March 09, 2007

Off To Japan Soon

Received an email from my Japanese counterpart, requesting that I return to Japan to clear out my apartment. If you've been following this blog from day 1, you'll know that I have living in this really kickass 1-bedroom apartment during my training period in Japan, for a year. This is possibly the last time I'll be going to Japan, which is quite sad.

Japan holds a lot of bittersweet memories for me. More bitter than sweet, but memories are memories; without them, I am but an empty shell with no past. I've gone through good times, I've gone through bad; at the end of the day, it's not easy leaving for good. Also, there's no way I can travel to Japan on a holiday if it isn't paid for, as everyone knows how expensive the standard of living is in Japan.

Anyways, I've submitted a brief schedule to my Japanese counterpart, requesting to be there on the 25th of this month. I have yet to hear from her, but I don't think there's going to be a problem. This time, I'd only be there for 5 days, contrary to my previous much-longer stays. The main objective of my trip is to pack up all my things, clean and clear out of the apartment.

Throughout the year I was in Japan, I accumulated a LOT of stuff. I left a lot of clothes at the apartment, a lot of small items, books, gifts etc. It's going to take me at least a day to pack all of 'em into boxes (unfortunately, I'm only allowed up to 60kg of stuff - yeah, I have THAT much shit). Cleaning's not going to be easy either; the apartment's not been lived in since June 2006! I can imagine inch-thick dust everywhere, cobwebs, and disgusting insects here and there *shudder*.

A few items will also be returned to their respective owners. My Japanese trainers and friends were very kind in lending me a bicycle, kotatsu (heated low table) and refridgerator for my stay. It's time these items return to their owners. Hmm, this reminds me, I have to get started on looking out for thank-you gifts for them.

Does anyone want anything from Japan? Bear in mind, I only have 3 full days in Japan, and wouldn't have much time for shopping and such, as I'll be pretty busy, but I'll try my best.


Jemima said...

I may be going there in June - nothing finalised yet. :)

Have a safe trip & take care!


beetrice said...

do we want anything from Japan?? are you sure you have enough baggage allowance?!?

hehe...only 3 days leh...where got time to shop? (properly, that is...)

zeroimpact said...

I want I want
Gifts are nice
Need a helping hand, I think I can fit in luggage bags
Have a safe trip there and have fun too.
I heard it's snowing there now, right, or was that other parts of the country

Tine said...

Jemima: Ooooh ... good good. Am sure you'll enjoy your trip, once you look waaaayy past the communication problem :P

Beetrice: Hehehe, oh how you know me. Yeah, won't have much time to shop lah, but if I can, I'll try loh. Most likely my last trip already leh. Mesti shop cukup-cukup! :P

Zeroimpact: Hahaha, sorry lah, my bag's pretty small this time, don't think can fit anyone in :P It's not snowing where I'm going, but sakura would be blooming then. Yay!! :D