So basically, my Japan trip this time taught me a few painful lessons, and all involved BEING PUNCTUAL! Lol. T_____T
Will get to that story later at the end of the post! Btw, I'm trying to learn Japanese now. Got the whole set of Japanese tutorial text books from Taobao. (Taobao got everything!!) So far I'm confused because there is this one book that is COMPLETELY in Japanese. O.O So I totally 看没有, don't understand. LOL. But experience told me, if you want something bad enough, you can definitely do it. So I just need to want to bad enough. Hahahahah.
The same thing goes to working out, playing violin or whatsoever. If you want to be really good at something, you just need to WANT IT BAD ENOUGH. If you cannot do it and keep slacking, that means you don't really want it that bad. :)
So yeah, keep asking you self, do you really want this? If the answer is positive, just work hard on it and remind yourself how bad you want it! :) Hahaha it works every time it amazes me! :)
Oh, and as for why I want to learn Japanese? For the both times I'm in Tokyo, I realise it is impossible to communicate there if you can't speak Japanese, because there is not much people who can speak English or Chinese! Every time when I went out alone without kareshi, I will be quite scared and panicked because there is no ways of communication! I can only gesture with my hands hoping they can understand, and in turn the kind Japanese people will also gesture back, shooting me with a bunch of Japanese words that doesn't mean anything to me. LOL. So far it works okay, but I don't think it is good for long term. Hahahaha!
There was this one time that was extremely funny. I went to this Outlets Mall with kareshi. And he was busy checking out pots and kitchen utensils I got bored. (Yes, I know right, me and him is the direct opposite of other couples. He is the one always checking out the cooking stuff and likes to go to supermarket to buy veges and food to cook, and I can't stay long in those places because I will get so bored. Hahahahaha!)
So I strolled along to another clothes shop. There was 2 really cute guys there. I was looking around and one of them came over and flashed me a cute smile and spoke a bunch of Japanese words with hand pointing to some shoes. So I looked around and realised this whole shop is for guys, and he was pointing to the only few pairs of female shoes in the corner. I nodded my head in comprehension and said, "Is there any women clothes here?" Then he just gave me a blank stare. I tried again.
I pointed at my face and said, "girl?" and then pulled at my shirt and said, "clothes?", and repeated the process again with slower motion and raised eyebrows. Hahahahaha! He finally understood me and pointed to some clothes in the corner too.
So this kinda thing happened a lot and most often I was giving people or being given blank stares, but everyone is kind enough to be patient with me. Lol. Still, that makes me want to learn Japanese more because I don't like the feeling of being helpless in a new city!
Continuing the second half of the rainy day! :) We took monorail to Odaiba! :)
We get to check out the Tokyo view from the monorail and kareshi says he often take the monorail just to take pictures of the city! :)
Snow White and the Tanned Brown Girl. LOL.
Inside the shopping mall at Odaiba! :) There is this screen that can detect your face and put masks on it! :)
The masks will change in like 3 mins into something else, or you can keep twisting your head back and forth until it changes. Kareshi is not happy with his girly shades.
So after turning his face back and forth a few times he finally got the shades he likes. :D
It is already mid January but Chrismassy feel is still around!
After shopping, we got to this game center called Joy Polis. Wasn't interested to go in at first because I'm not a huge fan of games, and Malaysia or Shanghai's game centers is just boring, with tons of kid machines.
Turns out Japanese game center is pretty interesting! It has stuff like roller coasters/haunted house/4D movies/Sniper games. Hahahaha pretty cool! :)
This game center consists of 3 floors!
Again another screen magic thing! Hahahaha! You just need to take a shot of your face, and it will automatically generate it onto a seal's body!
So that's how I look like if I turn into a seal. Hahahahha!
Kareshi as well! hahaha! Somehow the machine will automatically make the guys' seals bigger size than girls!
Kareshi's seal is dozing off. LOL.
And then a new seal came in. Bursting down from above.
Who is that??
A kissing seal! LOL LOL!
And then we played this interview game where it takes 2 person to carry out. We have to sit in front of a table where the table is a screen itself. Both of us will have our own electric cards. 2 cartoon characters will be interviewing us and asking us questions. We just need to put our cards on our answer. And in the end they will evaluate us and give us a job!
Of course, interview requires good interview photos too! Hahahahhaa!
Kareshi going all out for a good job! Hahahahaah!
The results is hilarious Hahahhahahaah! Kareshi was so upset hahahahhaaha!
He was offered a club boy job in Shinjuku (which is like the cheaper side of Tokyo) wahahhahahah! And I was offered a club lady job in Ginza (the expensive side of Tokyo!) Bahahahhaa you lose! :DDDDD
Played this really kiddy "shoot the ghost" thing, but it was fun because I was competing with kareshi and trying to get better scores. Anyway, he still won. :(((( I sucks at accuracy. :(
We got on a roller coaster too! But the roller coaster in a game center is NOT JUST an ordinary roller coaster. You are required to play games when you're on it. We would stop at several places and need to took out the gun to shoot the zombies/snipers/spiders, and in the end there will be scores too.
