Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I found Linkin Park figures inside, I might add.

So, I waited for David after school a few days ago in Sendai and we grabbed a quick bite to eat from Lotteria before heading home. Lotteria is a cheap, but good little fast food chain. Kinda reminds me of Wendy's. I HAD to take a picture of their menu, however. Look at this.
Yes. That is a 1,420yen for a Tower Cheeseburger. That's 10 patties on a single burger. Eeeeew! I'm getting heart palpitations just looking at it! And the, 500yen for a 5 patty burger or fried shrimp burger. Gah. Gross! We just got a normal burger and fries. After that, we hopped onto the train and headed home. David got paid that day, so we thought we'd have a small treat. There's a Baskin Robbins in the Aeon across from our apartment. And they have so many cute Halloween themed sundae's. I got a bear sundae with chocolate hazelnut ice cream. Yummmmmmmmmm!
After that, we did some grocery shopping. I found some MASSIVE apples! Like, the size of my head! They looked delicious, though. I kinda wish we'd bought one. Although, they're like 297yen per apple, so maybe it's all for the best.
We got a package from Lauren recently. And she sent me powdered gravy! Yay! So, we had poutine for dinner! Oh man, we it ever goooood. Yumyumyum! Thanks again, Lauren!
And then yesterday, we went for a long walk around our area. We hadn't really done much exploring, so off we went! It was a nice day. We walked for like 10k, though. It mas a loooong walk! But, we found a Book Off (second hand store), which is awesome, a Yamada (electronics store) and we found the local Black Shop! Woooo! Black Shop had some great signage outside, too.
I found Linkin Park figures inside, I might add. Ahahahahaha.
We passed by a game center as well and I found the biggest box of Calorie Mate I've ever seen. Ahahaha. Calorie Mate are basically shortbread cookies packed with calories. People eat them for a quick energy boost. They're pretty tasty, actually.
While we were walking back home, we both got really hungry, so we stopped off at CoCo Ichiban for some curry! We both got the chicken cutlet curry with some Naan bread! Oh my god. Was it ever good. Best curry ever. And the Naan was awesome, too!
Man, David always takes such flattering photos of me. Ahahaha. All in all, it was an awesome day. And it was really warm weather, too. Nice breeze and lots of sunshine.
Also, I'd like to point out that I FINALLY found a drama that David liked and watched willingly with me! Woooooo! We just finished it. It's about a rich heiress who is also a detective, but not a very good one. Her butler is really smart, though, and he solves all her cases for her. Anywho, it was good. It's called 謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de).

Monday, October 15, 2012

Only 257yen per can!

So, a lot has happened in the past week or so. Firstly, I signed up for Japanese lessons. My first class is tomorrow and I'm terrified. Long story short, last Friday I went to sign up for the class. And my brain took a mini-vacation as soon as I walked in the door. I could not for the life of me understand anything my teachers were saying. It was awful. So, I'm pretty sure my teachers all think I'm an idiot. But, it's all good. I've signed up for Beginners II and Kanji I. I figure, if I can't handle the II class, I'll drop down to Beginners I. I'm not too proud. Although, I'm a bit concerned about my books. No clue what I need for Kanji. And for my Beginners class, I could only get the English translation version. I ordered the normal, full Japanese version and it hasn't come in yet. Oops.
Oh, FYI. I'm using my iPod for most of these photos. My camera batteries died, and I'm too cheap to pick up more. Ahahaha. But, continuing on, I met David for lunch a few days ago. He was working at Natori for once and I was free, so we thought it'd be nice to have a lunch date. Albeit, out lunch date was McDonalds, but its all good. It was nice just to do lunch together. I got a Happy Set as usual, and got the PRECURE TOY! MUAHAHAHAHA! *cough* PreCure is a super popular girls anime in Japan. It's probably more popular than Sailor Moon was. It's nuts. Oh yeah, it came with STICKERS!
After lunch, I wandered over to the Bux and grabbed a drink. Nothing like a big, milky chai latte and a book to while away an afternoon. And they were playing Stevie Nicks on the Starbucks Radio, which is always awesome. Been reading the Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling's new book. I think it's not bad. There's a massive difference from Harry Potter, which I think is both good and bad. It's definitely a different story, but I feel like she's trying too hard in a few places. Could just be me. *shrug*
So, today David and I went shopping in Sendai. We didn't buy much, but I'm gonna be starting a small shopping service and wanted to get some market research done. Got a quick lunch at Freshness Burger and grabbed a quick drink from the Bux in the station.
After that, we just walked about and shopped. It was nice just to go out for a change. It's kinda expensive to travel into Sendai without a real purpose. But, it was a nice day. Kinda cold, though. It's finally starting to feel fall-like here. Thank god. Bring on the snow. Although, fall makes me really want soups more, since mum always does soups more in the colder months. And, in lieu of having turkey noodle soup shipped to me, I currently just wanna get my paws on some Campbells Tomato Soup. And, low and behold, I found it! Only 257yen per can! ...David said no. XD
We ended up buying a few housey things today, though. We invested in an adjustable sink shelf thing. It can hold up to 3kg and is big enough for us to put a cutting board on it. Woo! And while we were in the housey store, I picked up a Hitachi products booklet. For purely Arashi fangirl research purposes... *cough*
Oh, and I dyed my hair again. I'm back to my original brunette self. Woo~ I missed my lovely dark locks. I'll take a photo of it soon. I've been kinda headachey the past few days and I haven't really wanted to make myself look beautiful just for a picture. Ahahaha.

