And in a disappointing, but not unexpected twist of events, the Go-To Travel campaign instituted by the Japanese government has come to a stop–at least in Sapporo anyway. The campaign was meant to stimulate the economy in Japan after these hard few months of asking people to stay home and make sacrifices. I get it. It was hard not to travel during the summer months. … Continue reading The Third Wave
Short post today. I am still reeling. Whelp. March was brutal, and I’m not talking financially. Personally, I had to take a step back from blogging or anything online related. Every time I logged on, I just kept seeing how horrible it was getting in the US. I looked at the red dots on the US map darkening, and I worried more and more for … Continue reading Wooh!
I’m struggling to keep balance. Things are happening at a rate that I can’t keep up. But I’m attempting to keep a level head with all the panic happening around me. The best way to do this is to list what I can learn from this experience: Having multiple sources of income is important I’ve lost two weeks of work. On Friday, around 6pm the … Continue reading More Coronavirus Woes: Lessons I’m Learning
Okay, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. It’s just inescapable. I’m inundated everyday on the news about the coronavirus and its spread all over Japan. Everyday, new cases are reported. The worrying thing is that it’s affecting even those who had no direct contact with people from China’s Wuhan province. There’s a lack of masks in Japan and all around the world. People are stocking up … Continue reading Coronavirus
Okay, I’ll admit, I don’t have life or disability insurance. Somehow, I seem to be okay with it. I know, however, that as an adult, it’s one of those things that I need to take care of. The thing is, my husband and I have no children. I am also not the main breadwinner in our relationship so I feel like I don’t really need … Continue reading Do I Really Need Life Insurance?
What constitutes an emergency, I wonder? Right now, I’m on a plane bound for Tokyo, but this was not the original flight I booked. My flight was scheduled to leave at 10:10 am with Jetstar Japan. However, due to mechanical problems, the flight was originally delayed. On further questioning, the ground staff said that at that point, it was difficult for the people in charge … Continue reading Flexibility
It’s been a few weeks since the earthquake, but I feel like I’m still in survival mode. I feel like I’ve got to keep stocking up on supplies–just in case an earthquake strikes again. To be fair, there are still aftershocks rocking us here in Hokkaido, but none of them has reached the same magnitude as the major quake earlier this month. Every time I … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness
It is a Saturday and I’m supposed to be working. Instead, I’m watching TV, but I don’t find it particularly restful. I feel antsy, like I should be doing something else. Something inside me wants to be up and about, doing some kind of productive work. Is it the coffee I just drank? I’m not really sure. Saturdays are usually my busiest days. In the … Continue reading On Work and Disasters
My husband came home yesterday, very despondent. He was saying that he was the only one at work that couldn’t do a task. It made him lose confidence in himself and he spent the entire night moping. I’m not sure why, but I think his dark mood affected me, too. I just immediately thought of terrible things. What if he loses his job? What if … Continue reading Panic Buttons