Missing in Action

Hello Summer! Hello Freedom (:

Sorry for not updating for ages everyone…Yuka and I have been very very busy recently and I have a lot of stories and photos to show everyone!! We’ve both travelled a lot in the past month or so and it’s hard to choose where to start. So I’ve decided to start off by explaining why I’ve been so busy.

First of all, we both graduated high school! FINALLY. A perfect word for how I feel right now (: Heres a photo of us right before graduation when we were taking family photos. I just realized how my teeth are aligned like a rabbit’s teeth…and I have a double chin here…sorry I had a moment there. haha. The reason I chose to add this photo was because I wanted to show everyone what I got for Yuka as a graduation present (: It took SO MUCH TIME to choose what to get for her. I wanted to get something that would mean to us and something that would actually relate to us graduation high school. And guess what came to mind, this blog, our blog. So I decided to get name necklaces but with the words “Avenir” and “Voyage”. When I was in elementary, best friend necklaces were a big trend so these necklaces meant something similar to me. I got “Avenir” and Yuka got “Voyage”. I did ask her beforehand but I knew she would want voyage anyways (: Telepathy guys…telepathy…

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Balloons
This is me right after we threw our hats and was blessed by flowers and gifts (: It was definitely a moment when I felt so loved by everyone and I wanted to thank each person for their love and support all these years. Without everyone I wouldn’t have been able to graduate high school! I was amazed when I found my family with my relatives, Yuka’s family, the first friends I ever had (they’re cute twins), juniors, people who have already graduated and even my brothers girlfriends just there at the gym for me, to be with us fr such a special moment. I’d say my highlight of the day was when marching into the gymnasium (I thought I would cry but really, I was way too nervous to even think about crying), performing at an interlude and hugging Yuka right after we threw our hats. Yuka and I were in the same row but with a few seats apart so when we had to go up stage I just “casually “stood next to her. I felt relieved that night and just couldn’t get over the feeling of being blessed and I was seeing stars and rainbows everywhere. Really, I was in lalaland. haha.

After

Flowers and Gifts
My mum seemed to really enjoy putting all the flowers in to different vases and just changing our house in to a garden…(:

So now that I’ve finished my update/graduation post I have lot’s more to write about! I’ve travelled to at least…3 places that I could talk about. Some close, some far (: I think I’ll start with the senior trip I went to with my whole grade! Look forward to my next post.

Lots of love,
Aya

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Surprise!

Hi everyone (: Aya here! I just wanted to make a quick post about a recent baking session I had on friday.
So, why did I decide to bake when I don’t even have school? Someones birthday? Nope. An anniversary? Nope. Celebration? Ahh, yes (:

Another advice I was given to get ready for university was to do the things I’ve always wanted to do before and one of them was to spell out a message for someone using cupcakes (: Who did I bake for? Of course, for my one and only Yuka! She finished all her tests on friday so I decided to bake and sneak in to her house with her mums help to set it up in the kitchen (: I took some photos of my process so here it goes!

Baking #1

Baking #2

Baking #3

I started off by mixing one pack of some simple cake mix and then separated the mix into three small bowls inorder to make different flavours. I kept one plain but for the other two I mixed white cocoa powder in to one and chocolate and almond into the other. Some thing I kept in mind was to mix in the chocolate right before I put the mix in to separate cups since it melts very easily.

Baking #4Off to the oven! I pre-heated it in 170 degrees celsius and baked it for 20-25 min. For the last 5 min, I just stood in front of the oven to check that it won’t burn…

Baking #5

Baking #6For some weird reason the white cocoa powder cupcakes turned brown…I really freaked out…according to Yuka it tasted fine though…

Baking #7

After that I placed them in lines to make sure I have enough and just used a thin tip for the pink icing to spell out the letters! Cutting off the icing was a little hard…but I managed! For the heart, I used small decoration sugar pieces (:

I had an idea to place the cupcakes, but there wasn’t enough space…but since it was pretty cute, I’ll share! What I did here was that I got a huge round plate and placed cute paper napkins in a criss cross pattern and places the cupcakes on top (:

Baking #8

I think it’s cuter when you choose bright coloured or patterned paper napkins to contrast your cupcakes!

