Saturday, July 31, 2010

List of 10 -Things I Love About Japan

1) the ridiculously delicious fruit
2) seasonal changes of nature sceneries
3) services at most restaurants and hotels and stores
4) nerds and geeks
5) how people are earth-friendly in general
6) ramen
7) kimono
8) mannerism
9) high-tech toilets and bathtubs
10) my parents' house and its vicinity

In no particular order.

Until next time,


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blue Summer

I was on the living room couch, and looked up out the window to realize how refreshingly blue the sky was.

This is why it's hard for me to completely hate summer, despite the heat.

Until next time,


Monday, July 26, 2010

List of 10 - What I Do Every Morning

1) Drink a glass of 100% kale juice.
2) Mop the living room and kitchen floor.
3) Make bed.
4) Check e-mail.
5) Check favorite web sites.
6) Read news paper.
7) Water the plants.
8) Brush teeth.
9) Apply deodorant.
10) Tidy up.

In no particular order.

Until next time,


A Gift for a Maid of Honor

Totally forgot to write a post on the gift from the bride I received: Le Creuiset stew pot in white.

A French cooking ware? And it's white? Thank you, K. You know me too well.

Until next time,


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Film Report -The Last Airbender

Saw it and loved it!

I waited a whole year for this, and now I will gladly wait however long takes for the sequel to come out.

Noah Ringer is divine!

Oh, by the way, I'm starting a tradition at a theater between T and myself. But before I tell you what it is, can I tell a crazy story that, here in the land of politenss and patience, people STAY through the whole credit after the film ended?? I repeat. They freaking STAY in their seat staring at the credit going by. Is that weird or what? I asked T why on earth people do that here, and he said, "Sometimes there is a little extra footage or something during the credit, and the soundtrack playing is still a part of a movie. Why would anyone leave a theater when the film is still carrying on?"


While I want to respect his opinion on behalf of the rest of the Japanese film buffs, I just cannot help but feel squeamish in my seat staring at the screen after, in my opinion, the film ENDED. I'm sorry, people. I come from a land of fast food and highways with 6 lanes, and we don't endure anything of a slow-moving kind! I thought about leaving for the bathroom right afterwards, excusing myself form the excruciation, but I thought that's a little deceiving for T and I felt sorry, so ...

I came up with this idea to look for Japanese names in the credit just so we are actually doing something. It's really hard, though, because sometimes there are three columns of names going by, and when you are actually reading the credit, you'll realize the sceeen is moving waaaaaaaay fast. But this time, we found about six Japanese names out of two thousand or so film makers. Horaaaay!

Until next time,


Friday, July 23, 2010

'Nuf Wi Da Heat!

I took a sick day off on Thursday.

I spoil myself rotten when I'm miserable at home from sickness. So I spent my hard-earned 20 bucks on the juiciness.

A pure bliss in every bite!! I seriously wish I could live on this and just this during summer.

Until next time,

...oh! I was fine the next day and went back to work.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Glass Bottle from Egypt

A friend of my family's is visiting from Egypt. It took about five hundred official documents for him to make a travel visa outside of his country, and about the same amount of documents just to fly. Well, he is safely here and having the greatest time, and we are glad.

He gave me a perfume bottle made of glass as a gift.

Very pretty, I love it. And personally, I love the box it came in too!

Thank you, A! Have a blast in Japan!

Until next time,


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Aftermath for A Maid of Honor

So speech was made, tears shed and water-proof mascara gone, the wedding ended, and it's time for the maid of honor to rest and sleep.

I did not sleep any more than 3 hours the night before, despite the fact that I did not sleep any more than 4 hours the night before that. Too much on mind the whole night. Exhausiton took back sheet to nervousness, methinks.

They were giving out flowers that they used for the wedding, so I took a whole bunch home.

Pink carnations by the entrance window.

Here are lilies on the counter between the kitchen and the living room. Adore the smell!!

On the head of my bed are roses to watch over me while I sleep.

Good night!

Until next time,


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Making of A Maid of Honor - The Eve

So, it's the night before her big day, and she must prep and polish as if her life depended on it.

First with a drink of collagen.

Next, an an-hour-and-a-half bath time with deep sea salt scrub.

Then a pair of collagen eye masks for 20 minutes.

Followed by a 20-minute moisturizing face mask.

Again with another drink of collagen and vitamin C.

Finished it up with Luna Sol manicure...

...done like this. Very cute.

