Friday, February 28, 2014

TERME Cafe & Heebie-Jeebies.

Yesterday, Ah Young called me because she wanted to go out to eat lunch. I have been waking up really late lately, 1pm-3pm and going to sleep at 4am-7am so I thought maybe going out would help me get tired to fix my schedule. Plus, Ah Young wanted pasta and I was craving it ^-^

Ah Young came over as I got ready and told me there was this yummy pasta place here in Hiyoshi. I was really happy we didn't have to go somewhere else since I have been trying to not spend money on transportation unless it's necessary.

The pasta place ended up being at the Tokyu department store right by the station on the third floor. The cafe was called TERME and overlooked Hiyoshi (I bet the night view would have been nice). The pasta was sooo good, it even beat A to Z's pasta :o It was 1200 yen but still, it's nice to spend a little bit more on a meal every now and then (not really but my mom said I should splurge on meals sometimes lol).

Me and Ah Young hung around and talked, I was going to meet my friend Elliot to get sushi later. I invited Ah Young since she also knows him too but she doesn't like sushi so she passed.

This was the first time I met up with Elliot one on one since we stopped talking in the summer during the ILP program. It was nice talking to him at first.

He told me how he was just getting culture shock now since the holidays came around and he hasn't been feeling too well. And he has been having problems with his girlfriend and he realized that although he likes Japan he wouldn't live there.

I just think he needed someone to talk to, and since Spencer (his closest friend) recently went back to California for 2 weeks he doesn't have anyone. So I get it, but I remembered why I didn't like hanging out with him.

The main reason why I stopped talking to him was because he was interested in me as more than friends. Of course there is more to it but rather not go into detail, just a typical guy you can say. I thought it would have been okay to hang out with him since we were good friends before but I still felt uncomfortable hanging out with him one on one, it just felt off.

And of course, he would try to analyze me and then make assumptions and shit about the way I am and how I live my life. And like most people, he always analyzes me wrong. But I can get over that, the off feeling was what was really bothering me. So I decided I am going to stay away from him. 

Hanging out in a group is fine, I went out with Ah Young, Spencer, him, and another guy named Jumpei for dinner recently and that was fun. But this one on one thing, gave me the heebie-jeebies e__e so I'll follow my gut.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shisha in 渋谷.

Last night was a fun night, I went out with Lili again to meet up with some people from Shimoda (Keio dorm). As always, I was hesitant to go out, meeting new people and all, and of course money, but just like last time, it was fun.

Paco was coming and I ended up meeting two new people, Francisco and Luis. They both spoke Spanish so there were two Germans and three Spanish speakers haha, so we often talked in our other languages and switched to English lol. 

We were going to do shisha in Shibuya. I usually call it hookah but I guess in Europe and in Japan they call it shisha (and I think shisha is fun to say lol). We had to wait an hour though, so we decided to eat sushi before doing the shisha. 

After eating sushi we went to the shisha place and chilled and talked. We ended up getting pina colada and watermelon mint. The watermelon mint was mine, Luis, and Lili's. It was so good, much better than the pina colada lol. The others liked it more as well than theirs haha.

I ended up talking to Luis most of the time because he sat next to me. We talked about where he was from what not. He was so interesting because he is Venezuelan and traveled a lot. Eventually we started talking about guys as well because he is gay so me, Lili, and him were sharing out types haha xD

I also talked to Francisco a bit and found out he liked Coldrain. I was so happy because he was the first foreigner I met who ever heard of Coldrain. We had some small talk with everyone and it was seriously so much fun. They were really nice.

We didn't leave till closing time which was around 12am. While we were waiting for the elevator Francisco noticed my stretched ears and asked if they were real since Luis uses fake plugs. I told him yes and took it out to show him lol.

Paco asked why I stretched my ears and I told him I liked the way it looks. They asked me what size it was and if I was going to go any bigger. I told them probably one or two sizes bigger. Paco was suggested I shouldn't because it was big enough because it looked like a 00g and then this blonde Japanese guy that works at the shisha bar jumped into the convo and said his were 00g. 

He asked me if I was going to go any bigger and I said yeah, and he said that's it's good and I should. I usually don't like people telling me what to do, even if I was already planning on doing it but it was seriously refreshing to meet someone who actually thought I should go up a size, let alone a Japanese guy. Needless to say, Paco didn't say much after that lol.

After two hours of shisha we decided to leave to catch the last train, but we did purikura before since Paco is leaving Japan and Francisco never done purikura before.

