How I screwed up my first interview

October 12th, 2016

and had 15 more in 3 days.

before this, my friends here always encouraged me by saying.. you are hardworking, have good grades, you come from a good university, and speak 6 languages, which company will NOT hire you?

but the reality with my situation is that companies are reducing their foreigners quota as many quit after working for a short while due to the high stress levels of Korea. and I may be really unlucky because the job market is getting more and more competitive even for the locals. so why hire me when there are so many English/Chinese speaking Koreans around? especially because I did not learn Chinese, Cantonese nor Hakka in any formal way, I have no idea how to use these languages in a business setting. why hire me? why go through the trouble of sponsoring a foreigner a visa?

coming to Korea alone 5 years ago was not an easy decision as back then there were not many private students. having to study for another 1-2 years of language was time consuming and costly altogether. and now, especially with the Malaysian currency dropping, studying in Korea became even more of a burden as I will have to juggle between my part time work and studies because asking for help back home became a very difficult task to do. I wasn’t born to a wealthy family and once I even juggled between 3 part time jobs and studies. I worked at shops, I did private tours, I taught English, I wrote for magazines.. and the list goes on. but nothing is more satisfying than when you had to work almost every single day and no time for anything else but yet you scored straight A’s for the semester. that was me. my relatives thought I was inconsiderate and I came to Korea to add up more burden to the family but little did they know all the struggles I’ve been through to live abroad, to make my family proud and to fight for a brighter future.

people always asked me, why Korea? but I would like to ask, why not Korea? firstly, it’s safe, the food’s healthy, there’s 4 seasons, people are driven and hardworking.. I think that if I were to study and work in such an environment, I’d come out of my lazy shell and work to my limits. which I did. but at the same time, the education system in this country is very.. robot-like which grades equals to the amount of time you put in. I sometimes wonder how nice would it have been if I were to study in Malaysia as it’s much more relaxing and students get to have so much more fun while they were at school, before coming to the real world.

with grades that beat most foreigners, I was very positive that I would definitely get hired and that I can finally lift the weights of my family’s shoulders and make them proud. but the more I want that to happen, the more stressed I become. I get very tensed, negative, worried, jumpy and I would very often cry.

so back to my first interview. although I had applied for over 20 companies in the span of one month, very few got back to me, and those that did, it was all rejections. which was expected because they were all not specifically looking for a foreigner. one day, my senior contacted me and asked me if I was interested in his friend’s company as it was on a similar line which I’m interested in. we went for a short meet up with the company’s CEO and everything was great. he told me to come back a few days later to meet up with their other employees. but what I thought was a small company talk was actually a full fledged serious no-smile “I am going to find a way to eliminate you” kind of interview.

well it was definitely my fault. although I wasn’t told that it was an interview so I went in even more mentally unprepared and got super nervous when it was such a formal setting. since I had 6 scheduled interviews, I had actually went online to search for answers but they were all very generic and I thought I could answer them by thinking of how to answer it briefly. but well, when you actually don’t recite it enough and also get into the details, it wouldn’t work. and I am writing this here, to warn everyone, that you should be prepared at all times and not repeat my mistake.

I asked about what position I’d be taking but my friend’s friend wasn’t sure and said that they’ll think of something for me to do. but guess what? I never got to know what I was going to do. and during the interview, they asked me why did I apply for the position I was applying for and.. I got super nervous. I didn’t know what to say. now that I am calm and I have my thoughts right, I should’ve asked. I should’ve explained about my situation, that I was introduced and I asked but I didn’t get an answer. but whatever it is, I almost cried and felt like I was about to throw up after my first ever interview ended.

to be honest, they didn’t ask any difficult questions, just general questions you’d see online like “tell me about yourself”, “what do you know about our company?” (which was really difficult because their website provided very little information. like VERY little.), “what’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever had”, “what’re your career goals”, “strengths and weaknesses”… the thing was, I was not prepared. I always ask myself why does those questions matter, because like a test, the ones whom are good at answering those questions are probably just lying half of the time. but seriously, I should’ve scripted it, memorized the main points and go in prepared. well of course, I only had very few days to prepare, I had 12pm-9pm classes and I had to work, meet application deadlines and do assignments on top of that. may I say, that looking for your first job, without experience, with low self confidence, and DURING the semester is one of the most stressful things I’ve ever experienced in my life?

