fabrics from Japan

as expected, i did not have much time for shopping during this trip to tokyo. tb had to entertain the boys while i went crazy in the small craft department at Ito Yokado store in Oimachi.

They had about 2 shoulder-height shelves of pre-cut fabrics (100cm x 110cm) and i just grabbed whatever i could and left TuT. prices were soooo cheap! i would have grabbed more if the fabrics did not weigh so much (it is not easy carrying a few kg of fabrics in one hand while holding on to a child or two using the other hand).

20130726_01
cute cartoon linen – 780¥ each

20130726_02
cotton-linen blend – 780¥ each

20130726_03
cotton – 380¥ each

20130726_04
gauze – 380¥ each!! WTF gauze costs like $12-14 per metre in SG! i should have bought more ;__;

20130726_05
printed cotton – 380¥. this is the type of fabric that would typically cost $8-$14 in SG.

20130726_06
printed embroidered fabric – 980¥. there are so many other designs i’m regretting not grabbing more.. sobs..

20130726_07
the printed cottons were on sale. i was curious about the original price so i peeled off the price tags one by one..

20130726_08
woot! the price was marked down from 680¥ to 580¥ and finally 380¥!

i can’t wait to visit japan again.. sobs.. did not even have time to look at other things like ribbons, lace, and zippers (>m<)

Tokyo 2013

woo lala ~ we just came back from a one-week holiday in Tokyo :’D

temperatures in tokyo soared to like 37degrees in the week before we went so i was praying everyday for good weather and who knows? MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

when we walked out of the airport building, we actually felt a cool breeze so i glanced around to look for the temperature display and it was a freaking 26 degrees *dances*

the night temperatures hovered around 21-23 degrees and we actually felt cold when the winds blew at us ^_^;;

based on our experience from the previous trip, i knew that we wouldn’t be able to shop with the boys around, so my aunt helped to get new Mickey/Minnie t-shirts for us (mini men and me)!

tokyo disneyland

20130727_00

the boys wore their new Mickey Mouse t-shirts to TDL on the second day. mupig looked particularly pissed off while junpig looked disappointed as both of them were too tall and heavy for the stroller.

20130727_01

that is some awesome expression from mr junpig.

20130727_02

mr junpig in the driver seat in the Grand Circuit Raceway

20130727_03

mr junpig and mama in the teacup at Alice’s Tea Party

20130727_04

green tea crushed ice with red beans and mochi. super yummy dessert!

20130727_05

the boys did not want to eat any of those; they preferred to say “MOCHI!” repeatedly and laugh like it’s the funniest joke in the whole world.

20130727_06

the castle looked really pretty when it was lighted up!

20130727_07

mr junpig holding his pilot pass for the Star Jets ride. he would soon be reduced to a terrified boy when the plane started flying. he was so scared that he forbade me to raise the control lever and our plane remained at the lowest position throughout the ride X’D

20130727_08

tb and mupig were sitting on the floor below the Star Jets ride while they waited for junpig and me. soon, people started to place their mats around us and we realized that it was the perfect viewing spot for the Night Parade! so we stayed on to watch the parade :’D

i didn’t take any photos of the parade because 1) i’ve watched it a few times and it didn’t excite me anymore and 2) i’d rather enjoy the whole parade than struggle with the camera and end up with blurry night shots X’D

anyways, the boys were so fascinated by the parade and waved shyly at EVERY performer. as they were seated in the first row, most of the main performers also waved at them and made eye contact with them 🙂

Tokyo Teleport

not wanting to go back to indoor attractions like Shinagawa AquariumSanrio Puroland  or Ghibli Museum,  we decided to try out LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

20130727_09

here’s a photo of the twins wearing the pants which i made.

 

20130727_10

i LOVE tokyo teleport! this is the view that greeted me when we came up from Exit B. to get to DECKS, the easier way is to exit from Exit A and cross over using the overhead bridge.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

i didn’t take many pictures inside LEGOLAND but it was fun!

20130727_11

the MINILAND attraction is so lovely i think i spent a good 30 minutes inside there admiring all the intricate details! the MINILAND features miniatures of buildings, ferris wheel, bridges etc as well as moving vehicles like cars, trucks, ships, and an airship! the most awesome thing is that when night falls, the room darkens and all the buildings light up! mini fireworks are set in the night sky!

