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Hair pulled back in to a high pony tail, over-sized military jacket and large sunglasses. My friends think I'm attempting a new style and praise me for finally stepping out of my shell and being a bit bolder with my fashion sense."You're looking great!" In reality however, I'm just trying to hide the fact that this flu is kicking my ass and that I look and feel like crap. My eyes are poofy, skin pale, and I'm short of breath. But I'll take your compliments over reality any day, friends.

Speaking of reality, the other day, I took a trip to Odaiba(お台場) with some friends to see the fireworks. It was the last day of the event, so there had been quite a crowd, but it had been enjoyable none-the-less

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Our group consisted of me, Kaz, his friend Sho, and Sha-chan, a mutual friend of ours. I'd been the only one who had actually ever been to Odaiba, so we chose to meet up a little earlier to explore before settling down for the fireworks display. The first thing we did was something Sha-chan had been dying to do--ride the Ferris Wheel.

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Kaz, who dislikes heights, immediately began comparing it to the HULK ride Sho and I had forced him to ride back at Universal studios, shaking his head and saying "Akan, akan!" But very much like with the HULK ride, he ended up getting on it anyway, and we all had a grand time. The view from the top had been amazing!

After that, we decided to go look at the car show, and by that I mean my friends walked around looking at all the cars while I sat on a bench and played with my phone. I really have no interest in cars unless they are sexy ones on the road, engines revving(funny story about this to come later!). From where I was sitting, I spotted a giant One Piece moon bounce on the floor below. I'd grown used to seeing One Piece items promoting the new movie everywhere I looked. I learned to drown out commercials, look past pictures, stay out of exhibits, and glance over the cutesy characters dressed on the street. This moon-bounce however....oh, how I wanted to just jump in and bounce the day away! It was so beautiful, somehow.

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Unfortunately, it was restricted to only kids below 12 years old. Boo on you Japan, boo on you!  

My disappointment turned to happiness however, when my friends magically appeared, informing me it was time for fireworks, and though I was dreading the cold, I happily went off after them! The fireworks took place over Rainbow Bridge, so we watched from out on the deck. They were impressive, filled with a wide variety of colors and many interesting shapes such as hearts and flowers. I wonder how much time went in to practicing for this...

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The evening continued with a surprise trip to a small shop in Shinagawa(品川) for amazing sashimi(刺身), since everyone knew how much I loved the stuff. Next to our table, there was some kind of group party going on with late-aged people laughing and singing loudly. It had been annoying at first but then somehow, it became quite relaxing. I hope that I can be as fun when I'm in my late 40's

It was such a fun evening that didn't end as soon as we parted ways. Once I got back to my flat that night, I enjoyed some chocolates Kaz gave me from Kobe(神戸). They were amazing!

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お久しぶりでーす♯♪

I don't know if it's the weather, the fact that I've been eating a little more than usual, or a combination of both, but I've been feeling extremely fatigued lately. On top of that, I think I'm coming down with a cold. Ugh. I rarely get sick, but when I do it, I do it well.

Anyway,I went to Tsukishima(月島) with my brother from another mother...Taki* for the first time in months, to eat some Okonomiyaki(お好み焼き) and meet up with two of his friends from school. There were moments where I felt a little out of place, no longer being a student as I listened to them talk about job hunting and the like, but aside from that, everyone was really nice and funny

I'm not sure how he managed to do it, but Taki's first okonomiyaki turned in to pizza. It was delicious but...how the heck he managed...
His second one tasted great even though it wasn't so visually appealing. It was his friends who seemed to have a skillful hand at cooking.....except when it came to monjayaki(もんじゃ焼き). I wish I would have been stuck sitting across from him so I could eat his cooking instead! hehe.  

Total, we had three okonomiyaki and one monjayaki. Including drinks, I'm sure we ran up a bit of a tab, but no one let me pay anything! 

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(Taki's friend with a god-hand for making okonomiyaki...BUT I don't think anyone can skillfully make Monjayaki)


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(Yuuuum. This eventually magically turned in to a pizza

