Since there were some requests, I did a vlog of me talking to the camera while I was at my grandmother's.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A short one that was taped just a while ago. Sorry for the abrupt cut off at the end. Now you can see what this hill looks like when I walk up it. And it looks like I'm walking a lot faster than I thought I was walking...
Tomorrow's vlog, as mentioned in this vlog, will probably go up at least past 10pm. I'll be at my grandmother's, disconnected from the Internet.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Vlog is so not going up before midnight because I'll still be on the subway.
At least I had a good time. Even if I smell of cigarette smoke. I'm totally going to have to take a shower when I get home. Depending on how I feel after, I might just pull an all-nighter.
This party also means today's vlog will be late. I taped it already but I might not have the energy to post it when I get home. Don't even know if I'll get home before midnight.
I have a 7am tomorrow.
But first! Dinner! For whatever reason, I'm bad at ordering food at office parties. The introvert in me comes out, if that makes any sense. I get weirdly self-conscious. The people I work with are pretty extroverted, so I'm sure that has something to do with it as well.
Now if you'll excuse me, my CocoIchi awaits.
Friday, August 26, 2011
On my way to work and still waiting for a call or email from my parents. I'm not going to get into details, just some stuff going on back in SoCal. Hopefully I can Skype with them tonight.
Sometimes it's hard being an only child.
Anyways, not dwelling on that. Time for work.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Not that it's an amazing one or anything. I am plotting a cool one soon. Or at least it sounds cool in my head.
I'm enjoying these vlogs and I think I'll be continuing them, though not every day. Maybe do the YouTuber thing and post one vlog a week. That way I may be able to stich videos together and post more interesting things. Like how to fold gyoza.
Speaking of gyoza, two gyoza making days have been decided at the house. Gyoza!
But I'm not writing this blog for the hits. Mainly it's to confirm that I'm alive, keep up what little English skills I have, and keep me awake in the train.
And totally off topic, but I'm starving and really want McD's right now. Luckily I am at Nagoya this morning so I can drop by. Yay!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
But the manager of my sharehouse gave us a bunch of potatoes that are getting close to the end of their road. A housemate also got potatoes and onions from her mom a while back that are also getting there.
Now that we have a food processor, I thought I should take advantage of it. Potato soup!
I left the bacon bits my mom sent me at my grandmother's, but it's still yummy.
Last night, it arrived!
Within a span of 24 hours we went from looking at a bunch of basil to raving about the pesto we made with our new food processor. Yum!
Think of all the possibilities!
I think I'll make some pea soup.
He honestly wasn't this bad on 006. I wouldn't be surprised if he purposely got worse. And I mean it in a good way. The best way possible actually.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Awesome. Though I still kind of wish they did a number of things differently. The main thing being I wish they had more pieces. But some of my favs were there and I got a glimpse of Arrinacchi so it's all good.
Anyways, I remembered that kitchen appliance that should be coming today and the stuff I'll be able to make with it. So I went to Loft to pick one up.
Yeah, that was a bad idea. I got stuff I need but...yeah...
Will vlog the booty when I get home. So much stuff.
Last night, as you probably saw in the last vlog, was spent in the common room with housemates. One bought some fresh basil early yesterday morning and left it out for anyone to use. This sparked a conversation about a certain kitchen appliance we all wanted. Within minutes we agreed to each put in some cash and said appliance was purchased with next day delivery after just a bit of browsing online. All because of a 50yen bundle of basil.
If the timing is right, I'll vlog the purchase tonight.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I have to wake up in about 4 hours. That sucks.*sigh*
But I had a great time with my housemates again. That rocked. *yay*
And we ate a whole bunch of potatoes. They were yum. *nom*
Why did I film basil? Why you ask? With any luck, you'll find out in tomorrow's vlog. *oooh*
And now to sleep. Sounds good. *zzzz*
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Due to the nature of the job and me needing money, weekends are my long days at work. So I don't have anything too interesting happening outside of work and I'm sure as hell not going to vlog while I'm at work...well, maybe when I take a break and go for a walk, but that's still probably not going to happen.
As a result, I'm posting minutes to midnight and the vlog features a boiling pot of potatoes. Yay.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Other than being a rather big number, it doesn't seem to have much significance, but 83 is the age that many of my relatives never reached.
I don't want to get into it too deeply, but yeah.