and of course, I wrote that I am of basic level in Chinese. where they brought in a Chinese employee (who looked like she hated her job) to test my BUSINESS Chinese level. so far I had not much problems speaking to a Chinese person, not even when we are having a deeper conversation. but business Chinese, seriously, I only understood 80% of whatever she said. so people, Chinese is very important. I have many Chinese friends who barely meet 3.0 GPA and yet gets employed easily because they know Chinese. now maybe I should go to China to learn Chinese for a semester or two. I actually failed because they said that my Chinese was not up to par. little did I know, I was actually applying to a job so that I can pitch in Chinese. WOW. but I am pretty sure it was because I screwed up my interview. I did not know what they wanted to hear, I did not know what to answer to those questions, I was nervous, my mind was blank, I just blurted out the weirdest things. their as if their cat died facial expression (well, not all of them actually. just 1.5/4) definitely did not help at all too.

later that week I went to a job fair where I had over 10 interviews and some told me that I am overqualified, some told me I was fit for the job, but too bad they just hired a Malaysian just the week before, some told me that I am perfect for the job and they’ll contact me later but it has been 5 days and no news =/, some told me that I need a masters degree, but overall, it was quite an experience and I became a little more positive after that. however, the interviews were much more specific and the interviewers were very nice with a big smile. although I am pretty sure I will see the poker face expression if I go on further for a more formal interview. but of course, I believe every company has a different hiring process and not all of them are like that.

so I missed out on a golden opportunity. but I would definitely not want to make the same mistake again. I’ve been told that the first interview’s always the worst. but is it?

maybe you, yes you, the one reading this, could share your interview experience with me and maybe even leave some tips for me. I know this is not the most inspirational blog post, but I really hope that everyone who’s going through this terrible job seeking phase, would not repeat my mistake and no matter what be well prepared and never give up, because I won’t too.

Okinawa Day 3

October 3rd, 2016

so on Day 2, we rented a car at night and had it parked at the mall where we rented the car (it was free of charge if you tell the company you want to have it parked there!) which was next to the ferry peer. since Megu had to take an evening flight on the 3rd day, we started our journey from 4:30am!

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the sun rose really early in summer and the skies were just spectacular.

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our first stop: Manzamo.
estimated time spent here: 40minutes
time to get here from Naha: 1hour 30minutes – 2hours (we drove really slow and even took the wrong road so..)

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arriving here at 7am, the whole area was clear and there were only another pair of tourists! plus, the weather’s also beautiful with the best morning sun being not too hot on the skin (unlike in the afternoon haha)

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after coming back from Zamami, I literally got 50 shades darker hahahaha. I went snorkeling so the back of my body was completely tan and sunburnt

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the view overlooking the famous hotel where HyunA filmed her famous song “bubble pop” and that two stones tied together looked pretty awesome too!

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our second stop: Churaumi Aquarium
estimated time spent: 1hour 30minutes – 2 hours
entrance fee: somewhere around 1600yen because we bought it at the car rental place for a discount.
time to get here from Manzamo: 1 hour. the drive was amazing, it was by the coast and the crystal clear and blue sea just makes you feel really really happy.

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while there are a lot of different species of fishes, jelly fishes and other sea creatures, I think what makes Japan’s aquariums really worth a visit is that they try to make things as educational as possible. easy to understand and full of experiences (like touching the skin of different sharks!!! and also their teeth!!). however, what people really come to Churaumi aquarium is for this. the huge world class tank which was.. spectacular to the eye.

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it was like a huge LCD screen but.. except it wasn’t. the fishes in there are real. and they are so beautiful, so graceful, so wonderful D=!!! it was smaller than what I expect but.. I mean look at this!

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there are 3 whale sharks inside and they keep swimming in circle and if you wait long enough and snap it at the right timing, you can even get all 3 of them in 1 shot! I left my DSLR in Malaysia so I don’t have that picture but anyways! enjoy the pictures from my compact camera ^^.

