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Old friends unite!

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Travel
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2010年9月27日

Oh dear… These “blogs” are turning more into “memoirs”… That is not what I was aiming for! But I’ve been so busy, especially more so in the last week as my 누나 came over for a week holiday from Korea, luckily I was planning on having a week of holidays at the same time! So where to start… Maybe the week before last week’s Friday!

Ok, so it was Friday 2010年9月17日 and it was Ali’s surprise birthday party. We had been planning this for a while. We especially wanted to do this as we heard from her good friend/Ex Jun that Ali hadn’t had many good birthdays and it was kind of becoming like this sad annual event. Anyway, I finished work, I met up with Ali for a Korean study lesson (as I’m helping her with Korean.. and I also need to atleast use some korean so I don’t totally forget it!!) We actually didn’t do any study, just had a coffee and chatted which was fine, but she didn’t want to have dinner, because Ali was planning to go to an Izukaya and eat ㅠ.ㅠ Too sad for me, because I knew we weren’t going to go to an Izukaya for food! Anyway, Ali was totally surprised when we went back to her place! The others had decorated her place, prepared cake, alcohol.. I saw her reaction to everyone yelling “surprise” at her.. she actually recoiled! haha.

Much fun was had by all, and after カラオケ and Macca’s, we went to sleep on Ali’s floor. But I had to wake up early, because it is like 1.5 hours to get to 関西空港 from Ali’s place and I had to meet 정연누나. I was VERY tired.. but I made it with the help of Pokari Sweat! We met, dropped her luggage off at my place and then went and watched the Danjiri Festival in Haruki and Kishiwada!

We later met up with さやか と ゆり, walked around for ages! So many people watching the Danjiri festival! And later on we went to Umeda were I left them to go quickly meet up with some other Sydney JETS.

So then it was Sunday, 2010年9月19日 . I had gone to bed around 8am in the morning.. woke up about 12 midday.. Anyway, eventually decided to meet up with さやか and 정연누나 at the Aquarium. This place is so cool, and I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I wasn’t tired as hell… but it was still amazing! We then went and rode the ferris wheel above HEP 5 in Umeda. It was so nice, and they had mini speakers that you can play music from your MP3 player as you look around Umeda city from god knows how high!

Monday 2010年9月20日 정연누나, Ali and myself head off to Kobe for some sightseeing and shopping. It was a really fun day, and we even got to eat お好み焼き even though we would be eating it again the next day at おおたにさん‘s house. We ate awesome cake, went to the coffee museum, looked at China Town, did some shopping ^^

Tuesday 2010年9月21日 We went shopping in Doutonbori. We spent pretty much the whole day there, walking around, looking at different places, and I met up with Kazu! We then went to this cheese cake shop in Namba and bought some, as we were going to おおたなさん‘s house for お好み焼き. It was really good, and it was HUGE! We met おおたにさん‘s son, だい)and her dog Lara. A very good day indeed!

(I will have to update the rest later.. too much to write, and not enough time!!)

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2010年9月8日

I really have to write these blogs as soon as they happen, otherwise I’m going to forget stuff, and then what’s the point in writing this… It’s for me to remember stuff when I’m like old and decrepit and read this and be like “ahhhh yeah… that sounds like me on another Epik Travel

とにかく、先週の土曜日の夜、ほかのJETと一緒に 梅田に近くのゲイクラブ、Explosionと言うに行きました。ホンマに楽しかったです!ホンマ ホンマ!一人のゲイはオシャレだった。その人とダンスしました。ほかの人の唇が良かったってRazは言いました。ちょっとだけキスしたやけど、すごく楽しかった〜!

We left the club at about 5am, when the last song was finished.. my friends tried to tell me that it was finished, but I was having such a great time at the club, I didn’t want to go home… I wanted to stay and keep dancing. The club I used to go to in Sydney would go until like 8am~! anyway, I was pretty drunk, and apparently not walking in a straight line.. and yep, I fell asleep on a train and ended up in North Osaka… so as most people got home at 6 6:30am.. I got home at 8:30ish !! 馬鹿やな〜オレは。

So on the weekend, I also went to 太平の湯, my local Onsen place! I love that place already! Because it’s so hot these days, I especially love the cold bath. It’s something like 15°C, and I love spending time outside because there is usually a breeze blowing.. and yes, it’s one way of getting rid of tan lines!! I think it’s going to be my new joint on weekends.. or at least one of the days on the weekend!

