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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Days 1187 - 1193 Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Saturday, June 25, 2011


Days 1187 - 1193

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Saturday, June 25, 2011


Day 1187 { Unstoppable }
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stayed in for most of the day. Watched a movie name "Unstoppable", starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine ( from Star Trek 2009 ). The movie was ok. It had some exciting parts in it, but some of the acting, even from Chris Pine, I think wasn't so good. Even though the movie was based on real events, you could kind of figure out the outcome at the end. Here is the link for the preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM-0Ywc7wNY
I give it a 6.5/10


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Day 1188 { Married stories / Nintendo Wii U may Fail }
Monday, June 20, 2011

Marriage Stories

Today a friend of mine told me that he has been having some trouble with his wife. Every time, I hear stories like these, I cringe at the thought of getting married. I know I want to, but not quite yet. I can imagine that the good times are good but also that the bad times are terrible. I have one set of married friends (chiefly girls) who ask me what I am waiting on etc etc, and how it is wonderful being married and what not. I surprisingly don't hear this from the men, where one set says "Its ok" then the other set (actually most of them) saying "WAIT!!!" with a stern warning... And I am speaking about both Japanese and Jamaican men.

Nintendo Wii u May Fail

Fewer innovations, invasion of smartphone entrants eroding game maker's customer base

Takaki Kawatsu, a 33-year-old real estate agent, says he'll be among Nintendo Co. customers who will pass on the company's next Wii game console.

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Interactive: An attendee takes a photo during Nintendo Co.'s presentation of the Wii U console at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles earlier this month. BLOOMBERG PHOTO

"I bought the original Wii because it was popular, new and seemed like a great item to have at a party," said Kawatsu, who owned the game console for four years before selling it three months ago. "This time, there is nothing surprising or fresh."

Kawatsu, who now prefers to play games on his Apple Inc. iPhone, illustrates why analysts say the Wii U will probably fail to replicate the original Wii's success. Nintendo, facing mounting competition from mobile games such as "Angry Birds" and "Farmville" on Facebook, has tumbled 13 percent to a five-year low in Osaka trading since it unveiled the new console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this month.







http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20110621n1.html

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Day 1189 { Rip off Doctor ? }
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Since Saturday morning, my left ear has been ringing. I was concerned so I went to the doctor that I went to the last time. I honestly thought this guy was an ENT specialist. Unfortunately, after waiting for over an hour to see the doctor, this man told me he is not an ENT specialist, so he simply took my blood pressure then he recommended an ENT specialist to me. He also said that he can prescribe the medication for me....So I went along with it. and paid a whopping 7000 yen for everything!!! Then I thought to myself, "why didn't he simply let me go to the ENT specialist"??? That was when I realized that I probably got Punked!!! So now, if these tablets don't work, then I am eventually going to have to end up going to the ENT specialist and pay another maybe 7000 yen AGAIN!!!!! Oh Japan Japan...

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Day 1190 { Another English Supporter / Teachers pinned down man with knife }
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

English Supporter

Another English supporter came at my school today. She said she lived in Kenya for about 4 years and then Columbia for about 3 years. She basically spent most of her elementary school life in Kenya and Columbia. This is because her dad was an ambassador for Japan. However, she said he died while she was still in high school. Then her mom died shortly after, while she was attending university in the USA. She spent 6 years studying in Texas. Wow what a life.... She mentioned that even up to now, she still can't write some kanji characters properly.


Teachers pin down knife-wielding man with two-pronged 'man catcher'


In my blog last week, I mentioned about a drilling exercise that they carried out at a school I went to. Well, this exercise had to be carried out by a school in a nearby prefecture recently. Only that this time it was a real situation, here is the news...


Police on Monday were called to an elementary school in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, after a man illegally entered the premises carrying a kitchen knife. It is believed the 62-year-old man walked into the school by the open front gate at around 7:40 a.m. before the children had arrived and was then challenged by the school principal and teachers.

When they realized the man was armed, three of them decided to use a “sasumata,” a two-pronged device similar to a “man catcher,” which was a type of forked pole weapon used in Europe up until the 18th century. Police said the teachers used the weapon to pin the man down until they arrived. Police said that no-one was injured in the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was first spotted on the premises by a female teacher, who informed the principal. The principal attempted to address the man, but the man just unwrapped a newspaper bundle he was carrying to reveal the kitchen knife. The principal said he instructed staff to fetch the fork-like tool, following which three teachers surrounded the man and held him in place using the weapon. Police quoted the suspect as saying, “I came here to threaten the children.”

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/teachers-pin-down-knife-wielding-man-with-two-pronged-man-catcher

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Day 1191 { Noisy apartment / Lady Gaga in Japan }
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Noisy Apartment

Got a slip of paper at my apartment door today saying they are going to cut off the water on the apartment complex in July. This is to run some sort of check on the water system. Then at the bottom of the paper written in pen they added that it has been reported to them (The company that owns the apartment complex) that someone on the third floor (where I am) has been disturbing the peace of sorts, at late nights.... It also says that if I suspect anyone, I should report it to them. The thing is that, everyone on the apartment complex got this note.

As far as I know, I probably play music sometimes (but not late nights) and also watch anime before I go to bed many times (but not loud as far as I know). Occasionally my friends come over, and we sort of speak a bit loud, but not until too late I think. That is about it. I sincerely hope it is not a "chase away the foreigner" plan.


Lady Gaga is in Japan to raise money to help the tsunami/earthquake victims

Lady Gaga, one of the most successful pop singer-songwriters at present known for her out-of-the-box style of fashion, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to attend a charity music event for survivors of the March 11 quake and tsunami.
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Mobbed: Lady Gaga (left) arrives at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Tuesday. AP

Responding to cheers from some 200 avid fans who waited for her arrival at Narita airport, the 25-year-old American, dressed in green from head to toe, raised her left hand sporting a wrist band bearing a message, "Nihon no tame ni Inori o" (Pray for Japan). Revenues from selling the wrist bands go to disaster survivors.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110623a6.html






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Day 1192
{ They may not like me
/ Rebuilding the Tsunami/Earthquake area estimated to be ridiculously Expensive}


Friday, June 24, 2011

They may not like me, but who knows

So far, there are only 3 teachers that seem to either not like my teaching style or not like me. I could be misreading them though. It so happen that I have 3 schools and each school has 1 of them. It also so happens that the 3 of them are females over 40. The first one is at my main school, she hardly speaks to me, and she tend to want to take over the English class and do things her way. But I couldn't care less. The other 2 just watch me teach and don't say a word and occasionally ends the class 5-10 minutes early. That too I couldn't care less.


Rebuilding to cost ¥16.9 trillion

Rebuilding of infrastructure, housing and other facilities ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami will cost around ¥16.9 trillion, not including damage from the nuclear crisis, the Cabinet Office said Friday.


The sum is about 1.8 times the ¥9.6 trillion cost of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that pummeled the Kobe area.

The cost will be much larger when the effects of radiation leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are included, analysts said, fueling concerns over the outlook for the national economy and fiscal health.

The estimate is based on information from ministries and the affected prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, Niigata and Nagano, and is more accurate than the ¥16 trillion to ¥25 trillion the office estimated in late March.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110625a4.html


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Day 1193 { Lazy Saturday }
Saturday, June 25, 2011

I was really lazy today, because this week was quite a bit tiring. So I stayed in all day, surfing the net, watching random music videos and just being lazy. I was even supposed to meet up with a friend but I cancelled.

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