March 08, 2006
March 07, 2006
To examine how extent my improvement in English is, I went to London, though this would be the last time, to take TOEFL exam.
I departed from campus a bit earlier than usual attendance to the lecture, then got London around 10am. My test will start around 12.30pm so I first headed to 'Fortnum & Mason', which is famous for the taste and flavour of tea. As I've written before, this tea is loved by many people, such as Royal family…
Well, the truth is….I was just wondered what can be good suvenior to the people I owe to. The tea would be nothing special, just standard one, but many would be glad. So decided to buy.
After looking around for a while I chose some to bring them back.
Well, there's some time to start testing, I killed my time in Starbucks…...then started around 12am.
After about 3 hours, I've got appoximate score of whole, I was a bit relieved that I've had some improvement in Listening sections. On the other hand, due to insufficient practice of grammar and writing, there's no apparent difference compared with the one I took before, say, one year ago.
Anyway, some people said there's a special way to get good score on TOEFL. Even good English speaker can't get good result.
Anyway, it's fine…..I just also wanted to leave something which can prove that I have lived in English emvironment, kept myself among English. Indeed, this is just a indicater to know where my English is, so that I can more focus on my weaknesses.
March 06, 2006
Yesterday, to begin with, I played volleyball in Japanese team in Warwick cup…..The result was we first won the first game, but in semi-final, agaist Germany, we lost…...
I was not in good condition this day…...whenever I've got the chance, I always missed it….when in smash, in block, in reception…...It's good game indeed, but I was not satisfied with myself. I can say I didn't practise this week, and also realised that I need to practise more and more. I can easily forget the sense of playing sports, such as rifle shooting. At least, practising once a week would be my minimum requirement to keep my skills ok….just sustain the level….so it means if I want to improve more, I need to train regularly.
Then at 3pm, I went to Tesco to meet Godfrey; he always came to pick everybody who are coming to his home. There, I met Cherry, Stuwart, Serena and Adil. And then in his home, his wife Fran, Eva, Jil, Victor and Ville…..later come to join were Phil and Anne. There are sooo many people today, I forgot the name of dish, but Eva cooked served us with Polish dish which is like a dumpling stuffed with…..um….I don't know what, and she didn't even tell us…..
Then having tea and cake and snacks, we have spent several hours there. It's really enjoyable time for me to have a chat with some people.
At last, Godfrey prepared for me a card to say good-bye?, cheer-up? with every member's message today!! These days, I've received message card, including the one we made, so I could expect to be happened, besides Godfrey already told me he would have a party for me. Anyway, I couldn't receive the card without being a bit confused…..
I mean, this is like a dream…....long long dream. As people can't realise they are sleeping when they sleep, I can't imagine what'll happen, or even what is now happening. This is my usualy life, but only the huge difference is, these days, I have to say good-bye and it might be forever-apart…..even though I don't feel I'm going at all
It should be quite sorrowful when I say good-bye, but none of emotions came up to my mind….I am now in the contradiction…...
After the afternoon tea, I went back to campus with Cherry, as her flat is in lakeside, then I headed to the church straightforwardly without getting back to my room.
Tonight, I helped cafe connection, which serves for people coming to the church providing some snacks, some drinks, etc. And as usual? I served for drinks. After that, I joined Engage service…..
The style of engage tonight was a bit different, though I don't remember what they are…...we sung hymn, listen some story….everything in the church makes a set of completed atomosphere….
Through this year, I tried to reach the God who christians describe in their mind, but um…...I don't think I get close, or say, I felt it's quite a long way. It doesn't mean I can't accept the concept, but it's much farther than I expected. Surely I stepped forward to some extent, asking some questions to my friends and joining bible study course, but also more questions, or doubts arosed from what I've learnt…..
Well, it's interesting to seek into the bible and the core of christianity as the history proved, many people have been believing in Jesus and the God. I will continue studying in Japan, because this was my last visit to the church in the UK….
Then after Engage, I and Ville went to student cinema to see 'The chronicle of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe'
It's an adoption from the quite famous fantasy novel written by C. Lewis(?), and later I heard he is a friend of Torukin(?), the writer of 'Load of the Ring'.
The context of the film was about ok….for as it's at first for children's novel, and even it's adopted into the film, it's still. I always found out that it's quite difficult job to put the whole story in only 2 hours. So the directer and the other staffs have to reduce some sequences, but have to make it comprehensive…..so I felt everything has ended with intermediate.
