Sunday, May 23, 2010
Busy and Fun Days
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 AM HAVING FUN!! --
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.