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what you see here is definitely lacking very much compared to seeing it in real life. I think I spent 20minutes here just gawking at the huge aquarium.

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meet my new fishfriend, the whale shark!

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the thickness of the glass used to sustain that crazy amount of water in that giant tank.

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so how big are the biggest sharks in the world? well.. if their mouth is this big… and oh! an interesting fact I learned from the aquarium. sharks have layers of teeth because.. once the ones outside falls off, the ones behind will replace it. it’s like the most efficient teeth on urf D=.

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not really supposed to stare at it there but.. oh well.. just wanted to show you how close I was to a shark. they were just swimming all across and above!

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now this is one huge mammal. it’s quite weird how it’s located outside of the aquarium at the area where you do not actually need to purchase a ticket to see.

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right outside the aquarium, you’ll see a sea with many shades of blue. ahhhhh so pretty.

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and baby turtles!!!

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they are so cute xD.

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I was just passing by and it was time for the dolphin show! they have only 2-3 shows per day so I guess I was just lucky. I was trying to escape that heat because of my sun burn but.. I stopped for a bit to see this.

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I remembered touching the dolphins and looking at its tired eyes. it was actually quite cruel to have them stay at one corner and not move. many also debated about how these shows are against animal rights. but I am not taking sides. as much as I loved to see how smart they were, I just hope that they can at least get fed well and not abused by their trainers.

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the show was a short one but it was really fun and the dolphins did go against them but they kept trying by luring them with more fishes. simple but worth while =D.

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our third stop: Kouri Bridge
time taken to get there from Churaumi aquarium: less than 30 minutes.
estimated time spent here: less than 30minutes

many Koreans come here for their mini couple photoshoot and it was indeed beautiful but it is just a short stretch. so you don’t need to spend a lot of time here. depending on how many pictures you want to take of course. haha. there’s nothing much to do. there’s a horse and also a truck for drinks. that’s about it.

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however, that stone at the side with a lot of tropical trees growing out of it is really something. =D.

before leaving back for Naha so that Megu could catch her flight, we went to a beautiful cafe smacked at the center of that area which is only accessible by car. will blog about it next!

Why I fell in love with Korea.

September 24th, 2016

Seriously, what’s more true than drunk writing? Since I am half-drunk/tipsy right now, I figured it’s the best time to write.

Well, although I had suffered from a lot of hardships and there’s a lot of things which I am/was unsatisfied about, here’s a post dedicated purely to what made me fall in love with the city of the highest suicide rate in the world.

