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September 30, 2009

I have a stalker

Filed under: News & Events — RICKY @ 8:45 pm
About once a month I get a visit from Jehovah's witnesses. They ring my doorbell and when I answer the interphone a woman starts talking - or should I say blabbering - about doomsday and that the end is near and that we're all going to die soon unless we join the Jehovah cult. I always politely decline the invitation to attend one of their meetings but in spite of that, they keep coming back month after month. What's funny is that they seem to have singled me out cause they never ring any other doorbells in the building, as far as I know. Also, from day one, they talked to me in English which means somehow they must have known that I, a foreigner, live there. I guess I have a stalker, lol. Well, even though I detest doomsday babble it didn't affect the rest of my day. Come to think of it, today is the last day of September and it was amazing, blue skies and temperatures in the mid 20's. In Sapporo somehow September has more sunny days than July or August. Hmmm. 私は英語とスペイン語の先生です。
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September 29, 2009

G20 First Ladies

Filed under: News & Events — RICKY @ 6:30 pm
Top: Sweden, Russia and Korea. Middle: Mexico and Japan. Bottom: England and Australia. Caught my attention: A magazine article about the G20 First Ladies. Here are seven of them - look for yourself. 私は英語とスペイン語の先生です。
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September 28, 2009

Fashion faux pas

Filed under: News & Events — RICKY @ 7:27 pm
Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. Ouch ... that's what I call a fashion faux pas ... 私は英語とスペイン語の先生です。
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September 26, 2009

Spicy News

Filed under: Soup Curry — RICKY @ 12:52 pm
I stumbled into Sama by pure coincidence. I was wandering around North Ward looking for a decent place to eat when Sama popped up in front of me like a gift from heaven. The interior of this recently opened branch is cozy and divided into two parts. One part has "horigotatsu" tables and the other part large tables and benches next to a huge Hokkaido-style heater (as big as a refrigerator!). I thought I wanted to sit next to that heater on a cold chilly day but since it was relatively warm on that day I opted for the horigotatsu (dig-kotatsu!). What's interesting at Sama is that there are three choices of soup: coconut, tomato and the traditional Japanese asari. I ordered coconut soup with veggies and soup omori (extra soup). Big surprise when the waitress served a huge bowl of soup curry filled to the top! I usually leave hungry after eating soup curry but this time I left satisfied and well-fed. I picked spice level 25 on a scale of 1 to 30 and it was less hot than expected. Sama also offers delivery in case you live in the neighborhood. Other soup curry restaurants I've visited recently are Ajanta, Run and Surya. Ajanta is a well-established, spacious eatery in East Ward, selling its own line of instant soup curry. While eating the first thought that came to my mind was "men must like this" - heavy and a bit greasy, kind of like ramen. Ajanta also has an outlet in Ebetsu and as far as the branch in Sapporo is concerned, it is the proud owner of Sapporo's best mural (see pic). So, personally I don't recommend it BUT if you're into ramen you might also enjoy a nice big calorie-loaded bowl of soup at Ajanta! N23, E20. Curry shop Run along the streetcar line is run by an Indian family, it is clean and the soup curry is very good. I ordered a small nan bread with my curry instead of rice and was surprised about the size of the "small nan" ... it was huge! The service was excellent and I'll definitely go back there some day. Run, S7, W6. Surya in Zenibako crossed my path on my way back from Dream Beach. I enjoyed the food and the attentive service but the highlight was the terrace where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the Sea of Japan. Sama, N16, W3 and three other branches. Ajanta, N23, E20. Run, S7, W6. Surya, Otaru Zenibako, across from the JR Station and four other branches. 私は英語とスペイン語の先生です。
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September 25, 2009

Autumn Festival vol. 2

Filed under: So Japanese — RICKY @ 9:09 pm
The second Autumn Festival is being held in Odori Park right now. The main part consists of - what else - Ramen! Sapporoites value their noodles more than any other food. Minor players are Japanese food stalls, a kebab shop, a curry stand and two of Sapporo's most popular soup curry eateries, right next to each other: Spark and Crazy Spice. I had a glass of red wine but switched to beer soon thereafter. Hokkaido provides the perfect environment for beer, no doubt about that. I also had grilled komai fish and a vegetable soup and was about to get something else, only to realize that last order time was up and everybody was getting ready to go home - at 8 PM! I thought it was "very Hokkaido". Early bird ... Autumn Festival, Odori Park, until October 4. 私は英語とスペイン語の先生です。
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September 18, 2009

Cocooning: new trend?

Filed under: News & Events — RICKY @ 4:42 pm
Tapas tour II led me to a new wine bar named Village, to M's Space and around the entire Odori area. We left the last venue around midnight and were baffled by the lack of people around town, on a Saturday night! Odori looked like a ghost town, like an abandoned stretch of land with only a few windows lit in even fewer high rise buildings. Even the TV tower, Sapporo's top landmark, was completely dark. Eco, I guess. My friend, Yumiko, mentioned how much Odori had changed, and that especially during the bubble era everybody was out in the streets, moving from restaurants to clubs to bars, eating, drinking and singing the night away. My friends and acquaintances often tell me about the land of plenty that Japan used to be during the bubble years, and I really wish I had been here to experience the excitement and enthusiasm of those days. Nowadays there seems to be a new trend among young people, "cocooning", which means staying at home rather than going out. A byproduct of technology? It feels a bit empty though and doesn't help the already hopelessly low birth rate (fewer chances to meet people -> fewer couples -> fewer children. Did you get my reasoning?), at 1.37 kids per married couple the lowest in the world. Runner-ups in low birthrates are Germany and Italy, and an article in a magazine suggested that it might be a curse that has been placed on the three major perpetrator countries of WWII ... hmmm ... superstition, that's all I can say. 札幌の英語の先生、札幌のスペイン語の先生、札幌英語先生、札幌スペイン語先生、英語のブログ、BLOG、会話、英語英会話、札幌の先生、札幌先生、英語の語学スクール、スペイン語の語学スクール、札幌英会話、英会話、English teacher in Sapporo, maestra de español。
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September 17, 2009

