.. Finally decided ending the long hibernation f(^^
For the last 2 years, I’d been sending nengyajo – postcard for friends in Japan and outside Japan. I prepared buying, hand writing like somewhere in November, but this year I haven’t even bought single postcard, I am afraid I spent time buying lil presents for friends, baking and attended some company and pre-christmas events.
As it seems like i’m not able to keep my two consecutive years tradition sending the postcard this year, I’d like to wish you my warmest advanced warm Merry Christmas and Happy New Year greeting. Wish you many many more for the upcoming 2011. I know it’ll be exciting for all of us.. 🙂
We had a Terry Fox running, it’s a Running for Hope volunteer-led event which the raised fund goes to the cancer research. I personally view it’s a run family or friend time for good cause. Not only for health reason, but also for charity. 😉
The participation fee is the donation of at least 3,000 yen with the targeted participants as many as 1,000 people. This is an annual event held by the support of Canadian embassy and Four Season Hotel. And the running itself takes place in Imperial Palace, giving the option of 5km or 10km run. Not all the employees ran. almost half enjoyed good walk, the other half participated the 5km run, and a few completed the 10 km run. Unfortunately I only managed to run a 5km course, stamina’s dropped due to no endurance training since winter.
At the end of the run, each participant was given a bag of banana, apple, ham bread sausage, energy drink. They also provided salmon snack and yaki onigiri – grilled rice ball for free.
The interesting parts are also that they gave out the participation certificate with the name of participant on it. And also there’s lucky draw, we’ve got piles of numbers.. And guess what I got? I got 3 coupons and I got 2 prizes out of those three. It’s a cute winter cap and also a Dr Ci LaBo BB Perfect Light Cream which costs like 4,200 yen. Lucky! The first prize is Four Season Hotel stay.
The other company event is the annual year-end event, a Christmas dining which requires us to dress up to the theme decided. This is my first year experience, and the theme was dream job. I’m wondering what I should wear, the simple one which needs no money is to dress up as Balinese dancer as I already have the whole set costume, but it’s winter and I don’t think it’s a good idea to dress up having the full course dining with the summer-like costume. LOL. The other thing that I could think of is ballerina, but I don’t want it to become like an adorable wow beautiful ballerina that I could get compliments during the party. I wanted something different, so kept on browsing the online shops until
stuck on one interesting costume. I requested Arman for help if he could order and send it to Japan since the shops I stumbled that time provided no delivery to Japan. The unfortunate thing is also that it’s so closed to the Halloween when almost all the costumes were sold out. Finally I got one from Amazon UK, it costs me like 2K yen+ but the delivery cost is like 4k yen+, phew! f(^^
And are you ready to see how I looked like in the party? The most embarrasing costume among the ladies.
And I was helping in the documentation, taking picture here and there.. So can you believe how I moved jumping from one site to the others? LOL
But at the end of the party, I got the 3rd prize where I got Quo Card – the voucher that can be used in convenience store, and also a bottle of Wine. LOL. And we also had the Secret Santa. It’s like a month ago, the employees drew one small piece of the paper. The written name on the paper is the one we need to present to, within the budget of 2K yen.
I got the pink speaker bear doll.
Yes, the party ended until san ji kai (i mean this is the third round party) after the first main year-end event. We went to two other different places drinking, which made me itchy the next day and heavy-headed all day. It’s also the day for annual Christmas celebration for Indonesian Christian Association in Meguro. Thanks for the invite Inge. It’s such a great event.. I laughed a lot, having so much fun enjoying the Japanese senior citizens singing Indonesian songs and their own creative song, singing along with the guest singers – Naomi and Maria, also I dropped my tears when listening to the 6th year grade girl reading her own poem which made her the winner in the International competition of the Indonesian students who have their study abroad.
Unfortunately, I left earlier before the event ended due to headache probably due to the three parties a night before.
And have I said that I baked a lot? Yes, I tried to give the cookies to my colleagues and bosses. It’s before the year-end event. It’s so tiring but so much fun that I could share the joy and presented home-made kabochastick pie (pumpkin stick pie with the pumpkin seeds)
I also finally realized my promise quite some time to
Teddy for a free trial baking class.
By the way, due to my baking hobby, Ko Soyuz contacted me one day if I’d like to receive cake order for her Indonesian friend who wants to send christmas cake to her boyfriend. I’ve made cakes for friends, but never got order before, a bit nervous but then I accepted it. I hope I’ll satisfy my first customer. 🙂 And thanks for referring me ko Soy. 🙂
And thanks for the presents, Teddy and Inge.. I appreciate it.. I sincerely just gave the lil present last time without asking for a return..
Thanks, I love them..
Ok, so this is the end of this time-posting.. Again wish you enjoy a festive season..
Finally managed to post this posting after taking ages for uploading the photos and lost my midway posting.. It took me 3 hours to complete this posting. Phew, such an awful internet connection, after getting back as the returning emobile customer. f(-_-