The past couple of months had me traveling to different places so, that explains the lack of posting here. And since it was the holiday season, my schedule had been super busy. The second week of December, my family traveled to Tokyo and in the first and second week of January, we made two local travels; Batangas and Palawan. Let me tell you first about the Tokyo trip and let’s leave Batangas and Palawan for another post.
We left on December 12 and Airbnb’ed in a cute little mansion in Shibuya. It’s been a long time since I last traveled to Japan and almost everything have changed. Of course, I’m exaggerating! But really, those places that I loved before (btw, if you have been following my blog, you know that I’ve lived in Tokyo for one year), most of there are gone. This is the first time that my twin granddaughters have traveled and my oh my, the excitement in their faces is so priceless. From the plane ride going there (we took Ana Air by the way, and it was a great experience) to the plane ride going home, there was never a dull moment for the two.
It was already night time when we arrived, so we just had dinner in Minato-ku before we proceeded to the place we rented. Our Japanese friends who fetched us from Haneda Airport brought us to one of the best Okonomiyaki places in Tokyo. So there, take a look at the feast, we had during our first night.
We stayed at the Wine Apartment in Shibuya, a 15 minute walk from the Shibuya crossing and station. Dang! It’s only now that I realized I didn’t take photos of the mansion. Oh well. It’s a studio type mansion with 1 toilet and 1 bath, a small kitchen and dining area and a laundry room. The place could accommodate 8-10 persons. The owner, Kato San, even provided us with towels, toiletries and laundry detergents. I love the security features of the place and it was a very quiet community. Well, most residential places in Tokyo are quiet! It has been a long day for all of us, so everyone slept right away to prepare for the next day.
Getting around Shibuya was easy and we enjoyed window shopping at most of the stores that we passed by along the way. I even found a cute music store where they have a guitar center little rock ar. This was the guitar my son has been asking for when he was still so crazy about guitars.
We had lunch at the food plaza in Shibuya station. I’ve been looking all over for some Yakitori and this where I found some. The cakes they had there were all amazing and how I wished I could sample all of them.
We spent the rest of the day in Shibuya and ate ramen for dinner. We got home a little early to catch up on some sleep. This is where I end my post now and will tell you about our Day 2 really soon. That’s the day we went to Tokyo Disneyland!!!
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Coming off of a recent family vacation, it dawned on me how much this whole “traveling with baby” concept terrified me. Being a parent is scary enough, but traveling with a kid is downright terrifying! There are a few things that can really scare first-time parents, but I assure you as a mom myself, it is never all that bad.
The first is of course the actual transportation to your destination. If you’re traveling by car, chances are your kid will sleep most of the way, and if he/she doesn’t, you can jump in the back seat and help soothe. Now, if you’re traveling by flight, things can get a little hairy. I remember my first flight with my daughter when she was only 5 months old and thinking, “Oh my God, please don’t let us be ‘those people’ on the flight.” Obviously, I was referring to “those people” who have that screaming, inconsolable kid who could not be calmed, soothed, tamed or even bribed into being well-behaved. We’ve all seen it and many of us have experienced it.
Chances are your kid is going to be fine. Airplanes tend to work as giant sound machines and typically will put your baby right to sleep. On our most recent trip to Houston, she slept 80% of the time (the other 20% she played and ate her puffs). If you can, plan your flight, according to nap times and let them play themselves tired before the flight. Most airports are equipped with playgrounds, and if not, you can find other creative ways to keep them busy. Let them watch the planes come and go or make a game out of counting the people around you. The more energy they exert before the flight, the better. If your baby is not yet mobile, then chances are, your baby will fall asleep shortly after take off anyways.
The next thing to consider is your agenda when you actually get to your destination. Make sure you pick a family-friendly city, like Houston, for example, filled with plenty of fun things to do If you do not know if your destination of choice is family-friendly, do a quick online search to see what there is to do there and base your decision off that!
In the end, the only thing that matters is the safety and comfort of your baby and the quality time together as a family. The rest is just background noise (which hopefully, puts your baby right to sleep for the trip home.)
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A beautiful sandy beach and warm weather may be the ideal vacation for some, but it may also be out of budget. Although traveling far may be fun, it can be very pricey, so planning a fun, staycation at home can be a better option!
Staycations can be just as fun as vacations if you plan a fun-filled itinerary. First off, if you live near a big city or town, head on over there first. There are definitely an assortment of things you have not done in your own city or town, so be like a tourist! Try out all those funny activities designed for visitors and make reservations at the best, must-try restaurants.
If you don’t live by a big city or town, then plan some exciting and engaging activities at home. For example, plan to cook something that you have never cooked before. Make sure to get all the ingredients in advance, and engage your entire family in the cooking process. Another idea is crafting or building something at home. A great way to work as a team is to complete a project together. What better way than to build something at home that you have always wanted to build! This could be a tree house for your kids or a garden house for supplies. You can find all different types of tools to assist in construction or crafting activities at grainger.com. If you check out Groupon Coupons for grainger.com, you can save even more!
If cooking and constructing are not you and your family’s “thing” then no fear, there are still many fun things you can do in the comfort of your own home. You can plan a movie marathon with everyone’s favorite movies or have a huge board game tournament. The possibilities are endless!
Next time you desire a vacation abroad but do not have the funds, there is no need to worry. Planning a staycation can be an easy task that is also very fun! Just make sure to include lots of great activities and your staycation will be as enjoyable as any other vacation.
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I’m so glad that we have finally settled down in our new home. The past couple of months were a bit crazy with all the constructions, shopping and home improvement stuff. Traveling has to take a back seat, too. This month, though, I am planning a trip to Tokyo for the whole family.
It’s been more than 20 years since we last visited. I’m sure my twin granddaughters (aged 5) would be so excited to see Disneyland for the first time. They are all about princesses and they’d be so happy to see their favorite princesses, for sure. This is actually my treat for them for excelling in school.
This would also be my son’s first time to see Japan and he is super excited. We are planning to leave for the second week of November. I will definitely be posting a lot of photos.
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My favorite nephew would surely drool once he sees the Seagull Performer Cutaway flame maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar. I don’t know much about guitars, but I fell in love with the high gloss finish of this one. His birthday is coming up and I would love to give this to him as a gift if it wasn’t too pricey. Do guitars really cost this much?
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