HarborLand, Kobe, Japan

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Our first time to go here, One of my japanese friend invited us here.

Facing Kobe bay, the commercial complex of shopping mall, restaurants, cinemas and other amusement facilities, hotels and wedding center Kobe Harborland is truely a pearl lying on the edge of land, shining dazzlingly over a large space of waterfront at night. In fact, the complex originated in the former site of the Japanese National Railways Minatogawa Kamotsu Station. Kobe General Children’s Center was the very first facility appearing at Harborland. The year 1990 remarked several important events held in Kobe Harborland including the first gas lamp lighting event at Kobe Gaslight street, the opening of Kobe Harborland General Information Center, Kobe city General Education Center and the Brick Warehouse restaurants. After the construction of Harborland Event Square Hanekko Hiroba and the pedestrian bridge Hanekko was completed in 1991, Kobe Harborland was officially opened as a town, a veritable cultural hub linking the land and sea in such a active and modern commercial complex, leading to the open of a series of important facilities including of Hotel New Otani, Kobe Seibu Department store, Duo Kobe, Augusta Plaza, Hankyu Department Store and Mosaic.

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From our house to this place, it took us 1 1/2 hours. And, our kids happy to have long trip they are watching their favorite cartoons Totoro and Doraemon.

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Look at the view is so gorgeous, and the big cruise in the other side of the port. We go early ’cause we know that it will be traffic because it was Golden Week Holiday.

Mosaic and Canal Garden are two largest shopping complexes located in Harborland. While Mosaic takes advantage of lying along the waterfront, holding aloft the signboard outstanding from the distance and featuring a complex of boutiques and restaurants, Canal Garden owns the Hankyu Department store, Sofmap electronics tore and sports store. The brick warehousescreate an outstanding construction in the middle of Kobe Harborland by the impressive classical architecture. The houses used to be used to store cargo from ships around the port before becoming home of several restaurants. An other remarkable construction, Hanekko pedestrian bridge comes over the little stream by the event square Hanekko Hiroba. Hanekko is the pioneer in applying the European style in construction which wings can be lifted up to allow ships to pass. The bridge will be extremely splendid at night by the illumination of about 1700 light bulbs.

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A happy kid because we go inside the shops of the Anpanman Museum but not the Museum itself. Because we are early so, we had time to stroll around the vicinity.

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Here’s the main reason we went here to eat Brazilian Food. It was “meat all you eat”. It was terrific and delicious food. The name of the restaurant is Brasiliano, nice place the staff are from Brazil but they can converse in Japanese. I just love the beans and the sauce on it and i don’t know what does it called, but great food. Very friendly Staff even though it was so, many people they can still manage not to let the customer waited too long.

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We had time to ask the staff to take us pictures. Then, we stroll outside to look the scenery. The big cruise at the opposite side was already sail away. I told to my husband once He had long vacation we should try to do Cruise Trip. Well, put in the family bucket list.

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A great thing we went to the side of the Mall, we had time to go the Kawasaki and Marine Museum. Kids enjoy it so much. Of course Kawasaki is all about motors, history and different kinds of motors from small to big one.

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While, the other kids are still enjoying the Kawasaki Museum, we went to the Marine and take pictures with my little princess. Different ships, boats anything in the water transport.

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We just recently watch this in the TV. The Time Capsule, 1987 – 2017 – But, they didn’t show what’s inside the capsule.

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While walking, we saw this man doing some balloon art. Then, my girl she don’t want to go until she requested to make anpanman balloon. So, cute right.

Anpanman (アンパンマン?) is a Japanese picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, running from 1973 until the creator died in 2013. The series has been adapted into an anime entitled Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン?, Let’s Go! Anpanman), which is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a bean-jam filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman.

Heavily merchandised, the Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children’s product in Japan, ranging from clothes[1] to video games to toys to snack foods.

Well, there’s a lot of character in Anpanman Cartoons. Babies or Toddlers love this Anpanman cartoon. Just check this link here.

 

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Day to Day with Essential Oils

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This is my daily routine incorporated with the Essential Oils.

