Learn Japanese Online with Cafetalk! ☕

Hi everybody!

Today, I’m going to share something that you guys might be interested in!

If you are someone who wants to practice his/her Japanese conversational skills and it’s hard for you to find a really good / fun / professional teacher online, then Cafetalk might be something that you’d want to check out. You can also learn other languages / subjects in this platform!

Just to disclose, Cafetalk actually sponsored me to make this post. I don’t recommend any service / company until I have tried out the service many times. They gave me 4 tickets to try and I was able to have 3 lessons in 2 weeks! My goal with Cafetalk is for me to be able to practice my current Nihongo speaking skills (as it has becoming rusty again due to lack of practice) and to ask help and advice from my tutor when it comes to writing my journal in Japanese.

You’d be surprise to know about this because of the fact that I live in Japan (that I should be fluent by then, huhu) and the fact that all of my work places require me to speak in English (in my English school, cannot say any word in Nihongo.. even ね!haha) and Filipino… it’s hard to practice my Nihongo on a regular basis. Talking to the cashier does not count, haha! When I go home and create content, I communicate with you all in English when I write. I have a Japanese boyfriend .. but our main language is English. My English really leveled up here in Japan, instead of Nihongo… I am probably making excuses (lol) but anyway, I thought that I should still push myself in mastering this third language even if I get 1000x busy.

Say hello to Miki Sensei, haha!

My aim for this blog entry is to inspire you to learn Japanese / any language / anything.. online!

.. and here are the many things that you can learn using Cafetalk.

Me is shookt haha they have fortune telling?! :O Anyway.. so here is what happened during my lessons first. I’ll show you guys the entire lesson flow when you scroll down much farther, haha.

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Hobonichi With Me + How I Study Japanese + Stationery Lucky Bags?!

Hi all! おはようございます from the land of the rising sun!

I’ll just share some recent video + shop updates (in case you missed them, lol) ~

2018 has been pretty good. A little more tiring than usual but I’m very motivated!

VIDEO: Hobonichi Techo With Me | Sakura, Unicorns, & Pastel Rainbows ( ほぼ日手帳 ) | Rainbowholic ?

Last Christmas, I challenged myself to make a “12 Days of Kawaii Journaling & Crafting Series“. The struggle to produce one so often actually trained me! Now, I don’t mind making time to create videos everyday (either I film or edit, or both haha) ~

I hope that I can keep up with this pace though! I’m really taking advantage of my current motivated self, lolol ~


Added a ton of new packs / sets / boxes at my Japanese Stationery Online Store, Rainbowholic Shop!

#RainbowsForMyDad: Japanese Stationery LUCKY BAG [FLAT RATE AIRMAIL SHIPPING]

#RainbowsForMyDad: Sakura Sticker Packs now available ~ 

VIDEO: How I Learn Japanese + Study Tips (JLPT N4/N3 Level) | Rainbowholic

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Life After JLPT

Hi everyone!

Here’s a quick photospam post of what happened last weekend.

I’m just so happy that JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is OVER! Been reviewing / cramming for the last 2 weeks. I am not sure if I will pass (I took the N4, and I’m planning to take N3 again this June / July if I do pass haha) but whatever the results may be.. I think I’m good, haha! I actually enjoyed my self-study Japanese sessions these past weeeks! *_*

Learning is fun!


Spotted this beautiful yellow corner in Saitama University.



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How To Study In Japan

Hello  everyone!

Thank you all for waiting for this “How to study in Japan” post. Before anything else, I would like to thank Jessica and Sig for contributing their knowledge and time. This wouldn’t be possible without them! I’m sure you guys will learn a lot from these girls’ experiences as exchange students from Manila. I also applied for scholarships before but those weren’t meant for me.. but I still found a way to make my Japanese study dreams to come true (with the help and support of my family, especially my brother).

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Artwork by Keeshia Felipe

Kaila’s Japanese Language Student Experience at Bunka

After finishing my university thesis at De La Salle University-Manila and completing all my requirements, I took a risk and chased after my cherry blossom dreams in Japan. A year before that, I had a lot of “Japan-related” heartbreaks because firstly, I was denied when I applied for a visiting relative visa (to visit my older brother Kuya Eric in Japan). It was the time when I also stopped school for a while (financial problems in the family). I also applied and researched a lot about Japanese school scholarships. However, I failed the written test. But those delays did not stop me nor discourage me to fight for my childhood dream to live and work in Japan. During my 6-month being out of school (1 term + summer vacation), I helped my brother with our online business by providing graphic design and webdesign help. At 18/19 (cannot remember omg), I was already working and setting up e-commerce websites even if the internet was so slow that time. I did get depressed for a few weeks because I really wanted to go to Japan and visit my brother and help him but I thought to myself… maybe The Guy Up There had different plans for me. I incubated myself inside my room for a half a year and that was the time I started to plan and think of ways on how to pursue my dreams. I was decided that I would make the most out of my university life so that I would be prepared in the “real-world” setting once I have graduated.

After my brother and I helped out each other (he financed my education while he was setting up his company + working everyday + finalizing his university thesis too), I was able to graduate from DLSU. He also saved up for our last option to bring me to Japan.. which is to enroll me in a language school. Our plan was: Study Japanese for a year -> Apply for a working visa. With my diploma, I was able to convert my student visa to a 3-yr. working visa. My brother’s company sponsored my working visa.

Going back to the topic, I studied an intensive Japanese / Nihongo program in Bunka Institute of Language (BIL) in Shinjuku, Tokyo. I originally wanted to work and save up for a fashion-related course and study at Bunka Fashion College (hashtag ambisyosa haha) but I realized along the way that I wanted to pursue another dream. You can read my “Bunka” posts here from before.

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(Admissions Page)

My “Studying in Japan” experience is categorized under “self-sponsored” (though I badly wanted to become an exchange student huhu). If you want to try living in Japan for a year (or half a year), I suggest that you save up by working in your own country (or ask for financial aid from your family) and find a school that will best suit you. For me, if you want to study fashion in Bunka Fashion College, the BIL program is good! My class would start at 9AM and end at around 3PM. I live in Saitama so I had to wake up at around 4:30-5:00 am, walk to the train station and avoid the packed trains / train delays. I would arrive at school at around 7:30-8:00AM. I usually have my breakfast in the canteen and I study better in the morning too. : )

My classmates stayed in a dormitory that was recommeded by Bunka. Click here for more information about that.

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Snippets from BIL days. My language school friends Lily, Dawa, Shouro and Sabrina!

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