Back to the basic

Many people can’t live without internet or smartphone today. I’m the one, too. Even my 2 year old kid likes to watch trains on YouTube.

Especially teenagers use message app to stay touch with friends and maintain a healthy social life.

The other day, my English teacher introduced me an interesting article.

A school in silicone valley doesn’t use computer in classes.Instead of it, they use paper, pen, needle, knitting and mud. Is this turning clock back? No it’s not. Kids don’t pine for technology and take unique classes. One teacher taught fractions by having kids cut up food. The basic method to teach don’t inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans. The interesting thing is that three quarters of the students have parents with strong high tech connection. It’s so silicone valley! But, no conradiction.

I was a little surprised that those tech savvy also thinks digital gadgets are the harmful for kids. As a parent, I’d understand my son is going to use smartphone to connect with friends further down the road. How we do time management is important. Breaking a family rule, lying and not enough sleep to use smartphone are red flag. Parents need to play a important role as example and parental controls are valid.

I heard adults check smartphone 80 times a day on average. It’s surprising figure. I also need to find a way to wean myself from smartphone. One of the ways is to going to gym. I attend a dance class,so can’t use it and interact people, too. Finding something you are into more than using smartphone might be a good solution.


Happy birthday to my son ðŸ’“

My son turned two😘

He eats a lots, but he changes his mind everyday, so I’m quite not sure about his favorite food.

Now he’s trying to be bilingual. He mainly understands Japanese, and he picks up English, too. He’s good at imitating what I say.

His daycare started since April. This 6 months are challenging for us. First month was like hell for me. He wrapped around me crying in front of daycare. I faced with a dilemma, too. But my decision is right. He blends in kids perfectly and plays together. He wouldn’t be like this if he stayed at home only with me. I’m proud of his adaptability and his sociability.

My wish for him is to stay healthy another one year and smile always!

Work out 🏋️

Since last month, I started to go to a gym near my house. I’m struggling to shed my weight after delivering my son. Probably not about having own kid, but also about age , too. To think about one more kid, I’m better off losing some before I’m pregnant for my health and there you go! I’ve joined the gym.

It’s definitely fun to work out. Especially I love dancing class with loud music. It’s hard , but I can feel that stress goes away. It fits me ! I use machine,too. When I use treadmill more than 20 mins and I sweat par for the course , but it’s comfortable sweat, not like sweat in the hot summer. Watching people who work out so hard motivate me. Today, a woman who is looks like over 70 taught me how to use a machine. I’m so impressed.

Now I’m a little more to focus on building strength by machines and enjoying my time. I’m sure that I end up achieving my goal as long as I can enjoy.

Work smarter, not harder.

It’s been crazy at work since the big typhoon hit to Kansai area in Japan.

I’m working as an air export shipment coordinator. Aftermath of typhoon, it caused 2 big damages which is related to my work. 1. International airport (KIX) has been closed due to a heavy downpour. 2.A tanker was moored but it drifted into the connection bridge to the airport, therefore it also has been cracked down on traffic on the bridge.

I need KIX to work regularly as soon as possible. My client send goods to our warehouse everyday and it’s so packed. They asked us to find other route to the destination and goods were transferred to Nagoya or Tokyo. But, agents like us think the same thing which is par for the course. Again it brings us intense competition for booking a flight. It’s so stressful.

I didn’t have lunch past 2 days. Now I’m working on intermittent fasting now and the rule is to eat during the 10 hour window. But, I’m skipping lunch and eat dinner. This mess make me break the rule.

I get a ton of incoming emails and it takes me to spend a lot of time to finish looking over. I’m using shortened working hour, efficiency is the key to make things work out. Problems like this tests me how I work. I have a partner who is new. He’s working so hard, even though my instructions are sketchy. It’s also important that how I get the best out of him.

I’m on my way to work and hopefully I have lunch today. I’m ready to be swamped.

Dear Maya

Have you ever asked advice from SNS,such Dear Abby and Yahoo answer?

I’m an avid reader of Dear Abby. At the beginning, it was just a reading material in English,but now I’m so curious about how Abby answers and I’m relieved that people have same issue with me. It’s a great way to gain insights into a society.

