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Author:Lucy
小倉玲奈です(Lucy O'brien)
東京に来て半年経ったので、浜松とアメリカへの近況報告もかねてブログ再開しま〜す♪

I love my life.
It cannot be better.
I'm honestly grateful for everything ever happened to me.
God bless you all.

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755

ひさびさのおやすみ

今日は都心を離れ、のんびりしてきました(*≧∀≦*)東京はいい人たちばかりで、仕事でもプライベートでも助かってます!なんにも心配いらないからね〜(((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡パパ、ママ、あっちゃん、むっちゃん!来月の再会を心待ちにしているよ!楽しみで毎日寝れない日々(笑笑)... 今日は都心を離れ、のんびりしてきました(*≧∀≦*)<br /><br /><br />東京はいい人たちばかりで、仕事でもプライベートでも助かってます!<br /><br /><br />なんにも心配いらないからね〜(((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡<br /><br /><br />パパ、ママ、あっちゃん、むっちゃん!<br />来月の再会を心待ちにしているよ!<br />楽しみで毎日寝れない日々(笑笑)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/2016082903.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/2016082903s.png" /></a></div>
  • Date : 2017-07-29 (Sat)
  • Category : 未分類
752

眩暈

強くなりたい人を自分を信じられる強さが欲しい誰かに勝ちたいとかじゃなくて誰かをみとめるしなやかな強さが欲しいひととひとのあいだのかきねはもっともっとひくいはずなんだかんたんにまたげるはずなのにあ、そーゆーのがめんどくさい?... 強くなりたい<br /><br /><br />人を<br />自分を信じられる強さが欲しい<br /><br /><br />誰かに勝ちたいとかじゃなくて<br /><br /><br />誰かをみとめるしなやかな強さが欲しい<br /><br /><br /><br />ひととひとのあいだのかきねは<br />もっともっとひくいはずなんだ<br /><br />かんたんにまたげるはずなのに<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />あ、そーゆーのがめんどくさい?<br />
  • Date : 2017-02-26 (Sun)
  • Category : 未分類
744

Confession Room 102

After almost a year of silence, my ex texted me last night.He says, he's only checking in to see if I'm doing ok.I had it all figured it out a long ago, that having been a warm-hearted and loving husband, he would contact me solely out of his kindness.If only I had been as good a wife as you were a husband, things would have taken a different turn for the better.Honey I love you.You are just too g... After almost a year of silence, my ex texted me last night.<br /><br />He says, he's only checking in to see if I'm doing ok.<br /><br /><br />I had it all figured it out a long ago, that having been a warm-hearted and loving husband, he would contact me solely out of his kindness.<br /><br />If only I had been as good a wife as you were a husband, things would have taken a different turn for the better.<br /><br />Honey I love you.<br /><br />You are just too good to be true, and way out of my league.<br /><br />This bitch already skipped town to start all over, which might as well be the same as setting herself up for another fall.<br /><br />Either way, I simply don't deserve a man like you.<br /><br />I wish you find your equal soon enough.<br />
  • Date : 2017-01-20 (Fri)
  • Category : 未分類
742

eigo ga suki

ただエイゴが好きでどうしようもないほど好きでときどき、考えすぎて頭がおかしくなる本当に好きなんだよこのきもちエイゴには届くのかなむしろ、ワタシが英語だったらよかったよワタシの染色体をつくるDNAのらせん一つひとつが26個どれかのアルファベットでできてたらどんなに素晴らしかっただろうずっと一緒だよこれまで苦楽をともにしてきたんだだからこれからもお願い一緒にいてよ中学生のとき体育でバレーボールの授業があっ... ただエイゴが好きで<br /><br /><br />どうしようもないほど好きで<br /><br /><br />ときどき、考えすぎて頭がおかしくなる<br /><br /><br />本当に好きなんだよ<br /><br /><br />このきもちエイゴには届くのかな<br /><br /><br />むしろ、ワタシが英語だったらよかったよ<br /><br /><br />ワタシの染色体をつくるDNAのらせん一つひとつが<br />26個どれかのアルファベットでできてたら<br />どんなに素晴らしかっただろう<br /><br /><br />ずっと一緒だよ<br /><br />これまで苦楽をともにしてきたんだ<br /><br /><br />だからこれからもお願い<br />一緒にいてよ<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />中学生のとき<br />体育でバレーボールの授業があった<br /><br />いつもアタシはチームの足をひっぱり<br />そのせいで結局まけるから<br />バレーが大嫌いだった<br /><br /><br />でもエイゴくんは<br />「キミの大嫌いなVolley(バレー)も並び替えればLovely(ラブリー)だよ」<br /><br />って教えてくれた。<br /><br /><br />思わずわらった。<br /><br /><br /><br />いつもマジメなのに<br />たまに面白いこともいうんだよね<br /><br /><br /><br />あなたのすべてが大好き<br /><br /><br />って、ストレートに気持ちをぶつけてみました。<br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2017-01-11 (Wed)
  • Category : 未分類
740

