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!
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you can find a band you’re willing to support, run a Street Team and travel all over Japan for and even though they’re no longer active, that band will forever have a special place in my heart.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a tweet! I’d love to hear from you 😀