Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Savor Everything!!

I was busy until last week for myself and have been busy for my family. Then I finally found time for painting!


Savor Everything!!




I know `savor' is for food.
But like savoring a variety of flavors like sweet, bitter, spicy and sour,
we savor all kinds of emotions, experiences and relationships.

I love spicy, sweet and sour, all kinds of flavors

Therefore, we savor everything which happens in front of us and emotions which are caused by those happenings.

When you have a bitter experience, please allow yourlsef to be soaked in the bitterness.
When you are sad, please allow yourself to be soaked in the sadness.
When you are angry, unless you trouble others, please allow yourself to take the anger out.

I'm sure something will be born from deep sadness, furious anger and uncontrollable bitterness.

But if these emotions are not genuine, only fake can be born.
And that fake bubbles disappear on their way up.

When you reach the bottom of bottom,
genuine bubbles, genuine desires, genuine yourself and genuine pass can be born.

Those genuine bubbles are led by light.
Bubbles of sadness and anger are transformed into bubbles of joy, happiness and light.

Even when you are soaked alone in the sadness at the bottom of the deep ocean,
the light reaches you.
You just don't notice the fact because your sadness is so deep.
However, LIGHT REACHES YOU!

When you are good, you can be somebody's light and guide the person.
When you are not good, somebody can be your light and guide you.

We are not alone.
We are each other's light.
We shine on each other's light brightly.
We walk the pass of light together.

I'm here to make your light burn brighter
like you make mine burn brighter.

in love and light,
Chiaki


...I was thinking of those things while I was painting this picutre...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I'm back!

Since I spent busy days and my Internet was disconnected due to my stupidity of losing access code when I changed providers, I couldn't update my blog. But I'm very fine and enjoy my life!

We have only a few days in November and one more month in 2011. These days I feel time passes really fast and many things happen one after another.

If you wish something miracle and magical happen, one month is enough to attract them. Before the year 2012 comes, I hope all of you can complete aspirations you made in the beginning of this year.

I wish your life be filled with true love and happiness!

Have a memorable month and few more days this year!!





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The last of the autumn leaves

Wearing: Zara jacket and top (old), H&M Pleather pants, Acne boots, F&F scarf, Rings coming soon to S&F Shop!
Firstly I owe you all an apology! As you may have noticed there has been a huge lag of blog posts over the last couple of weeks and even tweets! I have got extremely busy with University now that I am in my final year, so I am trying to plan a blog schedule right now that is enough to keep you guys informed but little enough for me to cope with. It may have to be short and sweet for a little while. Please bare with me though, you are all such a support!
Right onto the post! I attended a beautiful wedding at the weekend and stayed in this lovely country manor house in sussex. I had such a good time, the wedding had some really original ideas like someone doing charactertures at the wedding after party as well as a huge vintage sweet stand which I loved! There was no internet there for the weekend which was actually really nice as I couldn't stress about reports or (lack of) blogging. It was so nice for me to wake up in the countryside once again and breathe in fresh air! 
I wanted to wear a simple classic outfit in earthy tones as it was for the wedding breakfast, I love wearing silk and leather together, they balance each other out perfectly! 

Challenge #14 sposored by Michelle Perkett

Goodmorning all! 
Thank you so much for playing with us the last two weeks. 
Every time we have more participants and we love that. 

First we like to thank Annemarie en Merit and Dina for being our Guest Designers these past six months. We loved your cards and we wish you all the best of luck. Hope to see you again as participants of our challenges!

We have two new Guest Designers for the next tree months and that are Sandra and Karin, have fun girls ;o) We can not wait to see the cards you are going to make and you can see there cards from the next challenge on and that is on December 7th.

On to the challenge now.
This time our sponsor is Michelle Perkett
 


Michelle is giving away a nice prize for our winner. What that will be? It remains a surprise :o)
But visit her shop and you will not want to miss out on an opportunity like this.

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And now for some little inspiration, here are the cards the Design Team made for you as samples ;o) You can click on the names and you go straight to their personal blogs to see the details about their cards ;o) They love to recieve your comments ...This week's sketch is made by Wilma and you can find that sketch at the end of this post. Please do not post it on your blog but link to our blogpost. Thank you again ;o)


Made by Wilma


Made by Betina



Made by Carol



Made by Claire


 
Made by Janneke




Made by Linda


Made by Marion


Made by Monique


Made by Nicole


Made by Renata


And the last cards from the Guest Designers ...



