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Sep. 8th, 2013

MOONLIGHT

How to Best Improve Your Japanese While in Japan

Hi, folks! I received some great advice from my Japanese professor on learning Japanese while I'm in Japan and I wanted to share it.
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Check out some tips here at thehiroshimatimes.com!

Jun. 1st, 2013

WATER

Good and bad

The good news:  For the first time since I was 14, I'm not happy about being sick because I can't eat or will throw up everything I eat. It's a good sign that I'm finally over my eating disorder.

The bad news:  I feel awful. I had to leave early on the second day of my new job. And I forgot to grab the tips I made! There were a lot of tips, too...

Other than that, all is well. I've been on summer break for nearly a month, found a great job at an ice cream shop and my boyfriend bought me the second season of "Avatar:  The Last Airbender" for me after the series was taken off Netflix. ♥

Also, my boyfriend's mom is buying him a ticket to Japan to visit me while I'm there! I can't even!

May. 24th, 2013

D'ESPAIRSRAY

D'espairsRay: The Reason I Chose Japanese

Check out why I began learning Japanese here at The Hiroshima Times!


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May. 16th, 2013

TREE

5 Things

Five things I'm looking forward to (and not) about moving abroad.

Read it here.

May. 13th, 2013

TORII GATE

The Hiroshima Times

I made a blog specific for my time in Hiroshima. Please take a look at it at The Hiroshima Times.

Also, take a glance at my Japan bucket list and make sure to comment if you think there's something I should add.

Have a great week, everyone!

Apr. 20th, 2013

LIVE

English translation of D'espairsRay's 凍える夜に咲いた花

Read my English translation of D'espairsRay's song "凍える夜に咲いた花" on my website The Michelle Times.

Please be aware that I am only a second-year Japanese language student.

Feedback is always appreciated. ♥

Apr. 18th, 2013

TREE

The Michelle Times

I made a website in order to better find internships and jobs.  While it will be a professional website, I will also be posting articles related to my time in Hiroshima.

LiveJournal will remain my personal journal. ♥

Although it's still under construction, please check out my website, The Michelle Times.

Apr. 17th, 2013

SMILE!

The BGSU African Peoples' Association dinner invites university to explore Africa

Here is a link to my story on the 2013 annual Bowling Green State University African Peoples' Association dinner that took place April 13 at 101 Olscamp Hall.

Please let me know what you think.

Apr. 13th, 2013

BLUEBREAK

Copy chief and city living

Apparently the staff at the newspaper I work volunteer for think I'm a good copy-editor and were going to ask me to be the copy chief next year. I would have taken the offer in a heart beat, but I'll be studying in Hiroshima.  Being the copy-chief would have been a great opportunity.  I hope when I come back from Japan I can intern at the BG News as the copy-chief.

At the moment, I'm also looking into off-campus internships.  I was interested in Purple SKY magazine.  I think it would have been wonderful to be both a Japanese music and lifestyle writer. At the moment, I hope to write a weekly column for the BG News about studying abroad in Japan.

Last week I went to Chicago with the Global Village. It was super fun but we stayed at the creepiest hotel ever, The Congress Plaza Hotel. As soon as my friend Cleo and I stepped in to our room, we looked at each other and said, "haunted." Then my friends Sara and Alex told us about the shaft in their closet.  In their closet was a shaft that went through all of the floors.  It looked like something from a horror film.

shaft
No one could sleep because of the damned thing.

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There were also "scratches" on the bathroom door.
We were all pretty nervous, especially Sara.  She texted her friend about the hotel, to which her friend asked the name of.  Sara told her and her friend looked it up online and replied to Sara "What floor are you on?  I keep reading haunting stories on floor eight." We were on motherfucking floor eighth, of course.
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Did I mention the hallways looked like "The Shining"?

While we were hanging out in Sara and Alex's room, we kept hearing thumping from the shaft.  After a while, though, I realized it was my friend Tostie's elbow on a desk.

We had our fair share of creepy happenings.  My friend Dan went to the lobby to pick up a pizza, and on his way both down and up, the elevator stopped on the fourth floor, but no one was there.  The fourth floor is said to be the most haunted. Later on when we were playing truth or dare, we dared Cleo to go up and down a couple floors on the elevator with a sheet on her head. Dan and I went to the elevator to make sure she did it, and as soon as her elevator closed, the other elevator opened and closed. I probably unreasonably pooped my pants.

Everyone went to sleep around 3 a.m.  I didn't fall asleep until after 5.  I was too creeped out.

It was a good time, though.  We looked up the hotel the next day to find it's known as the most haunted hotel in Chicago.  Fantastic.  Never again.

Later in the day we went to the Field Museum, which was all sorts of sleep-deprived fun.
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We're all so sexy.

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From left to right:  Tostie, me and Alex.

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From left to right:  Sara, Alex, Dan, Iara (my old roommate), Mary, Kefa (director of the Global Village), me and Tostie.

