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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #10

7-31-13 must-have

These are 3 words that we often use when stating we are going to do or have to do something. There are actually big differences between “must”, “have to” and “need to” ~ hopefully this will clear things up for you ...

Must” is 必ず100% (イヤでも)やらないといけない/強い命令
For example; You must pay the rent by the 1st of every month.
One must stop when the light is red!


(As a need-to-know, the casual term ‘must item’ is mainly used in the USA but it is also understood in the UK.)

Have to” is (したくないけど) やらなくてはいけない
For example; I have to go to bed.
I have to go on a business trip tomorrow.


Need to” 〜しなくっちゃ!
This is a softer-version of needing to do something.
For example: I need to get my hair cut.
I need to go to the toilet.



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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #9

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Today you will get to understand the whole ‘picture’. This is a word with several meanings and so it can be a little bit confusing at times.

The ‘picture’ in the above sentence means the whole “story” (image/understanding of what is going on). In a way, it is describing an ‘image’ of a situation, that is why we use the word “picture”.

Picture” also has a general meaning related to ‘images’ ~ for example; “that is a lovely picture’. Yes, it may be a ‘photo’ or a ‘drawing’ or a ‘painting’, but it also works as the general term for an image.

“That is a lovely photo” is fine when you are being specific about a ‘photo’, however when generalising an ‘image, then “picture” is used.


Another confusing one is the difference between an “award” and a “prize” ~ here it is ...

An “award” is a ‘reward’ for doing something good for someone or some people, and a “prize” is usually something given to the ‘winner of a competition or race’.

If you like ‘dictionary explanations’, then here they are from the Oxford Dictionary:

Award
verb
[with two objects]
give or order the giving of (something) as an official payment, compensation, or prize to (someone):
* he was awarded the Military Cross

* a 3.5 per cent pay rise was awarded to staff

* grant or assign (a contract or commission) to (a person or organisation):
* the company was awarded a contract to refurbish the timber mill


noun
a prize or other mark of recognition given in honour of an achievement:
* the company’s annual award for high-quality service

an amount of money given as an official payment, compensation, or grant:
* a 1.5 per cent pay award


[mass noun] the action of giving a payment, compensation, or prize:the award of an honorary doctorate

[count noun]:
* an award of damages


Prize
noun
a thing given to the winner of a competition or in recognition of an outstanding achievement:
* her invention won first prize in a national contest

a thing, especially an amount of money or a valuable object, that can be won in a game of chance:
* the star prize in the charity raffle

[as modifier]: prize money


adjective
[attributive]
having been or likely to be awarded a prize in a competition:
* a prize horse

denoting something for which a prize is awarded:
* a prize crossword

excellent of its kind; outstanding:
* a prize example of how well organic farming can function.



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~ READ ON ~ DIFFERENCES #8

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Good Monday morning ~ yes, these ‘differences’ seem to have been a big hit, so let’s keep on going and help you out even more ...

Quite simply ~

How どのように (or どうやって in informal situations), is used when trying to find out/asking the way to do something.

Why なぜ (or どうして in informal situations), is simply used when you want to find out the reason for something.


Here are another two similar but very different ones ...

Can I?” (することが可能 orしていい?) and “I can”(できる)

When you are ASKING, then it means ‘am I allowed to...?' or 'is it possible to...?’ -> “Can I go to the toilet, please?” or “Can I have next Thursday off work, please?”

When you are STATING or TELLING someone something, then it means ‘I am able to do ...!’ -> "Yes, I can speak English.” or “Sure, I can drive a car.” etc.


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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #6 & 7

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What a difference this has made!

It seems that this week’s theme is ‘catching on’, as I am getting requests here, there and everywhere to ‘please explain this’ and ‘please explain that’.

I had another request this morning to please explain the difference between yesterday’s ‘look’ (see yesterday's Blog) and the word ‘watching’ ~> that’s easy...
watching.jpg

Look” is normally used when you are ‘looking for’ an object (thing or person), whereas “watching” is of something (or someone) ‘moving’. You may be ‘watching TV’, as things are moving on the TV, there is a timeframe when the program starts and finishes. I am ‘watching the horse-race’ ~ again it is moving or, ‘watching the whales’.


Another one is the difference between ‘say’ and ‘tell’. ‘Say’ includes people talking ~ he said, she said, they said ~ a discussion between people. ‘Tell’ on the other hand, is a ‘one-way thing’ ~ tell her it’s ready, tell him no, etc.


