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Drawing you near me.


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Whenever I draw you, I get to know you a little bit more. Every fur, every detail, every move you make, I love watching you just being you. I want you to experience this life as fully as you can, this life I’ve created especially for you. This feeling inside me I can hardly contain just for myself – I just had to share you to the world.

Each time I draw you near, you delight me in your ways. You make me smile, your cuteness beyond belief. Your snout and your cheeks and your wobbly limbs – I can’t get them out of my head. Never for a second I doubt that you exist and very much alive, a figment of my imagination coming to life.

My world is beautiful because of you. But it’s also a big one where you can get lost easily. My hope is for you not to wander too far from me1, and I’m sorry that sometimes I’m too busy to play with you. I may be your creator, but I am only human. Not God, never will be.

So don’t ever let go of my hand, little one2. Because you are the reason I draw.

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  1. Hebrews 7:19 []
  2. 1 John 2:1 []
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[Japan 2015] Day 2 of 7 | Kyoto + Nara: Exploring Kyoto Station, Fushimi Inari-taisha, and the most polite deers in the world.


Previously: [JAPAN 2015] Day 1 of 7 | Osaka + Kobe: Kuromon market, Dotonburi, Shinsaibashi-suji, and Osaka castle; plus: Steak so good, you’ll die.


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The one crucial thing surprisingly missing in service-based businesses that I saw during wedding planning

Let’s face it – brides these days have unlimited choices. It’s a blessing and a curse. Emerging and more sophisticated competitors pop up everyday as if the industry’s bloating like a diabetic’s belly. It’s heating up locally and overseas these days.

So when it comes to picking your vendors, it only gets as complicated as you let it be. Coming from someone who overthinks, it’s best to save some headaches and opt for the vendors that’s already working for you. Get 3-4 good ones for each category max and funnel from there. There’s no such thing as “the perfect vendor”, unless you’re the bridezilla who’s willing to go way offshore to get the best of the best (the most common reason being, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”). It’ll also save a bunch of headaches for you and your future spouse if you invest most of your wedding budget in a good and reliable WO. Let him/her do all the ache in his/her head for you.

That said, qualitative measures cause the most headaches. It’s not simply a matter of product quality on D-Day, but more so in how they serve us from the get-go. During these past 6 months, I’ve seen firsthand how these people (the vendors) practically work around the clock all year round. If they’re lucky, they get a day’s break or two. Most of them are way underappreciated, but not all of them deserves the kind of media attention they get.

Future brides, if there’s one thing you should keep in mind while planning your wedding, it’s that your dream is your dream. It is their job to make it all happen for you, not yours. You may not know exactly what you want, or even care enough to get them all if you do, but you must make the must-haves crystal-clear.

I’ve recently made a dumb mistake of compromising myself to the point where we somehow have to re-design the whole décor, all because a vendor had far more suggestions than they are receptive of our initial concept. Maybe building their porfolios was important for them above everything else, or just so they can “save” headaches by extracting more value from clients than they actually do deliver their service. Making impressions, generating buzz, all around imposing their aesthetic (or otherwise) values on clueless clientele – this is a get-rich-quick way to fatten up customer base, but we all know it doesn’t work for the long run.

I remember we always leave these meetings more worried than we are determined to strike a deal. As a client, my man and I obviously have no expertise in the particular business, but that doesn’t mean we’re paying these people for consulting sessions. Even if you’re as unenthused about the whole idea of a big wedding as I am, you can’t just let anyone else fill up your blank slate like a doormat. Don’t be stupid like I was and confuse your man and your WO and your big, expectant family; always make sure you get what you paid for.



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Currently reading: Grey


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Grey by E. L. James, page 529

“How could she trust me after that? It’s right that she’s gone.
Why the hell would she want to be with me, anyway?

I contemplate getting drunk. I have not been drunk since I was fifteen—well, once, when I was twenty-one. I loathe the loss of control: I know what alcohol can do to a man. I shudder and snap my mind shut to those memories, and decide to call it a night.

Lying in my bed, I pray for a dreamless sleep . . . but if I am to dream, I want to dream of her.





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July 2015: Monthly roundup


31 Look and feel ageless: Longevity secrets of Japanese women
31 Timeless beauty secrets of Japanese women, a bucket list before you have kids, an uncommon way to discover your life purpose, and more

30 On repeat: Love Story
30 Ingredients 101: Salicylic acid

29 The real Abura Soba 油そば
29 Kitteeehhs: Neko JaLaLa~

25 Japan beauty buys
25 Tea haul: Lebaran 2015 edition
24 How to be happy and healthy for life
21 34 things about marriage I learned from premarital guidance + counseling
11 Third visit at Mangotree Bistrobar
08 Currently revisiting: Japanese Fairy Tales
06 Differentiating introversion
05 37 totally legit reasons why you should take up tennis
03 You’ve managed to roll out of your bed yesterday. You can do it again.
01 What’s your type? I’m an INFJ: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)


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July 2015: Link love


Note: Every July feels like time just passes by, mainly because it’s Lebaran/Ramadhan season. What did you have your vacation during the holidays? Or, if you’re in a place where they’re not celebrating, what did you do during the summer’s peak? Many of you know I went to Japan, and it’s made me fallen in love with the land of the rising sun all over again~ Have hauled teas and some beauty products, but enough babbling from me now. Here are the reads that captured my attention over the month. Happy reading!


1. Iman on wellness, diversity, and turning 60. [The Cut]
Acupuncture, the unchanging beauty ideals, and self-esteem.

2. 9 beauty skin secrets of Japanese women (no matter her age). [KatJuju]
Oils, green tea, sashimi, wearing your hat, and “hidden” beauty.

3. The 15 best things I ate in Japan. [Serious Eats]
Ippudo the original is one major #foodporn.

4. 10 things every couple should do before they have kids. [Yahoo! Parenting]
Have sex on the kitchen floor, or just all over your home.

5. 7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose. [Mark Manson]
What makes you forget to eat and poop?



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