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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reporters first look at the Atomic plant in Fukushima / Immortals

Days 1334 - 1340 ---
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 1334 ( Reporters first look at the Atomic plant in Fukushima)
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Went to church then back to my apartment. I ordered Call of duty Modern Warfare 3 online, after hearing that one of my friends in Jamaica bought it.

Fukushima No. 1 tour an eye-opener

Radiation dangers temper sense of stability at scene of devastation

News photo
"Now 1,000 microsieverts (per hour)!"
News photo

The shout by a Tokyo Electric Power Co. worker, in full face mask and seamless white protective suit, sent tension high among the 18 journalists aboard a slow-moving bus inside the compound of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
As the bus moved near the badly damaged reactor 2 building, a radiation meter spiked to a level about 18,000 times higher than the everyday reading in Tokyo.
On Saturday, for the first time since the quake-tsunami disaster of March 11, reporters were allowed into the plant for a guided tour.
On that fateful day in March, 13-meter tsunami knocked out the plant's power, triggering meltdowns in three reactors and leading to massive radiation emissions.
In just one hour, had the bus not moved, the 1,000 microsieverts an hour — the highest encountered on the media tour — would have exposed everybody to a dose in excess of the annual legal limit for ordinary citizens.




Day 1335
Monday, November 14, 2011

I think I heard a rather strict teacher at my main school said something about the English class today to another teacher. I am not quite sure what she said but maybe it had something to do with an English supporter who is 70 years old. Or it could be something about my teaching style. I am not quite sure however. But I am sure if there is a problem, my company or the English coordinator will say something to me.



Day 1336 ( Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 )
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Received Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 today. I started playing it in the night but the other players on the server made me look like a novice...



Day 1337 ( Restroom tapes ? )
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another somewhat strict teacher at my school today was trying to say something to me about the English class and what she wants me to do. However she was speaking to me really fast in Japanese so I did not quite get everything she was saying. I am wondering what I am doing wrong in these teachers classes.

Osaka man held over restroom tapes

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 26-year-old man in Osaka Prefecture on suspicion of secretly filming women in restrooms. They allegedly seized about 2,000 videos of women from him.

Toshiyuki Morikawa allegedly sneaked into women's restrooms, including at a supermarket in Osaka Prefecture, and secretly filmed three women between July and August. He sold other DVDs to three people between November 2010 and last May and received about ¥130,000.
According to the police, Morikawa, whose case has already been sent to prosecutors, has admitted earning about ¥4.5 million from sales of DVDs over the Internet during a period of about two years.



Day 1338

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Had evening conversation this evening and he wanted to go to TGIF in Yokohama. So we went there and ate, drank and had English conversation. This student is funny though and we have good conversations. Today they had some sort of bartender show going on in TGIF ...



Day 1339 ( Football Great Defeat )
Friday, November 18, 2011

Finally after 4 months of not even touching a football I decided to play in a football match with the elementary school teachers of my ward in Yokohama city. First let me explain how this ward thing works. Yokohama is a very big city. The biggest city in Japan outside of Tokyo actually, with 3.6 million people living here. So the city is divided up into 18 wards and I live and teach in the southern most ward name Kanazawa-ward.

Anyway I got some hints from other teachers that our ward is the weakest in soccer of all the wards. I even heard that we got defeated 11-0 two weeks ago by a ward name Totsuka-ward. What I wasn't told was that these matches are official 11 vs 11 full length football matches. I was always thinking it was 5 vs 5, small goal matches, like what we did the last time I went to training in July. And what I have been used to for the past 10 years. Yup, the last time I played a big field 11 vs 11 football game was probably back in about 2001.

I decided however to give this a try today but told the captain (who also happen to be a teacher at one of my schools) that I am going to probably be exhausted in about 10 mins or possibly less. We played against Hodogaya-ward and I managed to touch the ball only about 7 times all together. I did manage to get one kick at goal but that was it. We got defeated 8-0. A solid reminder that our team (Kanazawa -Ward) is in fact a weak team and that just maybe I am getting too old for football of this nature. I played the full first half but could hardly move my legs to go play the second half, so someone substituted for me. 8-0 is the biggest margin of defeat for me in my entire life of playing football. Got 6-0 and 7-1 before but 8-0 ???.... Never.



Day 1340 ( Immortals )
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Watched a movie name immortals today at the theater. It was pretty decent but full of gore I guarantee you. It reminded me of the movie 300, which is one of my favourites of all time. I give immortals a solid 8/10. And I am sure they are going to have a part 2.





@ Richard, I saw the problem and couldn't badda fix it. I finally fixed it now though....

@BJ I am not sure what you are drinking over there in Bahamas but I need some... Of course Green Lantern was better than Thor. Thor was a bit wishy washy, I was expecting much more from it ...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dr. Usain Bolt / Bizarre Foods in Jamaica

Days 1327 - 1333

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - Saturday, November 12, 2011

Another somewhat boring week.