Confession Room 101

I just have no idea what the hell have I been doing after all these years of struggle!Would it make me a pathetic, poor job hopper if I said that I've changed jobs as many as 9 times in the past 12 years, and I'm about to make another move, this time out of town, to Tokyo?Am I only be adding one more "worthless career" to my already colorful resume?Well, to be honest, for fear of being considered ... I just have no idea what the hell have I been doing after all these years of struggle!<br /><br />Would it make me a pathetic, poor job hopper if I said that I've changed jobs as many as 9 times in the past 12 years, and I'm about to make another move, this time out of town, to Tokyo?<br /><br />Am I only be adding one more "worthless career" to my already colorful resume?<br />Well, to be honest, for fear of being considered not hirable, I cheated on my resume in getting this job, which is tantamount to totally prosecutable perjury!!<br /><br />God, now I'm a criminal.<br /><br />I said I only changed jobs three times instead of the actual 8, and I hate myself for that.<br /><br />I'm 34 going on 35, and divorced.<br />Not young enough to qualify for a new job openings.<br />Don't have enough experience in anything.<br />Not old enough to convince anybody of anything.<br /><br />I still haven't gone to my previous apartment that I lived in with my ex husband until last year to collect my bicycle chained to a post, rust streaking down all over.<br /><br />I'm a mess, and I love (I mean "LOVE" in big bold capital letters) myself for that.<br />Yes, I'm a mess, and I know I can't EVER be anything else.<br /><br />I'm only one paycheck away from being broke, and I EVEN like myself for THAT.<br />Aside from being really broke, being ALMOST broke is good for your mental health.<br />You'll always have a good reason to cheer yourself up every morning and motivation to keep your system running throughout the day.<br /><br />You can almost never quit working for fear of being broke and foreclosed on.<br />That's what I am, and I love myself for that.<br /><br />I view being able to work as a privilege, instead of an obligation.<br />Look around you, the world of full of people looking for jobs of any kind they can afford.<br /><br />I GET TO have a job I love.<br />This is nothing less than a bless.<br /><br />I may very well be your typical happy-go-lucky person.<br />Although I hope not all of you are exactly like me, I truly hope some of you are.<br />
  • Date : 2016-11-30 (Wed)
  • Category : 未分類
737

the winningest user experience

If this customer experience is not the winningest, I don't know what is.My iPhone 6s died on me about a month ago.It failed to detect a battery charger, making it impossible to be charged anymore.I called the local Apple Customer Service for help only to be turned down as I hadn't made a reservation first, and on that particular day, they were too busy to attend to customers without reservations.F... If this customer experience is not the winningest, I don't know what is.<br /><br />My iPhone 6s died on me about a month ago.<br />It failed to detect a battery charger, making it impossible to be charged anymore.<br /><br />I called the local Apple Customer Service for help only to be turned down as I hadn't made a reservation first, and on that particular day, they were too busy to attend to customers without reservations.<br /><br />Feeling cheated, I hung up and went online to make a reservation for 4 o'clock the next day, because that's the earliest time frame I could afford.<br /><br />Following day, I went to the Custmer Service thinking they would fix it up in a minute, or replace it with a functional one.<br />I was proven wrong.<br /><br />A service person said that my dead iPhone might have been "short-circuited" as a terminal seemed to have been turned "black" due to the possible burnout at the time of hook up with the charging cable, which makes it not applicable for free replacement nor .servicing.<br /><br />I went, how is it my fault that the terminal was burned out without my knowledge and how come it didn't quality for replacement.<br />The service person told me it's just the way it works there.<br /><br />Fully acknowledging he's not the one to be blamed for this problem and still not willing to pay for something like this, I pushed for alternative solutions.<br /><br />He took out an instruction for what I assumed to be "tough customers who won't back off", and advised me that it would be better if I contacted a central service station in Tokyo.<br /><br />Back at home, I called the central service station.<br /><br /><Believe me, the conversation written below DID actually take place, which I myself, can't even believe it really did><br /><br />Operator:<br />This is iPhone Service Station, how may I help you?"<br /><br />Reina:<br />My iPhone 6s, which I'd only bought a month ago stopped detecting a charger and died."<br /><br />Operator:<br />I'm sorry to hear that.<br />Would you explain what have happened so far in as much detail as possible, please?<br /><br />Reina:<br />All right.<br />Today, I first went to the local station for a replace.<br />However, they said they couldn't give me a free service as Apple doesn't cover the damage caused by short-circuiting.<br />When I said it's not acceptable, they gave me your number.<br /><br />Operator:<br />Duly noted.<br />Would you allow me to take a look at the photos of the damage taken at the local station?<br /><br /><I scanned the pictures using my printer and sent them out through my laptop.><br /><br />Operator:<br />Now I've got the mail, thank you.<br />Let's see..., it does look burned!<br /><br />Reina:<br />That's right, that's what I have been saying all along.<br /><br />Operator:<br />Did you, by any chance, drop the phone in a pool or expose it to rain?<br /><br />Reina:<br />God, please!<br />I never did that.<br />I might have used it when it was raining, but in that case, I must've been extremely careful not to wet the phone, if I ever did.<br /><br />Operator:<br />I see.<br />Can I access your data uploaded to the Cloud storage?<br /><br />Reina:<br />Sure, just... whatever.<br /><br />Operator:<br />I need your Apple ID and Password, please.<br /><br /><br />Reina:<br />Unfortunately, I cannot remember either of them.<br />They were only stored in the iPhone.<br />I should've been more careful for occasions like this.<br /><br />Operator:<br />That's ok.<br />In that case, for me to make sure that you are undoubtedly the person you say you are, you need to answer several questions you yourself set up when you signed up with us.<br />They are used under situation like this for successful identifications.<br />Do you remember these questions answerable only to you?<br /><br />Reina:<br />I guess I remember.<br /><br />Operator:<br />You need only answer two of the three questions correctly.<br />Let's start with the question 1.<br />"In which city your parents first met?"<br /><br />Reina:<br />Tokyo.<br /><br />Operator:<br />How do you spell that?<br /><br />Reina:<br />Pardon?<br /><br />Operator:<br />Would you tell me how you spell that, please?<br /><br />Reina:<br />Tokyo?<br /><br />Operator:<br />Yes, please go ahead.<br /><br />Reina:<br />To, as in "East", Kyo as in... the same"Kyo" you find in "Kyoto".<br /><br />Operator:<br />That's the same Tokyo I have here.<br />Next question is, "What is your favorite sports team?"<br /><br />Reina:<br />Giants<br /><br />Operator:<br />Could you spell that out as well, please?<br /><br />Reina:<br />G as in George, I as in "India", A as in "Apple"....<br /><br />Operator:<br />That's enough.<br />Last question, "What is your dream profession?"<br /><br />Reina:<br />I guess I wrote down "Translator".<br /><br />Operator:<br />You got that right, although you needn't answer the last one as you have already guessed the previous two questions correctly, by the way.<br /><br />Reina:<br />????<br /><br />Operator:<br />Anyway, I'll do the best I can in solving the situation.<br />In the mean time, please allow me to call you back in 30 minutes, I'll report this to my boss and push for possible free replacement.<br />Please give me some time.<br /><br />Reina:<br />Thank you.<br />I'll look forward to your call.<br /><br /><br /><Exactly 30 minutes later, he called me on me at home><br /><br /><br />Operator:<br />Things are not looking good.<br />On the day you said your phone stopped working, your local area seem to have had a downpour.<br />It's highly likely that your phone somehow exposed to it.<br />Also, several pictures in your photo album made me think that you enjoy spending time near waterside, don't you?<br />Any chance you accidentally wet your iPhone while working along the lake or waterfront?<br /><br /><br />Reina:<br />Wait a minute!<br />Are you saying I shouldn't have used the iPhone on that day!?<br />It's only natural that you go out with your phone whether it's raining or brilliantly sunny, isn't it?<br />I only did what an average user would do under the same circumstances, please give me a break.<br /><br />Operator:<br />I understand what you feel.<br />I'll bring it to my boss.<br />Please let me call you back in 15 minutes.<br /><br /><15 minutes later><br /><br />Operator:<br />Things are looking up.<br />We are almost there.<br />Please give me a few more minutes.<br /><br /><br /><A few minutes later><br /><br />Operator:<br />I succeeded in getting an approval for a free replacement!<br />Thank god!<br />Please be rest assured that you'll get a new one in a week.<br /><br />Thank you for your cooperation and patience, you were extremely helpful.<br />We'd really like you to continue being our precious customer.<br /><br /><br />======================================<br /><br />I'm not making up any of it.<br />This is all true.<br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-10-07 (Fri)
  • Category : 未分類
736

