Days 711- 717 <{ }> Sunday, February 28 - Saturday, March 6, 2010

Days 711- 717 <{ }> Sunday, February 28 - Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 711 { Resume Class/Earthquake in Chile }
Sunday, February 28, 2010

Went to church and I was the only English speaker present there. If I knew that my translator wasn't going to be there, I would have probably stayed home. It is always good there though because we get food and lots of it :) Not saying that is the reason why I go there now you know...

Resumed my studying of Japanese with the teacher who lives nearby me... I actually learnt some new stuff here... I however need to constantly review what I study...

Earthquake in Chile

Massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Temblor leaves at least 78 dead; tsunami warnings issued in Pacific

A huge wave reached a populated area in the Robinson Crusoe Islands, 660 km off the Chilean coast, President Michele Bachelet said.

Tsunami warnings were issued over a wide area, including South America,Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand,Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.

"It has been a devastating earthquake," Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma told reporters.


Day 712 { Uncharted 2-Among Thieves/Tsunami Pass by }
Monday, March 1, 2010

Went bible study in the night. It was smaller than the last couple of weeks but it went pretty well. Received the PS3 game Uncharted 2 - among thieves today, not even sure when I am going to play this. 

Tsunami rips across Pacific, pats Japan

Feared waves from Chile do little in Asia

The Meteorological Agency said the biggest wave in the initial tsunami from the 8.8-magnitude temblor off Chile was 145 cm high and hit the fishing port of the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture at around 3:43 p.m.

Another one about 120 cm high landed in Kuji, also in Iwate, at 3:49 p.m.

No casualties had been reported as of 5 p.m., the National Police Agency said.

The threatening waves forced the Meteorological Agency to issue its first Major Tsunami Warning in more than 15 years to the northern Pacific coastal areas of Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, where the initial waves were believed to have hit between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Day 713 { Karate Restart }

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Started back karate today, because there was no English conversation at the college. At karate we reviewed some of the stuff we learnt last year. I realize that I really suck at this new level... Its either the stances are really difficult or these teachers are too strict...


Day 714 { Pre graduation stuff }
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My schools are now preparing for graduation. So today my Wednesday school had some sort of pre-graduation thing with persons coming in to do stories and also to do some traditional Japanese dances. After about an hour of it, I started to fall asleep. I think mostly because my listening is very poor in Japanese...

I later went to the super market and saw 2 of the ALTs there and I was speaking to them for a very long time. Also saw one of the students who came on the first season of my show, and I had a short conversation with her and her friends..


Day 715 { Thailand Sends Skin bleaching agents To Haiti??? }

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Went to play soccer at the college today but because its exam time now, only 4 persons showed up, so we didn't play... We ended up going to a restaurant near to my apartment where I saw a couple more of the college students studying...

I am again getting a bit self conscious again because of these stares that I endure almost daily... I thought I got used to them but its like I am almost starting over my life in Niimi again...As soon as I walked into the restaurant the stares were stifling... Some of the college students who were there knew me though and called me over...

Thailand Donates 50,000 Bottles of Whitening Skin Cream To Haiti

Abhisit hopes earthquake survivors will feel “more confident” with lighter, more radiant skin

BANGKOK – Responding to international criticism that its initial donation of $20,000 was insufficient, the Thai government has generously added 50,000 bottles of whitening skin cream to its aid shipment to earthquake-stricken Haiti.

“Thailand is a compassionate nation,” said Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. “We noticed in the news that the Haitians are all very dark-skinned. This is surely one of the reasons they are living in poverty. With lighter skin they could be more successful.”

The donation is co-sponsored by Unilever Thailand Ltd., which has agreed to provide the 50,000 bottles of Citra Ultra White if the government provides shipping. Along with the whitening cream, there will also be 50,000 copies of Citra’s new brochure, explaining the power of Citra’s double-action anti-aging and brightening formula.

“Citra Ultra White lets you look and feel your best,” said Marlene Van Houten, Unilever’s regional marketing director. “Whether you’re standing in line for UN food shipments, or just sorting through the rubble of your devastated village, Citra Ultra White provides whiter skin and all-day UV protection.”

The whitening cream represents the single-largest shipment of its kind ever to a disaster-zone. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that the generosity of Thais was evident because so many people had encouraged the donation.

“Everyone kept talking about how black-skinned the Haitians are,” he said. “At every discussion about aid, the skin color kept coming up. I see now that the initial pledge of USD20,000 was very low because in the back of our minds we knew that these black people needed something more than just money.”

Many people interviewed for the story seemed to agree with the PM.


Day 716 { Planning another Trip/Woman starve son to death }
Friday, March 5, 2010

I am planning to go to South Korea at the end of this month all by myself. I will probably meet up with 2 Jamaicans eventually but this is my first "by my self" trip to another country so to speak. Its either normally me and friends or me going to meet up with friends at a conference or something... This time its just going to be a random trip

at the end of my contract, before starting the new school year...

I spoke to the travel agency for a long time today trying to get a good price and a good date for my trip...

Went to karate and did some excruciating exercise there, then went to the college again to play soccer, but unfortunately they ended early today... I guess because of exams. So I went to the Friday English conversations instead.

I know that strange things happen in every country but seriously now???? :

Woman starved son, 5, to death because he looked like husband?

A woman who was arrested together with her husband Wednesday for allegedly starving their 5-year-old son to death has told investigators she could not feel any affection for him because of his resemblance to his father, police sources said Thursday.

Mami Yoshida, a part-time worker, also told investigators her relationship with her husband, Hiroshi, 35, a corporate employee, had soured. The investigators reckon the couple's worsening relations led to the abuse of their son, Tomoki.

Yoshida said she felt affection for the couple's other child, a daughter, 3, who shows no signs of having been abused.

Her husband was quoted as saying he was aware their son had been getting weak, but did nothing to protect him.

They are suspected of having failed to give sufficient food or provide necessary medical care for their son since early January.


Day 717 { }
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Went to Kurashiki again, most of the time again was spent talking about random stuff, rather than actually studying.... but that is a part of studying as well I guess...

I then went to Okayama city to pay for my ticket to South Korea...

Richard, if I order stuff on it takes about 2 days to get to me... If I want it the very next day, I can pay about Ja $ 300 more...

@Razi - 日本語 すくし しゃべる


Dave - Toni used to go into Bars and just sit and try listen and understand what people around are saying. You should take the time at your English Conversation thing to listen intently and learn the language based on what your reading.

Did you stay the story about Korean couple who let their child starve to death because they were playing a online game raising a child? - lol - sick people i tell you.

You know that whitening cream thing is crap though?