The last couple of today are ‘coming’ and ‘going’. People often misuse these two. Here is the best explanation...

Whether we use go or come all has to do with perspective and position.

Go
We use go to describe movement away from the place or position where the speaker or hearer is:

Go away!
Are you going to the pub tonight?
Let's go and see Auntie Mary.
They've gone to live in Australia and I don't think they'll ever come back.


Come
We use come to describe movement to the place where the speaker or hearer is:

Come home!
Could you come here for a minute, please, Diane?
~ I'm coming.
We've come to ask you if we can borrow your car for a week.
I've got some people coming for dinner tonight. Can you and Henry come, too?


I hope you now understand the differences ~ see you again ...

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #5

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Hello :-) today I thought it would be useful to go over a couple of words that we all seem to confuse and sometimes use wrongly in our conversations.

We often say “I’m looking for something” or “I’m searching for something”. Yes, they are similar but yes, they do have slightly different meanings ~ read on ...

Look for
When you look, you are focusing your vision on someone or something. For example, if you get to the cinema late, you'll have to “look for your friends” in the darkened theatre.

The Old English word locian is the root of look, meaning "see, gaze, or spy." When you look at something, you see it. Look can also describe how something appears; when your dog looks sad, or something likely to happen, like a grey day that looks like rain. As a noun, look describes someone's style of dress; like your brother, whose rock star look gets lots of compliments — except from Grandpa.


Search
To search is to look for something. A search party is a group of people looking for something together. Their search may take a long time. If they're in the army, they might be on a mission to search and destroy.

Search is one of the many words in English that have taken on a new meaning related to computers. To search the Web, or perform a search is to use a computer to find information on the Internet. The verb search is from Late Latin circare "to travel through," from Latin circus "circle." The original meanings of this verb in English were to dig for something.


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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #4

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That was so ‘kind’ of him to do that ~ she is so ‘polite~ this is very ‘tender--> so what’s the difference? Let me explain ...

kind
1. someone who is of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
2. someone who is having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
3. someone who is indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals.
4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
5. British Dialect; loving, affectionate.


polite
1. someone showing good manners toward others, as in behaviour, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
2. someone who is refined or cultured: polite society.
3. of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.


tender
1. something that is soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
2. something that is weak or delicate in build; not strong or hardy.
3. objects (ex. ‘plants’) that are unable to withstand freezing temperatures.
4. someone young or immature: children of tender age.
5. something that is delicate or soft in quality: tender blue.


Hopefully that gave you a better understanding of the different meanings of “kind”, “polite” and “tender”. Yes, ‘tender’ can also be used to describe people (more often than not ‘young people’), but normally we use it to describe things/objects/food.



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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #3

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Today we have a couple of easy ones ~ distinguishing their meanings and correct usage isn’t that hard ~ read on ...

These are 'adverbs of frequency’ ~ meaning that you are telling someone how often you do something. There are many to choose from, but the most-common are;

* always 100%
* usually (most of the time 80%)
* often (60%)
* sometimes (50%)
* never (0%)

The confusing ones are “USUALLY” and “OFTEN”.

Usually is something that you do ‘most of the time’; “I usually get up at 06:30”, “I usually exercise in the morning”, “I usually go to work by car”.

Often is something that is done frequently; “I often read before I go to bed”, “I often cook at the weekend”, “we often go to the cinema on Fridays”.



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A NEW KING IS BORN ~

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As you and the whole world now knows, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have had their first baby, who is now the third-in-line to be the next King of England.

All the best of heart-filled congratulations go out the Kate & William, and the whole Royal Family !

You can see photos and news everywhere but Sky News has a nice bunch of photos and videos ~ hope you enjoy them;

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #2

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As you can see in the picture: “The Fantastic Four”, “The Amazing Spider-man” and “The Incredible Hulk” ~ fantastic, amazing and incredible all sound very similar right? So what’s the difference ? ? ?

This should give you a better understanding of the different meanings...

Fantastic
Adjective
1. Quaint or strange in form, conception or appearance.
2a. Unrestrainedly fanciful; extravagant: ex. fantastic hopes.
b. Bizarre, as in form or appearance; strange: ex. fantastic attire; fantastic behaviour.
c. Based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal: ex. fantastic ideas about her own superiority.
3. Wonderful or superb; remarkable: ex. a fantastic trip to Europe.

"The Fantastic Four" are strange in their appearance, extravagant and are unreal, that is why the term ‘fantastic’ is used.