Even though we split all the food and walked for a bit to get to the station, I was so full that I barely had any energy to take a shower once we got back to his house. That's how you know you had a good time. When you're all gross, but too exhausted to care. But I somehow managed to get in a quick 10 minute shower, since Taki was letting me borrow his room and I didn't want it to get all icky. I was so grateful he'd be sleeping in another room instead of being like many other guys I know and suggesting "Why don't we just share the bed?"
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I was packing my suitcase and I found my old camera! Back in March, I accidently got some sand in to the lense and the camera stopped working, but yesterday, I went to turn it on for old time's sake, and it worked! It's already an old 12 mega-pixel camera, but I've had so many adventures with it that I feel I can't just throw it away so easily. 
スーツケースを荷造りしていた時、7ヶ月前に壊れちゃったカメラを見付けました!さっき、友達と海へ行って、カメラも持っていきました。砂がレーンズに入っちゃって、カメラが使えなくなりました。そのカメラを使うのはちょっと懐かしかったから、オンのボタンを押してみると、何気にカメラが付きました!!びっくりして、嬉しかったです!実は、このカメラはもう古いのです。12メガピクセルしかないんですけど・・・・このカメラと色々な冒険があったし、簡単に捨てる物じゃない。
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But....I've also been eyeing a certain Nikon camera for a while now, but it's still 45000円 and only 10 megapixels, which is less than what my camera now is... But this camera is still a best seller, so despite the low MPX it must be good....  Maybe when I finally reach my goal weight, I'll buy this for myself! 
でも、そうは言っても、新しいカメラを購入したいと思います。しかし、気に入ったカメラのメガピクセルは今のカメラのより低くて、値段はまだ高過ぎています。今のカメラは12メガピクセルで、値段は16000円ぐらいでした。好きになったカメラは10メガピクセルで、45500円ぐらいです。それなのに、そのカメラはベストセラーですよ。とりあえず、購入しない方が良いと思っています。たぶん、もっと痩せたら、自分にプレゼントします!

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I went to a haunted house event with my friend and it was really fun! I screamed alot, my throat started hurting and now I've lost my voice but I feel satisfied, lol. We didn't have time to go in to all six houses, but the three that we went to were fairly scary, so we didn't mind that we didn't get to see everything. I had wanted to take a lot of pictures, but I was always running from some kind of zombie or monster, so I couldn't really take any pictures (Unless you include all the blurs and finger shots! lol)  
友達と一緒にお化け屋敷へ行って来て、すごく楽しかったです!悲鳴を上げ過ぎて、喉が痛く、声が出せないんですけど、満足な気持ちがあります(笑) 全部の6軒のお化け屋敷に入るには時間が足りませんでした。でも、3軒の入った場所はかなり怖かったので、全部のお化け屋敷に入られなくても気になりません。たくさん写真を撮りたかったけど、いつもお化けから逃げていたし、写真が撮れませんでした(笑)


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Before the event started, we got to preview the Christmas event. The event starts next month and lasts until December, so I probably have time to visit it before I go back to Japan soon!
そのイベントが始まる前、クリスマスのイベントを予告篇できました!イベントは来月の20日から12月22日までです。来月始まるから、日本に戻る前に、イベントへ行く時間があるかもしれません!
読んでくれて、ありがとうございました!

♡Zia
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So, my vacation with Kazu and Sho turned out pretty okay. My attempt to get to know Sho better failed. I did talk to him quite a bit and he was nice, but he wasn't exactly always there. He was usually in his own little bubble or busy watching girls. On one day, he spent three hours going in and out of a restaraunt to "use the bathroom" because he was interested in one of the women working there. Kazu and I joked about it and would wish him good luck and tell him to keep trying until he got her name and number, but it was mostly just to get him to stay over there because we got tired of him going back and forward, back and forward, inturrupting our conversation with updates on his progress--or lack of.I spend plenty of time catching up with Kazu though, and we discussed our next vacation! We decided we wanted to go to somewhere tropical.
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Aside from losing weight, he hasn't really changed. He was still the goofy big brother-like person I remember. We spent a lot of time talking about stupid things and making fun of each other. For instance, even though he's the older one, he was totally freaked out by a roller coaster I forced him on to and he felt so sick after that I ended up having to buy him an ice cream to calm his stomach. Of course, I made fun of him for that all day!
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This guy kept trying to talk to me in one of the lines, so I would answer back in Japanese. I figured that even though I didn't look Asian, the guys I was with obviously were, and he would just assume I didn't speak English. Just my luck, he ended up getting on in our row on a ride and sat right next to me. So I just kept screaming on the ride like I was scared even though it wasn't bad at all. 
We got tired of going through all the pictures, since we had so many good ones, so I decided on only eight for now. I like how they came out, even though they show that more weight loss needs to take place before December. 
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I'll probably go through them all again when I have more time and post some others, but for now, this is all. I wanted to save some of Sho and me, but Kazu deemed it necessary to stick his finger in to every shot he took. In other words, no decent pictures of Sho and me. 

I'm thinking I should call Mugen* sometime soon. I chatted with him briefly a few days ago to ask him for advice on Kazu's missing passport issue, but aside from that and our few facebook messages, I haven't had a chance to really talk to him in almost two weeks....and I did say I would be the one to call him... but lately, I feel like I'm always chasing him. 

