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)


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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Why We Need Our Regular Dose of Thankfulness + Some Insights About Depression


Yesterday, I met up with a “long lost friend” whom I’ve just exchanged comments on instagram. We haven’t met each other personally before but it felt like a reunion, instead of a “first meeting”. I cannot recall how many times the web / this blog has introduced me to these wonderful people whom I really consider as friends now. I am grateful for the universe for these lovely coincidences because I actually find it rare to “connect with a person” so comfortably. Call me an old soul, but I am the person who is tremendously interested in being part of a conversation that is all about dreams, positivity, passions, adventures, and life pursuits.

This girl whom I’ve just met goes by the name Nelli and she runs a blog called “Sweets and Brains“. She is currently an English teacher in Korea. If you’d like to visit South Korea someday, please do visit her blog for cafe / travel suggestions! : )

While we we were going deeper and deeper in our conversation, I realized that we do have a lot of things in common (aside from being observant introverts haha). She studied psychology in her university and this field is actually something that I also find interesting since it mostly deals with human interaction, haha. As I was telling her about what I think about “kawaii culture”, she told me that my opinion about kawaii could also mean “positive psychology”. And when she said that, it gave me goosebumps. The feel-good goosebumps. I guess she hit the right words that I’ve been trying to also figure out in my mind. Indeed, the way I plan to “spread kawaii” through my blog and collaborative projects is also my way to spread and educate others that かわいい can be a positive mindset, rather than the usual keywords about kawaii: fashion, character goods, dolly dresses, and the like.

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NHK World Kawaii International People’s Choice Award + Life + JapanLover.me

First of all …


(Please ignore the eyebags caused by being a workaholic, hehe! Actually, I think that these are my natural “smiling eyes”. I just smiled at the camera without thinking of how to pose because of overflowing happiness hehe.. okay too much text inside the parentheses -_- )

I know that I haven’t been updating my blog as religiously as before & that I have more than a month’s worth of blog entry-able stories to tell but you guys are still here! Reading cheers through comments / mails from you all.. I am really blessed. ;_;

*i hope I won’t tear up until the end of writing this entry*


 Kawaii International’s People’s Choice Award: KAILA???

When I learned the news, I was totally @____________________@ jsdfdjfksjafkadfjska!!!!! SPARTA!!! (not really)

This was aired in the most recent Kawaii International episode. Here is my surprise win (blog entry) from before!

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And Then Life Happened

I don’t know if you guys were aware but..

I was suddenly hospitalized for a week after my recent foreign trips. @_@ I didn’t eat something bad along the way (the dishes were all heavenly btw) but it was because of the sudden rush of things / everything just happened ALL AT THE SAME TIME ;_;

I was rushed two times with an ambulance in 2 different days because of the unbelievable pain in my right abdomen. At first, the doctor told me that it was ulcer (dafuq, I always eat ;_;).. and then on the next day, we had my tummy check and it was because of gallstones! It really freaked me out because I’m actually a healthy eater (now). : O :O

It all started when I was on my way back to Tokyo while riding the airplane. I thought it was because of my claustrophobic nature (I checked in a bit late so I wasn’t able to change my seats >_<). I felt a sharp pain somewhere in my tummy. I even stayed for an hour in the comfort room just so I could breathe! I went back to my unlucky seat (located right in the middle ;_;) and just prayed that I could sleep and the plane would land soon.. it was an 11-hour flight btw ;_;

Upon arriving Tokyo, I felt a lot better already. I thought it was because of my.. period (I always feel bad when I have red days / pre-red says)! BUT I WAS WRRROOOOONG. At around 11pm that day, I experienced my first major attack!! I quickly called my brother from their house if he could send me to the hospital because I felt like I was dying already.. I couldn’t breathe and it was just TOO PAINFUL huhuhuhu.  Unfortunately, the “emergency room” system is SO different here in Japan. They won’t accept patients (even if you’re dying) at once.. you still have to patiently wait for your turn to get treated / it is by reservation. Imagine me sitting on a wheelchair and then my brother was having a debate with the guard / nurse / reception.. We gave up after that so my brother just called an ambulance (which was for free ;_;) and they helped us send me to vacant / not-so-busy hospital! I thought it would be all gone if I just rested but…

After two days, I felt a sharp pain again despite the meds I was taking so my brother called the ambulance for aid. I got all kinds of tests / exams within the day… and then doctor told me I had to be hospitalized ;_______; My sister-in-law just gave birth so imagine all the bills my brother had to pay…  :tss:

At that time, my life really paused.

I accidentally brought the overdue unopened mails from my readers with me. It was perfect timing because I really needed these during my down times ;_;

Thank you Brittany & Katieee!! 

I was bored to death in the hospital so my brother brought  books. This was one of those..  :heart:

For two freaking days, they didn’t let me eat and drink water because everytime I did, it would hurt like hell again.

I literally lived because of the dextrose.. imagine not drinking water for two days ;_;

Whenever I update Rainbowholic’s facebook page… it would always relax me. It’s probably because I can easily interact with my readers.

Thank you all for the sweetest messages during my ;___; times …  :cutee:

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