Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pre-Vlogust test

Will this work?

EDIT: Yay! It worked! And it cut me off at 15 seconds. What can I say in 15 seconds? Guess we'll find out. Vlogust is back again this year! Using my keitai, the downside is that I only have 15 seconds. The upside is I'll be able to post without going through the process of turning on my computer, uploading to YouTube and then posting here.

In line for planetarium tickets

It's summer vacation so there's lots of folk in line.

Since the guys wanted to sleep in for a bit, we planned for the 12:30 and the staff outside said getting tix for that show shouldn't be a problem.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

September is going to be a happy month

I promise I'll write about the experience I had for a third of this month soon, but first, a TOKIO update.

I left the phone number in my room (not that I really had the mental capacity to call while I was gone), so I had to wait until know to check to see if I got tickets to the upcoming TOKIO concert. As the title of the post suggests, I got tickets to both the Nagoya show on September 11 and the final show at the Budokan on September 23. AWESOME.

Not only is this the first full album tour in I forgot how long and the first time I'll be seeing them since the SUGAR redux tour in 2008, but it will be my first time seeing them in the Budokan. This is a huge fangirl event for me.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A little toasted, but alive

Dude, long day. Seriously.

Today I realized how much I love baseball. Unfortunately this realization came about because I saw so much disrespect for the game.

It's a bit discouraging, but I'll see it triough to the end.

For the love of the game.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Look! A not-close-to-midnight post

Watching an exchange game between a team from China and a local team before the clinics start.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Still alive

Check out the color of the hat. And I still have many things to say about stuff, but my kids are AWESOME.

They're teaching me Fijian,and they are amused at how bad I am at it.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

No photo because of reasons

I have so much to say about the experience so far, but it's late. Maybe when I get back...

Just checking in to prove I'm alive.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

And now we wait.

The first set of kids is scheduled to arrive soon. We all embrace the last bit of silence we'll have for the next 9 days.

So I'm here

And I've got some cool roomies. The kids aren't here yet so we're just chillin'

It's pretty bad how tired we are.

Got a meeting at 8.
My Fiji kids are coming at 1:30am.


Did I mention we are so in the mountains?

So! Oww...

Within minutes of walking out of Nagoya station, I managed to slip, skin both of my knees and ruin my red-orange toenails I painted last night while watching Fringe.

Thankfully, I had the foresight to pack an antibiotic and bandages and wearing a maxi dress let me clean up the wounds as soon as I sat down in the bus.

Going to be picking up more first-aid stuff at the service area.

Skinned knees and I'm not even on the field yet. I'm off to a great start.

Dude. Clothing fail.

I TOTALLY forgot to pack my Torii Hunter shirt. And my 2002 World Champions shirt.


And I'm off to Mie

Not 100% sure what I've gotten myself into, but I'm sure I'll enjoy myself despite any troubles. My expectations are extremely low regarding logistics, but lack of communication isn't new to me and it's not the end of the world.

My bags aren't heavy so I'm just afraid that I forgot something. My printer doesn't like my computer right now so I wrote out info into my notebook, like daily schedules, my kids' names and key Fijian phrases.

Oh yeah. Did I mention this yet? I'm in charge of the group from Fiji. It looks like one doesn't speak English and while they have a chaperon, I want to at least have Hello, Thank you, and Good bye.

Anyways, I'm headed to Nagoya station but first I need to return some DVDs in Sakae.

And then the baseball adventure begins.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Are you ready for some baseball?

Apparently I'm not. Finally got info about it. No one said anything about a beach. Dude.

And my days are going from waking up the kids at 6am until after the Host Staff meeting at 10pm. Every day. I've also been told to bring a bag "big enough to carry a 2L bottle". I have one so it's fine, but still!

I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun and all, but the number of things I need to procure and the sheer amount of new information given within a week of a ten day event is ridiculous.

I had too much faith in the system. And I know better.

