Sunday, August 16, 2009

summer vacation 2009

This summer I only had 2 weeks of, last year I had 1.5 month off (I didn't get paid for it, now I do get paid), and it was a very nice one... so nice that I am not looking forward to go back to work tomorrow. Go go Davey!

My brother came over for 2 weeks and we have done a lot of things together... a small list of the things that we have done:

*Barbeque and Sukiyaki at the parents-in-law
*Shabu Shabu and gaming with Fred in Harborland

*Tokyo for 3 days
---Shopping in Ginza (I could finally go to H&M again... next year there will maybe come one in Osaka)
---Gaming in Akihabara and enjoying a maid cafe (the games were pretty cool... Street fighter 4 and Half life... We also enjoyed the maid cafe, although some of the guys whom were walking around there were pretty... weird)
---Roppongi hills (We went to Mori tower for the City view at night... which was amazing! We had a great view over the city and Tokyo Tower looked sweet at night as well)
---Shinjuku and Shibuya (We saw Hachiko, bought some CD's at Tower records, enjoyed the view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, saw some crazy kids in Yoyogi Park, and went to a sword museum that should have been a lot more interesting)
---Odaiba ( Joypolis a small but very cool indoor attraction park together with Yuka and Takeshi, saw THE 15 meter tall Gundam, and had dinner at an Indian restaurant at 1.30 A.M.
--- Chiba... visiting a friends house, Disney resort (just to take a picture lol), Tsukiji market (we were to late, so there wasn't anything interesting besides the very nice Sushi restaurant), Asakusa (which wasn't very interesting, because I've already been to Kyoto 5 times), and Akihabara again (street fighter)

*Making a TV shelf for the bedroom (my brother is a carpenter ;) )
*Enjoying fireworks with too many people at Yodogawa firework festival
*Nara for 2 days to stay over at Mayuko her friend's place and to visit Kasuga Taisha, Todai-ji, and the beautifal horyu-ji
*Batting center with the sister-in-law to become number 2 ... meaning my brother and I needed to pay for Baskin Robbins 31 ice cream for the whole family
*Visiting graves in Kita-ku and Ashiya
*Going to the city farm on top of Rokko-san
*Shopping in Sannomiya and having a a lovely lunch at Triton Cafe in Kitano
*Going to World Buffet, and to do some game horse ridding (I thought I would die)
*Watching several movies; Hush, Bittersweet life, Wasabi, Banlieu 13 (part 2), and G.I. Joe (which wasn't too bad)

This is my last day off, and all I am going to do today is to relax with my family and sleep ...

Here are some photos

This holiday a good friend from my wife and I whom we met in Australia committed suicide... Not sure why she did it, because we haven't seen her for a while... but it's just soo unrealistic, especially because she was the only person I have met in my life whom really seemed to enjoy her life to the fullest... We will miss you, but your smile will continue. Let's enjoy life to the fullest

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

An interesting Sunday, and a new challenge

Last Sunday I went to my first Karate tournament... No I didn't participate (I am not sure if I want to with those punches one guy got on his chest for 9 minutes long), but a friend of mine, Boukje, did. She didn't expect to win at all, but she won twice and because of that she got a shared 3rd place. WOEHOEEE GO GO BOUKJE!!!!

Her husband had 2 fights as well later on the afternoon. He won both of them, which made him champion!!!

Bronze medal Taekwondo fighter Yoriko Okamoto was there as well, so I managed to get a sign (with my name spelled wrong), and a nice picture.

New Challenge

From August I will start my new study: Bachelor Communication & multimedia design.
This study will probably take me about 2-3 years, but I am sure it will be worth it. I love working with computers, and I am very interested in learning more about management.

Someday... I want to have my own company.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

JLPT 2 2009 .... it's over...

After having studied for weeks for the JLPT, the day was finally there yesterday...

I arrived at Kwansei Gakuin (関西学院) where I met this guy I used to go to KCC with. The first test (Kanji - Vocabulary) started at 9.45 which went pretty good (except for the part that they only said ; 5 more minutes to go.... and where you expect them to say last 1 minute it is suddenly: Time is up, put your pencil down.... aaa I still need to do 5 more questions... check check check check check)... Maybe around 75 points

The second test (listening) went really well, I made a lot of notes in the second parts. maybe 85 points...

The 3rd test (reading - grammar) went very well except for the reading part... which I just didn't get because of stress, tiredness, or just because my reading skills suck (probably the last one)... maybe 90 points

Meaning, 75 + 85+ 90 = 250 points.... I need 240 points...

I have to wait until September to hear the result ( please think of me :) )

I kinda feel empty now, having studied Japanese for months and prepared for the test for weeks... and now I don't have to do anything anymore... Setting new goals: LOI Bachelor Communication and Multimedia Design ....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

JLPT 2 2009

One more week to go and then I am going to take the Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT) again.

