Happy Whiskers’ Day is Out!

final-coverIn my haste to finish all my workload, I forgot to announce that my book, Happy Whiskers’ Day is finally out! The printed copies are sold in all Powerbooks outlets. It’s a perfect Christmas gift to young toddlers who are beginning to read because it uses a lot of sight words!

Happy Whiskers’ Day is published by Brille Petit!

Craft Shopping in Japan

There are so many fun things to do in Japan, and one of my absolute favorite activities is craft hunting. Here are some of the places to visit if you are a crafter like myself.
On the Cheap (100 Yen Stores)
Everywhere I’ve been in Japan has these 100 Yen stores and I’ve found them perfect for craft shopping. Here are some of my favorites and the things I frequently buy in them.
Daiso
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This is really my go-to 100 Yen store because of the amount of product it carries. Before going to any of the smaller stores, I suggest you hit a Daiso store first if you’re pressed for time. My favorite items to purchase here are different kinds of glue (decoupage glue, fabric glue, wood glue, etc.). I also stock up on a lot of acrylic paint, which can be bought by the tube. They also have a pretty decent variety of felt in varying colors and designs.
Seria
Another 100 Yen store that normally carries a lot of craft products, Seria carries a good selection of knobs, stickers and scrapbooks. I found these gold sticker studs that I am super excited to use!
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Can Do
This was a new discovery when I went to Fukuoka. What caught my eye was their huge selection of miniature items, which comes in handy when you love to craft using miniatures.
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Craft Heart Tokai
Since I am also a fabric-lover, I was very excited when I found Craft Heart Tokai. It carries a wonderful selection of super kawaii fabric, and as it turns out, a lot of other craft items as well, such as beads and threads for knitting.
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High-End
Tokyu Hands
I am sure there are a lot of expensive craft stores in Japan, but one of the more known ones is Tokyu Hands. It really has a large assortment of craft goods, including items for hobbyists. However, unless I am looking for a very particular craft tool, I wouldn’t really buy a lot in this store simply because I have so many other cheaper alternatives.

Inspired by Matilda

I recently watched Matilda (the Musical) in England and was inspired by the awesome talent of the kids who starred in the play. One particular song stuck with me, and it became my inspiration for the poem, When I Grow Up.

I can almost picture this poem with illustrations and it gives me goosebumps just thinking of how it will look like! Maybe soon I can get someone to collaborate with me on the artwork for this =)

When I Grow Up

When I grow up,

I will invite the monsters

Under my bed

(and inside my head)

To have some tea.

 

I will tell the big bully

In my school

That it would be cool

If he’d sit a while with me.

 

I will eat the scary vegetables

On my plate

(even those that I hate)

Without a wince.

 

I will speak out loud

And raise my hand

I’ll take a stand

And will not flinch.

 

When I grow up,

I will surprise all of you

With the things that I can do…

If I grow up.