tek.  On my last visit I didn’t really like it much, but for some reasons I started to crave for it few days later.  Now it’s one of my favourite dish!


Manise Indonesian Restaurant

Posted June 30th, 2016 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »


If you keep walking William street in Northbridge towards Hyde Park, you will find this small Indonesian restaurant on your left side.  This restaurant has been here since I came to Perth (2003) and has been one of Indonesian people’s favourite eating place in Perth.

They renovated the interior couple of months ago, and now it looks more tidy and clean compared to what I remember.


We ordered Tahu goreng kecap (deep-fried tofu with special sweet soy sauce) to share for entree 😉




I’d been longing for their chicken dish called “ayam goreng rica”.  It’s basically a fried-chicken dish with spicy tomato sauce. Chicken is crispy and the spicy tomato sauce (homemade, of course) really goes with steamed rice!!


My partner was thinking between his usual dish or Chef’s Special dishes which had many choices such as deep-fried beef ribs, tempeh goring & mie bakso.  He went with the usual – Kondro Bakar (grilled beef ribs topped with homemade peanut sauce).

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Food is so nice here.  I’m drooling again as I write…  Their hearty food is perfect in this season (or in hot summer too with spicy kick!)  I’m planning to go back there again soon. 🙂

Manise Cafe Indonesian
Shop 2, 449 William Street,Northbridge, Perth, WA
(08) 9228 2432

11:30 AM to 9 PM
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11 AM to 9:30 PM
12 Noon to 9:30 PM

Japan MUST BUY 04 – MUJI Aroma Diffuser

Posted June 12th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

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I’ve shopped around for a diffuser for my house online and at local shops here in Perth butI couldn’t find “the one” until I met this diffuser in Japan.

Mujirushi brand is quite popular around the world for its’ quality and simple-yet-modern-looking products.  I’ve loved this brand since they opened in Japan when I was in high school. 😀  Whether it’s a pen, notebook, photo album or chocolate ring snack, all of my friend had at least one of Mujirushi items at school.


I love this Muji aroma diffuser because it looks simple and go with any interior.  I love this because it inputs 100~240V which means I can use this in both Japan & Australia.  I love this because this diffuser works great!!!


They have two sizes, and I got a smaller one at home.  By using ultrasonic waves to create a mist, this diffuser effectively spreads scent throughout your home and you can use the integral LED as a Light source, as well.

Pure essential oil is recommended for this diffuser.  I bought a set box of a diffuser and 2 bottles of pure essential oil – orange & lavender.  I LOVE THIS!

MUJI AUS website

Oh, and MUJI’s beanbag is so popular!!! If you go to Muji shop please try it – I understand why it’s one of the best beanbag in the world!  (too expensive for my budget at the moment ! 🙁 )

Japan MUST BUY 03 – Mascara

Posted June 10th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »


Although Japanese cosmetics are popular and well-known around the world, you may not put a mascara on your shopping list when visiting Japan.  But did you know that common & popular mascara in Japan these days are “Oyu-Off” – you can easily remove the mascara with warm/hot water and don’t need any make-up removal liquid?


With heat technology, mascara on your eyelashes gets removed with warm/hot water in the shower, and it won’t damage the eyelashes like make-up removal liquid does.  And, it won’t come off with cold water or sweat, so no need to worry about racoon eyes!

My favourite mascara is this ↓ Yokubari Mascara.


It’s, off course, “Oyu-Off” (off with hot water), and it also contains lash-boosting serum!  While wearing mascara, you are also caring your eyelashes.  It’s a bonus!!


Japan MUST BUY 02 – Mushuda

Posted May 25th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »


Mushuda – this is basically like mothball.  Hanging or placing this inside your closet or clothes drawers will protect your clothes from insects.  I must buy this every time I go back to Japan, because I can’t find any mothball here in Perth that doesn’t stink!!!  Typical mothballs are stinky and leave your clothes that smell..

In Japan, you can find non-scent or scented mothballs that tell you when they expire.

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Mushuda, Misesuroido, and Tansu-ni-Gon are well-known brands.

I normally chose non-scent, but this time I bought floral aroma for my drawers.  Size of each depends on whether it’s for a walk-in closet, a small closet, or for drawers.  And, when it expires (usually after 12 months), letters shows up saying “please change”.


By having them inside the closet, I can be sure that my clothes are safe from insects 🙂

Japan MUST BUY 01 – Gekiochi Kun

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

Ok, so from today, I will write about things that I recommend you to buy from Japan.  Some items may be also available in other countries. 🙂
These are the things I thought are useful and I just want to share with you!

Here is the first item I recommend you to buy when you go to Japan:

Gekiochi Kun


Gekiochi Kun – melamine form sponge that removes stains with water and no detergent required.

There are many sizes and shapes available, but the standard one looks like this.


White square sponges.  This REALLY removes stain.  REALLY.


If you’ve never used this before, try this.  With just water, it removes stain very easily.  It’s like using an eraser!

There are other “non-Gekiochi Kun” melamine form sponges sold in Japan, and they also works good to me.  You can even find at 100 yen shops.

This was one of my “Must Buy List” from Japan this year.

Things to Buy in Japan

Posted May 22nd, 2016 in Japan | No Comments »


I recently came back from my holiday in Japan, and it was sooooo great.  It’d been 2 years since my previous Japan trip, and I had so many things in my head that I wanted to buy, eat and do in Japan.

It was April, and being spring, it’s sakura season in Japan.  This must be the most popular season to visit Japan – there’re so many people at the Kansai airport and my husband had to queue for 2 hours at the immigration :p  I had to wait outside for 2 hours with 2 kids…. and we arrived at Hotel Nikko (only one hotel that’s connected to Kansai airport) past midnight…  It was a tiring start but we had so much fun during our 3-week-stay.


Our packed 3-week-holiday included visiting castles (national treasure Hikone Castle is 15 minutes drive from my house), Anpanman museum (my kids’ favourite character’s amusement park), and Tokyo Disney Resort.  And, of course lots of eating & buying.  I pre-bought many things online so I didn’t need to shop around while I was there.  On the day we arrived my house, there’re 20 boxes of things I’d bought online.  So most of my “shopping” was done before arriving Japan.  And for the rest we shopped at local shopping centres and mostly at 100 yen shops.


Now I’m back to Perth Australia, and I want to show people here that what people can/should buy when they go to Japan.  There’re about 30 items and I’m gonna write about them on each post.

stay tuned! :))

NEW Talking Clock from Japan

Posted May 21st, 2016 in Buy from Ume | No Comments »


I recently came back from my holiday to Japan, and I have these CUTE bilingual alarm clocks for sale!


Why not wake up every morning with this cute alarm clock that talks Japanese & English?

At a glance it looks like a robot or a cute ornament, but it actually talks and tells you what time it is.  It’s a radio clock (RCC) that is automatically synchronized by a time code, so you can assure that it’s telling the correct time  anytime.



Pressing its nose once tells you what time it is, and pressing twice tells you the date and day in set language (Japanese or English).

I have white & blue available.

Yuento Talking Alarm Clock

New in original packaging.
Yuento brand.

  • Size:W8.5xH9.2xD10 cm
  • Weight :150g
  • Material:ABS
  • 40/60kHz
  • 12hour display
  • Alarm
  • Snooze
  • Talking (Japanese/English)


I can post to you (postage will be calculated by weight of the order by Australia post), or if you live in Perth metro area I can arrange a drop-off at some place.  (sorry, no pick-up from my place!)

Please email me at me<at>umeboss.com ~ 🙂