This little interest I have in bento lunch boxes that started some time last month has now become a real obsession.
And, just like that, this small experiment in making bento lunch boxes for my kids has become bigger than I've anticipated. I started researching and reading more about it. Started subscribing to bento blogs. Even read a bento book* to learn more.
And, like any obsession that involves gadgets, I started collecting stuff.
Most of my bento accessories I just buy from different eBay sellers locally, as well as in Japan, Korea, and China. And, not so long ago, I've found Bento Mommas from Manila. Yes, this latest lot of bento accessories came from the Philippines. It looks like bento making is getting quite big back there.
If you're wondering what's in this bento loot, here is a list:
Apart from this lot from Bento Mommas, I must confess that I also received two small bento-related packages about the same time as I received this package.
One package contained two sets of Lunch Punch sandwich cutters (a 'sweets' set + a 'critters' set). Got them from CatchOfTheDay:
And the other package contained a pack of training chopsticks for kids (from a local eBay seller). Since my kids have shown a lot of interest in learning how to use chopsticks, I've been wanting to get them these contraptions. I figured they'll be good for bento and just regular dining:
Yes, I did say I am obsessed, right? 😉
*Bento book I read: Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa
This is my eleventh entry to the #31Days of New blogging project, where I’m exploring the concept of #31Newness. If you have any suggestions on future “new” topics that you’d like to read, please let me know. I’d love to find out what you think.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.