Have you seen this bear before? Or are you familiar with Rilakkuma? If you have been to Japan, you must have seen them because they are everywhere. You can see them at any convenience store,… More
On my blog post, click here, I have mentioned that every Wednesday I teach outside school and that I have to travel by bullet train for 30 minutes and 40 minutes by bus which I really find stressful, because I don’t like traveling. So every time I go there, I always make sure I have candies or something to chew while traveling, I usually buy mentos or any chewing gum, but last Wednesday I grabbed this Puccho Soda and I thought it was a chewing gum. I was surprised because it tastes really good and it slowly melts in my mouth. It tastes soda, of course, and you can really feel that fizz effect you get when you drink soda. I love the fizzling sensation every time I bite and it also has this small gummies inside that added flavor to it.
I asked my Japanese friends and they said it’s really popular here and they all love it.
If you’re familiar with Starbust, it looks a lot like this. The only thing I hate about it is that it is so good that I can finish the whole pack in one sitting, I love binge eating puccho! I highly recommend that you try this when you visit Japan.
Puccho (ぷっちょ Puccho) is a chewy Japanese confectionery made and sold by UHA Mikakutō Co. Ltd. (味覚糖株式会社UHA Mikakutō Kabushiki Gaisha, UHA – Unique Human Adventure). There are two types of Pucchos: stick type (Puru Puccho, Shuwa Puccho, and Suppa Puccho) and puccho gumi. Both types come in many different flavors. There are also ten flavors that are unique to certain regions in Japan, which is common among Japanese candy.
There are many flavors of puccho, including: cola, grape, orange, lemon, yoghurt, blue cream soda, blueberry, cherry, peach, mango, melon soda, and pineapple.
The gummi puccho squares are a unique consistency similar to a combination of gummy bears and taffy. They often contain gummy “balls” of flavor that are more chewy than the rest of the square. In addition to these balls, there are also “fizz” balls that mimic the carbonation of their soda derivatives.
Ingredients Millet jelly, sugar, soy bean oil, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, milk protein, xylitol, cellulose, gum arabic, sodium bicarbonate, flavor, calcium
Do you love watching in a movie theater or a cinema (or whatever you call it in your country)?
Yeah I do.
But I’ve been living in Japan for 15 months now and I have never been to any of their cinemas, not even once because aside from there were no great movies to watch, I find it quite expensive for one movie. My boyfriend and I usually watch movies at least once a month in the Ph because it’s way cheaper than Japan. However, last Saturday, Iza and the guys wanted to watch Black Panther and me being a cheapo asked my friends who watched it already to make sure that the movie is gonna be worth it. This isn’t going to be a review but I’ll rate the movie later *wink.
After convincing myself to try, I finally decided to give it a try it but before that I did some research. HAHA. The only cinema available near my place is TOHO CINEMA, it is located just infront of my workplace, usually TOHO cinemas are located within a shopping mall and in my city it’s located in ZAZA City, on the 3rd floor.
So here are the prices just incase you want to experience watching movie in Japan.
For the regular price:
(Bring your student ID card)
High school student
Middle / elementary school student (Jr. High, Elementary)
Infant (3 years old ~)/Child (3 & up)
They also offer discount service, just like what we did last Saturday, we bought the late show and it only cost us 1,300 JPY each, we saved 500 JPY.
TOHO CINEMAS DAY (every 14th of the month)
Cine MILEAGE Day (Tuesdays)
(If you’re a member, you’ll only have to pay 1,400 JPY on Tuesdays)
First Day (e.g March 01)
(On the 1st of every month, the movie is only 1,100 yen.)
Women’s Day or Ladies’ Service Day (Wednesdays)
(You can treat your sister or mother and only pay 1,100 JPY each).
AU Monday (Mondays)
General · Undergraduate ¥ 1,100
High school student or less ¥ 900(for AU smartpass, AU smartpass premium and videopass members only)
Late Show (showings after 20: 00)
(Admission fee after 8 p.m. is 1,300 yen.)
