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… 🙂

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.



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.

Ride the Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift

Riding the lift is a way to ascend to the castle.

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.

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.


Matsuyama Airport

It opened as an Imperial Japanese Navy airfield in 1941.