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Now what?

This blog has been the story of my 3 year journey to teach English in Japan.

I originally kept a blog from 2003-2006 to keep my friends and family up to date on what I was doing overseas. Starting in 2013 I began reposting my original blog, but with all of the posts rewritten to add more detail and information that I couldn’t discuss at the time. I had the best intentions of posting everything exactly 10 years after it originally happened. Thanks to a combination of life changes (primarily new job and becoming a parent), the whole process took about an extra year and a half.

Now what?

My original blog only covered my time teaching in Japan. Since that time The Penpal moved to Canada, we traveled, had some run-ins with immigration, got married, and became parents. Some of these events have already been covered, but I haven’t written about others yet. I’m planning on writing posts on some of the more memorable things that have happened after my original blog ended. Stay tuned – there’s more to the story yet!

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April – May 2006 – Posting dead zone

Hello readers!

After my parents visit in April 2006, I didn’t post a lot of blog updates until June 2006. I am going to repost the few updates that I had during that time period, and then fill in the gaps with a few random stories that never ended up on the blog in the first place.

Some upcoming highlights include:

  • The benefits of drinking with students
  • The horrors of teaching English to kids
  • The perils of not wearing a watch
  • The interesting experiences a person can have hanging out by the station at night
  • The effects of quoting Trailer Park Boys in the office

I hope you will enjoy them. Thanks for reading!

 

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October 4, 2004 – The heater is on

The temperature dropped about 10 degrees overnight, and it didn’t warm up at all today. I now have my heater on as I am typing this in my room. Since I don’t have internet in my room at the moment, I am creating blog updates on my PC, saving them to my memory stick, and then uploading them when I go to the internet cafe.

It was cold and rainy all day, so I really couldn’t be bothered to do anything other than watch a whole lot of CSI. I will try to do something productive tomorrow.

Probably.

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September 21, 2004 – Washable technology

Looking south from a pedestrian bridge near Mukogaokayuen station

Looking south from a pedestrian bridge near Mukogaokayuen station

Today I did some laundry, and to my horror I found that I had left my USB memory stick in the pockets of my pants. After a trip through the washing machine it still worked perfectly. Probably not recommended.

I still haven’t gotten used to cold water wash for laundry. In most parts of Canada, washing machines use warm or hot water to wash clothes. Cold water wash seems to get the clothes clean, but it’s harder to get stains out. There is a great dry cleaning place near Noborito station that I take my work clothes to occasionally. They not only get out any stains that the cold water wash misses, but they also press and fold my shirts afterwards. Most of the teachers in the area use this laundry, so they have compiled a big list of all of the foreigner names so they don’t have to ask people with limited Japanese skills the same questions every time (address, phone number, etc). Not every business takes the extra steps to make their business foreigner friendly, so if you find one please tell everybody and make sure to give them your business.

After laundry I worked on updating my blog and got a few new pictures added.

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