Jump to content
SnowJapan Community
  • Sign Up

ippy

SnowJapan Member
  • Content Count

    3412
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

66 Very Popular!

About ippy

  • Rank
    SJ'er with 500+ posts

Profile Information

  • Nationality
    british
  • Living in
    Japan

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Love you guys love all the work youve done. But hate this soooo much Thanks for the hard works and stuffs, but sad we gonna break up the family.
  2. ippy

    Stereotyping

    I aint getting the snip dude. Well, not for a few more years at least. Never say never on gender reassignment. It might be a fun way to lead out the last twenty or thirty years of your life to be honest. Im doing it Pete Burns though. No sex, no drama, no desire to even attempt 'passable'. Im going big rubber lips, anime eyes, and a dirty scouse accent.
  3. ippy

    Stereotyping

    Its very hard getting a job in korea. Its an extraordinarily image driven culture. And images come from the telly and magazines. Ipso facto... Well, ill leave you to do the math. But its amazingly lucky i got a job at all in this climate. Almost all jobs want the following magic three things: Female, recent graduate (mid 20s max), from USA/Canada The more you move out of that happy threesome the less chance you have. Ill add mroe later, but its home time
  4. As a fellow scotsman, can i just confirm the stereotype. When he said "decent hotel?" my first thought (and only thought) was "toyoko inn?"
  5. Akakura onsen: all the joys of sitting on a fun fair ride without any of the funfair. Or the ride. Enjoy the onsen... thats not there. Isnt it just a few crappy hotel baths? Sorry, the red mist descends at the mere mention of akakura onsen. Im hoping you of course just mean youre just staying there and not riding that crap hole. Of course you are! As i say, red mist! It gets in the way of logic Myoko = lovely. Akakura onsen = cute. Akakura onsen ski jo = **** that place.
  6. yongpyong pyeongchan high1 phoenix park Im on a 6 day a week schedule, so trips any further than that are... unlikely. Late season i might try and cash in 5 of my vacation days though giving me 7 or 8 days in Japan. Probably going hakuba way. I feel ive always just sort of never done enough hakuba.Entirely contingent on cashflow though. Hope to give some reviews of stuff up gangwon way before the olympics
  7. I had these wicked spy ones that fit snugly into any gloves, Im sure i bought them in korea, but cant find anything now except the bulkiest pieces of crap out there. I cant stop either, because i just know that the day i dont have them will be the day i need them. Its like the psychology of insurance.
  8. Less talking you say! Ummmm... lets see... I went snowboard shopping in Korea and bought: 1. An airblaster hoodie knocked down to 20,000 won (2000 yen) that cannot be worn in general everyday affairs since its made for a giraffe. 2. Three cheap 10,000 won t-shirts i hate but i need new tshirts. 3. A kitty airhole facemask that im pretty sure is for girls. But its kitties! 4. 3 new beanies. Well, 2 technically (one was a beanie i already have and abused so much its completely out of shape). Each cost 10,000 won Thats all the boring stuff. But filled three of the four big holes. 1. New pants. Green Burton cargos (10k/5k) for 100,000won (reduced from 250,000) 2. New helmet. Dont know what it is, but reduced from 100,000 ---> 50,000 3. New goggles. EG2. 139,000won, reduced from 239,000. Lots of bargains. Really tempted to pick up the EG3s. The frame of view is mad, comes with a free clear extra lens, can pick my color/design (EG2 was only one pair - white rim, red chrome lens), but costs around 300,000. Im ghetto snowboarding That was a nice bit of stoke. Only missing a nice pair of wrist guards and im all set. Could do with new bindings and did see some forces for 100,000. Might pop back and grab them if theyre still available. Definitely need some new boots as well especially given that mine were leaking in the off season slush. Maybe have to run with plastic bags on my right feet until then, but only saw 32 boots (they seem to have cornered the market). Speakig of cornering the market, bataleon is BIG in korea. Not sure if thats because polaris or whoever it was that held the distibution rights for korea no longer exist. Maybe theyre open distribution now so have a presence up and down the street instead of just the couple of shops last time. And speaking of shops, seems we've lost about 20-30% of the stores from a few years ago. Recession definitely hit the snow market. One last thing to point out, its definitely a somber season out there. Colors are all dark and BORING AS SHIT. Even hoodies and layers. Its all dark and moody. Guess Holden won. Anyways, thats korea. Winter stoke success! Also spent the entire day going through the threads in the build up to 2013 season here. Its been a proper fun stoke out
  9. I cant understand how this thread died. Ive no idea how to genuinely bump it back up, but im hoping now that you layabouts have had over a year to come up with stuff, youve got some additions.
  10. ippy