5:45am Wake up and before everything, put essential oils in our diffuser. Combination below:

HAPPY MORNING: 1 drop of Peppermint, Orange and Lime

IMMUNE BOOSTER: 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Lime, 2 drops Peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, 2 drop Eucalytus and 1 drop clove or 5 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Lemon and 1 drop of Melaleuca

WAKE UP/PICK-UP BLEND: 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Orange

ENERGY BLEND: 2 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Rosemary or 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Peppermint

UPLIFTING, BRIGHT and FRESH: 3 drops Breath, 2 drops Orange, 3 drops Lime

BRAIN POWER: 2 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops juniper berry

then, before I begin my YOGA, I put Deep Blue for my leg area. (45mins)

6:45am I just need to wake up my school boy (my son) get ready for school. He need to take a bath (2 drop of Peppermint EO on the floor) and then, cook breakfast for them. I always put a drop of OnGuard to their drink of my Son and Husband.

8am before they go out in the house they (husband and son) using mask to prevent for the virus. I put 1 drop of Easy Air (Japanese ver.)on their mask or OnGuard for prevention. Especially now, the season is changing from Winter to Spring. Spring is the most allergies season. Allergies to pollen (flowers) and hot & chilly weather. My husband, he’s taking OnGuard Softgel for his Immune system.

7:15am I need to clean the house. I made some of my DIY Cleaning with EO in the House. First, spray DIY Lysol (check below) to kill bacteria. Start to Vacuum and Clean the countertops and tables. Wash the Dishes and Clean the Kitchen. I want to finish my house chores before 10am.

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10am Start to relax (change my diffuser combination) check Emails and Social media. Either I will start to do some crafty thingy or sewing some re-fashion or scrap cloth.

11:30am I will start to cook for Lunch. Usually, I also put some EO in our food. Below are the some recipe I tested. (I’m not good in cooking my husband was, next time I better document it when he does the cooking)

2pm We (together with my daughter) take a nap and also change our diffuser for relaxing/calming.

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4pm (around) My son will be home soon. So, usually I will make him juice and eat lunch again (Japanese school they have served food at lunch) Well, he wants to eat again with his juice. Take note: Full course meal. I put 1 drop of OnGuard on his drinks and then, I will diffuse oil in his room to focus & motivation and do his assignment. Well, me, I have to prepare for snacks.

6pm Time for watching TV with the kids (Popcorn). And I will cook food for dinner.

7pm My son will take a bath again put a drop of EO in the floor when the water steam off the oil.

8pm Eat Dinner (here’s some of the food recipes)

9pm I will take a warm bath soak (Orange & Peppermint Salt Bath), but first I have to remove make-ups and do my body scrubs. After that, put on Lavender Lotion.

10~ on wards watch tv and diffuse for relaxing blend and sleep.

Oh, that’s so long to type on… anyway, that’s my everyday or let say day to day essential oils. Below as well, my husband usually the first to have this sinus and will make this one for him.

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Just put some drop in a hot water and let the steam inhale. DIY or Recipe above is tested by yours truly. But, of course, depends on your sensitivity of your skin and immune system.

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Here’s how I clean my make-up brush and sponge (Flat).

Materials: Castile Soap, Paper towel, small bowl, soft bristle toothbrush and silicon pot holder.

For the Brushed: First, put the amount of Castile soap and tea tree oil in the small bowl. Then, deep the brushes (don’t soak it) and swirl the brush in the silicon pot holder, just repeat until no more residues of make-up in the brush.

For the sponge, I usually soak it with the equal amount of Castile soap and water, then a few drops of Tea tea oil. Then, squeeze the sponge and rinse with warm water. Flat sponge, brush carefully the residue of the make ups, then rinse with warm water. That’s it!.

 

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Snow in Osaka, Japan

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This is the first time in Osaka, that the snow accumulated to more than 2 centimeters. When it snow here in Osaka, just one time and then after a while will be melted.

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We joined the house build trip of Sekisui House Builder in Kyoto. Pretty much the same as the other builders. But, we will see if the sales agents are very patience to wait for us to decide.

We checked also the ABC Housing near the Lalaport Expo City Mall. (the big mall). Kids enjoyed free ride in a mini train and feeding the birds.

Before we go home, we first stop in a Ramen Restaurant. Great for Chilly Weather!

Finally, playing & enjoying the snow fall.

I also upload a quick video in my youtube channel.

Newsletters and Subscriptions

I usually subscribe more than I need… Like foods, crafting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. etc. that’s why everyday I got tons of tons of email to check. So, what I did is to put them in a sub-folder and directing all those newsletter or subscription emails to a designated folder. Which much neat to see in my Inbox and of course I created an email for my subriptions and newsletter so, that it won’t mix up with my personal email.

I will share you some of my newsletter and subscriptions just in case you have not yet visited those sites.

FOODS:

SEWING

KNITTING/CROCHETING

CRAFTING

I hope this will help you to get some ideas on what you do with your spare time… just like me.

