Catching Up

Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at 11:40 am

I started playing FFX-2 again last week and have been glued to it ever since. I forgot how much I really enjoyed the game. Some of the side quests are rather tedious and a pain to do but everything else makes up for it. It’s still by far one of my favorite games. It’s also the reason why my productivity has been low in almost everything @_@

I “lost” my credit card last Monday, which was quite irritating. I’m one of those people that uses a credit card for everything, no joke. $20? No problem, here’s a credit card. $1.09? No problem, here’s a credit card. I hate using cash, especially coins, and I can manage my finances just fine without having to worry about overspending so it was a pain in the ass having to deal with cash. I’m not really concerned with culture shock once I move to Japan. It’s having to get used to using cash for everything. It’s a good thing crime rate is low in Japan and not many people have to worry about getting robbed while carrying hundreds of dollars on them.

Anyhow, I was more irritated at the fact that I lost it the week before Memorial Day weekend sales. I lost out on so much cash back ;_; Having to literally buy an entire new work wardrobe, I spent probably close to $400 this past weekend and I’m still not done. Going from wearing jeans and a t-shirt to a full business ensemble is no cheap task. I’m having the hardest time finding business suits in my size, but I’m hoping it was because everything was on sale and people were just buying it all up. I’ll probably go back in a few weeks to see if I can find any more. I only have about 3 sets right now and I’m waiting to have at least 5-6 for work.

Oh, and I did find my credit card this past Monday but I had already canceled it and requested a new one. I picked up a pair of jeans and they just fell out. I don’t really understand what happened because I know I searched through every pair of jeans I had.

My COE arrived last Friday and now I’m in the process of waiting for my visa, which I can pick up this Friday. After that, I guess everything is almost set and done. I can’t believe there’s only 2 more weeks until my vacation and 5 more weeks until I move! Time really does fly fast.

I decided to rent a guesthouse and hopefully find an apartment within the first month or two even if it’s way more costly. I really would like my own place and not really interested in going back to “dorm life”, but it’ll be a great way to meet some people. I’m renting from Tokyo Happy House which looks decent and they have a guesthouse in the area I want to stay. The website states they have a screening process but I never once was asked anything…where I’m from, what I plan on doing in Japan, etc. Once a room was available, they asked me for the deposit and everything was done o_O Ultimately, it’s no big deal but don’t put it on the website if you’re not going to do it. Actually, after reading Tune in Tokyo (which btw I don’t recommend) maybe I should worry a bit on who I stay with.

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Looking for an apartment in Japan…

Friday April 25th, 2014 at 1:10 am

…is not fun.

I was happy to hear that I get to pick my own apartment and where I want to live because who doesn’t like to make their own decisions? I still like the idea but damn this is harder than what it probably should be.

My biggest issue is the two places I’m scheduled to teach at are about 40 minutes apart, so I’m a little stumped as to where I want to live. Do I want to live closer to one location and not have to deal with 30+ minute commutes everyday? Or do I want to live in the middle to balance it out? Course that would mean between walking to the train station, waiting for the train, riding the train, and walking to work will equate in a 30-40+ minute commute everyday. That’ll end up being study Japanese time I guess. Add all of that to the fact that I have no idea what’s in the vicinity of these locations in terms of shopping, restaurants, etc. Ah, Japan.

The second issue is the amount of places willing to rent to foreigners, have websites in English, let you rent overseas, AND are close to the train line I will be taking. You throw all of those into a hat together and you end up with…barely anything.

The third issue is furnished versus unfurnished apartments. This one really is me being nitpicky. Unfortunately in Japan, when they say unfurnished, they mean unfurnished. You have to buy your own refrigerator, washer, microwave, curtains, etc. We’re not talking huge differences between that and the US since most places here will only supply you with the basic kitchen necessities. If you want a washer and dryer, you have to buy them yourself. The last few apartments I rented all didn’t come with a microwave either. However, it’s still more than possible to find apartments with all of the above or at least including 2-3.

I want to be able to decorate my own apartment but I’m not sure right now if I want to spent the money. There are a few ways I can save money such as not buying a bed frame (not like I use one now) or doubling the kotatsu as a computer desk. July is just looking to be a very expensive month in between me not working for 2 weeks, buying the plane ticket, spending money on food and lodging in Tokyo while I go through training, setting everything up, and traveling around to buy necessities. Thank God for 100 Yen shops.

The visa application has started, now it’s just a waiting game…and continuing to hunt down apartments with limited information.

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