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Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Kids Room For Boy & Girl

May 6, 2014

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Since my computer crashed, I decided to take photos with my camera and post them without editing because I don’t have an access to my photo editing software. All of the photos on this post are unedited.

This is the room my middle child, a daughter, and toddler son share. I keep it simple. Two sides of the room divide the room into a boyish side and girly side. They are okay about sharing a room although the beginning was not so easy on my daughter since my son could be quite loud. He’s okay now. It cracks me up to hear him talk in his bed before he falls asleep. My daughter doesn’t complain that she’s scared to go to bed, so it benefits her to share a room with her brother even though she was not so happy when she first learned that her older sister would have a room to herself. Here is my oldest daughter’s room.

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That little head peeking from the blanket is an American Girl Doll. I didn’t realize until now that it kind of looks creepy in a photo…

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These are both from Jakarta, Indonesia. The stuffed toys were gifts for both girls from my little sister during her visit in Jakarta. She purchased them at Lucy’s Batik in Pondok Indah. The lamp shade is from Cahaya in Kemang.

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The bunting is from my friend, Marie of Etincelle Creative Studio, whom I met through a blog course Blogging Your Way and had a chance to know in person in Singapore when I was there temporarily for the birth of my son. She’s very talented!

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We read many books both in English and Japanese. The following are all my three kids’ favorite when they were babies.

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This pretty much concludes the tour of our apartment in Mumbai. I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos. If you are interested, you can see other posts on my home in Mumbai under the tab INTERIOR DESIGN. You can see how the apartment transformed.

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Monday Mode ☆ Accessorize Jewelry in Mumbai

May 4, 2014

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All the photos on this post were taken with my iPod Touch 4.

I recently learned about Accessorize. I hadn’t even known that there was or were Accessorize shops in Japan as well until my friend mentioned it! Where was I? I love Accessorize now. It has so many beautiful and pretty design jewelry that I would love to wear.

I have wanted to have statement necklaces for a while. Something that accessorizes plain outfits. I live in a hot climate and layering is not an option for me even with a scarf any more. Thus, jewelry plays an important role to express individuality in fashion.

I went to Accessorize and looked at their prices and simply could not justify to buy their jewelry. Many women of my age probably spend more on jewelry, so for them they are not at all expensive. Since manage to find the same quality jewelry for less in the U.S., I had a difficult time convincing myself. Another thing is that usually imported goods are taxed and thus more expensive than in the original country in India. It’s the same in Japan, too. So, one day I went online and checked the prices in the country of its origin, England. To my surprise, I learned that the prices at Accessorize in India were not much different or about the same in England.

Then Accessorize has had Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion recently. I went to one Accessorize shop for 4 different times. FOUR TIMES! Finally at the 4th time, I told myself “come on. I’ve been here 4 times. I still think about them all the time and they are having a promotion. Just get them!” Getting 3 jewelry was cheaper than buying 3 new outfits and these necklaces could give fresh looks to my old outfits I’ve worn many times.

I have been eyeing on these three items.

Guess what?

They are mine now.

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I felt guilty to buy something I ‘wanted’ and didn’t ‘need’. They, however, made me happy.

Sometimes you need a little reward or treat for yourself to stay upbeat and happy.

I do for sure.

My India Through Instagram

May 1, 2014

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All the photos on this post were taken with my iPod Touch 4. Some of them were taken with VOSCO CAM, a photo app, which is excellent and I am in love with.

The above elephant painting is my photo (original here) converted into a water paint painting with Waterlogue application.


I have been itching to write, but my computer is dead. The hard drive gave up.


That means I can’t edit my photos to post on my blog. Thus, I can’t blog as my blog is usually photo heavy with my own photos (with exceptions of a few).

The good news with the computer crash is that I saved all the files in an external hard drive. I had learned a hard way several times in the past, so I was determined to not do the same this time. I am currently using our old computer with missing keys to write. At least we have one that I can use. I cannot complain. However, my life feels on hold. It’s not too bad, I must say.

You would think that I would spend more time doing something I don’t usually prioritize to do. Not the case for me at the moment. I end up spending more time on Instagram!


