Asako Kanda, Crazy Hello Kity Girl

Hello Kitty has millions of fans around the world, but none are more in love with Sanrio’s iconic character than Asako Kanda. The 39-year-old receptionist from Japan has amassed a fantastic collection of over 4,500 Hello Kitty items.

Like many other girls of her generation, Asako’s fascination with Hello Kitty began during her elementary school days. At first, she just bought little things like pencils and erasers featuring the popular kitty, but by the time she turned 11 she was so obsessed with Sanrio’s creation that she made a Hello Kitty mug in her pottery class, and an embroided Hello Kitty apron for her home economics course. But she can’t be the only girl in the world who did this kind of stuff while growing up. But that’s the thing, while most other girls move on to idolizing boy bands or movie actors, Asako Kanda remained faithful to her childhood friend. “Kitty has always been with me, almost subconsciously,” she said in an interview a few years back. Some people call her infantile, other laugh at her bad taste, but none of this has ever affected her long-term love affair with Hello Kitty. She now holds the Guinness World Record for most Hello Kitty items, 4,519, as of August 2011.

As you can imagine, almost everything in the house of the world’s biggest Hello Kitty fan is pink. Apart from the thousands of fluffy toys she has lying around everywhere, and the hundreds of posters, Kanda even has Kitty-themed appliances,  including a Hello Kitty toaster, a Hello Kitty electric fan and a Hello Kitty frying pan. She also has Hello Kitty costumes and hats, pillows, curtains, even handkerchiefs. Put simply, whatever an average person owns, Asako Kanda probably has a Hello Kitty version of. Truth be told, Sanrio, the company that created Hello Kitty, has made it pretty easy for her, releasing countless Hello Kitty themed products, from cheap marshmallows to a diamond-studded statue worth ¥10 million ($125,000). So does she ever feel tricked into buying all this stuff by Sanrio? ”Well, I sometimes feel like that,” she said, but also admitted she starts to feel antsy when she’s not surrounded by Hello Kitty stuff.

Luckily, Asako’s husband, Hiroyuki, keeps her in check so she doesn’t overspend on Hello Kitty items, but he can only do so much. For their wedding, in 2000, the dedicated collector asked her mother to make cuddly-toy versions of a Hello Kitty bride and groom for their wedding reception, because at the time Sanrio wasn’t into kitty-themed nuptial gear. Since then, Sanrio realized it was missing out on even more money so it entered this segment as well. Knowing for passion for Hello Kitty, many of their friends sent them kitty-themed telegrams of congratulations.

So, with over 4,500 Hello Kitty items under her roof, does Asako Kanda thing she has enough? Definitely not, in fact she has much bigger plans. Her biggest dream is to live in a Hello Kitty house with two giant ears sticking out of the roof, and her final wish will be to have a Hello Kitty-style funeral and a tombstone to match.



Tips Cara Melupakan Mantan dan Menghilangkan Perasaan

Sulit menghilangnkan perasaan sayang adalah masalah klasik setelah putus hubungan. Tapi, jangan lama-lama tenggelam dalam kesedihan. Nih beberapa tips untuk bangkit dari pahitnya putus cinta. Time to say goodbye…

Berhari-hari menangis atau mengurung diri di kamar sering jadi cara para perempuan untuk melampiaskan kesedihan ketika putus cinta. Well, ga salah sih, cuma jangan lupa kalau perjalanan hidup kita belum berakhir di sini saja. Kita harus bisa menentukan berapa lama masa ‘berduka’, setelah itu bangkit dan mulai lagi petualangan cinta kita yang baru…

Berikut beberapa langkah-langkah untuk memulai lembaran baru. Memang ga gampang untuk dilakukan, tapi jangan pernah menyerah.

1. Selalu dekat dengan sahabat. Pada masa-masa ‘kritis’ usahakan jangan banyak menghabiskan waktu sendirian. Walau hanya duduk-duduk dan mengobrol, kehadiran teman bisa membantu mengisi kekosongan hati kita loh. Manfaatkan juga teknologi jika kita atau teman kita sedang sibuk. Chating, telepon, atau ngobrol  lewat internet juga bisa membantu untuk mengisi waktu luang sekaligus mencurahkan perasaan kita pada sahabat.

2. Menenangkan diri sambil melakukan hobi. Coba menekuni hobi baru Anda yang belum sempat dilakukan karena kesibukan Anda selama ini. Hobi yang menarik akan memicu imajinasi dan bisa membuat kita asyik sendiri. Semakin banyak Anda menghabiskan waktu dengan hobi favorit Anda, tanpa sadar semakin sedikit waktu yang digunakan untuk memikirkan si mantan loh , hehe….

