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Hong Kong-At the Airport

So after getting off the plane, we decided to get some money exchanged at the airport since it was convienent. During our transaction, our teller was having a conversation with another teller. (It's so different from Japan, where you could expect undivided attention.)

Suddenly, another teller shouts from another counter about 3 meters away, "Hey, I'm out of $100 bills. Do you have any?" At which, our teller responds, "Yea, catch!" And then throws a wad of $100 bills across us and over to the other person. It was a poor throw and resulted in knocking down a cardboard advertising stand on the counter. It was so close I could have reached out and grabbed it.

I love Hong Kong.
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by ekwok | 2006-11-23 19:06 | Travel Abroad

Hong Kong

I love Hong Kong. It's like a mixture of high rises and old time markets. Kowloon is cool too with it's old buildings and slummy areas and night markets.

So many good memories. I'll tell you more about it in short stories. Enjoy.
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by ekwok | 2006-11-23 19:05 | Travel Abroad

Goofing around

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I got some free cotton candy while walking around Daikanyama and decided to have some fun.

代官山で散歩中綿菓子(わたがし)をもらいました。ただでした。やった!だから楽しかったです。
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by ekwok | 2006-11-18 05:43 | Le Cordon Bleu

Midterm Test  中間試験

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(Here's my handy job as I promised. )

(約束(やくそく)とおりにしました。)

We weren't allowed to ask each other or the chef any questions on this special day. However, it was just a normal day for me. I normally don't ask others questions. Not because I'm so good I don't need help but rather my Japanese isn't good.

私達はこの特別な日他の生徒さんに質問させないでしたが、普通な日でした。いつも質問しませんでした。僕はすごく上手じゃなくて僕の日本語はあまり上手じゃありません。

We were graded on 5 categories: Presentation, Technique, Taste, Hygiene, and Organization. I did pretty well, I got 8, 8, 7.5, 8, and 7.5 respectively. Top of the class.

カテゴリ五つによってわけられました。プレゼンテーションとテクニックと味と衛生(えいせい)と組織(そしき)でした。よくしました、8、8、7.5、8と7.5をもらいました。クラスのトップに立つ。
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by ekwok | 2006-11-18 05:36 | Le Cordon Bleu

Izu Wellness Approach イズ・ウェルネス・アプローチ

Yesterday, I went to Ohito in Shizuoka with Nami and her family. We visited some relatives and then at about 8:00, we went to a hot spring. We stayed there for just 50 minutes but it was great!

昨日静岡の大仁町になみとぎりの家族と一緒に行きました。なみの親戚(しんせき)を訪問しに行って8:00時ぐらい温泉に行きました。温泉に50分だけとまりましたが気持ちよかった!

It had the standard; hot bath, cold bath, and stinky sulphur bath. It also had a sauna and steam sauna. It also had a bath with water coming out of a bamboo pipe about 2 meters up. It's supposed to massage your muscles or make you bald if you decide to foolishly let the water hit your head.

その温泉には、温かいお風呂、冷たいお風呂、臭いお風呂など、典型的なお風呂から、サウナやスチーム・サウナ、竹の管水路(かんすいろ)から水を注いでいるお風呂までいろいろあります。管水路の高さは2メートルぐらいですから、筋肉をマッサージしてくれます。水が頭の上に長い時間当たったら、はげになります。

Some interesting points would be that the sauna had "towel shorts" for you to wrap around your privates while you lie around. The best and most interesting thing by far is "Doctor Fish!" (That's a name used by Oedo Onsen in Tokyo but I'll use it here for this case too.)

このサウナの面白いところはマジック・テープつきタオルがあることです。サウナで休む時、体のひみつ部分を包んであります。一番面白くて良いところは「ドクター・フィッシュ」というお風呂があることです。(「ドクター・フィッシュ」という名前は大江戸温泉のですが、このケースも使います。)

"Doctor Fish" is a bath filled with tepid water and about 250 small little fish. The idea is that you stick your feet into the water and let the fish eat you alive...well, eat any dead skin or diseased skin at least. It's a little disconcerting to see your whole foot is engulfed by small fish ravenously gnawing away at your toes and feet. It's also ticklish but you get used to it after awhile. Think of seeing these black little tendrils coming out of your feet and wiggling around. It was like some scenes in Princess Mononoke.

「ドクター・フィッシュ」には湯がぬるくて魚は二百五十匹います。意味は足を入れたら、魚は人間を食べます。。。壊死(えし)した皮膚(ひふ)と悪い皮膚だけです。僕の足と足の指をお腹空いて食べている魚に包囲(ほうい)されていたことはちょっと気持ちが悪かったです。くすぐったがったけど、すぐにそれになじみます。見ることはもののけ姫のシーンみたいです。

I left my feet in there for about 15 minutes and at the end, my feet felt amazingly smooth and nice. It felt like I got a great foot scrub. I recommend "Doctor Fish."

15分ぐらい僕の足は入れられました。だから僕の足はすごくスベスベになりました。この気持ちはゴシゴシ洗った足みたいです。僕は、「ドクター・フィッシュ」です。おすすめです。
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by ekwok | 2006-11-14 01:48 | Travel within Japan