10.26.2011

LOL... yeah.. OMG!!

I feel a bit weird because it's been really quite awhile since I wrote a decent post here. I actually don't know how or where to start. A lot of things have happened and maybe some of you knows what's going on in our lives. Thanks to facebook (and twitter).

To sum up the almost 3 months of being hiatus online --- well
** BUSY BUSY BUSY
** it was all about AZUMI --- her new journey
** I had to quit my job to give more time and attention to my lil girl since she'll be attending school (which started on the first week of October)
** Azumi's 3rd birthday
** ... and a lot more

NONETHELESS...
I will try to catch up and be a good blogger I used to be.




My Pre-schooler


Awww where have the days gone by... My little girl has turned 3 years old 3 weeks ago and is now officially a preschooler who goes to her very own “drop-off” school, learning new things without me and making new friends all on her own.

I have to admit that I’m a little bit of wistful lately about the baby she used to be - that cute jolly chubby cheeks who has been with me 24/7, doing things together, trying to put her on an afternoon nap -- that stage of life when I know every little thing she does.

AND yet, I'm much excited and happy at the same time about what she has become. We've gone so far in a year. I feel so blessed to have her.

I couldn’t be happier or more proud.

(Kawaii Princess PhotoBlog)



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8.05.2011

It's been awhile since the last time I shared my simple cute food creations here. Last month, I bought few new bento tools that will make my little girl's food more elaborate and appealing. I always marvel at Japanese moms who spend time and energy making one of a kind, artistic and cute food / bento for their child. I think it's already a culture because based from some of my friends' experiences when their kids were in Yochien (Japanese Kindergarten), though it isn't really a mandatory to make a cute bento foods for your kid, their kids would ask them to make a cute bento food like the ones with their classmates.

Anyway, this is a Rice Mold Set which consists of 5 different shapes, making your food more adorable.

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Another healthy and cute food I prepared for my little Patootee, Azumi.
healthy and Cute food breakfast for Azumi
Vegetable soup
Fish sausage
Egg mixed Rice
Cherries
Pasta
Cucumber
Bacon

And here is the kid who was so happy with her meal...
Happy Kid

ごちそうさまでした。

Much
Anzu's Mum


7.30.2011

Here is another cuteness thrill from Sanrio Store. Azumi personally picked this one and I obliged to buy it since she always does good in school.


Hello Kitty Mini Carry On Luggage (with 3 snack goodies inside)
¥2,100 ( almost $21 )
23 × 36 × 13 cm


Almost every week, we stop by the Sanrio Store because it is also located at the same floor where Azumi takes her weekly pre-school class. I usually buy her a drink, like Hello Kitty apple or grape juice or Green tea. Well, the store doesn't only sells cute stuffs but also snacks and goodies too.

It has already became a routine for us that we go there before we leave the floor (coz it's just beside the elevator lol). The staff already knows us and they're kind enough to let Azumi play their sample toys.

I always think this store is strategically located since there is no way any little girl wouldn't want to stop and look out through the store that is packed with Hello Kitty and cute stuffs before heading off to the floor's elevator and/or escalator



I guess the place is more for the mom who wants to let her daughter pick out something Hello Kitty as a reward or just simply make their little girl smile.

photopick...

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Question:

Do you think it's a great idea to reward your kid for being good? OR never reward a child for something that is naturally expected of them?


Much



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7.21.2011

Cuteness Overload Japan gets very hot in the summer. There is a lot of humidity so I think it's hotter than Philippines because there is barely a breeze to be felt.

One of the ways to tolerate the heat of Summer is eating cold dishes. I was delighted to see those freezer-pop things available in stores. They are so cute and come in many varieties and sizes, making it the perfect frozen treat for all ages.

Here are the cool Ice molds that I bought from Plaza


Ice case (¥300~)
Freeze Pop (¥525)


I remember when I was a kid,  we used to buy ice candies and eat them while we play. I love the coconut and melon flavor. Sometimes, our caretaker, Apo Lisa would help me  make our own ice candies in small plastic packs, usually in chocolate and orange flavors. I have  lots of  fun Ice candy memories when I was young.

