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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bali Trip / 10th Birthday in Japan / Osaka Worship Conference

Hello again friends! 

Another busy month went by and just coming back from Bali, Indonesia... More on that later. Haven't been on a plane in over a year, and haven't been out of Japan for a year and a half so it was a well needed trip. 

I already showed Dunn's River and Negril in Jamaica as well as Kobe and Fukuoka in Japan. Continuing my places to visit in Japan and Jamaica, this month I bring you Montego Bay !!!

Montego Bay or Mobay is Jamaica's 2nd city. It has many famous resorts and beaches around. I've been here a couple of times especially between 2003-2007 when I was a camp counsellor every summer near there. A beach that I've been to maybe once or twice there is Doctor's Cave Beach. 

Now known as the Doctor's Cave Beach Club. It has been a popular tourist destination for almost a century. 

Another famous spot in the area is Aquasol / Walter Fletcher Beach (yes another beach !) 

It's probably the closest dock area for the cruise ships but usually noisy at nights with loads of parties going on around. I've been to this beach at least 6 times. 


Day 3363 (Guardians Of the Galaxy 2)  
Sun, August 27, 2017

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy part 1 a year or 2 ago and was really impressed, I watched part 2 today and was impressed again! Really good action and storyline. Marvel is proving to be absolutely fantastic with their movies. 

Day 3370 (Playing Tennis)  
Sun, September 3, 2017

After church today, I played tennis for the first time in over 3 years. The last time I played was while living in Toyama early 2014.

Tennis in Clarks, Jeans and long sleeve!!!

Day 3372 (Early Birthday Lunch with coworkers )  
Tues, September 5, 2017

My department treated 2 of us to an early birthday lunch. We went to a pretty expensive Italian restaurant near to the office. 

Day 3375 (G.O.T Season 7)  
Fri, September 8, 2017

Started watching Game of Thrones Season 7 and oh yeah!!! It was as good as I expected. Episodes 4 and 6, had me at the edge of my seat almost biting my fingernails and hyperventilating lol. I am happy I stayed clear of the spoilers from facebook etal. But I had a spoiler poster from last year that made me know what was going to happen in the end so wasn't at all surprised with the final episode.

Day 3376 (Taping)  
Sat, September 9, 2017

Been having some lower back and central back pains as well as stiff neck for some weeks now. Too much staying one place on the computer at work and the chairs even though not too bad, still aren't that comfortable when sitting for too long. So I visited a taping specialist today, recommended by my wife. 

They put me on some kinda massaging machine as well as a massaging bed. Then asked me to do a series of neck turns and touch my toes and a couple of other things that I don't quite understand, and actually looks weird. 

But, to my surprise, the back and neck pains subsided after about 2 days. The therapist said my body balance was a bit off. I will do a few more sessions, and luckily it's not expensive at all, about US$8 or 1000 yen per visit.


Found this Church program in my Bible from 2007 (10 years ago), when I was preaching quite a bit in Jamaica.

Speaking of which, a group of us are planning a Worship Conference in Osaka, scheduled for Sunday, October 8. If you are interested, send me an email or click going on our facebook invitation.

A Call to Worship


Day 3383 (Cooked Turkish Style Chicken)  

Sat, September 16, 2017

Anyone who knows me really well, knows that I don't like the kitchen, except for eating or the occasional washing up. Cooking? Nope, not my thing, since like forever. I grew up with my mom and sis and they pretty much did all the cooking and house stuff. What did I do? Watch TV, surf internet all day or play games in my room, if I'm not out and about performing or hanging out with friends. It's usually the latter 3. 

My last 2 months in Jamaica, I was hardly at home... When I was home, I usually get in very late. So the kitchen was just not my thing.

Today, for I think the very first time while living in Japan, I actually cooked chicken (I cook rice occasionally), based on a recipe my friend Vany gave me. To my and my wife's surprise, it actually tasted pretty good!!! 

Day 3386 (10th Birthday in Japan)  

Tues, September 19, 2017

This is the 10th time I'm celebrating my birthday in Japan. And I believe I have a picture for each year.

2008 - 1st 
Yakiniku and Karaoke
Niimi, Okayama
2009 - 2nd
Reggae Birthday Party
Niimi, Okayama
2010 -  3rd
Visit to Kochi Prefecture
2011 -  4th
Visit to Enoshima (same shirt as 2010 same pose as well)
2012 -  5th
Had Yakiniku but no pictures of it
Tomioka, Yokohama, Kanagawa
2013 -  6th  
Had Dinner at a Spanish Restaurant
Kawasaki, Kanagawa

2014 - 7th

Birthday Party in Toyama

2015 - 8th
Dinner with my fiance at HardRock
Yokohama, Kanagawa and watched Antman

2016 - 9th
Dinner with my wife in Yokohama
and watched Suicide Squad
2017 - 10th
Dinner with my wife at a Jamaican Restaurant in Narita, Chiba (same shirt as 2015 and same posture lol)

And cockroach in our hotel room before heading to Bali

My wife bought some Kanji flashcards for me, as I endeavour to study Japanese again. It has been a real struggle. I stopped studying seriously since 2010!!!


Day 3387 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 1 Legian)  
Wed, September 20, 2017

Before heading to Bali, I read that an active volcano was going to erupt soon, so I was a little nervous. The news said that the tourist area was some distant from the volcano however. I could even see the volcano from the plane!

My wife surprised me with a birthday cake and flowers in Bali. We stayed at a hotel name Serla in an area called Legian. 

Day 3388 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 2 Seminyak)  
Thrs, September 21, 2017

Walked in the hot sun from our hotel in Legian to another area known as Seminyak. We walked for over an hour. Bikes everywhere on the busy street and lots of Australians. 

I've never seen a sunset like this anywhere in the world. 

Met these cool, apparently wealthy people who said they
visited Kawasaki in Kanagawa, Japan
Even with the Jamaica written on my shirt, they
asked if I was from Nigeria!!! It's all good :)

And Takako sang a Jamaican folk song

Day 3389 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 3 Ubud)  
Fri, September 22, 2017

Took a hour and a half bus ride to a rural area called Ubud. Lots of Hindu temples and an interesting hiking area. I don't hike so not for me.

We also went to a traditional Bali dance thing. It was a 3 hour drive from Ubud. Very crowded!!!

This lady was our tour guide
Really really sweet lady
We then went for what should have been a romantic dinner on the beach, but some rich Chinese people were realllllly noisy! Totally ruined the atmosphere.  

Day 3390 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 4 Legian)  
Sat, September 23, 2017

Had breakfast in the morning at a nearby restaurant. and it involved this beer. Very light alcohol with either grapefruit or lime. Reallly good.

Walked with Takako to a supermarket to get some local stuff, but she started feeling sick. So we stayed in for the day after coming back from the long supermarket walk. 

Day 3391 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 5 Kuta)  
Sun, September 24, 2017

Final day in Bali so we checked out of our hotel in Legian and went to another hotel in Kuta just to stay for a couple of hours before our night flight. Takako still wasn't feeling well but we booked a room in the next hotel and she got some rest and felt much better afterwards.

So because she was feeling better, she could do things like this!!!

The hotel name is Paradiso Kuta and I highly recommend it, even tho a bit on the pricy side. We also walked around the Kuta tourist area. Really reminds me of certain parts of Jamaica.

That was our trip to Bali and my 10th birthday in Japan. Short but pretty decent. The food was amazing especially the mie goreng (fried noodle) and the nasi goreng (fried rice).