  1. It’s SAFE. I can’t emphasize this enough. No matter how “scared” Koreans may be because of recent crimes which occurred here and there, there’s nowhere like Seoul. As a girl, I felt super safe living here. I may get scared at times at the aggressive guys at clubs. But that’s because you sort of have to ‘expect’ stuff like that to happen. But on the street, if you are not willing, nobody’ll hurt you. Plus, it’s perfectly safe to leave your phone on the table at restaurants though you may want to be careful of some old people who MAY commit crimes(unlikely) or foreigners. But at places with a high density of Koreans, you may be a little bit more carefree on your valuables. Even if you left your phone in a taxi or bus, there’s a high chance where you may actually get it back!
  2. The manners. While this may also be a pressure point for most Koreans, I love how they are nice to the elderly. Although some (uneducated) elderly might take the youngster’s kindness for granted, there’s actually a huge population whom are actually really grateful to you when you offer them your seat in a bus/subway etc. Plus, I think that people whom are much older deserves to get respected. I mean, they’ve lived in this world for a longer time and therefore if you were to not respect them, it’ll actually be quite hurtful. Imagine being in the other persons shoes. Treat other’s the way you want to be treated, like how Mr. Confucius said.
  3. The warm people. Yes, there are a lot of dishonest people living in this country and I also remembered how I was disappointed at how Koreans are (MUCH) less polite compared to the Japanese when I came back to Korea after being away for 8 months on an exchange to Japan. At the same time, I was reminded on how real the people were and if they are nice to you, it’s because they are genuinely nice and not being fake. The younger generation may be more polite due to educational reasons but the older generation is actually really nice if you get to know them. I mean, if you looked like you need help, there are actually people who’d help you out of the blues without you asking for it. I remembered how I was carrying 50kgs worth of luggage up the stairs at the subway with plenty of people around and NOBODY offered to help. While in Seoul, I had taken things much lighter and people just help you without even asking because they felt like you needed such help. I am not saying that Japanese people ain’t nice, but it’s more like they are too busy caring about themselves.
  4. The hardworking people. I would say this does not apply to everyone because I know a couple of free riders in school. But generally, I think most Koreans are super hardworking and that’s probably the biggest reason to Korea’s development today despite not having any natural resources. They are constantly trying to improve in their competitive environment and they are all about self-improvement. Although some of them may be too indulged in studies and all, there are a great handful of them who are just very competent people themselves and ain’t all book-smart but actually just very very hardworking and honest when it comes to work.
  5. The affordable transportation. I think this is something the whole world (with more expensive transportation dollar to dollar) should learn from Korea. Not only is the transportation services efficient without much delays and also very easy to understand, the government tries to make transportation to the people as affordable as possible so that nobody will feel really stressed about transportation fees unlike other countries. Dollar to dollar wise, people here earn 2.5 million on average and the transportation is only 1.25k won. It’s just a small fraction and even if you travel every weekday to work/school, you’d spend around 70k on transportation a month.
  6. The delivery services. Have you ever imagined how life would be so much easier if you could buy anything with one click on your phone? Well, Korea turned this into reality. It doesn’t only make us lazier to go out, it gave us a wider option of things to choose from and also easier for us to be a smart consumer as we can easily compare prices of similar products easily to pick out the best deal. Clothes, food, groceries, furniture, you name it, Korea’s delivery system’s got it. Further, Korea is known for its fast internet and also you can settle almost anything online. It’s just making everything much more convenient to the locals living here.
  7. The food. Okay, I must say that after living in Korea for 5 years, sometimes I DO feel like there isn’t such a wide choices of Korean dishes to choose from and the foreign food here is normally way too overpriced to be consumed. But I am also very glad that I am healthy eating Korean food! I am an incredulously unhealthy girl back home. I am not sure if it’s because I have to walk a lot here = exercise, I felt like the food here made me a much healthier person. I get sick much lesser here and I think I owe that partly to kimchi. Or the food here which rarely requires oil to make them. generally, I think Korean food’s pretty healthy judging from how a Korean ajumma told me it’s very difficult to find food colouring in Korea because it ain’t natural. Plus, if you look a bit more, you’ll find plenty of delicious Korean food which isn’t popular in any other countries yet!
  8. The water. Okay, this is a very important but simple point. Water SHOULD not be charged. And countries should make charging for water illegal. Everyone DESERVES to stay hydrated. And we shouldn’t feel stressed about having to order another glass of water just because we do not have that much money. Paying for water is utterly despicable and I definitely do not approve it.
  9. The drinking culture. While this may not apply to Muslims or anyone else who does not drink, I personally think that drinking DOES make you closer and it’s actually the best way for you to learn Korean. It’s true. Plus, a bottle of soju or makgeolli here is at a very very affordable 1 dollar. Everyone can drink and since the drinking and driving law here is very tight, Koreans generally do not drink and drive. So don’t worry about the accidents one may cause. Although rape, violence and embarrassment is still unable to be avoided. Tsk.
  10. The language. Although it’s one of the most difficult languages to master, I find the language itself beautiful (tho my mom thinks it sounds more complicated than Hindi) with its uncountable ways of explaining something. And there are so many things I would like to express but couldn’t because I do not have the right words for it unlike in Korean where almost every feeling you feel can be expressed nicely and distinctively purely just with words.

So here are 10 things I really love about Korea and I probably have much more although I am too drunk to think of anymore and I am definitely going to bed now. That’s all for now!

Okinawa Day 2 : Zamami Island

September 2nd, 2016

with the recommendations of friends who have been to Okinawa, we squeezed Zamami into our tight schedule because many of them commented that the Kerama (Zamami is one of them) Islands are the highlight of their trip. if you could stay a day or two in Zamami, make sure you go for the turtle watching which is around early in the morning or in the evening. but since we went for a day trip (where many Japanese does too), we had to miss out on the cute little turtles =(.

