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- University of Melbourne, Swinburne Univeristy, Monash University.
- Ayu Consultancies Pty Ltd (Japanese-English translation and interpreting, school language text book writing and publishing)
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I tried marriage for 35 years but am now divorced, have two adult sons (one still lives at home despite my best efforts....). I have a close connection with Japan since studying there 4 decades ago. I am a professional Japanese-English translator and interpreter and this occupation has taken me to lots of interesting places.
I like art and visiting galleries, reading (mostly non-fiction), keeping fit without joining a gym, taking photos of everyday situations, visiting gardens and gardening. My latest hobby is geocaching which is a way to exercise the brain and the body. I live in a multi-cultural city and enjoy the vibrancy that gives. I am an active user of Facebook and enjoy the interaction with people around the globe, especially when I can't sleep! I have been to Japan twice since the 2011 tsunami to volunteer in two locations in Tohoku. The rest of the time I try to lend support to victims of the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident from Australia by collecting money or goods to donate.
One of my sons has started a small catering company specialising in Eastern European food so I have recently been the check-out chic (?) at his night market stall.
I cannot live without my iphone and laptop when travelling. Being freelance and having a portable occupation where the job market is global, I cannot entirely leave my work or clients behind so having regular internet access is important.
I am a fairly neat, organised person and I think I can blend into most situations. I do not sleep long hours and do not wish to disturb hosts by reading during the night, which is why I prefer to have a private room. I eat a wide range of foods but the emphasis is on fresh and healthy.
I try and live by the LILLY rule..Live it Like it's your Last Year.
While I go to Japan every year and have made trips to Singapore and India for work, in recent years I have also visited the Phillipines, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Indianapolis and Atlanta, and travelled by car from Santa Fe across three states along Route 66 to Las Vegas. The bucket list is long but I am working on it!