Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BK on Big Islands // Gone fishing... (well sort of)

The idea of being present has been a pretty big topic for our family recently. So when we left our home last week, I told myself that I would be very mindful with the way I check-in with my emails and other virtual connections. Luckily we had such a low internet connectivity and were so isolated from much of modern world on first few days, it was really easy to focus on just being. During the day I didn't really do much on my phone aside from taking the pictures and caught up with BK related tasks/projects at night after girls went to sleep and uploaded few memorable moments from the day on Instagram. It has been a nice change of pace and there have been a lot to see, feel and experience in the most mundane moments of the day.

We are now at the 2nd location on Big Islands nearby Hapuna Beach State park and our way of connecting has been going pretty strong. Because kids have been so excited to play at the beach ever since we got to Hawaii, we are just doing that. Probably getting more than enough sunshine at this moment... but we are feeling good together. Satchi discovered how much she loves body boarding. Coco is so excited to be swimming in a big ocean. Frido is really digging into a book he is super interested in. We are journaling every night together. A lot of ideas are getting shared (and in between girls have come up with a new design idea for Hawaii flag) and we are mindful with each other and with our time.

We have a couple more days here before we head back to our home in Los Angeles. I am hoping that I will really get in the habit of creating a healthy relationship with all things analogue and digital by the time we leave here. Because it's important.

p.s. on the other note..., check out this fun video our customer created while she visited our studio/shop! She captured it so beautifully that I had to rub my eyes couple times and remind myself that it's our studio/shop space! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

BK on Big Islands // Our home away home in jungle

Yesterday we moved from Hilo side of the island to Kona side. We are all settled into the beach side of the island... but still talk about how magical our stay was at this eclectic airbnb house near Kapoho Tide Pool. This house had nothing touristy about it... and I felt a sense of "grandma's house" immediately after I walked into the house. The house had everything we needed yet it was so far from anything we were familiar with. We arrived with 3 hours of jetlag so staying in a remote place gave us a peace of mind that we were not waking up anyone around us in the neighborhood when girls started playing in the living room at 5am...

We enjoyed sleeping with the sound of tropical jungle and frog, cooking our own meals, harvesting our own coconut from our beautiful black sand/rock garden and living with our resident geckos (they all had names by the time we checked out).

This place will definitely be a talked about amongst our girls for many years to come... I am sure.

Friday, January 6, 2017

BK on Big Islands // Underwater

This morning we slowly got ready to head back to Kapoho Tide Pool. We are so incredibly lucky to be staying at airbnb that is 5 minutes walk away from this expansive natural resource.

I love this spot because it looks like nothing from above water... but once we put our goggles on, it is a totally different world. Our "traveling girls" (the name coined by Satchi and Coco) got to snorkel for the first time too and I was beyond excited. Satchi would probably be a fish if she were not Satchi... and Coco is not very far behind. They both adore swimming...

My parents were really keen on me taking swim classes while I was growing up. They wanted to make sure that I knew what to do in case I get in the water by accident. I never really liked those swim classes when I was a kid but I must admit... I love swimming. Especially when I can feel like I am swimming with fish all around me.

Frido brought his water camera so here are some captures from the day. Water was little chilly so girls only stayed in the water for 15 minutes or so... but they got to see some fish in the coral reef and they enjoyed themselves by exploring tide pools made by black lava while Frido and I took turn snorkeling.

This world is so big and mysterious and there is so much more to explore and learn from. I hope our traveling girls would take the sense of wonder with them as they grow.

BK on Big Islands // Up and close with volcano

We are so happy to celebrate Frido's birthday on the road today. We have an ambitious goal that we will always be traveling somewhere in the world on our birthdays (except mine... because it's right in the middle of our busiest time at the studio/shop). So I am thrilled that we are making it happen!

I had fun making the mango flavored Hawaiian pancake for breakfast:)
This year girls fully participated in getting the special gifts for Frido... so they were thrilled to watch him open the gifts they carefully selected.

We spent the rest of the day exploring a volcano. We have been looking forward to seeing the active lava ever since we booked this trip and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park definitely did not disappoint. We were able to make a few stops and short hikes (even with Coco) at the park and watch some of the volcanic activities in action. Standing at the rim of the crater... overlooking an active volcano with bright red lava flowing and bubbling up from the earth was breathtaking. It makes you stop and think/wonder how earth might have looked like when it was first created.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

BK on Big Islands // Live light... and travel even lighter.

