My Weekdays Routine: Riding the Subway to the Gold Mine, (Rd: Commuting to the Office)

His puffy black coat pressed against my ratty H&M basic jacket; I believed I could hear a sigh coming from his sleeves, as I was pushed into the tiny space behind him.

It was an early morning in the Subway train of Toei Oedo Line. As usual, I departed from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station since it was the closest station from my hut. And yes, by hut, I’m not exaggerating. I live in a 6.74 m2 room inside a so-called Sharehouse. Well, since space is really expensive here in Tokyo, for foreigners, they might be surprised by how small a person’s room would be, regardless of how high the rent is. Continue reading “My Weekdays Routine: Riding the Subway to the Gold Mine, (Rd: Commuting to the Office)”

My First Utterance in 2017: Reflection

Through the ups and downs, through thick and thin, 2016 has been such a great year for me.

There are myriad things in this life that make you aware of the fact that at some point, not everyone will like you no matter how amiable you are.

From the adolescent to be fully matured, everyone goes through phases in their lives. Perhaps the most obvious transition is the sudden comprehension that you are responsible for your own future. Perhaps it’s just as simple as providing yourself, being independent and all. Continue reading “My First Utterance in 2017: Reflection”

Christmas in Japan: How is It Different?

That Japan always does things differently shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore. The same thing goes with Christmas in Japan. For those of you who will spend your first Christmas in Japan, you might be surprised and fall to the assumption that Christmas is just another normal day in Japan. Well, calendar-wise, it is indeed a normal business day. However, it doesn’t take a hard look to figure out that Japan does celebrate Christmas too, in a way. Continue reading “Christmas in Japan: How is It Different?”

Things to do in Taiwan: Taipei

Taipei is a quick getaway from Tokyo’s ‘fast paced’ city life. An entirely new place to me, yet it feels so nostalgic.

Have you ever felt like you’ve been to some places you’ve never been before? Well, I have. Continue reading “Things to do in Taiwan: Taipei”

Juggling Between Work & JLPT N2 Exam; How to Tackle Them

No matter how busy you are, you have to find time for studying if you want to pass. You just have to.

This article is based on my personal experience. By the time I wrote this, I have been living in Japan for 2,5 years. However, I passed JLPT N2 during my first year of living in Japan. Continue reading “Juggling Between Work & JLPT N2 Exam; How to Tackle Them”

Indonesia Travel Diary: a Short Trip to Jogjakarta

The food, the song, and the smell of Indonesia. The smallest trifle yet always managed to overwhelm me with homesickness.

It was in September this year that I took two weeks off to go back to Indonesia. This time, I came back for the sake of traveling. So, I didn’t stay long in Jakarta. Instead, I visited some places where I had not been before including Jogjakarta, Bali, and Flores. Continue reading “Indonesia Travel Diary: a Short Trip to Jogjakarta”

My First Appearance in Japanese TV Show

Random. That pretty much explained what happened to me for the past few weeks.

As I have mentioned in my previous post before about my friend who came to Japan and how I showed him around the town, I accidentally met a couple of TV crews and they asked me for an interview right on the spot on that same day.

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Between Shibuya and an Unexpected Encounter

This weekend, my friend from Indonesia came to Japan to do a photo-shoot. It’s like killing two birds with one stone as he hasn’t been to Japan before. FYI, my friend is a photographer who often took Pre-wedding photo shoot projects. This time, he brought along another photographer and one make-up artist to help him on this project. They were really nice and friendly. Continue reading “Between Shibuya and an Unexpected Encounter”

Things to do in Taiwan; My Personal Experience

I never thought of picking Taiwan as one of my travel destination. Honestly, nothing really piqued my interest in Taiwan. However, now that I have been there, I can guarantee you guys that it will be such a pleasant journey!

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