Wednesday, December 24, 2008


So it was the 2nd day, I am controlling myself well, adapting to the water temperature in working place- the fresh fish department.
You were back to Osaka and we were chatting still over the wall.
I can't believe it was one year ago.
When I almost thought it was really something.

Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 2:55am on December 25th, 2007
Today I figure how to use the water heater but then I was not asked to wash dishes again, thats good but then again, I have been holding this freezing steel container in the freezer, since its too cold I can feel my index finger like split( skin ), I have been putting on tons of lotion, to moisturize it. My hands is one of my proudest possession, I hv been taking gd care of it aLL the time. I am gonna do my grocery tomorrow, dun worry.
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 6:26pm on December 24th, 2007
Oh sad not many people at doom.... Is there any school stuff looking after??? If noone looking after u people, umm there should be PARTY TIME, hehe. The Big Doom Party. Oh that is da worst story food is running out, but it's 2007 almost 2008 in Japan not old days anymore. There r some food at my apartment, I wish I can share, but I can after 3rd of Jan I will b back there. Do the dishes with warm water so I see no problem(like its cold). If u really hungry take Becca's food off she's got plenty.
Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 9:44am on December 24th, 2007
they are off to Osaka this morning, so my roommate and I and some of the Chinese and Becc is stiLL here...Ya, working eating some pasta now, but kinda komatteru tht my fridge is running out of food.
p/s I don't mind washing dishes but the water is really cold...and my skin peeling off(sob)
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 7:16am on December 24th, 2007
Na I took a train to Osaka, and full of peole on da train. Around me was many old people, and my suitcase took my space so couldnt sleep well ay. Nah didnt sleep well because u sent me messages, haha. Yeah miss mum, looking forfard to go shopping with her oneday, because she got money. Yes good on u doing everything by Hey dont make joke of Dish-washing , Im'm proud of that job. Yeah great to be here ay, havn't had mum's cook yet... We had a whole chicken with my sis and mum last night, then I went to my friends and had another dinner was nice. Who is still at doom??? Sounds like ur next door neighbour American Lisa's still there, but funny u 2 dont see each other even next door. haha
Working 2day???

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I have been searching by the name aKira for like several times ever since I knew his name. But I found none, as I was still new to FB there then. One night after I came back from my first day working in aPita, Kozouji, today I kinda found him from LiSa's wall, so you were the 红娘, if you know what is it.
I immediately added him to be my friend and to my very surprise he even accept me as fast as the fastest I knew of. There we started a month old relationship, from the wall on the 23-12-2008, a night to remember. At least after one year, I am still stubbornly choosing the tough path, not to let you go, not just yet. 朗にまだ諦めたくない.

Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 10:19pm on December 23rd, 2007
u took a bus to osaka? y didn't u sleep well yesterday? Missing your mum?
anyway, Im in the fresh fish department...
today was the first day...basically i did help here n there, and then there r time when I do something like dish washing-san too...
So hows back home? mama 料理、どう?
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 4:38pm on December 23rd, 2007
Thats simple reason not going to outside Aichi, NO MONEY. I dont know wats famous in Osaka, just ask them to buy wat eve they think is souvenir. I grew up in Osaka but never bought anything for souvenir in Osaka. Good on u sleeping earlier than usual time. I got to Osaka this afteernoon then went to watch a rugby game, I met 3people from Aichi, was strange meeting Aichi people in Osaka. Didnt sleep well since last night haha. Wat u do for ur バイト???

Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 8:57am on December 23rd, 2007
By the way, my roommate wouldn't be mad if I sleep late. Cos I always sleep late, but yesterday I slept before you ask me to, that was strangely early.
Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 8:41am on December 23rd, 2007
everybody is going out on the holiday...bunch of ppL going Osaka, Tokyo,YOkohama, Kyoto, Nara and so and so forth...
But since hv no $, i hv to バイト. anywhere I'll hv a day break per week. mayb I can go to Gifu ken or Nagoya Eki....hahahaha

Hey what else is famous in Osaka, I wanna ask my friend to buy me some as souvenir for my family, お菓子か?
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 12:52am on December 23rd, 2007
U better go 2 bed now, otherwise ur room mate is gonna b mad. Laters p.s r u going smwhere for holiday???
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 12:43am on December 23rd, 2007
Oh u will b in trouble if smone know that smone got a 短期バイト  lol I wont tell anyone promise. Yeah will eat heaps of Takoyaki. hahaha
Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 12:27am on December 23rd, 2007
I got a 短期バイト,
just for this short break...
eat aLot of Takoyaki for me K...
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 12:17am on December 23rd, 2007
My 冬休み hasnt started yet, I worked last Tuesday since then I didnt work. Going back 2 Osaka eary in da morning tomorrow. Hows ur 冬休み???  Any plan???
Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 12:11am on December 23rd, 2007
So Hows your 冬休み going?
StiLL a dish washing -san?
Akira Natomi (New Zealand) wrote
at 12:08am on December 23rd, 2007
Ohh I was bored and my msn thing always let me know if I get any e-mail, that's why. yeah actually I was hoping someone gives me a message or something, waiting for it whole day...
Liew Cheng Yan wrote
at 11:39pm on December 22nd, 2007
So you were fast....
you awaiting for my request, didn't you...

This was the first day. You left home to Osaka, with a laptop.

Thursday, December 11, 2008



One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…
“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,
I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.
“In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
“I would not quit.” He said.
“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant…
But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”
He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots”
“I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.”

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said.
“The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.
Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come”, God said to me. “You will rise high!”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.
“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and bring back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in you life.
Good days give you happiness;
Bad days give you experiences。