MonthSeptember 2007

I hate people.

Was a great day at movieworld until I got back to the hotel. My laptop was gone. Only thing stolen from the apartment was my $4000+ laptop. Makes for a great holiday. Hopefully it will be covered by insurance, but all my personal data (at least three years worth) my teaching documents, email and photos are all now publicly available. It makes me feel sick. I just hope the people that stole it are going to sell it to someone who might respect my privacy and delete all the information before passing it on.

Or, I might get it back. We shall see….

A bit better today.

Went to some place with a whole bunch of outlet stores today. Bought some tracksuit sweat pants/top. Was around 50% off. I seem to be getting used to a fully English environment now. Some people actually seem nice. Overall it was a better day today but I still miss Japan. Had some super sizes kebabs for dinner. Good kebabs! Still haven’t had a swim yet. Too cold. Tomorrow we will be heading to movie world. Might have some photos to post later on, but I don’t have a cable to connect the camera to the PC so it will have to be later on.


Its bloody Cold

I’m cold. It’s sunny, but I’m cold. I though that the gold coast would have been warmer. I was wearing a jacket yesterday. Not my idea of a nice warm holiday. Went to Hungry Jacks (Burger King) yesterday and realized that the Burger King in Japan is much better. The bacon and cheese here sucks. Hopefully New Zealand will be better. You cant even drink in public here. Oh I miss Japan so much already. There are so many fat and ugly people over here it’s just sad. Sure Japan has its bad side too, its just everyone does there best to ignore/hide the problems.

The family took some old style photos yesterday. We all dressed up in cowboy style clothes, it was very interesting. One big issue I had with the service was that they wouldn’t provide you with a digital copy. I wanted to photoshop out all the mistakes and so on, but they would only provide a printed photo. There was also a shooting range, but it was way too expensive. Around $90 to shoot a .44 (or .40) magnum with 40 rounds. After the photo shoot we went bowling for a bit. I didn’t do too bad even though I haven’t bowled for a long time. I managed about three strikes.

Other than that, all I’ve done in Aussie is spend too much money (It seems as if the cost of living is higher than in Japan!) and eat/drink. Not really much fun. Hopefully I will be heading over to Movieworld or Dreamworld tomorrow. That should be good. Problem is it’s school holidays over here so there will be a whole bunch of noisy kids too. Damn.

One other thing. It’s freaky that I can understand everyone around me. Upon arrival it felt eerily strange. I even spoke Japanese to the lady at the currency exchange place! Its just so foreign. As the song says “I think I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so” etc. Freaky. I don’t know if its a good or a bad thing. I think I’m alot more comfortable in Japan. Maybe Japan has made me soft. Who cares? All I know is I just feel a little out of place – at least in Australia. It will be interesting to see what New Zealand is like.

Going on Holiday

Ok, I’ve had four bottles of wine on the flight and so far so good. Its only an eight and a half hour flight from Narita to Brisbane so I shouldn’t get deep veign thrombirisitinsnmnsnsass or whatever its called. I plan on spending the time using the laptop I’m blogging on until its dead, drinking some more, and then hopefully going to sleep. Why am I heading to Brisbane you ask? Well, I managed to steal some days away from work (Paid holiday but during school term) to celebrate my sisters 21st birthday in Australia, and then my fathers birthday in New Zealand.

Its going to be great catching up with everyone back home. Hopefully the bank account can hold out until I’m back in Japan. Oh, one more thing, this plane is crazy old. It still has ashtrays, and tube televisions. I don’t even have my own screen and I feel like a sardine in this stupid seat. You would think that an airline like JAL/Quantas would be using a newer plane. They did the last time I travelled. Oh well, at lease it hasn’t crashed yet.

Tokyo Game Show

I’m on a plane to Brisbane, so I’ve got some spare time to spend updating the blog. First off I suppose is the Tokyo game show. I managed to sneak in on the first day as a distributor, and got to play a few games I have been looking forward to. Halo 3 didn’t seem all that special, looks the same as halo two, but it felt tweaked and refined etc… I played Metal Gear Solid 4 online, had a lan game with a bunch of other people, didn’t do too well with that. Graphics were good but I had a problem getting used to the controls. Can’t expect much in 20 minutes I suppose. I was going to play Devil May Cry 4, but I couldn’t be bothered waiting twenty minutes. Overall my favorite game was little big planet. I just love the idea of having to work as a team. It’s defiantly a game I want to buy. I played many games, most of which looked worth getting. I lost a game of Eye of Judgment, but only because the idiot Japanese guy next to me didn’t remember the rules.

Overall the game show wasn’t as big as I expected it to be but it was my first actual game, so I have nothing to compare it to. I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed it very much had I gone on the weekend. Good luck to those of you who will be attending this weekend, I hope you can handle waiting hours for game demos.

RikaiChan for Firefox!

I recently downloaded a plugin for firefox that comes in really handy when viewing Japanese websites. It will show you the meaning of a particular word or kanji as you hold your mouse over it. Great looking layout too. Free and easy to use. If you want it, you can grab a copy at

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