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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Days 1159 - 1165 Sunday, May 22, 2011 - Saturday, May 28, 2011


Days 1159 - 1165
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 1159 ( One Love Festival Day 2 )
(Earthquake #12)
Sunday May 22, 2011


Felt a small earthquake this morning and again my phone alarmed 1 second late.

Went to day 2 of the Jamaica One Love festival in Tokyo. But rain started falling while I was going there. I met up with a former student of mine from when I was teaching at an academy in Jamaica. I actually met him at this very place last year. He got married to a Japanese 2 yrs ago I think.

The event was going on well, until the rain suddenly came down really heavy. 3 persons then came up under my umbrella, including a young lady with a baby in her hand.

I eventually got some Jerk Chicken then, me and my former student, along with his wife and 2 other friends then exited the area. We spent about 2-3 hours in Burger King, eating and chatting about all manner of things.










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Day 1160
Monday, May 23, 2011

I was rushing to catch the bus for my school today, while eating a Japanese rice ball thing. I caught the bus just on time, as in as soon as I sat, the bus door closed and drove off. I decided to take the challenge again to walk home, and I did. I found the correct route this time, and shouldn't be getting lost again Richard....


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Day 1161 ( What a Class!!! / PTA Meeting )
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I had my worst class today. In all my 3 years and 2 months of teaching in Japan, I have never had a class like this. Surprisingly, this is a GRADE 2 class. The teacher is soft, has a very quiet voice and cannot handle this class of 30 children at all. It is not our jobs to discipline the children, but sometimes I found myself shouting. Normally when I ask the children to stand up, they would simply stand and wait for my instructions. But this class!!! I ask them to stand up, then they just go nuts and run all over the place, roll on the ground, skip, dive, skate, walk, you name it and they are doing it. Plus they are not silent, they are loud....

There is this one girl who is the supposedly leader of them all. She was wearing a jeans with a big weed (marijuana ) sign on it and reggae colours. She leads the procession in calling me Obama, then the others follow. I had to just make them run around touching the colours on the blackboard then fight them to remove, do it again like 20 more times, and that was my English lesson.

In the evening, I had a short meeting with a group of PTA people. There is a group within the PTA known as the ( English Supporters ). I don't really know their real purpose but I heard from other English teachers that:

1) They sometimes come in our classes to "to help" us teach.

2) They can sometimes be a real pain in the A$$

I also heard that these people are unfortunately the behind the scenes rulers of the school.

All I did at the meeting though was introduce myself, listen to them introduce themselves, then I went home.

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Day 1162 ( Chasing Kids )
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I walked to work and back again, just to prove to myself that I know where I am going. I have to go to this school 4 times this week. But I get to save some money and don't have to rush to get the bus or train.

The grades 1 and 2 kids at my schools keep running after me and drawing me in different directions. Sometimes I have to run away from them, but they like this of course. Even while walking home sometimes, they will run after me. At work this is fine, but while going home!!!!

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Day 1163 ( Company Meeting # 2 )
Thursday, May 26, 2011

I was so tired after work today. So much so that while heading for a meeting in Sakuragicho, Yokohama, I was sleeping on the train. It was while going to the meeting, one of my Jamaican friends told me about the English supporter people. He said they caused him some trouble, where he had to write a report to our company. He said the incident also caused him to be at odds with the principal of that school.

At the meeting, we were divided into groups. There were about 10 persons in my group and the group leader asked for a volunteer to give a brief presentation on the lesson plans we developed for our homework from the last meeting. I volunteered and they all seemed to like my plan and presentation. We now have another homework to do next week. This one has to do with the aim/objectives of our lesson...

