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Forum: Multicultural Families   06-14-2008, 09:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,908
Posted By mad cow
i took all the passport photos and when they...

i took all the passport photos and when they were babies I just laid them down flat on a beige carpet and it was fine.

in Japan we have to appear in person for renewals because of international...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-14-2008, 09:17 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,613
Posted By mad cow
i have been in japan for 22 years, married for...

i have been in japan for 22 years, married for 12 with 3 kids.... they have dual nationality. I plan on being here for the long term.... never once thought of myself as an expat.... rather just a...
Forum: Multicultural Families   06-14-2008, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By mad cow
oh, i have done this several times!!!! 12 hour...

oh, i have done this several times!!!! 12 hour flights.... the busiest was with 5, 3 and new born.... bring "busy" little toys and non sticky snacks. I also kept them busy with empty cups and ice....
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-20-2008, 09:06 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,613
Posted By mad cow
I have been in Japan for 22 years, married to a...

I have been in Japan for 22 years, married to a Japanese man for 12 years and not even once have I referred to myself as an "expat".

I will never take Japanese nationality, I have 3 japanese...
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-20-2008, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,155
Posted By mad cow
hello okura. my kids are older than yours...

hello okura.

my kids are older than yours and are quite often uncomfortable with the attention. I tell them that sadly they will continue to get this attention and that they just have to learn to...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   07-15-2007, 08:24 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 14,761
Posted By mad cow
yeah, I hate when that happens. and what...

yeah, I hate when that happens.

and what about when everyone orders their own meal... and every one thinks the veggie meal looks so good and just wants to try it.... and everyone takes a bite,...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   07-10-2007, 04:35 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 14,761
Posted By mad cow
aha, a vegetarian tribe.... and the discussion...

aha, a vegetarian tribe.... and the discussion has been very interesting so far. I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years. WOW!!! my husband and kids choose to eat meat ...... edamommy, I love...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   07-07-2007, 11:05 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 10,454
Posted By mad cow
hello wagamama... I cant help you out at all...

hello wagamama... I cant help you out at all because I live down in Nagasaki. I just wanted to say hello and also that I love your user name. Its very clever!!!! good luck finding a midwife/birthing...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   06-19-2007, 04:15 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 16,053
Posted By mad cow
to raks, regarding airport transits. I have...

to raks, regarding airport transits.

I have done this before...... I had to transit in Kansai....... I had the youngest in an umbrella stroller..... and hooked the car seat front thingy (the bar...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   06-02-2007, 12:26 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 16,053
Posted By mad cow
regarding bassinets.... it depends on the...

regarding bassinets.... it depends on the airline and the size of the baby and bassinet. I flew with a four month old and he just barely fit in the bassinet. It was great though. On take off and...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   05-22-2007, 07:05 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 16,053
Posted By mad cow
yah!!!!! totally with you all on this one. ...

yah!!!!! totally with you all on this one.

calling out from Japan to all the expat moms!!!!!!!!!!
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   05-10-2007, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,444
Views: 41,788
Posted By mad cow
I spent last weekend in a temple with my...

I spent last weekend in a temple with my family.....

those people (the priests) are so busy with drop in visitors and stuff..... quite a business, to run a temple!!!!

my favorite book (among...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   05-05-2007, 07:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By mad cow
I dont have any advice right now.... just wanted...

I dont have any advice right now.... just wanted to say that there are several ways to raise bilingual kids and books to support these ideas.

My kids, having been born in Japan and raised in...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   05-01-2007, 03:05 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,411
Posted By mad cow
and just to put in my two cents........ I...

and just to put in my two cents........ I thought it would be really easy to be a vegetarian in (buddhist) Japan, but actually I have the same frustrations that most of you have mentioned.....
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Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   04-29-2007, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By mad cow
wow!!! what great timing... we just got a box...

wow!!! what great timing... we just got a box from the MIL yesterday with a big bag of beans from her garden....... first of all I will go around to the neighbors and give them all a bunch and then...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   04-20-2007, 04:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By mad cow
I use kelp for making broth (konbu dashi). and a...

I use kelp for making broth (konbu dashi). and a hijiki / carrot salad.... and I put wakame in miso soup. I use all this stuff often but the bags seem to stay full for a long time....... if you want...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   04-16-2007, 11:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 956
Posted By mad cow
you can find boxes and boxes of macdonald toys...

you can find boxes and boxes of macdonald toys at garage sales for like 10 cents each.
Forum: Arts & Crafts   04-12-2007, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,314
Posted By mad cow
well. not only beginner/ intermediate... but...

well. not only beginner/ intermediate... but also the knitter that needs a pattern to follow and the knitter that modifies or creates.

over on yarn harlot, they needed to show up at knit camp...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   04-12-2007, 08:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,856
Posted By mad cow
lets see, kitsune6.... um.... somewhere recently...

lets see, kitsune6.... um.... somewhere recently I read about high levels of mercury in salmon and I think squid are just gross!!!!!http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif
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Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   04-05-2007, 08:30 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,856
Posted By mad cow
vegetarian since 1982... wow, that would be 25...

vegetarian since 1982... wow, that would be 25 years now. I dont miss meat, I just wish that the world was a little more tolerant of the variety in meals. WIsh that there were more meatless options.
Forum: Arts & Crafts   04-03-2007, 07:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By mad cow
acrylic yarn is totally good for pot scrubbing...

acrylic yarn is totally good for pot scrubbing and also for sink scrubbing and bath tub scrubbing. they are all the rage in Japan and people are always giving me little vegetable shaped and fruit...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   04-03-2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By mad cow
did you look down in the couch cushins???? I...

did you look down in the couch cushins???? I usually lose mine there....
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   04-03-2007, 07:49 PM
Replies: 403
Views: 22,363
Posted By mad cow
my two boys have names very common in Japan, but...

my two boys have names very common in Japan, but not so common in the states.... Kazu (means peace) and Kai (means ocean).... and my daughter, Kayla, has a unique name in Japan, but very common in...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   03-26-2007, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 523
Posted By mad cow
just plain old baked sweet potato. a truck...

just plain old baked sweet potato.

a truck drives around our neighborhood in the winter selling baked sweet potatoes and my kids come running in begging me to buy some. then they get eaten up...
Forum: Finding your Tribe Archives 2008   03-23-2007, 02:38 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 11,548
Posted By mad cow
I{ve never heard this word HOPA before. I need...

I{ve never heard this word HOPA before. I need to do some research and find the origin.

Hapa means leaf in Japanese. and I have a hawaiian c.d. from HAPA , some really great guitar music.
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