This is our first time to experience the Dinner Cruise in Yokohama before welcoming the 2018 (Dec.30, 2017). We will like to try in the Kobe but we don’t have time to do it. We just meet the friends of ours and eat lunch and that time the kids want to play with their kids. Now, we are now far to that is (Kobe), soon when we have time to visit other ports area in Japan.
Here’s the boarding area looks like.
So, nice the display and on the side of the boarding area, there is a small stall selling some souvenirs items and some food as well.
Our tickets and we have time to take pictures on the cruise before we board.
This is the inside the cruise and while cruising taking some pictures as well even though so freezing outside.
When we are staying in a small apartment our my husband we decided to go the mall near the station of Kamiooka Area. That time they are lots of Bargain Sale but we didn’t buy at all because we are preparing for the moving into the new house. We all budgeted all the money for the winter trip and in the new house for sure we have to look for new pieces of furniture and anything to be used in the house. Anyhow, kids hopefully understand that we didn’t go shopping we just eat lunch and check the area only. You can watch the video below.
We also have fun while staying in this place. (as we arrived from Osaka to Yokohama)
It’s been a while that I didn’t post because we are so busy moving out. Yeah, so many things to settle and need to stop the mail/letters coming to our old house as well. Anyway, here’s our new house.
We bought this house from the older guy that he also bought it at an auction but he didn’t live in. He just bought it he tough he can manage to sell it alone without using an agent. But, so difficult to sell it without a sales agent here in Japan. It’s been 3 years past before he decided to post it with the sales agent in the net. We really intend to buy a house here in Japan but of course, we have to get that are far away from the central city which is much cheaper. This is was 6months decisions and some, house that we saw or trip in. The road is so narrow and some you have to climb the mountain and leave your car down the mountain and other near the sea. Which this is not safe at all because of tsunami and landslide. Then, finally, we had it. It was a residential area so, quite a neighborhood. Our neighbor here is mostly are old people. Seldom to see young kids if you find one, for sure they just visiting their grandma/grandpa.
Living and Dining, what I like about this are was the built-in rack and cabinets as well.
The Kitchen, well not like the old house we have a countertop. Lovely view on top of our dining.
Toilets and Showers: Separate toilet bowl from the bathtub & shower in the 1st floor with a mini-garden (that’s the kitchen glass door), In the 2nd floor, only a toilet and shower room no bathtub.
We have 3 rooms with the same sizes, 1 for my hubby office whenever he works from home sometimes, he has midnight conference call. Middle room will be my son’s room and last my daughter room. Every Room has a loft so, we decided its bed for the kids and below books and toys. So, we still have the standard room and master room. The standard room I use it for my craft room.
(left) The entrance of the house or Front Door (right) the Master bedroom.
Here are the small details of the house. (left to right) I don’t know that is the use of the faucet yet this is near the front door, we don’t use it yet because we still have filled with newspapers and magazines need to throw. The shoe rack, it fits all our shoes there is more space. Love it! Next, laundry room next to it was the bathroom. In the hallway, we have small storage room, great for my cleaning stuff to store. Next, the mini garden that I told you next tot he bathroom. Stairs from the living to the 2nd floor (3 pictures) lastly, walking closet, it fits all our clothes here and even the luggage as well.
Probably after one month, I hope everything will be in place and well organized house of ours. Before, signing off. What we love about this house is this garden but they need to be removed the big rocks and clean all of it.
I will take pictures and videos once everything in place. Now, they are painting it. Look our house that is wrap in plastics and covered in blue.
Hopefully, this will come up clean and looks brand new. I was amazed with the work of japanese. They also, have this notebook what they did in the house.
Lake Towada, a crater lake, straddles Aomori’s boundary with Akita. Oirase River flows easterly from Lake Towada. The Shirakami Mountains are located in western Aomori and contain the last of the virgin beech tree forest which is home to over 87 species of birds.
The burning passion of the people who live among the green forest, below the vast sky, and within the short summers.
Aomori Prefecture is located at the northern most point of Japan’s main island, and has two regions, the Tsugaru region where the capitol city of Aomori, as well as the castle town of Hirosaki, is located, and the Southern region within which Misawa city, which contains the Aomoriya, can be found.
Each has its own different history, climate and natural features, and culture.
Find untouched nature, an abundance of foods, alluring hot springs, and our hospitality here.
The passionate emotions hidden within the people born in this region nestle close to the feelings of their visitors and warmly protect them. With these feelings in mind, we work hard with both body and mind to perfect our management of the hotel.
It is our greatest wish that you leisurely relax as you gain a sense of the true essence of Aomori.
The crew/staff here in the hotel very friendly and they speak English too. They are helpful and considerate of all the guests. We had a great time staying here relaxing, even though I’m falling to get sick, luckily they are a hot spring to prevent it. Thank goodness it was gone and continue our trip.
