beanmylife was originally created in 2012 as a personal outlet for me to blog about life and to keep my close friends updated on everything I was going through after moving to Japan to pursue my undergraduate degree. Back then, only two people knew this url, Planet and Tea, and the only things I would post about were usually how much I missed them. After a hiatus of over a year, I resumed posting on this blog in April 2014.

Why beanmylife? The blog url comes from my nickname, Bean! It’s now my username on other websites and the title of my YouTube channel!

We’ve got our own Planateary Orbit!

I still have the occasional emo post or bouts of insecurity but for the most part, I now use this blog to write about Japan, what I love about Japan and everything that interests me. Which usually ends up being food, music, one of my other fandoms and cats. Or all of them at the same time! I also write about life in Singapore and the shenanigans I get up to with my friends.

I studied in Japan’s Kwansei Gakuin University from April 2012 to March 2016, and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Asian Studies! I lived in Takarazuka City for 1.5 years, and Nishinomiya City for 2.5 years.

I really like Japanese music, especially discovering new indie bands. It’s so interesting to watch them grow. My current favourites are LOCAL CONNECT (formerly H”palty) and 彼女 in the Display. I used to go to concerts just about every week, sometimes attending up to 4 in one week alone! My friends in school called me the Concert Otaku and one even asked if I was trying to complete a concert stamp card. But since fade‘s haitus in June 2014, I’ve toned down my crazy ways. It’s not everyday you can find a band you’re willing to support, run a Street Team and travel all over Japan for and even though they’re no longer active, that band will forever have a special place in my heart.

Other things I’m passionate about are purikura, conbini, karaoke and my new found addiction to UFO catchers.


All in a day’s work

When I’m not out emptying my wallet doing any of the above, I spend my days by being a trying not to be a hikikomori. I prefer quiet days spent binge watching shows and movies, or playing one of the many Otome Games/Dating Sims I’ve acquired. Tapping on the screen for “skinship” to make the ikemen fall for me? Give me some chu-hai and that’s my idea of a perfect Friday night.

Hopefully you won’t get scared off by my brand of silly and decide to stick around and read all the thoughts I’ve penned onto this digital paper. Welcome to beanmylife, and I hope you enjoy your stay!

Feel free to contact me via email at hello@beanmylife.com or drop me a tweet! I’d love to hear from you 😀

And If you’d like to know even more about me, you can read my FAQ Page!


  1. Brian says:

    Hi Bernie.

    I just read your article “An Asian foreigners experience in Japan” and I learned a lot of things I wasn’t aware of prior. As an Asian person who wishes to travel one day to Japan I will definitely remember some of those things you pointed out. Now I’ve read some of the comments in the article page from a few who have said that it is much easier for an Asian to assimilate into Japanese society. Yet everything I’ve read and heard from others who’ve lived in Japan say that Caucasians actually receive better treatment due to a certain thing called white privilege and that unlike other Asian nationalities like Southeast Asians(ie Filipinos) or Koreans, Whites in comparison don’t get the kind of hostile treatment or attitude of being looked down upon like the other groups I just mentioned. Can you please confirm this one way or another? I’ve known Filipinos(being one myself) who have stayed in Japan for some time and they tell me that White people despite being non Asian foreigners are the recipient of much more positive treatment and given more respect than Filipinos do or any other Asian nationality for that matter. So I’m just really curious here and I would definitely like to hear from you.


    • Bernie Low says:

      Hi Brian,
      While it may not be exactly the same across the board for every Southeast Asian, it does unfortunately happen that if they have darker skin, they may get discriminated against. While on the other hand, Western foreigners who are white tend to be treated much better. It does happen and depending which part of Japan can be very common. Of course this doesn’t mean it can and will make a trip to Japan a bad experience 🙂

      Hope that helps and apologies for the late reply!

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