i dont know what this is

500 CC
June 17, 2008, 6:44 am
Filed under: FOOD&DRINKS, Photos, Shopping, WORK

there’s a bookstore near my house, across from the 7-11 that I frequent. it is a used bookstore that sells manga and CDs. Yesterday on the way to the supermarket to buy beer and chips (essential food staples of the -need to pass time-) I spontaneously bought volume 15 – 17 of Lovely Complex. I am now only missing volume 1. I have the rest of the volumes in Chinese though. It’s kind of weird, but at least my collection or as soon will be complete?

The cover of volume 15, the mangaka deliberately drew Risa to look like Ema Fujisawa!!!! The actress that played Risa in the live-action version of the manga. The manga were extremely cheap and good quality, the stickers were still there! My taiwan version of the manga, around volume 6, the stickers stopped coming, I thought the mangaka started to cheap out and not include them, but actually the tw version started to be cheap and not include them.

I love the bookstore very much and today I bought Utada Hikaru’s 2nd album, Distance for only 500 yen!? And it was like newww! It’s kind of like a treasure hunt because there are so many random albums there. Distance is my favorite hikki album thus far.

I once read somewhere, perhaps on wikipedia? That the First Love album sold so much because of the super high quality glossy paper that they used to print the album booklet or something, holy crap, it Is super glossy?! I’ve never had such glossy booklet paper? I listened to the album on my laptop, I couldn’t tell the difference, hopefully when I go home and try it on my CD player the difference will be magnitudes.


I am enjoying the 2nd hand bookstore very much, I remember there being one near my university that sold hard to find biographies that we needed to write out papers with. But I dont remember going in once. I remembered buying it new at the bookstore then returning it … because I need 1 quote and the book was not at the library and $100. Sorry…

So are there used book stores near you?

I also realized that when people blog, it tend to be about one thing, such as, peppers, or cat-store? or MSG4. But I always write about whatever I want in a ramble about nothing, well my life, but yeah.

So far living on my own for 1 month had lead me to savor the large variety of instant, microwavable (although they have this awesome oven thingy that is kind of like a microwave) foods. But look!? I made chicken and stir-fry cabbage that my mom use to make, but hers tasted better, duh.

The chicken was pre-soaked in whatever, I just had to fry it in a pan. Although that may seem like nothing, it was a BIG deal to me. And I am getting better at not cutting my hand. Win-win.

My boss mama-san asked me to go play at the store, because they were making ume-shu. It’s plum wine? But it needs to be soaked for 6 months. Too bad I won’t get to taste it. Annnnd! WE also made the new sign for the store. I drew the chicken in the corner.

Finished product!

And i got this, but I dont know how to eat it..

500 CC! Upgrade size of beer here. Very important since I can’t sleep at night / in the morning because my cousin is talking on the phone / waking up super early to do laundry, maybe this will knock me out of tonight! Please do… I can’t take another night of 2 am and still chatting on the phone, SIGH!


shopping = trouble
June 13, 2008, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Electronics, FOOD&DRINKS, Shopping

Oh wells, troubles can be dissolved.

I had so many things to say yesterday but now I forgot them ALL! Sigh, okay I am going to start writing things down or emailing them to myself.

Things such as, how people hang out at cafes till 1 am to study? I find it kind of rude that people do that since aren’t there other customers? but maybe it’s alright because there are more cafes than people?

shopping was funnnn!!! by myself even though, it was still funnn!

The zebra stripes makes me feel so urban, I wanted to catch a photo where the people was packed, but they walked faster than i can pull out my camera.

When i got out of the station, I was trying to get to this super huge shopping place? Which consisted mostly of electronics, very exciting by the way, nerds everywhere. but the laptops were beautiful!!! They had the most amazing tablets.

I got lost on the sky pedestrian bridges, for 30 good minutes. It was blazing hot too.

After finally obtaining all 3 items for winney. I was so hungry =_= I actually wanted the set meal, maybe the cashier didnt hear me T____T But this was good too! Kansai styled Omurice, it has that flaky stuff on takoyaki.

then went shopping for useless things that I LOVE!!! i don’t have money for food but I can buy this…

I kept wondering if this was suppose to be that scary baby on the mayonnaise bottles but it’s cute and well crafted so I bought it. . DONT JUDGE ME! At least I didn’t collect them all yet.

