Ippon Yari – Authentic Japanese Restaurant

There’s a hidden gem along Real Road in Calamba, Laguna.

Ippon Yari boasts of an extensive menu which offers everything Japanese from Soba, Udon, Ramen, Sushi, Sashimi, Gyoza, Dons, Beers and so much more.

We were just in time for their 11am opening. This branch is so spacious.

They also have this kind of seating to enhance your Japanese experience.

This Japanese restaurant is also home to Japanese employees working at a nearby factory. They get their fix here and I think the ambiance and the food make them feel right at home.

They also have Japanese magazines and Manga books to keep you entertained while waiting for your food.

Now, let’s discuss their food. Their price is way affordable than other Japanese restos.

Shrimp Okonomiyaki

Japanese pancake with shrimp, asked them to separate the sauce – mayo and katsu. This is so good!

Charashi

Raw set for my husband. Quality of the sashimi is good.

Chasumen

This ramen is a little salty to our taste. But the meat is very very tender.

Gyoza

Get this for 100 pesos only when you order together with a Ramen. Love the gyoza. It’s filled with veggies, pork meat and seafood.

Tempuradon

I love their Tempura! From tip to tail, there’s shrimp! Crunchy even if there’s sauce all over it.

Tempura Udon

Daughter asked for an Udon and she finished the whole bowl. Just like the Ramen, the soup’s a little salty to our taste.

There’s more to try on their menu so will definitely be back.

The service is good and for me, that’s an important factor whether to visit a restaurant again!

Ippon Yari also has branches at Sta Rosa, Laguna and at Malvar, Batangas.

Happy eating!

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What to do in Seoul: Daiso Shopping!

8 floors of Daiso! Can you just imagine???

Well, you will find this gem of a treasure hunt at Myeongdong in Seoul.

Running out of time, we decided to just spend half an hour in this massive building. Of course, there was a little bit of overtime! 😂

Just a go through though, here’s a floor by floor rundown of the 8 floors! And as a tip, you always start at the top floor. Take the elevator up then take the stairs going down. Makes sense?

And of course, since I was hurrying up to pay for my purchases, I forgot to take picture of the ground floor! Forgive me since I’m on overtime already!

So many cute stuff to buy! But my hands were tied as my luggage can’t handle it anymore! Blame it to Korean Air which only allows 23 kgs of check in baggage! 🙄

Daiso also offers Tax Refund but you have to do it at the airport. You have to ask for a receipt and your purchase must be KRW 30,000.00!

More of my Korean Trip soon!

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When in Japan: Nissin Cup Noodles Museum

The person who is not a fan of Nissin Cup Noodles can leave now.  This is about Nissin Cup Noodles and how it was invented and everything else about it.

The museum is located in Yokohama, an hour drive from Tokyo.  We decided to go early as it goes crazy and it might take us longer to finish the whole museum because of the queue.

Upon arrival, I snapped our tickets and went straight to the floor where one can design their own cup noodles, My Cup Noodles Factory!

1) Queue and get your Cup at the Vendo Machine.

2) You will be directed to your table to design your cup.  There will be colorful markers to use and a sample to inspire you.

I am not an artist so don’t judge!

When you are satisfied with your design, you can go to the next step.

3)  Give her your cup.  She will turn it upside down and on top of already fried noodles!  You turn the handle around.  She will catch it.

4) Make your own flavor!  You can choose 4 toppings from 12 ingredients.  You can also choose the flavor of the soup, they have Seafood, Curry, Chili Tomato, and the Original.

I chose the cutest topping of course!  Cutie Chicken!

The flavor doesn’t really matter because I don’t intend to eat my cup noodles.  Here is what my cup looked like inside.

5.) Time to seal.  

Sealing with foil cover.

Pass through the ‘clingy’ machine to seal the plastic.

Voila!

6) Bubble Bubble Bag

Put your cup inside the plastic, fill it with air, and hook with a string to make a bubble bag.

Here I am with my creation and the cutie little chicken!

It was an amazing and fun experience!

Oopsie, that was only 1 attraction of the museum.  There’s more.  

There was a room with a display of over 3000 packages of Instant Ramens from all over the world.  They call it Instant Noodles History Cube. 

The very first Chicken Ramen, circa 1958.

Our very own Lucky Me Pancit Canton is included!

After being in the cube and seeing all these instant ramen, we went straight to the Momofuku Ando Theater where we watched and learned about the person responsible for instant ramen.  He struggled at first but he still persevered.

There was also a makeshift house to show Momofuku’s environment when he was inventing the instant ramen!

There’s also a part of the museum where it’s interactive.

A very nice Cup Noodle Art.  Hanging in there.

If you have time and you could make a sidetrip to Yokohama, make sure to pass by the Nissin Cup Noodles Museum.

The trip was so worth the price of Yen 500.00 or about Php 250.00.  And for an additonal Yen 300.00 or Php 150.00, you could design your own cup noodle at My Cup Noodles Factory.  Such a good deal!

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Japan Weather

It is one thing to travel with kids, then another to travel to a very cold place.  As I am writing this and an exactly one week before we fly off to Japan, I am hearing and seeing how cold it is there now.  Freezing cold.

Now, how are my kids going to cope with that kind of weather?  Though my kids are used to being in 18degrees weather, I am not sure if they can handle 10degrees.

My hubby and I are already checking where we could buy winter clothes for the kids.

Hopefully, we can buy some winter stuff in Surplus Shop located at SM Malls. Is the one in SM Megamall the biggest?

If not, we will need to shop for the kids’ clothes when we get to HK.

Any other suggestions where to buy?

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Japan Japan, will we survive?

In less than a week, we will be having our yearly family vacation!  This year it will be different though.  We will be travelling to Japan. 
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We’ll be travelling with our 2 kids, one is 3.5 year old and the other will just be turning 11months.

I honestly think that this vacation would be a big challenge.  Both for me and my husband, and my in-laws as well!

Fortunately, my 2nd daughter is still breastfed.  This will be a great help.  Aside from having less bottles to bring around, clean and sterilise, I can feed her anytime and anywhere she wants.  That is, if Japan is breastfeeding friendly.  Any breastfeeding mommy who has survived travelling in Japan?  Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

I should be reading up on this.  And then there’s another thing to check.  Is Japan stroller friendly?  At first, we thought of bringing 2 strollers, but in the end, we decided 1 is enough.  The big one can use it, the little one would just be worn!

Good thing I am a babywearing mommy too!  I will be bringing my extreme sling from Tiny Tots!  I just need to hone my skills in maximizing the other ways of using the sling apart from the way I have been accustomed to.

I am starting to make a checklist of things we need to bring, and I must say, it is A LOT!  Wait for my post about that!

This is the 1st time I would be travelling out of the country with 2 kids in tow!  I am sure this will be a really memorable one!

I will keep you posted on our trip!

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