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Monday, April 22, 2013

Gay Marriage - Yay or Nay? What's Your Say? / She Took Off His Penis!!

Japanese sentence of the week - Sore ha omoshiroi / それは面白い - That is interesting.


Days 1851 - 1858
Sunday, April 14 - April 20, 2013


Day 1851 ( A Good Day To Die Hard )
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stayed in today again. Called my pastor in Jamaica and spoke to him for over an hour. Haven't spoken to him since I returned to Japan from my winter Jamaica trip.

Played lots of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. I'm getting closer and closer to the end.

Later in the evening I watched:


It started off a bit boring, but with lots of action which can be expected in all Die Hard films. Some parts were predictable and just blaaaah. When there was about 45 minutes left in the movie, a huge twist happened, that was what renewed my interest in the remaining portion of the film. The acting and the story wasn't too bad at all. However, there were lots of predictable parts in it and too much unnecessary explosions. I think part 4 was better. Overall I give it a 6/10.

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Day 1853 ( Record Fall In Japan's Population )
Monday, April 15, 2013

Once ago I hated Mondays, but since this new school term, I love Mondays. I stay in most of the day, then I have a class at the YMCA at 4:50 - 5:35. Teaching at the YMCA is a bit hard but it pays the bills. Most of the children who go there, have to go because their parents send them. They however don't really want to be there. Then we have to follow this lame book. Luckily this is not my main job or I would go nuts.

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Japan’s population falls by record level




Japan’s population fell by a record 0.22 percent to 127.515 million as of last Oct. 1, while people aged 65 or older surpassed the 30 million mark for the first time, the government said. 

The decline of 284,000 in the total population, which also included foreign nationals, was the largest of its kind since officials began compiling comparable data in 1950.

Ministry officials attributed the decline to the number of deaths exceeding births and a rise in the number of foreign residents who left Japan compared with those entering the nation because of the impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the economic slump.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/17/national/japans-population-falls-by-record-level/#.UXUHjKLqjoJ


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Day 1854 ( You Are A good Teacher!!! )
Tuesday, April 16, 2013



My company called me yesterday saying that, the English coordinator at my school today, called them. The message was that I should get to school 10 mins before the class begins, not exactly when the class begins???? What the? Isn't that the normal thing to do? Why did they need to call? Any way I got there at least 20 mins before the class started. And guess what? There was no class!!! The teacher said she forgot that she should call me????? I found this especially strange, since 5 mins before the class started, she told me repeatedly that she will send a student to call me. But when the class ended, she came back to me apologizing, saying she forgot... Hmm interesting... But I'm not complaining at all.

Oh and remember how the teachers seemed nice last week? I guess my honeymoon was only for that day. Today, most of the teachers didn't even greet me. I was even getting some random strange stares, like when I'm in the train. Anyway.. Lets keep positive!!!

I ended up doing 10 mins of class ONLY...But that's ok... Because afterwards, I had to go teach the Komatsu workers for 3 hours. Its interesting to teach them though because we can actually have good conversations.

I was lucky this week, when one student came to me after the class and asked me if I would like a lift to the train station. I of course accepted. Normally I would have to wait until 8:50 pm to take the bus to the train station. After he dropped me at the station, I told him thanks and he said, "Don't worry, you are a good teacher" .... I was surprised to hear this. But happy at the same time.  


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Day 1855 ( Gay Marriage - Yay or Nay? What's Your Say? )
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Taught 3 classes at my Wednesday/Friday high school today. At least at this school I have some work to do.
After these classes, I was a bit exhausted. But I still had 2 classes at the YMCA, then my private student.

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New Zealand is 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage




The halls of Parliament echoed with a traditional Maori love song after lawmakers made New Zealand the 13th country in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
Supporters of the bill, including hundreds of gay rights advocates, stood and cheered after the 77-44 vote was announced.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/19/asia-pacific/new-zealand-is-13th-country-to-legalize-same-sex-marriage/#.UXUGQqLqjoJ



So many of these first world countries are slowly legalizing same-sex marriage, after Obama and his administration made it legal in the US. Well in certain states it is. But should the world follow? Should same-sex marriage be legal? What do you think?

Honestly, I have taken an unpopular stance on this issue as well. Please don't stone or condemn me to death Christians, Muslims and/or Jamaicans.....

