I started blogging circa 2004. Apart from my slightly poor grammar skills then, my mind was very different at the time. And this cringy writing style went on for about 5ish more years. I threw away majority of my previous journal entries out of shame 😆 . But some made it to the cut, like this one, just something to laugh at or roll eyes with.
I’ve been here for barely a month. And in the earlier parts of my stay, I have been consistently taking time to appreciate (and that includes taking pictures) the wonderful things around me. Well, I don’t have any other countries to compare Japan to except the Phils. I actually thought about comparing it with Hongkong and China but ditched the idea since I’ve been there for 3 days only, so I really didn’t get the chance to look around and enjoy the sceneries. And since my shallow self gets really amazed on some unusual stuffs that I see around, I made this list of these amazing things on my way home this afternoon.
So let the list begin…
1. The Incredible Washing Machine. Please refer to my previous entry.
2. The “flushing sound” and “powerful deodorizer” buttons in the office toilet. Though I really don’t know what it is really for, I just assumed that it just allows you to do your “thing” in the toilet DISCREETLY. You know, in times of emergency, when Diatabs and Imodium are nowhere. Heheheh.
3. The Blind Trailways. All their sidewalks, streets, and all other public floors have this yellow thingy on them. When I asked jess what is it for, he said that it’s for the blind people. So they could “see” what’s ahead of them (e.g. pedestrian crossing ahead, stairs ahead, cliff ahead, etc…). The good thing about this is that they allow the blind people to move independently, and perhaps still work despite their condition.
4. Japan Railways! As previously said, all Japan Railways are interconnected and seems to be perfectly planned. It just shows that they really give utmost importance to transportation, thus mobility.
5. Free Ooron Tea, Green Tea…
6. Free Miso Soup every lunch time.
7. Their practices for Environment Protection. Recycled everything (tissues, papers, cups, I can’t name others). I also need to mention their special setting on using air conditioners in the office. For the fujitsu offices, even if it is REALLY REALLY HOT outside, their air cons are still set to a hotter temperature. Well I really don’t understand the real explanation behind this concept (as told by my boss, unfortunately my mind wavelength wasn’t really able to follow, hehehe). Just based from my understanding (forgive me if what I’m saying here is wrong), they do not do this because the air con system boosts out some unknown energy (?) that is bad for the air, when set in a much lower temperature during the hot summer days. But boss also says that only companies (offices) do that. The malls (and perhaps other relaxation places) don’t since they’ll run out of business if their malls are as hot as the temp outside.
8. Vendo Machines everywhere.
9. The freedom of gadget exposure on public places. I can listen to my shuffle (while it just hangs on my neck). There’s no fear of snatchers and pickpockets.
10. The Japanese Fashionistas. I often find my eyes glued to Japanese women in their japorms (and sexy!) outfits. Most are good on makeup too!
11. The Free OPURO!
12. The fabulous dorm. Although mam rhea told me that our dorm is way too poor compared to other fujitsu dorms, I still feel it’s posh! My point of comparison is the LB dormitories. Hehehe. Maybe that’s why.
Right now, my amazing list consists of still 12 items. I haven’t really explored the whole japan world yet.
On the contrary, it doesn’t always seem to be so perfect. I found myself making this list as well. This mainly consists of the annoying ones.
1. Public Toilets. Although they’re still clean, I’m just not used to peeing on the toilet-floor (parang ganun).
2. The EXPENSIVE parlors! Come on, don’t they have cheaper pedicure, threading, wax, foot spa, massage and other parlor services around here??? The answer is No. None. Nada! And it makes me sick!
3. Of course I need to mention those expensive stuffs in the malls!
4. Cosmo-less shops! I miss my cosmo mags…
5. And lastly, that constant battle for longing ness and sadness almost every night. I guess this is different. I never felt this one last year since last year’s trip was mostly filled with excitement. And well, I have no special someone last year. I never felt that “missing you” syndrome ever. I found myself always sad, always tossing and turning in bed, not because he’s far (distance is not really a problem for me) but because of the very complicated situation. I thought about ending it sooner, because of the fear of hearing the final verdict when I return, not to mention the fear of being dumped.
Oh well, the lists prove it all. There are more amazing stuffs to enjoy here than that of the stupid and worthless ones to be fretting about.
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