Made by Dina



Here is the sketch that Wilma made for you this time ;o) You can rotate the sketch and resize the elements, as long as you follow the original sketch and use a stamped image or digistamp, that way your entry qualifies for the prize draw. To join the challenges and to be eligible for the prize made ​​available by the sponsor of this challenge, we have a few rules. You can find them here.
 
 


Have fun with the sketch and we can't wait to see your cards ;o)








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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Hunger Games afterthoughts


Can I takeback most of the things I said about The Hunger Games’ style being jarring toread? Well, it still is, a bit, in the first book, but it works for theadventure style of the book. I guess it also means I wasn’t prepared for howthe writing improves exponentially in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

There’s onething that is obvious: Suzanne Collins can write action, and write it well. Onceshe gets started on the actions scenes you can’t put it down.

The thingabout book 2, Catching Fire, though, is that it’s part 1 of book 3, Mockingjay.Mockingjay picks up almost immediately after Catching Fire, so if you stopbetween the two books you basically want to kill yourself because it’s at acliffhanger. So in part, it’s somewhat like the literary version of the two partsof the Deathly Hallows movies – the first part is exposition and lead up to thesecond part. Of course the first part ends with the climax.

I’m going tohave to go back and reread both Catching Fire and Mockingjay in more detailsbecause I was skimming quite a bit just to get through the story last night butI have to say that I’m sufficiently speechless by the fact that Collins writesthree books and manages to build such a world and such a story that sucks you in but is still so disturbing all the time. (And then the United States starts to come up with the Internet censoring stuff and I do wonder whether it's the beginning of Panem, if not even Oceania.)

I stillthink the love triangle is weak but the good thing is that then it doesn’toverpower the rest of the story.

That said, rightnow I’m just floored by the last paragraph(s) of the series. It’s still thesame direct, rather blunt prose, but there’s so simply beautiful about it.
Peeta and Igrow back together. There are still moments when he clutches the back of achair and hangs on until the flashbacks are over. I wake screaming fromnightmares of mutts and lost children. But his arms are there to comfort me.And eventually his lips. On the night I feel that thing again, the hunger thatovertook me on the beach, I know this would have happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale’sfire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I needis the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead ofdestruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses.That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.

So after,when he whispers, “You love me. Real or not real?”

I tell him,“Real.”
I’ll go offand search stuff about the movie now.

Motel Rocks! Seriously!


As most of you know (from the many posts) Motel held a fantastic bloggers evening last week to allow blogger to see their new Christmas collection! What a collection it is! I have fallen in love with allot of it! I met many fantastic bloggers, some I had already met and some that I am a big fan of their blogs! 
See for yourself....

Kim, Me,  RosieAshley

Popcorn and Candy Floss bought back so many childhood memories! 
Wearing: Topshop leopard skirt, The Black Dahlia Murder tee Zara blazer, Office boots.

Glossy Box where also at the event, treating us to glitter cupcakes as well as a guessing game of the number of products in one of their boxes, as well as giving us all a free box!
Not only did I have a great time mingling with all my fellow bloggers we also got to pick one item of the collection for ourselves, judging from my face above what do you think I picked? haha!
The night was a huge success! A big thank you to Selina for making it possible and for letting me take a few balloons! They went down very well on my night out in Camden after!

The Winner of the LOVE competition has been announced on the Facebook page 

The Hunger Games - First book, first thoughts


The thing aboutme is that I have this weird compulsion to resist reading popular books justbecause everyone keeps telling me I should read them. That is, until somethingabout it just gets my curiosity up so much that I cave in and read them anyway. Currently I’m trying to not read the Millenium Triology, which probably meansthat at some point I’ll read them anyway.

It was likethat back in 7th grade when my best friend carried Goblet of Fire around school for weeksand there was one guy in the class who was quite obsessed with the series and kepttalking about it. At that time, the school library also go the four (as wasthen available) books for the first time. Our school library was tiny and quitelimited and I probably was running out of things to read so I just rememberstarring at those four books, thinking, what the heck. I didn’t expect to getso sucked into it, because back then, honestly I was still reading Sweet Valley and Baby Sitters Club. The idea of a book about wizards and boys didn’t’exactly appeal to me. But I digress.

