I’m just beachy …

Bobbin!! I spent the day at the beach…eating French bread and cheeses…can’t wait till summer is here …and when you visit:) 



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 🙂



Bookstore wandering :Left Bank books at Pike place market 

Hello Bobbin!

Just checking in with you, and letting you know I’m alive and well!! ( Despite the warlike brutality of job hunting and apartment hunting… sigh, I digress)
I’m enjoying the heatwave that is nationwide but is very daunting in Seattle. I LOVE sunshine…but I’ve been here in Washington for far too long and I feel my tolerance for ‘heat’ is much lower then I want it to be 🙂  so after facing a case of painters block, I decided to do a book store run or take refuge in the comfort of paperbacks and AC. The setting of today’s excursion was Left Bank books at Pike place market.  It’s a quaint little store that has an adorable and irresistible reading nook on the second floor… I was looking for a book titled “Women who run with Wolves because of a quote  I read from it on tumblr rumbled my curiousity:

“Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.” 
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I didn’t find it. ( or a used copy) It seems that it’s pretty popular (go figure) and I’m just now getting on the proper feminist bandwagon 😀   From what I’ve skimmed, the book seems to be tying in parallels of strong female characters and wolves…I couldn’t help but think of my novel and the artwork I’m drawing/painting and how the little from this book is inspiring ideas for my art work 🙂  I also browsed a book called ‘The Whale’ but I save that for another post 😉



TGIF…hard off is coming

Good morning from Japan! 

It seems it’s been really nice weather in Seattle.  Clear skies, wow, 29° 

 It’s been ☔️☔️☔️ everyday since July started here in Numazu. The ☔️☔️☔️ has put a damp on my mood😪. Not to mention I caught a cold this week😷. 

Packing✈️ with a cold😷 was like 👇


But it’s finally FRIDAY! 

The thing about this particular Friday is… Hard off, the second-hand shop, is coming to get both my couches. My apartment will feel very empty without the couches *sniff* 

More Hair Salons

Because of ☔️ I haven’t been venturing out to photograph salons as much as I had hoped but here are some from this past week-


Indoor Salon next to my Japanese class- “hair color kezomeya” means house of colored hair. My Japanese lessons are paying off! 🙂


okay, this isnt a hair salon. this is the spooky showcase next to hair salon kezomeya.


Salon Ripo-so (the po is extended like “poh”) . Is it just me or is that mini van parked too close to the front door?


awkward parking!



Salon Alcolic- “alcolic” is the japanese way to (mis)pronounce the English word “alcoholic”. Alcoholic as in the adjective to describe food/drink containing alcohol, and not the type of person addicted to such food/drink. 🍻 Sounds like another nominee for best salon name😛


Salon Michi- came across this salon for the first time yesterday. The person living in this house turned the front part of the house into a small salon space. Really random location!

Bisous your Pinterest is looking amazing! Please keep sharing your pretty photos of very pretty you!💗💜💙



A “Pinteresting” July

After Bisous introduced me to Pinterest a couple months back, we have decided to dabble with pinning pictures of our own.

We are using our self-concocted “summer looks” as the main subject. I having been very good about photographing and I hope I’ll become better about it with practice and time.

Check us out here:

Bisous: https://www.pinterest.com/sonyaantoinett/summer-in-seattle/

Bobbin: http://pinterest.com/theflyingbobbin/summer-in-japan-july-2015/