Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sorry, No Food Photo This Time!

And sorry that I don't know the name of these flowers...

You know, I have a lot to tell you about my new job, but have no time to shoot food photos... No, that's not true. I did bake some matcha cookies, but they looked outrageously deformed when they came out of the oven, so I decided not to take photos of them. And last night, I went out for dinner with my colleagues. It was a welcome dinner for me and another new staff who is starting on the 1st of June, and an old member leaving at the end of May. That was probably the best chance ever to take shots of some local cuisine -- some dishes that we never make at my parents' house -- but I didn't bring my camera. AHHHHHHHHHHHhh!!!!!!!!

Anyway, things are getting more and more exciting at my work. "Exciting" or "crazy?" Well, that depends on what "normal " means to you, I guess. This morning we had a meeting and went over our schedule for the next 3 months.

Woooops, lunch break is over. I'll write some more tonight.


Sorry, I was lazy last night. It's the lunch break on June 2nd. This morning was not really eventful, and our boss went home sick. But we have one meeting scheduled in the evening today and that's going to be fun. It's not meeting bunch of middle-aged executives; We are going to see some young, energetic college (and graduate) students who are doing an ecology-related research in my hometown. I had heard about them long time ago, but never had a chance to actually see them.
Gee, can't wait! ;)


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Busy and Fun Days

Dorayaki (pancakes with sweetened azuki bean paste filling)

Well, this photo has nothing to do with me having busy and fun days, but this is the only photogenic food in the kitchen at the moment. Hahaha...

Anyway, as I told you before, I started working full time on May 6th -- right after the "Golden Week" here in Japan. I am a translator for a local geopark project which I was helping as a volunteer tour guide in my jobless days. Now I do translation work at the secretariat section of the project, occasionally giving a tour to visitors (sometimes in English), and also help with many activities to promote geopark and educate the public.

The activities include joining community meetings to talk to local grandpas and grandmas about what geopark is, or going hiking with kids to see how "nature tourism" is being introduced in this rural town blessed with abundant nature. Let me tell ya; In the past couple of weeks, I joined two community meetings (I didn't do the talking but I was there to help) and one hiking, and helped with a tour for more than 30 overseas trainees! Now you know why I said, "busy and fun days," right?


I told you that my colleagues are nice. But they are more than just nice. The people I work with at my new workplace are young, energetic folks who love to meet people to try out new ideas together. Those are the people who make you feel 10 years younger. We joke together, brainstorm together and share ideas and experiences together. It's been a while since I took part in something like this last time.

Of course there will be a lot of challenges. And in my case, it can be devastating when they happen both at work and at home at the same time. But you know, there are times in your life that you have to take a risk, and your inner voice tells you that it's worth taking a risk. You know what I mean? I thought this was one of those times, so I'm taking a risk. Could be a stupid decision, but... well, we'll see.

BTW, these store-bought dorayaki were pretty good. Sometimes you find dry, firm ones, but these were moist and not too sweet. My favorite kind.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Don't Worry -- I'm Doing Great!

My Bento

Sorry I didn't post for about two weeks and probably made some of you worried? Don't worry. I'm doing perfectly fine. As some of you predicted, it's like goodies are finally coming my way! Yay!

My new job is interesting and colleagues are so nice. Actually I knew most of them from before, which makes me feel so much at home. The only problem is that I didn't have time to cook/bake at home, so had no food photo to post here. The above photo is the only one -- not a great one, but it was taken at my workplace. Yeah, something to show you a little bit of my new work environment.

I'll tell you more about my new job sometime soon.


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