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March 7, 2011


Hello all!  How was the weekend?  I had a great weekend.  I finally got to go on my "Babymoon".  I had never heard of a babymoon until I read Hanamik's blog post about her's. After reading her blog post, I kept telling Andy that we need to have one too. Sadly, until I explained it to him, he had no idea what it was.

According to Wikipedia,
"A babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby.
More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage."

Andy and I have been busy every weekend since January.  One thing after the next. Finally, last Saturday, we made an entire day for ourselves and went on our babymoon:)

I first suggested that we go to a rural resort called Hakone.  It is an onsen (hot spring) resort  about an hour from where we live. But, Andy told me that he thought I would prefer living it up in Tokyo more than relaxing in the country side. I was skeptical at first, but he was right. I really enjoyed wandering around places in Tokyo that I have never been.

We started the day breakfast.  Andy made his (almost world famous)homemade french toast... yum!

Then went to Shimokitazawa for for some thrift store shopping. I have complained in the past, somewhere on the inter-web, that Japan does not have good thrift shops. I was wrong. If you are looking for a good thrifting experience in Japan, you should check out Shimokita!

My new favorite place is called "3 biki no koneko" (three kittens). They have a 630 yen section (about $7 bucks). There I found a really cute tulip print skirt and a great polkadot dress! The polka dot dress opens with front buttons.  the buttons themselves are glass. This dress is perfect for nursing. I will post some pictures soon! 
Above you can see my favorite picture of the day "Andy and fish"! This snack is called "Taiyaki" in Japanese, and it's like a fish shaped waffle with sweet vanilla custard filling. Beyond delicious!

I was happy to find a  store that sold Tootsie Pops.  I was surprised to find them for sale at this coffee shop pictured below. You can't usually find Tootsie Pops in Japan.

After our time in Simokita we walked to Shibuya, and took a break at my favorite coffee shop, Ningen Kankeion a street named Spain Valley (Spain zaka).
After that we walked to Omotesando, and walked around small shops and checked out possible photo shoot locations. We then walked to Shinjuku. We ended up walking 15km in total. How crazy is that? lol But the weather was nice, and Andy and I just kept walking while talking about all kinds of stuff.

Finally we ended the night at the New York Grill. Have you seen a movie "Lost in translation"? The movie itself was terrible, I thought, but I really liked the bar that the main character frequented during the movie. The New York Grill bar is where I took Andy  on the day he proposed me, 5 and a half years ago. It was nice to think that we ended our babymoon night at a place where our marriage life started. They have a live jazz music from 8pm. If ever you have the chance to go, it is located on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel. The view is just indescribable!


Ai Dihayco said...

Japan is always in my list of places to go before i die. infact when i was a kid, i tried learning niponggo. Hope someday i could visit your country...dream all day along the wonderful japanese tourist sites, people watchi and take pictures of fashion streetstyle there. u really had a great time with ur babymoon.

happy week chie:-D

Emily said...

That fish sounds yummy, you look gorgeous, and I'm so glad you guys took a babymoon. :)

Emeraldflare said...

i haven't been back to Japan since i was 16! i did a 'homestay' with a japanese family in Osaka. I always want to go back to visit and now knowing that there are thrift shops makes me want to go even more! lol happy babymoon ;)

Anonymous said...

sounds like a really nice babymoon! :) ive always wanted to try that fish ever since i saw it in a japanese cartoon... sounds so delicious! :D

RACHAEL said...

sounds like THE perfect day :) you're right, patrick and i DEFINITELY need to visit the new york grill bar next time we visit tokyo!

ps. i'm now also craving french toast haha

AV said...

I remember my babymoon! I didn't know the word existed until I read this post! I was 7 months pregnant at that time and I was missing my husband, who reported to his new work on the north of Java (probably close to where verypurpleperson lived).

Took the first plane out at 30 weeks pregnant and stayed in a hotel (with bed bugs) for 2 weeks before moving to a lovely hotel for the last 2 weeks. The 4 weeks were the best time we spent as a couple before the arrival of our son. Babymoon is most recommended and a celebration/transition for adults, who move from being a couple to being a family unit of 3.

I am happy to hear that you had enjoyed yours. Watching your pregnancy has been such a joy. I am awed by how calm and lovely you are (and how you and your husband) had embraced parenthood.