Whew! The AOTS Japanese test was a diagnostic exam to help them figure
out what level we should start classes at in Japan. Got 98% on the
kana test because I misheard one of the sound samples and guessed
instead, and 89% on the first course test. Whee!
Someone’s written very very basic Planner notes in Korean. Nifty. =)
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E-Mail from Julius Oliveros
Called up Baryon as promised. We talked about hair, surviving in
Japan, grad school…
It’s funny how people are stylized in our memories. I remembered him
slow, measured, almost drawling. Perhaps even a bit intimidating. But
now I think of him almost as I think of the others. He is not as old
as I remembered him to be.
It would be nice to see him face to face again. One of these years,
Incidentally, I really _am_ going on the industry training trip to
Japan. I’ll be leaving on August 25.
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http://del.icio.us/sachac: My del.icio.us page. New URLs will be
posted there instead of on this blog, because blogging to del.icio.us
is slightly more fun than posting to planner. I should still find some
way of blogging URLs to both here and del.icio.us, because it’s fun to
be able to search offline. Oh well.
http://del.icio.us/inbox/sachac – a slowly growing inbox.
E-Mail from Richi’s server
I’m now 21. Old enough to open my own checking account! =)
From Joe Gene:
Here are some pictures I took from Monday evening’s show.
E-Mail from Jose Quesada
Going to Hong Kong to look for business suits and winter clothes. Will
be there until Friday.
Then back here for the party, then off to Japan for training.
The org.el maintainer seems to be as compulsive as I am; probably
Googles for org.el just like I check for PlannerMode and planner.el.
Just got e-mail about my thoughts on org.el. Will reply soon.
From 9:30 to 12:00, people from AOTS, METI and other organizations
talked about the course we are about to take. In the afternoon, we
took written tests. I forgot the hiragana for “sa”. How embarrassing!
I also forgot the kanji for “sakana” (fish), and the reading for the
character that means to stand up. Still, I finished the 100 kanji test
easily. I barely figured out three or four on the 200 kanji test,
though, so I’ll need to study a lot more.
Kondo-sama said that after this program, we might be able to pass the
level 2 or level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. That would be
I’m in section K. The other two Filipinos are in section L. We’ll see
how things turn out tomorrow.
As Kathy would say, it was raining little animals yesterday.
Papa was on his way home from a meeting when he spotted a tiny but very wet
kitten on the road, I guess trying to cross the street to a drier place. He
got off his motorcycle to retrieve the kitten. He said he asked a barangay
tanod to take care of it but when he looked back, he saw that he was not
minding it at all. So he went back to get the kitten, brought it home, and
told Jeanna to get it dry and take care of it until it was strong enough to
leave. I guess the kitten thought it was indeed strong enough to leave, or
it did not know a good home when it saw one, because the next time Jeanna
looked, the kitten was gone.
But we’ll make sure Neko stays.
Love you always,
That wet little kitten didn’t run away after all. It hid under the sofa in
the big studio. Eric and Jeanna take turns in giving it milk. When I told
Eric that we all thought it had run away, he assured us that it won’t ever,
because here, it is safe, and it gets fed here while outside, it isn’t and
it doesn’t- reasons enough to stay. Papa, on the other hand, who rescued the
kitten and brought it home, has refused to give the kitten a name so that he
won’t get emotionally attached to it. We’ll see!
How are things with you?
I want pictures…