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Dear Miyu Alexandra

Dear Miyu Alexandra,

I now leave the fate of our houseplants in your hands, for their survival may very well depend on your most eager and diligent stewardship.

All the best,
Mommybear

Happy to help

She saw that I was doing the laundry, ran to the laundry basket and grabbed all her shirts, got a chair so she can reach the hangers, and voila. My little helper strikes again!

Later she helped me load the last load into the washing machine and she became upset when I told her that we wouldn’t start the machine until after we wake up from our nap. She was eager to push the buttons, that’s why. ๐Ÿ™‚

I live for this smile

This was taken on Monday, September 4, when we, along with Ken’s parents and Alex, took a little trip to Hakone. Afterward, we stopped by Gotemba Premium Outlets where I think my FIL was the one who took this photo while Ken and I went to go find an ATM.

It’s amazing how much she resembles me when she smiles like that. Because of her, I am constantly in awe at the simple yet complex role of genetics in human life. I truly am. Sometimes I’m just staring at her and I get this overwhelming sense of love, pride, and humility. Almost dumbfoundedly I remember that I carried her in my womb, that my body constructed her flesh and bones, but that her soulโ€”the essence that makes her uniqueโ€”was not of my creation. And every time I remember that, my gratitude for my own life renews. I think to myself, how lucky I am to be alive to behold such beauty, how lucky I am to be her mother in this lifetime, how lucky I am to live for this smile.

Multiple use cooling pad

Miyu was at Baba and Jji’s house this evening and when she came back… she looked like this. I immediately asked “What happened?!” Because normally those cooling pads are used for when you have a fever. Well, it turns out that Miyu accidentally broke a vase at B&J’s house. It was sitting somewhere high and Miyu touched it, and as it fell, it bumped her forehead along the way. It was just a small, raised scratch really. ๐Ÿ™‚

Custom Shutter Release Button

I’ve been loving my experience so far with the Fuji X-T2 but I noticed that the shutter release button was really sensitive and I felt like it was kind of small coming from a Canon Rebel T2i. So, I ordered custom shutter release buttons from Amazon. For the particular ones I bought, they cost $7.99 and they were from a seller called VKO Photography. It comes with two sets of buttons and four rubber rings. I chose the color gold because I like black and gold together.

Having it on feels really nice because with the elevated button, I feel like my finger doesn’t have to spend so much time searching for the shutter button. It’s just there now and the convex shape of it helps as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hanabi Photoshoot

As I write this, the clock reads 1:46AM. Even though I’m exhausted, I wanted to post a quick entry since I recently finished uploading photos from our little hanabi session in the park. (See my Flickr in the sidebar.) Here are the things that I learned from this shoot using my new camera, the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 56mm f/1.2:

  • I compose shots better when I look through the EVF (electronic view finder)
  • Fireworks are tricky to shoot since 1) the environment is dark, 2) the autofocus has a habit of focusing on the smoke, 3) the various lights from the fireworks reflect on skin, thereby presenting a bit more work post-edit
  • Having continuous auto-focus ON comes in handy, especially when working with children
  • It’s good to scope the surroundings so that when you’re shooting, you avoid bumping/tripping/falling into things ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Fuji has damn good dynamic range! Even though I experimented a bit with different ISOs and shutter speeds, I noticed that in general, I was able to recover lots of shadows before the photo became grainy
  • I feel that face detection in the dark wasn’t that great in general compared to daytime conditions
  • Holding a vlogging cam and a mirrorless cam at the same time is rough!

I haven’t gone through the video footage yet, but when I have time tomorrow, I hope I can edit something decent. I think what I’m going to do is create a compilation of the entire year into one single movie.

I’m still alive!

I can’t believe it’s already September. It seems like yesterday that Miyu started hoikuen. Five months have passed since then.

A lot has happened. I wish I had more time to share my experiences.

I’ve put my fiction writing on hold but have gotten back into photography. I’m also taking two classes online from now until October 15.

Despite all this, here’s to hoping for more blog entries. ๐Ÿ™‚

Miyu’s uniforms are here!

When Ken paid the hoikuen fees this week, he was also given Miyu’s uniforms. Here’s what we ordered:

  • 1 Blazer
  • 1 Suspender Skirt
  • 3 Gym Shirts (long-sleeve)
  • 3 Gym Shirts (short-sleeve)
  • 3 Gym Shorts
  • 3 Gym Pants
  • 1 Backpack
  • 1 Hat

We also got her school supplies as well so definitely more photos to come!

Starting Japanese III & Miyu’s Hoikuen

I can’t believe that it’s March already. The days are getting longer and warmer. I desperately miss writing. Perhaps if I simply manage my time better…sigh. Who am I kidding? For now, I’ve just finished Elementary Japanese II and am about to begin Japanese III next week. Though I’m a tiny bit more confident with my Japanese speaking skills, I’m nowhere near the fluency I have in mind.

Miyu will be starting hoikuen (Japanese daycare) in April. I’m excited and anxious at the same time. The orientation is this weekend and I’m looking forward to buying her uniforms…