So Yuriko had arranged the school visit on the second day. I did a bit of homework. Prepared some big ass posters of Malaysian fruits and the twin towers and stuff, some Rasa Sayang songs, and… nemai i would just make something up if i run of out things to talk about.
I don’t think anyone of them has ever been to Malaysia!
It looks just like how a school is in a Japanese drama. The shoe racks and all.
They had a request, though. They wanted me to speak in English or Malay (i was so glad i was given a choice, i was so afraid they wanted me to speak both) instead of Japanese because of the, you know, whole culture thing.
So i spoke English reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal slow. And that only contributed more confusion and cluelessness to their collective little face. Then i would explain in Japanese then they would go ahhhhh.
I swear i had done enough homework beforehand to avoid any embarrassment. I have checked the amount of population in my home country, the number of levels on the twin towers, the climate pattern, and double checked the name of our prime minister (just in case).
And then this little boy asked, with his eyes blinking with intense curiosity,
“Do the people in Malaysia have the same blood type as Japanese people?”
For a brief moment i wondered if that was the reason why i flunked my Science in highschool, before i realized that all the homework i had done the previous night would have been entirely unecessary because
was something they were more interested in.
It was much fun. Only one of them has ever eaten a Durian before (whose dad has business in S.E.A countries). They rest went completely awestruck. By they i mean everyone in the classroom, teachers included.
They thought Rambutan was Lychee. The thought the mosque was a shopping mall. They exclaimed in amazement at the sight of a Langkawi beach. They gasped at the fact that when you cut a star fruit it really looks like a star. They were sorry that Malaysia doesn’t snow (apparently it’s something to feel sorry for). They are shocked that Malaysian students only have one type of school uniform (“ehhh? Not cold during winter?” and then stopped himself immediately in embarrassment realizing the obvious fact that there’s none in Malaysia).
And i sighed at the beauty of their young, innocence heart.
After (my) class, they were super excited to show me around the school at lunch time.
Some of them tugged my overcoat eagerly wanting me to follow, some of them pull my hand (Rena chan), walked by my side and went all giggly (lol, What’s so funny Gwen Stefanie?), some of them just ran and hide into a corner looking shy.
They showed me their art work.
Suddenly i felt as if i was a character in one of those (hard to understand but supposedly meaningful) movie about summer holidays at Japanese primary school that has unexpected won a César Award. Or something.
Where at the ending they all jump happily rushing out, get on their bicycles and paddle off into a vast greenfield. Sounds like it, doesn’t it?
Except that it was winter and was freezing cold.
They are the bane of all peace sign photo posing. After doing it 8325120332 times in a row, i somehow lost the ability to pose without a peace sign, up till today.
I don’t understand what is so ineteresting about their text book, or rather, me looking at their text book. But they all seemed immensely fascinated with me flipping through the pages.
The boys were the shy ones. They pretended to be uninterested (maybe it’s a cool thing to do, to pretend to be uninterested in a new girl at school, although the girl is twice their age, precisely.)and buried their heads in homework. But just before i left, they had requested (through the teacher) that they wanted a photo with me.
Rena chan showed me the toilet. It was impossibly clean compared to the one in my highschool. (Honestly, i still have occasional nightmare about school toilets until today. Sometimes in my dream the toilets are full of people and i had to go in a doorless toilet hoping no one would look my way, sometimes the toilet floor would be flooded i had to wear Wellingtons and walk in pee. Imagine how haunting school toilets are.)
Then they brought me outside to see the pond and the garden and the bunnies (they kept two bunnies at the back of the school).
And took a picture in front of the school.
Believe it or not they are all 12 years old. Rena chan (next to me) is super tiny i thought she was 6 whereas one of the girls is like, 170cm.
The headmistress was very pleased with my visit. She made me tea. The 6 grade students also made me potato salad (during their Kemahiran Hidup class or whatever) for lunch. It was very very nice.
Group picture with 5A class.
Group picture with 5B class.
Group picture with the 6 grade.
And it was one of the happiest days (and many to come) during my Japan trip.
Before i left,
We went to the music room, because the 6 grade students had prepared a song for me.