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my best friend while I was in language school, Megumi. ain’t she beautiful or what? =D.

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we took the comfortable Queen Zamami (with air cond!!!) which runs twice a day. it costs a hefty 6,000yen for a round trip but it is much faster and more comfortable than the normal ferry that goes to Zamami which is 2,000yen cheaper but an hour longer. the inside is pretty basic and nothing special but it was sure comfortable as we slept all the way there. and by taking the Queen Zamami, we had 8 long hours to spend in contrast to taking the ferry which will only wind the time available to be spent for a day trip in Zamami to 3 hours. ferry time changes according to season so please check the official Zamami website for the timings.

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upon arrival, we took a bus to the famous Furuzamami beach which was probably a 15minute walk away from the pier. the bus costs 300yen. quite pricey for such a short trip. but it’s an island so… it seems like that’s the only bus. and it’s waiting at the pier once you get off.

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and finally! the beach!!!

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I guess we are pretty lucky as it was raining everyday but it stopped the 3 days Megumi was there with me and the weather was perfect! I guess there weren’t many people as most Japanese was telling me that the weather’s not going to be good.

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the beach was pretty empty and the chairs and umbrellas are all for rent at 1,000yen each. so for two chairs and an umbrella, it’s 3,000yen. there are no lockers available but I just put my stuff there because uh.. well I trust Japanese people. but we left our purses with the people who rented us our umbrella.

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awkward solo picture haha.

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now look at that blue blue blue sea!!! so blue and so clear!

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and up close.. it’s even more beautiful. most of my pictures aren’t edited so you can picture how beautiful it was in real life to look so good in pictures.

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^^v. those darker spots in the sea are corals so all you have to do is rent goggles and maybe a live jacket (if needed. I rented it anyways because I was afraid of the depth after swimming without a life jacket for 5 minutes. it was REALLY deep. at least 3 meters deep!).

also, another tip is to.. not wear a bikini like myself if you want to go snorkeling, which is dumb if you don’t because the sea here’s amazing. well you MAY wear one but please wear a shirt over it because I got bad sunburn the day after and it hurt like mad for over a week. =(.

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THAT BLUE SEA!!! omai. I mean, I’ve been to many beautiful beaches in my life but this was by far the prettiest one yet.

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and after swimming, I just chilled.

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I can look at that blue sea everyday. <3.

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cute SiSha’s are everywhere!!

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so there is a story behind this dog, Marilyn. Shiro, a dog from the opposite side of the Island named Aka, visited Zamami with his owner where he met Marilyn. but what caught everyone’s attention was when Shiro swam 3km everyday to Zamami just to meet Marilyn. very touching. ngaw these Japanese dogs. more reasons to SAY NO TO DOG MEAT!

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and a statue of Marilyn was made facing Aka Island where a statue of Shiro is faced directly at Marilyn on Aka Island.

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and the sea in front of the statue was simply stunning.

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if you look in real life, you’d see several layers of blue in the sea.

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and oh! there’s like shikuwasa (a small green lime. or what Malaysians call Limau.) everything in Okinawa. shikuwasa alcohol, chips, chocolate, you name it. I recommend the drink as it’s really refreshing. others was just a little too weird for my liking.

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more cute sisha’s!

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at 4pm, there was really nothing much to do. it was too late to hike up the hill for us to see the view and we were dog tired since we spent too much time at the beach haha. instead of taking the bus, I think renting a bicycle could be a good option as Zamami’s pretty big if you want to go through the whole place. but for us, we just chilled at the waiting room with AC on =D. it was super hot when we went and I couldn’t take it anymore at that point lol.

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for dinner, we found a famous syabu syabu restaurant near Miebashi station named Ganaha Pork that serves Okinawa’s famous Aguu Pork for a very reasonable price (but still expensive T_T. it was only reasonable because it was Aguu Pork lol). we didn’t opt for the buffet which was just a tad bit more expensive since we weren’t that hungry and we paid around 7,500yen for the both of us.

