Month: May 2016

Contemplation, Week 11

Hello! Welcome to week 11 of Contemplation, where Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K  A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. Feels good to have this wonderful series back after a few weeks off. * my post from Week 10, here * Today’s prompt: What’s the next book you’re going to read? Before I get to what’s next, a little about my current read which is Rainbow Rowell’s sweet story Eleanor & Park. Although I’m nowhere near finished yet, so far I’m enjoying it and it’s brought up feelings of nostalgia about my first love story, when I was 14. The way the characters talk about falling in love and describe it in quirky metaphors has struck a chord with me and surprised me. Definitely recommend giving it a read if you fancy a break from ‘’grown up‘’ stories and want to dive back in time for a moment. Back to today’s question, my next book is between: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying …

Reflection: May

Hello! Whereas April was all about becoming a better listener, this month was about working on my to do list. The plus side, it’s allowed me time to sort out some important things, but on the downside I’ve been feeling uninspired to do much else. This is the first post I’ve done in 9 days! That’s the longest I’ve gone without saying a word or sharing photos on here. Despite the silence bugging me after just a few days, I couldn’t bring myself to post anything as part of me knew that if I had, I would’ve instantly regretted it and you would be able to smell the desperation. So why the silence? As I’ve written before I am currently in the middle of tying up loose ends in Japan // getting my dog ready for travel // setting up a place to live in London // setting up work in London and generally trying not to collapse under the stress of it all. I knew the whole process would be difficult BUT I underestimated …

Japan Diaries: My First Baseball Game

My previous knowledge of baseball had mainly come from one of my favourite books, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I’d highly recommend a read EVEN if you don’t particularly like baseball, because it’s about so much more than that! Couple the book with the fact that Mr Cheerful and friends had told me about their experience last year, meant I had quiet high expectations of my first game. Who did we see? The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ),  they are a professional baseball team in Japan’s Pacific League based in Chiba City, and are owned by the Lotte corporation. Fun Fact: In 2010, the Marines clinched third place on the last day of the season to earn a berth into the Climax Series. They went on to become the first third place team to ever win the Climax Series, and faced off with the Chunichi Dragons in the 2010 Japan Series. The Marines defeated the Dragons in seven games, composed of four wins, two losses, and one tie, winning their second Japan Series in under ten …

Weekly Photo Challenge #20: Nothing Left To Lose

In response to this week’s theme Face. Photo taken in Ueno Park (Japan). Today only the face remains of this Buddha statue. Why?  It has a sad history. It had a full-length figure of about six meters when it was built in 1631. However, it suffered from several disasters including earthquakes. The body was destroyed, but the face remained. Though it has only the face, many people come to see it to pray for success in their examinations because the statue overcame many difficulties and has nothing left to lose. Source: Live Japan Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  

Three Things Thursday

Hello! How’s your week going? Things have been quiet and a bit off this week for me, but these three things have kept my spirits up: Everything in life is Figureoutable. No idea why I’ve never heard of Marie Forleo before (where have I been?) BUT I am glad I have now. I came across this wonderful, inspirational and funny video from her on Super Soul TV. Everything is figureoutable is a motto her mother taught her as a teen, and how she’s lived her life since.  Super inspiring, definitely give it a watch! Travel Planning. Whenever I am in one of my life sucks moods, travel planning always cheers me up! It helps me to focus and appreciate the opportunities I have around me, being able to travel is a luxury we rarely stop to fully appreciate. Recently I started looking into what’s next for me after Japan and it’s got me SUPER excited. Can’t wait to share final travel plans with you and hopefully get some cool tips on what to do. Brave Boy. …

Contemplation, Week 10

Hello! Welcome to week 10 of Contemplation, where Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. * my post from Week 9, here * Today’s prompt: How has a pet impacted your life? I would say my dog has had a huge impact on my life. His taught me many things in such a short space of time! Some of which include patience, unconditional love, and to stop to enjoy the simple things. Before I got him I wasn’t known for my patience, and I know it’s still a work in progress BUT my dog has definitely been a constant reminder for me to continue to practice being patient. His also taught me what unconditional love really means. He shows me this every day, even if I’m miserable where I feel like everything sucks, he still shows me love and doesn’t judge me for having one of those days. Something else he has taught me from day one, has …