Ehime Prefecture, Japan

Monthly General Meeting Speech

Ohayou Gozaimasu.
Grace to moushimasu.
Cebu kara kimashita.
Ni juu roku sai desu.

Watashi wa, koko ni, hataru koto ga dekite,
kansha shite imasu.
Watashi wa hito to kankyou ga suki desu.
Koko ni iru ma ni, nihongo o motto benkyou shitai desu.
Soshite, ryuchou ni hanaseru you ni naritai desu.
Mata, watashi wa oishii ryouri wo tsukureru you ni naritai desu.
Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

*And I got a good feedback from our hr 🙂

Ehime Prefecture, Japan

My First Birthday in Japan

Being in a new place, I never thought I would be surprised as I was.
It’s been just two-months since I came, don’t have many acquaintances yet, so I expected a quite lonely birthday.

It’s Friday, a day before my birthday, last working day of the week. While I had a discussion to one of our colleagues, the music in the office suddenly changed to a birthday song. The colleague was asking whose birthday as we gather together around the table where the cinnamon cake was served and sang along.
I was wondering if it’s for me or if someone else has his birthday because mine would still be tomorrow. At the end of the birthday song, confirmed. It’s for me. 🙂

We ate down the cake, and handed me a gift like a lego. I thought, maybe they gave me a game thing because I said I used to love playing board games.

At night when I arrived home, I received a notebook, a flashlight plus a battery from my housemate.
I would have bought them both myself had I not been given ahead.

On the next day, came my birthday. I was on my bike, chasing to get a good view of a fabulous sunset on my way home.
Then, someone rang the door bell of the apartment. It’s a delivery man! Bringing a package and looking for me.
I was so surprised…I had not expected any delivery nor had I received any since I came.
It’s exquisitely wrapped that I was so careful not to mess it.
I’m gonna keep it for a souvenir. 🙂

On the next week, I received another set of gifts.
Japanese hairpins, earrings, an elegant cellphone accessory which I love so much that even the shop attendant complimented it’s beautiful and a touching birthday letter.

Then, another Saturday came, another belated gifts received, a mug, a hair ribbon and a hanky.

I’ve got lots of gifts this birthday…not a lonely birthday after all… 🙂

2014, 2015, Japan, Tokyo

Living In Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolitan area and is the capital city of Japan. While in Tokyo proper, I have lived in two different wards, the Shinagawa-ku and the Suginami-ku.

THINGS DONE IN TOKYO

Gotanda

This is where I stayed when I had my final job interview last July 14, 2014. I came thru Jetstar Airways from Matsuyama, Ehime. Gotanda is a busy neighborhood in Shinagawa ward located between Meguro and Oosaki. Strolling along the streets with the cool, crisp air is my happy past time.

Togoshikouen

Yutaka-chou, Togoshikouen is where I initially lived in Tokyo. I stayed here for almost 4 months, August to December.
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Oimachi Station

The long escalator ride to Rinkai Line is simply adventurous. I had to go through 3 to 4 long escalators going down. Oimachi means big city.

Ogikubo

Ogikubo in Suginami-ku is my second home in Tokyo. I lived here from December 7, 2014 to May 2015, around 5 months.

Shibuya

This is where I worked in, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku. Shibuya  is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. It includes Harajuku, the known fashion center of Japan particularly for young people. Shibuya’s crossing is known as one of the world’s busiest street.
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Shinjuku

Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo and Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest railway station. While on the way to the office, I change line, from Chou line to Yamanote line at this station.

Meguro Catholic Church

I oftentimes drop by Meguro Church before going home. I sometimes attend mass here at 12 noon on Sundays.

Saint Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church

This is where I oftentimes attend mass on Sundays ‘coz it’s the Catholic Church closer to Ogikubo house. This is 1 minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower  is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. It has a paid observatory.

Akihabara

This is a district in Central Tokyo famous for its many electronics shops and  and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga. This is where I bout my Macbook.
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Ippudo Ramen

With thousands of ramen restaurants scattered throughout Tokyo, this is the one I love the most. It originated in Fukuoka, Japan, expanded internationally and has a branch in Manila. I love the spicy Ramen for which we can specify the level of spicyness.  There are also variety of condiments and side dishes so you can mix up the flavors.

KFC Twister

I love the KFC twister in Japan. I find it much better than the twister in the Philippines.

Saizeriya

It is a low-price Japanese chain of Italian restaurants. My favorite is caramel chicken paired with spaghetti.

Narita International Airport

I arrived last August 2014 to live in Tokyo thru this airport. As of 2013, Narita was the second-busiest passenger airport in Japan after Haneda Airport and is second as World’s Best Airports for Baggage Delivery by Skytrax 2015 World Airport Awards.

Haneda International Airport

I went home to the Philippines last May 23, 2015 thru this airport. It is crowned as 4th world’s best airport at the Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards

 

2014, Japan, Osaka

Trip To Osaka Japan

Universal Studios Japan

Around March 8 and 9 2014. My ex-officemates and I met in Osaka and we went to the largest Universal Studio in Asia, the USJ. I could never forget the Space Fantasy Ride, the best ride ever! I go there from Matsuyama thru an overnight bus, the WillerExpress.
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Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Rests on a giant man-made island in the middle of Osaka Bay, it is  crowned the 9th World’s Best Airport at the Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards.

Itami Airport

Formally known as Osaka International Airport, it handles large number of domestic flights across Japan.

2013, 2014, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, Osaka

Living in Ehime Prefecture, Japan

March 29, 2013-Aug 2014.

Thru Cebu Pacific Air, I came to Ehime from Cebu to work as Programmer in Matsuyama City, the largest city in Ehime Prefecture. Kansai International Airport was always my stopover prior Matsuyama. And you can travel from Kansai to Matsuyama either by car, bus or plane. I am not sure with trains though.

THINGS TO DO IN MATSUYAMA

Biking

Matsuyama is a biking friendly city. Biking is one of the better ways to get around the city. I acquired a second-hand Panasonic bike which I rode on going to the office, stores or malls. On weekends, I sometimes go to the city proper biking. Riding while carrying an umbrella or wearing suits and heels is common. Bicycles must be registered in the owner’s name and bells are rung only on emergencies.

Hanami at Matsuyama Castle

This three storied castle tower, Matsuyama Castle or MatsuyamajĹŤ is one of Japan’s twelve “original castles”, i.e. castles which have survived the post-feudal era since 1868 intact. It is located on Mount Katsuyama, a steep hill in the city center that provides visitors with a bird’s eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea.
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Ride the Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift

Riding the lift is a way to ascend to the castle.
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Shopping at Gintengai and Okaido Street

“Okaido” means big street. Gintengai and Okaido are the two shopping arcades in the centre. These are lively places with a good balance of shops, old and new, with cafes, restaurants and bars.
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Matsuyama Catholic Church

Located in Sanbancho, Matsuyamashi, the patron saint is Sacred Heart of Jesus. Most of the attendees especially on English mass are Filipinos. The first time I came in here was during Easter. There was a gathering and there were meals brought and shared by the local parishioners. There was also an Easter egg for 500 yen each.

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Matsuyama Airport

It opened as an Imperial Japanese Navy airfield in 1941.