about me

Zara Kurta & Pants-016

Hello! This is Kaho, the writer and photographer behind Chuzai Living.  

I have been in Mumbai, India, the City of Dreams and home of Bollywood since August 2013.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I also lived in Los Angeles, California and Singapore growing up with my family.

My husband is a Texan boy without a cowboy hat and boots and speaks Japanese fluently.

He and I have three children; two monkey-like girls and one rambunctious munchkin boy.

We’ve lived together in Kumamoto & Okinawa, Japan, Texas & Washington, D.C., U.S.A., Dakar, Senegal, and most recently in Jakarta, Indonesia. We lived in Jakarta for 3 years.

Japanese is my mother tongue. I also speak English, French and a bit of Indonesian. I am currently learning Hindi. We’ll see how far I can go with it with my old brain…

Interior design, photography, fashion, traveling and my family are the essence for my happiness. Blogging is what keeps me sane and it allows me to be who I am while I fulfill a job as a mom and a trailing spouse overseas.

I hope to make this space your source of information of the city I have lived in and traveled and your place to hang out for leisure and inspiration.

Thank you for visiting!




こんにちは!Chuzai Livingのかほです。











  1. Wendy says

    Dear Kaho,
    It was great meeting you and your family last Saturday and seeing your photos from Hook! I enjoyed reading about your adventures and will show the kids your blog….we must also try the recipes (they like furikake also, but we just call it “seaweed sprinkles;” we’ll try the proper name).

    • says

      Wendy, thank you for writing to me!! It was wonderful meeting you and your family, too! It’s so convenient to have furikake. I love it, too.

  2. Kyra says

    After seeing your comment to Kirsten on facebook today, I decided to snoop around a little. Two hours later, I think I have read almost every last entry and can’t wait for you to post more. I love all of your pictures. You and the girls are so beautiful! Now to figure out something for dinner, feed my girls and run to go pick up Ken from the Department. Yikes!

    • says

      Kyra, thank you so much for visiting!! I’ve wanted to send you my blog URL, but I checked your friend’s blogs before and I started to feel shy about sending you mine. I am so glad you snooped around! ;P I am flattered by your compliments! Thanks and thanks!!

  3. Eri says

    Hi Kahochan! Greetings from Fukuoka. Thank you for giving me your blog URL. I was just going to take a quick peek at it but ended up reading many of your entries like Kyra did. I really enjoyed your beautiful photos (that really look professionally taken) and excellent writings. I am looking forward to reading more in the future.

  4. Staci says

    Your blog is so beautiful. I love reading it. I can’t wait to follow your adventures! Keep writing!
    Staci and the family

  5. Becky says


    Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me – you are so talented! We’re very sad that you’re moving this summer, but most grateful to have met you while you’ve been in DC. We look forward to staying in touch through the internet, and I hope we can get together a few times before you move.


  6. says

    Wow – you lived in Singapore too! Did you attend an International school there? I was at Overseas Family School and Singapore American School while I lived there from ’92-’01

    • says

      I attended Singapore American School from ’92 and graduated in ’95, so we might have passed each other! That’s crazy!

  7. Yono (Tjahjono) says

    Dear Kahori San,

    Hi I am Yono from Cosmo Supermarket. Thank you for visiting us this morning.

    Wow, your blog is really interesting, and it has nice photos. I really enjoyed it.

    Please do come again with your husband and your daughter. If you need any information regarding our supermarket and Jakarta, please don’t hesitate to call me.

    Yono (Tjahjono)

    • says

      Thanks, Yono san! I’m sorry for not being able to come by your store lately. My fault! I’ve been very lazy! I will try to come to your store sometime soon!

  8. Julie Brown says

    Kaho, I didn’t know you had a blog! The pics are beautiful and so are the kids of course. I liked your idea for your 11th anniversary to write the 11 top things was cool. I like y’s bangs too, she looks a lot like you with the bangs. Hope all is well in jakarta. Miss you guys.

    • says

      Julie! Thanks!! Yep, I started my blog/journal this past March. I like her bangs, too!! I’m glad to hear that she looks a lot like me and I hope she will be happy to hear that! 😛 Miss you, too!!

