“I was born with a disability. I don’t have part of my leg because of a malformation below the knee. It’s like an amputation. So growing up, my parents would always push me to challenge myself. They wanted me to live an active life. If I wanted something, I had to go pick it upContinue reading

“I was babysitting for an American couple when the outbreak happened, and it turned into a two-week, all-expense-paid trip for me. They were based in Shanghai but in Tokyo on holiday. So the lockdown in Shanghai forced them to stay two more weeks and work remotely, while I showed their kids around town. One ofContinue reading

“I was born and raised in Tokyo. I’ve never been outside Japan and I don’t think I ever will because look at me, I can’t even speak English properly. Plus it’s just too scary abroad. It’s safer here. Also, I prefer to stay put. You know I’ve been doing this electronics store clerk job forContinue reading

“Am I afraid of coronavirus? Hell yeah. I make it a point to wear a mask on crowded trains. Am I gonna let that stop me from serving kebab? Hell no. We’re always open for business, come rain or shine. People still gotta eat after all. Although I realize I’ve been working so much sinceContinue reading

“Sometimes it’s tough being a single mom, especially when you’re abroad. I came here to be with this guy I was in a long-distance relationship with. I left everything behind, my whole life in Jakarta, to find work in a foreign country and live with him. But after six months, we decided to part waysContinue reading

“We’re shooting a TV commercial today. I’m supposed to get punched in the face so I’m not so excited about that. In the past, I used to get cooler roles, like an oil tycoon from the Middle East. They say I look oil rich with my mustache. I don’t do this full-time. Today just happensContinue reading

“I must have done five internships in total before getting hired by my company now. I sent dozens of cover letters and resumes to lots of different hiring managers, telling them, ‘Hey, I’m a foreigner and I can only speak conversational Japanese. But I’m willing to work for free for up to six months.’ MyContinue reading