Sunday, 31 January 2010


It's been a few crazy weeks at work, mostly because we're organising a 4-day working trip to Jakarta for tomorrow. Alot of it took a long time to arrange, and there were some last-minute changes that made it all a huge headache! Especially for me, since I'm the one who's organising all the small details like that ;___; I'm just glad that the main part of the organising bit is already over with - all that's left is the trip tomorrow. I'll have to pray extra hard that there aren't any major crises during the trip itself. I'm hoping my good luck will hold up till Thursday!

It's actually a public holiday tomorrow for those of us with offices in KL, but because of the Jakarta trip, I don't get the holiday :/ But it's okay - a little more work hasn't killed anyone, after all.

On a happier note, my mum said that if this Jakarta trip goes well, I can get a new kimono!! *thrilled* Not that I have to get permission to get a new one, but maybe I can get one of the more expensive ones this time~ :P

I know I've kind of been on a kimono hiatus lately, due mainly to the sudden lolita craze I seem to have caught, but a couple of new magazines (and maybe the promise of a new kimono XP) have brought me back! Yay! :D

I've been wanting to dress up in kimono for a while now, and I did have some time to myself yesterday, but I chose to clean out my room instead. Haha, when sorting out my kimono closet, I noticed that I seem to have amassed a huge amount of sakura-themed items lately ^^;;; Even the new Noren curtain I put up has a sakura theme on it!

Not so good for seasonal dressing, but I've heard that this style/type of sakura pattern is accepted as an all-seasons motif since it's Japan's national flower.

I did have time to put together a cute outfit with the new (sakura-themed :P) kimono that I got at Akihabara Japan Products in Singapore last year! I'm hoping to be able to wear it next weekend ^_^ It'll be the only free time I have before March, because Chinese New Year is on 14th February this year, so that's one weekend gone, and the next weekend, we'll be having our annual CNY party. The weekend after that will be Chap Goh Mei (the last day of CNY), so it'll be busy again. I feel exhausted just thinking about our coming schedule....

On the other hand, this will be the first time I'm celebrating CNY with my family in 5 years, so I'm really happy to be here ^___^ This is one thing I missed in the UK. It's not that I don't celebrate, it's just that I don't celebrate as lavishly. Somehow, the "right" sort of feeling just isn't there. Same thing with celebrating Christmas, I guess. Over here, I've got the right people and stuff, but the atmosphere just doesn't compare to the UK, where you can feel the Christmas Spirit running rampant everywhere and bonking everyone on the head.

Okay, I guess I've rambled on and on enough for now :P I was looking through my past posts and realised that I never put up some pictures from my Yukata Picnic last year. The new pics are from Mich's camera, and I stole them off her Facebook a little late ^^;;; But here's a taster of my next update :)

Yukata Picnic (Mich's Cam)

With a small Hummingbird Bakery Red Velvet cupcake to last you till I update :P

Ta, people! ^^

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Layout changed!

Okay, I'm done playing around! The blog shouldn't look funky anymore :)

After having a dark background with light-coloured fonts as a layout for so long, I finally decided I'd like to have a sweeter blog. I found the background image in my clipart program today, so I decided to do something about it, and voila! A new layout.

I'm still not 100% satisfied with the background image. I'll probably change it again sometime, when I can figure out how to make one that suits my tastes. For now, it'll remain the same picture in repeat.

I got the basis of this layout from this page of this site, , using my old layout, just with different colours and a few different settings.

Eh, comments and crit please! If you find the pink hurts your eyes too much, or the words are difficult to read, please let me know! ^_^


Changing Layout

Hi all!

I'll be experimenting with my blog layout for a bit, so if everything suddenly goes funky, don't worry about it ^^;;


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Outfit Snap: Kevin and Miyuki's Wedding

My neighbour's son got married to a Japanese woman last week. Of course, having known about this event for months, I asked if I could wear kimono - and was given permission!!

I had a load of problems deciding what was appropriate to wear, because the bride wasn't going to wear furisode, but after asking the IG forums and questioning the groom a little more, I found out that the bride was only going to wear kimono for the pre-dinner cocktail session, and that everyone else is going to be very very formal.

So, instead of the iromuji I had first thought of wearing and was advised to choose by the very helpful IG forum members, I wore furisode.

I chose to wear my new modern purple furisode that I got with a matching juban on YJA for only $200USD, everything included. I didn't have the perfect obi to go with the furisode, nor did I have the perfect accessories, so I had to make-do with what I had.

Here's the result!

Kevin & Miyuki's Wedding Dinner - My Outfit

My first time tying a bunko musubi with a fukuro obi onto myself! I was so proud.... Of course, I had to enlist my maid's help for tying tight koshihimo knots behind me ^^;;
Kevin & Miyuki's Wedding Dinner - My Outfit

Just in case you can't see:
Kevin & Miyuki's Wedding Dinner - My Outfit

I LOVE the way Florence (family hairstylist) did my hair that night!!
Kevin & Miyuki's Wedding Dinner - My Outfit

I paired the furisode with a silver fukuro obi that is actually more for tomesode or houmongi or the like. But I think the colour coordination is very nice, so I guess it's not too bad.

Of all the formal obiage and obijime sets that I had, the yellow one seemed to look best, so I used that. Just so happens that I recently bought a matching yellow kasane'eri from Akihabara Japan Products in Singapore! I feel that it helped complete the look a little more.

To finish off the look, I wore white tabi with pale gold zori, and chose pearl earrings, bracelet and clutch bag.

The hair accessory was actually something I'd just stumbled on in the mall right after doing up my hair haha. I love it so much!! I think it looks very elegant.

I'm sorry my kitsuke was so bad that day, but dressing in furisode is very hard - especially when I'm under a time-constraint and am feeling pressured to do it all perfectly! But it was acceptable, I guess... The bridal couple loved it, as did the groom's family, and the bride's family thought I was Japanese! :P

And it was such wonderful night: so beautiful and emotional! I've never seen a couple happier to wed, nor a bride more radiant. Congratulations to Kevin and Miyuki! :D

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Just a quick one to say...


My family and I went to Sage for New Year's Eve dinner, but we didn't stay for the countdown. Instead, we went to a friend's house, where we saw fireworks dangerously upclose. We're all sooty now! Haha. Was planning to wear a kimono outfit for the dinner, but now I'm really glad I didn't.

Am tired. G'night people! Have a nice holiday :)