Thursday, July 29, 2010

Delayed Gratification

Babulal Are Da Champ! The Anakim and Torsos reigned the fantasy world for 2007 and 2008 respectively, but the 2009 (defending) champion of our league is none other than yours truly - team name: Raj vs. the Machine! (It's supposed to be a play on words: Rage Against the Machine, Raj vs. the Machine... get it? Oh, Raj is my middle name, ya dig?) Anyways, we only have about 10 weeks left in the season... at which point the trophy will have to be engraved with a new name... but I'm counting on that name being "Rich Uncle Babulal"! That way I get to keep the cup a full year, and don't have to pay shipping expenses to send it away... after all, it will eventually rest in my home permanently, no?


Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm in Business!

I got my own business card! No, I'm not part of a business, nor am I starting my own just yet. (Will I ever?) But I have been meeting a lot of people here in Sapporo, and felt it was high time I made myself a business card to give to people. It is tradition in Japan to give your business card to people when you first meet them. So mine has all the pertinent information on it. The front has my name (English and Japanese), phone number, e-mail address, and blog address. It also states that I am a missionary (which I am) and has the Calvary Chapel dove mark on it. The back features an extremely important Bible verse with a few explanations as well: John 3:16, but it explains who this "God" is (Creator of All Things) and who "His only Son" is (the Lord Jesus Christ)... oh, and the front features the Canadian flag to show where I am from, while the back features the Japanese flag, to signify that God so loves JAPAN! (In retrospect, my card seems kind of tacky or like something a not-fully-mature adult might make... but I don't mind if people look at it and scorn me... just so long as they read the message on the back!)


Me and Shion-baba

Steve and Michiyo have an adorable little baby girl, Shion Viktoria. She just turned 1 a week ago, but looks very young for her age - not a day older than 11 months, by my assessment. Anyways, whenever I am over at their house, I make sure to spend at least 30 minutes holding her and trying to make her laugh, stand, walk, and talk. I speak 95% English to her, because Steve and his wife are hoping she can grow up trilingual (speaking Hungarian and Japanese as well). Let's keep praying for little Shion, shall we?


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Rehearsal

Check out the video below (Facebook users, click on the "view original post" button and visit my blog). I have been having fun lately making videos and subtitling them... it takes time, but I hope you all enjoy it.


Okinawan Restaurant!


Even in Hokkaido, there are Okinawan restaurants! I have found 2 so far just in the ward in which I live! One is about a 5-minute walk from my apartment - it's a pub, so they specialize in little finger foods and of course Okinawan alcohol. It's run by a couple of brothers from Nago City. Then there's a restaurant about a 10-minute bike ride from my place. The picture above is of that restaurant. The food is decent, but each time I visit these restaurants (only once each so far) it makes me want to go back to Okinawa and have a taste of the real thing!!!

Maruyama Park - A Brief Look

The other day I went to Maruyama Park - about 10 minutes from my place by rollerblades. It's a gorgeous place with lots of greenery and facilities. Unfortunately, it is also home to one of the biggest shrines in Hokkaido. So a lot of people go there and lift up empty prayers to a god they have no clue about. But I ignore that part of the park and enjoy the natural beauty there.


Monday, July 5, 2010

JLPT - Before and After

Hey everyone, I created a little video of my experience with the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Please take the time to watch it. Sorry the subtitles are so small... squint if you must!