Although I have far more confidence than the previous time, there are still a lot of things that I have to review in the upcoming week.... 4 card sets, and 1 grammar book.

I practiced the test today, and the kanji part went very well... but I forgot a lot of vocabulary, and saw a lot of grammar rules that I have seen last week, but forgot how and what.


Monday, June 15, 2009

superman is sleeping

Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's here....... Swine flu in Kobe

It's here.....

The Mexican flu (aka Swine influenza). It has been confirmed that 12 High school students, whom have no record of travelling abroad, have the Mexican flu. The students are from different schools in the Kobe area, and one of those schools is actually not too far from my place.

All the public pre/elementary/junior-high/high schools in the area are closed for at least 7 days... Including my school. Yesterday the head office was still thinking if we should close or not, and they actually told us that the parents can decide if they want to let their kids go to the school or not... But because the sport centre (our school is part of that sport centre) decided to close last night, we will also close our door for the upcoming week (although we , staff, do have to work).

"Recommendations to prevent spread of the virus among humans include using standard infection control against influenza."

Let's hope that everyone will recover soon, so that all the kids can go back to school again... although I don't think that it's just going go fly over that fast.

News about the Zwine flu in Japan:
9 in Osaka confirmed to have new flu, total domestic cases rise to 17+
Japan reports three domestic swine flu cases
Japan records first cases of swine flu

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring and Golden week

The weather is getting warmer, and the flowers are blooming (although the cherry blossom has transfered into green leaves).

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a hanami party with the Dutch society next to the Ashiyagawa (river), we were supposed to go with the 3 of us, but Reo got fever so I went alone.

After that I had 2 more hanami parties, one with my work, and one with my family in Tarumi, kenkouundoukoen.

Besides the Hanami parties we also had a Tulip party. North of Osaka there is Expo park (were the 70's expo was held), from April 11th until the 29th there was a tulip festival , a dutch tulip festival with dutch food, beer and Japanese ladies in traditional dutch costumes. We went there together with Boukje and her husband, Rick, Frederic and his wife and brother in law and of course with Mayuko and the little one.... REO

If you want to read a bit more about the tulip festival, then check out Boukje's blog, or Rick's blog.

Saturday the 25th was the day that my GOLDEN WEEK started. And because May the 5th is Children's day, or actually Boy's day (there is a girls day the 3rd of the 3rd, march 3rd. They don't have months as January, February here, but they just have 12 months. 1月、 2月、 3月, etc), for this day we received a kabuto specially for boy's day from Mayuko her parents:

For our golden week holiday (Reo's first holiday), we went to Kii-Katsuura. Kii-Katsuura is a small onsen/fishing place south of Wakayama ken (which is about 4,5 hours by train south of Osaka ). We stayed there for 2 nights, and had a great time.

We left Monday morning around 9.30 and had a very nice ride to Kii-katsuura, Reo did great as well. Arrived at the hotel, Mayuko went to 1 of the 7 onsen that the hotel has (the hotel is located on a peninsula so we needed to take a boat). For dinner we had a buffet, with a lot of Maguro (Tuna). The food was nice but not too special. In the evening I also went to one of the onsen (the first time for me to go alone, the other time that we went to a hotel with onsen I was a bit chicken-shit to go naked with other man.... I know everyone has a trunk, but still... I wasn't used to show my body to strangers... But surprisingly I had no problems with being naked together with other man this time...), after this I really enjoyed going to onsen; I went to 5 of the onsen in the hotel in the following days.

The next day we woke up early for breakfast and for onsen, this time Reo went in the onsen as well together with Mayuko. He was a bit scared so he hold Mayuko tightly the whole time, but he wasn't crying at all.

Later in the morning we went to Nachi no taki, a beautiful place where the tallest waterfall of Japan is (133 meter) but before that we went up the Daimonzaka a 600m long stone-paved stairway with 200 cedar trees that are about 800 years old.

When we came back to the hotel we had a short nap, and then went back to Kii-katsuura for a lovely Maguro dinner at Playboy where we almost ordered a whale dish, but the oksan (the chef's wife) told us that the taste is a difficult to eat for us so we decided not to eat it. Coming back in the the hotel we went to the onsen again, I took Reo with me this time. I really enjoy going to onsen, but I had some skin problems on my chest these days so the salt in the water wasn't very nice for my skin...

The last day I went to the Tuna market, to see all the big fish... and they were indeed big. What a great time that was haha.

We left the hotel, bought some souveniers, plus a Tuna and Whale bento(lunch box) (which didn't taste very nice) and left Kii-katsuura around 1 to be home again before dinner.

In overall we had a great holiday and hope to go again somewhere during the summer holiday.

Here are some photo's;