Sunday, October 27, 2013

Back to work...

Yeesh, after almost a month away from work, it's so weird going back!  After staying in another country, (especially a foreign one), their ways sort of rubbed off on me so it's strange to be back in my own.  (>__>)

In Japan, everyone is so polite and nice, it's a slight slap in the face coming back to America where the politeness can vary quite a bit.  xP  Gotta put my 'tough coat' back on.

Yesterday was my first day back at work in a long time and I hate to say it but even after being gone for a while, it's strange how quickly I could re-learn everything and pick up where I left off.  The average person would be thrilled about it but not me.  I felt... jaded?  Like I've learned everything I could there and with no room for improvement, I can't grow in that job anymore...  It's a little depressing.  I'm really happy that I recently got another job opportunity as a receptionist for an exhibit so I hope that the administrator replies to me soon.  x)  I'm still looking for other job opportunities where I won't be so bored.

That day I was kind of tired and out of it (pulled an all-nighter because of the jetlag).  Most negative things weren't bothering me but this one lady managed to get on my bad side.  I mentioned something to her (it was mostly mindless small talk we're encouraged to make) and she replied with, "oh sorry, I wasn't listening.  I was on my phone.." and repeated that same phrase in different ways also adding in "stupid phone..." More like stupid woman.  I honestly would have been happier if she just ignored me and went on her merry way.  She could even have pretended to listen and I wouldn't care.  My intuition was telling me she she was being condescending. :/  

Screw that condescending b*tch and her sh*tty listening skills.  I'm gonna play Pokemon Y!  That game is so fun!  My brother got it as a birthday present for me and I didn't think Pokemon could make their games any better after playing Pokemon Black.  I guess I was wrong.  The graphics are amazing and I love the new 3D battles they made.  The new pokemon designs look sleek and I like how they're using the classic pokemon again instead of making half-hearted designs for new pokemon.

I really want to make a Halloween candy house.  I'll probably go shopping for the candy soon.  If I end up making it, I'll post some pictures.  :D

Friday, October 25, 2013

Phone blog of Japan trip

While in Japan, I was regularly updating my phone blog so it's pretty accurate in the times we did everything.  I only noticed about a day into the trip that the time on my phone wasn't showing Japan time so I had to manually type it in.

Anyway, this is just something I thought would be cool to post.  It shows all the events that happened on the trip in brief detail.  I still plan to write more in depth about the trip though!  This is just a brief and accurate overview of what we did. ;)

The newest posts are at the top and the oldest are at the bottom.  To get to the start of our journey, simply read from the bottom.  Sorry for the inconvenience! ( > __ < ) 

 
 - 2013/10/17
At home in bed.  Had to sweep my room and put all the stuff we brought back away.

- 2013/10/17
Got on the plane and went back in time to the US.  I'm pretty tired and want to take a shower....

- 2013/10/17
15:43
Made it to our departure gate.

- 2013/10/17
14:00
On Narita Express going to the airport. 

- 2013/10/17
12:51
On our way to Shinagawa Station(品川駅) from Shizuoka(静岡).

- 2013/10/17
12:50















Passing by Fujisan(富士山).  The top is shrouded by clouds.

- 2013/10/17
12:25















Matcha Float(抹茶フロウト)

- 2013/10/17
10:07



















Nice place for brekkies.  Relaxing and casual.

- 2013/10/17
9:44















Asagohan in Shizuoka. おいしい!!! ("^o^")

- 2013/10/17
9:00















Going back home today...  Almost finished packing.

- 2013/10/16
22:04















Watching some television.

- 2013/10/16
21:57



















Walking around Shizuoka's nightlife near the main station earlier.  Before this I didn't know there was another 109 building besides Shibuya..

- 2013/10/16
21:30















Ebi-mayo roll

- 2013/10/16
21:28















Dindin time! ^^

- 2013/10/16
18:30















Time for dessert!

- 2013/10/16
18:20















Going to try go hyaku en(五百円) grapes...

- 2013/10/16
18:15















Found Ni hyaku en(二百円) on the ground!