Day 1327 (Usain Bolt Honorary Doctorate )

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Went to church then rushed home as soon as it was over to do some reading. I am studying some stuff and hopefully I will be done by or before March 2012.

UWI conferring honorary LL.D. degrees on Bolt

SPRINT king Usain Bolt, as well as corporate executives Minna Israel and Earl Jarrett will be conferred with honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degrees by the University of the West Indies (UWI) in November this year.
According to the May 2011 issue of the UWI magazine Mona News, Bolt, Israel and Jarrett are among 20 "regional icons" who will be named honorary graduands for their contribution to regional advancement at the graduation ceremonies to be held on the UWI's four campuses across the Caribbean beginning on October 15




Day 1328 ( Messed up Bank book )
Monday, November 7, 2011

Went to the ATM to send off some money to a friend of mine. I wasn't quite sure how to do it so I asked one of the ladies in the bank to help me out. I noticed that my bank book kept returning from the machine and asking me to re insert it. So I queried that also, only to realize that the book somehow got destroyed in my bag. They said that I have to get a replacement tomorrow. I did manage to send the money though because I had a bank card.



Day 1329 ( Backache )
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Went to the bank to change my bank book. They said maybe I have too many stuff in my bag that got the book messed up.

I am again having constant backaches for about 2 weeks now. I need to get a new chair. But my apartment is too small to fit a nice chair in it.



Day 1330 ( Bizarre Foods )
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today one of the English supporter persons baked banana bread for me and it was quite delicious. I am going to ask her if she can bake some more.

Bizzare foods

Jamaica was featured on this travel channel documentary known as Bizarre foods. Where this Jewish-American guy (That dude in the orange shirt) travel all over the world sampling different types of food.

These are some standard fruits in Jamaica that are not common in other parts of the world.

otaheite apple or Malay apple

Star apple

Jimbilin / star fruit

Our national fruit - Ackee

Jack fruit


Ok there are too many of them including sweet sop, sour sop, breadfruit, june plum, cooley plum and much much more.... If you show these fruits to people in Japan and possibly other first world countries, they will be quite surprised that something like this actually exist. Some of them can be found in places like Cambodia and Thailand though.

This is the link to the Bizarre Foods show... Its about 30 mins but its very interesting I think.


They also came to Tokyo, Japan




Day 1331 ( Japanese Teachers Stressed )
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Did evening lesson after work today with my student. Again we spoke about sports and strayed off in quite a few different topics.

Teachers bolt jobs over mental angst

The number of first-year teachers who left their job for health reasons has increased twentyfold over the past 10 years, with most citing apparent emotional issues, an education ministry survey has found.

According to the survey, conducted on 25,743 public school teachers who began working in fiscal 2010, 101 voluntarily left within a year for "health" reasons, mainly depression and stress, compared with five in fiscal 2000.
Ninety-one of the 101 who quit were suffering emotional issues such as depression, the ministry said Tuesday.




Day 1332 ( Nuke in Modern Warfare 2)
Friday, November 11, 2011

Normal day.

After work I played Modern Warfare 2 with my friend and we partnered for me to get a nuke.



Day 1333 ( Thor )
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Yow Happy Birthday Richard mi bredrin...

Stayed in all day. Watched a movie name Thor. I expected it to be better but it wasn't so bad. I much preferred green lantern. I give Thor a 6/10



@Richard .... I personally think that the US guy did a better job than her in the singing, naah lie. I do admit that Japanese in a general sense tend to favor USA over other countries in almost anything they do, maybe because the US is protecting them amongst other possible reasons.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jamaican Ice Cream in Top 10 / Andrew Holness Prime Minister of Jamaica

Days 1320 - 1326

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 1320
( iphone 4s Accessories /New Prime minister)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I ordered some iphone 4s accessories on Friday and I received them today. I got a screen protector, a case thingy and a protector thingy.

New Prime minister of Jamaica

I forgot to mention last week that my country now has a new prime minister. The previous prime minister, Bruce Golding stepped down. So now we have the youngest prime minister in the history of our country. He is just 39.

History was created on Sunday (October 23), when 39-year-old Andrew Michael Holness, was sworn in as Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister at King’s House. In a 90-minute ceremony presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and attended by some 4,000 guests, the country’s first Jamaican Head of Government born in the post-independence era (1962), took the Oaths of Allegiance and Office, before being presented with the Instrument of Office as the nation’s ninth Prime Minister.
The changing of the guard also saw the Standard of outgoing Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, being lowered and replaced by Mr. Holness’, thereby completing the transition.
Prior to these formalities, Mr. Golding formally tendered his resignation Sunday, and advised the Governor-General of the decision by the majority of Government members of the House of Representatives to endorse Mr. Holness as his successor.
The new Prime Minister had served as Education Minister since the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the 2007 General Election. He was also the youngest member of Golding’s Cabinet.
Mr. Golding, who assumed the Office of Prime Minister over four years ago, had indicated his intention to demit office in September, stating that the challenges of the last four years had taken a toll and it was appropriate for him to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation, while mobilising the JLP for the next General Election.




