30DWC Day 25: What A Friday!

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.

Everyday routine

Me and Jerene: Ohayo Gozaimasu! (in our high pitch tone)

Manager and counselor: Ohayou Gozaimasu! (kawaii voices)

Then begin the meeting after 15 minutes.

Today:

Me and Jerene: Oha- (ehhhh)

Counselor: -_-

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)

me:   T_T

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.

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Photo credit: International Business Times

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.hqdefault
  4. Most of the time like this.
  5. Did a bit of preparation for tomorrow’s winter event.
  6. Chat, chat, chat.
  7. 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?

Bored Sensei.

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30DWC Day 24: It’s Another Ordinary Thursday!

Hisahiburi!!

(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.

This is my moody kit box, this is where I put all my chips I bought in the Philippines and sweets my friends gave me as souvenir. They know how I love pocky because I always bring some when we go out.
These are gifts from students, manager, friends and boyfriend.
The mess.

So what kept me busy?

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Bored Sensei.

 

30DWC Day 22: Uniqlo Fitting Room.

February 06, 2018

I love 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?

  1. I have to remove my shoes (but most of the stores in Japan does the same).
  2. I find it too small.
  3. They don’t have racks to put your clothes on.
  4. 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.

Those were my stuff on the floor. They don’t have clothes rack.

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?

Bored Sensei.

 

30DWC Day 21: Greek Chicken Recipe

*I am writing this on Thursday but I will publish it to cover my three days backlog on My 30 Day Writing Challenge. Gomenne.


Monday

I finally got the chance to cook some decent food, I’ve been eating out a lot recently so I decided to cook something plus Mondays are busy days so to keep me energetic and full the whole day, cooking is a good option rather than just eating convenience stores onigiri. I only have some potatoes and chicken in my fridge so I decided to just cook adobo. But I ran out of soy sauce, I only found out later when i was about to pour vinegar and soy sauce on it. I panicked and I decided to just google recipes on the internet and I found this Greek Chicken recipe.

Ingredients 

Directions

  1. In a glass dish, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lemon juice. Place the chicken pieces in the mixture, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, and discard the marinade. Cook chicken pieces up to 15 minutes per side, until juices run clear. Smaller pieces will not take as long.

BUT

I didn’t follow the directions stated above, unfortunately I don’t have an oven at the moment so what I did is just cook it on the stove, I put an extra 1/2 cup of water after I stir fried the chicken and put all the ingredients.

I ate some for brunch I really loved it, I wasn’t so sure of what would it taste like because I haven’t tried cooking any Greek recipe before but I do love it. I brought some at school for dinner and ate it with a cod roe soup pasta I bought from 7/11.

This is going to be my first recipe review and living alone in a foreign country really forces me  not just to learn the basic of cooking but also hundreds of ways how to cook adobo, nialag and tsamba recipes I learned when I was in college.

Have you tried cooking something you haven’t done before and ended up being your favorite recipe? What is it?

 

Bored Sensei.

30DWC Day 20: How I Started Socializing In Japan.

Time passes so quickly! It’s already the second month of the year and for the past month I was looking back of all the things I did and realized I did nothing special, aside from my Japanese lesson of course, but to summarize, it’s the same old routine, meh. But come to think of it, I did the same thing las year. I only started going out when I joined a language exchange group and I could say I had lots of fun.

Way back forty years ago nah just kidding, it was September last year when a student of mine recommended an application if ever I was interested of having friends in japan. This student is very outgoing, she’s also new in town and she would always invite me for a drink or going somewhere but I couldn’t because teacher-student relationship yah know. And as I was starting to feel homesick those times, I gave it a try, I downloaded the app MEETUP. It was easy to use and you could choose the activities you’re interested in.

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You can download the app for free, and btw it’s not like Tinder, but you can meet a lot of people when you join the group.

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I was looking for a pet group but there weren’t any in my city, there were lots of pet groups in another city but Japan transpo is quite expensive for me so I wanted to join a group I could go and join anytime they’ll have an activity.

