Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan

Hello world... I've been such a bad blogger.
It's been ages since my last post but please forgive me.
For it has been a very emotional and tough two weeks.

My whole family lives in Japan.
They live far from Miyagi, the area that was affected the most.
So when I heard about the earthquake,
I didn't know for sure, but wanted to assume they were okay.
But I couldn't get a hold of any of them for a whole day.
I could NOT sleep that night.
I finally heard back from them the next day, letting me know that they were okay.
But I still couldn't sleep very well for the entire week.
Everything (still) has been so uncertain, especially during that first week.
I had never been so scared in my life... not knowing if my family was going to be 100% safe
with the continuos aftershocks...the radiation..

And although (apparently) the news over here in America are saying less
about Japan now, we can't ignore the unbelievable death toll of over 10,000..
and 17,000 that are still missing...
250,000 are still without homes, living in evacuation centers
where of course, food/water and everything is scarce.
(Figures from: UK Telegraph)

Yet there is still this POSTIVE energy all around Japan.

People are looking up now and moving forward...
We are realizing that we have to be especially kind to one another.
That we have to help each other out.

I've been trying to do everything I can from over here to help out.
Making donations...constantly posting things on Facebook to spread awareness and
inform others of news.
I also had the privilege to sing on a benefit song written/recorded by a singer friend.

I know there's more I can do and will continue to help in every way I can.
I'm trying to put together a benefit gig (live performance) featuring my self with
my amazing musician friends where
all of the proceeds will go towards the relief of this tragic event.
And hopefully soon they will be accepting clothes and other needed items
from overseas...

If you are reading this, I kindly ask you if you could make a donation
no matter how small...
Because every little help matters right now.
Click HERE for the Red Cross donation page. There are of course, many other organizations that you can choose to donate to. This is just one of them. Just be careful of scams though.

It was so great to see last week that Red Cross contributed an "initial 10 million dollars"..
which I'm sure will happen again. Hence the "initial"! 

Each one of us can help out in some way or another.
And like I said, they need every help they can get.

I know it won't be long before everything is restored and
we get back on our feet again.

Let me share something with you...

A child was in line at a store buying snacks. As he/she got closer to the
front of the line, he/she decided to put the money she had in a donation box
and put the snacks back on the shelf.

A lady at a bakery in Tokyo was giving out bread for the wee small hours of the night..

A group of reporters/tv crew heard a girl yelling at them.
They rushed over, thinking she was crying for help. 
She was in fact one of the evacuees, trying to flag them down.
 "You guys are working so hard. Please have some coffee" 
And so the media crew was offered coffee.

At Disneyland in Japan, they were giving out snacks for free.
There was a group of high school students that seemed to be taking way too many snacks.
Later, they were seen giving out those snacks to children at an evacuation center.

I'm crying again as I read and type up parts of some #prayforJapan Twitter posts I have read
a million times already.
What an amazing country... 
I'm sure that many stores are also doing what the lady at the bakery was doing..and that 
many children and teenagers are learning to be caring and giving..
People are trying to help in any way they can.
The people in Miyagi are the ones that are suffering the most and yet, 
they are still strong, resilient and CARING..

If there's one thing I can say about how I feel and how I have been feeling, it is that

I am SO PROUD to be Japanese.

Thank you for reading.
Please continue to pray for my people and help out in any way you can.

At times like these, we really need to focus on the smallest happiest things.

Happy things are ahead of us. 

大丈夫。Everything will be alright.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Beauty & the Beast!


We went to see Beauty & the Beast at the Pantages Theater on opening night yesterday!
Let me tell you that it was innnnnncreeedible!!!!!!! I loved it!
I think "Visually striking and beautiful" is a good way to describe this show.

All the actors & actresses were great...I especially liked Gaston haha! I loved his voice.
Remember Gaston?
The muscular one that all the silly town girls are madly in love with but gets rejected by Belle hehe.
Belle and the Beast were amazing too of course. 