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Day 1164 ( Welcome/Good bye Dinner )
Friday, May 27, 2011

After work, I went to the main part of Yokohama again name Sakuragicho. My school today was having a welcome / leaving dinner, for both the new none-teaching staff and for some who already left. The dinner was held at a famous hotel in Yokohama name "The intercontinental Hotel", which is shaped like a half moon. On almost any picture of Yokohama, you can find this hotel. The dinner cost 6200 yen but it was all you can eat, all you can drink for about 3 hours.
After the dinner, I walked back in the rain, with 3 new none classroom teachers. The school nurse, the music teacher and the nutritionist who is in charge of preparing the school lunch.
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Day 1165 ( Jailbreaking my iphone FAIL!!! )
Saturday, May 28, 2011

I stayed in all day today trying to jailbreak my iphone. This is supposed to be simple, but for some strange reason, the jailbreak software are not working on my phone.

If anyone reading this knows whats up, I am using an iphone 3G with firmware 4.2.1. I tried using redsnow, snowbreeze and greenpoison to jailbreak it, but none work. I am sure I have followed the instructions well.

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@Richard - It's actually a wooden sword, not sure if customs will have a problem wid dat. Yeah mi start a enjoy one piece.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Days 1152 - 1158 Sunday, May 15, 2011 - Saturday, May 21, 2011

Days 1152 - 1158
Sunday, May 15
, 2011 - Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 1152 (Rapture??/ New Jamaican friends )
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Went to church this morning and performed "Jesus a come back soon" one of my poems. I haven't performed since August last year. Speaking about "Jesus a come back soon", I heard that a guy name Harold Camping is spending a lot of money telling people all over the world that Jesus is coming on May 21, 2011. This guy has already made a prediction like this in 1994. The worst thing is that people are actually believing him!!!. I am not sure if this dude himself believes, or it is just some sort of scam. If he really followed the bible, he would have known that Jesus Himself said that NOBODY knows when He will come again.

Here is an article about this guy. http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/may-21-end-of-the-world-finances-harold-camping/index.htm?fb_ref=fbLike&fb_source=home_oneline

New Jamaican Friends

While coming back from church, I stopped at the supermarket. While coming back from the supermarket, a Japanese guy said "hello". Then he introduced himself to me and asked where I was from. When I told him Jamaica, he said to me that he visited Jamaica 10 years ago. He also said that 2 Jamaicans live like 20 mins by foot from where I live. We then went by one of the Jamaicans' house, where I met his Japanese wife and 3 children. All of his children were born in Jamaica and his wife lived in Jamaica for more than 11 years.

Another Jamaican guy lives on the same apartment complex, and he is also married to a Japanese lady who lived in Jamaica for over 11 years. They have 2 children. I chatted with all of them for about 3 hours then walked back with the Japanese guy.

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Day 1153 ( Getting lost again )
Monday, May 16, 2011

Again my school today is like 15 mins walk from my apartment. I walked home on Friday and found the way fine. But today I tried again and you can be assured that I was totally lost. Lost as in I was in somewhere like a jungle with farms around. I wondered for a while if I was still in Yokohama. I had to ask some persons for direction to the train station. I finally found it after about 30 mins of walking around not having a clue where I was going.

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Day 1154 { WCC Peace Convocation in Jamaica}
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I was falling asleep at my desk at work today. After work, I went home and watched more of the anime " One Piece ".

I remember in 2006 when I went to Brazil to take part in the World Council of Churches (WCC) 9th Assembly. I met people from literally all over the world and it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Now, the WCC are actually in Jamaica doing what they call a "peace convocation" or International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. This is their site http://www.overcomingviolence.org/ ... They met with the Jamaican prime minister ( Bruce Golding ) and some other Big wig Jamaicans. This is actually the climax of an initiative by the WCC known as the Decade to Overcome Violence. The Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace 2001 - 2010 (DOV) is an initiative of the World Council of Churches. It is a global movement that strives to strengthen existing efforts and networks for preventing and overcoming violence, as well as inspire the creation of new ones.

Jamaican politicians greet ecumenical delegation as peace convocation open

WCC general secretary Tveit led a prayer at Kingston's monument for children who died under violent circumstances.

Jamaican national leaders welcomed a global ecumenical delegation on Monday as the week-long International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) began unfolding in Kingston.

