Friday, December 26, 2008

On the 3rd of October

Last few photos :3

My breakfast on my last morning in Shibuya… I had the salad instead of the cereal. I love this salad (^^,) Of course the yogurt with fruit is ALWAYS there (^___^)

Okay, it was the crow I was taking a picture of below. In the mornings, instead of the chirping of sparrows, it is all the cawing of crows. It was all very beautiful. So when we walked to work, big crows would be by the sidewalks and the trees. So each morning I would step out into the balcony and listen to the crows. On my last couple of days I tried waiting for a crow to fly near me but everytime I moved they flew away (^^U) Below was a photo of the nearest crow I could see.

So, back to packing my remaining stuff. I bought a really funky bag (and the store had a plastic bag FOR my trolley bag XD ) and tried stuffing as much as I can into it, since this will be my hand-carried bag in the plane. Here’s my initial attempt to stuff everything in. There were many combinations XD But I didn’t take photos of everything otherwise it would take me too long just packing.

I had more trouble with my check-in luggage. Finally, after a LOT of struggle, I managed to ZIP it up and use all my energy to lift it. I had to open the zippers on the side to allow for more space. My luggage looked like it was sick and ready to throw up. Its flower wheels looked like they were going to roll away (^^U) Then, ta-dah! Two, just TWO, pieces of luggage…

In the airport, I went to a wagashi store and bought some sweets for some people (including myself), then went to the origami museum and took their lovely photos. These are all origami. Even the skies and the birds and everything. My favorite is the fish being sun dried and cooked over the fire XD

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On the 2nd of October

I know, it’s late :p

This is basically what I have for breakfast everyday. Sometimes I take the salad instead of the cereal (^____^) 

Right after having breakfast I started packing my things; we were to come back to Manila the following day. I opened my suitcase and panicked a bit because there did not seem to be any more space for all my stuff.

Eventually though I was able to out MOST of my stuff in. Seemed like I needed to buy an Extra Bag ^^U Anyway later on we met up for lunch at Fujiya and while I intended to try other things I once again had the burger steak I ordered the night before. 

After lunch we walked a bit then went off to our own agenda… I shopped for boots, a funky trolley bag, and stuff I don’t remember XD Late in the afternoon I went back to the hotel to rest then stepped out again in the evening for a walk and to have dinner. I had dinner in Freshness Burger. It was recommended to me by someone though I can’t remember who (^^U) Anyway it was October so Halloween decors were up (^^,)

I got chai tea latte, if I remember correctly. As I waited and played with my DS I put down my glass next to Mr. Pumpkinhead here XD

Shortly afterwards, my Freshness burger and onion rings came XD I love the vegetables (^___^)

I took a walk some more after I ate, then picked up a small tub of ice cream from the convenience store before heading "home" to my room. It was a pleasant evening spent in solitude (^_^) 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Two More Classes :)

I only got two more classes to attend with Nihongo for Everyone and I’m done (^^,) Yesterday we had no class anymore and I won’t be going back until the 10th. We got homework, though, and I still intend to study even if there are no classes and exams for the rest of the month XD

On the 1st of October

Hahaha I know, I KNOW! This is like, soooooooo late! XD Been so busy (^^U)

This is the apartment hotel where we stayed. It’s actually a really nice place. At night, after long walks in heeled shoes, the light of this hotel is like an oasis in the desert XD

These are the main beverages I purchase from the vending machines in the office. I have like two to three Meijis a day (they’re SUPER!!) and the Vitamin Water is something I drink to kill the milky taste of the chocolate after a couple of hours into the trainings.

I think this was the nth Meiji for the day XD We waited for Mai and Junko at the lobby and I discovered a vending machine in one of the hidden corners of the floor XD 

I took a photo of the Recently Discovered Vending Machine. There’s my bestfriend Meiji at the bottom right XD

This is the vending machine next to it. XD

As we walked back to our hotel and went up the overpass, I took a photo of the TCI ad but it looks like this because the entire overpass was shaking, I realized XD

Too tired, I resorted to the convenience store across our hotel and ordered this thing which I thought was pork but it’s actually chicken. Must be a gigantic chicken XD 

Friday, December 5, 2008

Nerdy Kilig Moment

At the man comm meeting earlier (or last night, since it’s almost 6 AM na pala), I was told I got the highest score at the Six Sigma exam!!! *kilig* I’m so delighted my efforts at the 11-pager paid off XD Good thing I didn’t keep re-checking my answers otherwise I would have changed everything to the wrong ones XD 

Monday, November 17, 2008

On the 30th of September

Tuesday we went to the site in Tama Center and near that was Sanrio Puroland XD We didn’t go inside anymore though (^.^) But we did shop in the 100 yen shop. XD

Saturday, November 15, 2008

On the 29th of September

It was a pretty normal day. I’m not sure if this was the day I slightly bared my fangs. But I’m sure it was on the same week.

