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Oct. 15th, 2006 | 12:54 pm
bodyspace: Urasoe, Okinawa
headspace: bored bored

it's a cultural festival at school and i'm bored out of my mind. so:

(name of first pet + street you live on)

Bubbles (I think) .... uhhhh... my street doesn't have a name. 2-11-1? :P I'll just use the SA one.

Bubbles Newcut. :P

(grandmother's/father's first name + favorite snack)

Maureen Pocky

(first word you see on your left + favorite restaurant)

Intel Izakaya (i don't know what the place's name is :P)

(silliest childhood nickname + first town where you partied)

Littlefeetz Bryanston. I think. That makes no sense. :P

(first initial + first three letters of your last name)

J-Tou. Yuck.

(favorite animal + name of high school)

Cheetah Summit. Or Cheetah Phuthing. :P

(last snack food you ate + your favorite drink)

Gum Shikuwaasa

(middle name + city where you were born)

Vereeniging. Doesn't really work when you don't have a middle name. :P

(favorite candy + favorite musician's last name)

Pocky Keidis

(name of [opposite sex] friend + cell phone company you use)

Aaron AU. Hahaha!

(first 3 letters of your last name + last 3 letters of mother's maiden name)

Toubar. That does actually sound like a Star Wars name. :P


Anyway. The weekend is coming to a close, I have around 6 hours left at school. *Yawn* But at least I get tomorrow and Tuesday off because I worked this weekend. Yay! Hideki and I may go to the beach tomorrow. But it just started pouring with rain here, so we shall see. And that's it from me!

yet another fantastic weekend

Oct. 10th, 2006 | 08:28 am
bodyspace: Urasoe, Okinawa
headspace: ditzy ditzy

This weekend was the Matsuri festival in Naha. So I went down, even though I was feeling sick last week, and stayed with Becky, yet again (thank you Bex!!)

Was really cool watching all the Eisa dancing, and other cultural dances and sports and things that people did all the way up Kokusai Dori (which was blocked off for the weekend).

Aaaaaand... I met a boy. A lovely boy named Hideki. We really hit it off well and I like him a lot. So we shall see what happens there.

On Sunday Hideki and I went to take part in the Guiness World Record breaking Tug-of-War. I ended up just having to stand in one place in a huge crowd for about 3 hours. Hideki went and did the actual tugging, and got us a piece of rope (the actual rope for the Tug of War was 28 tons heavy, I think, and everyone who takes part can cut off a piece of rope from it to take home for good luck for the rest of the year).

Sunday night was really fun. Went to dinner with Becky, Laila, Aaron and Hideki, and then Hideki and I went to a funfair. Unfortunately, we got there just as the fireworks ended, but it was lovely walking around the fair, seeing all the girls in their beautiful yukata and drinking mango slushies. Yum!

When we decided to go, the queue for the monorail was waaaaay too long, so we walked the long trek back to Becky's flat, which took like an hour and a half. But it was fun. We stopped at an arcade along the way, and I kicked his butt at a car racing game. :D

Yesterday Becky, Aaron and I just (as Aaron says) "cabbaged" all day and watched dvds. I bought another 4 DVDs. :P

And that's about it. Back at work today, but at least it's just a 4 day week!


Sep. 27th, 2006 | 10:29 am
headspace: angry angry

i am having a very very bad day today. it doesn't help that i woke up an hour late and had to rush madly to get to school on time.

here are things that jacqui is currently hating:
1) being used as a tape recorder. would be fine if i had nothing better to do, BUT i have given the bloody teacher three other bloody exercises that the students would find far more interesting and would be far more useful than "read and repeat" out of the textbook. it's been proven that if they hate english they learn slower. you're making them hate english! don't do that!

2) being underestimated. you have seen what i can do! the worst class in the school that i was given full control over is improving at a faster rate than the kids you still have a hope for, and won't let me do anything with. yes, i can work. no, i will not break if you give me more than 3 classes a day. look at kagamigaoka - i teach 5 classes a day there and that's where i do my best work, because we CO-OPERATE!

3) being bored. all the teachers around me are running around like mad things, and i'm sitting here bored. even though i'm constantly asking them if there's anything i can do. today it was announced that one of the teachers has taken a month's sick leave, so all the teachers are running around like headless chickens. i've told them i can do her lessons. yes, i can do them by myself - it's been shown that when i have control of the class, the other two teachers in there with me just sit and do nothing the entire lesson. if you want, take one of them!

4) people talking about me, but not to me. yes, my level of japanese is such that i know you're talking about me, and vaguely what the subject is. no, it's not high enough that i know exactly what you're saying. i am in charge of the speech contest. don't talk about it around me without telling me what you're saying!