 

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Vacuum

Last Saturday we went to the Electronic Mall (Yodobashi) and we looked the vacuum and we were contemplating if we will buy or not. We were comparing the price from amazon and Kokoro (Japanese site) if its lower than the Mall.

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See the Online Price below… no difference at all and few amount only.

 

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Anyway, maybe my hubby just hungry, so, we decided to eat first. This is our first time to eat in this restaurant.

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Look the inside very cozy and unique decoration.

Oh, i can’t wait to taste their food… below the buffet.

There’s a lot of variety cheese, salad, pasta, appetizer and unlimited drinks (wine, cocktail, beer, juice, soda etc.) . We enjoyed a lot the food. Grilled Pork, Beef, Chicken, Seafood and Veggie so delicious.

So, now my hubby has decided to buy the vacuum and he justify it that our vacuum at home is old, 2nd hand only and it didn’t sucks much the dirt (as if he always using the vacuum at home)

Plus, we bought Essential Oil Diffuser which i have been longing to buy this two months ago.

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This Diffuser only oil you don’t need to put water but, of course my Doterra oil is a bit expensive which usually we rub/put in our skin and drink it. But this (above) for Diffuser.

Below the video for our new vacuum.

 

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Snow Monkey (Nagano, Japan)

I feel sick today nevertheless, i need to post blog. Sick of eating too much hahahaha… but, seriously, my tummy really hurts. Because we eat snacks at the Dessert Buffet. Who can refused cakes and ice cream a lot of variety I will just post it another time.

so, let’s get started… But before we start, i just want to share this lovely and cute folded towel in Disneyland hotel.

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It was Trigger and Winnie the pooh… We took train from Tokyo to Nagano Station and Nagano train again going to Yudanaka, Nagano.

Nagano (長野市 Nagano-shi?), the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, is located in the northern part of the prefecture near the confluence of the Chikuma and the Sai rivers, on the main Japanese island of Honshū.

As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 387,146 and a population density of 460 persons per km². The total area is 834.85 km².

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We check-in in Suminoyu Hotel, Nagano from Yudanaka station they pick us up going to the Hotel. Take a look of our Hotel. It was very traditional Japanese style.

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Our Hotel I will say highly recommended, really… the staff our friendly and they will really feel you at home. So, we arrived in the Hotel around 2pm so, a bit early rest for a while and we go onsen (hot spring) around the area.

An onsen (温泉?) is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs. As avolcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.

Onsen come in many types and shapes, including outdoor (露天風呂 or 野天風呂 roten-buro or noten-buro?) and indoor baths. Baths may be either publicly run by a municipality or private (内湯 uchiyu?) often run as part of a hotel, ryokan or bed and breakfast (民宿 minshuku?).

Onsen are a central feature of Japanese tourism, typically found out in the countryside, but there are a number of popular establishments still found within major cities. They are a major tourist attraction drawing Japanese couples, families or company groups who want to get away from the hectic life of the city to relax. Japanese often talk of the virtues of “naked communion” (裸の付き合い hadaka no tsukiai?)[1] for breaking down barriers and getting to know people in the relaxed homey atmosphere of a ryokan with an attached onsen. Japanese television channels often feature special programs about local onsens.[citation needed]

The presence of an onsen is often indicated on signs and maps by the symbol ♨ or the kanji, (yu, meaning “hot water”). Sometimes the simpler hiragana character ゆ (yu) is used, to be understandable to younger children.[citation needed]

Roten-buro outdoor onsen at Nakanoshima in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama

Indoor onsen at Ōfuka Onsen

Traditionally, onsen were located outdoors, although a large number of inns have now built indoor bathing facilities as well. Onsen by definition use naturally hot water fromgeothermally heated springs. Onsen should be differentiated from sentō, indoor public bath houses where the baths are filled with heated tap water.[citation needed]

The legal definition of an onsen includes that its water must contain at least one of 19 designated chemical elements, including such minerals as iron, sulfur, and metabolic acid and be 25 °C or warmer before being reheated. Stratifications exist for waters of different temperatures. Major onsen resort hotels often feature a wide variety of themed spa baths and artificial waterfalls in the bathing area utaseyu (打たせ湯?).

