Hello, I’m Kei Yoshikawa, a half-Japanese, half-Filipino multimedia artist currently based in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines. I have been blogging for more than a decade already, with my blog Pinkaholic.net being the most notable. I am the owner and designer of Pastel Pink Studio, a branding boutique. I love reading, writing, making things pop up from plain and/or digital paper, making sounds with strings and a bow, and occasionally pressing the shutter to capture moments — if they come by and don’t go quickly. I am engaged in my newfound love for baking as of writing. If I’m not in the mood to be social (so to speak), I thrive on warm coffees, flipping pages of a Murakami, while either Norah Jones or Armi (or any jazz-slash-indie artist for that matter) croons softly in the background. Only a few people inspire me, and one person who will forever remain so wonderfully intact on my pedestal, aside from my mom, is Audrey Hepburn.
Happiness to me is a trip to the bookstore, cooking for my family, a good afternoon tea, cat butt wiggles, fresh flowers, shopping, fast car rides, lazy weekends with the love of my life, warm hugs, city lights, medium rare steaks, wine nights, a relaxing day at the beach, and exploring new cities. There are a whole lot of things that tickle my fancy. I am moderately apolitical. I dream of Paris and publishing a best-seller.
Over the years, La Vie en Rose slowly transitioned into the personal-cum-lifestyle-cum-travel blog of sorts that it is today. Why La Vie en Rose? What does it mean? It literally translates to “Life in pink” — my favorite color! However, I would like to better translate it to “Life through rose-colored glasses,” much like in the English idiom “to see life through rose-tinted glasses.” The idea is to depict a state where everything appears rosy to you — a state of bliss where one sees things in positive light. I like to interpret it more as creating positive thoughts from negative situations and projecting my inner happiness all around me. Here in La Vie en Rose, I will continue to document and share bits and pieces of my life as I try to see them through rose-colored glasses.