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Monday, July 23, 2012

Things Not To Do In Jamaica

Days 1579 - 1585
Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21, 2012  

Day 1579 ( Best 2012 Olympic Uniform / Bolt's Dream )
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Met some friends today in Tokyo and had dinner.


Best 2012 Olympic Uniform 

Which of these do you like?

I personally like the Germany, New Zealand, USA and Jamaica uniforms. People in the USA are hating on the US uniform and people in Jamaica are hating on the Jamaican uniform.


But I think both looks good if you ask me. I would give Germany the edge over the others though. You can vote below.



Bolt's Dream

Bolt has his eyes set on retaining his three Olympic titles and his three world records, as the London 2012 Games draw nigh. 

Bolt is also hoping that his performance at the London 2012 Olympics will make him a living legend. 

Bolt also spoke about the people who have helped to get him to the top of his profession, his relatives, best friends and the Jamaican coach. 



Day 1580 ( Amazing Spiderman / New Japanese Religion Getting Popular In Uganda)
Monday, July 16, 2012

Today was a well needed holiday in Japan. Recently I feel as if my battery is running low. 
In the afternoon I watched Amazing Spiderman with my friend. It was a good watch. It kept me interested for the over 2hours there. Good action, good acting and nice plot etc. I give it 8/10.


New religion from Japan succeeding in Uganda

A religion with origins in Japan is quickly amassing a following in Uganda, winning converts in a slick campaign that has attracted the attention of Christian clerics offended by its beliefs.
Happy Science (in Japan it's called Kofuku no Kagaku) advertises itself as a global religion with a goal of teaching "the truth about life, the world and ourselves." The religion says its grand mission is to create a world filled with love, peace, harmony and prosperity.

The success of Happy Science in Uganda was put on public display late last month at a lecture given by the religion's middle-aged Japanese founder on his first visit to Africa. Buses decorated with the image of Happy Science founder Ryuho Okawa ferried people from all over Uganda to attend his lecture in the national stadium, causing traffic jams and upsetting athletes who had planned to use the space for Olympic trials.

Happy Science officials don't know precisely how many converts they have won since coming to Uganda in 2008, but they say most of the 10,000 people who attended Okawa's lecture were believers. Uganda's population, one of the youngest in the world, is heavily Christian, and Happy Science officials want to use the country as a springboard for what they hope will be success across Africa.




Day 1581 ( Things Not To Do In Jamaica )
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Left work early today and came back to complete my last week blog.


Things Not To Do In Jamaica

This is a very short list I compiled of things not to do in Jamaica:

Don't Take The Spanish Town To Ocho Rios Route Taxis

These taxi men are crazy as I mentioned in a blog before

They take 45 mins to get to a destination that usually takes about 1hr 30 mins otherwise.


Don't Lend Money To People Unless You Know Them Very Very Well

I mentioned this in my last blog. Just don't lend money unless it is to a family member or close friend. This money will not be returned. Even if you ask several times.


Don't Go To Neighborhoods That You Are Not Familiar With 

Some places in Jamaica are dangerous. So just don't go wandering off in some random neighborhood or you may regret it. Also if possible, walk in a group. 


Don't Wear Expensive Jewelry Or Walk With Too Much Money In The City

If you go to places like Down Town, Kingston, you can get cheap stuff on the road BUT don't wear jewelry or take too much money with you. It may get stolen. 


Don't Be Early For An Event Unless It Is An Official Event

If you are, then you will be the only one there. We work by "Jamaican Time" there. Which is normally a hour or more after the suggested start time. When I went to the Bahamas, it was 2 hours or more after the time given.



Day 1582 ( National Geographic's Top 10 National Dishes )
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

While heading home from work, I saw the three special education teachers at my school today walking. They saw me and asked me if I could go to lunch with them. So I did. We went to a Chinese restaurant not too far from the school. The food was pretty decent.

In the evening, did my usual evening conversation.


Top 10 National Dishes

Most countries have a favorite or national dish. Popular with residents and forming part of a country’s identity, they are an essential experience for visitors.

