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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Things Jamaicans Say When Surprised !!!

Japanese sentence of the week - nii shuu kan mae - 二週間前- 2 weeks ago

2 weeks

Days 1992 - 2005
Sunday, September 1 - 14, 2013

Week 1

Day 1992 ( Star trek - Into Darkness/Video Blog Coming Soon )
Sunday, September 1, 2013



Went to church then rushed to an area of Yokohama known as lalaport, to watch my most anticipated movie of 2013... Star Trek - Into Darkness.....



I wasn't disappointed !!! So far, it is the best movie I've seen all year. Everything about it was great. Acting -  superb, story - great, graphics - amazing.... I was a fan of part 1.. now part 2 is also splendid. Not sure which one I preferred. I give it a 10/10 - (see it in the theaters with 3D Glasses) score.

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Video Blog Coming Soon

I know I made this video about 2 weeks ago. I just don't know when I'm going to do the first installment of videos!!! So here is the intro or trailer to my up coming video blog... If you haven't seen it on facebook or elsewhere yet. Sorry but it is in Jamaican dialect.. Maybe you can catch some of what I'm saying...




Promise the next video will be coming by next week ......

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Day 1993 ( Tornado Comes Close To Me )
Monday, September 2, 2013

Did 1 class at the YMCA with the rotten kids then went back home to catch up on Dexter and Naruto. Mondays are sort of relax days...except for the rotten kids...

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This is late news but still....

Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado



Recovery and repair efforts continued Tuesday, a day after a tornado tore a path through Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, and Noda, Chiba Prefecture.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency continued its investigation into whether the tornado was produced by a supercell, the least common type of thunderstorm but capable of producing severe weather, including tornadoes.

Tornadoes form due to a twisting motion of rising air, the columns of which are in contact with dense cumulonimbus clouds. The rapid decreasing air pressure at the tornado center triggers extremely strong winds.

A collision of two air masses from north and south due to winds high above western Tokyo to Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures caused a large temperature difference in a widespread area.

And this is area is just about a hour and a half away from me.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/03/national/cleanup-begins-after-kanto-tornado/#.UjaDiNJkOSp

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Day 1994 ( Things Jamaicans Say When Surprised )
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


After completing my 2 classes at my Tuesday high school, I was heading to my second job... A kid sat beside me on the train not noticing who he sat beside. He then looked up at me, noticed that I was different then got up... His mom was telling him to sit back down....he refused, so his mom sat beside me while he sat beside some other person. These are some of the little things that annoy me in Japan. So I personally believe that xenophobia is more often than not, a natural reaction. It can be taught, but there is still a natural element of it in all of us. Its just that when we experience it, it feels terrible.

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Things Jamaicans say when Surprised

We Jamaicans have some expressions that we use, which I have no idea where they originated. Every time I tell them to other nationals, they find it funny. I won't use any of the very strong offensive ones!!! The amount of exclamation signs (!!!!!) show their popularity from what I know...

Here we go:

Rock stone !! - I know there is a slight difference between the 2 but why some of us say this? Is a mystery.


Back side !!!!! - Another word for your buttocks

Blow wow !!!!! - Used relatively often... no idea of the meaning

Bird cage !! - I know it's weird ok... No clue why some of us say this either. Maybe some one long ago saw the bird's cage for the first time and simply shouted ... Bird cage!!! and it took off from there.

Brown dog ! - actually this one is not so common .. but some people occasionally say it.


Rasta George ! - I know no Rastafarian with the name George...Not sure where this came from

Bombart/Bombaat !!!!! - Maybe came from bombard?  Don't see the link though.

Blouse and skirt !!!!! - Simply a blouse and a skirt.. Why is it said??? I searched and found this ....
An exclamation of surprise used euphemistically in place of the stronger profanities beginning with 'b'.


Rawtid / Rahtid !!!!!is a Jamaican creole or patois slogan used commonly to describe stress, exuberance or astonishment.

Kiss Mi neck / Neck/ Neck back / Neck string !!! - Used especially in deep rural areas.

Blert neet / Blert need ! - ?????

Puss juck ! - We sometimes call a cat...puss ... juck can have various meanings like stab or prick ... But puss juck??? Cat stab???


Puss naught ! - I think it is said to resemble a stronger curse word  ...

Gee wiz / Gee zam / Gee zam peas!!! - A slick way to avoid shouting out Jesus !!! I think ...

Back foot !! - The back of your foot? Or the hind legs of 4 footed animals?

ka ka faat !!! - Haven't heard this one in a while... faat I'm guessing is fart .... as for the ka ka?... I'm clueless.

There are probably many more but I leave you with these few....

