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Soccer Kids

2006.08.27 (Sun)

One of my friends, Kay, in our futsal team asked me to become a soccer coach for her kids' school soccer team. I wasn't interested at that time...

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She has two kids; 3rd grader Mond and 5th grader Dia. Today, we had lunch together at the nearby Barmian restaurant, the reasonably priced chinese restaurant. The reason why we gathered was that about a week ago at the same place, we talked about kids' education and she asked me to teach kids english. I paused a couple of seconds and calmly nodded to her with a smile. I've got a bit of experience in education. I got a degree in education. Though my speciality is to teach english to high school, I taught Japanese to american kids in elementary school and junior high school when I was in Portland, Oregon.

This was the first time I met her kids. The older brother, Dia was a bit shy. And Mond seemed out going. I thought I was going to talk to kids about a plan to teach english. There wasn't that talk. Dia and Mond left right after they finished their lunch. They had soccer practice and basket ball practice.

After they left, we started talking about the plan. It's going to be a once a week session and we are going to use an instant messenger to give a remote session in between those on site sessions. I speak only english during a session and if they have questions, they must ask me in english. If there's some difficulty asking me questions in english, My girl becomes a bridge and translate their questions from japanese to english and translate back my answer to them in japanese. In this way, we hope we can build an ideal environment that they are forced to use english in order to communicate with me. I really hope this will work.

When we finished discussing that, which took about three hours, we left the restaurant and visited a local elementary school to see Mond playing soccer. He plays soccer every weekend at school. There is no official coach in the team but their parents do coaching in turn. I remembered when Kay asked me to teach her kids english, she also asked me to become a soccer coach. I didn't take it seriously but now that I saw them playing soccer on the field; I felt like I could be a coach. It wasn't too bad to play soccer with kids. I'm still not sure if I'm going to do it. This can be a good way to spend weekend though.
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Rediscovering Kyoto

2006.08.11 (Fri)

Traveling away from daily life has always been a pleasure to me. Spending luxuary time in different environments in different places almost certainly gets me a chance to refresh and rebuild my aching body and strained mind.

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From 8/7/2005 through 8/11/2005, I took a paid vacation to visit Kyoto with my girl. Although I was born in Kyoto myself, my real home time is a bit away from central kyoto area where all the travelers gathered from all over the world to visit temples and shrines.

There was a little trouble at the tokyo station on the way regarding train tickets. We bought round trip tickets from Tokyo to Kyoto one day before. The thing is that a sales person at the JR counter mistakenly sold us a pair of tickets which a train leaves at 7:03 in the morning, not the evening. When we got through the automatic ticket gate, the machine did not stop us from going through. But when we checked the schedule on the digital board, there wasn't our train. We couldn't find it anywhere. We asked one of the JR employees about the missing train and finally we realized that we got the wrong time tickets. JR guy was kind enough to guide us how to reissue the tickets. We couldn't get the 7:03PM train but got 7:20PM train instead.

After the little trouble switching tickets, we got on the platform waiting for the RIGHT train. We bought lunch boxes and two bottles of Japanese tea, and of course a couple of snacks as well.

Tokyo to Kyoto is just about two hour trip. On the way, I read the chronicle of narnia; The prince caspian. I saw the movie and actually bought the dvd. I like the story very much. It was a story about narnians 100years after the first story which we saw in the movie.

When we got Kyoto station, we first checked in the hotel which is located at just right across the street from the station. We put all the bags in the room and got outside looking for some decent restaurant or maybe bar. A couple of blocks walk got me the impression of the city that most of the restaurants close very early. We were so tired wandering around that we decided to go back to the hotel room with some alchohol drinks and snacks bought at the nearby store.

We had a little fun drinking and went to bed for the next day.
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TOEIC

2006.08.10 (Thu)

It's been a while since I last took the TOEIC test. This was taken at the Test Center in the company where I currently work at. The test is categorized as an IP test. I don't know what that IP stand for. But it's a sort of used test and a year old.

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I heard there's a new version of the test but it was a good old-fashioned seven part test. I don't know what the new version of the test look like. In the old version, there are only two sections; a listening section and a reading section. There aren't any section measuring a writing skill and a speaking skill available.

I hadn't studied for it at all and even worse I forgot about the test until my colleague told me that I had the test that day.

When I got the score, it didn't tell me a lie at all. I got almost perfect on the listening section. However, The score was right. I lost some weight on the reading section. I got 30 points less than the previous result. If this was the second time I took the test, It probably was within the margin of error. But I took this test a couple of times. If I compare with the score two times before, I lost 65 points, which is out of range. So I realize that gradualy my score has slided down.

I don't need the perfect score but I hate to see the card with a decreasing score. Now that I have to take IELTS test to prove my english proficiency. I probably should start studying Australian and its pronounciation.
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Introductory story

2006.08.10 (Thu)

Where do we start this project?

The idea came up was to leave this country. We did not know what exactly was meant by tha idea. We just felt the life here didn't suit our life styles and obviously felt that we didn't fit in.

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Back in 1994, I stood on the US soil for the first time. Since then, I frequently visited the US for unknown reasons. Sometimes, I taught Japanese to americans in local high schools and junior high schools. And sometimes I just spent three months staying one city pretending that I natively lived there. In 1998, I got a chance to study at the University of California at Davis. There I took some of the science classes. I kind of got a feeling that I could survive this competitive environment. At the time, I had a vague vision about my future career but didn't think about it much. Then I met this guy named Ben who's majoring in Computer Science. He was so talented and called a computer genious. I got lots of good influences by him and in the summer of 2000, I moved to Oregon and enrolled a Computer and Information Science major at the University of Oregon.

At the almost same time, she enrolled U of O. She was majoring in Journalism focusing on public relations. I don't know exactly how she got there but in the spring of 2001, we at last met each other.

In the winter of 2002, I graduated from U of O and got a job in California. It was a medical device testing facility. My work tasks are divided into two categories. One is to build company's computer network system; the other is to help the experiments such tasks as collecting data during the experiments, analyzing the data using statistical methods, and repoting the data to the study directors. Work itself was fine but I hated seeing doctors killing animals heartlessly. I made up my mind leaving the company. All the time I was in Cal., I hadn't seen her. I thought I was never going to see her again in my life.

In the spring of 2004, I quit the job and moved back to Japan. There I got the IT job. I remember it was June of 2004, I got the info from my old friends that she might be in Tokyo. I tried hundreds of ways to contact her and finally I found her. I called her up and set up the meeting. At last I saw her at some darky noodle place in Ginza area, Tokyo.

Since we got together again, we've been good friends and in the winter of 2006, we officially got together, which means we started living together.

Once we got together, things went so fast. I told her everything about my will to leave this country. She totally agreed with my idea. First we started with seeing one of the immigration consultant agencies in Tokyo. That did not help a bit because we know the info better than they do. We concluded that we should prepare for the immigration processes by ourselves. We searched internet where the ideal place to reside for good and found Australia the most prospective candidate. We finally started the preparation for the immigration process. And the story follows as time goes by...
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