Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

私はレイちゃんです。 私はひまわりが好きです 。 Do you know I prefer to go by RayChan レイちゃん Instead of RachelSan レイチェルさん Sounds more like LayChan. Chan ちゃんhere is used for children. San さんis used for adults. Of course I prefer Chan. It’s only natural. I even got it on my new dentist card after insisting it was what I like to be called and convincing the staff to put … Continue reading Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

Because I have changed

4/10/2019 Entrance ceremony was today. If you have never heard of or seen an entrance ceremony, you need to google it. The gym is decorated and parents, students and staff welcome new students (1st graders). The band is playing, everybody claps for an extended period of time while the new class members walk in. There are flowers, music, clapping, and speeches to welcome the new … Continue reading Because I have changed

Beverly Hills, 90210

Time…the only thing that never stops. A flyer was hanging in the staff room where I was teaching third grade. That was 2.5 years ago when I applied to be an ALT in Japan. The first year, I did not get the job. I was devastated. January came around, 2018 and I thought…I’m going to try one more time. I applied and interviewed for the … Continue reading Beverly Hills, 90210

Waiting for Tragedy

January has come and gone with a quickness that most months do. Some days go slow, but the weeks go fast and the months disappear without notice. I’ve spent (the shortest) 6 months of my life in Japan. This being said, 6 more months was not going to be long enough for me to accomplish all that I hope to. I am excited to say, … Continue reading Waiting for Tragedy