Earthquakes and iPhoto09

Random image: me at Zietal, the highest monastery in Europe (nr Savognin, Switzerland), age 10-ish. I was in a real strop that day, running off ahead and refusing to speak to mum and dad! Earthquakes really do give me the jeepers. I think the fact that I’m currently listening to Bill Bryson’s A Short History […]

After one week out, MacBook goes back in for surgery

I don’t really know what I do to my MacBook to cause it so much damage. It’s already had 2 new displays, a new keyboard, new bottom case, new dvd drive, a new hard drive and a new fan – the last repair having been completed last week. Tonight the DVD drive that was replaced […]

Taking positive action to bring about change

As many of you may know, I’m an audiobook junkie. Due to my attitude towards the use of time, reading physical paper and ink books is difficult. I feel uncomfortable using my time in that way. If friends give me books, I start to read them, but usually by the time I reach page twenty […]

Tiltshift Sunday

It’s been a great day, during which I’ve been fortunate to spend time with my two best mates in Tokyo. Whilst I’ve managed to get up at 6am every day this week, last night’s ridiculous experiment to see if I could run four operating systems at the same time on my old MacBook made sure […]

A new study set-up

My old study-setup I’m very much an advocate of taking action to change one’s surroundings should they not be conducive to feeling at ease. For example, a friend of mine has been having issues at work involving smoke from an adjoining (smoking) room filling her office, but rather than just complain about it she went […]

Epic B&W Tokyo Sunset

I’ve decided to re-post the black and white shot of yesterday’s sunset over Tokyo, and also upload a much bigger version should people want to try and find their houses 🙂 View / download the Big Picture here. I particularly like the way the new skyscraper in Naka Meguro stands out, with its two little […]

Sunset over Tokyo

Note Mount Fuji rising above the Kanto horizon These were taken from the roof of the 53-storey Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills. The skydeck reminded me of a ship. Big sky, and a huge sea of buildings. Admittedly you don’t tend to get many buildings in the sea, but nonetheless… You can just see Mount Fuji […]

No Foreigners

Yesterday was a pretty good day. My MacBook was returned after its third major operation, and late in the afternoon I was able to spend a couple of hours on the roof of the 53-storey Mori Tower in Roppongi, watching the sun set. It was marred by two things though, the first of which was […]

Six-week time management and productivity course

Last night’s weekly tandem learning session, in which I teach my friend English for an hour in exchange for her (a qulaified teacher) teaching me for an hour tunred into a session for us to express our mutual frustration at not being self-disciplined enough to make much progress in our studies. For me, the main […]

Any excuse to play with fire

After a session at the Gym with Tom this morning it was back home, get changed, then out again for the English lesson I have every Sunday (I’m the teacher, not the student). On my way through the park in front I couldn’t help but notice a gathering of hundreds of local residents, all of […]

Nail Job

I used to think that having fake nails was a sure sign that you had finally become a slave to modern fashions, sacrificing your ability to do practical things like pick loose change up off a table, or scratch your arse without the necessity of thought. However, having now spent several hours looking at fake […]

Gaijin Bubble – Being a good husband – Taking action

Sunset from our front door The intense feeling of ‘being a foreigner’ is starting to fade. These past few weeks there have been several occasions when I’ve been out and about, and completely forgotten that I’m a member of the 2%(ish) minority population of non-Japanese residents in Japan. Upon arrival back in Japan last September […]

Cafe de Twinkle

Today is a day to be remembered. *Twinkle* and I have a whole day off together. It’s a rare thing. We stayed up pretty late last night (about 3am), planning and working on our goals in our cosy little bedroom – with the heated carpet warming our tootsies (had a little switch-on ceremony). This morning […]