I haven’t been keeping up with blogging these days. My little girl is finally (dreaded this) teething. Driving us both insane but we’re managing. Here is my belated haul~
I really, really, needed new shorts for the summer. Not just any shorts though, I wanted some high waisted shorts because I’ve been really into crop tops and shorter tops in general. I call my wardrobe a mom wardrobe since it incorporates around my belly and boob access for breast feeding. So here is some spam ~ (why do people eat spam anyways??)
I bought six pairs of shorts, two pairs of skinny jeans, a pair of joggers (?) and lastly an off shoulder top.
Right off the bat I’m going to upload the shorts I got because they were the main reason I even shopped.
Childrens place had this awesome sale last week (still on going), so I decided to shop a little. ALL apparel items 50%-60% off, No exclusions! Crazy right? There was also a clearance section with bodysuits for two bucks, I swear! Another reason for me to shop there is the free shipping, no minium purchase required. Everything nice am I right? Don’t worry I didn’t go too crazy. I’ll try to link everything but if it’s not available anymore then maybe it’s just sold out.
Let’s start off with these long sleeved body suits.
I bought a lot of these in a bigger size thinking they’d be good for the fall but she already fits into them! I got them in size 9-12 months and she’s only 5 months old lol… A lot of them say Daddy’s little girl because I think it’s quite cute. We both always wanted a girl when I was pregnant so we’re quite content. He calls her Princess -rolls my eyes-
I bought the shoes in a bigger size because I know she’s not gonna need them for a while. She already knows how to kick them off so I can’t even make her wear them out of cuteness -sad- . The crown is for picture purposes again (of course). The sock that came with it are actually New born socks so … theyre just kind of there.
I don’t know if it’s 100%, but we’ve been talking about the possibility since I was pregnant. Eventually we decided not to, however the topic has resurfaced and this time it may be for real?
It’s not permanent. There’s no way I’d leave Toronto for a long period of time (again), I love it here (that’s why I came back). We want to move to a smaller town so that my boyfriend can take over his parents chinese restaurant for a bit (stereotypical I know) before selling it off. Make a quick (not so quick) buck you know? We talked about it and the minimum duration would be a year and maximum would be up until before Dawn (5month old daughter) can start kindergarten.
How do I feel? Horrible at first. Still horrible. I’m a very very sentimental person and I get homesick really easily. We used to work almost every holiday at his parents restaurant to help out and we’d stay overnight, sometimes for a few days. Even such a short time made me emotional and miss Home. But the more I thought about the benefits, and emphasized to myself, that it’s all just temporal… I started thinking more positively. I’m starting to feel a little more excited about the whole thing.
My guinea pig can get a bigger cage and maybe I can get him a gal ( he used to have a wife and three kids but we don’t talk about that story I get too emotional). I can finally put his cage in the living room! Boyfriends parents aren’t too fond of the pig (they come home few times a week so we live with them ) so he’s kind of stuck in our room. I’ve always felt incredibly guilty but maybe I can redeem myself in the future.
There were little thoughts about how my family doctor and OBGYN is located here, in Toronto. My health seems okay to the point where I don’t think I’ll need to see my doctor specifically for things. My daughter is turning six months in a few weeks so we can vaccinate her before leaving and the next vaccine would be when we turns one. So far I can’t think of any issues big enough for me to not go with the plan. I still want to finish my GED but I already initially gave myself a deadline to do it within a month so sometime in August is good. No problem there. I can do my G1 drivers test up there, in fact it’ll be easier to pass my G2 there as well simply because it’s a small town. I’m just slowly thinking about problems, solving them and just cancelling them out.
