2 years ago I decided to pick random prompts or queries that I shared with a piece of paper, watercolor, and words. The idea of my creative journal was born out of drawing hobby due to anxieties that I encounter everyday. The activity was relaxing after a hard day’s work. (Read more of my story here how I started journaling.) The desire to buy more journaling materials eventually grew and as I also explored Instagram, I found out there is a community in this hobby that got me inspired to produce more creative pages.
A year later I found out about Hobonichi Techo and got attracted to it. I went for the A6 size as it just fits for all the things I want to write and draw for the day. If it’s bigger, I tend to leave spaces on the page and I wouldn’t want to exhaust my sticker and washi tape supplies just to cover up the spaces. Also, what I love the most about my Hobonichi is that the pages can hold watercolor painting. It being pricey convinced me to make full use of the journal. First months of 2018 I was able to put query/random ideas on a daily basis that gradually became weekly until I just stopped using it when April came. I didn’t know what queries to share anymore. The relaxing feeling became procrastination. I lost my purpose why I journal.
Tried journaling in 日本語 (・∀・)
When friends of mine – one from Macau, the other from Guam came to visit us – their friends – here in the Philippines I found myself jotting down the events happened that day on my Hobonichi. After writing my experiences, it felt like talking to my most trusted person in my life (except it was a paper.) It felt like I was doing it right. And so I made it an everyday habit until now. I’m so happy I found my purpose of my creative journaling again. I’ve gone through emotional drains at the first half of the year (affecting my work performance – from being a top performer to bottom), but when I decided to write more personal thoughts on my hobonichi based on my everyday experiences since last June, I lose some of my emotional baggage I carry.
Creative journaling became a therapy for me. Before the end of the day I make sure to record the highlights of my daily life with my journal before going to sleep. It’s effective for me so far (work performance has improved) and I hope I could maintain this habit towards a positive lifestyle. (•ө•)♡
Walkthrough on how I journal + Stationery Haul from Happy Lemon, Daiso, and Landmark.
Most of the time, friends and I spend 2D1N when travelling in one location in the Philippines so I decided to make a special tag for my 2D1N travels here in my blog~ Here I will share the things we did during the short span of time and my first featured place is Puerto Galera!
My new instagram account dedicated to my Hobonichi techou entries: @hikaruhobonichi
See you around! (•ө•)~☆
First of all, I’d like to apologize for procrastinating over blog updates ( ；∀；) There are many things happening in my life right now (corp work, preparation for leadership trainings, nihongo classes,
daydreaming, and planning travels) but I still think they’re just excuses for me to neglect my blogging duties lol. I’m really sorry! Moving forward, I finally gathered inspiration to continue my Japan2017 series. I know it’s already 2018 but better late than never!
If you still remember what I mentioned in the last post of my blog entry titled “Last day in Osaka
,” that Day 4 was supposed to be dedicated to stroll around Tokyo instead of Osaka, it turned out we’ll get the taste of the capital city on Day 6 instead. So I guess you already have a hint where we traveled on Day 5 given the title of this post?
Correct if you answered Mt. Fuji a.k.a Fujisan! The mountain is so famous almost everyone in the world would want to see her. Some even claim traveling Japan is incomplete if you didn’t see Fujisan. Tourists who planned to see her sometimes fail because of the bad weather or the thick mist/clouds covering her beauty. I must say, the afternoon of April 4 was a lucky moment for us because clouds didn’t surround her under the sunny skies and it allowed us to watch her visible body from the observation deck of Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway despite the unpredictable weather.
Please enjoy my Hobonichi daily entries~
Every year, October excites me as this is my birth month and the celebration of anything scary, yes, Halloween🎃. As much as possible I treat myself with arts and creativity (yearly mantra, it is) but turned out I procrastinated until there are few days remaining for October to draw and do some adventurous stuff oTL (I even skipped participating this year’s Sakata Gintoki birthday celebration on Twitter. Sorry Gin-chan!!
My one and only precious figure + PORTRA app. I’m sorry this was the only thing I did for you (T_T)
In my first Japan trip, the novice traveller me definitely did not belong to “The Planner” type. I didn’t ask my aunt the details of our Osaka trip nor did I research about the prefecture we were in so I had an assumption Osaka is not that interesting compared to Tokyo. All I knew that morning of April 3 was to pack all of my things in my luggage because we’ll head to Tokyo that day. I thought my Osaka trip ended in USJ, but day 4 was dedicated to explore Osaka and little did I know it will give me one of my memorable moments in my life!