Anyway, fangs aside, during one of the breaks, I took a photo of what it looks like outside from the 13th floor of our building. Of course this is much more interesting in the evenings. 

Monday, November 10, 2008

Overtime Beyond 11 PM

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, if the bell tolls at 11 pm and you are in Tom Nook's shop, he will apologize and have you leave the store since it is time to close. However, if you are in the Able Sisters' tailor shop, and the bell tolls at 11 pm, they will not tell you to leave. In fact, if you want Sable working her spikes off until the wee hours or even until noon the next day, then you don't leave the shop :D Technically you made Sable work for 2 whole days :D 

Sable Able (Image from

That makes you a Porcupine-punisher! :D

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Japan: On the 28th of September

Sunday was Asakusa and Ueno. In the morning, before going out, I fixed some of my things and sorted the trash and looked at some of my purchases and tried to clean some parts of my room (^.^)

For this trip I just decided to bring 6 different sets of corporate clothes to wear because I didn’t want to do my laundry there (^^U) Plus I was not sure if there would be enough time (and energy) to do my laundry. In any case if anyone is thinking of doing their laundry so they can save on luggage space, the hotel has a washing machine and dryer. 

The laundry corner in my room :3

This was how messy my room was (^^U)

My Messy Room

Some stickers I bought XD

Tonari no Totoro; Rilakkuma; Kiki's Delivery Service

The path leading to the temple in Asakusa. This path is lined with stores. I bought so many things XD Unfortunately we ran out of yen and there wasn’t any place on a Sunday where we can have our money exchanged. So I could only buy about half of what I wanted, and I used my card on some of them.

Heading to the Temple

Nice (^^,)

They looked so good :3

In Ueno, I bought some stuff too, and then we ran into this famous bear though I don’t know his name (^^U) He was so lovable and SOFT, though XD

I get to hug him after XD

After Ueno, our feet started to ache again so we caught the train back to Shibuya. On our way back to the hotel by foot, we passed by this ramen place and this SUPER SUPER GOOD tonkotsu ramen was my dinner XD

It was such a comforting meal after a day of walking and shopping (^___^)

Japan: On the 26th and 27th of September

No photos from the 26th (^^U) Well, apart from I met an accident (The cab we were in ran into an Expedition and the front was like a smashed Coke in can and I hit my head and had to go to the hospital for tests and head xray and CT scan but I’m okay now), the happy part in the evening when Mai and I were on a laugh trip had really blurred photos so what the.

On the 27th we got up really really early and made a quick (and I mean QUICK. Even quicker than anyone would say “quick”, like probably you won’t even make it to i-c-k of quick. THAT quick. And I kind of resent that you know XD) In any case, I’m just going back there and stay in Akihabara for as long as I want! So, our QUICK visit to Akihabara. I bought a few very nice things and I just wish I could have stayed longer.

Of course it’s the place for gamers.

And there were floors after floors of stuff to buy. Unfortunately though, too many floors were skipped. Oh, too many buildings and stores too. *annoyed*

Then off to Disney we went. (Kasi di ba.)

I just want to share my lunch.

It was really worth the 1,980 yen I paid for. It was SO good and SO filling.

After a whole day of walking and stuff, and after developing bigger blisters and wider bruises on my toes, we headed to the convenience store across our hotel and purchased those microwavable dinners which I discovered were very good too.

I got this tonkatsu with very little side salad and a Qoo apple juice (which I love).

