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Another step forward

While I received the (sad) news of me losing the photo shoot for a baby (who does not vote for a baby picture?!?), I was really excited yesterday for starting the course of Dreamweaver CS5.

I mentioned some time ago, that I had plans for 2012. It is true that the photo shoot played a role in it, but as it did not depend exclusive on me, there is little I can do. Studying however is different…

My idea was following the first semester of CS5, but apparently, I was the only one interested in starting it in February, so they suggested me giving a try with level 2.

I was sincere with the teacher. I do not even remember anymore when it was the last time I built a website. I had some pages on the time of geocities (the younger ones probably will not even know what it is), but that has been ages ago. In the past ten years, I have not done anything related to web design. He was a little bit skeptical in the beginning (which I would also be in his place), but after he noticed that I was following, he did not have problems about me staying.

Who knows when I will be able to start being creative, but I will surely share my doings with you as soon as possible.

On the move

I have been really busy lately. For the most part, it is because of work. Unfortunately, I haven’t found time to get back to my “normal” routine (which includes training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and going to the gym). However, I don’t lose heart. And not only I am going to be on the mat and on the gym floor really soon again, I am already planning further.

Hajimemashite. Aoi desu. Douzo yoroshiku.

On my first post of 2012, I already mentioned that I wanted to do some new things. The kick-off was my entrance to a photo contest (and if you haven’t voted yet, remember that you have until February 5th to do so). I also mapped this blog on a personalized domain ( and had a haircut.


Today, I came across an old blog entry I posted back in 2007 that reflects a lot of my spirit now. It reinforced the fact that I am not having just an impulse of excitement, that is who I am.

Yukino's new outfit

I hope to have some more news for everybody soon. And in the meantime, I continue doing my best to improve my photography skills.

Aoi & Yukino

Thanks for stopping by.

I need all the help I can get

To all my  friends out there! I need all the support you can give me.

For those who have Facebook: I need all the “Likes” I can get, PLEASE!

I entered the photo contest of a Belgian photographer and the prize is one photo shoot with him. I really want this photo badly. To win, I have to have the most “Likes” on my self portrait.

I can’t afford a photo shoot at the moment, but if I get this, it will be an awesome start!

The theme I chose was “Watch out! l’m aggressive!!”. I used a katana and my cosplay lenses to build my character.

If you also have FB, please go to this link ( and “Like” my picture. And if you want to help me even more, spread the word to your friends, acquaintances, neighbors, colleagues, family and EVERYONE ELSE you know, please! If you vote and get me at least another vote, I am sure I can win this.

Thank you so much in advance!

2012, here we go!

The end of 2011 was a busy one for me. Even though it was not busy in the sense that I wanted it to be, I made it to 2012!

Yukino and the plants

I am not a resolution person. I always associate the idea of “resolution” with a plan that will not last long enough. Many times, they are motivated by external factors and are full of enthusiasm, but lack content.

Yukino and Louise

In my case, I prefer to plan. It is not by chance that I describe myself as The Planner.

Yukino playing in the forest

As long as one does not get stuck in their plans, or lost whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, planning allows you to get “somewhere”.

Yukino on

Danny Choo’s New Year’s message really got me thinking. Unfortunately, I am not skilled like him or people like Chun, Smithy, Kurai KawaiMiette-chanLeticia Ribeiro and Jamie Eason (just to name a few I admire). However, I have dreams. I know what I want for myself, for my life and my future. I also know what I do not want. And that is my start point for 2012.

Arrival in Ghent

Please bare with me in this journey throughout this leap year.

Yukino's last trip of 2011

Wishing you all a great 2012!!!

Seasons Greetings

Even though I am not really into celebrating the holidays, it is impossible not to get caught in all the fun.

Happy Holidays 2012

It might be a little late for Christmas, but we would like to wish you all and your beloved ones a FANTASTIC New Year!

Yukino and I

May 2012 bring peace, health, success, harmony and new DDs to you. (^_^*)

Helping out

I have been in forums for so many years, but never had a Christmas card exchange organized in any of them. I got to know some people in person, but exchanging card was never on the menu.

This year, I joined the amazing people from the Dollfie Dreams forums and Yukino-chan help me out.

Christmas Cards

We were both excited with the whole preparation for the cards. It was only a pity that I didn’t have time to make any extras to send along. ごめんなさい。

Christmas Cards

Yukino-chan is a sweetie and loves to help whenever she can. (^_^*)

Christmas Cards

The cards were posted today and we hope they will arrive soon and that everyone will like them (including grandma in Brazil). They might be simple, but were prepared with lots of love!

Thanks for reading.


It is weekend!

Weekend has arrived and it makes me really glad.

Even though the week has started with me getting sick on Monday, I still managed to keep on with my Picture of the Day Project on Arigatou minna!


Each week, I am getting more and more visitors and supportive interaction. Knowing what people think about your “work” helps you improve and also gives you the feeling that your efforts are not in vain.

Yukino being adorable

I have been enjoying sharing Yukino’s adventures with everyone. Besides, I have the chance to become better in my picture taking skills. It is a lovely win-win situation! ^_^*

Wild hair

Slowly, I start to understand the mysteries of post processing as well. This allows me to “reinvent” some of the pictures I took of Yukino on her first days at home. I test the settings here and there until I discover the secret of magical photographers (like Haku1923, BlueBlueWave, Hololo, Danny Choo and many others I know).

Buggenhout Forest

Today, flan_man and I went to the Buggenhout Forest (Buggenhoutbos). It was great to be outdoors in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Yukino was with us too and she had lots of fun there too. Thanks flan_man for all the help once again!

See you next time.