Sunday, September 17, 2017

Productive day at the library...



I have a proper two-day break this week. Yay!

Tomorrow is a holiday and I decided not to work tomorrow. Today, I also don't have work. Yay!

So, I originally planned to head to Senjogahara in Nikko to hike. However, a typhoon is hit Tokyo this weekend so I'm stuck in town. Thankfully, it's not like any typhoon I had experienced in the Philippines.

I managed to get out of the house and I spent the entire day at the library.

Yup, it was actually a productive day. I arrived at the library at 9:20AM. The library opened at 9:30. I've been in the library since then.

I managed to finish a lot today.

Tomorrow, I might spend the day here again if it's open.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Practice writing: 9 September 2016

この・あいだ・しんじゅく・に・いった。キノクニヤ・で・あたらしい・ほん・を・よんさつ・かった。さいしょ・の・ほん・に・ついて・は・にほん・の・れきし。にばんめ・の・ほん・は・ケヴイン・クワン・に・よって・かけれた。さんばんめ・の・ほん・は・にほんご・の・ほん・の・えいご・ほんやく。よんばんめ・の・ほん・は・どくしょ・の・でんしゅう、あたらしい・ほん・を・たのしみます。

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Test post...

Just testing if I could post from where I am right now...

Lolol!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hello, September...

Can't believe it's already September.

I've got a few things to write about.

Hopefully, I'll find time to do it soon...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

いい日だ...

金曜日の朝仕事が あろ、あsじょた/ 仕事の後で家に帰りました。 三十分ぐらい寝ました。3時半に西日暮里に行きました。友だちと谷中にあそびに行きました。谷中銀座は沢山の店があります。その場所は面白くてきれいでした。友 だちにはがきを買いました。それからきっさてんでコーヒーを飲みました。楽しかったです. いい日だ。

Monday, August 21, 2017

Next guy... again...

I went to dinner last Saturday.

He's a nice guy. He's cute. He has a decent job. He can speak English. He also adjusted his speed of speech and used simple words when he spoke to me in Japanese.

But, he wasn't interested.

And he was late. He was thirty minutes late.

Haha! We agreed to meet up at 7:30PM. He messaged at 7:20PM that he was going to be late.

Of course, I was annoyed. Whether it is because of age or because I stereotype (I think all Japanese people are punctual!), I have not idea. I was just annoyed. Lol.

We originally agreed to have dinner at a restaurant a stone's throw away from Tokyo Station. In the end, I made an executive decision and told him to just meet me at Tokyo Station.

It was rather a stupid decision because first, restaus at the station are almost always crowded and second, it's a bit pricey. ¥600 for ハイボール?!?! You've got to be kidding me! Haha!

It was an enjoyable time though.

The following day, I messaged him to say hello. He didn't reply anymore. He replied today with a simple "Hi." but I'm taking it as a sign that he's not interested.

Oh well, moving on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chillax Thursday...

Relaxing day today.

I had a busy morning. All five lessons were booked. After that, I headed to Shinjuku for my private lesson.

In the afternoon, I headed home and just relaxed. I had no taiko practice tonight so I was able to chillax.

I got to go for a run around my neighborhood. I did my laundry, and so on. Hehe!

Nice, nice.

I still need a proper holiday though. Haha!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

New book...

Today was a really slow day.

When I checked my lessons schedule for today a few days ago, I had six sehceduled for today. When I checked my schedule again last night, I was down to three. Haha!

Again, I'm guessing it has something to do with the oliday.

No worries. I didn't stress over it because seriously, what can I do? There's a phrase the Japanese use for such situations. Shouganai (しょうがない) means "It can't be helped" or "Nothing can be done"

With several breaks in between my lessons, I decided to head to the nearby Maruzen and do something I had not done in such a long time - buy a paperback. Lol. I've been so used to reading via Kindle so I dunno why I decided to get a paperback again.

I got Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I enjoyed the HBO miniseries very much so I'm curious to read the book.

So far, I got to finish 100 pages in two (or three?) hours. It is a page-turner.