on the move

The faster the surface water of a river flows, the muddier the bottom water is.It's time for me to churn away dirty water standing still at the bottom of my heart.It's so deep down there I haven't been able to bring myself to take a long, hard look at it.To access there, I most definitely need a big, fat submersible, like the one the infamous movie director James Cameron used to shoot at the wreck... The faster the surface water of a river flows, the muddier the bottom water is.<br /><br /><br />It's time for me to churn away dirty water standing still at the bottom of my heart.<br />It's so deep down there I haven't been able to bring myself to take a long, hard look at it.<br /><br />To access there, I most definitely need a big, fat submersible, like the one the infamous movie director James Cameron used to shoot at the wreck site of the RMS Titanic.<br /><br />All right, never mind.<br />I'm just being paranoid about the whole things started to pop up and topple on one another all around me, like in a domino effect.<br /><br />I don't know what triggered these chain of events.<br />I honestly haven't a clue.<br />Had they been premeditated outside of my knowledge?<br /><br />Are they leading me to the place I belong, finally?<br /><br />============================<br />I'm moving on.<br />In fact, I've been on the move ever since I was born, both physically and mentally.<br /><br />My mom taught me the only way to survive is to keep moving on.<br /><br />Tired?<br />Out of breath?<br />On the verge of a nervous breakdown?<br /><br /><br />Give me a break, sweetie.<br />You cannot afford to give it a shit.<br />Move your ass, now let's go.<br /><br />============================<br />Move it.<br />Move the dirt.<br /><br />Churn it all away, do it, NOW!<br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-10-06 (Thu)
  • Category : 未分類
735