Let’s talk about the pros and the things I can be excited about. I can focus on my hobbies! While everyone else works I’ll be the same full time mom I am now except no one will be around. I can spend time improving this blog, drawing and get back into dancing. I have many hobbies but these are the ones that are most likely possible to do even with a baby. I was always into uploading my Jpop and Kpop dance covers onto youtube. I’ve done so for years on and off. It truly brings me joy when I’m dancing but I’m shy so I don’t do it while others are around which is the main reason for the constant reoccurring hiatus (youtube has changed a lot over the years especially with copyright so I hope I won’t encounter too many problems. Focusing on this blog and possibly uploading reviews and hauls onto youtube? I don’t know if I can resume my streaming hobby on twitch, but if I do it would totally be for jokes and giggles, rather than being fully committed.
We’ve talked about mending my relationship with my older brother and making him help us out at the restaurant. He can live near us and it sounds great but will he forgive me? We had a falling out while I was still pregnant last year and I feel really regretful. If he does come along he can get rid of that underpaying, overworking his ass, job of his. Living near him again would be like the old days. We can play Mario kart together perhaps? Talk about league of legends… HE CAN FINALLY MEET HIS NIECE LOL
Ahh… speaking of family members it’d be sad to be further away from my mom. She loves the crap outta her grand daughter. I hope she will manage without my help. She’s an immigrant and doesn’t know much English and her youngest son (my younger idiotic brother) isn’t too reliable. She constantly has financial problems being on welfare and all. Soon my younger brother will be old enough that child tax benefits will be out of the picture. How will she pay rent? She had surgery at the end of 2016 and her wound still hurts (they did a sh*tty job and stitching it up). Shes old and frail so job hunting isn’t really ideal (not to mention the huge language barrier). I know worrying and worrying won’t help her situation not will it make me feel better but I can’t help it. I’m a natural born worry wart, stressing about everything and not solving much. Depression and anxiety likes to play with my mind a lot.
That’s about it. Somehow this post turned into a rant haha. I don’t really have a conclusion to all of this but this is life right? C’est La Vie~ I’ll just need to tread through the waters (I actually can’t swim. My childhood instructor told me he’s never seen anyone sink like me before). Even if I solve all problems, new problems will surface so take it easy right?
Here’s a picture of my daughter to end this post/entry. Isn’t she cute?
MY PACKAGE CAME IN~ well one of them anyways. (I’ll link it all at the bottom)
So I am currently 5 months postpartum and the first thing I noticed was how hard breast-feeding is with my (used to be) everyday clothing. Well actually that’s a lie the most difficult part IS the breast-feeding but that’s a story for another day. These days, however, I’ve adapted to breast feeding with normal shirts on. Of course the reason being is my baby is bigger and more capable now as well. I had the habit of taking off the straps of tank tops off one shoulder, so that I could breast feed easier.
TL:DR I NEEDED MORE TANK TOPS! And skin care because I’m running out and most new moms look like crap for a while. (Also want to apologize for bad photo quality)
Knit Camisole Top (Coffee- One size)
First Top Is actually labelled as a “camisole”. It is thicker than normal tanks since it is “knit”. It’s very soft and actually very tightly knit (?) so there wont be any loose strands or wool etc. I quite like it as it’s very form-fitting on me (I think?) and the straps are super thin so it’d look nice later on when I’m no longer breast-feeding (Good bye ugly thick strapped nursing bras). I miss being flat chested (LOL) I feel like this is truly a camisole because of the semi thickness I wouldn’t have to wear a bra once I go back to being an A cup. It’s not thick and warm to the point I wouldn’t wear outside on a hot summer day. Very nice quality so far. I like it 😉 This would look cute in casual denim shorts or a simple skirt.
Lace Trim Tank Top [Gray – One Size]
This is probably the one I like least out of the four tank tops. Not that it’s bad, just a personal preference and opinion. It’s the type of tank top a lot of people would have (except me?). The lace gives it an extra cute (I use this word too much) touch and I bought it out of the simplicity of it of course. It’s a one size product and usually they fit me but this ones a little on the loose side. It doesn’t look at flattering on me but It’ll do. I can wear long skirts, possibly neutral chiffons, with this. For reference I am 5 ft tall (153cm) and about under 90lbs (I don’t own a scale). I usually purchase XS for tops.