Perhaps because I was in love with the miniseries. I dunno. Haha!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday in Yanaka...

Today is a holiday - Mountain Day

It's a new holiday. It started last year and it's meant to celebrate all things mountain-related in Japan.

I decided to work in another learning studio. Initially, I had three lessons but I guess the students decided to go on a holiday instead. Lol. So, I was down to just one lesson today. It was okay. After my one lesson, I headed to a nearby cafe to work on my semi-sideline job.

After that, I headed home to take a nap.

At 3:45, I left the house and took the train to Nippori to meet up with housemate Shuto. It was his birthday last week and I told I'd buy him dinner. Before going to dinner, I told him I'd like to check out Yanaka.

The place was actually interesting. There was a street called Yanaka Ginza, which was lined with many interesting shops. There were a million cafes. I definitely want to go back and check out the place again.

On top of the cafes, there were a number of cultural places. However, I didn't take any photos because the sky was gloomy. The photos wouldn't look nice. Haha!

From Yanaka, we walked to Ueno and headed to a tonkatsu restaurant. It's the restau where Dean brought me a year ago. I should take more of my visiting friends to that place. The only downside is that you smell like oil when you step out of the restau. Haha! We also went to an izakaya where we had a couple of drinks and had some kushiage. Nice nice!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tsukareta....



What a tiring day.

Thursday is my half day off but the work just never ends. Lol.

After my morning lessons, I headed to Nishi-Shinjuku to give a private lessons.

Then, I had to go all the way to Tateishi because I needed to sort something at the Ward Office. I was told that I needed to go to another office. Lol!

Hmm, with my very limited Japanese, I was able to sort things out. Thank goodness.

Then, I went home. Now, I'm waiting for my laundry to be done.

After that, I'll go to the coin laundry to use the dryer.

In the evening, I'm heading to Kuramae for taiko practice.

Tired. Lol!

Thankfully, tomorrow is a public holiday. I originally had three lessons, but the other two lessons were canceled.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunday afternoon with dinosaurs...




Last Sunday, I went to Makuhari Messe in faraway Chiba to check out the Giga 2017 exhibit.

I had no other plans and I was done with my work so I had free time.

The exhibit was okay. I thought it was more interesting for the kids, rather than adults.

Perhaps I was expecting something more in terms of the exhibit's layout and set design. I remember going to a similar exhibit in Singapore and I was floored by the setup.

So, I kinda hoped this one was going to be just as exciting if not more.

Oh well, it was still a good visit to faraway Chiba. Plus, I now know that there's an outlet store in Chiba that I can visit. Haha!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Earthquake...

For some reason, I usually get up at 2 or 3AM to go to the toilet to pee.

This morning was no different. The only difference was when I went back to bed, the ground started moving. I thought I was dreaming. It only lasted a few seconds, but it was strong.

When I got to work this morning, I overheard one of my coworkers ask another coworker if they felt the earthquake. So, apparently it was true. Lol.

While I was having my first lesson, the building's earthquake alarm went off. My student was unperturbed by the whole thing so I guess there was no need for me to be worried. Lol!

Interesting day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's August!

Whoa, it's already August!

Time is flying so fast! It's insane. Okay, I'll try to post more often. Lol. The operative word being "try."

Last Sunday, I went on a date. Or I thought it was a date.

Recently, I usually just meet with people for one hour. I don't know if it's because I'm getting old or it's because I just don't see the need to spend more time than needed if I feel there's no follow through. Lol.

With this guy though, I dropped the one-hour rule because of a few good signs. He said he usually video calls with guys first before meeting up with them. He liked Rose Bakery, too. (Lol!) As soon as we started chatting, it just felt natural.

Long story short, it was a great Sunday. We had lunch, dinner, and coffee. We went to one of my favorite parks in Tokyo. We went to an onsen.

So, those were all good signs.

Yesterday, I messaged him to ask if he wanted to hang out again soon.

He said yeah but he also said he has a partner.

My reaction was WTF?!

This is the third time that this has happened to me. I refuse to think it's a Japanese thing. (The other two instances were with Japanese guys, too. Lol!) Lying by omission is still lying, I think.