The delegation comprised leaders from the World Council of Churches (WCC), Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) and Jamaican Council of Churches (JCC) who attended a series of meetings with Jamaican authorities.

The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, briefed Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding on the history of the WCC and the IEPC, a gathering of some 1,000 worldwide faith leaders and peace practitioners exploring the concept of just peace and recent advances in peacemaking practices.



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Day 1155 ( He misses his Ex- Girlfriend)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One of my schools will have their sports day next week so they have been practicing like crazy. I finished relatively early today, so I got home and ordered some food from Dominoes.

A Japanese man went crazy on his ex-girlfriend and some police men.

A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend and three policemen near Kobe Gakuin University, following an apparent attempt at reconciliation that was rejected, police said Wednesday.

At around 3 p.m., the suspect, identified as Yoshiaki Izaki, 25, allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, a 21-year-old Kobe Gakuin University student, in the lower abdomen, only a few minutes after she had called the police asking for help. Izaki also stabbed the three policemen who rushed to the crime scene. The woman and one of the policemen remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

According to police, Izaki and the woman dated for approximately a year, but separated in March after graduation when Izaki moved to Saitama for work. He quit his job after a month, however, and told police that he returned to Kobe in an attempt to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend on several occasions, but was rejected.


http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/heartbroken-kobe-man-stabs-ex-girlfriend-and-three-policemen
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Day 1156
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nothing really happened today, just went home tired after work and slept. I forgot to mention that I was featured in the May issue of a magazine in Niimi, giving a goodbye message.

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Day 1157 ( Earthquake #11 )
Friday, May 20, 2011

Had one of those none stop classes day today. 8:30 am - 3:00 pm with only about a 1 hour break. I heard there was a small earthquake at work today but I didn't feel it because I was busy jumping around with the children and the Japanese teachers. But when I got home, I felt one even before the phone alarmed to tell me there was an earthquake. The earthquake came then 1 second after, the phone started to alarm.

In the night, I went by my new Japanese friend's house for a bit. He said he has an aviation license from the US and another one from Japan.

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Day 1158 { Talent Agency / One Love Festival Day 1 }
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today I was heading for the yearly "one love Jamaican Festival" in Tokyo. Now, this is only 50 mins from me, what used to be like 9 hours on the night bus coming from Okayama. Before heading to the festival, I stopped at a famed foreigner talent agency in Tokyo known as "Inagawa Motoko (IMO)".... But I recently did some research and found out that there is a lot of complaints about this agency.

After visiting the agency, I went to the one love festival. The Japanese guy that I met recently who lives a minute away from me was also there. I noticed that he some how keeps introducing me to any random black person who he meet. Aside from this and that I had to wait in line for about an hour to get a good piece of jerk chicken, I had a good time there.


I also got some jerk pork but that was a waste of my money. I met a few new friends there and I left the area at about 10:30 pm.






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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Days 1145 - 1151 Sunday, May 8, 2011 - Saturday, May 14, 2011

Days 1145 - 1151
Sunday, May 8
, 2011 - Saturday, May 14, 2011



Day 1145 ( Free Health Check )
Sunday, May 8, 2011

Went to church in the morning then rushed off to do a free health check up in another part of Kanagawa prefecture name Atsugi. It is about 1 hr from where I live. I then went to the Yokohama main station to purchase a pizza.



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Day 1146 ( Bills )
Monday, May 9, 2011

Still coughing a bit. Left work at about 1:29 pm then went to lodge money for my car account and for my credit card bill.

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Day 1147 ( Still coughing )
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Had to ask some people at the school I went to today for a good doctor around the area. The English coordinator drew a map for me and hooray I followed it and didn't get lost. The doctor said I had some sort of infection and need antibiotics along with tablets to stop the coughing and fever.

Went to the nearby darts bar in the night but didn't play because too many persons were there.

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Day 1148 ( Drowsy )
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The medication I am taking now is causing me to get a bit drowsy at work. So it is obvious at work that I am not feeling too well. But hey, this is Japan, the work must go on, no matter what.

