Hi, ladies! I'm back finally after completing my move from Tokyo to Singapore and then to New York. I arrived in NYC last Thursday, moved into an apartment in West Harlem (which is apparently not as bad as East Harlem) and am still adjusting to life as a student again. After spending 4.5 years in Tokyo, coming to New York was quite a big change. Tokyo has a few million more people than New York but it is so much cleaner and advanced than New York. Taking the subway in NYC is honestly, a torture as it's like bathing in really awful toilet fumes each time. The trains run 24 hours in NYC unlike Tokyo but there is no train schedule or even electronic signboards that post alerts on incoming trains. The announcements are a total mystery. And there are rats. After two days here and a disappointing trip to the Sephora store in Times Square (terrible testers and lots of items out of stock), I was dying to just pack up and go home. I also ventured into Saks 5th Avenue and walked around the cosmetics counters but the SAs just looked so intimidating. It didn't help that most of them also towered over me! I miss Tokyo.... sigh.