Welcome to The Ashinas!
I’m Heidi, from Manila, Philippines. I used to teach English at a college in my home country, but my itchy foot brought me to Bali, Indonesia where I worked as a primary school teacher at an international school for four years. After this stint, I was sent by the Japan Embassy in Manila (JET Programme) to where I live now, Ishikawa, to serve as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) to two public high schools located at the Noto Peninsula.
These days, I’m making plans for my upcoming wedding, which is on May 12. Some of my family members and friends are flying all the way from Manila and Bangkok for it. Although we are just gonna have a small and simple ceremony and celebration, I’m really looking forward to it. Aside from preparing for the big day, I am also trying to eat healthy because my fiancé, a Japanese national, and I have a baby on the way. You could just imagine how excited we are about our new life together with our little one. My partner is 38, and I’m turning 33 in a few months, and we both think that now is the best time for us to start our own family.
So what inspired me to start blogging?
Of course, the Japanese culture and our simple life in the countryside. I just really think that there’s more to Japan than just Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido, and life in rural Japan is a story worth telling too.
I hope that reading articles here will be useful for you!