Japan: On the 25th of September

On the 25th of September we went to Yokohama to visit the site there. The photos below were taken from the Refresh Room. Employees gather in this room to watch fireworks in August. They say the view is much greater in the evening when all the city lights are on (^^,)

Embracing Yokohama

The building that I see in many Yokohama pictures, which also makes me think of a slice of cake :3

Taking all of Yokohama in

In the afternoon, we went back to the office in Shibuya for more meetings. On this day, I was introduced to this beverage, and for the succeeding days, the vendo containing it has become my bestfriend XD I think I can never have too much of this XD

I've lost count of how many of this I drank (^^U)

Japan: On the 24th of September

This was our lunch (=^_^=)

Little bowls of happiness

Every little thing was pretty.

Savoring the sanma

Actually, everytime we went to a place where we had to take our shoes off, I was secretly pleased and relieved because that way my feet would get some rest from the pain of walking around in heeled shoes (^^U) So as I enjoyed my fish and rice, my feet enjoyed being away from my shoes.

Japan: On the 23rd of September

So. On our first day we had a long drive from the airport to our hotel. It was nice because I was thinking, hey I am actually in one of my favorite places and the weather was great and I like long drives in general. Before going to the hotel we passed by the office we would be going to for most of our stay. I took a photo of their building:

The transcosmos office (^_^)

Their office is really nice, and most of the people I met were quite friendly. Generally the work was okay although I had a tough time with the Japanese documents and materials. So now I will need to help myself in this so I can deal with things better in the future. 

Then we were brought to the hotel and I wanted to jump right into bed and sleep but of course we had to go out for dinner (shabu-shabu: YAY!) and a much bigger part of me wanted to be out on my first night to see the beauty of Tokyo XD 

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Back :)

I was actually back Friday night, October 3rd. I was sweating like crazy by the time I got out of the airport because almost two weeks of 10 to 16 degrees can make the 34 degrees I’ve been used to as something so… hellish (^^U) But since yesterday I have gotten used to the temperature again (^^,) This is home after all (^___^) 

Anyway, I will just be posting some pics in batches next time since I got lots of work to do (^^U) 

The trip was generally okay. I LOVE the weather there and almost everything else XD I didn’t have much time for shopping, partly due to long work-related hours and hurried Occasions and blistered feet, but each chance I get, I shop. Upon checking in my bag at the airport before returning, I went over by 2 kilos (^^U) That is apart from the hand-carried mini-suitcase I got from this wonderful store called Loft (who actually has a shopping bag FOR my bag XD ) which I stuffed with everything I can fit in it. (^^U) Anyway most of the stuff I bought were for myself and my sister. 

On my first night home, I ate pinoy food after unpacking my stuff and then the next day I went back to kendo. The batch I am currently joining will have their bogu evaluation on Saturday most probably, so good luck (^.^) I’ve been bringing my bogu but I’m not sure yet when to actually join my original batch or if I will just stay with the current batch. Anyway I'll just see.

Finishing my coffee, and I’ve to get ready for work. Will just post some pics next time (^.^)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just A Few More Nights

And off to Japan I go for business.

I can’t wait to see all the beautiful things that I will see there! (I’m kind of agitated with all the possible purchases I will make haha.) They said they will take us around and bring us to the places with really good food :D

Looking forward too to the lunches or dinners with the people I will meet there. (^___^) They're practically like officemates (Japan version) since we're technically working under the same company. 

Very excited too of the stuff I will listen to (or listen to the translation of) because I’m thinking it’s like, Six Sigma, Japanese version XD Like maybe different sort of information but like a classroom training and all. I can hardly wait to sit, listen, and learn! (^___^)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Katamari Kollectibles

It's not that I am addicted to Me & My Katamari, I just felt like playing it for the nth time, and making a list of what I have collected so far. 

