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Christmas Holiday

 

Finally.. an Up-Date!

I am sorry for not posting this any sooner, but I have been really busy with helping students write about their own winter vacation and then preparing them for their final exams. As well as grading them for their speaking and reading tests.

So this winter vacation has been really eventful. To start off with, I had a 忘年会 or “Forget the year party” with my main school. It was the first time I had been asked out to join a party with this school and it was hilarious to see how light weight some teachers are. There was an after party for female staff, which I was invited to as well. Although I didn’t realise I had to prepare a gift for a secret santa… Bugger!

The next day, I travelled to Tokyo and went to the best café I’ve ever been to!
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The Moomin café is the cutest café I have ever been to. So if you happen to go to the café on your own, then they will put a Moomin character opposite you to keep you company. How cute is that?!?!?! It was the only reason I want to go to Tokyo a day early before meeting going to Narita Airport.

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The next day, on December 21st, I was almost an hour late getting to the airport to meet my parents because I got on the wrong train. But I was so happy they arrived safely. I was worried they have big difficulties because its their first holiday abroad and its to Japan where they have no knowledge of the language. After meeting them and then finally eating my breakfast, we set off to Tokyo Station and walked around for a little bit before catching the Shinkansen to Ninohe where I left my car, so I could drive them my apartment in Kuji.

For the first week, we stayed in Kuji and I took them to some places near by so they could see local sites etc. As well was meeting my friends in Ninohe where we had a Christmas Party and I made my first cake in Japan!! As well as successfully cooking a roast-like Christmas Dinner for my parents. It was great to finally to be able to cook food I had missed for such a long time.

On the 28th we took the Night bus to Tokyo and went to Asakusa to see the Temple there. But in typical British fashion, it was raining and I didn’t have my umbrella with me, so we ended up going back to Tokyo station as I wasn’t really sure my parents would want to go to Ikebukuro (my favourite part of Tokyo)… We waited there before getting on the Shinkansen to Osaka. I was really nervous about this part of the holiday because I’m not really that good at planning a holiday (compared to my friend Hoiming) and my Japanese is fairly limited.

I still had fun and I think my parents enjoyed seeing the city and Osaka Castle. I think they might have gotten a little sick on Shinsaibashi Suji (a famous long shopping roofed arcade – its really hard to describe). The main two reasons to go to Osaka is because…

No 1:
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Hoiming go tickets to KAT-TUN’s countdown LIVE on New Year’s EVE! We got such great seats this time and it was totally worth the price. Being so close to main stage and to the travelling stages where I got to see Kame’s might fine self perched on the rail to him doing his sexy hip swaying 😛 I did scream a lot, and Hoiming had to put up with strange comments, but we both enjoyed the concert. It was just the train ride back to Osaka station that was not so pleasant. Getting literally pushed onto a train at 2am is not really my cup of tea and the train was so crowded that everyone almost fell over.

No 2:
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Finally going to Universal Studio’s Japan and going to Harry Potter World. It was fun to go on the different rides. The only downside was, it was really cold and we weren’t really dressed for it to snow, which it did. Plus, the time we could get to get into Harry Potter world was 5:30pm. We had to walk round for hours before we could go to the place I wanted to go to. But we got to go on four other rides, so it wasn’t so bad.

It was fun to be back in Osaka after a year, and it possibly might turn into a yearly thing if Hoiming can get tickets again next year. So that will be cool. But I won’t be there for long because I have to fly back to England to go to my Older Brother’s Wedding on the 2nd of January 2016. I really need to save up money for that trip and book my flight back in plenty of time. Its just a shame that I will be going to the wedding without a plus one T_T but who knows, there is still 11 months to go 😛

FOr the last week of my parents vacation, we stayed in Kuji again and I took them to Ryusendo Caves. Mum had a little panic attack on the never ending stair case, but she did and I proud of her for not giving up. But I didn’t really give her a choice and dragged up and down the stairs 😛 At least she can say she has done it now 😛

Now my parents are planning to back to Japan in 2016 in March so they can see the Sakura in Sendai, which is where they want to go next. So that will be nice. It just means I have to save a lot of money this year for both vacations next year >.<

Overall, I had a great vacation with my parents and I was a little sad and worried when they travelled to Tokyo alone but they got back to England safely and I’m glad they enjoyed themselves.

First Day Back

Well it’s the first day back to the grind stone. I know I’ve only had 3 weeks off. But it has all gone by so quickly.

 

I thankfully arrived back in Japan with no problems, my flight wasn’t overbooked and I didn’t get delayed a whole day. The only down-side was that I wasn’t able to sleep as well as I would have hoped. I was one of the few who were fortunate enough to be sitting with an empty seat next to me. So after a while, I gave up trying to be polite and try to sleep in one chair. But I really needed to sleep to help with jetlag. It was just that finding a comfortable way to sleep was difficult. I was seated in the middle 4-seat width column on one side, while on the other side; the person didn’t seem interested in sleeping at all. He was far more comfortable reading his book with the light on. I think he did sleep for a little while, but it wasn’t very long. His light was bright and it didn’t help that I was sat near the toilet in the middle of economy. So I also had the light to show that the toilet was vacant or occupied shining on me. I didn’t really fancy wearing a night mask, so I tried blocking the light with my hands in front of my face or just throwing the blanket over me to dim it out. Overall, I think I got a few hours’ sleep, but it clearly wasn’t really enough. I slept more on the train from the airport to Ueno Station, the shinkansen and the bus from Morioka to Kuji. I guess I was more relaxed than on the plane even though I am sure that it would have been better to sleep on the plane because I didn’t have to worry about missing my stop. Oh well, it’s just one of those things I guess. I am just glad to be back in Kuji safely.

