Classes resumed and everything was off to a slow start. Even though nothing seemed different from the previous term, I couldn’t help but think about how different everything felt since last year when I entered my first class. I’m not sure how much I’ve improved over the year, but slowly, I’m getting better at what I’m supposed to do.
A year has passed since I landed in Japan. There were many positive as well as negative things that happened throughout the year. The negative side were things such as conflict at school, language barrier, and, the worst, mosquitoes. On the positive side were things such as learning new things, playing new games, having small-talk with the teachers and students, and, the best, experiencing a society completely different than what I was used to. Living alone in a foreign country is frustrating, but in the end, I had a lot of fun and the “downs” throughout the year felt insignificant.
Expecting this month to be quieter as I wait for S’s visit, I ended up doing more than anticipated. The start of July was rather quiet; still recuperating from June, I relaxed in my apartment during the weekends as the school term comes to an end. After the students’ finals, the classes focused more on review and filler activities. I created “jeopardy” (doesn’t really follow the rules of Jeopardy, tho) for students to play in the second and third year classes where they have to translate Japanese sentences into English. Although the content wasn’t very interesting, the students seemed to have fun with it.
On the 31st of May, two of my friends (Bird and 9) visited Japan and stayed over at my place.We went to Jonathan’s for dinner, then spent the night chatting and planning what to do during the next few days.
If I were to describe April in a word, it would be “painful”. Not mentally or emotionally painful but literally. With the start of the new school year and orientation, there was much more time to practice guitar than normal (about double the normal time). Long story short, I used up most of that time practicing a new song and over-strained my left wrist without knowing…
Aside from the mishap, the rest of the month was rather hectic.
Starting with the 3rd year students’ graduation, this month had its ups and downs. School-wise, regular classes have ended around the start of the month, but I was still supposed to go to campus with nothing to do. As for the rest of the month, I’ve been spending quite a lot to upgrade my lifestyle.
Nothing noteworthy to mention this month.