I only found two groups that matched my interest and location in the app, the first one was a Book Club, they meet once a month and you are required to read atleast one book and share it in the group during the meetup, they also have free drinks in a coffee shop. The second one I found was this weekly language exchange group and it is just 10 minutes walk away from home so I was really happy. You can see the group schedule and what to expect kind of information. They also have faceboook page and you could see their pictures and activities there.

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It also happens that the meetup is every Thursday (it’s my weekly off from work) at 9:00 o’clock onwards, so those people coming from work can still join. It took me a month of procrastinating before I finally decided to try the meetup. I was so nervous because they have 15-minute Japanese rule and 15-minute English rule, and I CAN’T even make sentences (until now). But they were so nice and encouraged me to start studying (which didn’t happen apparently).

And that’s how I started socializing in Japan, I met a lot of people from different country, I met new Japanese friends and asking help anytime I need is no longer a problem (mostly translation problems that even google fails to do lol). I also got chances to attend different events until I already rejected most of the invitations and travel without worrying of getting lost because I am with locals lol.

If you’re new in Japan or in another country and want to meet new friends (not just a date from Tinder or any dating app) or local you want to hang out it for the next few days or months, try to download some socializing app and explore. I spent eight months alone in this country, literally home-school-eat out a bit-home-school with only one Filipina friend (an officemate). I can actually go out and start talking to random people like foreign people usually do here BUT that ISN’T me lol, that’s prolly an introvert problem.

I hope this helps you 🙂

 

Bored Sensei.

 

P.S The feature image was taken last October during our Sport Twerk Fest, yeah you read that right, TWERK FEST. And your imagination is right, there was a lot of twerking that day. HA HA HA.

 

30DWC Day 19: Teriyaki Hamburger and Sunny Side Up

If you’re a busy person just like me (sometimes) and have no time to prepare your bento, konbini stores are really a big help to stop the war in our stomach during rush hours. And if you’re in Japan, waiting for your bus or train, finding a seat or benches to eat your take-out food is really a big problem. BUT, don’t worry because Japan convenience stores knows exactly what to do, they have easy to eat food like onigiri, sandwiches, sushi, etc. And las time I tried onigirazu I really liked it and promised myself to try all of them. So today’s onigirazu is a Teriyaki Hamburger &Sunny Side up.

I think there’s no need to explain what’s inside because 😀

It was really delicious but comparing to the Spam Onigirazu I have tried last time, I prefer the first one. Maybe because it was tastier or it’s just that I am inlove with Jollibee Jolly burger lol. You can buy it for 240 JPY plus tax, and it’s enough to fill an empty stomach.

I paired it with Boss coffee, and ofcourse a great view of Mt. Fuji. Ohh, LIFE.

 

Where would you like to drink your coffe btw? And with who? I want to have coffee infront ot the Eiffel Tower someday, holding that cup with my left hand with a wedding ring on it (naks! hint 101 hahahahahaha) 🙂

 

Bored Sensei.

 

 

30DWC Day 18: Bloody Mary with Tabasco.

Don’t get me wrong.

I didn’t drink again today. Ha Ha. It’s so weird that I woke up at 5:00 o’clock this afternoon and that’s a really long sleep! Maybe because I was really tired of working six days straight alone at school. Anyways, this post is a continuation of my post yesterday about the matcha whisky cocktail I tried. Nothing much happen today as I just woke up and I don’t wanna tell you how I spent hours in my bath tub watching The Layover and give a review of it lol.

Opposite to the matcha cocktail, this bloody mary is a must try. I really loved it! When we’re ordering drinks, Karim recommended to try this one, he said he tried it before and he loves it that much that he orders the same thing when he goes here. And so I tried and no regrets.

Don’t worry because you will be the one to put your tabasco depending on how you like.
Bloody Mary with sochu and tabasco.

I loved how you could really smell the spiciness when drinking, the salt added to its taste.

I also got to try their tomato with beer cocktail but I didn’t like it. I like the tomato with vodka better.