I know in countries like Jamaica, we tend to have the most negative view of gays. Especially the male ones. We tend to turn a blind eye on the lesbians. However, in this day and age, I believe people should be allowed to do whatever the heck that they want to do. As long as it doesn't harm anyone. If 2 people fall in love and they want to get married, then why should society stop them? That's their business.

Born that way

Remember, this is my opinion, no facts here. I personally believe that many (not all) who are gay, were probably born that way. Something went wrong in the gene pool that made them more attracted to the same sex, and less to the opposite sex. If you are going to say that this isn't true, then I would love for someone to explain to me how hermophodites came about.... What sex are they? Who should be their partner? If one can be born a hermophodite, then it must mean that its very possible for a man to be born with more female hormones or a woman to be born with more male hormones. I would equate this to being born handicapped of sorts.... Not that they are handicaps, just similar in someways, where something went wrong in the gene pool.

Of course there are also example like, a female who was molested by an older male, then started to despise the male specie, thus becoming a lesbian. Or cases where a male was molested by an older dude (like a priest) and liked it too much, thus becoming full fledged gay.

Also, its not like this thing is in only certain areas, or certain countries....gays are everywhere, in any country, all races, possibly in all species of animals as well. They were present in the bible days, and they are here now and will continue to exist.... So fight them all you want, they are still going to be around....

In Japan

In Japan, I don't know about the history of this stuff. But I think it is ok for gays to get married here. However, they won't be able to enjoy similar benefits as a heterosexual couple would. It does have a very slight negative vibe to it in Japan but no one really cares too much about it. Its more seen as funny.

In Jamaica

For those who don't know, Jamaica is one of or possibly the most homophobic place on this planet. I think it has eased down a bit but its still very much there. I am not sure where this came from, but it is very much a part of our culture. It is however hypocritical, as the homophobia tends to be one sided. I can't recall ever hearing of a lesbian being stoned, beaten or what not. The male ones?? Oh yeah....

Christians

Most Christians are very quick to condemn this act. And use the bible to support their claims. As in the case with the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old testament. Again this is also hypocritical. One should use the whole bible, not just sections of it to suit their agenda or personal belief. I must admit though.... Sodom and Gomorrah (known in the bible as the gay cities) were the only cities in the bible that God burnt!!!
If I was to use the bible to condemn gays (which I won't), I would use the simple God created Eve for Adam. He created a female for a male... that's all..... BUT again... what about the hermophodites????? Are we to just wish them away??? What about those who were born with strong feelings for the same sex??? What should they do???

Most of the bible based arguments are found in the Old testament. In the New testament when Jesus came on the scene.... There is silence on this matter... Instead Jesus said to Love God, and Love your neighbor....Which encompasses all the commandments. Love everyone..... Including gays and lesbians and everyone else....  

In summary

Its a free world....Let people do whatever they want to, as long as it is not causing any harm. Trying as best as possible not to offend anyone (which is extremely difficult).
Lets not be too quick to judge people because they are different from the norm. Or attack, ridicule and/or mock them because they are not like us. If one doesn't want to accept them, that's fine, that's a person's choice... Gays at the same time, shouldn't try to force people to accept their lifestyle.... Anyone can choose to do whatever they want. Some will accept, some won't for whatever reason. Everyone should strive to be in harmony.

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Day 1856 ( Bad Hair Day/Week/Month? )
Thursday, April 18, 2013


Got a haircut today, from one of the female barbers near my apartment. There are 2 ladies that know how to trim my hair well. Unfortunately, none of those got to me first. The lady that trimmed me today, always make my hair uneven. And I don't know how to explain to her that she is doing a terrible job. ahh bwoy. So my hair isn't looking the best right now.

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Today would normally be my rest day, but the YMCA asked me to sit in for another teacher. I gladly accepted because this means pay day. I did 2 classes.. One elementary, one with only adults from 50 up to possibly 70.


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Day 1857 ( She Cut Off His Manhood! )
Friday, April 19, 2013

Taught 3 classes again at my Wednesday/Friday school. I'm still on self introduction after say 3 weeks. I haven't even started yet at my Tuesday school really... Only did 10 mins of class. Afterwards I went home, then back to YMCA at 7:45 pm.

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Woman tried for drugging, lopping off ‘hypersexual’ husband’s penis




Beware of this lady

A U.S. man whose estranged wife cut off his penis accused her Wednesday of effectively murdering him, recounting his horror as she severed the organ and tossed it into the garbage disposal.