Can I just say Instagram is brilliant? I finally joined Instagram in January 2014. If you love photography, Instagram is more visually entertaining than any other social media outlets in my opinion. It is very easy to shoot, edit and post photos and incredibly fun to see the gallery of creative captures by the people you follow while you get a plenty of information.

Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words.

I feel that Instagram allows you to connect with people more easily as well. In fact, I got reconnected with Stephanie of Just me, my soldier, and our 4 little chicks. I met Stephanie in Texas through my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law back when my husband and I were dating. That is, many many years ago. Not only did I feel honored to be reconnected with Stephanie who is a fantastic blogger, but she also featured my Instagram on her blog as one of her 5 Instagram favorites. I am so happy. Stephanie takes beautiful photos to document her expat life in Italy on Instagram. She, her blog and Instagram are very inspiring to me.


On this post I would like to share with you some photos I took in our current city, Mumbai, which I posted on my Instagram chuzailiving. They represent how I feel about my life in India.

I hope you will enjoy my photos.







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American Girl Doll in Sari


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Le 15 Patisserie

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Without Instagram, this post would have not existed.

Many of these photos probably would have not been taken.

Without Instagram, why would I take a photo of my shoes on a rickshaw?

My India is more vivid thanks to Instagram.

Now my goal is to not get obsessed and consumed by Instagram.

I want to live my life and see everything with my own eyes while making it possible to capture some precious moments for future keepsakes.

Can I do it?

I hope so.

Inacraft 2013 ☆ Jakarta, Indonesia

April 24, 2014

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I cannot believe that it’s been a year since the Inacraft 2013 and I was still in Jakarta a year ago. It feels like a life time ago when we lived in Jakarta. Sometimes, posts I meant to publish sooner and worked so hard get pushed to the side and buried under other posts by the ones with higher priorities. This post is one of them. I started working on my Inacraft post, edited, created collages with photos and uploaded them, but it sat in my draft file for nearly a year.

If you are around my blog, you might have noticed that I have not been around this past week. The reason is my computer crashed. It had been working abnormally slow in the recent past, so I knew it was imminent. My friend on Facebook said something right on point. Computers have a lifespan and hard drives would eventually die. Thus, you have to back up your precious files. I’m not new to crashes and I had learned a hard way in the past, so this time I did make backups. What a relief!

Especially for expats who move frequently from one country to another, backing up files is critical. It takes a toll on any computers with the physical move, change of voltage, different environmental factors such as climate, dust, humidity, and so forth. I did not realize until now why our computers in the past had not lasted as long as some others, but it totally makes sense.

Anyways, while I wait for my computer to work again in the future, I wanted to post at least Friday Finds and I looked at my draft file. There I found the Inacraft post draft. I decided to finish this and publish it. How can I write even though I don’t have my computer? I am writing on our old crippled computer with missing keys because of my son who removed them. It’s not easy to type on, but it is our life saver as my husband’s computer also crashed in the same week. Yes, it’s one of those weeks.


What’s Inacraft? You can check out Inacraft website for details, but in short it is a biggest handicraft trade show for gifts and housewares in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can find any crafts you can imagine from all over Indonesia in one place and it’s like an amusement park. It is something that needs to be on a bucket list of those expats in Jakarta before leaving.

As I am writing this post, I learn that the 16th Inacraft in 2014 is happening in Jakarta right now this week between April 23 and 27, 2014. Believe it or not, my decision to post this now happened with a mere coincidence because of the unavailability of my computer to edit photos due to its crash. There is always a reason for something to happen, isn’t there?

Thanks to my friend, Anita, I went to Inacraft in 2013. Thank you, Anita! I was very busy at this time a year ago as I was trying to get as much done before the end of our tour in Jakarta coming in less than 2 months. You know, the rush you get before leaving any place for good “oh my gosh, I might not get to buy, eat, or see this ever once I leave!” I am so glad with the decision to go to Inacraft when Anita asked even though it crossed my mind that I could spend the time to do something else.

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interior + furniture design
Bungur 37 Karangsetra, Bandung 40153
TEL: +62 22 203 2564

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Inacraft was amazing and fun! What I feature here is just one corner of Inacraft. There is so much more to this trade show.

You just have to see it.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photos from last year in 2013. They give me a shopping bug!

Happy Shopping!

