Friday, April 24, 2015

初めまして。。。お母さん、お父さん

My friend in New Zealand Ellen phoned me and asked me to interpret to her former host family-- Otoosan and Okaasan Tsuchiya san in Japan that she and her family will visit Japan on December and they want to visit them in Shizuoka.  

I tried to find there home in Ando but unfortunately i did not find it ... instead i phoned to okaasan and otosan ... and she said they want to meet me in person so that they can teach me their home and wants to know more about my friend in NZ and about me.  

Ok ... so i did set a date ... and the two old nice couple picked me up to my work ... that's after my class in the afternoon ... then they drove me to their home in Ando ... and when we reached their place i was so surprised and laughing coz when i was actually looking for their home last Wednesday ... there was this last 3-storey house that i spotted and which looks like a community hall for me ... there were 3 kids playing in front of it and approached me if what they can help me ... so i told them that i was looking for the number of the house but i can't find it ... they helped me look around but we did not find it ...
So i asked them if they know Tsuchiya san's residence ... then the kids told me that one of their playmates who was helping me to find the house is also Tsuchiya  ... but since she is still small ... she don't know her house number ... and i can't imagine she's related coz i am looking for two old couple Tsuchiya san and i don't think they have a small kid.

So that's the surprise ... the last house i was standing with the kids is the house i was looking for ... and one more surprised was that the house on the first floor is actually a buddish church ! 

So there ... otoosan was actually an oboosan or a monk. ... but since he was old already ... it is his eldest son who replaced him and do the work now.  

Since i am new to their place ... we did have some prayers first as a sign of welcoming to their home and meeting them in person.  

Then they invited me to their home on the second floor and we had a lot of chatting about my friend and family .... about me ... and they showed me a lot of albums and souvenirs of all the former foreign students they handled for many past years ... and again another surprised for me ... i saw all the pics of my NAKAMA former members who were exchange students that time ---and i saw some pics of my friends who was living now in Australia and NZ!   Yaaay what a small world!

I told to Ellen my experienced and i was wondering why i never meet otoosan and okaasan before ...  Ellen reminded me that they been inviting me many times to some events at okaasan and otoosan place but i was very busy that time to my family and NAKAMA.

But oh well... it's a good chance to meet otoosan and okaasan Tsuchiya san.
They are really so kind and adorable.  
I really felt their warmness.  No wonder why all the foreign students they helped consider them as their second parents --- they are truly awesome!  

See you all again otoosan... okaasan xx 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

おめでとう…パパ!

健康第一、体に気を付けて頑張ってね。


これからも、元気のパパでいてね。
いつもありがとう。

メル&さっちゃんより




A day in a sea side park

Another awesome day and i can't resist to waste this day without going out to walk ...

so this time i'm not with my little red bike --- as what my bestie called it lol ... 
this time i went out drivin to one of my fav sea side park in Hirono and had a lot of walk ... 

love it ... felt good  xxx



Shipwreck at Hirono Seaside Park




This are the path i walked in ... from here and there :P




the toy puddle who keep on following me whenever i go ... so cute :)

i huffed and puffed until i reached this area ...  
Part of Mochimune Fisharina where everyone are free to go on fishing
 thanks for the wonderful music that kept me company :)

Mochimune fishing port


Sorry bestie ... i know how much u been missing the sea and your diving ...
but it's only a fishing port ...
envy me if i am in a white sand beach or in a diving paradise :P

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sumpu Castle's Hitsujisaru Yakura

About 2 years ago ... i been passing to Sumpujo Park and been seeing the restored Hitsujisaru-yagura or Arsenal Tower constuction
 and i did not know that it was completely opened to public last year of spring... 

Below is some info about the tower....
 (reference from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Guided Tour)
 http://www.fusion-guide.org/sumpu-park.html


Hitsujisaru represents sheep and monkeys. It indicates the direction of southwest. It looks like a two-story arsenal tower, but it has three stories inside. It was faithfully rebuilt in 2014 based on some archives. It was open to the public recently. Here you can enjoy a hands-on activity which is called Mix Reality. You might feel as if you were in a time tunnel, with special goggles on. 


 Hitsujisaru Yagura or turret




The tower served as much for defense as it did as a lookout post.Also,ancient records indicate stocks of spears were kept there,suggesting a third role as an armory.
http://www.360cities.net/image/hitsujisaru-yagurahitsujisaru-turret-of-sunpu-jo-castle-aoi-ward-shizuoka-city-japan





I'm interested to see the wonder of the inside of this tower ... 
 if i will get the chance ...
I will tell u more about the inside. 




Sunday, April 19, 2015

God's faitfulness


We're so blessed today! 


Thank you Lord for the 8th years blessed journey of our JCOB Shizuoka City Outreach... 
We did celebrate our past and rejoice the present ... we're looking forward to a better future.  
Please continue to guide us, sustain us, protect us and bless as always Lord xx



Our guest speaker ... Pastor Lem
One of my fav Pastor ... thanks for the inspiration :)

We enjoyed our worship and praise songs today :)



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rise Higher

JCOB Shizuoka City Outreach is celebrating tomorrow the 8th years of God's faithfulness!
In behalf of our group ... i'm inviting everyone tomorrow to celebrate with us. 
This is all about fellowship, worshiping and preaching about our dear Lord Jesus Christ.  
Party follows after fellowship service.  
Rejoice with us tomorrow ...
Come one ... come all and be blessed :)


Torn between two cute puppies xx

After our beloved Lucky, a Labrador Retriever ...
This time Sachan and I wants a medium-sized doggie.

Sachan wants Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because they are well proportioned doggie.
She likes their silky medium hair ... and she is eager, active, affectionate and happy dog.  
They are easy to train too.   



while on the other hand... i want Beagle because she's a hound type.
I like her pendant ears too ... and Beagle's short haired coat seems easy to look after. 
They said that Beagles are sweet, gentle and smarty xx



Wooow this gonna be a tough decision ...
they are both so  cute ...

i wish we are rich so we could buy them all lol :P

ummm ... we might end up in Pomeranian which is a spitz type and also in our list ... lol 
let's see ... we are not in a hurry anyway coz we will be busy from now on ... 
not bad to have a day dream sometimes ... 
but who knows !!!  :P




Friday, April 17, 2015

Another good day!

It's a good day to have a good day!
My fav photo shot for today :)

'am smiling because it's Friday! 

You can do it Mel ... up up and away!

Life is good and i am just enjoying it!

Sometimes we need to be alone ...
Not to be lonely but to enjoy our free time being ourselves :)
Wacha thinkin of?

"Daddy's-Long-Legs" novel, remember?  This is my version! lol

Thank you Lord for another beautiful day


Tomorrow is another day!



Having fun alone

Yeees after almost a week of cloudy and rainy days ... at long last the sun appeared today! 
I had a chance to go out cycling in the afternoon. 
This time ... i went to Abe River ... 
I used to go here before by car or bike. 
It's a good place to stroll, bike or picnic.  



 I got the chance to sit down and have a rest...
I enjoyed meditating here and reviewing my home work from work and activities 



Thank you for the nice day xx 


Starting tomorrow ... it's gonna rain again!