Tuesday, June 30, 2009

#59- Dreams come true!!!

Last night, Dr.Sopheap(pronounced so-peep) Ly emailed me, “did you get my book?”

Oh…I forgot to check my mails today… and I went to check my mails down stairs mail box at my apartment building around 11:00pm last night…

Yes! I got her book from her!!!

The book, “No Dream Beyond My Reach” (I wrote about her book on May 13th, 2009 in my blog), looks great!

Sopheap wrote me a nice note inside the book. “Thanks for being my friend****************** Love, Sopheap,MD”.

So…I started reading her book this morning and I just finished it.

Wow…Sopheap is an amazing woman!!! She is a survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields and lost her father and uncle at the time, but she came to U.S.A. and became an American MD!

I enjoyed her book very much.

It was funny that she met her best friend, Aretha in the bathroom…. So funny! I always meet my great friends in the bathroom too…I met my best friend,Suzie in the bathroom of the dormitory. Sopheap sounds so sweet and super woman.

“Your dream is never beyond your reach”…her father’s words…great story that her dream came true like her father told her.

From Cambodia refugee to American MD. Sopheap’s journey is really amazing!!!

My Friend, Keasha edited this book and I heard that Sopheap will be on the radio show from Keasha…and I was impressed Sopheap’s radio interview and about her book...so I wrote about her and her book in my blog&Twitter last month…and Sopheap saw my blog and she wrote me a nice email. Since then, we talked on the computer (emails to each other) and became new friends!

Anyway, I really want to share her story/her book with you all, my friends and readers.

My some dreams came true and I have more dreams for my future! How about you?

Please see below more information about this book “No Dream Beyond My Reach”.

I hope you will inspired by “No Dream Beyond My Reach” by Dr. Sopheap Ly.


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No Dream Beyond My Reach: One woman’s remarkable journey from Cambodian refugee to American MD

Sopheap Ly, MD
Author House (http://www.authorhouse.com/)
Paperback (5x8) $ 15.99

No Dream Beyond My Reach is an exciting and heartfelt drama that captures with eloquence and imagination the gut-wrenching true story of Dr. Sopheap Ly, a survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. For more than ten years, Sopheap experienced hell on earth as a child slave under the Khmer Rouge regime and later as a refugee. Yet despite impossible odds and extraordinary challenges, she persevered with sheer determination to achieve a dream her father planted deep in her heart as a young child. Her story is the American Dream in its rawest form, sung with hope and inspiration.

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By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 30, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

#58- The best thank you note from my best friend!

Today, I helped my friend, Suzie’s project for some Japanese info research and she wrote me a cute thank you note/email and I want to share it with you all.

We talked a lot on the phone and emails today,but she still wrote a nice thank you email to me.

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Queen Yoko,

I am BOWING to you ... with a Thank YOU BOW!!!!

Thank you so much for helping me out today! It was so sweet of you to ask your friends! You are AMAZING!!!! Really ... you ROCK!

You are such a great friend and I really thank you for all of your support today!

As for ******..... You were right .... AMAZING I think that I am going to become a ****** Junkie!

Thank you so much for showing me how to ******. I can't wait to see all of the ******.

From My Heart ... A Warm Thank you ... With a Heart-felt Bow!!!!!

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!

Warmest Thanks & Love,

S

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Thank you Suzie for a wonderful thank you note! Anyway, you don't need my help…you are a great journalist.

I am very happy to have you as my best friend!!!

XOXO
Y


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 28, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

#57- Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett…

Since yesterday, I am watching many TV news programs…and I found out that I was underestimate FOX11 Good Day LA and TMZ…

I am always watching ABC7 or NBC4 for news program, but regarding Michael Jackson’s news was more detail information on FOX11 and TMZ in this morning.

Last night, I watched 20/20 on ABC7, it was a great show. 20/20 showed more good side of Michael and Farrah.

It was very nice to find out the story of them.

Michael was a real entertainer and Farrah was a great role model as a great actress and a beautiful smart independent woman.

