Tuesday, September 29, 2009
*due to the fact that Ben & Andie don't use any social networking sites we're going to assume they don't really want any pictures of their little lady on the intraweb quite yet, sorry. But, trust me...she's CUTE!!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
So, here we are almost 2 months later, standing in line at Big Man. We have been observing the line at Big Man for sometime now. It often wraps around the building and you watch locals diligently holding their numbers waiting to be called. This line can go on for hours. Just like the line at the restaurant right next to our apartment-which we have yet to try, since every time we try to go now, it's closed-but that's another story.
So, here is what the burger is. A hand made bun, lettuce-lots of lettuce, thick cut bacon-that this time tasted more like the ham we get at Christmas, the same 1/4" patty, cheddar cheese, tomato, mustard, a fried egg, and for Brandon a 1/4" of mayonnaise. So, this burger was much, much more satisfying. Not only because the burger-to-mayo ratio was more appropriate, but because it was put together in a way that said, "my kitchen deserves it's Sasebo Burger Man mascot". Oh, and the fries, were awesome. They were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and seasoned with salt and pepper, just the way you want them.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Our neighbor's roof top bonsai tree garden. it's nice to see every morning, day, and night when we step out of our front door.
Cheapest melon we have seen yet, and it was at the grocery store across the street. It would be roughly $15.19.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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also, we were getting a lot of questions about how to leave comments. not that we are selfishly asking you to comment or anything, but, we fixed that too. so now you can comment anonymously or leave your name, but you don't have to go through the crazy process of creating an account! Hallehluiah!
sorry about the lame-o post here, business is boring we know, but we felt it the easiest way to reach everyone that wanted to know!
thanks for the steadfast commitment to us! we miss everyone . . .and to the new friends we are making through this, welcome to our life! we are so glad to have you.
This is the American food joint right next to our apartment, which just missed being in this shot. This is the line that forms everyday day around noon and does not let up until dark. It is very small with only 4 tables, like mots places in Japan, but I have never seen a place with a line this intense, like a bakery after Oprah gives her seal of approval. It must be good, and we are looking forward to trying it out. We aren't sure why we haven't, besides the fact that we don't want to wait in that line, but from the looks of it we might just have to suck it up. However, we will save the sucking it up for a sunny day.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
All things we've had before? Yes. All things we've had in Japan, over looking a mountainous city speckled with bright lights, while the single waitress conducts her version of a symphony and the Thai chef prepares our meal from scratch? No. This my friends, was a first time experience.
It was pretty amazing. Sitting across from each other, enjoying a new experience. All very elegant, until the CD stopped and restarted with believe it or not. Britney Spears. At least it was the old stuff. . .the good stuff. Followed closely with Destiny's Child, Avril Levine, and as we were walking out of the door. . .TLC. They totally redeemed themselves with the TLC.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Rick & Sue are coming to visit! For those of you who don't know, Rick & Sue are Brandon's parents, and they are taking their first adventure outside the United States! It means so much to us that they would fore-go their beloved trips to Disney World and Hawaii and try something new. All be it, they have the bonus of seeing their lovely children, but still. They are coming! And have you know, they still get a little Disney; Disney Tokyo is on the itinerary!
After expressing great fear to his staff about how we might obtain some candy corn with October approaching, a sweet waitress went out and bought us our October supply of candy corn! If you don't know, we eat candy corn for a month straight in this house hold. November 1st is a very sad day around the Willett's. Yes, we know you can buy it year round, but there is no justification as to the amount that we intake, except to blame it on Halloween, and you can not blame it on Halloween approaching in let's say, mid-March.
We have been collecting things for the dorm room. The theme seems to be approaching shades of green with some white and blue. Wasn't planned it just seems to be happening. We have a table being delivered tomorrow, and then the decorating can ensue. We are trying to keep it low budget, but we really need to make this place like home stat. One can only hang out in a white room for so long. . .
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Nagasaki is so beautiful. Granted it's rather new; that's right, I'm looking at you A-Bomb. But the thing is, I don't think it would be what it is today had that not happened. That does not in anyway justify the use of bombs, it just means that they obviously have made the best of the worst.