The 60-year-old man said he would never have sex again after his wife — who said she “wanted him to stop hurting her with his penis” — drugged him and tied him to a bed, before taking a kitchen knife to his groin.
Catherine Kieu, 50, is on trial in Los Angeles charged with torture, bodily injury with a knife and aggravated mayhem over the alleged attack at the couple’s home in Garden Grove, southeast of Los Angeles.
“She murdered me that night,” said the victim, identified in court only as Glen, recounting the events of July 11, 2011.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/19/world/woman-tried-for-drugging-lopping-off-hypersexual-husbands-penis/#.UXUbuaLqjoJ


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Day 1858 ( Ended Assassin's Creed - Brotherhood )
Saturday, April 20, 2013 ( 5 Years 1 Month  )

Had 3 classes at the YMCA. Today, wasn't so bad like last week. I went back home afterwards and ended Assassin's Creed - Brotherhood. Great game. I won't buy the others in the series until I'm through with the games in my apartment that I haven't even opened yet.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Back In Time Part 2 - My First Japanese Girlfriend


Japanese sentence of the day: ikura desuka? いくらですか?- How much does it cost?

Days 1845 - 1851
Sunday, April 7 - April 13, 2013


Day 1845 ( North Korea Making Every One Nervous) 
Sunday, April 7, 2013

My former classmate from community college days (1998-2000) said I shouldn't leave any day empty in my blog. She also said I should give some more comments on movies and on certain topics. So I will try my best doing that my dear friend.

Today, even though I stayed in all day being lazy, I also tried studying some Japanese as well as played Lords and Knights on my iphone. In this game, I own several castles and I am in an alliance with some other powerful guys from all over the globe. We are at war with some other alliances and they attacked a few of my castles. So I stayed up late trying to defend my castles. I lost 1 castle but successfully defended the others. Yeah I know I'm crazy, no need to say it.



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If no one yet realizes that North Korea is just joking around then you know now. I don't think they have any plan whatsoever to attack anyone. They are always making threats and saying random stuff to make the world worry. But they don't normally do anything.

North Korea sows confusion over launch

Pyongyang repeatedly moving missiles, launch vehicles around




North Korea has been repeatedly moving multiple missiles around in an apparent bid to confuse outside intelligence gatherers ahead of an expected launch, Yonhap reported Thursday.
According to intelligence analysis cited by the South Korean news agency, two midrange Musudan missiles have been repeatedly moved in and out of a warehouse facility in the eastern port city of Wonsan.

At the same time, at least five mobile launch vehicles have also been spotted swapping positions in South Hamgyeong Province. They are believed to be launch platforms for short-range Scud missiles, which have a range of 300 to 500 km, and medium-range Nodong missiles, which can travel 1,300 to 1,500 km.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/12/asia-pacific/north-korea-sows-confusion-over-launch/#.UWt1QqLqjoJ

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Day 1846 ( Second Studio Recording - Boom Boom )
Monday, April 8, 2013

Boom Boom

Woke up at about 12 noon today because I went to bed really late, defending my castles that I mentioned about yesterday. As soon as I woke up, I went to Tokyo to do a second recording. It took about a hour and a half. Had to pay 7500 yen for the recording. Expensive, but still cheaper than the studio that I went to last month. Honestly, I do prefer the recording from the expensive studio, but that's just too expensive for me right now.

Here is it on youtube.... I beg of you to ignore the random photos and if you see your pic there, try to ignore that as well. I just used random pics because youtube won't allow you to upload audio by itself. Just listen to the audio. And tell me what you think.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M0Rf8hqoy0&list=UUauYlNh95ouzi5fcN7XhHSQ&index=1



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Day 1847 ( First Day At High School )
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I still haven't received a schedule for my high schools yet. So I went to my first high school today, not knowing what to teach. A Jamaican friend of mine said that normally, the first day we do absolutely nothing. But I still had something ready just in case. So yeah I went to one High School today. I met first with the principal and the vice principal. They both spoke with me for about 20 mins then they handed me over to the English coordinators.