Ugh. I guess I'll call him this weekend. I know he's busy through-out the week. 
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Out of the five Disney theme parks, Epcot has to be my absolute favorite. I love to travel and experience new cultures and at Epcot, I can experience up to 10 different cultures in about a day! My friend and I walked around the entire park once then decided to spend time in Mexico, China, Germany and Japan
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The first thing we did (Because I was basically jumping up and down like a little kid as soon as I saw him) was take a picture with Duffy. The first time I found out about Duffy was about two years ago when I went to Tokyo Disney with Saori after Sadou, and because of that, I had always associated Duffy with Japan. I had no idea though, that Duffy actually originated in Florida but didn't become popular until Japan stuck him in a sailor suit and re-sold him to the masses. 
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After Duffy, we began our trip around the world, starting in Mexico. In Mexico they sold...Alcohol! And the layout was very Aztec Indian.  We wanted to split a colorful margarita, but since they were $12.50 each, we decided against it. Once we cleared Mexico, we entered China, home of my favorite Disney character, Mulan. We missed her show by two hours but plan on going back to see her. Aside from a tea stand with some snacks, they didn't have much in terms of food, but instead had beautiful gardens and architecture and an interesting little museum. We ended up splitting a Strawberry oolong tea, which was to die for. It was pretty big though, so it lasted us through our journey in to Germany and its sweets and finally Japan. 
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Funny thing happened in Japan. I'm talking to my friend about a yukata one of the girls was wea ring. One of the women who work there walks up to us and asks us if we need help. I tell her we don't and that I'm just telling my friend about yukata and comparing the other girl's to mine. My friend tells her that I live in Japan. The woman asks me if I have any pictures of my yukata, and I do on my phone, so I show her. She seems impressed and begins talking to me in Japanese, so I talk back. After a short conversation, we go to the museum, I buy my friend some Melon Daifuku because she's never tried it,then go to watch Taiko.
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After Taiko, we walk around some more before finally coming going back to Japan to eat sushi before the illumination show.  To our surprise, they remember us by name when we returned and continued to speak to me in Japanese throughout our time there.

I thought my friend would feel left out but she seemed amused every time someone came over and said something to me in Japanese. 

After that, we went outside for the light show. We wanted to find a good spot, so I walked over to the fence and leaned over, trying to get a good look at the other sections of the park. A girl sitting on a bench behind me goes, "Excuse me. You're not going to stay there right? Cause we've been sitting here for the past 20 minutes holding this spot."  Her friend whispered for her to be quiet, in which she responded "No, we've been sitting here for twenty minutes!" Pft! As though sitting was hard work. Geeze.
I told her we weren't staying there because it was the truth, but part of me wanted to tell her that we were and that just because she was sitting on the bench didn't mean she was entitled to all the space in front of it. It wasn't like she was old. She was younger than me so if she wanted a view with no one in front, she could have stood at the fence like everyone else. 

I don't know why her talking to me made me feel annoyed, but it did. 

Anyway, the light show was fabulous. It never gets old. Next time though, we're going to try and catch the Magic Parade in Magic Kingdom instead. 

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I finished reading "Norwegian Wood" in English and I have to say it felt quite different to me compared to the Japanese version! I'm going to see what other English versions I can get my hands on in the future. I've decided to tackle a book called The Labyrinth by Enrique A Laguerre. It's Puerto Rican literature, which I haven't tried reading since leaving the island some six or seven years back. So far, main character annoys the heck out of me! He doesn't really talk. He just over-thinks everything while the world around him takes care of him, despite the fact that he worked so hard to become a lawyer to take care of himself. 
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My friend and I went to: 

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According to the news, it was supposed to rain all day, but we still decided to spend the entire day at Disney. 
Aside from maybe 20 minutes, we had good weather all day! 

Was that the reporter's mistake or Disney Magic

We started the day by exploring Hollywood Studios. After seeing Lion King on Broadway in New York, I fell in love with watching live performances, so I always make sure to catch a show or two, but didn't get around to it this time. Instead we focused on the attractions. We did Rock n' Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Wars 4D Adventure. For the first time ever, I was able to keep my eyes open through Tower of Terror! 
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After Hollywood Studios, we headed to Magic Kingdom to try and stalk some princesses and eat some yummy snacks. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the princesses were taking a break from their oh-so-exhausting life of riches and royalty, so we weren't able to get any pictures with them, but we did manage to catch sight of the new princess from BRAVE, and a show with my one true love--Peter Pan
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We had a major LOL moment when we were leaving Cinderella's castle. You're supposed to enter on the left side, leave on the right. However, people were entering from both directions, so it was impossible to get to the right side to leave. I got fed up and grabbed my friend and dragged her through the crowd and a bunch of people snapped at me for cutting them off. As we were walking out, I told my friend, "It's not that complicated. Why can't Americans get it? Left is in, right is out. There are even signs. Anyway, if they're not going to play nice, neither am I." A man in of us turned and asked where we were from. My friend told him I was from Japan and she was from Puerto Rico. He laughed and told me I had guts for saying that out loud. He was from Canada and he had been thinking the same thing I had but hadn't dared to say it. We just all started laughing over it. 

