Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I need more sleep...

Well the reason i haven't posted anything up here for a few days is because time keeps slipping away somehow. It always seems to be 2am before i know it. At least tonight i'm planning to have a nice long rest since i don't have any class tomorrow.

I spent Sunday at home studying i think. Oh yeah that's right, there was another dormitory 'party' on Sunday night. The quotation marks are because it was a Sunday night, so not that many people turned up, and after the food got packed up everyone just disappeared. I wasn't actually intending to go originally, but when dinner time came around and i still hadn't bothered to cook anything i decided that it'd be easier just to go down to the lounge and eat. It turned out we were having shabu-shabu (well i think it was meant to be shabu-shabu) and we had three nabe (hot plates with a bowl on top; like steam-boat things) to cook everything with. For some reason though, two of the three were filled with this ultra-hot soup that nobody could eat. After they diluted it with about 2 kettles of water, most people still didn't want to eat it... In the end, i think there was too many people and too little food. And not enough beer either. I was still quite hungry afterwards and ended up going to the convenience store to grab a bento box...

Monday ... um ... i had a test (which was why i was studying sunday) which was pretty standard. I've figured out how to do really well on the tests now; you just have to memorise the passages so you can recite it. So yeah test marks have been good lately. I met up with Chieko for lunch - and as usual she brought a new friend. I keep forgetting everybody's names. But it's okay so far because the same people haven't come twice yet hehe. On monday Chieko's friend gave me a name card (like a business card, with her uni faculty/phone number/email etc on it) so at least i have it written down this time. We didn't talk very much because we all had class in period 3... Well, we thought we had class at least. We found out our class was cancelled as we were half way up the stairs (it's on the fifth floor so it's a bit of a hike...!~) from one of the other students on their way down. Spent the next hour or so doing homework, and then met up with Simone/Asli's language partners. I was planning to go home to get some rest, but I was walking around with Kris at the time who wanted to have some more Japanese practice. We ended up staying and talking for about 2 and a half hours... Monday is turning into my speaking practice day. Even the elective class i have on Monday is a speaking/presentation subject.

I can't remember anything interesting from Tuesday's classes. I only have 2 periods though which i quite like. Had lunch with Yuki, Miguel and Matthias. Ben was there too, and Kris came later so in the end there was a lot of us. People only had class in 4th period so we all sat in the cafeteria until then. Matthias is so funny because he keeps on making up words, or at least weird sentences (in english AND japanese)... I think he's translating stuff from German but i'm not sure~

I went to training yesterday (tuesday) too. Another Keio OB (old boy) came along and helped with the drills and stuff. We ended up training a lot harder than usual - or maybe i was just already exhausted from lack of rest. In any case i had to stop training because i was having real problems breathing and my legs were about to collapse from under me after doing three sets of the shuttle run (it's like that "murder" exercise where you sprint up and back... but we have to pick up a shuttle each time). After training i went to eat with the guys, and we went to this fish place. I had a 中マグロ定食 (maguro-tuna set meal) which was reallly nice. The wasabi was a really bright green which looked kind of unnatural though hehe. I should go try more of the different Japanese cuisine i think - i'm eating way to much bento and Keio cafeteria food. Oh and what was nice was the OB paid for everybody too. But that's like the custom here that's pretty firmly engrained in the culture i think - nobody was particularly surprised...

Today, i actually came straight home after classes finished. I was seriously struggling to stay awake in class this morning, and i'm feeling quite drained now. I think i should stop blogging since i really have nothing interesting to say, and maybe start doing some homework or something...

2 comments:

quebeck said...

Hey,

Do you speak much japanese there? Like, besides with your language partners/friends and things. Cos you have classes with your exchange friends yeah? Do you talk to them in jap, or is it just like a holiday with friends in japan, where you communicate in english except when you have to talk jap to the jap ppl.

Oh yeah, take more photos too :). Are you gonna have a break so you can go sightseeing around japan? Are you planning on doing that even? Oh oh, and take some videos with your friends and stuff, I think that would be much more informative than just pictures. Then just send it to eric or something and he can send it to us if your not online (since he upgraded to 1500/256 adsl).

mELLy said...

hmmm, sounz like u need some rest age. I think ur hectic lifestyle has finally caught up with u- lol, i mean those badminton trainings sound like torture! Make sure u stay healthy ok? Don't want u getting sick. So...moral of this story? Eat more fruits/veg and drink more water! Oh an catch up on missed sleep every now an again...=)