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Saturday, April 26, 2014

A JAMAICAN SEX RESORT, THROUGH TRIPADVISOR'S EYES


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Days 2220 - 2226
Thursday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Day 2220 ( A JAMAICAN SEX RESORT, THROUGH TRIPADVISOR'S EYES  )
Thursday, April 17, 2014

4th day in my new position. Today was a little slower than yesterday and the day before. Basically started putting together the groups I would be supervising in a database of sorts.

I will only put small details in my blog and only about my first week in this new position .... I'm learning a lot of crucial details that could possibly get me and others in some serious issues. So forgive me if my blogs get a little shorter than usual.


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A JAMAICAN SEX RESORT, THROUGH TRIPADVISOR'S EYES




Down in Jamaica, there’s a place aptly named Hedonism II that features a special brand of inhibition-free “adult” resort action. While this all-inclusive getaway offers your usual all-you-can-eat-and-drink beach-side fun in the sun, there’s also a “clothing optional” policy, mirrors above all the beds, and a strong emphasis on pleasure of the "anything goes" variety. Basically, the whole joint is one big swinger soirée. After catching wind of this utopia for the undressed, we checked out their website, only to find it oozing with the sort of over-the-top descriptions normally reserved for bodice-ripper paperback novels with an equally ripped Fabio flexing on the cover. Things like, "It’s what happens when you combine warm water, a white-sand beach, open bars, and open minds," "In these lush gardens of pure pleasure, the word “no” is seldom heard," and "Push the boundaries of human pleasure” are standard fare. Heady stuff, right? 
Well, when coupled with actual quotes from the TripAdvisor reviews of this carnal Caribbean carnival, let’s just say a picture was painted, and it wasn’t one you’d want to hang above your mantle. We've merged these together with some of the promotional images from Hedonism's Facebook page, in part because every comparison needs pictures, but mostly because it's the Internet, and there are no rules.


One last word of advice: When visiting a nudist colony, especially in a hot, sweaty climate, beware borrowing community bikes. Trust us.
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/the-undressing-of-a-nudist-utopia??src=rss

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Day 2221 ( Living With Ghosts in Japan )
Friday, April 18, 2014

Watched a new trainee conduct a demo lesson for about 30 mins. I gave some pointers then exited. 1st week of the new job and feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information I'm receiving and what is expected of me.

Anyway, I wasn't getting enough support or interested persons in the proposed Jamaican cultural Spring Ting event that I was trying to plan. Not sure if its because of my poor advertising or what. But only managed to get a few payments. Well I went to this event 3 years consecutively and this year there will be a break. I guess a break is always good sometime right? Started the process of sending back people their payments.

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Living with ghosts: The rising popularity of ‘death rooms’ in Japan





In Japan, places where people have died are considered bad luck, so unsurprisingly apartments where there has been a suicide, murder, or other death are rented at much cheaper prices than usual due to a lack of demand. However, real estate agencies are seeing a surge in people specifically seeking these kinds of ‘death rooms’. That may sound horribly morbid, but usually it’s not out of a desire to be close to death. Rather, for those who can put aside their culturally-ingrained reservations, it’s a way to save money during tough times.
Incident buildings
Buildings where a death has occurred are called “jiko bukken” in Japanese or “incident buildings,” an ambiguous phrasing similar to the “jinshin jiko” or “human accident” used when someone has jumped in front of a train.
People assume that there will be some damage to the room because of the corpse, but Chizuko, the owner of a real estate agency that deals exclusively with incident buildings, explained that “these days we have more advanced cleaning techniques, and after a while the smell and the stains will disappear.”
But it’s not just the nitty-gritty practical considerations that discourage Japanese people from living in such places – there is a cultural stigma which leads people to feel that the place is tainted and impure, and will invite unhappiness into the life of the next inhabitant. However, these days real estate agents are finding that people with less economic means are willing and even eager to live in these cheaper places.
Tough times
A 40-year-old man, let’s call him Yamada, who used to work as a dispatch worker began living in his one-room apartment in June 2012. His apartment is located within Shinjuku Ward in central Tokyo and is over 20 years old.
Yet for such a central area, his rent is astoundingly cheap at just 40,000 yen per month, around half the local average. The reason for this low rate is that the previous tenant was found dead in the room from illness. Yamada was aware of this when he moved in as in Japan there is a legal requirement to disclose any deaths that have occurred in the property within a certain time frame.
After graduating high school, Yamada worked part time at restaurants and call centers, and with various temp agencies, but after the collapse of the bubble economy his salary also nosedived from 4 million annually to around 2 million. When searching for somewhere to live, Yamada’s friend who worked as a real estate agent, and knew about his tough financial situation, suggested he specifically look for these “accident buildings.” His buddy told him that he had to move quickly if he found one of these buildings as they had become very popular, so he signed the contract right away. Yamada himself said “I’m not bothered by the previous tenant. I’m very satisfied with it as a place to live.” This is an attitude that is starting to become more prevalent, particularly among younger people.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/living-with-ghosts-the-rising-popularity-of-death-rooms-in-japan?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-14_AM


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Day 2222 !! (^^)   ( New Washable Keyboard )
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Went to the YMCA. Usually I would complain about the 3rd of my 3 classes at the YMCA but this class is now like a stress reliever from my main job now.... everyday at work, I'm getting a sneak peek of what I'm probably going to have to deal with as a HR-Trainer. And it a'int pretty.

