Sunday, August 31, 2008
Ok first ting.. Patrice you were wrong in day 158 (Sowing Gospel Times) (http://davecollyjap.blogspot.com/2008/08/day-158-sowing-gospel-times-sunday.html) about who were the Chinese.. There are 4 Chinese in that photo and the persons at the back left who you thought were Chinese, are actually Japanese.... guess again who are the 4 Chinese... Hint.. its 1 male and 3 females...
Look at the pic I have up... Who can tell which is Japanese, Chinese or Korean....
Stewart yes I bought the Japanese play station but its cool as you said... It has multiple language selection... The game cd has Japanese writing but I played it in English...
So yes today I went to Church, ate food with them as usual and chat and laugh wid dem... I was telling them about my licence experience as well as about my trip to Germany. When I got back to my apartment, I spoke to a couple of my Jamaican friends and made sure to call my mom and sis to check if they were ok.. I called them Friday, Saturday and Sunday...Dem seh everyting ok inna Waterford, Portmore... Well the part of Waterford where I live... for some strange reason, when these hurricanes come, never yet get flooded, Thank God. I heard that a few places got flooded though and that 10 people died :( ... I hope all of unnu ok in Jamaica... Thank the good Lord that we were spared the worst...
Day 164 -Japanese GFs
Only thing I did today was read my bible and pay my elictricity and phone bills. My phone bill was high because of the calls I made before and while in Germany... But I have recieved higher phone bills than this one before... I spoke to a friend from my training who told me that his Japanese girlfriend was giving him a whole heap of problems. He said she saw him talking to another girl and got upset.. He wasnt even showing any interest in the other girl, just talking to her and His Japanese girl friend just lost it.. He said she took away his car keys and drove off...leaving him to beg a ride home...bwoyy mi nuh know... I heard that many of these Japanese girls are very very very simple minded... and every thing for them is Kawaii (cute)... even though most of them are unbelivably cute themselves...
I also opened my PS 3 and did some stuff online with it as well as started playing Devil May Cry 4... SUGOII ...
Saturday, August 30, 2008
~ When did I took my driving lessons (which was from 2003)
~ The dates when I took the lessons in 2003????
~ How many lessons did I take???
~ How much the lessons cost in Jamaican dollars and Japanese yen????
~ How many questions were on the written test in Jamaica ???
~ If I still have my learners licence from 2002 ????????????????
~ Whats the process of getting the learners licence in Jamaica
~ What type of car I did the driving exam on in Jamaica in 2003????
But you basically get the idea... they even took my passport and asked me what was the landed stamp for????? and what was the Brazilian visa... I think they were surprised to see so many visas in my passport.
Now, the question that got me really curious was the one about If I have my learners licence from 2002 with me here in Japan..... What the heck would I be doing with that??? 2002 I was still in first year at University!!! ... I should have asked him if he still have his.... Any way, after that 45 minutes interrogation, they took my passport and other papers maybe to further investigate my cause... So I sat with the IC and we were talking... She said she had no idea why they were asking me so many weird questions and what purpose they served..... After 1 hour of waiting, they called my name, gave me my passport and other documents then gave me the written test which was in English and Japanese.... The test only had 10 extremely easy (Thank God) true and false questions.... Questions like:
You must stop at a red light (true or false)....
So of course I got everything right...then they took me to a little machine to check my eye sight... Yuh done know my eyes are big already so I got all those correct as well... they then took me to this place and gave a me a paper with the course for the driving test... I will have to take that test on September 22 when I get a day off from work....If I had just 1 more week of holiday, I would have taken the driving test next week, but suh life guh.... while the English speaking interrogation Japanese man was walking with me, he asked me if I know Husayne Bolt.. so I said well "We went to the same University, but I spoke to Asafa Powell before"... He was like "RREALLY!!!!", I said "Yes, he also went to my University"... He was like "wow, Sugoii(amazing) " .... I should have asked him, if that could by-pass me doing the driving test :D , that every single foreigner fail on their first try... Some fail as many as 7 times.. the good thing is that you can take it today and tomorrow and the next day if you wish, thats if you have 2400 yen to spare each day...
