29 July, 2013

3 days..

I have three days left in Japan. I can't believe that I've been here for four years and I'm finally leaving. 

I'm really sad that I'm going, although it doesn't feel real yet. I'm trying to be positive & optimistic about what's next for me - even though I don't really know what that is yet. It was my choice to leave and the hardest decision I've had to make yet. 

This last month had been crazy busy - packing, cleaning & farewell partying which has finally caught up with me in the form of massive cold that kept me inside (at my friends house) and bed bound. It's always worse being sick in some else's house. 

Enjoying my last few days in Hiroshima doing things I love. Today is Miyajima just to walk around by myself with my beats and appreciate. 


Train selfie & orange pants!

11 July, 2013

purikura, pizza and sangria happiness

This weekends happiness was baking cookies with Kimi on a Friday night after having a particularly sad first (of many) last days at school followed by a few fails that put me on edge - chocolate chip cookies were a great distraction, sleeping in on Saturday well past my alarm, getting all my laundry done (5 loads) and dried at the laundromat (damn you rainy season!), watching Masterchef Australia, catching a train to the city that was sooooo cutely decorated, Saturday sangria at cute bar in the city with my lovely partners in bitchy crime, cheap pizza and wine, bumping into Mr. Hawaii by chance while waiting at starbucks and having a great quick catchup, predetermined drunken purikura poses, meeting up with Mr. Rugby for a quick chat outside the Adidas store (?!) before their team went off to karaoke, Sunday night exercise - run, yoga and squat challenge, clean bed linen - that first sleep in fresh linen is the best! and a cherry flavoured coke to sound out my happy weekend. I feel slightly guilty that I didn't make the most of a sunny Sunday but relaxing and going for a run made me feel slightly better about it.

Quietly stressing about how little time I have left here and all the things I have to do before I leave - paperwork, school, packing and getting rid of all the unwanted stuff in my house..these next few weeks are going to be a challenge so I have to take out to de-stress, relax and refocus.

First order of business - bed!

cookies with Kimi


mecha cute train to the city - it's okonomiyaki!

graffiti in Japan (especially in Hiroshima) always makes me happy!

sangria Saturday!

just so you know, this is how you be kawaii


why so cartoon?

wear pink booty shorts and hold a cat - that's how to make cute.

it's just not fair you are so kawaii (stomps foot).

Sunday night post run yoga.

my little lizard friend is back - it's been a while!

08 July, 2013

Monday night beach love

Happiness is lying on the beach reading magazines & listening to daft punk while basking in the beautiful early evening sun.

Hearts, kisses & Yankies.

02 July, 2013


After an amazing weekend of excess I need to detox - in a major way. I drank far to much and got pretty drunk, almost embarrassingly drunk - ALMOST. Too many bottles of champagne in the club - like my instagram hashtag, I need to remember that #yourenotscottdisik! I had yakiniku for the first time in I honestly don't know how long - the last time I remember having it was over 3 years ago...generally speaking I don't eat much meat to start with so this all you can eat business sent my stomach into overdrive. Two days later I still don't feel right.

The stress of getting ready to leave Japan, packing, planning, preparing final lessons, preparing speeches for farewell parties, stressing about how much annoying Japanese paperwork I need to do before I leave has me tired. I'm not eating properly and since I quit the gym I'm not exercising nearly as much as I should be - I'm still running and playing sports but I should be running more.

So, I have devised a detox plan that should get me back to feeling good. I've planned out my dinners for the week - fresh vegetables and salmon or chicken, lunch I have no control over as I get school lunch (although I will be choosing what I eat from it carefully and eat only half of the rice), breakfast is going to be something small that I can eat quickly as I never have time to make something and sit down and eat it - I like to sleep! I'm going to try and NOT stop at the kombini on my way home from school for a snack and I'm going to limit my caffeine intake - no fizzy drinks and only one coffee (if that) a day.  I've been pintresting up a storm and found lots of delicious ways to naturally flavour water - I drink so much water anyway but I'm hoping the flavoured water will satisfy my sweet cravings.

I also found these detox pads that you put on the bottom of your feet at night and take them off in the morning. They are supposed to help rid your body of unwanted toxins and excess water. I've been reading about them online and there are a mix of good reviews and skeptical reviews. I've always been a believer in trying things for myself - I will keep the reviews I read in mind but I'll be the judge if they work for me or not. They say that you should use them for a minimum of 30 days - I don't want to spend all that money on them so I'll try do them a few times a week. I tried them last night for the first time and when I pulled them off this morning they were pretty gross..I don't know what the gunk was, but it wasn't pretty! So I'm curious to keep trying them.

Let's see how this detox thing goes..