Posted June 28th, 2011 in Ume and Baby | 2 Comments »
This green turtle is his current favourite.
A cozy afternoon…
He was crying and crying, trying to catch the turtle….
Then, dozing off…
After this, he woke up few times, crying again, and finally caught the turtle in his hand and went back to sleep while holding it.
Posted June 27th, 2011 in Ume and Baby | 2 Comments »
I don’t know if it’s because of my posture, or the result from having epidual, but I’ve been having this pain around my lower spine since around the time I had Hiro. It may be because of the way I sit – when he wakes up at night and doesn’t want to go back to sleep, I hold him and sit on a chair, then I kind of lean my body towards the side cushion on my left side every time. Or, it could be from carrying heavy Hiro too often? Or maybe all of them are causing me this back pain.
I used to have bad posture when I was in elementary school. I didn’t notice it, until my mum saw me walking to the stage to make a speech at a school event and told me “Ume, you walk like the Neanderthal!”. I was so shocked, and started to watch my posture since then. After awhile, I started to be said “wow Ume, you have such beautiful posture” from many people. But now, I think I stopped thinking about my posture while I walk or stand, and it’s bad again.
A masseuse who I had pregnancy massage from (post) is now my friend, and she also gave birth to a boy on March this year. Her son was supposed to be born on May, so he was (and still is) very small when he was born. He has no problem with his health now (just under weight) and we meet up sometimes to have a cup of coffee or to walk around the park with bubs.
The other day we sat at Pumpkin Cafe in Garden City to have a chat . We both ordered a scone with clotted cream and jam. Ummm, a combination of warm scone and these accompaniments tastes so good once in a while. I had it with a glass of decaf latte.
I asked her about my back pain, and she said she’d check it for me at her house next time. Unfortunately she won’t be able to give me a full massage anymore, but anything to ease this uncomfortable spine would help.
Posted June 26th, 2011 in Food | 2 Comments »
Japanese fried-chicken, karaage The best choice of meat for karaage is chicken thigh with skin and bones attached. Skin and bones do the important part to give flavour and juiciness to the meat. Other foods which are good for karaage are octopus, white fish (e.g. whiting, snapper, cod) and blue fish (e.g. sardine, mackerel). At my house in Japan, we used to eat karaage with a dipping sauce consisting 50% mayonnaise and 50% worcestershire sauce. Some people prefers eating karaage with soy sauce, salt, chili powder or ponzu. D loves eating karaage with mayonnaise and chili sauce. He loved the chili sauce at Mr Samurai on Barrack street, but we don’t know where we can get the same chili sauce from… Does anyone know?? Currently he uses Srirachang chili sauce.
Posted June 24th, 2011 in Japan | 2 Comments »
There are few coupon sites in Japan now, and I’m subscribed to their daily deal emails. It’s just that Japanese coupon sites offer much better deals than those in Australia. Australian coupon sites, such as Scoopon, DealMe, LivingSocial etc, offer quite same deals over and over and I’m little bored with them.
I check deals at Groupon and Ponpare at the moment, but I prefer Ponpare. Their deals are more interesting than those at Groupon. So far I’ve purchased 4 coupons from Ponpare: ¥500 worth MacDonald’s voucher for ¥100, 86% off hotel stay at hotel in Osaka Umeda for ¥10000 for two, 80% off skin whitening masks for ¥1050 etc. These things are what we may actually use! Groupon’s offers are always discounted hotels, discounted restaurants, and discounted activities. I like Ponpare because they have lots of free-shipping items on deals and they are pretty cheap, such as more than 50% off on organic shampoo set, electric items, photo print services and fashion items.
Sigh… after checking these interesting offers for hair salon, I wish I were there right now! Cut, colour, perm, etc etc are so cheap and these salons are pretty well-known. I’d pay ¥2000 hair colour package without hesitation.
I’m checking these up everyday so that I can use the coupons when we go there I’ve ordered several ¥500 worth MacDonald’s vouchers already, so we may be probably spending lots of time at MacDonald’s this time :p
Posted June 23rd, 2011 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »
It was a beautiful day yesterday – blue sky and gentle wind. After doing laundry and going walking to the park with Hiro, I took D’s parents for lunch at Sizzler.
As I only had one Rotiboy (a sweet bun from Indonesia) at 5am, I was super hungry. I could eat a horse… I ordered a Sizzler complete lunch which came with salad bar, drink bar, and today’s grill (Wednesday was small rump steak and chips). D had the same, and parents had basa grill and standard rump steak.
D’s dad always bring his own sambal (Indonesian chili sauce : the red bottle next to cheesy toast)) to any restaurant :p
My appetite is really huge… My bro used to say my stomach is a black hole. I had several trips to the salad bar with plateful of salads, plus 2 cups of pumpkin soup and some drinks.
And I finished my small rump steak too.
I concluded my lunch with a cup of hot camomile tea, and we all headed home with full stomach.
Hiro was sleeping through the day out. He always keep sleeping when we take him out on the travel capsule and stroller. ::)