And the EQ has left the building.
Let's start with this one:
It's my first paycheck! Hep, before you get any ideas - it's just a slip of paper, and the money isn't in the bank account yet. What is in there, though, is the reimbursement for my 6-month train ticket. And it's been there for quite a while. And here I was bringing home-cooked meals to work because I'm dead broke (or so I believed). I didn't know if I was supposed to be annoyed or relieved. At any rate, I chose to shop.
First day of the three-day weekend (which culminates today) we went on a daytrip to Hakone. I really really like fall, but I missed the trip to Nikko, so I guess this one would have to do.
The skies were clear when we got there so Mt. Fuji was very much visible. Hakone is also famous for its "black eggs" which are basically just chicken eggs cooked in sulphur springs hence the color. They taste like, well, chicken eggs. On the way home we dropped by Odawara castle and there were all these lighted candles inside bamboo shafts everywhere. We had no idea what they were there for, but we took pictures anyways. (Pics are here
Anyways, on to the shopping. Sunday noon, Miss Nell and I met up in Kawasaki (so sorry for being extremely late, but there are no express trains in the Nambu line it's so annoying). I'll spare you the details and just show you the damage:
Let's do the shoes first. They're from Converse's 100th anniversary collection.
Now take a good hard look at this one and tell me it does not have my name written all over it. Go on, I dare you.
You have no idea what I've been through to get this pair. I discovered them on my first weekend here (my first weekend as a year-long assignee), and well, I thought it's going to be everywhere so I'll just buy it in Shibuya where chances are it's cheaper. The next day, we went to Shinjuku, and I can't find them anywhere. So we went to Shibuya, and get this - it's only available in men's sizes. WTF. Pink shoes in men's sizes only. To be fair, this is Japan, and earlier that morning I saw some dude wearing my shoes. Hmmph.
Anyways, to cut the crap short, I went back to Kawasaki only to find out that the smallest pair they had was 24.0 cm. And my size is 23.5. But I tried them on anyways and they're actually okay, so I told them I'd get it and as it turns out, it's the very last pair. But I did get a good discount so it's practically a steal.
As always, I bought stuff from Uniqlo. There's something weird about this day because the cashier was cute. And I never see cute guys in Japan. Ever. Even the one cute guy in the mothership office has lost so much weight lately he now looks scary.
And then we dropped by Muji and bought bath salts in sample sizes only. I'll get the big bottle once I decide I like em.
Now this is where the day gets totally weird. Because the cashier at Muji was - yes - cute too. Maybe it's cute cashier day? So my bill was around 150 yen (which is what you would pay for a can of coke), and I almost paid for it with a 10,000 yen bill because I didn't want to rummage through my coin purse in front of the cute guy. ^^
Oh, and I'm not done yet. When I saw this in Tokyu Hands, I nearly fainted:
It's a Pilot G-tech 0.25 in PINK. I wanted to hang myself because I even brought with me G-tech pens from the Philippines because I didn't know if they'd have them here. And sure enough they do - in 0.25, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5, and in five shades of pink. God, I love Japan.