It’s Friday, Friday…

Yay, finally it’s the weekend! For work, I’m still at the stage of deciding my project theme, so there’s really nothing going on besides reading papers or browsing the net =P It’s a bit frustrating when there’s no clear direction… Anyway at least I came across some interesting/inspiring papers and blogs today. Hopefully I can settle on something within next week.

There were only about 7 of us eating lunch today, as most of the team went to Tokyo for work purpose. Remember I said I wanted to eat pork cutlet last night? I had it for lunch this noon! Although, to be honest, I’m really sick of deep fried food. I pretty much eat that for every lunch (since they somehow only serve veggies with deep fried things). So… we were talking about my weekend plan, and I mentioned I wanted to hang around Tokyo. Then N-san and H-san suggested we should go to Asakusa this Sunday!! What a coincidence… I was just reading about Asakusa yesterday here. Apparently Unagi, Mochi and Tempura are some famous food there. What got me most excited was… the Sky Tree (a.k.a New Tokyo Tower)! It’s in one of the dramas that I watched XD The Asakusa temple itself also gets featured a lot in dramas too!!

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Since today is a Friday…. the company urges employees to go home early  (6pm) =_=

On my way home to Vispro mall...

I don’t usually see people during my walk from the station, perhaps I left work earlier, or maybe it’s just Friday! Many shops are still open, but my destination for the night was Vispro mall(across from LIVIN).

There’s something that I don’t get…. The first time I walked by this traffic light post, I tried so hard to look for a button to press lol Apparently, no pressing is required since the box has a sensor to detect people. Why don’t we have that in Vancouver? I hate it when I walk to a crosswalk, see 1 or more person and so I assume they have pressed the button.. but sadly no, so we end up waiting. A simple design change can enhance our life, so why not?

Small cute cubed cars like these are everywhere in Japan. I want to drive one!

Saw this and thought dad would love this golf store.... oh wait, it's baseball haha

I love Daiso.

Finally arrived at Daiso… this store obviously has more jap food items compared to the store at Richmond. Look at those girls crowding around the pink area… it’s almost Valentine’s, and they are picking chocolate moulds =_=”

There are TVs everywhere in Japanese pharmacy stores...

I later went to the pharmacy across. I love jap pharmacies, as they sell more than medicines… food, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc. I always see Japanese girls buying those jelly energy drinks (for diet I guess).

See those 3 guys in the ad? It just makes me LOL. I have seen two of them in dramas... I will never see their faces in the same way again haha

What I bought from Daiso... I don't like Hello Kitty, but theres no other choice...

Bought some drinks, snacks and hair spray from Pharmacy.

Dinner tonight... bought the sushi for half price from LIVIN

Look at how healthy my dinner is… there’s carbohydrates(instant noodles lol), proteins (eggs/natto), omega 3 (fish), vitamin (veggie juice)!

I gotta say, the sushi is gross… I usually like fish.. but the fact they put some fresh seaweed on top just ruins it. Oh and when cooking instant noodles in Japan, there’s no soup pack! The flavor is actually already mixed into the noodles! I love japanese eggs too, they just taste … different. Like the yolk is thicker and the egg white is smooth like tofu!! I always wonder how Jap restaurants always cook the eggs that way, but there’s really no technique. It’s all about the eggs.

Now a closer look at Natto (fermented soy beans)

If you ask me …. do I like Natto? Hm, I’m Okay with it now I guess. When I tried it in Vancouver, I hated it so much due to its smell. Somehow my brother fell it love with it in his last trip to Japan. When you eat Natto, you mix the soy sauce and mustard with the beans. People usually eat with rice, but I just eat it plain. The beans taste just like soy beans… but the slimy substance makes you feel like you are eating glue … or something else lol

Anyhow, that’s it for today… Waking up at 6am every day is just draining, gonna sleep soon. Tomorrow I plan to just do laundry/cleaning, study some Jap, do some work, and hang at Yokosuka Chuo again (I mean, there’s really NOTHING better to do in Yokosuka!)

Have a great weekend y’all!

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2 hours in Yokohama

Early morning's Fuji-san

Got to work this morning and saw this beautiful scene, no clouds blocking thanks to the rain yesterday. The ocean view reminds me that I haven’t had a chance to visit the Mikasa Park or walk along the sea walk (altho it’s only 5 mins away from my dormitory). Gotta take a morning jog this Sunday….

