Author: LifeSharpener

Welcome to Bandung! Otherwise known as the Paris of Java Island.

Welcome to Bandung! Otherwise known as the Paris of Java Island.

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated last, but I am committing to do a better job of updating this blog. Essentially, the last couple months has been a blur! Meeting new people, exploring the city, and learning the language really […]

The US food industry vs Japan’s! *slobber*

The US food industry vs Japan’s! *slobber*

There are some things that US peeps get wrong that the Japanese get right in regards to food (in my opinion anyway)… 1. Eating healthy is CHEAP. You can buy a super fresh bagged salad with the dressing of your choice for 1.5 dollars. You […]

Greetings from Bandung! 3 Weeks In!

Greetings from Bandung! 3 Weeks In!

Hello everyone! (I’m adding some pictures from my cell phone in low light, so I apologize for the quality) So I’m 3 weeks into Indonesia. My Bahasa(language) Indonesia classes have been happening since the 11th. I’ve been dropping weight (because of all the travelers diarrhea). […]

Japan is incredibly tourist friendly (Part 1). Especially if you are from China, the USA, or South Korea.

Japan is incredibly tourist friendly (Part 1). Especially if you are from China, the USA, or South Korea.

Japan was a blast! I haven’t been to many countries as a tourist, but in my opinion, Japan just might be the #1 tourist friendly nation on the planet. Reason # 1 for this assertion – Foreigner Friendliness In larger cities and towns in Japan, […]

Established in Indonesia! Japan Recap.

Established in Indonesia! Japan Recap.

Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates, the past two weeks have been pretty wild! So I’ve left Japan, and I’ve been in Indonesia for a week, getting settled in an apartment. The next few blog posts will probably be about Japan, while the experience […]

Halfway into Japan – 1 Week left until Jakarta! and a quick Thank You.

Halfway into Japan – 1 Week left until Jakarta! and a quick Thank You.

So I don’t know if I mentioned this earlier, but on my way to Indonesia, I stopped by in Japan to visit some friends. I haven’t been able to catch a breath till now, and I figure that I need to make an update of […]

the Chicago that I love (3 days until departure)

the Chicago that I love (3 days until departure)

These days, when I talk to people about Chicago, they usually mention places like Downtown, Michigan Ave, Millennium Park, Logan Square… As a suburbanite, I’ve studied/lived/worked in Chicago for a period of about 7 years. That was more than enough time to realize that… I […]

Saying Goodbye to your Home- 6 Days remaining

Saying Goodbye to your Home- 6 Days remaining

I’ve lived in the same town for the majority of my life. As I approach my departure date, I’m feeling some anxiety. Not because I’m worried about Indonesia, but because I have to say goodbye to the environment that has surrounded me from my formative […]

10 days before departure day…

10 days before departure day…

So I leave for Japan in 10 days. The time really went by quickly. When I made the decision, August seemed so far away… and now that it’s arrived I find myself scrambling to tidy up loose ends. Finish cleaning/donating/trashing all my stuff. This era […]