  9. says

    Hi Kaho,
    Love being subscribed to your blog. You have so many amazing ideas and pictures! Keep it up!
    Just a quick question: how do you get your gallery to put the pictures sideways. I.e. in the Wednesday Wardrobe post, you have the pictures in your gallery presented in different ways. How do you do it?! Please share :-)
    Look forward to your next blog,

    • says

      HI, Sanne! Thanks for subscribing to my blog!! I had no idea that you did! I use two different kinds. One is called picnik.com. You can edit your photos and make collages online. The other is called picasa. I downloaded picasa and use it to make collage as well. Picasa collages are for example on the post “Kidzania”. I used picnik.com for “Wednesday Wardrobe” and “Halloween” posts. I hope this answers your question. I took a month-long online course called Blogging Your Way taught by two bloggers, Holly Becker and Leslie. I learned about photo organizing and editing through the class. It’s not hard to use picnik or picasa and a lot of fun, so try them! Picasa is free to download. You can use picnik for free, but limited usage. I pay to use more functions. xo Kaho

  10. says

    Hey Kaho-san,


    I found you commenting on decor8blog (one of my favorite blogs of all time) and accidentally saw your latest post about trying out Indonesian snack.

    I’m an Indonesian who currently live in USA. ‘m craving for any connections with Indonesia, so naturally I have to check out your blog. How do you like living in Jakarta?

    Looking forward to more posts!

  11. says

    Dear Kahori,

    I found your details while looking at various expat blogs, I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request!

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International in New York which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I wonder if you have bought your property and whether you might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV). The program is a spin-off of the popular House Hunters and has spent the last several seasons exploring the idiosyncrasies of buying real estate in other countries. HHI is about a personal journey of discovery and the making of life-long dreams.

    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different. A great deal of effort will be made to capture rich visuals and to provide sequences where viewers will be exposed to local vistas, traditions, lifestyles and architecture.

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

    • says

      Michelle, I have seen your TV shows in the U.S.! I think it’s such a wonderful show and I love it. I actually LOVE all the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) and I am a huge fan of the channel!! We have not purchased a house, but I will send you an email message. Kaho

  12. says

    Hi Kaho- Seriously, I am loving your blog. Can we do a skype date sometime soon? I’d love to get to know you better and ask you a few questions about your blog if you’re open to it!


  13. says

    Hi Kaho San.
    I’m an Indonesian blogger and a friend of your husband too. What an inspiring blog and lovely pictures you have! I’m thinking about taking more pictures and then renovate my photoblog 😀

  14. says

    Lovely blog Kahori-san. You have 2 very beautiful girls. Thanks for your commenting on my blog. I love meeting people through it. Yoroshiku ne 😀 x

  15. says

    Hi Kaho,
    Thank you for dropping by to my blog and leaving comments as well. If you don’t mind I would link your blog as ‘Blogs I Follow’. I would love to, if you do the same. Happy blogging…

    • says

      Hi, Nin! Thanks for linking my blog. I am sorry I didn’t respond to this! My list of blogs I follow is super old. I am quite lazy about updating my blog on different areas which I need to change. I am barely following a few blogs, so I apologize that I haven’t been able to reciprocate. Happy Blogging!

  16. says

    Hi! Just saw your blog! :) Love all your travel stories. And will be traveling to Vietnam for the 1st time soon and your entries will really help me in planning my trip. Keep blogging! :)

  17. says

    I am so glad that bookjunkie brought your blog to me! I am looking at your amazing photos and I will have to spend another hour (or four) looking at everything here.
    I have 2 girls as well ages 15 and 18. I am tearing up looking at your pictures as it seems like they were that age just yesterday! I especially like the photo where the older one is trying to get the younger one to cooperate! So cute!
    I just subscribed and I am so excited to see what you show me next!
    PS. We just built a koi pond, so I have spent the last 6 weeks reading all about Japanese culture and the history of koi!

    • says

      Thank you so much for such a sweet comment! People say kids grow fast, but my kids are still small and on daily basis, it requires a lot of my care still, so it’s hard for me to imagine when they are teenager and very self sufficient! Thank you so much for subscribing! I find your blog very inspiring to be healthy!

  18. leksmono santoso says

    Hi Mrs Kaho ,
    Thank so much for coming and visiting roemah Djawa and wrote a wonderfull article about what you got while you were on tour at Roemah Djawa… Recently by chance I was searching Roemah Djawa info on the internet and …. I just found a big surprised to know
    that Roemah Djawa exposed on your personal face book or website ,…. after Linda & I look all the photos exposed , we would like to ask you if you able to closed this photos publication … many things need to be considered and discussed before we allow anyone to published Roemah Djawa photos without permission and we never thing that our guests will personally creating a special site for the house for the public …. and I am sure that we never talked about your plan to expose full photos of our house on your personal Face book or website –. Beside that Roemah Djawa is a Private house , we also want to have our privacy .. without take any respect I would like to ask you to be able to close Roemah Djawa site with photos … Thank you so much for your mutual understanding for this matter . regards- leks Santoso

    • says

      Sure. I understand. I actually emailed you to let you know that I posted this article on my blog so that you could take a look at the photos. I, however, never heard back. I just removed the photos from the article per your request. I also sent you a message to your email account. I apologize that I did not ask you in person if I could post the photos on my blog when I was at the site. I usually ask for permission to take photos and post on my personal blog when I take photos. Many people do let me post on my blog as it is a free advertisement for them. Some prefer not to, which I totally understand. Thank you for leaving me a comment!

