Lia was found on the streets on LA near a dumpster, and after she was rescued, I had her flown over to NYC. Here is what she looked like (below) when she first came to me. It seemed as though she didn't want to live anymore because she was extremely thin and ill. She wouldn't eat, barely had the energy to walk, and was fearful of human beings. :(
For the first month or so, she would always step back whenever someone approached her. It was an automatic reaction she had which I believe came from being abused by someone (I could tell by her injured nose and expression). Therefore, I made sure to approach her very gently and slowly in a low position, letting her know that she would be okay being around me and that there was nothing to be scared of.
Lia always hid in the corner of a room, so I got her a little "home" so that she could have her own space for a while. I no longer need to use this today, but back then, it was very helpful because I could still see what she was doing from a distance (since it's see-through), and she could also see her surroundings while feeling comfortable. She didn't need to be worried of who or what may come into her private space, so it allowed her to rest well and eat more at her own pace.
She started opening up to me as the days went by, and although it took several months, she started to enjoy walks again! (In the very beginning, I had to wear clunky shoes to attract her attention and have her follow me.) She now runs along with my brother's doggie as well!
Now, she begs for food with twinkling eyes, runs with me at full force at the park, and sleeps in my arms at night. I truly could not be more thankful that she came into my life, and I hope that she feels the same. :) It is absolutely life-changing to see her grow (both mentally and physically!)... and I hope that you can rescue or help spread the word about adopting and the importance of caring for these innocent furry friends, too.
Happy June!I can't believe Summer is already here. Lately, I've been quite busy going back and forth to Japan and the states for my own social media work, and it's been amazing being able to explore various food, locations, and places to film. (I can't reveal what I visited Japan for yet, but it'll be released soon!) Here are a couple of delicate and delicious Japanese food photos for your pleasure. :D
I unfortunately have very limited time during these business trips, but what makes every visit so awesome is definitely the food. I can take photos forever because of the beautiful presentation! (Although I ate some of the dishes from the course before snapping a photo...) Japan has various speciality restaurants, and this time I was able to visit a healthy tofu place where you could also see the Tokyo Tower.
View from my hotel room!
Back in New York now for a little bit before another business trip this month!
I hope you all have a wonderful early Summer season!
Hi, everyone! 2017 has already been a year full of constant traveling for me for work which has been keeping me quite busy, but I thought I'd share some of my new favorite spots I discovered in Japan in this post!
A place called "Kamakura" in Japan is about 40 minutes from Tokyo by train, but it was my first time ever going there. The photo above is the Meigetsu-in temple in Kita-Kamakura, and I was appalled by the beauty of this place. The peak-through window to the garden has a different "face" for each season because you can see the foliage in the Fall, bright greens and ajisai flowers in the Summer, snow in the Winter, and sakura in the Spring! I recommend visiting early in the morning because there won't be as many people and you'll get to enjoy the calm and quiet environment.
Hokokuji was one of the most relaxing and refreshing places I've ever been to. It was a serene area full of bamboo trees reaching towards the sky that never seemed to end. I've seen this place numerous times in photos and have always wanted to go, so being there in person (especially when the weather and temperature was great!) was such a surreal experience. You can enjoy authentic matcha and wagashi (Japanese confectionery) here as well, so it's a perfect place to come with friends, family, or your significant other. I was told that this place is terrific for photos and it's known also known to be a popular "healing spot." To be honest, I did get a bit emotional inside because it was so beautiful and brought back many wonderful memories. :) I literally have hundreds of photos I took in Kita-Kamakura and Kamakura, but here are a few more!
I hope you enjoyed the photos, and thank you for reading! :)
During the month of January, I flew to Japan for work! I was able to meet with various business-related individuals and old friends + enjoyed my own time by visiting places I've always wanted to go to in Japan. I also was able to visit Fuji Television once again and reunited with ex-members of the FCI New York family who now work there! :)
Outside Fuji Television! This massive building looks incredible in real life. I have to say I was freezing though because it's right by the beach and the wind was crazy this day!
(The temperature in Japan was insanely low during my stay in Japan but apparently bounced back up right after I left... T_T smh)
I had the wonderful opportunity of exploring various studios and control rooms to learn how everything comes to be. It's definitely a completely different experience seeing a broadcast go "live" from the creators' point of view. It's certainly a huge team effort that involves hundreds, and literally every second counts in the TV industry.
This is the view outside the Fuji TV dining area! You can see the beautiful city landscape, beautiful Rainbow Bridge, and even the Statue of Liberty replica towards the bottom of the photo! It was a very nostalgic lunch with the Fujisankei family, and of course the Japanese cuisine was delicious!
Here is none other than the lovely Ms. Chiyo Abe who I had the honor of working with at FCI NY! :) She has taught me so much during our time together and is a wonderful role model in so many ways. Everyone misses her tremendously back in NY including me. Her sweet personality always shines through her smile!
I would like to thank every single person I got to meet at Fuji Television! Seeing the immense amount of time, effort, and work that goes on behind the scenes to create spectacular TV programs was a very valuable and memorable experience.
Thank you all so much!!
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Hi, everyone! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start. :) Today I wanted to share some photos from the 2016 Rio Olympics! My brother Andrew was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an entire month to cover the Olympics for TV, and he sent me awesome photos he took there!
As a dancer myself, I get incredibly inspired and emotional seeing the athletes give it their all for the moment they've prepared for their entire lives. The never-ending hours of practice, dedication, joy, sweat, pain, tears... and I can't even imagine how much pressure they battle as an individual representing their *entire* country. The Rio Olympics was definitely one to remember for Japan, collecting a total of 41 medals which was the highest number of medals in history for the country! :)
The following are some of the photos that my brother took in Rio during his business trip!
The infamous Olympics logo at the Copacabana Beach!
Inside the arena before the Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Lastly, here's a photo of my brother and I with our two doggies when he came back!
Both of our dogs were adopted in New York City, and my brother's dog got especially hyper that he almost fainted since he was finally able to meet Andrew after a whole month. :)
Thank you for checking out my TV blog, and I hope you have an amazing rest of the week!✨