Ohhh my. The end of November, already! And I still remember how hot and insufferable it was to bike up the Higashi Jr High hill just a month and a half ago..... and now Christmas is approaching in quiet, tiny steps... but It's coming!! My favourite Holiday, in my favourite season... How Wonderful! Second Christmas in Japan, and it'll be spent with my one and only 恋人 - as of now - Ms. Piki Nabe-chan.
Now - a few more pictures for those of you who actually care to look (but never care to leave a msg/comment! seriously! who ARE you? I got a VISITOR COUNTER for a reason.... I know who you are!! No I don't. But make yourselves known!! -gosh, I sound like a desperate blogger. I ASSURE YOU, I am not.)
First up - More wedding pictures I promised (No, not mine...)
Next - You can all marvel at my dazzling bowling skills. Yeah! Can you spot me? xx points after two games! Unbeatble score! I am really happy. Even won a cute BANANA CUP as prize.
Our bowling crew. Good job guys!
My beautiful friend (how come all my friends are this pretty??) - another CAKE-ADDICT (and how is it that all my friends love cake?)
My ENTHUSIASTIC 9th grade students! This is a group from my English Club - we're making FRENCH TOAST in the Home Ec classroom. And the funny boy smoking CHOCOLATE PENCIL is the most talkative - and believe it or not, most motivated English learner in my class. See how well he's hiding his enthusiasm of being in the picture? What a funny dude. I'll miss my ENGLISH CLUB....! (Lucia-sensei's secret wish: don't graduate.. don't graduate... *how selfish*)
O-KAY! Time to sleep.... After a two-day seminar, it's finally back to SCHOOL. Elementary tomorrow - grade 1 & 2... I have a feeling it's going to be cute and EXTREMELY tiring. Oh well. A-ja!
Piki will choke on her Ramen, and noodles will shoot out from her nose if she is reading this, but..... I tripped in public again. Twice. Two days in a row.
Sunday, I was walking out from a Starbucks in downtown TENJIN, while checking if my cellphone was in my bag (sometimes, it's really not there, but where I last sat) and not stumbling into anything particular, I tripped - on what, I frankly don't recall - and displayed the most embarassing dance steps you can ever imagine. I twirled around in the most awkward manner, while flapping my arms like a crazy duck in order to keep my balance for at least five whole seconds. Maybe it would've been better if I fell. And someone will then come up to ask if I was okay - eh? Pikiちゃん？
Today, as I was walking to Starbucks to meet my friend in the parking lot (Stabucks? Again?!... it really just hit me...), again, looking for my cellphone to check for messages, I somehow lost balance as I was walking on flat, steady, cement ground, and tripped. This time, I fell face front, first on my knees, then used my hands to keep myself from further embarassment. When I turned around, no grinning passengers were in sight. But something tells me that the people sitting in Starbucks about twenty steps away might've coincidentally looked out the window and saw the whole thing.
... I get it. It is the CURSE OF STABUCKS.
That, or perhaps I should stop multi-tasking while walking, and check for my cellphone when sitting down.
That being said, I hope today is my LAST TRIPPING incident in Japan. Thank God that didn't happen when I was hiking two weeks ago.
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This is me making a Japanese Uchiwa (fan) at an elementary school last Saturday during World Festival.
And this is us eating GYOZAS at 11pm after a Second Wedding Party - of which more pictures will soon be posted! It was a lovely wedding, and my friend, the beautiful Bride is moving to Tokyo. >.<
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And, it is currently 10 degrees outside, Winter is on its way! time for HOT CHOCOLATE, WARM MITTENS, and SNOWFLAKES FALLING ON MY CHEEKS!
A few pictures to summarize the past two busy, colorful weeks:
HIKING 立花山 A group of Fukuoka Rotaract members, and Taiwanese bunch, we climbed to the top in 1 and a half hour - devoured our bento from HOKA HOKA TEI like hungry hayenas, enjoyed the view of the ENTIRE FUKUOKA CITY, hopped back down (some of us tripped), and ended the trip with an early NOMIKAI at 2pm.
THANKSGIVING CARDS In my English Club at one Jr High, I wrote a Thank You card for my students, and they, in return, had to write me a Thanksgiving Postcard in English. 19 unique postcards from each of my hard-working student, hanging on my door! One student made an unforgivable spelling mistake- 'TANKS YOU LUCIA.' どういたしまして！！！ ＾０＾v
And today, a very full day of shopping, cake-browsing, and singing while savouring our little, precious pastries.
This week is my last week at D.J.H. this year - next time I'm scheduled to go there is in January 2008! One of my many weaknesses - bidding farewell! Well, I'll miss my hyper students - what a sweet, fun bunch! Can you guess who's my favourite student?
* * * This picture requires a bit of explanation, just in case people misunderstand for FIGHT-O! in class. No, no, this is one of my favourite grade 9 classes, and I was invited to have lunch with them. And here are two boy students dancing, entertaining their Assitant Language Teacher. And it worked! The entire class loved it, too. ハハ、ありがとう！
And, students from another class. They passed by, played with my cellphone and happily volunteered to be in this picture.
My Lunch Group! ^0^
My three very talkative students
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Ai, tomorrow, they all have High School Entrance Exam. 頑張れ〜！