  19. says

    Dear Kaho-San,
    I am sorry to hear about the earthquake and tsunami disasters happened in Japan, your home-country. Do you have relatives of friends live in Miyagi Prefecture? It’s so sad to see all of the pictures and news. I really hope that people in Japan can survive this disaster. Our hearts and prays go to Japan.

    • says

      Thank you so much for the prayers. I think Japanese people need them so badly at this time. I do not have any relatives or friends in Miyagi. I am heartbroken to see the city almost completely destroyed.

  20. Mark says

    Kahori – really enjoyed reading through your blog, lovely stories. I have just moved to Indonesia myself. I have three girls and we loved the pictures from the safari! Anyway I wanted to ask you a quick question – we need a few peices of contemporary furniture but can not seem to find any shops selling Indonesian designed stuff. Any thoughts on where to look and what shops? Many thanks.

    • says

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Welcome to Jakarta and I hope you are settling in well. Do you have any price range you’re looking at? When I think of contemporary, KOI Kemang comes to my mind. I have a gallery of collection of KOI furniture under Photography tab on my blog. You can also click here to go to the Photography tab. They have contemporary design I love. I know that some furniture sold at KOI is made in Jogjakarta, but as for design, I’m not sure. As for sofas, I have visited a place called Savana in Kemang. I tried to take photos, but they didn’t want me to, so I never featured them here. The prices are very high though. What kind of piece are you looking for? If you want to browse furniture, there is a street called “Kemang Timur”. It has workshops after workshops of furniture on this street and you can see furniture made from the street. I have a friend who recently went on a trip to somewhere (out of town) in Indonesia for furniture shopping and she said that the prices there are much cheaper than you can find here. It’s almost a warehouse of furniture and major furniture stores from the U.S. send buyers to this place. I can get the information from my friend if you are interested.

  21. says

    OMG! Your daughters gorgeous! I love your blog and I like you already :). I’ve never been to Japan but I’ve visited Singapore and my son was born in Texas- so maybe we have a little in common. I have a daughter (a.k.a monkey) too :). K

    • says

      Thanks, Kemi for the sweet comment! Sorry for taking so long to reply. Your so was born in Texas! Your daughter is also known as a monkey? Haha. We do have things in common!

  22. Yoko says

    Dear Kaho,
    It was really nice seeing you again tonite!!
    I am very impressed by your blog, and happy to know that you are doing very well.
    I hope to see you again soon!!

    • says

      Yoko! Thanks for visiting my blog! It was wonderful seeing you again, too!! Thanks for your sweet comment. Hope to see you before too long!

  23. says

    Hi Kaho,

    I just moved to Jakarta from Australia and I love your blog. I especially like your shop reviews because I’m a designer too.

    Keep up the good work!

    • says

      Jenny, I hope life is treating you well in Jakarta! How cool is it that you’re a designer! I hope you can work as a designer here as well. :)

  24. says

    I love the feel of your blog… so cozy! And you have such a beautiful journey! I always loved to travel. I’ve been to 3 countries so far and hoping we could add another one to the list before the year ends! We are planning on going to Japan for Christmas! =D

    I’m bookmarking your blog! =D


  25. says

    Hi Kaho…
    I ‘accidentally’ landed to your blog when searching for Chic Mart phone number… Love love love your blog and those beautiful photographs …been to KOI couple of times, I never though to meet one of the photographer here! Please let me know if you happen to visit Koi, I was hoping I could meet you in person sometimes.
    May I link your blog to mine?
    Thanks, and enjoy your Jakarta life :-)

    • says

      Hi, Ayu! Thanks for the sweet words! Love KOI. Such a cool place and the food is excellent! I would love it if you could link my blog to yours. Maybe one of these days we will run into each other!