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Day 1995 ( FAIL!!! :(( / Radiation Super High )
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ok so today was one of those days when I feel really worthless :(( ... After over 5 years of being in Japan.... I'm still struggling with the language. Especially the reading aspect. I failed the JLPT-4 test :( surprised but not so surprised as it was a bit difficult. Well or I didn't study hard enough. I thought it would have been a breeze but nope !!! I passed the listening and the grammar section but failed the reading section miserably... Sad day. I wasn't going to post my dismay, but as my friend Dale puts it on his poetry video blog.... Follow me, laugh with me, cry with me throughout my journey...... Yeah I failed :(

No its not mine but you get the point!!
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Radiation near tanks hits highest level yet


Tokyo Electric Power Co. has detected the highest radiation levels found so far near tanks holding contaminated water used to cool reactors at its wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Readings of 2,200 millisieverts (2.2 sieverts) per hour were found Tuesday in an area where levels of 1,800 millisieverts had been detected Saturday, Tepco spokeswoman Mayumi Yoshida said Wednesday. The increase could be due to a slight difference in where the measurements were taken, she said.

“It fluctuates when you move a little bit,” so the higher reading doesn’t necessarily indicate rising radioactivity levels, Yoshida said.

Tuesday’s hourly reading is equivalent to the amount of radiation 44 plant workers may be exposed to in a full year under government guidelines.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/04/national/radiation-near-tanks-hits-highest-level-yet/#.UjbNidJkOSp

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Day 1996 ( A Couple Seconds on FujiTV )
Thursday, September 5, 2013


video

As I said last week... I was approached by a lady with a mic and a dude with a camera, as soon as I exited Shibuya station. The short clip that I was interviewed on came on Fuji TV (home of anime one piece) early this morning.

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Microsoft Buys Nokia phone Patents


Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.’s lineup of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers.

The €5.4 billion ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday marks a major step in Microsoft’s push to transform itself from a software maker focused on making operating systems and applications for desktop and laptop computers into a more versatile and nimble company that delivers services on any kind of Internet-connected gadget.

Microsoft is being forced to evolve because people are increasingly pursuing their digital lives on smartphones and tablet computers, causing the demand for PCs to shrivel. The shift is weakening Microsoft, which has dominated the PC software market for the past 30 years, and empowering Apple, the maker of the trend-setting iPhone and iPad, and Google, which gives away the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/03/business/microsoft-to-buy-nokia-phones-patents/#.Ujbg39JkOSp

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Day 1997 ( Brief Student Interview / Billionaires Who date or marry Black Women )
Friday, September 6, 2013

Went to my main school today just to stare in space and to interview a student. The students were practicing for their sports day tomorrow. After their practice, I conducted a brief interview with a student. She lived in the US for a year and she is entering university next year. So her teacher asked me to act like a university professor and interview the student in English.

I think she did well though and her English is pretty good, so I think she will be ok with the real interview.

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Just check out the article by clicking on the link below the pictures... quite an interesting read.

Billionaire Says "Black Women Are For Grown Ups"


Sir Richard Branson - Virgin Airlines etc and Kelly Roland

Star wars director - George Lucas

http://www.balleralert.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2015113%3ABlogPost%3A1684312

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Day 1998 ( Main School's Sports Day / G.I. Joe Retaliation )
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Went to my main school's sports day after teaching at the YMCA today. The sun was really hot, but the sports day was exciting.




When I got home, I watched G.I. Joe - Retaliation. Biig disappointment. The story was very predictable and it was more of a teenage flick. Poor acting and just seem like they got some toy soldiers and threw them in the movie. So I give it a poor 4/10 or a 2 - Watch while doing chores (if  you miss parts, no big deal)




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Week 2

Day 1999 ( Kim Jong Un, Killed His Ex Girlfriend )
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Headed to the Kansai area today via shinkansen.

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Kim Jong Un’s ex reportedly executed




North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s former girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, a South Korean paper has reported.

The Chosun Ilbo daily on Thursday quoted sources in China as saying singer Hyon Song Wol was arrested along with 11 others on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography, and they were executed in public three days later. They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos.

Hyon was a singer with the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, famous for revolutionary and propaganda songs. The victims reportedly included Mun Kyong Jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra. Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/30/asia-pacific/kim-jong-uns-ex-reportedly-executed/#.UjbpzdJkOSp


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Day 2000 (  )
Monday, September 9, 2013

Wow my 2000th Day in Nihon/Nippon/Japan !!! And I'm in a total different mood from 1000 days ago

http://davecollyjap.blogspot.jp/2010/12/days-998-1004-sunday-sunday-december-12.html

So Far I've been to ...