And as always, we talked about how creepy we looked xD foreigners are purikura just don't mix man, especially with guys haha. But it was still fun lol.

Afterwards we went on the train back to Hiyoshi. We had to transfer at Musashi Kosugi and there was someone really fuckin wasted on the train. The train conductors got him off and then put him on the side with the rest of us. But he was so drunk he started to pee off to the side. He also left a bag of his on the floor and would be basically sleep walking.

We wondered if we should help him so Francisco went up to him and asked him if he was okay but the guy was too drunk to answer and was sleeping standing up. We didn't want him to leave him shit so she tied his bag to his backpack and made sure he didn't wander off onto the train tracks. 

The Japanese people kept staring at us lol, probably thinking "why the fuck are they helping him?" he was too drunk/sleepy to get on the train and sadly he wouldn't really budge so he was just left there. We felt really bad for him, except Paco lol asshole was laughing at the situation -__- but it sucked, seriously felt bad for the guy but we couldn't do anything after that.

Afterwards we went to McDonalds to eat. I had apple pie and soft cream, 200 yen. It was so good <3 lol afterwards we talked a bit and then went back home.

I was seriously happy to go out tonight, the people I met today were also really nice. I was going to stay in, but I am so happy I pushed myself to go out ^-^ Chill outings like these are the best, food + hookah + drinking = good night.

The shisha gang.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Foreigner Night in 六本木.

I went clubbing yesterday for the first time in forever. Lili had just came back from Vietnam and of course she wanted to go party. I was hesitant to go since the main reason why she goes clubbing is to look for guys but she told me Sebastian and Bob were coming along too so if she wanted to go off and do her own thing I thought I'd be okay since I could just stay with them.

Turns out, way more people were coming along since it was Ramon's going away party kinda thing. Lili didn't tell me on purpose because every time she invites me and it's in a big group I always decline since I don't like meeting bigs groups of people because it makes me uncomfortable lol. But sure enough, it was actually better since it was a big group and they were actually people I've met before.

As most foreigners want to go, they all wanted to go to Roppongi. I hadn't gone in forever because me and other foreigners usually don't mix. But Lili was told this one club Feria was the "best club ever" lol. So we got ready to go to Roppongi.

It was the first time I was actually going out and getting ready since I have been on break, even before that actually. Usually I get excited for going out, even if I don't really want to just because I like getting done up. But you know, even after doing my hair and getting dressed I still wasn't up for it.

Lili also was hesitant since she is sick but she decided she was going to go out and party since she might get an internship and the partying would lessen after that lol.

We went to Roppongi and got something to eat. It was the first time I ever had soba before and it was really good :D It was also Lili's first time she had soba the Japanese way. She always makes it at home but she mixes with avocado and other random stuff lol.

We got a flyer for Feria which made it cheaper to get in. We got there and tried to explore the places. They only had one elevator but it was slow as fuck and there were stairs but they were outside and it was cold as fuck lol. Already Lili was getting annoyed.

We explored all the floors and it wasn't good. But after getting a few drinks we ran into Paco, Robert, and Ramon. Ramon was really drunk and being pretty aggressive and touchy O__o. Both me and Lili weren't feeling that so we decided to go to another floor. It was also too crowded to dance and Paco and Robert tagged along. Ramon saw a lot of girls he was interested so he decided to stay.

We went to the other floor with Paco and Robert and danced for a bit. It was actually a lot of fun. Robert was really nice, that was the first time I ever really talked to him and we were just dancing and chilling. All of us were, and it was lots of fun. But Lili wasn't having too much fun.

Lili was pretty upset that there were no cute guys. Which, I'll admit there were not guys that were appealing and most of the foreigners that were there were old and creepy. But I didn't care so much since I wasn't looking for a guy but it was annoying that creepy foreign guys kept coming up and shit. Luckily when Paco and Robert were there so they kept their distance.

There were some Japanese guys that looked okay and Lili was interested in and she got their attention. I didn't want to get into it so I just stayed with Paco and Robert lol.

We danced for a while but Lili was seriously not feeling the club. I think she was also grumpy because she was sick. We sat down for a bit and I asked her what she wanted to do. She said she wanted to go home and sleep, and she didn't like the club. I told her I'd do whatever she wanted to do, and if she wanted to leave we would. She asked me what I wanted to do and I was actually feeling a bit sick (stomach wise) so I didn't feel like staying either.

