I have been neglecting my site for a very long time now. Partly because of my baby Shion who is not really a baby anymore. He is over two years old and requires a little more attention. The other main reason is that I have found a new hobby that I should have started a long time ago. Photography. More of that in my next post.

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Here is a request you don't find everyday. Last year, I climbed Mt. Fuji for the first time. I have to say it was a great hike and the sunrise looked awesome. I plan to go again this year and am currently rounding up a group of people who wants to go. Yes, I know it sounds a bit strange since we have never met. However, I like to think we have a bound and have one thing in common; we are both foreigners living in a foreign country. Agree?

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It hardly snows in Tokyo, but on occasion we do see snow falling down much like today. Perfect timing if you ask me. For today is a national holiday. Anyone who works for a big corporation or a government office gets to stay at home and couch. The snow had caught me by surprise actually. I knew it had rained the night before, but snowing the next morning came as a surprise.

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I received our gas bill the other day from our meter lady. O-M-G. The bill had doubled from our last statement and it is only mid-month. Our house is not that old, nor is it modern built. No central heating/cooling and not enough insulation between the walls apparently. Either, the house gets very cold or very hot during the season. Since we are in winter, a gas stove as we call it is a must have. Just to clarify how cold it gets in our home. At 6 am, our downstairs gas stove temperature reads 3c or 37f. I can literally see vapor coming out of my nose when I exhale.

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If you find yourself in a foreign country and your passport book is about to expire, don't panic. Renewing a US passport abroad is straight forward, much the same way as if you are renewing the passport in the USA. I am going to explain how I renewed my passport from Japan. The idea is the same if you are living in a different country. You would need to search for the US Embassy in your country for the correct mailing address to sent in your application.

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