Spaghetti-Strap Floral-Trim Tank Top [Pink – One Size]
Pastel pink~ adding some color to the wardrobe instead of all neutrals. I really like this tank top. It’s similar to the brown knit top, except with smaller knits, a little less thick, but just as form-fitting and stretchy. The floral trimming is just adorable and graceful. I feel more lady like wearing this (LOL). I haven’t seen anyone with tops like this one so I’d say it’s quite unique. I’d definitely pair this with my lace trimmed denim shorts~
Lettering Tank Top (Black- one size)
This ones definitely my favourite of the bunch, because it’s very street wear like and edgy. Can I also use the word sexy? Yeah, I haven’t felt sexy for over a year now! My belly is nowhere near what it used to look like still but give it time… I’ve never had abs in y life but i’ve also never had such a squishy flabby abdomen either. This Crop top will seriously give me that motivation boost I need. Only thing I need to nitpick about this piece is the stray threads sticking out but this actually happens quite often ordering from yesstyle. To be honest though, I don’t really care. I snip it off and carry on. (HOW GOOD DOES THIS CROP TOP LOOK THOUGH OMG)
SHOES?! …They’re actually not that great (This is why I never order shoes online ). I’ve been looking for a pair of sandals that look like this, minus the pearls, since last year. I just like that simple horizontal band, peep toe and ankle strap kind of thing. Which is surprisingly hard to find and I don’t know why. I like the band because it makes me less self conscious of my feet and my toes. I have a case of almost chronic ingrown toenails on both toes and despite being a size 6-7 I have flat (and wide) feet . This pair however is made really narrow so my feet sides stick out (ugh). I usually go for a wedge heel instead of the blocky type but I thought I’d give it a go… never again. The block heel is wiggly and it does flatten completely on the ground unless I stand in a certain way. The pearl beads are uncomfortable but luckily they’re removable so I can replace it with a normal strap or even a ribbon. These sandals don’t really feel sturdy, hence the wobbly block heel, so I’m counting on these to wear out fairly quick. But whatever, not like I splurged on these, wear it for whatever summer remains we have left and move on.
Woo hoo skin care! I’ve been needing a new moisturizer for a WHILE so I picked up this cheap “whitening” cream because I’m all about that fair and pale korean look. I would talk more about it but I want to make a separate review post on it. LEt’s just say it’s decent for now. As for the sleeping pack, no idea~! I have it on my face as I type this actually. I havent used a sleeping pack in ages so I’m quite excited. I don’t know why I stopped. Now that I’m a full-time busy mom, sleeping packs are like the easiest, life saving, pampering product to use. I shall find out tomorrow morning how good it is and write-up a review. 😉 I love how they both come with mini spatulas. So cute. P.s I got a free serum sample. Yay.
Bookmarks!!! “… wait… huh?” YUP! Theyre bookmarks! super cute and cheap. I’m surprised by the quantity they gave me haha. You use it like you’d use a paper clip. Pretty neat huh? They gave me so much I’m going to share some with my best friend. She loves plants and nature so it’s perfect. I kind of want to purchase more of these in different varieties but I don’t have that many books to use them up LOL. Instead of using sticky labels, they’re really good for bookmarking certain pages for studying too so that’s nice (I’m studying for my GED).
THAT’S IT FOLKS! This is the end of my rambling haul ( I have no life).
BONUS CUTE PICS~ I came across these gachapon machines after morning dimsum with the fam and rolled~ Got two totoro characters in ball form? I didn’t know white “soots” or white “susuwatari” existed? Unless I’m wrong and they’re something else (please tell me if you know ghibli fans!). I started adding hanging them on my daughters bouncer so she gets a variety instead of the same old owls.