There was a lot of construction going on. Disney is apparently adding an entire new village and two new castles to the Magic kingdom.  We decided that Disney was going to expand to the point that Florida residents were going to be living inside these little villages. 

After Magic Kingdom, we went to Epcot. So much happened there that it deserves a post all to itself.
The rain is insane right now, the power is flashing and a flood warning has been issued so I'm going to go help secure some things in case of a flood. 
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DAY ONE:
5th Avenue & The Empire State Building.
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We met at Grand Central station at around 14:00. I had seen Grand Central plenty of times before in movies, but seeing it with my own eyes made me feel as though I had somehow stepped back in time. 


I was a little worried that R-san wouldn't recognize me, since we had only hung out in person once before, for a couple of hours and I looked slightly different, but he found me quickly and we decided to get a bite to eat. He wanted to eat Oysters but the Oyster & Seafood bar had been closed by the time we got there, so we decided to head out. We eventually grabbed a hot dog and a pretzel at a little street cart while walking down 5th Avenue. 

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I got caught up in the oddest Livejournal spat today that turned in to an attack on my personal character, which had nothing to do with the topic at hand. Maybe I should have been offended or angry or whatever, but it honestly made me laugh. Whatever happened to the days where you could discuss an opinion without it becoming personal? 

Speaking of becoming personal, I spoke to R-san and T-san (R-san's best friend and my old Japanese teacher) today. R-san apologized to me and confessed that he only booked us a single room with a king-sized bed. I laughed and told him not to worry about it but inside I'm thinking...What? T-san advised be to keep a knife handy, so I promised I'd buy myself a gun to keep R-san at bay. Honestly, I don't think he'll try anything since we have a kind of sibling relationship...But...What?! 

Ugh. That depression I get when I realize I fail at life because I studied at an all girl's university and still have close to 0 female friends, is starting to hit me again.  I wonder if I needed to attend an all-boy's school in order to make friends of the female gender...Any time I complain to one of my guys about it, they laugh and tell me there are many girls right now who would die to be in the Japanese-reverse-harem I'm stuck in. I tell them to help me find these girls so that we could be friends.... But no luck yet! 

I tried on that dress again today to see if I still felt the same way about it. I still want to lose some more weight, but now I can at least appreciate the fact that I was able to finally get in to it. All I had to do was look at pictures from how I used to look and dress to shock me back! I don't think I'll be taking it to New York though, especially now that I know R-san and I will be a little closer than I expected, and will more than likely be drinking a bit.

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Today, I grabbed some job applications. I made sure they were all only seasonal jobs, since I can really only work until  October, at the latest. I'm going to fill them out tomorrow and send them off. We'll see what happens after that. I really want to save up a bit more money before going back. M-san asked twice if I'd definitely be back in December, and then asked if I had ever been skiing or snowboarding in Nagano, so I'm assuming my winter plans will include another little trip. That requires money. 

Last but not least, I tried chest binding today for the first time ever in life at a lingerie shop . It was one of those spur-of-the-moment things I thought I should try before I said I didn't like it...And I don't like it. Son of Mary Christ, why would anybody ever want to do that to themselves?! I swear if it wasn't for the fact that it was hard to breath as it was, I would have cried. Not even wearing a kimono was that painful! 

Friday! Hurry up and get here! I want to go to New York!! 

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I just finished LOL-ing to a message I found in my inbox when I logged in a bit ago, in which someone asked me if I was some kind of Call girl specializing in Asian men. I mean...REALLY??!? Yes, I'm always writing about some Asian guy but that is because 90% of my friends are Asian guys. Maybe I should have been offended, but instead, I'm amused. Maybe I'm more like an escort? My friends call me up and say "Zia, come with me to so and so place!" and I usually follow.....

In any case, I'm definitely not a Call girl (苦笑). 

Anyway, I might be going somewhere for a few days at the end of this month. Where? 

NEW YORK

A friend of mine has been feeling rather bored and trapped with his life lately, and decided to go to New York in order to clear his mind. He said he'd like to meet me there if it was possible. I can't afford to stay for the entire time he's there but I'm going to attempt to swing by for a day or two. Still looking at hotel prices. Anyone know of any cheap but decent places to stay? 


