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a0018711_1132125.jpgIt was the last day of English school for me. Then, I made a speech. Actually, I made a speech in January. That time, I was very nervous and took a bit long time. But today, I could make the speech while relaxing. It might be thanks to audience. I was really glad that my speech could amuse them.

After the speech, Eileen asked me to write the quote on the school magazine. I told the quote at the speech.

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called present.

Nancy has taught me the quote. She was Sindia's host mother. This evening, I visited her house and then she prepared for wonderful dinner for me. There was his son living there

...to be continued.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-09 01:13
a0018711_21403485.jpgA couple days ago, I made a poster to sell my mobile phone and a sleeping bag. But I hadn't got any rings and so I asked some my friends if they need a mobile phone or a sleeping bag. Today, I did business at school.

Then, I found the person who wanted to buy the sleeping bag. Then, we started to bargain over the price. We were serious.
"It is 10 dollers." I said. Then,
"8 dollers!" She said.
"How about the mobile and the sleeping bag, in total, 90 dollers?"
"Show me. ...Let me think... How much was it?"
"200 dollers. If you buy both of them, I'll give some food or seasoning as well."
"Let me think. How about 50 dollers?"
"50 dollers? Then, I'll sell to a shop."
"Wait! How about 60 dollers?"

We talked for all the break time. Finally, she decided to buy just the sleeping bag. She said that she would think about the mobile phone by tomorrow. Anyway, I enjoyed to bargain over the price.

Actually, I could sell the mobile phone to another Japanese guy. He rang me in the afternoon. He came to Christchurch just a few days ago. And so he was also looking for a flat. Then, I asked him what he thought about our flat. An hour later, he came to our flat to buy my mobile phone and have a look there. He seemed to think he liked it. Then, I invited him for tomorrow lunch. Tomorrow, Cullen, who is my flat mate, is going to prepare for lunch party for me.

"Come to the party as my good friend, please." I said like that though I've got to know him just today. Anyhow, it must be good fun.

By the way, I'm making a speech tomorrow at school. I have to think about that but the devil of sleep (sleepiness) has come onto my brain just now. So, good night.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-07 21:03
a0018711_21375256.jpgThis morning, I got up at 7:30 and so I had to be in time for school. However, the bus was late this morning and I arrived at school late a bit, again.

On the bus, there was Michiko sitting there. She told me that some people had argued with the bus driver. Then, I looked around in the bus. Many people looked angry. Some people seemed furious.

For my part, I didn't care if the bus had been late an hour because I am a just student now. In Japan, whenever trains are late, it makes news even if it is only 10 minutes. And then, many people get furious. It is Japanese, particularly in Tokyo. I'm going back to such society. I wonder if I could live there well.

Today, I feel very sleepy and so I'm going to bed now though it is 8 o'clock yet. Good night.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-06 15:29
a0018711_21355846.jpgThis morning, I woke up at 9. Yes, I overslept again and late for school. I arrived at school at 9:40. I've been sleepy in the mornings lately. Well, I've heard some my friends not to feel so good lately. Michael, who is my teacher, said that is hay fever or perhaps the cause of daylight saving. Last Sunday, summer time started. Then, sunrise and sunset became later.

And so it had been 8 o'clock that I woke up this morning if it hadn't been summer time. But it had, unfortunately. In Japan, they say spring is good season to have an afternoon nap. In spring, many people are sleepy at the daytime.

After school, I went to the bank to close account. Then, I had a chat with the bank lady. I talked about my life in New Zealand a little bit. I've stayed in New Zealand for an year, I've been to school, I've worked, I'm going back to Japan on Sunday, like that. It was nothing special for normal people. But for me, it was great and I was really glad because my first day in New Zealand, it was quite difficult even to have lunch at Burger King. Today, I could enjoy talking to a bank lady. It was amazing.

Afterwards, I caught the bus and then said "Hello" to the driver. And 15 minutes later, I said "Thank you!" to him as usual before got off. Thanks to the bus driver and the custom of Kiwi, it has really improved that my pronounciation of "Hello" and "Thank you".
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-05 20:52
a0018711_1920812.jpg This morning, I overslept a bit but I was just in time for school. Although I began the course just last week, I moved to a new class today. And so I can't remember the names of my classmates. Anyhow, it is a nice class.

In the afternoon, I went window shopping to look for souvenirs. Well, I don't have much money and so I checked around all of the souvenir shops in the city centre. It was really good walking. Then, I decided what I buy and where. I'm going to buy those later because I mustn't be an impulse buyer now.