Oh well. I just kinda felt sad because I spent 8 hours with the guy and it was a good date. You don't get that often, right?

Okay, lesson learned. Next time, don't assume!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Matsuri time...





Since I had two days free, I thought I should do something and not just stay at home. Haha. Originally, I planned to go to Yokohama, or Kamakura even, to go for a stroll. I changed my mind at the last minute since I felt it was going to be too hot to walk around.

I ended up going to the library with Take. It was good for two reasons. First, I got to do some work I wanted to do. Second, it's my first time at this library and this library is awesome. It's a three stations away from the house. It's relatively new. I'm defo going to go back to this library many times.

Around 4PM, Take and I left the library. He headed to the gym. I was tempted to go home but I told my self I should do something.

So I decided to go to Yasukuni Shrine to check out the festival. It turned out to be a really good decision. There was a mikoshi parade. The lanterns were awesome. There was something spiritual and festive about the whole event. I wish I had a yukata though. Haha! At the last minute, my new friend(?) CS joined me. He's from Malaysia but he's been in Japan forever. After checking out the festival at Yasukuni, we walked to Jimbocho for dinner and walked again to Ochanomizu for coffee/dessert.

Great Sunday! =)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tugs tugs Saturday night...



It was a busy week. It was a busy Saturday.

I didn't have work today. Tomorrow is a holiday.

What was I supposed to do on such a rare occasion? Take advantage of it, of course.

Last night, I went out with Take 1 and Take 2 at our usual clubbing spots. I also invited another friend, Sol.

It was a different night from the crazy one three weeks ago. I made sure I didn't get wasted this time. I made sure that we got the better whiskey and not some I dunno what whiskey it was that they used.

It was a super fun night!

I saw some photos and videos of the Ageha party and I kinda wish I also checked it out. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Uneventful Day...

Today was quite uneventful.

This morning, I went for my lessons. I was supposed to have three lessons but my regular student canceled his lesson. He's prolly busy.

After my morning lessons, I went to the headquarters for a whole day training. It was okay. Useful as expected.

In the evening, I went to Ginza to walk around before my private lesson.

It was a good Wednesday.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Stepping out of my comfort zone...



I stepped out of my comfort zone last night and did something different. Lol!

A few weeks ago, I found this group online.

Last night, I went to their gathering for a trial lesson. It was fun.

I think I'll go again.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Still here...



In a recent chat with Tipz, he said that I don't update my blog anymore.

That's true. May and June were extremely busy so I didn't have time to sit down and write an entry, even a lousy one. Lol!

So, what's new?

Work. I can't believe it's almost a year since I made the move. I'm grateful for the job. I love what I do. When I wake in the morning, I don't feel like going back to bed. The only thing I wish for is more physical energy. Haha! On some days, I really feel the exhaustion. I want to do more, but I just don't have the energy.

Other stuff. Let's see. I signed up for private Japanese lessons. So far, it's been enjoyable. The teacher is good. The most important thing is that she listens to my requests. Haha! Aside from this, I still go to the Wednesday Japanese lessons at another center. It's a group class but since there are only two of us in our group, the other student and I already became Wednesday lunch buddies/friends. Yay.

Hmm, I've also been trying to be more health by trying to go to the gym at least twice a week. On some days, I'm able to go for a run along the river near my house. I'm actually happy about that.

What else? No other news, I guess.

Ariana Grande is coming to Japan next month. I hope I can score some tix. Seriously.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shake Shack with J & D...



Nice Saturday night with Jack and Daiki.

Originally, the plan was to cook dinner at Dean's. However, we had to change plans because Dean also had some last minute change of plans.

So from a home party, it became a Shake Shack dinner. It was great though since it's been awhile since I last saw these guys.

Enjoyable Saturday night.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pressies from students...



I must be doing something right.

At least with two of my students. Lol!

Last Wednesday, I was surprised to see one of my regulars whom I haven't seen in a long time. The last time I saw this student was just before he flew to the US for a business trip. We had a few lessons before his trip to work on his presentation. I did wonder about the outcome of his business trip.... so I was really happy when I saw my schedule last Wednesday.

