Last of 2014 & Start of 2015

Hello everyone! Konnichiwa ~ 

For today’s post, it’s going to be another overdue post, haha! Don’t worry, this one will be filled with photos~

I’m so surprised that my bandwidth / 4G-hungry posts are usually the highly requested here on the blog. :O As always, I really appreciate everyone’s patience just to get the whole post to load, haha!

Ohhh.. also~ I’m currently planning something for Rainbowholic (as a blog and a brand at the same time), and I’ll be posting a survey here one of these days. Yoroshiku ne! : )

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So let’s start! 😀

Last December 31, I spent the last day of my 2014 with a good friend (hi Justin) and his family!

It felt like a déjà vu because it was almost.. 2 years (?) ago when I also met them for the first time here in Tokyo.

*time flies wow*

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We agreed to meet up at 9 in the morning. Or was it 10? I forgot haha!

I had extra time so I went around Harajuku to take some photos for updates ~

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Couldn’t take a nice OOTD photo so mirror selfie. Haha!

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First time to use my favorite Samantha Thavasa red bag present I got from my brother!

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First Week in Japan + Kawaii, Peko, Pocky, Rilakkuma! + Cutest Japanese Schoolgirl Uniform “LucyPop”

Finally got the time to upload these photos~! It’s been two (or more??) weeks since I’ve returned to Japan.. and a LOT has happened already.  :what:

Energy, come to meeee..  :blank:

Arrived at Narita at almost 12PM? Tokyo had a snowstorm days before and many tourists got stranded in the airport.  :blank:

My brother and his family came to pick me up and my cousin (who will be working with us now!) <3

 

We weren’t able to get home straight and had a mini roadtrip instead…

Reuniting with my sis-in-law Claire and Chisa!

Of course, I missed POCKY the most!! Haha!

The King of All POCKY :O

Why coffee in Japan is so much cooler. Advertising, you are doing it right. Haha!

 

Had yummy sushi~

Japanese fashion magazines for inspiration <3

I was so surprised to see Peko x Hello Kitty collab!! AND GIANT RAINBOW POCKY!!

Another version from the first one I saw before..

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Koenji with Pixie Tracy and Toy Shopping with Justin in Tokyo

Yay! A blog update~!  😥 Got some free time tonight so I decided to share some stories of my fun days with friends here in Tokyo!

Even after the week-long  Kawaii Leader project with NHK / Kawaii International, my first week of May was also packed / “fully booked”! So many friends coming over during the Golden Week! I think I was outside almost everyday… ;_; It was so tough and challenging since I have to juggle so many responsibilities (real work / JapanLover.me / Rainbowholic ) all at once. *_* I think I need to divide myself into 3 more.  :blank:

Anywaaaaay, I’m still very grateful because my friends from Manila came to visit! It was so funn and I almost forgot all of my obligations..! :”) Wish I could do this more and more..  :star:

     

I’ve been collaborating with Tracy姉ちゃん for a couple of projects together. For the work x fun meeting, we both decided to go to Koenji since we love the overall vibe in this place~! We also planned to visit the SPANK! store… which explains our matching SPANK! -inspired fashion looks here.

So pop and pastel~y!  :333:

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Perfect weather + not so many people + streets with lots of hidden treasures..

She’s rocking the tights from SPANK!

Thanks to my friend Chris, we found Floresta! Such a perfect chill place.. :O

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TOKYO MODE GAKUEN + 8 Levels of Icecream?! + Panda Cafe + A Stroll in KOENJI

おはようございまーす! Good morning from Japan, everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank every participant of the recently concluded Rainbowholic’s Big Blog Giveaway for January! I’ve picked some winners already (of course, via random.org) and I would most probably announce the results within the week *crosses fingers*! Hope you guys will look forward to it. I was very surprised and happy for all the effort ;____: And man, 4500+ entries on rafflecopter! :O

Anyway, I think that this will be a heavy post with lotsa photos and texts / thoughts! For some reason, I woke up with so many things to share in mind. *_*

(Before anything else, let us take a moment to appreciate the creativity of MODE’s course guide. @.@ )

Last week, my brother and I had a chance to go to Shinjuku and drop by TOKYO MODE GAKUEN (the prettiest “Cocoon” Tower in Shinjuku that houses the most creative Japanese catterpillarsbutterflieswtf? students) and asked for some details regarding the 2014 enrollment.

In my previous posts, I wrote about my rekindled graphic design dream and visit @ Tokyo Designer Gakuin College.

After that, I actually got lots of comments (especially from close friends and family) and they were a bit confused why I would still want to study something that I already know of or have been self-studying for almost a decade already (since 13/14). I already graduated with a degree in Advertising Mgt. (4 years) + my love for webdesign is actualized in my semi-interactive Rainnbowholic  blog + I have experience for website creation / webdesign from all the projects I did for myself + our mini company here.. The “why-it’s-a-waste-of-money-and-time-and-you’re-probably-just-bored” list is quite long as the term itself (…lol) but I really feel that this is what my heart desires. I want to get into this creative hub so much that even the JLPT N2-like test doesn’t discourage me at all. Let’s say, my attitude right now is composed of: I’m 50% nervous & 50% “oh to hell with it, this is what I’d love to do!”.. At the end of the day, optimism still wins over me.

Moreover, one of my main reasons why  I’m really pushing for this crazy (and super expensive huhu) dream is to be able to study, feel and immerse myself with the Japanese/Wa-style of designing works / projects on my own. I don’t know if my readers know this but even though I’ve already studied and graduated from a language school before, I still suck at Japanese. I can understand a conversation (around 70%?) but my speaking skills are such a fail. I only have a few Japanese friends (and they talk to me in English huhu) and I’d love to make more friends & build my own network of creative tomodachis here in Japan. Alsoo.. even though this may sound crazy to some, but I really want to push myself to the limits wherein I would feel like I would give up in any minute. Creative work-wise, I want to feel uncomfortable and challenged at the same time. I believe that when a person is being challenged, there is a big room of improvement and he/she becomes better each time! : )

Anyway, I will do my best and do everything I can to enroll and support myself for the schooling. Hopefully my current project right now will pull off and skyrocket! Gambarimasu mode x 10000% yayayay~

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Pastel Heaven Icecream & My 300 Yen Sunflower Yellow Shoes

Last Saturday, I had a whole day with my friend Leen and we visited so many places! The last time we saw each other was last year… and as schoolgirls in Tokyo Disneyland. *_*

Meeting a friend after a long time is really one of the best feelings in the world. I learned to appreciate this because once I started working / living here in Japan, I basically had a long-distance relationship with every friend I had in Manila. It is a struggle, I tell you. My friends in language school and I also separated our ways so everyone is just so busy.. ;_; That’s why if you have  your friends with you right now in school.. you must enjoy every minute with them. Once you step out of school and “real life” happens (a.k.a. work), only a few will stay and keep in touch. : ) *pieces of advice for my little sister readers, haha*

Anywayyyy~ let’s start with the awesome day narration, shall we? ^^

It was such a perfect cool & sunny day. Finally got to wear my sunflower yellow shoes (which I got for 300 yen from a thrift shop) + purple knit sweater! <3

With dainty small pearls~

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