Moving my Blog to “blogspot”・ブログを“blogspot”への引っ越し

This will be my last post on my blog here at “goo”. I have decided to move my blog to “blogspot”. This blog will stay up and visible, however no new content will be posted.

I decided to switch over to blogspot because I am able to connect my blog with my Facebook page, which will then allow my readers to share the content of my blog on other social networking services too. Click on the link below to visit my new blog.


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I was so hungry tonight, but there wasn’t any dinner so I made a batch of brownies from a bag of “Ghiradelli Brownie Mix” from Costco.

I know I have to wait for the brownies to cool, but I just ate a few warm ones. This brownie mix is so cheap and delicious that I have to remember to get more of it the next time I go to Costco!

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I went to Costco today. It has been quite a while since my last visit. I think it has been more than 3 years. I wish I could go more often, but it’s over a thirty minute drive, and unless I go there more than 10 times a year, I think it wouldn’t be worth the 4000 yen yearly membership. It was important for me to go this time, since I had to replenish my supply of candy.

My bowl of “Dum-Dums” pops in class

At the end of the lesson, the children enjoy getting candy. The “Dum-Dums” are great, because they are cheap, and the children can enjoy American candy, which is very different from the candy they are used to at the local supermarket.

Bag of “Dum-Dums” pops

I’m pretty sure one bag of these 300 pops was 1000 yen just two years ago. It was 1200 yen today. I think the prices of many products had increased a little since the sales tax hike of last month. Although, even with this price hike the price of the imported products, especially the American ones were still very low as usual.

The Costco apple pie, my favorite

I was pleasantly surprised to find the apple pie there, which I had really enjoyed many years ago. I remember the apple pie having been removed from the shelves for a while, so I immediately put one in my shopping cart when I saw it there again.

Yoshida BBQ sauce


I got two jars of pickles, and two bottles of BBQ sauce which Shun loves so much.


Apple Pie・コストコのアップルパイ

Apple Pie・コストコのアップルパイ


Apple Pie・コストコのアップルパイ

That night we had apple pie and whipped-cream for dinner. First I cut out a piece of pie, and then heated it up in the microwave before adding whipped-cream. Delicious!

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The Fukuoka International School Spring Festival

The Fukuoka International School has a biennial spring festival.

This year the spring festival was held on April 19th. Unfortunately, two years ago the weather was quite bad, and it rained the whole day, so I decided not to go. However last Saturday the weather was great and we could enjoy all the different foods they had there.

Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the photographs.



The lobby

The gymnasium

The games organized by the elementary and middle school children were held in the gymnasium.




My small camera seems to be getting worse recently. The resolution is very bad when I take pictures indoors. I wanted to take my big SLR camera, but my bag was too small. I really need a bigger bag.

The stage

The stage

There were all kinds of performances on the stage outside

We ate on the playground



I had a hotdog, sate, and tandoori chicken. Shaun had topokki, and a hamburger.

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