My Name in Japan

As you know, in Japan, they put family name in front followed by the ‘first name’ or given name. The order is reverse compared to name order in English.

While in Indonesia, some people have family name, some people do not. I belong to a race that most people do not have family name but luckily my mom gave me last name same as my father last name. So, I kinda have family name.

I think most friends who read my posts knew my full name but since I feel so weird repeating my own name in the post, just assume my name is: Shirley Rachel Williams. I just made random name with same initial as my name.

After arriving Japan, I got my residence card (在留カード)and from the bank I got my cash card. I also have my insurance card. Oh yeah, and student card. And all are in the different name.

When I arrived Japan, and I went to the immigration counter and there the officer printed residence card for me. The name on my residence card is exactly same as written as in the passport. I think most passports in the world show ‘family name’ separated from given name and Indonesian passport only show ‘full name’. So my name on the residence card written as: Shirley Rachel Williams.


The officer even checked two times and asked me,

“So your family name is Williams right? And first name is Shirley Rachel? I need to check few times because there will be some trouble if it’s written wrong.”

I’m sure there is no wrong spelling. And really there is no.

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FOREIGNERS IN JAPAN!

I started to have a dream to live in Japan since 2015. But I ended up spending my life two years in Australia and finally I'm here in Japan. When I'm thinking about it, I feel touched I can reach this point.

Back then, I looked for many things about Japan and even thinking to apply for work here. Then I found a website called YOLO Japan which provides job information for foreigners in Japan. I couldn't register since I was not living in Japan but since I moved here, I remember this website and signed up.

YOLO Japan Homepage.
YOLO Japan is not a regular job information provider. This online platform really serves gaijin the best since all the information is provided in six languages: English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, and Vietnamese. And I hope they will be available in Bahasa Indonesia as well. If you don't speak fluent Japanese? Don't worry, you still could find any jobs here despite having little knowledge of Japanese.

Having trouble of writing CV or resume? In YOLO Japan you can apply jobs with online application and self-introduction video to introduce yourself to the company you apply.

What I like most from YOLO Japan is not only 'real job' or 'part time job' they offer, but also survey job, where you can get pocket money by filling questionnaire, or even Influencer Job for you guys who have many followers on Instagram! Sign up, and you'll see what project they are offering now.

If you are foreigners living Japan, I suggest to visit YOLO Japan~ ✨

Click the links below to try out YOLO Japan now:

Pengalaman Pertama Puasa di Kyoto

Persis sebelum Ramadan mulai, di Jepang ada liburan panjang yang disebut dengan Golden Week. Tahun ini liburannya 10 hari, dan liburku 13 hari karena pas nggak ada sebelum libur dan sesudah libur.

Dan aku yang ngga punya kerjaan cuma gegoleran di rumah sambil nonton Youtube.Tapi sempat tiga hari aku menemani teman ibuku buat jalan-jalan keliling Osaka dan Kyoto. Teman ibuku ini umurnya sudah 65 tahun dan sudah tidak terlalu kuat untuk jalan kaki. Padahal kalau di Jepang mah adanya jalan kaki mulu. Mau naik taksi? Mahal banget~ Si tante ini baik banget, aku ditraktir makan Kobe beef dong.Selama menemani tante, dibayarin makannya semua. Sama pulangnya dikasih uang saku, lol. Seneng banget wong ngga ngarep apa-apa, ngga nganggep ‘kerja’ gitu…

Ditraktir Kobe Beef sama si tante.

Okay~ dan kemudian setelah Golden Week berakhir, Ramadan pun datang…

Sekarang sudah puasa hari ke-11, nggak berasa ! Gimana puasanya? Nggak bolong-bolong kan?
Kalau aku jangan tanya lah, hahaha…

Tahun ini, buat aku suasana puasa sangat berbeda dibanding tahun lalu. Ramadan tahun lalu aku menghabiskannya di Australia. Itu pun dalam sebulan tidak hanya di satu kota. Aku sempat pindah dari Pinnaroo (South Australia), kemudian ke Melbourne, lalu terbang ke Brisbane, dan akhirnya sampai di Gatton (Queensland). Shalat Idul Fitri aku lakukan di Gatton. Oh ya, saat itu sedang musim dingin. Meskipun di daerah Gatton, musim dinginnya tidak sampai yang bersalju-salju, tapi suhu sempat minus saat malam dan pagi hari. Karena musim dingin, siang harinya tidak terlalu panjang sehingga waktu puasanya lebih pendek. Puasa sekitar 12.5-13 jam, dan enak banget karena jam lima pagi berangkat kerja, pulang kerja, nggak perlu nunggu lama buka deh! Nggak berasa.