Had a performance tonight but cancelled it. Sent back some more spring ting funds.

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Washable PC keyboard




Buffalo is going to release a washable PC keyboard (BSKBU12BK) in late April.
Keyboards, especially in between keys, easily get dirty with dust and food particles. I have had a serious desire to just wash my keyboard with water sometimes in the past, but of course I didn’t.
However, Buffalo’s new BSKBU12BK keyboard is washable. You can wash it with water or even scrub tough dirt out with water using the accompanying brush. Letters on the keys are carved by laser so that they are not likely to vanish easily.
Price: ¥4,200
Size: 445x21x151mm
Weight: 560g
Cable: 1.5m
Interface: USB2.0/1.1
OS: Windows 8.1, 8, RT, 7, Vista, XP
Number of keys: 180 keys
Key pitch: 19mm
Key stroke: 3.5mm
http://www.japantoday.com/category/new-products/view/washable-pc-keyboard?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-17_PM


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Day 2223 ( Playstation 4 Sales Top 7 Million )
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boring day. Just stayed in, blogged and watched some Game of Thrones.... I'm already half way through the second season.... And I'm afraid to start watching them too fast and then have to wait every week for it....

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Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top 7 million




Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can’t make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.
“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, said in a statement.
“The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers,” he said.
Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014, it said.
The PS4 is up against Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.
By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.
Sony’s gaming division has emerged as a potential savior for the company, which is struggling to reinvent itself in the digital age, having been left in the dust by nimbler rivals like South Korea’s Samsung.
Sony launched the PS4 in the global company’s homeland Japan on February 22, more than four months after it debuted in the United States and well behind many other markets.
The company said it had wanted to give developers more time to exploit the potential of the console in the Japanese gaming market, where top-selling titles are often markedly different from popular offerings in the U.S. and Europe.
Reports surfaced last month saying that Sony will sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to improve its bottom line.
Sony warned in February that it would book a $1.08 billion loss in the fiscal year to March as well as cut 5,000 jobs and exit the stagnant PC market.
The embattled company said in January last year it was selling its U.S. headquarters in Manhattan for $1.1 billion.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/sonys-playstation-4-sales-top-7-million?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-17_PM

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Day 2224 ( Obama in Japan )
Monday, April 21, 2014

Went to a brief orientation at the head office to learn some more about our insurance package :) and about our other benefits. Plus about a sign in system that we have to do every morning when we get to and leave work. I was falling asleep in the orientation.... Now I realize I need to buy a drink and go into these meetings.....or I will surely fall asleep!!!

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Obama begins Asia tour with reassurance to Japan


Isn't that Kevin Costener (when he was younger) at the right?

President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.
Obama made his first stop in Tokyo on a weeklong tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met over what's been described as the "world's best sushi" at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a top-rated restaurant in the Ginza district. The dinner also brought out the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.
On Thursday, Obama will start a formal state visit to the nation -- the highest designation for a foreign leader.
Obama's appearances in Japan will be tinged with formality — meetings with the royal family, a stop at the Meiji shrine and a protocol-bound state dinner.
Japan's first state visit by an American president in almost two decades comes as the United States works to reassure Abe and other Asian leaders that the United States remains committed to turning foreign policy focus on them.
The "pivot to Asia" that began almost three years ago meant to put a greater emphasis on diplomatic and economic efforts toward Pacific nations to counterbalance China's influence in the region.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/obama-asia-visit/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook


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Day 2225 (  )
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Still at work hearing all manner of serious, personal information...It is crazy in this place.


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Day 2226 (  )
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Been falling asleep early recently... aah this new job / new life is going to be a trip... Lets see how it goes...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

10 Types of Women You should Never Date


Days 2213 - 2219
Thursday, April 10 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 2213 ( Game of Thrones )
Thursday, April 10, 2014


Still worried about my future.... Started wondering if this blog here got me in trouble (again) lol ... Or my youtube videos or something.... Because I was supposed to hear the result of my interview from like Monday.... It's Thursday!!! So I called the foreign person who gave me the first round of interview. He said that he is 98% sure that all is well, but if not, I would still have a job with the company... That was all I wanted to hear really. He said he is almost sure that I would be getting a call TOMORROW...

Anyway, while I was home fretting, I decided to start watching the much talked about series of "Game of Thrones".


This series had me hooked, even though it is full of gore and some other random disgusting stuff. I couldn't stop watching it. I sat and watched almost the entire season 1 in a day.... I'm now on episode 9 of season 1. That is 9 hours!!!!! That's how hooked I am.


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Day 2214 ( New Job Announcement / 300,000 yen Mango )
Friday, April 11, 2014


Again, was waiting all day in my apartment for a call about my job situation. And again, all my part-time jobs from last school year are already in full swing. I even have work later today!!! I pretty much stayed in still worrying about what will happen, and watching some one piece as well as game of thrones episodes. Then at around 4pm I decided to check mail. and finally I saw a job offer from the head office of my company.... A MAIL !! Not a phone call. What if I didn't check my mail? Traditionally when I see mails, it almost always mean you got rejected right? and a phone call usually when you get the job... Well that's usually my case any way. Then to top it off, my contract begins on MONDAY !!! bright and early .... So I had to email several resignation letters ... Well only 2 actually... 1 to my Monday/Wednesday YMCA and the other to my Tuesday evening job. The YMCA didn't reply to me, but my Tuesday job said I should try to find a replacement as soon as possible. My Tuesday job which is controlled by a male was more direct with me ..... My Monday/Wednesday YMCA job which is run by a female didn't even reply to my mail. Which (in my experience) is how many Japanese females react when they are angry and don't want to have anything to do with you again ... Perpetual silence !!!

So yeah enough said.... Starting Monday, I will become a Human Resource Trainer.... Basically train Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in my company, how to do their jobs, give presentations, support them when they need help etc etc. That is just the easy part... I can't say too much and I'm going to have to be verrrrrrry careful about what I post on my blog from now on..... Suffice to say though... this is not an easy job by no means....Still a bit puzzled as to why I was asked to do this job even though I have no experience being a head teacher.... Well not on paper at least. I guess I was doing something right lol ..... I must say that I am humbled in many ways.


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Pair of mangoes fetch Y300,000 at auction




A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan sold Thursday for a whopping 300,000 yen, a record price for the fruit’s first auction of the season, Kyodo News reported.
The “Taiyo no Tamago” (Egg of the Sun)-brand mangoes were set to be airlifted from Miyazaki to a department store in Fukuoka, where they were to go on sale, the agency said.
To qualify as a “Taiyo no Tamago” mango, each fruit must weigh at least 350 grams and have a high sugar content, according to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation.
Fruit is routinely expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost upwards of 300 yen, while a presentation pack of 20 cherries can set you back 10,000 yen.
However, all pale in comparison with the eye-watering 2.5 million yen price tag for a pair of cantaloupe melons auctioned in 2008.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/pair-of-mangoes-fetch-y300000-at-auction?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-11_PM


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Day 2215 ( Cherry Tree From Space )
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Went to the YMCA to run around with some kids and teach a few grammar point stuff. I went back home then to the dentist for my twice a year cleaning.


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'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan




A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected—and with very surprising flowers.
The four-year-old sapling—grown from a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—burst into blossom on April 1, possibly a full six years ahead of Mother Nature’s normal schedule.
Its early blooming baffled Buddhist brothers at the ancient temple in central Japan where the tree is growing.
“We are amazed to see how fast it has grown,” Masahiro Kajita, chief priest at the Ganjoji temple in Gifu, told AFP by telephone.
“A stone from the original tree had never sprouted before. We are very happy because it will succeed the old tree, which is said to be 1,250 years old.”

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Day 2216 ( 10 Types of Women You Should Never Date )
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stayed in today, resting up for the mystery of my new job next week. Watched loads of One piece and Game of Thrones again. I am now on Season 2... lol yeah I know I'm crazy. When I really get into something, I just want to see it all and now.

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Guys, this is exclusively for you. Have you ever wondered why the women you date always turn out to be annoying or weird in some way? Have you ever thought that perhaps you have been choosing the wrong type of women? Below is a list of ten different types of women you should avoid, according to an article I just came across. Read carefully and see if you can learn one or two things. 

1. The Chatterbox




This is the woman who never shuts up, barely stopping to breathe. Seemingly only concerned about what is going on in her life, she always has to make a comment about everything and dominates conversations. 


2. The Desperate Chick

This type of woman will seem fantastic at first, until she starts talking about your wedding location, how many kids she wants and the name of your future dog–right after the first date! When a woman advances WAY faster than normal, watch out. She NEEDS a man so bad that she’s willing to put anybody in that slot, even the homeless guy on the corner. 

3. The Overly-Critical Woman




Anything you do for this type of woman is simply not good enough. Nothing seems to work unless it is done according to her standards. Anything that is said by anyone will be quickly taken out of context to become some sort of insult or some reason to wage war against the world. This type of woman has plenty of emotional baggage and will make you an angry and bitter person as there will be nothing but misery with her.

4. The Bimbo




This type of woman can’t obtain a GED but has managed to secure a PhD in the science of the bedroom. This is an intellectually challenged woman who looks great but, in all honesty, shouldn’t open her mouth. Her skills are unquestionably only rooted in the physical realm and unless you’re just after one-night stands, you do not want to bring a stupid girl home to meet Mom and Dad. The majority of girls you see on the streets everyday fall into this category,

5. The High Maintenance Chick

If this type of woman breaks a nail, she expects you to drop everything you’re doing to drive her to the salon immediately. Her daddy always told her she was a princess and she expects to be treated like one at all times. She has expensive taste and expects you to shower her with only the best things and take her out to posh places on a regular basis. If you don’t have a lot of money and a penchant for luxury, don’t even bother.

6. The Clingy Girl



This woman is a nuisance who can’t go anywhere or do anything without the company of her man. She’ll adopt your interests, calls 20 times a day and fly off the handle anytime she’s not around to monitor your behavior. This type of woman will smother any chance of you missing her by insisting that you spend every waking moment with her, refusing to let you go out with the boys or spend any significant amount of time with anyone else.