Oh well, I'm headed back to Nagoya early to do some last minute shopping and hopefully I won't die out in Mie. Cross fingers?


My grandmother suggested we move the hozuki to a bigger pot and now it has room to spread out its roots. Yay!

While we were making the transfer, we found a ladybug that seems to have hitched a ride from Tokyo.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


As a few may have guessed from the last photo, I dropped by Sunshine Sakae to visit the Tsutaya. I found the card I thought I lost so I decided to borrow some DVDs to take advantage of being able to watch TV without being interrupted.

Love my housemates, but yeah...I like watching my movies in peace. At least movies I've never seen before.

Not that my DVDs are high-brow in any way. I got the second Macross F movie, Tangeled, the first three disks of Fringe Season One and Mamo chan's 2nd album to listen to in the bath.

The Tsutaya is so close to work, it hurts. I didn't know it was there. I foresee a movie binge in my future.

I remember in Hama I used to rent entire dramas and marathon them until I finished around 3am. Good times.

Anyways, I'm off to grandmother's house!

Thought for today:

It's HOT!

This is the first day, outside of my time in Tokyo, that I've been outside at this time of day.


That's it. I'm staying indoors for the rest of the summer.


Thank goodness for air conditioned trains and stations.

My brain refuses to work any more than this.


Work, then a little fun, then baseball

Taking advantage of closing my 7am, I'm taking a later train (and by that I mean 10 minutes later).

This works for me. I like it. A possible change for September. It may be more efficient too. Tuesdays are the hardest to wake up, mainly because of Mondays.

Though now that I'm on the later train...
10 minutes appears to be the difference between getting a seat and getting possibly squished while standing.

Another factor to be considered.

Hrmm. Such are the problems in my life.
I know, I know. First world problems.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Look at the clouds!

I dug my parasol out of my closet. And I am so happy I did that. My discomfort level is much lower than it would have been.

There's a cultural trade off. Guys can wipe their faces whenever they want without worrying about makeup, girls can use parasols without getting weird looks.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mt. Fuji at Dusk from Ashigara

Mt. Fuji at Dusk (Ashigara Service Area)・夕日の富士山(足柄SA)

On the way home at the end of a long day

But between good and bad, in the end, today falls on the good side. And I have the ginger biscuits to prove it. Yay!

Mreow. Hungry. Need food.

Going to read Black Cat now.

Work tomorrow but it's a holiday so wake up time is 6am! Yay!

And obviously my brain isn't 100% right now.



Today has been a mixed bag and it's probably going to continue. I can't get too far into details, but as much as the downs were really down, the ups were soaringly up. So it's all good.

Now to eat lunch. And maybe eat a ginger biscuit. No, I'll save those for home.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Daily grind

And it's HOT.

Got a full day. And a full train. Bummer.

So last night I read my comics and was happy about life. Will be catching up on others as soon as I can. I also need to go to the library soon to save money and space.

And that's about it for now.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Curry brunch and manga tea

This is why I changed my schedule next month to get rid of my hours in between shifts.

It's too hot go home so I shop. For books. Glorious books!

Back to work

Can't say that I'm excited unfortunately.

But it's not too bad. Last I checked, I have an almost full day ahead of me and I feel about the same as I normally would.

Though I did manage to forget my MP3 player on my desk which means I'll be subject to drunken talk on the way home. It's possibly the worst part about working late on Friday nights.

Meh. Such is life. It could be worse.

On the life side of life, I put in my bids for the upcoming TOKIO tour. The Nagoya show and the last one of the tour at the Budokan. I was tempted to go for 09.21 but this time the last show made more sense.

If I get them, and I really hope I do, I'll be going on my own. There are only a few who truly understand this obsession of mine and since they can't make it, I've opted to not drag along some poor victim who doesn't care about TOKIO. I know I'll be apologizing for myself if I bring someone else along and I have no desire to hold back any of my excitement.