Tomato with beer. EEkk.
The elephant thingy they will put on your table if you’re allowed to drink. Yes. They would ask if you’re driving after you drink or not.
Highball whisky with lemon.
Daiki was thinking how to describe her. He wanted to say shes very confident and she looks matured.
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Karim and Yoh, Iza’s officemates.
Iza and her boyfriend currently recovering from the alcohol. lol

He’s enjoying everything.

We talked a lot that night about random things, it’s my first time to meet these guys this year and I really missed them. Daiki and I talked about his goals for this year, and mine too. Yoh told us stories about how she got bullied for having “YOH” as her name when she was young. While Karim on the other hand talked a lot of stuff and he also disagree of the thought why we (English teachers) are not allowed to speak Japanese inside the classroom.

I went back home around two or three o’clock and that’s how the day ended.

How about you? What’s your most favorite drink so far? I like sangria, margarita and bloody mary, ohh and I also love Highball.

Bored Sensei.

 

30DWC Day 17: Japan Matcha Whisky Cocktail.

Do you also love eating or drinking food with matcha? Well, I’m asking because I love trying different food with matcha in or on it too, and living in Japan where tea is all over and part of my everyday life, of course I love it.

BUT. . .

How about getting drunk with matcha? Have you tried it? Well I’ve tried but getting drunk with it is impossible. Not because it’s too weak for me nor I’m a strong drinker haha, it’s just that a glass of it WAS enough for me to try.

BUT. . .

Why did I try it? Well, going out for a drink in Japan is really fun for me, I love trying new, different and weird things that this country offers. Usually when I go out with friends, I tend to try everything (if it’s nomehodai- all you can drink) or at least the weirdest one. And last night, as we celebrate iza’s birthday, unfortunately I came late because my work finishes at 9:00 o’clock, we went bar hoping and a Thailand-Chinese officemate of hers recommended a bar for the last round. The place was really clean and refreshing. There were a lot of people when we came, but no one left aside from our group when we decided to go around two or three in the morning so I was able to take pictures without people.

I wanted to sit here, again, but there were no space when we came.
Daiki did the work of hanging the coats. So nice of him.
You have to put your bags under the table, on the baskets provided. They consider it rude to put your bags on the table.

That’s the last group of people left.

So as I was saying, lol, this is the matcha whisky cocktail I tried. Honestly speaking I didn’t like it, and nobody from our group did like it too. Hehe. Nobody, except me ofcourse ordered this, they said even though they haven’t tried it they already know what it would taste like.

BUT . . .

Atleast I gotta try it, another unforgettable experience lol. And I am not discouraging anyone to try, we all have different taste when it comes to drinks or food. It was good but not for me. Lol. It literally tastes like matcha and a sour taste of whisky.

For the price, it’s not that expensive. Actually the bar offers cheaper drinks compare to other bars here in Hamamatsu.

See? It’s only 390 JPY.
I also tried this one.

If you happen to crave for something like this and you wanna try to do it on your own, why not? Try.  And tell me about it 🙂

 

Bored Sensei.

30DWC Day 16: Kampai!

Kampai!

It’s the end of the month It’s the first day of February! Gosh! Time passes so quickly! I can’t believe a month had passed for this year already and to celebrate that, let’s put our glasses up and cheers!

There are too many reasons to celebrate today; its the end of the first month this year, it’s the first day of another month basically, it’s Iza’s birthday, I survived six days of working ALONE at school and finally I can take my day off tomorrow and Friday! It’s another long week for me, it’s half of my 30 day writing challenge and I didn’t skip any, and last but not the least a hundred of people is now following me here on WordPress! Hurray!!!

These may seem shallow to celebrate for but they aren’t for me. I am too happy and I will continue being happy for simple things in life.

If you’re reading this right now, thank you. If you’re one of those wonderful people whose following my boring-exciting-so-so-kind-of everyday life, thank you very much for taking time to listen. Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu!! Maraming maraming salamat!!

To more wonderful days to come! Kampai!

