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Tsuji Culinary Institute

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For the month of October, CNN International Travel Asia is featuring the Tsuji Culinary Institute. Every time CNN plugs the show, I can’t help but smile and remember my late father-in-law. I wasn’t even in the picture yet but in preparing his daughter for marriage, he sent her to this most prestigious cooking school. As a backgrounder, my mother-in-law had to learn how to manage her home but she didn’t go to cooking school. So my wife should consider herself lucky to enroll in this school.

Ok let’s get two things straight. One, my wife went to a branch of the culinary school coz she didn’t go to Osaka to learn cooking. And two, she took a short course only, short as in less than two months. I would like to state that my wife isn’t aggressive. The only time she was aggressive was when she was courting me! Hehe. So my wife really didn’t care much about cooking time. As she said, she didn’t enroll to be a chef! She didn’t mind her classmates doing the cooking. Anyway she got to eat their end-product. When it was time to clean up, she was first to volunteer. Boy, can she clean! 🙂

So what did my wife learn from going to cooking school? Well, she knows the terms and can follow a recipe. And most of all she can clean! I just love it. So why doesn’t my wife cook for me? Before she starts cooking, she wants her own kitchen and buys all the ingredients and spices. I believe it’s cheaper to hire a cook! But in all fairness, she has cooked for me and the family when we were in dire straits and food tasted great! I love it when she does this for me. But my wife will be less stressed if she didn’t have to think about cooking so be it. Maybe when she is officially retired I will ask her to cook something. Worth the wait!

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My Japanese Wife And Her Fat Cat

My Love And My Pet Peeve

My Love And My Pet Peeve

This is my Japanese wife, Kaoru, with her favorite fat cat Cali. I will talk about being married to a Japanese in a future blog. This blog is dedicated to her pet and my pet peeve.

Actually, Cali used to be a bad cat (at least to me) since he would mark his territory and pee on my stuff. I would complain to my wife and she would do remedial measures to minimize marking of territory.  Little did I know that Cali would pee on her stuff but I never heard about it and she would just clean it without fanfare. Maybe my wife didn’t want to add ammunition to my complaints.

Then somehow the marking of territory stopped (thank God), but now he always hangs around my wife especially when I’m around. At night he sleeps on the headboard of my bed. Sometimes I imagine those sharp nails swiping at me in the middle of the night. Good thing that hasn’t happened yet. During meal times, Cali would crawl his way up to my wife’s chest and stay there for fifteen minutes, disabling my wife so she sits there motionless until the cat is content. Ok so this is their way of bonding. But I’m done with my meal and my wife hasn’t even started! I tease my wife about the cat hair going into her lungs but that is a subject in another blog!

My last  comment on Cali is that he is too fat! He is cute and sweet but he is too fat! He eats all day and according to my wife, is heavier than our dog. He eats more than five times a day and when I carry him I have to use both hands. Now Cali needs to go on a diet but my wife is against it. Hmmm…maybe everyone and everything in our household should go on a diet so there is no excuse. Food for thought.