They sang really really really well, so unexpectedly well i almost teared (i would have cried if i hadn’t tried very hard to tahan).
Here’s the video.
I had problem uploading the high res file. So pls bear with the bad visual. But you can still listen clearly. 🙂
Two days later, Yuriko passed me a copy of the school’s newsletter.
And i felt so glad i met them.
that’s an awesome experience!
awww. u r like a celebrity there. xD
lol where got. i dont think they get a visitor from Malaysia in Nakayama very often
Aww, that was so sweet! And cute la the kids. Still laughing about the comment about it being cold during winter. 😀
they are so so so cute asked all sort of cute questions
So touching, to have all the kids sing to you 🙂
ps: your name is very celebrity-like. Haha!
lol whats with the celebrity thing
Ooooo I loved it when other people came to my school last time <3. It sound so cliched but you hear something from their POV rather than wikipedia-ing the country.
Eh, why didn’t you arrange for a school with older children heehee I sound so perverted.
haha next time i request to go to a highschool k
nice sweet post 🙂
a few kids were wearing face mask, were they having flu or what?
i dont know but they do it all the time
Guys tend to be shy when they saw gorgeous girl ;p
sooo sweet of them! they really sang beautifully! T-T and all of the girls looked almost the same!! I don’t think I can differentiate them!! v.v
aww….no one ever sing for me.. what did they sing btw…
school songs, i guess
Japanese school girls!!11
is ok. It’s China.
Quote: “hey are shocked that Malaysian students only have one type of school uniform”
SOSOSOSOSOSO TRUE!!! MUST LET EDUCATION MINISTRY KNOW ABOUT THIS!!! WHY DOES IT SEEM LIKE ONLY MALAYSIA HAS ONLY ONE TYPE OF UNIFORM!!!
Hahha! I can’t be bothered with it cuz i dont go to school anymore. Then again it might matter to guys hehe
Lol, but then again we have baju kurung style, chinese style, f6 style, guy uniforms with long pants, guy uniforms with sexy short pants bla bla bla…
Sexy short pants lol
what was e song about?
honestly, i have no idea. paiseh.
Did I see Tan Hui Ling on the newsletter?!!!
one word. KAWAII!!!!11!
oh my mama. they are super cute and sweet! haha. i seriously wanna go Japan alrd =.=” lol.
join the coming homestay to hokkaido!
I definitely won’t shop at the mosque
Tan Hui Ling….haha !!!
btw, what do you do for a living ? juz curious….
They look so excited. 😀
How come they wear jumper and all instead of the typical school uniform?
different school different uniform. plus it’s winter. 🙂
Innocent now, you wait till they’re 20…
lol u got experience is it
they sang reli reli well…..i love this post a lot!
thank you! 🙂
wow..tht’s a very nice song. and what a great experience u had visiting the school. =)
i was quite shocked didnt expect they could sing so well.
so nice! it must be one of their favourite experiences and yours too. 🙂
i sure hope so!
awwwwwwwwwwwww………was so touched! it reminds me of the students in Cardcaptor sakura…lolz!
was it nice? everybody’s watched it except me!!!
Just curious, did the agent arrange you to meet the kids at school or was it ur foster mum’s idea?
every homestay participant gets to go to the school. It’s one of the itinerary. 🙂
omg cheesie! this post was so touching & cute, i was just like ‘aw’ all through it!!! this is why i love your site – it can be hilarious, disturbing, appetizing, enlightening, and just incredibly ENDEARING <3 love it! i’m glad someone as sweet as you got the chance to do something like this 🙂
awww. dont think anyone has passed me such a high compliment! thank you!
oooo…their questions about malaysia is really funny… i guess that’s how someone would act if they don’t really know about a country…. such as does Cuba have many trees and bushes (for me)?? i havent got a clue… but their choir is great… well trained
i also dunno how cuba is like. anyone know tell me k.
very tropical and warn and VERY humid
i don’t understand what the newsletter is all about.
but u look so much like jolin!
ni zhen de hen xiang chai yee ling! *screams excitedly*
babes 🙂 this is racheal, met u at CHIC CHARITY today.
