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Kristina Pino
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Today I had my final lesson with the Kindergarteners in my neighborhood! Bittersweet! And of course, my lunch post as usual. ^^

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Today was my last time teaching Kindergarten as part of my current post. The kiddos I spent time with today are going to be starting first grade in just a few weeks, which is a big leap. Since it was our final lesson, they presented me with a lovely framed photo of all of us together, which I'll treasure forever. We spent our last lesson reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar together and playing games and stuff. I'm kind of sad about it! ...
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Today's school lunch was borrowed from #France :o

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Today's lunch had a great blend of flavors. The main item was a squid fritter with tuna salad, accompanied by a not super authentic pot-au-feu, borrowed from France. We always seem to take little liberties. The salad was some carrot, tuna, cabbage, and broccoli seasoned in the kitchen with garlic (boosts the immune system) mixed in the dressing. As for the pot-au-feu, which we had as a soup, it had mini wiener sausages instead of bit...
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Had Chinese style food at my school today for lunch in honor of the Chinese New Year <3

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Today's lunch was Chinese-style food in honor of the lunar new year. It isn't necessarily celebrated in Japan, though a few other events on the lunar calendar are. Nonetheless, it was delicious and appreciated. Today's main item was some Okowa, which is a mixed rice. Today, it had shiitake mushroom, edamame, bits of chicken, bamboo, cloud ear fungus, and carrot. On the side, we had a salad that was mostly radish and bean sprouts, wit...
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Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura - fully revealed! #figure #toys  
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what?...
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Today's school lunch! Loads and loads of tofu...yeah!

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Today's pork and tofu dish at lunch time was so tasty that I asked the school's nutritionist for the recipe so I can make it at home. I need to replicate this~ The main dish had, besides pork and tofu, bits of carrot, shirataki noodles, shiitake mushrooms, fu (wheat gluten that's been rolled into some shape then grilled - more on this at Just Hungry), napa cabbage, ginger, and onion. On the side, we had some salad (cabbage, spinach, ...
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My next pick for the Book Riot #ReadHarder challenge is Zadie Smith's White Teeth :)

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Today's lunch post is a bit longer than usual, because I talk a bit about what the 6th graders are getting ready for, and explain what a "viking" meal is in Japan. Enjoy!

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Today, the 6th graders at my school swarmed the halls during play time, looking for their assigned teachers and staff to invite to their viking lunch. In Japan, a viking meal is basically an all-you-can-eat buffet. It's different from tabehoudai (all-you-can-eat) because of the buffet aspect, which isn't as common. In general, restaurants and shops tend to regulate the amount of food that's being served at a table at one time so there ...
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+Albert Nakano I would, except 1 I'd have to mail it all and 2 I'd have to pay for a dang table + taxes for all the things I sell and there would be essentially nothing in it for me. It's easier to just take the 16% hit straight off.
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This week's link dump is now live! Have a nice day~
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For admirers of delightful facial hair

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Two #audiobooks I've enjoyed lately: Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman, and Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. Both are read by the author~

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This week's art column is all about Quackerjack, from Darkwing Duck #art #comics  
Check out some rad fan art of Darkwing Duck's own fowl clown, Quackerjack.
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My comics merch highlights for this week over at PANELS
Check out some comics merch you can throw your money at.
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Currently living and working in Japan as an English teacher. Also sometimes Spanish teacher. Nerd Culture Enthusiast. Freelance photographer and writer. Tomopop Managing Editor, writer for Book Riot, Quirk Books, and Panels. Full time geek. I'm always looking for more work and new experiences!
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Hardcore nerding it up
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Currently
Ibaraki, Japan
Previously
Miami, FL
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Teacher. Traveler. Freelance Photographer and Writer.
Introduction
You may read me at Book Riot, a super rad book community. I also run my personal website, GeekeryDo, where I blog about books and games and toys and other things, and post photographs of my toys and travels. You'll also see my work at Quirk Books and a comics site called Panels.

Loves: Food, Travel, Disney, Beaches, and Dancing.

Oh, and I read. A lot.
Bragging rights
I've traveled to more than 12 different countries. That's something to brag about, right? I also can speak in five languages.
Education
  • Florida International University
    Anthropology, 2004 - 2009
  • Florida International University
    Asian Studies, 2004 - 2009
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