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WHO: 99 Things That Bring Me Joy

WHAT: Things you collect

I think I have nearly beaten this topic to death in my blog. I talk a lot about many of the things I enjoy collecting, especially stationery & office supply related things. Here in this blog, I will not go into too much detail about those collections I have already talked about, but rather I will explore more of the collections I tend to keep hidden. So, let’s jump right into it, shall we?

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sample of my pin collection

I have talked about my pin collection in at least two or three other blog posts, so I’m not going to talk much about this here, but I will give you a little background information on how I first got into pin collecting. When I was a wee child, growing up, my maternal grandmother manufactured official licensed merchandise for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. One of the biggest products she manufactured at the time were enamel pins for Coca-Cola & the Olympics. I had no idea at the time how popular enamel pins actually were. Hey, I was only a toddler at the time, & anything that wasn’t Hello Kitty related didn’t register on my radar.

During my teenage years, I didn’t really develop much of an interest in pins. I was mostly interested in listening to music & hanging out with my friends. Then, in my mid-twenties, due to my new found obsession with anime & manga, I started buying cheap pins to show off my favorite characters, not even caring that it made me look like I was trying too hard to act younger than my actual age.

These days, as you well know, enamel pins are making a comeback in fashion trends. Jian kick started my renewed interest in collecting pins when we both started collecting pins from some of our favorite Japanese streetwear brands. I then slowly transitioned into collecting all sorts of other enamel pins that reflect my interests & style. I have one particular plain wool sweater that I stole from Jian is my favorite, & I like decorating it with those pins from time-to-time (not every time, though). You’ve pretty much seen the bulk of my collection by now.


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Ridge “Where In The World Are Jezza, Hamster, Captain Slow & The Stig?” Postcard print set via Gallery 1988 Los Angeles

I really wish I could whip out my postcard collection, & catalogue every single one for this blog, but it would take me way too long. As of right now I can’t even count how many postcards I have in my collection. They’re all scattered in different places. I’ve got a majority of my collection neatly organized in photo albums in a plastic bin somewhere in the dark abyss that is our house storage closet. Then I’ve got a couple more tucked in between a stack of greeting cards in another plastic bin in my frequently used closet.

I started collecting postcards when I was in high school. On the weekends, I would tell my parents that I was spending time with my friends at one of their houses, then we’d all run off to the big San Francisco city (which my parents would’ve punished me big time if they ever found out back then). We’d usually frequent the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood because that’s where we thought all the pot-smoking hippies & cool people with tattoos hung out. There we’d discovered all kinds of dirty, naughty things that we knew our parents would disapprove of.

I remember the first postcard I ever bought had a picture of two drag queens on it. It had some funny caption about dudes in women’s clothes written on it. That was my very first encounter & experience into the drag queen culture. I was so fascinated by these two bros in colorful dresses & wigs, wearing the most extra snatched beat mug, I just couldn’t stop staring at the photo, practically analyzing it within an inch of its life. After that, I was hooked on collecting postcards that I thought were dirty, edgy, & cool. That meant that I also had to buy the postcard of a beefy guy in skimpy bikini-brief underwear, with the crotch cut out, & the words “Flick My ____” on it. In case you haven’t already figured it out, the cut-out crotch was meant so that you could place the postcard over your light switch, & you can guess the rest of it.

These days, I don’t collect many ready-made postcards. Instead, I like to buy blank postcards & print my own designs on them to give to friends as birthday cards, or thank you cards, or any other special occasion card. Since discovering the power of Photoshop, I’ve learned to make graphic images of my own that I can print out & give to friends. I even make my own Christmas gift tags on postcard cardstock during the holidays.


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Pablo: my plastic bin of stationery sets

Let me tell you, I have been collecting stationery sets for a very, very long time. I don’t just stash them away in a bin (like the one shown above) & never use them. I do actually use them to write letters. Yes, I have been handwriting letters since a young age.

When I was merely a tween, & would read all the girly magazines like Teen BeatBOP, I used to write fan mail to my favorite teen celebrities. Now, I’m not going to incriminate myself by revealing the types of things I wrote in those corny letters. However, I would often use some of my colorful letter sets to try to stand out amongst the other fan mail with hand drawn pictures.

