Monday, June 17, 2019

Gaston Luga Backpack–My All-Time Favourite (Discount Code included)

I’ve used backpacks of many different brands before but Gaston Luga really tops my list of favourite backpack brands. This Gaston Luga Classic black backpack has been my everyday bag for almost two years and is still in perfect condition. I reckon it’s because the material is hardy, so even though it’s been through rain and mud with me, it’s still good and functional. I really carry everything I need in it everyday everywhere I go.


So when I thought about getting a new bag to add to my collection, I still went for Gaston Luga Classic backpack – this time round in Navy Blue with brown leather straps. I absolutely love this pop of colour when it arrived at my doorstep!

I love the Classic for its timeless and elegant design, and how versatile it is. I carry it during weekdays and weekends because I can put everything I need in it! The laptop compartment inside can contain a 13” laptop and there are also two smaller pockets inside for this and that. The front of the backpack comes with a spacious compartment, and that’s where I keep my essential oils, earphones and little knick knacks I need to reach out for quickly. This compartment comes with a zip as well, for enhanced security. Under the backpack are four metallic feet, giving the backpack the extra protection and its cooler look. This is important for me because I tend to put my bag on the floor often. The Gaston Luga Classic comes in other colours as well – See them on their website.

Gaston Luga also sent over their passport holder for me and it looks super lovely in baby pink! Love it. See other accessories on their website!

I really do love my new backpack and yes, it’ll be my everyday bag from now on! =D

Discount Code For The J Babies’ Readers!

Gaston Luga has kindly offered 15% discount for all my readers when you make your purchase on their website: Just key in code klessislee to enjoy this discount (there is no expiry date for this discount yay!). For a limited time only, you will also receive a FREE passport holder and address tag when you purchase their bags. That’s a savings of $124!) Plus, you get to enjoy free shipping for your purchases! So get right to it now, and browse their products now!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Spa In The Comfort of Your Home–The Outcall Spa

Media Review

We all love a good spa treatment anytime, but the problem faced by busy Singaporeans is not that we cannot afford spa treatments, but that we cannot find the time to go for them! Most of us are just going through week after week, trying to juggle everything on our plate and hoping that everything will turn out fine. The truth is, we all need time to de-stress and relax after a long week, so that we can rejuvenate and regain strength for a new week ahead. Can I suggest something for all you busy parents out there? SPA TREATMENTS IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME!

And that was exactly what we ordered in a few weeks ago. The kids had fallen asleep and by 11pm, we finally can relax and get some rest, but because we cannot leave the house, the only way was to get the spa “delivered” right to our home! The Outcall Spa provides such treatments in the comfort of your own home, so that you don’t even have to step out of your house but yet, you get to enjoy total relaxation and pampering. After the husband and I tried the 90-min Couple Massage, here are 3 reasons I think you should order in your home massage as well:

1. So Convenient

Enough said. We literally just relaxed in the living room while waiting for the Outcall Spa therapists to arrive in time for our treatments. The furthest I walked was from my living room to the bathroom to change out of my clothes! No need to spend time on travelling to the spa centre, and I got to enjoy my relaxing & therapeutic spa treatments while my kids were soundly asleep in their bedroom! I don’t see how it can get even more convenient than that!

2. Level-Upz Home Spa

I kinda lowered my expectations about the spa treatment quality because we were not actually going to a professional spa centre, and how good can the ambience in my living room be, right? WRONG! The Outcall Spa people came with two massage beds, which they set up expertly  in no time at all, complete with towels and blankets. We were given disposable underwear to change into, if we want to, and they even set off great-smelling aroma oils while playing some soft spa music in the background! My living room instantly transformed into a spa! Way exceeded my expectations, I say!

I chose Lemongrass for my massage oil and the husband chose peppermint for his, and the whole living room smelt so good! If you think the massage beds are of inferior quality, you cannot be more wrong. They are premium massage beds sourced and made by top bed manufacturers around the world – They made the whole experience so comfortable!