Alright so like most Pho places “Pho hong ha” does not do delivery. My boyfriends Mom kindly drives out to buy us Pho from time to time and today was one of those mornings where I really looked forward to it after hearing we’re getting pho. Delicious pho right when you get out of bed, who doesn’t love that? WELL. I’m about to tell you how I hated it LOL.
What it comes with
The pho comes with two containers separating the noodles and topping from the soup. They put the noodles in the same Styrofoam container as the toppings. The soup come sin this tall cylindrical soup Styrofoam container like most soups.
Like most pho places, we get bean sprouts, Lime, hot sauce, hoisin sauce and lastly “rau thom” (the leafy herb thingies).
In the plastic bag that contained all the containers you get (very cheap quality) chopsticks and a plastic soup spoon. You poor the soup into a bowl you won and microwave it (for me approx 5mins to make it hot enough to cook the tripe and rare beef etc) then add in the toppings you need to cook and the noodles.
I’ve had this pho multiple times from the same place, but all from take out. My boyfriend (taking care of me♥) Microwaved my soup for me because I just woke up at the time and was quite grumpy. When it was done I sat down at the table preparing to add my toppings and noodles in when I noticed the color of the soup…This is where I thought to myself… Uh oh…
What i’m about to tell you happened once before (twice now). The broth/soup was very light in color which got me worried. Boy was I right. The broth/soup tasted bland. Okay, bland isn’t the right word…”nothing” seems like a better fit for it. It literally tastes like watered down broth but with the ratio gone wrong. I’d say maybe 60%-75% water. No amount of Hoi sin sauce ( my boyfriend tried) or Sriracha sauce ( I tried) could save it. With the soup being tasteless it goes without saying that the noodles become tasteless too. There goes my wonderful Pho morning 😦 .
Last time when this happened to me I was more upset than I am now (maybe I got used to it i don’t even know). I let it go because it was affecting my mood ( can I get a P.M. and an S?) at the time and because I thought that it was a one time thing. People mess up at some point right? Now that it happened again I don’t think I’ll purchase from them again…unless i’m in the area I might pop in for coffee. Vietnamese coffee is so GOOD. I’m going to tell people around me to not purchase pho from them (as petty as it sounds) as I did go and look up reviews myself and a lot of them didn’t seem very nice. I also took a peek at the menu while I was wasting my time staring at my bowl of tasteless pho, Pho hong ha doesn’t seem to have prices that I can really justify . Sigh.
Packaging was very like every other take out place …not much to like or dislike to be honest.
If you just want to read about how the actual cake tastes you can skip through all the details about the store and such. (Go towards the bottom)
I never went in the Matcha cafe because it literally closed in front of us right when we crossed the street.
How I ended up buying Uncle Tetsu
So Uncle Tetsu has been around downtown Toronto for roughly a year now (opened in March 2015). Until Today I have actually never tried it. My friends and I were in the area today (just hanging out) and my boyfriend lost track of time, we ended up not seeing this movie (zootopia). As we were wandering around outside the Eaton Centre we passed by Uncle Tetsu and my Boyfriend (being the sweet tooth and foodie he is) yelled out “I WANT CHEESE CAKE!”… So here we are…
Just look at him…
Yes the guy in blue
Waiting Proccess (outside) first impressions
The first thing I noticed was the long line (of course). The hype actually died down, supposedly anyways, I guess we picked the wrong night for Cake? I’m not sure how long we waited in line but it shouldn’t be over 20 minutes. Before going I thought how ridiculous it was to wait so long just for a Cake that we might dislike… I was wrong. I actually enjoyed the cake but i’ll tell you that later. So to justify the long wait for these cakes.. they make 12 (they say it’s ten cakes in case some of the cakes don’t turn out well?) cakes every 10-15 minutes to ensure freshness. Not to mention that they only have three ovens stacked on top of each other in that small kitchen. If I recall correctly it says on the window outside ( forgot to take a picture while I was waiting in the cold LOL) that they don’t like to pretend that their cakes are fresh. Of course that wasn’t the only thing that it said. They stated on the piece of paper stuck onto the window that it is one cake per person only. They had to also state that pets, spiritual people and imaginary friends don’t count towards an extra cake (Friends and I found that hilarious).