7. The Baby’s Mama

This woman has a great physique, great personality and her toes are pretty too! There’s only one problem–she’s got a pretty large amount of children with assorted “baby-daddy’s”, and when women like this get desperate, any and every guy has the potential to be “daddy.” This woman got knocked up by somebody that she was supposedly in love with, and not only is she a bad judge of character, she’s GROSSLY irresponsible. The same guys that are “jerks” now are the same guys she once thought the world of and had unprotected sex with.

8. The Gold Digger

The Gold-Digger will compliment you on your expensive watch, ask you what kind of car you drive, what you do for a living, where you live and so on. Like the high maintenance woman, the Gold Digger is basically looking for a sugar daddy, she’ll size you up within the first five minutes and drop you just as quickly if your cash flow runs out and you can’t take her shopping anymore. These types of women will just suck your wallet dry and leave you emasculated. Fortunately,you can usually see this type coming from a mile away. She wants to write out the names of all her designer items and post it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

9. The Club Girl




Club girls are nothing more than fantasy women who have been practically living in bars and clubs since they hit the legal drinking age. They have beautiful faces with full lips, big doe eyes, great legs, and all the curves you could ever ask for. The problem in dating these women is that they love to wear clothes that show off their great assets not just to you, but to every Tom, man-hood and Harry on the street. A woman like this may be carefree and wild; however, once you take a closer look, you’ll realize that her entire life is a party and most nights will end with her puking in your car. Or waking up hungover, in some guy’s bed in the morning.

10. The Feminist

This type of woman can never be pleased by a man and she believes that men are the cause of all the pains and suffering of society. It is her strong belief that women are much more intelligent than men and are capable of doing things “the right way”. You don’t want to waste any time with this type of woman because anything that you do will always be negative to her.

http://www.crazyafricanz.com/2014/03/men-should-see-this10-types-of-women.html

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Day 2217 ( First Day As A HR Trainer )
Monday, April 14, 2014













Again I can't give too much information ...... But yeah started my new job today in the office. I haven't worked in an office for over 6 years .... Yeah pretty much for all of the time being in Japan. My last job in Jamaica, I taught but also did loads of stuff in an office. I heard now that this new job 70% of my life will be on the road. And while on the road, work will be piling up in the office. So today, I watched a training session being conducted and also was given loads of information. The information about what is expected of me as a trainer alone was overwhelming. This is my first day. I felt like running away seriously.... It is a high stress job !!! Unlike being an ALT .... Now I'm going to have to manage them (ALTs)...... Many many many of them .... and their problems too ..... I am only 1 of 6 doing this job for my branch. That was probably too much information already (cough cough)... So if you come back here and see my blog edited, it means that I wrote something that I shouldn't have. That's all I will say for now.

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After leaving the first day from work.... my head was throbbing.... I felt depression kicking in and started wondering if I made a mistake by accepting this job and not knowing the full details. I probably still would have taken it anyway just for the experience. While on the train I decided to go to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya to unwind. This is how to unwind with music and Jamaican food.







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Day 2218 (  )
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Second day of work and already I'm thrown to give a brief presentation along with my immediate boss. Again, can't say anything more. It did go well though except I was a bit nervous..... I look forward to the challenge ahead... I was told that I have a "presence". And may appear slightly intimidating and scary... Well maybe I am !!!!

It is April, and it is still cold here. I had on my heater today and look what it did to this baby oil bottle?



What do I use baby oil to do??? Um aah um yeah.... My friend said it helps to keep my skin moisturised when the same darn heater that melted the bottle, dries out my skin....



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Day 2219 ( Best/Worst Student Jobs in Japan )
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3rd day of work on the new job. Everyday so far I've been having a slight stress headache. Another trainer said that for him, that same stress headache took 3 months to go away!!! I had Greek lunch with some of the other trainers today. Everyday I'm learning new stuff (which is what should be happening right?). I already started dreaming about the job ..... It has only been 3 days. I guess it's welcome to the world of being a full time employee in a Japanese company. I have 4 choices:

1) Become a workaholic 
2) Take on the challenge but try to balance it with life
3) Quit
4) Be lazy and get fired

1 and 2 are the most viable options now with 2 being what I surely hope to achieve.

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It’s all about the money: The best (and worst) paid student jobs in Japan


As Japan’s university students return to start the new academic year this month, many will be looking at their bank balance with trepidation and wondering how exactly they managed to spend all that money during spring break. Over two-thirds of Japanese university students work part time, helping contribute towards the cost of study materials, weird alcohol for drinking games, and buying the same clothes as everyone else.
For students looking for extra funds, or – dare we say it – graduates who’ve been unable to find full-time employment, Japanese site Recruit Jobs has compiled a happy little list of the best-paying part-time jobs in Japan. 
1) Cram school teacher
Hourly wage: 1,279 yen

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the highest paying part-time job for students is a specialised one: tutoring at one of Japan’s myriad juku, so-called “cram schools” offering extra tuition at evenings and weekends. The industry is big business: virtually all high-schoolers studying for university entrance exams will attend juku.
2) Promotional staff
Hourly wage: 1,232 yen
Known as “kyanpeen sutaffu” (“campaign staff”) in Japan, this job also allows you to sell a little bit of your soul every time you put on the color-coordinated uniform! Promotional representative jobs, usually being filled by - let’s be honest here – pretty girls, range from the relatively mundane to the bizarre.
Alternatively, you could become a representative for your city, like these lovely ladies from Wakayama in the photo above.
3) Pachinko staff
Hourly wage: 1,172 yen

