For our Travel Issue this year, we interviewed women who migrated to a different country. From experiencing culture shock to finally taking the reins and standing by their decision, these are their stories.
To continue this series, we have Angela Lagahid to share what it's like to start a new life in Japan. She was a part of #TeamClozette as a brand relations manager until, almost a year ago, she decided to migrate to the Land of the Rising Sun so she can be with her sisters and find new career opportunities.
Why did you come to live in Japan, and how long have you been there?
I've been here for over eight months now, but it feels like it's only yesterday that I came here and started a new life. Oh, how time flies! My story on how I've come to move here is a little long so I'm going to just give you the gist. Two years ago, I was offered the opportunity to move here in Japan but declined because I felt that I still don't have enough experience under my belt and a part of me was scared and insecure to give it a try. But even then, I still had that desire to know what it's like to live abroad and have an opportunity to start a second life in another land. I've been putting off going after my dream of living abroad until life threw a curveball at me. At that moment, I thought to myself that maybe this is life's way of nudging me to pursue my dream. So I finally decided to take the plunge and here we are.
Was it tough having to re-adjust your life in Japan? How so?
Of course, it is tough. Navigating uncharted waters is scary. And relocating to a new place means you really have to start from scratch — both literally and figuratively. Then, in Japan, you have to deal with the language barrier and adjust to cultural differences. So while it is fun and exciting, I wouldn't say that it's a walk in the park. I also have to deal with homesickness. Even though my sisters are here with me, I still find that the popular adage “There’s no place like home” is true.