Friday, October 29, 2010

This IS important!

I have noticed many people call this "A Frankenstein"
This is NOT a Frankenstein!
It is the monster created BY Dr Victor Frankenstein!
So Frankenstein is the DOCTOR'S name.
You can call the monster lots of names if you like...
"Adam of your labours"
"A modern Promethean"
"A reanimated corpse"
or best of all just "The/A monster"
But NOT "A Frankenstein" please...
BTW it's from the very famous novel
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
You should check it out!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Who am I? Monster riddles.

1) I was wrapped in white and buried in my tomb a long time ago.
Who am I?

2) I am a monster that has been on a diet. There is no fat on me! Or muscle either!
Who am I?

3) I love the night and having company over for dinner, however, I can't stand garlic bread.
Who am I?

4) I walk through walls as I please. Sometimes you can see me and sometimes you can't.
Who am I?

5) Most of the time, you would never guess I was a monster because I look just like you! But once a month, I let my hair down and howl at the moon.
Who am I?

6) I dress in black while I brew potions, cast spells and put curses on people.
Who am I?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Here are some more HALLOWEEN proverbs & idioms.
This time to do with the DEVIL.
They are all mixed up, can you match them
with the correct meaning.
A. A DEVIL may care attitude.
B. Give the DEVIL his due.
C. Between the DEVIL & the deep blue sea.
D. Better the DEVIL you know.
E. Speak of the DEVIL.
F. The DEVIL finds work for idle hands.
G. A DEVIL of a time.
H. Have the DEVIL to pay.
I. Full of the DEVIL.
1. Two equally unacceptable choices.
2.Change can make a bad situation worse.
3.To talk about someone just before they arrive.
4.Nothing to do leads to evil deeds.
5.Trouble to be faced as a result of an action
6. Very energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever.
7. Relaxed & not worried about the results of your actions
8.A very difficult period
9.To give credit to a disagreeable or malevolent person.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat their fingers separately.

Tongue Twister of the week

Mr. Mummy mustn't mess up Mrs. Mummy's makeup!

The Poll

Last week the poll question was:

What is your favorite kind of Halloween 'food'?

Candy apples
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Candy corn
Pumpkin bread
Candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms
Pumpkin pie
Caramel apples
I have never eaten this food.
I do not like this food.

I am surprised to report that 50% of the votes have never eaten this food!! I guess this is because Halloween is not really celebrated in this country ;)

Make sure to vote on this week's poll as it is really important!! :D

Friday, October 22, 2010

A brush with death...

In keeping with the HALLOWEEN feeling
Can you match these
with their correct meanings?
A. The DEAD centre
B. DEAD men tell no tales
C. DEAD on your feet
D. Never speak ill of the DEAD
E. DEAD set against something
F. A DEAD heat
G. DEAD to the world
H. Knock 'em DEAD
I. Over my DEAD body
J. A brush with DEATH
1. In a very deep sleep
2. Don't say bad things about the deceased
3. Very tired
4. Living witnesses may be dangerous
5. A tied race
6. To come very close to dying
7. The exact middle
8. Strongly opposed
9. To put on a stunning performance
10. I will never let that happen!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Vernon vampire visits various vampires virtuously.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Speaking of...

Speaking of archery
try and match these actions
with the sounds.
A. A horse galloping.
B. Pulling back the bowstring.
C. Firing the arrow.
D. Hitting the target.
E. The crowds response.
1. Thock/Thwack
2. Aaaaah/Oooooo
3. Twang
4. Clip clop
5. Creak/Creeeeek

What I did on the weekend...

I went to see YABUSAME (horse archery)
at Kamigamo jinja (shrine) in Kyoto.
It was really interesting.
I was most impressed by the way the riders
could reload their bows on the back of a galloping horse!
I have trouble doing it
when I'm standing still on flat ground...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the weekend I....

..hum, can you guess where I went on the weekend? The photo below is a clue.

Yoshio and Phil can not answer!! I know you already know :P

The Poll

Last week the poll question was:
What Halloween costume character has Rachel Never dressed up as?

A witch
A dog
A clown
A kangaroo
A smurf
A cheerleader
Rainbow Bright

With 50% of the votes choosing a smurf!
You couldn't be more wrong!! I was a smurf when I was 3 years old. I was Rainbow Bright in preschool. I was a dog in elementary school. I was a cheerleader in middle school. I was a clown a few times. I was Cleopatra in University. And finally, I was a kangaroo just last year!