Staff working the halls of pachinko, the highly addictive Japanese arcade game that’s a bit like pinball without the flippers, can expect to make an average of 1,172 yen an hour. Presumably some of that is to compensate for the effects of deafening noise and an overwhelmingly smoky atmosphere – work here and you will smell by the time you leave.
The jobs with some of the lowest hourly wages come from more typical student employers: so-called “fashion advisors” (i.e., clothing shop assistants) only get 919 yen and hour; convenience store staff average out at 879 yen, and workers at fast food restaurants can expect to make 900 yen per hour.
That last figure for fast food workers looks pretty similar to the hourly wage of a McDonald’s worker in the United States, which is between $6 and $9 per hour. The cost of living in Japan is notoriously high though, so perhaps we should think about applying the Big Mac Index for a more nuanced comparison?
Cash concerns aren’t the only reason students choose to work, though. Recruit Jobs also asked respondents what they felt they gained from having a part-time job. Making friends outside of their usual circles was one of the answers given, as was personal development. “Seeing my coworkers work towards achieving their dreams is my motivation,” said one pizza delivery guy. See? Maybe money’s not everything after all…
http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/its-all-about-the-money-the-best-and-worst-paid-student-jobs-in-japan?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-08_AM


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adultery Huge in Japan / Why do Polls about virgin Males in Japan?


Weird/Funny photo of the week:



Days 2206 - 2212
Thursday, April 3 - Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Day 2206 ( Adultery Website Big in Japan )
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rain fell for a while today so I stayed in and watched Mulan 2 (2004). Not as good as part 1 but it was entertaining enough.


I give it a 6/10.

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ADULTERY SITE BIG IN JAPAN WHERE MARRIAGE REIGNS

Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That's why it is scoring big in Japan.

The nation that prides itself on conformity and proper appearances reached a million users in eight and a half months, the fastest pace among any of the 37 countries where the adultery site operates. The previous record was Brazil at 10 months. The U.S., which has the biggest number of users at 13 million, took a year to achieve the one million mark. Spain took nearly two years.
Extramarital sex and affairs are not new to Japan, but a site such as Ashley Madison is a "a leveling out of the playing field" for women, said Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates AshleyMadison.com. There is a tradition of wealthy men taking mistresses in Japan and its male dominated society has provided plenty of outlets for married men to find casual sex.
The divorce rate in Japan is relatively low at about two cases per 1,000 people vs. four cases in the U.S., although sinking marriages rates in Japan also lower the divorce numbers. In the 1960s, divorces were even rarer, with fewer than one per 1,000 people.
With its slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair," Ashley Madison has drawn nearly 25 million users worldwide since being started in Canada in 2002. It now has 1.07 million users in Japan after opening here in June last year.

Biderman, who is in a monogamous marriage and has two children, insists the social network is just a tool and no one can force anyone to betray a spouse. A friendly uninhibited man with quick answers to almost any question about infidelity, he doesn't shy from declaring he would cheat if his marriage were sexually unsatisfying.
One appeal of the site is that it allows for pseudonyms or anonymity. It's secure and closed so digital tracks like emails don't get left behind, reducing the chances of getting caught. It's far less messy than trying to find an erotic outlet on Facebook or in the office, said Biderman during a visit to Tokyo this week.
http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/adultery-site-big-japan-where-marriage-reigns

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Day 2207 ( Maruben fined for bribing Indonesia gov't officials)
Friday, April 4, 2014

Did the second part of a supposedly huge interview today. Will let you know later what's going on. I was almost late for the interview because I lost my way and there was lots of construction going on in the area.

Had some Indian food in the evening.

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Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation has agreed to pay an $88 million fine after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the U.S. Justice Department said. 

http://realtime.rediff.com/news/realtime/Marubeni-fined-for-bribing-Indonesia-govt-officials/ca6f4898d8c6d4f8?src=results_extra_article_c_n_7.4.p0

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Day 2208 ( Strange Painting Museum )
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Went to Chinatown not too far away from me and stopped at this strange magical drawing museum kinda place. It was interesting. Check out the pics.








Then went to Akarenga in Yokohama and found out that an African festival will be on tomorrow. So I'm gonna drop by. Also went to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya afterwards.


DJ from England


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Day 2209 ( African Festival 2014 )
Sunday, April 6, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, I went to the African festival today to check it out and taste some African cuisine. I think I came here last year as well... Can't believe it is already one year since.









Then I had dinner at hub, a British restaurant chain all over this area of Japan.


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Day 2210 ( Why Make a Poll About Male Virgins in Japan? )
Monday, April 7, 2014

Started classes at the YMCA today but no main job as yet. Still have no clue what my company is doing with me just yet. I did 2 classes at the YMCA then went to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya again. Met some interesting people there lol.