After this amazing show, me and Janiel went to search for the Jamaican restaurant... But remember I was coming from Terri's apartment plus I bought the PS3, plus I had my laptop with me, So these thigs were pretty heavy.... I went to a locker place by the station but apparently we need a special card to close it... So guess what I did... I left my brand new PS3 and my little pulley in an empty locker but didnt lock it, then headed off to the Jamaican restaurant which was a good 15 minutes walk from the lockers... Mi mad dont??? Any way we found the Jamaican restaurant quite easily.. even though it was partially hidden in a lane.. looking like one of those lanes somewhere in Downtown, Kingston... This time we knew that no one will hold us up or try to pick our pockets though... Even though thank God, in all my years going and passing through Down town, Kingston, I have never once got held up, picked or anything like that... Many of my friends weren't so fortunate though... Some avoid Downtown, Kingston all together... So any wayy, (mi chat too much innuh) .... we found the Jamaican restaurant where Janiel had, Jerk pork.... Or should I say, the Japanese version of Jerk pork... While I had stew chicken with rice and peas ... Oiishi (Delicious) ... Janiel Jerk pork wid fried rice wasn't suh oiiishi though... Her rice had too much black pepper on it and it never tasted so good at all... After we ate, I had to rush to the locker and guess what??? My things were right there still in tact :) ... Dont try this stunt anywhere else in the world my friends :D... Actually we should pay for this service, but I guess because it was securely locked and we didn't have a card, it was free of cost, but extremely risky as anyone could have stolen my stuff... But, this is Japan for yah.... So I took the train home and Janiel went on her merry way...
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yes yes so another boring day. Went to fax of some information to my company then watched "MUMMY - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" , which was a little below my expectation. I think part 1 and 2 and even Scorpion King was better than it, in my estimate, but it neva too bad. I also watched a couple Bleach anime of course. A part from these stuff, all I did was exist in the apartment. Tomorrow I plan to visit another Jamaican though, and Friday I will do my written, Japanese licence exam I think.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Day 159 - Staff Meeting #2
I am supposed to have my second staff meeting today in our main city. For some strange reason, I some times make an incorrect estimate of the train times and how long it will get me to the station, so guess what? I ended up missing the 10:08am cheap train which my other 4 co worker Alts were on. I ended up having to take the 10:33am expensive train even though it was faster. I prefer the company ( even though sometimes their conversations exclude me) because then the Japanese will stare at all of us instead of me only. Even though the stares at me are a little more intense. So yes I missed the train and had to take the expensive one and as soon as I got to the station, I saw my Jamaican friend Courtney getting off the train with some other AlTs from our company. We headed to Mcdonalds then to the meeting. We had to ask for directions because we weren't sure of the exact location of the building where the meeting would be. A Japanese lady was kind enough to assist us within 1 minute of where the building was located.
We got to the building and met up with the other persons from our company who work in the Okayama area (maybe 70 of us ). There were supposed to be 2 more Jamaican females but I didn't see them. Anyway, I was supposed to do a performance at this meeting and my company confirmed this with me about 3 weeks ago I think. I noticed our boss wasn't calling me up so I said to myself "knowing this company, they forgot about it" .... So after the 1st segment of the meeting, I went to ask them whats up, then they were like "oooooh yes, you can do it before the next presentation" ... My friend Arniel who was also from my training group was supposed to do a brief presentation, so we spoke and then I went up to do my dub poem entitled "Into Japan" which I asked my friend to video :) It can be found on youtube at this link
I think this was my 216th performance.