As I got older, I would write fun letters to my high school friends, which eventually transitioned into writing sweet letters to the boyfriend I was dating at the time. I didn’t have a long list of boyfriends back then. I barely started dating when I was in my early twenties. (Yes, that’s how late of a relationship bloomer I was.) I first briefly dated one guy in college, but he turned out to be a Grade-A asshole/douchebag. I then dated one guy I went to high school with, but we had long since graduated by then, & we had a terrible falling out after a pretty lengthy relationship. I even dated one guy from Australia on the internet, but he turned out to be an even bigger douchebag than that first guy I dated.

Thinking back on those times, I only wrote letters to one of my ex-boyfriends, & that was because I had signed up for a 3 month study abroad program, & we both promised to write letters to each other. It wasn’t until I met Jian, & then I really pushed myself to put those letter sets to good use. I wrote Jian dozens of letters, & he kept every single one. I’m not sure if that was due to him being sentimental or just too lazy to throw out old papers stuffed into a junk bin in his closet. I’d like to think it was the former reason, but either way, it was a good use of all those expensive sets I bought from Japantown.

Here is one example of a few of my oldest stationery sets that I’ve kept through all these years.

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samples of what you already know about

Are we going to beat this dead horse? Really? Are we going to discuss this topic for the umpteenth time? You don’t need to read another boring blurb about my long-time obsession with stickers & my new found obsession with decorative tapes. I just recently wrote a blog about all the new craft tapes & tape accessories I just bought, so you can read all about it over on that post.

One of my earliest childhood memories was of my sister keeping her own collection of stickers. She was around the same age as I was when I started collecting stickers, but she kept all of her stickers in those old fashioned photo albums where you had to peel back the plastic sleeve of the page & affix your item to the sticky back of the page. My sister would peel off her stickers from the sheet & apply them straight on to the blank pages of the photo albums, thus rendering the stickers utterly useless other than to look at like tiny cut-out images.

When I had stumbled upon my sister’s old sticker albums, I was absolutely appalled that she didn’t use any of her stickers to decorate anything she owned. She merely kept them all in a photo album as though they were priceless collectors stamps. Well, unlike my sister, I actually use my stickers for decorating things & in various arts & crafts projects. You know the rest of this story.


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putting Leroy on full display

Another topic that you’ve probably heard me go on & on about many times over is my collecting of pens. So, I do not really have to go into too much detail about it. I will say, though, that there are two styles of pens that I am a big fan of & use most often. One style is the Sarasa push clip gel pens by the Zebra brand, & the other style is the FriXon colors erasable markers by the Pilot brand. These two styles of pens are the ones I use the most often when I make cards for friends, or when I am writing personal notes.

I have been using & collecting the Sarasa gel pens for many years already, & somehow my handwriting looks better when I use  these pens. I prefer to use the 0.5mm tip size; it’s a fairly fine tip size that doesn’t scratch through thin paper, but it’s not so thin that your handwriting looks faint. Although I have only in recent years become a fan of the erasable markers in the FriXion line, I do have a couple of the color-pencil-like erasable gel pens, & two of the ball knock retractable gel pens that I keep in my purse at all times.

I love these two styles of pens; one is a truly erasable pen with a clean erase finish. The other has one of the best medium tip sizes that is not too fine or too thick. Both of these pen brands have great ink color ranges as well. They’re both great tools to use in arts & crafts projects, or to make bullet journals & planners which have become a popular trend these days.


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I never played with dolls, but I played with these.

Pinky:St, also written Pinky Street (ピンキーストリート Pinkī Sutorīto), are plastic (PET) figures designed by BabySue and manufactured by the Japanese company Vance Project. Their distinguishing feature is the interchangeable parts. The heads, hair styles, clothing and accessories can easily be switched between figures according to taste.
The figures are about 10 cm (4 in) tall and compatible with 1:18 scale dollhouses, furniture, vehicles and other accessories. Many special edition Pinky:St figures have been produced based on characters from Japanese anime, manga and video games.

