In a Metal Galaxy Far Far Away

BabyMetal released their third studio album called Metal Galaxy this past week on October 8th in Japan, with an international release date of October 11th. I pre-ordered a digital copy of the album a couple of weeks before it went on sale and was able to download a few of the songs. I heard these … Continue reading In a Metal Galaxy Far Far Away

Head Games

Most of the time, I work in a small room with my coworkers, some of whom talk incessantly, which fills the room with an unending cacophony that is not only distracting but also gives me a headache. So back in August, I decided to "invest" in a pair of noise cancelling headphones. I'll be honest. … Continue reading Head Games

Hip to the Hop

A couple of months ago, YouTube recommended some flash mob videos to me that took place in Japan because I often watch Japanese-related videos for listening practice. Somehow, I became addicted to the Japanese flash mob videos, which often involve a marriage proposal or a wedding reception. I thought the dance choreography was amazing and … Continue reading Hip to the Hop

The Cat’s Meow

I went to a cat cafe called Cat & Craft near my place the other day. What surprised me the most was that there is a cat cafe near my place. I found out about Cat & Craft through one of my Meetup groups because an event was held there recently. The cat cafe consists … Continue reading The Cat’s Meow

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday, I went to the 2019 San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. I wrote about it last year in Japanese, so I decided to write about this year's festival in English. Entrance to the Cherry Blossom Festival Inside the Japanese Friendship Garden I hosted the event for two … Continue reading 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival

Rebirth

About two months ago, I changed my blog's theme because I wanted it to have a minimalist design. In addition to changing the blog's theme, I asked my friend Brett to create a new banner for the blog. Although I liked the old banner, I thought it was time for a new one. Additionally, I … Continue reading Rebirth

Thoughts on Japan

After studying Japanese for two and a half years, I finally took my first trip to the land of the rising sun. In fact, it was my first trip overseas ever! I was nervous at first, but once the plane landed at Narita Airport, I felt so many different emotions that ranged from elation to … Continue reading Thoughts on Japan

Reflecting on 2018

As 2018 comes to end, I want to take a moment to reflect on this past year. I'm not sure where to start because it feels overwhelming to try to summarize the entire year in a single blog post. I plan to write about a significant event that happened recently, but it can wait until … Continue reading Reflecting on 2018

Still Remains

"Still Remains" is a song by the American band Stone Temple Pilots. I remember listening to this song after STP released their second album called Purple. It became my favorite STP song immediately. After original singer Scott Weiland's passing, I listened to this song often and even posted a tribute to Mr. Weiland with a … Continue reading Still Remains

Salsa Dancing in the Street

I went to a free salsa concert in Escondido last week. The concert was part of a series of concerts that the Center for the Arts puts on annually. It was great seeing so many people salsa dancing outdoors. I ran into a friend who I met about four years ago and snuck in a … Continue reading Salsa Dancing in the Street