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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Days 1005 - 1011 Sunday, December 19, 2010 - Saturday, December 25, 2010

Days 1005 - 1011
Sunday, December 19, 2010 - Saturday, December 25, 2010


Day 1005
Sunday, December 19, 2010


Went to church then stayed home afterwards. I was supposed to go to a football match today but I was too late with the registration so I did not get to go :(

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Day 1006 ( Pinata )
Monday, December 20, 201o

Went bible study and did a traditional Christmas thing in Mexico called Pinata. It has this thing full of sweets and we should hit it blind folded until it breaks open, then everyone dash for the sweets.


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Day 1007
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My last day of work for 2010.... Went to a bonenkai ( End of year party ) with some persons from the Tuesday ekaiwa. It was interesting...

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Day 1008
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stayed in for most of the day then went to buy Christmas gifts for a friend of mine


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Day 1009 ( Small Accident / First Wedding in Japan )
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Left out my house at about 9:15 am to meet the lady that keeps bible study, for us to go to a wedding. On the way, we had a small accident and when the police came, everyone in the van had to give their names, telephone number, address and date of birth to the police. I have no idea why.





























Anyway, afterwards we went to the wedding and it was pretty decent. I didn't really like the food, as they decided to share a bunch of stuff that I don't like. Everything had egg, there was tofu and there was raw fish.... It was not my day in terms of food. Here is a clip
I made of the wedding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPs0_UL3txM

After the wedding and reception stuff, we went to an international store to buy some foreign goods. I bought a Jamaican jerk sauce there.

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Day 1010
Friday, December 24, 2010

Packed and got ready to head for Tokyo. While driving out the house, I almost forgot my bus ticket, so I had to return to my apartment for it. Then I got stuck in unexpected traffic, so I missed the cheap train to go to Okayama City. I had to take the more expensive train. I eventually got to Okayama city and took the over night bus to Tokyo.
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Day 1011 { Merry Christmas / Arrival in Tokyo }

Merry Christmas from Tokyo. Got to Shinjuku, Tokyo at about 6:40 am and it was 3 degrees Celsius and verrrry cold. I walked around for a bit in the cold then went to a Mcdonalds to have breakfast. I eventually met my new friend and we chatted for a while.


















We wanted to see a movie at 7pm but when we got there, every single movie was sold out except for the movie at 9 pm. So we ate at a Out back steak house restaurant where we had to wait for over an hour to get served, because of the amount of people in the Roppongi area of Tokyo. We then went back to Roppongi Hills, where the theatre was and we watched tron in 3D. I was however falling a sleep a bit. Today was a very nice day.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Days 998 - 1004 Sunday, Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Saturday, December 18, 2010


Days 998 - 1004
Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Saturday, December 18, 2010



Day 998 ( Darts Competition )
Sunday, December 12, 2010

Woke up at about 6:50 am and hurried to pick up a friend of mine for us to head for the darts bar. I parked my car there, got my darts and headed out with a Japanese guy and the other 3 ALTS for the darts competition in a prefecture nearby known as Tottori. I got to the darts bar a little late but we got to the competition area relatively early to do registration etc.

There were several other darts players at the competition area coming from nearby prefectures. All of the darts competitors are assigned to a specific darts club or bar. From our darts bar (QP Darts house) in Niimi, about 20 of us were participating. They split us all into teams of two so sometimes we end up playing against people from our darts bar. It so happened that my team had to play against teams with only girls. The first team we played was actually a team from our same darts bar.

In each match, we would play 3 games and the team that win 2 games, wins that match. Again, my team got only girls to play against and the first team we played against was 2 girls from our darts bar. In that first match, we won the very first game with me finishing the match but we lost the other 2 games. The next match we played we also lost against some other girls. Then finally the third match we won, with me finishing the game again. My team mate was totally off target today. We also played a fourth match against some ladies from our darts bar again and we lost. What a sad day for my team. Somehow they still put us in the second round where we played against a team with a male and a female. That team defeated us quite convincingly. All the teams from our darts bar ended up losing in the second round, except for the first set of girls who my team played against. They got defeated by the very same team with the male and female that defeated my team convincingly. Their match however (which was in the third round) was a little closer and the girls ended up crying after they got defeated.

Overall it was a really fun day although the matches were quite nerve racking. This is a video I took at the darts competition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWVQQ440UDU


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Day 999 ( )
Monday, December 13, 2010

Rain fell all day today. Went to Bible study in the night but I was falling asleep, tired since the darts thing yesterday.


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DAY 1000 { 1 thousandth Day In Japan / Jamaican Found Cure for Prostate Cancer }
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Can you believe it ? My 1000th day living in Japan. So far, I have visited:



The USA 6 times

Jamaica 3 times

South Korea 2 times

Bahamas 1 time

Germany 1 time

Philippines 1 time

If you follow my blog, you would realize that it has been quite a roller coaster ride for me. My mom, family, relatives and some friends want me to come home, but I am not quite ready yet. Others have suggested that I stay here because the job situation in Jamaica isn't the best right now.

