Goh (Hokkaido, Sapporo City)
Japan host mother 'Ikuko Fusada', myself, host brother 'Takuya-kun',
host sister 'Kyou-chan' and host father 'Tatsuya
13 ~ 19
me, it's like a paradise, a beautiful, and a place
full of traditional history & culture. I always
watch TV program showing "Why Hokkaido has
so much funs" & always wanted to go to
Hokkaido. Thanks to Titan Planet. My dream had
This is the 2nd time I visit Japan for homestay.
I love this way of travel because not only you
travel to the country, you will also understand
the language, culture, living style & the
people of that country.
Prefecture - Fusada's Family
13 Nov 2004, Day 1
It was so exciting when
I reached Sapporo airport. However, a little unpleasant
moment as my luggage was delayed. My host was
quite worried as they didn't see me coming out
from the gate. Anyway, it was great to see them,
my new host family, Fusada family.
Everyone of them is so kind & sincere. You
can see smiles at all times. We visited Sapporo
Beer Factory. You will understand from A-Z of
how a can of beer produce. That's why Japanese
they have a word : Kengaku , see & learn.
14 Nov 2004, Day 2
The next day morning I went
to my little host sister's primary school. They
had some children performance. Kyouchan (my sister)
was so cute!
In the evening I went to Hippo welcome party.
There I saw other Malaysian ambassadors. It was
great to see them with smiles on their face! We
dance, sing, play & laugh! Not only us from
Malaysia, there also other country's ambassadors
like Canada etc. By now, you should know why I
like cultural exchange so much, where there is
no border & barrier in this world!
There are 2 birds in my house, named Picchi &
Kiki. They are very beautiful, yellow color birds.
Okaasan even let them out from the cage. Wow!
I really got a shock as this is my first time
touched such a beautiful bird!
15 Nov 2004, Day 3
Today I went to Steven's
house. Oi Peng also came & we cook some Malaysian
dishes for them. Oishii sou? (Looks delicious,
After lunch we went to Shichigosan (7-5-3) festival.
In Japan, today is the day for children celebrating
their 7th, 5th, 3rd years old. Kyouchan is 6 this
year, so she celebrates today as she will become
7 years old soon. I really like Kimono. It's look
beautiful, & when woman wear it on, she even
looks more beautiful! Like my little cute sister,
In the evening we went out to Susukino, the city
centre of Sapporo. Thanks to Masara san, who brought
us tour around Susukino! Sorry to trouble you
& made you like a weird person (coz we are
weird guys!) We walk around, laugh and take pictures
like nobody business!
We met with Steven's host father, other hippo
friends as well. It's great to meet these Japanese
friends as they are very kind, funny & nice
people. Yukie san, Tetsuya san & also Genie
(a very cute & beautiful girl!), glad that
I met all of you guys!
16 Nov 2004, Day 4
Today is Malaysian ambassadors
outing day. I woke up around 7am & it was
snowing. I quickly went out & took some pictures.
It was the first time I saw snow. So beautiful,
fresh white & soft. I think this is how Malaysian
feels as we do not have 4 seasons in our country!
We went to Otaru city, which is about 45 mins
from Sapporo. It's a very beautiful place with
many old buildings, souvenirs shops. The moment
we arrived at Otaru station, the snow started!
Wow! What a great timing we arrived! We had Ramen
(Noodles) & experienced glass ashtray making.
The lowest temperature was around -2° Celsius;
it's something words just can't describe!
I think this is the moment I'll never forget in
my life. I'm glad that I signed up the homestay
program to Hokkaido.
17 Nov 2004, Day 5
Today I went to Steven's
house (again?) as her host mother will bring us
to visit bricks factory. At evening we had Sukiyaki.
In Ebetsu city, there is a street well known as
Illumination Street. A few houses decorated their
house like shopping complex. Full of lights, Christmas
designed house killed a lot of our films &
Later we went to Hippo gathering at our area,
Ainosato (where I stay). We had hippo-styled self
introduction session in various languages. What
impressed me was my host brother - 'Takuya'. He
can really speak various languages, i.e. Korean,
Russian and etc. I think this is the reason why
they like hippo activities so much!
18 Nov 2004, Day 6
Today I went to Takuya's
school & also Otousan's office (Government
office). Both places are very clean, neat &
tidy. I think they sweep the floor at least 10
times a day!
We went to Sapporo Factory. It used to be factory,
and then they converted it into shopping centre.
You can see both old & new stuff in the beautiful
At night Steven & I took train to Tsukisamu
(somewhere in Sapporo city, I also not quite sure
how I got there…. Hahah…) for Hippo
gathering. This is more or less like our farewell
party. It's great that I met all these Hippo friends.
I believe our friendship will start here!