Nah, sedangkan Ramadan tahun ini, aku tinggal di Jepang, tepatnya di Kyoto. Kali ini bukan pengalaman pertamaku puasa di Jepang, karena empat tahun lalu aku pernah tinggal di Jepang, tapi untuk di Kyoto, baru kali ini. Secara hitungan sih sekarang masih musim semi, tapi suhu maksimal sudah sekitar 26-29, dan buat aku itu panas banget. Maaf aku anaknya manja, nggak kuat panas. Siangnya pun lumayan panjang. Jadwal shalat subuh sekitar pukul 3-an, dan buka puasa pukul 7 malam. Enam belas jam puasanya!

Sungai Kamogawa di dekat rumah.

Tapi yaaa biasa aja sih. Nggak menderita-menderita amat. Masih ada tempat lain yang puasanya lebih dari enam belas jam. Alhamdulillah, kuat kuat aja… tapi kadang kalau ada presentasi, setelah itu jadi haus, hahaha. Mana aku juga ada kelas malam, jadi pas buka suka minum di kelas (yang padahal di laboratorium komputer nggak boleh minum, males keluar).

Temen-temen pasti udah ngerencanain mudik lebaran 2019. Aku boro-boro~ pas mendekati Idul Fitri malah kayaknya bakal banyak peer. Untungnya pas lebaran, aku nggak ada kelas pagi, jadi aku bisa shalat Idul Fitri dulu. *nyari makanan*

Di sini aku ngga punya teman yang puasa… lebih tepatnya nggak punya teman sih, LOL. Tapi ada satu guruku di kampus yang puasa dong. Senseiku satu ini perempuan asal Malaysia yang kayaknya umurnya beda sebulan doang sama aku tapi dia udah lulus PhD aja dong.Beliau juga puasa! Jadi berasa ada ‘temennya’.

Somehow, aku pengen makan opor ama rendang deh…

One Month in Japan Already

Time really flies so fast...
I feel I just arrived last week, but it turned out already one month ago.

The last post is about extra fridge that I accidentally bought from Amazon. Few days after receiving my fridge, I organised JP Post pickup service for returning the fridge. I looked up the shipping fee and it is around 2300 yen. But in the end I didn't need to pay any single yen. I'm so happy!

To return items you buy on Amazon, there are few steps to follow. You need to print the return barcode and return address, put it on the box, etc etc. So I did print the barcode and address in Seven Eleven. Also prepared the money I needed to pay. The day came, a postman called me he had arrived on the first floor. I brought my little fridge to first floor and handed it to the postman. And he said,

"What did you buy? So big."

I just grinned, it's a fridge.

He gave me a slip to sign, and then I asked how about the barcode, return address, and how much I need to pay. He said that I don't need to pay and the barcode is not needed. In the receipt slip written the return address which is different from what Amazon told me to print. But the postman said no need to worry, the return address is changed. I assumed Amazon there was a communication between them.

I'm so happy. Because I don't need to pay and it means I can spend the 2300 yen for food. Thank you Amazon, thank you JP Post! Japan service is the world's best!

Accidentally Bought TWO FRIDGES!!

I just read a blogpost from a fellow blogger, Mbak Millati Indah, about her experience shopping in Amazon, where she cancelled her transaction but she still received the stuff. The next day which is yesterday, a dramatic shopping experience also happened to me. But not in the same way.

Because no furnitures provided in my apartment, so I need to buy my own. And since I will only live in this house for six months, I only want to buy essential stuff that I really-really need. One of stuff, I need most is fridge, so I decided to buy fridge.

I used Amazon.co.jp for shopping, and so good because they offer free shipping and sometimes you can receive the items you buy on the next day. I bought curtain and light fixture on my first attempt to shop at Amazon.co.jp. And yesterday morning, I tried to buy a 46 L fridge.

Around 5 pm, I was walking home and I checked my e-mail. There was an notification e-mail that my fridge has been forwarded to courier service.

But... wait! Why did Amazon send me two e-mails? The first one was at 16.59 and the second one 17.10.

And the order number is different!

My Stuff for Japan

Moving this time, I'm using large suitcase. And I just realised that I don't have many clothes. I brought almost all of them along with all of my cosmetics, ranging from deodorant to new hand cream and soap that I haven't used.

When I packed all the essential stuff, my suitcase was only filled around one third. And I was thinking, what I should put more inside? I have 46 kg luggage allowance! Indonesian food? Nope, I rarely miss Indonesian food. I ended up bring two packs of Kusuka (my favorite snacks!) and Rice Chocolate Sprinkles a.k.a Meses Ceres, hahaha.

A friend asked me, "You don't bring batik?" So, I decided to bring a batik dress stolen from my mom's closet. And I remembered that I need to bring suits, so I took suits also... from my mom's closet. I also bring my N1 books that I never read.

I still have space to bring a human inside my luggage.


Finally, my suitcase not so empty la.

And most of them I can get rid of, like moisturiser which almost finished also other cosmetics, and a novel I can give someone after I finish. Don't know when finish though.

And still it was only 24 kg, half of the allowance.

Anyway, I want to know if I can blog again like before, lol. Now I have fast internet access and too much free time so I don't have any excuses.