3. Jangan mudah tergoda lawan jenis. Dalam masa-masa galau, sering sekali kita gampang jatuh hati pada lawan jenis. Pada masa ini memang kita seringkali membutuhkan sosok lawan jenis untuk mengisi kekosongan hati dan memberi perhatian. Jangan terjebak hanya dalam cinta sesaat yang sebenarnya merupakan pelarian saja dari si mantan. Pikirkan baik-baik dan selalu fokus pada hal lain dalam hidup Anda seperti pekerjaan, keluarga, atau pendidikan. Jika Anda sudah merasa cukup tenang dan bisa berpikir jernih, barulah pelan-pelan Anda bisa mulai mencari pengganti si mantan.

4. Kalau memang sulit sekali untuk melupakannya, hapuslah doi jauh-jauh dari hidup Anda. Hapuslah segala yang berhubungan dengan dia baik dari bentuk memori maupun fisik. Hapus nomor telepon, email, facebook, twitter, dan semua yang bisa mengingatkan Anda kembali padanya. Apapun alasannya, JANGAN mengirimkan pesan apapun baik melalui email, sms, maupun internet kepadanya pada saat Anda belum tenang. Tentu ini akan sulit sekali, tapi percayalah, Anda bisa melewatinya.

5. Olahraga. Mungkin saran ini terdengar klise, tapi ada alasan pasti mengapa Anda olahraga bisa membantu melupakan si dia. Olahraga bukan hanya baik untuk kesehatan tubuh tapi juga baik untuk kesehatan mental. Olahraga bisa membantu meningkatkan mood dan membuat Anda menjadi lebih segar. Dengan tubuh yang sehat dan segar, secara otomatis akan meningkatkan kepercayaan diri dan membuat Anda lebih positif dalam menjalani hidup. Dan siapa tahu Anda bisa menemukan seseorang yang baru ketika sedang berolahraga….

6. Curhat dalam bentuk tulisan. Curahkan segala isi hati Anda dalam bentuk tulisan. Banyak ahli percaya, metode ini bisa membantu membuat Anda lebih rileks. Curhat dalam bentuk tulisan juga bisa mencegah Anda terjebak dalam pikiran sendiri yang bisa berakibat negatif. Sambil menulis, tanpa sadar Anda juga bisa menyadari kalau sesungguhnya dia memang bukan yang terbaik. Pastikan, tulisan Anda bersifat pribadi dan tidak bisa dibaca banyak orang. Untuk menguatkan suasana, pasang musik-musik yang bisa membantu meningkatkan mood Anda.

Yah , pokoknya move on aja deh 😉  

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Decide to Break Up

1. Am I jumping to conclusions?

Molly Barrow, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Matchlines for Singles, says that she often sees women who assume their unhappiness is entirely caused by their partner. If you’re convinced that your spouse is the problem, and especially if you find yourself repeatedly and testily telling him all the reasons he’s standing in the way of your damn joy, then Barrow recommends that you put your thoughts down on paper. “Slow the communication down to a crawl,” she says. This does not mean berating your husband or boyfriend for 22 pages. (We can’t stop you, of course, but if you do that, rip those suckers up and start again.) The idea is that once you’ve stepped away from your typical fight, you can acknowledge your part in the stress party happening at your house—stretched finances, pressure at work, feelings of depression, or exhaustion from juggling the needs of your children. The letter serves two purposes: It lets him know what’s actually upsetting you and clues you in too.

2. How big is the gap between my partner and me?

We all know that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. We tell ourselves our expectations are realistic. Still, the questions we ask ourselves about our relationships (Is there still passion? Do I find him attractive? How can he figure out how to keep food warm in a subzero parking lot for his after-hockey practice potluck but forget his own child’s birthday?) are often too surface to matter, says Barrow. What she means is that the cracks that occur over time because of an unsatisfying sexual relationship, lack of communication or contrasts in personality aren’t necessarily irreparable. Unlike obvious deal breakers—long-term goals that are out of whack, an inability for your partner to celebrate your success, substance abuse or unprotected infidelity—many of these issues can be addressed if both parties are willing to work, respect the other’s right to disagree and can be a teeny bit flexible.

3. Have I taken a floating holiday…by myself?

“You absolutely cannot change your partner,” says Barrow, “but just like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, if Ginger goes another direction, the dance looks different.” What she means is to try something unexpected. For instance, you might get “a little divorced,” a phrase Rachel Zucker coined in The New York Times, by escaping from your family/partner for a few days. (Or go for a long walk if this isn’t possible.) A time-out, even a short one, will give you an opportunity to think about how you can make changes that will improve life in your world. Reconnecting with friends, limiting your commitments to your kids’ school or taking a rock-climbing class at the gym could help you ease some of the tension in you and in your relationship.

