Clearing out the Kitchen

I spent the whole day cleaning up my kitchen. Garbage disposal day for metal items – that is only once a month – is coming up soon, so it gave me the sorely needed motivation. With my mask on, I moved out all the items in the cupboards. The items are mostly old, dirty, rusty, → Read more


Furnishing my apartment

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
Fan ¥2,149

Total Damage: ¥11,713 (One ¥10,000 note gone)
It was still pretty decent. I was expecting

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Feet, Microwave, NHK, Bicycle

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

Work – Day 1

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

Heading over to my Prefecture

My roommate has a breakfast coupon because she needs to leave the hotel at 0630. I don’t have one, even though I have to leave not too long after. Dang it. Still, I realised that Concord Room C has its breakfast at 0630 instead of the usual 0700, so I made my way towards it and had a quick breakfast.

Once my tummy was filled, I headed down to the Hana room to 集合 (assemble) with all my other buddies from the same prefecture. We took a bus down to Haneda and it was time to fly over to the place where I would begin a new life in.

Had my lunch at the airport before taking a shuttle-ish bus down to my new office. However, only K-san was there. I greeted him and passed him my omiyage. It was then time to make my way down to → Read more