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I just wanted you all to know…that I am semi drunk right now…and I like it…


Posted March 30, 2010 by .unpaused. in Life, Quickie, Study Abroad

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Gahh…I can hardly remember what I even did today….

Oh, so I guess, last night, or, this morning, or…yesterday morning…I had such a hard time sleeping. I went to bed close to midnight, and when I woke up, I swore it must’ve been close to morning or something, turns out it was only about 3AM. Went back to bed. Woke up again at 4AM. Back to bed. Up again at 7AM. Really wanted to cook breakfast but couldn’t get out of bed because I couldn’t get my heater to work so my room has been freezinggg, and couldn’t get the stove to turn on either. Blah! Managed to lounge around until 9AM, got ready to go on a “tour” of the town. Ended up walking around the Izumi-Chou train station, and then going to the next station and looking around there. It was kind of a pointless trip, if you ask me. I guess it did get us out a bit farther than usual but, still. Anyway, they ended up finishing the tour at around lunch time and told us we were free to do whatever we want. So I, Sh. (the other girl from my school), and E. (the French girl I met yesterday), went around the train station and went into this quaint little shop to eat. Then a mini little cafe place for dessert afterward. The food was soooooo good. I couldn’t read the menu though, so I basically just matched up the price and the kanji that I could understand from the displays to the stuff on the menu. Then the lady asked me something. I chose one of the choices but had no idea what it was. Lolz, whatever, it was good nonetheless. Lolz.

After dessert we took the train back to Izumi-Chou station and I went into the 100Yen store. It’s like our $1 store, but the stuff at the $1 is so cheap and pretty terrible quality. Not at the 100Yen store. Man that store is so gee. I’m going back. Lolz.

After that, I went back into my room…lounged around for an hour or two, got a call from my neighbor, who actually went to Momoyama last semester but hadn’t left yet so is crashing with my actual neighbor. She invited me to dinner at her place, so of course I said yes.  Sh. was with me so she and I went to the convenience store and bought some Plum Wine. On our way there we met Sa. coming back from shopping for supplies, so we invited her to dinner too.

Dinner was…interesting…there were only two dishes, and we finished it quick….I think I’m going to attempt to host a dinner at some point. Maybe with more food. The food they had was really good though. Lolz. We ended up coming to the dinner at 7…and leaving at midnight. Yea. We just sat around and talked and joked. Some people drank. I drank some of the Plum Wine, it was OK. Tasted like Xí Muội to me. Lolz. But…alcoholic. Also had some Japanese beer, did not care for it at all. Met this dude…yea crazy French guy. He got totally drunk. I think overall he’s a relatively nice person but, he’s like…a much more snobby, outrageous, jerk-y version of Reed. I like Reed much better. Reed might share some of the habits with the French dude, but Reed is much more open-minded and less controlling and less full of himself. Or maybe it’s cuz I’m just used to Reed, who knows.

Reed: Sh., the girl who’s from my school, asked if you were my boyfriend. I said no and made a face. She laughed and asked why. So I explained. Then later she asked what your girlfriend thought of me, and I happily replied “SHE LOVES ME!” An answer to which I am very proud and Sh. was very surprised. : ) Yay!

So anyway, at some point I got a little laughter high and yea…that’s that. Lolz.

Something I noticed at the train station earlier today…yesterday, I guess. When the RAs basically set us free, pretty much  nobody left. Everyone just hung around their own big groups. People were following other people, those people were going wherever the RAs were going. I don’t know, it’s like they might’ve been scared to explore or something. One girl we asked where she was going, she said she was following this guy, we asked the guy where he was going, he said wherever the RA is going. People just kinda waited around the RAs and such. Sh., E., and I decided we were hungry, so we just left to find food. Lolz. One of the guys we talked to said that he was completely lost at this station, didn’t know where he was. Well technically, so were we. But I think we wanted to explore more, liked to look for adventure. Everyone else was just…waiting to be led, I guess. So our group was the first to split and go, I don’t know what other groups did after we left but it didn’t seem like they were breaking away anytime soon. Just something I noticed.

