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Miki in Fiji

Hello!

I am Miki and I work at Dean Morgan. In September 2010, I studied English in Fiji through South Pacific Freebird for 2 weeks.

This blog section will tell you everything you would like to know about Fiji and studying English there. I hope you enjoy it!

Fiji is an island called by Viti Levu, and I stayed in Latoka city in Viti Levu Island.

During my stay in Fiji to study English, I went to an island by ferry to do marine sports on the weekends.

There is a H.I.S. branch in Fiji, so I went there to apply for a one day tour which was FJ$100 (about 5000 yen).

What kind of image do you have of Fiji? For me, it is a BEAUTIFUL SEA!
If you travel about 10 minutes out into the open sea, you can enjoy a nice view of the island and relax to the sound of the waves.

On the island, you can enjoy a lot of free marine activities like snorkeling, riding in a submarine and playing beach volleyball. You can also relax in a spa, but it isn’t free.

Luckily, I could see 2 sea turtles when I was enjoying snorkeling.
Just floating in the water was a lot of fun!

I never though studying English in another country would be so much fun!

みなさんこんにちは。ディーンモルガンスタッフのミキです。私は2010年9月にフィジーに語学留学に行ってきました。サウスパシフィックフリーバードというフィジー留学を取り扱っている会社でカウンセリングを受けて、フィジーに行くことを決めました。今回は週末に行った島のことをお話します。

フィジーは島国で、私がいたラウトカという街はビチレブ島という島にある街の一つです。
ビチレブ島以外にもたくさんの島があります。私はビチレブ島から一番近い島までフェリーで向かいました。
フィジーには日本でおなじみのH.I.Sの支店もあるので、そこで一日ツアーを申し込みました。日本円にすると5,000円くらいです。

みなさん、フィジーっていうとどんなイメージが浮かびますか?
私は「きれいな海!リゾート!」というイメージです。
港を出港して10分もすれば、まさにそのとおり、透き通るような海が見えてきます。
波の音もとても心地よかったです。

島ではたくさんのマリンスポーツを無料で体験できます。
シュノーケリングや潜水艦で海の中を探検したり、ビーチバレーを楽しむことができます。
アロマオイルを使ったスパも利用できましたが、こちらは無料ではなかったのでしませんでした。

ラッキーなことに2匹もウミガメを見ることができました。
ライフジャケットを着て、ただ海に浮いているだけでも十分楽しかったですよ。
勉強だけでなく、リゾートも楽しめるところがフィジー留学の醍醐味ですね。

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“Open” Andre Agassi

One of the most exciting, interesting, and somewhat controversial tennis players, both on and off the court, of all time was Andre Agassi. So when I bought his autobiography “Open” a couple weeks ago, I expected it to be a very intriguing read. I was not disappointed.

“Open” isn’t your average “Jock” autobiography filled with the usual tales of athletic achievements and very little outside of the sport. It is, in fact, about Agassi’s struggles and triumphs both on and off the court. It leaves nothing out, whether it’s about his overbearing father pushing a young Andre to be the best in the world through years of brutal practice, to his troubled marriage to actress Brooke Shields. It goes into his struggles with drugs and losing his hair. The long flowing mullet synonymous with a young Agassi was in reality a hairpiece, a wig. He also dishes the dirt on some of his opponents over his career and tells us what he really thought of them.

Of course “Open” isn’t all about the downside of Agassi’s life. It talks about the positive relationships he had with his coaches, mentors, and the profound effect his wife Steffi Graff , a true champion in her own right, has had on him. The book also talks about Agassi’s views on education and how dropping out of high school showed him later in life just how valuable education truly is. It later inspired him to open a school of his own to help underprivileged children in his native Las Vegas.

Ultimately “Open” is a human interest book about a person who overcame many obstacles to become the best in the world at what he did despite never feeling as if his life was never his own. And despite all the fame and success tennis laid at his feet, there were always demons waiting around the corner looking to challenge him. The biggest being he actually hated tennis but felt as though he never had a choice to do anything else.

“Open” is a brutally honest account of Agassi’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. If you’re a fan of tennis, or just a fan of good human interest stories, “Open” is a great book to read.

Daniel E.

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