 

Friday was so hectic. It didn’t help that I had bad jetlag and felt dizzy most of the day. But in the morning I had to meet the new school principals and head of English, which finished at 11:40am. Then I had to go home and then go to Morioka for a health check and to sign my contract. When arrived at the office, I just saw a bunch of smiling faces and frantic hands waving at me. It was great to feel welcomed, but it seems that most of them wanted to talk to me. I didn’t get that finished until around 5:40pm. Then I really wanted to make the most of being in Morioka and near my favourite shop “The Body Shop”. Although google maps hated me and I almost went to the wrong Aeon mall, which was in fact a super market. But it took a fair bit of my petrol while trying to drive around on roads I don’t really know. But once I stopped at a Lawson, and managed to find where the right Aeon mall is. Once I got there, the mall was quiet and I was able to get what I wanted in the Body Shop and then I went to Tower records and found Super Junior M’s Swing mini-album. After that, I went to get a quick snack before the drive back to Kuji. Although, I tried to save the little battery power I had in my phone and not use the GPS to help me find my way back. But I was getting annoyed by the lights of the car behind me instead and ended up turning when I wasn’t meant to. Luckily I didn’t go far and was able to turn around and get back on route. I didn’t do too bad and got back to Kuji in two hours and thirty minutes. It would have been quicker if I had not taken the wrong turning and gotten stuck behind a really slow driver.

 

Thankfully Saturday was a little bit more relaxing. I did have an Eikaiwa (Adult English Conversation Class) in the morning. I felt a little bad by just leaving instantly. But I was given a Bagel to try and I really enjoyed it. Then I noticed someone was watching Finding Nemo, so I was intrigued to listen to it as it was in Japanese. Afterwards, I was finally able to go shopping and buy all the food and drink that I needed. I arrived too late on Thursday to go shopping and I was also exhausted. Then I definitely didn’t have time on Friday, so I just had to wait. When I got home, I was also finally able to clean the mess that I left before going on holiday.

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As you can see, I really did leave it in such a state. In addition, as it was finally warm enough to sleep without using a heater on a timer, I could move my bed back into my tatami room and make way for getting a better sofa into my apartment. Even though I only moved my bed into the room just before Christmas, it was strange to be back into the tatami room.

 

Today was my first day at a new High School. It was really nerve wrecking to have to start all over again. There isn’t a teachers seating plan, so I can’t try to learn all the staff’s names as it’s a huge staff room and so many faces to put the names to. Luckily I only had two classes to teach today and the students were shy, but I think I managed to get them to open up, even if it was only a little. However, I am still nervous about teaching them from their text book. Although I might know the second years textbook as Taneichi is using the same book. I might be lucky and be able to use the same ideas for the different schools. I am hoping I can get away with that.

Have to let this out…

Happy New Year to all my friends who read this  ^___^ thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me over this past year and helping me to grow more and more in love with Art!! I really wouldn’t be able to say I’ve improved immensely without you. So thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I hope you all started off the New Year well, start as you mean to go on!

For my new years resolution I’m going to start saying how I truly feel. No more worrying about what other’s think of me but being who I truly am. So far so good at the moment. I’ve already got a few heavy weights off my chest. Although some might seem as a little harsh but I go by the moral philosophy of “Treat others as you yourself wish to be treated”. If your kind to me, I will be kind back. However, if your bitch to me, then expect the same in return. If you can’t understand that, then why are you talking to me. If you can’t take what you dish out then why say it in the first place? Don’t play the victim when your the person who started it. It just drives me insane when someone does that. What’s the point of saying something so hurtful to other but you can’t take it.. Its like your bullying other people because you don’t want to appear too weak unless someone stands up to you and then you start showing how weak you truly are.

I didn’t really expect to be called “the bitch” so soon after the start of 2011 but to be perfectly honest, I’m kind of glad they did. I can take being called a bitch. Because some times, if someone pisses me off, then I really am a bitch. But when that person then has a tantrum because I said I can take it and then say how I feel about them. Is something one should expect from me. Call me a bitch and you called a bitch back. Although I wish I would have to result in swearing often as I only swear when I’m really pissed off, I would prefer to settle a matter in a more adult fashion and discuss more about the problems then to have a slagging match. But if the situation calls for it, then so be it.

You might be wondering why I’m saying all this. And it won’t make much sense to you. So let me explain:

I don’t normal speak what I really feel. I’m an introverted person who keeps to themselves. I don’t tend to speak up to myself unless angry, which doesn’t happen often. So I tend to just take what others say and then dwell on it later. I suppose, you could say I’m influenced by others around me. Always trying to be the way others expect from me. Not being truly honest with myself. So its time for the final change. No more want to please others. If they can’t take me for who I really am. Then don’t even bother wasting your time trying to get to know me. Because it won’t work. But for those who do want to take the time to get to know me, then I really do appreciate your friendship 🙂