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(R-san--the one in the middle--is  the one I will be meeting in NY.
T-san on the far right there, can not make it, unfortunately.)


If we do end up meeting up, I imagine it'll be interesting. We've never hung out without T-san being there to serve as a kind of translator why my Japanese or R-san's English turns to mush. I also still have to let M-san know. He and I aren't dating, but he always notifies me whenever he'll be gone travelling, who he's going with and for how long. It's only fair for me to do the same, right? 

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I also went to the market and negotiated a better price on a tea I had been interested in trying for some time now.
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have a few packs of Organic coffee to get through before I open this one but I'm looking forward to seeing if it's as good as my friends promise.

Teas that are labeled as Detox te
as always catch my attention because I wonder if they actually work. Maybe it's because I drink so much tea that they've become ineffective but whenever I try a "detox tea," I never really feel any change. This one has been given five stars by people who have purchased it before and comments say that the taste is quite unique. Lets see if this one actually does what it says!

If you have any tea recommendations, feel free to share! I go through tea on a bi-weekly basis, so if you recommend something, I will most definitely get around to trying it 
It doesn't have to be tea with a specific function such as for losing weight, detoxing or improving circulation. Teas like this make me curious, but I love tea in general

I'm also in desperate need of new music! I'm a huge fan of Japanese Hip-hop and Korean Pop. American adult alternative is great too. 


My sleep schedule is all out of whack these days. I'm going to have to remedy this somehow. Meh, I still have two books and a magazine to catch up on...But I think I'll dance around my room for a little bit. 

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I started treating one of my dogs for mange. I didn't think it was mange at first, and looking at her now I'm still not entirely sure, but I've decided to try treating her with some home remedies just to be on the safe side. Has anyone ever dealt with something like this before? If you have, any advice would be great! 

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I woke up early to make breakfast while M-san played with one of my dogs in the yard. Occasionally, I'd look out the window and laugh. Watching him run around was just too cute. Once I was one cooking, we ate breakfast together, changed, and headed off to Busch Gardens.
At the gate, we were told that we'd receive a free ticket for a second visit if we stopped by a different counter, so we did that and decided we'd be back the next day to finish off whatever we couldn't finish on our first day. Since the park was so crowded on the first day, we did end up using that second ticket in order to finish the park. We rode every roller coaster, watched every show, walked through every exhibit and even went on a safari ride to feed wild animals! It was so much fun!

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After the safari rid e, my allergies started acting up for the first time in a million years. I told M-san it was all his fault, because I had worn myself out trying to please him, but we both knew it was from touching all those wild animals. My eyes got so red, my nose got all stuffy, and my voice got all weird. M-san was a good sport about it though, and only made fun of me half the time and at the end of the day, he even tried to give me some of the medicine he had brought with him for the plane ride.^^;; 

Oh, and I'm pretty sure we've eliminated my fear of heights. It was done unwillingly, but it was done! Now, I'm pretty sure I can tackle buildings and rides of any heights! All thanks to M-san ignoring my screams of fear and panic. This guy...he's always forcing me in to new experiences. As he puts it, he's always going to be "My First." But I don't think I'll complain! 
 
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My last entry was so sloppy. I'm a little embarrassed.FIXED! 
We got $5,900 from the insurance company for the car, which means we still need to borrow money from the bank if we want to get a semi-decent car we can consider safe. We're keeping an eye out an our fingers crossed.  

Things with M-san went great. However, before I can write about all of that I need to re-wind and write about a few other things that make our relationship so interesting. So, here I go. Taking things back to the beginning! 


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We had met on-line for the purpose of language exchange, but in only a few short months, we were laughing and talking over the phone as though we had been friends for years. So when I told him I'd be going back to meet Take's mom, he picked out a few days to meet up, and that was that. Our first meeting took place at Asakusa. Even though I had been there many times before, I told him I had never been there when he confessed that despite living not too far away, he had never bothered going himself.  "Are you sure you've never been here?" He'd ask every time I'd correct his directions. I'd laugh and shake my head thinking "I haven't been here in days." 

We decided to take a picture to commemorate the occasion, however we couldn't decide who would ask someone to take the picture. We ended up playing janken-pon in order to decide. "Ok, ok! If I win, you ask. If you win, I'll let you ask," I told him. See what I did there? I'm clever =D. In the end, he asked another couple to take our picture.  

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"If you come up with me and pray," He began to ask me as we approached the shrine, "You're not going to go to hell cause you're Christian, right? It's not against your religion?" I wanted to laugh, but instead all I say is, "I dunno. God could strike me down with lightning at any second..." We argue back and forward a bit about the consequences of me going up to pray with him, then finally head up. I drop a few coins, pray with him, and as we head down the stairs he looks at me, smirks and says, "I bet you're going to go to hell."  

