Posts from ‘April, 2009’

Kids Songs~ Gu Choki Pare

This is one of the cute Japanese songs the kids like singing, which is very simple enough for me to sing, too. It goes to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” and the words are something like this… guu choki pare, guu choki pare ぐうちょき ぱあれ ぐうちょき ぱあれ (rock, scissor, paper. rock, scissor, paper) – […]


According to WebMD: The medical term for sleep talking is somniloquy. Half of all kids between the ages of 3 and 10 years old carry on conversations while asleep, and a small number of adults — about 5% — keep chit-chatting after they go to bed. The utterances can take place occasionally or every night. […]

Kids’ NY Outings – MoMA

We didn’t get to go to the Museum of Modern Art this time around, but it’s one of the places I hope to take the kids on the next visit. I’m all for encouraging kids’ boundless imagination and creativity. We’d go when Keiji when he was just about 1 1 /2 years old and it […]

Kids’ NY Outings – FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz, NYC I’m very grateful that Auntie Jackie and Grandma insisted we take the kids to the 5th Avenue FAO Schwarz. The last time I went there was when the store was going through some financial difficulties so the store was scaled down and seemed sparse, from how I remember it. I was pleasantly […]

An Afternoon at Akasaka Sacas 赤坂サカス

Until April 19th, there is a cute little carousel and replica SL train for kids (and adults) to ride at Akasaka Sacas. Apart from this event, the Akasaka Sacas complex itself doesn’t have as much space for kids to run around and explore as say Tokyo Midtown or Roppongi Hills. If you are in the […]

Happy Easter

April 12 was Easter Sunday. To try and keep some of the holiday spirit alive in the household, the kids dyed some Easter eggs on Saturday. We brought back some egg dye kits from NY since this year they are both old enough to try it together without making too much of a crazy mess. […]

Take-out Heaven

Okay I admit it – one of the things I miss about NYC is the abundance of delivery menu options! How I took it for granted when I was just too tired (or lazy) to cook dinner, knowing I could look through the pile of menus or go to the good old reliable Chinese take-out. […]

Kids’ NY Outings

Fifth Avenue is always appealing to shoppers visiting NYC since all the designer shops can be found on this long avenue that runs Uptown to Downtown. Fortunately for shoppers with children, there are lots of appealing places for the younger ones too. In the 57th street area you can find the Central Park Zoo, FAO […]

February in New York

It snowed twice in February. The kids and I enjoyed it since we were indoors and didn’t have to trek out anywhere. I can’t remember the last time I shoveled snow so doing that was actually quite a novelty again, too. Though I’m grateful I don’t need to do that multiple times every winter!

Cherry Blossom Viewing

  We didn’t make it to Chidorigafuchi or Naka Meguro this year to see cherry blossoms there. From reports I heard, it was very beautiful but also crowded, as expected. We’ll try to make it there one year. We did make it to Yasukuni, but it was too early and the cherry blossoms weren’t in […]