20130727_12

this is a miniature of the DECKS mall which LEGOLAND is located in.

20130727_13

mini rainbow bridge lights up like the real thing when night falls!

20130727_14

mini fireworks

20130727_15

besides miniatures, there are many different lego structures scattered throughout the center, such as this scooter bike.

the other attractions include 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice, and Kingdom Quest.

the Kingdom Quest is a fun ride where we ended up holding two guns each as our kids were too scared by the sound effects and darkness. the ride ended with a camera flash that caught all of us off-guard. see the photo below for proof.

20130727_16

besides LEGOLAND, there are two other attractions located in DECKS mall — Madam Tussauds Museum, and Tokyo Trick Art Museum.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum

i was really excited to discover the Trick Art Museum because i had seen photos from my colleague’s trip to the Trick Art Museum in Korea.

20130727_17

of course, it wasn’t easy posing for and taking proper photos with the twin pigs around. but we did manage to take a few photos :’D

20130727_18

where is the cat leading us?

20130727_19

tb and me fighting off evil ninjas

20130727_20

junpig suddenly grew taller in this room!

20130727_21

i was almost gobbled up by evil monsters from the edo era. here is a picture of me escaping from the lantern monster

20130727_22

while holding on to a fish, the hungry penguins suddenly flew out from the window!

20130727_23

sorry i couldn’t resist poking this woman in the butt. what an odd butt she has!

20130727_24

shhh… don’t tell tb that i’ve fallen for this giraffe

20130727_25

dangerous creatures lurked in every corner and i had to save my child from the hungry dinosaur

20130727_26

after running away from the dinosaur i proceeded to kick a shark who lost its way and ended up in Tokyo

20130727_27

finally, the evil vampire caught up with us and trapped us in his inverted glass >m<

Palette Town

on the other side (the side with the ferris wheel) of the Tokyo Teleport station lies Palette Town. it is basically a big cluster of buildings that include a giant mall (Venus Fort), Toyota Mega Web, Odaiba Daikanransha (大観覧車). we only covered about 10 percent of the whole place X’D

20130727_28

the boys totally lost themselves in the games arcade.

20130727_29

this is a view of the ferris wheel in the late afternoon. did i mention that i LOVE this place? there is SO MUCH open space here!

20130727_30

the clouds were lovely on the day we went

20130727_31

lovely place.. even the sky looked lovely X’D

20130727_32

this is a view of the buildings from the Ferris wheel.. i love this town, it really looks like some futuristic town in a manga!!

20130727_33

we discovered this cute game machine inside one of the game centres. it consists of a large miniature town with two train stations.

20130727_34

each player controls a train that moves around the town, picking up passengers at the designated stations.

20130727_35

a video camera is fixed to each train so each train “driver” can see where the train is going and prepare to stop the train when approaching a station.

20130727_36

the boys never get tired of trains and buses :’D

Odaiba Takoyaki Museum

20130727_37

the odaiba takoyaki museum is located at Level 4 of Seaside Mall. i only managed to take one picture because we were busy slapping the boys’ hands away from everything. the takoyaki museum, as the name implies, sells takoyaki and takoyaki-related omiyage. there were a couple of stalls selling different types of takoyaki. it was difficult to choose a stall because everyone was claiming that their takoyaki was the best ^^;

Daiba Itchome

台場一丁目商店街 is located next to the takoyaki museum. there are all sorts of cool stuff from the past, like old gadgets, an old truck, old idol posters, and a game arcade full of old game machines!

20130727_38

one of the window displays in the attraction.

20130727_39

anyone remembers this game (TETRIS)?

20130727_40

a surprise find for us was this statue of liberty at one of the exits. i think the Rainbow Bridge is behind it.

one-day tour

we booked a one-day trip with Hato Bus.

20130727_41

the skies were clear in the morning and we were able to get a good view of Mt Fuji *嬉しい*

Narusawa Ice Cave

20130727_42

first stop, the narusawa ice cave. the narusawa ice cave is an interesting place which stays cold even during summer. although the tour around the ice cave is not very long, there are low ceilings, slippery paths, and steep steps inside the cave. the ceiling height is only 90cm in certain parts of the cave.

