As I looked through my notifications, recently, I realized that I’ve had this blog for more than three years. And in that span of three years, I have manages to write less than 30 entries. As I looked back to the my first post in 2010, I couldn’t help but smile and
remember what I was doing back then, and what my priorities in life were. Fast forward three years, and I can’t help but be a little bit taken aback and pleasantly surprised at the journey I have taken since my first ever entry.
In a way, this serves, even if it’s already the end of March, as my 2014 New Year’s post, complete with resolutions. I also thought that it would be a good way to reintroduce myself and this little space on the internet called The Asian Cafe, to the world.
When I first started this blog, I thought that it would be a good way for me to just write, and to share my love of Asian drama and music (which I was into at that time) through reviews-hence the name The Asian Cafe. At that time in my life, I was in my first job, or I had just resigned, I can’t remember anymore. At that time, I was an English online teacher, teaching European students and two Japanese. I remember thinking that I would be able to have enough time to be able to do it. Then came the other jobs. The running joke with me is that in the span of five years, I have managed to acquire a lifetime worth of experience of jobs. I have been an English online teacher, a Musical Theater teacher, a pre-school assistant, a program researcher for a magazine show in one of the major networks in my country, a tutor, a project clerk at an insurance company, a businesswomen/franchisee, a researcher for a company, and finally, now, I am a Drama Teacher, a teacher for homeschooled children, and I put up a theater group called the Chiaroscuro Theater Ensemble, which currently has had two successful small productions under its belt. (Actually, when I look at that list, I tell myself that that’s not so bad, for a 26 year old.) There is little wonder as to why I wasn’t able to squeeze in some time for the occasional blog entry now and then. As the original intention was that this would be a review site for not just Asian drama and music, the more I kept on outing of writing. I simply didn’t have time to take time to watch a Jdrama, then post a review. Since that realization, this blog gas become my personal public wiring space- in which I could post my poems, short stories, just about anything under the sun. My worry then became, what about the name? Honestly, I loved the name The Asian Cafe, and I didn’t want to change it. So I took the name, looked and thought about it carefully, and decided that I would keep the name, but turn into my personal public writing space. After all, everything here is written by an Asian ( with a lot of Western tendencies– I call myself an American as I was born in NY), and is told from the perspective of a (Western) Asian.
So, what would you, dear readers, expect our of this little space on the internet I call my own?
You will see a vague collection of sorts, which would almost seem like an online commonplace book, if commonplace books could provide links, and could show pictures, video clips and sound clips. I will still write reviews (on food, books, movies, plays). I will also post whatever poems and the like I write, when that spontaneous spurt of literary creativity besets me. You will also find entries containing my thoughts, and some entries may contain things as mundane as the many small adventures I have had before, or that I had during the day. (Case in point, just a while ago, the menfolk in my family waged a singular war against a single mouse). As I’m challenging myself to do more things that scare me and to hone the talents that I do have, you will also hear me singing, as I plan to go back to practicing and working on my singing voice. You might even see random posts on beauty, life, fashion and book reviews.
In a nutshell, this Cafe will serve you almost anything and everything with a unique Asian flavor.
For now, this is the barista signing out and bidding you good night. This barista is very much looking forward to posting, and writing more often on this blog- my personal public space on the internet. Until next time!
– The Barista