3. Great Service

The two therapists for our Couple Massage were great. But of course, they are certified and experienced therapists, so don’t expect anything less. I don’t usually enjoy massages, to be honest, but my masseur made the experience very relaxing and enjoyable that I almost fell asleep! Granted, it was midnight when we were done, but it was so relaxing I could just walk to my bedroom and fall asleep right away after the session! Case in point – Refer to Point 1. We were also served warm ginger tea after the session, which made the whole session even more complete and enjoyable.

By the way, The Outcall Spa can provide a therapist within an hour, so even if you decide last minute that you need a massage, just call for their service and a therapist will be on her way to you soon enough. They operate daily from 2pm to 1am, with extended hours on Fri, Sat and Sun till 2am. Perfect for busy parents like you and I who are only free late at night after settling the kids! I happen to think this is a great gift idea for your loved ones as well – A therapeutic reward that will surely make them very happy! Check out now to see their different treatments available!

Thank you for a very relaxing 90-minutes, The Outcall Spa!


Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored a 90-min Couples Spa Treatment for review purposes. All photos & opinions in this post are ours. No other financial compensation was received.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

5 Reasons I Recommend ADORE’s Pantyliners & Sanitary Napkins (Review)

Media Review

ADORE sent over some of their pantyliners and sanitary napkins for me to try and I must say I absolutely adore them!

I’ve never really stuck to one brand of pantyliners and sanitary napkins through the years because to me, they are all about the same. This time round though, I might choose to stick to using only Adore for several reasons:

1. Fully-sealed Aluminium Packaging With Re-Sealing

This was the first thing that impressed me. Other brands I’ve used before didn’t have this and I always had to find another container to keep them after opening the packaging, just to keep them hygienic and clean. I like it that the packaging is sleek, yet protecting the remaining napkins free from dust. It’s such a simple idea that it’s bewildering why the other brands are not doing it!

2. High Quality

Every sanitary napkin comes with a green compound strip that is bonded with far-infrared rays and nano Ag. The former strengthens the body’s immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, giving us better protection against diseases and ailments. It also flushes out toxins from our bodies and offers many other benefits including helping to alleviate pain, relieving muscle spasms and increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues and capillaries which stimulates blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. Best of all, it helps to resolute inflammation and helps ease nervous tension!

ADORE’s pantyliners keep us fresh, comfortable and dry all day, thus limiting the risk of bacterial growth and protecting us against itch, odour, sensitivity and inflammation. I think that’s pretty awesome, don’t you think? If we don’t have to deal with those little problems monthly, we will all be happier females!

3. Excellent Protection with Super High Absorbent Core

What we look for in sanitary napkins is high absorbency which keeps our minds at ease because we do not have to worry about possible leakages, which can be very embarrassing for us. ADORE’s premium ultra slim sanitary napkins have super high absorbent cores for maximum and almost instantaneous absorption. Yet, it’s breathable layer allows our skin to breathe so that we feel clean, fresh and confident all-day long.

4. Stays In Place

This is very important to me personally because I get very nervous when sanitary napkins don’t stay stuck on my panties. I would worry about leakages constantly and have to visit the toilet often just to check. ADORE’s design comes with strong, yet gentle non-toxic adhesive strips to ensure it stays in position without damaging or staining the panties upon removal.

5. Extremely Soft & Comfortable To Wear

I can vouch for the comfort of the pantyliners and sanitary napkins – Really important when we have to wear them 24hours for a few days in a month! It’s not surprising though – ADORE uses non-bleached, non-recycled and dust-free cotton for their products – Definitely skin-friendly even if you have very sensitive skin!

Needless to say, I’ll be sticking to ADORE for all my sanitary napkins and pantyliners from now on. You can purchase ADORE’s products from Watsons, Giant supermarkets, Sheng Shiong and Raffles Health pharmacies! Try them yourself to know the difference! :)

Friday, March 01, 2019

Eating In Okinawa: Ramen Danbo

Surprisingly, we’ve never heard of this ramen chain store until we went to Okinawa.