Inside the Store
After the long ( not that long) wait outside in the Canadian winter cold 😦 , We finally step inside the small store. Ahhhhh~~ Boy does it smell nice in there. Of course the smell wasn’t the first thing I noticed when I stepped my foot inside. It was the warmth of the store that saved me from the Canadian Weather (LOL). Anyways moving on… Despite passing by it countless times and knowing for a fact that it’s a small store,->
It seemed even smaller inside. It could be because of all the people crowding around me though.->
Apparently before the place became “Uncle Tetsu, It was a convenience store ( I wouldn’t know or remember i have terrible memory). As you can see in the picture, they have an open kitchen kinda look. You can see all the employees working on your cakes and such.
The wall opposite of the counter has many many things for you to read as you wait for your turn in line or your cake ( if you can actually see through the crowd). It displays some history about Uncle Tetsu, News paper clippings and pictures of Cows and eggs symbolizing their use of fresh, high quality and carefully selected ingredients. Apparently Uncle Tetsu has had a 25 year history (only! 0_0) in Japan and they already have stores in China. Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and now in Canada! Of course til today they still make all their goods by hand and Fresh.
Back to the counter~The top side has a T.V. that plays whatever song is on at the time and on the right is the menu. You can see Uncle tetsu’s little mini avatar being the symbol on the first chalk board.
Under the glass counter you can see this adorable little display of utter, cows and eggs which I couldn’t stop staring at for some reason. There is also a display of their honey Madeleines and “Angel Hat”
I did ask out of curiosity about the Angel hat. “What is it?” I asked. I could’ve worded it a little better I mean I read the little card so I knew it was a cake with cheese in it… Which is what he told me. He did tell me that it’s “denser” than the uncle tetsu’s cheesecake. “whatever that means” is what I thought at the time. Little did I know the uncle tetsu cheesecake is very soft which I’ll talk about later. Compared to the &inch Uncle tetsu cheesecake the Angel Hat is only 4 inches still priced at $10 is shaped like a gumdrop or should i say “hat”. It uses more than one type of cheese so I’d imagine it to be more cheesy than the Uncle Tetsu cheesecake.
I also asked about the “Rusk” that was on the menu, though he didn’t really give me a detailed description… He just said what was on the label and that was that it’s made from the cheesecake. I went on the tetsu site and it doesn’t say either…It just tells you the location it is available at so I think that it’s just a piece of the cheesecake in a small slice in case you don’t want to buy the whole thing. (Not sure)
My boyfriend passed me 10 bucks so I can get another cake ( so he gets two). He was intending on using debit, but for some reason the cashier let him buy two…? I don’t know if it was a one time thing or because it’s not insanely busy, so he inserted his Debit card and paid first. They actually didn’t charge us tax even with debit the total was exactly $20, so 10 per cake. one cake was done but we had to wait an extra 7mins for the next batch to get our second cake.
My two friends actually decided to get a Honey Madeleine as they accompanied us for the cake and it so happens to be on sale at the time. Usually one Madeleine is $2.22 but
they got a box (4 Madeleines) for roughly $5. As we were outside waiting for my boyfriend (who is waiting for the 2nd cake) I was having a smoke when my friends offered a Madeleine to me. I refused it naturally as I disliked Madeleines….or sweets in general. I did pinch a piece off to try it though. It wasn’t as sweet as your typical Madeleine would be nor was it shaped the same. They looked more like japanese cream puffs or muffins rather than the french shell shaped ones.I didn’t really taste the honey that much either which is fine by me. My friend Jason enjoyed eating the top part but I personally likes the insides as it was quite soft.