We ended up leaving and just went to the Hub to chill. Lili got tea and I ended up getting some fries which actually helped me with the nausea I was feeling. We were just sitting and chilling. There were these Japanese guys next to us and I could hear them talking in Japanese trying to figure out if they should talk to us. Sure enough they did, the usual "I want to learn English" thing.

Lili was seriously not in the mood and just answered them with short answers. And after the guy realized that Lili was not having it he tried talking to me. I humored them, had a short conversation with them. The usual, "Why are you in Japan?", "Why Japanese?", etc, etc.

They were saying how they were doctors and shit, which would maybe interest Japanese girls or gold digging foreigners something but me and Lili just looked at them. Honestly, they weren't too bad to talk to well, one of the guys at least, he was shy but he just genuinely wanted to talk. Meanwhile his other friend, who mentioned the doctor profession was asking those questions of "Do you like Japanese guys?" and "What is your type?" kinda crap.

I told him the usual, tattoos, stretched ears, piercings, stuff like that. And as usual, he was surprised and asked why and shit. He was kinda obnoxious to be honest, just because he fits the stereotypical Japanese guys I have met. The ones that only want a girlfriend and if you're cute you will do. They don't give a shit about how your thoughts, how you see shit, what you want out of life...just the superficial crap. Lili also didn't like that shit, they just wanted to talk to us because we were "cute foreigners".

At another table away from us there were these foreign guys. One of them was obnoxious as fuck, and sad to say he was from California. There was another guy from Utah that Lili was talking to, he was cool. Shortly after the obnoxious Japanese guy realized that we had no interest in ever dating him, he and his friend left. I honestly feel bad for his friend, he seriously seemed like a nice guy would go more into detail but too lazy to.

Me and Lili still had to wait till the first train so we waited in the Hub and chilled. Shortly after a big group of other foreigners came. They seemed friendly and said hi and what not. Lili was still in an "eh" mood so I said hi back to them and smiled. They invited the other foreigners that Lili was talking to before and we just all kinda started talking.

I ended up talking to the guy from Utah, apparently he was Laotian and we talked about the different things of America and what not. Lili was talking to this guy from India which actually woke her up. She said she never really met any Indians so hearing about their culture was interesting, this got her in a better mood ^-^

The other foreigners were from France, Canada, New York, and Taiwan. It's always so interesting meeting people from different parts, I used to really like this. After talking for a while, the Hub ended up closing and it was time for the first train.

I exchanged my Facebook with the guy from Utah. Me and Lili got on the train and waited to get back to Hiyoshi.

On the train though, we ran into Bob, Paco, Robert and some other people I didn't know. They asked us where we went, and Lili explained how she really hated the club and how it sucked because it was only filled with foreigners. She said she understood why the guys like it because there were pretty girls but it wasn't for her.

We ended up arriving at Hiyoshi and went to McDonalds, apparently Lili says the guys always do this and always have to eat lol. I got some orange juice and we just all chilled and talked. It was really fun, I actually should hang out with them more. Ramon ended up coming shortly, he is seriously weird but I think it's because was drunk.

After hanging out and chilling we all decided to part ways. I ended up adding Robert on Facebook as well, he was really nice and told me if I ever go to Thailand I should go (he's from there). Bob said we needed to hang out again and I should go out more often so I told him I would try lol.

Me and Lili went home, talked a bit, I took a shower, and she went to bed and as did I shortly after.

Honestly, clubbing is fun if you go with friends to just dance and have a good time. But I still wouldn't choose it as my main thing to do, and probably not going to go clubbing again for a while unless Bob and Robert are going (the others are going back to their countries already).

Regardless, I still had fun. I forgot how nice it was to just meet people, talk to them randomly. Even if you don't keep in contact but just meeting someone from someplace else in the world is nice. Though, this confirmed but I do enjoy a bar more than a club (talked about this with Maria lol).

I also realized staying and home and marathoning Heroes is more of interest to me lol. But I am glad I went out, because I met some awesome people and got closer to some people I already knew which I can relate to them more than I thought. So definitely a good choice, but still not doing it again for a while lol.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Catching Up with Maria.

Yesterday, Maria got off work early so we decided to meet up since it has been a while. We met up at Shinokubo station and walked to Shinjuku.

We went to a cheap cafe and just chilled and caught up on everything that has happened. It was really nice to talk to her again and see what had been going on with both of us. We stayed there for a few hours until we got hungry and decided to walk around some more to look for someplace to eat.