Apparently, they have so many outlets in Japan and all over the world including the States! In fact, we had stumbled upon this long queue of people outside a ramen restaurant along Kokusai-Dori and thought to ourselves like true blue Singaporeans that this must be good ramen. So we decided to queue for it despite it being a windy cold 14 degree C night. After a good 70 minutes of queuing, we made it in!

Like many ramen restaurants, they don’t have that many different choices but since it was my first time trying it, I opted for the most basic & signature option while the husband chose the sesame version.

Ordering is done via a machine, so order first before taking  a seat, then give details about your orders – Texture of your noodles, flavour of your soup and choice of add-ons etc.

I had high expectations of the ramen because of the long queue and the truth is, if I had queued so long for this, it’d better be good, right??

AND…. IT’S SUPER GOOD! The ramen tasted pretty similar to Ichiran’s and I love the texture of the noodles. The gyozas were good too – Super juicy as I bit into them!

And as you can see – the egg was good too! Cooked perfectly.

We enjoyed the meal so much that we decided that we had to go back again another day, and this time round, we went at 1am (The shop closes at 2am) and thought that we won’t need to queue at this kind of weird timing. I mean, who eats ramen at 1am, right?? Apparently, we were not the only ones with this grand idea. We still had to queue but we made it in within 15 minutes, which I was grateful for. Haha. So far in Japan, they have outlets in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Strongly recommend you give it a try when you are in those places! =)

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Okinawa Travel: Sakura Blooming 2019

There were many reasons why we decided to visit Okinawa during its off peak season in January. The weather would be perfect at 14 to 19 degrees Celsius and there would be much fewer people because Okinawa is typically a popular summer vacation destination where throngs of people would flock to the beaches to surf and dive. Therefore, everything is cheap during this period – Airfares, accommodation etc. We only paid $250/pax for our Jetstar direct flight tickets from Singapore to Okinawa! But perhaps the best reason of it all is because it’s also their sakura blooming season! From Jan to Feb, sakuras will bloom in Okinawa, first among its other Japan counterparts. This would be our best chance to catch sakuras without burning a hole in our pockets.

There are several Sakura Festivals happening at various places in Okinawa and you can easily find those information on google. We chose to visit Mount Yaedake because it was nearby to the other attractions we were visiting that day. Some trees have started to bloom, but I’m sure when it’s peak sakura season, it’d look gorgeous! We were a little early for the season but my heart was already filled with gratitude we managed to see them! Words don’t do justice to the beauty of the sakuras, so I shall stop here and leave you with the photos we captured!

You can read the rest of my post in this series of Okinawa Travel here:
For my self-drive itinerary, you can go to this post.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Eating In Okinawa: Ryukyusabo Ashibiuna

During my research on Okinawa, I came across reviews of this restaurant near to Shuri Castle and recommended by many people online, so I added it into my itinerary on the day we planned to visit Shuri Castle. I wasn’t planning on spending time to look for the restaurant but as we were walking from the castle back to the monorail station, the husband saw this restaurant with a lush green entrance and walked in to take a look. Turned out it was Ryukyusabo Ashibiuna! Totally didn’t waste anytime looking for it. =P

I could recognise the restaurant instantly because I had seen many photographs of it online and that garden courtyard is hard to miss. Netizens recommend waiting for seats in the open courtyard and we did. Thankfully, the queue was not long despite it being peak lunch hour. The entire restaurant was packed to the brim but we still managed to get our outdoor seats within 15 minutes. All’s good!

How lovely is this?? Dining outdoors especially during winter is an extremely enjoyable experience. Hot bowls of food delivered to you and you can dig in with the gorgeous garden view in front of you. It was such a relaxing gastronomic experience!

We ordered a bento set as well as their signature Okinawan Soba. The food was good and comforting and prices were not as exorbitant as we thought it would be. I think we spent about $40 for this meal – Totally worth it.

My stir-fried pork slices served with Okinawan rice was such a tummy pleaser. Don’t know what side dishes those were but they tasted not bad. Love it that they also included two small slices of pineapples to end the meal with.

We had to order their Purple Yam Tiramisu since purple yam is Okinawa’s local produce and it tasted pretty good! All in all, it was a happy and good meal. I highly recommend a visit when you are in Okinawa!

