Craig-446 5 Foods You Can Get In Japan When You Don’t Give A $%$% About Passing Your Health Check!

Craig note- Food should be YUMMY! My health check isn`t until next year! (lol)

(Enjoy!)
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Triple Cheeseburger

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Extra Greasy Triple Cheeseburger

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Triple Rib Sandwich

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Spicy Chili Dog

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Super-sized German Festival Sausage

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Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-378 Food Pictures- On Stuff We Love To Eat!

Craig-358 Twitter- On Marketing For Writers, Bloggers, Content Creators And Italian Food

Craig-331- Food Pictures- Family Restaurants in Japan

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“I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.”- Aretha Franklin

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Craig-445 What To Do When You Realize Life (Abroad) Isn’t Perfect

Craig note- My new guest blog is up for The Real Japan! You can read it here

I talk about how to get better English teaching work, especially if you aren`t in any hurry to leave Japan.

I was not always, always, always so certain staying Japan was a good idea.

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We will throw in some BONUS food pictures, too!

(Enjoy!)
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What A Difference A Year Can Make In Japan

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I have recently been reflecting on my time here in Japan. Specifically, the differences between the first year and the second year. I have to say my first year here was far, far, far more enjoyable than the past year has been.

(GGG Tip:  Life is a marathon as an expat not a sprint. But, things can change quickly.)

Amazingly, a year ago it was a slam dunk to want to stay a third year.

But, honestly, I am glad I don`t have to answer the question about a 4th year here.

(At the time, my job had contract limit of two years.)

Because it would be a BIG, HUGE, and LOUD, “Thanks. But, no thanks.”

Funny, I never quite understood what my friend was thinking in turning down a fourth year here when he had the chance to re-up. And, I never really understood what it was like to have a co-worker who was not up to par.

(I learned why people leave Japan.)

Too, the thought of living in a community of foreigners who; truthfully, I don`t really care for very, very, very much.

(They and that got old.)

New English Teachers At School Did Not Help My Outlook On Life

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I decided to simply not bring up the subject of the teacher and her issues anymore. I am just going to do the lesson she wants and let it fall flat.

(The new Japanese English teacher was terrible. She had little use for me in the classroom.)

I have 14 more months to go here. I cannot keep getting worked up about her lack of skill in the classroom. It is a bit disappointing. Now, five days a week I sort of dread teaching with her.

(And, I did. But, I got the chance to stay a third year.)

So, it was the right choice to stay a 3rd year. But, perhaps, not quite the paradise the first year was for me. Maybe the first year was not so great either, but in the new-ness of the moment I did not know the difference.

I don`t know.

I am happy the third year can serve as a tie breaker for me in my opinion of the experience as a whole.

(It did. And, I am still here.)

Daily Life Can Bring You Down Quick, Fast, And In A Hurry

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It feels like there are some daily stresses I definitely did not notice before. None of the things happening are a big of a deal.

It is a little stupid to complain about teaching English. But, when your whole life is a calm, picture perfect sea, one tends to notice the slightest ripple in the water.

(And, I did.)

There will be two new foreigners in August coming to this town. Maybe, that will help.

(It didn`t help.)

It feels a little weird to go out making pals or something for social time. I don`t mind meeting people. But, turning it into a point where we can do things together is not something I am very good at.

(I did try early on. I gave up on making expat friends.)

Making Non-Expat Social Friends

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It has definitely helped to just go out to a Japanese bar, and meet a few random Japanese people. It`s nice because we can talk without getting to personal. And, I can still get a little social interaction.

I am a big, big, big believer in the fact that not every person needs to know (or wants to know) your whole frigging life story, your problems, your complaints, or whatever.

It is why this (my old) blog is so useful. I can just get it out there and the rest of my day then is okay. I will be fine two seconds after I go back to my desk.

(And, I always was.)

The Value Of Venting

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People often don`t realize that about blogs either. Life gets a bit warped at the end of a keyboard. So, despite a moment like this; as I always tell my folks:

“I just keep pluggin` along.”

I will re-group and fight just as hard as always.

(And, I did.)

Bonus Food Picture Blog Posts

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Craig-162 Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Super Feature- How To Negotiate For More English Teaching Money In Japan

Craig-144 The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Mailbag (17) Why You Didn`t Get The English Teaching Job In Japan…

Craig-127 How To Survive The Grind Of English Teaching

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“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”- Stephen Hawking

Craig-444 3 Effective Ways To Reach More People On Social Media!

Craig note- New and on-going programs from Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin! (Enjoy!)
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GGG Weekend Engagement Outreach

Weekend 2018 New Engager Campaign!

We ran a very, very, very successful weekend engager campaign! It was a super chance to draw to people to Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin!

GGG Audio Content Program

Definitely Not A Podcast Show

This new limited audio series has been well received by our Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin core! We appreciate your continued support of this new show about Social Media, Japan, Japanese food, expat life, and life in general!

Recent Episode- On Journey Versus Destination

GGG Lifting People Up In 2018

_Lifting People Up in 2018!_

We are spending 2018 showcasing super, super, super content from our core. We have featured several folks on our blog!

GGG Guest Contributors In 2018

Be sure to read these wonderful, wonderful, wonderful posts! We encourage you to follow these awesome people on their Social Media!

(We do!)