 

Bored Sensei.

P.s naghanap Lang talaga ako ng reason to walwal lol.

30DWC Day 15: An Embarrassing Kimchi Hot Pot Experience.

Cold weather = more hot pot!

And that only means more embarrasing unforgettable experiences. I have one experience I wanna share with you. Wait. I have to drink water first. *gulp

*flashback (insert flashback background music)

It was a cold rainy afternoon, around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon where I usually have my lunch break at work, when I craved for something that would warm me up – a hotpot or ramen. At first I thought of going to Sukiya but I forgot to bring an umbrella so decided just to eat at 7/11 when I saw a picture of hot pot dishes and they’re waving at me. My body made a sudden u-turn and stared on the big hot pot picture infront of me. I have never tried this restaurant/izakaya before, I was calculating the prices in my mind when a man wearing a typical cook uniform came out and tried talking to me.

I wanted to sit here but he pointed out the single chair to me. Mag-isa man po ako ngayon, hindi naman mag-sa ang puso ko. Char!

I went inside and I was surprised because there’s a big room after you enter a small corridor, I thought it’s just a small restaurant with six tables.

He gave me the menu and he was still talking to me when I uttered the magic word “sumimasen, nihonggo wakarimasen”, and it worked.

I ordered a kimchi hotpot and gohan by saying “kore, onegaishimasu” (this one please). He went back to the kitchen and started preparing for my meal.

This is where he asked me to sit.

They don’t have English menu, so knowing survival Japanese phrases is a must.

Usually, when you eat in a restaurant they would give you tea, but when he asked me I told him just to give me water “mizu desu, onegaisimasu”. I didn’t know if my phrase was correct but he could understand.

He then started preparing for the hotpot.

The picture is blurry, that’s how I’m feeling that moment, starving.

I felt excited when he put the pot infront of me but it has been few minutes already but my rice and raw egg was still missing in action. Come on.

I opened the pot, checked it and decided to wait for few more minutes. I waited for him to serve me my rice and egg. But still no signs of him doing so.

I was staring at it like this. My stomach was having an argument with my mind already, should I open it already or not? My mind was telling me to wait for it, but my stomach was screaming “what if he didn’t understand your order and you’re going to die there waiting.

And my stomach won, I opened the pot and started stirring.

Then I saw him looking at me like I’m some kind of a st*pid kid lol, he hurriedly came towards me and told me “raw, meat raw, raw, WAIT, no no no mix, raw”. Ohhh snap, I was really embarassed and apologize hundred times.

I was talking to myself the whole time and waited for his signal.

Finally! He served my gohan and egg, but he told me to wait. WAIT. I could no longer wait, I only have an hour break! I shouted. Nah. I shouted to myself.

They only have limited lunch menu since it’s actually a bar. But they have lots of pulutan to choose from.

The purpose of this small bowl is when the soup is already too hot for you.

He was looking at me the whole time I was eating, maybe he was checking my reaction to the food. It was actually good and I did some slurping sound to assure him that I loved the food. But then I have to finish the food in fifteen minutes as mentioned I only have an hour break and I waited for almost 30 minutes. I still have to walk to school and brush my teeth and stuff.

I finished everything as in sa-id na sa-id. I paid my bills and my mind calculation was accurate hurray!

We had a small chat before I went out of the restaurant, he was really happy when he found out I am a sensei and that I am working in the building just one store away from him. He even introduced me to the next costumers who walked in, “eigo sensei”, and I had another small chat with them. I was so overwhelmed and I promised to come back again, he could understand simple English conversation, I felt relieved.

It wasn’t really an embarrassing experience but a great one, stories that would make my day happy anytime in the future. And also these are the kind of experiences I will be happily sharing to my great-grandchildren in the future. And those thoughts motivates me to have more wonderful experiences not only here in Japan but in other places I will visit in the future.

And this put another smile on my face.

How about you? Do you also have wonderful experiences to keep and share to your great-grandchildren? How great is it?

Tell me.

 

Bored Sensei.