As a form of internet lingo in Japan, many online users have a tendency to write their names using the English alphabet while leaving out the vowels. In many cases, it’s shorter, faster, opens up a new realm of possible online usernames, but it can also be quite cryptic as well. Up until now, I have always been pretty open on the internet, however, as one gains more followers it’s important to diminish your online footprint when it could potentially have consequences in the real world. This is particularly true in Japan as educators and government officials are often held to a higher standard. With that said, I think that using this alias may be more advantageous, given the current situation and climate. Cheers.

My Story

Many of you have known me for years, but for those of you interested in finding out more about me, please feel free to read this in-depth, personal, autobiographical ‘short’ story that I wrote a few years ago. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

My Blog

Living and working in Japan has felt like a dream come true despite some of the hardships of being a non-native speaking immigrant from a different country. I’ve also enjoyed writing in a journal and reflecting back years later to see what has changed and/or to explore memories that have since been replaced with new ones. If my adventures abroad spark any interest in you, feel free to follow along as I post about my experiences in Japan, teaching, life in general, and more…

My Mantra

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain

My Interests

Design has always been a passion of mine, but I would also consider myself a modern day jack of all trades. I use my design skills to work on computers, the web, take photographs, work on traditional art pieces and even create worksheets and PowerPoint presentations.

With so much knowledge at our fingertips, we are capable of accomplishing so many things that used to require special training or higher levels of education. I hope more of us learn to take advantage of this information in order to make the world around us a better and brighter place.