I couldn't go to her place this week and last thanks to my lack of foresight but I get to stay for a little longer than usual at the end of the month.
It is taking a lot out of me to visit as much as I do. Don't get me wrong, I go because I want to. I just have no time. to recover from work.
I promised my grandmother I'd give Nagoya at least a year. Once that year passes, I'm highly considering returning to the Enshu area. I like Nagoya, but Enshu is home.
Speaking of which, my station. Laters.
How is it that a 3-hour night's sleep is horrendous while a 3-hour nap is glorious?
Meh. Either way I'm looking forward to the weekend when I have more time in the morning and Tuesday when I have a bunch of free time.
And totally unrelated, but when a Maaya song played after a SuzuKen song on my player, I couldn't help but smile.
I had four lessons this morning but now it's only 2. And again, I don't really mind.
I'm reasonably financially stable for the immediate future so now to focus on the mental and physical aspect.
And settling my schedule. I think the early morning + late night may be taking its toll. Next month I'm changing it up a bit with only one late night. They weren't filling up this month anyways.
Alrighties, enough about work outside of work.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I often find myself jealous of other instructors who can throw in a word or two. Not only does it cut explanation time in at least half, it adds some interest into the lesson. But when I use it, it's like I'm cheating and I really don't like that feeling. Mel English fail.
And it sucks because being able to explain different English nuances in Japanese is one of my greatest strengths. But to explain that much in Japanese is against company beliefs.
I want to create a system of "Japanese timeouts" where pure Japanese can be used for one minute. Three for the student and three for the instructor. If one is used, it's given to the other person.
Fully voluntary, of course. Maybe I could try it with one of my students more inclined to speak Japanese. Being given an out can be just enough to make someone determined not to take it.
That's how I am anyways.
Well, enough pondering, I'm slowly making it up the hill back to the house.
With probably just enough time to get prep work done.
Productive time at home, I picked some postcards for Postcrossing, got a laundry basket (had been using the communal one), I vlogged and posted, and get this! I tidied up my room!
I'm sure there's a little applause going on from some folk. I am notorious for having a very cluttered room. Not completely done, but close. Just one more corner.
Okies, my transfer station is coming up soon.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
As I mentioned in the previous post, I went to see Arinacchi's exhibit. It was cool to see the originals of a lot of the pictures I saw while reading her manga as a kid. Today was the first day and Arinacchi was there doing a bit of talking and answering some questions so it was CROWDED. Plus there were 100 signed cards each day, but apparently they were giving one per item bought and with five different types of cards, practically everyone in the front of the line bought 5 postcard sets for 525 yen and all 100 cards were gone with the first 20 people. *sigh*
Anyways, with all the crowdedness today, I didn't get a chance to really look at the works, so I'm going to try to drop by tomorrow for a closer look. Still picked up some stuff today. (^_^)v
And today, my days off come to an end. Back to the daily grind tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Regardless of my lack of membership in the fandom, I do like the obsession that has grown around it. As anyone who knows me well enough knows, I really get into my obsessions (still on my Castle/Nathan Fillion kick) and I like seeing the positive ways all fandoms can grow. One of the forms of Harry Potter fandom obsession that I've stumbled across is wrock: Harry Potter inspired rock (and other genres).
So I present to you two of my favorite songs from Ministry of Magic, a band with my current favorite vloggers at Echo Base.
First I'll give you the silly House Song:
And next the much more serious ballad, Don't Leave:
They're good songs on their own, but if you know the Harry Potter story, it's a bit more poignant.
Anyways, sorry for the lack of a cut, I know it's not like me, but I wanted to post this in its entirety to increase the possibility of people watching the videos. (^_^)v
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I'll try to get up an edited clip of the actual unraveling, but for now, here is a vlog that I took after me and my housemate got home. My friend who was doing this with us has a navy one. I'll put up photos later tonight if I can get through them. If not, I have a string of days off coming up this week, so I'll have them up soon.
And I forgot my parasol even though I'm going home in the afternoon heat.
All for one lesson.
Sure, I might get two more, but I doubt it.
Not massively happy about it. I think I'll close them and go home after doing some prep for tomorrow.
Got better things to do than wait and hope for a few extra thousand yen. Like catch up on four months of ShizKen backlog and three weeks of photo blog backlog and edit Matsuri footage.
