My early ‘Year in Review’

Seeing as the holidays are right around the corner and knowing how people are so busy during this time, I decided to post my blog’s first ‘Year in Review’ early. ^.^

As I sit back and thing about everything I have done this year, I’d have to say that it has been fun. I’ve also gotten some bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s life right?

Travel

My travel log was super cool this year.

Going to Japan again, this time for my birthday, meant so much to me. Tokyo holds such a special place in my heart and I always feel like I’m home while I’m there.

When the tsunami hit Japan a few years ago, I remember standing in front of my tv crying and praying. Since then I’ve been there twice and knowing that I was almost unable to go at all, makes me treasure the island, the people and their culture even more each time I visit.

The Hello Kitty Convention in LA’s Little Tokyo was also another highlight for my travel log. I met a lot of awesome people there. It was nice to see that my HK induced craziness, was not mine alone. There.are.others. And they were there in droves. The convention sold out for all four days. I also got to finally see with my own two eyes, Yuko Yamaguchi-san, head designer for Hello Kitty over the last 30 years. When I think about all of the ill collaborations HK has done during that time, only two words come to my mind. Bow down.

Music

This is the first year that I have listened to 95% K pop music alone.

90% of that goes to BTS.

The other 5% goes to K pop songs that BTS listened or danced to.

The last 5% goes to American songs that BTS listened or danced to.

You see where I’m going with this right?

It was a BTS year for me. Between their new album ‘Dark and Wild’, the promotions for ‘Dark and Wild’, the various magazine spreads, the ridiculously cute Bangtan Bombs, their millions of tweets and everything else, BTS has successfully taken the spot as my number one group. I absolutely LOVE them. Every.single.member.

My feels were absolutely torn to shreds when BTS recently performed at the MAMAs in Hong Kong a few weeks ago. They didn’t win either of the two awards they were nominated for, but they stole the whole dam show with their off the hook performances. They SLAYED and I was so proud.

Food

I am a HUGE foodie. If the food is good, I.AM.THERE.

This past year, due to the location of my new job, I was able to explore a lot of new Asian restaurants. Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and a few fusion spots. Cucumber water…who knew??? Hello Kitty Maki, yes please!!!

The only reason I am even able to barely fit into my clothes as I type this, is due to the amount of ungawdly walking I have to do on my way to and from work.

Relationships

Bhahaha!!!

Who has time for that?! Certainly not me. All my time has been split between the above categories plus work and family. How could I possibly fit anything else in? Eventually, I’ll settle down but for now, I am happy in my space.

So that’s my ‘Year in Review’.

Geeze. When I write it out, it doesn’t seem like much but really it was so…so much.

I hope that you all have an awesome rest of 2014 and a very safe and happy holiday season.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read, watch or comment on my crazy posts!

I see your clicks from all over the world and I appreciate every single one.  \@_@/

We’ll start this shit up again in 2015!!!

XOXO

-IshaB

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My Obsessions Contest – Updated!

Hi again Everyone!

As those of you who have been reading my posts know, I will be traveling in a little over a month.

To celebrate receiving 1000+ views on my Blog Spot blog, plus the addition of my new Word Press and Daum blogs, I decided to have a contest!

This contest is open to my Blog Spot AND Word Press viewers. 

There will be one Grand Prize consisting of goodies I get while in Tokyo, Japan!

This is simply my way of saying thank you to those of you who have been reading my blogs. ^_^

Good Luck!!!

Rules – UPDATED!!!

1. In order to be eligible for the contest, you must be listed on my blog as a follower AND you must have commented on at least one of my blogs. Comments posted after 7/1/2014 will not be considered.

2. In order to be eligible for the contest, you must also have at least 3 friends follow my blog. Please indicate which friends you recommended in the comments section of this blog. Yourself and your friends must remain as my followers until the end of the contest or your entry will be voided.

*Depending on the contest participation, I may have an additional contest for the followers that do not win the grand prize. ^_^

3. Additional prize information (pictures of actual items) will be posted to my blog once I arrive in Japan and have gotten the items.

4. The Grand Prize will be mailed out to the winner on 8/4/2014 by USPS registered mail from the US.

5. Once the winner is chosen, you will be contacted by me to confirm your mailing address. Once the package is shipped, I will also provide a tracking number.

**If you know me personally, please do not enter! I will be bringing back gifts for you as well!

6. This contest is open to everyone. You do not have to be located within the US! However, I will not ship to PO Boxes. I want to be sure that you receive your prize right in your own hands. If your home address is not the best or safest for delivery, please provide an alternative one that is.

7. I will announce the winner by posting on 7/31/2014 on both my Blog Spot and Word Press blogs. If you do not respond to accept your prize by 7/31/2014 at 12 o’clock midnight – Eastern Standard Time, someone else will receive your prize. 

Please keep in mind that I will be in Japan at that time, preparing to return to the US.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize will be based upon my blogs and will consist of:

1. Japanese snacks – 1 Kit Kat & 1 Other (I will try to get flavors not found in the US)

2. 1 BTS poster & 1 BTS fan item

3. 1 Hello Kitty plush & 1 Hello Kitty item

4. 1 Secret item (to be decided later)

Thanks again for taking the time to read my blogs! ^_^

This week so far…

This week has been insane and it’s only Wednesday.

It started with me being totally bummed that I was missing BTS in Japan by one month.

But then a special delivery package came and cheered me right up.

Special delivery from me to me, of course.

My HARU HANA and BTS albums arrived!

My current Bangtan Boys Collection:

My BTS Collection

I have been non-stop BTSing since then.

Oh. Sorry. BTSing is an extremely high and possibly unsafe level of fan girling.

Then I heard about something equally as good.

hk40th_con

O….M….G!!!! * _ *

Didn’t know I LOVE all things Hello Kitty? I even have a HK tattoo.

Check out My Obsessions – Hello Kitty blog.

Now….I’m thinking about going to the HK CON instead of the K CON.

*Sighs

The struggle is REAL. @ _ @

Japanese vs Korean

I’ll start by breaking it down by country.

Japan:

I have been taking Japanese for two years and took my first trip to Japan in March 2013. I will also be going back in July.

I love Japanese anime. I’ve been a huge fan for a few years now. I am not as big a fan of the other parts of Japan’s entertainment industry but there are a few things that I have enjoyed like One Ok Rock (music) and 13 Assassins (movie), just to name a few.

I think Japan is beautiful. The people, the customs, everything. It is so CLEAN but you never see anyone cleaning. Magic pixies…maybe. The transportation system and staff are top notch and their long distance trains (Shinkansen) are amazing. I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the idea.

Korea:

I love Korean foods and customs. I am currently planning a trip there with a school friend for February 2015.

My obsession with Korean dramas, movies and music doesn’t seem like it will end anytime soon. This has lead to me also want to be able to understand what is being said when I listen to or watch these genres.

Which brings me to my conflict. Do I continue studying Japanese or do I switch to Korean?

I have been giving this a lot of thought over the past few months.

I previously wanted to move to Japan. Let’s say within the next two years or so. Now I also find myself also saying that if the opportunity arises for me to live in Korea instead, that I would take it.

So what to do?

My conclusion after lots of soul searching was to continue taking Japanese AND also take Korean. Why not? You only live once and I hate having regrets. Whichever country I end up moving to, the other will be a lot closer to me than what it is now. The air fare will be a lot cheaper as well.

There you have it folks. I refuse to give up either of my two loves so like a boss, I’m going to have them both.

Your limit is only as much as you set it to be.  ^_^

My Obsessions Contest – Ends 7/1/14!

Please see my June 12, 2014 post for up to date information.

Contest closes on July 1, 2014!