Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2012
Day 1544 ( French Bakery in Kyoto / Tokyo Most Expensive City )
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Went to a French bakery in Kyoto today with my friend. We had some delicious pastry stuff and tea. We also looked around the area for some sun glasses for the summer sun that is slowly coming out. Some how the nights are still chilly, winter hasn't given up just yet it seem.
Tokyo tops list as most expensive city for expats
Tokyo has officially become the world's most expensive city for expatriates, overtaking the Angolan capital of Luanda, while Osaka has moved up to third place, according to a global survey by consulting firm Mercer LLC.
Day 1545 ( Things I Love/Miss About Jamaica )
Monday, June 11, 2012
Today was just a normal, tiring day at work.
These are some of the things I love and miss about Jamaica.
Food / Fruits / 食べ物と果物
Just like what I blogged about last week, I really love and miss Jamaican cuisine badly. I also love and miss our fruits like Guineps, June plum, Nesberry etc.
The pictures speak for themselves. We have loads of beautiful beaches but over 80% of Jamaicans can't swim.
Jamaicans Know how To Have Fun/楽しい
Hey Jamaica is by no means a rich country. There are some rich people there, even a billionaire. But most Jamaicans are far from rich. But! We do know how to enjoy ourselves with whatever we have.
Check out this idle video with me and my friends back in year 2000. It was summer holiday, we all had nothing to do, but we were just idly having fun.
Adding to random fun, there are loads of parties anywhere and everywhere. If you are a party goer then you should stop by Jamaica.
|Yes this is Jamaica. At a club called Jungle in Negril|
For some strange reason, I get a kick out of seeing the average Jamaican male make advances to a girl. These are some of the things they/we may say:
"Hi baby love look here nuh." - "Hey girl could you look this way"
"Hi darlin baby love" --- "Hey pretty girl" (I don't know what is a baby love sorry)
"Darlin yuh have a minit" - "Hey girl could you spare a minute of your time"
"Yuh look nice innuh baby" - "You are looking quite nice"
"Browning!!" - This is basically trying to get the attention of a female who has fear complexion
"Sexy body" - This speaks for its self
"Gyal yuh roun innuh" - See above
"Nice girl !!" - Also speaks for itself I think
"Pssst" - "Could you look here for a moment"
Again this is the random Jamaican guy. Certainly not all of us do this. Whether I do it or not is irrelevant.... moving along..............
Relaxing / Irie Vibes/くつろぐ
Jamaica is far away from Japan, so not many Japanese go there. But just being in Jamaica makes one feel at home and relaxed. Again, especially at the beaches. In the inner-city area is another story for another blog.
This was recommended by my Japanese friend. You will fully appreciate the temperature in Jamaica after moving to Japan GUARANTEED!!!! ... We tend to complain about the heat a lot but I have learnt to appreciate the Jamaican warmth. Winter in Japan seem as if it doesn't end until mid June, like now. Then it get ridiculously hot, hotter than Jamaica only for 2 months. Then we die in the cold all over again. What am I still doing here????
Any body that doesn't know this, is either living under a rock (like some Japanese actually) or is in denial because of our prominence despite our size.
I am guessing that any people from any nation should like the music in their country. But we have some how managed to send reggae across the globe, again being such a small, seemingly insignificant island. I realized truly how massive reggae is on the international scale when I came to Japan and first went to the One Love Festival in May 2009.
Fun Friends and Family/友達と家族
Most people would miss their friends and family while being away in another country. So I am no different where that is concerned. That is of course not the case if someone left their home country because of their family.
There are of course many more things I miss and love about Jamaica like the nature etc and even just being there, but that's all for now.
Day 1546 ( Jamaican Ambassador To Japan Wants More Integration )
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Another boring and tiring day at work.
Jamaican Ambassador To Japan Dreams Of More
Day 1547 ( Japan Refuse to Part with the Fax Machine )
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
At my evening class today, we spoke about my trip to Kyoto and about surgical procedures that we experienced in the past.
The fax of life: Japan refuses to part with aging device
In Japan's businesses and bureaucracies, in home offices and hulking companies, the fax machine is thriving.Yes, the clunky device has fallen out of favor in much of the world. But it is humming here.
Day 1548 ( YMCA Drinking Party / Japan Falls 5th in Peace Rankings )
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Had 5 classes today and the last one ended at 3:05 pm. I was soooo tired afterwards. However, I went back to my apartment briefly then to a nomikai (drinking party) with some of the people from the YMCA. You could see the clear difference between the open minded Japanese and the ones who were kind of.... Well .... Acting very Japanese if you catch my drift. Most of them were open minded though, so that was good.
Japan falls to fifth in peace ranking
Japan placed fifth in national "peacefulness" in 2012, down from third the previous year, in annual rankings released Tuesday by a Sydney-based nonprofit research organization.
Day 1549 ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo )
Friday, June 15, 2012
My main school is killing me with 6 lesson per day classes. So naturally I was exhausted after work today. But, I had to run to the YMCA again for my now Friday evening classes with grade 6 kids and sometimes a Junior high school kid. Luckily this is only 45 mins and ends at 6:00 pm if its the grade 6ers only. If I have the Jr. High student, then it ends at 8pm. Today it was only the grade 6ers.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
After classes I went back and watched a movie called "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". It was a great suspense movie if you like that kind of stuff. I kept wanting to know what's next. That was until the rigors of the week started taking effect. So I started to fall asleep even though the movie was quite interesting. I still don't quite get the ending....It had room for more to happen. I give it a 6/10.
Yakuza Boss on 1.5 Billion yen / US$19 Million Bail
The No. 2 man in the Yamaguchi-gumi, the top yakuza syndicate, will be released on ¥1.5 billion bail during his extortion trial, court officials said Tuesday.
Day 1550 ( )
Saturday, June 17, 2012
Finished reading an excellent book by Baye McNeil (Aka Loco) entitled "Hi! My name is Loco and I am Racist" ... Started reading it since about April (Yeah I read very slow because I lack concentrating skills). This book made me almost shed tears and it made me laugh so hard at times. I could so identify with so many of the things he wrote about in the book as a black male living in Yokohama, Japan. I experienced quite a few of the same things he did. Basically at the end of the day, we are all racists, in some way or another, no matter how slight it may be.