This is the tshirt collection, there’s also the fruits on the head collection but I like tshirts so much.

@ the store where I bought all the useless but wonderful things, they have displays of toys! Like miniature versions of real edible things.

okay I have like no witty things to say today, so more pics woohoo!

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BONUS! Crappy quality picture from my cell phone, they sell the mugs from LAST FRIENDS (the drama) It was like $20, insane! they only paid $10 in the drama for this ;__;

I also spent a lot of time at bookstores yesterday, I really like the bookstores in Japan because everyone can read without being disturbed? The books are beautiful. I love the design books, there are quite a few I want but I have no money for right now. i think maybe before I leave I’ll go back and buy them.

Makes me wanna quit school and buy a tablet and be a cool free lance designer that sips coffee and hangs out at bookstores all day!

sent / received 150 emails in one day! good job, on my way to becoming a japanese 16 year old girl

June 9, 2008, 5:24 am
Filed under: Electronics, Photos, Shopping

A few days ago I was bored out of my mind sitting on my ass and going through withdrawl because House was downloading and there was nothing to watch but maybe Ugly Betty. Which I enjoy if I am high or drunk (kidding about this part).

Anyways, I decided that my trip here, is to experience Japanese youth, meaning I try to be like Japanese youth of my age, doing what they do? I was really getting no where until today, I bought my cell phone!? It was so much cheaper than I expected so I am happy, however I still don’t have a phone number / email address because I am under 20 and I need an adult to guarantee for me so tomorrow I’ll go ask my boss at my work place.

When I know my number / email feel free to flood me with emails, because apparently emailing on this thing is unlimited!

This is the Softbank 705Px made for PREPAID cellphones only, I bought it at Family Mart, some konbini store, I was pretty surprised since even SoftBank locations don’t carry it.

This phone by Japanese cell phone standards is pretty before millennium I feel, it only has a 2MB pixel camera, although TWO CAMERAS! wOAH for video phone, and TV and internet and what not. But, it’s screen is smaller than the usual ones I’ve seen but seriously it’s more high tech than anything I’ve seen in Vancouver.

Soon I’ll be on my way to emailing mad fast like Hachi (If you don’t know who Hachi is, shame on you). I think I’ll be getting the full youth experience lol…

Yes okay, other pix, my new favorite tshirt because people stare at me with it, I wonder why, I get a lot of nasty looks from older folks. TEHEHE.

This was peculiar…


Kyoto Daytrip
May 31, 2008, 6:24 am
Filed under: FOOD&DRINKS, Photos, Shopping

I was really looking forward to today because yes, I get to talk to another human being! I went to Kyoto with Ui-san. From where I live, Takatsuki city, is very close to Kyoto. Taking the train is about 30 minutes or so, and that will take you to the center of Kyoto.

Although most of the pictures you see are of temples and what not, I mostly shopped today. For some reason, I like the shops in Kyoto more than in Osaka. Kyoto shops are more unique, although extremely expensive, the things they sell seem more special and unique.

Oh I dont think I ever mentioned how I met Ui-san. I met her randomly on the train, she’s studying to be a Chinese – Japanese translator. Her chinese is very good. Her friend whom I met today studies English, and was born in England. Multilingual FTW?

I know everyone must miss my face since I usually go by myself and no one can take pictures of me ~~

This is some bridge~~

Random building near the bridge~~

One strain is 1000 cranes, crazzzyyy~~ I think if you are bored and desperate enough you can make your own and ask it to be hung?

Sorry my face is weird~ but er bell shaking after you donate money and making wish!

A cool looking street, I feel compelled to post about. I love how my jeans look here ~!

More temple pictures

I really like this picture! The red lanterns and fence are pretty.

(Left to Right) Julie-san, Ui-san and ME~~!!!! I dont know why I’m not smiling. Too full from my burger?