This sight immediately brings back memories of 5th grade (pardon me if you didn't grow up in San Antonio, and can not relate to this next story). Every 5th grader in San Antonio is taken to visit the Alamo, and to see the movie, Alamo: The Price of Freedom at the IMAX. You do your duty, moving quickly through, standing at and crossing the line that Davey Crockett drew in the sand, and if your're lucky eating lunch at MacArthur Park before you have to go back to school. I bring this up, because of the fact that we American 5th graders show no excitement to honor a building that was host to a horrific death battle ultimately ensuring our future freedom. We wine because it's hot, and don't pay two ounces of respect, and we even have the actual building to look at. I bring this up, because we spent a good 10 minutes watching a I'd say 6th grade class conduct a heartfelt ceremony at the base of the statue. They started with a speech, then 2 special classmates walked side by side carrying peace offerings in which they simultaneously placed in the altar. Upon returning to their uniformed lines (all wearing red hats have you know) there was another small speech. Then, the back row picked up some plastic instruments, which if I dare explain, were Casio Key Boards with a mouth piece attached recorder style. The class proceeded to sing a song, in complete harmony, with complete passion and a few cracked notes. That my friends, is a way to honor your country's sacrifice.
We continued to walk around, traveling through the statue gardens making our way to the Atomic Bomb Museum. The museum starts with the moment the bomb dropped, which is displayed rather intensely with a single wall clock recovered from someones home displayed in a glass box battered and broken with the hands stopped at exactly 11:02. The museum is silent at that point with the exception of a repetitive "tic-toc, tic-toc", and there is no light from overhead. As you proceed, you pass by parts of buildings, and the actual parts, not reproductions like at the Civil Rights Museum. You look at burnt clothing and wooden fences with patterns of tree leafs left on the surface after the sudden burst of light. Then you get to the intense stuff, like fragments of human bone melted into cement and glass, and helmets with bits of skull bone embedded, pictures of little kids trapped under rocks, it all gets quite graphic for a bit. Then you move on, and they take you through the replicas of relief efforts, give you the opportunity to hear survivor stories, and then into the aftermath and long term effects. You then proceed to exhibits on where nuclear bombs are today and they lay out who has them and what they intend to do with them. After looking at all of the things previous, you aren't left very interested and are a little emotionally drained, so we pretty much breezed through that part. Except to learn that Russia has the most nuclear bombs, something neither of us knew.
The bridge is directly over the center of the hypo center where the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
It wasn't a museum about WWII so there was no mention about the war at the time. Many people might think that is unfair, to not show that American' forces had their reasons to drop the bomb, but to us, it's okay they don't address that side. It's a memorial to the massive bomb that was dropped on a city, not a memorial to WWII. They don't need to talk about what happened before the bomb, it doesn't matter. The fact is, it was dropped, a great many people of many different countries were killed and hurt, and it was built to honor them.
We left very humbled Americans, to say the least.
Needless to say, nothing we did after that was very satisfying. Chinatown was cool, but not very festive at the time, and then we walked around for 3 hours trying to find Nagasaki Station. Which turned out was quite far from where we were and we probably should have taken a cab. We weren't even leaving from that station, we just insisted on finding it to prove to ourselves that we aren't complete idiots and can find our way when we are over-adventurous. I did a lot of whining, after all I didn't wear socks with my chucks and that gave me the right to complain about everything else but my feet, but the better half emerged in the form of Brandon and did a lot of motivating After asking many people many things in what could have been Japanese we finally made it back to our rightful train station, grabbed some drinks, and headed back home to our delightful dorm room.
Monday, September 14, 2009
So it turns out that we missed the spectacular fireworks display at the dutch theme park. We were back in Sasebo eating ice cream cones and walking home when everyone else was back in the Netherlands livin' it up with fireworks! No wonder everyone was staring at us like we were crazy for leaving!! Granted our minds were slightly impaired for the 1,000ml carafe of red wine we polished off, I'm still not sure how we managed to miss FIREWORKS!!!
Oh, and not to mention we didn't know we were standing in one of Micheal Jackson's favorite places on earth. Go figure it would be a cheesy dutch fairytale land, but still, at one of the attractions they actually have his favorite seat engraved and people lay flowers on top!! I am so saddened at the fact that we can not read one bit of Kanji...stupid symbols. But, the good thing is a tribute show to him starts this weekend and lasts for a month. So, you can only bet that we will be heading back for MJ stalking, wine, pear & blue cheese pizza, and for goodness sake, FIREWORKS!
Here are some pictures from our day!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
That is a picture of what it looks like in a can. However, the place we stumbled into in all of its American glory with said navy dudes, had it on tap for happy hour. I couldn't tell you their names, but they wouldn't let us pay for a single drink, making the night reminiscent of a night when Rocky was bar tending at Hailey's. So, for those of you who don't know what that means, it means you spend the night laughing so hard, dancing around to the Beatles, and stumbling home because lord knows you should NOT drive. In our case, all of the above happened except we took our selves home in a taxi.
Moving on, we went to the aquarium. That was a good time. The Jelly fish exibit was the best, but we saw a great amount of crabs and sea turtles as well. Sasebo seems to really love their wildlife.