Nice meeting u dearie 🙂
hi racheal, nice to meet you too. is that your actual name spelling?
they are so adorable…nice reading the whole experience in japan..more more
Got a few more entries. 🙂
Lovely bunch. I want to home stay too but my Japanese is mamadesu.
haha gambatte lo.
wow…if a mosque is a shopping mall…
then I think Malaysia would be a shopping heaven
lol why u so cute one
fwah..can visit school just like that..i want also..but i want high school can? 😛
if they know hamsuplow like u is coming they dont let one.
waaay chun post girl!! sorta reminds me of MY visit to a Japan highschool back in 2001.
One things for sure, their warmness and hospitality is beyond words!! So syiokh lar you!! XD
ya lo! very nostalgic leh! hehehe
so awesome to be there!
Your Japanese must be pretty good?
ok ok lo not too bad. 😛
Wah! Looks like you’ve fallen for the place (duh!). Cute kids. When do you go back?
i have no idea. sad leh!
omg their cute Qs! such innocence! i’ve fallen in love with d place too 😀
hope you get to visit someday soon too! 🙂
omg. what u did was so sweet.
and the kids are lovely.
what they did was sweeter! after the newsletter i personally replied them too. cuz i was so touched.
I am proud of you coz you introduce Malaysia to em. Wat a great thing you have done.
haha i hope i havent misinformed =P
do you need to know how to speak japanese to go for exchange programmes?
i really wana go but all i can say is sayonara and wang lee hom wa watashino koibito lol T_T
no u dont at all. hahahha funny la you
OMG THIS IS SO COOL
compared to my visit to
their college & animation schools & studios !
And i also dont get to have any interaction with them ):
what did you do there? share share!!
Did they learn that [Rasa Sayang] song?
Hey, you know what, most of them have heard the song!!! Apparently it’s a really famous song in JP!! Im so proud can 😀
We (Interact Club members back in high skol) once hosted a bunch of Japanese students. It was such an exciting time for us to share our culture and especially show them how we live our lives here! It was certainly one of the highlights of my skol life.
can you translate the skol bulletin? thanks ya!
wow, their toilets are so clean i could dine in their toilet!!! OMG!!!
hahha Interact Club!!! so nostalgic what turf!!
skol bulletin a bit too long to translate la darling.
eh who took the pictures 4 you~?
ya, someone translate the sch bulletin pls. esp the talking part…must be interesting i guess…
owh… the kids are cute….
I talked about fruits as well during my school trip. But they were too fascinated with my baju kurung (the cultural part) and the cheap RM5-for-15 brooches from Mydin. Hahaha..
i didnt bring the “traditional costume from your country” as requested, because i have none. The ironic thing is, I only had kimonos.
i oso had toilet nightmares where all the toilets were stucked with poo floating around. Couldn’t find a nice clean toilet. Serious lar… I am not joking. Scary leh.
and during my years in my primary school, really got phobia about going to toilet. The school buildings were build in the early years of Malaysia. Even though i went to a ‘kebangsaan’ school, it was previously known as ‘Government English Primary School XX’. So there were many tales on the haunted toilets. Never went to toilet…ALONE.
oooooooomg serious ah!!! I think hor, toilet nightmare is such a common thing!!! Because when your bladder is full and u cant wake up then you will start having tragic toilet related dreams one. Like, walk far far cannot find a bloody toilet or have to queue very long etc.
Ooooomg my school last time also damn scary. i think every school sure got scary toilet ghost story one!
but hor.. so funny leh cos i have the same nightmares over the years. I wonder why ar. Luckily dun have toilet anymore . Touch wood!
Talking about ghost story.. when i was little, my cousin brother frightened me by saying the huge black cupboard in one of the rooms in my grandma’s house was haunted. So until i besar hor, got phobia go into the room. Silly right.
Anyway when she passed away, one of my aunts helped to clean the hse on a weekly basis. Then she stopped going. She told my mum that my little cousin saw something/someone in THAT room. (and i only found out about this few years later…)…..
