I think in life we get so wrapped up in everyday moments and our own little problems that we forget that there are others who are going through much more horrible things.
This past week I have been focused on three weekends of back-to-back craft fairs for Bohemian Princess, I have been heedless of what has been going on around me. I have a two-week break since my next fair, and today, I was finally able to catch up with the world. I am just heartbroken with the news of Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the country where the rest of my family calls home.
With 1200 confirmed deaths, and the toll rising to even the possibility of 10,000 people losing their lives from one of Mother Nature’s random acts of destruction….
It’s one of those times I wish I was superwoman and had the ability to save all of those in need. Knowing that there was no way I could have, I also know there is a way that I can do something about it…
For the next fairs, Bohemian Princess will be donating 20% of its profit towards Fashion With A Mission’s Philippine Relief fund. The collected funds will be sent to assist everyone affected by the devastation.
Bohemian Princess will be in attendance in the following fairs:
Hawaii United Okinawa Association Winter Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov. 30th 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 1st 9:00am – 2:00pm
Hawaii Okinawan Center
Mililani Town Association Holiday Craft & Gift Fair
Saturday, Dec. 7th
9:00am – 2:00pm
Mililani Recreation Center
Season’s Best Aiea Craft & Gift Fair
Saturday, Dec. 14th
8:00am – 2:00pm
Aiea Elementary School
Hope to see you then, and MAHALO in advance for your support and love!
Today, March 11, 2012 marks the first anniversary since the heartbreaking devastation in Japan that struck the world. We saw before our eyes massive destruction caused by an unstoppable earthquake and tsunami. Death toll rose to a little over 19,000.
This morning in Japan, people prayed and stood in silence to remember the vast earthquake, paying respects to those who lost their lives.
A project that I started with Fashion With A Mission last year after hearing of the tragedy was to fold one thousand paper cranes- one paper crane per dollar raised through FWM’s jewelry sales.
For those who are not familiar with the symbolism of one thousand cranes- Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature, believed to live one thousand years. The paper cranes are held together with a string- 25 strings of 40 cranes each.
This year continues with increasing FWM’s Japan Relief Fund, as well as folding of cranes. Once the goal is reached, FWM will then send the donation to assist orphans and children impacted by the tsunami. I am hoping to visit Japan next year. Although I am far from reaching the one thousand cranes, hopefully there will be others that will support the relief.
In observance of Japan’s catastrophe, I would like to share instructions on creating paper cranes, raising hope that one day, the shattered shores of Japan will be rebuilt stronger than ever.
You can use any paper, as long as it’s a square. I use old fashion magazines.
If you have a few minutes to make a paper crane today, please do so. You are one more person believing in a better tomorrow for Japan.
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 […]
In honor of everyone’s favorite Doctor + Children’s author, Dr. Seuss, Read Across America will be observed on Friday, March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (Also the opening day for the much anticipated animated film The Lorax.) Read Across America is celebrated throughout the country, bringing children, teens and adults together. The nationwide observance promotes reading […]
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.