20130727_43

a simple image depicting how ancient people excavated ice from the cave and transported it back to the city.

20130727_44

although it was summer, the cave was ice-cold and ice blocks inside the cave did not melt. how nice if i could have this cave at my void deck..

Fuji View Hotel

20130727_45

2nd stop, Fuji View Hotel. we enjoyed a buffet lunch at fuji view hotel. after the lunch, we went to the viewing gallery located at level 6. on a clear day, one would be able to get a clear view of Mt Fuji. unfortunately, when we were there, mt fuji decided to hide behind some fluffy clouds TuT

Mt Fuji Gogome

20130727_46

3rd stop, Mt Fuji 5th station. this is a view of the clouds surrounding us at Mt Fuji gogome (5th station). we didn’t do much there, just walking around taking silly photos of each other not saying “CHEESE” but saying “KIMCHI” because of the Korean Wave (Hallyu) X’D

hahaha.. yeah i know we’re super lame..

Fruit Picking

20130727_47

4th stop, fruit farm. our final stop was at a fruit farm where we were given 40 minutes to pluck plump peaches from the trees and eat them on the spot!

20130727_48

on the way out, i saw these lovely bunches of grapes waiting to be harvested <3

phew.. this blog post took me more than 3 hours to write but i’m glad i have properly documented my second family trip because we totally enjoyed ourselves this time!

20130727_49

ACCESS INFORMATION:

Shinagawa Aquarium – alight at Oimachi station (take the RINKAI line from Shinjuku station) and take the free shuttle bus to the aquarium
Sanrio Puroland – 5-10 minutes walk from Tama Center station
Ghibli Museum – 15-20 minutes walk from Mitaka station. the museum is situated within the Inokashita Park, a lovely place to stroll in during the colder months
LEGOLAND Discovery Center – 5-10 minutes walk from Tokyo Teleport station (take the RINKAI line from Shinjuku station). LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located within DECKS Mall. 

twin pants

i cut the fabrics for these pants a few weeks ago and left the grey pair unfinished for more than a week. (stopped working on it when mupig started having his persistent fever last weekend. it’s been more than a week and he is still burning warmly as i type. i really pray that his fever would go away soon.)

so this afternoon i finally hemmed the pants and finished up the elastic casing. annnnnnd… i also finished sewing up the second pair. sewing is fast, it’s the tracing of patterns and cutting of fabrics and procrastination that takes a lot of time.. sigh…

20130707_01
behold the KX Twin Pants! my girlfriends used to joke about the “KX Twin Jeans” because i used to buy two pairs of identical jeans each time i went shopping. don’t ask me why i needed identical jeans.

anyway, these are real twin pants because they are meant for twins.

the pattern is from 子供服ソーイング LESSON BOOK. i bought it from Kinokuniya after reading the review here. (awesome book, btw, faster go and buy it.)

SONY DSC
i was feeling adventurous and decided to use a bright red thread. this means i had to ensure that all my stitches are extra neat. well, i think most are neat.. >m<

SONY DSC
of course i made many mistakes while sewing up the first pair of pants and had to unpick many many times. however, i was too tired to unpick the waistband because when i realized that i had sewn the whole thing upside-down, the pants were already completed :’D

so for the grey pants, its opening for changing elastics is positioned on the outside of the waistband instead of hidden from public view. how nice.

SONY DSC
learned from my mistake and so for the blue pants, the opening for changing elastics is on the inside.

20130707_05
actually it’s not that obvious right? RIGHT.

20130707_06
my favourite design element — fake fly!

SONY DSC SONY DSC
i try to keep the inside as neat as i can.. without an overlocking machine, the zigzag stitch is my BFF..

oh and in case you’re wondering why the waistband for the blue pants is grey, it’s because i forgot to cut out the waist band and used the leftover blue fabric to make myself the pair of shorts below X’D

SONY DSC
these shorts are super comfortable and match my kids’ new pants, what’s not to like?

SONY DSC
you see? even got side-seam pockets with floral print inside.. nice right?