21 November, 2011

Smiles + Laughter = Happiness

Things. Just more golden ramble of life now.

Autumn means persimmons. I have an abundance of gifted persimmons. So I made persimmon cookies. They taste like thanksgiving. They are delicious. I made more with the boy (he calls himself “cooking man”). He thinks they are delicious too. I’m happy about that.

I caught a cold. My nose is super blocked, and no matter how hard or how much I blow it, it still somehow manages to stay blocked and runny all at the same time. I can’t take any time off work so I am hanging out for Wednesday because it’s a public holiday and I can sleep in and wear trackpants and a hoodie. I also have to make more cookies for Wednesday’s Thanksgiving lunch with friends. There is no way I am missing Thanksgiving lunch where there is a real turkey. Do you realise how rare this is in Japan?!

New stationary and pens make me want to study more. I found some really cute new pens and all I want to do is write with them! I think it’s time for a pencil case clean out.

Sitting on the couch eating just baked cookies and chocolate with the boy is probably the best way I could have spent my Sunday afternoon.

I love painting my fingernails. I generally can’t have them painted when I am teaching at schools, but I painted them on the weekend and “forgot” to remove it last night oh well. I heart this colour. I posted about it over a year ago when I got it (a present from my lovely friend Miss Bax) and I still love it. Now the weather is changing and the days are getting gloomier and cold it’s fun to look at my bright super fun nails. They make me smile.

Scarves are amazing. I lost my favourite at last weekend somewhere before the Boyz II Men concert. My new purple one is my favourite substitute. It’s big and cosy and warm and it’s looks good with my mostly all black wardrobe. Watch this video on 25 different ways to wear a scarf!

Not my scarf, but BOYZ II MEN!!

Taking my washing to the coin laundry to dry is actually fun! I drank a caramel macchiato and read Marie Claire while I waited for it to dry. Surprisingly I really enjoyed it!

And one more pic for luck!

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17 November, 2011

Chola tales...

The last time I went to Tokyo I brought a long black wig for my Halloween costume thinking that I was totally going as Amy Winehouse.

I week before Halloween I was browsing over the blogs I regularly read and on one of them they had made a comment about Selena Gomez and her new Chola alter ego....I had no idea what a Chola was...once I saw a pic I knew, but I never knew they were called Cholas...talk about a sheltered NZ life!

SO when I saw the pic I googled and knew straight away that I had to be a Chola for Halloween.

I watched a tutorial on YouTube about how to conceal your eyebrows...that failed...

Got my fake nails ready...they were the key to the outfit I think (and I put them on, on the train to the city...straight baller right there!! It was soooo hard!)

Walking to the train station almost all in my costume!


A Chola Halloween.
I was totally inspired by Gwen Stefani's interpretation of a Chola in here Luxurious video. I remember seeing that clip when it first came out and getting my nails done like her!

Halloween was a really fun night...and we were in the taxi on our way home by 2am. Not a bad effort!!

Oh and as you can see I kept my real eyebrows!

Poice of pumpkin pie.
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06 November, 2011

the sands of time...

Another year older. I don't feel any older, but I know that I am.

In this past year I have grown as a person, I've learned things about myself I never knew existed. I'm constantly learning and refining. I think I have learned more about myself in this past year then any other time in my life. I'm beginning to understand who I am and what I want.

This next year will be great. I know it will be because I believe it will be. I will use all that I have learned and more to create a great year. Happiness, love, laughter, light and positivity.

Tom boo boo wanted to go shoe shopping...UM HELLO?! I love shoes! So we spent my actual birthday afternoon/evening shoe shopping and eating Chinese food!

Birthday light

Birthday Starbucks.

Birthday Chinese.
Some pics from my low key classy Kardashian birthday dinner bash! (I think that's what the title of my facebook invitation was....?!) Spent with my lovely friends at my ex-favourite restaurant.

ladies shot.


making a wish!


too happy!!
Birthday Love from my students!

Peace (of Birthday Cake!)
Happiness, love, laughter, light and positivity!

There's nothing you can't do

A few weeks ago we went on another dinner trip, a mission to try somewhere new after our successful adventure to Jerk Kitchen.

We got out our touristy maps and everything...

*This is probably a good time to introduce The Bitter Melon Man (or The BMM). He joined LL and I on our culinary adventure.

After careful consultation of the maps on the tram, we decided upon and Italian place..

Porta Porte
We ended up at...

I think the promise of real NewYork cheesecake was what swayed us back in the direction (like 5 metres down the street!) of New York.

The BMM pondering.

Happy faces.

omoishiroi faces.

From left: The BMM's beer (organic I think), my Moscow mule (you know it!) & LL tried an Amaretto Ginger (SO good!!)

Pizza & Salad.Clutch.

New York Cheesecake & Brownie. Ah.may.zing.

Dinner at New York is always good.

Spending time with two thirds of my advice trio is always good too. Heart you both.

Peace & the upper east side.