Blogger’s Block

I am having a hard time continuing my blog. Putting my thoughts into words is easy. I just type down any random topic that pops into my head and make it coherent for any reader to comprehend and voila! Instant blog done. But for some reason, I want to write about something else.

What that “else” is I have yet to discover.

Hopefully, in the very near future, I am able to focus on something and write about it.

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More Than Words

What would you do if I took those words away?Then you couldn’t make things new, just by saying “I love you.”

I loved this song even as a kid growing up. But I never really understood the meaning back then. For me, then, it was just a nice song with a nice melody to it.

Oh adulthood. The way you ruin a perfectly innocent childhood memory is just thorough.

Journey to Freedom S01E03: You shall not pass!

Today’s lesson was all about roads and overtaking.
First, I’d like to start off by saying how I am LOVING these instructors. Not only are they they very definition of professionalism, they are also fun. Yes, they are.
The structure of the lessons are simple, theories mixed with actual scenarios. The teaching medium is not only limited to text books, but they also have actual videos shot on the road to help students visualize the importance of each law, and what consequences there may be when you don’t abide by them.

Also, they try to explain to us why certain rules exist. For example, you are not allowed to overtake vehicles if the road is less than 6meters in width. The rationalization is that in Japan, no car is wider than 2.5meters. Hence if you have to cars side by side each other, you have at most 5meters, plus the safety distance you need between them, hence the only 6 meter and above rule for overtaking.

Again I must reiterate how fun these classes are. I am loving my school at the moment.

Journey to Freedom S01E02: Am I Normal?

March 19, 2013

I just enrolled yesterday at Koyama Driving School Tsunashima, one of Japan’s most prestigious schools for driving and I am really excited. So excited that I unintentionally arrived an hour and a half early for my aptitude exam. Today I’ll also be attending my first class、運転者の心得、loosely translated to “Driver’s Knowledge”.

When I arrived at the campus, one of the front desk staff, Ms. Mizuno, immediately handed me my schedule, and escorted me to the other room to have my picture taken. I thought to myself, Oh no. I am in the process of growing my hair longer, and the state that it is in at the moment, is not exactly photo friendly. But alas! No one is exempted from having their picture taken. Continue reading “Journey to Freedom S01E02: Am I Normal?”

Journey to Freedom S01E01: Throw ‘Em The Money

I love how they implemented trains in Japan. You can almost go anywhere you want as long as you have the time to do so. Places like the sandy beaches of Izu, or the lush forests of Tanzawa are my favorites to visit. It’s that convenient.

However, there are still times when having a car is a more convenient form of transportation as compared to trains. Camping, for example, requires you to bring basic items like tents and grills (and the marinated food to grill). Bringing all of those on a train can be a little bothersome and tiring. The wiser thing to do is to just drive to the location, and have all those items in the trunk. But what if you don’t have a car? Well, good thing you’re in Japan as car rentals are crazy cheap. You only need a valid driver’s license to rent one.

Problem: I don’t have a Japanese driver’s license. Continue reading “Journey to Freedom S01E01: Throw ‘Em The Money”

Windows 8 Upgrade Experience

I have always been, and will always be, an early adopter. It’s something I take pride in. Other people may call us(people like me) lab rats, or experimental mice, but that doesn’t stop us from buying/testing products once they get released.

Most of the time this way of thinking pays off in huge quantities: iPad, OSX Upgrades
Other times it’s just a plain nightmare. Case and point: my upgrade experience from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro. To describe it using a single word, I’d say the entire upgrade experience was horrendous. Continue reading “Windows 8 Upgrade Experience”