Craig-424 8 Great Habits For Expats To Slow The Grey, Reduce The Grizzle, And Stay Gaijin- Guest Contributor David Hayter

Craig-389 Sean Curiel- 5 Japanese Habits Your Family Can Start Today!- “Lifting People Up in 2018” Feature

Craig-371 Teni Wada- I Can Speak Japanese, You Know!- “Lifting People Up in 2018” Feature

Craig-369- Kevin O’Shea- On Leaving Japan- “Lifting People Up in 2018” Feature

Bonus Food Pictures And Blog Posts

 

Craig 384- Say Hello To JaDan, My Man! Lifting People Up In 2018 Feature

Craig-370 Social Media- Great Blogs About Japan You Must Follow

Craig-366 Kevin O`Shea- The Just Japan Podcast- “Lifting People Up In 2018” Feature

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“As an adult, I’ve always tried to be a good person my whole life, so I’ve made good friends, and I’ve always built great relationships and been friendly with people. I always think what you do to others will come to you, so that’s how I treat people.”- Roman Reigns
 

Craig-443 6 Yummy Tweets To Get Your Tummy Growling!

Craig note- Hungry? Today, we feature some recent popular Twitter food tweets! (Enjoy!)
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The Tuna Post

The Pizza Post

The Katsu Curry Picture

The Kushi Katsu Picture

The Pasta Picture

The Japanese Beef Picture

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-391 Twitter- Great Tweets From Our Engagers Who Write Longer Works Like Us!

Craig-382 Twitter- The A, B, C (And D) Way To More Effective Engagement With Your Followers

Craig-295 Expat- What To Eat When You Hate Japanese Food

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”- Mother Teresa

Craig-442 Japanese Tuna- Beyond Just The Rolls

Craig note- Happy day! Let`s enjoy some great, great, great, food pictures! Today, we feature yummy, yummy, yummy tuna! (Enjoy!)
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Tuna Rolls

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Tuna Sashimi

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Tuna, Avocado, And Tomato Over Rice

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Tuna With Mountain Potato Sauce

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Grilled Tuna On A Stick

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Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-383 Food Pictures- On Expensive Breakfasts In Japan And Bonus Japanese Food Posts

Craig-339- On Kaiten Zushi- Beyond Sushi

Craig-260- Travel- 5 Posts To Save You Money On Food-Drink In Japan

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”-Henry David Thoreau

Craig-441 On Competitive Beloved Mothers, Arcade Basketball, And Expat Karma

Craig note– This is Season Two- Episode Six of “The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Definitely Not A Podcast Show!”  We discuss competitive beloved mothers, arcade basketball, and karma!

(A mobile recording! It was a beautiful day outside! You can hear a few birds! Even they want on the show. (lol))

You can listen to Season One free here!

(Enjoy!)

Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin

“No, Craig, You Don’t Have All The Answers.”

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-434 What To Do When Your Life Does Not Go Exactly According To Plan

Craig-265 Expat- On Beloved Grandmothers

Craig-158 Social Media And Beloved Mother(s)

Super Bonus- What Are Some Challenges You Faced Early And Later In Japan That Most People Would Not Think About?

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“A successful competition for me is always going out there and putting 100 percent into whatever I’m doing. It’s not always winning. People, I think, mistake that it’s just winning. Sometimes it could be, but for me, it’s hitting the best sets I can, gaining confidence, and having a good time and having fun.”- Simone Biles

Craig-440 5 Tweets That Really, Really, Really Got People Talking!

Craig note– Bonus blog for our Weekend Engager Campaign. We would LOVE the opportunity to connect with you! We feature some of our most popular Twitter content!

Please enjoy Season One of “The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Definitely Not A Podcast” free here!

(Enjoy!)

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Top Video Tweet- GGG Social Media Recap

Top Travel Tweet- Golden Week

Top Food Tweet- Pizza

Top Blog Tweet- Expat Hamster On A Wheel

Top Photograph Tweet- Himeji Castle

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-417 5 Insanely Popular Blog Posts You Should Be Retweeting To Drive Traffic To Your Social Media

Craig-405 On Negative People On Social Media And Hamburger Tweets

Craig-395 Social Media- 6 Blog Post Types To Really, Really, Really Engage Your Core

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“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!”- Dita Von Teese

Craig-439 How To Be A Successful Expat On Social Media And In Life When You Aren`t Naturally Awesome

Craig note– This is Season Two- Episode Five of “The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Definitely Not A Podcast Show!”  We discuss how get more out of your Social Media and life when you are very, very, very (below) average.

You can listen to Season One free here!

(Enjoy!)

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How To Be A Successful Expat On Social Media And In Life When You Aren`t Naturally Awesome

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig 374 Social Media- Secrets Of Better Blog Marketing For People Willing To Work For Success

Craig-362 On Life Success, Failure, And Sherpa People In 1953

Craig-338- On Writing And Social Media Success

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“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”- Ann Landers

Craig-438 On Failure And Regret As An Expat

Craig note– This is Season Two- Episode Four of “The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Definitely Not A Podcast Show!” 

You can listen to Season One free here!

Season Two-Episode One is here!

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On Failure And Regret As An Expat

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-394 Expat- 4 Things Great, Great, Great Foreigners Do While Living In Japan

Craig-346 Expat- Are You Living In Expat Fantasyland?

Craig-334 Expat- On Why Your Life Is Crappy

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“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”- Barbara Bush

Craig-437 The Cautions Of Personal Brand-Rebranding, And Twitter Blog Marketing Synergy

Craig note– This is Season Two- Episode Three of “The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Definitely Not A Podcast Show!” 

You can listen to Season One free here!

Season Two-Episode One is here!

(Enjoy!)

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The Cautions Of Personal Brand-Rebranding, And Twitter-Blog Marketing Synergy

Bonus Food Picture And Blog Posts

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Craig-388 Social Media- On Warp Speed Blog Post Creation And Repackaging

Craig-380 Social Media- On Blog Post Creation, Increasing Blog Traffic, And Blog Promotion On Twitter

Craig 374 Social Media- Secrets Of Better Blog Marketing For People Willing To Work For Success

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