One of my first serious collections was a series of plastic doll figures called Pinky:St.. I first saw an advertisement of this toy series in a Japanese anime & manga magazine called New Type Magazine, that I once had a subscription to. This magazine is still in existence, but they have long since discontinued their English-translated magazines, which was what I had a subscription to. The magazine subscription was super expensive back in the early 2000’s, but it was worth it. I read every issue from cover-to-cover.

I saw the advert for these doll figures & was instantly hooked. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever get a chance to look at these figures in person unless I bought a plane ticket & traveled all the way to Japan. Then, the stars aligned, & I found a set of these figures at my local anime convention by accident. I had recently become friends with the owner of a newly opened Japanese toy shop near where I lived, & he had a dealer’s booth at the convention. I ran into him at the convention merely by chance, & he happened to have those exact figures I was wishing I could get my hands on. Needless to say, I was bursting with joy.

From that point on, I started building my collection, with a huge amount of moral support from one of my closest friends, who was also building her collection of specialty dolls (BlythePullips) at the same time I was learning about these cute plastic toys. At that time, I was searching every available Japanese toy store, looking for whatever Pinky:St. dolls I could get my hands on.

By the time I had learned about this series of toys, there had already been quite a few limited edition & specialty sets released in Japan which I could not acquire, unless I had a valid Japanese residential address & a big fat bank account to help me bid on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. I had amassed quite a collection of these Pinky:St. dolls back in the early 2000’s, & didn’t just collect them. I took the figures out of their boxes, played with all of their interchangeable parts & accessories, & had even made shadow box dioramas to display my figures. It was a real joy to be able to display all of my dolls on my chest of drawers until my collection became an overwhelming presence in my bedroom.

Once Jian & I decided to move in together into our own place, I, with much hesitation, ended up packing up all of my dolls into storage. I hope to one day bring these figures out of the shadows & back into the light, so I can display them again, but I’m not sure when that will be. Until then, here is a sampling of some of the figures I had collected.


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This is an expensive hobby, but think of it as an INVESTMENT.

This is a topic that I rarely talk about. Collecting designer toys & limited edition collectibles from my favorite toy brands, street artists, & contemporary designers has been a long-time passion of mine (a passion that I avidly share with Jian). I don’t like to talk about this subject very much because it makes me feel like I’m flaunting the foolish amount of money Jian & I both spend on toys (mostly designed in Japan, but probably manufactured in China). Also, we don’t like to flaunt our limited edition collectibles; we prefer to be very discreet & low-key. We both absolutely abhor the current “fuccboi” culture & don’t want to come across as the “fuccboi’s” of the toy collecting world.

I would like to just state that I DO NOT frivolously throw my money around when it comes to collectible toys (& neither does Jian, unless it pertains to Transformers toys). We are both extremely selective when choosing a new item to add to our shared collection. We follow our favorite artists & brands on social media, as well as closely follow their careers & new product releases. When one of us finds a collectible or limited edition item that we like, Jian & I will come together & discuss whether or not it would be worthwhile to add the item to our growing collection. It takes a lot of back-&-forth deliberation before we ultimately decide to buy a new item for our jointly-owned collection.

During our college years, Jian & I were a little less responsible with our finances (myself especially). Any type of toy we found to be hip, trendy &/or popular at the time, we’d try to find any sort of way to acquire the item. Even back in those days we were already thinking & planning towards the future by keeping up-to-date with the collectible value of all our precious items, in hopes that our “investment pieces” would greatly appreciate in both dollar value & popularity. However in today’s times, Jian & I have become more conservative in our acquiring of collectible toys; primarily in order to save for the future & not spend so much money, but also because we don’t have much space left at home to store other items without our place looking like a Toys ‘R’ Us store.

To give you an idea of the types of items we have been collecting throughout all of these years we’ve been together, here is a sample of a few of our collectible toys.

