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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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Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Chalkboard March 2014

April 9, 2014

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It’s so easy to assume that those people who have the best of everything are happy. Even for those who we think should be happy can be unhappy. You can find people who don’t have much or have so little and are still happy. Happiness is all in our heart. I find it important to see the positive side on everything we have and appreciate it. This has always been in my conscious efforts. It is how I keep myself happy when I face challenges and tough times. Just like saying “a cup is half full” as opposed to “a cup is half empty”, a matter of perspective changes what defines happiness in our lives.

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The quote design was copied from society6.

I have been sick in the past few days. I had a horrible headache, but I have been able to manage to get around to do things during the day and I was knocked out at night. When you become a mom, it is hard to stop and rest just like any other jobs unless you are super sick. I feel that I have to keep going.

I took photos of my board last night because I realized that the photos of the chalkboard I had taken before had something I needed to fix! You can imagine how I felt… While I was not feeling well (started to feel a bit better after having rested for a couple of hours), I grabbed my camera and a chalk, erased a little part and made a change and then took some photos of the chalkboard again. I must be haunted by this blogging thing. I looked at the photos and I didn’t like the yellow look, so I also took photos again this morning. You can see the differences in light.

I hope some people enjoy seeing the current quote we have on our board. I’m thinking what’s next?

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Friday Finds ☆ The Baker’s Dozen in Mumbai, India

April 4, 2014

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I apologize for the tardy Friday Finds! When my life needs to be prioritized, blogging, my hobby, has to be secondary and that often happens.

I would like to introduce you to my favorite baker in Mumbai. I’m a big fan of Challah bread and the Baker’s Dozen makes great Challah bread! I first learned about The Baker’s Dozen through, an online grocery website in India. I ordered some Challah bread made by The Baker’s Dozen sold on Foodesto and I was very pleased with it. I liked every bread I tried from The Baker’s Dozen. I would love for them to make real New York style bagels as well if they are open to any requests! When Foodesto delivered my order, the Baker’s Dozen bread came in an adorable white paper bag with lovely typography (shown below). I love stores that put values on its style and design. Needless to say, I already fell in love with The Baker’s Dozen.



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The Baker’s Dozen
4, 13/B, Pali Road, Shakti Raj CHS
Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
PHONE: 022 26451313
*Next to Gold’s Gym

9, Jayant Apartment, Opposite Mercedes-Benz Showroom,, Near Century Bazaar, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025, India
PHONE:+91 99 20 101313
HOURS: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm


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Yahoo! India Feature My Home ☆ Video on Beautiful Homes by Yahoo! India Lifestyle

March 31, 2014

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If you click the photo above, you can open the video page on Yahoo! India.

I had a grand opportunity to work with fabulous Yahoo! India and FoxyMoron, a digital agency, for Yahoo! India’s interior design page called Beautiful Homes under Lifestyle.

How I came under Yahoo! India’s radar? I don’t know. I was quite honored to be asked and featured in the Beautiful Homes which is sponsored by Asian Paints.

Working with both talented Yahoo! India and FoxyMoron was such a joy and wonderful experience for me. Everyone whom I interacted with was in their early 20′s! They looked so young, but they were professional and their talent blew my mind.

I was given an opportunity to narrate the video. I am afraid that my amateur narration did not do justice to the beautiful videography done by FoxyMoron. I tried to enunciate each word and ended up sounding like… a terrible narrator with a Japanese accent or whatever accent it sounds like! Anyways, I am kneeling down on the ground to pay respect to FoxyMoron for their great visual work on the video.

Other bloggers who were featured on Beautiful Home on Yahoo! India are Esha Gupta of Design Pataki, Sahana Singh of Home is where the art is, and Aarohi of Art By Aarohi. They are all established well-known bloggers in India. I am humbled that Yahoo! India picked me to be grouped with all these beautiful and talented bloggers.

Thank you, Yahoo! India, FoxyMoron, and Asian Paints for this wonderful opportunity and featuring my home! It already became one of my best memories in my current home, Mumbai, India and it will be a great keepsake from India in the future!

To view the video, click the photo above or here.
Thank you!!

先月、Yahoo! Indiaさんとインドのデジタル・エージェンシーであるFoxyMoronさんと一緒にプロジェクトをする機会を与えて頂きました。Yahoo! Indiaが私のブログを見つけ、同サイトのLifestyleの中のBeautiful Homesというセクションの自宅紹介の中に入れて下さいました。ビューティフルホームズは、Asian Paintsというペンキのブランドがスポンサーしています。どうやってYahoo! Indiaさん目に留まったのかは分かりませんが、非常に光栄でした!



ヤフーインディアさんのライフスタイルのビューティフルホームで紹介されている他のブロガーのご自宅は、Design Patakiのエシャ・グプタさん, Home is where the art isのサハナ・シンさん、そしてArt By Aarohiのアロヒさんです。是非ご覧になって見て下さい。




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