chochajin
22 December 2012 @ 09:45 pm
[Away Notice]: Winter Vacation 2012/13  
Hey everyone!

It's this time of the year again! It's my first long winter vacation ever since I moved to Japan. So far I never had more than 1 week of vacation!
I've been really looking forward to this trip. It took a loooooooooooooooong time to plan everything because a lot of flights and rental cars are involved this time.
I just hope everything will work out!

And just like last time (summer vacation) and the time before that (Golden Week) I got sick again!
The last few times I got sick the day / night before I had to leave. Last time I had to sacrifice one travel day and went to the doctor on the first day of my vacation.
After that I was luckily quite ok.

This time I got sick quite a few days before - although I tried so hard not to get sick (wearing masks, washing my hands 100x/day, gargling etc.).
I went to the hospital, got an infusion and 6 different types of medicine.
I just hope that with that I can survive the next two weeks and I hope it won't get worse!



Photo Credit: Janine Ippei @ Flickr



This vacation means a lot to me as it will be the completion of my goal to VISIT ALL PREFECTURES IN JAPAN!
Once I'm back, I will have been to all 47 prefectures in Japan!
I might as well finish another goal of mine: visiting 100 Japanese castles (but as I haven't been able to update my list in ages, I lost count for now ... I need to check once I'm back, but it's possible that I will have reached 100 by that time).


And like always the weather forecast also doesn't look good!
Snow and rain for Saga Prefecture and freezing cold weather.
Okinawa will be warm, but windy and rainy (so nothing like in the photo).
I'm not giving up hope, though. If there's just 1 or 2 days with good weather so that I can take a few photos like the one above, I won't complain!

I'm already used to being sick and having bad weather - EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!
I even have a nickname: ame-onna (雨女, rain woman)
Because rain and typhoons really seem to follow me like WOAH!


What are your plans for your winter vacation?
I hope you're luckier than me!

Happy Holidays and see you again in the new year!
 
 
[mood]: cranky
 
 
chochajin
02 August 2012 @ 10:48 pm
[Away Notice]: Summer Vacation 2012  
IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!!


Okay, .... I guess I'm really the person with the worst luck on the whole planet!!

First, read my original LJ entry that I prepared yesterday because I knew I'd only have a few hours tonight before I leave:

"Hey there!

Read more... )




Ok, that's what I originally wanted to post.
Today was my last day at work. And with every hour I felt worse.
I have a slight fever, but it feels much higher and it feels like it's likely to get up soon.
I have a sore throat, swollen tonsils. I don't have much energy.

Due to the pneumonia story, it's not unlikely that it's that, but it feels like tonsilitis.
Both would knock me out for a long time!

So, this entry is actually about me asking you what you would do if you were me in that situation! :( ......

It took me so much time planning this trip.
It's such a big deal because I FINALLY have a 2-weeks vacation.
It's probably my last summer vacation in Japan and my last chance to finally see fireworks (maybe after 6 summers I finally should give up, huh?)
If I cancel now it would be a bit expensive, too. Some hotels have cancellation fees even several days in advance ....

Let's see:

Scenario 1: (very unlikely)

I stay home, but it turns out it's not all that bad. I freak out.

Scenario 2:

I stay home, go to a doctor tomorrow morning and get some antibiotics or some other meds that will make me fit super quickly again (although risk is high I'll get even sicker later, but I only care about this summer vacation for now!).
I wait a few days, hopefully get somewhat fit again and just start my vacation from there. Of course, I will have missed the first few days and thus prefectures.

Scenario 3:

I go to bed soon, sleep 2 hours, get up to catch the earliest train (the train leaves in less than 7h from now!!) and just hope my body can handle it.
If I feel things aren't getting better, I'll see a doctor and stay in the hotel for a few days (expensive!!) - either it will go better and I can continue or I'll have to go back home after all (having spent a lot of money for nothing).

Scenario 4: (preferred)

I go leave tomorrow early, but my condition gets better from alone and I can enjoy my summer vacation.


Read more... )

I'm mainly still here for my traveling - and now I can't even do that!!!!
Seriously, what did I do to deserve this?????!!!!! :(

What would you do - supposing this was a really important summer vacation to you??


