SUPANOVA by Saucy Lady Album Review

I think this is the first time I’ve ever done an album review, but there is no way I’m going to miss the opportunity to do one for one of my favorite artists Saucy Lady. Ever since a friend of mine showed me her “City Lights” video back in 2012, I’ve been a huge fan … Continue Reading

teamLab Planets Tokyo

For those of you who’ve been to Tokyo – have you ever visited teamLab Planets or Borderless? If you haven’t yet, maybe you’ve seen images on Instagram or blogs of the gorgeous digital art in many different forms. I visited DMM.PLANETS in Odaiba a couple of years ago (check my blog post here), but I … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – March 2019

March was a flurry of events, with Tokyo Fashion Week right in the middle of it all. I didn’t blog about it this time since I wasn’t so active this season, but there were plenty of other events to blog about. Lots of product & collection launches, anniversaries and store renewals will be featured in … Continue Reading

Some Uplifting Words of Wisdom

I wanted to write this post today with some words of wisdom because we all go through days where we don’t feel our best; where we feel like absolute shit; where we feel worthless or “not enough” because society can really affect the way we perceive ourselves; where we feel lonely even though in reality, … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – February 2019

February was full of colorful showrooms and parties, preparing us for spring that is right around the corner. Are you familiar with any of these new collections or brand launches? Read on for more about each of the events I attended in the month of February! 春を先駆けて、2月の展示会やイベントはいつもよりカラフルでした。このパーティーレポートに登場するブランドや新コレクションのことはもうご存知ですか?2月の東京パーティーレポートもお楽しみください! ZARA 2019 SS Showroom Whenever I feel like … Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

Have you ever traveled solo to a place you’ve never been to before? If you’ve read my two posts about my trip to Indonesia at the beginning of the year (Jakarta and Bali respectively), then you might know that this was the first solo trip I’ve ever embarked on. In the process of planning the … Continue Reading

“What does ‘beautiful’ mean?” – About Body Image & Body Positivity

Back in October of last year, I had the privilege of guest speaking for a workshop hosted by HuffPost Japan and MASHING UP. “Body image” and “body positivity” are both topics that are important to me and things that I have struggled with since I went head-first into the entertainment industry in Japan. The article … Continue Reading

Tokyo Party Report by Samantha Mariko – January 2019

How is it that it’s already February? January sped by so quickly with my Indonesia trip, touring with Japanese R&B singer RIRI as her DJ, and also DJing weekly now at PLUS TOKYO in Ginza. I’ve somehow managed to squeeze in a few parties and events in January despite my crazy work schedule. For me, … Continue Reading

3 Nights in Bali – Canguu & Jimbaran

A trip to Indonesia is not complete without an excursion to Bali (in my most humble opinion). When planning my full itinerary, my friend Zul stressed that I should extend my stay in Bali. And the whole point of my trip was to relax & unwind in seclusion, away from the hectic city life of … Continue Reading

A Night in Jakarta – Hotel Monopoli

Happy New Year, everyone! Did you all have a relaxing & refreshing winter holiday? I decided to take my first solo trip to one of my dream destinations – Indonesia! I’ve been wanting to visit the country for as long as I can remember, and I made the dream to reality to kickstart my 2019. … Continue Reading