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, Life in Full Bloom slowly transitioned into the personal-cum-lifestyle-cum-travel blog of sorts that it is today. Why Life in Full Bloom? This title is inspired by my huge love for sakura or cherry blossoms. They are a symbolic flower of spring and a timeless metaphor of human life. The cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year. It stays in full bloom for about two weeks, after which the blossoms start to fall. It is a visual reminder that life is overwhelmingly beautiful but that our lives, too, are remarkably short and fleeting. And when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, we must make the most out of it — very much so like life. Here in Life in Full Bloom, I will continue to share bits and pieces of my life as I try to live it in full bloom.