A Lazy Day
Time flies really fast, the first five days here in Nagasaki was fantastically overwhelming. The feeling is kind of like a ball being tossed around. Today, things are sinking into my system little by little.
Thanks to Tim for being the tour guide for tonight. Had a nice window-shopping experience at 100-yen shops at the arcade. From the arcade to Dejima and to YouMe Saito was a refreshing stroll too. It was funny though coz I still can’t get my directions right. Got my first udon meal at YouMe Saito’s food court. Again, had my stomach full so quickly without finishing the whole thing.
Soba House to Chinatown
I was glad to have had my first try of cold soba today. Surprisingly, I was able to finish the whole thing. I wasn’t even that hungry. That was a good lunch treat. Also tried out some Japanese bakery and really liked it because the taste is just right, not too sweet.
Never been to Chinatowns before, so the image I have in mind was that it’s a small China in a foreign country. So, I was almost right. As you enter, you can see a big dragon and red colors. I think these are the signs that you’re about to enter Chinatown. I’m not sure if it’s the same to all Chinatowns. Anyways though, the street is packed with mostly souvenir shops and some dumpling shops. There’s also a park that serves as a big stage during Chinese New Year. It’s not that big but it is a good place to kill time. You see some older adults playing board games in the shade, teenage boys riding skates, tourists taking photos, and watching a flock of doves freely flying around. Interestingly, you could actually feed them.
Sushi Go-round to Surprising Someone in Omura
Honestly speaking, I have no idea what a Sushi go-round is; all I have in mind is that, it is just a kind of a sushi restaurant where diners sit at a round table full of different kinds of sushi that goes round and round. I know I’m close but that wasn’t exactly what it is. The one we went to was that the tables are by the “Sushi go-round” of course. Each sushi kind is on a saucer and other sweet treats are placed on a kind of a rectangular conveyor belt that goes around. So you just pick the kind of sushi you want to have. So, I was able to try tuna, shrimp, and others. Oh! Couldn’t forget that “nato sushi”. I know it’s a fermented soybean, so, I was expecting that it would taste like a sweet pickle. So, there I was, excited to try and chewed one. I swear, I really wanted to swallow it after chewing but I couldn’t. It’s really strange to my taste buds. I hope someday I could eat it.
After having a full stomach, we headed on to Omura to surprise someone. It was a trust your instinct drive with the help of a GPS since David-sensei didn’t know where the place was. On our way, we passed by four tunnels. Two tunnels were amazingly long and one of them is the oldest in Japan. That’s something to be proud of being here in Nagasaki.
Good thing we just arrived in time at Pony’s Café, it’s along the highway so it wasn’t that difficult to find. To our surprise, it was already full since it’s a small place. But we’re still lucky though to have a space to sit in. I was so happy to finally meet Ms. Vivian in person by surprise after a long time. You could tell right away that she’s a very sweet woman. Oh, not to mention Ano-san, we were quite surprised too to see him there. He’s cool and got a good sense of humor.
Vivian-san is an opera singer and Ano-san is a musician. I was so lucky to watch them play live. Wow, I was so impressed with their performance.
That was a wonderful night!
Errand Day and First Autumn Rain
It was an errand day with our sensei, Mr. Onizuka. We started off at the city hall to have our residence card registration be completed. Then we went for lunch at the city hall’s food court. Going there to have a meal for the very first time was rather confusing if you don’t know how it goes. I was even in a daze because it was lunchtime and was crowded. So, Mr. Onizuka led us to this kind of a menu vending machine ticket. I don’t what’s that called in Japanese. Anyways though, the system was that you have to get a ticket from a vending machine that displays the menu along with the price. Then pick your choice and insert your money. Once you got the ticket, go straight to the counter and present your ticket. You can have your food in a moment. The food was actually cheap, the one I had was just 500 yen and that consists of a big bowl of ramen with an egg, a medium-sized plate of fried rice, tempura and a patty. I wished they had a doggy bag because I couldn’t finish mine. I only finished half of it. What a waste! That was even a treat.
On our way to our next destination, we were caught in the rain. Well, the weather was quite gloomy this morning and never did I presume that the rain would pour that heavy out of a sudden this afternoon. It was kind of like a typhoon just hit the city from nowhere. How unfortunate I was because I was the only one who had no umbrella. What a pity! I have to share with my classmate and have to run through the rain otherwise we would be soaking wet since it’s a small umbrella.
So, I learned my first lesson, always bring an umbrella because weather could be unpredictable.
There was nothing much to do today right after the class. So, instead of just going back to our dormitory and do nothing but study Japanese we decided to give ourselves a break and go shopping for some stuff for the kitchen. We checked on some 100-yen shops and groceries. I was surprised to see Baguio cooking oil at A-price. I thought for a second and said, “Seriously! This cooking oil is from my city?” Somehow I felt glad and thought that at least Baguio City and Nagasaki city has a bit of a connection in trade.
While looking through more shops, I realized that most goods here in Japan are imported so that makes them so expensive.
A Short Scenic Joyride
Had a short scenic joy ride from the bay up to the mountains then to the cram school.
We started passing by the Confucian Shrine, entrance of the Dutch Slope and to Dejima. I was lucky to see an amazing view of the bay from the car. I know this may sound childish but coming from a mountainous city that has never seen a cruise ship before and seeing a gigantic one for the very first time was mind blowing. I was lost for words that I could only say “ Wow!” I had my eyes and mouth left wide-opened filled with awe. I never imagined that they could be that huge. Okay, I call it a cruising hotel.
Up in the mountain was refreshing scenery too overlooking the city from another angle.
I was also thrilled to finally see Mariko-sensei in person after a year or so.
Ended the day with a nice jiampong treat at Ringerhut. It’s not the Nagasaki Jiampong that I’m looking forward to eat but I think it would taste much better.
Café Lesson to Ladies English
Had a great time meeting our Café English student, Nozomi-san. It was fun talking with her for almost an hour. We even had Tim wear his shades the whole time since he had his scary white contacts on. So, he had that teaser just before the Halloween.
We also had an enjoyable conversation about what to wear on Halloween with Mayumi-san during the Ladies English. Even had my first bottle of Asahi beer. It was stronger that I thought.
What a terrific parade of Halloween costumes at the arcade! It’s immensely getting big in Japan. Everybody was donned in different characters. I was dark Alice, Seiko was a character from a story with a big mouth, Tim was a demon, and the others were fairy, priestess and witch. When we started hitting the arcade from the café. Surprisingly, Tim got most of the attention because of his demonic face. It’s original. It seems like he just came out from a horror movie. If there was an awarding that night, he could’ve won it for sure. Seriously, we hard a hard time moving forward because lots of people want to take picture with him.
Finally, we hit the bar street and started bar hopping. We set off from a Japanese style bar to a Jamaican bar to a karaoke bar and ended up at a disco. That was a lot of fun.
A Gloomy Weather
Today’s mood was rather sad because of the weather. It’s been drizzling almost the whole day and it’s getting much colder. I wanted to do something productive but I couldn’t. So, I snuggled in my bed and had a sound sleep for almost 8 hours. It was the longest one I’ve ever had since I came here. That was cozy.