Are you dumb? Have you forgotten that Japanese invaded us and mercilessly slaughtered our ancestors?? And brutally raped and killed our grandmothers and sisters?? And cannivingly kill the infants by piercing em like Satays??? Hello? I know you’d say this is the 21st century and let’s forgive and forget. Fuck that! Who these cibai Japanese people think they are?? None of them worth the respect of humankind! These bunch of crooked murderers shall rot in hell! I wish WW3 strikes these bastards one more time! Bomb the entire nation and all Japanese’s so-called act-cute face deformes and mutates due to atomic radiation! F.Uck Japanese!!!
F.U.C.K YOU ALL ASSWIPES!!
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it has nothing to do with them. its their ancestors please. they are innocent.
what the hell is wrong with you!! we love japan alright. go eat shit.
hate la hate la, what good can come from hatred….except more hatred, pathetic!
hate is in your blood, guess nthg could change your mind…
my condolences to you, and your children, and your children’s children..
the ppl of japan today had nothing to do with ww2, there were not there, they don’t even share the same beliefs as the ppl then; so u are technically hating on the wrong ppl, u dumbass!
then u stop watching japan AVVVVVVVVV u dumbass
wait whatt??i sorta got confused ..
cheesie are you malaysian or chinesee??
i thought you were malaysian though..then why did that guy which is called zhongguoren (doesnt it mean chinese?) talked about shit about u?
hey cheesie are you malay???
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I didn’t read the rest 😡
lol WALL-E face.
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A WALL-E dissembled? So he is a piece of junk la. Is he gonna eat himself?
: ( ascii art of lose
oh well, you can always R.
they really sang well. such polite kids! we need more manners here~!
they sang really really nice he
its so touchy ! u have an amazing experience, ringo !
First of all i have to say that i read your blog for the very first time
and i dont even know anymore how i found it
I really like what i see and it really seems interesting… even though from what i read so far you probably would clasify it rather as confused….
A japan exchange programm sounds really nice, but i doubt i will ever enjoy something like that
after all i live in germany
Wait i dont even see one german flag here… could it be that i am the only german who commented here… ahhh i am shy
and there seem to be some who have problems with japanese because of ww2…
*tries to whistle* damn i never was good at something like that
*goes back to hiding* You will never know when i strike again from the shadows *shoos into a dark corner and giggles a little*
just wonder you talk to the whole bunch of kids in japanese? Didn’t know you speak japs well… haha. My japanese,… ええとう、ちょっと 少しわかてる。
I want to go to their high school~~ 😀
i also wanna visit their high school 😀
I still remember my own experience where I had the same lucnh with them. The table and chair was soooo small..that I felt like Im a giant invading their school.
I visited many schools and explain about Msia a lot of times too. Just don’t forget that Japanese are sometimes very hypocrite as well. They will always try to talk nicely in front of u in order not to hurt your feeling.
I’ve always read your blog but never commented, so this is a first for me. I have admired your trips to Japan and how you can communicate so easily with them. It seemed to be really a wonderful experience through your eyes. Better than those touristy things. Wonderful!!!
Thanks for your first comment! I always love first comments. Hehe!
DDD: !!! They really sang well! *shocku*
And the tune of the song…so heart warming T_T
Even I feel a little like tearing. You must have been so overwhelmed by their beautiful voices and love then!
Ahhhhh I’m so envious of your japan homestay trip T_T
I wish I could do something cool like that! I live in the U.S. so it’s hard, plus i’m only 16! They’re aren’t any foreign exchange programs here, it’s very saddening.
hi there ! i came across your blog while looking for something on google and i found this entry ! it was so cute~~ that santa claus question !! TT__TT if only they could stay that innocent forever ~ ;__; <33 but it must have been an amazing experience and i'm sure your visit will become one of their nice memories x3 it's so cute that the boys were so shy ! xD it must have been because youre so pretty !
i read some of your other entries just now too and i love your sense of humor and the stuff you blog about are awesome ! =D i'm going to bookmark your blog ~! 😈 lol
ur life is so interesting^^
envy you dear 😈
i bet you really have fun there, btw may i know how to get home stay there?
i want toooo