Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge: Part 2

I've decided to take on this Popsugar Reading Challenge i found on Pinterest (follow me!). These are the second round of books i've read. I'm blogging about this pretty late because i think i already read 3 more books since these, i am really on a reading frenzy!

  • The Duff by: Kody Keplinger 
  • The Interestings by: Meg Wolitzer
  • Wild by: Cheryl Strayed

T
he Duff is a super easy/fun read, i literally read it cover to cover in less than 24 hours! I can't believe the author published this book when she was 18 years old! The book has been made into a Major Motion Picture and i thought i should read the book before seeing the movie, although after watching the trailer i already know i'll be disappointed with the movie because they changed too much. It's pretty much a classic high school tale of an awkward girl and a popular boy, against all odds falling for each other. 

The Interestings is a 500 page book, who's cover just caught my eye in the bookstore. I skimmed the description but didn't really read much into it and i decided to just buy it. I'm so glad i did because i really enjoyed this book. My favorite part? The author brings the story back and forth through time (i absolutely love books/movies like that) and it also jumps from character to character; which was really interesting. You see the group of friends grow from 15-year-olds in summer camp to actual adults, through marriage/kids/travel/death the whole shebang. 

Wild has also recently been made into a Major Motion Picture, and after seeing the trailer i knew i had to read the book. It's also the first book i'm reading on my new Kindle Paperwhite! The book tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who after having her life become a complete mess decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon, alone. I wasn't sure if i was going to enjoy this book but i did, her hiking story is pretty inspiring! Have you seen the movie? 

I recommend all of these books!!! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Book recommendations are always welcome! ;)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ball Donut Park

Don't ask me how my friend Kassie finds the most amazing places to explore, but she does! After going Coral Dying at Shuri Ryusen we made our way to this delicious donut place called Ball Donut Park in one of Kokusai Street's side streets. The ball donuts come in a variety of flavors and are available with some oishii (delicious) toppings, and best of all their prices! I mean ¥300 (around $2.50) for 6 balls or ¥600 (around $5) for a dozen, i ended up getting a dozen to go, so husband could try them. Besides the mouth watering donuts i really really loved how amazingly curated this place was. Everything from their logo, the drawings of kawaii little girls spotted all over the place and even their toilet sign (HAHA!). Let's just say this was the first of many trips here.

^^ the donut machine that got us suuuper excited, yup everyone was staring at us like we were crazy! ^^

^^ If you're in Okinawa here's their info ^^

^^ We had Choco Banana, Honey Cinnamon (with vanilla scoop) and Salt & Butter, plus a Caramel Macchiato ^^

^^ yup, even their napkins are cute! ^^
^^ how cool is this sign! I love how you can tell which one's a man and which one's a woman ^^
^^ i'm seriously obsessed with these little drawings! Can you tell? ^^ 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Coral dying at Shuri Ryusen

 Two weeks ago i was finally able to join in on #OkiFunDay with my friends Kassie and Kacey. We had breakfast at CC's Chicken & Waffles on the SeaWall and then drove down to Naha for some fun activities. We went coral dying at Shuri Ryusen. I had never heard of this place but Kassie had this on her bucketlist before moving to Okinawa!! As soon as you walk in there is a store where you can purchase professionally dyed items, on the second floor is the crafting area and on the third floor there is a professional studio. 
^^ this was an actual vehicle used to carry the emperor of Okinawa back in the day ^^ 
^^ tiny little nesting dolls ^^

^^ obsessed with the details ^^
You can choose between any of these items (all for the same price, ¥3,200), totes, fabric to cover your coffee mug, fabric for gift wrapping, fabric for framing, t-shirts, among other goodies. 



^^ check out those huge corals! ^^

^^ quirky stamps ^^



^^ what do you see? i see a monkey .. LOL! totally not on purpose ^^

^^ Okinawa Kanji stamp ^^
^^ professionally stamped fabric ^^






It was such a nice adventure! Up Next -> Ball Donut Park!  

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

#instalove

Which social media platform is your favorite? I think instagram is by far my favorite (although Pinterest comes to a close second). It's usually the first thing i prop open on my phone when i wake up, and because Japan is ahead of the rest of the world there's always tons of pictures uploaded from the time i go to sleep to the time i wake up. I especially love finding some really good people to follow, you know to add some inspiration to my #instafeed. I've been wanting to share some of my favorites.. so go ahead and check these out and if you don't already follow me -> @inspirationspks

@lizmariegalvan - i'm completely obsessed with everything she does. Her house is impecable, her thrifting/antiquing finds are always gorgeous and when they're not she does a great job at transforming them, her husband and her are an awesome DIY team, plus she's a Marine wife!  Follow her blog!

@floretflower - i'm not sure when/how i found this instagram but i always feel like her flower pictures brighten up my day. If you're in the Spring state of mind 365 days a year i recommend you follow this awesome flower farmer. 

@hamadahideaki - there's something about japanese photography that i just absolutely love! Hideaki has an amazing way of capturing his day-to-day life in Osaka. I especially love the pictures of his two sons Haru and Mina (search #hamadaharuandmina). He's also been featured in Kinfolk!!

@charuca - i just started following this instagram a few weeks ago and it's quickly become one of my favorites. Charuca is an illustrator from Spain and she just makes the most adorable things! Her cactuses are just too cute to handle and her kokeshis are kawaii (cute)!! Shop Charuca.

@livinginanotherlanguage - is one of my favorite travel bloggers!! She is currently living in New Zealand and let me warn you, her posts will surely give you the travel itch. Follow her blog

@amandasuzannemarshall - i started following Amanda before i moved to Okinawa (her husband was stationed here too) and quickly fell in love with her instagram/blog/everything. She is one of my favorite lifestyle insta's to follow. You'll get your flower, food, travel and inspirational fixes by following her. 
Q: Do you have any favorite #instas you'd recommend me? I love adding new inspirational people to my feed. 

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