Episode One of “Small Talk”

This is my first English blog about episode one of the podcasts from the “Small Talk in Japanese” series hosted by two young Japanese girls. I document in English what the two hosts are talking about in the episode. This is to help podcast listeners to learn what these girls are discussing in Japanese. Episode one is about 14 minutes long where the two hosts of the show introduce themselves. You may find the episode here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/small-talk-in-japanese/e/58157172 Episode 1. はじめまして!〜成人式(せいじんしき)って何?〜 […]

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日本の電車のびっくりした経験について

私は旅行するのが大好きです。 一年に一二回海外を旅行します。日本でよく一人旅をして、色々な所に行ったことがあります。今まで、日本に5回も行ったことがあります。また、日本に住んだことがあります。日本は私の国, オーストラリアとずいぶん違うので、びっくりしましたが、いちばんびっくりしたのは日本の電車です。

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Bali Temple Mystery – To sarong or not to Sarong?

Do I need to wear a sarong? This is a question that all tourists will ask over and over again when going to a temple in Bali.  People get confused and wonder what other dress codes and rules there are specific for females and males. I wanted to share my thoughts and experience in this regards from a recent trip to Bali. For starters, I will say that the dress code rules vary base on the temple being visited. I dare say […]

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My Authentic Getaway to South Asia

Close your eyes and imagine hills of verdurous rice paddies, clear blue beaches and colourful vibrate coral reefs waiting to be explored by you.  Now imagine sweating it out at a meditating yoga class and feeling fully refreshed afterwards.  To help loosen up the tension in the muscles, a luxuriate massage session is waiting for you by the resort pool.  Sounds amazing? Bali is a small yet an exotic island that encapsulates all these things.  Its exoticness is exactly the […]

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Away in Taipei

My travel experience has taught me that a trip without hiccups or mistakes isn’t a good trip.   It is easily forgotten if not hard to remember.  A trip that went all well and good is harder to remember the full details.  It’s like nightmares where you remember mainly the bad ones and the good ones leave a good feeling only.  Well, my last summer trip to Taipei was nothing short of hiccups and mistakes for a life to remember. Towards […]

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Breathtaking Hokkaido

For years, Hokkaido has been on my travel list.  I’ve wanted to put a tick next to this place on my list for yonks.  Years of listening to other people’s stories about how great the place was, and having amazing pictures on various locations in Hokkaido presented to me when I least expected it; I was done being the sitting duck. I needed to take matters in my own hands.  One night, while sitting on the floor in my apartment, […]

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