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Writer's Block: The long and winding road

Are there any difficult events in your past that made you a stronger person today? If you could go back and erase them, would you?

Yes, there were. But even if I could go back with the possibility to erase them, I would not do that. Those events made me who I am today.

For all the victims of the devastating earth quake in Japan and the tsunami's that followed.
My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Writer's Block: Happy, happy, joy, joy

Which song makes you happy every time you hear it, and why?

There are several songs that make me happy. For example an old song I heard on the radio; it's called Spooky's Day Off from the Swinging Soul Machine.
But "This is my life" from Naohito Fujiki too. This song helped me through a stressful time, while waiting for testresults (everything is OK btw). 

Writer's Block: The nickname game

Which nicknames have you given to your friends, and why? Have they embraced them?

I don't give my friends any nicknames, unless they tell me their nicknames and tell me it's okay to call them that way.

Writer's Block: The kindness of strangers

If someone insults you when you're walking down the street, what do you do?

It depends on what that person says. I ignore it, or have a good laugh about it.

Writer's Block: The name game

What's the origin of your username? If you could change it to anything else, would you, and what would it be?

I saw the name Joia in an advertisement in a Dutch magazine called: "Onkruid".
Joia means happiness.
I don't want to change this name, because it means a lot to me.

Learning Japanese

One of my daughters wants to study Japanese at the Leiden University. Her friend studies Japanese too; she is in her 2-nd year.
It reminded me of my schoolyears. I learned Dutch (my native language), English, German and French. French is a beautiful language, but a rather difficult one.
Mathematics wasn't one of my favourite lessons; it was very difficult and I didn't understand much of it.

And now I want to learn Japanese too. I was influenced by my daughter's enthusiasm. 
I also found beautiful Japanese music and songs on YouTube, some with English and Romaji -, others only Japanese subs, or no subs at all. That also was and is a challenge for me to learn this language.
I watched a beautiful and touching movie: One Litre of Tears. Thanks to the English subs I could understand what everyone was saying.

I heard learning Hiragana is the best way to start learning Japanese. And then Katakana.
Curious as I am, I also looked at Kanji. My goodness that looked difficult!
But first things first: Kanji can wait a while. I don't want to push myself too much.
I also want to learn more about the history and customs of Japan.
And my biggest wish: to visit this beautiful country!

Maybe some practice how to eat with chopsticks will be useful as well XD! 

My first posting

This is my first posting on my LJ-account. I took some time thinking about creating it, but I am happy I made a positive decision. Ofcourse I needed some help and advice, but my daughters wanted to help me. And I am very grateful they did.

This day started very early and I felt already tired. So I decided to do things I like. That felt good.
I watched some YouTube movies, did some household works, watched TV, talked with my kids.
The weather was grey, dull and rainy. It worked somehow depressive. I don't like this time of the year. The holidays are over and now we have to wait until Spring is here.
Even my pets (birds: 1 parakeet, 4 zebra finches) were quiet.
I'll light some candles tonight to make it more cosy here.