Planning on Going Abroad

To experience different cultures and expand my horizons, I make a point of trying something new and interesting.

Going abroad is one way of feeling refreshed and helps me move forward. Apart from that, I try to see what my Englihs is like.
Last year, my family and I visited Shanghai for the first time. I had thought there would be people who could understand English, but my expectations were off. I had trouble communicating with them but I learned a different culture.

I originally had planned to go to Guam, Australia or Singapole, but my husband and son's schedules didn't allow us to go there. For that reason, the only option we could take was to go to one of the Asian countries such as Korea or China again and we decided to go to Hong Kong.
In fact, my husband and I went there 14 years ago and we are interested in seeing what's going on.

We have already booked our flights and a hotel room and hope everything will be going smoothly.

A Church Service on Christmas Day

I visited a church yesterday. My friend and her family from America had invited me to join a Christmas worship.
I was sad that we didn't manage to have time to see each other last year because our schedules didn't match. That is why I really wanted to see them.

My first experience joining a church service on Christmas day, so I was a little bit nervous. However, on arriving at the church, I unwound myself as its staff members welcomed me warmly. We struck up a friendship. When I got there, the family hadn't arrived yet. I started chatting with the staff members while waiting for the family. During our chat, they took me for a Japanese-American because there were people of different nationalities. I was surprised that they didn't recognize me as a Japanese until another staff member told them that I wasn't a Japanese-American. lol They seemed a little embarrassed, but we laughed fit to bust. I was happy to see what my English was like, in front of native speakers in particular, and to see my efforts to improve my English paid off. haha

During a Christmas worship, we sang hymns and learned a lot from the pastor's preaching. When my son was little, he went to Christian preschool, so I knew a little about Christianity.
This opportunity reminded me of love, peace and joy.

2017年 2月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

This is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: 8th, 22nd February 10:00~12:00 (It will be the last workshop for this year.)

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We've been endeavoring to improve our English skills. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

This is the airticle for 22nd
* We didn't have enough time to discuss the details and decided to continue at the next meeting.

2017年 1月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

This is our upcomming English meeting.

Day and Time: 25th January 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We've been endeavoring to improve our English skills. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

A Huge Sinkhole Opened Up.

Watching TV this morning, I was surprised to know this: A huge sinkhole opened up beneath a road near the Hakata station.

I wasn't sure if the news wans't true at the time, but it was. After checking other news, I found out that a large part of the street near the Hakata station has caved in.
In the morning, I had to go to a meeting at my company, so I guessed that the station would be crawling with a large number of commuters.

Arriving at the station, I felt something strange. The massive sinkhole has caused a power failure around the area and a part of the railroad-station concourse. Some helicopters were hovering. I was so scared.....

According to the city office, subway construction, which has been under way to extend the city subway line, might have caused the cave-in. The police and city office called on people in the buildings nearby areas to evacuate for fear of more cave-ins, building collapse and a gas leak.

Fortunately, serious injured people haven't been reported except for a slightly hurt woman, who is in her 70's.
If the accident had happened in the daytime, it would have taken a large number of lives...

I hope there is no secondary accident or more cave-ins....
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