"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next."

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Miscellaneous Pic's and... a FUN game

(Left) Game: Find Kenji                 (Right) Deryk and his friend

(Left) Both of our boys thought that this was a fat ride--I mean, obviously, by looking at their faces. (Right) Hony, I liked that necklace you got for me.

Another pose                                       

(Left) Due to my unfaithfulness, the little fern that Fay bought for me died. But on Valentines (a day that, for couples, many vows and commitments are re-established), Fay got me a rose, and after faithfully giving it sunlight and water, I am seeing the fruits of my labor.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

John C. Maxwell

Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn said, “You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.” To become a successful person, you will have to pay a price. You will have to give up other opportunities in order to lead. You will have to sacrifice some personal goals for the sake of others. You will have to get out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before. You will have to keep learning and growing when you don’t feel like it. You will have to repeatedly put others ahead of yourself. And if you desire to be a really good leader, you will have to do these things without fanfare or complaint. But remember, as NFL legend George Halas said, “Nobody who ever gave their best ever regretted it.”—John C. Maxwell

Deryk's Birthday

Feb.24th--Happy Birthday, Deryk! You are 4 years old now.


Unfortunately, on the morning of Deryk's birthday, Kenji, Deryk and I were out cycling, and both Kenji and Deryk had a little accident. Kenji's shoe-lace got caught on one of the peddles and he hit his head on the cement. But after prayer and a little rest, he's much better now.

A Private Izakaya dining

This must have been at like 1 in the morning, after we got back from ballooning at the Izakaya's. All those times that I had to say no to beer when offered me even though I was so tempted to say yes; times when my mouth was parched from non-stop chitter-chatter to customers to avoid the uncomfortable silence, and seeing the golden chilled beer in mugs the size of pitchers--an untamed beer-addict would not say no. Finally... Yes, finally, I could enjoy a private Izakaya dining.

Trip to Ski-resort

Mr.O has been a very nice man these many months of knowing him. He has done many favors for us without expecting anything in return. 

           
This was on the way. We stopped to take some photo's

Among the diversity of his businesses, Mr.O is also a ski instructor. That (on the left) is what can be likened to a ski lobby on a very casual scale. Well, first of all, other than the structure, Mr.O built it himself. On top of that, his tuitions often come with a 2 or 3 day stay, and his students (sometimes up to 20 people) find warmth amidst the blistery cold weather in his little school. It is known to room those 20 people, though they squeeze in shoulder to shoulder.

That is a loft made for sleeping, that only has the height for crawling. The pain that these people inflict on themselves to do the sport they love. I am in no way ridiculing the way they live their lives. If anything, I admire the price they pay for something that they love doing.
It was a very nice and warm reception. There was a kindly old lady who was there to serve. She set out hot coffee, tea, and Teramisu cake, and was very hospitable. In cold weather there is almost nothing better than a warm heater, a hot cup of chocolate, and a warm reception.

On the way home, I thought I would be feeling tired, but oh boy, my mind was abuzz. And when I stopped to contemplate why, I reasoned that I had two cups of coffee earlier, and there in the photo above we stopped at an Osembe shop to eat some of the finest rice crackers in existence, and... two more cups of coffee. Well, they were serving them for free with an assortment of samples of every kind of cracker. I thought, why not pig out. Plus, they were selling softcreams that I couldn't resist. The combination is enough to make my mouth water.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Appreciation Ceremony!

Home Appreciation Ceremony--January 26th' 2010--held in appreciation for all of our home members. Certificates of appreciation were made for every member of our home since it's opening on January 25th' 2008, which include Anaik, Mia, Melissa, and Isamu, who have not been with us for months.

