i am so very proud to say,

that this summer, my oldest sister gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl, and named her Lovelie.

(i like to call her "lovelove"...hehe)

in Japanese, the kanji reads "Ai Ri", which means the "the reason of love".

she was born from love, and hopefully, will live to continue to spread love throughout the world.

i cannot describe in words, how wonderful life has been, ever since this little bundle of joy came into our world.

to respect the privacy of my sister and her husband, i won't be posting any photos of them without their permission.. but here's a little sneak peak of the happiness that Lovelie has given to me, as her auntie♥.

she makes me smile until my cheeks are sore♥



city sparkles & great mexican

drove out into town called harajuku yesterday, and had some fun with my sisters♥.

i love spending time with my family... and holiday season or not, we always try to be together.

we ate at our favorite mexican restaurant called La Jolla in Hiroo-- absolutely the best mexican in town!! if you're ever in tokyo, this place is a MUST! cozy atmosphere, wonderful service, and great margaritas as well~! :)


the coolness.

silver nailpolish.

the coolness.

me likes. ♥

and... another thing that i like.. no, another thing that i love:

the imogen heap ellipse album.

it is surreal. if you haven't got a clue who she is, or what she does.. please, do your research.

me loves. ♥



art of craft making!

allow me to share with you, some crafts i've made recently...

you can easily buy professional-made crafts at any store, but why not enjoy the art of craft-making... creating an original item just for yourself and for your friends~ it's really fun and easy!!

white pouch with lace string:  use cloth paint to paint your initial or name on the pouch, then use super-glue to glue on rhinestones wherever you want. outline the letter with glitter-pen to make it even more sparkly! let dry.

heart "love" ornament:  use a pre-mixed batch of paper clay, and mold into a shape of a heart.   let dry.  get a piece of thin cardboard, and cut out a shape of a heart that is just a little bigger than your clay heart-- this will act as the base of the ornament.  glue on random pieces of string, ribbons, feathers... directly onto the base.  by now, the clay heart should be dry.  paint the clay heart however you like.. and on top of that, write a simple message, or your name.  i chose to write "love" with a glitter-pen.  when the clay heart completely dries, glue it onto the thin cardboard base with super-glue.  all done!

dolled up mini teddy bear:  get a plain mini teddy bear from any craft store.  use lace or ribbons to sew on to the waist of the bear to create a skirt.  use tiny wired pearls to make the bear's bracelets.. glue on rhinestones for earrings or shoes.. glue on tiny ribbons wherever you like... let your originality flow on this one!  it'll be your own original mini teddy bear!!

white pouch with lace string♥

heart "love" ornament♥

dolled up mini teddy bear♥



heal the world...

i know it's really really late to post this...

but i recently purchased the michael jackson bucharest concert dvd.  *yays*
i've seen almost every single available clip of that concert on youtube, yet i had to see it again...


now that is what i call a performance.  michael is a GOD.  i praise him with my entire being.

no matter how many times i see him, he never ceases to give me the goose-bumps.  it's hard to come across an artist who is as powerful, original, historical... and magical as he is.

it's too sad that he had to leave us... but there is no doubt that he's in a much better place than here-- a place where there is no hate, no hunger, no violence, no war, no killing, no lies, no greed...

he tried to send out an incredible message through his songs... if only we'd all take the time to actually listen.

everytime i hear heal the world... i begin to cry...  is it just me?

i really hope not♥.

michael jackson will live forever in our hearts.
rest in peace.




sparkly lights

tokyo, in the christmas spirit.

the entire city welcomes you into a world of happy smiles, couples holding hands, hot cinnamon lattes, and sparkly lights...

i wonder how the lights shine in your city, wherever you may be~ 



breath of fresh air...

a couple weeks ago, i was able to get away for a bit to new york and los angeles.

i've been living in tokyo for the past 6 years... and honestly, being in one place for a long time really gets to you.. doesn't it?

before you know it... time creeps up from behind and steals you of your youth.

the world is such a beautiful place... i'd like to see as much of it as i can before it's time for me to leave it.