The Osaka encounter

We went to Osaka and we met with an angel. She is God-sent…really.

We barely knew her but she hosted us as if we were family. More than that, she introduced us to people who have been there, done that. Our takeaway from this trip is so much but the most important thing is that the people we met really stretched and broadened our minds – in terms of being passionate in what they do yet remain humble.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking : )

At a store where we had the best tea experience ever…..

You can even eat the green tea leaves with soy sauce… taste like steamed veggies : )

This man is amazing… he is the creator of the wood pebble in his hands….

And we went to a designer/ wood master’s place…  This is me with his v v cute Corgie….

He stays in a place like Totoro’s!

At the studio!

The wood master taught us how to make wooden objects!

This is the super wood master! Mr Toshi! He is not just very talented, he has a very big heart!  : )

The masterpiece(s)!

Finally… the angel revealed…..

She is Kaz, the owner of Kukkia – a lovely wooden toy company.

To Kaz – Thank you so much for your hospitality and love. We pray that you will be more blessed than you have blessed us and many others. Take care and we will see you again! : ) 

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When I came home…

It is the first time we have been away from our two children for more than 7 days…

We are so thankful that they have been so well-cared for by our parents respectively. When I came home, Donna was still preoccupied with the probable plans with her aunties. Yup, sorry I wrecked the plan : P

 

Then when I saw Toby, he had been well-fed.. in fact very… His puffed-up cheeks lifted up when he saw us home.

They have grown more independent! I am so proud of them. : )

But no matter how independent or how grown, we are still close-knitted and tonight, when I tried to put them to bed… both were quite reluctant to fall asleep.

It seemed as if they wanted to spend more time with me- trying to make up for the lost time last week.

One word to describe this feeling – Bliss : )

I really thank God for my sweet babies….

The loveliest thing in Osaka….

The loveliest thing in Osaka is the people we met.

There is an angel who hosted us and introduced us to many wonderful and passionate people. But the most amazing thing is they are so successful yet so humble.

I think the most important thing we learnt from them is their humility.

I believe they are so great because they are so humble. It is because they do not think the world of themselves that they keep learning and improving. How refreshing to be in company of such people : )

We are sure we will be back in Osaka again! These people are giants in the land!

” Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. ” ~ James 3: 13

What do you do when you miss your babies?

I miss my babies…very much!!

Last night I dreamt of them…. that they have started sleeping by 8pm : )

yes… that’s still a dream : P

I realised I miss them when I interject my conversations with “What do you think the kids are doing? “……

I started to browse through photos and videos of them on the iphone….

I asked my hubby… ” Who do you miss more? Donna or Toby? ”

I started to countdown to my holidays… (insane yah?)

All in all, this trip made me realised that having a break is awesome! But I feel incomplete without my whole family…

But if you ask if I will do it again, my answer is a sheepish… yes…… : P

Do it with Pride!

Whenever I am in Japan, I am always impressed by the people.

There is something about the Japanese. They do things with pride!

In whatever they do, be it making desserts (like the one in above pic!), waiting on tables, doing sales, making sushi, designing objects…. it is always with a spirit of excellence.

I personally think it is because they take pride in what they do. It means they find meaning in their work and they believe their work makes a difference to others.

What a beautiful spirit – If my work matters to others, it matters to me!

If you are sick and tired of your work, maybe it is time to find new meaning in it; or find new work! : )

Have an awesome weekend!

Lock it up!

We were at Cinque Terre at the outskirts of Milan, Italy this April.

We went on a picturesque hike along a cliff facing the Mediterranean Sea. It was breathtaking and romantic.

As we walked along, we could see fences of lockers and when we closed in, we discovered that the lockers were symbols of love.

Couples would bring a locker along the hike and write their names and promises for each other on the locker. They would then find a spot and lock it up!

It is very symbolic!

We take love and our words too easily these days. We are taken in by lovey dovey sweet nothings only to realise that those are just -sweet nothings.

If we were to treat our words, our actions and promises in our relationships seriously…. we probably would not have so much heartaches.

It serves as a good reminder to us.

That every word, every promise should not fly away with the winds….

Our love for each other should be locked up forever!