Today all I did after work was watch the very final episode of Dexter. It wasn't quite as intriguing as the final episode of last season.


So apparently a Jamaican scientist found the cure for prostate cancer. I couldn't help but wonder why this isn't all over the internet and in international news etc. But when there was the up roar in Jamaica earlier this year the internet was flooded with information.. but thats the media I guess...
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JAMAICAN scientist Dr Henry Lowe last night threw a lifeline to men worldwide when he announced that he had developed a formula that can reduce and eliminate prostate cancer, the number one cause of cancer deaths among males.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Prostate-cancer-breakthrough_8208575

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Day 1001 ( Tap Tap Revenge 3)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A little snow fell today. Stayed in after work and played a bit of Modern warfare 2 as well as this game on the iphone that my friends in Jamaica recommended to me name Tap Tap revenge 3. It is quite addictive.

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Day 1002 ( Lion's Club Christmas Dinner )

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A teacher from the school I went to today gave me 2 tickets to use the lift at the ski place in my town. So I am planning to go skiing again next year.

The lion's club in my area had their yearly Christmas dinner today and they invited all the ALTs in Niimi. The members of the Lion's club in Niimi seem to be all rich, old, Japanese men. We had a good time there and the food was delicious.

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Day 1003 ( )
Friday, December 17, 2010

A couple of my Japanese friends invited me to dinner tonight at a new Italian restaurant in the area. This is the second time I am going to this restaurant. the food was pretty good and relatively cheap. Afterwards I went to the darts bar as per usual on a Friday night.

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Day 1004
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stayed in all day today. All I did was my laundry, played Modern Warfare 2, watched Japanese Animation and created a DVD for the darts bar owner.

This is the Christmas lighting at Niimi station front.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Days 991 - 997 Sunday, December 5, 2010 - Saturday, December 11, 2010

Days 991 - 997
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - Saturday, December 11, 2010


Day 991 ( Gakushu Hap pyoukai )
Sunday, December 5, 2010

Went to the musical and drama thing at my main school today known as happ youkai. This takes place every year around this time at the elementary schools all over Japan. This is the next main even after the sports day thing which was in September. Every single student have to participate in it, whether sick or not. Here is a video I took of one of the performances ...........
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11258067

After the competition I went again to check out the prices of 40 inch TVs in 2 stores in my area
with a friend of mine. At one store, they were too expensive, and at the other store, they didn't have them in stock.

After this I rushed to a restaurant to have dinner with a few teachers from my main school.

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Day 992
Monday, December 6, 2010

Got a day off today because of work yesterday. I spent over 5 hours on skype again speaking to a friend in Jamaica. Had to deliver some bad news to a Japanese friend of mine today but life goes on :(

Went to bible study in the night.
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Day 993
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

After work, I watched episodes 10 and 11 of Dexter season 5 and they were both immensely interesting. My Japanese friend gave me 2 presents today from Kobe.

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Day 994 ( Health Report )
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

After work today I was a bit bored so I played a bit of Modern Warfare 2. I then decided to find out what my health report that I received from the Japanese clinic almost 3 months ago, actually says. I sent the information to my Japanese friend who speaks very good English, and she says I am healthy except for 2 things:

1) I have some sort of irregular heart beat thing going on. Going too fast at times. I do realize that this happens quite a few times.

2) Some strange thing with my blood that can cause me to get cuts and bruises easily. This however I don't know about.

Thanks Noami for the translation

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Day 995 (No Good Mornings / Snow starts)
Thursday, December 9, 2010

I had it in my mind to blog about this issue I noticed for some time now but always seem to forget. I noticed that at 2 of my schools, a few teachers sometimes never tell me good morning when they say me. However, if another Japanese person comes there after me, they will tell them good morning. I also remember at least 2 times where I entered a school and said good morning to everyone and the principal didn't answer me. A vice principal did the same thing once as well . I am not sure why. I find this very strange from good mannered Japanese people. I know at least 2-3 teachers who will not say a word to me unless I am teaching their class on that day.

Anyway, it started snowing today and the place was ridiculously cold. It didn't snow too much nor for too long but it snowed. So tomorrow I will put on my snow tires.

Played football today after a 3 weeks break. The normal opposing team didn't come today so we played against each other 4 on 3. I was on the team with 3 members but I ended up scoring about 10 goals. It was fun as usual.

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Day 996 ( PS3 Super Computer )
Friday, December 10, 2010

Changed my tires after work today then went to the last karate practise for 2010. It was so cold inside of the gym. Afterwards I went briefly to the darts bar.



The U.S. Air Force has revealed a supercomputer built from hundreds of Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles, transforming a machine made to play video games into one suitable for military tasks.

The Condor Supercomputer was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., where the machine is being used for a variety of computing-intensive tasks related to high-definition imagery and artificial intelligence.

