Wonderlust Japan Tips & Tricks

Wonderlust japan

Wonderlust japan

Travel Inspirations

When I was young, I always love watching anime after coming home from school. I remembered that one of my favorite anime was Nana. The series derives its title from the name of the two main characters, both of whom are called Nana. Nana Komatsu is a small town girl who goes to Tokyo to follow her boyfriend and college friends, with the hope of having her dream life. Nana Osaki was in a popular punk rockband in her hometown. She goes to Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a singer. The two Nanas meet on the train ride to the city. Later, they run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment, and the girls decide to become roommates. The series chronicles their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams.

Well you might be wondering, why am I talking about anime in a travel blogpost? This anime made a great impact on my perception of Japan. This anime makes me want to travel to Japan, experience the life and culture there. Well, this anime made me fall in love with Japan. So if you ask me, what brings you to Japan? My answer would be Nana. =)

Ultimate Japan Tips & Tricks

Here are 9 Ultimate Tips to get around Japan easier. I’ve compiled it just for you!

1. Get a train card– Train cards are very convenient as it is like a prepaid card. You can use it for other transportation modes as well, like buses, airport transports and even certain stores & vending machines. You can get this card at train stations where you buy the train tickets.

2. Get a train app– Trust me, it is a life saver and it’s much easier to navigate around Japan. All you have to do is type in the current location you’re at and the destination  you want to go and it will show which train you need to take to get there.

3. Always carry cash– Most stores don’t accept credit cards including departmental stores, restaurants, etc. So it is safer to carry cash around than hoping to find a store that accept cards.

4. Use Haneda airport instead of Narita- Most flights uses Haneda but there are flights that uses Narita airport. Try to opt for Haneda as Narita airport is further and takes longer to get to downtown Tokyo City.

5. Don’t tip– You don’t have to leave a tip for cab drivers, restaurant, etc. (they will chase after you and give you back your money). If you are happy with their services, just say thank you instead of tipping them. They would really appreciate it.

6. Use google translate– Especially the camera function, where you can just take a picture and highlight the foreign word and it will translate for you. Simple as that!

7. Taking shoes off – Most probably you would have to take off your shoes before entering the changing room when you want to try clothes on in departmental stores. So be ready!

8. Use face covers – Some departmental stores requires you to use face covers when trying on clothes. Just put it over your head before trying on the clothes so your make up won’t get on the clothes.

9. Conbinis is awesome– Conbinis, short for convenience stores in Japan are not like your regular store. They have everything- snacks, clothing, hairdye, you can mail packages, pay your bills, buy concert tickets, etc.. awesome! Example for Japanese conbinis are family mart, lawson, etc.

Places To Go

Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Temple) – Kyoto
– TheKinkaku-ji (金閣寺 “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 “Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.
– Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu’s times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.

Really love the rich history of Kinkaku-Ji and it’s beautiful Golden Pavilion.

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Fushimi Inari – Kyoto ( the red gates )

– Highest density of red gates. They have shops, rest stops and restaurants. To get to Yotsutsuji intersection, it takes around 35mins from the main shrine.

-It is famous for its thousands of vermilion tori gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.

Fushimi Inari - Kyoto

Shibuya – Tokyo
-Bussiest district in tokyo
Popular for 3 main things – scramble crossing, hachiko & shopping.
One of the popular departmental shopping stores is Shibuya 109

Shibuya scramble crossing

The Hachiko Statue in Shibuya Tokyo celebrates the life of Japan’s most famous dog, Hachiko, and his legendary loyalty to his owner.

The true story of Hachiko the dog, who was a golden brown male Akita Inu (a Japanese breed from the mountains of northern Japan), who would arrive at Shibuya Station every afternoon just to wait for the return of his master Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. This pattern went on for just over a year, until one day in 1932 Professor Hidesaburo Ueno did not return. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while away at work and died.

To many Japanese, pets are as well loved as children, and may even serve as a substitute for those who choose to forgo child-rearing.

Cycling in Tokyo

 

Senso-ji in Asakusa – Tokyo
– Tokyo’s oldest and most visited buddhist temple
– The outer gate, Kaminarimon is the most recognizable icon of the entire the city


-Beyond this gate, that is the Nakamise St shopping street where you can buy souvenirs and local specialty items


– The main temple includes Hozomon, the inner gate, the 5-storey Pagoda & of course the main temple itself.

Tokyo skytree

– Japan’s tallest building
– 2 main observation deck, tembo deck & tembo galleria

Tokyo Tower

Hope you enjoyed reading through my travel experience in Japan. There are more places that I visited, I shall do another blogpost in the future!

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The Best ROSEGOLD Hologram Namecard I Have Ever Received!

ROSEGOLD NAME CARDS

Hollaa everyone! Today, I’m here to share with you the happiest day in this month with you!! So, as most of you know I just started blogging a few months ago, right? Being a blogger, we often get invited for food reviews and special events in the city. And most of the events, restaurants, cafe’s, blogger outings, etc has name card exchanging culture! A lot of awesome blogger friends that I met throughout my short blogging journey gave me their name cards (and they are all so lovely & colorful & awesome!!) but I didn’t have one to give back to them >,<. So, it inspired me to get a name card for myself too!