my new friend

Adressing me by my first name, my new friend said that she enjoyed my company.What an honor.Being a weird and social misfit myself, I find these occasional surprises very flattering, and at the same time, quite pleasing.====================================================As it happens, she too is one of those like me who would rather be left alone.Although I've noticed her being spoken to by other... Adressing me by my first name, my new friend said that she enjoyed my company.<br /><br />What an honor.<br />Being a weird and social misfit myself, I find these occasional surprises very flattering, and at the same time, quite pleasing.<br /><br />====================================================<br />As it happens, she too is one of those like me who would rather be left alone.<br /><br />Although I've noticed her being spoken to by others at several occasions, I almost never seen her speaking to someone herself.<br />Nodding to each other as we met in the hallway seemed to be the closest thing we had to a socializing skill.<br /><br />However, little by little, I started to find myself seeking some similarities, whatever they were, between us.<br />As it'd been taking place at too slow a rate it wasn't until well into my second year with the company did I become fully aware that I wanted her to somehow take notice of me.<br /><br />My poor attempts at trying talking to her in a bit for inviting her to reveal personal side of her would always be casually dismissed.<br />Over time, I'd come to terms with the notion that she may not be holding anything back, that it's just the way she is.<br />So, the closer I approach her, the faster she walks away.<br /><br />However, something about her had kept me glued to her.<br />For inexplicable reasons, I was infatuated with her.<br /><br />She's tiny, almost like an elfin.<br />Her glossy-black hair looks fabulous against her porcelain-white skin.<br />However, it wasn't about how she looked on the outside, nor was it what she came across as.<br /><br />====================================================<br />Even though I'm not good with people in general, when I met someone who interests me, I'll go out of my way seeking a breakthrough.<br /><br />So, I've come to tune into various frequencies until I found the one my target is operating on.<br /><br />If I feel comfortable staying on that frequency, I'll stay and see how it goes.<br />If their wavelength is too high or low for me to keep staying on, I'll get off to do some exercising and come back on to see how well does my wave form fit theirs now.<br /><br />This is how my system had worked, up until a week ago.<br /><br /><br />The thing is, she wasn't operating on any wavelength.<br />All the while I busied myself trying to channel into her, she was dancing to a beautiful tune, and I wasn't even twanging a string.<br /><br />I took up music, practiced on my instrument hoping that my piece would someday strike a chord with her.<br /><br />However, it wasn't likely to happen as I learned that she would soon be leaving us.<br /><br />====================================================<br />Last Friday was her last day of work.<br /><br />She was handing out a good-bye gift to all staff members, even though she'd barely talked to any of us.<br />When it was my turn, she said "I hope to see you again."<br /><br />I said thank you, thinking it was just a perfunctory farewell greeting.<br /><br />====================================================<br />Last Sunday, at 1:00 pm, I got a text message from my mom which read; "you'd better come back now, a girl who says is your friend is here to meet you!"<br /><br />Wondering who this mysterious girl would be, I hurried back to my home, which also is a cafe my parents are running.<br /><br />It was her.<br />A girl with a beautiful skin and hair.<br />A girl I barely knew.<br /><br />She said, "I told you I hope to see you again. So I dropped by," just as if this miraculous encounter (at least to me) was the most natural thing to happen in the world.<br /><br />I thanked her for coming and apologized for having kept her waiting.<br /><br />She said, she thought I'd know she'd come.<br /><br />====================================================<br />We took a table, ordering an iced herb tea and a chiffon for her, and an regular iced tea and a chocolate cake for me.<br /><br />We hit it off right away as if we'd always been the best friends.<br />As if we've known each other for years.<br /><br />Not even once did I feel off the tune.<br />We were playing a new piece note-perfect at the very first attempt, as if we'd been practicing together all along.<br /><br />====================================================<br />Adressing me by my first name, my new friend said that she enjoyed my company.<br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-09-06 (Tue)
  • Category : 未分類
734

directions

I have a horrible sense of directions so much so that I myself had no idea just how bad it is, until recently.On one of the hottest days this summer, I was on my way home with two plastic bags full of groceries I had just bought at a local food store.(I don't have a car, nor can I ride a bike, because my physical coordination is totally messed up.)Then, I was approached by an old man, not that old... I have a horrible sense of directions so much so that I myself had no idea just how bad it is, until recently.<br /><br /><br /><br />On one of the hottest days this summer, I was on my way home with two plastic bags full of groceries I had just bought at a local food store.<br />(I don't have a car, nor can I ride a bike, because my physical coordination is totally messed up.)<br /><br />Then, I was approached by an old man, not that old though, probably in his 60's or something like that, asking for directions to an orthopedic clinic.<br /><br />As it is always the case with me, the moment I was spoken to, some of my senses were completely gone.<br />I was no longer feeling the weight of bags I was carrying, nor was I feeling scorching heat from the midsummer sun.<br />Because, I need extreme amount of energy and concentration to follow up on a conversation, my poor brain gets completely busy doing the single task of receiving and interpreting the auditory information.<br /><br />He said, the clinic must be somewhere around here, because he'd been there a few times by taxi, only this time, he chose to ride a bicycle instead.<br /><br />Already giving up on reaching back in my mind for some geographical data, I took out my iPhone and started running a search for the clinic with several key words.<br /><br /><br />Few minutes in, I hit it.<br />There it is.<br /><br />I know this place.<br />I've seen it many times.<br />Of course it is, because It's just a 3-minute walk away from my house!<br /><br />So, it should be somewhere around here.<br /><br /><br />The problem is, I haven't a clue as to how l could get there.<br />Suddenly, the familiar landscape surrounding us felt totally alien to me.<br /><br /><br />Anyway, not to disappoint the old man who was anxiously peering down at my iPhone screen, I said "I got it. Leave it to me."<br /><br />I instantly regretted having said that.<br />"Leave it to me" ??<br /><br />When was the last time I used that language, if ever?<br /><br /><br /><br />As it turned out, he had spoken to a wrong person.<br /><br />Although I eventually saved my ass by somehow succeeded in taking him to the clinic, I ended up having dragged him around for 20 minutes when it would've only took us less than 5 minutes had I took the right path!<br /><br /><br />With the clinic in plain view, he pulled a 1000-yen bill from his pants pocket and crushed it into my hand.<br /><br /><br />"S, Sir I, I can't..."<br /><br /><br />Making his way to the entrance, he cast a glance at me over his shoulder with a smile on his face.<br /><br /><br /><br />All at once, I felt all my senses coming right back.<br />The two plastic bags were now biting into my arms and the scalding heat was making my skin scream in pain.<br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-09-02 (Fri)
  • Category : 未分類
733

