Pizza + Cheeseburger = Regret

Actually, this looks pretty good.  It’s a “pizza” surrounded by open face mini-cheeseburgers.  The pizza part though resembles more of a topping bar that you can add on to your mini-cheeseburger.  Too bad it’s only at Pizza Huts in the Middle East.  Apparently, Mid-Easterners like jokes like ordering a hotdog at a McDonald’s (man, that’s a classic… haha).  You have to watch the video simply for the terrible.

I’m a little disappointed that Japan’s Pizza Hut hadn’t done something like this first though.  😦
There’s also a tasty-looking chicken version! but yes, they were too cheap to film two commercials, so it’s dubbed. Continue reading

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Redelivery with Sagawa Otodoke

Hey guys,
I found some hopefully useful information on how to schedule a another delivery with Sagawa Otodoke.  I ordered some stuff from Amazon.co.jp and it came while I was at school.  So I had the following receipt jammed in my door.  Luckily, you can call the smaller number (the one that begins with 022) with your mobile phone and schedule a redelivery!   The bigger 0120 number is if you have a LAN line.  Call the phone number and you’ll hear an automated voice to guide you (although if you’re Japanese is a bit weak like mine, it’ll sound a little fast). Continue reading

What the heck!?

So my last Friday was a little nuts.  I’ll start with the little things and then give the big whopper of a story at the end.
Friday is usually a light day for me.  I teach one fifth grade class and one sixth grade class and then eat lunch with one or the other.  In my 5th grade class, we were going over introducing yourself to someone with a phrase like “Hi, My name is Tito.  Nice to meet you” and have the student reciprocate.  Near the end of the class, I made up a simple game of catch where one kid start’s with saying “What’s your name?” and throws the ball to another kid in the room who responds.  Then the student with the ball repeats the question to another student while tossing it to them.  Well, a little girl (one of my quieter ones) in the class was the 2nd or 3rd person to catch and she stood up, started to attempting her sentence and then froze up.  I saw the tears welling up in her eyes and she peeped out, “I don’t know!”.  Now if I had any kind of kryptonite, it’d be a crying kid.  I darted across the room right as she responded said nervously, “Ah, just throw the ball to someone else!”.  She chucked the ball, put her head down into her arms (luckily someone caught it) and the game continued.  Thankfully, for the second round where we responded to “How are you?”, she did MUCH better and was happier.  Phew… crisis averted.
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First real day of work

So I had my first day of class today. Just had to do my introduction that I had prepared during training (and won Best Demo from my group… No biggie). I was a little nervous my first lesson and a little lost on what was going on, but I stuck to my training and got through it. I had three classes today.
During the first one I think the kids were a little tired, but next time I’ll try a more involved game to get their energy up. In the second class, I got a little bit better of a response since their grammar as a bit better. I think some kids were a little wise to my goofiness though. Will have to figure out a happy medium for them. I still had fun with them, especially when the teacher would catch the kids goofing off and smack them in the back of the head. Finally, during the last class, I think the kids were a little too energized from lunch, but I just went with it and they were a blast! I hope I can turn more classes into ones like this!

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Minding your P’s and Q’s

So there’s a fairly cheap ramen shop right down the street from me. I can walk in, sit down and they bring out a nice 500¥ bowl of pork ramen (600¥ for a large!) with out having to say anything. I always say “Itadakimasu” before I start (a Japanese word like saying grace before meals) and “Gochisoosamadeshita” when I’m done (a “thank you for making me full”) These ramen shop owners love this and today they handed me a handful of hard candies and his chocolate covered biscuit thing as I was leaving. I love Japan.