- 2013/10/16
15:47
I believe we can see Fuji-san(富士山) from the station!

- 2013/10/16
15:46















Made it to Shizuoka Hotel Associa!!!  I want to find a sento...

- 2013/10/16
14:22
Getting closer to Shizuoka(静岡)!

- 2013/10/16
12:20
Just transferred to the Kodama Shinkansen, bound for Shizuoka.

- 2013/10/16
11:22















Ekiben for brunch.

- 2013/10/16
11:19
On Shinkansen Sakura headed for Shin-Osaka(新大阪駅).  This morning we went to the Hiroshima Peace Museum.  It was a very emotional experience. 

- 2013/10/15
18:52















Kitsune Udon(狐うどん) at Hanamaru(花丸), Hiroshima.  Taste was good although I should have got the small. 

- 2013/10/15
15:49
Almost back at Hiroshima.  It was a nice trip down south even though we only had a few hours.

- 2013/10/15
14:54















Plenty of farmland in southern Kyushu.

- 2013/10/15
14:38















Lots of mountainous valleys on the train ride back.

- 2013/10/15
13:49















Kagoshima mascot?

- 2013/10/15
13:44















Tsubu Ichigo Jammu Pan: Ok taste but nothing special.  A bit too sweet for my taste.

- 2013/10/15
13:41















Tsubu Tsubu Ichigo Miruku.  It doesn't taste like milk...

- 2013/10/15
13:34
On the Shinkansen Sakura heading back to Hiroshima Station(広島駅).

- 2013/10/15
12:30















Lots of volcanic ash on the ground (guessing that's what it is)...

- 2013/10/15
12:00















At the farthest south I've ever been in Japan.  Looking out at the smoking Mt Sakurajima in the city of Kagoshima(鹿児島).

- 2013/10/15
8:05



















Eating candy from a nice obasan.

- 2013/10/15
7:35














- 2013/10/15
7:34















Hiroshima ekiben for brekkies!

- 2013/10/15
7:28
On Shinkansen bound for Kagoshima-Chuou Station(鹿児島中央駅).

- 2013/10/14
21:42















Purin time! :3

- 2013/10/14
21:38
Watching Japanese television.  Walked through a few streets near Hiroshima Station(広島駅) earlier but the nightlife is pretty dead in this area.

- 2013/10/14















いただきまあああああす!!!!

- 2013/10/14
19:00



















Dinner at Mongoi.

- 2013/10/14
18:40
Checked into APA Hiroshima Ekimae hotel.  It's small and cute with a mini capsule bathroom.  ^^

- 2013/10/14
17:49
On the train back to Hiroshima Station(広島駅). 

- 2013/10/14
17:25















Finally the boat is moving again.

- 2013/10/14
17:18















Leaving Miyajima Island.  Goodbye Famous Torii gate.

- 2013/10/14
14:48
On Sanyou line to Miyajimaguchi Station(宮島口駅). 

- 2013/10/14
13:20















Almost at Hiroshima station.  Drinking this Bourbon cold cocoa.  Tastes like cold hot choco.

- 2013/10/14
12:14
Safely got on the Shinkansen Sakura bound for Hiroshima.  I'm hoping people get off at the next stop so I can find a seat.

- 2013/10/14
12:05















Leaving Shin-kobe Station(新神戸駅)..  Moving onward to Hiroshima on Shinkansen Sakura 555.

- 2013/10/14
11:15















Walked around at Harborland (Kobe) earlier.  Now we're back at the hotel for about an hour.  Time to eat the Bento from yesterday night. (^ o ^)

- 2013/10/14
8:42















Back in the station where we started.. (Sannomiya)

- 2013/10/14
8:28
On Seishin Yamate Line to Sannomiya(三宮).  Transferring to Sannomiya Hanadokei-Mae Station(三宮花時計前駅).

- 2013/10/14
7:05















Asagohan

- 2013/10/13
20:04















Memento of Gero. (>w<)

- 2013/10/13
19:24
Answer to the previous question.  "Shake" is some kind of fish.  It looks like salmon but it doesn't taste like it...