SO Now,

it's my turn to make Ice Candy memories to our kawaii princess, starting this year.

Honey bought this, melon flavored Sherbic (not sherbet). It's so easy to make. Just put the powder in bowl, add 400ml water, or 300ml milk instead for creamier taste, shake and VIOLA! Fill in your cutie Ice mold / freeze pop mold. Freeze for approximately 3 hours


Sherbic available in groceries ¥100~ (forgot the exact price)


It may not be in a plastic packs but still the thrill of eating/licking a fruity sweety flavored ice cold candy on a sunny day is like being in an icy pop heaven.



Mmmmm YUMMY! おいしいい。。。。 It was my first time also.

There’s nothing like a fruity, icy treat to beat the heat even inside our temperature controlled home.

Question:

How do you beat the heat of summer in your place?

Much



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also sharing this to
FTFBadge

7.19.2011

That's why I love my Hubs, he gives me time to shop by myself. After the movie, he took Anzu to play paradise, Bornelund's Kid-o-Kids.

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Children's entrance: ¥600(for 30 mins)

Adult entrance: ¥300 (for 30 mins)

¥100 per 10 minutes extention

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I'd like to buy this but it's too expensive...

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@ game center :)

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Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!





7.18.2011

Finally, Azumi had her first movie experience last wednesday. Her Dad was kinda worried at first because she might just run around or get bored in the middle. BUT I'm glad she did well and seems to be enjoying the whole time. It was funny the moment we sat down in our chairs, she was amazed to see how big the screen was. She even said "look mama, HUMONGOUS tv" --- wow! HUMONGOUS?! I don't even use that word.

Well, thanks Sesame Street Podcast where Anzu learns some of her vocabularies. It's a little bargain that is downloadable through Itunes for free. It features Murray and other Sesame Street Muppets with Celebrity guests as they introduce kids to new vocabulary word at the beginning of each episode, focuses on building children's language and vocabulary skills. I must say it works perfectly for Anzu (and for me while I do the chores in the morning)

Anyway,

Because we want her "first movie" experience to be successful, we chose to watch the movie she'll surely love, ANPANMAN at Mycal Warner Cinemas inside the Aeon Mall. It's a 90 minute movie and the main character is the most popular here in Japan

Normally, children age 0-3 years old are free but since it's supposed to be a children's movie, kids are charged ¥900 while ¥1,800 for adults -- kinda expensive huh.




7.11.2011

It's funny that I don't even paint my nails and then I would catch Anzu doodling her nails with a red pen in the corner while I am busy with my chores at the kitchen.

It was the reason why there was a sudden unusual silence in our living room during her most Peak Hour. Good thing it was washable and non toxic.

Yeah it happened some few weeks ago.

The mouse is doing something while the cat is away lol






5.16.2011

Just wanna a share this short clip of Anzu counting in Spanish (english and japanese) but kept on being destructed with the things she sees while we are driving our way home.
 

Counting In English and Spanish part 1
I didn't mean to teach her spanish language but she learns it from TV, as she enjoys watching Dora The Explorer. I appreciate that Dora is trying to teach kids another language which is good since we want Azumi to be a multi-ligual child.

 

As of now, we are consistent in raising her to be an English-Japanese bilingual child and eventually teach her Tagalog. My husband likes the idea of learning the english language right along with our little girl. I speak to her only English while Hubby talks to her in Japanese but sometimes switches between the two tongues lol (since he's also learning english).

Right now she is getting a good foundation for English which she will need in communicating with our (my) family who doesn't speak in Japanese. Some of my oldies here are worried that our daughter might have a language confusion.

Hmmm I heard people say that the best time to introduce another language to a child is while they are babies.

What do you think? Thoughts and opinions about raising a bilingual/multilingual child are very much welcome :)

Much



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5.09.2011

In Japan, May 5 is holiday dedicated entirely for Children, as they are our most precious treasure and a great source of happiness and pride. Families take the time to celebrate the joys of childhood and family life.