Left work early at 5:30pm to go to Yokohama… because today was my first Japanese lesson with M-san’s mother. Since I still haven’t received my Gaijin card, I have no cellular phone. M-san had to take a photo of me to show her mother, so she could meet me at the Yokohama station. The trip took exactly 1 hr, and I had no problem spotting her mother at all (They look 80% alike). Although M-san’s mom (will call her sensei from now on) lives in Yokohama, her house is actually 1.5 hour away from the Yokohama station… so it’s sort of like the midpoint between us. Sensei teaches foreigners part time, and her English is fluent (just as her daughter)… She looked stylish for her age and was very nice to pay for my drink at the Bagel place, which was the “classroom”. The lesson was 1.5 hour and costs 2000 yen… she said she already gave me a discount since I was a student lol But when I think about it, it’s actually not that expensive, consider she probably need to spend ard 800 yen for a roundtrip. She brought a book and told me to buy it after the lesson. I didn’t… because I only had 100o yen on me after paying her, plus I have the ebook for it. However, I think I will buy it tmr after work since it’d be more convenient if I can write directly on the book. I was really tired after work today, so even though the stuff she went over was a “review” for me… I still made mistakes here and there. Maybe weekday lesson isn’t a good idea after all. I initially prefer weekday because I thought I would go for weekend trips to other prefectures… However, my current plan is to hang around Yokohama over weekends.. since train fee is cheaper, and the city is huge… I have not seen most of it yet. It just doesnt make sense to pay 800 yen round trip simply for a 1.5hr lesson.

I have seen good reviews of this pork cutlet place.

Anyway, was gonna have dinner at Yokohama before heading back… but I only had 1000 yen on me, and average food around the station area easily costs over that amount. Too bad, gonna save some $$ before trying the Tonkatsu T_T

Lost at a station....

It was almost 9:30pm and I went to the wrong station again. It’s because I forgot the Rapid train wouldn’t stop at my station.

So I was starving in the cold...

finally got on an empty train.

Had Jap-styled risotto as dinner, 399 yen. Not worth it, should have ordered the salad+soup+rice combo for 290 yen... which is pretty much salad+risotto

Bought some sweets as dessert after dinner. Green tea/redbean mochi and Sakura flavored buns. Notice the pack of Natto? I'm gonna give it another chance =P

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As promised, I took a photo of my flooding washroom.Notice how my flipflops are floating… I tried to snap a photo with water ripples, couldn’t get the timing right. But I think the water reflection is clear enough.

Solve this math problem: What's the volume of water when a 1 square metre area is flooded with approx 2cm of water?

Hope it’ll be fixed soon.

Anyway, thinking of going to Tokyo (Shinjuku maybe) over the weekend. Hm, should I?

1st Mission Accomplished.

First thing first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I hope you enjoyed your overly sweet cake without me XD

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My dinner tonight.

Yeah, right… this is what I’m eating tonight, no disgusting bento, no lavish jap meal either. I am just munching on an expired onigiri and drinking soon-to-be expired milk.

Why? Because I’m too lazy to go buy bento, and I feel guilty for …Oh look at the bags behind my dinner. Yup, they are what I accidentally bought tonight, on my way home.

Was supposed to play badminton after work today with Coke and others, but he forgot about a beer party at Yokohama. So I had no choice but to go home … The route I usually take to go home is busing to YRP-Nobi(野比) station, then skytrain to Kenbitsu-Daigaku (県大学). However, I mistakenly went on an express train which skipped my station to Yokosuka-Chuo! Perfect, I thought, time to go shop dinner.

This mall has 8 floors! Each floor is so narrow that you finish one off in 10 mins.... at most.

I heard on the 8th floor of More’s Mall, there were a bunch of nice restaurants. So I headed there from the station… OMG, I shouldn’t have.

I’ve been to More’s once, but that time my goal was looking for 100yen store… so I pretty much just went for the Mall Directory and left. Basically every single story has some stores that I like (besides the 8th floor of course)!! I arrived there at 7pm and stayed till it closed at 9pm!!

I want one piece socks.... T_T

I want these... Perfect for me cuz I'm too lazy to sweep!

I'm trying to make SOMEONE drool here XD

More Panda.....

More Panda... have you drooled yet?

Converse shoes for under 500 yen??

Okay.... it's a case for... stuff.

Chinese food. Not interested.

I had Oyako-Don in Yokohama over the weekend... gotta be my fave. jap food!! Btw, "Oya" means parents, "Ko" means child.... Oyako= chicken and egg. Or the other way around... depends on which comes first XD btw, tajin(他人=strangers)-Don is simply pork/beef + egg!!!