  26. says

    Hi Kaho,
    I ‘accidentally’ landed to your blog when searching for Chic Mart phone number….Love love love your blog and those beautiful photographs…been to KOI couple of times, I never though I meet one of the photographers here! Please let me know if you happen to visit Koi, I was hoping I could meet you in person sometimes.
    May I link your blog to mine?
    Thanks, and enjoy your Jakarta life :-)

    • says

      Hi, Ayu! Thanks for finding me & leaving me with such a nice comment! Maybe we can meet one day! Please feel fee to link my blog to yours. Thanks and have a great weekend!!

  27. Irene Tanjono says

    Hi Kaho, as with couple people here, i somehow landed in here and read a year of your blog :) I’ve been country hopping for half of my life due to my studies so i can relate to you but of course yours are much more intensive haha. very happy to find a jewel blog like yours coz tho i’m indonesian i don’t know a lot of those hidden cool places you post. Thank you for all the great photos and info

  28. Munmun Mukerji says

    Hi Kahori ..simply love your blog. I spent 2 wonderful years in Jakarta with my family in late 90s..i count it as one of my favourite cities in Asia.
    Well , I am revisiting Jakarta after nearly 11 years ( in early Feb) with a couple of my girlfriends.Its a totally girlie holiday…focus is on pampering ourselves. Can you recommend some spas ..I used to to frequent the Gaya Spa in Kebayoran Baru but I believe they have shut down . Mil and Mat used be my favourite haunt for cream bath ..i hope they are still there.
    For my clothes I used to frequent this boutique called Pinccas..it was in one of those tiny lanes in Kemang ..probably Jalan Perut? I am not sure..will you have any idea where this store is now .
    Thank you and have fun in JKT…

    • says

      Mil and Mat is still there. I did have cream bath there with my friend shortly after I moved here, but I haven’t been back. I would love to go back!

      I have not been able to write about this place since I don’t have photos, but I really like “Rumah Yoga”.
      They have a hot stone massage and I love it.
      There are two locations, but I have only been to one in the south.
      Jl.Lamandau No.19
      Kebayoran Baru
      Jakarta Selatan
      Tel 021 739 3267
      Fax 021 739 3266

      I have not tried this place, but I hear great things about this one spa in Cipete: Puri Santi. I visited there once to check out the place and it looked really nice.

      I have no idea about Pinccas… Sorry!

      Following is not a boutique, but for shopping you might want to check them out.

      Chic Mart

      I hope you’ll have a wonderful girl’s trip in Jakarta!!

  29. Munmun Mukerji says

    Thanks a ton Kaho ..appreciate your prompt response.

    Also I would like to buy some ‘batik’ material..any recommendations ?

    • says

      Do you plan on going to Jogjakarta or Solo? I hear that’s the place you want to buy batik. Batik in Jakarta is not as good and more expensive. My husband likes to go to Pasaraya for Batik shopping. It’s a whole floor full of Batik, but the prices are high.

  30. Chris says

    はじめまして、クリスです。 テキサスからきました。どぞよろしく。

    Hello Kaho, I am going to Chiba prefecture tomorrow and had a friend ask me to pick up a magazine called “Mart” Is this magazine typically found in book stores? I saw your blog about the magazine. I am a student of the Japanese language. thanks for the blog and all the best to you and your family. どもあrぢがとごあいます。

    • says

      Yes. You can find “Mart” in any book stores. It’s funny you asked me about Mart this month because now the April issue is out and I’m on page 15 of the April 2012 issue as one of the overseas correspondences. Thanks for visiting my blog! どうもありがとうございます!

  31. Mrs Tulsi Shukla says

    Dear Kaho,

    I stumbled upon your blog while researching for my upcoming trip to Thailand and I am quite impressed :)

    I seek your advice on what to wear in Bangkok during my visit starting next Wednesday.
    Since it will be extremely hot, I plan to take shorts and tees and use a sarong to wrap myself while entering the temple premises.

    Will it be OK?

    Moreover, can I take the public transport like BRT / River Express wearing shorts and tees?

    Do I need a guide at Grand Palace ? I am planning to explore on my own, or is it better to take a conducted tour?

    Expecting your reply at the earliest as I am travelling next Wednesday.


