Spell Saab

On our second day in Kyoto, we were set on taking a cooking class we found on TripAdvisor. If you’re not familiar with the app, it gets your location and tells you the top-rated restaurants, attractions and activities nearby. One of the top activities near our area was a traditional Japanese cooking class held by WA Experience Kafu and it had rave reviews, mostly for the very friendly instructor named Kimi! I e-mailed her in the morning and asked if there was an available slot for the day and inquired about how much it would cost for 2 persons. She replied within the hour and said we could go at 2pm and a class for each person cost 7,500 yen (a little less than PhP3,000). So we finally got out of bed and checked the weather outside.

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My husband the dinosaur

It was very cold but still lovely! Grabbed some breakfast at the hotel before heading out.

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Took a couple of photos while walking around

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Almost got run over lellll

"Ay, shet"

“Ay, shet”

Passed by Shōren-in Temple because we had a little time to kill before our class

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In awe of the garden!!!

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“OMG GUSTO KO NG GANYAN SA MAGIGING BAHAY NATIN”

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Selfyeah

Selfyeah

Art!

Art!

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So gets niyo na ba ang default angle ko

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I love how they're still taking care of this uprooted tree!

I love how they’re still taking care of this almost-dead tree!

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And then we started walking to our class which was just 5 minutes away from the temple. But it was seriously getting so cold we popped inside a tiny cafe and ordered some coffee to warm us up!

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And then we bumped into this cutie!!! Omg I feel like Joey would love it in Japan. Her fur would keep her warm enough hehe

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Kung wa kang experience sa cooking, dito ka na sa WA Experience Kafu! #waley

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Their short description on TripAdvisor:

“WA Experience KAFU” provides you with an occasion to be a part of Japan. “Wa” spirit means our Japanese love for peace, harmony and nature. We offer the experiences of washoku (Japanese home cooking), ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) for foreign visitors in English. If you are interested in other cultural experiences, why don’t you join us? Here your wonder about “Wa” will be transformed into “Wow”!!

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After the short orientation where we signed a waiver (just in case we cut our fingers or anything), we made our own name tags!

After the short orientation where we signed a waiver (just in case we cut our fingers or anything), we made our own name tags!

So excited!

So excited!

Kimi had some things for sale displayed!

Kimi had some things for sale displayed!

Isn’t Japanese rice the best?! It’s made from short-grain Japonica rice and we learned a couple of tricks to make your rice sticky and delish! When washing the grains, you shouldn’t.. How do I say this in English?? Tatagalugin ko nalang! Huwag mong lamutakin yung bigas! I usually put the grains in my hand and squish repeatedly, thinking I’m cleaning it better. On the contrary, you should use the palm of your hand and gently knead the grains. The water will turn white and cloudy.

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So here’s the process: Put cold water in the basin with the grains, knead the rice about 20-30 times, drain, and repeat 2-3 times until the water is almost clear. Completely drain the rice by putting it in a fine mesh strainer and leave it for AT LEAST 15 minutes. Kimi says she usually even leaves it overnight if she wants to cook the morning after.

Look at me taking notes!! Hahaha!

An American named Dixie also took the class with us!

Dixie, an American tourist also took the class with us!

So excited to make rice because we got a new high-tech rice cooker as a wedding gift! You know what I’m talking about, right? It looks much prettier than the old design haha I still haven’t used it but I’ll be sure to blog it when I do!! Anyway, while the rice was draining, it was time to cut up the ingredients for the main dish: ginger fried pork!

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How cute is my chopping board??

How cute is my chopping board??

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I took a lot of notes but I confess that I lost the piece of paper with all the recipes!!! Huhuhu. It’s here somewhere.. There’s just still a LOT of junk. ANYWAY, while the ingredients were marinating, we prepared the miso soup!

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We also learned how to make tamagoyaki or Japanese omelette! I had no idea they had a special rectangular frying pan for making this!

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It was so fun to make! Apparently, you don’t just dump the whole mixture into the pan. You do it by quarters! We used two eggs to make one roll good for Jim and I.

Kimi finishing up the miso soup

Kimi finishing up the miso soup

Finishing up the ginger pork

Finishing up the ginger pork

Jim cut up the omelette with perfect precision LOL

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Et voila! Our traditional Japanese meal was ready!! The Japanese are very particular about their table setting and even the decorations in their dining room is changed according to the season!

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Kimi taught us to put our hands together and say “ITADAKIMASU!” (“Let’s Eat!”) which is what they say before each meal!

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She also brought out some pickled plums for us to try since the Japanese usually have this with their meals as well! I liked it very much!

They eat this with rice!

They eat this with rice!

Kimi was such a sweetheart the whole time. We had so much fun in her class and because they had a party the night before, she brought out leftover sake for us to taste! YAY! WA Experience Kafu also now offers sake tasting classes, FYI!

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We had such a lovely time! As if things weren’t perfect enough, when we stepped out it was snowing!!! Grabe, I had never seen snow in real life and I was tripping balls!!!

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We walked back to our hotel in the snow — we were freezing but it was so romantic hehe. When we got back to the room, the hotel brought up a complimentary Strawberry cake for us!

