2004年 06月 12日 ( 5 )

a0018711_18263.jpgThis morning, I got up at 7:30 and went to running. It was back a normal day. Although it was cloudy, it cleared by the time I finished working.

I washed my clothes and I went walking. However, it was running to be exact. Actually, I followed King to run. We ran for about 30 minutes. When I arrived at my room, Richard, who assists Mike to renovate some rooms, was going kayaking and asked me if I join him. I thought for a while and finally I didn’t go. It was already 2:30pm but actually I hadn’t had lunch. Then, he went alone and I had late lunch.

Afterwards, I began to write journals for 4 days. And I’m writing it now.

Then, see you tomorrow with certain. I’m so sorry for making some of you worried and thank you. I’ll keep this journal as I can for my English skills, also keeping touch with my friends, and for fear that some of them will be worried about me.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-06-12 18:27
a0018711_182410.jpgThis morning, I got new bread from Mike. Actually, they bake bread and I can get it free anytime. Noriko and I had it for breakfast. It was very tasty. She had the piece of toast without jam and butter.

After that, I began to work and she was walking in the garden until the departure time of water taxi. She left at 11:30am. Then, Lynley gave me a break time and I saw her off. I waved to her in the boat. By the way, she was going to Nelson to see Tomoko. Tomoko told me she felt bored in Nelson. Actually, I’ve never been to Nelson so I don’t know what the town is like? I wish they’ll have a good time together then. Anyway, thank you very much for coming to Hopewell, Noriko. I’ve had really good time thanks to you.

This afternoon, I went running up to mountain road. Then, I couldn’t find King so I went alone. It was sunny though it was cloudy with some rain in the morning. I went running for about 40 minutes. Afterwards, I had late lunch and had a shower. Although I was going to write a journal, a customer used a computer. Actually, there is only a computer can be used internet at our place. Then, I felt sleepy and went to bed though it was 5 pm, yet. When I woke up, it was 10 pm. Then, I began to watch the movie, “Spirited Away” on my computer. Before I knew it, I was in the dreaming world.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-06-12 18:25
a0018711_182157.jpgContinuation...

After that, we went mountain biking. At first, King (a dog) followed us but he stopped it before we knew it. Although I went after Noriko at first, she told me she preferred after me. However, after a few minutes, she went out of sight and I waited for a moment. Whenever she saw me, she said,
“I am alive!!”
The road is usually muddy. It painted my legs artistic and also made Noriko fell down. I don’t know exactly but we went biking for about 2 to 3 hours. I had been used to biking you know, but she hadn’t. That’s why she looked exhausted after finished it. Although we took breaks in the common room, she felt sleepy and went to bed. In fact, we were too active today.

Then, we began to prepare for dinner. I cooked “Oyako-don” and “Teriyaki-chicken” which are Japanese traditional dishes. I learnt “Teriyaki-chicken” from my boss in Timaru and “Oyako-don” was cooked by my memories of my mother’s cooking plus my originality. By the way, I used chicken for the curry, too. Actually, I’d got a big chicken so I had to use it as early as possible. When I was cooking, Noriko woke and came into the kitchen. She looked tired still then so I encouraged her to read a book and just to rest. She read my recommended book, “Tetsugaku” written by Shinsuke Shimada and Hitoshi Matsumoto. I felt she liked it. Well, the dinner was very good. One of the big reasons was that we had done many activities today, I thought.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my first off day and tired more than working days.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-06-12 18:23
a0018711_18181.jpgToday, I’ve got a off day for the first time after came here. This morning, Noriko and I had the remains of curry and some pieces of toast which she brought. When it was toasted, she said,
“It tastes no good!”
But actually it was not bad. I thought and said to her. Then, she said,
“Maybe the cause of the good toaster, it became good!”

After breakfast, we went kayaking. It was very fine day. There were the dazzling sun, the vast blue sky and the clear blue sea. It was actually the first time for me to try kayaking though I’ve been able to do it free here. She’d been kayaking some times so she looked good at it at least more than me. That was why I was usually after her. I didn’t know why but my kayak often went leftwards and my kayak sometimes hit Noriko’s. There was quite silent. I just heard the sound of water and some birds’ voice. We did it for about an hour. It was very good exercise for us and it made us tired and hungry. Then, we had lunch.

I cooked dry curry using the remains of last dinner. Then, a cat (I don’t know his name) came there and was going to get some food but he looked not to really want to eat. He (I’m not sure if she is) sometimes comes to my room but usually doesn’t do anything. I think he is not curious and also lazy. Actually, he is a little bit fat. After lunch, we played a trampoline in the garden. We were surprised it was very hard exercise. Then, we felt like carsick for a few minutes.

To be continued...
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-06-12 18:19
a0018711_181434.jpgHello, everybody. How are you doing? How about myself? I’m very fine. I’m so sorry for not writing journals for 3 days. In fact, I made somebody worried. These 3 days, about 30 people visited this site though I hadn’t renewed it at all. Sorry, especially Sindia. Thank you for the e-mail. Although it’s already 12th June today, I’m going to write those days’ memory like as today is that day.

Today (9th), Noriko came to our BHH. She arrived here at around 5 pm. Then, I was cooking for dinner. Coming here is quite long way. She took a bus from Christchurch to Picton and afterwards took a water taxi two times. Anyway, thank you for coming taking for a long.

Then, I cooked curry rice and muffins. The curry was very good and muffins were not bad taste though it looked not good. They were good so I shared them with Mike and Lynley who’re my bosses. Mike said,
“Fantastic! I’m impressed you!”
I was very glad. Noriko also said,
“Well done!!”
I’ve trained cooking when I was living in Timaru. I used to cook for dinner for my boss those days. When I was leaving Timaru, my boss gave me some Japanese seasonings. Thanks to them I’ve been able to cook easily here in Hopewell.

After dinner, we went working. Then, there was too dark to work so we needed an electric torch. However, thanks to the dark, we could see a great many stars in the sky. Although I used to see the Milky Way in Timaru, there are too many stars to find it in Hopewell. The Milky Way of Timaru had just many stars but Hopewell’s is with much of white powder. It’s really “Milky”. The stars are as much as Tekapo’s.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-06-12 18:15