That leaves a witch! I have never dressed up as a witch!! Perhaps this year... well you will have to find out at the party!! :D

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Costumes, Costumes, Costumes!!

The Halloween party is soon approaching and I thought I would give you some ideas for costumes!

Here is a cute mouse:

Here is a scary masked creature:

Here is a cute pumpkin holding a scary skull:

This week in playschool...

..we wore costumes and made Halloween masks!!

It was really fun! Great masks girls!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just a reminder that next week we need to know who will be attending the party! So please come see us in the office. :D


I must apologize to Rachel.
She asked me how to spell "Cleopatra" for the poll.
So that misspelling is my mistake.

I don't get it...

Atom A : I think I lost an electron.
Atom B : Are you sure?
Atom A : Yes, I'm POSITIVE.
A neutron walks into a bar and asks,
"How much for a drink?"
The barman replies,
"For you, no CHARGE."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Poll

Last week the poll question was:
What is the best part of Halloween?

Seeing all of the festive decorations
Dressing up in a costume
The excess to drink and party with friends

With 75% of the votes choosing to drink and party with friends, I am expecting a large gathering at the school Halloween party on October 30th!!!

Hope you are all having fun making your costumes!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A not so funny joke...

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It is a day to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. It is celebrated on a three-day long weekend in Canada, during which families might celebrate with a big Thanksgiving Day meal on any of the three days.

This photo is from my Thanksgiving meal yesterday in Japan. Usually families in Canada eat turkey but I substituted it with chicken.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pidgin English 101

Ho braddah wasssssuuuuuppp! How you been? Long time no see ah? Hope you all ready fo anodah pidgin english lesson. Aight cuz, we go staht!

Hey everybody! How have you been? Hope you all are ready for another lesson in pidgin English. Today's word is broke the mouth. This word is used to describe really good food. The food is so unbelievably delicious that it breaks your mouth. Now let's take a look at how this word is used:

Pidgin: Dis loco moco brok da mout brah!

English: This loco moco is very tasty indeed.

K, so das it fo today's pidgin lesson. You bettah stay akamai and stay in skool. K den bra, take it easy! Shooooots!

Ok, so that's it for today's pidgin English lesson. Everybody should be smart and stay in school. Take care and hope to see you again at our next lesson. Mahalos!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Poll

Last week's poll question was:
Which country grows 2/3 of the world's eggplant?

United States

I'm sorry but the jokes on you this week ;)
I actually do not know which country grows 2/3 of the world's eggplant.

We had a lot of votes though which was great!
40% of you think that it is Japan so I am just going to agree with you!

Don't forget to check out the new poll question.

What I did on the weekend...

Well some of us went to see the new
Biohazard (Resident Evil) film "Resurrection"
last Saturday night and it was,
without a doubt,
one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Now I don't expect zombie movies to be
brilliant works of artistic cinema,
I don't expect a deep and complex story
or even good acting
(I like horror and watch a lot of stupid films
so I know what I'm getting myself into).
All I really expect is to see zombies die
in as many amusing ways as possible.
Biohazard Resurrection couldn't even provide
the juvenile splatter I was hoping for.
I also don't think the nuclear bomb going off
in Tokyo at the beginning was a particularly
appropriate way to start a film, even a bad one.
Avoid this film at all costs,
you will just waste 2 hours of you life
that your will never get back...


English can be confusing but sometimes it can also be dangerous.
We learn that the prefix "in~" makes a word
the opposite of its regular meaning.
For example "insecure" "insensitive" & "inexperienced".
The word "inflammable" however has the same meaning
as the word "flammable" (they both mean to burn easily).
Well "inflammable" was the original word
(derived from inflame) so the "in~" in this case does not apply.
People thought this was a bit too confusing
and started using the word "flammable" instead.
So now we use both!
Just remember
have exactly the same meaning.
Take care

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photo of the week!

Last night I went to Umeda to meet an old friend who was in town for the night. She has a very busy job and travels all over the world so I don't get to see her very often. So we stayed in a hotel to catch up!

Can you guess from the photo which hotel I stayed in?

Hint: It is a famous hotel chain found all over the world.

What a great song!

This is a classic song and video from my childhood!

I know a few of our younger students like to look at this blog and I hope they enjoy it as much as I use to!

I like ta' move it, move it...

Last weekend I went to Kyoto zoo.
It's not very big,
but it is close to my house and I was feeling lazy.
My favorite animal was the ring tailed lemur.
Some of them were still very young and cute.
Normally I like to see the meerkats
but they didn't have any.
What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?
(so not dogs & cats etc).