Monthly archives of “January 2022

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Carrot Cake

I’ve been on a carrot cake streak lately. This is the second batch I made for the second week in a row. I noticed for quite some time that restaurants don’t normally offer these on their menus so after all these years, I thought I’d finally make my own. 🙂

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Shichi Photoshoot

This past Sunday, we walked to a temple nearby our apartment to do Miyu’s Shichi photoshoot. In Japan, they have a tradition called Shichi-Go-San and basically for girls, you take a photo of them wearing kimonos at ages 3 and 7. For boys, it’s 5 I think. Anyway, it was really important to me that I get this done before she turns 8 and for the past month or so we’ve been procrastinating. Needless to say, I’m so glad and relieved that we made it! Even though we didn’t do the ceremony, it’s okay. We didn’t do the ceremony for her 3-year-old photoshoot either. Here’s what I learned from this photoshoot:

  • Make sure the subject’s clothes are functioning properly (I didn’t keep watch of Miyu’s long sleeve shirt underneath her kimono so her left sleeve kept popping out and it totally shows in some photos)
  • Make sure the clothing is pristine if it’s traditional wear (I missed some packaging seams 😱 and also her orange belt kept slipping off. Also, her faux hair bun kept falling off!)
  • Carry a wide angle lens just in case
  • Take your time (I was rushing sometimes because I felt self-conscious about the other temple-goers around)
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Forgot my mask?!

We took a little trip to the combini for lunch today and when I got back home, I was aghast to discover that I had completely forgotten to wear my mask! 😱 I knew something was off when I took this photo of me and Miyu…. but it didn’t click until I shut the door when we got home! LOL Whoopppsss.

When we were eating our lunch, Miyu hinted that she wanted my drink. I reluctantly slid my tea bottle over to her and said witheringly, “Why don’t you ever get your own drink?”

She replied, “Because my butt is stuck to this chair!” She went on to explain that the cushions on the chair make it hard for her to get up (like she sinks into the cushions). Sigh. 😩