It’s currently 3:00 am here in Japan and I’m still awake. Figured I should attempt to blog so that I can feel sleepy afterwards. Netflix isn’t working tonight.. so it must be my brain wanting to unload some thoughts, lol.
Here is a photo of the beautiful cherry blossom tree near my brother’s place. I can still remember the feeling when it was giving us a pink shower with the wind and all. Super surreal.
It’s getting warmer and warmer everyday and my icecream cravings are hard to control now, haha!
Workshop at Cafe Stay Happy with Abbey was a big success! Arigatou to everybody who helped us a lot! 🙂
Long talks and lots of laughter with this one. Thanks for the constant push and inspiration, Abbey!
This might look effortless to some people but this talent / skill was honed through YEARS of nonstop practice. BIG respect! Continue reading
Omg, long time no blog?!
November was such a CRAZY month for me and I couldn’t just unload everything as I had a special event every weekend. But before I tell you guys about what happened these past few weeks, let me just share some pictures (preview yay) of a super special video coming SOON on my youtube channel!
If you love Japan and love traveling here, make it extra special through creative / kawaii journaling! I’m going to show you how you can setup your current journal so that it will be travel / Japan-ready by the time you start your adventure here, hehe! You can also do #throwback journaling like what I did before when I went to Hokkaido (and I did the journaling 1-2 years after lol).
Anyway, more on that later! Now, I want to share my overwhelming experience in preparation of my first ever 21KM run (that I had to finish in 3 hours!)
This year, I’ve been doing a lot of effort to get fit! There were of course relapses during this fitness journey but I know that I would always come back stronger and more determined! I guess one of my biggest motivations besides my personal health goals would be my partner-in-crime, Aki! Aki would always do some physical activity after his usual company work every week and that inspired me to make more time to go to the gym, do home workout, or run around the neighborhood. He would exercise at least 3 times a week (on his own.. because Tokyo boy, and I’m local girl from Saitama haha), and I would also do my own thing on my own when we can’t meet each other during weekdays (both busy people lol).
I actually shed off some pounds and became more lean after I really made more effort than before. Though I’ve been having an active lifestyle for 2 years by jogging / running & occasional gym visits, I only got to really achieve my ideal healthy body goals this year! Hopefully before this year ends, I can share the simple adjustments (HEALTHY eating habits!) I did to lose that 5% body fat. I was around 27% before and now, my percentage ranges from 22-23% (each body is different and I’m a bit short too so these numbers might be too much for others). If you want to get to know more about what this “body fat” means, click here. It’s not the actual weight that most people think! My ultimate goal is from 18-20%, which means that I have to have a lot of remaining fat to be converted into muscle. Aki’s body age is 18 (he’s 26) and that’s also my goal lololol. I’m also 26 and my body age is 21/22. I hope that through my fitness story, I will be able to inspire others to become more active and try running (goodbye social media for an hour!) We are all not growing any younger and our metabolism really drops over the years and I really believe that it’s one’s responsibility to take care of his / her own health at the best of his / her capabilities. I am making more conscious decisions now when eating because I don’t want to go back to my very unhealthy body when I had problems with gallstones and to my declining mental health brought by severe PMS (PMDD). Now, I feel much better and I could feel the 18 yr. old energy in me to radiate from within! ^^ This 2018, I hope we will all have a healthier body, spirit, and mind!
I just came back from a 3-day trip to Kansai (Osaka / Kyoto) with cappie Abbey. Here are some photos I’d like to share~
I took so many photos and I hope I can blog about the whole trip soon!
Not sure if I’ve already mentioned it on the blog (ahh, my memory ;_;) but I recently got myself a Hobonichi planner / diary (Spring edition). I actually discovered this months ago when I was lurking around a LoFT branch in our area and coincidentally, one of my good friends from Australia (Hi Jenni!) posted a page of her super kawaii hobonichi planner (lots of pretty doodles, go give her a follow on instagram)! Hobonichi kept on haunting me for a couple of months (maybe 2 or 3? haha).. and I managed to practice self-control (which was TOUGH because I’d keep on looking through hobonichi planners everytime I’d go to LoFT). I’m actually proud of my purchasing habits presently because I don’t easily buy on impulse anymore as much as before, haha! #KailaAchievements
I told myself that if we exceed our goals / objectives for Japan Lover Me Store for another month, I’d finally get myself one. And we did! I waited for Abbey to arrive as well so we can choose our hobonichi diaries together. <3
During our last day in Kansai, we went to Kyoto to view the city in full sakura bloom.
Of course, we had to rent pretty kimono sets! 😉
Wanted to take these cuties home with me!
(If you’re curious, I blogged about my Kyoto travel (Summer) before and you can read my tips here! ^^ )
Perks of having a friend who loves traveling / going around Japan / taking photos with you = pretty ig-worthy photos!