Welcome again to another year of my random rants !!!
As you see, I changed the colors and a few other stuff.
Days 2115 - 2121
Thursday, January 2 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Day 2115 ( Top 10 Search Terms in Japan for 2013 )
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Today is the beginning of boredom / lonely time. It will only last for a few days though. I stayed in today playing god of war ascension for the most part. This has been one of my favourite franchise over the years of being a game head.
Top 10 search terms in Japan in 2013
Day 2116 ( My First Japanese Style New Year's Dinner
Friday, January 3, 2014
The second day of the boredom marathon. There was a slight break today though, as the family that invited me to dinner before Christmas (http://davecollyjap.blogspot.jp/2013/12/10-japanese-foods-you-can-make-at-home.html), invited me to my first ever Japanese style New Years Dinner. This is my 6th New Year in Japan, and this is the first time I've experienced New Year's dinner with a Japanese family. I will be forever grateful to them. I have to get them something. This is what the food looked like.
Some stuff was ok...others were ....um well not to my liking. We again played bingo and this time instead of paying 1000 yen (US $10), I had to pay 500 yen (US $5). And again with my luck and these things, it was no surprise that I came in last place. So I won a grand total of 50 yen. Sucks!!!!
I think this new year was the second time while living in Japan, where I spent it mostly in close proximity to my apartment. This is how it has been:
Dec 2008- Jan 1- 2009 (Club in Fukuoka, Japan)
Dec 2009- Jan 1- 2010 (Fire works in Manila, The Philippines)
Dec 2010- Jan 1- 2011 (Wedding Party in Maniwa, Okayama, Japan )
Dec 2011- Jan 1- 2012 (On the streets in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan)
Dec 2012- Jan 1- 2013 (My Church in Portmore, Jamaica)
Dec 2013- Jan 1- 2014 (On the streets in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan )
Kiki's Delivery Service Anime
Anyway, After returning from the New Year's dinner, I watched a Miyazaki Hayao anime name Kiki's Delivery service or Majo no Takyuubin in Japanese (which actually means "the witches post office or postal service") I guess the English translators didn't like the idea of "Witch"
Day 2117 ( Parts of The US Colder than Mars )
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Continued on the boredom marathon today. Stayed in blogging (this usually take over 5-6 hours if I go uninterrupted!!!) and playing video games. I also watched another Miyazaki anime. This one is called "Nausicaa of the valley of the wind" or "kaze no tani no naushika" in Japanese.
This anime was from 1984 actually. But still had lots of themes tied into it. Peace, Love, Care the environment, Get rid of greed, Cooperate with each other ... And more maybe. Good animated film and makes you think. I give it a 7/10.
Deadly chill means parts of U.S. colder than Mars
Day 2118 ( Meeting Stanley / Using Instacollage )
Sunday, January 5, 2014
There was another slight break from the monotony today. My friend Stanley who came to Japan around the same time as I did, came up to this area. So a couple of us met up with him. I haven't seen him since 2008, when I saw a couple of them that summer in Nagoya.
This was a couple of us back in Nagoya in 2008
Just today ....
Because of my boredom, I have been also messing around with some i-phone apps. One of them that I particularly love playing around with is Instacollage. Not only is it free, it is also very easy to use.
I created some collages like these using it. Please don't laugh !!!
|Jamaica and Japan|
Day 2119 ( Schools Worry About Assistant Language Teachers in Japan )
Monday, January 6, 2014
Today is the last day of boredom. Work begins tomorrow but I'm still not quite ready for that. I could use 2 more days of boredom. Anyway, stayed in all day playing games and preparing for work tomorrow.
Schools fret about assistant teachers ahead of proposed 2020 reforms
|Believe me, that's what I do while teaching Elementary school as well|
When Stevie Lim, 30, started singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with gestures, the first-graders at Minami Elementary School in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, started singing together and mimicking his movements.
As the assistant language teacher (ALT) from Britain started speeding up, the children’s excitement boiled over, and some started screaming.
The children kept asking Lim questions in Japanese while gluing together a Christmas out of colored pieces of paper. The homeroom teacher and another assistant teacher — both Japanese — paid attention to each student’s needs and helped Lim answer their questions using the simplest English words possible.
“Our role, first and foremost, is to make students interested in other languages and other cultures. That’s the most important thing in learning a new language, or learning any subject really,” said Lim, a native of Worcestershire who came to Japan fresh out of university in 2005 and has spent most of his time as an assistant language teacher.
Having an ALT in class does a lot to make children excited about learning English, teachers at the school said. The assistants are the embodiment of Western culture, and because each class gets an ALT-taught lesson only once or twice a semester, it’s special for the children, they said.
“Stevie is really good with kids. While some past ALTs have declined our request to eat lunch together with the children, Stevie eats together with the students and interacts with them,” Minami Elementary Principal Susumu Ichikawa said.
Read more here ... http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/02/national/schools-fret-about-assistant-teachers-ahead-of-proposed-2020-reforms/#.Us-ucdIW1kh
Day 2120 ( 24 Day abs challenge )
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Started work today... (yawn) ... It was difficult getting out of bed. I managed to do 1 class at school, then did 2 Business English classes at Komatsu. Only 1 student showed up for the intermediate group, then 2 student showed up for the advanced group. That was it for today.
I am in the middle of a 24 day, flat stomach + abs routine ... and even though I got in at 10:30 pm, I still did it. I'm at around day 17 now and its a killer, but I'm seeing some good results so far :)
|No that's not me ........ YET|
Day 2121 ( )
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Had 2 classes at my main school today then 2 at the YMCA then my private student. Spoke to him mostly about the winter vacation. He recently bought an i-pod touch with a portable wifi.