Living Japan #6: Mission Apartment, Part Two

My note on finding a home in Japan (Living Japan #3: Mission Apartment) remains as the most-read post on this blog, so there must be many who had the same questions and struggles as I did. Hope that note helped you to some extent. I'll continue with the next steps: filling up the house and … Continue reading Living Japan #6: Mission Apartment, Part Two


Book Review: “Lincoln in the Bardo”

A hard book to rate. First thing: this book is impressive. The story, concept, research, form, and technique, made this book undoubtedly very important. But, I found it hard at times to be emotional because of the visuals: like a play, it's completely written in active voice, but each speaker's name is written at the … Continue reading Book Review: “Lincoln in the Bardo”

Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

I’ve wanted to cycle in Hokkaido for a long time and I finally did last weekend! I went skiing in Sapporo last winter and I left a part of my heart there on the island's beauty. After Sapporo my next destinations were Furano and Biei. Granted, summer is widely known as the best time for visiting … Continue reading Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

Book Review: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers”

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter I finished this book in one sitting after finally getting it at the bookstore. It's extraordinary, it's brilliant. It's poetry, it's "polyphonic fable", it's something you may have never read before. Read the synopsis and you'll be intrigued by the concept being proposed. Read the book … Continue reading Book Review: “Grief is the Thing with Feathers”

Happy World Poetry Day!

I usually don't post my poems here, but I want to celebrate the World Poetry Day on March 21. For me, poetry is like having a huge crush on a bad boy: it gives me the thrills. The ooh-aah. Even goosebumps. Not only from reading them but also from crafting them. For most people poetry always look somewhat … Continue reading Happy World Poetry Day!

Book Review: “Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”

by Sjón I nod to the notion that the interpretation of any art form is left to its viewer. Once the painter, the sculptor, or the writer, releases the work out to the public, the creator no longer own its origin in making. I don’t understand paintings --let alone sculpture-- but I adore the theatre … Continue reading Book Review: “Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”


"It went by too fast!" - says myself at the end of every year. Then I'd try to recollect what I've done in the past 364 days. Then finally, I'd whimper silently at the undeniable fact that I will age one year older. It doesn't help much to have a birthday in February, you'll feel … Continue reading 2016

Living Japan #5: Tokyo “City Girl”

Last July I celebrated a year of living in Japan. Work contract has been extended, so I'll hopefully be celebrating a second year anniversary next year. As I enter my second year, I made a decision to move to Tokyo. I moved from the suburbs of Yokohama, where most residents were grandmothers and high-school students … Continue reading Living Japan #5: Tokyo “City Girl”

Living Japan #4: Hygiene and yes, the toilets

You've seen videos of Japanese school kids cleaning up their classes together or the Japanese supporters tidying up their sections at a World Cup 2014. So "Japanese", aren't they? The habit of keeping personal hygiene starts since childhood. Many Japanese adults still brush their teeth after meal. Although the dental medics society have been continuously debating … Continue reading Living Japan #4: Hygiene and yes, the toilets