Japan has some fixation with Apologies.
Although “sorry” is used quite often, an apology , bowing down is respected.
Recent sexual harassment story was followed with an appropriate (?) apology , covered extensively in news reports this morning.
To me it doesn’t look real, especially when he denied all accusations for several days and seen smiling going out from the room.
This reminded me a movie I saw (on a plane) called 謝罪の王様 (”The Apology King”), of an apology expert helping his customers getting away from their mistakes/misdeeds.
I love to travel.
Was lucky enough to travel in Cambodia for one week, from the temples of Angkor Wat to the bustling city of Phnom Penh.
Highly recommended as can be seen in my flickr album: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/telyas/sets/72157644441900660/
During my trip in Cambodia, I hesitated with a minor moral issue.
Convenience store personnel was obviously cheating me, charging about half a dollar more than actual price.
I ignored it, decided not to create a on argument, but after I left the store I felt really bad.
I know 50 cents are huge for him and not that significant to me, but it still made me angry.
What would you do?
I know it is not an original idea, but it is a good one.
Easier to achieve a 30 days challenge than just a change in behavior. A 30 days challenge can become such change if successful (and makes sense).
So, what is my first 30 days challenge?
I have recently started using Zaim application to monitor my weekly/monthly spendings.
I don’t monitor the entire family spending, but what I spend for Lunch, Coffee, dinner and drinks with friends.
It is very helpful, but I feel I can do better.
I don’t need to have coffee at 10:00AM, when I had one at home (and there is Coffee in the office).
I don’t need to have that 3rd drink, extra dish.
Just cut the “Extra”. Easy, right? But how do I monitor the “Savings” of this challenge. still not clear.
(challenge is not effective while in business trips and work related functions)
Was watching BBC world news report on an Anti-Coup rally in Bangkok when the reporter said something that annoyed me:
“It will be very interesting to see how long the army will allow this rally”
Translation (by Avi): “I really hope the army will intervene. It will look great on TV”
I may interpret it wrong, but it did sound to me like the reporter wanted something to happen, to be able to report a conflict, to be in the news.
Just in case, let me tell you how I would have reported it : “As this rally is illegal, there are concerns on the army actions”.
Army dispersing a demonstration is not “Interesting”.
Don’t understand this as and how it is supposed to make me appreciate or buy a Hyundai car
End of year sales? Tablet wars?
Kindle whitepaper delivery date moved from November 2012 to January 2013! Seems like I am going to see many kindles in the train in the near future.
And the iPad Mini, how is it doing?
From Nov. 2nd delivery, it is now “Two weeks”.
At least we know that Apple supply chain is working better than Amazon
Finally, Amazon will release Kindle for the Japanese market.
After the Nexus 7 Fiasco, Kindle Fire HD is definitely the first runner up for my new tablet.
Only two small issues/questions:
Can I connect my Amazon.com Kindle to Amazon.co.jp?
Kindle will be available in November, while Fire HD in December
I love reading. I enjoy reading.
But recently i find myself with a big problem.
Japanese – is not fluent enough to read and enjoy the book. Feels like it is a task rather than fun.
Hebrew – No access to Hebrew books
English – I read mostly popular science, classics … and I am getting bored.
I wish my Japanese will improve to the level I enjoy reading
i want to Blog, I want to write…
But it just doesn’t happen.
It it going to change?
I hope it will.