I believe that Michael was enjoying life with a lot of children/ made a great energy from it and made a wonderful music and dance for people/ make many people happy in the world.

He was the truly entertainer and human being.

At this time, I am sure that many people feel the same way as me…I hope this feeling will bring more peace in the world…especially in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea.

Right now, I am listening Michael Jackson’s songs in Pandora radio on computer. I am sure that I could work well (write a great article for my work) today because of his music.

May Michael’s soul and Farrah’s soul rest in peace...


P.S. On the 20/20…I loved the word,“Power Girlfriends” in Farrah’s friend’s word. I hope many love power will work for all in the world.

XOXO
Y

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 26, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

#56- Toast for life

As I wrote in my blog on yesterday, I went to my friend, Keasha’s son’s birthday party.

And this morning, she sent to me a nice email.

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Hi Yoko,

Thanks so much for coming to Johnathan's birthday celebration! It was wonderful to have you with us on such a special day!

After everyone was gone, except the grandparents, Rev. June proposed that we do a "toast" with sparkling apple cider. We went around the room doing toasts to Johnathan for his birthday. At first, Johnathan was shy about saying his own toast. But at the end he said he wanted to do a toast. So he raised his cup and said, "I love you." It was soooo cute!

Take care,
Keasha

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Life is so short, but we have forever memories for everyone.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

P.S. I miss my late father, Toshihiko Fujimoto…he is my love forever…

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

#55- At the birthday party for 4-year old boy

Today, I went to the birthday party for my friends(Keasha & John)’s son, Johnathan.

His birthday is tomorrow (on the 21st), but they are going to Disneyland tomorrow, so they had a party today.

Oh…Johnathan is sooo adorable!

John (his dad): Johnathan, what is the best part of your birthday?

Johnathan: My name is on my cake! Daddy, come here…I love you. Mommy, I love you, I love you, I love you.


Me(Yoko): Johnathan, how old are you?

Johnathan: 3!

Me: 4 right?

Johnathan: Tomorrow, I am going to be 4!

Oh…sooo cute!

Do you remember? Keasha, John and Johnathan were on my blog on Jan 25th,2009. They went to Washington DC for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Johnathan told Keasha at the time, "Mommy, I want to be Barack Obama."

This boy has a bright future for sure!

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Last March, we (me and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television/TBS TV staff) visited Keasha and John for the interview on TV regarding Obama vs. Clinton story. They were on the Obama side.

During the shooting, John was washing dishes in the kitchen with Keasha. It was so nice to see husband and wife work together!!!

And today, again, John was washing dishes in the kitchen. I want to show this sight to my all friends in Japan! (You know what I mean…Japan is a men’s world country…most of the men don’t work in the house.)

One of the woman at the party said, “my husband is like John. He does everything for me”…American women are so lucky to have nice men!

By the way,where is my man???

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Last May, I was a bridesmaid for Keasha and I had such a great time for their three days wedding event.

One night before their wedding…my car had a trouble/battery problem (but I managed it well with AAA)…and…I can’t believe that John cared my car problem on their wedding day.

When I saw him on the wedding day, he asked me “Yoko, how is your car?”.

OMG…he is such a sweet and kind man…Keasha is a lucky girl to have him as a husband/best friend.

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Make sense…Johnathan is sooo cute and he is a happy boy!

He has many love from his mom & dad, grandparents and many family and friends.

Happy 4th Birthday Johnathan!!!

I am sure that Johnathan is happy that his name on the website too!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 20, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

#54- Sun is important!

Since last week, there was LA fashion market and I had many interviews with many fashion designers, owners of the boutiques etc and had a meeting with photographer about our some magazines projects…

I am enjoying every moment. Don’t feel like I am working!

By the way, today, Mr.Lorenzo Hadar (owner of H.Lorenzo) told me in the interview, "I choose Los Angels, because sun is important and gives us energy. "

I agree with him. LA has some special power for people. I think sun is the part of the power.