Fall treats

Filed under: I recommend — RICKY @ 8:48 pm
In Japan, fall is the season to read, eat and do sports. In Mexico, where I lived before coming to Japan, it is the patriotic season. So what is the result of patriotism applied in the kitchen? Chiles en nogada! The dish consists of poblano chiles stuffed with a meat-fruits-spices-mixture called "picadillo", topped with a walnut-based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds, giving it the appearance of the Mexican flag (green-white-red). The dish not only looks stylish, but also tastes great. Learn how to make this masterpiece of Mexican cuisine. 札幌の英語の先生、札幌のスペイン語の先生、札幌英語先生、札幌スペイン語先生、英語のブログ、BLOG、会話、英語英会話、札幌の先生、札幌先生、英語の語学スクール、スペイン語の語学スクール、札幌英会話、英会話、English teacher in Sapporo, maestra de español。
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September 15, 2009

¡VIVA MEXICO!

Filed under: En Español — RICKY @ 8:20 pm
Decoraciones patrióticas en San José del Cabo, Los Cabos En México, el mes de septiembre es conocido como el mes de la patria porque se festejan importantes acontecimientos que se relacionan con la lucha por la libertad y la soberanía del país. Al llegar este mes el país entero se empieza a vestir de los colores verde, blanco y rojo, toda la gente saca su bandera más grande y la coloca en la ventana mas grande, los arreglos y festones adornan la ciudad y todos los mexicanos se preparan para dar el grito de Independencia frente al Palacio de Gobierno de todos los estados el 15 de septiembre. Los siguientes son los acontecimientos más importantes que se festejan en el mes de la patria: El 13 de septiembre la heroica defensa del Castillo de Chapultepec por los Niños Héroes El 15 de septiembre del 1810 el grito de Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla que inició la lucha por la Independencia de México El 27 de septiembre del 1821 se dio la Consumación de la Independencia de México. El 30 de septiembre recordamos el nacimiento de uno de los grandes caudillos de la guerra de Independencia: José María Morelos y Pavón. El grito se da en la noche del 15 pero las festividades siguen durante el dia 16 de septiembre. ¡VIVA MEXICO! http://www.dls-eikaiwa.com/ 札幌の英語の先生、札幌のスペイン語の先生、札幌英語先生、札幌スペイン語先生、英語のブログ、BLOG、会話、英語英会話、札幌の先生、札幌先生、英語の語学スクール、スペイン語の語学スクール、札幌英会話、英会話、English teacher in Sapporo, maestra de español。
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September 12, 2009

Land of freedom

Filed under: So Japanese — RICKY @ 5:57 pm
Four more days to go to Yukio Hatoyama's inauguration as Prime Minister of Japan. While he's getting ready for the big event, his wife Miyuki is making international headlines due to her claims that she was once abducted by aliens and taken to Venus, and also, because she thinks she knows Tom Cruise from a past life. The international media - particularly the US - is outraged. In the States a first lady is endlessly briefed and debriefed on what to say and especially on what NOT to say. The result is a great deal of hypocrisy. In Japan first ladies, politicians or anyone, for that matter, can speak their mind freely without being judged or severely criticized, and that makes it the land of freedom. Japan is lenient on its citizens in many other ways, such as alcohol policy and jail sentence - and yet the crime rate is among the lowest in the world. As far as alcohol is concerned, US laws are strict but alcoholism is widespread like anywhere else in the world. In Japan people drink mostly for pleasure and alcohol acts as an important social lubricant, literally. Of course binge drinking or overdrinking are a no-no, but I like the Japanese approach, accepting occasional drinking as a natural part of life - as long as it's done in the company of friends or coworkers. 札幌の英語の先生、札幌のスペイン語の先生、札幌英語先生、札幌スペイン語先生、英語のブログ、BLOG、会話、英語英会話、札幌の先生、札幌先生、英語の語学スクール、スペイン語の語学スクール、札幌英会話、英会話、English teacher in Sapporo, maestra de español。
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September 11, 2009

Where were you on 9/11?

Filed under: News & Events — RICKY @ 7:55 pm
Every year on this day people ask me the indispensable question: Where were you on 9/11? The answer is: in Paradise. I am not kidding - for this is the only name I can think of that befits Los Cabos in Baja California. Unaware of the disaster that ravaged the east coast, I was swimming, sunbathing and riding waverunners ... did anybody say happy-go-lucky? Today I do not want to think about the vicious terror attacks that hit us eight years ago. Instead I'm uploading some images of Paradise to brighten your day ... And where were YOU on 9/11? 札幌の英語の先生、札幌のスペイン語の先生、札幌英語先生、札幌スペイン語先生、英語のブログ、BLOG、会話、英語英会話、札幌の先生、札幌先生、英語の語学スクール、スペイン語の語学スクール、札幌英会話、英会話、English teacher in Sapporo, maestra de español。
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