The English Coordinators were very happy to see me. One teacher said "I'm so happy to see you". This was strange for me, because I'm not used to this!!!! Anyway, they were relieved that I was there to help them with planning lessons. They were all smiles..... I didn't teach any class though. The English teachers showed me around the school, which was quite big by the way..... They told me that even they get lost every now and again. I was also introduced to a few other teachers. Overall I have a very good impression of the school so far. And the English teachers were exceptionally nice. It could be the honeymoon period as well. But lets see.

The teachers had a staff meeting at around 2pm, so I watched some students doing karate. It wasn't my style of karate, but it was interesting to see. I may join them, not so sure I will have the time though.

I left there at 3pm and had to rush to my business English classes which is about 1 hr 30 mins away...I had to stop and eat something quickly though, because I was starving. Again I taught 2 classes, the intermediate then the advanced group. They both went well I think. And again, I didn't get home until 10:30pm. Tuesdays are my busiest days.........

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Day 1848 ( First High School Class / My First Japanese Girlfriend  )
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Went to my next high school today. Yokosuka-Otsu High School. I still don't have a schedule!!! Again, the English teachers were very happy to see me and they introduced me to the other staff members. I had to do a short self introduction at this school but I didn't get to meet neither the principal nor the vice principal. I had to do a class today though. I did the exact worksheet that I created last week for my presentation at the high school training.

The class I did was for a set of third year high school students who chose English as an elective.


My worksheet

When the class started I said "Hello" to which they responded with deafening silence!!! Just like what everyone who taught high school told me would happen. Eventually, I got them to speak little by little. Next year, these students should be going to university or otherwise.

After this, I taught 2 classes at the YMCA, then my private student. All are relatively close by so it wasn't so bad. But, Wednesdays are my second busiest days. I got home at around 8:45pm

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My First Japanese Girlfriend

No that's not her. 

Ok let me be totally honest with you. I decided to write about this only as an experiment to see how many people would view it. I noticed that when I wrote about my first dating experience with a Japanese,

http://davecollyjap.blogspot.jp/2013/03/back-in-time-part-1-my-first-date-with.html

it gained over 300 views and still growing. So let me spill a bit of my private life (which I usually hide away) now, about what took place back in 2008. Lets see what the viewing results will be like.

Here begineth....

Soooo here I was in kawaii land. In the country side of a rural prefecture (state/parish/province) in western Japan. Where all you can see are: mountains, rice fields and old Japanese people. As soon as the clock strikes 7pm, the place becomes silent.... actually it's always silent. It becomes even more silent. With the exception of a few restaurants and bars that actually open at this time. Yeah anyway, boredom, you get my point.

Not only was I bored, I was also brokenhearted. Why? I broke up with my girlfriend of  2 and half years in Jamaica, to come to Japan to experience boredom. A month after our break up, I begged her to let us try a long distance relationship for a year, after which I would go back to her in Jamaica. Sadly, she would have none of this. Actually, as soon as I came to Japan, in the space of a month or 2, she was already in the arms of some other dude. In less than a year...... she was pregnant with his baby. And here I was lonely and sad as ever, with no one to turn to and all manner of crazy thoughts going through my head. I lost a couple of pounds too. Not only because of my distressing situation, but also because I couldn't deal with the Japanese food just yet. Its not like Jamaica when you break up, you can find someone quickly, or even have friends to talk with. I was in country side Japan. There are hardly any girls around my age. If they were any, they more than likely wouldn't be quite interested in a black dude.

Eventually, I started to do stuff to cheer myself up. Started attending some English conversation stuff. Started hanging out with some folks, a couple of those who mostly weren't too keen on having some black dude around. And I started playing soccer and doing karate. Slowly but surely I was getting back myself together. It was now time for me to go and explore the possibilities of dating a Japanese girl. Something that never once crossed my mind before coming to Japan. My confidence was back. Not even close to what it was back in Jamaica, but I got back to over 65%. That's when I won the date with that Japanese girl that I blogged about earlier. This was around the same time when I saw the girl who would become my very first Japanese girlfriend back in September 2008.

No... That's not her either and that's not me.... It says 1953 !!! I was born in 1990

I saw her at an English conversation class, and taught she was really attractive. She also drove a nice car (this had nothing to do with my interest however). I didn't say anything to her until like one time in October 2008. She didn't come to the English conversation classes regularly, so I didn't see her again until the following month, November 2008. I spoke to her and some others a bit at the English conversation class. Then we exchanged telephone numbers. She then sent me a message saying "Please teach me English". From my readings and from information I gathered, this actually meant "Please take me out, I want to know you better".