[ PERSONAL DISCLAIMER: Please forgive the poor quality of these images. Some of these photos were taken on mobile phones back when flip phones & Blackberry’s were still a “thing” & cameras on mobile phones were still a new concept. ]

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Well, there you have it. This is my crazy list of collectibles. I am sorry it took so damn long to write this blog. I have been dealing with a lot of feminine medical procedures & such, as well as running around (like a chicken with its head cut off) to attend a lot of family events & gatherings. On top of that, I took Jian on his very first camping trip in the good ol’ outdoors, complete with a tent, cookouts on the grill, & mosquitoes that can even bite through heavy duty deet spray. All in all, it’s been a whirlwind these past many weeks, & every time I try to carve out some time to write, I get pulled away from my computer to do something else (other equally important things).

Tomorrow I’m off to Vancouver, British Columbia again. Jian invited me to accompany him on another one of his work “meetings” (a.k.a. business trips). I don’t think I will write a blog post about this trip though. It’s going to be short, & most of my travel posts end up on Instagram anyway. Until next time, cheers!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I purchased a journal/book called “99 Things That Bring Me Joy”. I’ve already finished this journal, & I will say that it was a challenge towards the end. This journal of lists really made me think long & hard for thoughtful & meaningful answers. I didn’t want to just write down the first thing that came to mind, or make up something, or stretch/embellish the truth just to fill a blank page. I actually, genuinely wanted to write real & truthful answers that portrayed the many unique sides of my inner personality. There are some answers to some list topics that made me uncomfortable, but I still wrote down the most honest answer, even if the answers I chose were embarrassing.

The first third of this journal contained pretty straight-forward, soft-pitch topics about things of my childhood that brought back so many fun & interesting memories for me. The first list topic was called “Childhood toys you loved”. Here are my answers…

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…But to dive deeper into each item, let me explain here.

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“Cheer Bear” from Care Bears

When I was a child, growing up, all of the kids in my family loved the Care Bears. We loved watching the animated movies & play with all of the toys. I have no idea who’s idea it was to collect all of the Care Bears stuffed toys, but we collected them all as one whole family, & each family member got to pick one of the bears to be their personal mascot. My cousins all assigned my mascot to be Cheer Bear because they knew I loved the color pink, & that bear’s logo was a cutesy rainbow. At that time, in the mid to late 80s, we had two cousins, one boy & one girl, who were still in diapers. So, they were clearly assigned the mascots of Baby Hugs Baby Tugs.

Besides having all of the plastic posable figurines, Play-Doh kits, & stuffed animals, my aunt sewed us each Care Bears mascot pillow toys & baby blankets…except my baby blanket was the only one that wasn’t Care Bears themed. My baby blanket was actually Strawberry Shortcake themed, & it was also sewn by my amazing aunt. I still have my hand-sewn baby blanket to this very day, & keep it well taken care of.

I still remember each of my siblings & cousins would have our own Care Bears stuffed bear, & we would all bring our stuffed toys to family gatherings at our grandmother’s house, which was the central hub for all of our family get-togethers & summer holiday vacations. Whatever happened to my Cheer Bear stuffed animal, I’m not entirely sure. I remember later on in its life a few mysterious brown stains appeared on it, & eventually my mom donated it to some place like the Salvation Army or Good Will, & I never saw that stuffed bear ever again.


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Fisher-Price camper toy

This camper toy was one of my favorite toys when I was a kid. My mom never really allowed me to have too many toys when I was growing up. She didn’t like a messy house, & she was always nagging me to put away my toys. I clearly remember this being one of my most treasured toys because I loved how you could stow everything away into a nice little camper, & then you could take everything out & pop out the camper hood.

I loved making up make-believe stories about these little, creepy Fisher-Price dolls that came with this toy. It gave me hours of entertainment, especially since I was already taking camping trips with my family at that age, & I already understood what it was like to pack everything into your car & go camping. It was, however, very shocking to me as a child when I learned that my mom had given my toy away to another friend’s child, even before I had ever grown out of it.