Since I’ve always been a fan of all things iridescent, pastels & rose gold, I decided to design my own name card & that’s where I found Printmystuff through a blogger friend of mine where I met her online! She helped me get in contact with printmystuff as there hasn’t been many card printing services that offered exotic materials such as hologram cards, transparent cards, etc!

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Here is mine! I absolutely love the colour! <3

 

Normally when I blog, I always need a few things. My laptop, my phone & since I aspire to be a beauty blogger ( I know I haven’t blogged much yet, but I’m adjusting my time to blog more for all of you!), my lipsticks & most importantly, my RoseGold Hologram Name Cards<3 !

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My blogging essentials

 

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More rosegold name cards!

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Really happy that I have these babies now with me. I can share it with the world, not feeling bad of not having a name card to exchange anymore. Have you got my name card yet? Feel free to get one from me when you see me! <3

What’s more about this is that Printmystuff is the first and only hologram namecard printing in SG! So be sure to check them out! Plus they are giving 10% discount exclusively to my readers! Just mention Lady Iridescent!

If you are interested in getting a foil name card like mine, here are the details.

260gsm Hologram Foil Art Card (Rose Gold)  – 100qty
Full colour Double side printing

The list of things they provide for printing:

 

For more details and information, feel free to visit:

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The majority of their customers are Singaporean, they accept JB / KL / Singapore’s customers as of now. Customer can easily reach them at printmystuff(a)Hotmail.com or
They welcome inquiries on any of their online platforms:

For customers without their own Artwork, we recommend them to join our Facebook Group:
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They upload different design, range from Wedding Invitation insert to Business cards. It’s FREE to use!

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[Iridescent Parenting] Teaching kids about ‘Stranger-Danger’ is NOT enough

Did you know ?
… it takes less than a minute for a predator to lure a child away?
… 90% of childhood sexual abuse occurs by someone the child knows?
… even very young children can be taught some important safety rules and skills?

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…because there’s more to keeping kids safe
than just teaching the “stranger-danger” theory.

Forget ‘stranger danger’: ‘Tricky people’ concept helps kids spot sketchy adults

While some parents focus on the idea of “stranger danger” with their kids, Norton says her family chose to teach their kids about “tricky people” — a way of identifying dangerous people created by Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, an educational company dedicated to the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

The Scoop

The mom of four says that had she not warned her kids about “tricky people,” they could have been abducted.

“In a moment of what I deem foggy-thinking ‘pain brain’ I left my two oldest boys–CJ (10) and T-Dawg (8) outside the ER door on a bench to await our kind neighbor who said he was coming to pick them up and take them to school [sic],” Norton recounts on her blog, Time Well Spent. “I had wrongly assumed my neighbor was coming from his house (not somewhere farther away), so my two boys sat out front of the ER for 40 minutes. Not the 5 minutes I had expected. Their story of what had transpired while I had stupidly left them out there alone made me simultaneously sick and grateful.”

While waiting for the neighbor, her sons encountered what Norton calls “their first real-world experience with the freaky, perverted strangers they’ve been intermittently warned about.”

She shares how while the boys waited on that bench, they were approached by a woman with two men, who asked them to “help them out by going into the bathroom where her boyfriend was hiding from the doctor and see if they could convince him to come out and get treated.”

Having been warned about so-called “tricky people,” CJ told the adults “no thank you” repeatedly. But the woman didn’t give up and begged the boys, “Please? You could really save his life if you’d just go in that bathroom and tell him it’s safe to come out.”

Luckily, the neighbor soon arrived to pick up the boys, but Norton wrote, “not before they saw a third adult male come out from the bathroom, jump into the car with these other three hooligans and drive off.”

Norton wrote, “Tricky people are the new strangers. One of (Fitzgerald’s) guidelines for knowing what people are unsafe is … tricky people ask kids for help. If a safe adult needs help, they’ll ask another adult.” In fact, CJ had remembered that rule, telling his mom that’s how he knew it was a trick. “Mom, I knew they were tricky people because they were asking us for help. Adults don’t ask kids for help,” he said.

The Outcome

“Most of the time, kids are learning ‘stranger danger,’ which is cute and it rhymes but isn’t really effective. ‘Tricky people’ is certainly more effective because most strangers are not dangerous. … Kids think a stranger is going to be somebody who is kind of scary looking or scary sounding, but statistically, if someone wants to harm a child, they are not going to appear scary; they’re going to be charming, have an enticing offer, and seem friendly.”

She adds, “Instead of looking for the boogie man, a child should look for the person asking them to do something that doesn’t sound right or ask if the adult is trying to get them to break one of their family’s safety rules or trick them.”

In fact, I already talked to them about this story because it scared me so much. But Fitzgerald says parents shouldn’t frighten kids, but aim to empower them instead.