More on TOKIO later. Now, work.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

T.07.12: The bus back to Nagoya

Look! Privacy hoods!

Unfortunately no outlets, so no mid-journey blogging this time.

Tokyo was fun, but I'm looking forward to my two days of doing nothing in Nagoya.

Catch you laters.

T.07.12: Asakusa Hozuki-ichi

So worth the heat and the crowds and the sore feet.

There is this amazing breeze that feels like a godsend in the shade and it's ringing all of the glass...what are they called in English? Whatever. Furin.

The rain is supposed to come back tomorrow so the timing is PERFECT. It's awesome just standing in the shade, taking in the atmosphere. I love it. If I'm still in Japan next year, I'm totally coming back again.

I asked my grandmother if she would take care of one for me if I sent it to her. She said yes so I wandered the booths and found the one in the last shot. It's on its way to Shizuoka as I blog. (Kuroneko Yamato is making some profit these two days.)

One thing I'm a bit surprised to see is the sheer number of over-the-hill men brandishing dSLRs. I was expecting a few, but nowhere near this many.

So much more I want to say about what coming here means to me but my feet are tired. I'll try to write more later.

Now to choose: do I go fangirl and have soba? Or do I find something cheaper?

T.07.12: The last day-more Asakusa

I'm back in the center of the city way later than I wanted, but I got to Shinjuku and put my extra bags into a locker to pick up just before my bus.

Now I'm back to Asakusa for some pictures and to enjoy the atmosphere. And the browds, but that's just part of it. Just to make sure I take it easy, I'm wearing my new geta which still need breaking in. Aren't they cute? I want to get some red nail polish for my toes.

As much as sightseeing with friends is fun, and it totally worked out for the better this time, if I'm going to take pictures, I need to be with someone who understands how I operate or at least has walking stamina. Preferably both, but the first is more important.

In my world, taking pictures is a treasure hunt. It takes time to find the gems and in my case I'm a geology nut. Plain rocks fascinate me.

So yeah. Photo walks with me take forever.

Anyways, I'm babk in Asakusa and it's HOT! Time for more pics!

Monday, July 9, 2012

T.07.12: Day 4 in review

Met my friend at the Kameido station. From there we:

-Went to Oshiage to see the Skytree from below.

-Ate yummy breakfast.

-Went to Asakusa for the Hozuki Market.
Bought lots of stuff.

-Went to Harajuku then Shinjuku.

-Watched the Library War movie.

-Went to the Kinokuniya that is in the movie and totally geeked out over the goods in the special corner. Bought lots of stuff.

-Went to dinner and geeked out over the characters in the movie.

-And now I'm headed back to the hotel.

I might put up more pics later.
I'm trying to decide what to do tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure I'm going back to Asakusa. My friend was not the walking type and it was getting hot so I didn't have much time to get a lot of pictures that I liked. But I got the shopping out of the way. Tomorrow is to take pictures and send some fanmail.

T.07.12: The Movie

We got the message card! Yay.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

T.07.12: Quick morning/afternoon walk

And by short, we're talking Mel walking time. In this case, 2 hours.

I took my time in the morning, which was good in the end. I was still dead tired by the time I got on the train.

It was a great area. I'd love to go back in nicer weather and when I have more time. But I still managed to buy some yummy sembei and a fantastic korokke. And a pair of geta.

I had to leave just past 1pm to catch a train across town to see my cousin.

She just had her third child and he's adorable. Her little girl likes me well enough and I seem to get along really well with her oldest boy. Still, I can't imagine how hard it is taking care of 3 kids. When the youngest starts crawling...

We went to a local matsuri, hung out on their roof, watched an old school Japanese movie, had dinner and played Connect Four and shogi. No extra pics on the account of me having too much fun. I hope to visit them again soon.

Now I'm back in my room and watch KuroBara.

I have an awesome day in store tomorrow. Whee!