4. How big will the ripple effect be?

We know some married women who fall into a “grass is always greener and full of mojitos” daydream of Life Without Him. Maybe you’ve envisioned whole weekends when you can decide what to do and when to do it. You may have even thought about the downside of how your day-to-day might change: Paying the bills could become more of a challenge, or getting to the gym for an hour after you’ve lost your built-in babysitter might not be possible. But have you ruthlessly considered post-spouse life? For one thing, your husband may want to take a more active role in decisions he previously left up to you, like playdates or extracurricular activities involving your children. For another, dating is not like it was when you were 25. If you’re in your 30s (and beyond), do you imagine parties filled with a sea of smart, funny, charming fellas? You are not wrong. Except the men at these parties are often married, or encumbered with girlfriends (or boyfriends), or muddling through horrific divorces themselves. Barrow suggests you think about every aspect of the daydream and compare it to what you have: a guy who knows, among other things, how to hot-wire a Crock-Pot to a car dashboard. Okay—that’s a little glib, but the point is that it’s easy to tell ourselves that we’ve really thought out this other fantasy life. And it’s supereasy to judge the imperfections in the person we’ve been with for ages. But it’s not fair to your spouse (or to you).

You may find that it takes months to answer these questions and to decide whether the relationship is worth saving, not to mention months to actually save it. But trying to salvage the relationship after you’ve already severed ties, says Barrow, is next to impossible.

Amanda Deviana said: Just follow your heart, baby! 😉

Bride and Groom Marry on Twitter. Deeply Romantic or Deeply Depressing?

Twitter has hosted proposals and divorce announcements, so it was only a matter of time before the site serviced an actual wedding ceremony.

On Monday, a Turkish couple made it official by tweeting ‘I Do,’ in what’s believed to be the world’s first Twitter-hosted wedding. Actually they wrote ‘Evet’—the Turkish word for ‘Yes’—on their iPads, and added a few extra ‘T’s’ as is customary when expressing joy through digital mediums.

The groom, Cengizhan Celik, is a social media editor for the news website, so it almost makes sense that Twitter would serve as his best man. The bride, Candan Canik, doesn’t seem to share the same enthusiasm for the service, considering her vow was her first tweet. But love is all about making sacrifices, right?

In a video of the ceremony, posted on YouTube, an officiant prompts the couple to confirm their vows and they both gaze into the faces of their respective iPads. By that point, Celik was already deep into live-tweeting the ceremony. Earlier, he’d kicked it off by posting the update: “Let the fun begin.” It was an open invitation for the world to virtually crash the party. And crash they did. The wedding received international coverage and Celik retweeted copious congratulations with abandon.

How Skype made one couple’s wedding dream come true


After they made it official and signed a marriage license with pen and paper (wah-wah), the groom tweeted a photo with his new bride, exhibiting the precise amount of web-friendly sarcasm as he held a finger-gun to his head and made a ‘what have I done?’ expression.

That photo joined the carousel of images on Celik’s personal Twitter gallery, also home to photos of Jeff Daniels and Webster.

Groom-to-be live-tweets proposal for world to see

It’s not the first wedding ceremony to rely on technological innovations. Skype and laptops have been integrated into ceremonies when one-half of a couple is separated by an ocean. Servicemen stationed oversees have been patched in virtually to make their marriages official when they’re far from home. One couple live-streamed their vows for guests who couldn’t catch a flight to their Dubai wedding in the aftermath of Iceland’s volcanic eruption.

More recently, a groom-to-be tracked his proposal process on Twitter, and celebrities like Kelsey Grammer and Ashton Kutcher have used the social networking site to release public statements about their divorces.

Celik’s decision to live-tweet his romantic milestone was simple. He told a Turkish newspaper he wanted “a little surprise.” The bar was already set pretty high with singing brides and zombie wedding photos. But, Celik may have bumped it up a notch. If nothing else, he captured a moment most newlyweds say flies by in an instant. Too bad so much of it was spent looking at an iPad.

Amanda Deviana said: I don`t want to be proposed on twitter!!!!

Wedding in Tornado? Y NO? Troollll…..

Caleb and Candra Pence tied the knot on Saturday evening in rural Harper County, Kan. But their “I dos” weren’t the only event to draw attention. Two large tornadoes were the backdrop for their wedding photos.

“I saw the tornado forming even before the wedding started,” Caleb said. “I told my dad but he said not to worry about it.”

The couple was focused on their big day, despite the twisters.

“I was getting married, I really didn’t care about the tornado,” Caleb said. “I told Candra and she said she didn’t want to hear about it right now.”

Although it formed the backdrop for their photos, the tornado steered clear of the Pence family farm where the ceremony took place.

But it did do damage on a nearby farmstead elsewhere in Harper County, according to ABC Kansas affiliate, KAKE.

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Caleb told KAKE he knew they were safe because as a Kansas native who has seen many tornadoes over the years, he knew it was headed away from the ceremony.

But it was a first for the bride.

“I’m from Nebraska so I don’t see tornadoes. That’s the first tornado I’ve ever seen,” Candra told KAKE.

The couple is now on their honeymoon but the wedding tornado will always stay with them, if only through photos.

“The pictures really bring out our personalities actually,” Caleb said. “I think God planned for this because it matches both of our personalities. The rodeo community is wild and outgoing and fun. And it sure was wild and fun.”

Caleb’s mother Carla said the images also capture the essence of Kansas.

“It was very classic: boots, jeans, wheat and tornado. You can’t get any better than that for Kansas,” she told KAKE.