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Whilst it’s great to be back in Oz after 2 years in Japan, I’m just about ready to hope on the plane and move myself to Korea where I’ll be studying Korean full time. Full time being Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm.

Right now it sounds pretty light on, so I’m hoping that I’ll get to join a club (hopefully Taekwondo 태권도) at my university (I’m going to Korea University 고려대학교) and I’ll make use of the library for extra study.

I already bought my ticket, 1-way business class with Jetstar. I bought my ticket when Jetstar was having a sale. This will only be the 2nd time that I’ve flown business class, so I hope it’ll be a comfortable trip to Japan, where I’ll stop for a few days to see friends.

I’ve sorted out accommodation, I’ll be staying at InKAS – Woorljip for Korean Adoptees. I do hope to spend time at Eastern Social Welfare Society to volunteer a bit, nurse the little babies and meet other adoptees as they come to Korea.

I’ve got my F4 Visa! I just have to save up a bit more money to fund myself for the 1.5 years I’ll be living in Korea! I’m pretty lucky that my old hospital gave me my job back, and the wage of nurses has increased a bit which is great for me!! A pity it seems that I won’t be able to work as a Registered Nurse in Seoul due to not being able to speak fluent Korean, as that would be great experience!

I’m just waiting for my pension money to come to me after working with JET for 2 years and after I do my tax return in July!!

I’ve already got a few things on my MUST DO list:
Go to Jeju Island!
Meet my Korean family, especially grandparents!
Save money to go to Spain for a holiday with my Australian parents to visit my Aunty.



I don’t know why, but I decided to put a movie on for background noise whilst I cleaned/did chores/did things that needed to be done but I always get sucked into watching it for a little bit, which turns into a long bit and then I need to keep watching the whole drama again.

This time it’s 1 Litre of Tears 1リットルの涙


I think I’ve mentioned it before in my blog somewhere, but it’s a true story and it’s very sad! You’ll shed at least 1 litre of tears!!
But in relation to that, I wanted to write about my own current “sickness”. I’ve had it for about 2 months now, maybe 2.5 months… And it has pretty much worn away my patience. I’m not sure where I got it from, but I think it’s around the time I went to Thailand or Okinawa. Anyway, I was infected with scabies. ヒゼンダニ. At first I wasn’t sure what these small pustule like things were, and thought that it was an allergic reaction as my fellow teachers had said that they had also had similar things in the past to allergic reactions from certain plants.

But it didn’t get better, so I went to a doctor and he looked at me for about 3 seconds and told me I had heat rash. I couldn’t believe that he could diagnose me within 3 seconds, but I was un-prepared to explain or say anything, so I received the anti-itch cream he prescribed and left. I even went back after 2 weeks because it didn’t get better, in fact it seemed to have gotten slightly worse, I was waking up during the night due to itchiness, I felt ashamed to let people see my skin, it was terrible, but he looked at my skin for about 3 seconds again and told me that it was definitely heat rash and it’ll take time to heal.

I didn’t know what to do, so I put up with the itch and went on a holiday to Singapore and the Philippines as I had bought the tickets about half a year ago. I know those 2 countries are hot, but I didn’t want to waste an opportunity like that so I went. Even though it was torture for my skin, it was super itchy and looked super fugly, I was able to survive because I didn’t know anyone there.

Anyway, I came back to Japan, and in desperation, I asked my friends for a good doctor that they could recommend. I went to Izumiootsu to see a Doctor Mochida (泉大津の持田先生) and he finally diagnosed me with scabies. Not that I was happy to hear that I had scabies, but at least I had a name for the disease and could start to get it properly treated.

I saw the doctor today, which has been for the 5 week in a row now and looks like things are starting to get better.

I suppose the point of this blog is to appreciate everything you have and can do. Just like the main character from the drama 1 Litre of Tears, when you have a sickness for a long time, that’s when you truly appreciate everything you had before. I’m lucky that what I have is treatable, and I definitely can’t wait until I can go to sleep without waking up due to itchiness, I can walk around and not be scared in case someone sees my skin.

This is something that I definitely don’t want to experience again. If you think you might have scabies, it starts with red spots, maybe some small pustules/blister like “water” under the skin, itchiness, etc, go ask a doctor for a check up. The sooner you start treatment, the better.


So today I caught up with Sayaka, who I hadn’t seen for a while! Actually, I think the last time I saw her was before Christmas/New Years break! Anyway, we went and watched Gantz at the Toho Cinema in Umeda. I didn’t realise that it was released today, but I just decided I wanted to see a movie, checked what was on, saw Gantz was on, wanted to see it since it came out, and so that’s how I decided on it. And the verdict? AWESOME!! I’ve only seen the first 3 or so episodes of the anime and I’ve only read the first few books of the manga, so I have an idea of the story line, but seeing the movie blew my mind! It was really good, and I want to see it again! I already love 松山ケンイチ but was also happily surprised with ニノ‘s acting! Man, I want to see it again. Also, I was happy, because I paid for a students ticket price. 1,500円!

ほんで, yesterday I got a new haircut!! ^_^

I would like to take credit for thinking about this haircut all for myself, but everyday I’m influenced by the different trends in hair and fashion here in Japan. I don’t really like facial hair, but seeing so many Japanese guys sporting it around as the new fashion, I sub-consciously grew it too. So my new style is short on one side, and longer on the other. AND it’s also got a small undercut on either side until just behind the ear area. I’m not sure what my school will say, if they say anything, but I’ve liked fashion and hair since I went to university. Even at the hospital when I was working as a nurse, the other staff members (including my bosses) liked it when I styled my hair “differently” to the others nurses. And also, it gave the patients something to talk about! So I don’t see why I have to stop being who I am here in Japan, when I think that the fashion and hair styles are so much more popular here than back home!

Anyway, I also watched another movie after coming home that was Sayaka’s recommendation. 腐女子彼女 (funjoshi kanojo). Funjoshi apparently refers to girls who like BL (Boys Love). It was quite interesting and another insight into a popular trend for girls in Japan!!!