Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

We shouldn’t have to do this. But we do. We shouldn’t have to be constantly worrying about our safety. And we especially shouldn’t be blamed for not being “prepared enough” or for simply “making bad decisions” when we get attacked on the streets. But the hard truth is that we are all at risk when we walk alone at night, and with the high price … Continue reading Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

My Japan Makeup and Skincare Haul

Japan is known for high-tech cosmetics and skincare products, most of which come with a price tag to match the quality. But there are also many great finds on the drugstore shelves of Japan that can get the job done for a more affordable price. After listing what I wanted and needed and doing some research, this is what I took home from Osaka and … Continue reading My Japan Makeup and Skincare Haul

Onsen Spa Experience, part 1

In the middle of a hectic month (or more accurately, past three months) of work and school, the holiday weekend was a welcome break. It also felt like a great time to try new things, like stripping down and slipping into an Onsen pool. An Onsen is a Japanese hot spring meant for beautifying the skin and relaxing the body. While the earliest Onsens (and … Continue reading Onsen Spa Experience, part 1