Monday, April 30, 2007

Work done?

Style icon of the year- ha- JLo looks as if she's in an uphill battle to stay fabulous. Is it just me or does something appear...different... about her face? A tad to pulled? A bit to botoxed?..... I'm just saying....


Yea I like bad horrible kawaii puns. Sue me- the whole 2 of you who read this.

Any hoo check out this picture!

"University student sumo wrestlers attempt to make babies cry during the "Baby-cry Sumo," an annual contest which is supposed to bring good health, at Tokyo's Sensoji temple in Tokyo."

Apparently the first baby to cry after being bullied by a priest is the winner.
If both babies start crying and the same moment the tot who screams loudest wins.

In America we would call this child abuse but in Japan they're busy shaking their babies like British nannies for a pay day! And the reward? Well according to the Tokyo Times

"The overall champion is rumoured to secure a selection of sedatives and five free visits to a child therapist."

Maybe American influence is being felt more then I supposed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


My cat wouldn’t stop crying this weekend. Chalk it up to the wacky weather.
“It’s hot! It’s cold! I’m perpetually wearing an irremovable fur coat!”
I usually hate it when Nigel cries. It fills me with distress and all I want to do is comfort him. “Do you want me to pick you up? Leave you alone? Change your litter?” Unless he’s standing over his food dish howling his point is rarely made and we both know it.
Not to say I mind his screaming so much when there is company in the house. Ha! This is what you get for trying to stay in my house with no warning! A foul roomie and her equally foul cat. It’s only made better when he starts banging on my door like an escaped convict fleeing the jailors. Oh yes, please stay in my apartment more often, here with me, my roommate, three feet of space and this psychotic banging crying cat! It did occur to me maybe he was upset because one of Liz’s friends was pregnant. Can cats smell pregnancy? Or maybe he was trying to warn me- “Master it appears this human has eaten a small person! Raise the alarm! Who could be next? You? ME?”
Whatever caused him to start howling it was over by Monday. My mother suggested he’d managed to grow his testes back and was screaming because he was in heat.

Friday, April 20, 2007

And this pretty much says it all

I like how GOOGLE posts "how to" articles on the bottom of their log in page. Sometimes their "how to" can be really unexpected, like today's venture into how men should apply makeup. After the article I treat myself to the response section and the below pretty much sums up what you'll find every day. said:
On 21:31, 19 April 2007
I'm not surprised to see the immature comments made by men who's sexuality is threatened by the very idea that a man might put on makeup.
There are many legitimate reasons a man might want/need to wear make up - bad skin, not wanting to look exhausted at a job interview/important social function, for photos, for fun - Really all the same reasons a woman might want to wear it.
All through history men have worn makeup for all of these reasons and more and it had NO effect on how manly a man was perceived to be, it's only in the last 50 years that it's become something only women do and a sign of a man being feminine (and really there's nothing wrong with that.). It all ties into the society sickness that anying woman is inferior to man. I wonder how you manly men who shriek and cry "Ghey!" can measure up to, for example, the spartans (since 300 is such a manly man-fest), who commonly wore khol around their eyes.

Reply to said:
On 21:34, 19 April 2007
Your gay too.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This weeks word is FOOTPRINT!

Gather 'round boys and girls. What do you think a footprint is? Something a foot makes in the ground I bet. Well you'd be wrong! WRONG!

A footprint, in merchandising terms, is the outline of a store. Where each brand, subsequent line, and units are placed. Where the bathroom is. Where the exits are. THAT is what a footprint is.


Nina Wang.




Can you get over this cool funeral? I mean. If dying were kawaii then this would be it. But then she went and left all her money to a fortune teller. Forget starving orphans and AIDS research!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


"Toto Ltd., known for its high-tech toilets with bidets that have blow-drying, air purification and seat-warming functions, apologized to consumers and offered free checks and repairs after some of its toilets with bidets and heated seats sent up smoke and three caught fire."

In other news comedians with a penchant for toilet humor rejoiced today.....

Monday, April 16, 2007

Would you Rather Crocs could climb up the toilet or...?

It could catch on fire? This is the most unkawaii question being asked today in Japan.

"TOKYO - Japan's leading toilet maker Toto Ltd. is offering free repairs for 180,000 bidet toilets after wiring problems caused several to catch fire, the company said Monday.
The electric bidet accessory of Toto's Z series caught fire in three separate incidents between March 2006 and March 2007, according to company spokeswoman Emi Tanaka. The bidet sent up smoke in 26 other incidents, the company said.
"Fortunately, nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out and there were no injuries," Tanaka said. "The fire would have been just under your buttocks."
The popular Z series features a pulsating massage spray, a power dryer, built-in-the-bowl deodorizing filter, the "Tornado Wash" flush and a lid that opens and closes automatically. Prices range from $1,680 to $2,600."

For that kind of money I'd want it to wipe me too.

p.s. If this kind of defect happened in America they'd claim it was an alternative option to waxing and slap on an extra grand for the feature.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Nice to meet you! That's the badass Japanese I was able to whip out to Lisa Yaguchi- the first Japanese person I met here in international merchandising. I can also totally count to ten now. Including zero, because fuck yea- I am just that type of girl.

In two weeks I start Japanese classes. This is probably either a great idea or a horrific one knowing how in the past I've failed languages left and right. But seeing as I was forced to take those by schools maybe signing up for one that I want to learn will be a different story. So far so good here in the new digs. Shorter easier hours. The "easier" will hopefully change once I get brought onto projects, and I'm looking forward to it. '

Experience is very kawaii.

I've spent the week organizing my bosses office: shelving, pictures, a months supply of diet coke and poland spring. And trying to figure out the endless paper work that is emailed in from all over the world.

This weeks word, boys and girls, is adoption! No, Ralph Lauren Merchandising isn't endlessly adopting little foreign children weekly. Rather in merchandising terms adoption is the meeting that happens when a label- like "Collection" shows it's merchandise to our buyers or the liscensee's buyers. OOOOooh. Next week we'll learn what footprint really means!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Kawaii- it's not just for Japan anymore!

I have never heard of Nina Wang. Despite the fact that she is one of the richest people in the world.


Not a peep.

Until today when she died.

Nina Wang, though Chinese, was apparently a badass kawaii loving diva. Hellllloooo- check out her killer action figure, and super kawaii plushie and statue! If I had 4.2 Billion you better believe I'd be a crazy live action anime 24/7 as well.

Rest in peace Nina- yasumu heiwa

Sunday, April 01, 2007

My birthday party

this is how I remember last night
paul and his boyfriend
me and mer