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the starter was.. the best salad I’ve ever had in my life. chicken salad with cucumber topped with sesame sauce I believe. so yummy mmm. the chicken was soft and smooth yet springy and the cucumber was super crunchy. I really dislike how some restaurants in Japan serve you something small and meh like a piece of tofu and charge you 500-700yen (one place charged me 1,500yen for it ugh. but it was fancy.) for it at restaurants for dinner. but this place’s compulsory starter dish made me very happy. =D.

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we had two soup bases. one’s the clear soup with a piece of dashima (seaweed) in it, another is soy bean which tasted pretty special to me. the greatest thing about eating at this store is actually the dipping sauces. they had 3 different types. one similar to light soy sauce, another’s yuzu sikuwasa ponzu, and sesame with oil. everything was perfect. all 3 dipping sauces. it made my day. it’s those shut up and take my money moments where all I want to do is devour all that sauce.

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and of course.. the Aguu Pork quality was superb.

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Megu making some pork balls xD.

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Okinawa Day 1

August 8th, 2016

when one thinks of Japan, they’d usually think about Tokyo or Kyoto; which yes, is two of my favourite places as ones super high-tech and another is full of traditional stuff. but near Taiwan, there lies Okinawa, an island that’s pretty under-rated and is said to be better than Hawaii by some. (it is also named the Hawaii of Japan!) lucky for me, the tickets from Seoul to Okinawa was pretty affordable and there’s a direct flight so I decided to pay a visit to the other end of Japan!

after doing some homework, I found a list of places to go and things to eat and I couldn’t fit all of it in my 4 day 3 night schedule. so I’d recommend going there at least for 5 or 6 days! what I will not be covering is the cave diving and turtle watching in Zamami (I’d recommend to stay in Zamami for at least one night!) which I would really want to see but there was just not enough time T__T.

so are you ready for day 1? let’s go!

I landed just in time for a late lunch! so right after landed, we went to our guesthouse (which was really affordable esp in Japanese standards at 2,500yen per night per person for a twin room!) and asked for a recommendation on where to eat.

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I lived near International Street or Kokusai Dori where there are a lot of tourists and food’s super expensive due to that. =(. but lucky for us, we found the recommended restaurant which was pretty secluded inside the roofed shopping street smacked right in the middle of Kokusai Dori.

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and it’s this restaurant! it looks pretty shabby and run down but their famous Soki Soba (similar to Okinawa Soba but just with different parts of pork meat) is only 390yen for delicious bowl of hot Soba!

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the interior was really old-school and it is exactly the kind of restaurant I like ^_^.

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and after only 2 minutes, the Obasan whipped out this bowl of  simple yet delicious Soki Soba! the soup’s super fragrant and clear and the meat was so soft and yummy it felt like it has been stewed for hours. it was soooo good, I literally had this everyday ever since I went to Okinawa. well, this or Okinawa Soba which is pretty much the same. I had it in many different places but still this was the best!

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after a hot bowl of soba, we were literally dying from the hot and SUPER humid weather. so we stopped by Blue Seal, Okinawa’s very own local ice cream chain that’s only available in Okinawa for a cup of ice cream! it’s famous especially because of the wide array of flavours that’s only served in Blue Seal!

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there are special blue seal flavours like ube, salted cookies, beniimo, Okinawan lime and sugar cane!

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I tried the sugar cane while Megu got the salted cookies which tasted like butterscotch to me. I actually really liked the sugar cane!

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ohai! I’m at Kokusai Dori!

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and waiting for the monorail. or what they call the monoreru. it’s really expensive but you can get the daily or two day pass if you’re travelling on the monorail for more than twice. after lunch, we rushed to the famous Shuri Castle which requires a short bus ride from the Shuri Castle Monorail stop and a hefty entry fee of 800yen.

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say hi to Okinawa’s famous Sisa! which are lions put outside of shops, gates etc. where people believe it to be their guardian.

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the entrance of Shuri Castle!

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if you buy the one day or two day monorail pass, you can even get a 140yen discount for getting into Shuri Castle!


but man was it beautiful. although it’s really small. T_T.

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the cool thing is that you get to go into the castle although taking pictures at most places are forbidden.