With Twilight, it was a different story.Facebook had come into play by then and too many people I know were havingTwilight-related statuses, but at the same time I’m hearing a fair amount ofcriticism for it.  So I read it just tosee what on earth people were complaining about. And apparently people whocomplain have a point. I’ve probably raged and ranted more about Twilight thanis healthy but I still can’t get over how much I hate Bella Swan. But Idigress, again.

Anyway, thepoint is, I’ve been seeing The HungerGames everywhere lately and people keep saying oh, it’s the next Harry Potter/Twilight and quite frankly,after hearing Twilight being described as “the next Harry Potter” and the dhsappointment that that resulted in, I’mtaking this claim with a fairly large grain of salt. I wasn’t planning to readit, even. It’s dystopian fiction – that much I knew - not my favourite genre,and I was forced into too much of that in school already. Then the movietrailer came out and Josh Hutcherson just looks so good that I ended up reading the first book of the triology.


I’ll saythis much first: it’s addictive and a page-turner which was why I didn’t get tosleep until 1am last night and spent about fifteen minutes contemplatingcalling in sick to work this morning because I was sleep-deprived and (moreimportantly :P) I wanted to keep on reading the second book – Catching Fire. But I didn’t.

I guess youcould call it 1984 for teenagers. I reallylove the world that Suzanne Collins built up, the premise of the Hunger Games,and how it reflects reality TV in the modern world. I don’t watch a whole loadof reality TV shows, because all the drama and backstabbing and crying justseem rather fake to me. I watch American Idol sporadically, only ever managedto get through Junior MasterChef because it’s so much less stress than theadult version and the only cycle of America’s Next Top Model I got through wasarguably the least dramatic – Cycle 13.  TheHunger Games basically just encompasses all that I feel about reality TV – the pointlessness,the drama, the babarism, and sense of so-what – and takes it all up a notch (orseveral notches).

I like that Collinsdoesn’t shy away from the truth of the matter – that the games forces teenagersto kill each other, and while survival instincts allow them to kill, it doesn’tever become ok, that you can be haunted forever. I like the ideas how “allies”can turn against each other when enemies are all eliminated, because it is afight to the death. I like the social commentary on the power of the state,freedom and poverty – which, let’s face it, are timeless themes.

I like theuniverse, the world building and the entire idea of the Hunger Games. It’s realand gritty and makes for an exciting story. The Games both simultaneously makes you want to just keep on reading, feeling disgusted if you think th`t this could happen in the real world, but at the same time you do have to get excited with all the suspense. That’s what was keeping me turningthe pages.

I love the fact that even in this life or death situation where you literally have to kill everyone to survive, Katniss still finds someone to care about - Rue. The relationship between Katniss and Rue is just heart-wrenching because you know it can't last, you know Rue will die, but the manner of death was just heartbreaking. Rue's death coupled with Katniss' first direct kill marks the loss of innocence (if you could even call Katniss innocent in the first place) for the character and it's the best chapter in the book, both in terms of writing and content. 

I’m not inlove with Katniss, the main character yet after a third of the series, but sheis a pretty fleshed out character. She is capable and cunning, and no fuss ismade about that, she’s not expected to lean on anyone to survive just becauseshe’s a girl. She’s got compassion and capable of cowardice, hatred and andguilt, which gives her depth. As far as character, even more, a femalecharacter, go, I don’t have that much to complain about. I just am at a placewhere I don’t really click with her just yet.  

What bugs meabout this book is the love-triangle-that-isn’t.

First off,Gale doesn’t make much of an impression on me, except that he’s a good guy, hecares for his family and he’s friends with Katniss and seems to have a crush onher. I guess, the book goes so straight into the Hunger Games – which Gale isnot a part of – that I don’t really get the idea that I’m supposed to care thatGale likes Katniss and how that’s going to affect her relationship with Peeta.

On the otherhand, Peeta is a saint. He’s kind, he’s caring, he’s patient, he’s wonderfuland totally in love with Katniss, and he’s the kind of guy that I wonder whyanyone would not want.  He’s bordering ona Gary Stu but without the annoying traits. Actually, the lack of bad traits(so far) from Peeta  could be kind ofjarring if I let myself get too into it, but I genuinely want to like Peeta,and the author’s making it so damn easy to like him.  