Also, today I managed to meet my friend from Singapore!! I first met her 2 years ago in Higashi Hiroshima on a Japanese Summer School! So I was really happy that I could meet Liting again, and also her sister. They are going back to Tokyo tonight and then back to Singapore on the weekend… So I guess I will probably see them next when I go to Singapore~

So they wanted to eat Okonomiyaki or Yakisoba for dinner, which we did! and then we went to Baskin and Robins 31 for ice-cream after~ ^_^ I totally love ice-cream, so I was so happy. I ate the regular Double Waffle Cone with Love Potion 31 and Green Tea ice-cream! It was so fine! I kinda went to Heaven for a bit!

Other than that, teaching is going well. the 2年生の生徒 are pretty good at English! I was surprised after spending only last week with the 3年生の生徒! So I’m happy about that! I’ve also decided to be part of the Basketball Club, because there is no swimming club, and soon I won’t be able to swim at all because the pool will stop being accessible from the end of this month *tear* So I now have to start learning about basketball and it’s rules~

First Day of School

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Tadaoka

2010年9月1日

Today was the first day of school! Well, so I had thought. I had got lesson plans done the day before, printed them off, went to a photo shop to get photos developed so that when I do my introductions I would be all ready, but actually today was mainly have the 1st school assembly for the term and teachers have meetings whilst students hang around school and don’t do anything…

とにかく、岸和田で先生たちと昼ご飯食べた。僕は天ぷらを選んでめっちゃおいしかった!

Anyway, just going back a few days… Friday 2010年8月27日, After school, it was get ready and go out to Namba, well really we met at Shinsaibashi, but we walked towards Namba after meeting up. We went to this Nomihoudai place which at first we thought was only for 2 hours, so we were  getting out money’s worth, as you do! But then we asked at the 2 hour limit, and the waitress explained that because today was a weekend-night (Friday and Saturday night) the drinks stopped rolling out at 4am! So we kept drinking away, decided to stay out ALL night. Kinda out of it at like 2(??) am, but we went to a place called Sam and Dave (I think). We couldn’t find the right Sam and Dave‘s that Raz remembered, so we entered this one that we had found, and they were playing like crap music. I can’t even remember it was so crap – すぐ消したから.  Then once the trains started again, Greta and I went to Namba to catch our trains home and David, Koko, Ali and Raz went and caught their trains home. The only bad thing was that I kept falling asleep on the trains, sleeping way past my station, having to swap trains to catch it in the opposite direction.. I think I did this about 5 times before I managed to stay awake and get off at the right station! I pretty much crashed straight away, because it was cool in my room, coz I wasn’t planning on staying out all night and had set my Air Con to come on at like 11pm (and I arrived home at about 11am). Fail!!

Saturday, 2010年8月28日 ー I woke up at 4pm.. what a waste of a day, but with that I was having a shower because I was catching up with some ex-EPC people! 2 people from my old university are in Japan at the moment. 1, Tash is leaving soon, thus the catch up for this day but also 2, Luke and I have been keeping in contact lately and wanted to catch up! Perfect timing for all.. (except the tiredness and slightly hungover-ness). Anyway it was great. The 4 of us (also Luke’s girlfriend was there too) ate dinner and then we went to Karaoke for a while which was pretty cool too!  And then we split up into our ways because we all had slightly far to travel home!

Sunday 2010年8月29日 ー I slept so much Saturday night. Sunday was also pretty much a write off, but it was good to just rest! I kinda ditched Ootani san on Friday, because I was meeting up with the other JETS for drinks.. but I promised I would have lunch with her today! It’s kind of hard for her, because both her mum and dad are not in good health! So I really appreciated her sparing some time to take me out to lunch, and actually get to have a decent chat! We ate Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba and I had some 生ビール. She then told me a cheaper shopping centre, compared with LIFE which I live above… I forget what it’s called, but it’s not far from あけぼの so I will have to go and check it out for myself. I was planning on going to an Onsen in the afternoon, but I have to finish marking the 3rd Year’s summer homework.. so I guess I’ll be staying indoors this afternoon!!

Monday, 2010年8月30日 ー I was supposed to go and enjoy fireworks from the コンビニ, but こうざき先生 wasn’t answering her phone when I tried to call her after school.. kinda lucky for me, the other Osaka-fu JETS were catching up for dinner in the North Eastern side of the place, so I left to catch up with them.. Unlucky for me, in my haste to get to them ASAP, trying to follow the directions from my Iphone 4g and battling my way through the crowds of Japanese people trying to get home I got on the wrong train and was taken somewhere in the wrong direction for like 10 mins (I was heading to Nara….)

I eventually got there and had dinner, met a new JET, well he’s 2nd year, Patrick. Anyway, after dinner we went back to the building where Patrick, Raz and Ali live… I only checked out Raz’s room, but I’m sure they’re all pretty much the same.. I thought my place was small! their place is like half.. not even, slightly smaller than half of my place! I was totally shocked! Damn, I’m gunna be loving my place from now on!!