And most importanly, an 8-hour beauty sleep. So I must hurry and head beddie. Good night!

Until next time,


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

List of 10 -What I Usually Have in the Fridge

1) soy milk
2) maple syrup
3) brown rice (uncooked)
4) strawberry preservatives
5) blueberry preservatives
6) tofu
7) ginger
8) pickled plums
9) miso paste
10) barley tea

More or less in order.

Until next time,


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Awaiting Narnia 3

At the theater to view The Book of Eli T pre-purchased the tickets for Narnia 3 that's coming out in February 2011 (Feb...!?whaaaa?! they have got to be shitting me!Why do they always have to have us anticipate like crazy when it comes to new films?).

And with the tickets they gave us these:

.....oh....kay. You say? Well, watch!



The cutest thing I've ever created with my own hands.

Until next time,


Shodo -Way of Writing VII

The work of the day reads "the bible."

Inspired by "The Book of Eli" that I just blogged about.

And I tried this one again, and I think I did a better job than the last time. See any improvements?

And some stuff I did just for fun: a path of flowers under the moon. And I rather like how it came out.

Until next time,


Monday, July 12, 2010

Film Report -The Book of Eli

Just saw it on big screen, and loved it!

When T told me he wanted to see a movie "The Walker", I had never heard about it. Then a minute into the movie, I realized it was the Jap version title (I don't know why they do that sometimes). And, of course, when Danzel Washington started sleighing the living day lights out of the highway robbers in "his manner" I thought, "Golly, T, must you drag me to this kind of flicks?" But soon I started paying more attention when he started reciting lines from the book of psalm, and I was right in doing that.

The film must have been out in the states for a long time, and how come no one on facebook told me about it? Geez, guys. Thanks!

Oh, and on a personal note, Mila Kunis has never looked better!

Until next time,


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fashion Report -To The Max!

I used to go on a vintage-shop hopping in West Hollywood about once a month, but after college, most of my much-needed retail therapies took place at South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Sorry, for those of you whose eyes are rolling, you are readin' a blog by an ex-valley girl from OC here!

Oh, and here in Japan, I just don't buy clothes that often for a reason that the trends and styles here don't quite fly for me. I still Bluefly my work gears and dating outfits for the most part, much in awe to the international shipping.

So, I was pretty excited when I smelled that vintageness in the air at the store I was taken to. Instantaneously did it bring me back the good ol' days of West Hollywood. It's surprising how just a whiff of air to your nose can bring back memory and you feel like you are living that moment all over again, even the kind that you never thought you had in your system anymore.

Anyway, I was browsing the vintage store with much excitement, feeling like the college girl that I was, and came across this maxi skirt!

Loooooooooooooooooooooooooove it!

Not a big fan of maxi anything as the trend seems to go of late, but I know good things when I see them.

Until next time,


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dinner for A Maid of Honor

I've been trying to lose a few pounds for the past couple of weeks.

I need to be in a very fitting halter dress next weekend for my friend's wedding, and to give a speech in front of 200 people in it. And I fucking refuse to be a 30-year-old maid of honor whose arms are floppy and tummy plump, looking like a no-wonder-she-is-always-a-bride's-maid-never-a-bride sorry-ass woman. I'm gonna work my walk and come up looking fantabulous, give a fantabulous speech and leave the podium fantabulously, if there is to be a podium. Never mind that it's my bride friend who should be glowing and beaming there.

So anyway, my dinner cannot be mac 'n cheese now. It cannot be complex carbs. Nor fats. Nor sugar. Nor dairy. So, for me, that only leaves me no choice but to dig in a bowl of Kelogg's all bran with soy milk for dinner.

Must think fantabulous... must think fantabulous...

Until next time,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Being Wire-less Just Got Better!

Hello, wire-less world!

May I proudly present to you my new cell!!

Thank you, docomo, for the lovely photos!

God knows my love for Kate Spade is only Himalaya-high. So when they produced the collaboration with docomo, the cell phone company with which I've been faithful my whole Japanese life, I only had to blink half way to say "I'm getting it!"

By God, its cuteness is beyond words.

Until next time,

totally kate-spaded Sak

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shodo -Way of Writing VI

My choice of the day:

Until next time,


Friday, July 2, 2010


What I love about mornings: newspaper and breakfast. Today's choices: a steamed bun and vege-fruit juice.

Until next time,


Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's July!!

What I love about starting a new month...


...the new Vogue!!! No question about it!

Until next time,