Intense Jealousy

... and as if I needed even more motivation to get cracking on my Japanese study, I have discovered Emily. Emily - a nice, super-intense American gal - is something of a YouTube Celebrity, made famous by her "Pretty Intense Japanese Lesson" clips. Sean and I have been staring at her videos for the past

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Warped

Times have changed; I've been in Japan for over a year now which means I've finally been accepted into Japanese society (!!!) ... at least when it comes to the cost of living. As an expatriate, my first year in Japan had been a blissfully inexpensive one, especially compared to my life in New York

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And While I’m Being Honest ….

,,, I was actually pretty relieved that our apartment didn't come with a tatami room because, to me, tatami smells like pet store. Speaking of the apartment, the no natural light issue is really becoming insufferable. Due to being shrouded in either catacomb-like darkness or piercing florescent office light, I haven't had a good night's

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Kodak Moments

At least once every few years while I was growing up, my parents, brother and I visited my father's family in Guatemala City. These were always highly anticipated visits; from the instant the rolling green mountains swam into view from the plane window and we lugged our luggage into the great, cedar-fragrant Colliseum-shaped arrivals area

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