Sunday, 17 November 2013

My birthday obsession - Aug 13

It's my birthday on the 28th, yay me! (Above: Me doing makeup in my camera in oppose to a mirror - aren't I resourceful!!11)

Things have been a little strained since my grandma's stroke my mother, brothers and I are very close to her and have always been. Around Christmas last year my grandma's health was deteriorating so my mum (and little brothers) moved in with her. They were just about to slowly live between my grandma's and our home when the stroke happened so obviously that plan has been aborted and my mum will move in as my grandma's permanent carer.
Despite what has happened I am still very much looking forward to my birthday. Firstly as it will be the first time to spend it with my family in 2 years, and secondly because I have new boyfriend to share it with too! :-D

The new man in my life.

We met for the first time in April at one of our salsa classes. He was a friend of a friend in our social group who had suggested the other guys try salsa (a little confusing, I know) he went to my uni at the same time as me (but I didn't know him then) so I guess I could say I met him through a friend. 

When I first saw him I told said friend that I thought he was "delicious" and from there on tried to see how I could get him to notice me. It wasn't very difficult though lol. It wasn't long before we began exchanging lingering glances across the dance floor and flirting at any opportunity. We exchanged numbers and the rest flowed along quite happily.

We had our first date in may but we weren't really sure what we wanted (well at least I wasn't) I had just got back from Japan where I had had a few fluff relationships (although I had thought they were all pretty serious at the time) and so was looking to get myself settled before jumping into anything.

Well 2 months later and things were still going extremely well, and being as impatient as I am, I just had to know where things were going. So I asked him. And ever since we have been together in total bliss and merriment :-D 

To commemorate our first month as an official item, he took me out on a surprise date to dinner and to watch the Lion King which was absolutely amazing. Honestly cant say I've had a happier moment in the early stages of a relationship. Usually I'm still struggling to understand their quirks, but in this case, there doesn't seem to be any :D (no negative ones anyway ^o^

Now, romance aside, I'm still kinda of failing in the job department. It seems my uncle has taken pity on me, as he has offered me a job to work with him in his company. It is in construction so obviously not the market where I had hoped to be, but one things for sure, it's going to be a ton of fun, my uncle is the best kind of nutter.

Birthday hair!

Had my mum do a twist out for me. Aint it just the cutest thing!!

Life obsession - July 13

Social life

I've met some one :-)

After coming back to the UK a friend from university invited me out to dinner with a few of her friends (who also happened to go to our uni, and who I apparently knew, but I had no idea who they were) this I discovered was the second of what turned out to be a regular set of monthly dinner meetings and the birth of our "social club". As all members seemed to have demanding lives, whether it be home or work, we wanted to make a way for us to get a regular break from our daily stresses. So in addition to the monthly dinners, we decided to do something else too.

One thing we started was dance classes, salsa and bachatta (bachatta is awesome and sexy!). Originally there was about 4 of us going, on the second meeting another member from the group (and my uni)  turned up with their awesome sexy self, but we will talk about him at length another time ;-)
In addition to the salsa, a member of the group had a cineworld card that entitles them to watch as many movies as he can for around £18 per month. We all took this as an opportunity to spend more time socialising without having to break the bank (eating out in this group can prove to be quite costly after a while) so we all rushed off to the internet to get one.

It's a pretty amazing deal, we try to go to the cinema at least twice a week, sometimes watching two movies in one evening I've seen a ton of movies now that I would never have bothered watching such as despicable me 2 (man I love those minions!).
It's really important to break up the daily routine of home - work - home.

Family Life

The day before my brothers birthday was particularly difficult. It's funny, when something tragic happens in the family unit, it's amazing to see what kind of people you have in your family. My mother and I were just about to head out to get my brother one of his birthday presents when my grandma called. We were in the middle of discussing our covert plan to get his gifts without his knowledge when the phone went silent. We didn't think much of it at the time, however (luckily) due to my brothers sudden temper tantrum we scrapped our plan to get his gift and my mum headed straight to my grandma's house instead. Upon arrival my mum discovered that my grandma had had a stroke while on the call. Luckily not to long had passed and we were able to get her to the hospital. She is recovering well and is in high spirits but it is too early to tell what irreversible damage has been done.

Healthy (hair) life

So I revisited my beloved site to see what offered they had on. A few years ago I picked up some items which were on sale or special offer, and reviewed them see this part for the reviews. I managed to pick up a trial set of the kinky curly range (knot today, custard, etc) the full set of Miss Jessie's natural hair range (about 12 bits in total) and various discounted jellies and Creams.
I've been thinking about getting sister locs so I am not sure if I'll be able to review all these products, either way I'll do a separate post about them. British curlies are very prompt with heir deliveries but I have those wotsits type packaging, they get eeeeevery where and drive me crazy, they aren't even edible. :-(

Missing Japan Life.

As I'm still having withdraw symptoms, I just had to take my lil bro and his buddy to Hyper Japan at Earls Court. Luckily he's almost as nerdy as me. Look at how happy he looks! I'm totally the best sister ever!


UK - teaching obsession - June 13

What to do~

So it seems reading and losing my self into a world of fantasy and gaming isn't quite cutting it for me.
Recently I've been volunteering in my local secondary school, in their EAL department.
My plan for returning to the UK was to train to become a qualified teacher (primary school) work here for a few years then possibly return to Japan and score an awesome private school position.

Well, in the words of Mike Tyson "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face" I got knocked da f**k out by numeracy.
All was going well, I had interviews lined up with universities then lo' and behold, I didn't even make it that far. Naturally I passed the literacy with out breaking a sweat (go me!) however, even after hiring a private tutor, buying numerous books, and genuinely just trying my best, I failed the exam 3 darn times.
Thanks to this little snag, I must wait two years before I can apply again to take the skills tests. Which means I must wait 2 years before I can apply to take a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)
I have plans to take a TEFL or CELTA course so let's see how that goes aye.

Thinking of going self employed

As a result of these events, I am still very much out of work, and once school ends Ill have nothing to occupy myself with. So I have been thinking of tutoring adults one to one in coffee shops.
When I first arrived I put an add out, offering private tutor lessons but I retracted it pretty quickly as I don't have and "actual" teaching qualifications. However in the short time it was up, I was able to get one student for telephone English lessons. Lets see how that goes.

On a positive note...

...I bought a bicycle, Yay me!
It's a lovely little machine that I got thanks to the cycle to work scheme that Halford do.
I went to the one near to wear the staples used to be in Croydon and was given soooooooooo much help and advice on what to get and so on.
My mother also bought a folding bike, the Dahon Vienna or something but a lovely, dinky, sturdy machine.
I however went for a sleek and sexy Hybrid bike. Light weight and yummy. I've been riding it too and from work but not really to anywhere else unfortunately.