T_T Mall, closing... heading out. BTW, people in Japan stand on left side of escalators... Which I always forget...

What about shopping, you ask?

Chill…. it’s gift un-wrapping time!!

What's in the pokeball? Joanne knows this.

Okay, this is not mine…. so don’t be surprised. XD I’m just posting this first to pretend I’m not just wasting $$ on myself haha

Mine =)

Mine x2. but if my mom wants it, I will give it to her... perfect for hiding her "Michelin" =P

Come on, everywhere in Japan is like on sale now…. 70% off! The hat is 300 yen, top is 980, another top is 980(not shown here as I put it to wash before photographing), cape is 1500!! How can I resist? I have no resistance for crappy cheap goodies XD Plus, I’m just spending the $ I save on microwave/fridge!

OK, I will stop making excuses now and just embrace the fact I show signs of being a shopaholic. See, I’m now punishing myself by eating expiring food for dinner.

I should really start keeping a budget now *rolling sleeves*. I actually have no idea how much my lunches/train fees cost!! I am considering taking extreme measures such as not bringing cash on me.

Anyhow, as for my presentation…

I fell asleep at 12am(only) yesterday after drinking some plum wine!! So I left like, 8 slides unfinished! I was sweating my pants this morning… Pressure did make me work faster though. I was cutting close- finished final touches at 12:54pm when my presentation was at 1pm!! It turned out great … I think 80% of my team attended, and we just sat in the experimental “living” room and watched the presentation on big screen TV. first time I present something on sofa! A-san liked my presentation and asked me to present at some coming event (I only agreed for the beer party afterwards XD).

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Anyhow, a day cannot pass without my clumsiness, right?

1. I brought a sour plum onigiri to work this morning for breakfast… but I was too busy working on the presentation that I COMPLETELY forgot its existence!! I ate it still, though, it tasted a bit more sour than usual XD

2. When I got home tonight, the room felt so HOT…. oh right, I forgot to turn off the heat, again!

3. This is not due to my clumsiness (I hope), but somehow… my washroom floods every time I flush the toilet, or shower!!! It’s fun to see my slippers floating as I step out of the bath tub. I’ll be sure to snap a pic next time. =)

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Ranting time… WHY DOES UBC INCREASE TUITION EVERY FREAKIN YEAR? I know, it’s ONLY 2 %… I should be thankful for that, shouldn’t I? So does it mean we have inflation of 2% every year? Thank god I’m in Japan… oh wait, I still have to pay tuition.   ( ” A”)//   <— ok, my colleagues can type emoji really fast, its crazy. This is one of the very few that I know.

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Discovery of the Day:

My Mac is my new Japanese teacher!!! Woot! Just found now I can highlight any jap text, Option+ESC… and Kyoko (the voice) will read out everything! Har Har Har, should I still go for Jap lesson tmr then? XD

Bits+Pieces

Walked past Mos burger on my way home... heard the burgers that are really jap, and expensive

Making a quick post today as I have a presentation tmr which I haven’t finished preparing.
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GEEZ, it was so windy in the morning it almost blew me away! It felt like a typhoon to me…
Work is same old,, nothing exciting except for the fact that I spilled a cup of tea on the table during lunch. My coworkers have probably realized how clumsy I am by now… to make things worse, I walked into the guys washroom(my intention was to get tissue to clean up ) straight afterwards lol
a colleague brought some Japanese snacks from another prefecture, called senbai(仙貝), some sort of rice cracker made with squid and soy sauce. Was really oiishi!!  I gotta check Daiso  to see if they sell any.

Anyhow, jus finished dinner. The bento was disgusting… I gotta think about cooking food myself from next week on.

Foreigner’s Life in Japan- Part II: Hajimemashite 初めまして!

Just got back from work, am having dinner now as I type up this post…

Look at my awesome dinner that I got from LIVIN for tonight!!!!

Nah, I’m just kidding. I can’t eat that much in one meal. But I love shopping at LIVIN (a huge 24 hr supermarket 8 mins away), there’s a MUJI and Daiso right across too! It’s just really convenient, one day I will definitely write another post on my neighbourhood. I bought so many onigiri because they are 1. super easy breakfast 2. they are 50% off (33 yen)!! And I finally see my all time fav flavor- Umeboshi (梅干)! So yeah, I also bought a pack of eggs (not shown in picture) since I was craving for sunny side ups… I just realize though, I have no cooking oil at home!!! OK, too bad.. these eggs will either be boiled or cooked together with my instant noodles.