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Poll on number of male virgins in Japan not all bad news





It seems incredible. Maybe it is. Is a Weekly Playboy poll scientific? With that caveat, here is the conclusion the magazine draws (April 7) from an online survey of 600 men aged 25-39: 159 of them, 26.5%, are virgins.
There’s more: 303, 50.5%, have had no sex within the past year; 91, 15.2%, have had none within five years. If this is at all representative of the sex life of the nation as a whole, the national demographic crisis, usually described in terms of a declining birth rate, is perhaps more dire than is generally appreciated.
Or maybe not. Weekly Playboy does its level best to be upbeat. “Don’t give up!” is its underlying message. It introduces five men who didn’t, and whose patience was ultimately rewarded. Space permits a description of two.
It’s not income or employment instability that barred “Mr. O” from a social life for so long. He’s a radiation engineer, earning 7.5 million yen a year. What was the problem, then?
Young love gone wrong, as he tells it. High school love can scar you for life. He fell in love with a classmate, then learned she had a boyfriend. He retreated into his shell. Studying came easily to him and he did well in college, but his social life was all beer and fast food with the guys. By the time he graduated, he weighed 120 kilograms.
Social networking was another snare. It’s so easy, so anxiety-free – why bother with the face-to-face stuff? The odd time Mr. O did meet someone offline, he gave her, if she didn’t give him, short shrift. However nice she may have been, she couldn’t measure up to his image, idealized and etherealized no doubt, of his high school love.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/kuchikomi/view/poll-on-number-of-male-virgins-in-japan-not-all-bad-news?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-04-04_AM

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Day 2211 (  )
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stayed in most of the day pondering about what my future will be. Then later went to teach 2 classes at komatsu. One of the teachers dropped me to a station nearby again.


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Day 2212 (  )
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Did 3 classes at the YMCA then walked to my friend's (who recently moved closer to me) home. We chatted for a while then I walked home.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trekking Through Thailand Part 2


Funny/weird photo of the week:




Days 2199 - 2205
Thursday, March 27 - Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Day 2199 ( James Bond Island, Phuket and Kayaking )
Thursday, March 27, 2014



Went on a boat trip today along with some Israeli guys. The tour started from about 10am this morning and luckily I had these peeps to stick around with or else otherwise I would be one lonely dude on this trip.





Unfortunately, I was told that if I didn't pay for this trip at the airport, I could have saved over 6000 yen. There will always be a next time. Just learn from your mistakes. These Israelis will spend like 3 weeks to a month here. I don't know, but I can't stay too long on a vacation....unless I am booked out every day doing stuff. On the trip we had some great Thai food.


The dude standing up was our tour guide.

We then stopped at this area to do some kayaking kinda thing. My first time I think. I try as much as possible to avoid these water excursions because of the death of my cousin ... RIP Andre ..... But it was fun. We had to pair up in 2s to go into some water cave like things. So I paired up with the only Israeli female there lol. And the kayaking guy asked if we were on our honeymoon hahaha. We both couldn't stop laughing as we only just met today...That would be a record breaking honeymoon.










She was a nice girl but her English was a little difficult to understand at times as well as she was very religious being Jewish. I told her we would fight everyday about religion. The Israeli guys said that usually Israeli girls are verrrry snobbish !!! Even to the Israeli guys !!! ... So this girl was more among the humble minority...

We then went back on the boat to go to James Bond Island, where there were more of the Thai hustlers trying to sell us tourists some cheap things for 10 times the real price. Then while walking away, they try to bring down the price. "Oh come on and please buy this, its only 500 baht" ...... while walking away they will walk after you and say "No no I mean 400 baht" ..... you still walk away and "ok seriously 300 baht" .... And so on..





All prices start at around 500 -700 Baht then while walking away, it will go down as low as 200 Baht.


Israelis taking on the hustlers
Hey that lady doesn't even look Thai

We left James bond island and went to another kayaking spot, then headed back to Phuket. Quite a few of us fell asleep on the boat going back.. That was their plan, because to go to the James Bond island areas took like maximum 2 hours.. but coming back took like 3.5 hours. However the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful.






After getting back to my hotel. I rested a bit then checked out the Phuket nightlife with the Israeli guys. We went to some random places and women were always coming at us..... Seriously !!! But its a little trick .... Most if not all of them actually want you to basically buy them !!!!!! We saw some other Israeli girls in a club... The guys pointed out to me that this is how the Israeli girls usually do... Group together and snob away. Some of them were especially giving me a nasty stare .... Worst than that of the Japanese !!!




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Day 2200 ( Phi Phi Island )
Friday, March 28, 2014

The taxi came to pick me up at around 9 am this morning to go to the pier. I met 2 other Israelis on the bus. They were 2 females who were also heading to take the ferry to Phi Phi island. We spoke at length about some random stuff. But being very general, I'm a bit disappointed with some of the Israelis and their sense of geography... Maybe same like some Japanese. So if you know about the state of Israel, it was actually re-established in 1948 after their defeat back in bible days more than 2000 years ago. So the current Jews in Israel are from a mixture of different places. Like one of the guys from yesterday said his parents were from places like England and Yemen. Others from India and Spain etc.

