During the past couple of years, I have spoken to a number of Japanese people online back in my hometown, and I always wondered why most of them didn’t really have anything they did as a hobby after work, or on weekends. Won’t life be very boring if they only worked and rest? Or do things like shopping or drinking? Is that all there is to life?
Then, I came to Japan. And I haven’t done anything really productive myself. When I was back in my hometown, I would → Read more
I impatiently waited for my bank book, bank card, and bicycle to arrive.
A knock at my door at 0955. Yay – bank book and card! I can finally apply for a phone line and wifi 😀
At 1015, another knock on my door. My bicycle’s here 😀
It’s time to cycle down to the nearby electronics store to get the missing plug for my tv, and then to Aeon to get my phone line and wifi. That was the plan, but the road was so narrow, I ended up pushing my bicycle along to the electronics store. I hope I didn’t → Read more
My house still badly required a lot of things.
I needed decent clothes hangers, a fan, a water filter, a water kettle, dehumidifying water absorbing stuff, vacuum pack for keeping my futon, shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities.
And I wanted a tv, a proper bicycle, a bathroom floor mat, and a digital clock that shows the humidity of the room.
E-san kindly offered to drive me around the city to get my stuff settled. I’m really grateful. If I didn’t have her car, I don’t know how I am to buy and lug all these things by myself.
Our first stop was Nitori
Shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities x 4 ¥815
Vacuucum pack for futon ¥514
Vacuum pack for clothes ¥822
Water filter ¥2,027 (lasts only for 3 months, before needing to change the refill)
Water kettle ¥1,933
Digital clock ¥1,028
Aromatic Defuser ¥1,825 (will only use after the humid summer is over)
Hangers x 30 ¥599
Total Damage: ¥11,713 (One ¥10,000 note gone)
It was still pretty decent. I was expecting
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I was nearly at the train station before I realised I didn’t have my wallet with me.
So I had to run back to my apartment; while cursing under my breath. I so do not want to be late. It has only been exactly a week since I started work. My feet started to hurt. They were not in a good condition after yesterday’s interpretation. I didn’t want to be late. I considered changing into my sneakers after I grabbed my wallet, but meh – it would take some time to wear my socks and all. Also, I didn’t want to be informal.
I missed the train. Waited for the next one. As I waited, I → Read more
I got lazy. I didn’t head out in the morning for the event finals.
Around 1130, I texted E-san to find out how the event went.
She told me that the group I was supporting didn’t go through to the finals, but it seems like they felt like they did their best and are happy with their result. They also received a lot of valuable critiques from the judges, so I’m sure it helped them grow a lot. I hope from the bottom of my heart that they this will be a springboard that propels them to a greater height in the future.
I spent the afternoon cleaning my apartment. My predecessor left a lot of junk. Like a WHOLE lot of junk. You know what’s worse than having to clean out other people’s junk? It is having to → Read more
It’s the first day of work.
I bought red bean bread from Lawson nearby, stuffed it into my bag, and took the train down to my new office. I’m 30 minutes early, so I munched on my breakfast.
Hello E-san. She sat down beside me.
Okay. What do I do now?
I guess I can start by reading the guidebooks about my prefecture. It’s always good to know more about my prefecture so that I can translate or interpret more accurately.
M-san came over to ask me to check an email’s English. H-san came over to ask me to check the summary of some item requisitions. Hmm.. the English used in the summary is a little weird. But then again I don’t really know how formal item requisition works. I need to consult Google-sensei.
Problem. I can’t → Read more