Amazing
Adjective
1. Causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.
2. Startlingly impressive.

Synonyms
* amazing - surprising greatly - astonishing; ex. she does an amazing amount of work, the dog was capable of astonishing tricks.
* amazing - inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; ex. Niagara has such an amazing view, New York is an amazing city, the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight.

It is a surprise, astonishing and very impressive what Spider-man can do, therefore he is 'amazing'!



Incredible
Adjective
1. Beyond belief or understanding; unbelievable; inconceivable: ex. gave an incredible explanation of the cause of the accident, an incredible tale of triumph.
2. Something extraordinary: ex. the noise was incredible.
3. Astonishing: ex. dressed with incredible speed, had incredible strength.

The “Hulk” is someone/something beyond belief, that is why he is 'incredible'.



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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #1

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Okay, this week is going to be interesting. I have had a few requests to please explain the different ‘meanings’ and different ‘ways’ in which certain words and phrases are used, as it is sometimes confusing to people; for example should I use “often” or “usually”? (Those two words will be explained on another day.)

Let’s start off with one of the more difficult comparisons that are used regularly to describe the looks of people:

* gorgeous
* fabulous
* hot
* sexy
* pretty
* beautiful


What is the difference?

Gorgeous” is normally used to describe people and not things that look very beautiful (yes, a cake may look ‘gorgeous’ but it is better to say “that looks delicious” rather than use gorgeous). Someone who looks gorgeous and very attractive for example, is Aishwarya Rai ~ classy and not trashy.

Fabulous” is normally used to describe how someone looks in the clothes they are wearing ~ for example when wearing a fancy dress; “You look fabulous!” Yes, it is also used to describe a ‘view’ (countryside ~ “Wow, what a fabulous view!) as the meaning is similar in the fact that the image of something/someone looks great.

“Hot” and “sexy” are normally about a person’s physical looks;

Hot” is someone (girl or guy) that is attractive and may dress or have curves (body shape) that could arouse someone of the opposite sex.

Sexy” (again a girl or guy can be) is someone who has a great figure, is confident and this combination arouses people or 'turns them on'.

Pretty” is a bit juvenile ~ it is not a bad word, but something you would call a girl not a woman. Someone who has young and sweet facial features - like Jessica Alba - or a little girl’s pretty dress.

Beautiful” is a word to describe someone who is lovely, very attractive and sweet - like Audrey Hepburn. It is also often used in special settings, such as a wedding. This is very endearing if said the right way ~ for example “My wife grows more beautiful with each passing year!”


Let’s continue tomorrow and set-straight any confusion that you may have had ...

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BIG WORDS and their meanings 7 ~ “ENTREPRENEUR”

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Of recent, we see and hear the word ‘entrepreneur’ being used a lot, but it is often misspelt.

An ‘entrepreneur’ is commonly seen as a business leader, an innovator of new ideas and business processes. Management skills and strong team-building abilities are often perceived as essential leadership attributes for successful entrepreneurs. A well-known and modern-day British entrepreneur is Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Rather than the old ‘regular 9~5 job’, more people are looking towards being an entrepreneur and building their own future ~
Entrepreneur 2

entrepreneur  
/ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or/

Noun
* A person who organises and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.
* A promoter in the entertainment industry.

Synonyms
contractor - undertaker - businessman - impresario


THIS ENTREPRENEUR MADE IT BIG!

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BIG WORDS and their meanings 6 ~ “SUPERSEDE”



To supersede something means ‘to replace’ or ‘a newer-version’ ~ something (or someone) that is newer and better.

supersede  
/ˌso͞opərˈsēd/

Verb
* To take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or in use); supplant: "the older models have now been superseded".

Synonyms
supplant - replace - substitute - displace


Things continue to improve, and now
THAT SUPERSEDES THIS ~


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BIG WORDS and their meanings 5 ~ “PARTICULARLY”



It is Friday, so I want to be ‘particularly’ quick, as we are all busy and I’m actually heading out-the-door ...

“特に” ~
"Particularly" is used when describing or talking about something ‘specific’ or has the meaning of 'especially' ->
particularly 1

example: ‘I particularly like that dress!’ (or colour or car or food or kind of weather or country etc.)... or when comparing things ("I particularly like this one") or it can also be used to describe when something is offensive ~


THAT’S PARTICULARLY RUDE!

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BIG WORDS and their meanings 4 ~ “SACRILEGIOUS”



Yes, this is a rather hard word to remember and to spell, but it is used fairly often to describe when someone has done something ‘very wrong’ ~ not necessarily against ‘religion’ (as was the original meaning) but more commonly when something is really, REALLY bad!

