PLANTEREO: A Kawaii & Chic Convertible Self-watering Planter & Terrarium + Hobonichi Diary Updates!

Hi friends!

Last year, my college friend/Papercraft designer Rich moved to New York to study Industrial Design. She and her boyfriend (who is also my friend haha, hi Vic!!) designed this cleverly beautiful self-watering planter that can also be converted into a terrarium. It’s called Plantereo and they’re live on Kickstarter now! Of course, I’m one of their 100% supporters!

She also made this amazing Rainbowholic cake house design and Dancing Groot (Guardians of The Galaxy) papercraft! This girl is a CREATIVE genius, obviously! *_*

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They have been growing a lot of plants in this easy-to-use planter. They shot a really cool timelapse of wheatgrass growing with just one refill of water. Check out Totoro’s surprise cameo in the end!

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Hi トトロ!

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Plantereo can be used either as a terrarium, or a self-watering planter. The terrarium is for plants that thrive in humid environments.

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Plantereo’s self-watering mode allows you to forget about watering for up to 5 days! You can also just use the ceramic pot on it’s own- so neat!

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Ahh, sooo pretty to look at! I think I will add a catbus / nekobus or Totoro somewhere there and make my own Totoro Forest miniature haha.

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Little Miss Paintbrush’s Mad Skills + Dreaming Big For Kawaii Philippines + Help Rebuild UP Diliman’s Japanese Room

Hello, everybody!

Here’s a kawaii dump featuring ChiChi / Little Miss Paintbrush’s artworks and a couple of event announcements!

(As you can tell, I’m a really proud friend of hers, heehee! ^^)

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Reeseypeasey & Rainbowholic for Japan Lover Me Store, as drawn by LMP.

These are our best-selling jackets featuring the hokusai wave.

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My cousin Gil has been slaying it for weeks! Wish I could model so naturally, haha!

Gilbert Gabriel Cherry blossoms sukajan souvenir Jacket

Photographed by my brother during the sakura peak in one of our favorite places in Saitama.

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Justin featured the sukajan / souvenir jackets on his blog together with a photo essay about Edo Tokyo Open Air Museum (thanks Reesey for dragging us with you~!). You should read his write-up here!

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Dream Realizations + Kawaii Halloween Party Preparations

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Being back in Manila for a short time has made me realize a lot of things. Actually, these thoughts aren’t exactly “realizations” but more of a confirmation about some ideas I have been thinking about during my idle time when I work or whenever I’d catch up with my friends who are also crazy dreamers.

Before moving to Japan, Manila was my comfort zone. As years pass by, Japan became a much more comfortable zone for me. In this place, I was able to achieve a lot of dreams because Japan served as a safe place for me to pursue what I want. Traffic, security, and other third world problems I used to have are not the problems that I’d encounter. Of course, living in Japan has its cons too. I figured that whether you’re in a highly-developed country or not.. you cannot escape any problem. It’s everywhere, hehe. Every country has its unique societal issue and it’s not right to compare two different worlds with different cultures and values. I think I learned how to be a chameleon over the years, haha.

Whenever I’d go back to Manila and I’m on my way home from the airport, I would be welcomed by these poor Filipino streetchildren knocking on the car’s windows while I’m completely engrossed on my iPhone. I cannot deny that there is a nagging feeling that I just can’t fully describe. Manila is still the same country that I left years ago.. (but with heavier traffic conditions… :/). Being able to live in Japan for years / travel in different countries really opened my eyes. How I wish Philippines would improve in some way or the other.

I feel that my Japan life is just a “preparation phase” for me that I must complete in a few years time. I feel like someday, I must go back here in the Philippines and try to change the game as an entrepreneur or a budding businesswoman. As of now, I can’t just go back anytime here because I still have a lot of work obligations left (Japan Lover Me Store and moreee) and if I want to save up money, Japan is the most “logical” option for me. Right now, I’ll just keep these confirmed realizations dear in my heart.

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