Senior Discount (60 & up)
(One accompanying adult can also get a discount same as the PWD).
Senior Couple Discount (One person over 50 years old)
Two people \ 2,200
(If you’re a senior couple over 50 year old, you can get ticket for only 2,200 JPY for two).
You can visit their website here.
You can purchase tickets in advance online, they have English translation, or just get it at the ticket booth.
This is going to be my first post for this month and my first tag/award post ever! Y’all know that I’m new to this community and I have never tried any tag post or award blog post ever, so I’m really glad to be nominated 🙂
So here’s to my One Lovely Blog Award!
One of my favorite friends here on WordPress, Hunida (Huh-Nee-Duh) nominated me for this one, really, lovely blog award. Domo arigatou gozaimasu! I really lover her blog because she’s honest and she shares everything about her life, EVERYTHING. It is always fun reading her journals, her adventures, her love life and my most favorite, her job. She’s an exotic dancer which I really find cool and interesting. If you’re curious about her, visit her blog and it’ll answer all of the questions you’ll have in mind. She writes daily and she even posts recipes too! Ooh, and we’re both gemini 🙂
- Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
- You must include the rules and the blog award image in your post.
- You must add 7 facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 people to this award.
7 Miscellaneous Facts About Me:
- I don’t like people who typ lyk dis and it makes me uncomfortable seeing words with incorrect usage of uppercases and lowercases. But I am not a grammar nazi, it’s just that when I reply to messages, I always make sure I capitalize “I” and “I’m” not “i’m” or “im” even though I have to stop walking just to make it or just type the message when I can use both of my hands.
- I love coffee but I don’t drink much, I love the smell of it and I love it when people are drinking around me. I do drink but just once or twice a month, if I really need to be perky. It’s just that I can’t drink a lot or drink once a week because I’ll have really really bad palpitation and I hate it, plus I easily get heartburn.
- I love going out, partying or just simply chilling with friends BUT I am not a good drinker. I easily get drunk and I always have hangover the next day and I need one whole week to regain my energy. So when I drink, I always make sure that it’s my holiday the next day because I literally sleep the whole day, without any food just Gatorade or Pocari Sweat.
- I dunno, but when I drink, I always go home with bruises, scratches or even an injury. The last time I went out for a drink with friends, I went home with bruises on my right hand (the scratch from last time hasn’t healed yet) and an injury on the right side of my face. I got it when I tried to help my friend inside the toilet, she’s really drunk and I wasn’t, I lift her up and she fell down while hugging me so we both fell and I hit my head on the trash can. It was really bad.
- I love cats. Who wouldn’t love them????? I have four and we named them after condiments, Princess Rosemary, Garlic, Oyster and Olive. Princess is the bitch one, she’s a tricolor cat and she’s always moody, Oyster is a bluish cat (like a Russian blue color but he’s Persian) and he’s the smartest and the most clingy baby of mine, Garlic is the fluffiest, he’s pure white (most if the time dirty white) and he has blue eyes, I love dressing him as a girl and we used to go modeling together when I was in Ph and Olive is a calico cat I adopted from a friend who’s gonna move in a condo that only allows 2 cats and she has 4. She is skinny and very vocal.
- I can’t sleep without any pillows surrounding me, or a teddy bear. I normally have four pillows and a teddy bear (since I was a kid) because when we were young, we do believe that if you sleep and there’s a space on the bed, a spirit will sleep with you so we (my sis and brother) always put pillows in every corner of the bed. We also grew up thinking that if you don’t do your bed in the morning or fold your mosquito net properly, the spirits will live there and they will be with you forever. HAHA.
