The kind of Mum I want to be: then and now

Like  most new expecting mothers, I imagine, I had pretty romantic hopes for a charmed existence as a stay-at-home-mum.

Partly due to the oftentimes opinionated and judgy parenting articles I gorged myself on during pregnancy, I had a long list of expectations for myself. If you knew me and my overly-developed competitive nature, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. Continue reading


Latte Graphic in Machida

If you live within the 23 wards of Tokyo, you may have had little reason to venture over to Machida, sometimes dubbed “mini Tokyo” (by “sometimes” I mean I call it that…). It is technically part of Tokyo prefecture, but is kind of out of the way and jammed between Sagamihara and Kawasaki cities in Kanagawa. Continue reading

My first article on SavvyTokyo: Pregnancy in Japan!

So…I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this week for several reasons. One is that LA has been sick so we are a bit more sleep deprived than usual and she has been a little more needy during the day. It’s so sad seeing her coughing and sweating and with runny nose gunk all over her face :(. I’m still claiming new mum status and my right to overreact to her every sniffle and cough…waaah poor girl. But, the little champion is still smiling so she’ll be ‘right!

Anyway, just wanted to share my first article as a contributor to SavvyTokyo! Please check it out  Continue reading

The effects of sleep deprivation in a new mum

When LA was 2 weeks old, she would regularly sleep 6 hours straight overnight. By the time she was 2 months, she was sleeping 12-13 hours overnight. Wow, that wasn’t so bad, I thought – she’s sleep trained already! Woop, woop! I was advised by several mum friends to keep the number of hours of sleep I was getting to myself, or else expect to illicit some less than favourable emotions from sleep-deprived new mamas around me.

Cue 4 month sleep regression. Continue reading

“Only in Japan”: Delivery Sushi (and almost everything else)

I enjoy having home-cooked meals for almost every meal; I like spending time in the kitchen as well as the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are not ingesting preservatives, chemicals and unnecessary quantities of sodium and refined ingredients. I’ve mentioned before about my newly acquired interest in nutrition since becoming a mum, although I am definitely far, far away from being a health nut (this is definitely not meant in a disparaging sense – I admire health nuts!). That being said, there certainly are those days where it’s just nice to have the night off. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like cooking and instead my desire to cook is replaced by a craving for restaurant food of some description. Continue reading