I wish I were one of them

I wish I were one of them.I wish I could see things from their perspective.I don't know a lot about myself.One thing I can say for sure without an IOTA of doubt is that I'm not your typical "popular girl".Although I wouldn't go so far as to say that people cast their eyes away when they accidentally bumped me in a hallway, I've had things happened to me such as a group of girls coming this way aft... I wish I were one of them.<br />I wish I could see things from their perspective.<br /><br />I don't know a lot about myself.<br />One thing I can say for sure without an IOTA of doubt is that I'm not your typical "popular girl".<br />Although I wouldn't go so far as to say that people cast their eyes away when they accidentally bumped me in a hallway, I've had things happened to me such as a group of girls coming this way after turning a corner suddenly fell silent at the sight of me, that I'm not one of "them".<br /><br /><br />Just to make things clear, I'm better this way rather than the other way around.<br />To me, nothing is more exhausting than having a chit-chat, or small talks, through which girls build up strong psychological connections and trustful relations.<br /><br />More than a few times, I tried to have lunch together with my coworkers, who are all welcoming and warm-hearted.<br />They'd even bring up a subject, which is easy for me to follow and go along with, because I was a newcomer.<br /><br />However, as is always the case with me, every time I talk to someone, I need to pay enormous amount of attention to a topic of conversation just to keep track of their story, making it almost impossible for myself to form my own opinion contributable to a conversation in a timely manner.<br />Being able to vaguely follow up on story lines as they are being told is the closest thing I have to a communication skill. In other words, I suck at listening and talking.<br /><br />I'd just sit by, not engaging in talks except for occasional smiles or nods.<br /><br />No wonder they lost interest in me and stop inviting me to have lunch together.<br />To them, I must've come across as a deadpan.<br /><br />In all fairness, all of the girls are totally nice.<br />They've all gone out of their way trying to somehow make me feel good and comfortable around them.<br />By any standard, I am the one who's a bit off.<br /><br /><br />Back at my desk after one of those lunchtime talks, I felt helplessly exhausting, so much so that I would think I'd better be done for the day and go home.<br /><br />I haven't a clue why those girls can talk about anything and everything on and on and on...., and still don't seem to run out of things to talk about?<br />What is more, they are all truly enjoying having hundreds of thousands talks, day after day, month after month, and year after year!<br /><br />Tell me, what am I missing out on?<br />(EVERYTHING!)<br /><br />What the hell is wrong with me?<br />(EVERYTHING!!!)<br /><br /><br />I wish I were one of them.<br />I really do.<br />My life would have been much fruitful and enjoyable that way.<br /><br />For God's sakes, why the hell on earth can't I just sit with them and have a simple conversation, without sending my pulse soaring up and feeling my hands go sweaty.<br /><br />JESUS CHIRIST, IT'S ABOUT A CONVERSATION, NOT A ROCKET LAUNCH!!<br /><br /><br />I wish I were like one of them.<br />I wish I could find a joy in every little talks.
  • Date : 2016-08-30 (Tue)
  • Category : 未分類
731

Summer Vacation 2016

On a Summer trip, I spent special times with my dearests.夏の旅。大切な人たちと特別な時を過ごしました。At a cafe.Why do I always have tomato juice at every oppotunity?... On a Summer trip, I spent special times with my dearests.<br />夏の旅。<br />大切な人たちと特別な時を過ごしました。<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160805.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160805.jpg" alt="securedownload20160805.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="350" /></a><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload2016080801.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload2016080801.jpg" alt="securedownload2016080801.jpg" border="0" width="480" height="640" /></a><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160804.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160804.jpg" alt="securedownload20160804.jpg" border="0" width="609" height="537" /></a><br />At a cafe.<br />Why do I always have tomato juice at every oppotunity?<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160806.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/securedownload20160806.jpg" alt="securedownload20160806.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="480" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/2016081802.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/2016081802.jpg" alt="2016081802.jpg" border="0" width="640" height="640" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-08-18 (Thu)
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people I hang out with

1.One of my friends who is deeply into theoretical physics asked me that;"Do you know that if the earth shrinks to the size of a ball 0.9 centimeter in diameter while carrying all its mass, the force of gravity becomes so huge that the earth is no longer able to hold itself together, thus starting to collapse in on itself bending the space-time around it in the process of turning itself into a new... 1.<br />One of my friends who is deeply into theoretical physics asked me that;<br /><br />"Do you know that if the earth shrinks to the size of a ball 0.9 centimeter in diameter while carrying all its mass, the force of gravity becomes so huge that the earth is no longer able to hold itself together, thus starting to collapse in on itself bending the space-time around it in the process of turning itself into a new-born black hole, at the center of which the time comes to a complete stop?"<br /><br />Unfortunately, my reptilian brain was far beyond understanding an iota of whatever the noble sense I was told into, however, according to her, it's all true.<br />At least in theory.<br /><br /><br />2.<br />One day, my aunt rushed to a local bank claiming someone had used her cash card to access her savings account to withdraw Y500,000 ($5,000).<br /><br />A clerk at that bank walked her through the procedure for the crime victims.<br />She was led to a room and seated in front of a monitor showing an ATM vestibule that the culprit seemed to have used for illegal transaction.<br /><br />Fast forward few minutes, the camera caught a shadowy figure showed up at the entrance. The individual, who my aunt thought was a he, approached one of three ATM machines, at which time, the monitor switched to the camera equipped on the machine to project his face in full view!<br /><br />As it turned out, the individual was my aunt herself!<br /><br />As I'm confident that I would never forget a cent withdrawn from my account, how about letting me take control of yours as well? v ^^ v<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-08-14 (Sun)
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Family

