June 9, 2008
here some useful website if you want to start studying chinese:
http://www.mandarintools.com/ links to flash cards software and computer tools that are helpful when studying mandarin.
http://www.chinesecomputing.com/ this will solve problems of visualization
if you are Firefox user, these pop up translators are very useful.
For podcast check http://chinesepod.com
June 5, 2008
I just found out that WordPress blogs are still banned in China (and Turkey, Israel, thailand).
So probably I will have to move to an approved blog.
June 4, 2008
At the end of the month Tchavolo Schmitt is coming to tokyo.
He also appears in the movie Swing by Tony Gatlif:
June 3, 2008
Tokyo aqua park. Fishes and people.
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June 2, 2008
since I decided I will leave japan at the end of the month everyone keeps asking.
I like and I critic Japan but it is an interesting and stimulating place to live in.
The question I asked myself is another:
after a year and a half in a new city, as I see it, there are two options start settling down or leaving.
In practical terms would mean: stop living in a guest house, start crucial activities that require 2-3 years involvement like start a gipsy band, a course of calligraphy and improve japanese language.
I feel this is necessary because one cannot live in a temporary state. This, after the first period of excitement, must evolve.
Being under 30, under 1.8m tall, single, under 70kg, earning under 20,000€ a year and curious I donot see many reason for not going to another place. Because that is what I am doing, not leaving Japan but going to another place which in this case will be Beijing.
May 28, 2008
I like yoghurt. Eating it in Tokyo or Beijing is quite a different experience:
In tokyo one enters the omnipresent “conbini” open everyday, everyhour.
Then wonders inside in a storm of colour and lights. Goes to the “no-door” fridge and takes what he prefers.
At the counter the yoghurt ( one cup) will be placed in a plastic bag with the plastic spoon inside another plastic bag.
One can go out now but where to eat it? apparently beside construction workers nobody seems to eat in the streets so it is up to you to find a place hidden enough to eat your yoghurt. After eating one may want to go back to the conbini that is probably still the closest place where to find a trash bin.
Beijing: the shops, unless you are in the western like center might look like that.
The yoghurt is sold in a thick ceramic cup. With a grey green colour. A foil seals the top. There is one type, no choice. After buying one has to drink it with a strow . He cannot leave the area around the shop because the cup will be recicled.