Thepans Japan 2017

The trip we have all been waiting for. We head to Japan and will be at Osaka and Kyoto. There will be lots of sightseeing, shopping, food and cultural immersion.

Rather than doing a big blog post, I’ve been journalling our journey in Instagram instead and here is the full collection of our best photos.

KONICHIWA Japan! Much excites! #ThepansJP2017 #cleopan #clarapan #cliepan

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A few lovely photos of #cleopan that was on Pearlís phone. #ThepansJP2017

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Kids hungry so parents become foodPANda delivery service. #ThepansJP2017

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Breakfast. #ThepansJP2017

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Iíve always wanted to stay in a proper legit Ryokan and this trip to Kyoto, our stay is the highlight. To book for our family of 5 is not so easy and Ryokan is also charged per head, it all adds up to quite a bit. I took too long to choose, then there are only a few left I could book and Iím glad my top shortlist Yachiyo was still available. Our room is called ďHonkanĒ (yes itís true) I remember when I was young, my parents would bring us on trips and create wonderful memories and knowing that they managed to provide that to my siblings and I, Iíve always told myself I must also be able to provide my kids such trips to and to create good memories when they are young. So my kids have their grandparents to thank. We arrived today and was not disappointed. Very nice and how Iíve imagined a Ryokan should be, the staff were also very professional and friendly. Past few nights Iíve been telling the girls about what Onsen is and how they need to keep know the etiquette of a public bath in Japan and they freaked out. Their dad made them travel all the way to Japan to be naked in front of strangers was unfathomable. lol. I had my fun for a while as they were glad to realize it was a private bath. Iím really looking forward to the authentic Kyo-Kaiseki 12 course Japanese dinner tmr in our Ryokan in our Yukata. But first, letís sleep. The kids all KO after their dip. Arashiyama tmr. #ThepansJP2017 #Kyoto #Japan #cliepan #clarapan #cleopan

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Glorious morning. #ThepansJP2017 #Kyoto #Japan #Ryokan #Onsen

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We spent the whole afternoon at Nishiki Market. Lots to see and eat. We lunched thru our journey in the Market. One thing to note is that in Japan, always eat at the stall and get rid of your trash at the same stall, else itís kinda rude to walk around with your food and there are no bins so always bring small plastic bags. Ice cream with mini rice crackers is the bomb. It adds that much needed texture kick to an ice cream. Kids found Daiso branded clay and they went crazy and almost emptied the shelves. Apparently it is a much sought after ingredient to make slime with the perfect viscosity and the slime wonít turn to muck or harden. The whole Singapore no more stock already since Jan 2017. #ThepansJP2017 #Kyoto #Japan #cliepan #cleopan #clarapan

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Simple day today. We left Kyoto via Shinkansen for Osaka and everyone was amazed at how fast it was as the normal train to Kyoto took quite some time. Dropped off our luggage at the Hotel and headed for Kuromon Market to have lunch and check out the giant crab legs and seafood. We then walked to Denden Town to checkout the toys. Clara bought a bunch of cute Japanese figurines. Cleo got a few too and as a bonus I found a Star Wars Scout Trooper which Iíve always wanted but too lazy to order. Went to Gram with the hopes to try they super fluffy pancakes but they only sell 20 sets every 2 hours and we were there at the wrong time. Anyway, headed back to the hotel and had a simple non Japanese Dinner. Pizza! Ok, time to do laundry and get ready for USJ tmr. #ThepansJP2017 #cleopan #clarapan #cliepan #Osaka #Japan

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USJ day in Osaka. Cleo and Clara wore their onesie for the whole day and felt totally comfortable in it. It looks fun and was also functional in the cold. We eventually did not get the express pass as no one really take rides in the family. Letís just say all the rides we took had < 5mins queue. Think Tea Cup / Merry Go Round. The most exciting one would be the one Cleo and Clara *yawn* took *yawn* have you seen the angle of the steep slope!! Harry Potter world was quite amazing. The whole place felt out of this world. Jaws was meh. Felt like lots of seafood. Jurassic World had a super scary ride and we were so entertained just looking at people screaming. Jaws felt like a big seafood area and Backdraft section knew their swing music. :) Minion world was colorful but not really our thing. We walked pass the rest briefly. Tiring day but we felt like Good parents. #ThepansJP2017 #cliepan #cleopan #clarapan #japan #osaka #UniversalStudios #USJ