Family members are always too close or too far away.They don't really fall on somewhere in the middle.That's why we've all found each other difficult to get along with on at least several occasions in the past.When we want to be left alone, they are constantly getting in the way, demanding that they be let in on all there is to know about us.When we need them the most, they don't have a clue how t... Family members are always too close or too far away.<br />They don't really fall on somewhere in the middle.<br /><br />That's why we've all found each other difficult to get along with on at least several occasions in the past.<br /><br />When we want to be left alone, they are constantly getting in the way, demanding that they be let in on all there is to know about us.<br />When we need them the most, they don't have a clue how to reach us.<br /><br />We don't really get to see our family in its entirety, which is love, joy, and of course, occasional bitterness all crumpled into one big orb so huge we can only observe it from a distance for what it really is, if ever.<br /><br />Every orb is beautiful.<br />However, the surface of it is, just as so many spherical bodies are, rough to the touch rather than smooth.<br />Often, we easily get tripped up by bumps.<br /><br />Those bumps are common enough to get in the way of us going about our lives..<br />Our daily struggles with bumps are frequent enough to cause us lose touch with who we really are as a family, or, just maybe, we have yet to see who we are ourselves, that at any one given point in time, we are on our way to becoming into one family.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-08-12 (Fri)
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Ryoma Sakamoto

In commemoration of 150 years of Ryoma Sakamoto's death, Kyoto National Museum is holding an exhibition displaying historical pieces designated as national important cultural properties, starting in late October this year.150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition Ryoma Sakamoto - Japan's Favorite HeroThese cultural properties include; a letter he wrote to his older sister Otome, depicting his we... In commemoration of 150 years of Ryoma Sakamoto's death, Kyoto National Museum is holding an exhibition displaying historical pieces designated as national important cultural properties, starting in late October this year.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:large;"><strong><a href="http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/special/index.html" title="150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition Ryoma Sakamoto - Japan's Favorite Hero">150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition Ryoma Sakamoto - Japan's Favorite Hero</a></strong></span><br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/sakamoto-ryoma-letter-discovery-3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/sakamoto-ryoma-letter-discovery-3.jpg" alt="sakamoto-ryoma-letter-discovery-3.jpg" border="0" width="200" height="300" /></a><br /><br /><br />These cultural properties include; a letter he wrote to his older sister Otome, depicting his wedding trip to Mt.Takachiho in Miyazaki prefecture, with his newly-wed wife, Oryo, and the famous wall-hanging scroll stained with his blood spattered about it when he was surprise-attacked and slashed in the head to death by unknown men showed up posing as his admirers while Ryoma was resting unarmed at an annex of a soy source retailer in Kyoto.<br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/0055201608.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/0055201608.jpg" alt="0055201608.jpg" border="0" width="152" height="300" /></a><br /><br />Usually kept in storage except for special occasions like this, we don't really get to set our eyes on these national assets.<br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/72ryoma01_l.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/72ryoma01_l.jpg" alt="72ryoma01_l.jpg" border="0" width="510" height="355" /></a><br /><br /><br />Born to a low-ranking samurai warrior at the end of Edo era, he was under the strict rule of upper-classes.<br />When he turned 26, he committed a crime of fleeing his domain to become a ronin, a loafer, a deed punishable by the death at the time.<br />This event had one of his family members kill herself.<br /><br /><br />He almost single-handedly brought constantly-at-war Satsuma and Choshu clans together to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate, to ultimately restore power to the Emperor.<br /><br /><br />What I like about him the most is his generosity and his energy.<br /><br />According to Takamori Saigo, another prominent figure among his contemporaries, Ryoma was "the most warm-hearted" of all of his comrades.<br /><br />Hopefully, this episode tells you how much of a warm-hearted man he was.<br />At the annex, right after assassins took off, Ryoma, who died on the spot is said to have forced out his final words calling to Nakaoka, his comrade, who was also there and assaulted, using his alias "Ishikawa" lest he should give out Nakaoka's true identity to assailant just in case they were still around.<br />Even when dying, he thought of others.<br /><br />Nakaoka, who was to die in two days, gave his acquaintances who had come rushing to an annex detailed accounts of how they were attacked and how Ryoma died.<br /><br /><br />Also, as a Japanese, he was the first individual to establish what is now thought of as a Samurai-period equivalent of business corporation, called "Kameyamashachu," functioning as an agent selling arms imported from overseas to domestic merchants, turning the total profit of, in current dollar terms, $170,000,000.<br />At his company, not only were all employees, including Ryoma himself, paid in equal amounts at a fixed rate, but also shareholders had all been paid out equal dividends.<br /><br /><br />What amazes me most is the fact that he had done it all in his 20's!<br />Specifically, he is credited with turning Japanese dynasty upside down by carrying out the restoration of power to the Emperor, and setting the tone for modern capitalistic society, at such a young age.<br />Hailing from low-ranking swordsman family, he must've had a distinguished character which endeared himself to people of all ranks and social backgrounds.<br /><br />No achievement in current society would come anywhere near his accomplishments, much less match them.<br />That's why he constantly ranks among top three respectable figures of all time, in Japan, at least.<br /><br />I can't bring myself to stop wandering, what other feats would Ryoma have pulled off had he continued to live to be 70's or 80's.<br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-08-04 (Thu)
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riding waves

