28 June 2010 | 0015 hours (+8GMT)
Okay, blogging during the trip in Japan isnt gonna be easy. Since not every place I go to would have an internet access, so I shall do what forumites called “necro-posting”. Basically I record down my thoughts and experiences as and when I feel like it and post them up when internet access is available.
This is my first entry and I am on the flight, going to Narita. On the way to the airport, all the way I was feeling very nervous, more than being excited. The rush hour, the language barrier, the sense of travelling alone, the worry for things back home all started sinking in.
I try to think of it as a test of independence. If I pass this test, I shouldnt have any problem living abroad elsewhere. Well having said that, I can now put my mind to rest.
The service on ANA is superb, I would say much better than SIA. My seat partner was a Singaporean too, what a coincidence. He is a PhD student studying in Cambridge with 1-2 years left to go, background in NUS Engineering. We chatted for quite some time and then he went to sleep but I just couldnt sleep. Hopefully this doesnt affect my sleep pattern later on in the day hahah.
Okay I see food coming this way, they are serving almond and cheese bread, and milk/apple juice. Yumms!
So I shall stop here for now, catch me on my next post yups!
28 June 2010 | 2209 hours (+9GMT)
Yay back to hostel once again – home sweet home. Kinda scary to come back late at night, cos the streets are dark and God knows what will happen when streets are dark and quiet. Better sleep early to prepare for early check out tomorrow.
Well today I would say that it is a most eventful day. Morning I took 3 train rides from the airport to get to this hostel. At first, I was quite nervous to take the trains, because one station can have 22 platforms (others have more!) and I landed in Narita Airport during rush hour, so everybody is all rushing somewhere! But luckily for me, I change my train schedule last minute so that I can re-route the rush hour stations, to take the more ulu ones, which makes the journey longer but less stressful. In these rides, I figured the train system out and now has no problem travelling to any train station in japan 😀
I spent the entire morning changing trains and trying to get to the hostel. Got lost on the way a couple of times, but staff in supermarkets and convenience stores or even train stations are very helpful, even when their command of the English language is very limited. Most of the time I speak to them in Japanese, mixed with English here and there. 😀
I reached my hostel at around 11am (+9GMT) took a little rest, facebooked a little, and then went out for walk walk haha. At first, I was quite nervous to go for lunch, because I’m not sure how they serve lunch outside in those ryokan or restaurants, but I found one rather cheap but with nice decor and tried to push my luck and went in. The staff were very polite and served me immediately. I spoke to them in Japanese, the greetings and all, and they thought I was local, so replied in Japanese as well. My identity was revealed when I had problems ordering the food hahaha. The pictures look nice, but I do not know what the ingredient for the dish was hahaha. In the end, I can only say “kore o kudasai” means “can you please give me this” + point to the menu hahaha. and they understood. 😀
Afternoon I went to Ueno park, but unfortunately today apparently all attractions are closed for some reason, summer holiday or something as the signboard says. So I took a train and went to Akihabara, or the Electric City, where all consumer electronic shops are located, from computers, to internet to cameras. The scene reminded me of Mongkok in Hong Kong. Shall post some pictures when I have the time to upload. After Akihabara, I took another train to Shinjuku, the busiest ward of Japan. It houses about 30+ platforms, so you can sort of imagine how crowded it can be and how big the station is like. I walked from Shinjuku to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, where there is an observatory to see the whole of Japan from 45th storey. The view is simply amazing. Took several videos and ate at a super luxurious cafe at the observatory. Food were sold at quite reasonable price though.
And then it was late. Too bad, I actually wanted to visit their Takashimaya, which was just nearby, and their Kinokuniya too, but I thought I had better get back to charge my batteries for my camera for tomorrow (used up both batteries today for camwhoring haha). And also the fact that Japan’s streets are not very safe when it is dark and late into the night … not where I’m staying at least. Quite a few blocks of abandoned buildings and people getting drunk on the street… yerr not my type of living place. Wouldnt have stayed here if not for the cheap prices haha.
Okay then, so far updates for today. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow. Shall be riding on the shinkasen early tomorrow morning, and going to Ryusendo Cave for the whole day. Shall elaborate more tomorrow!
Read Full Post »