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Vera :: mummybean  👩🏻Mum of 3 👦🏻👧🏻👶🏻 ✍🏻Some-time Wordsmith, 🎉Party Planner, 📷Mummyrazzi, 👩🏻‍🍳Home Chef and 🚘Driver.

Starting the day with breakfast at the zoo! What a treat it was, getting up close to the animals early on the day, even if we weren’t all fans of the ball python!
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At the international buffet spread at Ah Meng’s Restaurant, Mei was chuffed to find a range of Kellogg’s cereals available, including her favourite Kellogg’s Froot Loops. Guess who went on to have two bowls. 😋
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@wrs.ig #kelloggssg #kelloggs #singaporezoo #ahmengsrestaurant #breakfast #breakfastatthezoo #breakfastcereal

The best part of our Chek Jawa tour was going down to the sand, which you can only do with a guide. The squelchy-ness and our wet feet were quickly forgotten when we got to check out marine life up close! From seaweed and sea grass to sea stars and sea cucumbers, clams, crabs, a ray, pistol shrimp, soft coral and more! I think we adults were as excited as the kids.
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The other unforgettable experience of the morning was getting caught in a torrential downpour near the end of our tour. We were soaked to the skin and I think I’ve never been pelted by rain that hard in my life! 😅 Thankfully we were none the worse for wear at the end of it though I was grateful we didn’t bring Nate along!
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Still, I’ll do it again in a heartbeat. Hopefully better prepared the next time round!
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#chekjawa #chekjawawetlands #chekjawatour #pulauubin #naturewalk #nature #marinelife #nparks

Singapore can be beautiful too.
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We have been taking things slow after coming back from Japan, but one of the things we did this past week was to go on a long awaited tour of Chek Jawa. The tour dates always sell out quickly, so when I randomly chances on an available booking during the school hols some months back, I quickly grabbed it! Together with friends, we spent an interesting morning learning about the rich flora and marine life to be found in the area.
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#chekjawa #pulauubin #chekjawatour #nparks #nature #mangrove #singapore

Hands down everyone’s favourite breakfast was the last one that we had at Eggs n Things! I mean, that’s a pretty epic plate of pancakes, don’t you think? The kids shared them and they raved about it every mouthful. My spinach bacon and cheese omelette was super yummy too D enjoyed his sausages with eggs. All the moaning and sighing when I wanted to make them walk to somewhere new for breakfast AGAIN was quickly forgotten. This family 🙄 They never learn! I wish I had followed through with looking for this cafe earlier in our stay because we most certainly would have returned!
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#eggsnthings #eggsnthingsosaka #umeda #osaka #breakfast #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

Our meal at Katsukura definitely ranks up there as the meal the entire family enjoyed best - Natenate included! The tonkatsu was so good, from the meat to the batter and so was the huge chawanmushi which Natenate enjoyed. We ordered two, expecting the cups we get here but were served two good-sized bowls of chawanmushi the sizes of my open palm. We devoured the lot nonetheless! All of us ate our plates clean and that made me so happy. Mummy joys, seeing your kids eat well!
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#katsukura #tonkatsu #applausetown #chayamachi #osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

Catching up on my Japan posts while watching Japan play Colombia. Go Japan! 🇯🇵
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Visiting Kuromon Ichiba market was for me. I looove visiting markets and I was dragging my reluctant kids along, whether they liked it or not! Noey (disapprovingly) : “Did you come on this holiday to eat, Mummy?” Why, yes I did, son!
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Kuromon did not disappoint and the kids ended up having a great time with Noey ogling all the giant crab legs and shellfish, and Mei trying to get me to buy all the fruit she saw! Aside from kyoho grapes, she got a slice of amazingly sweet melon which she immediately regretted not buying two pieces of. I got scallops, uni and some super chunky tuna makis, and lamented to D about him foiling my original plan to come for lunch as I was feeling a bit full! Still, it was fun market to browse. It wasn’t just food - I spied veg stalls, a flower stall and a shop selling fabrics in the mix which lent some sense of authenticity to the place. If I’m ever in Osaka again, I’ll be back. This time, with an empty stomach!
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#kuromonmarket #kuromonichiba #market #namba #osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

