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Are expired alien cards considered valid resident cards?
Sat Sep 01 2012 - Mel

When the new Residence Management System in Japan went into effect last July, the Immigration bureau began issuing resident cards to foreigners but they didn’t require foreigners to immediately obtain them.  The old alien card can be used as a valid substitute for a certain period of time.  For most foreigners, that would be until their visa (period of stay) expires.

NOW is a good time to buy a new computer
Thu Jul 19 2012 - Mel
Thinking of buying a new laptop or desktop PC? Now is probably the best time to do it. Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft Windows which is due to be released to the general public on October, is being at a discounted price.  If you buy a new PC pre-installed with authentic Windows 7 between Jun 2, 2012 until January next year, you can get Windows 8 for only $14.99 (1,200 yen in Japan) when it becomes available.

Aliens no more
Mon Jul 09 2012 - Mel

We are no longer considered aliens in Japan.  Foreigners living in Japan are now also called residents. That is at least as far as registration card is concerned.

Leap second on a Leap year
Sat Jun 30 2012 - Mel
Did you know that 1 minute is not always equivalent to 60 seconds? On rare occasions, the world's standard time ( ) is adjusted by adding or subtracting one second to a particular day, giving us a minute that has 61 or 59 seconds.  The last time a  was inserted was on December 31, 2008. The next one will be inserted just before Sunday, July 1 of this leap year.

Enikki - Illustrated diary
Sat Nov 12 2011 - Mel

An exhibit of some sort caught my attention as I passed through the Shin-Maru Building on my way home from work the other day. I decided to look closer and found out that it was an exhibition of children’s enikki or illustrated diaries. What’s more interesting is that it featured works of children from Asian countries including the Philippines.

Adobo and Sisig
Fri Nov 11 2011 - Mel
Whenever our Christian community in Tokyo holds special events for sharing our faith to friends and other guests, we usually have socials afterwards wherein food and beverages prepared voluntarily by community members are served.  And so last Sunday, when we had such an event in our area, Cerg and I prepared some foods to bring.  Cerg cooked Pork and Chicken , one of her specialties.  Because I also wanted to help, I prepared , a popular hors d'oeuvre (appetizer) in the Philippines. Adobo:

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