Fast forward to today. One of the girls said her mom was from Morocco and her dad from somewhere in Europe. She then mentioned that she would like to visit South America and some latin countries like Mexico. I told her that she should stop by Jamaica because Its close to Mexico.... the girl was like.... "But isn't Jamaica in Africa??".... Here we go again.... I said no it's right next to Mexico, America and Cuba. I said to her that Israel is closer to Africa. She was like "No!!" lol Oh boy..... I said to her... "Didn't you say your mom was from Morocco?" She said "yes!" .. I said, "MOROCCO IS IN AFRICA !!!" ... She had a shocked look on her face... She turned around to her friend and her friend nodded yes !!! .... After this .. the girl was so sad... And she actually said she was disappointed !!! Basically disappointed that her mom and her bloodline is from Africa !!!.... The look on her face was priceless ..... I asked her if she knew about Egypt.... she said yes because it was basically adjoined to Israel... I again told her that EGYPT IS IN AFRICA..... Again she had to confirm this with her friend who nodded yes !!! ..... what is going on with the geography and history education in Israel ???


Anyway, I changed the subject because I thought she was going to cry ...now with her new knowledge. And that she should know more about Africa than me who live miles away!!!

They taught me about this app on the iphone...where you can listen and watch music videos on your iphone, even when there is no signal.... The name of the app is iTUBE.



They also taught me that I could play Candy Crush (yes I play it) without internet connection.

Finally I'm #1 on one of the stages

I eventually fell asleep on the ferry. When I woke up, the 2 girls disappeared !!! Seriously. I was disappointed, mainly because I thought I would have to try to find new friends on the island. Also because I thought I chased them away with my brief presentation about how close Israel is to Africa !!!... Anyway, I moved forward and 2 hours away from Phuket, the ferry brought us to



This place is soo beautiful... A really small island that you can walk around in less than an hour but buzzing with shops and foreigners .... Mostly Caucasians ...Actually the Caucasians out number the Thais on this island... no joke... Blacks??? I counted maybe 8 for the 3 days, 2 nights while on this island. This is inclusive of a Jamaican/American who I met here... More on that later.

After checking in my hotel....Which took me like 45 mins to find (because this island is small but with a maze of shops and restaurants everywhere).....I walked around the island just snapping random pictures....


What to do when you are lonely on a beautiful island? SELFIE!!

And more Selfie!!


After snapping and walking around for a good hour or so, I stopped and watched some Thai guys on the island playing football. It was far from entertaining and I wanted to play as well. I then looked around the random shops in the area....What I like about this island is that, they are not hungry for money like the ones in Phuket. Here they give you a price and you may be able to take off a few dollars but more than likely the price that you get is the final price. Unlike in Phuket where prices start at 10 times the norm.



So while walking around, I thought, "why go to Thailand and not get a Thai massage?" the cost would be like 600 yen / US$6. So I was walking around and hear a lady said "Chocolate man ! do you want Thai massage?" So I went over there. It took like 1 hour ... Then she asked "Do you want more than this ???" To which I kindly refused !!!! The massage was ok at best... Not fantastic.



It started to get dark, and I was hungry so I stopped and ate some of their fine food. Then while walking around again, I saw a Bob Marley, Reggae restaurant of sorts....



After taking this pic, I noticed there was another black guy taking a pic of it as well. So I asked if he was Jamaican... He said yes but migrated to the US some years now. We chatted for a while and realized we had some mutual friends. Then I headed off. What are the chances of you meeting a random Jamaican out on a small island in Thailand??!!

Bob Marley T-Shirts and merchandise are extremely popular here !!! Every corner you turn there will be one. You will also hear random reggae music. But ask one of them about Jamaica.... They have no idea. Anyway, I went back to my apartment with the intention of going to a party on the beach but fell asleep and didn't wake up until like after 3 am. I still went out but heard the party was over by then. This is what it usually looks like...



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Day 2201 ( More exploring of PP island )
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Didn't have any real plans for today either so just walked around the island again, by now the people should pretty much recognise me. Being one of only about 3 or 4 black men on the entire island. I had some food then while walking to the other end of the island, I saw the Jamaican guy from yesterday, with some friends. They are all teachers in Abu dhabi, UAE.. I heard the teaching program there is wayyyyyyy more lucrative than in Japan .... you will be paid by some lazy, Multi billionaire, oil rich guys.. But you have to be a certified teacher.

So now I'm not so lonely anymore .... pretty much hung out with these guys for the day, buying random stuff, relaxing and eating. I couldn't help but mention that, once when the other Jamaican guy was buying a coconut I think it was... He was trying to bargain the price with this Thai lady. I think she said it cost 40 Baht ... and the guy said he saw it for 30 Baht else where.... and the lady got pissed and started shouting "I don't want to hear from you, leave me alone.... Don't talk to me !!" We were at lost for words.... Because this just came out of no where.... I cannot think of any other reason than this was racially motivated.

Anyway, we went elsewhere and he bought a coconut there..... It was really good tho.



And as I mentioned earlier, we just walked around and checked out the place.






Random orange insect





After checking out the place and being lazy, we had dinner then headed back to our hotels. I wanted to check out the beach party tonight but it started to rain ..... then I heard that it was cancelled because of some sort of election thing. Maybe a sign that I shouldn't go ........

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Day 2202 ( Last Day on PP island )
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Woke up at about 8am, packed, then headed out to the pier to take the ferry back to Phuket. While walking in the ferry, who was it I saw? The 2 Israeli chicks !! who were both well tanned and both said "Dave !!" Never knew they remembered my name. I sat behind them, but this time I was very conservative with my words.