“We shouldn’t tell kids that there are bad people out there who want to hurt them. Everything should be very positive,” she says.

To end this blogpost, here are a few quotes~:

‘Just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can prevent many debacles if we’re educated. Amy Jo Martin

”Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” Bob Keeshan

Credits to: http://www.parenting.com/news-break/why-kids-should-learn-about-tricky-people-instead-stranger-danger
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[Iridescent Pregnancy] Pregnancy Guru

Here, we give you the top tips to go through pregnancy easier.

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  1.  Morning Blues

Having troubles with morning sickness? Fret not. Here are some tips to help you~:

  • Eat mini-meals throughout the day. Eating smaller meals more frequently can ease digestion and keep your stomach filled. Nausea is even worse on an empty stomach. While you may want to opt for bland foods, experts recommend eating whatever you have a hankering for, as long as it’s healthy.
  • Have ginger. It’s a proven soother for upset stomachs, so try grating some fresh ginger into your tea or juice to get the full benefits. I usually buy my ginger tea from Ginger cubes, BMS Organics.
  • Try B6. A supplement of this vitamin may help your stomach empty faster. Ask your family doctor for the appropriate prescription. =)

2. Food cravings & Aversions

If the craving is healthy and you’re not scarfing down bags of chips or pints of ice cream, then you can indulge! After all, we are eating for two, right? Here’s a good rule: Limit your treats to one 75-to-100-calorie serving per day. For food aversions, try substituting these foods for the ones you can’t stomach:

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  • If you can’t drink milk, substitute low-fat cheese, cottage cheese or yogurt. Try sneaking milk into sauces, soups, oatmeal or pancakes.
  • If you can’t swallow veggies, munch on fruits rich in beta-carotene, like mango, apricot and cantaloupe.
  • If meat turns you off, try beans, or hide beef, chicken or turkey in sauces, soups and stews.

3. Feeling Fatigue?

Feeling tired 24 hours a day is one of the most common side effects of pregnancy.

One hidden culprit for excessive fatigue is anemia. Extra iron is needed to make the baby’s blood cells, and if you don’t have enough iron, the baby will take what it needs from your body, shortchanging you. Your doctor will give you a blood test during your first prenatal visit to check your iron stores. If you don’t have enough, she’s likely to prescribe a supplement.

Ways to combat your tiredness~:

  • Get moving. Even if all you want to do is lie on the couch, take a short walk or just do some light stretching. Twenty minutes a few times a week can give you a lift.
  • Take your prenatal vitamin. It will fill the gaps if your appetite for food is at an all-time low, and because it contains iron, it can help stave off anemia.
  • Sleep when you can. Go to bed earlier, get up later and nap when you can. If you’re working all day, take a 15-minute catnap at your desk.

4. Pee like a champion

Even if you’re not showing yet, your uterus is growing—and that’s causing pressure on your bladder, which never really empties. Plus, your kidneys are working overtime to flush wastes out of your body. The result: a need to pee often. But don’t cut back on liquids, and don’t wait to urinate because holding it can cause a urinary tract infection. To reduce the number of nighttime bathroom trips, stop drinking a few hours before bedtime, cut out caffeine at night (it’s a bladder stimulant) and go one last time before you turn off the light.

5. Acne

You may break out because your hormones are working overtime, causing your skin to produce more oil. Acne may subside later in your pregnancy, but to help control it now:

  • Don’t scrub or overwash your skin. Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to avoid overdrying it. I use Cetaphil all the time now.
  • Switch to an oil-free moisturizer. There’s no reason to add oil to your overly oily skin.
  • Check the labels of the products you use. Glycolic acid is okay, but ditch those containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinols or steroids: They could potentially cause birth defects. For body, try opting for Natural Handmade Soaps. I’m using Le Savon & selling it too.

6. Swollen breasts

Even though your baby is the size of a comma, your breasts are getting ready to nurse her. Hormonal changes and expanding milk ducts produce a growth spurt, usually around your sixth week of pregnancy, and make your breasts feel swollen and tender. To ease the ache:

  • Buy larger bras with extra rows of hooks for easy adjustments. Don’t waste money on tight front closures.
  • Get a soft cotton “sleep” bra if soreness is preventing you from getting rest—the support will ease the ache.

7. Emotional roller coaster

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Hormones, lack of sleep, the reality of pregnancy—all of these can contribute to a roller coaster of emotions. You could feel quiet and withdrawn, elated, worried, angry, tearful or happy-go-lucky—and it’s all perfectly fine.

Of course, it’s better to stay on an even keel as much as you can (your loved ones will thank you), so try to get as much rest and exercise as you can. Finding sympathetic friends also helps—preferably those who are pregnant, online or off.

To end this blog post, here are 3 motivational quotes for all super mommy out there!

To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.

By Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.

– Jill Churchill

Truthfully, being pregnant is changing me as a person. Each day is part of this amazing journey that has completely shifted the focus of my life and made me reevaluate my personal and professional goals.

– Holly Madison

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