#RainbowsForMyDad – Help Us Beat Cancer

Dear all,

I am writing this on my blog with lots of mixed emotions.

This year of 2017, a lot of great things had happened which I am forever grateful for. And you guys are part of it, of course! :”) I don’t think I would have the motivation and inspiration to continue my current dreams if it were not for your cheers from the other side of the world. Still blogging throughout these years really requires a lot of energy especially when you have #adulting responsibilities. This is why your words of encouragement have pushed me & made me more decided to take my content creator dreams into a greater level in the form of youtube / video content.

Life is really a mix of everything, isn’t it? With all the blessings pouring in and challenges that have tested my patience and creativity when it comes to finances, here comes another big challenge for me (and for my family). Months ago, my parents had finally told me that my Dad got cancer (I knew there was something strange when we were traveling around Japan). It is still stage 1 and treatable… but the treatment costs a lot of money. I’m not really from a rich family (the reason why I’m in Japan is also because to help my parents) so this is really a tough one for all of us. There are days I just space out and I have to slap myself back to reality so I could find more solutions for everyone.

Last October, I applied for multiple part-time jobs and I’m happy to announce that after 1-2 months of training (+processing of documents) at this new English school, I am officially going to start working at this school next year (half of the salary will go straight to my Dad). I am still working at JLM-STORE.com but my work hours are divided now. I don’t want to let go nor take a pause at my favorite kind of work (Rainbowholic shop + youtube + blog) because this is really what makes me happy. I have to take care of my mental health as much as my physical health so I still prioritize myself despite everything that is happening to me. Maybe the path for the success & financial freedom I’ve been longing for my family really takes time so I might as well enjoy the journey by not forgetting about the things in life that make me happy too. I’m proud to share that through these efforts (youtube / shop), I am also able to pool some funds for his radiation therapy (just a few days for now). But of course, it’s still not enough and I also have to save money on my own so I can run the my small online business and survive life here in Japan.

This is why I’ve decided to open up about this. At first, I was a little bit hesitant because it’s super personal and I feel really vulnerable, but when life is already at stake.. I guess you gotta have to do anything and forget about feeling embarrassed. I will do my best to help my Dad beat cancer. When I was younger, my mom also got cancer and through proper medications, lots of prayers, and tons of positivity, she pulled through! It was also during a very hard time in my life. Now, I know my Dad can do the same. I just feel sad sometimes because even though he has this illness, he still has to work so they can survive in Manila. Because if he doesn’t, it’s hard for everybody. ;_; Huhu.

If you’d like to help, I am plugging my newly-listed #RainbowMail / #RainbowCare products at Rainbowholic Shop. Last year, through your help, I was able to raise funds to bring my parents to Japan and give them an all-expense paid trip (which I saved up for almost half a year). I guess this coming year, my shop has a different purpose now.

I will still keep doing my own thing. Crafting releases all the stress out of my body even if I’m working day in, day out. If you enjoy these and would like to support my dreams, I will also return the favor through my output. ^^

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How to Make a Japanese Cooking Party | Villeroy & Boch ?

Hi everybody!

For today’s lengthy blog post, I will be teaching you guys how to make a delicious & healthy Japanese-style spaghetti (“Wafu Pasta”)! Yay!

I know that many of you guys are surprised by this sudden cooking tutorial category on my blog (never thought I’d make one as well, lol) but it was just soooo timely because when the Villeroy & Boch team reached out to me to work together for the #vbclassics worldwide campaign, Aki & I were already conceptualizing on simple yet fun Japanese cooking videos for my youtube channel. The blogger challenge / task was: From old to new – style up your traditional table look by mix and matching old and new pieces from V&B! And you know me, I love challenges! ^^

Between the two of us, he cooks more than I usually do. I can only cook very basic meals that only I can eat for survival purposes.. seriously, haha! I even learned how to level up my pasta game after our mini cooking party session! :))

The star of this blog post is my very generous sponsor Villeroy & Boch. At first, I had to google how to pronounce the brand name and omg lol, it does really sound super sophisticated. I even watched a video to know a little bit of history about this brand (where it originated, started at year 1748, etcetera). It was so funny & coincidental because this is also the brand that Aki’s mom is using at their house (especially the glasses from the Old Luxembourg series, one of the oldest décors made by Villeroy & Boch). His mom told me that the set was gifted to her and I think that this may be a popular brand for tableware here in Japan.

When I’m in the mood for some food x self-care activity (hobonichi time!), I arrange food bought from a local grocery & recreate a cafe-style ambience in my little Japanese apartment. This is probably the only instagrammable corner at the moment, haha! Woops.


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During the shooting day, Riria-chan (his niece) and Papi (their cute dog) stayed with us for our double-purpose mini cooking party !

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Spring in Japan With My Family ?

Hi everyone!

Here’s a quick update and some photos from our family vacation here in Tokyo.

It’s been real fun so far & I’m so happy that I get to show them around places that I also enjoy.

Ever since, my parents have always been hardworking and busy at work…. so this trip really means a lot to all of us. I still do not know how this trip came possible (to save up for the three of us seemed impossible omg) but I strongly believe that there was a divine intervention along the way. Haha!

I’m planning on making a more “descriptive” blog entry in the future but for now, these will do! ; )

Wore kimono and strolled around Asakusa. It was their first time to experience this! ?

Read my Kyoto Kimono Rental Wargo experience at their Sensoji branch here!

Yesterday night, out of impulse, I made a line blog. It’s for my Nihongo practice! 頑張ります!


Sharing shiba inu and cat cuteness ~

Hobonichi-ing during the trip!

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