Random thoughts, comments, observations and general fluff from a random bint who left London at the end of September 2004 to embark on a new life and new adventures in Tokyo, land of the cute.... and is leaving mid-June 2010 - and counting!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Quick Catchup


My life is completely taken over by this course BUT it should get easier after this week when the first piece of coursework has been handed in.

I don't want to talk about TESOL though.


Spotted on a t-shirt, worn by a girl in her 20s:

Whip it to me. I'm gonna come. Can I come? [sic]

[only in Japan, heh?]


Apologies for not keeping track of everyone else's blogs. I'll slowly catch up with them.

My social life has been cut right down due to tiredness, TESOL work and trying to cut back on spending.

Of note recently though: a week ago I went with some friends to the open air restaurant at the top of Parco in Ikebukuro. It's a two hour nomi- tabehodai deal (ie eat and drink yourself stupid for a set price) but I managed to control my drinking compared to last summer when I went there and really overdrank. By the end of the pub afterwards I wasn't quite so sober though. But it was a fun night.

Then last night I experienced the hospitality of Timorous Beastie and Timourous Beast in their lovely apartment after my course ended. The evening started off with the lovely Shiomi having a breakdown in her, normally, impeccable sense of direction and getting me lost! Can you imagine the cheek of the woman? Okay, there was a little diversion to try and get some proper lemonade for the Pimms, but still.

Beastie and Beast plied us with lovely food. Although the scared look on Beast's face as he handed a plate of something and said 'try this' was a little disconcerting. The aubergine-pesto-cheese-pancake was lovely though, as were the salad the soup. According to her blog it was pumpkin; I have to confess I thought it was carrot...

Liisa and her Finnish friend plied us with a most bizarre Finnish vodka based licorice drink. That wasn't really to my taste. At first. By later in the evening I couldn't get enough of it though.

Somewhere along the line the decision was made to troop off to karaoke, with Liisa's friend declaring she would NOT be singing as she hadn't had enough to drink. Yeah right. Guess who sang to EVERY song?! Beastie refused to put any songs on but was caught sneakily singing along at some stages. Liisa and Finn friend showed what rock chicks they really are as they sang, danced and generally picked lots of rock numbers I had never heard of...

I of course was the image of decorum and quietness and sat quietly behaving myself. It was after a particularly throaty version of 'Hey Mickey' that I discovered the true benefits of the strange Finnish drink.

Good fun, really!


Anonymous Shiomi said...

I can't believe myself I made you lost in my country. Usually, I can go anywhere even abroad, if I have a map and the address.Anyway, I'm really sorry about that....Pimm's didn't work? :)

11:39 am

Blogger Timorous Beastie said...

Oh no Shiomi, the Pimms worked for me. Actually the soup of pumpkin and carrot, but the pumpkin was much bigger and tougher than the carrot, so I gave it all the credit.

1:26 pm

Anonymous josie said...

Hey there,
I have been out of touch with your blog for some time. It's been over a year now since I left Japan, and I still get pangs of wanting to go back there, but for the moment I am teaching in a really tiny school on a remote island, south of Tasmania, Australia. I have also changed blogs too
I will keep checking your blog as I love hearing about your adventures!

2:06 pm

Blogger Jo said...

Shiomi - Pimms ALWAYS works :D

Tim - I'm happy there was carrot in there somewhere! Why did the Beast call in sick next day? The Finnish liquor do him in?

Josie - hey! is it really a year since you left? I'll have been here for two years at the end of this month! I'll check out your blog. Hope you're still enjoying teaching. If you miss Japan, come back!

10:17 pm

Anonymous machiruda said...

TESOL is really eating up your time huh? Sounds tough, but hope you do well in the end, and that it will help you in work and further jobs :)

And yes, the Tshirt-thing... only in Japan. Although I sometimes see some pretty freaky ones in the Netherlands as well, though not this bad...

1:15 pm


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