The last exam day at KyoDai – as expected, it was a tiring day. The main event of the day was the speech. It was quite okay, since I memorized it all the way – although it wasn’t perfect of course. Actually I have a problem with holding a speech like that. Up until now all my speeches and presentations were free: I would have the outlines, but otherwise I would speak freely. I have also studied how to make a speech before in high school when I was in a contest, so I know that’s the way it should be. That’s also the reason why I’m always annoyed when people just read a full composition off their paper, because that’s not a real speech. The tempo is usually too fast, and the structure of the sentences too complicated for the audience. Written and spoken texts are different, and it’s bad to use written texts during a speech. Well, I know holding speeches it not everyone’s forte, but yeah… For this reason I wasn’t feeling comfortable reciting a completely memorized written text, but unfortunately I had to admit that my Japanese isn’t up to the level to speak freely about something during a speech :( This was also quite clear after the Q&A session after the presentation… Somehow I have to find a way to improve my speaking abilities *sigh* But all in all it was a nice experience and a good practice for the real deal tomorrow.
Although I was tired I was craving some pancakes, so I made some in the evening – just plain ones, so it was some fast, and enjoyed them with jam~ Unfortunately the jam here isn’t really suitable for pancakes because it’s a jam with a high percentage of water, but if you eat it immediately anyway it’s all good :D
The final day. My morning was free and I could rest and practice a bit. I had lunch at home, and before getting to school at 13:00 I even paid my rent. Since there would be a ceremony in the evening I put a dress on and even a bit of make-up, though only lipstick and mascara because I was afraid anything else would melt in the heat orz My dress was light, but I was afraid a bit to open for the Japanese taste, so I had to bring a light cardigan as well, which was still too hot in the 35 °C… Not to mention I lost weight since moving here (though I might have gained since then because I’m always hungry and eat too…), so it wasn’t that fitting anymore with the strap kinda slipping at times, oh well…
Anyway, first we had a rehearsal, and the real deal started at 14:30. The order was decided beforehand, so I came in second. It went okay, though I just can’t like this kind of memorized speech. The Q&A session was the issue again, but I finished with a good feeling. What we didn’t know before, the bests of every level would have to make the speech once more at the closing ceremony. I was already tired and hungry, but I ended up being the one from our level orz The ceremony started at 17:00, there were talks, we received a diploma, so it meant for me that I had to keep my concentration for a long time, and it wasn’t that great. The speech this time had a few mistakes, and once again I felt my limits by not having enough vocabulary to instantly correct the rest. But well, it was okay, and it was indeed the last time.
I was absolutely spent by the time it ended – and hungry too. Actually I brought snacks with me especially for this reason, but I didn’t have the opportunity to eat it. Well, after the ceremony we went to have a small party on the campus café. After the toast we got food and drink, and although I was suspicious, in the end the vegetarians could find thinks to eat as well. They were also aware of the Muslim students having Ramadan, so the saved food for them so they could eat after sunset. We were talking to a lot of people, fellow students, teachers, and it lasted till after 20:00. It was a good-bye from many, though all those who wanted to take classes in fall were free to do so, so it might not have been a good-bye forever from everyone. It was a busy day, so I arrived home dead tired, but there was still one thing: I found a lizard in the house – it was fast so I was lucky to be able to take a photo at all. And like this the language course ended and my deadly summer holidays started.
I was dead tired from yesterday, so the first day of my summer holidays was spent resting – aside from cooking of course. I had to make a soup and I decided to prepare a broccoli cream soup. I don’t have a mixer, so I just smashed the broccoli and was hoping I could mix it well with the crème, and while it was yummy, it didn’t feel like a real broccoli crème soup. This was the day when I realized I had to get a mixer, also for the sake of my future pumpkin crème soups… Speaking of crème, my delicious eringi with parsley always felt like it was screaming for crème. Today I decided to try it that way, and OMG! It’s heavenly~~~ From now on I will always eat eringi like this *__*