Onsen water is believed to have healing powers derived from its mineral content.[citation needed] A particular onsen may feature several different baths, each with water with a different mineral composition. The outdoor bath tubs are most often made from Japanese cypress, marble or granite, while indoor tubs may be made with tile, acrylic glass orstainless steel. Different onsen also boast about their different waters or mineral compositions, plus what healing properties these may contain. Other services like massages may be offered.[citation needed]

People often travel to onsen with colleagues, friends, couples or their families.[citation needed]

Alright, too much information… as you know we loved hot spring it’s really help to our body and warm up. We ate late lunch or let say snacks at the store Udon (Nagano Specialty)

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and as we walk by around the area you saw the Soft boiled Egg Onsen (hot spring).

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Amazing right, that’s really hot water. Anyway, we tried as well the feet onsen in front of our hotel. Look my lovely princess she keeps on laughing her big brother bec. the water is too hot.

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As we came back to our hotel time for dinner. We didn’t expect the food in hotel how generous they are. They served breakfast and dinner. Very tasty and a Japanese Style and we didn’t know which one will be first to eat hehehe… My hubby says you most eat the one in front of you and round the clock, from right to left. Take a look below.

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The Japanese macaque (/məˈkɑːk/;[2] Macaca fuscata), also known as the snow monkey, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan. They get their name “snow monkey” because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year – no other nonhuman primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate.[3][4] Individuals have brown-grey fur, red faces, and short tails. Two subspecies are known.[5]

In Japan, the species is known Parsazaru Nihonzaru (Nihon 日本 “Japan” + saru 猿 “monkey”) to distinguish it from other primates, but the Japanese macaque is very familiar in Japan, so when Japanese people simply say saru, they usually have in mind the Japanese macaque.

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They are so cute with their red face. They not that wild monkey of course don’t feed them that’s the golden rule.

As we go back to our hotel, we completed the 9 Hot spring in the area.

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We bought this towl in our hotel. They call it Junyoku Special Towel. At the nine Sotoyu Public baths and Takayakushi Shrines. The Ten Seals can also be stamped on the Junyoku japanese towel, which is available as a souvenir. If all the 10 seals are stamped on your towel, it is said you will be rewarded with divine favors such as the expulsion of evil spirits, safe delivery of babies, and perpetual youth and longevity. It has become very popular amoung tourist like us.  Below are some Public Hot Spring.

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We really loved to stay here and for sure will coming back with the same hotel as well. Love it, highly recommended. You will not regret to stay in this hotel.

Now, I just need to take a rest for a while. While writing this blog i go lie down for couple of minutes and back to write. 

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Disney Trip

I think we (hubby and i) much excited than our kids. Well, kids at heart. Because we will experience the Hotel of the Disney which looking forward the theme and also the perks. And also, if it’s worth it to spend so much money in this hotel before I answer it let just pause here for a while here’s the picture to be judged.

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This is in-front of Hotel but you won’t see the sign of Hotel Disney Hotel (?)

This is our theme room we where excited to go inside but too early as they have to clean our room which check in time is 4pm. So, we decided  to go inside the park/amusement first. First, in Disneysea we took  the train lovely its first frozen theme. 

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The Disney train is just 5-10mins walk in front of our hotel, convenient right? 😀

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we had lunch buffet at Sailing Buffet Restaurant inside the DisneySea. So, yummy we had nice lunch.

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Surprise birthday cake for our princess  (lovely…)

Day2 : we had breakfast in Sherwood restaurant inside Tokyo Disney hotel this is a separate charge or payment aside from the hotel. Breakfast is not included once you booked in the hotel :-(. Anyway, just once in a lifetime experience and it was good a lot of variety foods.  

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We are in Disneyland now… We had time to go around not much people I mean not too crowded. My son, got time to ask the character to signed on his autograph. Last time we went here we don’t have this kind of autograph thing we just known in at USA Disney only. Now, they have here in Japan I don’t know in Hong Kong because the last time I went there nothing just taking some pictures with the characters. 

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Day 3: DisneySea again hehehe… But we had a great time in our lunch which is we had to booked lunch at Ambassador Hotel, Chef Mickey… Disney main character will dine in with us they will go table to table to meet and greet.  (Don’t ask the price very expensive, it just want to expereince it)

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Back to hotel rest for awhile and go to Disneyland (5mins walk from our hotel hehehe) our last day in park/amusement. Convenient to this hotel is just walk few walks and train going to the park/amusement. No need to rush to the train station to go home or back to city to your hotel. Below picture a ticket for the Disney Resort Line. 

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Well, that’s all folks our Disney Trip and if you want to stay in Disney Hotel, be my guess.

The 4th to 6th day Travel we went to Nagano, Japan… i’ll post soon the details. So, amazed with the Snow Monkey. —

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