But that's about it. I start classes tomorrow morning, so I'll let y'all know how it goes. Hopefully well. I'm just praying that I don't suddenly get struck stupid again.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

We even did the hand gestures for A*RA*SHI.

Gah. I'm sick. David had a nasty cold last week and I seem to have caught it. Yick. Sore and dry throat, but no coughing yet! Thank god. Oh well. I'll live~ Bring on the Halls and orange juice!

So, we're settling into life here pretty well. We live just outside of Sendai and I like our area. I've had a real hankering for matcha lately, so I went and bought some. I figured out how to make my own homemade matcha lattes. Go me. And I've been drinking them lately. Yum yum~ Although, I tend to have a heavy hand with it. Most recipes online tell you to add in 1-2 teaspoons. I've been adding like 4-6. Ahaha... Yeah.
I've also discovered that Japanese frozen foods are pretty good. I've been eating a lot of pasta that way and it's tasty. I really like the carbonera. But then, I add a bunch of veggies in whenever I eat it, so that helps. Yum yum.
Well then, onto more current stuff. I got together with a friend yesterday. Uyen (pronounced 'win') is from Vietnam and is on a backpacking tour of Japan. We met through an Arashi fan community and she came for a visit on her way to Tokyo. It was a fun day! We met at the train station and set out from there. Neither of us had a lot of money, so we first went to the arcade and just walked about and window shopped. Fall and winter fashions are everywhere right now and there were sooo many cute boots and jackets! She's also a geek like me and takes photos of Arashi members on billboards.
I managed to steer her over to the Disney Store, too. Turns out when she was in high school she was an exchange student who lived in Florida near Disney World. We chatted about of love for Disney while we walked about. So much cute stuff on sale right now! It took all my self control to not buy anything. They were playing the Art of Skiing on the TV upstairs. It still makes me giggle.
Afterwards we were pretty hungry, so we walked around trying to find a place to eat. We ended up eating at McDonalds, because it's cheap and easy. And, apparently, they don't have McDonalds in Vietnam! Crazy, eh? We got our food, sat down and chatted for about 2-3 hours. We were there for a long time, but it was really nice to just sit and have a chat about common interests and whatnot. We talked about Arashi, Japanese music and entertainment in general, about Vietnam, Disney, a whole bunch of different topics. She showed me pictures from her trip so far, too. It was nice. There was a protest march walking by while we were there. They were protesting Nuclear Power. It was too dark for me to get many pictures, but it was rather random.
So, after dinner it was getting a little late, but we decided to do a quick round of karaoke. We hopped over to Big Echo and bought an hour. Good times ensued. We sang all kinds of stuff. And what was hilarious, was singing songs we only knew half the words to. But, we laughed and it was fun. We even did the hand gestures for A*RA*SHI. Ahahaha. Good times.
And then, it was time to go home. We said goodbye at the station and Uyen hopped a train to her hostel and I popped home. It was a nice day. And next week I'm meeting up with another girl from Fukushima for shopping and Arashi fangirl shenanigans. Oh, and I'm signing up for Japanese lessons from the local community center. Wooo!