host family member greeting me at the Chubu Centrair
Airport Arrival Hall
(left to right) Host Mom 'Natasha', me, little brother
'Makun' and Daddy 'Suuusan'
3 ~ 16 Apr 2005
family feeling and a memorable stay with
Again in Aichi
This is my 5th times
of leading the group of Malaysian delegates
to Japan for the cultural exchange program.
It is also the 3rd times for me to homestay
in Nagoya and spend another homestay program
in Japan again. No special expectation
and things that wish to accomplish during
this journey, just want to spend my good
time with my Japanese host family member.
However, this time my new host family
member surprise me everyday and make my
stay fun and enjoyable.
I was welcomed by my Suzuki's 鈴木
in the newly opened airport on March 2005,
which is last month. Host Daddy
Takashi (Suuusan) a construction enginner,
Kazuyo (Natasha) a full time housewife
and Hippo fellow for Yagoto city. Surprisingly
she spoke a fluent Mandarin. Host little
me at the arrival hall. My cute host brother
drew me a welcome card. It was my first
time to receive the welcome card drew
by a kid! Thank to Makun.
I received my host
family member's photo 3 weeks before my
arrival in Japan. Straight away I can
easily recognise them. Only Makun look
totally different from photo. I had one
host sister 香代子
and another brother
which they both in junior high school
time and busy with soccer game practice,
tuition class and etc. during my stay.
Host family member treat me very well
like a son and brother to them. Especially
the little one who always likes to play
with me. We play Star Wars light saber
and Matrix 360 turning every night. As
I like children very much, it is very
easy for me to blend into their life.
Mom 'Natasha' was so kind to me, after
her survey on me. She planned and coordinated
a lot of program for me which I have been
fifth time visited Japan and haven't done
or involve. Such as wearing Kimono, tea
ceremony, go to school to study and play
with children and etc...... What a great
match! What a great family and a great
feeling as one of them!
A truly understanding of Hosting
and been host
My great dad, 'Suuusan'
as his Hippo nickname. He came home every
night about 9pm - 10pm. We chat a lot
during dinner time and night time. We
discuss about Malaysia culture, Hippo
culture and just anything and everything.
My host family had joined Hippo Family
Club more than 10 years and hosted 30
over delegates around the world. They
said that, I am the first longest stay
history in their house and maybe the last
one at this period of time. As children
had growth up and there are now at high
school. 'Kazuko' sister and 'Takafumi'
brother are busy to prepare their examination
to enter university in the coming year.
Therefore, concentration in study and
support from family is very important.
From conversation, I had discovered and
learned a value lessons and thought from
them. It is about, what do most of the
members of Hippo Family Club can share
with the international delegates. Do you
know? It is something most simple and
beautiful thing from the earth. It is
inside you, me and everyone. They wish
to share the heart to heart exchange value.
Either host family or people been host,
both must appreciate the value of each
other which designated to be as family
member. In short I called it 'LOVE &
CARING'. What the lovely and wonderful
feeling that you shouldn't miss to experience
many wonderful memories with my host family
The rest of the
days we spent time together just like
a family. I joined tea ceremony, wearing
Kimono, attended junior high school open
ceremony, a visit to 'Makun' primary school
and become a primary school student to
play and study together, I do magic performance
in school classroom, a visit to AICHI
EXPO 2005, shop in the newly
Italia' shopping centre, been
placed to another 3 new hippo families
members house when my Mom need to work
on certain day, visited Higashiyama Zoo,
of Nagoya Public Aquarium to
see dolphin performance, go gym,
play bowling, a
family ping pong game, lunch under the
Sakura blossom tree, joined various Hippo
Family Club activities, where I met more
friends, cooked a few type of Malaysia
spicy foods for family as there like spicy
foods very much, taking bath together
with host brother and etc. It is not what
I am expected in this juouney but certainly
over my expectation. From a normal journey
to a wonderful and memorable journey.
Thanks to my lovely Suzuki's family member
and all Hippo Family Club member who make
my stay painted with beautiful colors
Language and Cultural Exchange with kid
My little host brother
'Makun', 10 years old. His is very curious
about anything and everything. Can you
believe him; he designed his own name
card and prints it out for me in home
PC. When I thought him magic, he quickly
wants to know how to do it and later he
performs in front of 15 hippo family members
and 35 students in his classroom. He is
so cute, helpful, caring and intelligence
boy. I enjoyed most of my day with him.
He also very talkative and always want
to talk to someone about his opinion.
As his English understanding level is
limited. So, his is my best Japanese teacher,
as I learned a lot of Japanese language
and new word from him. Thank to him, now
I am able to memories most of the Japanese
words. He also asked me to help him to
do self introduction in Bahasa Malaysia.
2 days before my return to Malaysia. I
remember 'Makun' had asked me, 'When is
Steven coming back to Nagoya again' in
softly and sadly tone to me. Makun! I
missed you so much for all the joys we
had together. We will certainly meet again!
- Best experience & frinedship that
money can't buy
So, this is my best
homestay experience I ever had. The best
decision made to homestay again in Nagoya.
Each of our homestay experiences is unique
and special. This trip I am really shares
my heart with my Japanese host family.
I sincerely hope there also feel the same
as I do. Looking forward to see them visit
Malaysia soon. I would like to thanks
to all Hippo Family Club members in Yagoto
city, ie. Charkoちゃん,
and those we met during my stay in Japan.
best regard and love you all by Steven
lovely family group photo at home
I was invited to attend host brother 'Takafumi' Junior High School
Ceremony. He is so excited and proud with his new school black coat.
Big boy now!
I prepared the Malaysia spicy food as one of my skills to share with
my family during dinner time
My family member are all okay with spicy foods. Actually they like
spicy foods very much, don't let their acting cheated you
brother 'Makun' so close to me. I felt like a real brother to him.
We have chance to sleep together too
different area of Hippo Family Club gathering, where I have
chance to meet more friends
under Sakura blossom tree with hippo family club members and families
kimono wearing and tea ceremony especially arranged by my dear mom
with hippo member. This is my first experience and the best
attended the primary school class with a group of cute and active
children. This is my little brother classroom mate
the magic that I taught 'Makun', he actually practice it so many times
and perform it in front of class
great discover and experience to visit AICHI EXPO 2005. You shouldn't
miss it. Worth to be here!