Corona Diary from Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki April 2020, me and my pink hair 🙂 Took my mask off before taking this picture. We are living in bleak times at the moment - it seems there might be doom and gloom every moment of the day. Social media is full of fake news, real news and also full of dramatic people…

The importance of friendship

Some of my best friends ..my loves who saved my life .. I remember sitting on a bench at the Bournemouth Pier about 7 years ago. I remember the cold crisp air and the sound of the waves hitting the pier. I was so cold and I was waiting for someone to answer my call.…

Traveling while Burmese

This post and the title was inspired by a combination of my recent readings of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah and my accumulated travel experiences over the years. In her original article, she talked about her friend's experience of traveling while brown; the expectations and stereotypical bias he faced on his journeys. Mine is different but…

How to see if your date is a jerk

I started dating not so long ago. I was in a relationship for a long time and I never really dated before that. But since I started dating, I have quickly realised that I needed to employ a mechanism to separate the good from the time wasters. A litmus test if I may say so.…

If only I was a white man ..

Imagine an Asian woman, a white man, a white woman, a black man and a black woman applying for an English teaching job in a southeast Asian country. Guess who will get the job? I don't know but I'll tell you who would be considered last for the job - the Asian woman. Every country…

Nagasaki Sunday Scenes

I love fall. It's my favourite season of the year because the air is crisp and cool. When I walk in the mornings, I can feel the tips of my fingers and the veins in my cheeks in the cold air and it makes me feel extra alive. But it's also not so cold that…

Nagasaki Weekend Life: Imbibing the market

A year into moving to Nagasaki, Japan and I am starting to fall in love with the city. I used to complain how quiet and isolating it is and the city still is but I must have changed. Somehow I feel at peace mentally and physically, a type of happiness and contentment I have never…