Mar 282017
 

Today was a day with my godson since J had to work. So, beforehand I gave him a task to organize something to do for us.

He had a good plan that we set into action. We headed to Roppongi to start our adventure at the Hedgehog Cafe. 






Only in Japan would there be a place that they charge people to come in and pet hedgehogs with a time limit even…. It was an interesting experience and we were both glad we went though it was a little boring given that hedgehogs tend to sleep 80% of the day!

Afterwards E had found a ramen place nearby that has history going back to 1975. It was a large portion and though we could not share our usual gyoza plate, we both walked away with very full bellies.



We made our way back and are bonding over some TV/computer time. Overall I’d say it has been a successful Ethan day! <3

~T πŸ˜€

Mar 272017
 

The warmth of Abu Dhabi is starting to be a little missed, but for the past few days the desert has been full of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. The only difference is the temperature. πŸ™‚

While I miss my big teddy bear warmer known as my hubby, I am staying warm with the company and spoiling of my BFF and family. <3

So, not too much to say at the moment as it has been a nice quiet few days. The weekend went quickly and I was not good at taking pictures, but it was lovely. A new week has started so will be updating on more activities soon enough.

For today – I am warm in heart and spirit if not physicall! πŸ˜›

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 06:32
Mar 262017
 

The male gender may not fully understand the art of the female chatter. However, the female chatter plays a very important role in working out different options for decisions to be made or to at least see different perspectives on possible options. Of course, at the end of the day things will happen as they are meant to be regardless of our desire to feel as if we are making any decisions for ourselves. πŸ˜‰ If you do not believe in fate or want to hold strongly onto the concept of free will, then chatter helps to determine our decisions.

Japan holds a very dear place in my heart. Not just because my family is here, but also because it is familiar. 

Still, as I consider what I would really like to be doing, it is not determined by a specific location or company. My heart wants to write for a living and to make that work for me. I want the freedom to be able to continue to travel but work or rather earn an income from wherever I am doing what I love most – writing. If I can write about travel and eating, well that would be the proverbial icing on the cake! πŸ˜›

So, while there are potential options here in Japan and I love the sense of normal that I feel being away from life is the desert, I still feel as if my priority is really on making an income from the movement of my fingers on a keyboard. To achieve this, I believe that I need to focus more on it and make it happen. Being an ideas person is not always a good thing if there is no follow through. Therefore, I need to start the follow-through on making this dream a true reality instead of just talking about it all the time here. πŸ™

The good thing is that through our girl chatter, I have come closer to narrowing in on taking actions. πŸ˜€

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 07:34
Mar 252017
 

Missed posting yesterday because J and I took a girls’ trip out to higher elevations, colder temps and warm hot springs in Gunma’s Ikaho Onsen area. 

It was a short trip out of Tokyo (about 1.5hrs from Ueno Station to Shibukawa). We did the famous 365 steps up and down from the shrine to the bottom and back. It is a popular tourist location in the fall, but it was still a lovely trip – even more so because it was a free stay due to J’s hubby’s family. (γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ—γŸγ€‚) 

Pictures probably say more than I can, so will let the pictures speak for themselves! 

~T πŸ˜€

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Mar 232017
 

Missing the seasons or taking in the greenery has never been one of my sensory concerns. People have complained that living in the desert is so boring and bland; for me, it has never been an issue.

As I stepped outside today for a short run and later met J for a bit of traditional tea in a park tucked in the midst of the city, I found that I truly do appreciate temperate climates with the sacrifice of seasons or green.

That is not to say that I do not appreciate the beauty of blossoming flowers, new green leaves on the trees and plants and the fresh air offered by changing seasons and cool breezes. 

It is nice to be able to experience the shifting season now away from the sandpit and fake rain clouds pouring ‘water’ from the sky. πŸ˜›

Here are some pics from the day.

~T πŸ˜€









 Posted by at 16:58
Mar 222017
 

Smiling today as the sun shines in Tokyo. As I ride the train, I am keenly aware of those things I find nostalgic and wonder if I were to live here again would I eventually find things annoying or maintain my sense of warm fuzzy. 

Generational gaps are seen as older generations sit without electronics in their hands people watching or reading the adverts on the walls/ceilings of the train cars. The younger people are either sleeping – falling over or swaying to the movement of the train – or scrolling through their phones desperately trying to keep themselves distracted from possibly becoming bored or engaged in others around them. 

I smile at the middle aged women, especially, who seem to feel it their right to quietly cut in line. No doubt this is something that would end up upsetting me as before, but now find simply funny by the passive aggressive cultural aspect of a societal norm. 

Or the white masked people who are either sick, with allergies or simply OCD – something I can only laugh at because I both understand why they do it yet would never do so myself due to the ridiculousness of the concept itself. 

It is a strange dystopic utopΓ­a or a utopian dystopia in some ways as I observe both as a stranger in a land that was never mine and as a returnee to a land that was home for so many years.