DUN DUN DUN! My actual dinner for tonight is——

OK, the bento really doesn't taste good.. should've gotten another Gyuu Don (牛丼) instead.

So obviously, I did NOT make that bowl of soup… N-san made it, it’s miso soup with pumpkin and onion… tastes wayyyy better than my bento T_T

Now I get why N-san and everybody else here in Japan are sooo skinny, all she eats is a bowl of soup+ a few spoons of rice. Compare that with what I am consuming ATM… I have been eating a lot of rice in every meal, I seriously hope I don’t turn into an onigiri when I return… Veggies and fruits in Japan are crazily expensive (a melon costs 2500 yen), so I only get to eat veggies during lunch now.

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Now, time to talk about my first few days of work.

On Feb 1st at 8:40 am, I met N-san outside our dorm rooms. We walked together to the bus station, it was a direct bus straight to our office on the hill… and it costs less than taking train+bus transfer. However, I take train every morning now… since there are only 3 of those buses in the morning starting from 8:22am. And I always (for the last few days at least) arrive work at around 7:40!!

The bus was packed and the entire ride+walk took around 40 minutes. As the bus drove up the hill, which was like a research park, I saw companies such as NEC, Fujitsu, KIDDI, NTT Docomo… NTT (where I work) was at the last stop, top of the hill XD The exterior of the gigantic building was black with rusting metal, too bad I didn’t think of shooting a pic. I will do so in spring when there’s cherry blossoms =)

N-san helped me get a temporary card to enter the gate. My team’s office was on 3rd floor… As I walked into the room, there were some of my colleagues circling around my new seat.

The teddy is not mine haha. I still have the welcome sign as I am not using the big monitor at the moment...

So after greeting my team members and saying よろしくお願いしますlike 50 times, I started to learn their names… They prepared me a seat location with names, but some were tough to pronounce. One guy is named Koke, but I ended up calling him “Coke” or “Cookie”. They become his nicknames now. My neighbour is M-san, she is a very very nice lady… The guy behind her is Oji-san (with accent on the “O”, not his real name btw), they say Oji means “Please”… I guess he is just a really nice guy/Yes man. I made a mistake by accenting on the “Ji” though, which has a different meaning XD

After introduction, I could finally unpack the Macbook that’s sitting on my table… Took around 1 hour to set up/install applications… after sending out an intro email, it was time for lunch already =)

To my surprise, Japanese people eat lunch as a team EVERY DAY… this is very different from North America, where we eat lunch with our buddies. For example, a few colleagues went for a meeting today… the rest of us waited for us before heading for lunch. Anyway, so we went to the restaurant for the first day (restaurant generally costs more than canteen). I ordered a healthy bento and was forced to sit at the middle of the table, where my colleagues were trying to get to know me. Sometimes they would speak and laugh in Japanese, but there’s always someone to translate for me (still, I wish I knew more Japanese). A-san paid for my lunch again (I kinda felt bad about it)!

Going back up to the office, A-san and I dealt with some logistic matters (ie. paying 500 yen for unlimited tea monthly), then we moved on to discussing my theme in this internship. To my horror, my chair somehow tripped the power cable of my Mac and the laptop completely fell off the desk! Thank god it’s a mac, so nothing seemed to break. A-san simply laughed it off, but I was sure he was sweating too. After calming down, we went up to the room where they did most of the discussion and brainstorming sessions. It was basically a room with a gigantic wall full of post-its. We chatted a bit about the process used by my team and he just told me to research more about it and come up with some ideas on how to improve it using software solutions.

This Mt. FUJI photo is taken from office window one day.... Mind you, we are only on 3rd floor.

I was focused on my work the entire time, until I saw Y-san took out her camera and snapped at the window…. It was the Fuji-san! She said that there were only about 20 days of clear skies in one year, so it’s rare to be able to catch a glimpse of mt. fuji. Time passed swiftly and soon it was 6pm… It was a Wednesday, so by company’s rule, people must leave by 6. This is due to the fact that Japanese people tend to work more than 10 hours a day. My supervisor for example, starts from 7am-beyond 8pm. I’m not sure how productive they are, but they all seem to be workaholics. Yay~ time for Welcome party.

A-san on the left and group leader on the right...

H-san and N-san, who was forced to finish off the huge bowl of sake...