I’ve got the impression that American turn to psychiatrists, counselors and lawyes for issues that seem almost mandane to me. It seems a litigious country. Sometimes, it’s one of wise ways to talk to specialists. In Japan, if you talk to specialists, people would think about something huge serious thing is going on. I’ve heard of marriage counseling and it might be effective to build a broken marriage with someone who doesn’t have personal feeling. Japan doesn’t have such a thing. A good example is my husband who hates to talk about personal issues to others, but I’m not. I always need someone to talk to and refresh my feeling.

I become Dear Maya sometimes for my two sigle friends. To listen their problems, I need correlation chart. Many people are involved with them. In term of romance, I tend to try to be sensitive to make sure I won’t lead them wrong ways. I realised I can’t be a shrink as work. It’s tough and I’d be in lost on what the best advice is.

Recovering from natural disasters

It’s just sad and shocking to see the footage of destruction on TV. Earthquakes came in June and torrential rains with muds slide hit in July. Thankfully my area didn’t become am afflicted area when earthquakes and heavy downpours. Now typhoon hit Japan. Last night it went cross my city and it is going to afflicted areas from the downpours.

When disasters come one after the others, it’s even more difficult to get things back to normal. I wish I could join relief effort for damaged areas. About heavy downpours, I never ever expected that rains destoyed everything under the sun. With hindsight more than 100 people were dead and still missing persons have been existing.

I’m worried about donor fatigue. People who have already supported one or two relief efforts may feel they either can’t or don’t have to offer any more help to disaster victims. I think it’s important for private individuals to dig deep into their pockets when people need help in recovering from disaster. But I can’t help feeling wary. I hear that some charities have such high overhead costs that not all that much money actually goes to victims.

I think it’s better to send money than it’s to send needed articles. There’re specialists for these charities and relief effort, therefore I want to ask them to use my money to help victims.

There are always some con artists who see disasters as a chance to take advantage of people’s altruistic instincts, too. In 2011,the triple disasters of the Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown stroke in northern Japan. While victims evacuated, people who wasn’t victims stole things from their places. The most surprising thing was that people sent origami cranes for victims. It symbolizes hope and good luck, but it can’t save victim . I saw some tweets that urged people DO NOT SEND ORIGIMI CRANE this time. For calamity like this, SNS support victims. At Earthquake in Jun, I was on train at that time and I checked information from Tweeter.

Japan is a small country and has a great skills to help and save people from natural disaster. It is unwanted, but each time the skills are developed and That skills can help people in other countries.

My thought and my prayers are with victims 🙏💓

Busy, tired… But ðŸ¤—

It’s been 1 month since I resumed work. Being working mom and rasing a kid on my own are so hard. I have my husband but he can’t help me weekdays due to his work schedule.

However, I enjoy working and my son is getting used to his daycare life. The hate part is to call in his sick to my company and I don’t know how much people understand my situation. I’m working with a moody person. He’s mood changes every 30 mins and he flatters his boss. Last Friday, our team had meeting including our bosses. His attitude was so flexible and reasonable in front of them. I really can’t believe him. He always wants to control our ways but he said ” If you have any problems, you can talk to me or it’s OK to talk to other people, too. ” This is so wrong. He wouldn’t be happy if we talk to other people. I really wish he will be assigned to other duty. This team is amazing expect him. This complaint poped up not because I’m a working mom. Every people related to him thinks like the way. He really need to go visit “anger room” where is to let off steam and yell as you smash cups and dishes, furniture and other stuff. This kind of shop addresses a need by people like him. Well, he really need to know how to quell his anger.

About my son, now he learns songs and sing them at home. Baby’s a quick leaner. Even English songs, he can catches some lyrics. He likes a song “This is the way the bunny hops” and now he sings “hop hop hop……”and he knows how to wiggle his nose, too. It’s just a part of lyric but, so catchy for him. He seems to like drawing, too. And more than anything, he loves his daycare orange hat! This suits him and he wears it everywhere. I was so worried about him when he started daycare but now, he’s changed alot and become more ambitious. I can’t thank enough to his teachers and his friends 😀