Under the Vegetables Category:
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Turnip
Under the Fruit Category:
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Cherries
  • Strawberry
  • Giant Strawberry
  • Mandarin Wedge
  • Mandarin
Under the Food Category:
  • Canned Curry
  • Steamed Bun
  • Hamburger
  • Roast On Bone
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Ramen
  • Pizza
  • Sliced Bread
  • Cheese
  • Bento Lunch
  • Big Bento Lunch
  • Curry Roux
  • Egg Sandwich
Under the Snacks Category:
  • Hishi-Mochi
  • Lollipop
  • Cream Puff
  • Caramel Box
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Cookie
  • Cookie Sandwich
  • Canned Sweets
  • Coffee Candy
  • Grape Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Milk Candy
  • Gum
  • Rice Cake
  • Gigantic Fried Fish
  • Caramel Pudding
Under the Japanese Food Category:
  • Small Takoyaki
  • Takoyaki
  • Big Takoyaki
  • Onigiri
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Gigantic Riceball
  • Sashimi Boat
Under the Drinks Category:
  • Orange Juice
  • Green Tea (can)
  • Coffee (can)
  • Soda
  • Coffee Milk
  • Ice Cream Float
  • Lemon Tea
  • Glass Bottle
  • Lao Jiu
Under the Cooking Category:
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Dogfood Bowl
  • Takoyaki Hotplate
  • Chinese Bowl
  • Shabu-shabu Pot
  • Rice Container
  • Mayonnaise
  • Butter
  • Butcher’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Sink Strainer
  • Expensive Plate
  • Small Plate
  • Pepper
  • Soy Sauce
  • Steamer Lid
  • Dumpling Steamer
  • Tea Jar
  • Coffee Mill
  • Napkin
  • Sugar Pot
Under the Trash Category:
  • Dustbin
Under the Cleaning Category:
  • Hose Reel
  • Sponge
  • Wash Stand
  • School Soap
  • Clothes Peg
Under the Reading Category:
  • Telephone Book
  • Old newspaper
  • Old Magazines
  • Math Workbook
  • Kanji Workbook
  • Comic
  • Magazine
  • Plant Book
  • Math Textbook
Under the Stationery Category:
  • Eraser
  • Paperweight
  • India Ink
  • Scissors
  • Thumbtack
  • Red Pushpin
  • Green Pushpin
  • Crayon Box
  • B Pencil
  • H Pencil
  • Ballpoint Pen
  • Pencil Stand
  • Sticky Tape
  • Small B Pencil
  • Files
Under the Fashion Category:
  • Red Sock
  • Blue Sock
  • Bunny Slipper
  • Leather Shoe
  • Kid’s Shoe
  • Striped T-Shirt
  • Briefs
  • Hairpin
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Balm
  • Powder Compact
Under the Sound Category:
  • Cassette Tape
  • Cassette Radio
  • Court Musician’s Flute
Under the Sports Category:
  • Baseball
  • Pingpong Ball
  • Red Ball
Under the Powerful Category:
  • Dumbell
Under the Playtime Category:
  • Cup and Ball
  • Kiddie Bucket
  • Red Toy Capsule
  • Yellow Toy Capsule
  • Blue Toy Capsule
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Red Block
  • Yellow Block
  • Green Block
  • Plastic Railroad
  • Plastic Railroad Corner
  • Model Train
  • Model Flat Car
  • Toy Robot
Under the Games Category:
  • Pachinko Ball
  • Die
  • Save Data Card
  • Fortune Note
  • Mahjong Tile
Under the Container Category:
  • Cat-free Bottle
  • Shopping Basket
  • Kerosene Tank
  • Milk Box
  • Drink Crate
  • Cooler
  • Wallet
  • Round Water Canteen
  • Lunch Box
Under the Decorations Category:
  • Novelty Plate
  • Balancing Toy
  • Shoe Display Stand
  • Stand
  • Parsley
  • Picture Frame
  • Paper Tiger
  • Star
Under the Necessities Category:
  • Hanko
  • Toilet Paper
  • Open Tissue Box
  • Nail Clipper
  • Button
  • Match
  • Toothpaste
  • Straw Mat
  • Ointment
Under the Rain Category:
  • Kid’s Boot
  • Tree Frog
Under the Electronics Category:
  • Calculator
  • Iron
  • Cash Register
  • Ventilation Fan
  • PC Monitor
  • PC Keyboard
  • Personal Computer
Under the Furniture Category:
  • Color TV
  • Bookstand
  • Video Cassette Player
Under the Post Category:
  • New Year’s Card
  • Postcard
  • Stamp