So we met up one Sunday night in a park. And we spoke for over 3 hours about random stuff. I figured out that she liked me if she stayed with me so long. So I decided to ask her out again to which she said yes. We ate and spoke some more. That's when I decided to ask her if we could start something serious. (with ray and nephew rum cream) <= ignore what I just wrote in the brackets........ She was a bit hesitant at first, then she said yes. Believe me, I was one of the happiest men alive on that day. My self-esteem sky rocketed. And I felt like I was on top of the world. Coming from 8 months of depression and loneliness. I now felt like anything was possible. ANYTHING!!!


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Day 1849 ( Meet My New Uzbekistan Friend  )
Thursday, April 11, 2013

After all that work on Tuesday and Wednesday, I am fortunate that today is a day off. I work everyday except Thursdays and Sundays now. I slept for most of the day then I went to meet a friend of mine.

My new Uzbek friend from high school training last week, wasn't sure how to fill out the company's transportation claims sheet, so we met in Yokohama and I showed her how its done. She speaks Russian, Uzbek, Japanese and English. We had lunch/dinner, then we went to a book store. I hope to take the level 4 or level 3 Japanese proficiency exam this summer. I hate tests and exams.



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Day 1850 (  )
Friday, April 12, 2013

Had 3 classes at Yokosuka-Otsu high school today. I teach at this school on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:50am - 3:15pm. The first class was kind of quiet. But the second class was very lively. At the end of both classes, several students wanted to take my photo. And they also found me on youtube already...... yikes!!!!

After teaching at this school, which is very close to one of the YMCAs that I teach at (I now teach at 2 YMCAs), I went home, slept a bit, then had to go to YMCA (the one near to the school I went to earlier today) then did a class from 7:45-8:45pm. Got home at around 9:30pm. If only I can find something to do between 3:15 pm (when I finish at the high school) and 7:45pm (when I start at the YMCA).


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Day 1851 ( Anger Management )
Saturday, April 13, 2013



Did 4 classes at YMCA today. The same YMCA I went to yesterday. I now have to teach 1 and 2 year olds English with their parents.......... Again!!! The other guy stopped.... I wonder why....

After the toddlers, I had the same brats I taught last year. You have no idea how much I don't like teaching these kids. I got very angry in my second class and had to hit the desk at one point, when this one guy was laughing around and disrupting the class constantly. In an instant, they saw my potential to get angry, and they were all silent for a good 15 minutes. Seriously and unfortunately, I am doing this ONLY to get paid.... Sad but true. If they don't learn a thing, that's just too bad. I wish I cared.

After the brats, I had English conversation with an adult. Now, adults I do enjoy teaching or talking with. That is why I opted to stop teaching elementary school full-time. But I still have to encounter them at the YMCA. This time with no team teacher to quiet them down. If I could only get a job at a university here. Even part-time would be great.... Full-time would be too good to be true.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Many Special Needs (Handicapped) In Japan


Japanese sentence of the week:

Kore wa nandesuka - これは何ですか? - What is that?


Days 1831 - 1844
Sunday, March 24 - April 6, 2013 (2 WEEKS)

The last 2 weeks were busyyyyyyyyy. I will explain why shortly.

WEEK 1

Day 1831 ( Ice Age 4 With Ackee and Saltfish )
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Stayed in all day with my friend and played lots of Assassin's creed. Also watched Ice Age 3.



It was entertaining to a point. But not insanely great. I give it a 6.5/10

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My friend also cooked ackee, saltfish (codfish) and festival (a sweet hardish bread-like food we eat in Jamaica ) for me. Isn't she just great :)


Ackee, Saltfish and festival

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Day 1832 ( Last Day Of Work 2012-2013 School Year / Many Special Needs or Handicapped in Japan )
Monday, March 25, 2013

Today was my very last day of work, teaching elementary school. I did 3 classes then went home. When I got home, I watched Oz the great and powerful.


I fell asleep for the first part. But that's also because I was tired. The movie eventually picked up though. Overall not so bad either but could be much much better. I give this a 6/10 Yeah I think ice age 4 was better.

