Pretty freakin' amazing. That's how I would describe how life has been for me over the past few months. I know the absence sucks, and believe me when I say, "I did try..." (hehehe-- but I am reminded of the reader who checked me on the posting delay so lovely that time... that still makes me smile.)
Anyway, so just what is so freakin' amazing? Well, I am happy. I'm excited. I am living... Chillin', working, loving.... All of that. And I'm doing it in Tokyo (you must say it like "Toe-key-yo!). (heheheh) Indeed folks, I'm having a Tokyo moment and I love these moments. It's moments like these that the perspective is that much more deeper when living abroad. That's why I live in another country.
I dreamed of having moments just like this during my junior year abroad-- in this city (actually Chiba...). Things have been difficult, things have been frustrating, things have been pretty hilarious, and things have been eye-opening. This time last year, I started working at my new company in a new position, in a new city, living in a new house.... You get it, everything was new. It was such a challenge, but one that I am happy to have met head on and conquered. I have grown so much since last year. It's unbelievable... There have been tears, doubt, anger, frustration, stress-- ewwww weee, so much stress. But, I am certain it was all to make me better. Here are a few things I've learned...
1. Some people are just crazy... But that's doesn't mean you have to act crazy along with them! Let the crazy people be them and you do you :)
2. If you want to have money in Tokyo, learn how to cook your own meals... ummmhmmmm.
3. Smile... It's okay to smile and be happy. Just because others are fasting from smiling doesn't mean you should too.... indulge.
4. Tokyo is the land of random events happening all of the time-- especially if you are a foreigner in Tokyo.
5. Try. Go for it and try. (Fundamental yes... but true.)
After almost 2 years of being in Japan without going home to visit family, I finally went home. And home was great. I hugged my mom, held by brand-spanking new niece, caught up with friends, and visited with family. I slept in my own bed-- and woke up to the smell of bacon and pancakes. I hung out with my mother, who didn't waste a single moment of telling me how proud she was of me and how much she and my pop loved me. I miss my mom and pop, (and had never realized just how beautiful she is until this past trip). Being home reminded me of how blessed I am to have such wonderful parents. I want to continue to make them proud. I plan to bring them both here to Tokyo to visit me in May (both of their birthdays are in May), courtesy of their little girl.
I also traveled to Malaysia, courtesy of my company and have a pleasant vacation soaking up the sun. (Pictures forthcoming)
Also, I don't speak much about my private personal life, but I have a great boyfriend.
Bad news? My camera is broken... May have to replace it.
Anyway, I am really loving life at the moment and simply wanted to update you guys.