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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My JET Application Experience – Essay – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entry about my JET application experience.  I want to continue that with a Part 2 and talk about most essential part of the application – the essay. The statement of purpose is a very important part of your application. The application itself (or at least the one I did when applying in Australia) was 21 pages long already, but the statement of purpose serves as a way for you to be personal and tell your story to the interviewers. I am by no means an expert in writing essays or statements of […]

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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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A Meaningful Tuesday

Not sure how you spent your Tuesday yesterday, but I sure had a great one.  Yesterday, I went and worked at a school that teaches kids who suffer from personal disorders or disabilities.  The school is located in the same area I live in Japan.  The purpose of the school is to teach their students to learn basic knowledge and living skills such as cleaning, washing, and more.  The school also strives to help these kids find a part-time job after graduating from high school.   Very different to other schools in Japan, this school has students studying in primary, junior […]

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Birthday Invitation Cards

Recently I was teaching my student a lesson titled “Thank you for inviting me to your birthday”.  As you could guess from this lesson title, it is about birthdays and inviting someone to a birthday. The lesson was run at my based school.  The full length of the lesson is about 65 minutes. I do Team-Teaching with the Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) for the first 30 minutes.  The structure of the lesson was based on a student textbook.  The first main proportion of it is a dialogue, followed by some pronunciation and English functions.  The dialogue is between two […]

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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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My JET Application Experience – Part 1

July this year, I began a new adventure.  I took on a challenge to explore a potential new career in the educational sector.  It was a really scary experience for me, because I had been in my previous job for over 5 years.   I definitely learnt and traveled alot for my job; however, there was nothing missing for me unfortunately and I needed a change.  So, I applied for the JET Programme 2015.  As I am writing this post, I am sitting in my apartment in Saitama, Japan where I have been assigned to for me placement.  The process of […]

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Dream a little … Why not?

Following your dream are words that we hear many times in our lives.  However, these words are not that easily satisfied. For years, I had dreamt of working in Japan and that is exactly what I am doing right now.  I currently live in a beautiful town in Saitama and am working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) under the  Japan Exchange and Teaching program 2015. I am not a teacher.  In fact, before coming here, I worked as a software engineer for an international organisation.   That was actually my first job since graduating from university.  Over the course of […]

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