(above pictures) our room… so clean and neat. And, I like the free cookies and coffee which is products of Aomori.
Interesting hallway right, many lights and decoration well some the Aomori traditions which we had a chance to watch it in our dinner. It was fascinating and amazing. I will post the video on other day need to edit first. They have such meaning for all those figures.
In a first day, we did crafting. Draw some horse and scratch the chopsticks.
Aomori has an abundance of traditional handicrafts. A variety of Aomori handicrafts famous throughout Japan, such as Tsugaru lacquerware, Kokeshi dolls, kite paintings, Southern torn strip-style fabrics, Koginzashi needleworks, and more have been passed down here through the ages. Aomori Kobo is a place where you can enjoy traditional Aomori handicrafts and other activities that are very easy to participate in.
(above picture) our overwhelming dinner and a show. Amazing show!
(above picture) Our 2nd Day, which we join a trip to Oirase WaterFall, up to the mountains. Icicle and meters of snows it was very cold.
After the trip, we had time to walk around the area of the hotel. (below pictures)
So, nice to see this frozen lake but not totally ice.
3rd day, we just walk around outside the hotel and we had also hot spring there. Suddenly, snowing and kids love it. After we had dinner, we go outside and borrow some lantern and still snowing and freezing of course. btw, the lantern is so Japanese style (cute)
4th day, our last day we get up early so that we can walk again in the vicinity before we leave.
It was fun and relaxing trip. If you like cold weather like us, better plan your trip in this place.
Every year I am suffering from this flaky scalp, but only when winter. Just the start of getting cold. My scalp can’t adjust the temperature. The hot shower then the cold breeze wind or air for sure this will start to snow in my head. (snow I mean white flaky skin from your scalp) Well, I need to do something about it. Usually, I just cover it with the bennie or any hats so, it won’t see the flaky thing in my head/hair.
what is dandruff?
Dandruff can have several causes, including dry skin, seborrhoeic dermatitis, not cleaning/scrubbing often enough, shampooing too often, psoriasis, eczema, sensitivity to hair care products, or a yeast-like fungus. Dry skin is the most common cause of flakingdandruff.
First, I usually change my brand of shampoo and conditioner. I don’t stay in one product because when my scalp gets used to it for sure this will definitely start flaking especially if I just scratch a bit my head. So, what I did I try the one in the Pinterest post for natural remedies of dandruff.
I love winter than the summer but the problem is my scalp so sensitive. Anyway, I tried and tested the following natural remedies or let say DIY’s
Get Rid Dandruff – tried it but it won’t last 3 weeks it comes back after 3 days when I stop using it. (Note: Neem oil/extract never try it becuase I can’t find here in Japan)
But, My husband has been annoyed to me complaining about my dandruff to him. And, everywhere I wore bennie/hats, so he decided to buy online this shampoo and leave on moisturizer. 100% it cured no more flaking scalp and I can wear my black shirt and scarf. I don’t if it’s available to other countries. But, this is it my problem was solved. No more snow on my shoulder.
(left) Leave on Conditioner/Moisturizer which is makes your scalp smell nice and your hair soft and shiny. (right) Shampoo in a small tube. (use it like doing your shampoo, massage your scalp and leave it at least 5 minutes and rise don’t but anything to your hair. No conditioner needed because the leave of moisturizer will do the rest. Now loving my hair shine and no flaky thing.
Yes, I just embrace the trend but, I’m not yet used to it. But, I just spend a day or two to gather all the ideas in the bullet journal. Anyway, I didn’t buy yet the expensive book for bullet journal notebook (like Leuchtturm1917, Moleskine, Rhodia Webnotebook, Midori MD, Miquelrius, Northbooks, Essentials Grid-lined) so, I didn’t spend money for these expensive books. Just look some notebooks in the bookstore or stationary or even in Office supplies store near you. I just being practical as a mother perhaps for those singles they can. Anyway, First I bought the one near in our house I already made some sketches then suddenly, I went to Muji store then I found this which is much more sheets and the paper is much thicker than the one I bought near our house.
This was my first To-Do-List Notebook. I think I started Last 2 years ago (mid-of-the-year) until I shifted to the short of Bullet Journal (2017) see below picture.
2017 Bullet Journal
Calendar (in Japanese) & Future Log (Events, Birthdays, Holidays etc.)
Some of those bucket list I already go… Happy!
When did I last… Change the bedsheet, wash rugs, change bag, change toothbrush and etc. this is was helpful for me but sometimes I forgot to write it down. I better continue to do this.
Household chores … Well, in my next journal it will be in the Tracker. But, perhaps it might not last it. Becuase, we are going to moved to other city and much bigger house with a garden. (soon I’ll post it)
TV Series and Movie to watch (which I also include it in my next year bullet journal.
And, I just a lot of my Daily Log Layout. Perhaps this year too. Depends, on the mood I guess.
I also put some tabs mark for easy access but I think I won’t use this anymore for my next bullet journal
Anyway, let get into my new Bullet Journal 2018.