- I don’t know how to be properly angry, my friends will always ask me if I’m already angry because my voice is so consistent from happy to angry to being excited, you can’t recognize which is which. My happy voice is the same as my normal voice, one time our manager at school asked me “Are you even excited to go back to Ph?” and I answered “Yes, of course I am” with my happy-as-I-see-it voice but they find it same as my normal voice. There’s also one time my college best friend (after living together for 4 years) asked my brother “Is she already angry?” when me and my brother were fighting one afternoon, and she laughed hard at me, she still hasn’t seen me super angry.
I’m going to nominate 15 lovely people to do the One Lovely Blog Award post. These blogs are my most recently favorites and enjoyed reading so far, and I’d love to hear more about them:
- Love, Amielle …
- Adventure of a cupcake girl…
- Chasing Potatoes…
- Life of an Introvert…
- Write And Shoot 2018…
- The Flying TOfu…
- be quiet Kate…
- Space Ko to…
Note to the owners of the blogs nominated above, I won’t be sad nor upset if you can’t or simply don’t want to do the tag, promise 🙂
I know, it has been five days since ‘the’ day but let me share with you these unique sweets I’ve seen last Valentine’s day. I enjoyed just looking at them and I want to eat them all so I’m dying to share the feeling with you haha, gommenne.
Did you enjoy? Which one is your fave? I love the universe themed one, if Imma give it to my special one I’m gonna write “My love for you is like the universe. It always grows, but it never ends”. Naks.
Here’s a picture from Costco Hamamatsu, I love how they arranged the apples into heart shape last heart day. (Photo not mine but from a friend, a teacher from a JET program).
3:32 p.m (in our school lobby)
I am writing this early today (I usually write after work) because I will be
drinking going out with Yurina tonight. She’ll leave to Finland on the 24th and this is the only time I’m available for the month. My friends usually ask me out a month before because they know my schedule. And today is also the 30th of my writing challenge! Yay! As much as I wanted to tell you about my experience, I will focus on Valentine’s Day today.
So how’s my heart day so far? It’s an ordinary day for me as you know my boyfriend is in the Philippines and just like last year we celebrated it virtually, I wasn’t nor am sad because I know we can celebrate hearts day anytime, love is all that matters anyways charaught.
Anyways, it wasn’t new to us that Japanese has a different kind of celebration when it comes the 14th of February, same as South Korea (I used to teach Koreans for a year too) they have Valentines Day and White Day. So basically, Vday is for men, women gives chocolate to them. But not only that, I also found out that there are several types of gift-giving on Valentines’s day here after our manager gave us chocolate, she said it’s tomo-choco (friend chocolates) and when I asked our counselor (we saw her buying chocolate last Monday) what kind of chocolate she bought, she was laughing and said it’s a jibun-choco (chocolate for yourself). So I then asked google and he gave me this blog that explains them all.
Loosely meaning ‘obligation chocolate’, this gift is given to friends, bosses, family members, work colleagues or other men who the giver isn’t romantically involved with. It’s an obligation, for sure, but there’s more to it than that.
Giri is a very complicated concept in Japanese culture, and doesn’t translate easily into Western culture. We might see giri as an obligation, but it’s also close to ‘a debt of gratitude’, or the pursuit of the other person’s happiness. Receiving giri-choco from a girl or woman in your life won’t be a statement of romance, but it also shouldn’t be thought of as a forced habit. Instead, that’s reserved for cho-giri-choco (ultra-obligation-chocolate).
So, why do women give giri-choco to men on Valentine’s day? We’ll get to that, but first, let’s find out what Japanese ladies do for that special someone in their lives.
In Japan, Honmei chocolate is reserved for a boyfriend, husband or lover – that special someone in your life that you want to shower with affection in the form of chocolate, cookies and other sweet treats.
To separate the gift of honmei (meaning loosely ‘real objective’) from others made out of giri (obligation), many women in Japan choose to make the chocolate themselves. By handcrafting their gift, they hope to demonstrate how valuable this person is in their life.
