Aug. 14th, 2012

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Kazu and Sho gave me some gifts! I also received snacks, but it isn't pictured here because I already ate them ^^;;; 
The folding fan has my name written on the side and it looks like it has a pretty pattern, but I don't want to open it yet because I am still using a folding fan I bought in March. I really like the pattern on the hand-towel and it's surprisingly soft! I can't wait for my current one to wear out so I can use this one. Inside the little bag, there is a bigger, waterproof bag. Since I walk a lot and sometimes get caught in the rain, it's pretty useful!  
More than the gifts themselves, I love that they got me things I'd actually use and enjoy without even asking me what kinds of things I wanted (And Sho doesn't really know me at all!) and that they didn't make a deal out of it. 
Gifts

写真は、友達から頂いた贈り物の品々です。耐水の袋と綺麗な扇子と日本風の手拭いです
お菓子もありましたが、もう食べてしまいました(苦笑)
友達が私の好き嫌いを分かってくれていて、嬉しかったです!



I hate it when people ask me what I want because then I feel like I'm obligating them to get me something. It feels nice when they surprise me with things I like because then I feel like they really know me. Gifts that involve and show thought are the best, which is why it saddens me that giving gift cards is becoming more and more common. Now, I've bought a gift card or two and given them to friends, but I've only ever done that in order to help out with something they were saving towards. For example, two years ago, I purchased a $100.00 gift card for home depot for a friend because they were trying to buy a grill from there. There was no way I could afford the grill itself, so I instead assisted with part of the cost. The second time, I purchased 3 gift cards to 3 of my friend's and my favorite stores so we could go on a shopping spree together.  There is a time and a place for everything and I don't think gift cards are a good gift for people you know well, unless you have a reason behind it aside from "I didn't know what to get you" or "I didn't really have time to shop for anything.." 

I would rather a friend buy me that $20.00 coat they know I've been eyeing for weeks than give me a $50.00 gift card to a store I like, for example because it shows that they pay attention when we go out. They notice what I like, what I'm in to...ect. 

Maybe I'm just picky. I don't know. 
Presents are supposed to mean something, aren't they? 

There are so many pictures to go through. On my camera alone, there are 100+ pictures, and Kazu has a new camera, so we've been a little snap-happy, and that's another 200 pictures and counting. So it could be some time before I post any pictures with the guys up. I also still have to clean the place up to spray against summer bugs, paperwork to fill out, packing....

I've also been doing research like crazy. My sister is going to have her baby in November and my mother will be going to Hawaii to help her. Hawaii is a long way off from my parent's house and my mother has not only never traveled alone, but has never traveled that distance. So I've been trying to find the easiest ways and writing down notes for her (Useful English phrases and such). I think I'm more nervous about her taking this trip than anyone else.

What else? We spent a lot of time Saturday to Yesterday tripping out because Kazu left his passport on the plane and  no matter where I called, we couldn't locate it.  Since it was the weekend, we couldn't contact any Embassy for assistance, so we took care of it Monday morning. Monday morning we re-called the airports and the embassies. The airports hadn't been able to locate it, and the Embassy told him he needed to get some special papers to and fill out a bunch of reports. He was pretty stressed over it, so we decided to go chill in the bay area. Once we got back, it miraculously appeared, sitting on his desk a long with other papers he had left on the desk. In 12 hours, they tracked down his passport, had it not only delivered, but also placed in his room.  I need to call the airline and thank them or write them some kind of letter thanking them for their service. We don't know how they tracked him down or managed to get it to him so soon. Excellent, excellent service. 
My friend says there is no need to contact them and tell them how well they did, but you know, with a job like that, I'm sure all they get are complaints, complaints and complaints, which can get a bit tiresome and demotivate people from doing a good job.
Every so often, it's nice to hear you did something right, isn't it?

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KURICHA(栗茶)

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"An ugly duckling growing out of her feathers."

Hello. I'm Zia, and this is most obviously my journal. I write about my life between Japan and the US, and all the adventures I find myself in. People often say they are envious of the life I seem to live, but the truth is, I feel a little unsatisfied with it myself, so I've decided to do something about it--to find what really makes me happy. Hopefully by documenting my life, I can figure out where I need to be heading. This journal is my way of opening my world to those around me in hopes of meeting people searching for the same thing or encountering people who have already gone through this kind of struggle. 

Back in my high school days, I used to be a bit of a nerd. I was really in to comic books of all kinds, action figures...all that jazz.  These days, though my interest in comic books re-surfaces every so often, I'm very much more in to things like fashion, dance, music, travel, tea, baking, writing letters, photography, animals and fitness. I'm a straight shooter--meaning I do not (or rather, can not?) lie. Keeping up with lies is too much trouble. 

Anyway, there is more information about me on my profile. Feel free to take a look there or catch me on another site★




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