For some reason, this blog has been running a bit slow for the past two days.  Tried uninstalling and deleting unused plugins, optimized/repair the database, installed WP Super Cache but it is still being a bit funky.  Hopefully it is just an issue with the server and will repair itself.

In other news, I quit World of Warcraft which wasn’t difficult at all!  I simply realized that the game was no longer entertaining.

So, the question was, what to do with my spare time?

I have decided to focus on blogging and learning Kanji.  If I’m not blogging, I’ve got my book “Remembering the Kanji” open.

My book has quite a history attached to it and has actually become very treasured.  I bought this book in Japan have notes from that period of my life in it.  When I see those notes it takes me back to my desk in Mejiro (pictured below) where I would spend hours trying to get these symbols into my brain.  It was in this book that I was able to learn what the individual pieces meant which I refer to in my post “Speak American – A Fun Lesson in Language

The book actually has a bit of character associated with it.  When I moved to Vietnam I packed it into a box that took about 3 months to finally reach me in Vietnam.  Unfortunately, I also made the mistake of packing my shampoo with it which leaked out all over the book.  So, the top of the book has a nice purple tint to it but has since lost its fragrant smell.

I really miss my old Mejiro apartment!  From my desk, I had this view.  Really brings back a lot of memories!  I really cannot believe that 6 years have already passed since I left Japan.

I had always planned to go back but unfortunately, with the economy the way it is (in the USA and Japan) it is better to stay here and working for an American company isn’t as stressful.

But I’m sure Japan still has a very large role to play in my life and I’m sure I’ll find myself back there someday.

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/