Thanks to this love of handmade honmei, stores will not only sell chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but also many of the ingredients for making chocolates. So, if you want to show true affection for someone, Japanese-style, it might be time to break out the recipe book.
Let’s face it, we all love chocolate. Jibun-choco is the chocolate you buy and enjoy for yourself. Depending on who you ask, jibun-choco is actually the most important to many women (and men) on Valentine’s Day. So, when it comes to choosing your Valentine’s day gifts this year, don’t forget to do as the Japanese do and spoil yourself a little… Or a lot!
Tomo-choco is ‘friend chocolates’ and is given by women to other female friends on Valentine’s Day – so no one is left out of the gifts!
Tomo-choco is usually quite ornate, expensive and decorative. Typically, Japanese ladies will not only gift their friends tomo-choco, but get together and eat it all at the same time. It’s a time for girls to get together and enjoy their own special Valentine’s Day moments.
Gyaku-choco means ‘reverse chocolate’ and is given by a man to a woman. Because it’s not ‘traditional’ for men to give chocolate on Valentine’s Day, gyaku is not particularly common. To understand why it’s not traditional, you have to know about Japan’s complementary holiday to Valentine’s Day, called White Day.
Falling exactly one month after Valentine’s Day, White Day is a Japanese romantic holiday where men return the favour… times three!
Come the 14th of March, men of all ages are expected to give gifts worth at least three times the amount of the gift received, to any woman from whom they received giri-choco from the month before.
Men aren’t expected to only give chocolate either. Instead they can give gifts like handbags, lingerie, flowers and clothes. So if you want to be showered with gifts on White Day, give generously to your friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
Source: Kobe Jones
In my opinion, this day isn’t only a day for couples but for all hearts out there. To single people out there, try not to be sad and enjoy the day with friends, your family and people who are special to you, or try greeting everyone around you, the security guard who always greets you good morning or the crew in your favorite convenient store or restaurant, the taxi/uber driver or even the jeepney driver, the person next to you or the person you secretly like (malay mo may pagtingin din haha) this simple things will brighten up their day and you’ll never know they’ll be sharing the vibes to other people too.
And to those lovely couple out there, I know it’s our day naks, show your love one how much you love them (too much love already lol!), you don’t need to spend money on expensive things like flowers and chocolates, remember, it’s the thought that counts.
To our married couples, it might be an ordinary day for you but isn’t it sweet to celebrate it? Your other half would be happy with simple things, a candlelight dinner tonight at home, or a pair of socks you know he would love, or write a poem if you can, we can do a lot of simple things to make someone smile and feel loved without spending a lot. Try noticing how lovely your wife lipstick or new haircut, or that nail polish, it means a lot. Try asking your spouse about his day at work, a massage, a good dinner or a movie he likes.
The day hasn’t finished yet but I will finish this post by wishing everyone a lovely day, shine and spread love. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I love you all!
*hugs and kisses
P.S the featured image is a photo of the chocolate my co-worker gave me. Isn’t it cute???
When I first visited Village Vanguard in Aeon Mall, I never thought it’s a bookstore. Why? Because I saw weird stuff, food and a lot of kawaii things inside, who would’ve thought it’s a bookstore? But when I searched what really is Village Vanguard, I found out that it’s a vintage bookstore, hideout for geeks, nerds, and other otaku.
Village Vanguard is a break from the constant nightlife that tends to surrounds each branch; away from all the flashing neon lights, pachinko machines and AKB48 songs, the so-called “exciting bookstore” offers an escape into a retro, random universe. Pop culture abounds, including The Simpsons, Star Wars, Akira, Chibi Maruko, and that one old Japanese anime you can’t remember the name of but know was all the rage back in the 70s.
Teetering columns of candy-colored comics and toothy bobbleheads form a maze of sorts; be careful, though, because a single twist can lead you to an even more bizarre corner. At the store I visited, a right turn from life-sized Beatles’ inflatable dolls led to a “vintage” corner full of creaky fountain pens and fake British East India Company charters, which connected to a series of rainbow afros and maid costumes. Then there was that corner dedicated to the Gothic, stacked with skulls and handcuffs ….