    Mrs Tulsi Shukla

    • says

      Hi! Thanks for leaving me a comment. The only place I visited with my family in Bangkok that had a dress code was the palace. I did wear shorts and also saw people wearing shorts in town and on BRT. (Not sure about the River Express since I didn’t take it, but you should be able to find the information online. There are always forums about traveling questions.) If you have a sarong, you should be okay to enter the palace. Showing shoulders was not allowed either, so you should bring a scarf as well if you plan on wearing a tank top or something that reveals your shoulders. We didn’t have a guide at Grand Palace. With small kids, we wanted to move around on our own pace. You might find it educational and interesting to have a guide. I don’t know much about the conducted tour, but with the security issues in Bangkok in the recent past, it might be helpful and you might find it more comforting as you will be alone. I would check if there are areas where you shouldn’t get near. When I visited Bangkok last year, I was told that the areas near the parliament and zoo were not recommended to visit for tourists although I did not know about it till later. Good luck and safe travel!!

  32. says

    Dear Kaho,
    I stumbled upon your name through your comment on Decor8 “BYW” e course student testimony. I can’t believe when I read the word “Indonesia” at the end of your testimony. I was looking for an e course to perfect my blogging skill and after reading your comment decided that I should contact you. I am an Indonesian, married and living in New York. I have been blogging for almost a year now. {you can check it out on the above} Most of all I really need your opinion about the e course. And my question is what exactly do they teach in that course. Do they teach how to build a website blog with all the buttons, SEO, etc. etc. Or mainly the design of the content ? I really need to improve the website. So far I thought myself on how to do it and I learned from youtube quite a lot. I am little embarrassed about the blog and do not know how to increase the readership. It is more that I do it for myself but I think I have interesting content to read and quite inspiring. After blogging for almost a year I am confidence that I want to do a blog about my life style, home decor, fashion, art, craft, travel, photography, cooking, self improvement, what inspire me, and I want to be honest to the reader about myself, my age. Do you think this course is the right course for me to follow ? By the way, I was just in Jakarta last January visiting my family. I went to Medan, North Sumatra and Bali as well. After living overseas for almost 15 years now {mainly in New York} I was stunned by the rapid change of Jakarta. But I cherish my life in Jakarta before, what a good life it was ! I was married to an expatriate also. The expatriate community was so much fun ! And I am sure still is.

    Looking forward to your comment; I thank you so very much.

    • says

      Thank you for leaving me a comment, Ellya! I wanted to write you back and had to wait till have some time to write, so I apologize for the late response. I looked at your beautiful blog and sensed that you know how to blog! Seeing the designs and the content, I think you will be able to take advantage of the course and enjoy it very much. The course is more about the content, design, techniques for blogging, photography, and self improvement. Jakarta has been wonderful although there are downsides of living in a big city such as traffic. Thanks again for visiting my blog!!

  33. Rene says

    Hi Kaho
    I came across your blog while browsing the net on Chatuchuk and found your entries really interesting. What caught me by surprise was when I read that you’ve worked as an interpreter for AWWA in Okinawa! I’m born in Singapore and lived in Okinawa 2008-2010 and also served as interpreter for AWWA in 2009-2010. What a pleasant surprised!

    • says

      Hi, Rene! What a coincidence! Your comment made me very excited! It is a pleasant surprise for me as well. :) I miss Okinawa!

  34. Benita says

    hi kaho, i stumbled upon your blog after seeing ur pinterest moodboards. i pinned quite a few of your interior design inspirations onto my own board. i think we have similar tastes in that! i’m singaporean and it’s interesting to learn that u’ve lived here for a period too! i think ur kids look so gorgeous–they have the pan asian look that it so model-esque. looking forward to reading more updates :)

    • says

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I love Singapore and I already miss living there. I was quite surprise how expensive it has gotten to live there. Time has passed. Thanks for the compliments, too!!

  35. says

    Hi Kaho oba-san !

    I’m Indonesian who accidentally visit your blog, but I should say ” Gee, thanks god I found a great blog ! ”
    you know oba-san, I really love things about Japan, and for some reason I like japanese people too. I had a close friend from japan, her name is Yukime. we were friends since high school, and honestly I love her. one day I expressed my feeling towards her, but the result is unexpected, after I expressed my feeling towards her, she left me :(
    so Kaho oba-san, maybe you can share about Japanese girls to me, so I didn’t make the same mistake in the future :)

    once again, you have a great blog oba-san, I like it !

  36. says

    Hi Kaho,

    Not sure if you still remember me. I’ve left few comments on your previous posts. We’re FS family who just arrived in Jakarta few weeks ago. That’d be lovely if we could have lunch together. Is there a way I can get in touch with you?