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After a hot bath to make sure we wouldn’t catch a cold from the snow, we headed out for a late dinner at a conveyor-belt restaurant called Musashi Sushi

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Each plate was only 140 yen (about 50 pesos) and we had 11 plates in total! Super cheap but very yummy! We walked around to look for a place to have drinks. We were looking for a live band venue but we only saw a band rehearsal studio.

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I told Jim, “Hey look, it’s a gay bar!” and then he said “Exit yan ng parking!” Oops hahaha

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It was so nice walking around at night

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Found a spot called Ace Cafe/Bar where there was a good view of the city and the place played really good music.

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We had a really romantic night talking about our 5-year plan hehe.

Took this selfie before we left the bar

Took this selfie before we left the bar

Overall it was an amazing day in Kyoto. More photos to come!!

♥,
Saab

Saab

72 Comments

  1. Reply

    Krizzia

    February 8, 2015

    The gay bar/ parking exit part was hilarious! :))

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Hahahahahaha ako naman automatically gusto kong pumasok!!:))

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    Nik

    February 8, 2015

    Saab, saan mo binili jacket mo? Ang ganda girl

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Maxx lent me her coat from Zara :)

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    Thea

    February 8, 2015

    Hi Saab, what camera are you using? :)

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Sony nex 5n :)

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    Kat

    February 8, 2015

    the kiss in the snow was my favorite part. my bago ng relationship goals!laos na ang kiss in the rain! as if namang nag snow dito! hahaha

    sorry kinikilig lang ako! :p

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Hahahaha thank you!!

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    Dasha Mones

    February 9, 2015

    Kayo na talga naka-experience ng cherry blossom at snow!!! HAHAHA (((:

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Sobrang swerte!!:)

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    Pao

    February 9, 2015

    Makes me wanna go to Japan. My boyfie is a fan of Japan furniture and Geisha dolls. Ako naman, I like their rice and dining table tapos nakaupo lang sa sahig with Pillow. Thank’s for sharing Saab♥.

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sobrang peg ko yung Japanese dining tables rin actually!! Pero kakainin lang ni Joey food namin lol

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    Maru

    February 9, 2015

    “Huwag mong lamutakin yung bigas!”

    Hahaha. Epic. Haha. You guys are so fun and very inspirational. Looking forward for more of your kilig and kulitan moments. Please, next time with little Jims and little Saabs na. Hehe. Congratulations, Saab! Di ako maka-get over sa wedding nyo!

    (Please don’t forget to blog about your first not lamutaked rice. :D)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Yes na-picturan ko na ang rice making experience ko sa bagong rice cooker!!! Hahaha

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    Trish

    February 9, 2015

    Hi Saab! Nice photos, thanks for sharing..(: may I know what camera you used during the trip?

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sony nex 5n :)

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    Cha

    February 9, 2015

    You look sooo in love! I l

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      ^_^ because I am!!!

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    Cha

    February 9, 2015

    Your snow photos are beautiful! You look sooo in love! <3

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      Thankyeeeeew!:)

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    rose

    February 9, 2015

    more photos <3 !

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      Soon!<3

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    Wannie

    February 9, 2015

    Lovely photos! Inggit ako! Hehe. My fiance loves anything Japanese and I am very interested in learning how to cook Japanese food for him. Hopefully, someday, we can also experience a romantic moment in Japan. Haha. Enjoy!
    P.S. I like your hair!

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      Good luck!!:) Oh yay thanks!

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    Jamie

    February 9, 2015

    Iniisip ko na siya before ko pa mabasa yung “So gets niyo na ba ang default angle ko” hahaha! Ganda ng Japan!!! <3

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    Baj

    February 9, 2015

    i wonder who took the picture of you two together sa snow. ang galiiiing! hahahaha <3

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      Kimi, our cooking teacher!:D

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    Kim

    February 9, 2015

    Nice photos, Saab! What camera did you use? Thanks and god bless you and Jim always :)

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      My usual SONY Nex 5N. A few of the photos on this post were taken with my iPhone 6 though :)

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    Max

    February 9, 2015

    Hi Saab? What’s your camera? I started blogging (again, lol) and I find it nakakatamad naman magdala ng camera. Do you bring bulky cams or digi cams lang? Don’t tell me phone mo lang yan! Hahah :P Cool pics! Super fan ako ninyo ni Jim. My parents know the Bacarros/Tansecos via Couples for Christ. They said mababait daw sila. Kaya alam kong jackpot ka kay Jim. Hehe! I wish you guys the best!! :)

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      I have a small point and shoot, it’s all banged up na because I bring it everywhere haha. I have the SONY NEX 5N, it has interchangeable lenses so it sort of like an SLR but it’s small enough to bring around with you :)

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    Grems Flores

    February 9, 2015

    Kyoto is so beautiful especially with the snow + your photos! :) Will refer to your post when we’re in Kyoto!! I hope the snows still out when we arrive!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!!! Have fun!!

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    Edgard

    February 9, 2015

    Never seen you this blooming Saab! Best Wishes Sweethearts!❤️

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!!!