EDIT: I went to the doc this morning and received some cold meds, something against coughing (though I don't cough at all at the moment) and antibiotics.
I also bought Vitamin C pills because when traveling I don't get the usual fruit input.
I'm off to the next train now. I'll arrive around 5pm at my destination. With that I lost a bit more than half a travel day, but at least I should be there on time for the fireworks and I can do some of the stuff I missed today tomorrow.
Let's hope with that I can somewhat enjoy my vacation!
Thanks to everybody who gave me great advice! :)
 
 
[mood]: accomplished
 
 
chochajin
29 December 2011 @ 02:05 am
Away Notice: Winter Vacation 2011/12  
Hello.

I just wanted to let you know quickly that I'll be gone for winter vacation.
So many things are going on right now and I've never been so busy - at least never since I came to Japan!
There's a lot of things I want to tell you (about new jobs, moving and stuff), but I just don't have the time.
I hope this winter vacation will give me some energy back!~



I'm going to Kyushu again, mainly Miyazaki and Yakushima, but not only!

Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!!

P.S.: It's 2am now and I gotta get up in a few hours again to catch one of the first trains. And I'm still not done with my vacation preparation!! AAHH!!~
 
 
[mood]: sleepy
 
 
chochajin
31 March 2011 @ 01:06 am
[Japan Travel]: Spring Vacation (March/April 2011)  
Good night!
I really should lie in bed by now as I have to get up super early tomorrow (4am-ish).
Twitter followers probably already know what I'm going to write about, but here goes:

The cherry blossoms this year are EXTREMELY late like I've already mentioned in one of my previous entries.
I've been observing the cherry blossoms around here every day.

Cherry blossoms, where are you?! :( )

I've decided to accept my destiny though and go with the original plan.
I'll see what will happen. I can't change it anyways. Let's just hope I'll get some nice cherry blossom photos nevertheless :/ ....

The original plan:




So, I'm gonna leave early tomorrow morning. Still have to pack up a few last things and then I'm off to bed.
Let's just hope it will be a nice vacation!
A lot of festivals have been cancelled because of what happened on March 11th....


P.S.: You've probably already heard about it but it's all over. "Flyjin" - people who left Japan due to what happened on March 11th. *lol*
So, what am I then? A "Stayjin"?? What about people who slowly come back now? "Comebackjin"?! C'mon!!! XD

P.P.S.: I wrote this entry last night but as you might have noticed LJ was down for hours, so I couldn't send it until now!

Alright, read you again! Hopefully with some nice photos then ;___;
Bye~buu
 
 
[music]: YUI - SUMMER SONG
[mood]: tired
 
 
chochajin
28 December 2010 @ 10:43 pm
[Japan Travel]: Away Notice  
Hello!

Just a short note because I don't have much time!
I just came back from work. It's soon midnight and I will have to get up around 4am tomorrow (T_T) ..... I'm sick again and feel like crap, but I will take medicine now and go to bed soon!!


Weather really hates me, but I'm sick of having this dark little cloud above my head. Things won't change even if I stress out, so I TRY to stay calm.
I hope that it will be a fun winter vacation nevertheless - and that I won't freeze too much because some of these places will be fu**ing cold
I wish everybody HAPPY (rest) HOLIDAYS and a good start into the NEW YEAR!!~
 
 
[mood]: sick
 
 
chochajin
07 August 2010 @ 11:51 pm
[Japan Travel]: Summer Vacation 2010 (away notice)  
Hey there!

It's Saturday, close to midnight. I came back from work a few hours ago and I should go to bed soon as I have to get up quite early tomorrow.
The reason:



Photo: fujigoko_dream @ Twitter <3

Yes, FINALLY my long awatied summer vacation!!!
I did a lot of last minute planning yesterday and the last few hours as well (just details, of course).
The longer you plan, the more things you find, you'd like to do.
The family member who'll join me this time is already on the way as well!~
Please note: Although the banner says "8th-15th" I might be away from the internet until the 20th because although my vacation is over then, my family member will come here and join me and we'll make some shorter trips togehter, so I'll be extremely busy!!

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Cute! Lastest find!!^^ )


Alright, it's really bedtime now!!!
See you all once I'm back from my trip!

バイヽ(〃^・^〃)ノ チュッ♪ 
 
 
[mood]: sleepy
[music]: Ueto Aya - kizuna
 
 
chochajin
31 March 2010 @ 03:05 pm
[Japan Travel]: Spring Vacation 2010 - Away Notice  
Hello!

