Homestay program does broader my view and having
some significant influences in me
Thanks to Steven for making this home stay come
true. And many thanks to my family in Shinden-cho,
I am indeed honored to be part of the family and
I strongly believe our bond will never be affected
by the distance between us. Home stay in Tokoname-shi
is simply one of the best experiences of my life
and I have to admit that to certain extend, it does
broader my view and having some significant influences
I was staying with my host, seven-year-old boy named
Yaeo Tohru, which I believe is the youngest hosts
in the history of Titan Planet Home stay Program
and perhaps also the youngest host in the history
of Tokoname Hippo Family Muchi-muchi Club. For me,
the family (also include Satoru-san, Takaku-san,
Itoru-chan and Aki-chan) is the best family that
a home stay program can offer.
On the first day of my arrival, the moment I step-out
from the arriving lobby of the Nagoya Airport, I
had the warmest welcome from this fantastic family.
After that, all of us were heading to the internationally
famous Suzuka Circuit for a real good time. I was
so touched after learning that we were there simply
because I have mentioned to them I am a Formula
1 fan in our earlier correspondences.
Although all of us were meeting for the first time,
but with the blend of our honesty, integrity and
willingness to be opened to each other, the human
relationship has become so simple, easy and fascinating.
I have to admit that Japanese language is a foreign
language that I know little about, and for my family,
neither English is their daily language. But our
conversations and interactions have encountered
little resistant as all of us have the desire to
learn from each other. What we did was simply back
to the basic, which are the verbal and non-verbal
communication, and everything just falling into
the right places naturally.
I can never forget the delicious food that my family
has prepared for me and the restaurants that we
went together. I ate most of the Japanese specialties
of spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons, daily
food and the best sushi made by my family that I
couldn't find a match in Malaysia.
Not forgetting the onsen, in-door swimming pool,
firework, fun-park, batting center, yakimono, speed
bout festival, the biggest outdoor Buddha statue
of Japan, karaoke, TOTO factory, F1 circuit, the
Hippo Family gathering in Nagoya city, Chita-shi
and Tokoname-shi, the visit to the nursery school,
the magic performances and many more have all make
their permanent mark in me.
On the final day, I could not believe that my mother
has actually shed a tear on my departure. I was
so touched and it really reflecting the bond as
a part of the family. I am feeling a bit guilty
of not being about to express my self well verbally
and I will definitely keep them in my heart forever
and I looking forward to seeing them again soon.
Believe it, this home stay has educated me a lot,
and it may happen to you too.
by: Chong Yoon Kueen - Property Valuation Assistant
Kajang, Kuala Lumpur