Maria was craving a sashimi bowl and since I've never had it, we decided to get that. It was delicious :D I totally forgot to take a picture though lol.

Afterwards, we decided to go back to Shinokubo and get dessert. We were stuck between waffles or frozen yogurt. We decided on waffles when we looked at the drink menu and the only thing available was sweet drinks O__o met and Maria didn't want that so we decided to just get frozen yogurt.

It was really strange because usually you get to serve yourself but here they did it. It threw me off more than it should have lol. We ended up getting mango, matcha, and strawberry and added some fruit toppings. It was ridiculously good.

Me and Maria went to the top floor and went to a bar section that overlooked the street.

I actually really liked the place, it played old kpop songs I hadn't listened to in a while. Old BIGBANG songs, B2ST, 2NE1, etc. and seeing posters of CNBLUE. Good times~ I seriously haven't listened to kpop in a while.

We ended up staying there and talking quite a bit. It's always endless conversations when I'm with Maria lol. One of the convos was whether I would come back to Japan after I graduate. Honestly, the more I think about the future, the less I know what the fuck I want.

I want to come back to Japan, but I don't know if it will be realistic in the time frame I want. Even if I don't come back to live, I will for sure come to visit. But right now, my future plans are up in the air. Oh money, that's always the issue isn't it?

Me and Maria also decided to make some future plans and going to Kamakura, Yokohama, Odaiba, places like that when it gets warmer. I am excited ^-^

I really want to get into video editing again so these places would be great to take videos of. Maria is also down for recording videos and what not so we decided to try it sometime. I really hope I can do this during my remaining time in Japan.

Btw, it's snowing again today ^-^ I'm really loving my break.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

First Snow in Tokyo.

Today was the first day is snowed in Tokyo :D I am ridiculously happy.

I mean, I have been in snow flurries in Nagoya and in Tokyo but this was the first time is actually snowed. People are saying that it's the first time it has snowed this heavily in a while. I am lucky to be able to experience it.

I was going to go to work when my boss messaged me in the morning saying we would be closed due to the heavy snow. I was talking to my little sister on the phone when I exclaimed, "WTF?" and went to look outside my window and saw the sight above. I squealed and told my sister what happened so she told me to call her back after I had my time in the snow haha.

I put on my 9 Microphones hoodie and went outside. I obviously took lots of pics and walked to a park close to my place and just took it all in. It was actually snowing :o

I was starting to get worried that it wouldn't snow while I was here in Japan, but it finally did :D

I have been in snow before but never when it was snowing or in this much snow. It was s soft and nice like powder. I would have gone for a walk but I wanted to talk to my sister more so I decided to just stay in and chill.

I ended up opening my curtains for the first time in forever and just stared out the window as I talked to my sister on the phone.

We talked till it got dark, I told her I would have loved to build a snowman with her if she was there. She told me I should build a mini one for her so after she hung up to go to bed I did just that :]

I sent her a picture of him, she was happy.
I named him Olaf ;]

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cinnabon in Tokyo.

A few weeks ago or so, Ah Young invited me to go out to eat and for the first time in my life, I had Indian food. It was after my class, I met up with her along with Eugene and Spencer. The Indian restaurant was really close to Keio and it was so good. I was seriously so surprised that I never tried it before. 

Naan is amazing with curry. I am definitely planning to get some Indian food again. Also, UCI has a Indian restaurant in the our Uniververisty Center. Defintely planning on going there when I go back.

Anyways, after eating me and Ah Young wanted to get cinnabons. We both missed them a lot and when we found out there was a Cinnabon in Roppongi we decided to get on top of that shit lol. 

Eugene had to go back home to study but Spencer decided to tag along. We found the cinnabon place easier than expected and ate happily <3

I was seriously so happy to have one because I hadn't had one in years (even back in CA I tried not to eat any since it's unhealthy). But, I gave in. Japan always makes me give in for some reason e__e lol

But when I was little, my mom would always take me and my sisters to Montclair mall and she would always buy us a cinnabon with milk. Even as we got older she would do this, and even now when I would have a cheat day and we went shopping in Montclair I'd throw in the idea and we would share one.

So it was pleasant getting one again :] Ah Young got a pecan one, and me and Spencer stuck with the original. It tasted amazing though. But towards the end it was too sweet as always :[ lol but still amazing haha.

