Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Happy New Year!

OMG... time flies. It has been a while since I last posted. :(. I was tied up with too many things in December, which is called "Shiwasu" in Japanese, which means even the teachers would run around being busy. I guess teachers were not supposed to be busy in the old Japanese culture. I was busy keeping the online shop going (it was going better than I expected, which made me busier), socializing and partying, finding a descent looking x'mas tree and setting it up (nope I am not Christian but I am Japanese, which means I can enjoy whatever religious celebrations I would like), buying presents for those we care, writing year-end greeting letters, getting ready for our South India trip, etc. Whew. And, the year is gone!

Even leaving aside the devastating earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011 (a day after I celebrated my birthday in Tokyo), 2011 was definitely more chaotic than I wanted it to be. We moved to India in May and started to work our way through the new customs and cultures here in India. I have to say I got VERY frustrated several times during the first three months, but I started to understand and accept the beauty in the frustration ingredients that I was getting, and I started to enjoy most things about India. Yes, I still get frustrated when people give me completely irrelevant answers to the questions that I ask (eg. "where can I find women's garments?" and you get an answer like "everything here is 20% off"), and I do have to say I still have a love-hate relationship with India, but all in all I am enjoying life here.

I was pushing myself a bit hard in 2011. It was like having a crazy horse in myself trying to run as fast as I could, but now I have told myself that 2012 should be the time to really settle down and look into myself and enjoy every single moment that I am living. Sounds dreamy but I already know it will be a challenge. But I want to challenge myself.

Thank you for visiting my blog, although I don't update too often (I update my Japanese blog more just in case you are interested in using Google Translate, which doesn't work ^^) and wish you all a very happy new year!!

# I will post about our trip to southern India soon! I promise.

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