Next ten days... we will be broadcasting from Big Island in Hawaii. Yesterday was a long day of transit from Los Angeles to Hilo side of the island. So we were happy to stretch our body today and swim our heart away in the ocean. A big chunk of inspiration for Baum-kuchen comes from our travel and the act of traveling so we are excited to see so many curated artifacts at our shop fit perfectly in our suitcase and then in the scenery of the destination.

Our motto is to live light and travel even lighter. (but with our most adored artifacts in life:)

today's stops included:
Kopoho Tide Pools: walking distance from our airbnb. we got there at 8am... perfectly timed at high tide. the water was still little cold for us to stay in for too long but it was so fun to watch Satchi snorkel next to me. her swimming class is paying off:)

Black Sand Beach: we have been inquiring a lot about volcano so seeing a beach made of black sand was such a treat... and it is set in such a remote and beautiful location. Both Satchi and Coco told us that they felt like they were walking on the coffee grind.

Ahalanui Park Hot Springs: Probably the favorite location of the day for girls. They felt like they were swimming in a pool but it was in a natural hot spring right at the beach. Perfectly warm water to stay in for a long time and relax... (or chase a little fish if you were Satchi).

Monday, January 2, 2017

The gift of being present...

My word for 2017 is "Present"... and here was my first task I accomplished for Baum-kuchen while being present and doing just one thing - writing our first BK Love Letter for 2017. 

The texts are not anything award-worthy... but it was something I wrote from my heart. In 2017 and beyond... I would love to continue bringing meaningful conversation and stories to our world from within.

On the last day of 2016 - I gathered all my notebooks from the year. I stacked them in many different ways like building blocks just to see what they looked like together. It was a rare occasion to be able to touch and interact with time... moving back and forth through pages of loosely jotted words, random midnight ideas, drawings by Satchi and Coco, pasted travel memories like airplane tickets and printed photos. 
Going through these pages was priceless...Some pages made me smile. Others reminded me of the hard moments we endured. But mostly going through them threaded the life we shared together in a way that was different from flipping through the camera roll on my iPhone or scrolling down social media content. 
And that is the power of the analogue world and why we pursue the love for analogue so passionately and relentlessly at Baum-kuchen. Working and playing with analogue tools and mediums is tangible, human and often full of serendipity and surprises. 
This year - in 2017 - we look forward to connecting more with our friends, families and as importantly... with ourselves. We are excited to bring much more inspiration from all over the world through our travels and from our everyday lives in Los Angeles. And we will be incredibly curious to witness what the process of analogue brings to the table... both for our family and Baum-kuchen. We have no idea how it might look like or what it could be but when the idea presents itself, we will be ready. 
Thank you for letting us reach out to you through the BK Love Letter. I wish you a year full of adventures that are deeply anchored in your soul. 
with love, gratitude and focus.
January 1st, 2017 // Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BK in Tokyo // A surprise find "Kata Kata"

If you have been with us, you know that the way we "find" our shop items is not always predictable. I usually avoid visiting trade shows to find "the next things" for Baum-kuchen as I want serendipity and karma to lead the studio/shop to the next phase. Both Traveler's Notebook and The Superior Labor were the surprise finds along the busy street of Tokyo during our previous trips to Japan. So when we were in Tokyo with Nerine and Eunice, we were thrilled not to know exactly what we were looking for.

Stumbling upon a boutique studio/shop Kata Kata on the outskirt of Tokyo was just another one of those stories. On our last day in Tokyo, we took an hour long train to reach stationery stores that were recommended to us. 10-15 minutes walk from the local train station... strolling through apartments that felt so far from the tourism.

We had little time to kill... so we randomly entered to Kata Kata's studio space because it looked too charming to pass by. The moment I entered the space, I quickly realized that they were the artists who have created adorable mini bear and whale plates co-produced by Classiky. (coming soon to BK!) I think I made a squeaky sound of joy. The artists Takeshi-san and Chie-san were so kind to show us how their illustrations are made through detailed work of their stencil arts (which are designed, cut and inked by hands...). I remember wanted to inhale the whole space because the bright lit space that was restored from an old neighborhood storefront was filled with so much inspiration.

Afterward Nerine and Eunice told me that I looked like a kid in a candy store... and seriously... that's how we continue to find and share the artifacts we believe in at Baum-kuchen:)


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