It’s been exactly 10 days since I left my job of 7 years.

Honestly, I was expecting to feel more, but I think I’m still processing it unconsciously — I still dream of work or ex-colleagues almost every night.

The only thing I register is that my life is in some sort of limbo right now. Not only because I’ve left my job, but also because life in Kyoto as a 2-month resident is, well, kinda odd.

I’m not a tourist, trying to pack in as many UNESCO heritage sites and wonderful Japanese experiences in a day. Having been here as a tourist just 6 months ago also doesn’t help. At the same time, neither am I a long-term resident, hoping to build a network and a nice home. I’m doing the bare minimum to just get by because I know I will leave in a 6 weeks’ time.

So I’m really not sure what to make of this transient state — how to enjoy it, how to live it just yet. I came here with only one intention. To learn how to be, to simply exist in the moment and be completely present.

In the last few days since I arrived in Kyoto, I’ve spent the majority of my time settling down — doing a lot of mundane things that I would otherwise never have to think about in Singapore.

Stuff like figuring out how to use the various appliances, where the closest stores are, Kyoto’s incredibly complex garbage system (which deserves a post by itself), and getting supremely excited about the way some of their food is packaged.

So now that it’s all done and dusted, what’s next?

I’m not sure but, perhaps, that’s part of the point of being.