A couple of weeks ago I had to go into a local hospital for a small operation and the entire experience reminded me why I am so in love with the Japanese healthcare system. Continue reading A Stitch in Time Saves… Sixteen?
I’m a huge fan of the Tom Bihn company, in fact almost all the bags I use are from their Seattle factory!
So imagine my surprise when I was checking Instagram this morning and saw that they had decided to use one of my hiking photos featuring their Synapse 25 on their Instagram account! Continue reading Some Tom Bihn Goodness!
I’ve done plenty of language learning posts in the past. This time around I want to just give a quick shout out to a small company based out of Taiwan, called Glossika, that I’ve started using to try to get my Japanese pronunciation and speaking skills up to scratch. Continue reading Some Quick Thoughts on Glossika
Seeing that it’s Friday and that I’ve finished teaching my classes for the day I thought that it might be a good chance for me to post some quick updates on what I’ve been up to the last few weeks. Continue reading A Good Couple of Weeks
Yeah, I know. Bloggiversary is not a real word, but I feel justified in using it to celebrate the fact that this blog has been up and going for just over three years. Continue reading Bloggiversary!
Things have been quiet of late, both here on the blog, and in general.
The good news is that I’ve been working on a few things in the pipeline and have managed to get a rough and raw livestreaming chat show going with the help of a friend. Continue reading Kotatsu Chatsu
Throughout many years of gaming the one genre or style of game that has passed me by is the brutal style of gameplay that Demon souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne introduced over the last couple of years.
For those of you who are either not into gaming or who are also not familiar with these types of games, the genre that they popularized is pretty much a tough as nails action / RPG hybrid with a heavy focus on health and stamina management and a combat system that rewards patience and skill. It also doesn’t hold your hand at all and right from the get go you’ll find yourself coming up against enemies that beat you to a pulp with minimal effort. Continue reading The Dark Souls of Blog Posts
A few weeks ago I could feel the first onset of a cold, which was not surprising as this is the time of year that my body decides to just give up any semblance of defending me from the onslaught of viruses and bacteria and let me succumb to their illnesses and ailments. The winters here in Nagano kill me. Continue reading An Ode to Being Lazy
I’ve already written two posts about my experiences with the Hobonichi Techo planner and while I’ve covered both the A6 Original and the A5 Cousin versions, I haven’t had a chance to talk about the smaller Weeks version.
As I’m typing this, the Spring versions of the Hobonichi series of planners has just been released. Continue reading Hobonichi Weeks 2017 Thoughts
One of the habits I wanted to break in 2016 was the large amount of time that I wasted using social media sites. Day after day I would keep on checking Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram several times during the day.
Thinking back on it I have no idea why I became so reliant on social media. It’s great being able to see photos and status updates of my family and friends back in South Africa, but for every useful post I see on Facebook I’m having to sort through 100 posts or ads for things I have no interest in. Continue reading Social Starvation