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Monday, March 11, 2013

My First Studio Recording / My Stupid i-phone Games

Japanese word of the week - Shima - 島 - しま -  Island

Days 1810 - 1816
Sunday, March 3 - March 9, 2013

Day 1810 ( 100,000 Views /  Hugo Chavez - President Of Venezuela, Dead )
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hey guys and girls... My blog has finally hit 100,000 views, blabbering about my life in Japan and random news (hey that rhymed...). Sometimes in terrible English and bad grammar. How did I become an English teacher with my bad English??? I have no idea, its beyond me. But still ... Thanks for the views over the almost 5 years.


Went to church today with 2 of my Jamaican friends, then had lunch with them.


I don't really fancy communist leadership but I admire people like Chavez and Castro who don't bow to the pressures of the US.

Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan leader, dead at 58

Some in anguish, some in fear, Venezuelans raced for home on Tuesday after the government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez, the firebrand socialist who led the nation for 14 years.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro’s voice broke and tears ran down his face as he appeared on national television to announce that Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. “after battling hard against an illness over nearly two years.”

He did not say what exactly killed Chavez, although the government had announced the previous night that a severe new respiratory infection had severely weakened him.
Just a few hours earlier, Maduro made a virulent speech against enemies he claimed were trying to undermine Venezuelan democracy.

“Let there be no weakness, no violence. Let there be no hate. In our hearts there should only be one sentiment: Love. Love, peace and discipline.”
All across downtown Caracas, shops and restaurants begin closing and Venezuelans hustled for home, some even breaking into a run.

Many had looks of anguish and incredulity on their faces.
“I feel a sorrow so big I can’t speak,” said Yamilina Barrios, a 39-year-old clerk who works in the Industry Ministry, her face covered in tears.
“He was the best this country had,” she said, disconsolately weeping. “I adore him.



Day 1811 ( My First Studio Recording )
Monday, March 4, 2013

I mistakenly forgot to pay the January segment of my tax of 37,000 yen (US$370). So a letter came to my apartment on Friday saying I need to pay my tax. I was so sure I paid it when I returned to Japan after my two weeks spree in Jamaica. Apparently I didn't. So I went to the post office bank to pay it after work today.

My First Studio Recording

I then met up with a Rastafarian guy who has been in Japan for over 15 years. He said he liked my dub poetry and encouraged me to record them professionally in a studio. A professional studio is EXPENSIVE!! Well in Japan it is. So yeah I met the guy in Shibuya, Tokyo, then we went to a studio in Shinjuku, another famous part of Tokyo not far away. I did 1 hour in the studio and it cost roughly 10,000 yen (US$100) but the Rastafarian who is a recording artist, said I should only pay 5000 yen while he pays the other part. I do think the quality was superb though and he said its still not totally done with just yet.

I made a youtube video with it playing in the background and a few of my pictures showing. And no I'm not obsessed with myself, I just enjoy taking photos for good memories. ^^ Simply ignore tho photos and focus and music OK!!!!!

I then stopped by the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya to have dinner.



Day 1812 ( Interview At Robert Walters )
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Interview At Robert Walters

After work, I did a brief interview for a somewhat famous Recruiting/Headhunting/Consultancy company in Shibuya, Tokyo name Robert Walters. I signed up with them online to see if I can get back in the computing world and get out of this English teaching trap!!!

When I signed up online, the Robert Walters website placed something on my computer so almost every other website I go on, you see their advertising banner. I hate this.

Anyway, I went for the interview, and at the end, basically the lady said :

1) I am out of the computing field too long so it would be difficult to get back in, as most of my experience is in teaching.

2) My Japanese is conversational but not at a professional level to speak with Japanese customers. So I would need to realllly study some more Japanese. (Sad story)

Afterwards, I went to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya again to have dinner.



Day 1813 (My Stupid I-phone Games )
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

After work today, I spoke to my evening student mainly about my computer and showed him how the new windows 8 functions etc.


My Stupid I-phone Games

Recently, I haven't been playing my playstation 3 much. Mainly because I don't have the time....And secondly because the games on my i-phone keep me occupied. I have sooo many game apps on my phone that it actually take up a lot of my time. I even play at work. I think the teachers know but probably either don't care or don't know what to say about it......I have too many games on here but I will tell you the ones that I have been playing recently and that takes up quite a bit of my time DAILY!!!