I was running a little stupid experiment today with the other guys from my area Niimi who were at the meeting. I decided that I wasn't going to say a word to any of them and see what would happen. To my surprise or I guess not really a surprise, they all exited the building after the meeting without saying a word to me, not even "Hey Dave, we are leaving now...absolutely nothing " .. I dont know what to think, as with me, when my friends are some where and I am leaving out, its almost maditory that I say, "hey im gone now" or something to that effect ... But anyway I think too much .... Its a little different with most of my JET friends from my area though, I think they are a little more friendly.... But as I said before, maybe I think too much.... Anyway, I went with 4 of the guys who were at the meeting ( of which 2 were from my training group in March) to Macdonalds then to an Irish bar place. The 5 of us were there chatting and drinking then about 10 other Alts from the meeting came along, inclusive of 2 who were from my area. Again I wanted to see if they would say a word to me. The guy who live on my apartment compex came up and sat next to us, and not a word... A girl who was also from my area came and practically sat next to me and not a word either ... Eventually she moved away and our eyes made contact and thats when she said "hi Dave" and I told her hi also... So me and my friends from my training group were again chatting away, and one of the guys was telling me what he went through while in America. He is half Phillipino and half Irish, so I was telling him that most of the Phillipino girls I met, they were extremely beautiful. He agreed with me then he started to tell me a story. He said he has a son with a Phillipino girl and as soon as the son was born, she basically ditched him. She didn't even want him to see his child. Then suddenly after 2 years she filed a lawsuit against him that he should be paying child support etc etc. He tried to explain in court that she wouldn't allow him to see his child and what not but they didn't listen to him. So now he has to be paying a whole bunch of money for a child that this girl won't allow him to see.. I was like darn!!! When you think you are going through a rough time, then you listen to another man's story, you have to just shut up and give thanks... He also told me to be careful in Okayama city as there are many racist Japanese around, who even go as far as to give out flyers with racist stuff on it against foreigners. He said its so bad that recently when he was with his girlfriend (who is Japanese), a Japanese man came up to her and gave her a flyer, right in front of his face. The flyer had a whole bunch of racist comments and stories about foreigners. I had noo clue that this kinda thing was going on here...
Friday, August 22, 2008
Didn't do much in the day today except go to the supermarket and bought some stuff. I planned only to buy about 3 things and ended up buying a whole bunch a stuff, spending over 3000 yen. I then went to English conversation at the lady who keep bible study on Mondays. About 8 Japanese persons attend this English conversation thing. Today the main topic was sports and the olympics. Again, another set of congratulations came my way. My land lord was calling me I guess for dinner but I ended up hanging out with the JET ALTs instead. I went home shortly afterwards which was about 1 am..
This morning I woke up on the floor in a hotel room with 3 new JET friends :), one of them from Jamaica.... They had some training session thing in the morning so I left out early, told them bye and headed for Mcdonalds. I bought a couple chicken Mcnuggets then headed for the train station to my area Niimi. I saw a couple of the new JETS that I met. The darn Japanese people in the restaurant just would not stop staring, smiling and whispering while we were there talking. It is extremely annoying if you decide to pay them any mind... Maybe its unusual for them to see a black man talking to so may white people, I dont know .... Anyway, I bought my train ticket and saw a train that I thought was the one going to my area. So because I wasn't sure, I asked a Japanese lady on the train if it was going to Niimi. She had this fearful look in her eyes and she nodded yes. I again asked "Niimi??" And again that fearful look and she nodded yes.. So I sat down. I eventually started to notice some signs in the train saying Mihara, which is in Hiroshima. Luckily I also heard the train announcement thing saying Kurashki, which is on the way to my area... The lady then seem to sum up some courage and came over to me and said "Japanese Japanese ... Kurashki" ... In which I interpreted as saying "You can come off at Kurashki to go to Niimi" ... to which I nodded then told her thank you...
I made certain to run off the train quickly, then jumped on the train that I was supposed to get on in the first place, which was about 2-3 minutes behind the one I mistakenly took. I eventually fell asleep on the train then got off at Niimi. I saw this guy from the USA on the train, struggling with 2 big bags, so I offered to help him out. He also had a little fearful look in his eyes. What is it? Do I look scary or something? Am I intimidating?? Somebody tell me please!!! Anyway, I then drove home to my apartment and stayed in for the remaining portion of the day.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
- How to ask for different stationeries in English
- How to read the clock in English
- Some words and phrases used by us as ALTs when relating to them as well as the children
- How to ask for directions
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Today I thought I was just going to sit in the apartment and idle the day away. But noooo bills had to get in the way. So I went to the bank, lodged some money (trying my best to start saving now after Germany trip), then withdrew some from the post office ATM. I then went to the 100 yen store to purchase some stuff then paid my water rate. I think I should just forget about these Japanese getting used to seeing me in the area because my friends who are here for years (who are white, said they get stares all the time. So now me being possibly the first black man ever to enter this area (or so the Japanese here make it seem), should not expect any less stares.
I went back to my apartment and fell asleep while trying to watch a movie. When I woke up, I hurried to bible study.