    • says

      Hi, Eka! Yes, I do remember! Welcome to Jakarta! Thanks for leaving me a message. If you could send me an email, that would probably be the best. chuzailiving{at}gmail{dot}com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  37. says

    Hi Kaho, i’m Ija, i stumbled upon your blog while searching for furniture shops in Jakarta.. I’m Indonesian. And i love your blog!! I guess you’ve been to all those great spots in Jakarta more than I do.. We have something similar… You have two girls and a boy, i have to boys and a baby girl.. And i guess we share the same interests.. You can check them out in my blog.. It would be an honour if you were to visit my blog.. Looking forward for your next posts! Love the blog!! :))

    • says

      That’s so nice of you!! Thanks! You’re also in the challenge of raising 3 kids! I will come visit your blog. :) Thanks for leaving me a comment!

  38. Budi Iskandar says

    Hi Kaho! My name is Budi, and I learned about you from my friend, Tjahjono (Cosmo).
    I enjoy reading your blog very much.
    I work in media, and I also write about restaurants in a free guide magazine about Jakarta.
    I hope things are well with you and your family.
    And maybe we can meet up in person for more foodie chats! :-p

    PS: Hey, I lived in LA for a few years, too! And oh how I miss those great Mexican food there!

    • says

      Hi, Budi! Thanks! Thanks for the encouraging comment. I appreciate it very much. Foodie chat is always fun! We miss Mexican food, too!

    • says

      I will try to send you an email soon, but if you’re in a hurry, my email is also on the side bar. You’re welcome to send me a message with questions to chuzailiving[at]gmail[dot]com. Just convert the words at and dot to actual [@] and [.].

  39. says

    Kaho-san, hajimemashite. My name is Nakako. I came across your blog while searching for Plan B address. I fell in love at first sight with your blog, full of beautiful photos and lovely stories. I live in Kemang and close by my place is KOI restaurant and Papilion. Papilion is one of my favorite cafes in Jakarta! That’d be lovely if we could have tea together at the Papilion.
    BTW I took a similar photo there~ I attached the link.

    • says

      Hajimemashite~! Thanks for such a sweet comment about my blog! I’m flattered to hear that you fell in love with my blog!! I’m honored to hear that. I go to Kemang quite often. I would love to go back to Papilion again. Tea sounds great! :) I checked out your photos. You take beautiful photos!

  40. says

    Hi Kaho, What a fabulous blog you have. You seem like a really interesting person with a lot of joy in your life. You offer so much to look at and read. I will be visiting you often.
    With Warmest Regards from Heather

    • says

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Heather, and leaving me with such a sweet comment. I hope we can keep friendship through our blogs as I feel very inspired by your blog, too.

  41. says

    It sounds as if you are living life to the full and having a real adventure. Just stumbled upon your blog when I was researching how to get to Hoi An in Vietnam and I saw that you took the overnight train. I have two little girls (no son, though!) as well. Lovely blog so will revisit again. Best Torie

    • says

      Thanks for visiting, Torie!! I loved the train ride. I still think of our trip from Saigon to Hoi An fondly. Vietnam was so fun! I hope you’ll have a great trip! Thanks for visiting!!

  42. says

    Hey there, Kaho. I’m Andre, but everybody calls me Dre, or Cabron. I work at Taco Local, where we met last Sunday. Your blog is amazing! Jakarta looks so much more beautiful through your viewfinder. I’m glad that it seems you are enjoying your stay in the Big Durian with your family.

    • says

      Hi, Andre! We had a great time at Taco Local!! Definitely coming back! Thanks for the compliment! You think so? This is Jakarta that I see with my eyes! :) Thanks! I do love my life in Big Durian!! Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

  43. says

    Yea, your photos are really amazing. They say pictures can tell a thousand words? I think yours can say millions. It’s amazing that you doing this all in your spare time, and the fact that you are not getting paid for your top quality photos is perplexing. It’s a big compliment for me, too, as a native Indonesian, that a foreigner like you is spending so much time and effort to put together a beautifully done blog that whispers a sweet invitation for other foreigners to stop by. Awesome!

    I’m glad you and your family enjoyed our food. I hope we satisfied your craving for Mexican :) I know it’s hard to come by in this town. I hung out with one of your girls too; she was curiously wandering around the bike shop next door so I took her around for a tour. I never got the chance to know her name though. Tell her I said hi.

    Anyways, let me know if you’re ever in the neighborhood again. We’re actually opening a branch in Bali mid February, and I will be leaving on the 5th to start operations there. Don’t worry, our Jakarta mother branch won’t go anywhere. We got mouths to feed and burritos to serve! Hasta luego!