I used to say, "I feel terrible. This is the worst day in my life."Then my mom would say "Good. If today is the worst day of your life, chances are good that tomorrow will not be as bad."Don't worry sweetie, nothing stays still.Everything is on the move, making ground or slipping back.The best you can do is to learn to go with the flow so that you don't get pulled down by the undertow or swallowed... I used to say, "I feel terrible. This is the worst day in my life."<br />Then my mom would say "Good. If today is the worst day of your life, chances are good that tomorrow will not be as bad."<br /><br /><br />Don't worry sweetie, nothing stays still.<br />Everything is on the move, making ground or slipping back.<br /><br />The best you can do is to learn to go with the flow so that you don't get pulled down by the undertow or swallowed up by waves.<br /><br /><br />Sooner or later, you'll learn.<br />You'll learn, sweetie.<br /><br /><br />Now kiss your dad and go to bed.<br /><br /><br /><br />I've learnt to ride waves.<br />I've swum in rough seas.<br />I've survived stormy nights.<br /><br /><br /><br />Mom, you were right back then, as you have always been.<br /><br />No other skill prepared me better manage the surges than to "ride them".<br /><br /><br /><br />Now watch me go catch that big wave about to catch me.
  • Date : 2016-07-28 (Thu)
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just a click away

Every once in a while, a simple chat with a person sitting next you solves your chronic problem.I've been asked to be an English teacher for engineering staff for about a year now, and I've kept putting it off for fear of my making mistakes, falling short of their expectations, or simply, for lack of my enthusiasm.I made every excuse for what was holding me back.First of all, not having been a pro... Every once in a while, a simple chat with a person sitting next you solves your chronic problem.<br /><br /><br />I've been asked to be an English teacher for engineering staff for about a year now, and I've kept putting it off for fear of my making mistakes, falling short of their expectations, or simply, for lack of my enthusiasm.<br /><br />I made every excuse for what was holding me back.<br /><br />First of all, not having been a professional English teacher myself, I hadn't have a clue as to where to start, what to offer, and how to pull it off.<br />Every time my boss asked me when I could start, I tiptoed around the subject and evaded his question.<br /><br />I worked many ideas on paper, eventually to crumple all up and toss them into the trash can.<br /><br /><br /><br />One day, another translator working side by side with me suggested that I go online and look for materials offered for free download.<br />These textbooks have already been used as teaching materials and proven to work.<br /><br /><br />Well, people say that it is dark at the foot of a candle.<br /><br /><br />Point taken.<br /><br /><br />Sometimes, all you need for a breakthrough is just as simple an action as a click on your mouse.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-07-22 (Fri)
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eventually

I'm waiting for the rain to let up.According to the weather forecast, we are supposed to have a clear day.As the weather turned out to be the polar opposite of the forecast, I might as well not have tuned in in the first place.Can I write about my sister again?As I said before, she's a lovely, caring, and very smart girl.I dare say she is the closest thing I could possibly ever have to a love inca... I'm waiting for the rain to let up.<br /><br />According to the weather forecast, we are supposed to have a clear day.<br /><br /><br />As the weather turned out to be the polar opposite of the forecast, I might as well not have tuned in in the first place.<br /><br /><a href="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/images819PVJZJ.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog-imgs-91.fc2.com/l/u/c/lucy017/images819PVJZJ.jpg" alt="images819PVJZJ.jpg" border="0" width="259" height="194" /></a><br /><br />Can I write about my sister again?<br /><br />As I said before, she's a lovely, caring, and very smart girl.<br />I dare say she is the closest thing I could possibly ever have to a love incarnate.<br /><br />She delivers.<br />She always keeps her words.<br />She cannot be nicer.<br /><br /><br />We've been living apart, with her married into a good family and now lives in Osaka, and me, still live with my parents, for as long a time as we had lived together.<br /><br />It's very hard to explain.<br />I don't even know if I can get it across to you, but please bear with me for a while.<br /><br /><br />Sometimes, I feel as if I don't even exist in the world observed from her perspective.<br />Whenever she finds me not tuned in, she either hurts me or leaves me in total disregard, consciously or not.<br />So, when she's around, for fear of things to be thrown at me or complete lack thereof, I cannot help but "brace and shut myself completely away" at the slightest hint of criticism or provocation.<br /><br /><br />We'd got along so well growing up.<br />After all quarrels and squabbles, we'd always found a way to reconcile.<br /><br /><br />Why should I "behave" myself around her instead of being her elder sister?<br />Why don't things come easy to me when she's in sight?<br /><br /><br />Over the last 10 years, we've only met 2 or 3 times a year.<br /><br />She may have grown up to hold a notion way above my head.<br />Her husband or friends in Osaka might have had as big an influence on her as my last decade had on me, and I'm not even talking about the girl I've always known as my little sister anymore.<br /><br /><br />No matter what it may be that have come to separate us apart, I still want us to be tuned in.<br />I love my family.<br /><br />Then I get mad at my inability to think outside the box.<br />I've come a long way in circles and back to square one.<br />I've been down the same road over and over again.<br /><br /><br />Then I knew.<br /><br /><br />If she doesn't need me in her world for now, let her have it her way.<br />Because all the while I'm fretting over her, she's having a great time.<br /><br /><br />She'll come along.<br />She'll come along.<br /><br /><br />Because, we are sisters.<br /><br /><br />I know she does.<br /><br /><br />Because, we are sisters.<br /><br /><br /><br />We are sisters.<br />We are family.<br />We are all feelings and emotions crushed into one, and that's why we are so complicated.<br />We are so complicated, that's why there aren't easy way out.<br /><br /><br />When down and out, don't struggle trying to keep it together.<br />Doing so would only get you swallowed up deeper in.<br /><br /><br />GOOOOSH, life is so full of craps.<br />It is!<br />Drop all pretense and say there's something "cloying" about her.<br /><br /><br />We never run out of things to worry about, don't we?<br />Let it have its way.<br />Whatever it is.<br /><br /><br />Well, eventually, I'll come along.<br /><br /><br />Eventually.<br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-07-21 (Thu)
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KARAOKE

