April summary 

Hello Bobbin!!!

I’ve been terribly busy of late. Mostly, working…but I did manage to fit in some play 😉

I hope you have been having a wonderful and relaxing April:)

Firstly, two weeks back, I went with a group of girls to celebrate a mutual friends birthday in Victoria, Canada. It was a wimsical trip filled with the most wonderful of diversions including, various pastries, tea and gardens. Even a scare that we were going to miss the last ferry out of the country, proved to be somewhat exciting and adding charm to the trip.

We would’ve had to stay for an extra day. Which wouldn’t have been too terribly bad, if most of the attendees in the party didn’t have a pill of prior commitments known as: children, jobs, and a hungry cat.



 tea time !

craigdough castle

Victoria’s streets

I Also went (twice) to the Washington state, Mt. Vernon tulip festival for the first time! 
The first time we did the trek, my friend and I were washed out by wind and a torrential down poor. One of my clear umbrella’ was a casualty…(I’m happy that I bought two)

Before …


But we decided to give it a take two a few days later and it was an infinitely more plesent experience then our previous venture.

 How’s is the creativity projects coming you ask? Sadly I started a piece two weeks ago but didn’t finish it. The good news is a woman at the cafe I was painting at observed my painting session and left me her card, so I could contact her when I’m finished, so she could purchase the painting!!

So I’m kinda thinking doing ‘artsy’ stuff in public, more specifically in coffee shops gains you a fan base! Haha 
Hope all is well my fiend:)

It’s been a while…

Hope you’re having a good week…heck a great year!! I’m getting over a cold, but I did manage to venture towards some water this weekend. While it was sunny…it’s so rare in Seattle 🙂 It’s February 29th…a leap day…what are you planing today? Hope it’s fun:)  

  Such an ‘authentic’ photo 😄



Alii! That’s Hello in Palauan 🙂

It’s my 6th day here and I am finally certified to scuba dive! The marine life here is swarming! I’ve seen packs of spinner dolphins, over a dozen sharks, and countless fish. Not to mention, turtles, octopus and squid! #spoiled

I don’t have many photos on my iPhone, which is what I’m still using to blog. Here are a few photos I’ve gotten from the boat out on the German Channel. 

Expect a pstcard, bisous!


My last hula class

 Yesterday was my last hula class. I only started in June but I really enjoyed my short time there. 🎈

 We took a nice photo to remember our happy times together. I am especially thankful to Hiromi (striped tank top) because we found this school together and she always drove me to our lessons.💕  

I hope to find a hula halau as soon as possible in Chicago!


Tea Picking

 After picking green tea leaves, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at the local tea-themed restaurant. 

Every part of our meal incorporated green tea. We had green tea soba noodles, green tea tempura with green tea salt, green tea stir fry, and green tea shaved ice! 🍨🍧

If you ever come to Shizuoka prefecture in Japan I recommend visiting a green tea farm! 🌱


Happy Friday after a very Happy week! 

Hello dear Bisous!

Yes! I’ve been hearing about the heat wave in Seattle. ☀️ Here in Numazu, we’ve been dealing with the threats of a typhoon. ☔️ Lots and lots and lots of ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️🌂🌂🌂😦😧😑  but the typhoon has passed and we are back to a sunny and humid place.

So we’ve missed you here on our blog! Sounds like we are both in a big state of transition! Job hunting is no fun 😦 but I wish you all the best🍀 I can tell from your Instagram that you had some fun at Pike’s Place!🐟🐙

This week will be my last full week in Numazu. I have a few days left to pack up but alas I will procrastinate to the end. I’m still crossing off things from my Shizuoka bucket list as well. I’m pleased to say that I crossed two things off that list just this week! 

I live in Shizuoka Prefecture (a prefecture is like a state in the USA) and Shizuoka is the too producer of green tea in Japan. Before I said sayonara to Shizuoka I had to experience tea picking at least once. 

So I did! 

My friend WH (a fellow expat🍁) went with me👫 We drove from Numazu to Makinohara- a 2-hour drive!  Luckily long drives are pleasant in good company🙆 

The tea farm made a special exception to pick the leaves that day. 

Miles and miles of tea… 🍵🌱

After tea picking we had lunch at the local tea-themed restaurant.   


The tea cups are actually Chinese style. They are the exact ones I had in our home as a kid so they remind me of my late father.💕




Then the food! ..but my phone blogger can’t handle all the pix and keeps crashing so please check the next blog post 🙂