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Day 1149 ( lloyds TSB / Playstation hackers possibly Japanese)
Thursday, May 12, 2011

After work, I had to fill out a change of address form in order for money transfers to go smoothly to Jamaica from Japan. I am still using this company known as lloyds TSB for the past 3 years now.

I also completed the home work that was given to us by the company at our last meeting.

Playstation hackers possibly Japanese

Hackers disrupt PlayStation blog

Sony Corp., struggling to restore online entertainment services after a record theft of customer data, said Wednesday its PlayStation blog has been partially disrupted after the website was attacked by hackers.

Sony boosted the blog's security system following attacks on the site last month, Makiko Noda, a spokeswoman for the Tokyo-based company, said. The new system is likely the reason why some access by users outside the U.S. has been denied, she said.

The maker of PS3 game consoles was targeted in a "large-scale, coordinated denial-of-service attack" in April by the group called Anonymous in a protest against Sony for suing a hacker, Kazuo Hirai, the company's executive deputy president, said in a statement last week. The PlayStation blog was among the services attacked, Noda said.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20110512n1.html

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Day 1150 ( New English Book )
Friday, May 13, 2011

There is this new English book that we are all supposed to be using now in the schools, and I am not yet used to this book after 3 years of using another book. The worst thing is that I get no plans from the teachers at most of my schools, the one today in particular. So I go to the classes, wondering what the heck do the teachers want me to do. Most teachers just allow me to do whatever the heck I want to do, while one in particular prefers to take control of the class. I personally prefer a bit of both.

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Day 1151 ( One Piece )
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stayed by my friend for the entire day today. I also started watching a new anime name One Piece. It is getting more and more interesting. I normally stick only to Naruto and Bleach but since I caught up with them, I can't be bothered to wait for one entire week to see another episode.



Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sky Planetarium / Visit to Nara


Days 1138 - 1144
Sunday, May 1
, 2011 - Saturday, May 7, 2011


Day 1138 { Chinese Friend in Tokyo / Mori Tower }
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Over the three (3) years I spent in Niimi, Okayama, I managed to gather friends and acquaintances from different countries. One such friend is a Chinese girl who would visit the church I went to while living in Niimi. She now lives in Tokyo and studying some fashion stuff. We decided to meet today for lunch and to walk around a bit.

We first went to an area in Tokyo called Roppongi Hills (I went here in December 2010 also) to the 5th tallest building in Japan. It has 52 floors and is known as the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.


From this sky scraper, you can see pretty much all of the Tokyo metropolitan area. The current tallest tower in the world, (Tokyo Sky tree) can also be seen from there, as well as the Tokyo tower which is the 24th tallest tower in the world. Me and my friend then went to see some outer space simulation stuff, including a remodel of the visible universe. This 30 mins presentation of sorts is called the "Sky Planetarium" It was amazing. It accurately shows 5.6 million stars http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fq20110107a1.html known as mega star.


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Day 1139 { Missed the Bus }

Monday, May 2, 2011

Today was like a combo breaker in what could have been a long holiday. Last week Friday was basically the start of the golden week holidays, then there was Saturday, Sunday then today which is not a holiday. But Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday are holidays, then this Friday is another combo breaker. Tomorrow, I should be heading for another prefecture called Nara (via the night bus tonight), which was a very old capital of Japan, back in like year 694, more than 1300 years ago.

So I went to work today, left after 4 classes, then pretty much spent the rest of the time reading random crap on cracked.com .... There was never a better name for that site. And its a bad idea to start reading this stuff if you have places to go. It has some really interesting stuff that is both funny, and surprisingly educational.

Like check out this video of how close the plane went to the people by the beach in St. Maartin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAfQwDizpRo&feature=player_embedded

I spent a good 4-5 hours just reading through some stuff that was on the website. I didn't realize that at certain times in the night, the train schedules are changed up a bit. I took it for granted that I am only 15 minutes from the main Yokohama station. I started rushing like crazy, only to realize that the fastest train would even make me 1 minute late for the night bus. I called the bus company to tell them I will be a bit late, but they said that they will leave EXACTLY on time. I still went to Yokohama expecting a miracle but the bus was already gone. :( cracked.com was the cause. I plan to ask them for at least a half refund though. The only other option now is to take the super speed train tomorrow morning, with loads and loads of people, because all Japanese people take holidays only on public holidays... and when there is a public holiday, EVERYWHERE is filled with people.

