Hello! My name is Chai. I’m a twenty-two-year-old self-taught photographer from the Philippines. I first picked up a dSLR when I was eighteen, and have been taking photos ever since. Reimei (黎明), my camera, is a Canon EOS 400D. I like feelings of nostalgia and melancholy. I love wandering from place to place, getting lost in thought, collecting shiny little things, and sleeping like a cat for hours and hours on end. Also: the mori girl lifestyle, Japanese pop culture & street fashion, shoujo manga, floral and lacey dresses, watercolor paintings, indie rock music, iced coffee and milk tea drinks, polaroids, film, picture books, postcards, various paper-things. My life dream is to work for several Japanese magazines such as KERA and Zipper one day, and be able to photograph cute Harajuku girls. (Also, to join the HARAJUKU KAWAii!! roster! *dreaming*)

This blog, Little Forest Girl, is my humble virtual home on the web. The name comes from my love of the Japanese mori girl fashion and lifestyle. It has been around since May 2009 (revamped just recently to a newer smarter design!), and serves as a compilation of my photographs, outfits, things that inspire, occasional product reviews, obsessions, thoughts, and everyday musings.