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My Yellow Umbrella
I am very forgetful. I often forget where things are.
I have lost 6 umbrellas in the last year.
Four broke due to heavy winds, but I left the other two at restaurants.
Two months ago I decided that it was time to buy a compact umbrella, so I started looking.
The weather in Osaka has been absolutely beautiful for the past week and there are signs of spring everywhere. Just yesterday when I was visiting the neighborhood supermarket, I saw a sparrow’s nest with a trio of hatchlings. Their heads were all fuzzy, poking up above the rim of the nest as they waited for their mother to feed them.
Tex Mex Food
Sydney has many nice Mexican restaurants. I really missed good Tex Mex, but luckily a few restaurants have opened in the last few years. In the last year, I have been to 5 different Mexican restaurants in Osaka.
Telling the Time
I think telling the time in English can be difficult. Elementary school students sometimes have difficulty telling the time. I too had difficulty when I was a child.
I try to think of an analogue clock. If you look at the picture above you can see that:
Past = _ _:01 —> _ _:30
Minutes past the current “O’clock”
12:07 = Seven past twelve
13:08 = Eight past one
14:15 = A quarter past two
To = _ _:31 —> _ _:59
Minutes until the next “O’clock”
14:47 = Thirteen to three
15:58 = Two to four
16:45 = A quarter to five
Some students read this as “ten hundred”. We should treat digital time the same as analogue time and say “ten AM” or “ten o’clock“. People in the military (the air force, army and navy) say “ten hundred”.
Me being a Canadian, you may have guessed that I love hockey. It is a popular Canadian stereotype that Canadians are born to like it; and in fact, many people in Canada do enjoy the game of hockey, especially this time of year. But like most stereotypes, it doesn’t hold true for everyone.
Headphones & Earphones
I think the difference in sound quality between headphones and earphones is amazing.
My father and friends collect headphones and earphones. I feel lucky that I have tried many earphones.