Things that make you go, hmm... Last week was Thanksgiving in the US, but I live here in Japan and there was hardly any mention of the holiday except from fellow Americans. However, the big thing that was on people's minds was Black Friday--which made me go, "Huh?" Black Friday is such an American thing: … Continue reading Black Friday, Japan
I am at Fujiya, our local cake place, choosing which cake to eat for dessert tonight. I make my choice and take out the money for this purchase. The lady pauses for a moment before she rings up my order. She seemed to be waiting for something. And then, "Do you have your point card?" … Continue reading Point Cards and Stamp Cards in Japan
So it's been more than a week since the consumption tax hike here in Japan. I haven't experienced anything earth shattering since then. Considering all the media attention and the panic that ran rampant in the streets regarding this issue before October 1st, I find the second week really underwhelming. But let me back track … Continue reading Consumption Tax Hike Japan 2019
I am still reeling from the shock of it all. Two years of work. Gone. It's my fault, really. I am the first to admit it. In a fit of spite, I undid all the work that I had painstakingly and lovingly built from the ground up. I run another blog, which is dedicated solely … Continue reading Starting From Scratch
I went for a drive with some friends this weekend. One of my friends kindly offered to drive us around to the places we wanted to visit. All in all, it was a very fun girls trip out in the summer. As we were driving home, my driver friend commented that she was going to … Continue reading Owning Things for More Than Ten Years
I've debated many times whether I really want to be completely open about our finances and reveal everything. I am all for accountability, but I also don't want to divulge too much of our financial situation. But at this point, it feels like I need to be held accountable for my dreams. I've been doing … Continue reading Our Numbers
I did a bad thing last night. Yesterday, before going to bed, I made the mistake of browsing through different PhD programs from all over the world. Instead of going to bed early so that I can get some much needed rest, I spent two hours looking at different websites that offered all kinds of … Continue reading Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?