Netflix's Terrace House summarises our lives with three simple questions

When my colleague recommended Terrace House to me, I gave myself only five minutes to watch it. Five minutes turned out to be NINE episodes as I spent the night watching the thrilling Japanese reality TV show. In a crude way, the show is plain voyeurism as the lives of these people are laid bare for you to watch and judge. What are these guys up to? How will they get out of this mess? How can HE say those things to her? Looking back, Terrace House pretty much represents the world we're living in. These six characters have very different personalities and they come from all walks of lives: different background and values. Terrace House is made up of broken people, and honestly, they are just like the rest of us. Here's the truth about our lives, reduced to three questions. Also, read till the end to find out how you can get FREE Netflix for 6 months!

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Image: Netflix's Terrace House


1. "What do you work as or study?"

This question is something that everyone would ask when they meet for the first time. Our identities pretty much fits into our occupations - "I'm a medical student", "I'm a chef", "I've been dancing ballet my entire life - it is the only thing that I have". It's not quite far from the truth that our excitement of intricate life has been reduced to a mere job title. I mean, it's rare to hear strangers start with questions like "What makes you happy?", "What's your interests and hobbies?" or "What will you do if you can do anything?". Our identity has become what we do, and not who we truly are.

2. "What is your goal?"

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Image: Netflix's Terrace House S2

Life is pretty much unforgiving when you don't have clear goals, isn't it? When tap dancer Yuuki made his housemate cry for her lack of clarity on her goals, it felt like reality is as what it is. I remember feeling upset when I was 12 years old because I had to leave my friends and choose a secondary school. We had to write goals for our future — and mine was to be with my friends — but that was rejected by my teacher. When I was searching for a job, one of the interviewers asked me what my goal was over the next five years. I gave an answer which I knew she would be happy to hear. You can google for template answers for that sort of question, really. My true goal is to continue walking in peace (i.e. happy, if others would call it) and my manager told me that I'll be fired if I wrote that down HAHAHA. How can a goal, be a goal, if it's based on what people expect of you?

3. "What's your type?"

When friendships develop, I think this is pretty much a common question that we ask our friends — but it made me realise that we're shortchanging ourselves when we reduce our 'type' to a few of many possible qualities such as 'pretty face, able to communicate well, patient, kind, nice'. Many years back, my best friend and I created a 'husband list' where we write down the qualities of our life partner — only to open it when we get married to see if we got what we're looking for. I realised that it's really hard to access if someone has that 'quality'— e.g. If I'm patient with young children but impatient with queues, will I be considered having the quality of 'patience' or not? If I'm kind to you but not to others, would I still be considered kind?

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Image: Netflix's Terrace House S2

These are just some thoughts that I had while watching the show — and I would be really happy to hear from you too! After all, we can't leave the comments just to that 6 jokers, I mean, actors and comedians right?


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Netflix's Terrace House summarises our lives with three simple questions Netflix's Terrace House summarises our lives with three simple questions Reviewed by Shermaine Lau on 9:17:00 PM Rating: 5

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