Sunday, December 18, 2011


now i bet that title got you worried.
no, i'm not giving up this blog, but this post is probably gonna be my last one for 2011; hence the title.

i so didn't intend to disappear from sekimachihato's world for so long, but a few months back I went through a bit of a rough patch at work where I was chucked into the deep-end (that's putting it nicely) and was under too much pressure, enough to make me disappear from, here for a while.
every morning i would leave home early as kou-chan lay fast asleep in his futon only to get home late in the evening to see him tucked up fast asleep again in the same futon. this is so not what i had in mind when i moved to tokyo, i mean come on; no father in their right mind would want a life like this.

but since then things have picked up. i'm handling a project which i'm fairly passionate about, and making sure that i have a comfortable work-life balance.

it's never easy packing up your life, moving to a foreign country, and starting work at a new company (believe me, this is my blimmin 4th time!) but the initial settling-in/stressful period is over, or so i hope.

so with only just over a week to go until christmas we seem to have gatherings with friends just about every weekend.
today we had lunch gathering at our home with our guests bringing this delish cheesecake from "ginza no budo".

i've never tried a cheesecake like this one before, it's not baked or rare, but rather more like a mouse kinda cheesecake which comes tucked up in a zaru; a traditional japanese bamboo basket.
pretty cool. thank you t-san!

i had better get this post up and away as we're running out of time in getting kou-chan his christmas presents. last minute mad rush, but hey, it's all fun!

if i'm not back on here before this year's out, have a great christmas and new year. wanna hear lots of wine corks popping open over the next few weeks!
see you again in 2012!!


Anonymous said...

Glad you are back.

Have great holidays with your family! Stay warm.

world of sekimachihato said...

* ai
always nice to be wanted; thanks!
yes, stay warm indeed!!

Kenny Mah said...

Have yourself a very merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year... and oh boy, did you get me worried with the post title when I first spotted it in my Google Reader... :P

I'm glad the work-life balance has returned and may your job become more fulfilling and rewarding for you in 2012! :)

shellie said...

sometimes one has to take a break....glad to hear things are on the up swing so hopefully they will stay that way....hope you and your family has a great holiday season and happy new year....kou chan looks too cute as usual.

world of sekimachihato said...

* Kenny
glad I got someone worried!
merry Christmas to you and the devil too.
drink too much and enjoy what's left of 2011!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Shellie
thank you. 2011 has really been a year of change for my family. hope 2012 is a little more settled. bit of excitement doesn't go a miss though!
you have yourself a wonderful Christmas and new year too!

Gaijin Wife said...

Enjoy the break away from the computer. Have a safe and merry Christmas and New Years - with lots of being looked over by the champers and bubbles kamisama. Can't believe how big kou-chan is getting. When did that happen? xxx

pascale said...

you got me coz I thought you were leaving!
sorry to hear about your work but delighted that it's gotten better :D

merry christmas and have a fantastic holiday!
*hugs and kisses to Kou-chan!*

world of sekimachihato said...

* gaijin wife
yup, let's please those kamisama but drinking lots of champers! stupid me went and got my influenza jab on monday and now feeling a bit under the weather... had better get right by friday!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Pascale
he will love those hugs and kisses. he says "suki suki" and then gives a big hug and a kiss. seriously this so makes my day!
have a great christmas too and hope to catch up sometime in the new year?!

Kenny Mah said...

Drink too much and enjoy what's left of 2011? That's exactly what we plan to do this Friday as we celebrate a belated Winter Solstice (with dumplings in sweet ginger soup) and an early Christmas! Yay!

*suki-suki to kou-chan too*

Mary said...

i would like to try this cheese cake, it looks delicious.
happy new year & all the best for 2012!

Luuworld said...

hey hey, nice to hear from you again. it's been a while! glad to hear things are looking up for you at work. must say, that's an interesting looking cheese cake. would love to try it some day.
didn't know this was your 4th time starting over in a new country. you are one brave and adventurous man.

oh and happy new year to you and your little family! :)

Kenny Mah said...

Just wanted to drop by and say hi... Hope you're doing great! :)

Miss your posts. *hugs*

Luuworld said...

hope you come back soon boy. i miss you!

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