So I’m readingand wondering, not why Katniss is in a conflict between Peeta and Gale, but whythe author even bothers trying to paint up this love triangle. It’s kind ofobvious that Peeta has the upper hand here: the book is in first person, andKatniss is in the Hunger Games with Peeta while Gale is not. It means thatafter the first three chapters, Gale disappears off the face of the book,except in Katniss’ brief flashbacks, while Peeta is always there. Constantly.She’s supposed to kill Peeta. You get the idea that, after all the backstory andwonderful-boy-too-good-to-be-true  scenariothe author builds up, either he’ll die tragically, or that he won’t die somehowand Katniss and he will end up together.

But I guessit’s not fatal (yet) – I’m just wondering how much this triangle will play upin the second book, and the third, when Gale would probably appear more often.I just hate the idea that the triangle that everyone knows the end of mightsomehow end up shadowing the story, which is good.

The story isgood, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the writing is stellar. And this writingisn’t stellar. It’s not Twilight-quality, certainly, but it can be quite uncomfortableto read. I get the feeling that the author lacks finesse and subtlety,everything is stated out in the open, with comparisons between past and presentevents made too directly. It just feels like a whole load of telling in themost direct way possible. It doesn’t exactly lack poetry, the author can putout nice turns of phrase in certain places, but overall the writing approach isjust heads-on.

Though, now that I think about it, to be totally fair, the choppy, heads-on, blunt style of writing does work better in the Games where things are happening in the moment, people are dying in the moment. I guess Katniss has to be blunt there to get the narration across and it does create the mood for the Games. Still, it can be quite bumpy to read.

Then again,as I said, the story overall is good, so I can say that while I’m not overlyawed by The Hunger Games, I’m not disappointed that I read it. The story drawsyou in enough so that you keep reading despite the occasional bumps with thewriting style. I’m looking forward to getting more into this world with thenext books.   

Friday, November 11, 2011

Enjoy 11-11-11♪

Japan finished the day, 2011 11 11 a few hours ago. I enjoyed the day feeling surrounded by lots of positive energy. In addition to this, it was a full moon on this day. It was supposed to be a special full moon. However, it was raining all day in Japan. I couldn't see the full moon. But we know rain and water were good for purification. I enjoyed being purified by rain, actually the sound of rain. I stayed home and enjoyed painting pictures of Christmas tree for my next pastel workshop.

Do you know if the last 2 numbers of your birth year add to your age, the result for everyone is the same this year, 2011, which is 111.

For example, the birth year is 1990 and your age this year is 21.
the last 2 numbers, 90 + your age 21=111!

Try this, everyone!

All of us live in the special year.
We chose to be born and live at this special moment.
And we can meet each other at this special moment.
This is already a miracle!
Please enjoy this moment!!

For people who experience this date, 111111, please enjoy this!
Focus on the positive energy not on negative one.

Your thought create reality.
The speed which thought turns into reality becomes faster these days.
Not only positive but also negative ideas become reality.
Release negative ideas like fear, anxiety and doubts whenever they come up in your mind.
Just surround yourself with positive energy like happiness, peace and love.

The power of full moon help you to release unnecessary ideas, customs and behavior.
Please enjoy moon-bathing when the weather is clear at night!




Thursday, November 10, 2011

Night Owl



 Wearing: Zara Jacket, Jacks scarf, Urban Outfitters wedge boot and cross ring. 
I thought I would share with you some random pictures taken the other night! I never seem to get to show you what I am wearing out! Even though it was dark I though what the hell night outfit photo's are just as good if not more interesting than day outfit photo's! 

Who is going to The Motel Rocks and Glossy Box bloggers event tonight?! I am so excited to see some of my fav bloggers in real life! Have a 'what to wear' moment for it though!!

P.S Enter my LOVE giveaway below! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Baby Your A Firework

Have a great Bonfire Night all! Jack is going to do some fireworks in the garden! I think I will stay inside the whole time, after all I am doomed when it comes to fireworks!
I love it when I get to show you what I am wearing when I am wearing it!! I actually will be changing the top in just a moment into a lace bodice that I snapped up in Primark today for £10! 
I like to play with fashion and not take it too seriously, so see if you can guess the theme of this outfit!?!

Stay safe with fireworks tonight!!


Topshop Choker, Urban Outfitters cross ring and wedges, F21 spike cuff. 
Jacks huge scarf (Burrowed Stolen) 


As if you really couldn't tell! Im a Firework ;)