Days of My Life

Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success. My nick name will be Sunshine..

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The 3rd time is the best ...

Hello friends ,
On Thursday I had an interview with NHK TV, that was at 6:00pm , I was so excited and nervous in the same time , the reporters talked to me on Skype ,but guess what ? my microphone didn’t work !!!!!!.
my mom phoned our neighbors to borrow their mic, but they didn’t have any ! I was very upset , I kept trying to make it work , but after an hour I gave up , we postponed the interview to the next day .
my family and some relatives who were in the living room tried to make me feel better. one of my relatives know some words in Japanese ,since he worked with a Japanese phone connections company , he taught me 9 words , then we read some old posts and had a nice evening .
Then at 9 :00 my dad’s cousin brought me his friend’s mic , I felt so relieved .
In the next day , I was happy and anxious to make the interview , at 3:00 pm I called the reporter , he said " we hear you well , we will start now ".
I said " ok , just a sec "I wanted to bring a paper where I wrote the Japanese words.
Then I became ready to start , but the mic didn’t work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I kept trying and trying, but I couldn’t .
I was so mad , we called some nearby relatives , & neighbors , but we couldn’t get another mic . I was afraid that the reporters were bothered or they will not postponed the interview to another day again .
I cried , but the reporter told me not to feel upset , because Japanese people believe in an aphorism that says " the 3rd time is the best " , I felt so much better when he postponed the interview to Saturday at 6 :00 pm , just then my smile returned to my face .
In the afternoon we visited my mom's friend , then we went to search for new mic , we went to Jamea street ( there are so many shops sell computers and it’s stuff) , but it was Friday , the shops were closed except one , we bought a new mic !
on Saturday , I had the interview and the mic was working good , my mom sat next to me , she was calming me down , I was excited and I talking hasty , I don’t know why the words came out so quickly !..
I had fun , and got new friends too , and it was my first voice interview , hoping that the next interview will be with Dr . phil (as a phenomenon teenager guest !!! heheheh just kidding ) or with Oprah ? who knows !
Yesterday ( Sunday ) , I went to my relatives’ house , my grandma and grandfather stayed in the house , because we expect home inspection as few tanks were in the neighborhood. when we were back my grandma told us what happened in our street ,she said:
“ we saw some tanks , while you were out , the US soldiers locked the ends of our street and inspected some houses , after awhile we heard an explosion, my grandma looked from the window and she saw heavy GREEN smoke , interfere with seeing the next door neighbor !!! “
what did the soldiers do ? what was this smoke ? and why ? no one knows .
what baffles me is that there are 4 houses in the neighborhood being inspected lately from time to time ?????!!!!!!!! .
I don’t know those neighbors , they live at the end of the street, but there must be something behind those continues inspections ?.
Live strong !
Sunshine with love .
The school will start on 20/9/2006 , I will try to write to you every Thursday , and whenever I have time , I should work hard and get high marks , so that I can make you and my family proud ..


At 7:58 PM, Blogger olivebranch said...

great post sunshine! but I think you meant 3rd ! Oh and you know today the Olivebranch Network was mentioned on #13 TV NEWS in america today at 6am! we share something in common again hehe wahoo!

will hopefully find more about it today! Hope your interview goes well!

<3 allways Luke(y)

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you finally had a chance to interview, and that it went well!

In the United States (and other cultures I'm sure) we also use a similar phrase, that says "The third time's the charm!" which means the same thing as the Japanese phrase you used. I've found that it often holds true.

Good luck with school! Sending good thoughts to you and your family!


At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunny,

My computer is down, so I am at the library. I'll check my mail as often as possible.



At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you were able to get the interview done. I have no doubt that you did a wonderful job.
I hope that the inspections get finished soon. It would be nice if they found whatever it is they seem to be interested in and then move on.
Keep safe dear one. I will be anxious to hear about school.

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Heather Meadows said...

Congratulations on the interview! If they post it online, will you post a link?

I'm sure it was so exciting to be interviewed! I'm glad you finally got a mic that worked!

At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Navajo culture, 4 is the magic number.

Your unwillingness to let things drag you down may be your greatest talent. There is a saying that fits you: "It isn't the things that happen to us that builds our character; it's how we react to them."

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say "It's isn't what happens to us that 'reveals' our character, not 'builds'. Sorry.


At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine it's awesome to hear from you again!
Cool post! It must feel nice and exciting to know that people from all over the world want to interview you and get to know you. Can't wait to read your interview. Have fun at school *<8-p
Jennifer Bland

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Elizabeth. I am studying at a University in the U.S. For one of my classes I am required to write a paper about the day to day life for an Iraqi civilian and was given this website for a reference. I was wondering if you had an email that we could possibly correspond between?

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello ma'am , thanks for your comment yes i have e-mail address :
and skype address : livesstrong1992
Live strong !
Sunshine .

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At 7:26 PM, Blogger Ripama said...


