Funny Stories in Japan – The Changing Room Incident

I do realize that a lot of my posts are quite serious. That’s because I only want to share things when I think they’re actually meaningful. By doing that, I might not be giving credit to the funny things that happen to me in Japan though, and therefore not painting the whole picture of what … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Changing Room Incident

Motivational, hilarious, awesome MESSAGE SHIRTS in Japan

The other day, I was walking through a shopping mall with a friend and said: “Oh I like that store. I always go in there when I’m feeling down and look at the T-shirts.” She looked at me like I’m nuts. I agree that it sounds weird, but see for yourself. How could anyone not … More Motivational, hilarious, awesome MESSAGE SHIRTS in Japan

I am an Immigrant.

Recently I read an article that accused white people living abroad of calling themselves ’expats’ instead of ’immigrants’ and thereby emphasizing their superiority over other ethnic groups living abroad (“Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?“ by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, 2015). This issue has been on my mind for years, … More I am an Immigrant.

The ‘Fish in the Tank’ Metaphor, Or: My Early Struggles of Living Abroad

A wise friend told me the last time we met: “Moving abroad, I’ve always compared to being a fish in a tank when the water gets renewed. In the beginning, there might be too much oxygen in the fresh water, so the fish feels like suffocating. It’s like that when you, as a human, have … More The ‘Fish in the Tank’ Metaphor, Or: My Early Struggles of Living Abroad

How living on Another Continent has made me think about Beauty Standards

My sister has straight, blond hair. Mine is curly and brown. Of course we’d both rather have the other sister’s hair. Why? Because when it comes to looks, humans (women especially) always seem to want what they don’t naturally have. How did that happen? I’ll tell you how. The Beauty Industry happened. And it promises … More How living on Another Continent has made me think about Beauty Standards