Sunday, March 1, 2015

Seven Years Ago

Seven years ago I started this blog. I wasn't so young, but I felt young. I was carefree, adventurous, I had a foul mouth and I was fresh off the plane in Seoul, Korea. I wrote this blog mostly from the staff room at my overly religious Korean elementary school, and for the longest time my only reader was my coworker Jaclyn.

This blog was like my diary for several years. In a quasi anonymous manner, I could share my thoughts about culture shock, heartbreaks, wanderlusting and daily things like the music I listened to and the food I ate. I met some of my closest friends via this blog, friends who are still part of my life today. My blog also helped me secure those first writing jobs, as my entries could be used as excerpts and were the closest thing to "published" material to show. My blog acted as a portfolio in the early days, it gave me direction and steered my career into the world of words and journalism.

Although things have changed and my diary now comes in the form of close friends I share champagne with at the top of Tokyo, over Starbucks before morning rush hour or via long messages between Japan and Canada, my heart hasn't changed and I'm still this adventurous girl who dropped everything familiar to dive in the unknown. Even though Tokyo is home and I'm fairly settled here, every day is an adventure and I'm learning so much about the culture and language. That's why I love living abroad so much, there is always a sense of excitement, even though it gets exhausting at times. I'm pretty tame and conservative on the surface, but I secretly enjoy any little thrill I get.

In honour of my blog's seventh birthday, some of my favourite things lately.




Eating

Kaisen donburi, which means a seafood bowl. It looks elaborate, but it's a very easy meal to execute. I just buy fresh sashimi from the local market, and add a few toppings such as yama imo (Japanese mountain yam), kaiware (daikon sprouts), ginger and green onion. It's best to use vinegar rice, and I love it with a miso soup and chilled sake.

Listening

Arcade Fire, all four albums on shuffle. Montreal love, reminds me of the Mile End and running into those guys at La Sala Rossa and La Croissanterie Figaro and when they played in churches.


Reading

Girl in a Band, by Kim Gordon. I just ordered it, but I can't wait to devour this book. As you all know I'm such a big fan of Sonic Youth and my heart was broken when they separated. I can often be found lurking around the sixth floor in Shinjuku's Kinokuniya bookstore in search for treasures, but I get so overwhelmed that I often leave empty-handed.

Watching

I don't have time to even watch anything at the moment, but I finally say Boyhood (loved it and the soundtrack) and last night I saw a lowbrow but somewhat entertaining movie called Two Night Stand. I also saw Casse-Tête Chinois, the end of the trilogy of my favourite Euro group following L'Auberge Espagnole and Les Poupées Russes.

Exercising

Does walking at a fast pace and rushing to catch the train counts? I've been trying to keep up with running, but I easily lack motivation due to the cold, the rain, too much work. However, the latest Stella McCartney x Adidas collection might be just what I need to get back into it...

21 comments:

spajonas said...

Happy anniversary!

Nina said...

Happy 7 year anniversary! :D
It's crazy to look back and see where you used to be and where you are now. I'm glad your adventurous spirit is still the same though. And Arcade Fire!! Love them.

Anna I said...

Happy seven year blogging anniversary! I still haven't got round to watching Boyhood, really want to see it. x

Rachael Brennan said...

Happy 7th Blog-aversary!
Your blog has inspired me to start my first blog now that i've just moved to Okinawa. I hope I have the dedication to keep it up as long as you.
seachangeokinawa.blogspot.com

Charles Martineau said...

Continue ton Blogue! It keeps reminding me why I love to go back to Japan every year : )

stasya-lj said...

Congrats on the 7th anniversary!

Just wanted to say hi and that I really enjoy reading it :) Canadian parts look familiar, although I lived for nearly 7 years in Toronto and only been to Montreal a couple of times during Reading Week and march break back at school and then uni )

Hope you can soon enjoy spring in Japan. I miss it from time to time :/

Vivian said...

Thank you for reading :)

Vivian said...

Thank you! Glad you share my love for arcade fire! Thanks for reading!

Vivian said...

Thank you and yes, please watch it!!

Vivian said...

Wow- that's amazing to hear. Thank you! I'm adding your blog to my reading list, looks lovely! Okinawa, lucky you.

Vivian said...

Merci Charles! Let me know next time you're in japan!!

Vivian said...

Thank you very much! Spring is the nicest here, although it's too short! :)

Ursula Leonowicz said...

congratulations on seven years!!! as a montrealer who also lived in japan, i really enjoy reading your blog. i also love arcade fire and sashimi! http://citycountrybumpkin.blogspot.ca/

Sabrina Cheng said...

Hi Vivian, this is Sabrina:) I've been following your blog since my summer at TELL. Happy anniversary! I just want to let you know your blog gives me the courage and passion to explore what I really want to do and pay attention to the beauty in my life that I used to ignore when I get really busy. I miss you a lot and everyone I met during that summer! Please please let me know if you have any plan to visit US, I will be more than happy to meet you:)

marleyzelinkovasmith said...

Oh I was so worried when I read the first paragraph that you were going to be saying goodbye to blogging after 7 years..! Phew! Yours is one of the first blogs I started following avidly as an ex ryugakusei and continued Japanophile. Absolutely love it. Another 7 years please!! Happy blog anniversary, Vivian :) Marlz @ 'Food. Travel. Superlatives'

thisbeijinglife.com said...

Wow 7 years- congrats!! I really really hope you make it to Beijing soon :-) :-)

Christine said...

Sorry I'm so late but Happy 7th! Love reading your blog and getting to know you :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Happy blog birthday - it's been fun following along all these years!

amber said...

i love this blog you have created! CONGRATS! look forward to new entries in the future :)

Khan Jung said...

Clearly your readership has grown and for good reason! I still love your writing :)
-Jaclyn

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