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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Days 725- 731 <{ }> Sunday - Saturday, March 14 - 20, 2010

Days 725- 731 <{ }> Sunday - Saturday, March 14 - 20, 2010


Day 725 {Ground Golf / White Day}
Sunday, March 14, 2010

Didn't go to church today because all the
foreigners were invited to play ground golf along with the the Niimi citizens. At first when I heard about it, I was a bit sceptical but when I heard that the other foreigners would be there I decided to go. And I am happy I did.

First I went to meet my friend Noel for us to go there. But I took it for granted that because the proposed location was near my apartment, I would know exactly where it was... ha ha. Me and Noel walked around the park for a while then finally we heard talking coming from a building. So we went there and saw the gathering. Of course we were late so we missed the opening ceremony.

We were then placed in teams and started to play this ground golf game that many of the seniors around this area seem to like a lot. These old people are quite skilled at the game but most of the foreigners really sucked. I heard that Noel got a whole in one though. I must say that I enjoyed this day Immensely and hoped it had continue for a little longer. Surprisingly, we had wonderful weather today which we don't see very often in this town. I also got a brief interview from the local TV network NHK and I again came on TV on the night news. I did not get to see it though :(

White Day

Today is also known as white day in Japan. This is basically another Valentine's Day that the Japanese confectioners created in 1980 but this day is for the women. In Japan, Valentine's Day, the girls normally buy the guys gifts but on White Day, the guys should buy the girls gifts (chiefly white chocolate).









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Day 726 { }
Monday, March 15, 2010

It was 7 years ago today when I did my very first dub poem. I am now at around 220 there about... My performances has slowed down almost to a complete stop since I came to Japan. This is coming from at least 2 performances per month back in Jamaica. My last performance was for the peace concert on September 11, 2009. So almost half a year and I haven't performed a dub poem.

My friend came today again to help me with Japanese. I also sent out several texts to people I know, inviting them to my presentation (about my trip to the Philippines) at the Niimi College tomorrow. I then went to bible study in the night.


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Day 727 { Presentation on The Philippines }
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Took some pictures with the grade 6 kids today, because today maybe the last time I will be seeing them, as they move on to Jr. high school soon.



My main school ask me to give a short speech next Tuesday in Japanese at their school closing ceremony.

I then went home and did my final preparations for my presentation then headed out to do it. This is the first presentation I remember doing that so many people came out to. Even the girls that I met for the first on Sunday at the ground golf thing came. Also the mayor's son who I met last week Sunday came with his wife and children.

After the presentation, I told them about the book that I am currently writing and also read one of the poems from it entitled "Never Give Up". The coordinator translated the poem in Japanese for me while I read it in English.

It seem like the people really enjoyed the presentation, and I realize that I really enjoy doing these presentation things. I just wished I got more opportunities to do stuff like this in Japan. My dream is to speak on different topics and do my poetry at more conferences and meetings/gatherings all over the world.

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Day 728 { }
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Had dinner with a couple of my friends tonight after work. The lady that help me with Japanese on Mondays also came to eat with us.











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Day 729 { }
Thursday, March, 18, 2010

Took pictures with the grade 6 kids today at this school. There is this 1 kid in the grade 6 class that get on my nerves and he even mocks the Japanese teacher at times.

The grade 6 teacher at my school today,
requested last week that I show a DVD to the kids with some activities I did in other countries. He made this request because he said the Kids at this school know nothing about foreigners and I am the only one they probably know outside of their former English teachers. So I gave him a DVD with some random clips of when I went to Brazil and when I went to Germany.

I told the principal and the Vice Principal good bye and they thanked me for the 2 years I spent teaching English to this school. They kept asking me if I am staying but I told them I don't know because that really depends on the Board of Education and my company. The only thing I know is that there is a 95% chance that I will still be here in Niimi but as to which schools I will be having, I have not the slightest idea.

After work, I went home and did some more editing to the book I am hoping to publish this year.

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Day 730 { End of School Year Party }
Friday, March 19, 2010

After work today, I got a standing ovation from the staff for working there for 2 years. They are hoping that I return to this school next year. But to be totally honest, except for 1 single class (Grade 4) at this school I am not really looking forward to going back there. The main reason being that it is just too far away. This grade 4 class though happen to be my favourite out of every single class I teach at all the schools.

After work, I went to the end of school year party with my main school. We had a whole lot of chicken there. They even gave me chicken heart.... I tasted a small piece of it but I didn't like it at all. I also think I drank a little too much alcohol there, so I ended up being very tipsy and telling the staff members my business. Some of the teachers laughed so hard that they had to be wiping tears from their eyes.


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Day 731 { 2 YEARS !!! }
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wow!!! I'm here 2 years now. Never thought it would go by so quickly, especially when time seemed to have been moving so slow in the first couple of months. My intention was to spend only 1 year here but Japan grew on me I guess. This is a break down of the major good and bad things that has happened to me here in Japan. Also my future hope..



Good


1) I am learning another language

2) I get to meet many people from different countries

3) I get to travel to other countries very cheap

4) I enjoy my job

5) My job pays relatively well

6) I feel 100% safe where I am

7) My apartment is comfortable

8) I have a TV show

9) I think most of the people I encounter with like my vibe

10) I get to play football a lot and I am learning karate

11) 75% of Japanese girls are nice to look at

12) I feel a sense of independence here unlike in Jamaica



Bad

1) Japanese is a difficult language to learn

2) I live in a very rural part of Japan and there is not much to do where I live

3) My job is not challenging and can foster laziness

4) Got broken hearted a whopping 3 times while in Japan.

5) My best friend and cousin died while I was in Japan

6) Because of points 4 and 5 - the 2 years spent in Japan has been the most emotionally low period of my entire 29 years on earth. In Jamaica, if I get low emotionally, in a matter of days I am ok again, because the support network of family and friends are nearby. But.....

7) If you should ever fall in depression (many foreigners in Japan do) you are almost certainly going to be on your own and may have to fight through it all by yourself.

8) I missed over 20 friends' weddings

9) I miss my family and friends back in Jamaica

10) I don't get to perform my poetry as much here

11) I get very lonely at times

12) I get some bad back pains every now and again because of the chairs here

13) Kind of feel like I am stuck here because of the foolishness that is going on in my country now.

14) The stares from people are sometimes annoying


It is a bit unfortunate that the bad things out weigh the good... If that is the case why am I still here ??? That's the billion dollar question and the main reasons are the following:


Future Hope

1) To be fluent in Japanese

2) To start speaking more at meetings and conferences in Japan and around the world

3) To start some sort of business here

4) To get some sort of movie or TV programme deal with a major channel in Japan


5) Buy a house in Japan and in Jamaica

6) Complete writing my book in English, Jamaican dialect and Japanese

7) To build an hospital

Yeah I have some big dreams that I hope and pray will come true. Can it be done? Lets see, only time will tell.

1 comment:

zRö TöLéRàNçE said...

Dave - rofl, lol - Day 730...you say stand innovation - ROFL, LMAO!!!

It's STANDING OVATION - LOL

Please correct it asap

I like your plans for the future. It can work.