Thailand Diary Ep 1: The Gunpoint Robbery

My Thailand adventures are probably the most wonderful and most painful times of my life. It was strange because when I was living in Thailand, all I ever wanted was to leave and when I finally did leave, it was with a lot of sadness and second-thoughts. One of the things I miss the most…

That time I was questioned by the Japanese police part 1

I think all my close friends know three things about me - one, I can digress. Case in point, one time I was talking to my boss during a faculty meeting and I don't exactly remember how but I managed to bring in eating little chocolate pillows for breakfast which put the conversation to a…

I’m pretty sure this is temporary

Me and me this weekend ...fun times I've been so tired. I was ill for the last three days and I thought I had finally contracted Covid-19 because I probably have not been taking at least two minutes to wash my hands. I thought I felt better on Saturday and went for a stroll but…

Corona Diary: Life in the time of Corona

So we're technically not under quarantine anymore. My city, Nagasaki, is back to business with some social distancing measures in place. Our classes, however, are not back to regular and I'm forgetting how to use a chair because I've been teaching from home so much and I do not own a single chair in my…

Corona Diary: Small progress is still a progress

Things I did last week: I guess we're really lucky here in Nagasaki because we're not a strict lockdown. We can walk around, and go to places as usual most of the time. Most restaurants are still operating but they recommend you to order takeout instead of sitting in. I've been jogging and it's really…

Corona Diary: Drama..drama..drama..

I swear, I swear, sometimes drama follows me. I usually just sit at home thinking of what to cook but I get roped into things I am not even aware of. The other day I was checking my messages on Facebook and I saw that I had some messages in the requests inbox as well.…

Quarantine Movie Recommendation

I know.. I know..we as a collective are going bonkers with the loss of human contact and we all wish for normalcy as soon as possible. Even an introverted mole rat like me can't wait to teach back in the classroom and see my students' faces. I've been reading and drawing loads but I'm also…

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.…