I forgot to mention that yesterday I watched the female 100 m finals and is peer noise I was here making in the apartment. Mine sharp dem run mi out a di area lol ... At bible study, they started questioning me more about Jamaica and saying congratulating me and my countrymen/women :) ... they are amazed by us... My bible study leader then asked jokingly, "Are there many things to RUN from in Jamaica?" and everyone erupted in laughter including myself. Is a pity she dont know the half. I then said to her, "Yes, thats exactly why I am here"
Tomorrow I have an assignment from my workplace, which is to boldly go somewhere that I have never gone before. So I am sure, tomorrow will be another epic adventure in the life of Dave... If you think your life is full of adventures and surprises, try mine for 1 day... Tomorrow, I should go to this place name Maniwa to teach some Japanese teachers, basic English phrases. I have to do it because I made a deal with my boss so as to get him to change my vacation dates, which allowed me to go to Germany. However, I have no clue where this place is. My company emailed me a map in wonderful Japanese and some information about what to teach, along with a message saying "Make sure you get there on time, if you get lost, call us"... And thats all the help I got... What a wonderful company I work for, dont you think???
Hey Stewart, I was speaking to both Pantons yesterday. You notice I distinctly said HIGH SCHOOL girls. so again, dont badda wid di foolishness.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Left Nisshin, Nagoya (where chris-ann lives) at about 3:30 pm. Chris-ann followed me to Nagoya city where I took the Shinkansen train to shin-osaka. I then took another train to Umeda Osaka... which is the city part of Osaka with tonnes of sky scraper buildings. Shin -Osaka is where we take shinkansen trains to go to other parts of Japan.
I then went to yodobashi camera to purchase a pair of USB speakers for my laptop. I had to rush to the bus stop afterwards to catch my "country" bus to Niimi.
I met 5 high school girls on the bus that were flooding me with Japanese questions. (Panton dont badda wid di foolishness). They eventually taught me some more words in Japanese and I taught them some words in English. When they got off, I fell asleep and didnt even notice when the bus got to my stop. I then drove home in my tired state.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Today, I went to a place name yamada to purchase a 640 GB external hard drive for equivalent to US $130 … I then went back to Chris-Ann's apartment and watched the 100 m finals. Of course you know ... noise galore... We were of course a little saddened by Asafa's 5th place finish but happy because Bolt made up for that.
Left out about 12:15 in the afternoon with Chris-Ann to meet up with some other Jamaicans in another apartment. Met Mark (who is doing his phd in computing and has been living in Japan for about 4 years now), Jermain (a Seventh Day Adventist pastor stationed in Osaka), Sheree (third yr ALT formely of JET but now works with the Board of Education) and Stanley(who my sister got a cheap ticket for, to come to Japan). We watched the 100 m heats there and made up a whole lot of noise like Jamaicans would. I also met another Jamaican girl who will be getting married to a Japanese guy pretty soon as well as this Japanese lady who spoke Engish very well. The Japanese lady has a daughter and I felt sorry for them when we were making up noises in the apartment while the heats was going on. You could see the look of concern, surprise and confusion on their faces lol.
After the noisy apartment experience, we then visited a zoo in the area to check out the animals. Me and 2 of the other guys took the train, while the Japanese lady drove Chris-Ann and Sheree. Now while me and the 2 other Jamaican guys were on the train, the stares on us quadrupled. I think its because its unimaginable to see more than 1 black guys. I remember while in the apartment, Mark, the Phd guy said when he went to China some years ago, he visited a restaurant. He said before he started eating, it was noticable that the place was getting a little darker. He said, when he looked up, it was a bunch of Chinese people gathering around him. So I guess the Japanese stare and the Chinese will come over and look.
Anyway, while we were at the zoo, sometimes the Japanese were staring at us more than the animals. For the first time in my life I saw the following animals:
We also saw a parrot who was speaking Japanese... It constantly said "Ohio" (good morning) and occationally, "SUGOII" (Amazing). After this we went to a Jamaican Restaurant and the food there was good. We then headed to our different places at about 10 pm.
Good day, I forgot to tell you that today I should be visiting a Jamaican friend in another part of Japan known as Nagoya, which is about 3-4 hours away from my town depending on your mode of transportation ..... Soooooo
I woke up at 6:15 am , drove and parked my car at a new spot, then ran to catch the 7:30 am bus to go to
Woke up early in morning to go call the ALTs for us to go to a beach in my prefecture, but when I got there, I saw another ALT who said he doesn’t think that they will wake up in time to get to go to the beach still. So I went back to bed and didn’t really do anything in the day after I woke up (I learnt later in the day that they did in fact go to the beach).