We all bussed to the train station and walked into a Japanese bar… Once we sat down, waitresses started to bring in dishes, one at a time. It was a total feast, there were food that I had never tried before. I didn’t take photos.. but there was sashimi, side dishes (cheese, fish liver, some fancy looking fishy dumpling), hot pot, shrimp/oyster tempura, some seafood rice in a stone pot, etc. It was all you can drink too!! of course I meant alcohol, haha. We ordered beer, sake, shoju… BTW, it is japanese culture to pour drinks for each other. O-san, the colleague sitting next to me, was a fast drinker…. so I was pouring for him quite frequently XD It’s funny how he got drunk and started to get high… It was hilarious. Near the end of the meal, a server came in with a huge bowl of Sake, and told me to drink the first sip and passed it around the circle! Man, it just felt awesome to drink cold Sake after hot spicy Shoju. We sorta ranked each other by how much we could drink, turned out the best drinkers were the ladies… they owned the top three =) We stayed till around 9pm, a few stuck around for more drinks… but the rest of us took the train home. I was not drunk, but it still felt good after a shower and hopped right into my bed.

Day 4 (Feb 2nd). Second work day

Second day at work… woke up at 6 and got to work at 7:45. continued my research on the process. There were so many papers on that topic… For lunch we went to cafeteria, which was cheaper. And I like how they have a electronic system to pay for lunch. There are rechargeable lunch cards… and after finishing, we had to put our trays for a scan, the system will display the price to pay. And we simply insert our cards… I made a silly mistake again to drop my brand new lunch card onto my curry plate! Haha. Later in the day, I also met MA(another canadian student working here) for the first time.

Chuo at night.

After work, I took the train back home but couldn’t find my way so I went to Yokosuka Chuo again! It’s just right though, I asked cellular stores about sim cards and had dinner at beef bowl place for 280 yen only. I also took the opportunity to visit 100 yen store again…

Day 5 (Feb 3rd). Looking forward to weekend!

Work was pretty much the same, brainstorming ideas and trying to come up with some requirements. After work however, I met up with MA and Nasan-San (his name just makes me lol) to hang out around Chuo. They brought me to this plaza (which was 5 mins away from Chuo) which I didn’t know of, and we went to Ootoka for dinner… Damn, those guys were more than fluent in Japanese! It made me feel ashamed…. Japanese people are usually surprised hearing them speak Jap (since they are non-asians), and I bet Japanese are equally surprised when hearing me speak… they are probably thinking “is this girl retarded? She can’t even speak properly.” Anyhow, I had to leave at 9 though since A-san was going to drop off the microwave+water boiler at my dorm. That night I slept early to get ready for my adventure at Yokohama over the weekend! Stay tuned~

What I ordered.... some weird fish which I believed was Tuna.

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Phew, Part II is complete! Off to shower and streaming a couple dramas now =)

Before I forget, here are the answers to iV’s questions in her long comment.

1. No, I’m too poor/cheap to be sitting first class (or even business class per se). Take JAL if you can, it’s good food, good service =P

2. The panda documentary caught my eye because the show talked about how they mate (I’m not a pervert, but how often do you see pandas actually MOVE?). It’s in Jap with Chinese subtitle… so at least now I know how to say panda in japanese– say “PAN-DA”.

3. The temperature here is around the same as Vancouver, with MUCH less rain =)

4. There is no train/bus from where I live to Yokosuka Chuo, because it is technically 15 mins walk away… Another thing is transit cost in Japan just burns your money away, I charged my PASMO card (similar to Octopus card in HK) with 2000 yen on saturday, and today when I got off work, it’s NEGATIVE balance… go figure!

5. LMAO the “choice” of other drink is actually what I bought at the airport the day before (costs 250 yen btw, and I bought 2 bento boxes for around the same price tonight).

Foreigner’s life in Japan – Part I: Settling down

I am alive! I know, it’s been one full week since I’ve arrived… but it was almost like I vaporized into thin air. I totally didn’t expect this (think Murphy’s law): no internet, no cell phone, closest pay phone with international calling is at city hall (which is closed on weekend BTW). But I finally made it to this day, of course, I kinda have to pay premium for it. Otherwise, I can only surface two weeks later… this story deserves another post.

Anyhow, without internet, there’s no entertainment at my dorm. So I have been sleeping really early (11pm) and waking up early too! At least I feel my lifestyle here is much much healthier than in Vancouver… too bad this all ends from now on XD

Without further ado, I will stop babbling now and go straight to (pasting) my daily (offline) diaries…

Day 1 (Jan 30th). Foreigner Noob

It’s pretty self explanatory, please look at the photos.

Nice meal on JAL, dessert is ice-cream! The drink is plum wine by the way =)

It all began with a 9 hour flight on JAL, which I spent 80% sleeping and the rest watching a documentary about pandas.