Ryukyusabo Ashibiuna
Address: 2 Chome-13 Shuritonokuracho, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 903-0812, Japan

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hotel WBF Artstay Okinawa Naha

Media Review

We stayed at two different accommodations during our trip to Okinawa and the first one left a deep impression on me. Hotel WBF Artstay Okinawa Naha is conveniently located right smacked on Kokusai-Dori, the main shopping and dining street in Naha. Donki Donki, convenience stores such as Lawson’s and Family Mart were within walking distance and Starbucks was just diagonally across the road from the hotel. The hotel was also nearby to two Yui Rail stations with many bus stops scattered in the vicinity. The best part was that even though it was located in a prime area, the rates are very reasonable and you’ll literally gasp when you step into the boutique hotel because of how beautifully furnished it was. At least I did!

Love how the walls and ceilings are all lined with wood – I thought I was in a cabin in the woods! Everything in the space was very muji-inspired and exuded a soothing and relaxing vibe. Did I mention it smells good in there too? It was a huge contrast from the rowdy and busy shopping street outside and I felt like this was a such a restful abode.

The reception counter was decorated with colourful painting done by kids in Thailand. Many of these kids may be living with poor conditions back in their country, yet their paintings showed so much hope and joy. The hotel supports them as part of their community efforts and such paintings can be seen everywhere in the hotel.

I was actually quite surprised when I stepped into our room because Japan is notorious for their shoebox hotel rooms. Our room was actually huge and spacious – There was even a full-length writing desk by the window!

Every room in the hotel is decorated differently, and you can see all the room designs in the coffee table magazine available for browsing at the lobby area.

There are separate toilet and shower rooms, with all the toiletries provided of course.

There was also a free smartphone provided in the room, which you can bring out with you and tap on their google search functions so you don’t have to use your personal data plans. What a nice gesture!

You’ll be pleased to know that the hotel provides complimentary drinks and snacks 24 hours a day in their lobby restaurant and by that, I’m talking about many different types of coffee, 24 different types of tea, miso soup and sake! It’s beyond amazing, I know!

Breakfast was such a glorious affair here in the hotel because they serve breakfast all the way till 12noon! How awesome is that! The selection was impressive as well ranging from Western to Japanese and even Indian food!

I enjoyed all my breakfasts in the hotel because the food was good and the ambience was perfect!

Families travelling with kids would be happy to know that they not only have a kids’ play area within the lobby restaurant, they also have a food line just for the kids, and there’s even a chocolate fondue fountain!

Not only that, the hotel also provides complimentary toiletries and items for your baby and children’s needs. They are readily available near the reception counter. Really a nice gesture by the hotel, I feel!

If you are planning a trip to Okinawa soon, consider staying at Hotel WBF Artstay Okinawa Naha. I super loved my stay there and would definitely consider staying there again if I go back to Naha. =D

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Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored a 3D2N stay with complimentary breakfast for two, for review purposes. All photos and opinions in this post are solely ours.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Okinawa Travel On Rented Car (Self-Drive Itinerary Included!)

Media Review

As it was our first trip to Okinawa, we wanted to explore different ways of travelling in Okinawa. In my last post on the Okinawa series, I shared about how we booked a bus pass and Yui Rail monorail pass for a day so that we can explore Naha city on public transport. You can read all about that here. While public transport is easy and inexpensive, it is not convenient to explore anywhere beyond Naha city. In fact, the key attractions in Okinawa are all at least one hour’s drive away from Naha city itself. So, through Klook, we booked our car with Times Rental for three days so that we can drive out to explore different places everyday. I was so glad I did that – It was so much fun! Self-driving on vacations means you don’t have to follow a tight schedule or itinerary. Anywhere you drive to, you can stop if you find the place really pretty. Sometimes, surprise finds along the way during self-drives make the holiday even better!

