I went to Aozora, a Japanese restaurant with two teachers and four students. This time one of the students returned the favor who gave shared their lunch with him. Two students and I were just invited. I ordered ramen , gyoza and beer. The taste was not bad, but it tasted like instant foods, That’s why, I felt it was expensive. I think Japanese restaurant in the Philippines should try harder to prepare the real taste of a Japanese food.
Today, we had a blackout when I had started home work. Japanese electric service is always stable. In other word, we never had an experience of blackout in Japan. However, in the Philippines it’s not such a surprise. last night, I had started to do my homework before the light went out. I wasn’t worried though because I already bought a LED lamp from Japan. I wished to use it for a long time when there’s blackout in the Philippines, but I got disappointed because I slept earlier than expected.
I had come back to Batangus from Puerto Galera, then a banker asked us, “Where are you going? Manila?” I was thinking and said “Tagaytay. How much?” He said “2,500 pesos”. I and my friend asked him “Is it tatal price or each price?” He said “Total! Everything included” We agree and had ridden the car which maybe private taxi, then he asked to give him 1,500 pesos in advance. We are surprised. We told him “Why? we usually pay once we get off.”, but he asked us, and with persistence. After we paid 1,500 pesos him, he said “1,000 pesos is paid to the driver” then he got off and went somewhere. I realized his commission was 1,500, and the taxi’s fare was only 1,000. Although the driver had worked for about four hours, he seemed satisfied.
Last week, I took an evaluation test. Yesterday, I received the comment sheet with the result. The test result is not important, because I understand my level. But I want to know what are my weak points. My teacher explained everything by my English teacher. The teacher said “Normal situations are easy for you but unusual ones, you have difficulty to speak and give your opinion and comprehend, so you should read more and listen regularly to English videos.” That is true I thought. But it is difficult to study English and make it a habit, so while I’m stay in F2F I have to get used to study English.
On my second day, I wanted to pay my lunch, dinner and massage by credit card, but they refused my card. I decided to Ayala mall in Tagaytay by bus. I took the bus and get off the bus in front of Ayala mall. After changing money, I rode another bus to rode on the bus. I told the conductor I’ll go to Evercrest, he said “closer!?” but I didn’t understand the meaning. On the way to Evercrest, the conductor said “You get off here!” When I got off the bus, I understood the mean. The bus wsa going to Alfonso. I rode a jeeipney and going to Evercrest then I leaned to check the sign first before riding a bus.
Today is an unforgettable day because I played golf at foreign country. Last year and the year before, I played golf in the Philippines but at the time, I rented a golf set. My golf clubs should fit a golf player, so it is important to use their own clubs. I was the only player, but caddie was with me all the time. She gave me advise every after swing. I feel like professional player. Oct. 29, 2016 is my unforgettable moment in the Philippines.
I had received a LINE message when I finished all classes. The message was about the holiday this coming Monday and Tuesday. It means there won’t be my class because they are national holiday in the Philippines. I didn’t know that. I had plans to play golf on Saturday, but I decided to change my schedule and spend the long holiday to play golf. There’s a hotel at the golf course. I checked the price of the hotel. It is kind of cheap, so I reserved the hotel from Saturday to Monday. I will able to play golf for three days, and I’m so happy.
I went to SM mall of Dasmarinas on Sunday. The other day, I asked my english teacher how to get to the SM mall. She said “You can take any bus and to tell the conductor to drop you off at SM mall.” The conductor misunderstood me. He thought SM mall is in Manila. So I paid 68 pesos. And that’s why he did not announce to me that we were already in front of SM mall of Dasmarinas. I was looking of my GPS in my iPhone. I could leave the bus in front of Robinsons. When I came back to Tagaytai. The bus conductor requested 42 pesos. I thought it was mystery that the other conductor asked for higher fare, so I realized there is a SM mall in Manila.
F2F doesn’t have dinning room. The meals are carried from outside. The meal are simple compared with other English school in the Philippines. They serve almost chicken and rice with vegetables every day. Everyone picks up their preferred food from a tray. My first three days, I picked only few but recently I picked up more. Many female student get only few. A certain student said “You shuld get food twice.” Because there is always a left over. First 6:30, secondly 7:30 the student said. On Saturdays, we have to declare if we eat or not. They make just declaration. On Sunday, there is no meal. I have to eat outside. Some students cook for themselves but I can not cook. That’s why, I hope to look for a restaurant. I eat my three meals outside. It is really troublesome for me. The day yesterday, Some of my Mac keys like ‘U’, ‘I’, ‘P’, ‘Enter’ were not responding. That’s why I decided to go to SM mall of Damarinas. I will buy a new keyboard etc. and I will eat lunch and dinner at the mall.