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We’re now in Seoul, South Korea, and *finally* had a day to rest up today after nearly a full month of continuous activities. Bry’s been putting up hundreds of photos on our Flickr account for family and friends around the world to keep up with our travels (and Benji), and here’s a crazy one I just saw, of the baby food section at one of the inner suburban grocery stores where we got Benji’s jar food. What a spread!


Having traveled Melbourne to Los Angeles with Benji early on which took about 15 hours, suddenly nine hours on then plane felt like a real breeze. Benji was for the most part pretty mellow and some lovely flight attendants helped to babysit him for a few minutes. We also got a proper bassinet this time and were able to get some relief for a few hours when he was asleep. Go Air Canada!
We are in Tokyo now. It’s my first time in this city and yes it is pretty darn cool.
Tokyo is about 16 hrs ahead of
Vancouver which means we are very jet lagged. And Benji’s a little confused about his sleeping time. Hopefully we will all be on track soon.

I hope the title was constructed properly! Learning how to conjugate special verbs, and sentences with direct and indirect objects in Spanish can be really tricky.

Anyhow, YES, I do love receiving parcels! Yesterday, I got my fabric purchase from alittlegoodness in Japan. Honestly, everything from Japan is just so much cuter.


Check out the mailing tape below! Kawaii!!


These Japanese people were apparently campaigning hard for Barack in their little sleepy fishing town of Obama. According to this news article, people have even started selling fish burgers with Obama’s name after the presidential campaign started heating up. How cute!

AND, being industrious Asians, these Japanese have also apparently started making plans to cash in on Obama’s win to boost the town’s name and bring in more visitors:


“Yes, we can!!” What an awesome night it was. Sure, I think John McCain deserved better. His speech tonight was so gracious and down to earth, I couldn’t help but wish that he somehow pulled it off. Tho…NOT with Palin as his running mate. Maybe if the clocks were rewound…and there was no Obama and if McCain was a few years younger…

Anyhow, for once, I wish I was American to vote in this election. Who wouldn’t have gotten goose bumps after listening to Obama’s “Yes, we can!” speech! That guy is truly charismatic and a great orator. Bry is less embarrassed to be American. My American AND non-American Facebook friends are showing their exhilaration with constant status updates. Every single online newspaper I’ve visited is carrying positive headlines about the win. The Australian networks were broadcasting US elections all day. Even my mom is happy with the win. Let’s hope he brings good things and fixes the crumbling system.

It would’ve been so awesome to be in Los Angeles or San Diego right now.

Tho…the Prop 8 count is still in the works right now.

One of my good friend’s mom does pressed flower art. Meaning, she arranges flower petals of different colors, shapes, and sizes, that were collected on hikes, walks, overseas travels, etc., into a scenery, object, person, animal,…or into pretty much anything. Even more amazing is that these pictures have visual depth, vibrant colors, along with intricate designs.

I can only imagine the amount of time, precision, and meticulous hands and eyes that go into crafting this dainty art from Japan. Not to mention having a good knowledge of the different types of flora.

Always inspired by pretty and elegant things such as this one, I spent the last hour or so doing research on it and where they possibly teach this technique in Melbourne, Australia. There’s a World Wide Pressed Flower Guild site which connects and features such artists from all over…the United States, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, etc., and even Scotland and Spain, but there is NO mention of Australia! :-/ If anyone of you reading this happens to know of someone who does this in Melbourne (or anywhere in Australia), please drop me a note to let me know. I am rather interested in taking classes and pressing a ton of flowers into art. Arigato Gozaimas!! (Although, it seems like this art form can also be self taught, according to a few artists’ websites…)

A few other inspirational pressed flower art sites amidst a whole host of other such sites from Google are from:

  • Kate Chu – her artwork is slightly more traditional, more oriental, probably largely influenced by her Chinese background.
  • Ivetta Moore – saw some more contemporary designs; I like that she introduces western and modern themes to her repertoire.

And of course not forgetting my friend’s mom’s beautiful art pieces (such as the one below), which have been featured on my friend’s Flickr.