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Started the day with waffles for brunch at Namba Wall then took a train to Shinsaibashi to Shop. Daimaru, 7 floors of Tokyu Hands where we went crazy only to be followed by 3 floors of Daiso. Walked a lot more and slowly walked back to Namba where our hotel is. Kids at the Cup Noodles they made at the Cup Noodle Museum and we parents went out to eat random local food. I had raw sea urchin for the first time and it was in a bowl of low grade raw stuff and rice. Ewww… lol. Had to get back to hotel to have MY Cup Noodle which my eldest Cliť caringly made for me complete with chopsticks, wet wipes and a bottle of water. ?????? Ok now to shower and sleep. Tmr we gonna split up and me and the kiddy girls will go Denden Town again and the big girls will do their girly shopping. #ThepansJP2017 #Osaka #Japan

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Last minute shopping day started with Ice Cream for breakfast. We spent most of the day at Bic Camera knowing that our luggages are bursting at he seams. Cleo and Clara really like their Gachapon (that put money in then turn turn to get a capsule ball surprise). Clara was amused to see an adult also so excited about it. I bought a smartphone gimbal (stupid me, should have bought it at the start of the trip). That is the final thing I bought for myself on this trip which totals at 2 items lol. The other was a Star Wars Scout Trooper figurine which Iíve been looking for ages. Last bite at Namba with Osakaís famous octopus balls and we are off to the Airport heading for home on a red eye flight. #ThepansJP2017 #cliepan #cleopan #clarapan #Osaka #Japan #Namba #BicCamera #travel #holiday

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Till the next trip.

Daddy Matters: The OCBC Cycle Coincidance

My last post I asked everyone what dance should we do at the top of Shears Bridge. A resounding “Coincidance” was requested. As promised, we Daddy Matters DANCED to it! WHOOP WHOOP.

We started super early before sunrise and met everyone at our planned start point which was near our secret prata place. Every prepped their bikes and we headed to the starting point.

Along the ride, strangely I hardly took any pictures. I was really enjoying the ride and the company of good friends. At the end we posed for an epic shot and it truly was a power shot.

We all had fun, spent time together as good friends and ended the day with prata for everyone. Till next year OCBC Cycle. :)

Uncles from Daddy Matters gonna be at OCBCCycle 2017

ARE YOU READY FOR #OCBCCYCLE2017!! 18 – 19 NOV 2017 @ Singapore Sports Hub! Some of us Daddies from Daddy Matters have started training for it.

Having attended the past year’s OCBC Cycle, a few Dads from Daddy Matters are going to do it again this year! #MuchExcites as we had fond memories from last year and I’m quite sure we will end with Prata too. (Secret location don’t tell you where unless you ride with us)

So what’s new this year? Plenty.

  • OCBC Cycle Speedway Corporate Championship – Perfect to once and for all tell your colleagues that you are indeed better than them.
  • ‘Super Hero’ Theme for The Straits Times Ride – Finally allowing you to cosplay mildly without saying that you are cosplying.
  • Bubble Theme for Mighty Savers Kids and Family Ride – BuBbLe bUbBlE BuBbLe!! Which does not stain your your shoes like other sporting events do.
  • Loyal Cyclist Discount – Yay! Savings! Finally putting your streak to good use.
  • OCBC Cycle 2017 Medal – Medal 1 of 3 which allows you to combine them together. And when combineded it will make a cool gear.

Check out www.ocbccyle.com to find out more and quickly go register before it is too late!

This year’s route will continue to showcase our wonderful city and lots of nice places to take selfies and wefies with you cycle kakis.

OCBC Cycle 2017 Route
OCBC Cycle 2017 Route

I’m trying to convince the other dads riding together to do some silly stuff (but safe), please let me know which you think would be best and I’ll try to sell it to them. It should be some silly activity / actions we can do to make a great photo OR video AT THE TOP OF SHEARS BRIDGE. Here are a few Ideas I have:

1. Coincidance

2. Baby Shark Dance

3. The Skeleton Dance

4. Tomioka Dance Club

So 4 options to choose from, so which will it be?

  1. Coincidance
  2. Baby Shark Dance
  3. The Skeleton Dance
  4. Tomioka Dance Club