Happy Valentine’s Day + Blogshop updated

Happy Valentine’s Day [its belated since it was Vday yesterday in Japan but i think its still Vday in USA hence i am posting this early friday today XD]

Me and the husband dont tend to celebrate Vday, we tend to host a dinner for our friends [single or not doesnt matter, just anyone of them with no plans]
Then the two of us might go out and see ice cream or cake together afterwards.
I like doing this since it means i dont have to cram with everyone out in the restaurants eating Vday meals.
Also i like to think of this day as a day to show love to friends not just spouses. Hence all loved ones!

I wasnt going to give out chocolate this year as i was lazy.
But i did buy the ingredients
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So did i make any chocolate?
Well yes..after procrastinating for a week, i ended up making it anyway
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Sucker XD
i know hahahah

What did you get up to on Valentine’s Day?

In other news, i have added a few new things to the blog shop!
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Namely the starbucks Sakura collection and orbis cleansing gel [only taking orders for the next few days]
Check it out here
Blogshop

Have a great weekend!!
xoxo Yumeko

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Automatic Hanko [Name Seal] Carving Vending Machine はんこ自販機

Do you know what a hanko is?
In Japan, we still use a signature stamp / name seal in everyday life. These are commonly known as hanko.
For example, if we are receiving parcels/packages, we would use our hanko to stamp on the receipt.
You can sign too but commonly we use our hanko.
If you live in Japan, you will find it fairly useful to have one. It makes a cute souvenir too!

So where do you get one?
If you have a common japanese name, you can find cheap ones in stationery stores or even Daiso!
If you do not [eg, if you have a non japanese name or a non common japanese name like yumeko XD] you will need to find a store that would carve it for you.
Typically they cost around 2000yen and up [esp if you order it online and need to buy shipping etc]

But what if you didnt want to spend too much? And you wanted it immediately?
Well this weekend, i discovered the automatic hanko carving vending machine!!!
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