Sacrilegious
definitions
* blasphemous: grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred; "blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath"; "profane...

Example Sentences
* profane utterances against the Church
* it is sacrilegious to enter with your shoes on

The meaning of “sacrilegious” can also be split as SAC(k) + RILEGIOUS(religious) beliefs. So someone who sacks religious beliefs (says bad things) will commit SACRILEGIOUS acts.



THAT’S SACRILEGIOUS!


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BIG WORDS and their meanings 3 ~ “DEFINITELY”



This is another word that is commonly misspelt ~ yes, it gets me at times, too ~ I sometimes spell it using an “a”, instead of an “i” ~ oops!

Here is the meaning:

Definitely
Adverb
* Without doubt (used for emphasis): "I will definitely be at the airport to meet you".
In a definite manner; clearly.


*Synonyms
certainly - decidedly - positively - surely - absolutely

The correct spelling is definitely.

Not definately.

Not definatly.

Not definantly.

Not definetly.

Not definently.

And certainly not defiantly.

The correct spelling is definitely.


DEFINITELY ~ DO IT THE RIGHT WAY ;-)


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BIG WORDS and their meanings 2 ~ “BUREAUCRACY”



Bureaucracy” is a word that is commonly misspelt, and the meaning often misunderstood.

Bureaucracy ~
Noun
* A system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives.
* A state or organisation governed or managed according to such a system.


Since being coined (to coin a term means to put two words together to form one word), the word "bureaucracy" has developed negative connotations for some. Bureaucracies are criticised for their complexity, their inefficiency, and their inflexibility, as things may take a long time going from one department to another to another to another before anything ever gets done.


HELPFUL BUT PAIN IN THE **** BUREAUCRACY

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BIG WORDS and their meanings 1 ~ "PROCRASTINATION"



This week’s theme is “BIG words” ~ we will start off the week with a BIG ‘problem’ word . . .

Procrastination is the thief of time!


Meaning:
You use this proverb to say that you are wasting your time if you keep delaying something that must be done today/now.

We all do it (procrastinate) at times ~ me too -> I may want to exercise or bake something instead of writing my Blog right away, for example.

If someone says, "Procrastination is the thief of time", they are advising you not to procrastinate (put off doing something that you must do) and use your precious time wisely.

Example:
Don't put off the things you must do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

So DON’T procrastinate ~ get the important things that matter to you done NOW. Yes, they may be hard (studying, practising, writing a report, doing something, making a decision etc.) but doing it NOW is much easier than procrastinating and having to do it later, as THEN IT WILL BE MUCH HARDER and may give you other problems.

SO DON’T PROCRASTINATE!


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Kasukabe Festival ~ THAT was a fun time!!


A brief video of the numerous OMIKOSHI (portable Shinto shrines) and many people enjoying this year's festival!
Longer video here; https://www.dropbox.com/s/v97h484gjn4u3zi/2013-07-13%2019.13.36.mov
If you haven’t been to this festival, it is worth going to ~ now I understand why there were sooooo many people there!

I lost count of the “omikoshi” (神輿 or 御輿 portable Shinto shrine) in the festival. They started carrying them along the route around 6:00pm and it took almost 3 hours before they were all finished! 

The video shows a little of just how many there were, and how many people were there, too.

I started and finished with a quick visit to my friend’s cafe, so it was a great evening.

Do come next year ...

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Festival-nerves ~

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‘Tis Saturday afternoon already ~ how is your weekend going? As it is a long-weekend, do you have things planned? I am heading out to see the festival tonight but can only imagine how nervous all the participants must feel right now.

Of recent, we have been having a lot of late afternoon showers/thunderstorms, so the ‘nerves much be flying high’ (feeling very nervous), as what should everyone do if it does rain?

When you have a fireworks display with 25,000 people waiting but then it rains -> what should one do?

Anyway, whatever your plans are today, I hope you have a wonderful time. Check-in tomorrow for the Festival News ...



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Friday is here :-)

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So today it’s “TGIF” ~ it’s FABULOUS Friday, it’s FANTASTIC Friday, it’s whatever you want to call it but the fact is, it is about to be a great L O N G weekend!

For most people who have regular ‘jobs’~ you are probably ‘off’ Sat./Sun./Mon., but for those you have ‘service jobs’ ~ you are probably kindly serving the regular folk (thank you ;-), and for those of you who don’t have a ‘job’ ~ well, you have the time and the money to do what you want, when you want...