What makes more worse is…..the mannar of audience…..in the beginning, or even in the middle, some people whisper, and some people ate snacks so that I could hear the sound of rustle…...
During the show time, for a while, I though about why people eat and drink in the cinema…...and largely, American style? Coke and Chips in the cinema is distributed to all over the world. I really hate its way. I can, of course, see such situation in Japan as well…..
Critically saying, it's a bad aspect of human beings. Doing one thing, people also try to satisfy another desire…...'want to see the film, but I'm hungry and thirsty'.......
Is it cool way to see the film? Isn't it rude to the film maker??
After seeing the film, Ville told me that there're some indication of Christianity. I don't want to reveal all the context but….the title to the king and queen, resurection…...ya, surely there're some.
Why so many fantasy novels are often related to christianity? such as fantasy novel I've read; Philip Pullman's trilogy, and 'Load of the Ring' also include some essense of christianity…..
Well, Ville told me Torukin and Lewis are christian…..
Anyway, after seeing the film, I was a bit satisfied with the plot. Well, next time, I will try to look into deeply to look for some signs of christianity~
March 04, 2006
On Thu, international office's party, then stayed awake over the night to see off one of my friends, mai…...sleepless…..
On Fri, went to globe, was able to wake up around the globe, for I slept in the afternoon to put up with my sleep….
Then around 6.30pm, met some of my friends in pre-sessional; they organised the farewell dinner for us. Rita, Emily, Brian, Zaid and Lin came to see us, JYA. We were…me, Satoshi, Tsuyoshi, Miwa, Nami and Yuko~ Had a nice chat with them.
Haven't seen them sooooo long, and it's actually not enough to put over its gap for me…..I wanted to talk with them more!!!
And today on Sat, I went to Birmingham to see one of my best friends, Yeh-Jen, to say her good-bye…....and to buy some suveniour if there are.
Well, as for the shopping, I found some but not enough for all who I want to give. So I'll again go to busy suveniour, in the next time, in London when I get there to take TOEFL on Tuesday.
We had lunch in French restaurant~ the deco is nice inside, the price is acceptable, the dishes are tasty….we don't have big complainment on the restaurant, except for we were stuffed though we only had starter and main.
I bought some chocolate today, and some kitchen stuffs for myself. In Birmingham, unfortunately there's no good shop for tourists, so I'm gonna buy 'tea' in London; People say 'fortnum mason' is really famous and the flovour of the tea is soo great. To be honest, I haven't known it before my friends told me. This tea is also loved by royal family…...
I'll finish this today….....I'm feeling a bit sick tonight. I'll go to bed soon, though I want to go to laundry to wash up my clothes (not dirty!! haha)
I'll add more tomorrow~~
March 02, 2006
February 28, 2006
In this few days, I didn't feel well so couldn't even feel like updating this blog…..sorry~~
On sunday night, I had a headache and felt dizzy…...and on Mon, as I took medicine so felt better, though whole day I felt tired…...um…...it can be also said that just I lost motivation to do some things I have to/want to do.
Anyway, on Sunday…...
In the morning I played volleyball with some other JYA, Satoko, Nami, Tsuyoshi, and Hikaru, Ryuhei and Nozomi…..and later by accident there came Japanese girls with their host parents, so did play together…..
It's not serious game, so I can be relaxed compared with usual training….It's for only one hour we could have the sport hall to play, but it's really fun and good to do exercise in the morning~~
Then we headed to each directions, we, with Tsuyoshi and Nami, decided to play darts!! I brought a set of darts from Japan, and also bought another set here. And I have known Graduate Cafe has 2 darts board…..I haven't been there to play darts, therefore I thought it'd be good opportunity to do as the other seemed to have not played before.
I haven't also played darts at proper distance and proper height, so at first I couldn't even hit where I aimed…....but gradually It got better.
I usually throw darts in my room, laying the darts board on the chair. So I have to also sit down to adjust the height…. Anyway, we did some games, 'Count-up', just add up the score; '301', substitute score from 301 to finish exactly to zero; and 'Bowling', similar rules as bowling there are some big differenece…..
Then to have lunch, as we didn't feel like cooking, we went to Xanana cafe on campus. On sunday, the lunch is very British one, Carvery; we can choose turkey or beef with some vegetables.Having slow dishes, we spent more than 3 hours?.....just talking not special, trivial topics…...But I really like this kind of time as if the time flows slowly…....
