My year in a nutshell

Gratitude — the word that encompasses everything I learned this year.  Continue reading “My year in a nutshell”


A collection of thoughts

Day 195/365. It’s been more than three months since I’ve started my gratitude log. Today, I chanced upon reading every entry since March. Some sentences caught my eye and I thought of compiling some of them here.  Continue reading “A collection of thoughts”

Hydrangeas and a thing or two about life

Hydrangeas (ajisai 紫陽花) in full bloom could only mean one thing — it’s officially the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan.

I can talk about the uniqueness of this season in Japan — like having rain shoes and rain umbrellas (because you don’t take out your summer umbrella anytime of the year and you most certainly have to use a different pair of shoes this season), but I’d skip that and talk about flowers instead. Continue reading “Hydrangeas and a thing or two about life”

Life lately

Hello, May! Five months into 2018 and everything’s looking up so far. Here’s a glimpse into how my life has been lately:

1.Sleep. I’ve been getting enough sleep recently. I’ve been sleeping between 11:30-12:00. Sometimes even at 10:45 or so. I get my full 7 hours of sleep, and I’ve never felt better.

2.Move. I haven’t exactly been exercising, but thanks to all the walking in Japan, I easily hit the 10,000 steps per day mark. (Thank you, health app 😁) I’ve taken deliberate steps such as choosing the stairs over the escalator and walking instead of taking that 2-minute train ride to the office. I’m figuring out which exercise works best for me like taking up restorative yoga for my dextroscoliosis or just getting started with my morning run.

3.Eat. I’ve always been a no-breakfast-person, but this time I’ve done a full 180. I’ve made it a point to eat a full breakfast (almost) every day and because of my early lunch schedule, it made it easier for me to change.

4.Drink. I feel like the stars have aligned for me. I caught the worst cold I’ve had since moving here and it prompted me to drink a lot of water. I didn’t find this very taxing as I’ve always been a water drinker. So it’s nice to fall back into good old habits.

5.Write. I’ve been constantly updating my blog out of sheer passion, not because I’m forcing myself to do so because of some schedule and deadline I’ve set myself. I’ve had a writing hiatus last autumn/winter so it feels good to be able to write freely. At your own pace, as they say.

6.Read. I’ve read three books this year. Yes a small number, but it’s something for me. I didn’t want reading to become a nagging task for me. I’m happy with my current pace but it doesn’t mean that I can’t improve though. My pile of unread books is just sitting right at the corner!

7.Monitor. I’ll get this out of the way — I don’t like to monitor myself. I just feel constrained and boxed. But just as how we all like to monitor the stats and the likes on Facebook, I need to monitor my finances. It’s easy to lose track of what we spend so now I’ve taken a huge step towards monitoring my spending because yes, adulting is real.

8.Self-care. I finally had my first dental appointment in Tokyo. I’ve been putting off almost all healthcare related stuff since my Nihongo isn’t good enough to communicate in the Japanese medical jargon. So yeah, it’s nice to be able to make that first dental appointment. The first step is almost always the hardest. I’ve also been religiously applying sunblock for more than a month now, so yay!

That’s all from my end for now!

How about you? How has your life been lately? 😊

xx Katie

A Year in Tokyo

A year ago today, I set foot in Japan and my life was never the same. ✨

This is a collection of clips I never intended of using. But after a year of living in a foreign country, I thought that it’s only fitting to put captured moments together.

It has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs; of laughter, tears and sweat, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

Cheers to a year in Tokyo! 🥂

(Music not mine)