Thursday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Day 2059 ( Jamaica's Prime minister - Portia Simpson-Miller in Japan )
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|But even Abe prefer JLP.. Look at his fingers !!!|
Had my private "Business woman"student then had tako rice (one of my favorite dishes) for lunch with my friend Sabina in Fridays. I specifically told the lady "No Egg" .. she said ok.. But guess what?? I got it with egg.... I called her back instantly, of course she was apologizing like mad for forgetting.
Prime Minister of Jamaica reports successful working visit to Japan
Jamaica and Japan prepare to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations next year. Prime Minister of Jamaica - Portia Simpson Miller visited Japan from November 4th to 8th 2013 in a multi-day working visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Jamaica. Mrs Simpson Miller and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe signed a joint statement.
The joint statement promised stronger bilateral relationships through shared prosperity, peace and sustainable growth; consolidation of a mutually beneficial and sustainable economic relationship; mutual respect and understanding through dialogue, exchange, and trade; and a strengthening of co-operation on Caribbean and global issues.http://www.jamaipanese.com/prime-minister-of-jamaica-visits-japan/#comment-403355
Then there was cartoon in the Jamaican News paper LOL... DWL....LMAO!!!
Day 2060 ( Messed Up Philippines Hurricane ... Possibly the Biggest Ever )
Friday, November 8, 2013
Had 2 classes at my main school then helped a student with some essay writing. Later on I had dinner with my 2 Jamaican friends again near to the YMCA where I work on Fridays.
Philippine typhoon death toll could reach 10,000
It is good though that help is pouring in from all over.
U.N. launches $300 mil appeal as warships head to Philippines
Day 2061 ( TEFL
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Ok I kept it a little secret but now its over. Well a part of it is. I decided to take on this course to become a certified teacher of English as a foreign language. It should take 6 months but I wanted to just get it out of my way quickly. So I was done with the majority of it in 1 month and received this certificate. I have an additional 40 hours to complete but the final test will be multiple choice... Yuck .... When I complete that part, I will have a total of 100 hrs. As is now, I have 60 hours but still enough to get a certificate and use at interviews etc. Since receiving this certificate just today actually, I have gotten several interview offers lined up !!! Never knew this thing had so much power....Its just to do well on the interviews now. If you are interested you can check out the course here ..... http://www.teflonline.com/
Later in the evening I met with a relatively new Jamaican in the area to have dinner and have a little chat. She did an even more powerful course than mine while in Thailand known as CELTA ... Which once meant "Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults" ... but now means Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.... This one is British based... The TEFL that I did is American based.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Stayed in today just watching random stuff and preparing myself for a tough week to come.
Why Japanese Prefer whites
This is one of those topics that probably everyone in Japan knows but many try to avoid.... And I guess frankly it would probably feel uncomfortable for many to speak about this topic in a group of people of different races inclusive of whites and Japanese.
Just to make sure there are no misunderstandings .... This is not a campaign against anyone or anything like that .. Its just what is happening, an observation or if you want to say plain and simple facts... It is obvious but hey lets talk about it for a little.
Here are some reasons why Japanese ( and arguably most Asians in Asia ) prefer whites...
1) Skin color -
Japanese, Chinese, Koreans ... Just call a group of Asians.... Many of them prefer to have a clearer skin... As close to white as possible... Ever notice the Japanese covering themselves from the sun? Well actually a Japanese friend argued that this shouldn't count as a reason because they probably are just protecting their skin from the sun... But hey I remember showing some teachers a photo and most of them were admiring the Korean lady for her "beautiful clear, white skin" .... This was in Okayama.... In Yokohama I showed some male teachers a photo of a close Japanese friend of mine and all they were saying was "wow her shin is so light and beautiful" .... 3rd case this one was a Chinese girl who I showed a picture with me and some of my white friends... and she kept singling out my white friends and saying... wow he/she is so beautiful... I love their skin .....