I look at it with a fresh eyes of a newbie and the rose-colored eyes of the old. Either way, it is refreshing from the oppressive aggression I normally feel and convinces me even more that w need to find a way out….

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 06:53
Mar 212017
 

I am back in Japan again after two years and it is amazing!!

Not only do I love being with my BFF, my brother from another mother and my godson, but I also am loving the normalcy of life outside of the home. Now, granted, I have not yet left the house on my own, but going out last night and eating was lovely.

Here are the things I have missed:

  • Vending machines
  • Hot warm hand towels
  • Buttons at tables to call the servers
  • Systems at the luggage carriers where people don’t crowd around making it so easy to grab your suitcase
  • Smiling faces – even if they might be fake! πŸ˜‰

All in the first 24 hours since back in Japan!

Even the rainy weather this morning does not upset me as it fits the scene of winter in Japan – though I will welcome the sunshine back soon! πŸ˜›

It is like being home here since my adult life started in Japan. So as much as I love Oregon as my home – where my family is -, I also love the space where my Japan family is. 

All this to say, it feels good to be home!!

~T πŸ˜€

 Posted by at 05:40
Mar 202017
 
Since we are already a quarter into the year, I thought it would be prudent to do a bit of a check-in on my New Year’s Resolutions made. After all, why make them if I do not intend to check in or follow through? So, here they are (linked to the original) with some updates on my progress so far. πŸ™‚
Well, the six-pack is in progress, but not quite there yet. Or, perhaps I have regressed a bit. First, I had not yet anticipated the amount of yoga that I was going to have to do regularly; therefore, I cut back on my gym time. Still, the yoga is not getting me there either, so I will need to re-evaluate this.
Also, we were playing around with a different diet which I have discovered is not going to work for me at all. Therefore, this is being tweaked, but I am hopeful that it shall be coming soon! πŸ˜›
The waiting list is in the works, I hope. My client base is growing, which is definitely good. However, I have let my organization and momentum fade a bit. I am not sure why on this just yet, but think I’ll be refreshed in April after my upcoming holiday.
I am taking an online psychology course at the moment, so am happy with that progress. The option for wellness retreats is possibly in the works, but I need to speak to some more people about this option. Also, I am considering signing up for an online nutrition course as well, so these learning options are in the works.
I am also going to be adjusting the blog side of my business website to include more ‘lifestyle’ elements.
In the writing area I am writing periodically to get something together, so there is progress there as well!!
Well, things are progressing a bit slower in this category. The good news is that the debt is getting paid slowly, but we are not quite caught up yet. Since we still have an exit plan for June, we are going to have to step up in this area a bit more.
As I write this, I am on my way to visitingΒ my BFF and spending time with my godson, so that is definitely meeting my goals! πŸ˜€
I am also very selective about my time these days, choosing to spend it with those that I want to invest in and those who also give back to me.
I must admit that I am at a bit of a crossroads with my brother. I tried to reach out and then never heard back. I know that I have not tried hard enough and so I need to give it another go. So, I will soon. πŸ˜€
In the meantime I am doing what I can to at least focus on the other goals. Hubby and I are in phases with going electronics free times, but we are bonding and staying strong together. <3
So, overall, I am content with my progress at this quarterly check-in. I can see where I have not been as good or may need to balance out a bit more. It also keeps me motivated to keep going for these goals I set!!!
~T πŸ˜€
Mar 192017
 

Tonight I fly on my first proper holiday since December 2015! It’s been a crazy year and although it might not be the wisest thing to do – going on holiday now – I am going to be joyful for the opportunity and ability to do it anyway.

I think I have done it as cheaply as I can with using Airmiles to buy my ticket and saving up portions of my yoga and tutoring sessions to pay for the fun there. While I may have to be a bit more frugal than I would like, it is still going to be amazing! πŸ˜€

So, I’m working on last minute things to catch up on before I go. Thankfully, I can do quite a bit whilst at J’s place, but I also hope to relax and enjoy!

Yippppeeeeee!!!!

~T πŸ˜€

Mar 182017
 

My gym days are a little by the wayside. However, my goal to tone my stomach is still coming along – through the yoga. πŸ˜‰ So, with a lot more yoga happening and a weekend of training before I head to Japan, I am taking a wee break still from the gym. I plan to do a bit more running/walking while on holiday, but the weights will have to wait until I get back, I think…. πŸ˜€

Mar 12 (Sunday)

  • Wellness yoga – last of 6week program

Mar 13 (Monday)

  • Yoga at home focusing on arm balances

Mar 14 (Tuesday)

  • Sick with a cold… πŸ˜·πŸ€§πŸ€’πŸ˜’

Mar 15 (Wednesday)

  • Couch bound – sick with sore body… πŸ€’πŸ€§πŸ˜ͺ

Mar 16 (Thursday)

  • One more day of recovery…feeling somewhat better…😬

Mar 17 – 18 (Friday to Saturday)

  • Training weekend