    Ippy's Thailand

    No contest: China. Students are high level, smart, motivated and energetic. They respond to mad serious disciplined teaching without complaining of boredom (theyre very much used to grinding through lessons), but will absolutely bounce off the walls if you give them a fun game or activity. You get total respect as a teacher as well. You arent just the foreign dude babysitting them.
  11. These are probably the droids youre looking for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibmyOF8Q4UQ
  12. ippy

    Ippy's Thailand

    I had honestly forgot how much i like Korea. Its such a cool place. Now bad news for Grungy Gonads. I saw a lot of 7s or 8s, but maybe not a single 9 or 10. Must be all the Japanese girls doing shopping bringing the average way down. To be honest though, ive also plummeted down the leaderboard. I reckon im hovering at a 2 or a 3. Best get back to the gym and stop eating my nacho cheese sauce with Lays (walkers) ready salted cri... ooops! too late! And the twix multipack! And the johnny walker double black i treat myself to at the airport. Basically im going to get fat as **** and theres nothing this world can do to stop me. Anyways, a few pics from tonights wander about myeongdong. Man, its good to be back. Its like having a haze lifting. Hopefully the self-deception will kick back in for two years time when i suddenly realise i hate korea and need to leave for China again. Im sure i can trick my brain into thinking i really enjoyed Tianjin... Actually, i reckon that puts me near to ten years out of the JET programme! Perhaps it'll be time to reapply Anyways, 3 pics of tourism! South gate (the one hit my arson in 2008) Myeong Dong. So many plush hotels! wild to think that people have that much money theyre basically renting a view for the night. What a thing! Imagine the pure peace of mind that lifestyle gives you. It genuinely blows my mind. I dont begrudge them it. In fact im delighted that in the cosmic scheme of things, some humans escaped. I totally forgot these things existed. But can i point out: that front bench is 2 20kg plates (bolted in - about 90lbs) and the back one is 4 25lb plates and 2 10lb (120lbs). Its usually just little old men and women doing their morning workouts that use these things. Thats some hardcore little old men and women.
  13. ippy

    Ippy's Thailand

    Its a bit nasty, aye. But its just a burn mark. Someone SOMEHOW left an iron on it.
  14. ippy

    Ippy's Thailand

    Ippy's Korea! Yay! Well, not entirely legal at the moment. Until the E2 gets put into my passport im technically on holiday. And my oh my, in case you ever had this question: At the airport, should i switch my money in Korea or China. Beijing 11pm Oct 30th: 5000CNY ----> 710,000KRW Incheon 5am Oct 31st: 5000CNY ----> 840,000KRW So glad to help clear that up. Dont change money in Beijing. Anyways, after an incredibly stressful day of will they/wont they pay me my final salary. at 6.30pm got the email telling me it was in my bank. Ran downstairs, checked and sure enough! 17,000 yuan! hoorays! Took out 15,000, hit my daily limit. Grabbed the first train to Beijing south and as luck would have it, it was the next one (this is not as odd a statement as it sounds - of the three times ive used the bullet train in china, ive always had to wait for the next but one train (and even "missed" the very last train despite being... er... 10 minutes early for it - seating room only). Easily transitioned from Beijing south to the airport (not half as complicated as people seem to suggest on line - in fact very straightforward) and arrived at the aiport around 10.30 So only 3 hours to kill... Amazingly wriggled through check-in with nary a glance at the size nor weight of my snowboard bag (which was too big to fit comfortably on their scales - rocking it at a cool 12kg despite clearly being low 30s). No one seemed bothered and just sent me off with it to oversized luggage. Which was nice. Then off to the plane, guardians of the galaxy, no sleep, and 1.5hours later, incheon. Breezed through immigration without even a question about my intentions. I pulled up to my house around 7 or 8 and said to the cabbie, yo holmes, smell ya later... except there was no ****er at the desk at my hotel until 9am. Anyways, im now here in a room akin to a low security prison cell. Still, free wifi Nice to not have to use a VPN any more. Oh, and they let me check in early as well. So thats nice. I just realised though its halloween, i wanna go outside, but the forced jolity of it is gonna make me vomit right now. 0 home sweet home

sjf2019l.png

About SnowJapan

SnowJapan.com is the independent guide to skiing and snowboarding in Japan and has been online since 1999.

SnowJapan.com covers the whole of Japan. We are here to introduce the world to unbiased, honest and detailed information about winter sports in Japan. We publish exclusive and in-depth and daily content throughout the winter season and we add new functionality and content to the site every year.

We are not here to promote any specific destinations or resorts, or to sell our readers any kind of products or services. We are not a travel agency and we do not own any ski resorts, ski schools, accommodations or other related businesses.

Latest Community Content

×