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Day 1140 { Heading for Nara }
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Woke up at about 6 am and headed out to take the fast train to Osaka, then head from there to Nara, the old capital. I had to stand on the super speed train for about 2hrs 30mins, because as expected, it was filled with people staring at me from every angle.

I then met up a friend of mine at a place name Shin-Osaka and we went to Nara from there.

I ran into a couple of other friends in Nara, including a Mexican/American girl I met recently at the Jamaica camp thing in March. Also saw a teacher who was working in Niimi. She said her daughter lives in Nara.

Nara is famous for 6 things that I can think of. Namely:
1) Being an old capital of Japan (694-784) 2) Deer
3) Deer feces

4) A very big statue of buddha
5) Temples and shrines
6) Loads of World Heritage sites

I saw many a deer in the area while walking towards the big statue of buddha. I wanted to see what this excitement was about. So I went to the big buddha place known as Todaiji. I also went to this other area where you can view different parts of Nara. I bought a wooden sword there.






















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Day 1141 (Still in Nara)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Went to view some more shrines and temples and deer around Nara. Also went to a Thailand style restaurant to have lunch. It was absolutely delicious.

Also went on this slope where a better view of Nara and other parts of the prefecture can be seen. A couple of deer are also there as well. I was desperately trying to avoid stepping on deer pooh, but that proved impossible.

It is evident that Nara is a very quiet city. This is a place to relax and enjoy nature. but there are always lots of people going to the temples and shrines, so it can be busy as well. This was a good get away from the earthquake stuff in Yokohama. Speaking of which, I haven't felt one in more than a week. New record since I moved to Yokohama.


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Day 1142 { Heading Back from Nara / New Printer}
Thursday, May 5, 2011

I have been sneezing and coughing since last Thursday, and I some how refuse to visit the doctor and hope that whatever this is, goes away naturally.

Anyway, started heading back to Yokohama and this time, I got a seat after sitting between train carts for about 30 minutes. I got back to Yokohama in the afternoon at around 4 pm and in true Dave form, I got on a wrong train. Luckily that train didn't move of, and I saw the right train pulled up shortly after.

I ended up buying a new HP B210 all in one printer/scanner. Cost only 8000 yen, and I don't need to connect it via a USB, its wireless.

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Day 1143 { Small Earthquake in Jamaica }
Friday, May 6, 2011

Heard there was a small earthquake in Jamaica. I also saw it on my earthquake application. It was a magnitude 4.2. This is a regular occurrence in the region of Japan where I am now.


The Prime minister of Japan has been loosing popularity more and more. Even before the earthquake, but that made matters worsen. Its so bad that the person who was giving him advice on the radiation stuff resigned. Not a good sign at all.


Kan nuclear adviser fed up, quits



Prime Minister Naoto Kan defended his government's handling of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant on Saturday, a day after one of his advisers on the emergency vowed to resign in protest at what he called the state's lax response.

Kosako told the government Friday he will resign as Kan's adviser.
"The government has belittled laws and taken measures only for the present moment, resulting in delays in bringing the situation under control," Kosako said.
It is extremely rare for an intellectual adviser appointed by the prime minister to resign in protest at measures the government has taken.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110501a2.html

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Day 1144 { One more Interview }
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Today, I stayed in for the most part. But, later in the afternoon I went to another interview for teaching privately. I think it went pretty well. They said they will inform me as soon as a student(s) is willing to let me teach them or even talk with them.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Days 1131 - 1137 Sunday, April 24, 2011 - Saturday, April 30 , 2011


Days 1131 - 1137
Sunday, April 2
4, 2011 - Saturday, April 30 , 2011


Day 1131 { Easter Sunday }
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!! The general tradition of Easter is the Easter bunny and chocolate egg. In Jamaica we have developed a tradition of having our Easter bun as seen in the picture.