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Many Special Needs (Handicapped) In Japan



















If you are an English teacher in Japan, you may notice that most schools, if not all, have some amount of special needs students there. Be it autism, down syndrome, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or some form of learning disability. Most schools have a special class that they call kobetsu shien - literally meaning individual or separate learning. So most of the special needs children would go to this class. However, if the parent doesn't want their child to go in this kobetsu class, then the school administration has to put the child in a normal class.

You will also definitely see them on the streets and on trains. Why are so many of them here? These are some of the answers from random people:

A Japanese special needs teacher

1) Japan doesn't have many special needs children, its just because the population here is huge that is why it may seem that way.

2) Any country that has a large population will undoubtedly have large amount of special needs children.

3) Its not that there are many special needs children in Japan, its just that Japan incorporate them in the society. While other countries (like Jamaica) sweep them aside and place them in special needs institutions and also don't really allow them to be seen so much in public.

4) A country with high medical technology will also undoubtedly have high special needs children. Because they will try to save a child no matter what the cost.

My Jamaican friend who teaches English

1) The Japanese ladies generally wait too late to have children. Which increases the probability.

2)  The Japanese people are indigenous so its very easy to get married to a distant relative. Which may cause some trouble in the gene pool.

What I think

1) Too much nuclear stuff around?

2) Too much fish (sushi etc) that comes from the sea which is filled with nuclear stuff?

What do you think?

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Day 1833 ( Atheist Church On The Rise )
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stayed in all day then went to a cafe with me friend.

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Atheist church going global after successful debut in Britain


Echoing with joyful song and a congregation bent on leading better lives, this London church is like any other — except there is no mention of God.

Britain’s atheist church is barely 3 months old but it already has more “worshippers” than can fit into its services, while more than 200 nonbelievers worldwide have contacted organizers to ask how they can set up their own branch.
Officially named The Sunday Assembly, the church was the brainchild of Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, two comedians who suspected there might be an appetite for atheist gatherings that borrowed a few aspects of religious worship. 

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/17/world/atheist-church-going-global-after-successful-debut-in-britain/#.UWEXi6LqjoJ


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Day 1834 (  )
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Today was a quiet day. I should have blogged but somehow I didn't. I stayed in playing Assassin's Creed.


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Day 1835 ( Goodbye Maria and Kelly )
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Went to a goodbye party for 2 of my friends this evening. It was held about 45 mins from where I live but in Yokohama.



Maria, standing at the back in white, will be leaving soon :(
Kelly sitting at the front right will also be leaving soon :(




We had yaki niku (cook your own beef thing) and a couple of other stuff to eat. We had a great time there. I played this game called Jinga? I think the name is, for the first time. This game.....

Explaining how to do the impossible
Attempting the impossible
     
After the party, I took the night bus and headed to Osaka.


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Day 1836 ( Searching For Jobs in Kansai Area )
Friday March 29, 2013


Slept on the bus while half drunk, then finally arrived in Osaka at around 7:00am. I then headed to Kyoto. While in Kyoto, I went to a job agency kinda thing in Japan, known as "Hello Work". This is one of the best kind of job placement agency I have ever seen. First, you log on to a computer and search for jobs within your field or whatever you want to try. You print out the jobs on a paper, sign up a form, then wait to be interviewed at the agency. After the interview, the interviewer will call the organization that needs an employee. If the organization wants you, then you will be interviewed by them in the near future and wallla you have a job... Easy right??? Not quite. My interviewer called 4 places, and as soon as he told them that I was a foreigner, they had a problem. So the advertisement asked for English teachers, but they want Japanese-English teachers. Also to tell the truth, another reason was because I can't speak "Business level" Japanese. I am still at conversational level after 5 years. I should get my studying on, but just no motivation to do so.

In the evening I went to the main Jamaican restaurant in Kyoto known as rub a Dub.




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Day 1837 ( Kyoto Aquarium )
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Went to another gigantic aquarium thing. This time in Kyoto and probably my 6th time overall in Japan. I was walking around looking at the different sea creatures, then....... What tha hell is that thing????

Japanese Giant Salamander
This was the first time I was seeing a salamander of any kind.



Swimming with the sea creatures


Algae


And of course, a suizokukan I mean an aquarium in Japan is no good without.......


They are flying!!!!




A Dolphin Show!!!

I then went to an area to search for a Nintendo DS. Why a Nintendo DS? I missed out on the latest pokemon. I know I know but I still like playing it after 12 years....