(left facing your screen, of course) the old sketch I made with fewer sheets. (right) Muji notebook, But, I’m out of stickers that I made last time. I use calligraphy ink my fault I didn’t test first before I write it down. I have marks, other pens as well ghosting at the back of the sheets.
(top) old sketch (bottom) Muji Notebook revise the design to a cactus plant.
Brain Dump: anything goes. Weight Lost tracker hopefully it will work… (top) old sketch (bottom) Muji notebook, I was struggling drawing this silhouette.
(top) old sketch (bottom) Muji Notebook. Online Purchase, who the hell person don’t love searching and buying Online (not a human, hehe just joking) even though your not buying it you still search it online how much the price, right? Oh, Dream log, my dream is weird really weird… when I’m alone, I had time to read my dream log and I was laughing at myself. (if your bored try to read it).
Here’s my daily layout: H20 intake, Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks), Vitamins. I just might put the sleep log as well in here than in the tracker.
I don’t want to spend my time doing bullet journal I want it simple and minimalist style. Even my pen, I will just use black, blue and red. I also did the Index thing. (see below)
Oh, you can see the mark on the other side of the paper. Maybe I will just use ballpen, not a gel pen. I also did some quote on the cover. That’s it! We will see at the end of the year if there will work out for me too much information to fill it. Especially, I might be busy in the few months because of moving to other cities a bit far from where we are now.
This a problem for the everyday life of a mom/mother. Yes, the meal for every day. Especially I don’t have talent cook but I try to or else we end up eating outside food (restaurant) which it might cost much, right? If you cook, the ingredients you might not use it all so you can have a new recipe for the next meal. Anyway, moms out there, how do you do your meals every day.
As usual with the help of world wide web and technology (how convenient it was) I use this Meal planner on my iPad using the RedOven. I scheduled for one week and sometimes a month if my husband is out for a business trip (sorry I don’t have a license yet to drive the car, so hard to go the market using the bus) Anyway, this site or apps really makes my life easier. And, you will see if you going repeat your meal from last week or the other week. What good about this site/apps you can search by ingredients (that you have on hand).
Ideas – to use up leftover ingredients
My Recipe – you can also post your own recipe and share your talent
Grocery List – do I need to explain? just kiddin’ is a Grocery in short
Planner – this is what I like the most.
Try it! You will love this site/apps. Other sites I usually get some ideas for a meal. As you know, not my forte to cook it was my husband specialty (cooking and baking).
I was born in the Philippines. So, usually, everyone here once born in the Philippines automatic your Catholic. And, the Philippines is the only Asian country 80% are Catholics the rest are other religion. Need to baptist and have your first communion at the age of 7 up. That’s the traditional Catholic where my parents are. And, I was in Catholic School from Nursery to High School our superior or let say principles are priest and sisters, some our teachers as well. Anyway, how we have to memorize the Rosary, Commandments and all prayers. Oh, luckily when I was in High School they remove the Spanish language which you have to memorize a prayer in Spanish that’s hard. But, I have learned Spanish to my mom, because they have Spanish blood and they talk, sing and pray Spanish as well when my grandma is still alive. So, even every day we hold, bring and read the bible I just knew that I don’t really get what is the message all about, I just know we have to do it because of our school. In our real life, we don’t much talk about the religion even to our friends as well, sometimes they disagreed with our belief and faith. Even ourselves do we really know who is our creator is? Because I’m still confused reading passages/scriptures in the Bible sometimes I don’t know what does in a mean. Now, I read the bible once when I think I was in Elementary, while when your kid and you bring the bible that is so big and thick for sure you won’t read. That time they don’t yet invent the pocket bible, electronic etc. that is easy to access now.
In this generation, everything in electronics. Even a prayer from our creator is already available on the internet. So, from elementary, I already forgot the everything I learned about the bible or our creator itself. So, I decided to do my quiet time every day at least read the bible for a 2-4 chapter a day. Which I find this interesting website that you will certainly like it if you confused about your belief and faith.
We just attended Autumn Festival at the school of my daughter which I’m one of the committees. Not many pictures because my husband is the one going around and I need to stay on my post.
Here’s what we did in the other room which I’m part of it.
The preparation of this event from the 2nd month of the opening of the school until the end. That’s long enough preparation. Anyway, with a 1-month break (summer break). Our team or section we took the Shrinking Dinks and made it a tags or key chain. Anyway, pretty awesome when you watching it shrinking inside the oven toaster. Here’s the instruction (click here). I don’t have any pictures because I was busy with the kids entertain them. But I think my kids enjoy it. Here are some pix and short videos of them.
Above, the pictures of the crowd outside the room I was.
Playing time with my little princess as you know She needs to change to their uniform or else she might not get inside the school. Few pictures because as you know my husband is the one taking care the kids in the event. Anyway, here’s the video he took.