So we booked our car from and a voucher was emailed to me upon confirmation. I opted to pick up and return the car from a location near my Airbnb and the whole pickup process was fast and smooth. The staff at Times Rental explained to us basic traffic rules and handed us brochures with mapcodes and information on places we can visit, along with contact numbers we can call should we meet with any difficulties or accidents. Basic insurance was covered for the car but we opted to top up an additional 3,000yen+ to up the coverage so that if we ran into any problems with the car, the repairs will be 100% covered. As it was our first time driving in Japan, we thought it safer to top up the coverage. But now that we’ve done it, I would say driving in Japan is extremely safe with almost everyone being polite and kind on the roads. We probably would not top up the coverage the next time round. =P

The staff very patiently explained everything we needed to know before bringing us to the car personally. He showed Isaiah how to operate the car and explained about the usage of the car’s GPS system. Our fuel and all toll charges are not included in the car rental, so we would need to top up the fuel tank to full before returning the car.

And we set off for our first road trip in Okinawa! I am all praise for the GPS system in Japan cars – It was super accurate and we felt very assured every step of the way, even though we were in Okinawa for the first time. The car was comfortable and stable as well! Best of all, the pickup and return were fuss-free and easy, so it definitely was a very pleasant experience for us. :)

I planned out a three-day itinerary for the three days we would have the car with us, and I will share that bit by bit on the blog soon. Here’s an overview of what you can look forward to:

Day 1: Minatogawa Stateside Town –> Ashibina Outlet Mall –> Senaga-Jima sunset

Minatogawa Stateside Town is a former Naval base when the Americans invaded Okinawa for a period of time. Everything here has some kind of American vibes and has since been converted into a quaint neighbourhood of shops, cafes & eateries.

It was nice to stroll around this place and enjoy some food along the way. But things are not exactly cheap here, so be prepared for that. More about this place in a separate post.

As we continued our drive, we passed by the ocean and had to make a pit-stop because the view was just gorgeous.

Our next stop was the Ashibina Outlet Mall where we literally went crazy in just one shop – GAP. =P We are not brand-conscious people in the first place so actually shopping at such places don’t excite us much, but the sale in Gap was so amazing we got matching sweaters for ourselves and our kids and several other tees for them. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are into brands such as Adidas, Underarmor, Levis, Gucci, Ferragamo, etc.

After getting our loot (so glad we have a car to keep our shopping bags in!), we headed to Senaga-jima to catch the sunset and have dinner and drinks. It was the best decision ever – The sunset was so gorgeous and we had a great time hanging out at the Hammock Cafe! More on this in a separate post.

Day 2: Cape Manzamo –> Churaumi Aquarium* –> Nago Fish Market –> Nago Pineapple Park* –> Okinawa Fruits’ Land* –> Mount Yaedake –> Kouri Island/Kouri Bridge/Kouri Tower* –> American Village

Day two looked super packed but we had so much fun! I was glad we booked the Churaumi Enjoy Pass, which gave us access to 12 attractions in Okinawa including the Churaumi Aquarium and we saved lots of money because of that! Those attractions marked with a star meant we used the pass to enter. The rest are FOC attractions. I will cover all of these attractions in my upcoming posts and I highly recommend getting the Churaumi Enjoy Pass from Klook because it provided us with so much convenience and cost-savings!

Day 3: Okinawa World & Gyokusendo Cave* –> Cave Cafe –> Mibaru Beach

The Churaumi Enjoy Pass would be valid for 5 days of usage so you can take your time to really explore the different attractions and not rush like me. Haha! But one of the attractions I really enjoyed was the Gyokusendo Cave, which was an interesting and unique experience for us. We have never explored a limestone cave before and we were so amazed at how nature made the caves what they are today!

Opposite Okinawa World is the Cave Cafe (which is actually the entrance of another ticketed cave (but not covered by the Churaumi Enjoy Pass) and I think it’s worth having a cuppa there, to complete the cave experience.

That wraps up our three-day itinerary where we self-drove everywhere in the rented car we got through Thankfully, parking was complimentary in all the places we visited but we did pay extra for tolls on some days. Klook actually has many different services and packages available for booking, so hop over and check them out for your upcoming travels! Thank you Klook, for making everything so easy and convenient!

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