Its good to hear you finally got an interview. Now maybe you'll consider giving autographs. (Ha Ha)

Is there a transcript available of the interview? The link to NHK didn't work.

What language was it conducted in?

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello sir , thanks a lot for your comments .
the channel address is :
And the interview was in English of course .
take care and live strong !
Sunshine .
Do you want my autograph ? hehehehhehe , just kidding.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Ripama said...

I don't want an autograph until you become famous. So hurry up and get famous because I'm getting old.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Marshmallow26 said...


Congratulation and I am sure that you will be on TV with Dr. Phill or Oprah one day...

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just heard your voice on TV.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Sunshine.

This morning, I watched your interview on NHK TV and heard your voice.
I'll pray for you and Iraqi people

With love from Japan.(F)

At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sunshine,
I am from Japan and I saw you this morning on NHK giving interview thou only your back was shown that you wanted to remain anonymous. The commentator said that you had gunfight in the neighborhood the next day you had interview.
It was also mentioned that your blog is likened to the Diary of Anne Frank.
I wish you be safe and happy and Peace prevail over minds of the world esp. Iraqi people.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! sunshine!

i read your blog from japan.
because i watched a report about you on TV this morning.
i think you are frightened every day but i hope that fight will be stop and you write happy phrases on this blog.
i will come this page again!

from sayo,japan

i'm sorry for my poor english

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHK was seen.
I cannot speak English.
I'm sorry.
It examined and your Brog was read.
It is prayed that peace come in your country.

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Sunshine.

I am Kuni Harada from Japan. I also watched your interview on NHK this morning.

I immediately found your blog through Google and skimmed most of your blog entries today. I found your blog very informative and with full of insights. I especially liked, although saddened as well in part, by the parts on unfair media, roles of women in Iraq, and your friend who lost many family members.

Being an English teacher myself, I am thinking of telling my students to read your blog to have a better understanding of your culture and unfortunate situation now.

I think NHK will broadcast your interview at more depth again in ten minutes. I will comment on that after watching it.

Good luck. I am happy to know a little bit about you and your site.

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine:

My name is Junta Izumi. I am a Japanese man.(old man)
Call me Junta.
Last Friday night at 10 p.m. I watched your interview on NHK TV. Of course I was not able to see your face,but I was able to listen to your voice.
Since the USA invated Iraq, I have been paying attention to Iraq and Iraqis, especially Iraqi children.
Last year two Iraqi doctors came to my home town, Fukuoka in Japan.
They told us about Iraqi children who were dying because of depleted-uranium.

Please keep posting. It lets me know what is going on in your country. And be careful when you go out and be survive. Please say hello to your families and Iraqis for me. Many Japanese people are watching you and Iraqi people from Japan.

Yours sincerely,
Saturday,1:55 a.m. Japan time.

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Sunshine.

I am Kuni Harada from Japan to follow up on the promise, because I thought you wanted to know how your news was broadcasted here in Japan. I just watched the special report on you at 23:15 Friday Japan time. Your interview was briefly aired earlier today for about 3 minutes. This one is the second and main report on your blog.

------- The program starts -----------

The news went like this:

Iraq is still in chaos (scenes of violence on the street), but after the fall of Saddam Husayn regime, people were allowed to use the Internet.

Some Iraqis started using a new form of media, blog, to express their opinions (scene of the Internet cafe). Among them is a Iraqi Anne Frank, 14-years-old girl, who writes her daily life (footage of a girl with her face not shown), except that it includes occasional violence and fear. Her handle name is Sunshine with her blog, Days of My Life.

Blog entries from Days of My Life and some images to accompany:
"My school was blasted by .........."
"We played in the small swimming pool ......"
"My uncle was killed .........."

A NHK news reporter interviews Sunshine.
Footage of the reporter in front of computer and skype phone and a picture of a girl with her face not shown.

Sunshine (her original voice dubbed with Japanese voice-over) "Konnichiwa (Hello in Japanese) ..... I wanted people in the world to know the real life of Iraqi people .... When I wrote about my uncle who got killed, I was encouraged by the readers around the world who read my blog."

Sunshine "(Asked by the reporter) This pendant (around my neck) is the flag of Iraq, and I am proud of my country."

Sunshine "Do most of Japanese wear Kimono? Do all Japanese use chopsticks? "

Japanese reporter "She (Sunshine) seemed very mature for her age but scared of the instability in the country, as anyone in that situation would be. She seemed very excited to talk to the foreign media such as NHK."

Then a short interview with the first blogger in Iraq.

------- End of the program -----------

I think the program was very informative and good. I wish they had broadcasted it bilingually in English and Japanese, but they broadcasted in only in Japanese. Still, I think everyone who watched it was impressed and thought favourably of you and the blog. Wish you happy blogging.

Kuni Harada (Japan)

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello everyone,I'm a NHK cameraman who reported "Days of my life" and Iraqi blogger on TV.
Now I am preparating privately to send her the DVD of the program which we boradcasted.
And we have a plan to broadcast again in English varsion.
thank you to worry about.

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