Friday, 27 December 2019

Yoshi on online dating - More games than proper process

Match.com, Tinder, Plenty of fish and etc.

Such online dating app/sites are supposed to be created to help singles finding a love.

But the reality of online dating app/sites are more games than proper processes to establish a relationship.

This conclusion is based on my experiences and what I have seen on the Internet.

Users are only those who want a partner: that should be true.

But predators and players are in the league of online dating scene.

In my experiences, I had had good talks with ladies and thought it was time to ask them to meet in person, like:

Me: Are you free on Sunday?

Woman: I am available in the morning on Sunday.

Me: How about having coffee? What time and where shall we meet?

Woman: Where is the best place to meet up?

The woman doesn't answer my question and seems to derail the entire process.

Then it's the game and not the process to establish a relationship.

In the above case, she had told me that she was fine if we dated (she's 20 years junior to me). Then she behaves so weird.

Other experiences were ladies who were supposed to meet me in person didn't turn up - other games.

In my researching, online dating users complain about no existing of chemistry, I found out.

It's extremely hard to detect chemistry from text messages (online communication).

Chemistry occurs from facial expressions, presentations of verbal communications (how s/he talks) and non verbal communications in front of you (like her/his physical contacts).

How can we find chemistry from only text messages? People think what s/he says reflect on her/his personality, characters and attitudes?

As long as people can pretend who they are online, these communications often don't reflect on who they really are.

Then when woman and man meet in person eventually, both of them are disappointed. Because they played games.

In other words, they had played in an online soap opera.

Online dating users are required to be a sales person as they want to attract opposition sex. But as above, it's the part of the game. And to attract more people, they have to mislead public so that opposition sex will buy their product.

Although this sad reality, many people still rely on such services as they think they have the same purpose to be on with others - finding a love.

Even I am single and turn 47 in two months, I won't reply on online dating sites for a love. Even I won't be a member of any Facebook page establish to seek a partner. It's all rubbish for me.

I will meet a woman in person and deepen a friendship both off and online.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Sicking of Selfish Political Leaders

Before Christmas, I felt anger with two Prime Ministers.

F***ing Shinzo Abe (Japan) and Scott Morrison (Australia).

They are both Conservative political parties leaders, but only think themselves. Why do these ***ers do whatever they want and not care their citizens?

The former whom I hate a lot don't provide information about annual cherry blossom party that are held at tax payers' expenses. Opposition parties want to know about participants and selection criteria of them.

C*** only destroy information after he had been asked to provide by opposition parties. Citizens have right to gain access to the information because we fund the party.

His behaviours destroy integrity of politics and organisation. He should resign right now and f***ing Liberal Democracy Party is not eligible to form the Government. My anger goes towards their f***ing Treasure.

The latter went on a holiday when his country faced huge bushfires in New South Wales. Volunteers deal with big fires caused by arsons. They put much efforts with risks of losing their lives.

Why didn't that c*** stay in Australia and help firefighters? He doesn't take responsibilities of Prime Minister.

These w***ers provide liberal (freedom) to only highprofied people and organisations? Not to individuals.

They reduce taxes to companies and individuals are taxed heavily.

And my anger also goes towards people who vote such parties. I never vote f***ing LDP and stop going to elections because my vote never changes the politics.

I am a Labour person.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Talents in music faded?

The Corrs have been my favourite band to listen to since my precious life experience in New Zealand, sadly over a decade ago.

Irish sisters and brother band heals my emotion while listening to their song on YouTube. Breathless, Radio and So Young are on my top mount music list.

One day a comment made on a YouTube video of one of their songs has got my attention. The commentator is worried of music talents gone.

I love their charming voices and music. Andrea was a singing Engle. Her voices are lovely. Absolutely they are talented and no one else performs like the Corrs. I am sad they no longer perform.

In my youth, I have listened to Japanese pops. Western music had not been influenced at the time. But in my late 20s, I started feeling bored on J-pop because I sensed everything was copied each other. Every song was the same, in other words.

I hated such fashion, so listening to Western music was fresh. Songs played on New Zealand radio programmes were new and had distinction. Different types of music made me happy.

Deep sounds and vocals of British music is my preference to American counterparts, although Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce and Maroon 5 were my favourite American singers and band.

Ellie Goulding and Coldplay attract me with their deep voices with thick English accent. I love their songs, endless to say.

But like the comment I have mentioned above, is there any talented musician these days?