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WEEK 2

Day 1838 ( My Concern )
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Went to a Japanese style restaurant in Kyoto today. The food was really great. I then spoke to my friend about my major concerns in Japan right now.

1) I'm tired of teaching especially teaching kids. But this is the easiest job to get in Japan.

2) I want to go back in computing.... But I'm out of the field too long.

3) I need to study more and more Japanese.... But I'm simply not motivated to do so....

4) I actually want to go back to Jamaica or move to Kansai area.... But most people are telling me to stay in Japan because Jamaica is even worse. And jobs are verrrry difficult to get in the Kansai area it seem.

5) I feel like I am stuck in a loop here in Japan. I don't want to teach anymore. But it pays the bills.

What to do??? My plan now is to try and motivate myself to study more Japanese. also to do a short course in Teaching English as a foreign Language. TEFL or TESOL. So I can be more marketable.


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Day 1839 ( Leaving Kansai )
Monday, April 1, 2013

Left from Kyoto this morning via shinkansen to Yokohama. Still thinking about my future. Should I stay in Japan, do monotonous jobs, maybe get some money for doing it/them. Or should I go back to Jamaica and start all over again, doing only God knows what.

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I bought a computer glasses today. This glasses should cut a thing called "Blue Light (high energy visible light) " by 50%. Blue Light is emitted by HD TVs, smart phones and laptops. I pretty much spend most days looking at all 3. I realized that my eyes start to hurt me a bit recently. So I decided to get this pair of glasses.



















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Day 1840 ( First Business English Class )
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Taught my very first business English class today. This part time job, I teach Business English to people at a land excavation company name Komatsu. I have to travel for over an hour to get there. I taught 2 classes, an intermediate class, and an advanced class. The intermediate class started off fine but I had a few hiccups while using the books to teach. Normally my plan is already in my mind and I usually don't need a book. However, it doesn't work like this for these classes.

The advanced class went very smoothly though. And the students asked quite a bit of questions. Especially when I told them that we don't play baseball in Jamaica but we play cricket. They wanted to know the rules of cricket and exactly how it is played.

All these guys are exceptionally brilliant. They are all either programmers or electronic engineers. These programmers use C and C++ to make the trucks and tractors do stuff. The others figure out how to improve the technology of the vehicles and so forth.

Anyway, from now on, every Tuesday I will get home at about 10:30pm.


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Day 1841 ( High School Teachers Training )
Wednesday, April 3, 2013



Oh yeah if I didn't mention it before, I should start teaching high school students starting next week. I have no clue what this will be like but lets see. I have to do some training first though.

Today was the first day of training, and I got there late. There was about 30 people in the training session. It started at 9:30 and ended at 4:30. I learnt a lot about teaching at high schools in Japan. I never knew that every single day, 5 questions are asked in English classes.... They are:

How are you?

How's the weather?

What day is it?

What's the date?

How do you spell ... ?

So we need to find creative ways of asking these 5 questions EVERYDAY.

We even got homework today. We should create a worksheet for high school students and present it tomorrow.


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Day 1842 ( Presenting My Worksheet / DSi )
Thursday, April 4, 2013



Got to training a bit late AGAIN!!! A few persons presented there worksheets today. I didn't want to present mine. But, 2 ladies that I sat beside told me that they wanted to see my worksheet. So I went ahead. My worksheet was on sports. They all seemed to like. The major critique was that I should have check the student's (teachers present) spelling on the worksheet, after giving them out.

We got yet another homework to do tomorrow. This time we are going to present our actual first lesson on the first day of work.


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After training, I bought a second hand Nintendo DSi. I got it for around 3,500 yen (US $35). I am probably going to try hacking it as well....



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Day 1843 ( Final Presentation )
Friday, April 5, 2013

The trainers cut the class in half today. So half came in the morning and presented their work, while the other half presented between 1:30 and 5:00. I wanted to get out early so I opted to present in the morning. This time I was early. Each person had a chance to critique someone presenting.

Each person had 10 mins to present. I spoke briefly about myself for 5 mins then about Jamaica for the next 5 mins.

After the training, I had lunch with 2 of the new trainees. We spoke about quite a bit of stuff.









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Day 1844 ( Subway Museum )
Saturday, April 6, 2013

My American friend who also works with my company decided to leave Japan on Monday. So we met in Tokyo today even though it was raining heavily. At first we went to a train museum.






Then we went to Akihabara.