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also, A&W is probably the only place in Japan where you can find root beer. Japanese people mostly find the taste of root beer revolting because of the similarity of it with the Japanese muscle-pain patches. but because of the amount of American soldiers here in Okinawa as there’s an army camp here, there’s A&W!!! along Kokusai Dori =3.

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just another night at Kokusai Dori~

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there are many steakhouses available in Okinawa again, because of the army base there and they all claim to be the best. but we did our research and found out that Jack’s Steak House is the most popular and also the oldest. and it’s pretty dominated by the Koreans. well, actually the whole Okinawa’s filled with Koreans. xD.

speaking of which, I was there when Leeteuk and BoA was there and I bumped into Leeteuk!! there was so many Korean people around but it felt like only me and Megumi recognized him and he even said hi!!! *faints*

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after waiting for around 30minutes (we went at around 9pm), we finally got a seat.

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the many sauces available for their super diverse menu. and to be honest, for such yummy and quality food, the prices were super reasonable.

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our bill came up to around slightly more than 3,000yen! well, because we ordered something else rather than just steak.

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the super juicy steak mmm.

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now look at that, that’s what I call medium rare xD.

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the taco’s were mediocre but the sauce that came with the tacos were.. absolutely amazing.

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you can choose to have bread or white rice together with your steak (Japan.) and we opted for the super fragrant buttered bread. and eating it like this with the pork and onions? simply the best!

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the night felt a little early for us so we went into a bar and ordered the famous Orion beer which was 500yen and tasted like the cheap beer widely available in Korea. I still don’t see what’s the hype with Orion beer and everyone travelling to Okinawa. everyone told me “remember to try Orion beer!” but nah. I prefer craft beers available all over Tokyo. and the famous Minoh beer of Osaka’s still my favourite!


we ordered another Okinawan favourite, the Umibudo! or, the seagrapes. although it has a slightly salty taste to it, it was absolutely delish! especially for those who like Ikura, this will be super yums! especially after dipping it in Ponzu, a type of citrusy soy sauce. MMMM.

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we also ordered pork knuckles as another side! which was really yummy mm. Japan. you never fail me!

that’s the end of day one!

[Tokyo] Pineapple and Chocolate Ramen?! Papapapapine!

May 21st, 2016

if you’re a hardcore rocketnews24 reader, you might’ve run across this restaurant that serves pineapple ramen so good, they came out with the instant noodle version of it and it can be found at selected convenience stores. except I’ve yet to come across it during my 7 month stay in Japan.

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so Papapapapine is known for their pineapple ramen. but what’s that above? kakakakakao. get it? well, other than its famous pineapple ramen, it is also known for its notorious innovation when it comes to ramen. they had strawberry ramen, banana ramen.. well.. you name it. while their seasonal menu changes all the time, you’d always be able to find pineapple ramen in this shop.

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since it is located at a humble town called Nishi-Ogikubo (not to be confused with Shin-Okubo), the lines weren’t that bad despite the 7 seated bar.

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like every other ramen shop, you need to buy it with the vending machine. but fret not, because I was once a tourist (still kind of am) and I once had no idea what was written on the machine, I just simply went in and seek for help from the very kind and friendly ramen guy. =D.

their best selling is the shio (salt base) and they have it cold too for the summer!

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the interior was.. everything that relates to pineapple. there’s even pineapple wine if you want to try.

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this was the first time when I went. and I ordered the Pineapple ramen. and guess what? I actually loved it! instead of the salty ones with a strong taste, this one was rather light and refreshing! I wouldn’t say that I like this better than the Tonkotsu ramen, but this place really gives ramen a great twist from the usual ones when you’re bored with it.

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and this year, I went back and in conjunction with the valentines week, I braced myself and ordered myself a bowl of.. kakakakakao. you got it right, chocolate ramen. but chocolate ramen?! really?! EW! and with PINEAPPLES?!

well.. it really tasted like chocolate and it was like nothing I’ve ever had before. the first few bites were really good but uhhhhhh…….. towards the end I just kind of gave up hahahaha. still a good experience though.

until the next time.

Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Nishiogiminami 3-12-1
3 minutes walk from Nishi-Ogikubo station.