5) ending up looking like a complete tit in front of classes because the teachers don't tell me what we're doing. if we're not doing any of the activities i've planned, i can't read your mind to see what you expect me to do. tell me!!! i know it looks kawaii when jacqui is confused, but it's bloody unprofessional. i'm not paid to stand in front of a class and look confused!!!

ok. just needed to get that out of my system.

and my friday at kagamigaoka was taken away from me this week. *sob*
hm. they can trust me to plan all the exercises for the junior high school open days for tomorrow and friday but they can't trust me to plan a game?

I'm back online babies!

Sep. 26th, 2006 | 11:21 am
bodyspace: Urasoe, Okinawa
headspace: excited excited

A nice man came to my door at 8pm last night and handed me a big shiny red box. Inside it happened to be a big, fat modem, lots of wires, a few bits and bobs and lots of stuff in japanese.

and hey presto! an hour later i was connected to the internet! (it's amazing what clicking random buttons can do, eh?) an hour after that i had even downloaded an english version of MSN and was up and chatting.

so it's official kids. no longer is livejournal my only means of communication. my gmail account is up and running once again, and i've actually read all my emails! (though if you haven't had a response it's because there were 102 of them since last checking and i just archived a large portion of them. :P)

i have chat! i have unlimited download quota! and i have skype! now i just need to figure out what that error message says when i try to plug my webcam in...

goodbyeeee social life. :P


Sep. 20th, 2006 | 10:28 am
headspace: bleak bleak

i just realised i missed talk like a pirate day!!!


in honour of it, here's what i did almost exactly one year ago (and that thought alone freaks me out!!)

t3h quiz of boredness. :P

Sep. 20th, 2006 | 08:41 am

1. Who is the last person you held hands with?
uhhhhh.... i have no idea. probably aaron. maybe becky. :P

2. If you were drafted in a war, would you survive?
i'd rebel against the draft. i'd rather go to prison than go to war.

3. Have you ever drank milk straight out of a carton?

5. Who's car were you last in?
a taxi driver's

7. How fast can you type?
ummmm.... around 100wpm i think. it changes every time i do a test.

8. Are you afraid of the dark?

9. Eye color?

11. When is the last time you chose a bath over a shower?
back when I was in SA. i haven't even seen a bath in over 2 months. just waiting for the onsens though! *bounce*

12. What did you last purchase, where and how much?
a bus ticket. Y140 (about R9)

13. Are you drinking anything right now?
yup - water

15. What phone have you got?
a sony ericsson k something w41 something. irunno.

16. Are you good at keeping secerets?

17. What are you wearing?
brownish pants, white and yellow adidas top, crummy sneakers.

18. Do you know the Muffin Man?
who lives on drury lane?

19. Do you talk in your sleep?
not as far as i know...

20. What did you last read?
"20. What did you last read?"

21. What form of exercise did you last do?
walked to the bus stop.

23. Do you consider yourself successful?
for my age, yes. :)

24. How many people are on your contact list of your cell?
errrrrmmmm... 27.

25. Have you ever asked for a pony?
No. i have asked for a horse though. dream big, people.

26. Plans for tomorrow?
lesson period 1, lesson period 2, lesson period 3.... plan for lessons on friday... go home.... pass out.

28. Missing someone now?
everyone at home, dreadfully. and oli.

29. When was the last time you told someone 'I love you'?
sunday night. well, it was "i love you too", but that counts, doesn't it?

31. How are you feeling today?
tired. but daijobu nonetheless.

32. Do you hate anyone right now?
not at this very second. :P

33. Have you ever been suspended or expelled from school?

34. What are you looking forward to?
in the very near future - the weekend. weekends here are funtastic. otherwise- aaron, becky and my trip to tokyo in november.

35. Have you ever crawled through a window?

37. What room are you in?
the staff room

38. Can you handle the truth?
most times.

39. Do you think raechel young is a lesbian?
one can but hope.


40. Do you have plans for tonight?
go home. watch dvds. pass out.

Another fab weekend

Sep. 19th, 2006 | 08:32 am
headspace: sick sick

Seems my weekends are the only things worth writing about lately. :P But at least they're goodies. :D

Had another fantastic day at Kagamigaoka on Friday. Thank the South African embassy for that one. Everyone was hugely sugoi at the dvd about South Africa - even teachers from different classes came in and sat in on mine. :D

Friday night was a dance at Kagami. Was toooo awesome. They got me to join in on the Eisa dancing, but I was rubbish. I think someone snapped a few piccies, so if I can get them and they don't look too disgusting I'll put them up here. Earlier in the day when the kids were watching the dvd's they loved the African ceremonial make-up on some of the women, and asked me to put it on for the dance, so I did and they loved it. :D