The kiasu kareshi very annoying lol lol. We were a team playing another really scary fast speed game similar to roller coaster that requires both people to cooperate together to win. Before we get on to the machine, kareshi was saying, "Wen Xi, I want to win ar, but I have a feeling we gonna lose because you sucks at games." I was indignant and said, "Waitttt who says that? I will get the highest score you just wait!!!"
Turns out, I was very scared and in the end I just squeezed my eyes shut and froze my body because my mind is numbed with the speed and height. All I heard was kareshi yelling at me "Step your left feet down!!!!! Come on!!!!!" And I just didn't react. In the end we got the lowest score WAHAHAHAHAHAAA.
Kareshi just shook his head with the "I knew it" face. =,= Fine, I sucks at games.
In the pictures I already got the blank face because too scared my mind went numbed ady hahahahaa I am such a loser. :DDDD*sigh*
Oh yeah and the staff there are super professional!!! I didn't get to take pictures of the other games because too busy playing lol. The Sniper Game is especially funny because the staff is like bringing us (8 people in a group) in, just like a secret mission, everyone holding their own gun. And he was like totally into the game and made us really nervous too. He was telling us stories like it was so real, like there was really this bad guy trying to kill everyone on earth with biochemical weapons, and our job is to take him down.
We were moving slowly ahead when suddenly there was this gas-leaking sound and he immediately yelled in such urgency, I understood it even if it was in Japanese. LOL LOL. He was saying that it was poisonous gas, run for your life! And all of us got affected by his enthusiasm in his character, we ran along screaming with him. Hahahahahahha wtf, so funny lol lol!
The other staff there were like that too! Totally into their characters making you feel like you are in their world too! :DDDDDDD
We got our dinner at Akua Aina, the Hawaiian burger place, kareshi's favourite! :)
I loveeeee the chicken fingers there!
And the burger and fries are awesome too!!! :))))
Odaiba is famous for this mini Statue of Liberty! :) Feels like I'm in USA! And the bridge behind is called the Rainbow Bridge because at night the light will keep changing colors!
Before going home kareshi showed me this super huge Gundam thing nearby. Any Gundam fans around? :)
Back to the "being punctual" lesson. T____T It happens on my last day in Tokyo, the day I'm supposed to catch my flight.
I planned to take the latest bus at 3.50pm from Tokyo Station to Ibaraki Airport. And I decided to depart at 3pm so I will get there like right in time. I woke up early that day feeling like nothing will go wrong.
Then after lunch we decided to watch "Lucy" together. (BAD IDEA!!!!) When we finished it was already almost 3pm! I didn't really notice the time!! So I immediately changed and dragged my luggage out, but when I got to Kichijoji Station, the clock showed 3:20pm. I'm 20 minutes later than originally planned. T____T
And Kareshi said it's kinda impossible to catch the bus since it needs 30 mins to get to Tokyo Station. We still tried our luck anyway. T___T When we got there it was 3:55pm! The bus was already full and departing. :'(
In the end kareshi had to help me to ask what is the other way of getting to Ibaraki airport. I was thinking to get a cab there straightaway but kareshi says getting a cab in Tokyo is like CRAZY EXPENSIVE, no kidding. So we had no choice but to take the train to a certain stop and then take a cab.
Time was running out. When I finally got to the stop and got a cab, I have only 45 mins to spare before the check in closes. And the worst thing is the taxi needs 1 hour to get there. So I was hoping that the taxi driver could drive faster so we could get there in time. By that time kareshi had to go back to work so I could only call him and ask him to tell the driver to speed up, but kareshi sadly told me it is impossible for them to speed up in Japan because it is very strict about traffic rules.
He still help me to mention it to the driver and the driver was like "Hait wakarimashita! (Yes I understand!!)" but he still drive in a very very very very normal/crawling speed. I knew I couldn't blame him because it was my own fault for being late, so I was already planning for the worst case scenario: I probably need to buy a new plane ticket which will cost me a few thousands and I need to cancel my gig the next day and ask someone to replace me etc.
At the same time, I kinda miss Shanghai and its recklessness lol. It was totally irrelevant, but Shanghai's taxi drivers are all like Formula One drivers. If you tell them you're late, you can always count on them to get you there in the shortest time possible, they will break all the traffic rules for you hahahahahhahahaha! just... hang on with your dear life. Hahahaha!
Anyway, the Japanese kind driver still tried his best to help me even if he's not speeding up. He avoided the traffic jam area and chose the quieter and shorter routes. In the end we got to the airport right in the last minutes of the check-in. I ran in, panting like crazy, and as if God played a joke on me, the flight delayed 1 hour! LOL! I was sooooo relieved, I thought I was going to miss the whole flight!
Btw the taxi IS super expensive!!!!! This one hour drive to airport costed me RMB 600!!!!!!!! Crazy!!!!!!!! In Shanghai it is just less than RMB 200 for 1 hour drive, so in Japan it is like 3 times the price!!! T_____T So sad about it. The bus from Tokyo Station to Ibaraki just need RMB 30. I wasted sooooo much money all because I didn't check the time properly.
So yeah that was a really painful lesson and hope you guys will really depart earlier next time when you are in Japan! Coz you can't expect the taxi drivers to speed up for you!!! :) If you are in Shanghai you might still stand a chance hahahaha! :)
There goes the long post from today! Hope you guys actually have the patience to read it! LOL! Ciao!