Last year, on the same day my husband and I saw people flying the paper balloons and wanted to try it sometime. Coincidently we passed by the people who were flying them this year! Then they gave us one for us to try. We wrote the wishes for happiness in the Bhatias and the Ikegamis
The family who let us fly the balloon told us to come back on the same day next year at 8 PM. Felt so blessed :)
I had lunch with my colleague today at a middle-eastern restaurant in Raffle’s Place. (It was delicious but the way)
She told me about how she got to where she is in life, and what her dreams are. One of her dreams is to live in Hawaii and surf. She does not have a green card and she lives in Singapore with a family, so at this point it might seem so far away from reality. But even then she was not afraid to speak up her dream! I love people who have dreams, and I believe that the dreams can come true when you don’t give up on them.
Lately I have been trying to collect dreams ; tiny ones, medium-sized ones, and big ones. One of them is to get at least 100 followers on this blog and to get “Like”s and comments every time I post something. Right now this blog has 0 viewers, but I will not give up, because I really do believe that the dreams come true!
In Japan, girls give boys chocolates on Valentine’s Day! But because we are in Singapore, we decided to buy stuff for each other. My husband gave me a lovely card, a book I wanted to read, and a DVD I wanted to watch !! This year, we went to the mall, decided to shop for each other in 30 min with the budget of SGD 50 ! It was so much fun.
Meeting people can inspire you. In fact, it is probably through many encounters with people that you get clues on where you want to go.
Today I had one of those inspirational rendez-vous moments with Stephanie, an entrepreneur of the company called Style Tribute in Singapore. (http://styletribute.com/)
I somehow thought that those pioneers just do what they love, and along the way it turns out to be a success. WRONG! , at least in her case. Before she started her business, she had a treasure map in front of her with all the detailed calculations including the clear definition of her target market and financial strategies.
Regardless of these seriousness required though, she told me that "my work is so much fun now that it is not work anymore".
When I was in high school, my friend's mom told me this quote which later became my motto for a while: "Shoot for the moon!, even if you miss, you will still fall among the stars."
I used to be a fearless girl- as if I was living this quote. I auditioned for MTV and performed singing/piano in front of judges, went to Quebec for 3 months spontaneously without knowing any French except for "Bon Jour!", going to job interviews with my hair dyed to blonde, and the list goes on....
Looking back, I became more subdued after I started working for this Japanese trading company, which is stable, pays well and is "good enough". I would not say I do not enjoy it. Actually, it might be one of the jobs in Japan which "a million girls would kill for"(from Devil Wears Prada... my favorite movie by the way).
But recently, I feel like it is time that I look deeper within my heart. Of course it does not mean that I suddenly quit my job and start doing crazy things out of the blue. It is not only that easy but also not realistic( I am a married, 29-year old woman). But now I am ready to take action to prepare for my journey toward the moon, and be more myself again.
The problem is, I just know that working for my current company is not what I want to be doing for the next 5 or 10 years, and do not know what I should do instead. So I want to write on this blog about how I will find what I could do, and how I will make it happen.
I hope that in the future, people who want to do something else in life can look at my blog posts and learn from my experiences.
Hi, my name is Hana. I am from Tokyo, Japan. I am currently working in a Japanese trading company in Singapore.
My dream is to start my own business, even as a side. I would firstly want to start off with creating an online website to sell the AMAZING products for home, designed by my sister-in-law!
I play the piano, write music, love listening to music, shopping, movies, books, doing crafty things, fashion etc.
It's been 1 year since I moved to Singapore, and I would love to have more friends and connect with more people all over the world through this blog :-)