Let me tour you around, then you tell me it’s a bookstore.
Those pictures only show a bit of what’s inside Village Vanguard, we spent over an hour just looking at at random stuff. The store is really amazing and just looking at them is really enjoyable. If you’re a collector, you can find stuff here you can add to your collection, if you like weird things you’re in the right place and if ou just simply like kawaii things, well, you can find them here. If you visit Japan and looking for omeyage, this is also a good place, the items are not that cheap but some are, so I recommend dropping by. Hehe. This isn’t a sponsored post. Just hoping. Lol.
Btw they have a website, just incase you’re curious 😀
February 10, 2018
Today we’re supposed to have our open house at school, it’s a strategy to get more students. It’s like a free class but in a more fun way and we give souvenirs to kids and today’s theme was Winter Sports but unfortunately no one booked the said event. Maybe because we’re lack of advertisement. So, since no one booked the event, we have nothing to do at school, no regular classes and only two classes on Sunday.
After the meeting, our manager asked us if we wanted to give out tissue ads, she’s not obliging us though but wouldn’t you feel awkward doing nothing at school? And beside we’ve already done it before plus I already have experience giving out flyers in the Philippines (I used to work as a real estate agent) so we said yes.
I actually feel excited whenever we go out of school during working hours and observe people (isn’t that weird?) but I was worrying about J, she doesn’t like giving out tissues. We both have a hundred of tissues to give out and went infront of the station to give them out. I finished my task within 30 minutes and when I looked at J she seems really awkward giving out tissues so I helped her. I finished fast again, what I do is look into their eyes and smile while saying “sumimasen, ABC School desu, thank you”(that’s not my real company name) and I’d talk a bit if they stop and read the info inside the tissue.
It wasn’t really hard but I do admit that I also find it really hard when I tried it for the first time, I went to a group of people doing the same job and observed them, their spills, movements and everything and copied them. I also wasn’t able to finish my first hundred flyers, but I was happy when I went back to school thinking I did a good job but when I found out that our manager finished her task within 20 minutes, I was disappointed haha. Going back, I took a rest a bit while waiting for J to finish her second bag and reminded her we only had fifteen minutes left ( we were given an hour to five out 100 flyers), I decided to help her again while we’re on our way to school.
When we reached the school, our manager asked us things like “How was it”, “Where did you go”, “How did you give out the tissue”, etc. J explained that I helped her and our manager asked me to give J tips on how to do it. We had ur break and finished decorating the lobby and waited for the time.
Wondering why Japanese give out tissue with advertisements? Why not just a simple flyer or card? Pocket tissue advertisements is an effective form of advertising in Japan and it has been existing for over 40 years now. If you’ve been to Japan especially Tokyo, you must have experienced accepting free tissue with papers inside, I was in Tokyo when I first experienced it and really find it weird lol, but I was thankful because tissue is really helpful (especially during winter or summer) and very useful.
What does this experience taught me? To be on someone else’s shoes. I wasn’t accepting tissues nor flyers before after I had a terrible experience about it. It happened in Eastwood City (PH) while I was on my way to work which happened to be just three minutes walk away from our condo unit when a girl handed me a flyer and as I happily accepted it but she followed me and asked me if I have a car or credit card, and I told her I have none then her smile faded and said “Ah ganun po ba, bawiin ko na lang po yan” and I was really shocked and I felt like na-judge ako dun ng bongga. Anyways, going back lol, after experiencing it (tissue job) here in Japan I realized that this kind of job wasn’t that easy; being ignored by people, some people even run away like you have some kind of disease, the strong wind, the deadly kiss of winter and harmful hug of summer, and I always feel sad whenever people ignore me or when people run away from me. So now whenever people give me ads, I always smile before accepting, even if I won’t be needing the paper, tissue or fan they’re giving. 🙂
Fun facts about pocket tissue advertisements
— The first appearance of pocket tissue advertising was in 1969. This form of advertising is almost exclusively seen in Japan.