Anyway, I will enjoy the view of pool with sun from my home office window…and I am going to write more articles tomorrow.

If you are in LA, enjoy the sun tomorrow!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 16, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

#53- 20 something power!

I just finished my writing an article for Senken-newspaper (a Japanese top fashion trade newspaper. Similar to WWD, DNR and California Apparel News) regarding my yesterday’s interview with a fashion artist in Los Angeles.

This info is secret at this time (because it is not on the newspaper yet), so I can’t write about this brand (a fashion artist in Los Angeles) in my blog today…but I can write about Erika who is a sister of this brand’s owner/ a fashion artist.

Yesterday, I went to see them (Erika and her brother/ a fashion artist) at Pure Consulting (http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php). Erika is working with Kimberly, so I had a great time with Kimberly, Erika and Erika’s brother.

Oh…today’s my topic is…young power is sooo cool!!! Erika’s brother’s work is amazing and Erika’s knowledge is also amazing! I call this amazing thing is…20 something power!

Erika is the one she told me about the Twitter (these days many business/fashion people use it as a PR & Marketing Tool) and I wrote an article about the topic of social networking in business for Senken-newspaper the other day and this article came out on June 8th. I am sure that my article will help Japanese people a lot. I said in my article, “Like a fast fashion…this fast communication is something!”

Thanks to Erika!

Anyway, Erika is cool and smart. She always teaches me many cool things.

Yesterday, she taught me more… tweetdeck (http://tweetdeck.com/beta/) , hootsuite (http://hootsuite.com/), tinyurl (http://tinyurl.com/) , twitterfeed (http://twitterfeed.com/) and …RT - Re-Tweet…#FF - Follow Friday…

And…free online radio, pandra (http://www.pandora.com/)

Today, when I was writing an article about Erika’s brother and his brand, at the same time I was listening pandra radio. It was sooo nice!!! I love it!!! My article came out very nice, because I was in a great mood with non CM music program by pandra.

Did you know about tweetdeck, hootsuite, tinyurl, twitterfeed, RT - Re-Twee, #FF - Follow Friday, and pandra…all that???

If you did, you also have a 20 something power in you!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 11, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

#52- National Best Friend Day!

Today,it was a National Best Friend Day!

I didn't know about it,but I ran into a nice video on YouTube (Christian the lion Reunion, full length movie, London Lion reunited in Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjWtRYaxmWM&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblog%2Elivedoor%2Ejp%2Fnorism%5Fblog%2F&feature=player_embedded) this afternoon.

This video moved to me, so I just sent this nice friendship video to my best friend, Suzie this afternoon.

And she wrote me back tonight and it was a very nice email.

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Yoko,

Today is National Best Friend Day. Thank you for the video it was really cute/fun! You really are my Best Friend!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help teach me Japanese! You really are such a Great Friend and really extend yourself and care about others! Internet Hug from me and Wishing you a Happy National Best Friend Day!

You are really THE BEST!!!!!!!

Love,
Suzie

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Suzie made my day. I always care for her, because she always sweet/care/kind/smart for me.

We are frined since 1986.

Best friends are forever! Life is beautiful.


I hope everyone got a great day today. Happy National Best Friend Day for you all!


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 8, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

#51- Lucky power!!!

I got a scoop today! Lucky me!

And more lucky thing happened to me…I met an “it girl”!

My friend, Ms.Kimberly Goodnight (she owned a PR company, Pure Consulting http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php) introduced me to her friend, Ms.Kendra Gratteri (I can’t write about her & her business in today’s my blog, because I am going to write an article about them for Senken-newspaper) today.

Kimberly picked me up at my place and we went to Kendra’s office this morning. I met Kendra, her boss (vice president of ******) and more people there.

Wow…I got a great story!!! Positive power makes positive business!

After our interview, we(Kendra, Kimberly and me) went out for lunch at Urth Caffe.