We ate at a cafe named Very Berry. It’s really good. Well I had the burger today but if you go and have their waffle selection, it’s amazing~~!! The place was showing spongebob squarepants, because it’s an American themed? Or Hawaiian themed, I will definitely want to go back to eat lots and LOTs of waffles. *ddrrrooollss*

Julie-san and I

Did some shopping at Lowry’s Farm and they gave me this cute recyclable bag. Also bought a cute zip-up? like shirt which I found a tiny stain on when I came home. THE THING IS WHITE BTW! I tried washing it, hopefully it’ll come out, hopefully.

walking till I die
May 22, 2008, 5:50 am
Filed under: Photos, Shopping

Okay, god bless google, without google, where would i be?! But yeah anyways.

Everyone in Japan rides these, in China as well. It’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

can you see me? I love these mirrors! they are pretty useful because the roads are so narrow.

Osaka Stussy. I realized I was in beast territory when I started seeing people wear Nudies.

It’s not Japan without A bathing Ape. i looked too much like a hobo to go in. It’s designed like a bathroom? LOL, white tiled walls.

And it’s not Japan with out Sanrio store.

Lots of Pachinko places around.

Comme Des Garcons for you big spenders. There was a wallet that I really liked ; ^ ; EXPENSIVE!!!



I’m not a huge fan of Hysteric Glamor, but I thought someone might be?

er, eye candy break?

I want a bike like this.

everyone takes pictures of this thing, I dont know why.

heres a bunch of people taking pics of nothing really.

What else did I see, Lowrys Farm, supreme, Agnes B. and etc etc. I walked around so much it’s bloody insane. My converse are still in good shape but my feet may not be.

it’s time to rob a bank, thanks.

May 20, 2008, 7:04 am
Filed under: FOOD&DRINKS, Photos, Shopping, WORK

OMG , all my hard work in writing that blog entry, disappeared for some reason. Even though I have lots of things to write. I am so lazy right now so only pictures. But I feel compelled to share with everyone that I found a part time job. LOL, yes even a gaijin like me can find a part time job.

Best possible combination.

I MADE THIS! with katsu-don from the supermarket, and ramen seasoning and ramen lol.

More pictures of the neighborhood.

CUTEE DOGG!!! Man, it was so lazyy lying there all day.

my n00b japanese resume which landed me a job here www.kushitaro.com

and for which i bought a dictionary for.

LoL thought this was funny so I bought it.

also discovered the holy land of MUJI.

So much walking
May 18, 2008, 5:33 am
Filed under: Complaints, FOOD&DRINKS, Photos, Shopping

Today I finally got a chance to go into the city. I always had assumed that Osaka is Osaka the city. Apparently Osaka is also like a state. And there are various small cities in it. Today I got to go to Osaka city. Like NYC in NY. Kind of. I was so confused for so long. The reason for going into the city was to go to stupid Gap for the job thing. So I work at Banana Republic in Canada. And my manager was so enthusiastic talking about working at the Gap in Japan. I felt really mis-treated today. So I had called in this morning and then the manager was apparently in a meeting so they wanted to call me back which was fine. But maybe 3 hours went by and there was not a phone call. So I decided to go down there with my cousin, but of course my cousin ditched me for her friend and left me, which was fine. I’m not complaining I’m just saying since we dont really get along @__@. So yeah. I went down to the store and I talked to some random staff and they were like, oh wait please. So I waited probably at least 45 minutes to hear that the manager isn’t in, would I like to talk to another manager. So of course I said yes. So there’s more waiting. Me and my North American ways of being impatient, was of course getting increasingly impatient. And then someone came to talk to me. The sad thing was, I saw that person talking casually with another work staff. It was really inconsiderate of them. The manager that was working there, which I wish I got the name of, was kind of mocking me. We talked for a while, but she had no signs of wanting to give me an interview or just make me go home. So I just said it’s fine, I dont mind if you dont end up hiring me.

But yeah, so all she said was in the end, I’ll take your number and she will call me. Which means, she won’t.

Okay, pictures time! Hey look, that guy that was in many dramas lol..

What I had for dinner last night. Niku – udon. It was 540 yen. So about $5.50.

A takoyaki stand! There was a long line, so naturally I got in the line.

A closer look.

Final product! 6 for 320 yen.

Went to Uniqlo to pick up some tshirts. I got lost, then I asked some random lady carrying a UNIQLO bag.

Sorry my face looks swollen for some reason.

Instant curry, 88 yen. Heat up with rice and eat!

Final product!