— The majority of pocket tissue advertising is for loans and consumer credit.
Unlike advertisement flyers, which are immediately thrown away, pocket tissue advertisements are usually kept until all tissues are used up. Since consumers keep pocket tissue advertisements for a long time, studies have shown that they have a deep psychological impact on the brain, influencing shoppers to choose the familiar brand or company advertised on the packages.
— Some businesses choose to attach free drink or discount coupons to the tissues as well.
— For companies who use pocket tissue advertising, using tissues of higher quality is said to create a better company image.
Why do companies use this type of advertising?
— Inexpensive – Pocket tissue advertising is relatively inexpensive. Companies only have to pay for the costs associated with purchasing tissues and pay one person to stand in a busy area and pass them out.
— Efficient – It is an efficient way to advertise to a target market. A beauty salon might only choose to hand out pocket tissue advertisements to women, realtors to families who have children, etc.
— Effective – Recent data suggests that pocket tissue advertising is 100 times more effective than advertising in the newspaper.
If pocket tissue advertising is so effective, why is this form of advertising decreasing?
— Decreased advertising budget – Due to the economic recession, corporations and small businesses have less money for sales promotions.
— Fewer opportunities to use tissues – Many companies are creating products that replace the use of tissues, such as makeup removal cloths and soft cloths for eyeglasses. This reduces the utility of tissues and has prompted companies to think of other more useful products to place advertisements on.
Are tissues outdated?
In recent years, companies are choosing to hand out advertisements printed on products other than tissues. Plastic uchiwa fans in the summer, hot pads in the winter, ballpoint pens, bags, and other practical goods that are more useful to consumers and can be used longer than tissues are starting to be handed out on the street.
What do you think about this form of advertising? Do you get annoyed by people constantly thrusting tissues with gaudy advertisements in your hands or do you appreciate the freebies?
Source: Matome Naver/Japan Today
It’s Friday! Yay!
But have I told you that I really hate Fridays? Why? Because it’s basically the first day of my week, we close the school every Thursday and I feel like it’s our weekend because we have to go at school on Saturdays and Sundays (9:00 – 6:00). Not only that, we also have to work until 9:00 o’clock on Friday and wake up early the next morning. UGH.
And I am not a morning person.
Anyways, today when we came to school, there were people doing some IT works and it kinda stressed me out.
Me and Jerene: Ohayo Gozaimasu! (in our high pitch tone)
Manager and counselor: Ohayou Gozaimasu! (kawaii voices)
Then begin the meeting after 15 minutes.
Me and Jerene: Oha- (ehhhh)
Manager: (*busy on the telephone) Odenwa arigatou gozaimasu ……
Man 1: #@$%^&*^^*&&%^$%%#%$# (getting something infront of me)
Man 2: *&^%$$^#%@%$^%$%^#%^ (busy vacumming the floor)
Jerene: *silently walked out the office
Me: *turn left turn right sit down stand up repeat 3x
Manager: (*another phone call) moshi moshi…….
Counselor: (*silently walked out the room)
Jerene: (*suddenly came back) sigaw na kaya ako ng magsitigil kayo!!!!
Manager: sumimasen #$%^&*&^%$#@@#$%%^^&
I decided to just get something and pretended busy in classroom 2 with Jerene and we just came out the room when manager called us for meeting, the workers went out for lunch. We were really overwhelmed because we’re not used to seeing a lot of people inside the office (aside from students) especially men because we’re all girls. And these are the times I wish I could speak and understand Japanese.
They were wearing uniforms like the photo below but the color was gray and they were wearing mask.
