December 31, 2010
October 17, 2010
August 11, 2010
I need to join a "can't stay consistent/procrastinating bloggers anonymous" club
if there is one out there.
It is hot and humid and there are typhoons forming and evaporating along the coasts of Japan.
In other words, a rather normal Japanese summer. However it feels hotter than it used to, not because of global warming, but because I have gained 5 kilos in the past year!
Right now the obon vacation is underway, which means the souls of our ancestors will be visiting us...I'll post more about this and the memorial services for WW2 etc that have taken place recently here in Japan.
Please take fluids and try to stay cool if you are having summer, and if you are enjoying winter now I hope you can stay warm!
Thank you to e everyone who commented and sent me messages about the pics in my last post! Here are two of them that I took with my phone and can repost now!
July 25, 2010
June 21, 2010
I love my i-phone, don't get me wrong but you get so use to having technology at your fingertips that it gets irritating when you can't get good Internet access or if have too much info that it doesn't fit into the mobile blog format...argh! And did I mention that I now also own a Blackberry? Seinfeld would get a kick out of watching me!
Anyway, here are the pictures I wanted to post earlier!
I am on the train again, this time headed to south western Japan to " do what I do" - talk to teachers about books.
The past month was again filled with rediculous words that start with "p".
I made a blueberry soy milk shake that turned out the same color as the book I had been reading.
A pancake I made on the weekend looked so much like a face, I had to take a picture.
Last but not least I made a presentation in front of about 30 teachers and nearly puked (another p word!). The picture ( if it shows up all right) is of the building I presented at, in the background you can see the Osaka castle! If it doesn't show up I promise to repost soon from my computer as this is being done via i-phone.)
Have a nice week!
May 21, 2010
I finally got my new passport...thank goodness it went smoothly!
I found cute pins that can be used to bunch up chords or anything with holes!
Pigeon eggs suddenly appeared on our balconey but I am sad to say that their parents have not returned...
I finally had my first ever pi a colladas!
I finished my first job appraisal and am now feeling a bit stressed as I feel the pressure of this lovely job that I have...
I have also started an online corse in writing and because of my appraisal stress have failed to turn in two assignments.
I will turn in the last two that are coming up if I have to stay up all night to do it!
So...that is what I have been up to. I hope to visit my favorite blogs over the weekend.
If you tweet, please follow me on Twitter as that has been a helpful tool for me these days when I can't blog!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
April 10, 2010
Started off visiting clients to say thank you.
Lots of schools in Japan have beautiful cherry trees to brighten the mood for freshmen... School starts in April in Japan.
After work I hit the town with some colleagues...
Today I am planning on having dinner with friends in Kobe and will try to write a new post about other adventures I have been having!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
April 3, 2010
Spring at last! So, I decided to go see the cherry blossoms!
I went to a place called Sakura Shuku Gawa in Hyogo Prefecture. There were a bunch of people eating rice balls, drinking beer and playing cards under the blooming cherry trees.
I wanted to read a book that would fit with my surroundings...so I chose:
I took more pictures of the cherry blossoms. Today I have only posted the ones I took from my i-phone because I have misplaced my camera cord thingy... argh.
Tomorrow I am off to Tokyo for meetings. Will be spending half my day in a hotel room getting ready for the meeting and doing an online crash course on how to use PowerPoint.
I also need to get my picture taken somewhere because I have forgotten (yet again) to renew my passport. Yikes!
Happy Easter, happy spring and happy reading!
March 21, 2010
However, terribly strong winds kept me from having a deep sleep last night.
Those howling winds did not come empty handed. They brought along the Gobi Desert.
What I thought was fog and clouds turned out to be a trillion specks of sand.
I didn't take pictures but you can see a news clip about the yellow sand we had today( click HERE).
The sand has made cars and windows dirty and it has given me a sore throat too!
The dust that covers Japan and Korea (and of course the sandstorms in Mongolia and China) have been growing in proportion these past few years.
Today's blanket carpet of yellow sand was extra harsh....
If you are thinking "well it's just sand!" then please know that it is not only messy but it is also unhealthy.
