Workplace flexibility

1 month to go for back to work. Daycare orientation was over and I feel l I’m ready to back to work.

Since I faced issues about daycares, I’ve been thinking of workplace flexibility, too. Unfortunately my company doesn’t encourage workforce to telecommute. But paid parental package is remarkable! I can work my favorite work hours until my son becomes 13 without overtime with bonus. My company gives me 20 days paid holidays each year and usually if I don’t use them up within one year , they are all gone, but for working mothers , they are stored for our kids. If my son is sick and I have to take days off, I will use my paid holidays from there first. I’ll use a reduced schedule for while from 9am to 5pm on the dot and I can be back to full-time worker anytime.

Even though my company treats working mothers well, I still wish I could work as a remote worker. I can save a lot of time and take a balance between work and my son. My concern about back to work is that how much I can spend time with my son. I might have to fight the perception at work among some of managers and colleagues that you’re just goofing off all day. Also, I miss out on the personal contracts that are crucial in term of moving up the corporate ladder. However, I can manage time and that’d be a perk of my job. The most important thing is the quality of a person’s output, not how many hours I work, or where I work.

Japanese government urge companies to raise the proportion of a female managerial position. I assume that for the policy achieved, each company make work environment that employees can take a balanced approach to work and personal need s. Being flexible means not only flexible working hours, but also being willing to change your work routine in line with changing circumstances and expectations. Otherwise, many female managers can’t keep their job and company’s effort would be gone. It’s time to adapt the diversity of lifestyles.


Shopping habit

For preparation of back to work, I started to learn business English with a radio program and the text. The contents are made based on American Society issues.

The theme of the first week in February was “Retail crisis”.

I learned there’re a lot of “zombie malls” in the USA and there’s even a website to introduce zombie malls. I was surprised that the number of malls increased more than twice as fast as the population between 1970 and 2015. Another surprising face is that the USA has 40 percent more shopping space than Canada on a per capita basis and five times more than Britain. Experts says a quarter of the country’s 1,200 malls could closed by 2020. This is all because of the cheaper Internet access and the smart phone evolution and people have become used to the instant gratification of having products delivered quickly. Not only malls but also brick-and-mortar stores are suffered from tech savvy customers. Internet is sounding death knell for them.

However, not all consumers shop for everything and anything online. We’re now seeing some of e-tailers moving back to the brick-and-mortar world. For example, old-fashioned bookstores. The idea is to appeal to people who like to touch and feel and even smell books before they buy them. I’m a big fan of book stores and find them far more user-friendly than browsing and searching for books online. Maybe I might be in the minority. But for me, if book design was something different I expected, it’d change my mind.

We’ve got to move with the times. Brick-and-mortar stores will find it hard to make go of it if they only sell merchandise and don’t provide added value.

Regarding added value, more retailers are now offering special services. Home improvement stores offer classes for would-be DIYers. Starbucks offers Coffee classes here. For the retailers hope to lure shoppers away from their screens with eye-catching displays and outstanding personal service. That’s very well and important strategy. But the sad truth is store clerks often spend a lot of time giving information to customers who then leave the store and buy products online. That’s known in the trade as “showrooming”. I can see retailers are struggling to get by and It’s too gulty to do showrooming for me.

Another reason for the declining fortune of traditional retailers. the Grate recession had a big effect on consumer spending habits. It made people put a greater value on experiences, as opposed to material possessions. Americans seem to want get the most out of life while they can, instead of shrimping and saving. This reminded me of my friends who worked for s travel agency. She offered customers travel plans and information, but they didn’t use them because they could book online cheaper travels than she offered. It was so deplorable. Add value was nothing.

Through this topic, I checked my shopping history . I use online supermarket. This is good but make sure to check quantity and if it’s right product you want. I still need Brick-and-mortar stores. Since I have a little baby, I sometimes feel isolated from society. Communication with adults are very important connecting people. And personally I want to spend more on experiences. There’re enough rental stores. I’ve used online rental dress store for my friend’s wedding. I don’t need to own my funcy dress. It’s good time now that we can get things done online mostly. However, I don’t forget the upside to the retail stores.