Under the Luggage Category:
  • Portfolio
  • Bundle
  • Picnic Basket
  • Kindergarten Bag
  • Paper Bag
Under the Gardening Category:
  • Garden Pot
  • Sprayer
  • Planting Fence
Under the Flowers Category:
  • Pansies
  • Brown Flower Pot
  • Blue Flower Pot
  • Dandelion
  • Blue Morning Glory
Under the Communication Category:
  • Girly Cellphone
  • Microphone
  • Bullhorn
  • Walkie-Talkie
Under the Tools Category:
  • Superglue
Under the Science Category:
  • Magnet
Under the Rich Category:
  • 5 Yen Coin
  • 10 Yen Coin
  • 500 Yen Coin
  • Old Coin
  • Deer Head
  • Shachihoko
  • Check Book
Under the Lighting Category:
  • Japanese Lantern
  • Spotlight
Under the Hot Category:
  • Kerosene Stove
  • Camp Fire
Under the Seating Category:
  • Cushioned Chair
  • Office Chair
Under the Weapons Category:
  • Water Pistol
  • Funny Hammer
Under the Danger Category:
  • Mousetrap
  • Warning Sign
  • Blowfish
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Small Cone
Under the Measuring Category:
  • Dynamometer
  • Gas Meter
Under the Art Category:
  • Strap
  • Sunfish Key Holder
Under the Japan Category:
  • Kokeshi Doll
  • Samurai Armor
  • Shogun
Under the Festival Category:
  • Lottery
  • Tribal Mask
  • Matsuri Table
  • Matsuri Boy
  • Matsuri Lover
  • Matsuri Girl
  • Dairi Doll
  • Hina Doll
  • Lady-in-Waiting
  • Left Councilor
  • Festival Lantern
Under the Celebration Category:
  • Birthday Cake
  • Flower Bouquet
Under the Evil Category:
  • Evil Minion Figure
  • Evil Tiger Figure
Under the Heroes Category:
  • V-Red Figure
  • V-Yellow Figure
  • V-Purple Figure
  • V-Robo Figure
  • V-Red Mask
  • V-Yellow Mask
  • V-Blue Mask
  • V-Robo Mask
  • V1 Toy
Under the School Category:
  • Spring Horse
  • Kindergarten Hat
  • Indoor Shoes
Under the Playground Category:
  • Picture Stand
Under the Energy Category:
  • Firewood
  • Battery
  • 9-Volt Battery
  • Power Plug
Under the Farming Category:
  • Bale of Rice
  • Hoe
Under the Symbols Category:
  • New Driver Sign
  • Senior Driver Sign
  • na
  • Team Oak
Under the Stores Category:
  • Price Tag 980 Yen
  • Palmistry Table
Under the Partitions Category:
  • Farm Railing
Under the Roadways Categroy:
  • Guardrail
  • Pedestrian Signal
  • Telephone Pole Brace
Under the Advertising Category:
  • “All You Can Eat”
  • Electrical Store Sign
  • Cream Puff Sign
  • Sushi Ad
  • Red Lamp
Under the Guidance Category:
  • Over 75 cm
Under the Plants Category:
  • Horsetail
  • Red Flower
  • Yellow Flower
  • Cactus
Under the Wheels Category:
  • Skateboard
Under the Transport Category:
  • Bicycle
  • Kid’s Tricycle
Under the Children Category:
  • Relaxing Girl
Under the Teenagers Category:
  • Punk
  • Relaxing Girl
  • Ippei Baba
  • Shiro Kuwata
Under the Adults Category:
  • Mama-san
  • Dangling Man
  • Wobbly Man
  • Tired Man
Under the Workers Category:
  • Businessman
  • Tall Businessman
  • Takoyaki Guy
  • Utility Worker
  • Old Salt
  • Ant
  • Gas Station Worker
Under the Professionals Category:
  • Fortune Teller
  • Fireman
  • Principal
  • Risa Okazaki
Under the Cousins Category:
  • Ace
  • June
Under the Cute Category:
  • Doggy
  • Bulldog
  • Calico Cat
  • Tabby Cat
  • Siamese Cat
  • Black Cat
  • Teddy Bear
  • Squirrel
  • Duckling
Under the Livestock Category:
  • Baby Cow
  • Wind-Up Pig
Under the Fierce Category:
  • Cub Statue
Under the Aquarium Category:
  • Carp
  • Salmon
  • Bonito
  • Horseshoe Crab
  • Baby Turtle
  • Sea Anemone
  • Lime Flat Coral
Under the Wings Category:
  • Sparrow
  • Chicken
  • Chick
  • Flamingo
Under the Animals Category:
  • Mouse
  • White Butterfly
  • Ladybug
  • Turtle 
  • Mole
Under the Fantasy Category:
  • Gold Axe
  • Angel
Under the Strange Category:
  • Lamp Ghost
  • Pyramid
  • Cube
  • Sphere
  • Crystal
  • Spike
  • Ring 
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