The other surprise was yesterday. It was also one of my regulars. She's almost done with the course. I actually thought yesterday was her last lesson so I got her some brownies to say thank you.

To my surprise, she gave me a bag of biscuits when she arrived at my booth yesterday.

This afternoon, another one of my regulars also had his lesson. So I also got some brownies for him.

I'm actually sad to see these students go. Sigh...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy Pride!



I finished work early today so that I could go to the Pride celebration in Shibuya.

It was actually fun.

First stop was Omotesando to meet some friends and catch some bits of the parade.

From Omotesando, we walked to Yoyogi Park where the main event happened. As expected, there were many booths - NGOs, LGBT groups, pro-LGBT companies, and so on.

The atmosphere was really colourful and vibrant.

I'm glad I was able to go.

Happy Pride!!! :)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Golden Week holiday...

It's my first Golden Week!

At first, I thought of working in another learning studio during the three-day holiday. In the end, it looks like I'm going to have a holiday because I didn't book any lessons. Haha!

Oh well, I still have loads of things in mind to do. I want to do some paperwork, and I guess the main thing I'm looking forward to is hanging out with Monay (and his fam) this Thursday and Friday.

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's May...

I can't believe it's already May.

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I've been living in Tokyo for 8 months now.

Whoa! 8 months. Time is flying by so fast. Haha!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dinner with Dean et al...

What an enjoyable Saturday night!

Yesterday was a public holiday, and I decided not to work in another learning studio. I basically had the entire day free. In the morning, I just stayed home and did some house errands. I still got up at 6AM (it's my body clock!) and I ended up doing a bit of work, my laundry, and having my breakfast while waiting for my laundry to be done.

In the afternoon, I had a few meetups.

First was with Monay, who's in town with his family for a holiday. Originally, we planned to meet next week but I ended up rushing to Shinagawa Station for a quick meet. I just sent his entire family off as they were headed to Kyoto.

From Shinagawa, I took the Keihin Tohoku and got off at the next station - Oimachi.

Dean and I planned a house dinner at his place. I invited our common friend, Kohta, to the dinner. The last time I saw him was back in November. Thankfully, he was free yesterday. Kohta and I agreed to meet earlier so that we could catch up. Afterwards, we headed to the grocery to grab some stuff to bring over to Dean's place.

It was a great Saturday night! Dean and Ryan prepped the dinner - pasta, salad, store-bought dessert. Kohta and I brought some beer and umeshu and store-bought grilled chicken. Hehe!

Really great evening!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Kamakura and Enoshima...





Some photos from the day trip to Kamakura and Enoshima a few weeks ago...

Can't believe it's almost May...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between catalogue



Wooohoo, Thursday really is my favorite day!

Since it was my (half) day off, I decided to head to Ginza to check out the newly-opened Ginza Six. The mall had a Tsutaya Books and I wanted to check if the bookstore had the catalogue for the upcoming Comme des Garcons exhibit at the Met.

It's my lucky day. Yes, the bookstore has copies of the catalogue... and they're in English!!!

Yahooooo! Gotta love Tsutaya!

Tbh, I was contemplating ordering the book from the Met online bookstore. Haha!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sakura 2017: Cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi...





Since I finished my lessons early, I decided I have time to go to the library to study for my Japanese class.

I always go to the Chiyoda public library. Today, I did a side trip to nearby Chidorigafuchi for the cherry blossoms.

No further text needed. Let the pictures do the talking. Hehe!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Day trip outside of Tokyo...



I went on a day trip today. I just got back thirty minutes ago and I'm beat.

So, I'm just going to leave this photo here.

Any guess where this was taken? :P

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is upon us...




The other day, I had the sudden idea of visiting Shinjuku Gyoen.

I've never been to the park, and I thought this would be a good time to go check out the park.

The decision was a good one.

I think I'll drop by again soon.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bara chirashi lunch...



It's a super slow day at work.