Ahahahahaha.....jerk. 

I give him a cheeky smile, "I never travel alone." 
He grins back, "My bags are always packed." 

I knew it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 
And the beginning of the story of Zia and M-san.* 


HOLI FEST

Mar. 21st, 2012 09:15 pm
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HELLO 

On the 11th of March, I went to an event called "Holi fest" or "The Festival of colors," with a friend from high school. "Holi fest" is an Indian event celebrating the beauty of human life and nature. At this festival, you throw colorful sand at everyone around you while cheerfully shouting "Happy Holi!" There are water games and spicy food too! 

I had never heard of this kind of event until my friend had told me about it, so I was a little nervous about whether or not I'd actually enjoy it, but in the end, it was amazingly fun! People kind of stared at us at first, but as the day went on, we were able to join in on all the games. We started off just throwing sand at everyone, but when a guy shot us with the hose, we purchased water guns and retaliated. 

I'm seriously glad I chose to wear old clothes to this event. Everyone was throwing lots of sand at us and we ended up getting pretty dirty.  My shoes and shirt are still stained! 

We definitely want to go again! 


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Hello hello!

I woke up at 4am today to drop my friend off at the airport and despite taking a nap until just a bit ago, I'm still feeling exhausted. Unfortunately, I don't have time to rest since I still have some things I need to prepare for. M-san* arrives in a couple of days, and tomorrow I'm going to a Holi festival in the city. By the end of this month, I am sure I will be a walking Zombie. Yes, definitely. 

Anyway. Disney. My friend and I went to three of the five Disney parks and had a blast! In the end, we did end up changing out clothes, but we had tons of fun wearing our little outfits for most of the day. Surprisingly, I got a lot of compliments and even met some Japanese tourists who were surprised to learn that I could understand every word they said about us as they stood behind us =D. 

Interesting happenings? We asked a man to take our picture. He did. Then he went on to talk about how we had made his day because even though he had 7 grandchildren he was there alone, He kissed us each and went on his way. After that, we went to stand in line for a roller coaster. Suddenly, a man approaches us and gives us fast passes to the ride. We went from a waiting line of 45 minutes to a waiting line of 5. Lucky lucky! =D 

I spent $25.00 total at the park, buying bottles of water and omiyage for my family. Pretty good, right? I think so! I'm looking forward to going again! 

Amazingly, I was really good about uploading all my pictures on time! So people who have me on FB can already see all the pictures I took. =) 



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Hello Hello.

My Kouhai has been here for three days now, and will be leaving in four.
Physically, she hasn't changed at all, but every time we have our up-until-2am-chats, I realize that personality wise, she's changed a lot. She's me--me two years ago--which is what allows me to tolerate a lot of the things that get said, lol.

Like losing more weight and about how it's lame that I no longer flirt with guys to get free things.  

We went to buy cookies the day before yesterday and apparently, one of the guys took a liking to me without me realizing it.
She pointed this out to me when we left the shop and told me I should have milked it for free cookies. 
In reply, I answered "I don't talk like that with guys I'm not interested." 
Then, I was told I was stuck up. Maybe I am, but it didn't bother me one bit as I ate my cheesecake lol. 

We went to Busch Gardens yesterday and decided we'd go to the beach today. I pointed out that I needed to buy a bathing suit since I no longer had one.As we were walking down some stairs, she says to me "Okay, you can't eat anymore after this moment because you need to trim up." 
I pointed out to her that that was fine with me because I never eat after 5pm anyway. What does she answer? "No, I meant you can't eat anything until M-san(the guy I'm in to) gets here." I just gave her the raised eye-brow, laughed and kept going. 

In High school, comments like this would have hit me hard because I was so insecure. Now, I laugh. 

Tomorrow, we'll be going to the Disney store to buy some things. Why? Tasha decided I must dress as Minnie mouse. We argued about it, I caved, then told her she had to dress as Daisy Duck. Tomorrow, we buy the supplies we need to cosplay lol. It's going to be so embarrassing, but I'm ready for it, lol. 

I'll post pictures, of course! 

By the way, it's most likely that M-san will come two days after Tasha leaves. I have to go to a festival on the 11th, which means I'll only have one day to actually mentally prepare myself for the "Arrival of M."


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forever_wandering: (POSITIVE OUTLOOK)


Today has been pretty awesome. It's not often that I get to say that. 
I woke up at 6am to run some errands, and on the way back home, played a round of telephone tag with the guy I mentioned in my last entry. We finally managed to get a hold of each other just as I was getting home, and we had a fun conversation. It turns out that he'll be coming to visit me sometime this month, though we haven't exactly decided when and for how long... and that he was saddened by a picture he saw of me with another guy on my FB. 