Fashion story

Yes it is a girly game but I like it... So what!!!! Just tap, sell and buy clothes and expand your store...That's pretty much it. If you leave this one unattended for too long, the clothes that you bought to eventually sell, will get expired and you will have to purchase them all over again, wasting money.

Lords and Knights

This one is a strategy game where you actually have chat rooms with people from all over the world. You join an alliance of people and chat with them about any random thing. You can also attack players, get attacked, build castles, conquer castles, steal castles etc. This one can have me staring at the screen for a good hour or even longer. Especially when planning an attack or getting attacked. If you leave this one unattended for too long, be sure your castles will be taken over by someone. Right now there is a big war going on between my alliance and several other alliances on the server I play on. So I went on a 5 days vacation in the game (yes we can do that).

Paradise Cove

Another tap and collect stuff game. You start off on an island, and you can buy ships, chop trees to expand your island, buy merchants to get coins, catch dolphins and whales, speak to mermaids, attack and get attacked by pirates. There is no real consequence if you don't play for a while.

Tap Zoo

Another tap and enjoy game. Buy animals, raise them, train them and buy other stuff to put in your zoo. You can also cross breed animals to see what new animal will come about. If you leave this unattended for too long, the animals that you are raising (if any) will get sick. If you are not raising any, then there are no consequences.

Clash of Clans

This one is a strategy game similar to lords and knights where you can join an alliance and attack other people. However with this, your attack is immediate and you see stuff being destroyed in real-time. While in Lords and Knights, attacking takes some planning and some time to be executed. and you will be informed by way of reports about how far out an attack is from you etc. With clash of clans, you get attacked very often, but with Lords and knights, if you are not in a war, you probably won't be attacked.

Sector Strike 

This is a space shooting game that I downloaded recently because I wonder what Gradius 3 would look like on the i-phone. This was the closest thing I found to it and it was good enough .... The pic below is one I took while playing. But the enemy shot me down as soon as the photo was taken. Do you see that pink lazer coming out!!! yeah quite lethal.

Words with friends

This is exactly like scrabble and you can play against friends on facebook as well as random people all over the world. You can play against me if you like... But don't expect to win...... I am that confident :) Just joking, you may win if I have a bad hand... But don't expect an easy match.



Day 1814 ( Interview at Weber / Miners in Australia Fried over Harlem Shake Video )
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Had the last class with the grade 5s and 6s at my school today. My worst class was surprisingly well behaved today. One guy even started crying, I was touched. :( But nooo..... bad man nuh cry.....

After work, I did another interview. This time for a part-time job at another "Teach English or starve in Japan" Company. Next school year (which starts in 2 weeks) I don't plan to teach Elementary school. I have been doing that for close to 5 years. I am going to try high school now, but high school contracts are unfortunately part time. So coming April, I won't have a full time job. But I will be doing loads of part-time gigs.

I did the interview which went pretty well. It was more of a formality though, because the director of the company gave me the papers to sign up and asked me for my bank account information etc.


Out of step? Miners fired over ‘Harlem Shake’ video

Watch the video first........

Up to 15 miners were fired from their high-paying jobs in an Australian gold mine after a “Harlem Shake” performance underground was deemed a safety hazard, a newspaper reported Monday.

A YouTube video showed eight miners wearing safety gear while performing the convulsive dance in the Agnew Gold Mine last week. The West Australian newspaper quoted a fired worker who would not give his name as saying up to 15 people were dismissed, including some who watched the performance but did not participate.

Mine owner Barminco considered the stunt a safety issue and a breach of its “core values of safety, integrity and excellence,” according to a dismissal letter cited by the paper.
The letter noted that Barminco will not allow the dancing workers “to be subcontracted by Barminco at any site domestically and globally.”

It’s not clear from the video what safety issues are raised. 




Day 1815 ( Final Swimming Lesson )
Friday,  March 8, 2013

Did 6 classes at my main school today, then went to YMCA to do 1 class, then did my final swimming lesson. I could only manage to do 3 lessons since November. I did learn some new stuff but my instructor was trying so many things to get me to swim properly. I would need maybe 100 more lessons to be able to do this well. The instructor said the main reason is because I play too many hard sports like soccer and karate. But with swimming, I need to be calm and more relaxed. Not like fighting or kicking a ball.



Day 1816 ( Lazy Day 1 )
Saturday, March 9, 2013

I skipped YMCA today because I was feeling lazy and tired from my ups and downs of this week. I stayed in all day and mostly played Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

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