First Bus Ride and an Evening Stroll
Thanks to David-sensei for letting me experience my first bus ride downtown. It was totally different back home for we only have one door for an exit and an entry. Most passengers use a card to pay, which is very convenient. And since I don’t have one I had to get a ticket and it’s just either on your left or right as you enter. On your ticket there’s a kind of a reference number where you can check how much your fare is on the monitor in the front of the bus. Also, make sure not to fold or crumple the ticket because the machine couldn’t read it and your money must be exact when you drop it in that slot. If not there’s a moneychanger machine just right beside it. I also noticed that it could really get crowded during rush hour so you have to stand till you get off. And one more thing you must push the button before your bus stop otherwise the bus would just go straight missing your stop. The minimum bus fare starts at 150 yen and a 10-yen increment as you go farther.
Finally, I got to see Seiko and the other students in person. It was a fun day at 1coin today.
This evening, Riel-my classmate and I went for a stroll. But before that we went into this Sukiya trying to order the regular beef bowl, unfortunately they ran out of it so, we ended up ordering curry rice. That was our very first time to have curry rice. Not that, we don’t have curry back home but Japanese curry rice is different from ours. Well, that was good enough to ease our hunger.
As first timers, strolling at the heart of city was rather puzzling because we felt like we were in a maze. It was funny though because while we were walking we noticed those tiny lumps in the middle of the crosswalk and sidewalks. Never thought that those are Braille for the blind people until David-sensei told us and we were just stupefied. How friendly! Well, that’s part of learning.
A Long Day
Wow! I finally got to see Ai-san in person at 1coin today. She’s a sweet heart for you could enjoy talking to her. It was really a pleasure having her. After 1coin, Tim, Seiko, and I headed to the studio for the photo shoot. We took the tram and that was my very first experience. Same thing with the bus you have to swipe your card or get the ticket. Good thing about taking the tram is that the fare doesn’t change no matter how far you’re going. As Tim used to say before coming here, “It’s only 120 yen.” No more no less! What a saving for me if only there’s a tram going up to our apartment.
Another surprise! I never imagined that a studio could be that big just for a photo to be taken. It is a three or four-storey building if I remember it correctly. They have makeup artists, sets of costumes, etc. In short, they really have a good package deal to offer. The photo shoot was really nerve-racking for I’ve never done this kind of thing before. Well, big thanks to Tim for I couldn’t have done it right without him directing. That was fun though it made me hungry out of a sudden. After stopping by the burger house, then we went for long walk at the arcade. I was able to see the popcorn café where the Café English is held and was amazed how many flavors of popcorn there are. Lucky me coz I had the chance to taste them and was given a freebie. J That was a nice treat.