On the phone, I kept my cool but inside, I was jumping like a school girl. I mean, I had honestly thought I'd never see him again, which was part of the reason why I was so set on simply being such a good friend to him. Of course, his coming over doesn't mean he and I will get involved but...

Am I dreaming? First my best friend from forever decides to come over and now my new love interest? Is this Take sending all this good fortune my way?  Whatever the reason, I'm grateful for it. Though I'm not unhappy with my life, I've been feeling as though something is supposed to be changing.

I went to get an international license today. Now I have a total of...three licenses! Which I'm sure I'm not supposed to, but they never took the other ones. Now I can drive in the US, Japan, and any other country I please! This means that at some point, I will plan a road trip across France or Ireland =D Yes, of course, I could take public transportation...But nothing is as amazing and refreshing as a drive through the country side of a foreign country. 

My facebook detox has been going well. For the past month, I've been checking my facebook on Wednesdays and Sundays ONLY and it has been doing me good. I have so much more time to do other things. I want to try and cut it down to Sundays only, but I don't think I'm ready for that just yet. 


I finally finished re-watching Yankee-kun to Megane-chan! I had been meaning to re-watch it since I hadn't been able to enjoy it the first time around, and I loved it this time! It was just too cute. 
forever_wandering: (LOVE)
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My friends have been bugging me quite a bit about getting back in to the dating game. Seeing as I haven't been single since junior high, they're worried I might be in some kind of a funk. I don't know if I'd call it a funk, but I will say that I'm not interested in dating right now. There is someone that I'm interested in at the moment, but the chances of us dating are rather slim since I don't even know if I'll ever see him again so my friends suggest I simply move on, but honestly, even if I don't date the guy I like, I'm perfectly happy being good friends and continuing the relationship we have now. Instead of forcing myself to find someone else, I want to focus on the relationship this person and I have now. I don't believe I need to have the 'girlfriend' title with him in order to be happy. Whether he calls me girlfriend or not, we still have a blast together. 

Anyway, who knows, maybe with time, it'll even grow in to something more. 

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My friend will arrive on Saturday! We have plans to hang out with another girl who studied with us in high school that happens to live in my area! I'm really looking forward to this since these days, I've been feeling a little worn out from being all adult-like. I need to step back and have some fun, and what better way to do that than by remembering my HS years? Though those years were my least healthiest....
Next week will be extremely busy for me, but will be full of fun times and pictures! 

It also means I need to start dressing like a real person again. Whenever I'm at home and I'm not going out, it's like I live in Pajamas. I wake up, go about my day, work out, shower, then change in to another pair of PJ's XD. Do I remember what it's like to wear clothes without elastic bands or tightening strings?!?!  And make up! Woot! Time to whip out the Ageha magazines! =D 
forever_wandering: (HAVING FUN)
We had planned on going to Asakusa at around noon, but since I was still jet lagged and didn't wake up until around 16:30, Y-san* and I ended up going at around 18:00. It wasn't as crowded and everything looked so much more impressive in the dimming light, so despite not being able to spend the entire day there, but it was still really enjoyable. 

Y-san* is one of those people who knows a lot about everything and isn't afraid to show it.
The majority of our conversations begin with "Did you know..." Usually, I don't know, he explains it further, and I learn something new.  I had been to Asakusa a couple of times before going with Y-san, but being there with him and listening to all he had to say made me feel as though I was visiting it for the first time. 

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As we made our way down the street, Y-san* tried to get me to "try" just about every treat there was, and I'm sure he did that to bug me about watching my weight. When I finally found a snack I did want to eat, he looks at me with those big eyes of his and asks, "You...want to eat that?!"  Which of course, made me not want to eat it at all. We stared at each other before we started laughing and carried on.  On our way back, we ended up splitting some dorayaki which was what I had wanted to eat in the first place when he teased me! and green tea. 

Oh! Right! No trip to Asakusa is complete without some kind of omiyage!
Y-san* bought me a little cellphone strap with the five yen and sandals attached. I thank him but explain that I already had a new cell phone strap I had purchased the day before. "But," he begins to say, "Look. This one jingles." He shakes it a bit, and it does indeed jingle. I nod slowly, thinking it was very unlike him to be attracted to something noisy. He must have sensed my confusion because he finishes with, "If you have this on your phone, I can't lose you and I always know when you're coming." 

.....So I'm like a cat, Y-san*? 