Day 1321 ( Samsung overtakes apple in phone shipment )
Monday, October 31, 2011

Normal day at work, so nothing much. After work I collected my pay then paid my tax and bought some stuff.

Yesterday and today I played a lot of Modern Warfare 2 because we were getting double Experience Points.

Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone shipment

Samsung overtook Apple to become the world's biggest shipper of smartphones between July and September.


Research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the three-month period, compared with 17.1 million from Apple and 16.8 million from Nokia.
The consultancy said Apple's growth was hindered by customers waiting for the launch of the new iPhone 4S.
Apple's number four slot in total handsets was taken by China's ZTE.
Nokia was the top handset shipper with a 27.3% market share, followed by Samsung with 22.6% and LG with 5.4%.


Day 1322 ( Jamaica #4 in best ice creams )
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nothing special today.

Jamaica 4th in the world in best ice creams.

I don't know what these guys used to judge this thing but I find it suspicious that the top 3 are all from the USA.

1) Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  1. 2) Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, Missouri
  2. 3) Bombay Ice Creamery, San Francisco, California
  3. 4) Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica
  4. 5) Helados Scannapieco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. 6) Ice Cream City, Tokyo, Japan
  6. 7) Glacé, Sydney, Australia
8) A’jia Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

9) Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark

10) Perchè No!, Florence, Italy




Day 1323 ( Japanese woman sentenced in Malaysia )
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Didn't go to work today because I was too tired. Also I have about 10 unused days and if I don't use them, I won't be getting them back next year.

Japanese woman sentenced in Malaysia

I read this news and just can't help thinking that this was some sort of set up. But who knows the truth.

Malaysian court sentences Japanese woman to death for drug trafficking

A Malaysian court sentenced a Japanese woman to death after finding her guilty Tuesday of trafficking drugs.
Mariko Takeuchi, now 37, was found to have been carrying 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamines into Malaysia on Oct. 30, 2009, a charge that carries the death penalty in Malaysia.
Lawyer Mohamad Rafik Rahem, appearing for Takeuchi on Tuesday, said Takeuchi will appeal the conviction to the Court of Appeal.
She had pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming the drugs found in a suitcase she brought to Malaysia from Dubai were not hers and had been secreted in a bag given to her by an acquaintance in Dubai.
But Judge Siti Mariah Ahmad of the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur rejected her claim, saying Takeuchi's testimony was "fabrication" and the court could not accept it.
Standing in the dock wearing jeans and a T-shirt with a brown jacket, Takeuchi sobbed uncontrollably as Siti Mariah read her judgment.
At one point Takeuchi collapsed into the bench as an interpreter translated the decision to her.
None of her family members was in court.
A nurse in a clinic in Tokyo, Takeuchi had told the court she went to Dubai as a favor for a close colleague who wanted her to talk to "Alex," the colleague's Iranian boyfriend, to see if he could help her out of financial difficulties.
Takeuchi said Alex's driver, also an Iranian, asked her to deliver the suitcase to Malaysia.



Day 1324 ( Super computer breaks its own record )
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another Japanese holiday today. But I did absolutely nothing. Yeah this week was sort of boring I know.

Supercomputer demolishes its own speed record

A supercomputer being developed in Kobe has broken its own record as the world's fastest computer, achieving its performance goal of 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion computations per second, its developers said.

The 10.51-petaflop performance in early October by the supercomputer being jointly developed by Fujitsu Ltd. and the Riken research institute, exceeded the mark of 8.16 petaflops it set in June to capture the top spot in the global ranking of computing speeds, Fujitsu and Riken said Wednesday.
The latest performance results have been submitted to the world ranking to be presented at an international computing conference in Seattle that starts Nov. 12, they said.
The supercomputer, nicknamed K, has about 88,000 central processing units. The system's final configuration was set in August and its software is now being adjusted before its planned completion in June. The supercomputer's shared use is slated to begin by next November.



Day 1325 ( Karaoke for English conversation )

Friday, November 4, 2011

I was tired after work today but I still had to do my English conversation in the evening. Today was my student's birthday and he wanted to do karaoke so I accompanied him. We sang a couple of Japanese and Jamaican songs and spoke about all sort of stuff. I didn't even look at what I initially planned to talk about. He also purchased one of my books.

We bought some food there but it was some of the worst chicken I tasted. It had no taste and it was cold. My student complained to them afterwards. Clearly it was because too many persons were around and they couldn't manage to cook the food properly.



Day 1326
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stayed in all day.

A couple of my friends in Niimi are now taking over the TV show I had. So one of the girls involved asked me a couple of things about the show today. She is a bit nervous but that is normal for the first couple times.