Getting Oriented

Ready, set . . . orientation! Day one of seeing our new campus, learning what the heck anything was, meeting the new senseis and chillin’ with our fellow students. There are a lot of people in the program, maybe 30 or so? We all met our seat mates and introduced them in Japanese (eh, the…

Manga & MOS Burger

I’m here. Where I was finally meant to be. My purpose is complete. I finally made it to Kyoto. A few calls in the morning, a fair pinch of confusion and super kindly desk people, I managed to learn about an easy route to my hotel in Kyoto, aka 1 shuttle and 1 rail. After my…

What’s Rockin’ In Osaka

First day in Japan, kind of?! I was just flying around for most (20  hours) of the day, so my pit stops in Toronto, Tokyo and now Osaka all don’t count in my book. But I’m technically here, so whatever! The travel was all dandy, I made it through obviously. One mishap already went down…

Hard Core North Shore

How do you see a bunch of Oahu, try a oodles of stuff you didn’t know you were missing out on and do it all in less than 6 hours? You hang out with Ed and Elaine! God they’re so sweet and cool! They asked what I wanted to do today, and I revealed yet…

Mahalo to the Mentors

Nice lazy start today, god how I love sleeping in. When the ball did get rolling . . .  

Bow Down To The Blue Hairs

I rolled solo today. How strange! No Isa, no bus, no purpose – I was just dust in the wind. I didn’t get out of the house until after noon just because I got caught up in blog updates and applying for my visa to Japan (paperwork, blah), but once I did it was clear…

Bringing It Down At Bevy

Parting is such sweet sorrow, as was wisely said by some old fart – who was that again, Shakespeare? – and it proved to be true today. Our final day in the office saw us presenting on our work, wrapping up loose threads, getting worker evaluations (how nifty!) and saying our goodbyes to the OCM….

Time Is Racing Toward Us . . .

. . . til the plane arrives. The days are closing in and it’s terrifying – I love this place so much and I don’t want to leave. Today was the second to last day of work, and wow has 10 weeks gone by like nobodies business! Spent the day just finishing up CCAP, playing…

The Final Countdown: Hawai‘i Edition

Today marked the third to last day of this fantastic internship. After a reluctant wake up – as in, I got in and out of bed at least 3 times this morning – I finally got up for real and we caught a later bus to work. We get into work to be greeted by…

This Sunday Went Swimmingly

Last weekend with the crew all together – a beautifully sad day indeed. Isa and I flew solo the first half of the day, living the dream at a food wonderland. I walked out of the bedroom this morning to Isa’s intriguing promise of, “Liz, I’m going to say something that’ll make you really happy….

A Day For The Dead

I got to sleep in today, I repeat, I got to sleep in. Today I literally had double the amount of sleep I’ve had all week and I don’t think anyone can understand how fricking amazing that was. Lazy wake up, lazy start, no plans til ’11. Man that’s how I like it. When we did…