    • says

      Thanks for the long comment! So nice of you! I appreciate your kind words!! I love Indonesia and I feel that Jakarta does not get enough praise for how cool this city is. Many people tend to skip Jakarta because it lacks of touristy places like in Yogyakarta, Bali, Manado, etc. I have met so many young talented people like you who are younger than me and have accomplished so much. I see you guys and see the bright future for Indonesia. It is very energizing and exciting to be in this city because of the young entrepreneurs who are pulling this country to the future.

      Thanks for giving my girl a tour of the shop! She said to me that she hang out with a “boy”. That must’ve been you. :)

      Congrats on the new shop in Bali! That’s very exciting!! I have to go to your shop before 5th to take photos again then. I have photos, but I want to take better ones with more natural light. My neighbor friends love your taco shop, too. Keep up the good work!

  44. Adele Goh says

    Hi Kaho,
    I had been following your blog for quite some time now and i love reading all of them, looking at all the wonderful photos of your adorable kids & write-out about places which you had visited, through you i came across many nice places to shop & eat in Jakarta and where i can bring my partner to over the weekend :))

    Thank you so much!


    Adele Goh

  45. says


    I stumble upon your blog when I search the review for “The Goods Diner”. How random…and I am loving it! ’cause sometimes, from that randomness, I found interesting blog, like yours~
    I spent the whole afternoon,yesterday, reading all your posts (at the office, I am bad, I know!) and I realized, I think you know much more about the interesting side of Jakarta then I do, who born and live here since the day I was born! Amazing ^^

    I love Travel, Photography and design, but never put it anywhere, where I can express it mostly because I reasoned I don’t have the time. But If you have time to do it (with your 3 gorgeous angels), I think I have to get rid of that excuses! HA!

    Anyway, I really enjoy reading your blogs and your children….They are chooo kawaii!

    Already make a note on which restaurants & shops that I to go and I am looking forward to all your new posts!



    • says

      Konnichiwa! Thank you for such a nice compliment and spending your afternoon to read my posts! Yay! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed reading my blog!! I love Jakarta. 😉

  46. Uko says

    Kaho san!
    I’m your big fan now. I love your blog and ever since I run across your blog, I keep going back to read your posts whenever I get a chance. I’m here in jakarata with a baby girl too. I hope to bump into you one day!

  47. Uko says

    It’s my sencond year here, just came back with 5 months old baby in Dec. Your blog really inspired me to go out, go shopping or go to cool restaurants/shops. Reminded me that we can still be stylish being a MOMMY!

    • says

      Awww, that’s so sweet! It’s helps that we have a help at home. My life with 3 kids would’ve been so much harder back home in Japan or the U.S. Thanks!!

  48. antonia says

    Hallo..nice to find your blog 😀

    Your blog make me want to explore more (south Jakarta especially)

    Now, I live in Pantai Indah Kapuk for 2 years, it’s close from Pluit
    I do drive but only know direction from mall to mall ;p

    Already bored with the mall..have to do my next adventure to Kemang.

    Btw, there is Waterbom PIK nearby my house..it’s a huge swimming area ( you could google it too)

    And I heard about tlaga arwana cibubur ( tlagaarwanacibubur.com)…you should check this out..i think fun for your kids

    • says

      Thanks for the comment!! I hear about Waterbom! My friend invited my daughter to go with her daughter, so my daughter has been to Waterbom, but I haven’t myself. It sounds like so much fun! I’ll check out Tiaga Arwana Cibubur online, too. Thanks for the recommendations!

  49. Jo says

    Hi Kaho, stumbled on your blog while researching for write-ups on ITC Permata Hijau to show to my Singaporean colleagues who will be visiting Jakarta soon (I am from there) – thought it’d be helpful to show them some pictures what it looks like. I really like your writing, looking forward to read more posts soon! x

  50. sisi says

    hi Kaho…i just browse a few places and fell in ur blog… i just want to say its very nice to see the city from ur point of view, and u give a lot of informations about stores that i always wanted to go to..but never had the time to stop by…
    so thanks so much…because of you i can narrow my store destinations without wasting my time…thankssss

    • says

      Sisi, thanks for your comment!! I hope the information I collected here will be helpful for your shop hunting in Jakarta! It’s my wish to have my blog help others find their favorites, so reading your comment made me happy. Enjoy shopping!!

  51. Gillian says

    Just found your blog by chance, I am moving to Jakarta in August with my husband and 3 children. Your blog has got me so excited about our new life in Jakarta – lots to look forward to!

  52. says

    Salam dari Jakarta! Just found out your blog accidentally and love it! Very useful information and I love the way you capture everything. Can’t wait to read your next journey!!!