I went to Sh.’s room today before dinner, and then of course I went to my neighbor’s room for dinner. The two of them are really, really set up. I might’ve mentioned before that while I was unpacking, I remember thinking to myself, Geezuz why did I bring so much stuff? And then realizing that this wasn’t a weekend business trip for 3, 4 days. It’s a whole 4 months. Well…more like….132 days…give or take a few days because I’m terrible at math. Why didn’t I set myself up? Why didn’t I have more supplies? The 100Yen store had a lot of stuff for really good quality, a basket for my makeup or a trash bin would’ve costed me less than $2USD. And, chances are, I might end up shipping them back home too. They’re such good quality! I didn’t want to set myself up, I didn’t want to get attached, but I’m staying here for a pretty long time, a while, at least. I should decorate my room a little more, make it more mine, maybe I’ll feel more comfortable and less…home-sick, maybe. I mean, I haven’t been too worried about home-sickeness because I’ve been busy walking around but, I think I’m going to try and actually establish my room here. I guess if worst comes to worst and I can’t bear throwing away all the stuff I buy, I can just pack it all, send it home, and let it wait until it can adorn my apartment for grad school. Right? So I think later I’m going to make a list and try to get all my stuff at the 100Yen store later tomorrow or in the week. If I can’t find something at the store, I’m not going to make the effort to get it somewhere else but, if it’s there, it’s for a cheap price but good quality, then why not? Sometimes I feel like I want to cook something (now that I know how to turn on the stove), but I don’t have a cutting board, a knife, food. All I have is packets of ramen. Lolz. So…whenever I get the urge to eat, I get lazy and don’t. Because I have no supplies. Yes, am going to set myself down for now. I’m going to try though, not to get too attached because, obviously I have to leave but, for now, I’m going to try and find some contentment here. : )

My neighbor and her friend mentioned that they had to go to church tomorrow, because we wanted to meet up with them and asked them when they’d be free. Reminded me that…I have to go to church tomorrow. Great. Japanese mass. Lolz. This’ll be interesting.


Posted March 28, 2010 by .unpaused. in Life, Study Abroad

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Ahh tireddd. I honestly do not know what source of energy I am pulling from. I woke up today around 8inthemorn. Went downstairs at around 9:15 to wait for the other people and the RA. Walked to school, gdam that place is farther than I thought. My legs were sooooo tired. Idk why, I’m not that bad of a walker usually. Probably the lack of sleep, Lolz. I also wore the wrong freakin shoes. You’d think I’d’ve already learned my lesson before. Brand new flats = not good for walking long distances…By the time I got to the school, my heals were bloody. There’s still blood inside my shoes, Lolz. I mean, I did bring tennies, but they’re for running. They’re all old and oogly so, whatever. I’m going to stick with my flip flops from now on, I don’t care how cold it is. Lolz.

So in the group I was with in the morning, there was this French girl. She was nice. We talked most of the time there.

We didn’t do much at the school, just filled out paperwork applying for things. Afterwards, Emma (the French girl) and I went to the cafe in the school for some breakfast. Good lord…they have some good food. I got something that looked like Tuna Fish, which it was. Lolz. And a Caramel Frosty! Yum yum.

I didn’t take any pictures, I didn’t feel comfortable yet. Lolz. Anyway, after breakfast, Emma and I walked to the train station (yes, me in my bloody heels) to buy some supplies. First shopping trip in Japan! That store had freakin everything! I just got myself toilet paper, a hair dryer, soap, boring things.

Then we went back to the apartments and I attempted to somehow wash the blood out of my flats…yea didn’t work too well. Haha, ah well. I changed to flip flops and then went with Emma and another French guy, erm…Damien..(?) to the convenience store. When I got back, Emma said I could come to her apartment if I were bored, and I was going to but when I got in, I finally started to crash slowly. Lolz, noticed how extremely tired I was and so, just took naps. I say naps because I didn’t actually sleep through. I kept waking up…forgetting myself, then going back to sleep, such like that. And people kept calling me so I kept being woken up. At around 6:30 my RA called and told us that the RAs were taking the students whose first night is tonight out to dinner. So went down to the lobby, met more people, went to dinner.