Friday Finds ☆ Freedom Tree Mumbai

April 17, 2014

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FREEDOM TREE was mentioned as one of the emerging hot shops in Bandra in western Mumbai on T Magazine, The New York Times Style Magazine in April 2014. Freedom Tree is, indeed, a shop that catches your attention as you pass by in the quaint residential neighborhood in Bandra. You walk into the Freedom Tree shop and the stylish furniture and beautiful textiles will jump into your sight.

At my first two visits, I didn’t have my camera with me and I was itching to take photos of the gorgeous store. I finally brought my camera at my third visit. The Freedom Tree store staff was very welcoming about my inquiry to take photos. That is always a great sign for me! As I always do, I tried to capture what I love and find appealing. I tend to get attracted to plain white and gray, but at Freedom Tree, I had my eyes on so many colorful items. What I find unique to Freedom Tree is that its designs boast contemporary style while respecting and involving the traditional Indian components as well. Freedom Tree delivers across India. You know what that means! You can invite Freedom Tree products to be yours even if you don’t live in Mumbai!

I hope you’ll enjoy my photos.




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Bandra Breeze, Plot no. 57/A, 23rd-28th Road, Bandra (W),
Mumbai 400050, India.
Tel : +91-22-2641-2999

Unit 3-5, Neeru Silk Mills,  126 N.M. Joshi Marg, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel (W),
Mumbai 400013, India.
Tel : +91-22-2491-4433


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Monday Mode ☆ AND India Tie-Dye Dress & My Complex

April 13, 2014

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I don’t often wear a short length dress. Women in India dress very conservatively. Even in Mumbai, the most cosmopolitan city in India, you don’t often see women in a dress that is shorter than knee length, let alone shorts. It’s not the only reason why I don’t wear a short dress. I don’t think I look good in it. My short muscular legs have always been my complex. Even when I lose weight, I always lose weight above my waist, but not on my legs.

Growing up in Japan, I was one of the tallest kids in the entire class. I was taller than the tallest boy in the class until I went to the middle school. My height used to make me feel very self-conscious. In Japan, up to the 6th grade in an elementary school, children pay a half of an adult fair to use public transportation. I was in the 6th grade when the bus driver stopped me for paying children’s fair and I had to explain that I was still in an elementary school. I looked too tall for it. Now I wish I grew taller. Funny how your perspective can change in time.

I look at younger girls in 20’s and think how great they look. They look great with any outfit in my opinion. I’m 38, turning 39 soon. As I approach 40, I want to live a life appreciating what I have in every moment and not take it granted. I saw this tie-dye looking AND by Anita Dongre dress and liked it very much. I want to overcome my complex. At some point, I won’t wear short dresses. I don’t want to regret in the future that I didn’t wear what I liked because of my complex.

Life is too short to not enjoy it.





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The Yoga House ☆ Yoga Studio & Healthy Cafe in Bandra West, Mumbai

April 10, 2014

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Humans are creatures of habit, aren’t they? Do you have a place where you tend to go more often than others because you feel at peace? When I lived in Jakarta, KOI Kemang was that place for me. Now in Mumbai, it looks like The Yoga House has become that place for me. Every time I move to a new city, I seek out places for comfort and having that type of place makes me feel at home.

When you live overseas, especially in a big city like Mumbai, having a place where you can relax and remove yourself from the hustle and bustle helps you find your balance and sanity. The Yoga House is not just for the yogis. Anyone can go relax and enjoy their healthy and tasty macrobiotic food and drinks.

人間は惰性で行動する生き物ですね。なんとなく行ってしまう場所ってありますか?ジャカルタ在住の時は、KOI Kemangがそういう場所でした。ムンバイに住む今、ヨガハウスがそのような場所になっている感じがします。新しい街に行く度に、くつろげる場所をどうしても探してしまいます。


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After you finish your tea or meal, how about checking out their shop? The jewelry by my favorite jewelry shop, iSanctuary from Mumbai, is available at The Yoga House. It is displayed on the 2nd level (3rd floor in the American sense) on the wall opposite to the white stool in the left photo above.


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Nargis Villa, Sherly Rajan Road
Bandra West
*Near Bagel Shop
HOURS: Mon-Sun 8:00am – 10:00pm
PHONE: +91 22 6554 5001

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