Like the Lion King musical, they added a few numbers that are not in the original movie, but we liked them a lot! 
Being us, we of course went to peek down the Orchestra pit at the end even after 90% of the people had left the theater because you know....the orchestra is still playing even after the curtain goes down.

I cried during the curtain call. Just like I do at every musical... I find it hard NOT to cry at the end of something spectacular like that.
I just get so happy and emotional that I'm alive and am able to watch such a magical show that combines music, dance, and acting, which are all things I love and wish I could do all at the same time. Those actors are truly amazing and so lucky for what they get to do!

And something I've loved since I was literally a BABY! So it's VERY very special for me to see a Disney movie as a musical.

I can't believe we were there only two months ago to see West Side Story, which also by the way is an incredible show!

If you're in L.A. or near L.A. at all, Beauty & the Beast is worth seeing! But they're only at the Pantages until the 26th of this month so hurrrrryy!!

Thinking about my next giveaway....
More happy things are ahead of us!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

lazy Wednesday

It's my day off I'm being the lazy me.
But I'm SUPER excited because we're going to see
the opening show of Beauty & the Beast tonight
at the Pantages Theater!!! AAAAA!!

I love musicals and I bought the tickets way in advance... last December I think.
And was LUCKY enough to get seats in the 8th row (OrchestraLeft) for a really great deal!
And tonight I finally get to see the show! I've never seen it but I've always wanted to...

There are still tons of shows I need to see though... but so far I've seen:
West Side Story
Lion King (2x)
Phantom of the Opera
Sound of Music

Also, a lovely gal visited my blog and commented about a giveaway on her blog.
So please check it out! You could win a FOLEY+ CORINNA Bag worth $500!
There are several colors to choose from and they are cute and look so practical!

More happy things are ahead of us!
Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Michael Mull Trio CD Winner!

And the winner of the Michael Mull Trio CD is......

Steven Barnett!
Congrats Steven!

I want to thank EVERYONE who entered my first ever giveaway. This was fun!
I hope you are still interested in getting Michael's CD even if you didn't win this time.
It's available digitally at:


If you'd like an actual hard copy, please check out CDBaby. Or get one from Michael in-person to cut shipping costs :)

Thanks again and stay tuned for more blog posts and giveaways!

More happy things are ahead of us!

Friday, March 4, 2011

4 Year Dating Anniversary

Today marks our 4-year dating anniversary! I can't seem to tell lately if a year is long or short. So 4 years... I guess that's probably pretty long! I can't even believe we've been married for almost 
2 1/2 years. But it's been an incredible 4 years. If I were to describe it in one word, that word would be.. 


We've traveled so much, and done so much fun and happy things together! It's also been a treat for me to see Michael go through the last year of undergrad, then grad school, and seeing him accomplish so much. I love watching him and HEARING him do the things he loves. There's so much going on in his mind, his heart and his life ALL THE TIME...but somehow he manages to make time to always care about me and be the sweetest BEST hubby! Thank you, Michael. This may sound corny but sometimes I still can't believe how perfect we are for each other.

Michael is gone to Ohio for a gig starting today though, so we celebrated early on Wednesday at one of our favorite places to dine, Hondaya, in Little Tokyo. It's an Izakaya (a popular Japanese tapas-style dinner place where many order alcohol and munch on little dishes). The great thing about an Izakaya is they have SO many items on the menu.. so I always have an extremely hard time picking just a few things.
Have you tried mackerel sushi before? Michael LOVES that stuff. It's delicious. We got a few other things like one of my favorites, buta kakuni (stewed pork), and of course, some Sapporo beer! yummy!

And here's a happy reminder that's related to Michael! 
Don't forget to enter my first giveaway for a chance to win Michael Mull Trio's first album! 
It's open to those who don't own a copy already and open to anyone outside of the U.S. too!

What happy thing happened to YOU today?
More happy things are ahead of us! 

Have a great weekend everyone!