I’ve been planning on this inspiration post for quite a while now. Actually, I’ve thought of putting it together since I first heard about Kaila a little over a year ago! Let me tell you why this amazing kawaii girl from the Philippines inspires me.
TokyoFashion is a website that I frequent to get updates on the latest J-Fashion, music, stores, etc. I came across one post that contained a video made by Kaila and instantly admired her work! My first impression was that this video must have been made by a professional media crew! It was really that good. When I viewed the credits at the end of the video it had one name.
(Please visit TokyoFashion’s YouTube Channel to see more videos!)
From that moment on I would spend the next couple of weeks obsessed over Kaila’s blog: http://the.rainbowholic.me/
I’ve literally read every single one of her posts on that blog from the beginning. Looking back at them now shows me just how much hard work and determination can really pay off. I won’t tell you her life story because she has already conveniently told us here, but I will give you an overview of how I perceive her.
Kaila graduated with an Advertising Management degree from a school in the Philippines and fought hard to achieve her dream of living in Japan. After pushing to actually go to Japan to live there, she immediately had to start taking Japanese classes. Although her grades were not the best she NEVER stopped trying. In addition to her studies Kaila worked for her brother who also started a life in Japan as well as TokyoFashion, where I first became acquainted with her.
Okay overview is over (lol).
What really inspires me about Kaila is that she is a true hard worker/workaholic. She doesn’t put in 30% then complain or treat herself for the effort. She puts 110+% into absolutely everything she does and continues to improve herself! If you want to argue my judgement then scroll through her blog or watch her YouTube videos. The effort put into every picture is amazing and if you are not tech savvy or media inclined then you should know that her stuff is pretty awesome and takes hours to create.
I admire her work and I admire her attitude. At a glance, it may seem as though her blog is cheery and superficial, but if you take the time to read it then you would know that she is a really down-to-earth girl. She admires cute things just like everyone else does and tries to spread happiness through these mediums, but she also talks about the hardships that she faces after she has come out of them a stronger and better person. Her optimistic mind-set is something that I try to practice everyday. Even though life throws poo at you you’ve got to lay it down and plant some flowers~ d=(´▽｀)=b
I’ve recently pushed myself to ask for a real (email lol) interview from Kaila and she was so nice and prompt to give me one!! I am too excited to share more about this amazing woman with you so without further ado I give you the Rainbowholic x Cilla44 Interview! Enjoy~
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How many blogs do you run & can you give us links to them?
As of the moment, I’m running the following blogs / websites (alone & with a team):
- www.kawaii-diy.com (unupdated)
- www.japanlover.me (with a team)
- www.kawaii.ph (with a team)
- www.kailaocampo.com (new online portfolio of projects, etc.)
What are some of the goals that you want to achieve and why do you want them to happen?
One of the goals I’m really working hard to achieve right now is to establish my work between Philippines and Japan. Ever since I was appointed by NHK World (Kawaii International) to become Philippines’ represent as the Kawaii Leader, I had a huge realization that I should bring the first-hand “kawaii culture” that I get to experience everyday in my Japan Life. This is why I pooled a team of passionate people to work with me towards this dream of promoting “Kawaii Lifestyle”… so far, the ideas are overflowing & everyone is excited to make our ~kawaii~ dreams to come true.
How do you stay motivated everyday?
To stay motivated everyday isn’t an easy thing to do. Sometimes I’d wake up totally feeling like not doing anything for the whole day but there is this one question that hits me right there whenever I’m on the verge of procrastinating …
“How much do you want this?”.. I’d ask myself.
And my answer for this everyday question would be-
“Very, very, very, much.”
What is something that makes you instantly happy?
I don’t know why, maybe it’s just me, but I find happiness when I know I made someone’s day a little brighter or when I know I’m the reason behind their smile. I’m so deep, haha!
Where do you find inspiration?
Before, I’d find and look for inspirations from other people / things / events but now, I try to create inspiration for myself as well. My current & past self motivate the current Kaila to improve more & become a better person.
I’m so weird, haha.
What are some of the difficulties that you faced when you first started living in Japan?