It's easy to feel like the Family is falling apart, or that your home (for that matter) is falling apart, when the talk of major change is in the air, and especially when major change is happening--in your friends' lives, your family's lives, your loved ones' lives, or better yet, in your own home.
I want to tell you something, the changes that are happening in OUR home can be looked at in just that way. It's no secret that Fay, me, Jonathan, River, and our kids will be moving into Osaka, and that Abe & Seiko will be going into Kanto, and that there are other practical changes evident on the horizon too. 
We've been having some very sweet moments, moments that draw family and friends in closer, that have shown me clearly who love me and who my real family and friends are--moments that are often drowned out by familiarity and a false sense of security. These changes in my life and that I see in the lives of my loved ones, friends, and family, are bringing us in closer.
Being face-to-face with change brings an initial feeling of insecurity, but that genuine feeling of insecurity propels my mind to take action.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Family Birthday--Feb.18' 2010

It was a far stretch to fathom the organization involved in a get-together for up to 70 people, but we were up for the challenge, because though frazzled and busier than ever amidst all the changes, we wanted to invite everyone in the area. And where there's a will there's a way, right.
But alas, as time went by and the date of our get-together drew nigh, the numbers of those who would come dwindled, and when February 18th arrived we were down to about 30 people.

       
We went from grandoise to simple, and rather than renting a hall, projector, food court, and gymnasium at a near-by resort, we held it right in our house. Jonathan and Josh (fellow Leo's, who go waaay back) led inspiration, and our kids formed a spontaneous band.
Amidst the hubbub of activity, there was a sweet thing going on. When the song "My Family" came around, Kenj and Deryk put their arms around each other and rocked back and forth. That was special. Such sweet brother's.

In a location smack in the paddies, where people think twice before visiting, is our country home. But if you care to scan the horizon, without any effort you will see a new gymnasium across like 4 rice fields. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, a lot fun took place that day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our spacious room

Ahh!... Space at last. If only I could post pics of our old room. The only reason I haven't is because the room was too small to take photo's in. You wouldn't be able to tell. But it sure is a nice and refreshing breather to have a big and spacious room.

Tidbits

These are some of the best chocolates I've tasted. Fay got them for valentines. But that's not the reason why I think that they melt in my mouth, come second after Swiss chocolate (maybe better), and that you will never find better tasting chocolate in a Japanese brand. I recommend them. And if want to know where they're found, call Fay.

 I know you're thinking, "what the heck is Yushi posting a pic of tweezers for?" Well, it's a hilarious story that goes something like this:
Deryk is happily playing with his lego's all alone and talking to himself like any level-headed 3-year-old would, and his eye catches mommy's tweezers. He picks it up and asks me in his baby voice, "Daddy, do you know what these are?"
I'm busy on my computer blogging, and I'm like, "No Deryk, I don't know what they are."
And he's like, "They're mommy's booger pinchers."
I tell you, as absorbed as I was in my computer screen, I cracked up laughing. And for a sec he was expressionless, like he didn't know what he'd said that was funny, but then as if fake (and he often does this), he cracked up laughing too. I thought it was hilarious.
The hard-cold truth is that, though mommy uses those tweezers for normal girl purposes, as far as it concerns Deryk, all she uses it for is to pick out his boogers. Because sometimes it does become a problem.


Fay and I are so proud of Kenji. This is the first time in my life that I've seen his finger nails grow out. Until I found out, I thought it was funny that I never saw him get his fingernails cut, like maybe they just grew really really slow. But look, they're growing out. Isn't that good?

Today was Family Day, and mommy cooked ramen for lunch. And I'm posting this because I thought that it looked restaurant-bought. Doesn't it?

I just took this photo like 3 seconds ago. I took like 10 minutes to put the above photo's on and to comment on each of them, and before I know it Fay brings up this feast. These brownies look crazy!
And to set the record straight, I did not fall in love with her food first then her. It's the other way around, alright?

TSC: "Tamba Soul Clinic" or "Tamba Soccer Club"?

These photo's are in remembrance to the soccer games we played. It's unfortunate that we didn't take good shots with all of our players, females included. But those 5 shown above to the left were there from beginning to end--the true die-hards who would play rain or shine.
'Tis sad that what will remain of our games will only live on in our memories, but this sport was truly cherished and will be remembered every time we think back on TSC. True, it was short-lived, but as was wisely spoken, "No kingdom stands forever."--Scorpion King

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Country to City; Poverty to Plenty?

You might have heard that Fay, the kids, and I have decided to move into Osaka with Jonathan and River's family. Please pray for us and our search for a nice house, and we'll keep you and all of the changes that concern you in ours. I know this time isn't easy for anyone. We're all struggling in different ways. But let's remember to keep supporting each other in prayer, even if we find it hard or impossible through any other means. 

Home Christmas Party