Archive for May 2011

Sweet sweet pavlova

May 28th, 2011 — 9:08pm

My parents have been here for the past two weeks. One day Chris’s father asked me if my mum would like any dessert after her dinner, so I requested pavlova. I thought my mum wouldn’t have ever seen it before as pavlova is very hard to come by in Japan unless you make it yourself.


The pavlova surprise was successful. It was yummy with lots of berries and cream on top and my mum was very happy. It also brought me back to the good old times in high school as my boarding school house in England always had dessert with lunch and pavlova was one of my very favorites. Then, I was told by Chris and his father that it’s actually an Australian dessert. I was very surprised! In fact I read it’s a dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova(!) in honour of her 1920’s Australian tour. Knowing this, the pavlova tasted even better!


What a great lady, Anna Pavlova!

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A city with many charms

May 27th, 2011 — 2:11pm

I had a lot of heart melting moments in Melbourne. Seeing possums in Carlton Gardens at night, a few hot air balloons floating in the cold grey morning sky, black swans on a lake and a man playing harp so romantically in the Royal Botanic Gardens, old arcades with mosaic floors, a very active platypus in Melbourne Zoo (the koalas were all asleep… sob), many groups of boys and girls on their school excursions in assorted school uniforms… and of course, I revisited my favorite place in Melbourne too.


Seeing a lot of fruit bats flying around during sunset was a bit of a shock though.


I did many relaxing things. I really like Melbourne!

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A chandelier swing

May 26th, 2011 — 9:39pm

I was in Melbourne with my parents last week. There were a lot of chandeliers in The Hotel Windsor, the very classic hotel where we stayed. For this reason I just kept on thinking about the chandelier swing scene in Sedmikrásky by Věra Chytilová.


I dream of this every time I see a chandelier.

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Tiny news

May 24th, 2011 — 12:32pm

I made a tiny update to my illustration portfolio last week.


Please have a look!

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May 19th, 2011 — 10:19pm

My parents and I used to live in a little Caribbean island called The Commonwealth of Dominica. There was no International school so I went to a local girls school in the capitol city Roseau for one year before I moved to England. As a fourteen year old girl who was deeply into Japanese pop culture at the time, everything I saw, felt, heard, and ate in Dominica was totally different and new but I enjoyed the change and it didn’t take me long to adapt. I also made a few really close friends at school who were kind and patient enough to take care of a strange Asian girl who at the time didn’t speak much English.


Last week I received an email from one of my closest Dominican friends, Nichole. She found me through this tiny website of mine after our silence of a few years… It was the most unexpected and surprising email I ever received!


One of my favorite things I brought back from Dominica.

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I’m a Wife!

May 15th, 2011 — 9:55pm

One evening five years ago I was lying on a couch wondering if there was a boy like myself anywhere. Shy and nervous but gentle with a similar way of thinking (so we’d get each other) and with a sarcastic sense of humor. I wished that someone would also like going to bookshops, collecting old sweet things, and eating cakes with me. Possibly he’d know about other things that I could be inspired by. Not long after I realized a boy I’d known for about a year was just like that I’d been wishing to meet. And luckily enough, he liked me.


Yesterday I quietly became that boy’s wife and I am so happy! We hope to throw a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony in Japan next year so we can celebrate properly with all of our friends!


I always think I can communicate and understand Chris so much better and easier than most Japanese people I meet. It’s so strange that the language you speak and where you were brought up doesn’t really mean anything (… at least to us!).


A little bit sad to think that we are no longer boyfriend and girlfriend though...

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Clouds and constellations

May 12th, 2011 — 10:00pm

The Australian sky reminds me of the first open page in my prep school science book. It had drawings of various cloud types along with their names and a feature description. I used to remember every cloud type (I especially liked cirrocumulus clouds and thunder clouds), but I’ve forgot most of them now because I could only ever find a few cloud types in my sky in Japan.


This same thing happened to me with constellations! I was once also given a star chart and I remembered a lot of them but all my knowledge was lost after realizing that I can only ever spot Orion, Cassiopeia, The Big Dipper and Venus.


So, looking at lots and lots of different clouds and stars in Australia makes me want to learn all the clouds and constellations again.


My childhood obsession, Kiki and Lala. I used to always wish my hair was pink.

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Play with white

May 7th, 2011 — 8:51pm

There’s a little play park I pass on the walk to my sister’s house. It’s an ordinary play park just like any other, but all of the playing equipment is painted white. I always feel it makes the green colours of the surrounding trees look extra fresh and lovely. Sadly, I don’t see very many kids in the park whenever I walk past. Maybe it’s no fun for them without colour?


My favorite little park in Tokyo.

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The White Serpent

May 6th, 2011 — 1:03pm

“Did you know that the Sydney Harbour Bridge requires 30,000 litres of paint for coating and it needs to be painted constantly to prevent rusting.” This was the one fact that everyone liked to tell me when I first visited Australia. It was kind… but strange.


I was fortunate to be invited to Lover‘s 10th anniversary collection show on Monday night at the Sydney Opera House. Waiting outside the world heritage site and viewing the famous still-painting Harbour Bridge was like my version of Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ in Sydney. I would call it um… ‘Circular Quay’ (?!) and the entire movie will be filmed in sepia! Oh, how silly…


The Lover show was full of Nic and Susien’s magic! From the matching squares of  the invitation card, the runway, and the venue, to the classic camera projection effects of the show. Lots of flowy laces and silky dresses in white, cream, black, and red! The show also brought my red lipstick desire back again. It was truly an inspiring night and I’d like to wish a happy 10th anniversary to Lover!


So, what is the equivalent of 30,000 litres of paint? I need an easier example.

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Poodle Do!

May 2nd, 2011 — 9:15am

There is something about poodles that I really really like. From their distinctive hair cuts to… umm, I can’t think of anything else!


Near where my boyfriend used to live in Tokyo was a small, old, poodle trimming salon. I loved walking in front of the shop to see some poodles getting their hair done. The shop logo on the front window looked so elegant and was just perfect. What I liked even more about the salon was their shop dog. It was really tiny and always sat beside an old lady who I guess was the salon owner and maybe a retired poodle trimmer?  The shop dog had both of her ears dyed bright magenta pink! A very unconventional style for an innocent looking puppy.


My dream is to watch a standard poodle competition.

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