Recent Updates With Thailand and Japan

Hello there, I hope you are doing well.

The Silver Week is just around the corner! Have you made any plans? Perhaps a staycation would be nice?

Together with the closure of some iconic infrastructures in Tokyo, like the Sega game center and Tsukumo Akihabara PC parts shop both found in Akihabara, the next one to close would be the Labi building in Shinjuku. This must be because of the continuous decline in sales and the costs have remained the same, if not increasing. People have mixed reviews with this. Some have said that they’re saddened by this news as it is one of the few major landmarks of Tokyo, but some said it’s good riddance because of the noise/light pollution it causes.



Today’s Rebus:

Here’s a brief explanation of the hint:

The word “MOUNT” is repeated ten times, and if you say the words “mount” and “ten” after it, you would come up with the word, “mountain”! Were you able to get it?


Here’s for this week’s rebus:



HINT: When your parent is really, really angry at you, this is what would command you to do before they tell scold you.

I’ll reveal the answer next week!



Today’s ESL Recommendation:

Something fun and interactive for this week’s recommendation!

This is memrise, which can be used both as a phone application and on your computer. I like both, but I would prefer its phone version as I like to study languages even when I’m on the go. What I like about it is that for Japanese people who are learning English, it has voiceover in native speed and pronunciation, the translation of every word in a phrase, as well as what it would mean in your native tongue. Of course, it has a basic account, but you could also subscribe for a monthly fee to be able to access all the available features. Good luck and enjoy!


Here is this week’s study music:



Today’s Column:

Today’s story focuses on a girl from Thailand who stood in front of the masses to speak up to injustices she has witnessed. She delivered an open challenge to the monarchy in Thailand, which she could be sentenced for 15 years if the officials choose to do so. This is because in Thailand, they have the lese-majeste law, which means a citizen cannot insult the royalty in that country. This law exists in some European and Asian countries to this day. Read more on her bravery and what we should be looking forward to in the coming days.


Remember to take care of yourself and stay safe.