Went to church, first in a long while. This time it's an international setting, with the pastor from Malaysia, his wife Japanese, and a couple of people from the USA, Philippines and possibly elsewhere. There was one guy from Africa there. The service was done in English and translated to Japanese by the pastor's wife.

When I got home, I decided to order a set of drawers to put my clothes in and stop living out of my 3 suitcases. My closet is too small to fit all of my clothes.

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Day 1132 {Meet Dave}
Monday, April 25, 2011

Taught a set of slow learners for the first time while in Yokohama. Taught about 8 of them. One female in the class is taller than I am. She is only 12.

My Jamaican friend who lives in Kawasaki (no not the bike), which is a city about 30-45 mins away from me, said he finally got a new job, after quitting his other job in December last year. His last job was sorting out some recycle stuff, doing over time in sun, rain, wind and snow.

Remember in my last blog I spoke about a kid calling me Eddie Murphy? Well I wasn't aware that Eddie Murphy starred in a show called...... MEET DAVE!!!

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Day 1133 { Sony PSN Hacked!!! }
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bought dinner from Dominoes again after work. I need to stop doing this and try to start eating more healthier stuff.

I know this is late news now but, I couldn't help writing about how Sony Playstation Network got hacked. Now millions of users' information and credit card details are at the mercy of these hackers. You would think that a company like Sony would have a pretty secure network... Nope I guess not. I am overjoyed though that I did not enter my correct address in that thing, nor did I enter my credit card details. Here is the news:

Network shut down; info on 77 million users said compromised


Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation Network for the past week, disconnecting 77 million user accounts.


Some players brushed off the breach as a common hazard of operating in a connected world, and Sony said some services would be restored in a week. But industry experts said the scale of the breach was staggering and could cost the company billions of dollars.

"Simply put, one of the worst breaches we've seen in several years," said Josh Shaul, chief technology officer for Application Security Inc., a New York-based company that is one of the country's largest database security software makers.


http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110428a1.html


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Day 1134 { Pizza Night / Ipad 2 in Japan }
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I had to teach some first graders today and wow.... It's like 30 of them in each class and they are all full of energy.

I received the drawer set thing today, that I ordered on Sunday.

Later in the evening, I went out to meet some other ALTs to have Shakey's pizza. Here, you can pay about 1500 yen and you can eat pizza and whatever else you see in sight, for the remainder of your time in the restaurant. I am not sure if this was a special offering or what. But it sure was worth it.



Ipad 2 in Japan

Apple Inc. released the latest model of its iPad tablet device in Japan Thursday after delaying its launch for a month because of the March 11 disaster in Tohoku.


Compared with the original iPad that debuted last May, the iPad 2 has a dual-core processor that is twice as fast and that will enable the 9.4-inch touch-screen device to run games, e-books and Internet applications faster than before.

It is also 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the previous model, Apple said.

The launch was originally slated for March 25 but was postponed because of the disaster. Its new debut date was officially announced late Wednesday.

Softbank Corp., the data services provider for the iPad in Japan, often organizes events to celebrate new Apple releases, but refrained this time out of respect for public sentiment in the wake of the disasters.

Still, many people appeared excited about Apple's latest gadget, with hundreds lining up as usual on the sidewalks outside its stores.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20110429a1.html

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Day 1135 { First AET Meeting }
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Woke up a bit late and I almost got to work late. I however ran and got at my desk exactly as the chime went off for my first class to begin. Then 2 mins later, the kids for class came for me along with the teacher. It was at that very moment, the teacher asked me what exactly is my plan for today. Luckily over the 3 years, I have managed to develop a built in lesson plan in my head. So I told him my idea. We tried it, and it went perfectly well.

