Nagasaki Update: I’m a typhoon survivor

As if this whole year so far hasn’t been a fucking horror show, a giant typhoon decided to make an appearance in it. If this was a novel or something, this is about the time the readers would begin to question if they should continue reading the said book.  On Friday the 4th, while D…

My life in Japan so far

I have never imagined being in Japan. Before I got the job offer from Japan, I applied everywhere including Afganistan and Iraq (which I got the job offers from by the way). I was desperate for some kind of change. I wanted to leave Chiang Mai because I have been there forever. Just when I…

Corona Diary from Nagasaki, Japan

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 uploading pictures of their travels with statuses like, “I miss traveling so much.” – calm down, Karen,…

My dentist experience in Japan

I went to see my dentist here in Japan for the first time about four months ago and it was really pleasant and my dentist is super cute and kind. Everything was so different from what I was used to though. When I was living in Thailand, my dentist liked to laugh at me whenever…

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…

Nagasaki Life Ramblings: Operation Pork in the Pipe Update

Last week I had a sausage in the pipe situation and had to tell E in the office to please call the landlord to send a plumber. This week he came, he saw, and he conquered. The Japanese plumber is not the same as what Hollywood has so influenced me to expect. He came with…

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 Update: What a week

This week was very happening. It’s just how life is I guess – I was feeling rather down and unaccomplished as I do every month without fail, and then the universe is like, no way mate, we’re going to throw random issues at you and light a fire under your bum. Humanity has come a…

Nagasaki Dating Life

I downloaded Tinder. Before you get all judgemental, let me give you a little context. The Tinder ad in Japan shows a Japanese girl who appeared to be struggling with learning English and one night she decided to swipe right and magically, she met a pink-haired lady whom she went out singing karaoke with. It’s…

Nagasaki Life Update: Flyaway bras and sausage in the drain

A recap of my week – let’s start with the bra because one cannot not talk about bras as a woman. Last week we had a typhoon and it rained buckets and the wind knocked down big bikes. As I sat in my little room feeling the wind on my glass doors, I realised that…

On eating bananas while walking the streets in Nagasaki

I was thinking of several topics for my second post: feminism, Roxane Gay (currently reading her book Hunger and a bit obsessed with her), work-life balance, discrimination and all mildly intellectual stuff but those were not the topics I wanted to tackle today. What I want really is to share my recent account of eating…