5 things you need to know before traveling to Tokyo.

I’ve been living in Tokyo for a year now and it’s a beautiful and exciting place to visit. I’m often asked a lot of questions from people interested in visiting and I thought I’d put together a few things that I think are important to know before coming to visit. Here they are… There are no public trash cans. Or very few, rather. There are bins that collect bottles and cans near vending machines and sometimes outside of conbinis (convenience stores). But don’t bank on these being everywhere. It’s not uncommon to have bags of trash in your book bag because there is nowhere…

Don’t sleep on Groupon.

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.**     Have you ever booked a random flight deal on an impulse and then found yourself wondering what do you do in that random town? No? Me neither. But if you have, I’m here to tell you that you have options to figure out how to entertain yourself in Randomtown, U.S.A. and not want to throw yourself out the basement window for all the boredom. So, let’s just say you find an amazing deal to…Las Vegas…(I know, like you would ever really need to know why to do in…

Sleep and the art of getting your kid to stop talking to you.

Once upon a time, there was a child whom we adoringly refer to as “the boy”. He was a quiet fellow who would stare at you and silently judge you while eating his saltines and “nanners”. Because…well that’s what you do when you’re two: develop hyper-focused eating habits and judge everyone you meet. Anyway, this kid was perfect. He played by himself and was able to use his imagination to play boxing or wrestling for hours with his stuffed toys. He allowed his mother to get work done or cook or clean when she was ever inclined to do so….

24 hours in Abu Dhabi: Pt. 1

This is a rant. I’m just gonna put that out there first. The TripAdvisor review will come later. I’m hot and stinky and really really tired, so this is what you get right now. We begin our journey landing in Abu Dhabi Airport at 2:30AM. We left Narita Airport at 9PM, so I really don’t know what time my body thought it was by the time we landed. I didn’t sleep well, but the boy remarked that he “slept like a baby”. So I was already irked. We landed 2 hours ahead of schedule, therefore we had to wait for the…

How to travel the world with your child and not lose your mind or end up with them in CPS when you get home.

In other words: How do I make travel with my kid look so easy and effortless? The long and short of it is: I only put the good photos online. Nobody wants to see the ones of us arguing or me crying in a corner because I am trying really hard not to book a flight back home because he’s being incredibly ungrateful and I’m frustrated and tired from booking so many countries in a small span of time. *ahem* Traveling with your kid can be amazingly rewarding and fun. You get to spend all of your time with your…

I have a thing for coffee shops. 

Seriously. It’s almost an addiction at this point. And I’ve only become a connoisseur of coffee for the last few years, so this has been developing over a short time. Before, I would generally just go for Starbucks, but as they say: once you know better, you do better. The ambiance, the decor and of course, anything coffee and coffee snack related. The mix of casual and comfort, but each place I go has been able to develop its own autonomy in this buddying culture. But what I have come to love most is the feeling of being in a creative space…

The weekend wanderlust.

A summary of this week’s victories, lessons and roustabouts. This week was busy and challenging. So, we didn’t go out to the Jamaican Festival in Odaiba like we planned. We didn’t hang out with friends for brunch. We didn’t go to playdates or even go outside for too long. This weekend we engaged in some serious self-care. For the boy, that meant blowing bubbles on the patio. Me, I took several naps. We went to the school’s graduation today and shortly after it was over, we went home. Sometimes you just need to love on the ones you love.