Dear Diary…..

Needing inspiration to last me for the next few days and needing to keep this peace of mind going even though it is absolute madness around me, I go through my old writings to move me and I found this in an old online diary….

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We all encounter life differently. The world is cruel and unfair, and it’s only human to sometimes feel like giving up. We all have experiences that lead us to where we are and some of them even become a barrier to what we want to accomplish, where we would like to go.

Life is simple, but it is not easy.

Remember, the easier the path taken, the simpler the reward granted. It’s okay to be who you are, no matter how disapproving the world is, because in the end, all the hard work is worth it.

Believe in Beauty, no matter how ugly the world seems.

Believe in Goodness, no matter how harsh life may be.

Believe in Hope, no matter how impossible days become.

By believing this, you have the power to be the best person you can ever be and even better.

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This is all I need.
Thank you, Diary.

Love,
Honey

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Mahalo to the beautiful and inspiring Hiba, (Cloud of Lace) who took a minute to designate me my very first WordPress nomination, or any nomination in this blogesphere EVER, The Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloudoflace is about everything and anything marvelous- from art, to fashion, to recipes….”little treasures” as she calls them.  Reading her blog is just refreshing.  So of course, I was delighted to find out she feels the same about mines.  Again, as we say here in Hawaii, Mahalo Nui Loa, Hiba!

Here are 15 wonderful bloggers/blogs that I have truly enjoyed reading, and would like to share them with you by  nominating them for the Most Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloud of Lace

The Occasional Affair

Rasta Teacher

Rebecca The Red

Dodging Commas

Leather and Lace

Live, Learn and Pass it on!

MLM Worldwide

Hazel Frames

Revolutionary Beauty

We Heart Vintage

Humaira Beauty

The Merry Life

Hepburn Loves Givenchy

Style City

And finally, here are 7 Things About Me that I would like to share…

1.  I love love love love Starbucks, especially mocha frap and hot mocha with 3x shot on busy days.  I’m a proud Starbuholic, and a chocoholic.

2. I’m very flexible. I owe it all to yoga pilates that I’m so busy to do nowadays.

3. My hair is jet black, thanks to my beautiful Filipina mother who had always told me to never color my hair.

4.  I prefer Asian cuisine to just about any other type of food- Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai…

5.  I have five siblings who I love so much – Natalie, Ersa, Neil, Sally, & Dessa.

6.  I heart Korean dramas, especially romantic comedy, and the lessons behind them.  I truly believe in undying love and devotion, that through any trials and tribulations, love conquers all.

7.  In April 2010, I launched Fashion With a Mission, a non-profit organization focusing on providing clothes to orphaned children throughout the globe. The organization is still on its beginning stages, however, I hope to fully establish Fashion with a Mission and encourage fashionistas that “we can make a difference, one trend, one style at a time”.

Love,
Honey

The World’s Cutest Puppies

Happy National Puppy Day!!!

Since I have been wrapped up with planning fashion shows and pageants this week, I have not had the time to sit down and write blahblahs.  However, today, I had a few minutes to browse through ohsocuteijustwannatakethemhomeandspoilthem photos of puppies online and am delightfully sharing them with you.

Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.Net with their respected owners.

ENJOY!!!!


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Havanese Puppy Photo by: Dynamyte Imagery

Bulldog Puppy Photo by Photostock

Charles Spaniel Puppy Photo by Timeless Photography

Shihtzu Puppy  Photo by Posterize

Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Photo by SOMMAI

Chihuahua Puppy Photo by olovedog

Aren’t they all sooooooooooo adooooorable?

Love,
Honey

The Man in the Moon

A couple of nights ago, while pulling into my garage, I saw one of the most magnificent full moons in the night sky.

I wanted to share it with you all, my darlings. Hawaii’s weather hasn’t been all the great this week, with the storm, flooding, hail and even a tornado, but I wanted to remind you that beyond these disasters exist the marvelous beauty, and wonder of nature…

Just like the scientists who, for centuries, have observed and studied the moon, I too, have always been fascinated by its mystery. From the eyes and heart of a dreamer, I look at the moon like I do the sunshine.

I think we can always turn to the man in the moon (or the goddess of the moon) to give us hope.

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ― Carl Sandburg

“We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun..” – John Lennon

“We must strive to be like the moon.’ An old man in Kabati repeated this sentence often… the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others. [S]he said that people complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, and also when it rains too much or when it is cold. But, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Everyone becomes happy and appreciates the moon in their own special way. Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. These are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon.”
― Ishmael Beah

“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” ― Tahereh Mafi

“When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize, in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon. Imagine it — delicate, slim, precise, like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel. It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful. And sometimes it is enough.” ― Vera Nazarian

“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ― Susan Beth Pfeffer

When you feel like the whole world is crushing down on you, always look at the moon, and remember that there is a bigger, more complex world out there. That you are not alone. And yes, you can always talk to the moon 😉

Love,
Honey

Love Being a Girl!