Went out to an izakaya after that with a few of the staff and parents. Got dragged away from my seat to go sit at the table where all the young guys were sitting (which led to cries of Sekuhara! Sekuhara! (sexual harassment)), but that was really fun. Was yet another exercise in communication through interpretive dance and sign language, until I managed to drag another of the teachers away from his seat to come translate for me (more cries of Sekuhara!). :D

Saturday was pretty boring. Iw oke up wih a migraine because of the increased pressure of the typhoon. So spent the day in my flat, boerd out of my mind. I read all the manga I have, I watched crappy American tv, I watched crappy Japanese Tv, I spent about 3 hours learning Japanese, I tried to sleep... ja. Boring. :P Ended up making a huuuge pot of spaghetti, a) because I was bored and b) just in case the electricity went out for three days and I had no contact with the outside world. Mostly because of the former, though. :P

Sunday was fun! Yay! Went through to Naha again. Did some shopping. Bought an insanely cute dress, some tatami shoes, jewellery, Tool's 10 000 days album... aaaand... what else? I've already forgotten. :P Went out to karaoke again on Saturday night. Was nice to see some of the people there as I haven't seen them in a while. Sang loads of Red Hot Chili Peppers with Chris. Sang loads of everything else too. :P Aaron and I totally hogged the microphones. :P

Monday (yesterday) was awesome too. Twas a public holiday - Respect for the Aged Day. So Aaron, Becky and I decided to go through to Shuri Castle to do a bit of the touristy stuff. It was so amazing! Still working on the pictures, of that and of Friday night, so I'll put them up in a bit.

Well, ja, that was basically it. We walked around Shuri Castle all day, went and had gyoza for lunch (which I couldn't finish because it was basically dough packed with garlic. :P), sat and chatted at Becky's place for the rest of the day, and then went and had soba for dinner. And then I wended my weary way home, with all my tons of shopping (but only after going out and buying three dvds - Pirates of the Caribbean collectors edition, The Last Samurai and Fight Club). DVDs here are so cheap. All 3 of them cost less than Y4000, which is around R270. Cool eh?

Anyway. I'm back at work today. Feeling a little ill, actually, so we'll see how the rest of the day goes.

Edit: pics as promised:

Bex and Aaron in front of Shuri Castle:

Some of my kids at Kagamigaoka:

A tiny replica of Shuri Castle. This thing is amazing, there's such attention to detail!

wheee! typhooon!

Sep. 14th, 2006 | 03:11 pm

apparently there's a really big typhoon coming.

article here: http://wwwa.accuweather.com/news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=andrews

the other teachers say we might get the day off tomorrow because of it. damn. my one good day of the week! and i put a load of laundry in the machine this morning! argh. :P

but it'll be interesting!

even though it does mean that the plans to go to the beach, and other sightseeing stuff, are kinda ruined for the long weekend (it's Respect for the Aged day on Monday). pooh.

Odd weekend

Sep. 11th, 2006 | 08:29 am
bodyspace: Urasoe, Okinawa
headspace: cranky cranky

Had a very very strange weekend. Full of new experiences.

Friday's day at Kagamigaoka was excellent! The students loved me and the teachers are such fantastic, friendly, genuine people. I'm really going to enjoy working there. The kids loved learning about all the animals in Africa, and even though it was a really really exhausting day, it was well worth it.

Had a really fun welcome party on Friday night too. One of the art teachers even brought handouts for the rest of the teachers about South Africa! And then a couple of them got really drunk and started to teach me some Hogen (Okinawan dialect) very loudly. So now I know that Ayena! means Oh my god! And that's about all I can remember. :P

Saturday a group of us went to explore the Urasoe Castle Ruins, the pictures of which are below. :D The views from the top of the hill were amazing ("I can see my house from here!") and the grave sites and tombs were creepy but very very cool. Got bitten to bits by mosquitoes though. :P

Saturday night was crazy. Becky, Jen and I went to an all-you-can-eat Korean barbeque restaurant, where, when the owner saw us, he immediately called up a friend of his to get there quickly. His friend's son was fluent in English, because he'd been to Canada for two years. He was a little hottie too. Imagine our dismay when we found out he was 16. :P So Becky and I have decided to bring him to our schools and try set him up with some of our students. ;)

But the owner of the restaurant gave us free drinks and a discount on the meal just for talking to them. Crazy eh?

We then headed out towards the Kadena military base because Jen wanted to see a guy she'd met a couple of weeks ago. That was just weird. The taxi driver took us to the wrong gate. So imagine what three girls dressed to go out standing around outside a military base looks like? Yup. Just like that. :P

After many phone calls, demands for our IDs and general pandemonium we finally managed to get to the right gate, and then promptly turned around and went in the opposite direction, to a club where a band was playing disgusting music (when they weren't doing bad Deftones and Marilyn Manson covers).