After the field museum, we went to a South Asian town where we ate Indian food.  It was delicious, but nearly killed little Mary because it was too spicy for her.  She sweated.  I also got a pistachio popsicle at a sweet shop.  It was beautiful.
dusty
The South Asian town was dusty as fuck.

We went shopping on Michigan Avenue later, but I didn't buy anything. Although I was nearly forced to buy a bra at Victoria Secret I didn't want. It was scary.

The night before, we went walking around for a little, took pictures and stopped at a Tea house.
Chicago
I think fabulous is the word you're looking for.

bubble tea
We all got bubble tea.  It was okay.

It was a fun trip. I'm going to miss the Global Village members so much next year.  They're all fun, intelligent and unique people. I think I'll cry at the end of the semester.

Being in Chicago had me thinking about city living.  Even though I was born in Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico, I don't really know what it's like to live in a city. Not only will I be making a transition from one country to another, but I'll be making the move from a small dinky town to a city. I like cities quite a bit, though, so I'm excited; there will always be something to do.  I'll be living half an hour from the Peace Museum!

Sometimes I get overwhelmed that I'm moving to such a historical place. Not so many people have the opportunity to live in someplace like Hiroshima. I feel almost honored.  It's an incredible way to learn about global conflict and humanity.

Every other summer, my university and Hiroshima Jogakuin University host a peace seminar together during the anniversary of the atomic bombing.  Next summer will be one of them. Luckily I'll only have just finished the year at Hiroshima Jogakuin, so I'll still be in Hiroshima to take part in the peace seminar. Yay!

Mar. 21st, 2013

dope

Twitter

I made a twitter account for my journalism class.

Feel free to add me here.

Mar. 11th, 2013

D'ESPAIRSRAY

ディスパーズレイ

After nearly a decade of being a Mania, I was finally able to send one of the D’espairsRay members a message in Japanese.  For the past couple of years, I forgot why I began learning Japanese, forgot original goals in lieu of more immediate, scholastic goals.  But now I remember why I decided to take this path in my life:  I wanted to be able to understand them, to understand their songs without a translation, to be able to let them know how much they mean to me.

I can even read their blog posts now.  Well, somewhat.  My Japanese isn’t perfect—nowhere near, especially when it comes to listening and speaking, but I’m getting closer to my original goals, and I sense that everyday.  Even though I sometimes feel desperate and horrified when I see a wall of text in Japanese, or even a couple weeks ago when my teacher said that everything we’ve learned so far has been easy, every day I understand more D’espairsRay lyrics and their blog posts.  And that’s enough for me to want to keep going on.

I can’t wait to go to Hiroshima and improve my Japanese.  I hope that by the end of it, I’ll be able to provide my own translations for Mania.  I hope that I’ll be able to thank HIZUMI, Karyu, TSUKASA and ZERO without much of a language barrier issue (unlike in 2008 when I said goodbye to Karyu instead of hello, fuck me).  And even if D’espairsRay isn’t together anymore, I can still enjoy The Micro Head 4n’s live and see the fabulous Karyu despite my apathy towards Angelo.  Maybe I can even go to one of HIZUMI’s meetings and understand most of what he says and let him know that true Mania will never be disappointed in him, even if his voice isn’t as it used to be.

Even though D’espairsRay isn’t together anymore, I can still enjoy my time in Japan, and I owe that to Kumi-sensei, Saito-sensei and Akiko-sensei for helping me get to where I am and where I will go.

Mar. 6th, 2013

LOVEISRED

D'espairsRay

I'm still so hurt over their disbandment.  

Feb. 25th, 2013

OF THE BLOOD

Winter

I've been depressed and bored lately.  I've been trying to think of things to do to spice up my life, and this is what I have so far:

  1. Walk a different way to class/to my dorm.

  2. Take a shower at a different time everyday.

  3. Face a different direction in the shower.

I am literally crying from boredom.   I'm officially in rut mode.
 
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Feb. 5th, 2013

INFINATE

広島女学院大学。

It's finally official!   I will be attending Hiroshima Jogakuin University for the 2013-2014 academic year!  

I just got my acceptance letter.  I can't believe it.  I am so excited!  The more I hear about the university, the more amazing it seems.  I am so lucky to have this opportunity.  

As happy as I am, it's also a bit bittersweet.  I love BGSU.  I love the people in the Global Village and Japanese Club.  And I very much love my boyfriend Seth.  I'm going to miss him so much.

I hope he realizes how much I love him.  Since we started dating two and a half years ago, we haven't been apart for longer than a couple of weeks.  I realize he's more sad about my acceptance than happy, which I understand.  I don't want to be apart, either.

I've mentioned to him that it would be amazing if he could visit me during his winter break.  It would be like a dream to travel Japan with him.  ♥

Overall, I'm excited, but a bit scared.  My Japanese is nowhere near good enough to take classes in Japanese.  I fear for my GPA.  XD
もっと日本語を練習しなければなりせんね。    

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