I’m going to just announce right now, there are so kyooteeeeeeeeee boys here. Haha. In the morning we were with two Korean boys. Cute. And then tonight there was a guy from Holland but I think he’s Vietnamese. The other girl from my school told me to say something to him, I was like…No. Lolz. But, he’s really cute. Hahaha. I think I might’ve shown that I was in shock from his cuteness when he introduced himself to me. Because of so, I forgot his name! Haha. Yay. I managed to make conversation with the people around me (I think all except the Vietnamese Hollish boy), it was nice. I don’t know if they’ll remember me in the morning, or if they will have met more people by then and not even notice me anymore but, I don’t care. Lolz.

So, in the afternoon before dinner, I knew that Emma wanted me to come to her apartment to kind of hang out. Then my neighbors came and asked if I wanted to go shopping, to dinner, and clubbing with them. I did want to go, but I also thought I had to go to dinner with the RAs, and I was uber tired….so I had to decline a few times. And then Sharlene (the other girl from Mason) was thinking that I was going to the dinner because that’s kind of a given, so I was like…Ah dilemma! I mean, tomorrow Sharlene might’ve met more people. So can Emma, her friend is supposed to be here and would be here if it were not for problems with her passport, but she will get here at some point. And my neighbors have their own friends. Idk if they’d want to hang with me anymore after me turning them down. They said maybe I can come with them tomorrow (Saturday night), but they were kind of unsure because then they’d be clubbing two nights in a row so, I don’t know. Haha, I have over four months here still. I’d like to make friends I can hang with, and everyone I’ve met so far seems pretty nice but, I don’t know. I’m kind of an awkward person. I hope it works out! Heee.

Oh yea! Also. Haha, I’m not the only person who knows NOOO Japanese. Emma doesn’t know much either. And the two people from Germany (the girl is so pretty! I think I caught the French guy and the other Holland guy totally staring at her..cuz she’s pretty!) also don’t know any Japanese. Haha so….yay!…? But of course, the other kids are pretty fluent, so, it’s a kind of big gap. And you know what Americans?! Not everyone speaks English. Lolz.

Ok, going to blow dry my hair with my brand new Japanese hair dryer thingymabobber. Then off to bed! Tomorrow I’m going to go on the tour of the city with the RAs and the other exchange students. I don’t know how many people are coming but, I hope I find at least someone I can kinda hang with! Nervous! I didn’t get a day to crash and get rid of my jet lag though. And orientation starts next week so, oh well. I’ll try to sleep in on Sunday, maybe.


Posted March 26, 2010 by .unpaused. in Life, Study Abroad

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I’ve arrived! I am currently lying in bed in Osaka, Japan. : )

The flight was wayyyyy rigorous.

Mother, Co Nam, and Chu Hoa took me to the airport in the morning. I hadn’t slept since I woke up on Tuesday morning, because I’m a last minute packer. I’m a last minute everything, actually. Lolz. Yea, should stop doing that. If I had started earlier, maybe packed better, I would’ve packed more things I needed, less things I might never use but took up so much room.

Anyway, I started at Dulles airport in Virginia…(Washington, D.C? Idk…) and flew on United into Los Angeles. For that flight, I had a middle seat between this lady that I think might’ve been part of the crew, and a dude and his son. His kid was cute. Lolz. I managed to get in some sleep, but it was mucho uncomfortable. About a little over an hour before the plane landed, the lady asked me to switch with her, so I ended up getting window seat for a little less than two hours. Scenes from one of the many Final Destinations (which I never saw) flashed through my head. Slept more, those naps were much more comfy…Landed in L.A., walked around looking for the International Terminal and bought some lunch before heading to the gate. Iced Cappacinos suck. Got on the plane and flew Asiana to Incheon, in Korea. So, Asiana is a pretty awesome airline. When I got to my seat, there was a pillow and blanket already there. They passed out free earphones. Then they passed out hot towels! And then FOOD! I got a steak. It was…real steak. It was about half the size of my hand, but it was real steak. Hot, too. With green beans, potatoes, carrots. Salad on the side. Pasta with mini shrimp on the side. Bread. And a lemony dessert thing! I was like…GDAM! They also let you watch movies. A buncha blockbusters that came out pretty recently. Watched Fame. Was alright. Made me seem like the most inadequate performer ever but, whatever. I attempted to watch New Moon. I HONESTLY did try my best. I got in about 5…maybe 10? minutes.

