Not nuts over natto

I am jealous of my friends who love natto (fermented soybeans). One of the first couple of things you will encounter in Japan over breakfast is a serving of natto, among many other things. I remember giving it a try even if I knew I wouldn’t like it during my first morning in Tokyo. I …

Leaving Luna

I wanted to write about my first couple of months here in my university but I ended up writing about Luna. It has been six months since I moved to Japan to study International Relations. Months before leaving, it was a blessing in disguise that I had to resign from work to take care of …

Staycation checklist

Suddenly, our list which consisted of having a comfy bed to sleep in has now expanded to…   ⚪ baby cot – for Luna to sleep in ⚪ baby tub – for bath time ⚪ large bed – in case Luna hates the cot ⚪ bath tub – “indoor swimming” ⚪ heated pool with shade …

Ganbatte!

Our little Luna is a fighter. Since day one in my womb, she has shown us so much strength and will to survive. During pregnancy, she hanged on during the wobbly first trimester even if I very well thought I would have lost her during those early weeks. Early on after her birth, despite having …

Honeymooners no more

It has been almost a year since we thought of the idea of expanding our family from two to three. I couldn’t help but feel a bit sentimental. I ended up looking at our honeymoon photos — some of whichI’ve just seen for the first time. These are beautiful outtakes taken by Seah Gee Hock, …

First words

A friend recently posted on Facebook her first words to her baby. At first I couldn’t remember mine. Then I paused for a bit and tried to do a rewind. My earliest memory was that first family selfie Joel took but I couldn’t really place in on a timeline. But I did remember that moment …

It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child. They never say that it also takes a village to keep a mother sane. I am so glad there are mommies who figuratively hold my hand as I go through this crazy and tough journey of motherhood and breastfeeding. I am especially thankful for breastfeeding …

Golden moments

Looking back, it’s funny to think that Joel experienced so many highs at the very same place where I had the most painful experiences. While my journey from labor to delivery was a rough ride, Joel’s fatherhood was amazing and it was heartwarming to see it with my own eyes. Well, technically, I was heavily …