Phew! The big move is done and I’m out of Japan. It was tough, physically and emotionally. I had much more stuff than I’d imagined and had adopted more of a Japanese outlook than I’d realized! I’m still expecting to see vending machines around every corner and surprised when people shake hands instead of bow! I was in Japan on and off for the majority of the last 10 years, but I didn’t realize how much it had seeped in to my everyday conciousness.
Not to wax on and on about Japan, but the traditional “”new year” there begins on April 1. That’s when the new school year begins, new jobs start, and spring is in the air. It’s a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.
2012 so far has been a blur of moving and preparations and changes of plan and general craziness, so I’m looking forward to a fresh new start.
I’m in Singapore at the moment, and I’ve decided to go to nail school full-time and really push myself artistically. Long before I was a nail junkie, I was drawing, painting and printmaking, so I may try to get back into some fine art too. I’m here since Mr. NTMG is working here for a few months, so I figure I’ll make the most of it! I did some nail art classes (acrylic and gel) in Japan, but now I’m going for the full diploma-granting course.
Singapore is definitely a change! I’ve been here before but living here will be a different story. It is hotter than heck and seasonless- it’s always summer here, but it’s that sticky Asian summer. The national hobbies seem to be eating (yum-food to die for!) and shopping (meh, not really my thing).
It’s defintitely refreshing to be in a multi-cultural country. I went to the Indian district, and there are gorgeous textiles and mind-boggling jewelry which are definitely going to inspire some manicures. Chinese and Indian art seem to include a lot of vivid color, gold and sparkles, so I’m feeling right at home.
Things are still a bit up in the air- I’m living out of a (very sparkly) suitcase and using Wi-Fi when I can find it. I am definitely looking forward to being a bit more settled and having my own space. And I’m treating myself to one of those rolling manicure carts to pack my nail stuff in, because packing nail polish in a suitcase with clothes is living dangerously. I had an explosion of China Glaze Grape Pop, but luckily it missed my clothes. Phew.