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
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. Enter … Continue reading Coursera, EdX, and MOOCs
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
In my twenties, I was all about experiences and hanging out with friends. I spent most of my time traveling everywhere and eating out with the people I know. I tried to be fashionable and bought brand-name goods that I really have no business buying. I did what I thought I was supposed to do. … Continue reading Non-Conformity
Enoughasaurus: "The beast within each of us, he/she that must be satisfied. Slaying or at least satisfying your Enoughasaurus is a matter of deciding what's enough for you and then designing your priorities and life around it." I love this concept, but I think it's one of those things that is very hard to do. … Continue reading Slaying Your Enoughasarus
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 … Continue reading Do I Really Need Life Insurance?
I'm on a two-week break from teaching. Hooray! I've debated whether I should take some time off from blogging, but really, what's the point? I need to keep writing, or my skills will atrophy. At least, that's what I delude myself into believing. In all honesty, though, I just want to keep it up because … Continue reading Summer