Coronavirus

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 inContinue reading “Coronavirus”

End of the Year

So we’re coming up on the last two months of 2019. Frankly, I have lots to do on my list, and I feel like I’m bowing to the pressure. For the past few weeks, every morning I wake up, I review the things that I have to do for the day. I start the dayContinue reading “End of the Year”

Coursera, EdX, and MOOCs

The problem when you live in Japan is that everything is in Japanese, especially for those of us who live in areas that are not as connected globally. You do have to rely on the local language most of the time–so if you choose to take classes, most of it will be in Japanese. EnterContinue reading “Coursera, EdX, and MOOCs”

39

This number seems so ominous. So close to forty, but not. Actually, that’s how old I am right now. Wait a minute–that does look really bad, now that I am staring that number in bold black print. Maybe I should just forget about this post… But I need to reel myself in and focus onContinue reading “39”

Doing Nothing

It’s been three weeks since my last post. I wish I could say that I was busy, but I haven’t been really busy. It’s more like I lost some steam and became really lazy. I didn’t do anything productive at all. Two weeks after the school year, I lost the motivation and got caught upContinue reading “Doing Nothing”

Working While on Vacation

So I am in Tokyo Haneda Airport right now. I am on vacation–finally! Hooray! I’ve been looking forward to this trip so much because I can finally let loose and let my hair down, so to speak. However, a part of me can’t really do that, because I’ve learned my lesson from the last timeContinue reading “Working While on Vacation”

Spring Break 2019

I am on my spring break right now. From March 17 until April 6, 2019, I am officially out of paid work and on free time. I will not get paid for this vacation time. I never usually am. To me, this feels more like the time to really focus on setting my resolutions andContinue reading “Spring Break 2019”

No TV for Six Weeks

Growing up, I’ve been schooled in the Catholic tradition of Lent. According to Wikipedia, most Christians spend this time getting ready for Easter Sunday. This means that a lot of people spend their time reflecting on their lives through penance, prayer, and denial of vices. My memory of Sunday school teachings is shoddy at best,Continue reading “No TV for Six Weeks”

Personal Finance: Personal Growth Through Finance

When I was younger, I truly believed that rich people were bad people. I thought that people with a lot of money were always corrupt and used their money to do more harm than good. Because of that, I was determined to grow up and become a poor do-gooder. My income wouldn’t matter. As longContinue reading “Personal Finance: Personal Growth Through Finance”