Ramsay Ramblings 2011-04-10

It’s been seven months since I last updated this blog, and a lot has happened since then.

2011 has so far been the year for personal development. I’ve pretty much abandoned JapanSoc and Hotaru CMS since those pet projects are so time-consuming, and instead I’m very focused on other things.

First off, I’ve continued with my workouts. I go to the gym three times a week and continually push myself to lift more weight. I’ve made good progress so far, and am motivated to keep going.

I also kept on running. In March, I entered my first 10km race and finished 276th out of 1,042 people. I was 84th out of 222 men in the 30-39 age bracket. Summer will be here soon so the running may have to be put on hold, but I definitely want to beat my time of 48:08 next year!

Another big change was starting an English school here in my home last October. It’s already grown to over 50 students, mostly children, and is providing a welcome break from three years glued to a computer screen.

As well as all that, I’m studying how to make iPhone apps. We shall see how far I get later in the year.

On the family front, Riku starts kindergarten tomorrow. I have to wait outside for the little bus to come and pick him up. He’s also taking one of my English classes at home. And speaking of English, we’ve just got satellite TV so he can immerse himself in such animated rubbish as Ben 10 and Kim Possible.

As for Mami, she’s still working at the hospital, but has reduced her hours to help with our school’s admin duties.

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5 thoughts on “Ramsay Ramblings 2011-04-10

  1. Glad to hear that you’re finding success in the right places. Let me know if you need some pointers for iOS. I’ve worked with it for a while now and have learned what not to do 😛

  2. Hello Nick:

    Sorry to bother you, I don’t konw the plan of the Hotaru CMS whether keep going on, but the system is really good ,I like it, and I want to say : Thank you very much!

    Now I just build a site (go>appcro.com) by Hotaru, but there is a problem about the additional function called “Bookmarklet”, when I install it in hotaru cms 1.4.2, it doesn’t work , When I click the “Submit it!” button to share any page ,it will show me 403.shtml which write “page doesn’t found”, and the url says:”http://appcro.com/index.php?page=submit1&url=http%3A//www.bbc.co.uk/”and I can’t fix it :-<
    Could you help me about this ?

    Thx!
    Frank

  3. Hi there, I believe I’ll be coming to kakamigahara next month and was wondering where else to find more information about the place other than the city website and google maps. Would be cool to meet up some fellow gaijins too!

    1. Hi Sam, Kakamigahara’s not exactly the hub of excitement. It’s nice for someone like me who has settled down and started a family. You might get more out of Gifu city, a short train ride away, or Nagoya (about 40 minutes by train). You’ll find plenty of foreigners in either of those cities, but not very many in Kakamigahara.

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