Jet Star, the Australian Low Cost Carrier (LCC) is looking for bilingual staff for its Sapporo reservations call center.
If you are interested, please check out the details here.
http://stabo.bell24.co.jp/m/jobdetail/cddistrictid/6/cdsheetid/680/cdjicid/It's part-time work, but a good chance to do a job using English right here in Sapporo.Last year I flew to Australia on Jet Star. It's a well-known company.
You've seen this recently - haven't you?!
When I wave my hands around in class, as I talk, this black mark on my right thumb is easy to see.
In English this is a blood bruise. I think in Japanese it is a "blood bean"?
I got this about a month ago when I was doing snow shoe walking in Sapporo Art Park.
The snow shoe group had a cheese fondue lunch in a log house and after lunch we all helped to clear up. I took out the trash to the metal trash cage outside - and I shut the cold, stiff lock on the cage on my hand!!
It REALLY hurt at the time.
Now it is ok. No pain. BUt I have this unsightly black mark on my nail.
Many people tell me it will stay there for 6 months or more, until the nail grows out and the dried blood comes out or is absorbed into the body.
But one Imagine student had a good idea: "Amanda, you should use black nail polish like me!".....
I'm still thinking about that Yoshiko.....I haven't decided yet
It IS me!
Yesterday I went dog sledding at Moonlight Ladies Dog Sledding at Takasu, near Asahikawa.
OH! Fun! and SCARY!
The weather was great and we did a 7 km course across the fields.
I went with Masami, who used to be a student at Imagine, and her husband and a friend.
Moonlight Ladies owner Kyoko Murakami gave us a lesson in dog sledding first - important information about how to bend your legs round a corner, how to jump on the brake...and what to do if the dogs stop for the toilet...
6 dogs pulled the sled (designed by Kyoko's husband Dan) and the non-sledders rode on the snow mobile and sled up front. Everyone looking back at the dog sled and cheering. :-)
Dan has specially designed the sled so that novice drivers can control it. So we took turns driving - about 10-15 minutes each.
Oh! At first a little scary as the dogs set off with a jump, and then a huge thrill as they race and race thru the snow. The dogs really enjoy the work.
My hands got cold, despite 3 pairs of gloves (it was minus 10 C?) and my glasses got steamy....but OH! FUN!!!!!
I went this on activity with Takarajima tour company. They have many exciting things to do in Hokkaido. Even if you have lived here all your life there are maybe experiences you have never had.
Why not check out their website and go dog sledding?
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HERE I am!
Trying tubing at Takino Suzuran Park earlier this week.
VERY good fun. And free. You only have to pay for the parking charge at the park.
Sorry, I haven't been able to blog for a week or more.
I was busy with Snow Festival guests and Couch Surfing guests ( from Korea and America), and then my family all became sick so I was busy, busy and busy again.
And Imagine is welcoming new students: all three live within sight of the Tokou Store here in Hiragishi, so they have no excuse about coming to class late. ;-)
And: CONGRATULATIONS to "TH" for passing the Japan Tour Guide test recently. I hope you can get work as a tour guide in Hokkaido.
Tomorrow I am going to Takasu, near Asahikawa to try Dog Sledding with Masami (one of Imagine's first students) her husband and friend. I've always wanted to try this activity and tomorrow in the coooold of central Hokkaido we will meet the dogs.
It is a Hokkaido tour experience organised by Hokkaido Takarajima.com website and you can see Dog Sledding video on their website.
Last year I got an email from a man called Luke in England.
I don't know him.
He found me through the Couch Surfing website.
He asked me to help propose to his girlfriend Shelly.
I went to TenjinYama Park near my house and held up a sign...
I sent him the photo....
and HERE is the video he made! He showed this to Shelly at Christmas.
(I am at 16 mins. 40 seconds)
Crazy weather isn't it?
Monday and Tuesday this week were unseasonably warm for February and a lot of snow thawed/melted so the roads were slushy and had large pools of water.
Yesterday at the Snow Festival, a statue collapsed and the snow injured a woman. Luckily it was one of the smaller statues, and not the huge constructions.
I haven't been to the festival yet - too busy with Couch Surfing guests and work, but later this week or at the weekend I hope to go.
If you go to the Tsudome site you may spot my partner and his bike-taxi...usually in summer he is working in Odori area, but this week is a special bike-taxi promotion inside Tsudome.