free web tracker soliloquies: 12/26/2004 - 01/02/2005


so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

mt. fuji

Mt. Fuji, seen from Zushi Beach today was fascinating...there were some clouds covering the mountaintop from our perspective, but I assume this was the clearest view of Enoshima and Mt. Fuji seen from Zushi. With a windsurfer in this pic, this shows what the place I live is like nicely and simply. My family and I drove to Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura after this photo was taken.

From there, along with Mt. Fuji and Enoshima, we where able to see Oshima on the horizon and Miura Peninsula, Jogashima to the east, which are both not visible from Zushi because of the mountains blocking the view to the east. I've never been able to sight Oshima before too, so it was kind of amazing how clear the air or the sight was today. In fact, Izu Oshima is about 60km away!

After this, we went to Hayama for some driving pleasure;the sight seen from Hayama was also different from Zushi and was fresh to see, even though I live around here for almost 5 and a half years.

a happy new year!

Yeah, I'm a bit late. So what? It's probably a bit early for most of you anyway...except for nations east of Japan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Koreas, China and so on. lol

English - Happy New Year!

French - Bonne Annee!
Italian - Felice Nuovo Anno!
German - Prosit Neujahr!
Dutch - Uerheugd Nieuwjaar!
Spanish - Feliz Ano Nuevo!
Finnish - Hyuaa Uutta Vuotta!
Greek - καλή χρονιά
Korean - 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Russian - С Новым годом
Swahili - Nakutakia Heri Ya Mwaka Mpya!
Malay - Selamat Tahun Baru!

for all of you whose out there from Japan!

Friday, December 31, 2004

new year's eve

New Year's Eve. I've been spending some grand time with my family as usual, talking and playing games. Wow, 2005 is about to arrive. We were talking about the new millenium and the Y2k bug like a year ago! Time flies, really.

It didn't snow in Zushi today, although I've heard it did elsewhere. No snow, but sleet instead, which made a layer of ice on the surface, but nothing close to a snowfall...damn! lol

I'll probably return when the clocks strike 0:00AM JST. Until then, bye!

Thursday, December 30, 2004

snow again?

The weather forecast is reporting snow again for tomorrow. 2 snowfalls with an interval this short...isn't it rare? Because of it, it's really cold out. The thermometer on our car showed 3C as the current temperature. I'm going to visit New York next February, but the reported high for New York was like -2C. Yes, it's high, but well below 0. I can't believe I lived in a world like that for 6 years! lol

Anyway, my dad brought my family to this nice, "slow food", Italian restaurant in Kamakura, called "A Ricchone". They make their own veggies on their farm also located in Kamakura. Since their motto is "slow food", their services are really slow, but the taste is well worth the wait! A bit late for Christmas, but we were finally able to eat something generous enough...jk. lol

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


It snowed today! It's a rare occasion to snow in Tokyo region, because of these two meteorlogical and geographical reasons. First, the temperature is rather high here and second, the mountain range to the north blocks out all the humidity necessary to create snow or rain, so Tokyo remains sunny throughout the winter, normally.

Enough science. As you can see, it snowed, although most of it has already melted, but it was really nice to watch. After watching snow for like 3 hours (jk), I've finally done it...yes, I've began studying for the proficiency test.

You know what? I have an advice for all of you who attend my school and are reading this blog...YOU'D BETTER BEGIN STUDYING RIGHT NOW! All right, I admit. Maybe because I'm such a dumbass and I TOTALLY SUCK at math, but it's tough work...really. The section is way too broad. You have to solve like 20 pages a day to finish all of it. I'm only solving the A problems and the clear problems of A and B problems but still, it's a lot of work. The problem is...I can't find prints 1-32 of Mr. Yagi. Oh well...not really.

There's a lot I have to set up besides studying too. I want to work and earn a lot of money in a short period. Actually, I must, or else I won't be able to have any fun in New York. Anyway, my dad's going to bring us to this nice Italian restaurant in Kamakura tomorrow. That shall wipe away all the exhaust...I hope. lol

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


I'm pissed of all the time I think I have now with nothing to do. I'm bored, but I have no intention to study for the prolificiency test. I feel like going out, but I can't think up of anything to do outside either. Shopping? Sorry folks, out of cash.

Here's my day today. I watched TV most of the day. No, nothing Japanese. Everything in English. It began with CNN Headline News on BS1 or 2 in the morning, then "NewlyWeds" on MTV featuring Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, then ABC "World News Tonight" on BS1 or 2, because Ashlee Simpson's program which came on after "NewlyWeds" was really getting on my nerves. After "World News Tonight", I changed the channel back to MTV to watch "Pimp My Ride", a program that converts crappy cars into dream cars. Their designs were really awful, but I liked the ideas and concepts that were taken in the conversion, especially, the Lamborghini Doors that were built in to a Honda Civic. I had lunch, then I changed the channel to Star Channel, a subscriber movie channel. They had "Good Morning, Vietnam" on, so I watched that. Robin Williams was really funny. A bit heartwarming.

Boring, huh? I know I should begin studying for the test...but I just don't feel like it. I can't wait until I can go shopping again with all the otoshidamas that are due on New Year's Day.

Monday, December 27, 2004


This year's kanji, chosen by popularity was 災(wazawai), because of intense heat, numerous typhoons and Niigata Earthquake. Year 2004 had brought us another disaster when the year was just about to end; the Sumatra Earthquake. At this point, according to some sources, the number of casualty had just gone over 20,000, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in 40 years. The magunitude of the earthquake was 9.0 and it was the 4th largest quake since 1900.

Luckily, my family was fortunate. We visited Bali, Indonesia this summer, but at the point of planning, there was an alternative plan of visiting Phuket, Thailand in winter if the summer plan didn't workout. If we were there now, I would've been directly hit by this earthquake, possibly resulting death. What's more, my father was in Malaysia few days ago, but he managed to return before all of this happened.

I just hope that 2005 would start and end peacefully by all means...

Sunday, December 26, 2004


I've finished my nengajyo today. I'll probably send some back, but 37 in total for now. I had to help my parents make their casual nengajyo today, which was pain in the neck. They were blaming me, for printing errors and stuff. It's not MY fault, least we were able to finish it. Phew.

I was finally able to rack up all the FRIENDS DVDs I've purchased so far! It's not like I wanted to, but it felt kind of good to see your whole collection, nice and colorful. lol :) So far, I've spent about $300 or about 33,000 yen on them and there's about $75 more to go in order to complete it. I was browsing through today and found out that ROSWELL's season 2 DVDs cost about $50, even though I've bought it's season 1 for $14.99. I'm going to have to wait for another sale, even though I'm anxious to see what happens to everyone. lol