Last night, after spending a long time in the bookstore after a long stressful day and skipping my regular jogging routine every Tuesday, I realized how badly I want to hear Takuya’s laugh at the end of the day. Well, I know he’s just there with his unlimited stowies. J
Since everyday story-telling (no matter how simple the stories are) makes a long-distance relationship work, I received an email this morning from him with a very cute photo of Monchhichi in his new apartment that have made my day instantly. Monchhichi has a new home!
I want to “gigil” with Monchhichi and put her in my pocket! I want! But I’m hoping that Takuya will not leave her “walking” in the streets of LA because she might be lost.
I’m seriously obsessed now with her cuteness and I will definitely look for one in the Philippines. Here’s the Monchhichi tale from Wikipedia:
Monchhichi (モンチッチ Monchitchi?) is a line of Japanese stuffed toy monkeys from theSekiguchi Corporation. They are licensed by Mattel in the United States. Two television series were produced based on the characters, the Japanese anime series Monchhichi Twins (ふたごのモンチッチ Futago no Monchhichi?) in 1980, and the American cartoon series Monchhichis in 1983.
Exportation of the doll line started in 1975, toward West Germany and Australia. The following years would see the Monchhichi line marketed in all of Western Europe. The original name was changed to “Chicaboo” in the United Kingdom, to “Mon Cicci” in Italy and to “Kiki” in France.
The Monchhichi doll line reached the North American shores in 1979. Mattel bought the license for both the toy line. As recently as January 2010, Monchhichis are still available in the United States from retailers such as Target. The American cartoon seriesMonchhichis was produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1983 and aired on ABC.
The Monchhichi tale in our lives started in the mirror that my good friend, Camille, gave me when she left our company. He said I look like Monchhichi so he calls me that. He found this little fella somewhere in China. He said he was in hurry but he suddenly stopped when he saw it (maybe he had flashbacks of my goofy face. Haha.) and gave it to me as a gift when we visited Hong Kong before he went to the far away land. Haha. But she’s with him now, I asked her to take care of him while he’s away. This is my only memory of the very kawaii fella…
It’s Holy Week this week, a very indispensable week for Catholics but I hope to bump with Monchhichi on my way back home for a quite long vacation…