  1. Hamburgers, U.S.

    Although the origins of the hamburger are disputed, there is no argument over the popularity of this classic dish. Toppings and accompaniments vary from region to region, but for an original version visit Louis’ Lunch in New Haven,Connecticut, which has been serving hamburgers since 1900 and claims to be the oldest hamburger restaurant in the U.S.
    Planning: Louis’ Lunch is open most days for lunch and some days until the early hours of the morning.
  2. Ackee and Saltfish, Jamaica

    Despite ackee’s unhappy origins as slave food, Jamaicans have reclaimed it as part of their national dish. A nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavor, ackee resembles scrambled egg when boiled. Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with saltfish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes. Sometimes the dish is served atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains.
    Planning: Jake’s, Treasure Beach, is renowned for ackee and saltfish and also offers cooking classes.
  3. Coo-Coo and Flying Fish, Barbados

    A polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge, coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables or fried and served with a spicy sauce.
    Planning: The Flying Fish restaurant overlooking St. Lawrence Bay claims to be the Barbadian national dish’s home.
  4. Bulgogi, Korea

    Beef bulgogi (fire meat) is a dish of thinly sliced, prime cuts of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, and wine and then grilled. It is often eaten wrapped in lettuce or spinach leaves and accompanied by kimchi (fermented vegetable pickle). Many Korean restaurants have miniature barbecues embedded in tables where diners grill the meat themselves.
    Planning: Seoul’s upmarket Byeokje Galbi chain is a bulgogi sensation.
    --- Actually this is known as Yaki niku in Japan and is also a part of Japanese Culture. ----

  5. Kibbeh, Lebanon/Syria

    Dining well Levantine-style often means sticking to the delicious mezes(appetizers). Kibbeh, a versatile confection of ground lamb, bulgur, and seasonings, is a core component of mezes. It is often fried in torpedo or patty shapes, baked, boiled, or stuffed, but is tastiest raw.
    Planning: Aleppans in northern Syria are kibbeh’s greatest innovators, flavoring it with ingredients like pomegranate or cherry juice.

You can see the others here 



Day 1583 ( Strange Child / Massive Rally Against Nuclear Energy )
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recently, every single week at this school, a few teachers forget that they have English. It is somewhat annoying. My company is of the opinion that English is important to the schools. It appears that way at some schools, but at others like the one I go today, it is at the bottom of their list. Everything else is more important.

Anyway, today at this school, there is a child that is normally well behaved. But today something went wrong. I played a game with this class where they should throw the ball at the card that I call. Then, this student got the ball and he threw it in my general direction. I am still uncertain if he threw the ball at me or simply threw it away. In any case, the ball went in the direction where I was. I was of course surprised. If it did hit me, I don't know what I would have done.

There are a few things/people that I have a very low tolerance for. Rude children is one of them. And I may just lose it if a student purposely hit me with a ball. Most people who know me, has never seen me angry before, but when I do get angry, I am scary and possibly dangerous. I scare myself, because I don't know what I will do then regret it afterwards.

Anyway, the teacher that was there with me said the student has been behaving very strange since he came to school today. She also said that he wasn't throwing the ball at me and that he even emptied some sort of liquid substance in the casing for a musical instrument owned by the school.

After work, I went to a company meeting. The final one before summer vacation. After the meeting, me and a couple of the English teachers had dinner at TGIF.


Massive Tokyo rally decries atomic power

Organizers say 170,000 turned out to demand nuke-free Japan

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Tokyo demanding an end to nuclear power, the latest in a series of demonstrations to erupt since the triple-meltdown disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Under scorching sunshine on a national holiday, demonstrators marched through the streets around Yoyogi Park chanting: "Don't resume nuclear power operation! Prime Minister Noda should quit!"
Organizers estimated the turnout at 170,000, which would apparently make it the biggest antinuclear rally since last year's quake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic disaster in a generation at the poorly protected plant.
Participants included Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe and famed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
"We are angry because no progress has been made in terms of compensation and decontamination," said Noboru Shikatani, 71, who evacuated from Fukushima to Tokyo amid the disaster.




Day 1584 ( Last Day At Work Before Summer Vacation )
Friday, July 20, 2012 (4 Years 4 Months)

Finally the day has come!!! The last workday before the long awaited summer holidays. I don't know, but between April and July I am not sure what happened. But my energy has gone down... Oh I know what... I started teaching at the YMCA. Today was also the last day for YMCA until late August.

Surprising myself, I went to bed at 10pm. Normally I would go to bed around 1 am there about.



Day 1585 (  )
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Did absolutely nothing today. Stayed in and fooled around my iphone and the computer for the entire day.

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