March 3rd marked an annual celebration for girls- Hina Matsuri, a Japanese tradition also known as Girl’s Day. A little history for ya:: upon birth, Japanese girls would be given beautiful dolls dressed in kimonos, complete with fans and musical instruments. Young girls would display their dolls, and take them down before March 3, when […]

Lazy Chic Fashion

Ever have one of those carefree days when your anthem of the day is Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song, and you’re screaming at the top of your lungs, “Today I don’t feel like doing anything!” You know, the lazy-Sunday feeling even though it’s a Monday, or Tuesday, or pay day… you get the point. Well, […]

Giving Back- The Great Aloha Run 2012

The 28th Annual Great Aloha Run was held this past President’s Day, Monday February 20th and I had a wonderful opportunity to be a GAR volunteer alongside a few of my good friends Juvy & Jena Cudera, Retch Manipon and Slay Oyao.

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Great Aloha Run is an 8.15 mile course that begins at Aloha Tower and ends at the Aloha Stadium. This year had the largest number of participants. I was not physically prepared to run or walk 8+ miles, but assisting with refreshments for the runners was definitely a yes. At 4 in the morning I woke up groggy-eyed, but totally ready to pass out bananas and macadamia cookies to the finishers of the race. Yes, macadamia nut cookies…

It was another great bonding event for us amigas. Most importantly, we gave back to our community by contributing our time to assist in a charitable event that greatly impact our communities- improving the lives of those in need.

Volunteer work, whether it is miniscule or on a large-scale is personally fulfilling and satisfying as we recognize that we can make a difference- in people’s lives within our community, our country and even the world.

Madness in my schedule will not take me away from my desire to save the world.

Love,
Honey

eternal sunshine

I was browsing through my online album and I came across one of my favorite photos. Taken five years ago by a talented aspiring photographer at the time, Keoni Kitagawa, this photo captured a candid, yet blissful moment.

It was nearing a day’s end in beautiful Hawaii nei, with the sun setting behind me. The weather was pleasant as I had remembered it- warm, yet breezy; not too hot, not too windy.

If I were to choose a photo that I could hold in my heart forever- to move me, to encourage me, to teach me… I would choose this photo.

Because this photo shows me an eternal sunshine.

The sun shining- whether it be rising, or setting, symbolizes hope to all. Sometimes we feel that the world is dark, and we may be at the bottom at times. But the sun is always there, and we will get back up, one way or another.

Figuratively speaking, no matter how terrible or rainy the day goes, you just have to breathe…because tomorrow the sun will rise. If the rain keeps coming, you just have to remember that it takes rain AND sunshine to make a rainbow 😉

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo

A daily dose of sunshine is good for you- it’s brightening and exhilarating. Drink it up, my darlings. Don’t live in the shadows.

Love,
Honey

& the bookworm gets inspired

I have been due of a pick-me-upper since I haven’t been feeling to well lately. Shopping therapy is definitely out of the question at this time… **a huge part of my feeling down 😦 I revert to the cheapest way that I know to feel good, and be inspired…and be taken away from reality and […]

XOXO Confessions

So I do admit on not being too ecstatic about Valentines day. I’m a simple girl. I don’t need to be told I’m loved and appreciated on that one day when the rest of the world is doing it too. I don’t want my lover to feel like he is obligated. That he has to buy me chocolate, or that he has to give me flowers just because it’s Feb. 14. I am not an obligation, thankyouverymuch. And for those of you who are single, don’t be too sad if you’re alone today.

Although my darlings, I very much agree that there are some advantages to the marketing schemes of St. Valentine. First, there’s the overwhelming use of the color pink (and red, too, but I don’t care for red. I heart pink) The power of pink is deeply appreciated by both genders, seen in almost everything girly you can imagine- flowers, balloons, sweets, potted plants, stuffed animals and of course….lingerie….Oh how feminine. Not to mention, also the fabulous sales on lingerie for V-day. Specifically VS lingerie.

Victoria’s Secret + Sale + Lingerie = Honey’s Lovely Day (a.k.a Valentine’s Day)

Speaking of which, VS posted a playful interview with their gorgeous angels (in their sexy lingeries) in observation of today’s Honeyday. Ooops, I mean “holiday.”

Victoria’s Secret Angels Talk about their First Kiss

Too cute. These ladies are so gorgeous and flawless, it’s funny to think of them being awkward in any situation.

The video was the inspiration in writing this entry, XOXO Confessions.

I confess to having my first kiss as being much like Erin Heatherton’s, minus the gum actually being caught in my hair. I had to laugh after hearing her story. I’m surprised that didn’t happen to me yet, I have twice as much hair as she does.
I also confess to loving and enjoying kissing more than anything. Yes, I’m a prude so what.


Kissing is sweeter, more passionate, heartmelting and soul-filling than anything else. You feel a deep connection with that other person- a spark so electrifying its ecstacy.

I can kiss for days.

Anywhere up high, close to a brightly shining moon and twinkling stars. Someday I’d like to go up Mauna Kea in the second week of August during the Perseid meteor shower and have a dramatic kissing scene with my lover 😉 The kiss will be so dramatic, Nicholas Sparks will steal my idea and include it in a tearjerker movie starring Rachel McAdams.

I’d love to kiss in the rain too.

What’s your most memorable kiss?

Love,
Honey