Okies my transfer station's coming up.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
As for old scars, I had a bit of a scare at my home station when I thought I saw someone who is the last person I want to see there. I'm most afraid of how strongly I reacted. It almost makes me angry but I'm not sure at what or whom.
It's probably best to not dwell on it.
Alrighties, just that last hill left untill home.
Due to transfer matters, I'm taking the train to Fushimi, which means I need to be in the front car.
I love the front car if I can look out the front window and watch the tracks, tunnel lights and pulling into stations. Doesn't get old.
It's kinda like a roller coaster, which cool and frightening at the same time.
5 hours later:
I keep forgetting to hit send when I get reception.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
WARNING: Don't watch if you get motion-sickness easily. I couldn't make it through all the way...
I didn't get any decent clips done, so you guys are getting the one of me walking around Nagoya station in the morning before anything is open. It's longer than usual and extremely shaky. But a post is a post and Vlogust is about quantity not quality.
Tomorrow's content...will probably also be of very low quality. But I have some fun stuff lined up for the weekend. How the vlogs will turn out...we'll see.
I miss the feverish fury with which I flew through the BACCANO series. Damn, do I want a new one, but Narita-sensei is busy with his other series. Maybe I should dive into a different series. I know! DenYuDen! That one is about 30 volumes now? I loved the anime (adored the radio show). And it stopped at such a heart-wrenching place. Or Wolf and Spice. BakaTest is on air now (and streaming legally!) so I can do without reading the original for a while.
Yeah, DenYuDen is sounding good. First, I'll look up the proper reading order then I'll check Book-Off.
For the past week or so, the chorus of this song has been stuck in my head. It helps that I used to be a Star Wars geek (don't know enough to really have the title anymore), but it's really catchy too. So I'm going to subject you all to the coolness that is Skyway Flyer (Jason Munday).
Oh yeah, and expect some Ministry of Magic wrock videos on Monday. You can guess what I'll be doing that day. (^_^)v
I should have a vlog up tonight. I need to take another one later today. I took two clips this morning, but I didn't really think about how shaky the video is when I walk. I think I made myself a bit motion-sick...*sigh* This is a learning process.
One of the perks/drawbacks about living in a share house w/ cool folk like I do: it's really easy to get pulled into conversations. Really easy.
I went home early yesterday hoping to take care of some photo sorting and such. When I went to the kitchen, 4 of the girls were there and we ended up chatting until 10:30.
Great fun, horrible productivity.
And now I'm in a bakery munching on some bread. I probably should have tracked down a cafe for a morning set, but it's just as well. The bread is good, but there's no good morning set here; it's just a roll. Now I know better.
Okies, I'm going to finish my coffee, find a combini, then go to work.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Vlogging from the western corner of Shizuoka! Yay!
Also, IT'S HOT. *sigh* Though right now is okay.
I was going to go through my photos and post on my other blog...but I ended up talking the other girls in the house for a while and now it's late. But we've set a date to see Harry Potter, so I know what I'm vlogging on that day and the two days before that too. When did I become a social person?
Okies, got an early morning lesson. Off to bed with me. Good night.
I'm at the 3 and a half month mark since I landed which means I'm coming up on 3 months in Nagoya and I'm feeling a dull apathy that I've felt before. I just want to get through it. It's a different kind of survival.
I've found the best way to get through it is to drown myself in something and I think I have just the project.
I also need to plan my b-day trip. Kyoto's looking nice, but expensive. Maybe up the Ooi River. Or Tottori. Nara could be cool too. I want somewhere quiet. But not too quiet.
Hmm, yeah, Nara...
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
In the past 2 months, I've lost this fan twice. Not just misplaced it, but literally lost it. The first time, I noticed it was missing pretty quickly and had a good idea of where I dropped it, so I ran out into the afternoon heat and found it lying in the middle of the sidewalk. Getting drenched in sweat was worth getting my fan back.
The second time, I noticed at work on Sunday, but I just switched bags, so I thought it might be in my room. It wasn't. I resigned myself to the loss of my fan and remembered seeing one just like it in a store in Lachic. I would have some free time on Thursday. Then last night, my housemate came into the kitchen and handed me my fan without asking if it was mine. I showed it to her on Friday on the way to the matsuri and it's a bit unique, but still! I asked her where she found it and she said on the street. She just saw it and picked it up without a doubt or second thought.