In the evening, I went to the library of the University of Canterbury to read a book. Then, I went up on the 10th floor. I could see the bird's eye view there. Although I was going to read a book, I just looked at the fresh view. I could see many aeroplanes descending toward the airport. Ah, many people came here today, and also many people have gone, I thought. I wonder how I'll feel in the aeroplane on Sunday.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-04 19:18
a0018711_2034073.jpgAlthough I'd made a mistake yesterday, I went to the Town Hall to see the concert tonight. It is named "International Organ Proms 2004". A German man played the pipe organ.

It was nice but actually I couldn't fully appliciated how great he was. Anyhow, it didn't matter to me. I had a very nice time. While I was listening to his performance, I thought about my life. Then, I also thought about his life. He seemed to enjoy playing organ very much. I like to see people do something hard and enjoy it.

Listening to music by CD is good but to go to concerts is quite different and wonderful, at least for my part. Well, it was the last Sunday in New Zealand to me. Next Sunday night, I will be in Japan. Ah, I wonder what I will be doing next week. I can't imagine it is just like when I came to New Zealand. Actually, I like it. I mean I like mysterious life. How about you?
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-03 20:32
a0018711_21213888.jpgI had a fantastic day. It was sunny but it was already 6pm when I went out. I wore quite formal clothes to see a concert at the town hall. However, there was nothing there tonight. Actually, the concert happens tomorrow. I made mistake. Then, I got a ticket, and I'm going there tomorrow night anyway.

After that, when I was walking on the street in the city, I heard that somebody shouted my name. Then, I found it was Carl shouting from a car on the road. Carl was my contractor when I worked at a vineyard in Blenheim. It was a really chance meeting. He was with Dennis who I lived and worked with in Blenheim.

Then, we had dinner together at a Korean restaurant. There was a Nepali man with them. He began to work in Blenheim after I left there. By the way, it was the first time for me to talk to a Nepali. I've stayed in New Zealand for nearly a year. I met lots of kind of people here. It is a very interesting time for me. In the Korean restaurant, our table looked a little bit strange from other tables. There were Korean, German, Nepali, and Japanese at our table, and besides only I wore formal suit. A year ago, I could never guess that I would be having dinner with such international people a year later.

After dinner, I waved good bye and caught the bus back home. On the bus, I had a chance meeting again. There was Michiko sitting there. The last time I'd met her was..., I can't remember. Maybe in February. Nevertheless, we'd known how we'd spent the time through e-mails.

By the way, her flat is quite close to my flat. We got off the bus and went to her flat. Her flat is quite big. There are 6 people living there. It seemed like small YHA. Then, we talked about our strange experiences. She told me about travelling in Australia. She faced lots of troubles at that time for example, losing a wallet. But she said that it had been very good time for her to gain courage and improve English skills.

Well, when I was leaving her flat, it was already 11 pm. And so she was worried about me. You know, a Japanese boy was killed in Christchurch last week. That was why many my friends have been worried about me lately. In fact, I often walk in the night.

"If you die tonight," said Michiko. "I must have a regretful life forever." I'd heard similar words many times over the last year. Then, I said,
"Such life might be interesting as well."

Anyway, I got home without incident, and am able to tell you this. So, good night.
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-02 21:20
a0018711_21194532.jpgCullen, who is my flat mate had special lunch for Ai, Shoko, and me at our flat. Ai and Shoko are the assistants of his business. Actually, I am partners in as well. Next week, Ai is going back to Japan. That was why Cullen prepared for special lunch today.

He is good at cooking. He cooked Fish pie and Boysen berry cheese cake. It was very good. After lunch, we watched slide show. Last week, we went to Elderslie which is near Oamaru and there is Cullen's garden there. The photos of the slide show was taken at the time. We took strange photos for the website for his garden. Actually, I've been making the website for him. Well, we took photos to look like summer and autumn though it was spring there. We were crazy but also smart, perhaps. Today, when we checked the photos, it looked summer and autumn, we felt.

Anyway, we enjoyed it. And it doesn't matter if the photos look summer or not. It's just Cullen's business, I talked to Ai and Shoko like that. We are bad assistants, aren't we?

Although I haven't uploaded those strange photos on the website yet, you can look at it. It is almost finished. But I'm afraid that one I made is a Japanese site.
Victorian Garden School
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by KazuFromNZ | 2004-10-02 21:18