What fun things do you have planned? The beach, the mountains, fireworks, any special events? I am helping a friend who has this coooooool cafe in Kasukabe, there will be a big festival there on Saturday and Sunday, so do come on down ~ it will be a ball.

The cafe is called “NAYA” ~ we are actually re-building the website right now www.naya-cafe.com ~ the cafe/diner has a really cool and relaxing exterior and interior design ~ a great place with really good food ~> come check it out...

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday ~


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“Are onions OK?”



I was trying to keep a straight face when the waitress asked me this question, but inside I cracked-up laughing!!

I was out with a friend and we stopped at to a nearby ‘Family Restaurant’ to have a nibble (little bit to eat), but more importantly it was to cool down from the hot weather outside. I didn’t see anything I particularly fancied (wanted) on the menu, so I just chose something healthy (Japanese spaghetti with mushrooms, nori, natto and ONIONS).

My friend asked if there was any ‘bacon’ or other meat in the sauce, as I am a vegetarian ~ it seemed like a normal question to me but apparently not, since the waitress then asked this...

“There is no meat but ARE ONIONS OKAY?”

...ha ha ha ha ha ha ~ what a funny question! I can only imagine that she doesn’t understand what “vegetarian” means!?!

Do you have any funny situations like this? Let me know ...



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TOKYO SKYTREE ~ High in the Sky ~



I don’t think you need to guess where I went last week, but if you haven’t been there yet ~ it is a trip worth taking ...

If you have never been up the 350 m lift (or ‘elevator’ if you prefer ‘American’ ;-) and don’t know where the ‘Skytree’ is in Tokyo => just look UP in the sky and you will undoubtedly be able to see it!
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I went with friends, and even though it was the ‘middle of the week’, there was a pretty good crowd (a lot of people). It was a little bit cloudy that day but the view all around Tokyo/Kanto was very spectacular.

Going before sunset is my suggestion; as you get the daylight view, evening view and light-up view of Skytree all-in-one go!!!

Let me know how your experience is/was ...



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Holiday talk ~

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I hear this sooooo often -->

I am going away on holiday but don’t have time to improve my English!

Then I ask this:
I know, you are so busy. But everyday do you read at all ~ a book or a magasine? Watch a bit of TV at all? Listen to the radio? Or may be write a diary?

These are all daily activities that we all do on a regular basis -> simply use them to your advantage, in order to improve your English even more!



If you are reading this, then you obviously want to speak, read, write or understand better English, so go to my Blog theme “Your Daily Activities” and get all the details;

“Your Daily Activities 1 ~ 7”


THEY REALLY HELP...!



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Anyone for tennis?

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Were you up late watching the match, too?

Was that a GREAT men’s finals or what?

Yes, it was an incredible match in more ways than one...

both Novak Djokovic (world’s #1 player) and Andy Murray (world’s #2 player) are 26, have similar physiques, similar playing-styles and wore similar clothes, and even have similar-looking girlfriends ~ is that weird or what!?!

If you weren’t one of those ‘crazy fans’ - like me, watching until the early hours of the morning - definitely sit down (with some fresh ‘strawberries’, like they have at Wimbledon) and watch this historic match ~ a British man won the Men’s Finals for the first time in 77 years!
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Wimbledon - if you enjoy playing or watching tennis - is a MUST to go to and experience the ‘thrill’ and ‘excitement’ of this incredible place ~

"Quiet please"
Match-point Murray...



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Where Have You Been? 7 ~ let’s go to England...

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It is the last day of this week’s “Where Have You Been?” theme, so I think we should make a trip to the good olde country of England ~ especially as that is where I am from, right!?!

No, “霧深のロンドン” does not exist! That is the same as saying “Foggy Tokyo”. Yes, on the outskirts of Tokyo or London near ‘open land’, on occasion you may see bit of fog (on a cold and cloudy morning ~ once in a blue moon) but not everyday, and definitely not in the downtown areas!

Also, the ‘rumour’ that is it always cloudy or raining is not true, either. England is an island (like Japan), so there will be sunny days, cloudy days and days of mixed weather ~ that’s normal.

All right, now let’s get down to business, as such ...

The English countryside is fabulous - just go to the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Bath, Edinburgh, London (Tower of London, London Eye, Movie Tours - see where ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘Notting Hill’ were made), Stonehenge, Chatsworth House, York Minster, Devon and Cornwall, Cambridge, Salisbury Cathedral, Whitby . . .
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There are just waaaaaaay too many places to list and suggest that you go to and see and experience wondrous England ~ have a fantastic time . . .