With this new branch of my company in Yokohama, (which actually has a different name from the main company) we have meetings on the last Thursday of every month. As against every 3 or 4 months with my previous branch. Today was the first of such meeting and over 100 Teachers were present. We are actually now known as AET (Assistant English Teacher) and not ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) with the Yokohama branch. At the meeting, we met our head teachers. The persons who were at the training in April also came along. Those from the training in April (including myself), ended up listening to an exact presentation that we heard from the training earlier this month. Guess what? We also got HOME WORK!!! We are supposed to develop 3 continuous lesson plans. Like a 3 part series of a lesson so to speak. We should submit this at the next meeting.

After this meeting that lasted about 1 hour or less, I went to one of the AET's apartment, along with 4 other friends. We ate, talked, drank and had a great time. I got back to my apartment at about 12:30 am. I could do this because tomorrow is a public holiday.


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Day 1136 { MY BED!!! }
Friday, April 29, 2011

Stayed in for most of the day. I finally received my bed after 4 weeks. Now my apartment even looks smaller with the bed here now. But I'm happy I finally got it.

In the night, I went to the yaki tori ( baked chicken on a stick) restaurant near my apartment to eat some of that good stuff. I ended up meeting this Japanese guy who speaks pretty much perfect English. He was there with an old female friend of his. We spoke for a while along with the Filipino lady who works at the restaurant. The guy and girl then showed me that there is actually a darts bar pretty close to where I live. So we went there and played darts a bit. The guy actually is going to Arizona tomorrow for a week. The girl is going to New York in May for her sister's graduation.

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Day 1137 { Lets go to Shonon-Enoshima on the Mono rail }
Saturday, April 30, 2011

I had no plans today. That was until one of the guys I met up with on Thursday night asked if I was free to come along with 2 others, to go to a beach area name Shonan-Enoshima. So I got out of bed and rushed to meet them, about 30 mins away from where I live. We went on this thing called the mono rail (Its a train that travels in the air). It took about 15-20 mins to get to our final destination. I couldn't help but think, just what if an earthquake should hit now!!!!

Anyway, we got to the beach area and it wasn't all that great a view but my new friends were pretty cool. The area was really windy and a bit chilly as well. Actually since Wednesday, some really strong winds have been blowing.

We then had lunch then headed back on the mono rail, air train thing.

While heading back to my apartment, I could not help but notice that a bicycle that looked exactly like mine, was parked near to the train station closest to my apartment. I looked at it for a while and thought that someone must have had a bicycle that looked exactly like mine!!! I don't normally lock my bicycle since living in Niimi, so I didn't see the need to lock it here in Yokohama either. I had my apartment key in my pocket, that also has a key for the bicycle. So I decided to test the key on the lock. Walla!!!! it was my bicycle. Who in their right mind would move a foreigner's bicycle??? Well I guess the person, who is probably 99.99% a male, apparently thought the bicycle owner was a Japanese. I took back the bicycle which was quite convenient for me with my bag of groceries.

In the evening, My good friend Peter from England, who was at the very first company training with me back in 2008, decided to take a visit to Yokohama. the last time I saw this guy was when I went to Fukuoka in December 2008- January 2009. We met up along with a couple of his friends to eat and drink.

Yes today was a day packed with activities.


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@ Richard -, The company that give the 200mbps internet is known as yahoo bb. It somehow doesn't seem like its 200mbps however :(
Mi realize dat mi belly a get big from wah day day suh dont tink dat mi a stay slim at all.

@Latasha -, I can't guarantee that you won't be discriminated against, whether subtly or otherwise. However, if it does happen, more than likely it won't be from a Japanese person.

@ Anonymous writer -, thanks for your comment. Your video about Chernobyl did indeed caught my attention. Wow thats some serious stuff that went on at Chernobyl. Unfortunately, it is not feasible for me to return just now. I pray that I don't regret that decision in the future. I am however considering the possibility of returning home next year. That video was heart breaking.... The worst thing is that we don't know for sure about the radiation levels in Tokyo area. I haven't drunk any of the tap water so far, but of course I take baths.