- 2013/10/13
19:16















Got on the Hikari Shinkansen to Shin-kobe Station(新古部駅).  That teaches me to make a backup plan for transfers that are too short between times....  Now to eat!
What is "shake?"

- 2013/10/13
18:43
Waiting at the Nagoya Station(名古屋駅).  We bought dindin at a 7-11 outside the station.

- 2013/10/13
16:32















Leaving Gero...  It was really beautiful and we got to see a lot.  We went to two bath houses.  It's too bad we had to rush towards the end.

- 2013/10/13
13:28 















After Onsen drinks

- 2013/10/13
12:10 















Made it to Gero!!!!!

- 2013/10/13















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- 2013/10/13 















Mountain fauna

- 2013/10/13
10:53















Getting closer to Gero.

- 2013/10/13 

















- 2013/10/13















Heading into the mountains!

- 2013/10/13
10:23















Densha(電車) food. ("° v °")

- 2013/10/13
10:18















Stopped at Gifu.

- 2013/10/13
8:30 
On Shinkansen...  Getting off at Gero Station(げろ駅).

- 2013/10/13
On the Shinkansen Hikari to Nagoya. 

- 2013/10/13















Line camera pocky

- 2013/10/13















First traditional Japanese asagohan! ("^W^")

- 2013/10/12 















Din din! (>___<)


- 2013/10/12 

Honey Bee strawberry yogurt waffle. *0*

- 2013/10/12 















First vending machine drink.

- 2013/10/12
16:11
Heading back on Tozai Line to Karasuma Oike Station(烏丸御池駅). 

- 2013/10/12
15:53
Heading back to Sanjou.  From there maybe we can make it to one sento.

- 2013/10/12
15:25 
We were so lucky we got to the Onsen before the crowds.  We arrived at 1:30 and stayed for about an hour.

- 2013/10/12 
15:22
Going back from Kurama Onsen(鞍馬温泉).  It was very relaxing!  I'm so happy I got to experience my first Onsen there. ("^______^")

- 2013/10/12 















Going to Demachi Yanagi Station(出町柳駅).  I wish the trains were this empty when we were going to our hotel.

- 2013/10/12

Another Japanese lady asked me for directions.  Gotta improve my Japanese wtf

- 2013/10/12















Waiting for Shinkansen Hikari for Kyoto. (^0^)

- 2013/10/12
Just ate breakfast.  It was delicious.  The Japanese buffet was impressive.

- 2013/10/12
1:37 - Sat
Going to sleep.  おやすみ.....

- 2013/10/12
Btw, we're on Japan time so the actual time we got to the hotel was at 1:00am. 

- 2013/10/12















Omfg, I've never been happier to see a hotel room. (T__T)

- 2013/10/11
Made it to Osaka!

- 2013/10/11
We finally got to sit down.  A bunch of people got off at Shizuoka (静岡駅).  (- . -)

- 2013/10/11
This lady on the Shinkansen asked me if I had any water.  I felt bad since I didn't have any.  I look so much like a nihonjin, makes me want to improve my Japanese.

- 2013/10/11
Almost an hour standing in the Shinkansen...  I'm trying to imagine I'm a flamingo xP

- 2013/10/11
Starting our rigorous standing time on Hikari Shinkansen.

- 2013/10/11
Making our way to Tokyo on the Narita Express!  Probably the last time I'll be able to rest my ass before our (hopefully not) 3 hour standing endurance trial.

-2013/10/11
So we've found out that we'll probably have to stand for 3 hours but I'm just so excited and thinking, "OMG I'm in Japan!!!"

- 2013/10/11
It's pretty hot in this station...

- 2013/10/11
After plane hair sucks... I kind of wish I wore my contacts.  Glasses really don't do it for me.

- 2013/10/11















Waiting to exchange tickets for JR Rail Pass.

- 2013/10/10
On the plane.  Just saw a guy with a pillow stuck on his back!  lol!!!!