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29 April 2009 @ 09:57 pm
Land Of The Rising Sun  
More stuff. No interesting pictures, too busy. I'll get to that by August or so, no doubt.

Today was nice -- no rush hour trains, since today was a holiday for everyone but me (we get next Thursday off to make up for it). Otherwise, rush hour trains are the bane of my existence -- I'm really not looking forward to summer here.

But I don't really feel like I'm making much progress with things. I mean, I've been here a couple weeks, and I'm still not fluent! *grump* Also, I'm probably losing weight and getting in shape, but I'm still slow, and my knees hurt. Eh, well, whatever, Golden Week is coming up, and there's a certain insanity of being on the track team, of all things, anyway. (Although -- I need to figure out what to put on my jacket. I was vaguely thinking maybe using my Chinese name, 道格, but I don't really know.)

So, random thoughts lately:

Went to the ginormous post office in Shinjuku. It had ten ATM machines all in a row. :) A whole big building of post-office-ness.

Found a good spicy curry place in Ikebukuro station. A little expensive, but I'll probably eat there now and then.

Speaking of which, been trying various things at the school cafeteria. The curry's decent, if typical boring Japanese curry, but the ramen's kinda awful. I'll keep trying a few other things, though. It's cheap and convenient, though, as long as you avoid the worst of the lunch rush right after I get out of class.

Uh... Not much else to report. Studying, running around, waiting for ai_hua to get back from Okinawa, and looking forward to golden week...
In the mood: tiredtired
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Who is ai hua?
Who is ai hua?

Douglas Triggs: sakuradoubt72 on April 30th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: Who is ai hua?
Oh, that's my girlfriend.
thjazithjazi on April 30th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Who is ai hua?
So that's why there were so few updates and no pictures. I was thinking, what, did all the leaves and flowers disintegrate? Did the camera break/get stolen? Did Doug fall prey to one of the many horrible monsters living in Tokyo?

Oh wait, you did. ;p

Congrats to both of you, Monster and meal.
Douglas Triggs: beardoubt72 on April 30th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Who is ai hua?
No, actually, that's not her fault. School's taken up a lot more time than she has, especially with her having been in Okinawa for a week.

And yes, the flowers did disintegrate -- they're cherry blossoms, they do that. :) There isn't any pressing need to take pictures of anything right now, because they'll be green for a long time.
thjazithjazi on May 1st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Who is ai hua?
Well, getting one out of 3 or 4 wild ass guesses right, ain't that bad.
hamanosilencehamanosilence on April 30th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Hmn I wonder if the knee hurt is due to wrong running behaviour or wrong shoes .. I remember having heard of such things. Getting in shape isn't really bad :)

Oh yes very evil you are not fluent after some weeks :P
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on April 30th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
It's mostly due to being old and fat, but having dodgy knees due to being pigeon-toed doesn't help, though. I will fight on.

And of course I'm evil. You even had to ask?
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
What do you write Ai Hua's name in Kanji?

Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on April 30th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
Well, her name's not actually Ai Hua, it's 愛玲. Or 爱玲, in simplified Chinese.

She's not Japanese.
thjazithjazi on May 1st, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
Actually quite a few Taiwanese who were educated in Japanese as a result of the years Taiwan was underneath Japanese rule. I know several here in Dallas who were educated in Japan or who have relatives who have tried to go native in Japan.
Douglas Triggs: chinadoubt72 on May 1st, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
Well, some of the best Taiwanese food is actually stolen Japanese cuisine, which is only fair, since the Japanese probably stole it from China in the first place.

However, she's not Chinese, either. Never mind the fact she speaks Cantonese natively and has a Chinese name. Ethnic Chinese, yes, but her passport isn't from a Chinese-speaking country. :)
thjazithjazi on May 2nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
I was only thinking ethnically but I made the stupid mistake of saying taiwanese which of course implied I was talking nationality, unless of course she is of native stock(rare). My apologies.
Douglas Triggs: danger death raydoubt72 on May 3rd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: Ai Hua's name in Kanji?
No need to apologize, no one's been offended.

But I will take mercy on you and tell you her home town is Kuala Lumpur, and you can probably figure out the rest from there.