Before we start working we usually have a meeting for the day’s schedule and classes, we only have two today and we divided the class last Wednesday but one of the students cancelled and it was my student. So apparently, I have nothing to do today. How did I spend it?
- I finished doing my student’s assessment, we’ll be having parent day on the last week of this month and we have to hand them their final assessment.
- I calculated the students overall scores from November and take note, I did it manually because hell I was killing time. And as I told you I am a math genius I ended starting over again because my computation was a total mess. I told you I’m such a genius. I was busy talking to myself “teka pano nangyaring 58, 59, 53 ito eh hanggang 50 lang to” when my manager looked at me with what-are-you-talking-about-are-you-doing-some-black-magic-or-something kind of stare, I laughed and told her my problem. She lend me her calculator. I wanted to die.
- We cleaned the lobby and redecorated it from winter theme to spring. And as our manager requested a ferret, a ferret?! we followed her idea. She really love our school’s commercial and the photo below is a screenshot of it.
- Most of the time like this.
- Did a bit of preparation for tomorrow’s winter event.
- Chat, chat, chat.
- I ate the carbonara I cooked yesterday.
And that’s how I spent my day at work, I went back home and took a quick shower and ate my favorite chips from 7/11.
How did you spend your Friday?
(Long time no see!)
I know. It’s has been three days since the last time I posted a blog and I admit I’ve been too lazy for the past few days, and today I did nothing but spend my holiday just watching random stuff on youtube (tell me I’m not the only one).
I woke up around three in the afternoon and first thing that came to my mind “goodness, what happened to Kayla now?”, I immediately turn my laptop on and checked Kayla (a story game a blogger I’ve been following here on wp started on facebook group page, chessekase) and her story. It’s currently undergoing so I can’t tell about it yet, but I am very excited and thrilled by just thinking what will happen to the story next.
Anyways, I also cooked carbonara for brunch, I usually put ham on it but today as I still have lots of chicken and they’re about to expire this week I cooked chicken instead. It’s my first time to cook chicken carbonara but I really liked it, I made enough until dinner and breakfast for tomorrow (that’s how lazy I am). I am still thinking if I’m gonna cook bento for tom’s lunch and dinner while cleaning my room.
I put all the unopened gifts I received recently in a box together with my moody kit box just to organize a bit, then I realized I have too much junk food, meh. I looked into my closet and I felt tired just looking at it, I just organized them last week but as I bought random stuff again (ugh) I haven’t taken off their paperbags and my closet looks really messy.
So what kept me busy?
It was final test at school, I wasn’t the one who made the test papers though because they’re centralize all over Japan, but what stressed me out this day was that I wasn’t able to tell the students that we’re gonna have a final test today. I was worried and I didn’t wanna see crying babies in my class again. I know it’s my fault, so what I did before I let them take the exam we reviewed and played some games because they all get too excited whenever we’re having some games, and that would save them from crying while taking the test (my students cry when they find something difficult especially presentation and exams). Everything went well, no one cried and everyone got a perfect score, plus they were so happy when I told them we don’t have homework and no classes next week. YAY!
I ate so late but I felt happy after the classes.
It was off from work, it was sudden because we have a winter event happening on Saturday so we have to be present on Friday to do some preparation. I woke up the usual time, ate something I bought from the grocery store, watched related videos and documentaries about The True Cost and I didn’t notice I was crying while watching them. UGH. My conscience was killing me so I decided to stop watching it and planned how to stop myself from buying fast fashion. I was thinking of starting by reorganizing my closet.
But as planned yesterday, I went to the mall to buy some stuff. I first went to May One, it’s a mall above the station and I’ve seen a lot of chocolates because Valentines Day is approaching and there were lots of girls around prolly buying for their loved ones. I bought some necessities (really?), I was walking when I saw H&M and what I normally do before is enter and check what’s on sale, but today I imagined the people in the documentaries I have watched earlier, that stopped me from entering the store. I went to another mall infront of my school instead, I bought a piece of shirt for boyfriend that was on sale before I headed home. It was really cold, d**n.