How can I forget the time when my white friend from England was telling me stories about every time he makes eye contact with a Japanese woman, she almost always blush and smile....Especially the parents of the kids he taught back then.... I told him that I can't recall this happening to me before... Then came my Asian-American acquaintance "But Dave, you are Black!!!" .. To which the British guy quickly hushed the Asian dude and changed the topic swiftly.... I still want to know what he meant..... Is it something I should know that Japanese would blush at white men but not at blacks??? Still uncertain.... Hey I know that there are some Japanese/Asians that are obsessed with Black men or foreigners in general... But it is evident that the vast majority prefer whites.
Hey if we are even to be truthful to ourselves, even many Jamaicans prefer whites or clearer skin.... But I regress...
2) White = Money/Rich
In all Asian countries.. Hey even in Jamaica, possibly the world.... white automatically means rich. Even if the white person is as broke as hell, it doesn't matter... white means rich.
Hey I remember twice while living in Japan, having to lend white friends money. Both of whom parents were probably quite rich or at the very least... really comfortable....
Movies and advertisements in general has a huge effect worldwide. Most successful actors and models worldwide are white. And I guess one can argue that white people look alike?? Well yeah to Asians and to others who are not used to having white people around. They may think that a random white person has a strong resemblance to a movie star... Like a Japanese guy went up to my friend from England saying "Macaulay Culkin!!"
4) Powerful Image and Prestige
Hey let's face the facts, the most powerful countries has a majority white population. Minus Japan and China. In terms of economy and power over the years since Greek and Roman domination, whites have basically been controlling the world since then. The Mongols did something for a while and so did the Turks who are arguably white. But their domination was short lived. I guess Asians or the world in general see this and whites are thus at the top of the food chain. White people are aware of this... some subtly flaunt it... others just simply enjoy the benefits of being white.
|You know you can't mess with me right?|
Some Japanese want to escape Japan.. And hey where's a better alternative to Japan? Another rich country... Which are almost always majority white.
|The darker the red, the richer the country|
Again this is just an observation.... an obvious observation that even Japanese people already knows. Nothing more than that. And hey nothing is wrong with this !!! .... A preference is just a preference at the end of the day.
Day 2063 ( Woman Jumps From Window and lands on Man Below )
Monday, November 11, 2013
Went to Tokyo today to sort out some very important business. I will inform you of this later when things start to develop more.
In the evening I did a free class with a potential student. Her English level is low but she really wants to study English. She said some of her co-workers want to study as well. So this has the potential of becoming a business by itself.
Woman jumps off building in Shinjuku, landing on man below
Day 2064 ( North Korea Executed 80 in Public! )
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Did 2 classes at the high school, then 2 business English lessons. Only the laser creating student came to the intermediate/basic class.
My boss' wife said one night while going home, she was driving then overtook a car on the road. She said the driver then speedily caught up to her car, came out of his car when they stopped at a stop light and demanded that she apologize for what she did ..... I was like "WHAT!!" ... All I could think was that this is Japan... weird things happen all the time.
North Korea publicly executes 80 people
Day 2065 ( Company Evaluation/Observation )
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
For the third time while living in Japan, I had a class observation to see how well or badly I'm teaching. I did it once in Okayama, once for elementary school in Yokohama and now for High school. This should have been done from June.... but there was one issue or the other ..... My boss/trainer for this job is pretty cool so no worries. He said he actually enjoy my classes. But he said today's class, I should apply the introduction to more realistic stuff. He gave me many other tips.... I of course told him about my new qualification as a TEFL qualified teacher and told him I'm interested in working in the office or possibly being a trainer myself... Hmmm Me training pompous Americans in my job...... I wonder what would that be like!!! I am almost certain that many would have it in the back of their minds .. stuff like "Why am I being trained by a Jamaican?, Do they even speak English?" ...... Well what the heck...I'm probably just imagining stuff right?
Had the terrible kids at YMCA afterwards, then my scientist private student in the night. I didn't play soccer tonight because it's too cold!!!