Bondi beach is pretty sweet,
the waves are high so you must watch your feet,
my dad rented an umbrella,
he's a careful fella,
Neither me nor my brother were as clever.
How did we act that was so idiotic?
We forgot about sun exposure in the exotic.
Despite my avid application of sun cream,
The sun got me hard like a strong lazor beam.
But strangely only got me in one place,
Now try to keep a straight face,
For it was just on the back of my knees,
I ask of you not to laugh at me please.
However, what Joe did was much more severe,
the stupidity of this deserves a cheer.
He went for a swim in the heavy seas all alone,
and forgot that his pocket contained his phone.
It was a brand new iphone 5,
but now it is ruined from his lone dive.
It may sound like there has been some distress,
on the contrary I must confess.
It was all shits and giggles. So there.
Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Once my sister has uploaded some pictorials from this holiday onto the book of face or emailed them to me like some stone age wench I will then fill this space with little descriptions and whatnots in an attempt to remind myself of all that takes place in my life.lets not leave anything blank now. A blog like this is really good if your worried about getting one of those memory altering illnesses or take a bad fall and bump your head and your memory gets erased like in that movie. Weird if it happens to me in the future and the only thing I have to remember my life by was a blog from some time I spent in Japan. If your thinking "well that's stupid because there's the whole of Facebook which back logs loads of random stuff and interactions or whatever... As well as all your photos and physical artifacts"; Please keep in mind that I'm obviously referring to the fact that that stuff might all be destroyed in the cyber space wars of 2031-37. Durrrr.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Here's some more tiiingz:
One night we stayed at Robbie's in hitachi-ota. Daniel had his friend staying from home called "Ron" (on the right). Robbie is in the middle and Daniel is on the right. Exhibit A:
Zara and Riley decided to go back earlier and sleep as we were tired. Unfortunately we were woken in the middle of the night. The image below portrays where I was sleeping on a futon but unfortunately became suddenly buried underneath tommy and Daniel who threw themselves onto me. Robbie is looking confused.
Here they are proud of having disturbed my slumber. I am actually trapped like a 3rd class passenger on the titanic in this picture, but it is almost impossible to detect this with the naked eye:
I took Lucy to the beach in my town:
I also took her to this shrine I found that is on a big hill overlooking the sea. I found it one day when I was driving around. True story.
I went for okonomiyaki with people from my japanese language class as an end of term Xmas feast.
I didn't wanna say anything but I found a hair in mine.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
the never ending story a girl called lucy stayed and here was the second weekend of her loooooooooong visit
Friday night we went back to that god-forsaken beer point place where if you are bored enough to have read the majority of my blog posts you might think that I spend time in very few other places. well....you wouldnt not be wrong.
Before I start, I might mention that I have just discovered Gladys Knight & The Pips and it is GREAT. What else happened while Lucy was here eh? Well, yes, we got an Indian. As it turns out, Indian food in Japan is seriously great:
the "feel sorry for myself" nature of the following blog post is a direct result of me feeling ill today. I am sick of being the subject of ridicule in this school. I am a joke to these people. Yes, I might act like a clown for the most part. But I dont always feel like being laughed at.
I already feel left out with the obvious language/culture/ethnicity difference. I am the only non-japanese person who works at all 4 schools. Of course I seek a lot of comfort in my other ALT friends who experience the exact same thing at their respective schools. In fact we even have an ongoing online chat group where we regularly discuss the weird things we encounter day-to-day and make plans for our free time. This is our daily reminder that we do belong, we have a community. Anyway, it all started a few weeks ago when a really annoying woman working for a newspaper subscription company came to my apartment and caught me just as I was about to rush off somewhere. Long-story short, there was a lot of misunderstanding due to our inability to communicate and she wouldn't leave until I signed a stupid contract for a newspaper subscription starting in the new year. What a forceful annoying woman. I have learnt not to ever open my door to people I dont know now - everytime ive had to commit myself to something I didnt want or need - like this other woman who made me complete a housing survey. Why people bother me with this nonesense when I clearly dont speak the language is neither here nor there.
Back to this morning, I found that damn contract and thought I would face the music. Of course, if I was capable of doing things for myself I would just take care of these matters alone. Because I cant speak Japanese, I have to go through the school. Therefore everyone knows my business. I knew everyone in the office would laugh over the newspaper subscription thing. Thats why I didnt bother dealing with it for a whole month - but as Im going away next week I thought I should get it sorted before i forget. So I was laughed at as always. When I get laughed at like that, its like "oh, stupid foreign girl, never knows what shes doing and always gets things wrong". Ok, yes, I'll admit everyones incredibly helpful and understanding- but its still humiliating damn it.
Because of being distracted by this matter this morning, I forgot to sign up for a bento box today - so by 11 I suddenly realised I hadnt ordered a lunch. How annoying. So I had to buy lunch at the little school shop for the students like a shmuck. Of course when I went down there at first it was closed. So I had to ask a teacher in the office about when it opened. Again - I get laughed at because people have clocked into the fact I've forgotten to buy lunch. Meh.
Its not just the teachers. When I walked into my second graders class today I got an uproar entrance. They think im a joke - so they welcome me like one. OK, I know this means im popular with the students - but I wasnt in the mood for it. I get this weird applause like an animal coming out to perform circus tricks. Im 100% certain that none go the other teachers at this school get an entrace like that. In fact some of the teachers find it funny and make me walk into the classroom first just to watch it happen. After my class, as I was walking back to the office, a group of girls going the opposite direction down the school steps said "hello" to me I said "hello" back - naturally the girls were beside themselves. They giggled wildly and ran off yelling "kawaii" .....oh just get over it already.
Monday, 16 December 2013
I took a trip up to the onsen in Daigo - a town in northern Ibaraki. I went with 3 boys which meant that I had to go to the onsen alone. It was me and a whole load of naked Japanese ladies. odd situation to find yourself in.
The onsen in Daigo is great - its in this really old-fashioned area with traditional japanese architecture and a beautiful mountainous landscape, all pretty and green. There were 3 outdoor pools to choose from - one of them was filled with roses, one filled with apples and one overlooking a forest. I rotated between them all. They also had a sauna - I love saunas. It was so luxurious and nice, I got a loyalty stamp card which im hoping to slowly fill up over my time here.
Im currently sat in the office of my Monday school. Its monday morning and people are rushing around getting ready for the start of the week. I am surrounded by grunting, sniffing sighing and general Japnese people office noises that make me shudder with discomfort when im feeling too sleepy to be here. I need a few hours on a Monday morning to make me feel settled again into work and my weekly routine. I think I'd rather be back at the onsen.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
I took Lucy into Tokyo for the first time. I must say that im a terrible tour guide - I know nothing about tokyo - I have very little sense of direction as it is, and Tokyo is 10 times more confusing that London. long story short, we did see some stuff, but mostly got lost - while looking for nothing in particular. Lucy saw local Japanese spiders for the first time
On the Sunday we went to the Ibaraki University festival where all the students set up little stalls selling food. theres also some stages with performaces and loads of other random stuff going on. Tommy and Daniel: