Friday, June 24, 2011

Confessions, birthdays, and recent things![pic heavy]

I have a confession to make. I've been keeping a big, important secret from you all (unless you follow my twitter, then you'd know allllll about it). I'm part unicorn. Okay, so it's not that. The truth is, I've recently started seeing someone. I knew when I made the post about my birthday, I'd have to introduce him because he played a huge part in it. And he's asked me if I ever talked about him in a post and when I said "...Not really..." he looked hurt笑


Shortly after my birthday we had a few *bumps* but it's all been worked out and things are back to normal. I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who listened to my late-night rants and were so supportive of me. I really love you guys. (expect even more loving in my blogger award post!!)


Shortly before my birthday, I spent four days at my boyfriend's house. My boyfriend is a photographer, specializing in weddings currently in the DC/Baltimore area so he's busy like every.single.weekend. Plus, during the actual week, he has to edit photos from his engagement sessions and weddings. So that week we decided to take it easy and only went shopping a couple times and only out to dinner笑 
If you're interested you can view his portfolio here at his website!


Here's a photo spam of our time:






this week consisted of:
lots of ke$ha/lady gaga牛丼 awesome Chinese food at P.F. Chang's kisses ☆ watching the movie "Bridesmaids" ☆ serious talks interrupted by misplaced laughter ☆ Carroll's Mead ☆ Ginger beerhomemade Taiwanese food ☆ Godiva Chocolate ☆ Milkshakes ☆ talking about exercising and choosing sleep instead ☆ korean bbq date ☆ post-bbq ice cream adventure ☆ buying three 12-packs of Brisk and two 6 packs of gatorade ☆ being asked "Where is the party?" and later "Can I watch?" by a grocery store employee ☆ learning the characters for his name ☆ perfection.
All of that in just a four day period! (plus wayyy more ^_^)



Now onto my birthday and all of it's crazyness....
Usually, I don't have a real cake. My birthday falls shortly after school gets out, so I rarely do anything for my birthday because everyone is soooo busy! So if no party, why cake, you know?

This year I have two cakes and ice cream cupcakes. Sooo awesome!
Flavors: Triple Chocolate, Cake Batter, Sweet Cream from Coldstone Creamery
On the day of my birthday, I woke up, got ready, cleaned, had a dance party with my nieces in our living room, and then my boyfriend came over! We ordered a pizza and then feasted on a delicious chocolate mouse-y cake from the Korean bakery Shilla's Bakery.
He even got "Happy Birthday Stacy" in pink on it!



my niece made a mess of it....
After we went to the park. Around five, the boyfriend left and we got ready to travel back to my hometown for the weekend. My mom had a cake ready!
With cream cheese frosting!!
I also had dinner with my dad that weekend, but no pictures. It was a pretty nice birthday weekend. Thank you to everyone again. It was a really nice way to turn 20 :]

And now onto more recent things...
This summer I've set a goal. I want to lose around 30lbs with the goal of losing 50 in total by the beginning of next year. I know, I know, you're thinking, "50lbs? isn't that a lot?" Yes, it is. But turning 20 made me realize something.... I will only be 20 once. Soon, I will not be able to loose 5lbs in a week with very little help. I am the healthiest I'll ever be and I'm not even that healthy. I'm cutting calories and doing Wii Fit Plus for 1 hr+ every day. Rather than concentrating on just losing weight right now, I'm measuring my waist, hips, thighs etc to see how things go. I check my weight every day using the Wii Fit and I've already lost a few pounds. I'm only going to be young once so I might as well look and feel my best~


I just moved closer to DC and I've been taking care of my nieces until I find work. I put in seven applications today. One is already in review! Along with dieting, I feel a lot of good changes are coming. And if things go right, I'll have even more things to announce! :]
Wish me luck~
My baby niece playing in her stroller. So cute<3
A rare find at my local supermarket! Do you get the joke?


