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.…

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 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: Human Knots and Nature Walks

So it's our program's tradition to take our students before the beginning of the semester to a camp (as in bunk beds and cabins) up the mountains of Nagasaki and this month we did it. It's a palooza made up of several fun English speaking activities where the students get to know one another, get…

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…

Redefining my loneliness

The skies I've been painting. I know when I open the door to my apartment, there will be no one waiting for me. It has been like this for about 5 years. What kept me going these few years was that one day I would get married to my boyfriend and we would be together…