the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Friday, December 21, 2007

Catch Up

Well, first off. If you haven't heard yet. My colonoscopy went well. But I did have a benign tumor which was easily removed. I need to eat more vegetables and exercise more, opps :( eating slower, taking smaller bites, and chewing 32 times wouldn't hurt either. So kids, remember what your mother told you is true. "Eat your vegetables (or you'll get colon cancer)!"

In other news, I'm coming home for the first time in over a year. I'm really pumped.

One of my students who has been skipping school for about the last month came to my in class Christmas party. I hope she keeps coming after winter break.

While I was drilling junior high students, I had one student say behind my back in Japanese. "This foreigner (外国人) smells really good. He smells like my house! And that's strange because we've never really had foreigners come to our house." Usually I just ignore comments in Japanese, but this comment was so ignorant, I just couldn't let it go.

I asked the student if she uses "Boldo" detergent at home. She said yes. I said, "Well, I use 'Boldo' detergent too. That's why I smell like your house." I was a little offended at the time. But looking back on it now, it is pretty funny.

Oh, if you're like me and you've been saying "There is no Christmas Cake in America." You'll be surprised to know that Christmas Cake is a tradition in England (and the Philippines). Or at least that's what Wikipedia.

Oh, and if you've been correcting students that the "going to the toilet" is actually "going to the bathroom" or "restroom", I've met an Australian who claims that Aussies actually say "toilet" when they mean "bathroom". And he uses it that way too.

That's about all for now.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Flight Home

A side note at the end of this blog post
(http://www.mutantfrog.com/2007/12/08/joe-enrolls-in-the-moj-gaijin-hanzai-file)
talks about United losing his luggage. And I believe I've heard this
before: United Airlines is famous for losing luggage, especially in Chicago.

This is fact I forgot when I bought my tickets home. I'm flying United
and transferring through Chicago. Oops.

Has any had similar experiences with United? Can you confirm or deny
this rumor I think I heard? Thanks.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

First Japanese Hospital Visit

Today was an exciting day, but don't worry, it's not as serious as it
sounds.

A few months ago I failed a stomach scan for the annual health check.
Since I could take a day off fairly easily during tests, I went into the
hospital for a second look this morning.

The teacher who was driving me to the hospital drove too fast on slick
roads and fell in the ditch. Don't worry, we both easily walked away.
However, I'm worried about the body damage on his vehicle from hitting a
fence. He put me in a taxi to the hospital by myself while he took care
of calling a service for his car.

At the hospital I got through reception ok, but the rest of the exam
promised to be interesting, so I called the retired English teacher who
lives above me. She came right away and she was great.

I haven't seen her since spring, opps. But the waiting room was a good
chance to catch up.

At the end they said I had had a little blood in my stool sample, and I
have a two percent chance of colon cancer. They said since I'm young,
it's probably nothing, but it never hurts (haha) to be sure.

I have to come in next week for an endoscopy. Japan is full of new
experiences.

By the time we got out it was nearly one o' clock. So I bought my
translator lunch and then stopped at home before going back to work.
Call it a day?