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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 kinds of ramen, one in salt based broth topped with cha-shu pork slice and the other one in soy broth also topped with cha-shu pork slice, both served with thin pork slices, black mushrooms, bell peppers, bamboo, and Tokyo Negi.

Orochon Ramen

Before heading home, we tried to visit this Buddhist Temple but it was already closed when we got here. 😦

Koyasan Buddhist Temple


My stationery haul for that short visit

From Kinokuniya

1 pack of A5 Midori light grid notebooks
1 pack of B6 slim Midori light grid notebooks
Mon Carnel Journal
2 Frixion clicker pens, 0.5mm in blue and black
2 Frixion slim pens, .38mm in blue and grayish black
Frixion pen refills, .38mm in black
1 Sarasa clip pen, 0.4mm in black
Pottering cat stamp (writing)
Chignon cat stamp
Kodomo No Kao Hana stamp
Pal Stamp set – cats

From Bun Ka Do, Inc

Aren’t these stickers cute? 😀

It is always fun to visit this little place in downtown Los Angeles. It’s something not to be missed if you love Japanese food and stuffs.

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

Monthly view

Week 20

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

Week 21

This page, uhmmm… well, there’s a story to that. I was trying to create a kinda vintage but shimmery page but I overdid the shimmering, so I just left it like that.

On my B6 Slim Midori Notebook (Weekly)

Monthly view

I will only be showing excerpts, quotes actually that I added on some pages.


Lastly, I would like to thank Kristina in Serbia for sending me that wood button (from photo below) in her latest mail for me. I have been eyeing on the Yosegi quilted work originally made by Traveler’s Factory but it seemed so difficult to get a hold of one and this button is just the perfect bling for my Olive TN. So, thanks so much, my dear friend.

And that wraps up the half of the year. Here’s to 26 more weeks of new chances!


Thank you for looking and for your patience in reading or browsing through the photos. Until the next post. Namaste.

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 the US market. Also, I’ve been secretly coveting those Japanese brand ‘Classiky’ paper pad samplers (third photo), but I never bought them because they are quite pricey when here in the US. (My story about it is found at the last part of a previous post.)


This is what I am always looking forward to — stamped paper using her Chamil Garden stamp collection which is also very interestingly pricey here in the US, ranging from $8-16 for each stamp. You probably can guess why I adore her stamp collection, it’s because these are seldom sold here and not easily accessible to us crafters. What I also liked most is, it’s like we have a silent agreement to send each other stamped paper samplers because I always send her in return stamped papers using my Tim Holtz collection, which according to her is kinda pricey in her country.
And lastly, she always use pretty sets of stamps which I can add to my collection.

Wax seal on Atikah’s envelope


Another mail from Malaysia came in the same week and it is from my favorite little artist friend, XinNing.

First thing that caught my attention is the beautifully made envelope along with the unique and pretty stamps and the wax seal. And the back part of the envelope is equally beautiful as the front.

She always sends me beautiful bits and pieces from her country, or anything that I can use for my journals. What I loved most is the set of Cambodia postcards. They are so pretty and can only make me dream (for now) of visiting the place.



Third mail came from Patty in Illinois. I love the zen illustrations on those bookmarks and some of the vintage ephemera.


And lastly, Kristina in Serbia sent me this wonderful mail with ‘green themed’ stickers because she said, she wished to see me create a page on my journal with greens on it. I thank her because it is also a favorite color and I can’t wait until I am able to do a journal spread using what she’s just sent me.

And for all of these, I thank you all my dear friends for remembering me even when I am not on Instagram these past weeks.

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.

Buddha Orchid Kit

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:

May 20, 2017

Journaling:

No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all. 

This was when a family was literally bashing out over someone and it was freaking bad mouthing that it made me sad at how we humans easily forget the values we’ve tried to keep for many years.

May 24, 2017

Field journal inspired spread.

Journaling:

Be there for someone even if it’s just for yourself…

Because why not? you need to be with yourself especially in times when you are lonely, or on the edge of depression, or feeling burnt out.

And I also made some flat pages.

I think you’ve noticed by now that I am into Japanese and vintage themed pages and it will be like this for most of my future creations.

And for those keen on digital art or junk journals, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog (link is on the right sidebar) because I plan to give freebies in the future as I build my files.

Thank you for reading and Namaste.


Credits: Viva Artistry & VRobinson Kits

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 decision coming into clarity. Still waiting for the knowing. For trust whispering to my soul… “Trust now, please. Trust your sacred self.” And for a beautiful day, getting the beautiful gifts my cousin just sent me from the Asia and for all the blessings, for winning today. (5/18)

Grateful for learning to surf the waves of my emotions. I recently heard of a good friend’s/family’s sad news and reality, that I almost lashed it all out at someone else. Very thankful because I need not dive in or drown with it. I can float and feel the sun on my shoulders and the mist on my face. May we each find the strength to ride, and not steep in the emotions that tie us down. (5/19)

The gratitude I feel for waking up each morning and having a full complete day of life’s gifts; of being present to enjoy all aspects of now and trying to live an authentic humble life seems to become richer each second. Much gratitude for being a part of a beautiful community of meditators. (5/20)


Grateful for sunny day.
For double yoga.
For reminder to be patient.
For patience.
As a challenge.
As a quality.
As a virtue.
(5/21)

For these and so much more, I am blessed.

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 days ahead before a new week comes in, that I way, I won’t be so behind. All I need to do is add the entries effortlessly.

This week’s gratitude journal is kinda unique. I usually make everything work even when I make mistakes but I really messed the original spread big time, enough for me to cover everything. This will be a great reminder in the future that I need to be more mindful, but really… I don’t mind at all that this turned out differently as I have imagined.

This is how my gratitude journal spread looks like for the incoming week. I added watercolor splatter so that the area where I write on will blend with the art that I made on the right page.

And that is all for last week’s journals.


Thank you for reading and for stopping by. I may not be on Instagram for a while because as predicted by many when it got sold to FB owner years back, it has literally become Facebook already. And by that, I mean a lot of show-offs. I am not saying that everyone has become one, but to me, I just want to focus on sharing my art projects, art journals, mail art, and snail mails in a simpler way, without the distractions of the many “brand” stationery show-offs and temptations. Of course, the experience is always subjective. I just thought that the time has come for me to slow down before I get sucked up.