How have things been going? Is the cherry blossom season over, or are
still enjoying the pretty flowers and delicious sakura-flavour sweets and
As for me, I have been making progress with my volunteer work. I have been
part of JETAA (the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni
Association) for about a year and a half, and I joined the JETAA North
West committee about 6 months ago. I have written about some of our
activities and events on this blog. Through the Alumni Association, I have
met some nice people who used to teach English in Japan but now live in the
UK, and some of them have really helped to motivate me and enjoy my life
here. (Please look at my previous articles about the fairytale wedding,
Recently, I held a meeting for us Alumni in the North West of the UK. I
decided to hold it in a new cafe that none of us had been to before. It
was quite an unusual place because it sold Asian food, English-style
breakfasts, British Afternoon Tea, Chinese cakes, foreign beers, sparkling
wine, a vast amount of teas from around the world, and
freshly-ground coffee too. I have a sweet tooth so of course I chose to
eat cake, and the tea I had was mint chocolate flavour. Here's a picture...
The atmosphere was calm and relaxing and the service was good. The cake
was so light and delicious and though it was Chinese it really reminded me
of Japanese baking. (I miss Japanese sweets!) The tea was very refreshing
too. I was pleased with my choice of cafe and think our meetings will be
held there again in the future.
At the meeting, we put together a new committee. (You can see a picture of
us at the top of this article.) I was very lucky to be elected as
Chairperson of the committee. It is a big responsibility but I am looking
forward to putting together many fun events for us Alumni and our friends
and family this year. Our next event is next weekend so I will tell you
all about it then. In the meantime, please do let me know what
exciting things you've been doing.
Thank you, as always, for reading this. I hope you're well and I'll see
you next time.
Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️