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Tests I Haven't Passed Yet [Dec. 11th, 2003|01:15 am]
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Don and I just had an incredible dinner at the bar with the Greek name next door to our apartment. Wow! Wish I'd taken a picture of the bleu cheese salad and the oil-and-parsley pasta with smoked salmon and ginkgo nuts.

It was our second time this week to eat ginkgo nuts. We tried them first on Monday when we went to Kujira no Andy (the best restaurant in Kobe) and while I didn't get a picture of the ginkgo, the giant oysters, or any of the other 1,000,000 bites of pasta, homemade bacon, こぶちゃ, cucumber, miso dipping sauce, cheesecake, homemade rye bread, or homemade ice cream, I did get a picture of the appetizer. Believe it or not, the best thing about it was the dressing.

I could have this salad for every meal, every day.

Sunday, Don and I did our Japanese proficiency tests. (Mine shall clearly indicate a lack of Japanese proficiency.) Before and during the test (which kept us at Konan U. from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) we met old and new friends (including some Yamasaki folks). When we had filled in our last bubbles with our No. 2 pencils, we went to La Pausa イタメシヤ for cheap drinks. (¥180 wine!) Don took this picture with his mobile phone.

I'm biting my lip, because I seemed to think that looked cute. Ugh.

Then we spent two hours at Jumbo Karaoke, where we sang our hearts' content to an all-you-can-drink special.

Sara, a wailing good singer. She has a band!

Mary and Jason. (They're singing to their hearts' content.)

Don and me. See my new glasses?

From there, Sara was going to Shinsaibashi in Osaka for her boyfriend's coworker's birthday party (or something like that). The bar.. wow. I felt like I was in a movie. It was the size of Alaska and the shelves of spirits reached the unfathomably high (for Osaka) ceiling. Here's my drunken portrait of me and Scott, the birthday boy:

He's as nice a guy as he looks. Actually, everyone there was nice, and they're all Aeon employees. So they might have been my colleagues if Aeon hadn't passed me over. One guy came from Tarrant County! And another followed us home and slept on our guest futon.

I can't count how many new friends I made Sunday. I just hope I see them all again soon.

Here's one more silly picture before I say goodnight.

It's umeshuu, aka plum liqueur.


From: (Anonymous)
2003-12-10 09:21 am (UTC)

the other chu_hi finally respond

Sorry, I respond it this late. You left a reaction on my weblog. I just saw it. Keep on blogging. I'll follow your blog. I myself stayed 4 months in Japan. It was great!!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-11 07:14 am (UTC)

the OTHER other chu_hi

Hi, my Dutch brother! You keep on blogging too, dude. =) Thanks for writing back!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-12-10 11:22 am (UTC)
yummy salad
biting lip = teh hotness, always
plum liqueur in a juice box...i SO need to move to japan! \m/

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-11 07:39 am (UTC)
i SO need to move to japan! \m/

Well, hurry up then!!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-12-11 09:19 am (UTC)
the day i can afford a plane ticket, 1 week say, and this:

i'll be there. :D
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[User Picture]From: madphotographer
2003-12-10 01:21 pm (UTC)

Like my new icon? ^_^

Yes, yes, feed me what you have seen, tasted, heard, touched, and smelled.
You ALWAYS look cute. No need to bite the lip.
See, this is me holding a phone. *thrilling*
Umeshuu!!! Oishii desu ne~~~
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-11 07:11 am (UTC)

Re: Like my new icon? ^_^

I LOVE your new icon! It's GREAT! =) I like the picture of you, too. (Looks like you've been biting your lip as well.. mine's raw as heck.) We gotta get together and drink umeshu one of these days.
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From: malo23
2003-12-10 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wow--now that salad looks DELICIOUS! I've never been to "Kujira no Andy" (the only restaurants I've eaten in in Kobe are some expensive Italian place--a friend had a party there once, though I don't remember the name of the eatery--and a *kaiten-zushi* joint which was only so-so [compared to food in Tottori, that is!]) but it definitely looks tops. The last time we went to Kyoto our favorite Taiwanese restaurant had been shut down. :( There are still lots and lots of good places left to eat in the Kyoto-Osaka area, though. Have you ever been to a *Ninnikuya* by chance? Gotta watch the breath (garlic and all) but very tasty!

BTW, Aeon also "passed me by" (I got to the final interview only to be sent a letter saying 'thanks for your interest', etc. Ended up teaching at a privately run school, which had its pluses and minuses needless to say).

P.S. You always post such cool pics. :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-11 07:38 am (UTC)
Restaurants certainly come and go in Japan, don't they? Too bad about your Taiwanese place! =( I have in fact been to Ninnikuya! It's great, huh? This country is sure good for the restaurants.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-11 07:40 am (UTC)
And thanks for the compliment! Glad you like the snapshots. =)
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From: malo23
2003-12-11 09:45 am (UTC)
Not at all...enjoy your blog very much.

In another thread you asked whether we had ever met? I don't believe so, though anything's possible I suppose... :)

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