I am always right for first impression of people…I really liked Kimberly when I met her at first time long time ago and I felt same way to Kendra today. She is beautiful, fashionable and has a great energy and lucky power like Kimberly!

It was right my instinct that Kendra has a lucky power. When we arrived at Urth Caffe in art district, Downtown LA, she found parking spot right away and she got our table within 30 seconds. It was amazing! You know Urth Caffe, always so many people and so hard to find the parking spot and a table!

I also have luck for parking spot, but Kendra’s lucky power is more than that! There were many people on the line at Urth Caffe, but waiter found our table right away and Kendra ordered food without waiting line…OMG…thanks to Kendra.

Kendra and Kimberly are “It girl”.

Oh…it was rainy in Los Angeles this morning, but when Kimberly came to my place was no rain and was rain again when I was in her car…and when we arrived at the office where Kendra works, it wasn’t rain anymore…yes…I am a ”Hare-onna(in Japanese)", the meaning of English…woman who seem to bring good weather, lucky for weather.

It was lucky us for the weather too.

OK…now…I have to stop writing/talking about today and I have to write an article about today’s scoop.

Oh…by the way, If you have a scoop for me, please let me know...then I will bring luck to you too!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 5, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

#50- Lunch at pink taco!

Today, I had a great lunch at pink taco/ Mexican restaurant with Andrea (a director of sales of pink taco.)

In March, I made a Farwell party arrangement ( for Mr.Tetsu Fujiwara of TBS TV ,Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Los Angeles Bureau Chief) at pink taco. (see my blog on March 24th.)

We had a great time at pink taco that day. pink taco has great food, fun atmosphere and good party price/party package/party space.

Today, Andrea and I had a great lunch and conversation about our life story and business etc.

She treated me a lunch and we had a delicious lunch. Our lunch was… Appetizers: Ahi Tuna Tostaditas and Hornitos Tequila Lime Shrimp, Entrees: Paella, Summer Salad and Ice tea.

Everything was sooooo good!!!

Andrea and I had a business conversation in March over the phone calls and emails, but we never met until today.

It was very nice to meet her. I really felt that we knew each other long time. Andrea is very smart and sweet. And she is very beautiful on the inside and outside.

If you need special lunch/dinner party or event or fashion show, contact her at pink taco
http://www.pinktaco.com/ !

Oh…by the way, one of the famous Japanese Feng Shui master says…Color of pink is lucky color for everyone this year. “pink taco” is the best place for happiness for sure!

P.S. My favorite color is always pink! I feel lucky this year, especially!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 3, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

#49- Omamori

Omamori are Japanese lucky charms.

I have three Omamori from Japan this year, one of them from Futamiokitama-Jinja (a shrine located in Futami,Watarai-gun, Mie, Japan) and two of them from Ise-Jingu (a shinto shrine dedicated to goddess Amaterasu Ōmikami, located in the city of Ise in Mie, Japan.)

Omamori are Japanese amulets dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. The word mamori means protection, with omamori meaning honorable protector.

Most of Japanese have Omamori. Even though people who don’t have a religion (like me) have Omamori.

Anyway, I got a fourth Omamori last month from Ms.Megumi Eda who is a jewelry designer.

I met Megumi at her office in Santa Monica and I interviewed her for Senken-newspaper. The article came out on June 1 in Japan.

The Omamori which she gave it to me was a “Woman Beauty” protection Omamori necklace! So beautiful and feel beautiful!!!

Megumi has Omamori necklaces and bracelets for “Good Luck for Man”, “Good Luck for Woman”, “Good Health”, “Prosperity” etc…you can take a look at Megumi Jewelry website (http://megumijewelry.com/).

Megumi and I had a great day. We met first time but, we talked from 1:45pm until 6:30pm and we went out for dinner until 9:30pm. 8 hours we were together and we had a great conversation.

I really feel that my new Omamori from her will bring more happiness and beauty!

At this time/ recession, I guess many people need some of luck right? Why don’t you try our Japanese luck, Omamori!

XOXO
Y

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 1, 2009