Happy announment ๐Ÿ˜€

Spring is just around corner ๐Ÿ’ฎ New school year is starting from April and we got a result of my son’s daycare from city office. I opened the envelope with trembling hands ๐Ÿ‘ and took deep breath when I saw the document.

Yes,he’s going to our first choice daycare!

We didn’t think we could go there. Entering daycare is like winning lottery. It’s point addition score system. City office calculates our family point based on our application. For gaining points, I changed work hour from 9am to 4pm(9points)to 9am to 5pm(10points) because my husband’s point is 10 points and if my point is 9, our point is calculated from 9 points. We did everything we could do. But still it wasn’t easy to get in our first choice. My mother-in-law is a neighbor, which is good for us but it wouldn’t be good for this screening. Family who doesn’t have their family around takes high priority when we have same points.

I went to city office a couple of times to check a present state of month. Every time I was tense and desperate. It was like never end. In addition, my mother-in-law is against daycare because he’s still a little baby. She hasn’t been happy about this result๐Ÿ˜ฅ When people who should be the best supporter don’t work the way, it’ll be hard to get along with, but about our son, we decide everything in our way.

A week earlier before we got the result, I had meeting with my boss who always comes to near my place and we have meeting at a burger shop. At this point, I was not sure if I could be back to work but he talked about my assignment. I’m most greatful that he prepared my place in the office. Eventually I can go back to work๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll send my son daycare at 7:30am and pick him up at 6pm. Gotta busy but I’m thrilled as well๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

Break the jinx

2018, my age is believed to be unhappy age. So I attended purification ceremony at shrine breaking the jinx. I got the following things.

As everyone might know, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck announced their NEM coins about $400 million were hacked and I became one of the victims. They said NEM coins were stored in a hot wallet instead of the more secure cold wallet. The president cited technical difficulties and a shortage of stuff were capable of dealing with them. I doubted bad luck came from the jinx lol

After watching their press conference, I found they’re too young to run business with a lack of experiences and they didn’t seem to have a compliance for unforeseen situations. In hindsight, they showed problems of cryptocurrencies to the world. Whatever investors say, taking risks are all your faults after all.

The president is 27. I imagine he wanted to make something big. Running own business would be hard and needed to be brave enough. I want him to recover from the law point as an entrepreneur!

I will break the jinx on my own and fight with charms๐Ÿ˜

Must-have item for my son

My son likes playing with a toy in the video,which is made by Quercetti.

This toy develops creativity and concentration power. When he plays, he really focuses on it. So, it helps me, too. The highlight of the toy is making a form as he wants in many ways. In addition, each color of gear is beautiful and it impacts him.

My mother-in-law bought him a box of wooden blocks but shows no interest in it. I feel very sorry for her.

However he found his favorite toy and that’s great source for mom and dad.

The following website is official for your info.


Since I had my son, I’ve been trying to make homemade things. Today I made pancake without pancake mix.

Ingredients :

Flour 200g, 1 egg, Tofu 150g, Sugar 50g, Milk 200ml

I used Tofu instead of backing powder. It’s less fluffy but it helps softness and eventually pancake has a mild taste.

This little man likes this pancake and once he eats, he craves over and over again!

When I asked him ” Do you want more? ” in English, his answer was like “Yeah!”. Maybe it was by accident ๐Ÿ˜‹

This little man let me learn new things ๐Ÿ“ What’s next?

Year of Dogs.

Happy New Year greeting from Maya and Kay. Wishing everyone a prosperous year ahead ๐Ÿคฃ

2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac.

“People born in the Year of the dog are said to be faithful and loving but need guidance and protection. A man born in the Year of dog should marry a strong-willed woman who can give him the push he needs to achieve success. Dogs are most compatible with Rabbits, Tigers, and Horses but are are incompatible with Dragons and Roosters.” by an article.

Mine is Tiger ๐Ÿฏ and my year 1986’s Tigers are said “super strong-minded”. I heard some people don’t want a baby girl became of this. Maybe only my husband understand it. Hes is the year of mouse, whatever he does , it’s very easy for tiger to eat a little mouse . This Tiger comes every 36 years, therefore next is people born in 2022.