February 25, 2006
I cooked crokette as my dinner though I started around 9pm…..it's late dinner as usual for me.
Well, I had to kind of sacrifice myself to cook it…..I burnt myself on my finger…..to peel out the skin of potato, my palm was almost burnt….
There was nothing in the morning, or in other words, I coudln't do anything…..slept until noon.
Then I made an appointment to play pool with my friends, so started around 2pm until 4pm. This time, it's a practice rather than playing for fun~ haha….. Well, we enjoyed a lot…...I lost some times, won some times…
Then from 4.30pm (In fact, it's from 4pm!!! so I was late), there was men's volleyball training. I tried to catch up with the other, and…..um….as usual? there're just enough people to do practice match, or say, there're not enough people turning up today…...
Well, in the game, I could sometimes assist the other, could points some by smash (though it's not good), well, couldn't do blocking…..Anyway, through the training today, my condition was so nice!! In the smash practice, I found somewhat proper timing, in the serve, there're less mistake, moreover I could do both good one and tricky one.
Um…..the problem is …..I can't keep my condition well all the time…...hahaa…...
On the way back to my room, one idea came in my mind.
If I return to Sapporo, everything also return as usual…....I would stay in my room alone, cook every meal in MY kitchen taking some ingredients from MY fridge…....taking shower in MY bath…...will go to lab to meet my physics friends…....all of my surroundings will return to similar view to in last April or before…...
I would feel the stay in Warwick is as if a part of my dream during my sleep…....
I don't know whether I want to go back or I want to stay here longer…...
Only the thing I can say is…..This is not the nightmare at all….so I don't want to be awake…....However…...I'm really eager to wake me up and see the bright sunshine!!
Now I want to see more worlds and also actively cut into new worlds!!
Um…...but want to sleep more….............................zzz…...
February 24, 2006
There was the farewell party organised by Japanese society in Mika's house in Leamington. Meeing at the bus stop in front of Rootes social building, we headed to Leamington with many other, JYA, some Waseda students (they may be called JYA as well, but to differ them from us….I don't know how to say in other words….), and some Japanese society members on campus.
Before that, I went to Globe cafe, which might be the nearly last one…..as I was thinking of leaving campus on Friday in week 10. It's a bit tiredsome to get up in the morning and catch a taxi and a bus to get to heathrow so that I was another idea in my mind. On Fri, I would have accommodation in London, so that I don't have to get up earlier and it would not be messed up…...
Well, I, later on, decided not to do in the way…...for no matter how it's tiredsome to go to Heathrow, I want to meet Globe members on the last Fri, and on my last night in the UK (Well, I might be back, but so far I don't have any ideas in my mind…..)
In globe, the theme today was Pancake day!! It is similar to? or same as the crape, but put suger, juice of lemon, sirup, etc. you can put anything you want….
But whenever I tried to get some, it's already gone. I couldn't even bite a bit…...um…...It's OK~~ I'll cook it by myself!!
After having a chat with some members there, I left there to head to the party.
In the party, I think we could feel ourselves at home. Mika's flatmates have gone to Edinbourgh, so only us, Japanese people there in the house. We played drinking game, in which I had to drink much….., sang Japanese songs, and just had a chat till midnight.
It's fun to meet some friends as haven't seen them so long…..Well, compared with usual social, it's do a bit empty?.....Only 5 JYA, some Waseda students and some Japanese society members…..
I know most of the othe JYA, I mean all except for me, are busy on writing essays and doing assignments…...but it's a bit pity not be able to see them.
Well, we still have time to meet somewhere at some points…..We'd organise, or are invited to the party in our rest of days in Warwick.
The time was already passed so fast and it's around 1am….so we decided to get back to campus…...However, very British incident happened. Some were catching a bus going home, but some tried to get the taxi, and I was in latter group.
First we called one taxt company, and they said they would send a taxi in 30~40 mins…..though, no matter how long we waited, we didn't get any call which reminds us taxi coming…..So we called to the taxt company…...they said they wouldn't send a taxt any more tonight…....
Second taxi company resulted in the same…..they said they would send in 10 mins, but didn't come…...
It's really unbelievable if living in Japan. In Japan, we are trusting each other, so if people say YES, they will complete their task…..
Anyway, there was no progress if staying in the house, so we finally decided to walk to the city centre to find some taxi….and we did….
I got home at 3am in the morning….....
We learnt we can't trust any transport in the UK…....