It's also a day to give importance to the boys since we have  "Girl's day" on every 3rd day of March. Families wish for the good health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, in which symbolize strength, power and success in life. I might share more about this next year as my nephew Ryukun will be turning 5.

To celebrate the Children's day, we had a BBQ party in the riverside near our place despite of the cold weather we had during that day. It was also an advance celebration for Ryukun's birthday.

The bbq lunch party begins...

BBQ Party | Celebrating Children's day


I love BBQs...




5.08.2011

Azumi and I want to greet everybody a....
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Cheers to my Mom, my Mother In law, fellow mommies online, and to all the Mothers in the world

Thank You

Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful moms I love and to all of the Moms who are reading this, yes you!


Much
Anzu’s Mum


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5.06.2011

~♪~♪ Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Morning Sun,
Please shine down on me ~♪~♪


Mr Sun Breakfast


Another cute and appealing food served to Azumi Patootee I made this sun inspired breakfast because the weather was kinda gloomy just when the time we needed Mr. Sun to be there.

Just what I expected, Anzu sang Mr. Sun when she saw her Mr. Golden Morning Sun Breakfast.

By the way, this cute food is so easy to make. No need for instructions coz what you see is what you get. Try to make one for your little munchkins :)

Thank God it's Friday :) Enjoy your day dearies...

Much
Anzu’s Mum


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5.03.2011



I have a budding singer in the house. Please take time to watch my 2 year old dolly Patootee's video clip. This was actually taken a month ago. She was wearing the shirt that was given to her by my friend in Malaysia, Scandy Haizele



Another Kulitan Moment with Azumi... My dolly knows how to smile in front of the camera.



This girl is such a dear wonderful break from the stress that normal life throws. I know your kids do the same for you.

Have a nice week ahead dearies.

Much
Anzu’s Mum


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4.29.2011

Who knew that pasta could be shaped into flowers? Since Cherry Blossoms were at its peak, which means Spring is being welcomed here in Japan, I made a Spring inspired breakfast for my little kawaii Patootee.

Spring Inspired Cute Food for Kids


Spagetti
Nori Sea weed
Purin / Pudding
Vegetable mixed Tofu
Cheese Roll
Bread


This is how I shaped the pasta to look like a flower....

Spring Inspired Cute Food for Kids


I cut the Nori Seaweed for stems and leaves.
With a little bit of creativity, you can transform leftover foods into adorable and cute foods that seems to look appetizing for kids.

My Little Patootee, Azumi


Azumi Kawaii Princess


Enjoy your weekend Dearies..



4.23.2011

Looks like I haven't blogged much yet about Azumi's 2nd birthday party which was held at Philippines, October last year. The last quarter of 2010 was a bit busy months for me that I didn't have much time to blog about the biggest party I have ever organized.

It was my first time to host a kiddie party. Thank God it was a success despite of stressful minor problems caused by my caterer. Azumi wasn't feeling well at that time :( BUT overall, we had a wonderful celebration with friends and relatives.

Azumi's Princess Strawberry Shortcake Party Stage

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I don't know how to further elaborate our birthday story, I'll  just let this music video tell how the party went. Enjoy Watching .. (view the photos here)



Party date: October 30, 2011
The Venue : Noveou Pavillion @ Noveou Residences, Angeles City
Party Theme: Princess Strawberry Shortcake and Friends
Color Motiff: Pink, Red, and Green

I would like to acknowledge the people and team behind this beautiful and fun birthday party of Azumi.

00215.gif image by bams704 Ms. Jen Belen - the Party host at my daughter's party (my verdict: expectation exceeded)

00215.gif image by bams704 Kidstar Kastles
- the team who decorated the whole venue, including the stage, entrance, and centerpieces. (my verdict: expectation exceeded)

00215.gif image by bams704 Ms. Clarissa Banaag of Frupcakes - She made the theme tower cupcakes (my verdict: expectation met)

(read a bit more of my kwento here)

The stress and sleepless nights I had during the 3 months preparation of this party was definitely worth it. The actual party was filled with fun and laughters with close friends and relatives. I feel so blessed.

Much
Anzu’s Mum


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