I hope you all liked my simple surprise. Really, surprises are worth doing once in a while. The process and the outcome are both fun! I loved Yuka’s reaction (:

Lots of love,
Aya

The One and Only

I hate how she makes me laugh all the time.
I hate how she can instantly turn my frown into a smile.
I hate how she can be so sweet.
I hate how she is so perfect
and I hate how she makes me love her so much.

Hi Aya, this post is dedicated to you. I want to thank you for always being there for me and by trusting me at all times throughout our friendship. No words can describe how much you mean to me. Seriously.

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Eight years ago…when we first met at school, we barely talked (from what i remember). You were the ‘new girl’ and I was the same old shy girl who was uncomfortable of breaking out of her comfort zone ( I was afraid to meet new people). Then you moved near my house and we started to hang out. We went to watch movies, eat junk food and just to chill at your house…and im really really glad you moved nearby! I remember going to burger king while we will just blab gossip blab laugh about what was going on in our lives. Although we hung out in middle school, I still didnt know you as much as i do now. Its weird how in high school we became really tight. We would do everything together. We would tell everything to each other and those were the times I felt the happiest. Thank you.

Senior year was the best. I think it was the year that was most tough for us (academic work, college applications, relationship problems) but I think it was the year that made me realize who really is important in our lives. It was a year that made me realize to keep loved ones close and to support them in every way I can.

And you, Aya, made me realize that.

I’ve never met anyone who has supported me in rough times and has cared about me so much. I still become teary when I think back about the time when you visited me at the hospital everyday when I had to stay there for a week. You had plenty of other things to do and you were so busy but you came to visit me. Thank you. You do not know how much that meant to me.

There are many more things that you have done that made me cry (in a good way). Just remember that whenever I cry because of you, I cry because im happy.

You changed me as a person and I have to thank you. I used to be a girl who was so scared to share my thoughts with other people because I was so scared that I would be rejected. But you made me realize that its okay to be myself. You encouraged me to share my thoughts and you listened. You listened to every word I said and I felt and knew that you loved me for being who i am. Thank you.

I also have to thank you for always listening to my worries and by coming up with solutions with me as if it was your worry. No one has ever done that with me. Normally people will just listen to them and say words that would comfort me such as “it’ll be alright”, but you were different. You rarely say those comfort sentences to me, and i love how you are honest. Thank you.

You do not know how much i am going to miss you.
But please remember that you are my one and only best friend who I will always turn to share interesting stories and personal worries. I love you!

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Getting Ready

Hey guys! It’s Aya again.
Please excuse Yuka since she has been studying like craaaaazy for her chemistry exam! She’s going to be done with everything tomorrow so please wish her luck (:

For motivation I’d like to share these cute chemistry related cupcakes from FoodBeast! I’m loving the idea.

Chem Cupcakes #2

Chem Cupcakes #1

Chem Cupcakes #3

I wish my baking skills were as good as this…

Moving on, I’d like talk about getting ready for university/college. Our school counselor gave us a lot of advice so I’ll be sharing them bit by bit on our blog. My topic today is getting ready to leave your house and home country. I’m going to be an international student, so I’m currently getting ready to not only leave my family and friends but my home country  as well, where I’ve lived in all my life. Here’s the advice I was given for this:

1. Make a list of your favourite foods and places and make sure you visit all of them before you leave.
2. Take photos of all these things and places. Even though you may feel that you will never forget them, you will.
3. Make a photo book with all these photos to take with you to university.

Quite simple and easy right? I’ve been visiting places I’ll miss and in fact I visited one of the amusement parks that are on my list today. I’m also getting my photo book ready and I have several different versions, like one for family and friends and another for food and places. The two websites I’ve been considering to make my photo books on are Blurb and Lulu. Just click the links if you’re interested!

I’ll finish short today. For students surviving exams at the moment, good luck and for everyone else, enjoy your day (:

Lots of love,
Aya