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    Aya

    February 9, 2015

    Hi Saab! Where did you get your tights? Love your outfit sobra! <3
    (And I love youuuuuu! <3<3<3)
    So happy you're happy! Enjoy the bliss!
    Best wishes.

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thermal tights from Marks & Spencer!:) thank you!!!!

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    Alou

    February 9, 2015

    One of my fave couples ever! You’re so cute together. Kiliiiig! Stay happy and God bless!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thanks!!:)

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    Quimz

    February 9, 2015

    I just have to say that Jim’s hand are very pretty, hehe And yes congrats again, nakadaming panood nako sa SDE niyo but it still makes me cry or teary eyed. I love how light, sincere and spontaneous the whole wedding was. It’s not the type na parang ma aawkward ka sa expression ng mga tao, (if u know what i mean) hehe chill lang sya but very sincere, basta! hehe

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hahaha thank you!!:) maganda hands ni Jim pero bugbog na ang nails from biting!! Hahaha

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    Kristina

    February 10, 2015

    Beautiful photos! Glad you and your hubby had a wonderful time :) We are actually spending our 1 year wedding anniversary in Tokyo and looked up a possible WA Experience in the area but unfortunately it is only in Kyoto :/

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Happy 1st anniversary!!:) aww too bad but I’m sure there are other cooking classes in Tokyo!:) check tripadvisor, maybe?

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    Kaye

    February 10, 2015

    Lovely photos!:) I can’t believe I just started reading your blog. So lovely! been to NY, Paris, and euro cruise…But not Japan, so I am thrilled to see your photos!:) In Paris, we dined on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower instead of buying tickets to go up, long lines! With the resto, no need, there is still a line but not as bad:) in euro cruise, if going to Napoli port of call, go to positano and Pompeii! In positano, check out their of course limoncello:) Croatia, Venice, Santorini, Monaco and Napoli are our favourite ports! Just sharing them with you, coz we love travelling as well:) hehe. I can’t wait to see your photos:) if you decide to go to Prague, two hours by plane from Paris, I highly recommend hotel Jalta!! Me and the hubby just went there, the staff were so friendly and the rooms are nice and the price is right! They have breakfast included and they serve cheeses and cold meat and so much more:)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      We’re going on a European cruise this August!! I’ve never been outside Asia so I’m very excited!!:) thank you so much for the tips!

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    andrea

    February 10, 2015

    Nice Photos!!!! =)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thanks!:)

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    tish

    February 10, 2015

    Snow photos look romantic.. Love seeing you both so cool and in love.. My friend went there too last January but was in Tokyo.. All of us (friends) loves Ghibli films so she went there and brought us some goodies.. U a fan too? U should try it there the next time u go to Japan.. Btw, she brought us strawberries too, amazeballs with how big it is since ones sold here in Davao fr Marilog are just cutie patootie .. #justsharin lels
    Stay in love! ❤

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      I love Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away!!!

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    tish

    February 10, 2015

    I was referring to the Ghibli museum on my last comment

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    Cory

    February 10, 2015

    How did Jim fit the dinosaur in his luggage?!?

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      Saab

      February 11, 2015

      It’s a onesie although it did take a lot of space haha

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    Pauline Mission

    February 11, 2015

    JAAAAAPAAAN nakakamiss! 4months na since ive been there. sarap balikan. for me the place is my epitome of perfection!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      It is!!!!

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    Lilian

    February 11, 2015

    Hi Saab

    Lovely photos we’re going to kyoto nex month and kobe and osaka any recommendations to go to in these places? thanks

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      You can read my next blog posts to see the places i went to :)

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    secretwalangclue

    February 12, 2015

    Thank you for this Saab. Stay happy :)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thanks!!

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    Alou

    February 14, 2015

    One of my fave couples ever! You’re so cute together. Kiliiiig! Stay happy and God bless!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you :)$

  32. Reply

    Hideo

    February 23, 2015

    Hi,Saab,

    My name is Hideo Shoji, the founder of “WA Experience KAFU”. Thank you for writing about us in your wonderful blog! It is an honor for us!

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      Saab

      February 24, 2015

      It was my pleasure :)

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    haochrys

    February 28, 2015

    <3 love , love , love <3

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    kai

    March 6, 2015

    free entrance po yung garden? thanks…

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      Saab

      March 6, 2015

      We paid a very small entrance fee :)

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    Lilian

    March 19, 2015

    Hi Saab

    Thanks for your blog I used it as our guide during our visit to Japan last week ❤️ we had a great experience in

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      Saab

      March 23, 2015

      Yayyyy :)

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    Danix Bacani

    April 9, 2015

    Spotted a vape mod. :)

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      Saab

      April 13, 2015

      I’m in love w a vaper lelz

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    Hannah

    May 17, 2015

    Hi Saab! I’m a new reader of your blog and I must say that I really enjoy it. Hihi. Especially the personal tags. And I’m also now a fan of you and Jim. You guys are just so cute together :) You’re inspiring too :)

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      Saab

      May 18, 2015

      That’s great to hear! Thank you so much :)

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