Be honest with me, it's hard to list. I sense many American music is going through the path where J-pop has been through for many years.

Maybe people prefer Orthodox? Or musicians don't want to be behind to others due to the social media in the internet generation?

In my opinion, musicians should appeal their product of music uniquely that no one else can do the same. Some audience don't like it, but it doesn't matter. It's better than all of music is the same where everyone approves. If the latter happens, the world would be boring.

Unfortunately I don't fancy music radio any more. It can be because of less talents in music. But the reason can be because I get older so my interests shift from music to talk back (especially in sports and sometimes current affairs).

Please note:

1. Many J-pop sang by girls are too childish, especially by AKB 48, Nogisaka 46, like that. It's too boring and rubbish.

2. Japanese TV and radio are bloody boring for me. No talk back radio is offered in Japan. I much prefer to listen to ABC radio Melbourne.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Integrity of online contents

The Internet brings us convenience and fast services, but integrity of online contents is in doubt although there are trusted sites.

I have been contributing sports stories for the Footy Almanac, Melbourne based sports writing community, for more than four years. It provides true fans’ voices with great perceptions on sports, especially Australian Rules Football. Their success is magnificent and I am proud of being part of the Almanac family.

Opposed to it, dishonest behaviours are found on the internet so often.

Online dating sites are the platform of dishonesty to attract opposite sex. Giving false age is the biggest lie on the site, I believe. Then they could pretend to have good personalities and/or certain occupations.

Sadly many users are misled and start relationships, but end the romance so fast and easily.

Establishing relationships without seeing chemistry is blamed to such endings. The worst case is married people register and cheat on their partners.

Providers are less keen to inspect such inappropriate behaviours because of fears of losing profit due to decreasing number of clients and increasing cost of hiring more people to do such tasks, I heard.

I would urge them to take issues seriously, but unfortunately it seems users’ responsibilities to detect dishonesty.

However there are people who are bad at seeing distinct between honest people and others. I am one of them and admit I am not a good user of online dating sites.

Online feedback of any products can be misleading. Several years ago, I read an article on the West Australian newspaper’s website about commenting on restaurants’ services. The paper made a point that such comments were made to get discounted meals for the next dining by pretending to get bad customer services. Such dishonest people ruin the business and they might be jealous on success of the business.

The internet provides us freedom of the speech and everyone can create their blogs. That’s why I am writing here! It’s good.

But unlikely to printed contents, online contents can be published without editors’ inspections. Then writers can write whatever they want, even false facts.

Already having mentioned, it’s hard for me to detect dishonesty, I am not sure if I can trust any product/service or not.

Even some businesses are misleading on the Internet. It’s been reported that an online travel agency misled clients on room availabilities of hotels and travellers found out the booking not existed on their arrival and had no alternative accommodation.

Even the website provided false pictures and room types of the accommodation.

Then victims have criticised hotels not providing rooms that they were supposed to book.

I feel empathy to hotels for such dishonesty and troubles caused by misleading.

In my point, users should have contacted the hotels before their arrival to confirm their booking existing or not. In any case no booking has been found, they should complain the OTA.

From my past experiences, I do not trust OTA because of their bad customer services and their policy. I urge travellers to book their accommodation through their website directly.

It applies to airline, indeed. When I flew to Melbourne last year and in July this year, I booked flights directly on Qantas’ website.

We might need to take more responsibilities of trusting online contents.


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Yoshi's Typhoon Jebi Story

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


On Tuesday, a massive typhoon hit the west Japan and left big messes in the region.

Today, I write what I have seen and experienced here.

It had been said that the typhoon was moving so fast, as fast as cars and motorbikes travelling on the ordinary highway. The weather would change rapidly.

Waking up before 5 am on Tuesday, it was normal. After sun rose, it broke clouds and even sunshine dominated the sky. It would be hard to see the typhoon was heading here, like me unable to imagine it would be raining in the evening on my first day at my second holiday in Melbourne back in July.

As usual, I practised footy (Aussie Rules) at Umekoji Park in Kyoto that morning.

It would not happen in the morning when typhoon would hit around midday...

But the wind got getting stronger at the end of my footy practice.

No rain was still falling around 10 am when I got to work.

It started raining around midday, bit later than the weather forecast. Wind was getting much stronger and it went wild at 1ish.

Objects flew outside. I saw a cone flying from somewhere and sensed the typhoon was hitting Kyoto hard.

Winds yelled loud and hit the wall of my workplace. Custmors and colleagues were scared.

