Year: 2017

Little Tokyo, Again!

I love coming here because of the many cool restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and for the stationery stores. Little Tokyo Mall, located at the heart of Little Tokyo is on 1st St, has a bunch of small shops, a bit pricey but there’s another reason I like coming here, it is as clean as Downtown Los Angeles gets. There are also a lot of great food spots in and around the area such as sushi, bento, bakery, ramen, etc. Pretty much any Japanese foods. And right at the corner of Astronaut E Onizuka and 2nd Streets, is another plaza that is full of Japanese shops, and one of my favorite shops here is Kinokuniya, a book/stationery store. I’ve come here to check Frixion pens, Japanese ballpoint pens, and really cute notebooks, and whether they already have the 2018 Hobonichi planners/journals, but seems like they don’t carry it anymore. Anyway, I enjoyed browsing through their shelves, as always, because they really have exceptional products. We had  lunch at Orochon Ramen after a little shopping at Kinokuniya. Ordered two …

Journal and Planner Pages

Hello my dear friends! I am so sorry for being absent here on my blog the past few weeks. I was so busy with a project that I needed to finish at the end of June and I just could not squeeze blogging even if I meant to. Let’s just say that this is a pretty lame excuse for being  ‘a not so great blogger.’ 😀 Excuses aside, what I would like to share to you all in this post are my past journal and planner pages. My process has become simpler and quick and that is just the way I wanted it to be. No fussing or perfecting everything. Wabi-sabi, as what the Japanese call it. On my passport Traveler’s Notebook Like I said before, the tasks, lists, reminders, and to-do’s are not really date specific, they’re there to give me an idea on what I need to do on that week because I have a separate daily planner where I can list and track my progress each day. On my regular Traveler’s Notebook This …

Recent Incoming Mails

Hello, my dear friends! Today, I am gonna show you my recent incoming mails. I am so glad that they still keep coming even if I am not that very active on Instagram anymore. And I really appreciate it that they still remember me, I guess that’s how friends should be. I got four beautiful mail in the past week. And it would be shame if I didn’t blog about them. First to come is from Atikah in Malaysia. We’ve been friends for four and half years now, she’s one of the original pals ever since snail mail became popular on IG in 2013. We’ve sent to each other randomly until it became a regular correspondence. She always sends me pretty and unique paper stuffs. I’ve always treasured the goodies she’s been sending me because I can always feel the sincerity and the friendship in them. Now, look at that pretty paper napkin on the first photo. And oh my! those washi samplers? they’re just so adorable, very unique and not so accessible here in …

My Digital Art and Junk Journals

Hello everyone! Here are a couple of my digital creations. I am working on making my own elements so I am kinda slow these days when it comes to making pages. I’ve worked so hard in making my own elements. Soon, they will be available for purchase. This spread uses different kits by Viva Artistry and VRobinson and a couple of self-made elements which will soon be available for purchase on my soon to open Etsy store. Another Field Notes inspired page. I love how simple the spread is, emphasizing both the botanical and butterfly illustrations. Thank you for looking and stopping by.

My Digital Art and Junk Journals

Hello everyone! Glad to be able to blog on here again. This time I want to show you the little progress I’m making on my digital art and junk journals. If you hadn’t known, I was into digital scrapbooks many years ago, 2005 to 2009 to be exact, until one day… I thought of why not getting back to traditional scrapbooks and it eventually lead to smash booking, and to art and junk journaling. And now that I am feeling the paper and art material mess, clutter and all… I am re-considering of going digital, probably not all the way this year and in the next two or three years but I am leaning towards that goal. I wish to cut my material possessions and live simpler and with this long-term goal in mind, I am slowly giving away and selling things that I seldom use, and that includes my art materials. 😀 So, here goes: Journaling: No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all.  …

Week 21 on My Gratitude Journal

Grateful for this quote: Don’t believe what your eyes are telling  you All they show is a limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what  you already know and you’ll see the way to fly. ~ Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by R. Back (5/15) Grateful for today, because reflecting that my practice is now such that I don’t meditate and center in the morning, I miss it greatly, and even crave the silence that I am getting used to. So grateful for fruits of silence. Also for memories that kept resurfacing these past few days — of happy days from college, from when I was popular among my peers and for that young love I once had. 😀  (5/16) Grateful for a sense of peace amidst the outside chaos, knowing how blessed and guided my life is. So very grateful when I can step out of my own. (5/17) Everything is passing… Enjoy it’s momentariness. ~ Mooji Grateful for grace letting me know gently when I’m off or starting to zigzag, for joy in remembering. For a …

My Journaling Week at a Glance

Hello everyone! It’s been days or weeks since I last posted about my journals. I am now logged out on all other social media networks, so, I thought of sharing them here. I decided to join a doodle challenge for this month since I have this one last page on my regular Traveler’s Notebook monthly insert that I didn’t have any use for, doodling on it seemed fitting because it would be a shame if I don’t finish this insert before I put it in the archives. And then I got this two new Taroko insert in passport sizes and decided to use one for my mini lists, because why not? I love making lists! On my weekly passport sized insert is where I write to-do’s, errands, and reminders for the week. The lists are not specific to the days/dates. On my weekly Midori Notebook is a simple journaling of my days. I am ready for June’s calendar page on my Midori B6 Slim notebook. I always do art on my pages a week or …