  53. Yvonne says

    Hi How long did you stay in Jakarta Indonesia? I would love to get the chance to travel like you and Mr. Texan :)

    • says

      Hi, Yvonne! Awww. We were in Indonesia for 3 years. I couldn’t travel much domestically compared to many other expats even though it might look like we did a lot. I hardly saw the rest of Indonesia. Sob, sob. I went to Bali twice and Jogjakarta once and that was it in the 3 years. However, we went to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore (for giving birth) as a family, and I went to Cambodia with my girl friends, so considering that, that was a lot of traveling we did in the region. Good luck! You’ll love it!!

  54. Anonymous says

    hello, nice to see you here, love your journal and hope you will continue to inspire us, am Anne fr jakarta married wt french and live in romania. i used to have a flower shop in kemang http://www.garlandstore.com if you might want
    to take a look on my flower web but now its taking care by my sister. am checking out the authentique french bakery and will for sure visit them next year when we are coming to jakarta.
    Well, speak again soon and keep it up girl!


  55. says

    Hello, I think that your life must be quite challenging, regularly uprooting your children and adjusting to life in new countries/cities regularly. We found that travelling for 5 weeks with our children was challenging but it seems that you are living a much more challenging life every day and thriving!

    • says

      Thank you! Expat life is not as tough as it may sound once you find yourself in a network of expat community. I find living overseas rewarding more than challenging and I recognize that this lifestyle suits my personality. During the summer, we visit our families and travel for 5 weeks and I find it much more challenging to live out of suitcases. I guess it’s the matter of perspective. Thank you for visiting!

  56. Nanohana says

    Hi! You have a lovely blog with full of information and pretty pictures!
    I really didn’t have any idea about India or Mumbai, but the name Munbai is heard often recently over the news or stock market rating. And even so, the image of India to me was like “untouchable” and “poverty”. This blog has changed my image of the place, at least of Mumbai (may be not India yet though) definitely.

    And as you mentioned your daughter like monkeys, well, my youngest too is pretty the same! What a coincident, indeed. You’d only feel same sympathy to moms who have daughters like them. But well, my son is quite opposite, an introvert and unsociable person, I’d rather say nerd, so I’d prefer monkey-like better, I guess. I’m really very worried about my son who is a game addict, sitting down in front of computer all the time (and he’s 20 already), feeling stress about him.

    • says

      Thank you, Nanohana, for leaving me a very kind comment! I am very happy to hear that I was able to change your perspective on Mumbai! I feel that the contemporary India that exists in Mumbai with hip and trendy aspects is often times neglected. I don’t know if it’s the outside world that is more interested in traditional India strengthens such images. I think that there are so many talented designers especially youth in Mumbai who are not in the spotlight enough in the world. I hope I can show some of the modern, trendy and hip Mumbai while introducing how Mumbai preserves the beauty of the history and rich cultures! Thank you!!

  57. says

    Dear Kaho, I love your blog! I’ve followed it for a while being a silent lurker. Your insights and content are generally very interesting and useful :-) Cheers from Jakarta!

  58. Indriani says

    Dear Kaho

    Thank you for sharing your stories and putting it online through your blogs. I really enjoy reading every piece of your writings every time I sit in front of my computer. It feels like you are taking us to the world of traveling and enable us to experience it with you. The pictures you took were great! You have given me such an inspiration to write my journey.

    By the way, I am from Jakarta and sometimes think how wonderful it would have been if I had met you in person here.

    Again thank you and please continue sharing your stories with us ^^

    Take care and have a wonderful sojourn in India!

    Cheers <3

    • Kaho says

      Indriani, thank you so much for taking time to write me a comment! It made me so happy to read that my writing made you feel like I was talking to you! That’s exactly what I would love the experience for readers to be through my blog! People in Jakarta have been wonderful to me. Thanks to people like you I have always felt so encouraged and supported in Indonesia. I really appreciate it!

  59. says

    I’m so inspired by you and your blog! I love you style and tast and i love reading about the traveling. I genuinely look forward to reading through more of your content. Cheers!

    • Kaho says

      Magny, thank you so much for your kind words! I am delighted to hear that!! Thank you so much for visiting and spending time on my blog to read my writings!!

  60. Sushma says

    Recently discovered your blog through an article in newspaper. I’m not familiar with South and Western Mumbai, so loved many of your posts. Please keep posting about eateries and shops in the area.

    • Kaho says

      Sushma, I am so glad to hear that you discovered my blog through the article! Thank you! Yes, I will try my best to keep updating my blog with all the beautiful places I see in Mumbai!


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