Him: “When I told her I got an offer to work in Japan, she said, ‘You already said yes, didn’t you?’ And I’m like, ‘Umm…yeah.’ That’s how much my wife knows me. We met in college. We took up dentistry, but I work in advertising and she works for the government. She actually had to take a sabbatical.”

Her: “He’s such an otaku (geek). He came ahead of us to find a place for the family. Me and the girls followed. To be honest, I had reservations about living in Japan, especially with the food. Being Muslim, everything has to be halal. Surprisingly enough, it’s not hard at all. There’s a halal community and there are supermarkets where you can get halal chicken, halal beef, etc. And the kids are happy. We live close to the Indonesian school and I can take them by bicycle. That’s unthinkable in Jakarta.”

Daughter one: “Daddy can’t ride a bicycle!”

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