What comes to mind when you hear the word "Karaoke"?The word "Karaoke" seems to have blended well with many cultures, taking on new meanings as it spreads all over the world.If you say "I want to sing karaoke," in Japan, you'll probably be taken to a tall narrow building, and assigned a booth-like room barely accommodates all of you, instead of a spacious hall with a stage.Once shown into a stifli... What comes to mind when you hear the word "Karaoke"?<br /><br />The word "Karaoke" seems to have blended well with many cultures, taking on new meanings as it spreads all over the world.<br /><br /><br />If you say "I want to sing karaoke," in Japan, you'll probably be taken to a tall narrow building, and assigned a booth-like room barely accommodates all of you, instead of a spacious hall with a stage.<br /><br />Once shown into a stiflingly small room, you'll be busy doing anything but listening to others sing.<br /><br />Some of your friends nearby start asking you how to get an online Karaoke coupon that comes with a free drink ticket, and insist that you accompany them traveling to a drink stand down stairs.<br />Back at the booth, they have you adjust an air conditioner saying it's too cold, and soon another one complains it's too hot and ask you to bring it back down.<br /><br />Thirty minutes in, on a wall-mounted phone, you'll make a call for foods and another pint of beer for your chronically late friend.<br /><br />When it's your turn to select a song on a machine, you cannot recall a title of the song and instead run a search by the name of a singer, which results in one song too many.<br /><br />Finally your turn comes and a person sitting right next to you passes you a beer-smelling microphone.<br /><br />Several phrases in, you find yourself singing off a key or two and struggle to hit the right notes.<br />Then, someone comes to your rescue only to interrupt and takes all the credit.<br /><br /><br />Now you are back to make a call for another pint of beer for your lazy friend.<br /><br /><br />This made-up story pretty much sums up what it's like to do "karaoke" in Japan.<br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-07-20 (Wed)
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My sister is coming back home for this weekend!

My younger sister, Alice is coming back for this weekend!Well, I'm not big on rhetoric, but let me relate you how she great she is.She and I are polar opposite in terms of both personality and academic performances.She's good at everything.In elementary school, she was a student council member.In high school, she made a high-achiever list of a nation-wide examination.She and her fellow high school... My younger sister, Alice is coming back for this weekend!<br /><br /><br />Well, I'm not big on rhetoric, but let me relate you how she great she is.<br /><br />She and I are polar opposite in terms of both personality and academic performances.<br /><br /><br />She's good at everything.<br />In elementary school, she was a student council member.<br />In high school, she made a high-achiever list of a nation-wide examination.<br />She and her fellow high school geosciences club mates earned "The Prime Minister" prize for their geotechnical investigation, awarded by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino Akishinomiya Kiko.<br />The Princess Kiko told them, "you all did a great job."<br /><br /><br />My mom used to say; I taught you everything from A to Z, so I was surprised to find some kids need not be taught at all.<br /><br /><br />This is about an episode that remains stuck with me after all these years.<br /><br />As it had been, and probably still has, impossible for me to talk her over in an argument, I always ended up resorting to violence, or radical measures.<br />It was on was one of those days when I hid her baby doll as retaliation for her verbal attacks.<br /><br />Upon finding my wrongdoing, she said to me, without moving a hair;<br /><br />"Sis, be honest and tell me where you hid the doll.<br />I WANT TO RAISE YOU TO BE A GOOD GIRL."<br /><br /><br />My jaw dropped to the ground through the floor.<br /><br />I was six, and she was only three when she said this, FYI.<br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-07-15 (Fri)
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Touche for hamsters

Many of us have come to stack in a rut of running on a treadmill day in and day out, without even noticing that we are not gaining ground at all.Often we stop and wonder, how come we are still seeing the same landscape we did before started running.However, sooner or later, without giving it much thought, we go back to running on a treadmill.Have you ever seen a hamster running on a wheel suddenly... Many of us have come to stack in a rut of running on a treadmill day in and day out, without even noticing that we are not gaining ground at all.<br /><br />Often we stop and wonder, how come we are still seeing the same landscape we did before started running.<br />However, sooner or later, without giving it much thought, we go back to running on a treadmill.<br /><br /><br />Have you ever seen a hamster running on a wheel suddenly stop short and look around?<br /><br /><br />According to a vet, they are either checking on how far they have come, or making sure that predators are not in sight.<br />No matter how many times they get off a wheel only to find they are still where they were a while ago, it's hard-wired so deep in the rodent's tiny brain that they simply cannot afford not to behave the way they do.<br /><br />I doubt that hamsters give a damn about how far they have come.<br />They are thoroughly content with the very act of running on a wheel at full throttle.<br /><br /><br />Too bad our system doesn't work that way.<br />Can't we just indulge in the pure pleasure of being "at it?"<br /><br /><br />Touche for hamsters for their ability to live in moment where humans stay in denial.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  • Date : 2016-07-12 (Tue)
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