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Hello Kitty doll house

This Hello Kitty dollhouse was my all-time favorite childhood toy. I’ve very literally been a fan of Hello Kitty & all of her Sanrio friends since I was a little kid. This dollhouse was one of the very first Hello Kitty toys I ever owned. I loved how you could pack up everything inside the dollhouse, & it had a handle on the top so you could move this toy anywhere around the house. I can’t remember when or where I got it, if it came from one of my uncles back in Japan, or if my parents bought it for me at what was formerly known as Sunshine Station, but now renamed to Sanrio Surprises.

When I was a child, I used to get a lot of my sister’s hand-me-down Sanrio school supplies & toys, so it was always a special treat for me when my parents would take me to the Sunshine Station store to buy my very own Hello Kitty themed toy. My favorite part of this dollhouse was that it had a garage, & you could keep the family car inside of it. I also loved playing with the swing, & I especially loved the gate because when you would open the gate, the little row of flowers would pop up from the fence.

As I got older, I tried my best to keep this dollhouse from being donated or thrown away, always thinking in the back of my mind that I would one day pass this down to my future child. Little did I know that my parents had kept this dollhouse for me, but it had eventually gotten so rotted & disfigured from various rodents & bugs creating nests & chewed up holes, that I had to throw it away. Here is a sad & depressing photo of the aftermath of the ravaging effects of careless neglect.

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Rainbow Brite

I can never remember how I ever discovered half of the toys I used to own when I was a child. My memory often fails me. I don’t even remember watching the Rainbow Brite cartoons when I was growing up, & trust me, I watched a ton of TV when I was younger. (My siblings & I were always glued to the TV…especially after the invention of the MTV music channel.)

I was not a fan of dolls or playing with dolls when I was growing up. I went through an extremely short phase of playing with Barbie dolls, but I never had dolls that I would actively play with. Yet somehow I just loved this Rainbow Brite doll so much. I used to imagine wearing her brightly colored, shiny metallic clothes, & have long beautiful hair like the character did.


lego bricks

I mentioned before in a previous blog post that when I was a kid, I once tried to build a fake gun out of my miscellaneous LEGO bricks. Of course, that nefarious weapon never came to be, & I ended up just making an ‘L’ shaped object & only pretended that it was a gun. I was too chicken to actually make things like guns & swords out of my LEGO bricks.

When I was a kid, I had a medium sized bucket of miscellaneous LEGO bricks that had a lid & a handle on it. I remember my mom buying it for me from the Toys ‘R’ Us toy store. I never made anything interesting or useful out of my bricks. I would make simple things like a basic house or try to make a large tower by stacking as many of the bricks together as I could.

The one memory I have about my tub of LEGO bricks that really stands out in my mind is of me playing on the floor of my bedroom, which was covered in a processed-cheese-yellow colored shag carpet from the 1970s. I would dump out my bricks onto the floor & just spend hours making shapes with my bricks. My mom would periodically walk by my bedroom, mostly to check if I was making a huge mess or not, & she would always scold me to put all of my bricks back into the tub, or else she would take them away. I was always careful to make sure every single brick was picked up after I played with them, mostly because I was scared of my mom’s strictness, but also because I didn’t want her to take away &/or give away more of my precious toys.


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When my dad’s brothers were still alive, they would send us care packages from Japan all the time. Whenever we went to visit my aunts & uncles in Japan, they would send us home with lots of snacks & souvenirs. Also, when they would visit our home, they would always bring fun Japanese treats.

I remember an uncle (one of my dad’s older brothers) once stayed at our house, & he brought me this little cooking play set when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I thought it was so much fun & would often play with the set in my backyard by myself. All of my siblings by then were literally twice my age (or more), so they had no interest in playing children’s games with me, & were more focused on hanging out with their friends. I never had a problem entertaining myself, & I thoroughly enjoyed playing with this cooking set.

The cooking set itself was made out of tin & plastic. It came with a little plastic stove top (with little plastic knobs), a mini rice cooker, a tin pan with a rubber fried egg, a mini tin plate & rice bowl, a mini tin spatula, & a plastic pair of chopsticks. I would sit on my backyard deck (weather permitting) & pretend that I was cooking at a restaurant. One thing that I remember the most about this cooking set was that I disliked the nasty chemical-y smell of the rubber fried egg. I also didn’t like that the set rusted so fast. In the end, my mom threw out this toy set since it was rusting.


