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. 

Starting a New Life in Kyoto

So I decided to blog about my life in Kyoto.
Yes, I just moved to Kyoto exactly a week ago.

Living in Japan had been one of my dreams since first time I lived 3 months in Japan four years ago. Back then I didn't really speak Japanese nor I could read Chinese characters (kanji). It was an amazing experience for me because it was my first time living in foreign country, and then I thought, well maybe it would be more fun if I can speak Japanese.

Now, I speak a little bit of Japanese and I have passed N2 level on Japanese Language Proficiency Test so I'm really excited to stay in Japan! But... my first day in Kyoto was not as smooth as I thought.

I arrived Kansai International Airport (KIX) on March 30th in the morning, and then took train to Kyoto. After arrived at Kyoto around 12:30, I visited the real estate agent where I need to sign a rent contract. Then the staff said, "Your contract starts on April 30th!" I showed my e-mail that I sent to my teacher that I am coming on March 30th but apparently my teacher sent information to the agent that I will come April 30th.

There was a misunderstanding. I started to think where should I stay that night if I could not enter the room.

This happened because I talked to my teacher in English while she sent e-mail to the agent in Japanese. Maybe she was so busy so she mixed up between 3 (March) and 4.