Hmm, I actually don't mind because Thursdays always seem to be my slowest day. Hehe! Initially, I thought of going home after my morning lessons to rest. Afterwards, I thought of doing some work and then going to the gym.

Thankfully, I managed to be more disciplined. After my morning lessons, I went to the gym and then had lunch. From 1130 until this moment, I'm here at the Kino near the office doing some work.

So, it's been a productive day.

This afternoon, I only have one lesson. I do have the private lesson tonight.

Check out my lunch and my dessert. For being a good boy today, hehe, I decided to eat rice for lunch. That superb bara chirashi was only Y460. The dessert was more expensive at Y580! Haha!

Happy Thursday though! Thursday really is my favorite day!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A red trench...



If you look at my closet, you'll notice that there isn't any color.

A few years ago, I started wearing a uniform - black shirt/top; navy blue pants; sneakers. When I moved to Japan, I sort of brought out the minimalist (?) in me. Maybe minimalist is not the right word. Lol. I got rid of many clothes in Singapore - clothes that had color. Basically, my wardrobe now has three categories - work clothes (I have a uniform, too. Four pairs of shirts (just four designs/styles); basic weekend/tugs uniform; and the Comme pieces. So any piece of shirt in my closet that has color is either a work shirt or a Comme shirt. Lol!

However, a few weeks ago, I saw someone in a red trench at the train station. That really caught my attention. On another occasion, one of my really well-dressed clients came to the lesson in a cerulean blue trench coat (Burberry, I checked! Haha!).

These two instances made me want to consider getting a colored trench, too. In the sea of black coats and suit jackets every morning, I would be the only one in red. Lol! Confidence. Singapore red. Hillary red. Lol! That's me on the right side.

As if it were a sign, I came upon this beautiful Lanvin en bleu red trench at one of my fave stores. It was perfect for spring because the material was light. It seemed water-resistant. It's Lanvin. Diffusion line, yes. But still, Lanvin.

I tried it on, sent it to Tipz and some of my girl friends for advice. In the end, I chose not to buy it. Hmm, the main reason was if I get it, I would have a Lanvin piece in the closet. Here I am trying to have an all Comme closet and suddenly, there's this one piece sticking out. Lol!

Hmm, I'll prolly stop by the store again. If it's still there, then it's meant for me. Otherwise, then a Comme piece is prolly waiting for me somewhere.

An update...

I've been lazy.

Actually, no. Let me correct that. I've been busy.

Things have been pretty crazy and that's mainly the reason why I haven't been updating the blog.

I should do better in managing my schedule. I thought I'm already good at managing it, but not as good as I want to be. Lol!

Now, I have some free time before my private lessons so I have time to do a bit of updating.

What have I been up to:

Japanese classes. I've been going to three Japanese classes every week. Each class is about 2 hours. I decided to go for new classes because I feel I'm not learning a lot from the other two classes. Still, I have a loooong way to go.

Bills, bills. I recently went to the tax office to file my income tax. As a freelancer, I have to do it myself. Thankfully, I managed to ask my friend Take to go with me. However, I think he didn't have any idea it was going to be so troublesome. I feel sorry for him because he looked so exhausted after the three hours at the tax office. I did buy him lunch and coffee. Lol! I also went to the ward office by myself to sign up for the national pension system. The monthly contribution is a lot. I have no choice because I think the government will check my pension contributions when I apply for Permanent Residency in a few years.

Some kind of breaks. I'm slowly starting to insert full off days in my monthly schedule. At the moment, I work six and a half days a week. I enjoy the job very much so it doesn't feel like work. However, it's still exhausting because I spend a lot of time prepping for each lesson. Add to that the Japanese classes and you've got a very tired Angelo. Lol!

Gym. Finally, I managed to find the time to look for the sports center near the office. It's actually just about half a kilometer away from my office. So, I've ben taking the time to go and work out when I could. I miss Pump and Combat and yoga, but with all the bills it's better to go t the sports center. Hehe!

Hmm, that's it, I guess.

I still want to make new friends. However, I need to really work on my Japanese skills if I want to achieve having more friends.