Yeh. That experience of being surrounded by soldiers and soldier-groupies was just horrifying. It's terrible to find out that all the stereotypes are true. I stayed very very sober for fear that I would tell them what I thought of them. :P

The night ended badly when we wanted to leave - the soldier guy yelled at Jen for giving money to a beggar, basically told us we were liars and then called all Japanese people stupid. Quite literally - "All Japanese people are stupid! All of them!". This, naturally, did not endear me to him and I just walked away to find a taxi. As the last one into the taxi, he stood behind me and patted me on the butt. He very very nearly got his groin kicked into his throat, which Jen thought was hilarious. :P There, Mum- there's the temper you were talking about. :P

Wow. That's just one experience I'm glad I had, because it was an eye-opener, but one I wish never to repeat. Icky icky icky filthy yuck!

But yeh, Becky stayed over and we had more of our lovely chats yesterday morning. And while waiting at the bus stop, saw Jen and Emma drive past, so we caught up with them, and then I went with them to buy a pillow. I have a proper pillow now! Woot!

So yeah, that was my weekend. And no, Mum, I didn't get drunk. :P

Becky and Jen in front of the Ruins:

Becky, Jen and Amie in front of the Ruins:

Jen going down a slide in The Coolest Play Park Ever!

Check out http://suqbus.deviantart.com for more pictures, which I'll be uploading during the day.

Awesome weekend!

Sep. 4th, 2006 | 03:24 pm
bodyspace: Urasoe, Okinawa
headspace: sleepy sleepy
toons: Tool and Gorillaz

Had such a fantastic weekend!

Mum and Keith - you can ignore the bits about me getting drunk. I did not get drunk again.

So I got drunk. Again. Went through to Naha on Friday evening. Had dinner and pre-drinks at Kadija's place, which was really fun. Then headed out to a dance party Aaron found for us. It was really really empty, but that at least meant that there was room to dance. The music was fantastic. I danced my little tushie off.

Had the hangover to end all hangovers on Saturday morning though, which was odd, considering I wasn't all thaaaat drunk. Bah. Becks looked after me so nicely and gave me toast. Hooray for Becky!

But went out to Starbucks with Caren. And Becky, Dave, Aaron, Amie, Deej and Nic because they happened to be there too. Tried having a chocolate doughnut (doughnut, Jacqui! Not donut! Do not succomb!!) but that was a stupid idea. :P

Walked around the fleamarket with everyone too. Bought some kawaii phone decoration thingies. What are those things even called? To anyone not familiar with this trend - you have a little place on your cellphone/mobile/keitai where you can hang stuff off of. So we get little... ummm... toy thingies (ARGH! have only been here a month and already my english is going to the dogs!) that you hang off there. I got a little shiisa and a Hello Kitty in a shikuaasa outfit(shikuaasa is a type of citrus fruit you get here - shikuaasa juice is the yummiest thing ever!). Um. Anyway. Got a bag and some cute socks with frills on them too. :D

My original plans were to leave Naha at this point, but I was seduced into staying by the suggestion of karaoke. So we missioned off to find a karaoke place. On the way we passed an Irish pub, which we just had to enter. Craziness: strawberry daquiries in an Irish pub in Japan. Heehee.

More missioning, and we found the Big Echo karaoke place on Kokusai Dori (the main tourist street in Naha). Not just any karaoke. All-you-can-drink karaoke!!

Crazy, crazy, crazy. Amie and I did a pretty good rendition of TLC's Waterfalls, and Becky and I got all deep and meaningful with Incubus' Drive. This is me not mentioning Karma Chameleon. Or MMM-Bop. :P

When they kicked us out just after midnight, we went down to Paul & Mike's (Canadian pub), where I had a nice chat with a cute Japanese teacher and got bought beer by a soldier. Fun, fun, fun.

Slept over at Becky's place again, and we had a lovely chat the next morning. We have decided that Becky rocks our world.

Yup. Another bus back to Urasoe, and I was dead to the world last night. Tried to wake up early to prepare for a class, but that just did not happen. Which ended up working out, because when I got here I found out that the class had been cancelled.

My classes today were great. First one was with 14 genki girls, who were really excited to meet me, and asked tons of questions, all in English. For the second one I had to make up a short self-introduction game really quickly over my lunch break, but it ended up working really really well.

And ja, that's me.

Another really long entry! Muaha. But at least it was more interesting than any other in the past two weeks. ;)

Edit 1: graaaaaaaaaaah! When you ask "are you busy?" and I say "Yes, I'm working", this is not an invitation to sit and tell me about your pronunciation of the word "owl" for 20 minutes!

Edit 2: Just read on a news site while searching for info on Australia for a class: Steve Irwin has pegged it from a stingray barb in the chest. It had to happen some day....