A free Japanese class in Okinawa

Hi everyone! 

Check out this Blog post about improving your life and integration into the community though learning the language! It’s so vital to be a part of what’s going on around you through learning Japanese when living in Japan. 


A night at a resort for 50 bucks…

Okinawa is the Hawaii of Japan. I love living here and one of the winters I was able to hang out at a super fancy hotel for only 50$. I was so stoked. My friend found a deal for the Okuma Beach Resort hotel online. I wrote about this cool hotel stay in my Okuma Resort Review on Taiken. Check it out if you like.

Body Shop | White Musk Eau de Toilette

I’ve always wanted this! Walking past the colorful Body Shops in Japan with countless displays of nice smelling and exotic lotions and parfums.

 I always wanted this Eau de toilette. It smells warm and comforting but is light and not heavy at the same time. The scent fades after a while and stays as a comfortable nice smelling scent, which I like. I’m not a fan of giving someone a hug that wears heavy parfum and then smelling like this person and having the scent in my nose the whole evening.

This Eau se toilette is the perfect balance.

My prejudices against Japanese Make up removers 

Let me be honest here. I the 6 years I’ve lived in Japan I always got my make up remover and cleansers from Europe or Korea. I didn’t really have faith in the liquids here that you just rubbed on and then your make up is supposed to disappear. I always had the make up remover on cotton water and rubbed away away and away. 

Then my friend let me try this Japanese make up remover, promising that this would completely take away all my eye makeup. I wear quite a lot of mascara and I am used to the fact that it never fully disappears unless I was my face thoroughly.

She told me to but this gel-like fluid on my hands and to rub on my dry skin and over my eyes. I was really skeptical at first. When I rubbed this gel on my face and over my eyes I could feel the dry mascara crumble. I washed my eyes well with it and then rinsed my skin and my hands. I was so blown away, it really took everything off! 

The next day I had to get one for myself. It was a bit pricy, 500¥, which is a lot for me because I usually only pay half for make up removers from Drugstores in Germany but this is definitely worth the prize!

Staying healthy

My vitamins expired so I got some new ones from the local drug store. They cost me 3000¥, which is quite normal here. I usually don’t buy vitamins in Germany.  But most things are expensive in Japan. So these imports from America are the cheaper alternative.   

Decide to have a good day

I woke up this morning with a cold. I felt terrible and could only roll out of bed after throwing in some pain meds. I went to work and started worrying about today. And started to be upset because of my cold, and how much stuff is “on” today. And then I felt bothered because I started to forget what I was upset about. You know that feeling when something bothered you a few minutes ago and you can’t remember what? Yeah that’s me today. And then I decided: you know what, I can’t even remember what is bothering me but I know it’s something I can’t change anyway. So I will just enjoy my day. What do you loose from having a positive attitude? 

So I want to live today with a positive outlook. It makes things easier! It makes the hours of work bearable!

I hope you guys have a good day today! Be save and warm! The Sakura cherry blossoms are blooming in Okinawa! What a sight. But it’s raining lots, too! 

Christmas Eve… Starts like any other day or worse

A holiday is what you make of it: if your Christmas Eve starts crazy, kinda like mine, there is not much you can change about it. You can just change your attitude towards it. 

It was hot this morning: no sunshine, just hot! Humid like in the fall and it was raining. My workout was a pain, I was not legit sweating but just felt damp and hot. Okinawa rules…

 As I was getting ready to head out I was already feeling rushed. The morning progressed and became more demanding we had some troubles with our roof and had to call people to repair it. 

In the middle of all this I was thinking: is this how Christmas Eve is supposed to be like? I thought back to my childhood in Germany where Christmas always was without troubles and my only worry was, if I would get the right toys for presents. 

If your Christmas Eve is also crazy, remember this: the holidays are what you make of it. Slow down, sit down, enjoy the moment. Christmas comes around just once a year. Your advent calendar is all used up- this is what you have been waiting for, for weeks! Make the best of what life hands you. 

If life gives you lemons, keep them! Lemons are expensive! ;) At least here in Japan.

Merry Christmas everyone! 

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