A break before the rush

Before work began getting hectic for the new school year, I headed off on a trip to Hong Kong and Korea.  It was a 10-day trip with my friend, A. The purpose of the trip was to relax and get away from work.  There was also another goal we had for the trip: and that was to eat! Hong Kong Our first stop was Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is a place I had always considered as my second home. My dad moved from Hong Kong to Australia in 1982.  My first trip to Hong Kong was when I was four. […]

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Choco on Valentines and White Day

Being a person who has a major sweet tooth and goes out of her way to explore new desserts, I feel very lucky to be living in an age and in a country where desserts takes numerous shapes and forms.  Chocolate is a very delicious delicacy that I love very much.  Every year, in February 14th, people would give their friends, loved or close ones a gift, which could be a card, candy or flowers, to express their gratitude or love to them.  The receiving end of that gift is known as the sender’s valentine. Chocolate is a popular gift […]

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Tripping into Edo world

Over a weekend on October 3rd and 4th of 2015 to be exact, I headed off to explore Nikko with my two friends, A and N.   For us, it wasn’t a long weekend or anything. It was intended to be a relaxing weekend at the onsen, but it turned out to be much more.  The trip became an adventurous trip into the past of Japan. Traveling to Nikko was very simple and easy.  A and I took a train from the town I lived in to Nikko.  We started around 8:30am in the morning and getting there about 10:30am […]

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Christmas Japan Style

Christmas time is a funny time of the year.  Yes, I say funny.  My own family does not celebrate it. Not in recently year at the very last.  Growing up in an Asian family with hardworking parents, you end up working along with this.  The so-called celebration for me was generally at the family restaurant and meals eaten not at a table but a fridge top.  On a handful of years, my family had gone to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant down the Gold Coast.  But, this year, I celebrated Christmas and New Years in Japan.  It isn’t the […]

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Off to Kamakura

During December 2015, my parents visited me in Japan.  I was lucky to be able to take a few days away from work and use that time to take my parents around some parts of Japan. One of the places we went to was Kamakura.  I had meaning to go for some time since arriving in Japan, but never really found the time.  I visited a couple (literally) of the major shrines there and walked the local streets.  It is no doubt a “touristy” place; nevertheless, a delightful place to adventure around.  I managed to also see a little bit […]

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Embracing Thanksgiving

I never quite knew what the big deal was with Thanksgiving.  I only knew that it was a day for families to get together and celebrate with food.  Moreover, I also knew from my previous job that most of my American colleague would by not available to help with any technical issues that occur during that time, so I was on my own.  But this year, I celebrated my first Thanksgiving with a bunch of good JET people at a friend’s place.  As an Australian, where we do not celebrate such an occasion, I was able to embrace it and […]

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School night at Chichibu

Chichibu festival – one of the biggest festivals in Japan that happens every year in December 3rd.  Lucky me – I managed to attend this festival this year with my mate N. I was lucky to be able to get away from work early and take the train to Chichibu.  Chichibu is approximately 2 hours away from the town I live in. It was lots of fun. Filled with heaps of culture and an enormous amount of people.  The official parade started at about 6:30pm.  I got to see two major floating shrines go around the street around. These floating […]

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Hiking Mount Takao

I visited Mt Takao in October 2015.  It was a day trip with my friend A and we managed to make our way to the mounts of 599 meters. Mount Takao turned out to be surprising close by to Tokyo.  Not only that, it was found to be a very well organised area with the option of a cable car or rope car to take you up the mountain.  I call this entry Hiking Mount Takao, but that wasn’t exactly what we did.  We took the rope car up and then walked the rest of the way to the top.  […]

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English Speaking Social Club (ESS Club)

At my base school, there is an ESS club.  ESS stands for English Speaking Social Club. Not every Japanese High school has such a club.  It is mostly the high academic or high school that have a strong focus on English that have time.  It is typically a group of high school students who come together after school in their own time and they use it as an opportunity to speak in English or do activities such as games in English.  Depending on the school, a teacher would supervise or participate as well.  In the case of my school’s ESS […]

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