Hobonichi Diary Updates + Wisteria Date + See You Tomorrow at #KawaiiMarket2016!

Hello everyone!

Good morning from Manilaaaa! Yes, I’m in the Philippines right now for Kawaii Market 2016, happening tomorrow at The Open Space PH, Makati City!

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Ang init!! (It’s so hot here, huhu)

A preview of what will happen tomorrow 🙂 So much excitement!

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Brought some Japanese snacks for mini Rainbowholic Cafe stall haha.

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My Blog is BACK! + Hobonichi Diary Updates + #PrayForKumamoto

Hi all!

After three long days of my blog being inaccessible, it’s finally back! To my friends and readers who messaged me regarding this, I really appreciate your concern and thoughtfulness! Those comments actually inspired me more to blog. 🙂

First of all, I’d like to plug our first event this 2016 at Kawaii Philippines! 🙂 If you’re in Manila this April 30, hope you can visit our mini-bazaar (Kawaii Market 2016). For more info, you may proceed to our official event website at www.market.kawaii.ph! ^^

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Many thanks to our valued booth merchants, partners, and sponsors for supporting as always! 🙂

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Since I’ve been really busy catching up with work and organizing my files these past few days, let me just share some random snaps from my phone.

Here are some recent updates of my hobonichi spreads! ^^

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During our quick day trip to Kawagoe last weekend.

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(Thanks Justin for helping me out with Nihongo!)

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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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Thank you, 2015! 2016, let’s unlock more dreams!

Before this year ends soon (just 2 hours more to go for 2016), here’s a gratitude post / reflection paper about my crazy 2015!

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I am thankful for 2015 for all the learnings and challenges that made me stronger than ever.

This year, I lost a very important person in my life. That “dark phase” really tested me and it made me realize a lot of things. That I also want to be like this person when I grow older. When Nanay (our family Nanny / superwoman) went to heaven, that period in my life really inspired and pushed me more than ever to continue my “upgraded” #lifegoal. She touched so many people’s lives just by taking care / looking out for them. I also want to do the same, even if my ways are unordinary / different. : ) And this coming 2016, I want to do more things and create more projects not just for myself, but more for others too. This will be my long-term goal / staple objective in everything that I will do in the future.

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2015 made me realize how much I want to do the best of my best for my family back home + our growing Kawaii PH community (that has super BIG potential to grow exponentially)! I had a phone call with my mom just last week, and she was telling me about what she wants to do in the future (as she is contemplating of retiring from her insurance job). It felt so great to hear from her that she wants to fully support my “kawaii dreams” by helping me setup my Rainbowholic cafe in the future (which I am saving up for with all the work I am juggling right now). I had goosebumps when she told me her ideas about this cafe / place. I grew up witnessing my Mom and Dad being so compassionate and generous (to the point that they would still give to others, even if we’re already beyond negative.. TT_TT). We would even joke around about how my Mom could be the head of DSWD (department of social welfare & development) in the Philippines, lolol.

I am excited for the day we would open Rainbowholic Cafe (maybe a few years from now, who knows?), a kawaii cafe that is more than just being “visually cute” / instagram-worthy. Just like what my mom told me, we want it to be a place brimming with positivity and empowerment where we would hold activities / workshops / talks like about how to chase after your dreams (in any given circumstance whether you’re from the streets and the like), etc. from time to time. ;_; Anyway, I am just really happy & too excited to share these thoughts with you all. Maybe that by blogging about our crazy dream, the universe will conspire to help us! : )

This 2015 was such a blessed year for Kawaii Philippines / my kawaii family back home. We got invited by numerous companies / event organizers to promote kawaii culture (and our positivity movement). We were able to write and publish our FIRST book. We got featured in Tokyo Extra. Our community grew bigger and bigger. I met lots of amazing and talented people within this family. I got to collaborate with my friends to work on our mutual dreams together. I am thankful for everybody who contributed in whatever way they can for Kawaii PH to become what it is right now! 🙂

It was all hard work and the behind-the-scenes were crazy but… seeing those happy smiles and receiving overwhelming / “life-changing” testimonials about Kawaii PH just make all our sleepless nights and efforts WORTH it all. I am BEYOND excited for what’s in store this coming 2016! I hope you guys will continue to support us! :”)

Kawaii PH (work) changed my life for the better. After years of being passionate about this, my life became more meaningful with a greater purpose. I’m sure my teammates / our volunteers have the same sentiments. ^_^

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I am glad that I am writing this mini “2015 year in review” blog post in a way that.. it’s not just all about me / my personal dreams unlocked (as it used to be before). This is actually exactly what I hoped 2015 to turn out!

Less of me and more of others.

I realized that during your most unhappy / gloomy moments, you can be also truly happy instantly by sharing your (remaining) sunshine and cloudy skies with others. And that I don’t really have to mind what others say about me or the things that I do, as long as I keep my eyes focused on my #lifegoal. : ) This year, I really took effort to “free” myself from other people’s opinion. I developed the skill of not getting sidetracked despite having people judging you for what you are passionately about. :”)

To my loyal Rainbowholic blog readers (please never get tired of waiting for all of my photos to load huhuhu), my real friends (who love me even if I’m Kaila Kardashian or emo Kaila, lels), fellow Kawaii PH community / family (YOU ALL ROCK!), and EVERYONE who made 2015 a memorable one, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

Cheers to the amazing 2016! Let’s own this year, once again!

Happy New Year, 皆さん!

Love, カイラ