/ 2017 . 08 . 19

Senjojiki, A Cirque Above The Clouds

I often wonder why I travel. Or why it captivates me so much. Or why I always long for it, just like a child trapped in a tower without a door and desires for the outer world as she is... ...

/ 2017 . 08 . 11

Tokyo Eatery: Regendo, Story of A Thoughtful Meal

My years in Japan has been a constant love-and-hate relationship. Although I inherit the similar East Asian look and was raised by some same parts of its peculiar culture, it doesn’t necessarily make my life easier here. There are days ...

/ 2017 . 07 . 30

Tokyo’s Neighbour Trip: Gunma

Living in Tokyo surely has its many perks, but this biggest city in the world can be depressing as hell, too. With its constantly moving people, rushing trains and convenience stores that never sleep, I often find it hard to ...

HINOKIKO et MOI is a thoughtful lifestyle blog that chronicles our ordinary days. The routine, but also the journey to venture. The prosaic worth to explore, live, digest and reflect upon. It’s telling the stories of the unexplored beauty, intentional pleasures, thoughtful goods, and genuine relationships. In essence, it’s a storybook of a life being lived mindfully and meaningfully, every single day.

    • How’s your 2018 been going so far? Mine has been restless, and all I am craving for is rest. Don’t get me wrong. All those things that seem to tire me are not bad ones, instead, they are the projects I’ve always been dreaming of. And that’s the problem. It gets me excited all the time. Overflowing ideas struck my mind, unstoppably, and nag me to stay “on”, and perhaps, why it’s actually draining me. 
My days ahead are full with possibilities that make me ecstatic when I’m thinking of them, but then leave me weary on how to manage and satisfy them all. 
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As much as our weekdays mean to be faithful in works, we are also designed to rest. It’s a one thing we easily forget, neglect, and often feel guilty of. We live in a culture where being busy, being productive, being such a hard worker is glorified gloriously, we forget that we are just human, not a machine, and resting is part of our essential nature. 
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Before my 2018 gets even busier I know I have to make the decision to keep the Sabbath holy. The one resting day when I (we) gotta let unfinished (and be fine with it) what God has let unfinished. It means to give that one day to witness and take delight in His faithfulness, trusting that He takes care of us, and we don’t need to fret about anything else. That we can press the “pause” button of anything that excites us, worries us, takes up the most space in our lives and just rest in His fatherly Love. He is most glorified when we are satisfied in Him, and I think that’s what Sabbath means. 
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So, here’s to more of the gift of rest in 2018. Isn’t it such a beautiful gift our souls have always longed for? 
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Calligraphy by @truffypi
Photography by @taylorandporter
Styling by @autumnandmeadow

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    • Read more books. Join @goodreads. Choose kindness. Others first, myself later. Learn new thing. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Buy secondhand stuff. Own less. Give generously and sincerely. Make time. Make memories. Throw more picnic. Watch Tarkovsky again. Write poem. Hike another mountains. Do small things with extravagant love. Be the home for a stranger. Live passionately, live intentionally, live deeply. 
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How do you want to live out every single day of your 2018? Throughout last year I had learnt that many times, the greatest things in life are not wrapped in shiny paper with big ribbon, like we always imagine it would be. Many times, the most beautiful, precious and meaningful things are hidden in our plain sight - buried together in our mundane lives, ready to be discovered only when we are living our lives faithfully, and yet passionately, no matter how insignificantly we feel about it. 
Great life won’t fall effortlessly from the sky. It’s created, it’s a decision made day by day, an attitude of heart. So, that’s how I would live my 2018. How about you? #livethelittlethings
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Flower arrangement by @hossyjun
Photography by @taylorandporter
Styling by @autumnandmeadow

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    • Closing the chapter of 2017 with one of the highlights that I treasure the most - being engaged to this man, @tsukunebozu. Three years ago it would not ever occur to me that I’d be in any relationship soon, as I was determined to take my time being single seriously. But “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, those are what God has prepared for those who love Him”. And that’s the story of my 2017. 
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Finished and survived the graduate school with @ekachristine when it seemed impossible to do so when we first started; got a job in Tokyo when I wasn’t looking for it; went through a period of cluelessness and uncertainty of @tsukunebozu’s visa; had the best and loveliest adventure in the most mysterious island of Yakushima with @galee_e; got hurt by a friend I never thought he would do so; starting @autumnandmeadow with @truffypi and @nesyaldj; lost my Grandma and didn’t get the chance to see her the last time; and spent this very last day of 2017 with the only thing I ever wanted: 
time, lots of it, with my family @mickiotanjung @kathleengabriella @niachristy @esthersetiawati and dearest friends @liben.journal @isen_isen_ @hanskkusuma @christiancimo @beebookecil. 
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Through it all, one thing remains clear and steady - His unfailing love and accountable faithfulness. It’s written boldly in all the paragraphs of this year’s chapter. The things that make me happy, the things that break my heart, the things that I cannot comprehend. Through everything, He leads me, He provides me, and never He leaves me. 
And that’s the only story I desire for my 2018, the only story that is worth written, the only story that will be remembered through eternity. 
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Happy New Year 2018, loves. I know it’s gonna be a good one. #bye2017 #hello2018
📷 by @taylorandporter for @autumnandmeadow

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    • The sparkling lights are definitely beautiful, but the most wonderful thing about Christmas is the unthinkable gift that is given to all - Emmanuel. God with us. Us who are marginalized, forgotten, imperfect, belittled and insignificant. Us through pain, suffering, hurtful loss, and loneliness. 
He is there, He is here, with us, no matter if we “feel” Him or not. This greatest mystery, this most profound gift, resting now in that little Baby. He was born for us. There’s no greater gift than Him, and Him who is with us, Him who is for us. 
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#merryandbright
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    • Every burning star is a signal of grace, every painted sky a canvas of His love. I can see His heart in everything He has done, I can feel the story from the beginning of creation - the story of salvation, the story of a hope born, the story of such unfailing Love. 
Merry Christmas x 
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#merryandbright
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    • An afternoon Christmas walk under the twinkling lights. As I looked up, my cold hands shivered, but my heart fluttered with warmth. I stared  at those evening sparks, and I thought I got a glimpse of Heaven. I thought I tasted the sight of Eden. 
But I was wrong. It would be much much better than that, someday, soon, and those lights would be nothing compared to our eternal joy when we see Him face to face, the only reason why we are merry and bright tonight. That best gift of all, have you accepted it? #merryandbright

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    • She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the world. #quietinthewild
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