Sunday, December 2 - Saturday, December 8, 2012
Day 1719 ( Old And Swagging )
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Congratulations on your wedding Kevin!!! I called a good friend of mine from university this morning (December 1st in Jamaica) to wish him good luck with his wedding and marriage. Many of my other university friends were there as well, so I spoke to them a little.
|Kevin Ruddock - Just married|
I am still in Kyoto today. Went to a French restaurant with my friend in the afternoon. The waitress told us that there is a Jamaican bar around the area so we searched for a bit in the blistering cold, only to find out that the bar closed down :(
Afterwards we went to a liquor shop, where for the first time in 4 years, I see Jamaican rum in Japan.
|Hey this rum isn't even popular in Jamaica.|
|This one is pretty popular though|
I then went to the station and took a high-speed train back to Yokohama.
Old And Swagging
At 106, he's a fashion icon
Day 1720 ( Japan - A "Card" Culture )
Monday, December 3, 2012
Went to work like normal then updated my blog.
Japan a Card Culture
Japan has many many sub cultures that can keep foreigners and even other Japanese occupied with stuff to do. So I decided to start a blog series about "Japan - A -------------- Culture". Today is "Japan a card culture".
Almost every single shop, restaurant, mall, plaza or whatever it maybe in Japan, issues a card. If u visit their establishment often enough and use their cards, then you can get discounts.
This is a good system if you visit these places regularly enough. But the cards can be more like garbage if you only visit these places once in a while. Check out my collection.
Some of those cards are from my Niimi days. I still keep them because I return to Niimi, well once a year so far. Among that rubble are cards for: About 4 different pharmacies, some internet cafes, electronic shops, clothes stores, convenient stores, a movie theater company, supermarkets etc etc. This set doesn't include my hospital, dental and bank cards. I also have as much business cards from random people.
Why so many cards?
Day 1721 ( America Will Defend Japanese Controlled Islands )
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Did absolutely nothing after work today, except read some random articles and watch Dexter.
U.S. Senate passes Senkaku backing
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that is designed to counter attempts by China to challenge Japan's administration of the Senkaku Islands but sidesteps the question of who has ultimate sovereignty over the disputed territory.
The amendment, offered by Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, states U.S. opposition to any efforts to coerce, threaten to use force or use force to resolve territorial issues. It concludes by reaffirming the commitment of the U.S. to the defense of territories under the administration of Japan.
Day 1722 ( Hard Disk Recorder / Collapsed Tunnel Kills)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tomorrow I should be making a short TV appearance. But I won't be able to watch it because I have to teach a private student at the YMCA. So I read up about my TV on how to record a TV program while not being around. So I went to one of those popular Japanese electronic stores, this one name Yamada denki (I have a card for them too) and used my credit card to purchase a Hard disk recorder. It is in all Japanese. Not a word in English is written on it. I did manage to figure out how to use it though, mostly with the help of my friend.
This is scary... I have driven through this tunnel at least once before. Yikes!!!
Tunnel collapse kills four
At least nine people were killed and two injured Sunday in Yamanashi Prefecture after a tunnel on the Chuo Expressway collapsed, crushing vehicles and starting fires inside, police said.
Fatal tunnel collapse blamed on aging bolts
Tunnel collapse in Yamanashi Prefecture that killed at least nine people may have been caused by aging ceiling bolts that failed.
Day 1723 ( Woman Kept 160 Starving Dogs..... Seriously!!!! )
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Since Monday of this week, I have been coughing up a storm. Plus soar throat, sneezing and all that wonderful stuff we get in the Japanese winter. So I finally decided to take a sick day today. Plus I had my terrible classes at my "We don't remember the foreigner" school. So 2 in 1.
Woman kept 160 starving dogs
Day 1724 ( 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake / On TV Again )
Friday, December 7, 2012
after my main job today, I rushed to the YMCA as I usually do on Fridays. While teaching my Friday class, I felt the white board shaking. I honestly thought it was my powerful hold on the white board. Then I thought it was my heading spinning. So I ignored it until a student asked "Yuretenai?" (Isn't the place shaking ?). Then I said, "Yes, actually it is" ... My teaching partner then came out of her class and told me to go down stairs. She said that is what we should do in this building if there is a major quake. It lasted like 12 seconds. These are the reports from my phone application.
7.3-magnitude temblor triggers tsunami alert
Authorities issued a tsunami alert for the northeast coast Friday after a powerful 7.3-magnitude undersea earthquake struck, setting buildings in Tokyo swaying violently. The warning was lifted at around 7:20 p.m.
After work at the YMCA, I went to my apartment to see how well my new TV recorder thing worked. It did manage to record the program but there was some problems though. Here is a piece of the recording.
Day 1725 ( Wii U Out In Japan )
Saturday, December 8, 2012
My boss at YMCA took my 2 kindergarten classes from me because of my constant complaints. I will lose some money but I get some more rest and free time. I'm fine with that. I started feeling as if I was working 2 full-time jobs. So today I did only 2 classes with parents watching, then went back home.
Nintendo's Wii U console hits shelves in Japan
@Beth Peart - I haven't been in touch with Morimoto san since 2010 either. The last time we spoke she was crazy busy with school and work. I should be heading back to Jamaica soon so I will try to get in touch with her.