Day break over Osaka. God bless this city which this morning suffered an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude on the richter scale. We left for home on Thursday (though I’m still catching up on backdated posts!) and it’s sobering to think that we missed this earthquake by just a few days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people people of Japan, and also friends whom we are glad to hear are safe.
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View from our room the 27th floor.
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#osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

Happy Father’s Day to our favourite daddy! So I know I often give him flak for playing his phone game, needing too much sleep, and going to the toilet at the wrong time, but he is also the one with the best (and worst) jokes, the one who’s always ready to make up a game or story with the kids and the fun parent who has flexible bedtimes and midnight parties. Yet, he is the real disciplinarian of the house and the kids know not to cross the line with him. He reads the bible with them and prays with them every night. He is the steadying influence to calm my chronic indecisiveness and also my biggest supporter. In short, we love you @papabluedonut!
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The kids made toasties for daddy this morning and since he didn’t know it was Father’s Day, it made for a nice surprise.
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#happyfathersday #fathersday2018

I bring them to Japan with its sights and sounds, and the thing they were most excited about was a store. 🤦🏻‍♀️ The Pokémon centre is a Pokémon fan’s dream, with plushies galore, stationery, food items, and all kinds of Pokémon merchandise. And of course, racks of Pokémon cards. Both kids came with their own shopping money and left with bags and big smiles.
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#pokemoncentre #pokemoncentreosaka #daimaruumeda #pokemon #osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

One thing that surprised me this trip was that it wasn’t that easy to find places that opened early for breakfast. Almost food joints seemed to open at 11am. So one of the places we unexpectedly found ourselves ending up at for breakfast was Soup Stock Tokyo. There was one near our hotel outside Umeda station and it opened early (7am, tho it wasn’t like we were ever that early!). Noey loved the Tokyo Borsch, Mei loved the focaccia and Natenate liked the sesame rice. That last factor was the biggest reason because it was so hard to find anything the baby would eat! I love all soup and D likes curry rice so it worked out very well for us all.
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#soupstocktokyo #soupstocktokyo阪急三番街店 #breakfast #osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

Is it funny that my kids think it’s a HUGE treat to be able to eat instant mee? No surprises then that the Cupnoodle Museum was one of the highlights of their trip. The museum in Ikeda is not very big and the highlight is definitely the cupnoodle factory where we could put together our very own personal cupnoodle. The kids really enjoyed this! They also enjoyed the movie in the theatre which, through a cute cartoon, explained how cupnoodles first came to be created. It was almost entirely in Japanese but it was easy to get the gist of the story and even Nate liked it. Of course, getting to eat cupnoodles for lunch was one of the best parts! We were not allowed to eat the ones we made on-site but there were a number of options from the vending machines to try. Don’t go on a Sunday like we did though - it was so crowded perhaps also because of rain, and chasing Natenate around while waiting in line was rather trying. 😅
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#cupnoodlesmuseum #cupnoodlesmuseumosakaikeda #cupnoodles#osaka #ikeda #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

One of our best breakfasts was the Udon we had at this unassuming noodle shop a short distance from Nakatsu station and near our hotel. Of course we were the only tourist who sat at the table and asked for spoons. Everyone else stood at the counter to slurp up their noodles! Mei got a wakame udon, Noey and I got udon with ebi tempura, while the husband ordered the udon with a tempura veg patty and a half-boiled egg which looked like the house special on the menu. They were all good! I didn’t manage to take more pics of the food cos I was juggling a baby in one arm while trying to eat with the other and the husband and Noey suddenly had to run off when Noey realised he had dropped his wallet. You know, life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ He found it, thankfully! And we enjoyed our food so all was good!
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#udon #yum #osaka #mummybeaninosaka #mummybeanonholiday

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