Jamaica - 4 times

USA - 8 times

Germany - 1 time

Bahamas - 1 time

Philippines - 1 time

South Korea - 2 times

Malaysia - 2 times

Singapore - 2 times

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Left from Kansai area and headed straight to work at the YMCA.

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Day 2001 ( Late News But .... Tokyo won 2020 Olympic Bid )
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Normal Tuesday. Classes at my Tuesday school, then business English.

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Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics




Tokyo was chosen as the “safe pair of hands” to host the 2020 Summer Olympics on Saturday, beating Istanbul and Madrid at the International Olympic Committee’s general session.

The Japanese capital will be the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice, having also hosted the 1964 Games. Japan will be hosting its fourth Olympics. Sapporo and Nagano hosted the 1972 and 1998 Winter Games, respectively.

In a secret ballot by IOC members, Tokyo beat Istanbul 60-36 in the final round to decide the host city after Madrid was eliminated in the first round. While it did not garner the majority of votes in the first round, Tokyo had 42 votes, the most among the three cities.

Istanbul defeated Madrid 49-45 in a tiebreak vote after receiving 26 each.

Tokyo overcame fears of the dangers of radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, crippled by the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster, about 250 km northeast of the city to win the vote. It also pressed home the message of using the Olympics as a force in its reconstruction efforts from the disaster.
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Day 2002 ( Japanese Robot Speaking in Space )
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Had my private student for the first time in a month. We spoke about his trips abroad and the science summits he attended. Later on I took a night bus back to the Kansai area.

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Japan’s robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes ‘one small step’



A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness.

The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens of Earth and paying cheeky tribute to Neil Armstrong.
“Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world’s first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you,” it said in Japanese.

The humanoid was created jointly by advertising firm Dentsu, the University of Tokyo, robot developer Robo Garage and Toyota Motor Corp.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/05/national/japans-robo-astronaut-aboard-iss-takes-one-small-step/#.UjfjEtJkOSp


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Day 2003 ( Japanese Killed in Turkey... Olympic Revenge??? )
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Was in Kansai for the day. Did a crazy interview in Osaka then another one in Shiga... Both waste of time and energy.


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Tourist, 22, stabbed to death in Turkey


A Japanese woman was killed and another was left in critical condition after being stabbed Monday in Cappadocia, a historic region in central Turkey, the Japanese Embassy said Tuesday.

The deceased, Mai Kurihara, 22, from Natori in Miyagi Prefecture, and a 22-year-old friend from Toyama Prefecture who was hospitalized were reportedly attacked with a knife while walking in the Zemi Valley of Cappadocia, famous for its World Heritage sites. Both were enrolled as seniors at Niigata University’s Faculty of Education.

The second victim, whose name has been withheld, reportedly suffered numerous stab wounds, of which the most severe were to the neck. She was admitted to an intensive care unit at a local hospital and was receiving treatment, the embassy said.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/10/national/tourist-22-stabbed-to-death-in-turkey/#.UjhnpdJkOSo

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Day 2004 (  )
Friday, September 13, 2013

Got in from Kansai via night bus this morning. I couldn't get a bus to go to Yokohama.. So I took one that stopped in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It took me almost 2 hrs to get back to my apartment from Shinjuku. I went home, slept a bit, then off to work as tired as ever. Did 3 back to back classes then went back to my apartment for a little while. Then to the YMCA for 1 class.


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Day 2005 ( Making A Student Cry / School Culture Festival  )
Saturday, September 14, 2013

My naughty class today got me upset several times. So in my attempt to control the class, I actually started playing with them. I can't be too serious in this class ever. So while trying to get a kid to listen, I squeezed his hand a bit. He was fine and started misbehaving even more. I squeezed his hand again for a longer period, to which he started crying silently. The class actually got silent for 5 minutes. One more trouble-making kid said "Dave sensei hidoi ne" - "Mr. Dave or Dave teacher, you are terrible" ... Suddenly the crying kid was beside me and then started messing around with some magnets I brought there. Then he was back to his normal self.

I still don't know yet if I'm in trouble or not. I could be. If even 1 of those kids tell their mom that I made a kid cry (abuse)... I could be in trouble. And we know that kids love to talk!!!


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After this, I went to my "Tuesday school" festival. They had all sort of entertainment stuff going on. Including 3 haunted houses that they created. I could only get in one of them because of the long line waiting to go in each. The one I went in wasn't scary.. It was more funny than anything else.


After I left from the bunkasai or school culture festival, I went to my apartment, stayed a bit then went to a party or dinner put on by my "Business class" boss. It was held at his house... It was the second time I was going here. He has a nice house. But you have to climb quite a few stairs to get up there.





We saw this car on the way back.



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