When I moved to Japan, it was so quick.. I wasn’t even able to bid some of my friends goodbye properly. I finished my thesis in the university and went straight to a Japanese Language school after a month. Homesickness hit me quite hard and I only had a few friends in school that I could really talk too. I was also in a long-distance relationship so you could say it was a real struggle. It was also hard to communicate well because of language barrier but the overall experience really toughened me up. I was forced to introduce my super shy self to people.. I think I changed a lot (in a positive way) when I started living in Japan.
How do you deal with haters?
I don’t mind them because clearly, “they’re not my target market” (lololol, how very “advertising person” of me 🙂 )…
… and they could continue hating on me while I continue making my dreams come true (when they should be doing the same thing). 😀
Why did you decide to initially pursue the kawaii aspect of Japan?
Ever since I was young, I was really into anything cute! I’d save up and spend my money on useless stationery goods with cute drawings / illustrations … I’d design my room fit for my ~kawaii~ liking, etc.! I just love anything that’s “kawaii” and I guess my life got naturally attracted to this aspect. I didn’t really exert effort to pursue it… I think everything kawaii-related just attracted me.
What are some of your favorite Japanese movies, places, music, stores, TV shows, food, blogs, etc?
Rilakkuma, Arashi, Boys Over Flowers, Cardcaptor Sakura, Slam Dunk, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, TokyoFashion.com, Miso soup, Green tea, Tokyo Disneyland, Harajuku, Kyoto, Kawaii toys in Kiddyland.. and so much more. Hahaha. Random, random.
Is your passion blogging or something else that your readers may not know about?
Well, everything that I’ve achieved right now was partly because of my blog. Blogging opened a lot of opportunities for me. It made me realize that an average girl like me from the Philippines could be somebody out there. 🙂
This might surprise some but my real passion is sharing. I love sharing my ideas, my dreams, the “kawaii lifestyle” concept to people, etcetera. This is why I came up with JapanLover.me (“Sharing the Worldwide JapanLove) and baby projects such as Kawaii in Manila (Kawaii Lifestyle Workshop that is all about sharing!). I find joy in sharing. 🙂
You know how to code websites, how to Photoshop, how to edit videos, and how to do many other things! Did you self teach yourself these things and how long did it take you to learn them?
I started making websites when I was 13-14 because I was so bored at home & I liked fiddling with codes & making shrine websites for Cardcaptor Sakura (lololol). That time, I’d even exchange turns with my brotherS (yes, brothersss) when using our computer at home (and we’d fight too hahaha). I’d wait for my dad every single day so I could use his office laptop & practice making websites using notepad, MS paint and even.. Microsoft Powerpoint. I learned everything on my own (thanks Google!). By age 14/15, I had to set up my own ATM account because I was earning money through sponsored blog posts in my past websites. I had my own “dot com” around this age too.
When I was in high school, I enjoyed participating in computer-related contests (that involved layout-making, webpage design, etc.).. I won second place with my group in an interschool competition and after that, my parents decided that I should get my own laptop already (and it wasn’t a great time for our family ;_;). Thank you Mommy & Daddy huhuhu.
My brother Eric (still a University scholar in Japan) saw huge potential in what I was doing so he supported me by investing on a newer laptop / pen tablet, etc. Everything that was given to me, I made full use of those. When I stopped school for a while during my university days (to help my family & brother), my brother gave me a huge responsibility to make / install an e-commerce platform for our online businesses. I was only 16/17 back then. My friends didn’t know what I was doing because it was very hard to explain, haha!
In my university, I took up Advertising Management.. which is a business course. I actually wanted to pursue a graphic design-related one but my parents advised me to take this one instead since it is managerial / business. Since most of my group mates / classmates weren’t into Photoshop / editing stuff (our course is more into -brainstorming / idea creation / strategies), I’d always take responsibility in doing the execution for our adverting campaign materials. I think that I was really able to practice & hone my skills at that time since not everyone could do that specific work. Moreover, I was so active in my course’s organization. I met lots of creative people there who also taught me to use this program, Photoshop trick, etc, etc.