Finally onto the Cheesecake~!☻♡☺♥
Lets talk about the packaging and looks first then we’ll get to the taste.
Here is what the bad looks like from the front and back (very cute). Most of you probably already know what the bag looks like though 😛
Front of the Bag
Side of the Bag
If you buy the cheesecake and peek into your bag you would notice that there are two
holes. When I noticed this I inspected the box and found out how fragile the box was! I’m not that bothered by it but I’m just glad I knew before putting anything else in the back (we had some left over food from the food court at Eatons). So just a little warning for those of you who plan to buy it. The box isn’t that sturdy so don’t stack anything on top of it (the two cakes stacked on top of each other just fine).
I think the reason for the two holes is because of the moisture from the cake. Water droplets accumulate on the top of the lid cardboard lid but don’t worry they wrap your cake in this…film/wrap (thingy). I’m guessing it also absorbs the oil surrounding the cake.
You open the box from the side and they use a piece of tape to make sure the flap stays in the slit.
Below is pictures to show you how to move the cake out instead of try to scoop it out.
NOW ONTO THE TASTE AND MY PERSONAL OPINION ♥
My cake didn’t turn out to be ALL brown but let’s be real how often is it going to be perfect. Personally I don’t care☻
To be honest I really dislike sweets and I am very picky with cakes due to that reason. western cakes are just too sweet… I was a little annoyed that my boyfriend decided to buy two cakes at a go without even knowing how it tasted or without knowing if he’ll even like it or not. Before even tasting this I already told myself I wouldn’t like it so no one is going to help him finish the cake (boy am I wrong).
I imaged this cake like the cake image on the right ——> Super cheesy and super gooey. Yuck. I don’t like cheese and I’m a little lactose, I can have milk in my coffee not cream. I can’t drink a whole glass of milk but I can have ice cream (small amount). I can eat poutine with cheese in it…anyways you get the point. I‘m a little lactose. Naturally I
wouldn’t be expecting myself to like the cake because its two things I dislike combined (cake and cheese).
My friends tried the cake with my boyfriend at a table in the food court by the movies and suggested I try some, and so I did. BAM!!!~~~♥ I was in LOVE. It’s not even an exaggeration. The description on the site pretty much matched and sums it up. the flavor wasn’t too cheesy nor was it too sweet for my liking. Unlike the typical western cheesecake this cake was more on the souffle side. I honestly believe it’s the texture that pulls people in. the texture is moist yet fluffy and definitely airy! To achieve this they actually separate the yolks from the white and whip it into a foam. On the site it says it could melt into your mouth…let me tell you it’s almost there LOL! The texture goes with the taste very well, hand in hand. What’s great about this cake is there are no preservatives or additives.
Now if you’re like me and you also dislike cheese and sweets please give this a try. I am really glad I stepped out of my safety bubble to try this because now I can eat and enjoy “cake” just like everyone else! Of course I had to deal with my boyfriend giving me the ” I told you so” crap. “I knew you would like it” (pfft whatever you say).
Now some people (like me) would probably wonder if it’s worth waiting in line for it…and to be 100% honest…no. err…well… depends. If it’s a warm day , you’re in the area and you happen to see that the line isn’t too bad then sure.If it’s during the summer and you think you can fry an egg on the sidewalk…then no LOL. I personally dislike winter more than summer but I guess getting inside to the warm cake haven makes up for it. ☻☺♥
I really enjoyed looking at all the stuff on display. I would’ve gave it 5 stars if the place was more roomy though they can’t really do anything about that.
Packaging was very cute and simple (which I like). Just wish the box was more sturdy since the cakes are quite fragile.
No complaints. very polite.
FANTASTIC (wow fantastic baby…dance!)
Reasonable. No complaints.
Location I went to:
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake
598 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5
Hours : Mon-Sun 8am-11pm
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Matcha Cafe
596 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5
Hours : Mon-Sun 10am-9pm