A photo of my luggages as I was waiting for the N'EX train at the airport.

So after 2 hours on Narita Express, I finally arrived at Yokohama station. Can’t believe how many people there were at the Yokohama station, could barely passed through the flock of people.. Reminds me of Hong Kong’s Central MTR station, except Yokohama station is busy like that ALL THE TIME! It took another transfer for Keikyu Line to reach Yokosuka Chuo station. A-san (my supervisor) was really nice helping me with luggages. First thing he did was to bring me to my dormitory, and gave me a brief tour of my home for the next 7 months. My dorm room is on the third floor (girls only) with locked entrance- pretty safe.

My tiny apartment...

My desk area.

Empty bed.... with old mattress

Small kitchen with stove.

After that, we went for dinner around the area (he treated me!). I ordered squid sauce spagetti (which is black BTW), bad mistake… because I had to try my best to talk with my mouth shut the entire time. After dinner, he walked me back and lent me his phone to email my parents about my safe arrival. The day pretty much ended with me unpacking+cleaning the room.

Toilet looks like this after cleaning...

Organized desktop which looks like a dumpster now....

The bed is kind of soft, but I don't really care.

I really have to thank my colleagues who lent me their fridge, microwave, water boiler, and bike (coming soon)! My supervisor too, as he (probably with his friend) carried the fridge all the way to my room (no elevator at my apartment) and delivered other appliances to my door.

Man, it's just sooooo convenient to have microwave... though I've been eating out mostly.

Day 2 (Jan 31st). City Wanderer

Natural light shines through in the morning...

It was my day off before work began, I woke up with sore arms in the morning. First thing I had to do was to get my Foreigner’s ID (a.k.a. Alien card or Gaijin (外人) card) from the Yokosuka City Hall. It’s a nice 15 30min walk from where I live.

By the sea wall...

I chose the path by the ocean so I could enjoy the fine view (to be honest, I was actually lost, that’s why it took half an hour lol).

The city hall... The process was not smooth as they asked a lot of information which I didn't know, at the end had to spent 200 yen calling my supervisor.

After the alien registration ( need to pick up the ID in two weeks), I wandered around Yokosuka Chuo (横須賀中央), the downtown of Yokosuka. Yokosuka is a small city, so is its downtown… because I am already really familiar with the area now. =P

What "downtown" looks like from outside of the train station.

There are a few malls, a slot machine/arcade place, many restaurants, some shops, and two (that I know of) 100-yen stores…

One of the malls...

As you can see, the streets are quite empty.

Despite the area’s size, there are many good deals…

I bought this jacket that was on sale for 1980 yen (originally around 4800 yen).

In fact I bought so many things that I was struggling to carry everything home!

Need to rest up a bit to before heading home...

At the time I was already addicted to the 100 yen stores, so I went back and forth to Yokosuka Chuo three times in that day!  Little did I know there’s actually a 100-yen store nearby my place, although I still haven’t got time to visit it yet!

Look at the receipts, that's just how crazy I was.

Mostly just living supplies... I actually bought other stuff such as bloom, bucket, etc. Too lazy to photograph tho...

For lunch, I went to McDonalds… I actually walked in with the sole purpose to fish for free Wi-fi, however, I didn’t feel too good sitting down w/o ordering anything… So I got what’s on promotion that day.

My first lunch in Japan, MacDonald's it is!

To my surprise (not), hamburger is simply with a piece of patty- no cheese, no nothing.

To my frustration, there’s NO GODDAMN wifi!!! I tried Starbucks, NO EITHER! I later learned that Japan’s WIFI is similar to lunch…. there’s no free lunch in this world, right? XD

Cute bowls at a store that remind me of my grandparents...

On the way back to my dorm, I wandered around stores near by: Uniqlo (meh, don’t really like Uniqlo in Japan), a store similar to Home Depot, LIVIN (a 24 hour supermarket, where I bought some essentials and food)…

Cute pink cooking set for less than 1000 yen from LIVIN...

My bento dinner, and I didn't have microwave at the time... so I ate it cold. I'm sure it would've tasted so much better if heated.

I also bought some Onrigiri for 64 yen each as breakfast for the coming days.

At around 8pm, N-san, my neighbour+colleague who went to Tokyo for a work trip came back and visited me. We chatted a little and scheduled a time to meet up next morning so we could go to work together…

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Though I am thrilled to have internet back into my life, I’m just too exhausted right now… Will continue part 2 tomorrow after work.