One of the challenges of being an expat or OFW is homesickness. You have to keep yourself busy so as not to succumb to it. Being away with your family is no joke. Inside your room, you can only hear the sound of air condition and/or exhaust. Once you listen to music, expect another post-it note on your door. Outside, you are swallowed by words and symbols that you can barely understand. Those things will test your sanity.
smashing racket sounds
a lump-in-the-throat free game
feels home once again
Since it's officially summer here in a Japan, and there's no way to beat it, a group of expats decided to be a part of that heat. A badminton tournament to celebrate the summer, to erase homesickness, to enjoy camaraderie. Most importantly to feel that we closer to home, though the fact that we are thousands of miles away.
Every Saturday, for two months, we occupy the gymasium's two badminton courts and playfully out duel the opposing teams. It's not about winning actually. It's all about having fun and releasing all work-related stresses, as well as loneliness. The games will end just few days before the leaves turn red and orange. During that season change, hopefully, another activity will be organized. Simple things like these will keep us sane, and yes, we are here not only to work but also to appreciate life in another country.