This housemate of mine and I really get along. Our conversations can and have gone on for hour after hour. We also run into each other on the train randomly, even though both of our schedules are highly irregular. Most recently was Saturday when I spotted her on the train on the way home. I went over to say hi and she totally freaked out. She was just about to send a reply to a text I sent her a few hours before, when I showed up next to her.
Apparently it was this incident that made her not so surprised to find my fan on Monday.
Becoming friends with her is one of the best things about living in that house. Total awesomeness.
I thought I'd take you around the house since I'm home and it's light. But first I open a ramune to officially start off my summer.
Monday, August 8, 2011
One of the girls in the house can't eat meat, but she can eat seafood so I thought I'd expand my gyoza repetoire and so I'm trying my hand at steamed shrimp gyoza.
I usually don't do shrimp or steaming so I'm a bit weary, but I figure I may as well try. I have regular gyoza stuffing in the fridge too.
I usually think about the composition of a shot, but with videos, composition is one of the last things I think about.
I have to consider speed, flow, sound from both my voice and anything going on in the background, focus (since I can't re-focus on my P&S while filming) and probably a bunch of other things I can't think of.
Anyways, what I wanted to say when I started this post is that since I'm uploading a video every day, I'm constantly leaving my SD card in my computer. Looks like today's Vlogust will be after I get back.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Dropped by a cosplay event (so many Rankas and Sheryls!) with a friend and ate a late dinner at Saizeriya.
The event was pretty huge, but we got there a bit late so we couldn't see the stage. I was a bit curious to see what characters were around, having a few ties to that subculture, but we didn't stay long. Though I did spot some good Heart no Kuni no Alice characters.
As for dinner, the Sakae Saize was packed as always. I took a short vlog that featured my order, though I might not use it.
I find it's hard enough to vlog in general but add my English to my outward Japanese appearance and people get confused. Or just glare. I can deal with confusion, but the glaring makes it tough.
I also don't know what to say. Should I vlog as though people are actually watching? Are people watching? I guess I should at least provide context.
I'll try to do that starting tomorrow.
Hmm. What should I blog? Maybe my walk up or down the hill? Or...
Saturday, August 6, 2011
But now I have it. Why? Because I also forgot my work shoes and had to run halfway back up the hill. So I grabbed the card too. Thank goodness I remembered my parasol and towel. And I'm wearing a skirt. It's currently noon on a very hot day.
Since the stores are open, I can use them to get to the office w/ only 1min of sunlight. Score.
Just two lessons today. Up to four possible. Then, I climb!
I might check out the local matsuri on the way home.
And I might close a bunch of lessons tomorrow too. And at the end of the week. We had fun at the matsuri yesterday and are thinking about going again. Yay!
Or to the night zoo.
It's finally summer. Rock on!
And the AC in the train has cooled me down so I'm no longer a sweaty mess. Yay!
Time for work. Then fun!
Friday, August 5, 2011
It's a bit slow and honestly, I'm already getting burned out and that is not good. I managed to sleep through my alarms this morning. Thankfully I closed the earliest slot.
So glad today is workshop stuff. And tonight! Matsuri!
Maybe I'll close tomorrow morning too. I'm just tired. Most of it my own fault, but doing something about it is also my responsibility and it feels like the best way is to sacrifice some pay for relaxation.
And right now to me that means natsu matsuri and climbing! Plus recovery time.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
As I mentioned earlier, I'm going to copy Ingrid and call my vlogging project Vlogust. VEDA is April and I refuse to say VALA!!!! every time I vlog. Not that I have to follow those rules, but I may as well follow suit.
This is my train station. There's no one there. Yeah...
Squee. I know what I'm doing tonight. After I hang my new curtain and iron my shirt for tomorrow...
Got one lesson tomorrow, might turn into two, then workshop, then MA TSU RI♪
That seems to be the most exciting thing tomorrow, the vlog will be matsuri footage. Whee!
And on Saturday! Climbing!
I know I said I was holding off until September, but when I was looking up gyms to coordinate my day-off activities, I found that one of the gyms is in walking distance from my place! About a block from the library! That means I've walked right by it before!
Checked my work schedule and closed the open lessons after my last booking on Saturday. That should give me about one hour of climb time, which is probably more than my body can handle anyways.