I guess everything that I’m doing right now (web design, Photoshop, video creation, etc.) is also the same thing that I’ve been doing in my school years / past-time. I just learned more & improved my craft. ^^
Where do you work and how much time do you spend working weekly?
I used to work only for my brother but now, I have started establishing my own gigs (in which he gives full support since we have the same long-term dreams).. so I also work for myself.
And I work everyday. 🙂
Do you believe in the phrase “It’s lonely at the top”?
Yes, I also believe in that phrase.
That’s why I also try to empower other people that they could also achieve what I have done. That dreams can’t stay as dreams forever, you have to transform those into reality… and once that you have reached your goal, you should pass it on / pay it forward to someone else.
It’s chilly & sad when you’re alone at the top even though you’ve worked your ass of to get there. It’s undeniably more fun to be up there with friends & other people who share the same passion. I’m telling this because right now, I’m feeling genuine happiness with my “achievement unlocked!” dreams because I’m being surrounded by positive people.
I’ve seen and observed people reaching the top by dragging others down. Maybe it’s fun to be under the spotlight at a certain time.. but it will be lonely and unhealthy in a longer run. 🙂
What is your favorite hobby/past time?
I love watching movies / funny series & cartoons! I love going out with friends, having good time over desserts / tea / coffee.. and brainstorming. :)) I’m actually a very simple girl who find fun / happiness in the silliest things / activities. Hahaha!
Do you have any favorite bloggers?
Do you want to live in Japan for the rest of your life?
I love Japan but my heart will always be in the Philippines. Even though the society / culture / cost of living of these two countries are poles apart and life is really way better in Japan (economically speaking).. there is something about Philippines that keeps me wanting to go back. Right now, I’m just enjoying the present time and I’m just excited where my life will take me.
One thing is for sure..
I can’t stay still in one place. ^^
What are some of the simple things in Japan that you love the most?
I love the four seasons, cherry blossoms, the Japanese people..
I love how self-expression is no biggie.. and is something to flaunt about. 🙂
Describe your ideal life!
My ideal life is seeing all my loved ones as happy as I am. 🙂
In a few more years, I’d like to travel the world, meet new people, explore more horizons, hear more interesting stories.. and create lots of memories I would reminisce all over again.
My ideal life would be living my own dream job.. inspiring more people to do the same, creating more kawaii-related activities / projects here in Manila (maybe in the whole Philippines..?? who knows!), growing JapanLover.me with my team and friends..
Mixing work and play together = ultimate dream.
Any words of advice for those chasing after their dreams?
Don’t let anyone stop you from chasing your dreams in life.
Don’t let the society tell you that you should be doing this, and that.. when you know you’re capable of doing so much more. If I listened to what the society had been dictating me to do, I’m most probably working somewhere else with so many frustrations and what-if’s in my mind. If you’re stuck in some place.. don’t be just sad about it, have the courage to do some changes and tweaks in your life. I know that I may be young (22 *_*) for giving pieces of advice but for 1-2 years, I have tried a lot of things.. and I have failed a lot of times. I had failed in my relationships, business ventures, etcetera.. I’ve been hurt & knocked down a lot of times but these failures, I did not let them define me that I’m also a failure. When things get crappy, don’t think of yourself as a victim.. rise up for every punch you get from life. Making your dreams come true might require years, bucket of tears, burnt pockets, etc.. but it will be all worth it in the end. Enjoy the ride while you’re at it.. but don’t run over people who eye the same dream while you’re on your way, ok? And surround yourself with people who inspire you to do the same. Those who give positive impact on your life, keep them. Those who give the other kind of impact on your life, let go of them. ^^
Go 1000000000% in everything that you do. Do things with great love & passion. Don’t waste your life just so you could earn money.. there is much more than money. Do things that make you happy… whole-heartedly.
And lastly.. of course…
Get shit done.
(P.S. I know that my last sentence is not so very kawaii of me.. but I feel that there is no better advice than that haha)
If you want to know more about Kaila/Rainbowholic please visit these links below & say hi!
I want to thank Kaila for taking the time out to answer my questions! Arigatou Kaila-chan!