Monchhichi is off to Great Places!

It’s funny that whenever I check the stats of my blog, one of the mostly visited post is Monchhichi’s New Home. I expect that my serious posts will score the highest but I can imagine how many more people were charmed by this cute fella worldwide! Since most of my friends miss her in my bag and my stories on how Taku compares me with Monchhichi, here’s some of her photos while she wanders with us.

This was taken at Bonifacio High Street in BGC when we were goofing around before my bag with most of our valuable things were stolen. Here’s the story and video about that learning experience.

Monchhichi wandered a lot in 2011: Singapore, Boracay, Palawan, Bali, Japan and LA. I am very petite but sometimes I wish I am just as her size so it’s easy for me to fit in the luggage or better for Taku to be same with her size so I can put him in my pocket so it’s always a sun-shiny day! haha.

I don’t intend to collect all Monchhichi items that I see in stores (as if there are many in Manila!) since I try to live with less and basic things to save more and maximize the use of everything but I opt to keep those which are really cute, small and useful.

But I am keeping my Monchhichi from Kyoto!

Not just because it’s so cute but also because it was given to me by a good friend, Eri, who always bring me Monchhichi omiyage whenever she goes back from Osaka (most of the time the yummy Monchhichi candies!) but my heart skipped when she surprised me with this one:

“There are three monchhichis in the photo!” -Taku

And as we keep the kid in us, reach for our dreams and meet wonderful people along the way, let’s remember what Dr. Seuss have said (I’d like to remind my sister Charmaine about this wonderful passages cause I believe she’ll go more places!):
Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Oh! The places you’ll go!
You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
be your name Bauxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day! 
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
*this is an excerpt from the book Oh! the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Monchhichi’s new home.

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!
Monchhichi in the house!…new house!

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:

“You look like Monchhichi!” -Takuya

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…
Sketch by Takuya

              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…