How’s your 2018 so far? Hopefully, you’re just taking some time to have a good rest to mentally prepare for the year ahead. Before anything else, I hope & pray that all of your goals & plans this 2018 will come true! 🙂
I decided to write about what happened last 2017 today because tomorrow, it’s literally my own “new year”! Cannot believe how time flies! A few years ago, I was just relaunching this blog when I moved to Japan when I was 20? (or 21? lol). Tomorrow, I’m already going to turn 27 and oh man, my 26 yr. old self endured a lot last 2017!
(Uhm ,is it just me or does it feel weird to describe 2017 as “last 2017” when it was just a few days ago… haha)
2017 was a really challenging year for me (I’d probably say this sentence every year haha). It was kind of my first time to really tackle “adulting” in a whole new level. I promised to myself that I would document my progress / journey everyday through my creative outlet: kawaii journaling.
When things happen all at the same time, it is natural for anyone to have a blurry vision especially during the small / big moments that he/she should be grateful about. And this is probably why I decided to commit to journal regularly. My past self kind of predicted that this type of self-care hobby would help me a lot by saving myself from the unnecessary anxiety caused by the overwhelming feeling of impending tasks. Thanks to my TN / Hobonichi / little diary notebooks, I’ve survived many challenges in 2017 (and more years in the future)!
2017 was the year I decided to go out farther from my already-uncomfortable zones. To fuel and sustain my everyday life here in Japan (and to help my family back home if I do make extra), I applied for part-time jobs (English teaching). For some people, they find it boring and very usual for foreigners living in Japan to have the same job (I literally get comments “isn’t it boring to be an English teacher” lol).. but for me, I am very proud to be called a sensei. I’ve always wanted to teach (this is why I write long reflection papers on my blog because I want to share my knowledge on certain things) and after 2 months of continuous training, I’m finally starting fresh this January.
This week has been really tough because I had to do a lot of “physical work” for Rainbowholic + JLM Store. I want some thai massage right now.. huhu.
No worries, I’m still surviving so….. life, bring it on! :))
(the things I do for work. ahhahaha omg Rainbowholic spotted climbing the roof ?! :)) )
I work twice a week at our company to help out. During the rest of the week, I become a Rainbowholic slave (just kidding haha).
Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but a few months ago, we moved most of our inventory to another place in Saitama (inaka / local area). Everyone has really been “gambatteru” (doing his / her own best) to get things done & I’m so proud of all of our achievements produced by team work 🙂
How to buy a Japan Souvenir Jacket from JLM-STORE.com (walk-through video)
Here are some recent video uploads that I have. If you haven’t watched these yet and you are bored.. you know the drill, hehe!
Hobonichi With Me | Kiiroitori Diary x Tower Records Cafe in Harajuku 🌻
July Favorites (2017) + How I Motivate Myself Everyday | Rainbowholic 🌈
Just uploaded a lengthy video (2 parts = July Favorites + Life Hacks haha :P) and it’s now up on my youtube channel!
This video is about how I keep myself motivated even if there’s a lot of ~overwhelming~ things happening in my life.
Hope it helps anyone out there! 🙂
Here is this week’s update & photo dump! Enjoy the photos!
Last night, we’ve finally released our first travel guide e-book project under the Our Kawaii Tokyo brand! It’s a creative guide / compilation of our favorite hangout places in Harajuku, Shibuya & Shinjuku. If you love the things that I visit or hoard (coughs stationery coughs), you will also enjoy exploring around Tokyo with this guide.
Ashley, Allie and I really worked hard on this one (2 years in the making or so, lol #nevergiveup). Allie did the entire layout & everything’s wonderfully done!
We had to change many pages along the way because some shops closed down & we wanted to give the reader a more user-friendly experience (putting ourselves in her/his shoes) so. We hope that you will also enjoy browsing our mini guide. We wish to create more themed travel guides in the future. ^^
The price right now for June 2017 is 1200 JPY. You can purchase it from Rainbowholic Shop. ^^
Illustrations / patterns by Allie. Photos by everybody 🙂
Thank you so much for all the birthday greetings! Even for just a day, I felt extra special to the point that I really tried my best to not tear up so much inside the train while going home.
To my 24 yr. old self, let me hug you tight! ;_; I think that you did a pretty good job. It was sure one hell of a year of ups and downs, but you came out so much stronger! I’m proud of you, Kaila!
I woke up and saw this super adorable gift art by one of my dearest friends, ChiChi / Little Miss Paintbrush posted on Japan Lover Me!
The day started quite simple and ended so unexpectedly!
At first, I just wanted to attend the mass (like how my Mom and I would do, whenever I’m home for my birthday) + visit Takashi Murakami’s super colorful “Flower Cafe” in Roppongi Hills. To start the year right too, I visited a shrine and rang the bell just like most Japanese would do. I didn’t expect that I would end up in Ueno, but I’m glad I did~!