New Beginnings + Let’s Create Together with Patreon!

Hi everybody!

I finally got to sit down and write down about what’s currently happening in my life.

If you’re following me on instagram / twitter, you would know that..

I’ve finally moved into my new apartment this month.

Maybe only God knows how much I’ve waited for this day happen. After 7 years of living here in Japan, dreaming that someday.. I would be able to afford the dream pad that I’ve been longing for.. here I am now.

It wasn’t easy to get myself from point zero to here. To get all the apartment things sorted out (lots of calls, thanks to Aki & my brother for the help), to save up for this (GIRRRRLLLLL!! it was cray haha), and to mentally prepare myself from moving out from my previous home.. oh my. What a crazy journey it was! And it was just a few months ago~!

2 years ago, I wrote this dream (again) on my hobonichi planner.

Someday, I will have my own (bachelorette) pad.

I actually wanted to become more independent since last year but because many things happened and I had to help my family back home (my father got cancer (results will be released in a few months!), I had to assist my family here for more emotional support, and so much more)… some things had to be taken aside for the meantime. But I did not forget that dream. Everyday, as I travel and commute to my workplace (either super far Saitama or Chiba), I would remind myself that “Just wait Kaila, hang in there. The right time will come.” Every single time I would go to JP bank to send half (sometimes more) of my salary / earnings for my Dad’s therapy / misc. expenses, I would tell myself.. “Things will get better, don’t give up! The universe will be more generous if you are generous too!“.

And the right time did come. When my bestfriend (Justin) and I were talking about his plans on moving back to Manila (this also made me very ;___; for many months huhu. He’s my BFF / best friends forver), we joked about me taking over his place. I don’t know if the Guy Up There planned this entire year for me (maybe He did plan & I really hustled) but it was just so amazing how everything finally went into place. It felt like all my sacrifices since last year are now in form of rewards! I moved into a fully-furnished apartment (spacious & just right for a content creator like me) and I just had to bring my old stuff here. I’m not super rich but now, I have enough money / capital / buffer for reinvestment / growing my current work. I’m growing slowly.. and no matter how slow it is, progress is progress.

If you want to see what it looks like as of now, I have an instagram highlight (@rainbowholic) filled with BTS videos of my moving in / fixing!

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Where To See Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in Tokyo 🌸

Hi everyone!

To say hello to a great weekend ahead, I’m sharing this cherry blossom photospam!

🌸 9:30 AM. Kinshi Park, Kinshicho, Tokyo. 🌸

My favorite scenic view when riding the Keihin Tohoku Line passing by JR Oji Station.

White sakura skies in Saitama.

After 4 batches of shipments, I treated myself with some journaling time at my favorite cafe.

To start this post, let me share some stories about my Saturday last week.

Went to Shibuya to meet up with a dear friend from university. Was delighted to see Hachiko and his popular feline friends hanging out at Shibuya.

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2017: A Year of Creativity, Videos, & Gudetama ?

Hi everyone!

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.

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Life & Work Updates + July Favorites + Rainbowholic Studio Preview

Hi everybody!

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! 🙂

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