See more on my Blog “FANTASTIC Off The Beaten Track Travel Spots” 1~7;
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Where Have You Been? 6 ~ Caribbean

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This time we are going across the ocean and heading towards the Caribbean...
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The northern islands are lovely - don’t get me wrong - but I personally prefer the incredible views, fantastic diving and fabulous people in the southern islands; Martinque, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada were all amazing!
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One time we stayed in Dr. Doolittle’s Bay (where they filmed the original movie) and another time while walking to the beach, I remember being told to stop for a second as a plane was landing (a small 20-seater), so we had to wait before we could cross the runway and go to the beach.

These and other special experiences make any trip to the Caribbean such a wonderful memory. This is another DEFINITE “I Wanna Go Here” places to add to your list ~



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Where Have You Been? 5 ~ South of France

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From Paris let’s go south ...

Flying down to Nice or catching the French TGV (high-speed train) is fine, as long as it gets you to the adorable south of France.

Nice, Antibes, Frejus and Saint-Tropez are all wonderful places, but keep going west to Bandol, La Ciotat, Cassis and driving along the Calanques is absolutely BREATHTAKING!

I spent a month in this area several years ago ~ one or two weeks was just not enough! It is one of THE MOST natural, breathtaking, absolutely gorgeous areas you will ever visit ~ AND NEVER WANT TO LEAVE...!!

(A ‘calanque’ is a steep-walled inlet, cove, or bay that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate form and found along the Mediterranean coast.)

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If you love the hills and blue ocean and sheer tranquility, then you have to visit this area. Riding along the country/ocean roads or driving in a convertible is definitely the best way to experience this beautiful area!

Check more information here...

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Calanques in French but click on the photos for some fantastic shots ~


Bon Voyage ...


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Where Have You Been? 4 ~ Paris



As it’s the 4th of July (here anyway), I was going to go over to the USA ~ as they are about to celebrate their ‘Birthday’, as such -> however, let’s go directly west from Vienna (Wien) and go the magical city of ==> P A R I S ~ it is a long drive, so let’s fly to Charles de Gaulle airport and then head downtown ...

Paris has to be one of The Most Romantic cities in the world ~ there are many out there but Paris is a place you must go with your loved-one!

Not just along the Champs-Elysées but every street has it’s own quaintness and style and elegance. Going to the Avenue de l’Opera, Galeries Lafayette, the Louvre, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, a boat trip along the River Seine, and the many parks and landmarks -> the list of places to see and go is simply tooooo long to write them all!

Make plans, pack your bags and head towards one of the most special cities in Europe ~ Bon Voyage ...


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Where Have You Been? 3 ~ Vienna/Wien



Hi folks ~ as we’re still in Europe, then let us head a little south-east from Amsterdam (you can even drive there -> what a FANTASTIC drive that is) and go to Vienna (or 'Wien' in German/Austrian); the home of Classical Music, sausages, great chocolate cakes, wonderful people and beautiful surroundings ...

Vienna has it all! There are great sightseeing tours, museums and exhibitions galore, the architecture of the buildings is so impressive (like you are in a ‘story book’ surrounding), loads of nature (a very ‘green’ city), great shopping and wining and dining, a nice choice of places to stay, and a very safe place, too.

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you go there, you will love it ~ Vienna is another place you should definitely add to that list of “I Wanna Go Here” places ~



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Where Have You Been? 2 ~ Amsterdam



Today let’s cross the ocean and go to Europe...

Yes, England is a lovely spot (we’ll go there later this week) but you do need to spend some time in Holland. I look a long vacation there after finishing college, and had a wonderful time.

OK, a ‘long vacation’ may not be the right way to explain it, as I actually lived in Holland for 8 years (yep, that’s rather a long holiday you may say!).

My point is - even when you live there - as the city is such a wonderful place to be in; a small city, clean and safe, canals everywhere, numerous (world famous) museums, hordes of historical sites, very romantic, great people from a vast array of cultures, great food, great nightlife, and more and more, you feel as though you are constantly on a fantastic holiday!

There is just sooo much to see and do and enjoy, that you really aught to put this incredible place on your list of “I Wanna Go Here” places ~ you won’t regret it ... !!

Dag” (pronounced "dakh")~ ‘Bye’ in Dutch ~


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