The machine is the U.S. Department of Defense's largest interactive supercomputer, capable of processing speeds 50,000 times faster than an average consumer laptop. It is powered by a combination of commercially available graphics cards and the Cell Broadband Engine, a computer chip created by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Toshiba Corp. and IBM Corp., to serve as the heart of the PlayStation 3 gaming system.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20101210a3.html


Day 997 ( Karate Drinking Party )
Saturday, December11, 2010

Stayed in for most of the day today then went to a karate drinking party in the night. This oldish guy in the pic is drunk and when he is like this I try to stay as far away from him as possible.





























A recent friend of mine decided to draw a picture of me from a photo and this is what it looks like. Well I think the drawing is beautiful but don't think it actually looks like me. It looks waaay better than when the kids at school try to draw me though..



Sunday, December 5, 2010

Days 984 - 990 Sunday, November 28, 2010 - Saturday, December 4, 2010

Days 984 - 990
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - Saturday, December 4, 2010


Day 984 (Hike and Mochi rice)
Sunday, November 28, 2010

Woke up at about 5:20am this morning and caught a train to go to Okayama City.


I was supposed to meet a group of persons at a certain time but I was uncertain of the exact location.


While searching for the place, I saw some guys in a car and they shouted something at me, I didn't quite hear what they said nor did I understand it.



After I finally found where to go, I saw the guys in the car again and they shouted something again.


I still didn't quite hear what they said but I am guessing it is some sort of racial remark. Anyway I was about 15 minutes late because of me not knowing exactly where to go, so I apologised.



We then went to a place called Shinjo in Okayama to watch the people make some sort of rice cake thing.


I have seen it before but it was interesting to see it again. They even gave me a wack at it. I only lasted like 2 minutes though and I gave up. My arms were in pain. This is what it looks like..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wIS8aWeD5s

We then went to the mountains in this very very cold area. Hail started to fall for a little while and it was foggy and super cold.


We then went to eat at a little cottage like place then headed out again.


This time I fell asleep in the bus and didn't go up the next mountain at all. My friend's mom then offered to take me back to Niimi via her very small car. So I took the offer.

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Day 985
Monday, November 29, 2010

Went to bible study after work. We spoke a little about Christmas.





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Day 986
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Watched a presentation done by one of the ALTs here from Minesotta, USA.

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Day 987 ( Yaki Tori )
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Japanese friend in Jamaica, Chiyoko ( 千代子 ).

Went to a restaurant in the night with my friend and her brother to have yaki tori. This is like grilled chicken and it is one of my favourite dishes in Japan. It was delicious and I was quite full afterwards.

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Day 988 (I dont really like this coat)
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Got another coat from rakuten. I don't really like this one because of that biig zipper on the side. So I feel like I wasted US$ 20.


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Day 989 (New Darts and T-Shirts)
Friday, December 3, 2010

I went to my car dealer to pay the second instalment on my car check up thing (Shaken). I then went to karate, did some hard exercises there, then to the darts bar.



I bought a set of new darts tonight. We also got some new shirts for a darts competition coming up next week Sunday (December 12, 2010)

And as usual, we did some crazy stuff. Here are 2 videos of some of what we did....

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11228248

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11228399


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Day 990 (No Credit Card Again)
Saturday, December 4, 2010

Visited my orthodontist again and now I'm also wearing invisalign which feels quite uncomfortable on my bottom row teeth. Why did I even bother to do this thing again? Anyway, after the visit I went to Bic camera to buy a 40 inch screen TV. I wanted to do a payment plan thing but I realized that they don't do this kind of thing in Japan unless you use a credit card.



The thing is that I didn't have my credit card with me. But the store attendant guy really wanted to sell me the TV so he said I could sign up for a special credit card right there and it would take 1 hour. However, I wanted to catch the train at a certain time to get back to a Christmas concert.

Anyway I decided to miss that train because I wanted to get the TV. I ended up filling out this Japanese form for about 2 hours, missed another train and still had to wait on some sort of fax. I waited and waited and when the fax finally came, they told me I couldn't get the credit card. I was so angry but didn't know how to express it in Japanese. The store clerk guy apologised like a million times but it still didn't help. I ended up having to take a more expensive express train back to Niimi. I had to then call an ALT to pick me up at the station to take me back to where my car was. Then I got a call that some more coats were to come to my apartment but I wasnt there.
So I had to wait a bit on the coats then headed to the Christmas concert. I got there about 15 minutes late.

After the Christmas concert, I went to the darts bar for a little while but I was exhausted so I left there early. The guy in the picture is the number 1 darts player in the prefecture. I am going to limit my self going to the darts bar now because there is too much smoking. I think its messing with my breathing.


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Yeah Richard the picture with the 2 tall dudes, they are actually that tall. One is 6ft 3 and the other is around 6ft 5in. I can play darts only a little. I am not consistent at all. With the football ting, I don't know why mi end up a kick down di man dem, especially afta mi lose di ball.