And to wrap things up, a few more pictures from when I visited my boyfriend that I've edited.
Snapped a photo of him snapping a photo of the sushi we had!
This picture perfectly expresses our personalities<3

Chinese for "Forever together"
A collage I made for my wallpaper on my phone!

Recently I've been using and testing many photo editing apps from the Android market. Ones used in this post are the free versions of: Free label, Photo Grid, and PhotoWonder.


I will reply to all recent comments this weekend! I am going back to my hometown for a party with my friends and to move the rest of the furniture down! Then it's back to my new home!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Perfect Birthday

I just want to say thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on Friday. In total, over 85 people took time out of their day to say Happy Birthday! Wow! That made me so very, very happy!


I am now 20 years old, and I'm looking forward to what this next year will bring. Next year I'll be 21 so I can finally [legally] drink in the U.S. All of my friend keep telling me, "Twenty-one is the last good one then it's pretty much downhill from there.." Well, I happen to love birthdays and I will no matter if I have to forget the number笑


This post is about my birthday last year in Japan. It all started the first week of June. I noticed the back board of the classroom was empty so I decided to write my birthday on the board. Then I wrote some of my close friend's birthdays. Soon everyone was writing their birthdays. It became almost like a tradition. I wonder if they still do that? hmm..
Japanese pop culture question: Which member of Johnny's do I share a birthday with? (hint: it's written below my birthday!)
The way dates are written is 月 used to mark the month and 日 used for the day. Using that, you can probably figure out the birthdays of other kids in my class.


My birthday fell on a Thursday which meant I had school. That day, sooooo many people said happy birthday to me. I felt like a celebrity all over again笑

I came into the classroom with a couple messages waiting for me.


I was given presents first thing in the morning and then again at lunch time. And again at dinner by my host family.
They even bought me a cake!
 

 After school that day, I took birthday purikura with my two best friends! Here are some of them:



My two best friends - Rihochi and Sacchi. We had nicknames for each other. Mine was Suu-chan.


The next day I took purikura and went to karaoke with my other best friend from my first homeroom.
It was raining that day so my hair was ew and I forgot my makeup so forgive my bad face(>_<;;)




So you probably wanna see the presents I got, right? Well, this is only about 3/4s of them, but enjoy~
Rose-scented bath kit<3 Smells sooo pretty!
Homemade!! bread from my friend Sacchi!
The cute bag it came in!

The birthday letter she wrote me!

A very pretty 扇子 from Rihochi
My friends know I LOVE Hello Kitty so sanrio food!!!
An eye mask from Franc Franc (accidently melted this in the microwave T_T)
Hello Kitty CUP! I currently use it to hold my q-tips :]

Hello Kitty phone charm that I still use!

Part of the giftset I got from Lush! I didn't even know we had Lush in America until I went to visit my boyfriend, haha!

Hand Towel from Swimmer!
SIROTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this and I still sleep with it! (Also from Sacchi. It's her favorite character)
 Things not pictured include: a NEWS calender, a HoneyMilk makeup pouch, more Hello Kitty stuff, etc etc. I was spoiled.

This was the best way I could have ever imagined to spend my birthday in Japan. I had such a good time. This year's birthday was also very good, but that's a story for next time! :] 

Friday, June 10, 2011

和風 Giveaway winner!

As promised, I am announcing my 2nd giveaway winner!


I tallied all the winners....
Put them into random.org 's generator....
Pressed "Generate" and received number 35!
And the winner is...........


みか☆ちゃん from ☆GLAMOROUS SKY☆!


THANK YOU! to everyone who entered!
I'm planning my next giveaway, which if all my finances pan out will be sooner rather than later. (for some hints and chances to voice your opinion on what you want, follow my twitter account!)


Now time for -your- thoughts! What do you want to see next on Hello Nippon? I have 体育祭 Pt. 2, Earthquake Early Warning system info++app reviews, and more exchange related posts planned. Any ideas? Let me know!

As always, I hope this post finds you smiling and happy, wherever you may be