If you have hay fever, then a spell of a runny nose and watery eyes is "normal". The real danger is in the toxins that attach themselves to the sand as they "fly" over China's industrial zones... of course Japan has industrial zones too, but the chemicals found in the sand are said to be quite toxic and have matched with the chemicals China has been founds to use.... thus the sore throat?
|this is a picture I took in Kitakyushu, Japan (2010 March)|
So...I have had to hang my wash "out to dry" in the house instead of outside as it is usually done.
|socks and shawls|
|blue wrapping paper, green envelopes, blue and green tape, blue bird clothes pin, a blue silver button and|
in the very back...a four-leaf-clover tin box
|bought this one by Jamie Ford last week|
|The Asian American Superhero Anthology "Secret Identities"|
March 7, 2010
My first "real post" was on the following day...a post about the new years celebrations here in Japan.
It was the year of the cow... Now it is the year of the tiger...and I didn't even blog about it because I thought I was so busy...too busy to write...
Here is a picture of my tiger that we have had on display in our house since January....this tiger will stay on display till the end of the year...
For a person that has started many "projects"most of which are left to be finished, I never thought that 100 blog posts would be possible. LOL I didn't even notice my 100th post...
With hopes of improving my writing skills AND hopes to take my mind off of a few unhappy moments ...I tried to comb through my life and find interesting bits and pieces that would remind me of why I chose to live in Japan. I used to think it was my mother's "fault" for dragging me back and forth between the US and Japan. However, now I know that once you become an "adult", you really can't blame your parents for anything...it is your life to live and your thoughts only that can control what you do.
I do not know how to express my thanks (yet) for the many people who have taken the time to read my posts, comment, given me advice and support and have been great friends even though we may not have met in person....right now just allow me to say "arigato" (thank YOU).
I will continue to blog because I hope to improve my writing skills, continue friendships, make new ones, learn more about Japan (and of course share what I learn) and most important of all... to be happy.
Although he is not one of my favorite presidents...I do think this quote is rather appropriate to explain how I feel:
"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement; in the thrill of creative effort." Franklin D. Roosevelt
...here is a bit of happiness that I found the other day while waiting in line with my number in hand...
I look forward to my 777th blog post! Have a happy lucky day!
March 1, 2010
Usually in this bag there will be my Muji ( for more on Muji check out this) mini bag that holds all of the stuff that becomes my face...ie; concealer, mascara, lip stick, blush...etc.)
My Paul Smith wallet (also rather new to commemorate my new job...)
and finally, my Franklin Covey scheduler....that looks sturdy but is actually falling apart...LOL
Then I have my bags for work....
One holds things that I need to pull out really quickly like catalogues, my train pass and name card holder. I also include a bag that zips up and is see through so that I can see the "innards" at first glance:
This bag is also from Muji and is reaaaaalllyyy nice because the zipper is very sturdy and slides real easy.
Wow...this is kinda making me look organized....which is not as true as I would hope for it to be...YET!
I often find myself fumbling for my name card holder...and digging around in that little suitcase with wheels that carries all of the books that I want to show my clients. It can be rather embarrassing and I have had a good laugh with some people about it too.
I will be taking those two bags to work tomorrow too since we will be headed to the northern part of Kyushu.
AND NOW....for something completely different...and random....
I was at the local Seven-Eleven today and found a most interesting bottle of soda... I didn't really want to drink it but how can I call myself courageous, adventurous and curious...if I passed up this chance to have a swig of...CHOCOLATE SPARKLING (soda not alcohol)!!!
February 23, 2010
Just a few random things that I saw within the last few days...
The chair was one of many stools that was at a small organic yogurt shop in Kyoto. The yogurt was great but I forgot to take a picture of it because the chairs were so neat! They were very sturdy!
The beer was one of many that my colleagues were enjoying after a long day in Osaka. The foam was amazingly thick and everyone said it was delicious. I did not have the pleasure because I chose to drink Ginger ale instead.... I have not been able to drink a whole lot these days because I get drunk easily when I am tired.... so sad!
I wonder if this has to do with my age too. I'll be 39 in a few months... which means this will be my last year of being in my 30s.... yikes!
In Japan right now, people in my age group are called "Arafo". This is actually taken from the English "around forty". Women in this age group are hard working career women and do not seem to be marrying as much as other older generations used to. It seems we have more freedom these days and some people chose not to marry. So now there are a lot of dating companies trying to help women find a partner, there are also lots of companies targeting their sales toward this age group of unmarroed but fairly well off women.
Around forty... I could never imagine myself in this age before but now that it is here I .... Well... I still feel like I'm 19!