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I once knew a girl in my neighborhood who had a complete set of Sylvanian Families dolls & a full dollhouse complete with furniture. At the time, I was super envious of this girl, & every time my mom would take me to visit her house, I would always want to play with her dollhouse & little Sylvanian Families animals. I only had a few animals myself, & was in total awe of this girl’s collection. Oh man, when I was a kid, I wanted to get all of the Sylvanian Families animals, & dollhouse, & all of the dollhouse furniture.

At the time, I only knew that I could get everything in Japan, since the only animals I had were given to me by my aunts & uncles from Japan. Of course, my mom being the strict parent, wouldn’t allow me to get more of these figures, & she definitely did not allow me to get the full dollhouse. First of all, it would’ve been impossible to store such a massive dollhouse in our home with so many living at home. Secondly, the whole setup: dollhouse, figures, & furniture were way too expensive. I loved these cute, flocked animal figures & would often play with them in my Hello Kitty dollhouse.


Fisher-Price medical kit

I remember playing with this toy a lot when I was a child. Since I had always been that kid who was always getting sick or going to the doctor’s office, I really loved playing with this medical kit from Fisher-Price. The funny thing is, is that I would use all of these medical toys on myself. I often played by myself at home, since my siblings were all way, way older than I was (& some of them were already getting their driver’s license or going to college). So, I would often play pretend & make up stories/scenarios all by myself.

When I played with this toy set, I spent a lot of time pretending that the stethoscope was actually a walkie-talkie & would talk to myself using the little foam pad. I was fascinated by the way my voice sounded, & would try to make my voice sound like it had an echo. I would also try all sorts of ways to pry open the medicine bottle with my teeny-tiny hands, or use kid scissors, & try to discover what was inside the bottle that gave it a rattling sound when you shook it. Yes, I was a very weird child. I understand this & take full responsibility for my childhood actions.


I had not learned what Playmobil was until I was a much older child (around 10 or 11 years of age). There once was a huge F.A.O. Schwartz toy store in the downtown shopping district in the big city near my house. My dad used to take me there for a special treat. It was there that I had discovered the magical world of those little German plastic figures & their incredibly detailed play sets with larger-than-life dioramas. I had no idea that these toys had already been around for nearly 20 years before I discovered them at the toy store in the early 90s.

I instantly fell in love, probably because these toys were more readily available in the U.S. than the Japanese Sylvanian Families toy sets. My mom was less reluctant to allow me to get the giant Playmobil dollhouse this time around. She actually liked the detail & design of these toy sets & enjoyed watching me build each set. The set that drew my attention the most was the Victorian dollhouse series. I worked my way up the dollhouse by slowly acquiring each room set one-by-one. I never ended up getting the dollhouse.

By the time I saved up enough for the dollhouse, the big F.A.O. Schwartz toy store permanently closed, & no other toy store in my area was selling the dollhouse (or other Playmobil sets at the time). So, I put all of my individual box sets of furniture into a storage box & stowed it away in our home storage closet. As I got older, I grew out of playing with dollhouses, & ended up donating all of my Playmobil sets to a Goodwill donation store.


When I was growing up, no one ever taught me how to ride a bicycle. My parents didn’t know how to ride, & as I mentioned before, my siblings were all in their teenage years & wanting to hang out with their friends rather than stick around to teach me how to ride a bike. So, my mom one day gave me a pair of these training roller skates. I was super stoked to have these skates that I could roll around my backyard with.

These roller skates were probably my most favorite childhood toy from the 80s. They were easy for a little tyke like me to strap on to my shoes, & because I had small feet, I was able to really get good use of this toy. These roller skates were adjustable, so I was able to grow into them for a little while. The best part about these training roller skates was that it was easy for me to learn how to use the brakes/stoppers in the front.

I’ve said in the past that I was a total wimpy, non-adventurous kid when I was growing up. I was too chicken to try anything outside of my comfort zone, & it didn’t help that my parents were extremely overprotective of me, so they also wouldn’t allow me to do some things other kids were doing. These training roller skates were a perfect medium, so I could learn how to be more adventurous, get out of my comfort of hiding inside the house & play outdoors, & actually play with some sportier toys (if you would consider roller skates to be sporty).

