After 4 days in Tokyo, we continued our Japan adventure in Osaka!
From Tokyo, we took a two-hour bullet train ride to Osaka. I have always been curious with how fast these popular trains of Japan are. Boy, it was really fast! Like we are zooming past everything!
Bullet train was a comfortable ride, even for the kids. The seat spaces are big, as well as the leg room. There are lavatories on both ends of the train. Most of the passenger have packed lunch and sandwiches that they ate on the train. But in case you do not have food with you, there are trolleys going around where you can buy snacks like sandwiches, chips, drinks and even ice cream!
TIP: In bullet trains, passengers are allowed to bring-in only one cabin size luggage due to the limited space available. Thus, it is best to have your big luggage shipped from your location, for us, Tokyo to Osaka. Inquire from your hotel for these luggage transfers at a fee. It usually takes 24 hours for the luggage to arrive so make sure to pack in your bullet train luggage, your essentials and valuables as well as clothing for at least 48 hours.
In Tokyo, Daddy S and I were thinking of how we can include Mt. Fuji in our busy itinerary. But since it will not be anywhere near our itinerary, we decided to let go of the plan. But lucky for us, during the train ride, we passed by Mt Fuji! It was such a treat!
This year, we take on a new travel adventure as a family in one of my dream destinations, Japan! As there are a lot that I want to share with all of you about our trip, I will be posting a three-part blog series.
We had been planning our Japan trip since August last year. It is a product of months of research and Google-ing to come up with our itinerary. Just like in our previous travels, we did not opt for a tour package to give us flexibility in terms of time and pacing, as we have kids in tow. Plus add the fact that it is the first time that we will be travelling as a family to a country that neither Daddy S and I had been to before. We wanted to make our trip as smooth as possible to give our kids the best Japan experience.
We begin our 8-day adventure with the most popular city in Japan, Tokyo! Continue reading
I used to wake up on my birthday with so much excitement, always in anticipation of what this day will bring. But this morning, as I open my eyes to meet April 11, I felt a great sense of serenity and calmness. I looked at my left and smiled seeing my husband and two sons sound asleep. I took a deep breath and held my heart. Yes this is how it feels whenever they say everyday is like my birthday. I closed my eyes and prayed. I got up, took a shower and got myself ready for church. For as long as I can remember, my birthday will never be complete without hearing mass and receiving the communion.
For almost a year, Little H’s nanny has been very dependable. I was amazed by her patience and concern for my son. She was very much involved in taking care of Little H and has been taught so well by his therapist. In short, she knew so well how to take care of our Little Boy. So it came such a big surprise to me when one day she decided not to come back after taking her usual scheduled day off. No hint or whatsoever. She said her reasons (via text , no less!) but I find it shallow. But nevertheless, we have no option but to take it as it is.
To say that it was tough losing her was an understatement. It was a challenge. We immediately started looking for her replacement since we definitely need a helping hand in taking care of Little H. As days passed that we did not have a nanny, I came to realize a lot of things. And these realizations made my understand why “losing that dependable nanny” event has to happen.
When Little H was confined to the hospital due to Dengue (see my post about it here), he slept almost the entire first night that we were there. To while away the time, I browsed on my Instagram account and came across this suggestion from a fellow mom to actress Cheska Garcia of a great biblical site in YouTube, named the Bible Project. I checked it out and liked it immediately!
It has been a yearly tradition for our family to have Visita Iglesia every Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We do it two nights in a row just so our kids, EA and Little H won’t get tired from driving from one church to another. It was something that we always look forward to, and this year, I already planned the churches we will visit and our itineraries for those two days.
However, our plans made a 360 shift when Little H got sick which started on Palm Sunday morning. He had raging fever of 39.3C but we can not seem to see any obvious cause like cough or colds. We initially thought that it was Tonsilitis but then I scratched the idea since he was eating so well. Monday came and still fever is on and off despite taking paracetamol. We visited his pedia, taking with us the results of his urinalysis which also showed normal results. His pediatrician, Dra. Tita Villanueva-Uy, having been Little H’s pedia since he was born, was also concerned about his fever. The usual suspect, pneumonia, is of the running since his lungs are clear. Thus, she ordered for a complete blood count (CBC) that night. We got the result the following morning which showed that his platelets are way below than normal range. She asked that we had it repeated the following day, and we did. It was alarming how quickly his platelets dropped in just 36 hours. She then asked to take Little H to the hospital. Her hunch is correct, our little boy has Dengue fever. Continue reading
Happy, happy birthday! Oh how wonderful it is to be eight, isn’t it? We approach this day with nothing but pure gladness and gratitude in our hearts. Looking at you now, I can not help but be proud of myself and Dad for we feel that we have done a wonderful job so far on being your parents. You are such a kind, sweet, loving, happy and understanding young man. Credits could not all go to us, son for you are raised and loved by an entire family made up of not just me and Dad, but also your Tito, Tita and Grandma. You are a reflection of the love given to you by all of us. Continue reading