I drank Strong Zero as I forced myself to sleep because I wanna go early tomorrow to Shizuoka, there’s a huge sale happening so I wanna check it out.
I woke up late as I slept late last night, actually I woke up early because I set too many alarms but failed to get up. Kill me. I went the usual time but still managed to arrive in Shizuoka a bit earlier so I still got the chance to visit the mall I was eyeing for, but as I still have this heavy feeling in my heart, everytime I look at the prices of the items in the store I couldn’t help thinking how these clothes or bags or shoes were made. I walked out the mall without buying anything even if they have cute bags for just 190 JPY or 89 PHP. I went to the shuttle bus station and slept all the way to the hotel.
I only had 4 students today, I was overwhelmed by the crowd in the hotel, there were three buses full of tourists and that explains why I only have four students today. Ohh and I saw Mt. Fuji again, how’s that? I went back to the station and I was so happy because I didn’t sleep the whole forty minute ride because I was busy looking at Mt. Fuji, I didn’t know that I could still see it all the way to the station, maybe because I was always sleeping all the time plus today the sun sets too late so it wasn’t that dark. I bought sandwiches and chocolates and ate them inside the shinkansen on my way back to school. I finished doing paperworks and had my one hour break , I only ate pizzaman and a pudding I really love and waited for another hour before my work finished. I slept late again because I watched random videos again on youtube, it’s no longer healthy I know.
And that summarizes my four ordinary days here in Japan. I know they weren’t that busy but I have so much things in my mind, so much happening at school I couldn’t stop thinking. I can’t talk about them yet but hopefully things will be okay in the end, this is going to be another exciting yet thrilling year for me. Hopefully.
February 06, 2018
shopping window shopping lang pala kasi wala nga pala akong pera, and being a normal girl, before buying something I love checking whether the clothes would fit me well, to see if it will look good on me or only in the mannequins or just simply wanna try them on. He he. And I do think that fitting rooms are playing a big role in persuading the costumers to buy a piece of clothing, like for instance, I went shopping with an officemate in Aeon mall and we found a lot of good stuff and tried them on but we were really disappointed because the lightning of the fitting room was really bad, it was hanging above us and we couldn’t even see the clothes properly, we also looked bad in the mirror. I ended up returning all the items and my friend just bought one piece of romper. There were also stores that would give you the illusion of being slim and tall in the mirror, you will look good when you try the clothes and will feel different when you try them at home. Sometimes I would ask myself “Did I just get fatter? I just tried them yesterday” haha.
Okay, so let’s move on with this story I’m gonna tell you. As I mentioned in my post I went out and bought a shirt for boyfriend and as didn’t have any idea about the sizes, I sent me a message and pictures of the clothes to him, but this young man here wanted me to try them on, like really?! (I usually borrow his shirts in the Ph haha). And I really hate fitting in Uniqlo’s (in my city) fitting room, why?
- I have to remove my shoes (but most of the stores in Japan does the same).
- I find it too small.
- They don’t have racks to put your clothes on.
- I HAVE TO WEAR A FACE COVER. They’ll give you face cover before you use the rooms, and you have to follow the instructions.
So I already tried the shirt on and sent him a message. And HE LAUGHED at me.
And that’s why I hated it.
I went out the fitting room after I finished and threw away the cover I used, paid for the shirt and went out the store while Auld Lang Syne was playing in the mall, it is to remind the shoppers that it is closing time already.
I still couldn’t get over how my boyfriend laughed at me while doing him a favor, he wasn’t aware of it because last time he went there the staff didn’t gave him face cover, I was thinking maybe because they didn’t have large face cover at that time. HAHAHAHAHA. Just kidding.
If you happen to have experienced fitting in Uniqlo in Japan, did you experience the same? Or is it only in my city? In my country (Philippines) it is a normal fitting room. How about in your country?