Napped…then woke up when I heard the stewardess asking someone if they wanted shrimp with pasta or chicken and rice. Yup, MORE FOOD! I, of course, took the pasta and shrimp. This was accompanied by some noodle thingies, bread, something else, and an orangegy dessert thingy. YUMMM. Oh, I can’t believe I forgot to mention, I sat window seat, and the couple in the seats next to me were so nice. They were on their way to the Phillipines for the wife’s family reunion. The husband is white. The couple was adorable! They’d been married a long time too. They were so nice : ). And, one other thing..OMG the stewardesses are soooo pretty! Our stewardess was Phillipina, and she was the prettiest thing, I swear I coulda woulda jumped her. Lolz. So pretty.

So anyway, I slept well, and a lot, on that flight. Landed at Incheon. Cut in line to get through transfers because I was running late. An Asiana stewardess led me to the front of the line, turns out I cut in front of a lady who was on the same flight and trying to catch the same flight. I was like…how’d you get here so quickly?! She wasn’t too happy with my cutting but, whatever. Flew Asiana to Kansai, in Japan. WINDOW SEAT! My neighbor was a stern looking middle aged Asian man. Thank goodness because at this point I was just a no-no with small talk. Got to eat again! It was…Idk, something Asian. I wanna say…Onigiri? With some sides. Was good. But for some reason, I could hardly manage to get it down, I was so tired. So freakin tired….O, I keep mentioning window seat because I love window seat, but when I called to set up my seats like…the night before I left, they weren’t sure they could get it for me. But I did so yay! : )

Anyway, landed at Kansai. Got in the wrong line…but managed to find myself to the “Foreigners” line, Haha. Found the bus, took it to Izumi-Chou station. Called the Japanese contact, my RA came on the back of a motorcycle of another RA and took the taxi to the apartment with me. I wanted to make myself some mi goi but while unpacking realized…I didn’t bring any utensils. Had a pot, had a whole lot of mi goi…no utensils. But I was also really thirsty, so I took some money and went downstairs ready to go looking for a soda machine, found one in the lobby, yay. : )

Throughout the day when I got tired I got really homesick too. Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly homesick, it was more like, what the hell am I doing here? Lolz. What did I get myself into? I’m sure…that once things start happening, classes start, I get moving around, I won’t get so sadly pensive but, for now I’m still in a kind of shock. I think, thing with me is I tend to hold things in. I don’t react. People react for me. I hardly reacted when my Father passed away. I was sad, I cried because I couldn’t help it, but I was always calm. The tears came because they just did. Everyone else gave me condolences, I was just…there it was…And now, I’m in Japan for months to study, everyone else is really happy for me and me? I’m just here. I’m sure I’ll snap out of it, and hopefully soon. So I can start enjoying myself.

Wow, months, while I was setting up my books and hair and make-up stuff, I remember sort of thinking…”What the hell? Isn’t this a little much for just a short time?” And then realizing…wait…this isn’t a business trip for a weekend…this is for….4 months…that might end up being too short a time, but it’s also realistically, quite a while.

My bed is hard as a rock. I can’t manage to turn on the heat. My internet works fine though. Idk if I’m going to have to pay for the tv that I keep watching. Lolz.

I didn’t know how to set up my futon set. So at first I just decided to put down something that looked like the bed cover, put on something that looked like a blanket, and leave it at that. But I kept hearing girls talking next door to me, and looked up who might be there and if they might be an exchange student, and they were. So at 1AM I went over there and asked them to help me set up my futon. That’s a feat for me! And they did, help I mean. They were really nice. : ) So that was cool.

Started this at around 2AMish but my arms are tired, my shoulders ache, my wrists are starting to feel, and I have to get up in 6 hours, so no time to get used to the thing….about time something….

Continuing at about 8:30AM. The time thingy I was kind of mumbling about was jet lag. Lolz. My neighbors, the girls who helped with my futon, were still up at around 3AM. I was like…wow…Lolz. I went to bed late because it’s freezing. Lolz. I think I might go over there and ask them about the heater. I have to, because it’s so freakin cold!

Now about to get ready to go downstairs and go to school. Needa, do something, Idk. Lolz. I will update as often as possible people! Thanks for all the warm wishes friends!! : )

Posted March 25, 2010 by .unpaused. in Life, Study Abroad