19 Nov 2004, Day 7
Today is the last day in
Sapporo. I know that I'm gonna miss my host family
- Fusada's family. Thanks to okaasan, who made
delicious food for me everyday (in particular,
I like your miso soup! Yumyum!). Otousan, I've
really learnt a lot from you in regards to Hokkaido
people's life, Japan's history & Japanese's
life). Takuya, I just wanna say: You are really
HANDSOME! Kakkoi desu ne! You are such a shy &
polite person. I think you gonna be the next star
in future! Kyouchan!!!! My little cute sister.
Even though I don't really understand how to play
Pocket Monster card, but I enjoyed playing with
you! And also not forgetting our Kanji game!
Even this was a short homestay in Sapporo, but
I really enjoy my stay with you. Fusada's family,
osewani narimashita, hontou ni arigatou gozaimashita!
I MISS YOU ALL!!!!!
host omma 'Shin', host sister 'Si Won', host appa 'Choi Gil Chan'
and host brother 'Si Yong'
19 ~ 22 Nov 2004
boarded Korean Air & reached Korea around
5pm. Hokkaido trip is over & now we started
our Korea adventure! For me this is a very new
homestay experience as I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SPEAK
KOREAN AT ALL! Oh my dog! Japan is not nothing
new as I do speak a little Japanese. But Korea?
Thanks to Miss Soni, a Hippo member who met &
guided us in Korea airport. Otherwise we will
lose our way, without knowing a single Korean
But I'm glad that my appa (father, in Korean)
speaks very good English. Pheww.. Even we just
met about few minutes, we talked a lot in the
car. I started to learn a little history about
Korea & also Korean language. Omma (mother,
in Korean) cooked some Korean food when I reached
home. Yumyum.. Looks delicious! Chong mal
mashisoyo (very delicious, in Korean. Learnt
from Steven's Japan host father, Pal san). Kamsa
20 Nov 2004, Day 8
In the morning I went to
swimming pool with appa & omma. They really
like swimming very much. Both of them are good
swimmer. Appa even taught me how to swim. Omma
is gonna take part in her swimming competition.
Afternoon we had lunch in one of the Korean restaurant
near to our house. I even tasted Korean traditional
beer, named Dong Dong Juu. According
to appa, in the old days the farmer drinks this
kind of beer to energize them up (since their
work is very tough). It also comes with a lot
of nutritious which good for health. Si Yong &
Si Won are very active. They like to talk &
play. Si Yong's English also very good & we
can communicate easily in English. At the same
time, he also taught me a lot of Korean.
At night we went to Hippo gathering, somewhere
near our house. I met some other hippo members,
which they also can speak more than one language.
Hippo fellow, Ohimei, was very kind to extend
her help to explain to me when I have doubt. I
tasted a lot of Korean food, spicy food as well!
I also tasted Korean wine, named Jinro.
21 Nov 2004, Day 9
Today I went to Korean Folk
Village (Traditional Village) with omma, Si Yong
& Si Won. Here you can understand how Korean
lives in the old days. I saw how they make silk,
build furniture, cook Kimchi etc. There were also
some special performance shows. These are highly
skilled people, showing the extraordinary performance.
I also saw traditional wedding ceremony.
We went to amusement park after the show. It was
great with the roller coaster, & some other
fun stuff. We had our dinner at Korean BBQ restaurant.
It called Sam Kyob Sal. You gotta try it coz it's
really chong mal mashisoyo!
22 Nov 2004, Day 10 (Last
It was really a short stay
(3days) with Choi's family. But we really had
great times together. It was really great that
my host can speak English, & even Japanese.
But no matter how, language, communication can
never be a barrier for human beings. We will ultimately
find a way to communicate with each other, like
drawings, body languages etc. If you really wanna
do it, YOU CAN DO IT!
Kamsa hamneeda. I really appreciated
what you guys had taught me. I think I started
to love Korea. Your culture, language, & most
importantly your people, in particular Choi's
family, attracted me! Thank you so much!
Annyong hase yo. Chonun Wilson eemneeda. Mannaso
ban gap sumneeda!
by: Wilson Goh, Bank Officer
(7-5-3) festival. Kyouchan is 6yo this year, so she celebrates as
she will become 7 years old soon.
& Kiki. They are very beautiful, yellow color birds. Okaasan even
let them out from the cage. Wow! I really got a shock as this is my
first time touched such a beautiful bird!
Hippo members invited us to a Sake Welcome Gathering at Susukino
Our outing to Otaru city. It was the first time I saw snow. So beautiful,
fresh white & soft.
Sapporo town illumination scene from houses along the road. Cool and
beautiful. Christmas designed house!
I am really enjoy my stay with you. Fusada's family, osewani narimashita,
hontou ni arigatou gozaimashita! I MISS YOU ALL!!! (Farewell at Sapporo