Chochin, the oval Japanese Lantern sign, and noren, the Japanese overhead streamer, were flown out. We didn't lose, but had to put inside to avoid damaging the property.

Over 2:30 pm, power has been cut four or five times for a minute or two each time. A supervisor has cobtacted a chain manager discussing the operation, and before 2:50pm, he instructed us to close the restaurant temporary due to occasional power cut.

We all thought we should end the day due to further potential damage.

No power cut has occurred since then and the chain manager decided to go back on operation at 3:30 pm.

As not many people were walking on the main street our restaurant is situated. As people were advised not to go out unless they had urgent issues, who would dine with us? And many establishments were closed because of cancelled trains and the wild weather. My thought came up that we would only spend money rather than gaining profits.

It stopped raining in the evening and the wind was calmed down too. We were nearly back to normal at night.

Finally the long day ended just before 11 pm. I was tired mentally more than physically.

My colleague was worried of having no power at her home and what she should do if so. I said, it would be alright.

On my way to home, I dropped by at a convenience store for snacks and alcohol drink. I never thought power cut at my apartment.

Walking along the small river to get to home, I found blackout on the street. My fears came up - my apartment would have no power.

I tried to play down, but saw no light was on surrounding homes either.

Before arriving at home, I saw someone riding a bike. I asked her if her house had no power or not. Unfortunately she faced power cut too. She had been to her friend's house to have a bath, and wasn't worried about power cut as she was about to go to bed.

I had drinks and foods without power and used a torch with my iPhone.

The brand new day arrived without power and I started a day with cold shower. Given up having toasts and coffee. No toasted bread and sparkling water were my breakfast. But it was still good to have a meal. Around 5,000 people were stuck at Kansai Airport because it was flooded so no airplane was able to fly out and the connecting bridge to the mainland was damaged (the airport is in a man made island), and foods were running out.

I went to Starbucks in Gion afterwards to charge my iPhone. While charging the phone, I watched the E J Whitten Legends game (replay).

On the way there, I saw some messes on the river side street. Here are some photos.


Flew over garage


Flew over roof top


Fallen trees

It was hot outside so I have decided not to have a lunch at home without air-conditioning. Then I went home and found the power was restored.

Now I can cook rice as usual and wash my clothes too. I had had to go to a coin operated laundry so planned to cut off numbers of footy practices. But now I can do as many as I want!

My life is almost back as usual, thanks!

Friday, 24 August 2018

Politicians need to focus on people

Recently Australia's Liberal Party has had leadership challenges and consequently Prime Minister has been changed.

Scott Morrison became the 30th Prime Minister as the result of the second vote. Malcolm Turnbull challenged Tony Abbott three years ago taking over the title until yesterday.

Many Australians are sick and tired of Canberra's political shows. The current opposition party, Labor had had leadership challenges between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

I dislike seeing such dramas.

Here in Japan, politicians who are against their leaders leave the party and form a new party. I am really sick and tired of seeing such moves as well as seeing people voting f***ing LDP (Liberal Democracy Party).

I hate LDP because they have strong connections with eastblishments and don't care individuals. And I hate Japanese politics because I only see politicians wanting power and not working for people.

Then Australian politicians want power too, I sense.

Why don't they discuss properly to build a better country? Leaders can and should have policies. However they should listen to other points of views and amend when needed.

Bail outs or leadership challenges are not needed. Debate and discuss.

In my opinion, New Zealand has the best politics in the world.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Where railway museums are situated

When I practised footy on my own at Umekoji Park in Kyoto, my aware came up with railway museums were situated in the outer city or town in the wider region.

For example, Osaka is the main city of the Kansai Region, but the railway museum is located in Kyoto that is 45 kilometres away from Osaka.

This circumstance is applied similarly to York in the UK, Saitama and Otaru in Japan.

I conducted researches for all railway museums I mentioned above, but any reason what I wanted to knowledge was not found.

Japanese museums having been established at former yards or train depots were what I have found out.

For example, Kyoto Railway Museum is situated at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Rollingstock Depot. Otaru one was built at former Goods Train Depot as the 85th year anniversary of the Japanese Railway History.

Then let me making a point why rollingstock depots are built in suburbs. It's simple! Massive lands are essential to operate mechanical works and park trains.

Then when electricification is done, depots narrowed as less land is required to maintain rollingstocks, and the museums are built to promote the industry. Railway is unique and interesting so organisations could gain profits.



My favourite fleet on JR Osaka Loop Line