Close to the end of the trip, a guy was walking around on the ferry (like the bus conductors in Jamaica) basically organizing trips back to our hotels. I thought I already paid for this so I told the guy that I wasn't interested. However, when I got back to the pier, there was no taxi to pick me up and I was quite confused. So I called the guy from the airport, he said that he didn't organize for a taxi to pick me up from the pier in Phuket, back to my hotel. That wasn't included in my hefty fee!!!! But there is a taxi that will pick me up at 12 midnight from my hotel in Phuket, back to the airport... Oh and yeah my flight will be at 3 am !!!! He said that the taxi would cost 800 baht ....

Taxis at the pier area in Phuket


So I took a taxi back to my hotel for 500 baht from the pier. After speaking with me for a while, the taxi guy said he could take me to the airport for 600 Baht from my apartment. He said he would come at around 11:45 pm... So because I thought that the guy who pretty much scammed away my money from the airport was getting too much, I decided I was gonna go with this taxi guy for 600 baht. So I cancelled with the airport guy. I went back to my hotel room, and started packing and getting stuff together.


Before I knew it, it was getting dark ... so I took some last minute pictures and videos, ate some more Thai food and looked around Phuket.





I hurried to take a bath and got ready ... thinking that the taxi guy was there waiting for me at 12 midnight... ha... I waited a little longer until 12:30... but no taxi guy!!! I asked the hotel staff they could organize a taxi for me.... He said it would cost 1000 baht !!! Jeez. I cancelled the 800 baht airport guy for a 600 baht guy who didn't show up and now I have to end up paying 1000 baht !!! But such is life, I had no choice at this time. So I ended up paying 1000 baht to go to the airport.


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Day 2203 ( Back from Thailand )
Monday, March 31, 2014

Continuing from yesterday .... It was now 1:30 am in the morning. And I was getting hungry. So I walked around the airport looking for something to eat. I ended up buying a ham sandwich and drank some tea. Got on the plane to go to Shanghai.... I fell asleep and was awaken by the stewardess who was giving out food. By the way, the food on China eastern airline to me was really good. So yeah when they woke me up, my stomach was kicking up a storm !!!! I still ate some of the plane food but I could only eat a small amount....Ohh how my stomach was aching.... The worst place for this to happen was on a darn plane !!! I'm pretty sure it was that sandwich I had. I had to rush to the bathroom.. and seriously... no exaggeration ... I was in the plane toilet for like 1 hour !!! People started knocking on the door!!!! finally my stomach felt a little better and I went out of the bathroom.... to see a line of about 7 persons waiting.

Finally the 4 hours flight was over and I was in China again. Ran to the bathroom again but this time only for a short while....Then it was time for a 3 hour flight to Narita. The flight went well until the last say 45 minutes before landing... Then turbulence ..... even when the plane was close to landing .... and you can see the other planes in the airport...... Our plane was still high up... I was wondering how quickly he was gonna take the plane down.... while it was shaking like crazy!!!! He did tho.... and even when the plane touched down, it felt as if the wheels were swaying heavily from right to left.......Definitely one of my top 5 worst landings. But thank God all went well.



While at the airport in Japan, an Australian guy I knew for sometime just suddenly appeared saying "what's up!" ... We worked for the same company for a while but he managed to get out and is in a better job now. I think he was the first person some years ago to tell me about the 500,000 yen white man only medicine thing... Before I saw it on gaijinpot....

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I must mention though that it was a tough process getting this trip together... The very first thing is that my salary for last school year was verrrrry unstable and actually less than when I was full time the previous year... So it was pretty much "making blood out of stone" as we would say in Jamaica..... then the visa process was another hassle.... For the first time to travel somewhere, the embassy required a guarantor !!!! what? I've been on all continents except Africa and Antarctica, and no country ever asked me for a guarantor... but anyway, I thought to myself that I was a man of good character so it wouldn't be difficult to get a guarantor... What that guarantor would need to do is simply sign a paper (from the embassy website) and provide ID to say they know me and know that I am of good character pretty much !........ I had no clue who I could ask.... But I still went ahead and asked 2 persons who I thought trusted me and knew me well enough...... both of them said no.... Luckily my dear Brie mentioned that the person doesn't necessarily need to be a citizen of Japan but can simply be living here... So .... She decided to be my guarantor and that was it...very simple process.... I know if I personally had a friend who needed this kinda help, I would gladly do it...But people are all different and I have to respect that.... Even though its not like a guarantor for my apartment which would be way more serious... Its a simple trip to Thailand.... Anyway, disappointments always happen for a good reason...I must say that this did make me draw back into my shell however and to stick only to my family or extreeemely close friends when asking for help with certain things. And thanks a lot for the help Brie, I knew you only for like 3 months but you were more than willing to facilitate me.... I really did enjoy this trip a lot..even though I went there solo.

Here is a video clip from my Thailand trip.




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Day 2204 ( Happy All Fool's Day ... I'm Married lol )
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Tuesday part-time job is still in full swing. I actually had to take a day off from them last week to go to Thailand. And here, no work means no pay. I had to go there today, even though I was a bit late.

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I saw many people on facebook doing some random stuff for all fool's day (April 1st) like changing their status to marriage and engaged etc. So I decided to do the same ....


Sorry guys, this wasn't true ... as much as I wish it was :( Me married??? To who??

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Day 2205 (  )
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stayed in and rest for a while, then got a haircut.