We stayed at Cinnabon for hours and talked and talked about nonsense before we decided to go back home.

Me and Spencer got to walk home together since we live in the same direction. It was quite fun, I forgot what we were talking about but I remember the walk home being lots of fun.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Reunited with Jana . Warm Winter Weather . Helping Old Ladies

Today was quite a lovely day, I exited my bat cave for the first time other than for buying groceries. I went to Shibuya to meet up with my old friend Jana :D I was very happy to see her, since this is the first time we were able to meet up while both being in Japan.

Jana has been in Japan since August because she started working through the JET program but she lives in Gunma so she only told me when she had some time and was in Tokyo to visit and that was today.

We met around 2pm to go eat lunch. We were going to go to this one cafe she usually goes to called Respekt but it was closed for repair of some sort. I was really craving pasta and asked if she wanted to go to A to Z (swear it's my favorite cafe now) so we went.

We stayed there for quite a bit catching up on everything. I was so happy to talk to a good old friend. Though I have friends here, it's different with Jana she has known me since elementary school so she has been there for a good while and knows the background I come from, etc.

We talked about our likes and dislikes of Japan, things we've encountered, what our plans are for the future are, and all that jazz. Jana has one more year in Japan and then she is planning on going to grad school.

Me, on the other hand...I told her my plans of coming back but I am worried about them falling through since I have to stay for 2-3 years to save up money.

I could actually just just go back after 1-2 but as I was telling Jana my tattoos are my priority, as much as I like Japan, I love my tattoos. So me saving up for that and Japan will take a while to the point where I am worried I will get comfortable in California and be too lazy to come back (because let's face it, I'm lazy as fuck).

But I also get bored pretty easily and can't stay in one place for too long, so we'll see how long I can stay in California after I graduate (as much as I love it). Because of this, my friend, Eric told me I'll be a shitty girlfriend lol.

Anyways, after lots of talking, and much ranting we decided to go shopping. We walked to Harajuku and went to Forever 21 and H&M. I got 2 things from each place and Jana got some stuff as well. I am pretty happy with what I got, and it was fairly cheap. Yay for cheap clothes~

Shortly afterwards, we went to get sushi and talked some more. We ended up staying out pretty much all day without even realizing it. We decided we would try to make plans again and parted ways.

It was seriously so good to see her again, I'm going to be content on outings for a while now haha.

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In other news, today was actually pretty warm D: I was dying T__T (got used to the cold weather). It was a high of 19 degrees (66 Fahrenheit) which definitely reminded of California weather. It was warm enough to not wear a jacket but I wore a smaller jacket rather than my big winter one.

Oddly enough though, Japanese were still wearing big winter jackets, thermal and everything O__o I wondered if they were just too lazy to change because I was almost going to do this, but when I stepped outside and felt the warmth, I couldn't deal with it so I went back in to change.

Or maybe it was because it would be colder at night? Jana wore her coat for this reason. I also thought that, but just brought my scarf, it was way too warm to wear a winter coat. I was sweating already with my letterman jacket and a tank top D: (but then again, I never did well with the heat..that will be for another post).

The weather was surely unbearable though, as much as I love California, I can't stand the warm weather :[ Anything above 24 degrees is too warm to me and even 24 is pushing it. But the night felt very nice, definitely reminded me of California in a good way lol. 

But being in Japan's winter confirmed how much I enjoy cold weather, so far my favorite season is winter. Though I like fall, spring, and summer clothes better I enjoy winter weather the best.

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Also, an old lady asked me for help with the trains again at the station today and I was able to help her ^-^

Honestly, I can't understand why this makes me so happy. Maybe because the trains used to give me so much anxiety before (talked about this with Jana too lol) and now I am pretty chill with them even to the point where I can help a Japanese person find their way. 

Maybe it's also because I actually seemed approachable enough for them to ask me. Back home people said I looked like a bitch haha. You know, people's straight faces sometimes come off angry (me and Ah Young talked about this lol) so I guess mine comes off pretty angry (according to another friend named Eric, lol why are my friends named Eric such assholes?? haha). So the fact that I seemed nice enough to approach makes me so darn happy ;__;

I think also because I am a foreigner so when they approach me it also makes me happy. But then again, most of the time they think I'm half Japanese anyways -.- lol. That will also be another post.

Oh well, it just makes me happy in general. It also makes me happy to help people when they need it ^-^ Oh goodness, I sound like such a lame-o haha.