I’ve always been enamored with these Fisher-Price toy roller skates, & I think this toy helped push me into learning how to ice skate. When I became a teenager, my mom signed me up for ice skating lessons. I don’t think she was necessarily pushing me to become a competitive skater, but she at least wanted me to take up some sort of sport instead of staying holed up inside the house. I really enjoyed taking those ice skating lessons, even though I was the oldest kid in my beginner’s group. By the time we were learning how to do simple spins & lifting one leg, those little 7-8 year old kids were skating circles around me. I got pretty far in my lessons until I had to quit because my mom re-joined the workforce with a full-time job & could no longer drive me to the rink. I still know a few tips & tricks from my old ice skating lesson days, & I find it still fun to skate. I even bought a pair of $10 dollar rollerblades when I was studying abroad for the summer in China. I’d like to credit these toy skates for stirring up my interest in skating. I never got into riding bicycles, but at least I can skate.


Ok, I have reached the home stretch of this ridiculous blog post. I really enjoy filling out these prompted lists, & I hope this list thing will really help me to open up more to everyone. I’m excited to dive deeper into the more serious list topics, but alas my OCD personality won’t allow me to skip ahead. Until then, cheers mates!

Today’s song of the day by a band that definitely DOES NOT sound anything like David Bowie:

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What a delight, a real super surprise! I just couldn’t believe my very own eyes…I had found it tucked away in the deep dark corner of my dad’s makeshift (a.k.a. DIY) tool shed. Has it been there the whole time? I had given up hope years ago…long thinking that my mom had given it to one of her friend’s children (which she had done to so many of my childhood belongings…even while I was still a child playing with them.) I really had tucked these memories away to the far reaches in the back of my mind.

THEN THERE IT WAS, STARING ME RIGHT IN THE FACE, CRYING OUT TO ME.

It had most definitely seen brighter days. It was severely beaten, chewed up, spat out, ravaged by lack of any care or attention. What is this thing I am talking about, you ask? Why, it is the SANRIO HELLO KITTY 1984 CHILD GUIDANCE DOLLHOUSE PLAYSET. This toy was my most favorite thing to play with when I was growing up…it didn’t matter how old I was. I treasured it with all my heart & then some, until I had outgrown my toys & asked my parents to put it away for safe-keeping. Little did I know that it was to be chucked to the back of my dad’s flimsy tool shed, only to be ransacked & torn apart by a family of rats…who chewed up the plastic windows, burrowed inside, shat EVERYWHERE, couldn’t find their way out & eventually died. Oh look! A new figurine for my dollhouse. Nope. That’s just a dead rat skeleton. Wait. There’s two of them, plus the fetus of the baby rat. Lovely.

I was so extremely excited to find my childhood memories come flooding back as I found my favorite toy again. However, that elated feeling quickly drained from my body when I noticed the state of my old friend. It was thoroughly damaged beyond repair. It was such a devastating feeling. I was frantically trying to salvage whatever I possibly could. It was all in vain. Not only was it a sanitary issue, but there were a lot of chewed up parts & all of the stickers for the dollhouse had turned dark brown, beyond recognition & had also begun to peel &/or flake off. I also noticed that a lot of my figurine & furniture pieces had been missing. The ones I did find inside were from when I was a kid & had “Frankenstein’d” & pieced together my playset with another set. I can’t even remember what I had done with the original pieces. (Probably tucked them away in a storage box, within another storage box.)

Since I have no way of salvaging my dollhouse, I have been frantically searching on the internet for another one (even a “previously loved” one will do, as long as it has all the matching playset pieces & figures). To my dismay, I have been unsuccessful in my search…which kind of bums me out. I was really hoping I could regain a piece of nostalgia from my childhood & perhaps pass this toy on to my 3-year old niece or even my future child.

This is what the toy looks like in all its mint glory:

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(Photos courtesy of eBay and Etsy)

Sadly, this is what my dollhouse looked like when I found it:

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