It’s Tough But I’m Tougher

Hi all!

Today, I spent most of my time at home doing some backlog work. I also filmed a flip-through video of my hobonichi and surprised myself with this page. I was out of the country for 6 days last week and I already had amnesia about the detailed happenings in early August.. omg lol. :)) I thought it’s been a month or so since I’ve tried Nana’s Green Tea but dear Lord, it was just last August 23. My brain, what’s up?? :))

These past few weeks have been a bit hard for me and I’m really just doing my best to just focus on the positives and just treat any challenge as how it should be treated (…a challenge ^^). A few months ago, I have decided to go more “full-time” with my brand Rainbowholic / content creation passion. Full-time doesn’t actually mean total full-time since I have to be realistic + I’m not rich enough to feed myself with just Rainbowholic (yet) … lolol TT_TT

These days, I work 2 days for myself (managing a youtube channel / blog / shop), 1 day for English part-time job, 2 days for JLM Store.. and sometimes during weekends, I also work extra for myself because #passion lol (thanks Aki for being so patient & understanding). Before, it was 4-5 days a week at our company. Even deciding to spend more time on it took a lot of courage from me because I was aware of the fact that doing so would gain discouragement from others (unfortunately.. this is how real world works).

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Japan Lover Me Box + Lifeeee

Hi everyone!

I just realized I haven’t posted about this newest product at Japan Lover Me Store! We have received many requests about having our own subscription box / “Japan” Box. Since we are still finding ways on how to work on this (our main product categories are Japanese arts & antiques + vintage souvenir jackets), we’re trying out this kind of mystery box first. Baby steps first, ね! : )

We have partnered with Mad Tee Party, a shirt store in the Philippines that carries Little Miss Paintbrush‘s designs. We all work together in producing these Japanese-inspired merchandise + content and I couldn’t be more proud to have their stuff available for JLM’s overseas fans.

For our first regular JLM Box, the JapanLover will receive a Mad Tee Party merch (tote bag / shirt) that they chose + assorted lifestyle items ranging from stationery goods, souvenir items, plushies, and so much more! In the future, we’d like to produce and print our own zines, stationery collection, and other creative things we could think of. Earlier this year, we have launched our first-ever line of original-produced souvenir jackets (designed by the whole team). Hopefully in the coming years, we will be able to offer a wider range of products designed by our super talented & forever down-to-earth Creative Head, Chichi Romero.

The regular box includes the following assorted contents:

Mad Tee Party shirt of your own choice (1 stock per design only)

1 sticker sheet (Japanese elements theme)

1 uchiwa fan

2 plushies

1 Japanese towel / tenugui

2 random Japanese-themed items (You’ll never know what you’ll get)

1 JLM Poster art by Little Miss Paintbrush

Free goodies / snacks from JLM team (not shown in the photos)

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The premium box includes the following assorted contents:

Mad Tee Party shirt of your own choice (1 stock per design only)

2 sticker sheets (Japanese elements theme)

1 uchiwa fan

2 plushies

1 Japanese towel / tenugui

5 random Japanese-themed items (You’ll never know what you’ll get)

1 JLM Poster art by Little Miss Paintbrush

Free goodies / snacks from JLM team (not shown in the photos) – Premum Box Version

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Channel Trailer + Rainbow Mail #04 + Kawaii Tokyo Stationery Tour?!

Hi everybody!

How’s your week going? Mine feels like it’s already wanting to end so fast, lol!

I’ve been hustlin’ everyday (will tell more about this after I survive this phase haha).. and it’s a love-and-not-so-love relationship (because “hate” is such a strong word lololol). What I’m doing is fun and exciting yes.. but it’s reaaaaaally been so challenging lately. ;_; **gambatte self* Anywaaaay ~

Yesterday night, after almost 5-7 hours of on-off editing (had to search my 4 external hard drives for the files), my official youtube channel trailer is now UP!! Omg you guys, I brainstormed about this for a month or so (changed concepts many times) and I was having second thoughts about the script I wrote 2-3 weeks ago. I’m so happy I’m done with this! :”)

Watch Rainbowholic TV‘s Youtube Channel Trailer here.

Yaaaay

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How To Survive The First Stage of Adulting

Hi everyone!

Finally, here’s the blog entry I’ve promised before! I really miss writing reflective blog posts such as this. Hopefully, this will be useful to anyone out there who is currently struggling or confused about his / her path. ^^

Before I give some advice, let me share a bit of my personal struggles a year or so ago. I feel comfortable in sharing some of these because I’ve already overcome some. : )

YAY story time ~

I think that everyone will arrive at some point wherein he / she feels lost about his or her career path. More than a year or so ago, at our company (which is being run by my older brother Eric), I was given an insanely BIG task. I had to setup a successful and profitable online store for JapanLover.me (which is Japan Lover Me Store now). I had to find the formula from taking pictures, listing the items, promoting the products, taking care of our clients, generating sales, and so much more (of course, with my brother’s assistance). We were only THREE in the company that time (my bro, my cousin, and me) who were juggling all these jobs (physically) in Japan. I am very thankful of my teammates from Manila (Chichi and Kaye) because they really have been so HELPFUL right from the start regarding other responsibilities such as graphic design help and social media boosting. We couldn’t hire more people because we had to sell our first batch of souvenir jackets first before investing in more hands. From 50, it became 100 sukajan, then 500.. and now, it’s around 2500+ souvenir jackets. Eventually, we have become more financially capable to hire part-timers (hi Shinanoさん and Justin) and more people (hi Anne) in the company. To cut the story short, there were many times that I wanted to give up (add my self-diagnosed PMDD for more stress.. omg T_T.. )… and at the same time, I was being torn between doing this “day job” of mine (which was like my 24/7 job before haha) and pursuing my content creator dream / path which in the end, I am still fighting for even up to now.

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