"I like cats." He says and proceeds to put it on my cellphone. "Plus..well, we won't discuss how you always get lost. I like cats. Lets leave it at that." 

We left it at that and headed back to the station, my new cellphone strap jingling jangling all the way.  


Y-san= My friend's name starts with a Y, but in order to protect his privacy, I did not use his full name. 


forever_wandering: (POSITIVE OUTLOOK)
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It's my first Valentines day on my own, so it doesn't really feel like anything special...But that won't stop me from wishing everyone else a Happy Valentines day =) I hope you get tons of chocolates or diamonds or whatever it is you wanted from that special someone. 

I've decided to take a break from facebook. I won't be deleting my account, but I won't be checking it for a few days. With friends posting information about their every move, I find myself not missing them at all. Despite not having seen many of them in years, I feel like I'm with them all the time and getting sick of them. I want to love my friends again. 

Speaking of friends, some of my friends are truly amazing. I needed some assistance (mainly the reading of some kanji) with some paperwork I needed to send to フェリス. It's like I can't escape this school.Without even asking me, my friend not only helped me with the form, but he called the school to confirm everything I needed to submit and paid what needed to be paid. I often hear girls say they think Japanese guys are cold....but I don't think I could ever think that. All of my friends have taken such good care of me...  I just want to tell them: 

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I'm still receiving tons of forwarded mail, so I still have a lot of things to fill out, send back...ect... I leave you now with this adorable video of two boys doing an acoustic version of 君に届け。The singer is just too precious. I want to marry his voice. 







  
forever_wandering: (POSITIVE OUTLOOK)
I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed to get two weeks worth of work done in one week, which means that next week, I can be as lazy as I want. I'll most likely spend it in bed with a bowl of strawberries, trying to start reading 神様のカルテ. There are several books, but I'm only focused on the first one. 

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The DVD for 神様のカルテ came out last month, but I really don't want to watch it until I finish the novel.  My goal is to complete this novel by the end of this year. The book is only 252 pages, but because it's loaded with kanji and vocabulary I'm not familiar with, I'm giving myself that amount of time. To give myself less time would be setting myself up for failure. 

I met up with some friends from high school today and it was pretty fun! We mostly sat in a cafe had had bubble tea, but we still laughed a lot more than expected. They kept insisting that I had changed so so much and that they were amazed at the person I had become. I know I've changed mentally and I knew I had changed to a degree physically, but it wasn't until I compared two pictures side by side that I realized I really have changed!  On the left is the person they remember, on the right is the person I've become. Now that I am more serious about getting in shape, I wonder what I will look like in another two years. 


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 In two weeks, I'll be meeting with a few more classmates. I can't wait.  
forever_wandering: (HAPPY&EXCITED)





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 It really is hard to be productive when the conditions around you are so perfect for being lazy. However, that feeling you get when you realize you've finished everything and still have hours left in the day is amazing. Hopefully, tomorrow will be just as productive. After I finish everything that absolutely has to be done & the planning I need to do for my friend's visit, I want to type up and post all my journal entries I have written on paper. I haven't posted any of my real adventures since the Kyoto trip, and I really want to before I forget about them.  I also need to post all the entries about my road trip across the US a
couple months ago.... I'm so far behind! 


I started watching "Let's watch the Meteor Shower" today, which is the Chinese adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. I've been a Hana Yori Dango fan since my first year of junior high, so watching this drama, despite not being able to find it anywhere with subtitles, was an absolute must. Even with the lack of subtitles, I'm following the story quite well and am falling in love with it.

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Valentines day is right around the corner. Some of my guy friends have been dropping hints but this year I've decided that I'll give chocolates to myself and no body else. I know it's perfectly acceptable to give chocolates to friends, but giving chocolates to myself this year has a special meaning for me. This year, I've really come to love and appreciate myself so much more. The love that I used to whole heartedly give to others, I will now give to myself.   I want to celebrate this feeling by confessing to....Myself. It might not make sense to most people, but it makes sense to me. 

I talked to mom and there's family drama all over the place. It seems that family from Puerto Rico has been calling her all day to find out just what happened between the two cousins that fought. One cousin called everyone in Puerto Rico to whine and complain, but the other has stayed relatively quiet about the whole situation, so the entire family is feeling rather confused. Since mom is the closest, they expect her to be in the know....But mom wants nothing to do with it. I feel like manning up for her, calling everyone and telling them to back the hell off. 

My FAIL for the day: When speaking Japanese while I'm half asleep, I tend to mix up my ぎ's and き's. Today, Yuta asked me if I needed anything. I meant to tell him I needed my うわぎ、my coat. What did I tell him I needed? うわき. Extramarital sex. 
He offered me a cookie instead. 

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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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