31 January, 2008

I Survived!

You Act Like You Are 27 Years Old

You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel like an adult, and you're optimistic about life.
You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

You're still figuring out your place in the world and how you want your life to shape up.
The world is full of possibilities, and you can't wait to explore many of them.

Know i've blogged a lot about my dislike of the whole christmas-new year-birthday season, but i managed to get through it all relatively unscathed.
Have to confess to having a little meltdown the day before my birthday because i was feeling particularly useless, but that was it.
And i am now one year older & wiser. Well, relatively, anyway.

Spent my actual birthday trapped in a training centre at the top of a big hill, but the training centre staff surprised me with a special dessert complete with candles and everything. Lovely lovely people! It's the same training centre that celebrated halloween last year....

Then last Saturday, had the usual birthday celebrations at Blue Corn.
Ended up in karaoke, and sang random songs (note to self: it IS possible to sing Cure songs; but don't try No Doubt again). Got the German to sing 99 Red Balloons IN GERMAN. That was interesting...then i proceeded to spill beer all over the place; not the most sophisticated of things to do...

But, hey, sophistication is over-rated.
And as you can see from above, i may be in my 30s, but inside i am actually 27 (which would make pretty much the same age as The German....
Don't actually know if that's a good thing though - does that mean i am immature? Or just filled with a youthful zest for life.
Answers on a postcard, please!

18 January, 2008

〔〔 Lesson Learnt 〕〕

* Shinkansen ticket to Hiroshima = \17,540

* Beer & snacks on 4-hour shinkansen ride to Hiroshima = \3,500

* Dinner in Hiroshima = \5,000

* Drunken taxi ride to hotel = \1,500

* View of the atomic dome from the taxi = priceless

* My photo of the dome = worthless

15 January, 2008

::The Year To Come::

You Will Keep Your New Year's Resolution

You planning on making a resolution that's smart, attainable, and perfect for where your life is.

This time of year is always hard - Christmas, New Year's & my birthday all in quick succession.
In fact, it's just under a month to get all three done & dusted.

I've managed (so far) to come through relatively unscathed this year.
Christmas was great - it was a new style family Christmas, but it WAS Christamssy & it was fun. Again - thanks to Courtney & Aki for letting me invade their lives.

New Year's was fun - drunken friends & even managed to get to the shrine. Or was it a temple?
The first few days of the year were a bit low. I was a bit sick & on my own for 3 days, which definitely didn't help. I really tried hard to keep the demons at bay, and mostly succeeded.

Luckily, though, The German came back in time to save me from slipping back down into the big dark hole of moping self-despair (and to be honest, what do i really have to mope about? Life IS good - if i were a friend of mine, I'd tell myself to pull myself together instead of sitting around home watching depressing movies...but anyway...)

And so - what are my resolutions for 2008?
I'm not really one for making resolutions. Basically because i know i have the willpower of a gnat, and will probably break them by my birthday. However, i have realised that i have been making kind of vague resolutions to myself.
2007 was a kind of 'love myself & enjoy life' resolution. And i think i did that. I travelled more, got out more, met more people & didn't just stick to the same old places, ie Blue Corn. (The irony of all that being the fact that i met The German at Blue Corn, but that's a whole different story...)
ANYWAY - 2007 was a good year.

So, 2008.
I think it will also be a good year & i have 2 vague-resolutions:
1. Save money (actually, that's not very vague at all...)
2. Embrace change & don't be afraid of it (looks like this year could well be a year of BIG changes - not going to write about them yet. Going to wait till things are clearer)

Just got to get through the birthday thing & then once again, i am done for the year.

OH - before i forget, you are all invited to Blue Corn for the January Girls & Boys Birthday celebration. Saturday 26th January from 7pm. Come along if you can.

02 January, 2008

《《 Ake Ome 》》

Well, another year done and dusted.
2007 wasn't all good but on the grand scale of things, it was a pretty fine year.
And i am feeling really positive about 2008.
Had a good start to the year at blue corn with tequila shots. And i think i had some jaegermeister too...

Then takeshi closed up blue corn and we all went off to the local shrine for hatsu mode. After that, the rest of the evening is a blur of alcohol, karaoke, more alcohol and lots of smiles.

Was a good night/morning, except for two things: k wasn't there and the nasty hangover when i finally woke up...