Sep 24, 2013

The AWESOME Japanese taxi driver

This is the store of the most awesome taxi driver in the world.

I was going somewhere last night, which was really far (30 min drive), cost me 6000円 ($60).
I have taken a taxi in Japan less than 10 times, I am not a talkative person so usually I ignore the driver and hope they don't talk to me. Usually they only start small talk. Maybe this one was different because we had a long way to go.
I had so much fun talking to this guy.
First, his personality was like the cool turtle from finding nemo. He must have been well into his 60's but he was so full of energy, talked like a young hip and happening person.
When I got in the taxi he didn't know where I wanted to go because it was far and an area where nobody usually goes. I gave him the address and he tried to put it into the computer, but on the computer map the letters were small so he used a magnifying glass. He kept making jokes about how he couldn't see and it was pretty funny.

After we found the address he said, ok lets go. We started driving along and he started to talk about food. He said his favorite food was gyoza and recommended me a very good place to get gyoza. He went on to tell me a story that 'good gyoza is good because the skin is good, not because the inside is good'. Interesting.
He asked me what my fav. food was and I said Basashi (raw horse meat). He got surprised (like people usually do) and he said he loves it. Then he we talked about a place called Kumamoto ken, which in Japan is famous for Basashi.
I went on to tell him about the story when I first tried to make gyoza, but the store near my house ran out of pork, so I though beef would do instead (which it didn't).  We laughed together about the story because it was so funny. He said its the first time he heard of someone making such gyoza. For those who don't know, gyoza MUST be made with pork, not beef.
I really wanted to make a video about him, he was so funny. The way he spoke Japanese was like a young person. Never in my life have I met such a funny person. He told jokes the whole way there, making my ride less boring. I didn't even want to get out of the car at the end.

After I arrived at my destination, I couldn't bow enough to him. I was so happy I got to ride in his taxi, I hope one day I will see that driver again, it was super fun night! 


Sep 3, 2013

My many Canadian pets

With the recent video about my life drawn out for you guys debut, a lot of people have been asking about my life before Japan and the life that isn't on video.

I thought I would make a video about my pets, since they were very important to me.

If you don't know, I have owned MANY pets. I loved animals and I spent all my money on them.

Lets start with the most special rabbit I ever had "Nancy"

I got Nancy around 2006. I had no money and wanted to buy her, so I sold my guitar and Amp just to buy her. She was a white and brown angora rabbit. Very cute.  Best of all, surprisingly she was tame!

She would respond to her name, she didn't pee on the floor, she didn't have to live in the cage, she would just roam free around my room and bathroom. She pee and pooped in her cage which was left open. She was so awesome!!

So what happened.....well I moved to another city and couldn't take her and for some reason left her at my grandmas house for 2 months till I could get her to the next city...but then my dad...:( gave her away....:( without me knowing.

I will never forget that rabbit and how sad I am that he gave her away, still to this very day.

 So I wanted to get another rabbit to try to fill the hole in my heart. This was a impulse buy because it was so cute and small. Small loppy ear brown and white dwarf rabbit.

"Cucumber" was only a few weeks old when I got her. SUPER CUTE. Fell asleep in my hands. But she died a week after I got her...It just wasn't meant to be... :(

In the mean time I got many other birds, rabbits and other animals but now I will jump ahead and talk about "Ratata" my pet rat.

When I went to buy her, I actually wanted a hamster but the lady convinced me rats were nicer....

It was gross because she took her out of the cage and let me play with her, and she crapped on me!

I ended up buying her because I felt strange to say no after it just crapped on me. Anyways, long story short, don't buy rats. She wouldn't stop eating! She would eat and eat and eat and eat and holly crap!!

Because I liked jungle, I also liked jungle animals and making jungle terrariums. This is "Rizzard" a Chinese water dragon. The tank she was in is a 120G super tank that I modified for it to be semi aquatic, I also built a waterfall inside and the tank looked really cool just before I moved to Japan.

All together I must have spent over 3000$ in total on this pet, plants and other stuff.

Now if you don't know, my fav pet is "Day gecko".  And this is one of two baby day geckos that I bought, which name was "Mr gecko" (as you can see I had so many pets I got tired to naming them).  They were super cute and funny.

They would lick apple sauce off my hand and stair at me all day through the glass. They always looked like they were smiling so it was so cute.

Sometimes they would escape and climb up the wall and I would panic thinking they would just crawl into a hole in a vent and then be gone forever. Lucky that didn't happen.

Here we have "pikachu", my Chinchilla. Chinchillas, if you don't know can be fun to touch and look at but are often not friendly. Pikachu was the most grumpy chinchilla ever! He hated being touched and was a bully.

From my grandmas friend, I got another chinchilla (the black one) named "raichu" which was more calm. Raichu was 3 years old and he was much more friendly. Poor raichu, Pikachu would always beat him up. You ain't supposed to keep male chinchillas together because they fight, sometimes they fought but sometimes got along.

Pikachu died suddenly one day, I don't know why but one day he was just very weak and looked like he was shaking and like something was wrong with him. I layed him down on my bed and just pet him till he fell asleep, when I woke up the next day he was gone.

I had raichu for about another year later till I left to Japan and left him with my roommate who took care of him, but after I left he died.

RIP all my pets.

The pets I have had that I didn't mention
Rabbits - 6
Birds - 2
Cat - 1
Dog - 2
Fish -23
Hamster -3
Crocodile gecko
Green tree frog
Northern leopard frog
Fire belly toad
Golden gecko