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I woke up late today!

ah shimatta! it’s 10 o’clock already! I immediately jumped out of my bed and made a beeline to the bathroom. Showered and dressed in record time and I’m off to Sakae. Today, is after all July 21! What’s with the date? duh! Today just happened to be the worldwide release of our fave intrepid boy wizard’s final story… Will he live or die? I wonder, as I was waiting for the train… or maybe the question should be who are the two major characters that J.K. Rowling will kill off… ah, finally the train comes… just one norikae and I’m there.

A few more minutes and I was running in the streets of Sakae straight to Maruzen. A “Potter-fan-free” Maruzen.

(The window display at Maruzen today… A confirmation that in this bookstore I will be able to buy my own dose of Potter-mania. hehehe…) The people on the street was looking at me when I took this picture. Most of them, I guess wondering what the heck I was doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, my own copy. Notice the special packaging it came with, it’s orange! hehehe… just in time too!

Hmmm… I don’t know when I’ll have the time to read it though, what with cleaning (yes girls, cleaning… medyo nahihiya na ko sa sarili ko so I decided to clean na… and no nasty stool incident too. That I promise!) and studying. hahaha… but for sure I will find the time. So Salve and for any of my friends, If you’re able to read the book ahead of me promise not to open a discussion until I read it. I aim to be spoiler free so I can enjoy the story on my own and cry to my heart’s content. >:-)

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Finally! My masterpiece has arrived! I slaved away for it. The product of my creative genius (hehehe…) and imagination. Well, the imagination part came from manipulating the piece of clay on the potter’s wheel and ridiculously thinking about the movie “Ghost” while looking around the studio thinking Patrick Swayze was just hiding behind some shelves filled with unfinished potteries… at this point I would like to borrow Missy Ai’s devilish laughter which I think is very appropriate – Mwahahaha… but no such luck. Still,ย  my very own pottery is here. Just got it from the university’s International Affairs Division this morning. I Made it in a tripย  in one of Japan’s famous pottery centers that I participated last year. Sigh… I think I just found another skill worth learning… hmmm…

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Consoling friends or rather giving assurance to friends regarding their problems used to be easy. Well, it still is actually if I use Filipino or English. Japanese is another matter though… just finished my Kaiwa Exam this morning. The first bamen was asking someone to fix something for you. Easy enough… The other one… hahaha… now that was the problem… I drew a blank, later on the sensei told me I did not use any of the nagusameru phrases we have learned… but i still pulled through. Funny thing about it is when we had to change place from the one doing the consoling to the one asking to be consoled… had to apologize to my partner coz I couldn’t stop grinning… it was so weird… As I sit here I just have to tell myself… ๅคงไธˆๅคซใ‚ˆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ„ใฃใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‘ใ‚“ใ‚ใ„ใซใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๆฐ—ใซใ™ใ‚‹ไบ‹ใฏใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ€‚(daijobu yo. anata wa isshokenmei yattandakara, ki ni suru koto wa nai yo.) hahaha… could have used that phrase then…

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This is especially addressed to vinz… wish you were here but since you aren’t I ate everything on my own. You would have loved it. Promise we will find a Japanese restaurant that serves a decent Ramen when I go home. But for now just content yourself with the pic. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I ate this somewhere in Mie-ken with friends.

I learned about the anime character “Naruto” from Vinz. He kept on nagging me about the story until I just had to give up and watch the anime and later read the translated mangga. And since my brother is so fond of food it was not surprising that he got fixated with Ramen – the noodles that Naruto loves to eat.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish of Chinese origin. It is served with a variety of toppings such as sliced pork, seaweed, kamaboko (steamed fish paste), green onions and even corn. It is so widely spread in Japan that almost every locality or prefecture has its version.

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KATTA!

Thank you to the people who sent me e-mails and comments about the jitensha. Here’s the update on my jitensha odyssey: I’m happy to say that I have bought a bike already and it’s much cheaper than the one I attempted to buy last time. The thing is it’s from a second hand shop and they can’t register it for me. But this is of no consequence since the dorm personnel told me that they will be the one to handle the registration for me when i told them about it. It won’t be a problem so they say since I have a receipt from the store with the bike’s registration number printed on it. Still, I have to wait for a couple of weeks since they haven’t scheduled it yet. In the meantime the dorm personnel told me to always bring the receipt with me just in case an officer asks for it. As for the insurance, the school made sure we have that specific insurance when we got here since according to them quite a number of accidents concerning foreign students and jitensha has occured recently. Here’s yet another picture of my bike presented by some of my friends… ็งใฎๅฐใ•ใใฆใ€ๅฏๆ„›ใ„่‡ช่ปข่ปŠ. It would have been much cuter if it’s in orange. Still, beggars can’t be choosers….

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Here’s the deal, the day started out okay at first. I was able to do my laundry, finish my sakubun for my online course (which i need not take but still insisted on enrolling myself into) and even helped out in the dorm’s general cleaning. I was even able to meet some interesting people and was able to practice my faltering nihonggo. After which I was even able to memorize the kanjis for my quiz on monday. Thinking all is well at around two I decided to go to the bicycle shop to buy the super yasui jitensha there. Yep! It should have been easy right? You go in, point at the jitensha, pay and that’s it. NOT! It was easy enough to explain to the obasan that i intend to buy the bike on sale but the thing is she feels there are still more explanation that should be done before i’m able to buy it. I told her she can explain it to me slowly so i will be able to understand it. Still that’s not enough for her. I asked her is there a problem in the bike that needs to be explained to me. She tells me no still she would prefer it if her husband will be the one to deal with a gaijin – namely me. And where is the husband? Not in the shop. He will be in tomorrow. But then, I need the bike tomorrow. It would have been a lot benri for me if I could go to the church by bike na lang rather than spend 400 yen for the train.ย  I told the obasan i need the bike by tomorrow na with yoroshiku onegai shimasu at the end. I even showed my school ID to assure here that I am a reliable person. But still no go. Where in the world will you encounter a store that is reluctant to sell its goods. Maybe I should have worn a newer shirt or something…

Tomorrow afternoon I’m going back to the store to try my luck with the husband. Wish me luck…

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It has been years since I have last been in Japan so I have to yet again relearn living here. Some things through the passing of time have changed. Some never did – like the crispness of the autumn wind, the smiles you get from obachans when you use their language, the strict adherence to the laws by the people around you and yes the smell and taste of ODEN.

Missy ai, mou urayamashii no? Here’s the oden I recently ate. Yum, yum…>:-)

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PS: This should have been posted a week after my arrival here but for some reason I had some trouble dowloading. Still, missy ai here it is. I have eaten loads of oden and other delish Japanese food since then.>;-)

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