I've been blogging for a long time in Japanese, but FINALLY I commit myself to write in English.
This is my first post in English, so let me introduce myself...
I'm Tomoka from Odawara, which is located 1.5 hours from Tokyo, the capital of Japan.
I am currently working as a freelance writer/translator and I sometimes draw cartoons as well.
Yes, I will post my works on this website.
I am writing this post in Ubud, Bali, where I am currently based in.
Oh, I got a little lizard playing on my lap and a little ant (or I should say a "big" ant because here ants are bigger than in Japan) is scamparing across the monitor of my laptop, but I don't mind...I just gonna keep writing!
So people always ask me this question: "What do you do in Ubud?"
That's a good question.
Because I can't explain it well.
So, I should digest my thoughts first to find out why I'm here.
I was living in the Philippines doing volunteer works for last two years.
And I went back to Japan last September.
It was fun for a while...life is easy in Japan. Everything goes as I planned. All my family and friends are there.
But the thing is I need more money to live my life in Japan...
I can't make a living just with my freelance job, so I was working night shift while doing freelance job during the day for almost 5 months.
And of caurse it didn't work. I was too tired from the night work to focus on my real job.
Yes, I got money, but this was not the life I wanted.
Do I really see that much value on life in Japan?
I can't stay in my parents' forever, but I don't want to spend my precious time on doing job for money to live in a tiny tiny room which is like a cage in Tokyo.
What I want to do is I spend my precious time on working to get what I really see value on.
Then, what do "I" place value on?
To be economically rich,
to live in a mansion and have gourgeous meals,
to have high social status,
to get married and have kids and have a stable life...
They are not my priority. At least for now.
(especially the "stable" life thing? I think there's nothing like that in this world because everyone could die tomorrow.)
What I place value on is...
To have a new experience,
to meet new people and get inspired from each other,
to see the world which I haven't seen,
and the FREEDOM that makes these things possible for me.
If I have that freedom, then a simple life is good enough for me.
Actually that's the "luxurious" life for me.
And that is the reason why I came here in Bali.
It's been two weeks since I got here but it's been fantastic.
Everyday is full of new experience and I get to know inspiring people everyday.
I wash my clothes by hand and eat at local restaurants to save money and I can't eat at cool restaurants for tourists.
Yes, I am poor economically, but I am rich in my life.
I lost one of my main source of income right after when I got here.
I'm in trouble...I will end in a dificit even how much I save for this month.
But that's the life. I commit myself to survive!
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
I love you, Kelly Clarkson!
So, I started having affection for a tiny white spider crawling on my arm, which comes back every time I brush it off.
But anyway, I will close this post with my favorite song. "Ain't Got No, I Got Life."