Boku wa makeru wake-ni wa ikanainda!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Letters for you...



So, it seems like I still have the cheesy person in me. Haha!

One letter for each day you're away...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Last Friday night...

I finished work early last night. The plan was really just to go home and have an early night. However, a I'm somewhat close with asked if I would like to grab dinner.

Friday. Payday. Finished early. Yeah, of course, I'd like to grab dinner.

We headed to a nearby ramen place. No surprise, it was packed with businessmen/women from the surrounding offices. We joined the group of people enjoying their Friday night.

I made the mistake (not!) of having two drinks. By the time we left the place, I had a light buzz. Haha!

On the way to the station, we bumped into another coworker. Just like that, the destination changed from Katushika to Korakuen. Lolol!

We went for drinks. The good thing was I managed to catch the second to the last train from Kasuga Station and I ran from Ueno-Okachimachi to Keisei-Ueno to catch the last train to my station. Hooray!

Defo super fun Friday night!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Slow day...

Today was a slow day.

Not sure why, I managed to be home by 830PM.

That's a first, I think. Hehe!

I hope this is just a one-time thing.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Random...

Nothing much happening these past few days. Just working.

Yesterday, I worked in the morning and a bit in the afternoon.

For some reason, I felt so tired by the time I got home. Haha!

In the evening, I went to the sentou near the house to relax. What a relaxing feeling.

Today was pretty slow but productive.

Looking forward to a brand new week.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Extra grateful today...



Today was an extremely tiring day.

I had 9 lessons. My day started at 8AM and ended at 730PM. I had breaks in between, yeah but today was one of those extra exhausting days.

Just to be clear, I am not complaining.

In fact, I feel quite the opposite. I feel extra grateful today.

My last lesson was with a guy whom I've had a few lessons with. He's a funny guy, nice guy to teach. Today is his last lesson with the center. Again, I'm sad to see a student go. I do hope he learned something from us.

After I left the center, I treated myself to KFC... haha! Because KFC in Japan = Christmas and Christmas = happy day! When I got home, I rested for a short while and then packed a few things and headed out again. My destination was just a few minutes away from the house on foot.

Yeah, I went to the sentou to relax by soaking myself in hot...very hot... water. Haha! It was sooo nice!

Now, I'm back home. It's almost midnight. I'm not in a hurry to sleep because...

I'm not working tomorrow! Hooray! I'm trying to slowly insert a full day off in my schedule. Hehe! For now, I'll try taking two full Sundays off in a month. Let's see how things will go.

Thank you, Lord.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fever...

I missed my Japanese lessons yesterday and today.

After my morning lessons yesterday, I left the center and went straight to the clinic near my house.

Yesterday early morning, I woke up shivering under my already thick blankets. It's not even cold in my room. In fact, I think my room is well heated.

I knew something wasn't right because I felt like sh*t. Lol!

After getting some meds for the fever, I went home, ate my brunch, took my meds, and zzz. I went back to the center in the afternoon. Lordy was good because he gave me just enough lessons to get through work. Hehe! But seriously, it was tough because I had to try to still be genki with the students.

This morning, I felt blessed again. Originally, I had three morning lessons. When I checked my schedule, two lessons were canceled. Sure, that's money lost but during times like this, I'm sure Lordy will take care of things.

I went back home and slept again and just rested. Hehe!

This evening, I felt much better. I'm sure I would be better by Saturday. Yay, yay! Thank you, Lordy.

It's already February...

Time flies.

It's already February! Can you believe it?!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Happy Sunday afternoon...



My original plan this afternoon was to watch Kimi no Na Ha. The movie with Eng subs is now in cinemas so I wanted to watch it.

However, I got a surprise message from my friend Jackson saying he managed to get a flight assignment to Tokyo.

I've been waiting for this for months, so I ditched the movie plans and instead headed to Yokohama after my Sunday work.

He was staying at Intercon Yokohama in Sakuragicho. It's my first time to visit the place. I've always loved Yokohama. After visiting Sakuragicho, I fell in love with Yokohama even more.

What a superb afternoon! =)