Just a quick notice:



Photo credit: nobuflickr <3

Tomorrow it'll (probably) rain the whole day, as well as the day after tomorrow. I just got an e-mail from one of my friends from Germany who are currently in China and had to buy some winter clothes because it was way colder than they thought.
I told them it'll be cold here XD
Well, it's not really funny. This is the first spring that really sucks (weatherwise)! I hope that I still will be able to have a GREAT vacation (considering that I only have 3 weeks per year :/)
I almost cancelled my trip to Hiroshima for the next few days as I thought there's not much to do when it's raining cats and dogs, but I'll just try. There are some museums and stuff and if everything else fails I just go shopping XD

I still haven't decided which suitcase I'll take in the end XDDD The thing is I can fit in everything I need (well, barely), but I WILL buy souvenirs and stuff, so........... (EDIT: Decided to take my SMALL one with me, writing this as note for myself, so I will know next time XD I can't remember which suitcase I took the last few vacations XD ...) And I'll take my new camera with me (so yeah, I didn't send it in) plus my "older" compact camera (just in case).

See you again in one week! (^-^)/
 
 
[mood]: blah
 
 
chochajin
28 December 2009 @ 02:50 pm
[Japan Travel]: Winter Vacation 2009/10 (away notice)  
Hello,

I just came back from work. It's almost midnight and I have to get up in about 4-5 hours again (x__X)
So just to let you know, I'll be away for a few days.
YAY FINALLY VACATION TIME!!!! (^___________________________^)





Now I only hope that the weather will be nice. Lately it has been raining way too much!



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! See you soon in the year of the tiger again (^-^)/
And for my German speaking friends: GUTEN RUTSCH INS NEUE JAHR!! <333333

 
 
[mood]: tired
 
 
chochajin
31 July 2009 @ 12:23 pm
Time to say goodbye~ (to the rainy season!!?? ;P)  
First things first:

I HAS WATER AGAIN




Seven Eleven dessert = LOVE! (*__*)v
When I came home from work on Wednesday (29th) my water was finally back!! AFTER SEVEN FUCKING LONG DAYS!!! (x___X)
And guess what the first thing was that I did??
Yeah, exactly! I just threw my clothes somewhere and took a looooooooooong, refreshing shower! (*___*)v Haaa~
Furthermore it seems that this year's stupid rainy season has finally come to an end!
Actually I made fun of the "rainy season" here last year as it barely rained at all!! This year it got back to me (-__-''') ......
Probably the same will happen during "taifun season" this year!! Last year there was not even ONE taifun! Nothing!!! After all that crappy weather I fear that we will have quite a few problems because of strong taifuns this year ;o;
もう~“o(>ω< )o”ヤダヤダ!!“o( >ω<)o”

In 2 days (actually less than that) I'll already leave for Germany.
Tomorrow I have to work until late, then will just come home and sleep right away, thus I'm writing an entry now as it's the only time I'll have left before I leave (^^'')
I have to get up around 4am on Sunday シーー( ̄、 ̄*)ーーン Cruel, huh? XD
Then it'll be a 3h taxi ride to the airport. I hope I'll survive that. For some strange reason I'm weak on Japanese roads. Whenever I ride cars or busses here I get motion sick very easily. Never happens in Germany. I wonder why (o__O')> .....

I'm quite nervous at the moment and have no clue WHY!!!
Okay, okay, it's the first time going back after 1,5 years!!! I'll meet my family and friends after such a long time again. I wonder what changed around our area etc.


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AWAY FROM AUGUST 2ND ~ AUGUST 15TH

Okay folks, that's it.
Thanks so much for all your nice comments and funny ideas while my water was gone! *hugs* LOVE★⌒ヾ(^-'*)

ヾ(=・ω・=)o☆バイバイ☆ヾ(=・ω・=)o
 
 
[mood]: worried
[music]: Tameoka Sonomi - Crying for you
 
 
chochajin
31 March 2009 @ 04:17 pm
[Japan Travel]: Spring Vacation 2009  
Okay,

finally the time has come. I'm sorry that I'm spamming your f-lists today
Just a quick note: I'll be gone until April 10th

Mainly I'll spend my spring vacation in Shikoku (Matsuyama, Kochi), but I'll also go to Okayama and Naruto.
I think the weather won't be the best and maybe I've already missed the sakura in some of those places, but I'm still looking forward to this vacation.



Hopefully my camera's memory card won't delete my photos again

Bye~buu! (^-^)/
 
 
[mood]: tired
[music]: Pirates of the Carribean I
 
 
chochajin
27 December 2008 @ 03:35 pm
[Recap]: The year 2008 + winter vacation  
Hello,

it's this time of the year again.
I'll try to make it short because I'm super tired and on drugs XD (more about this later).

The year 2008 came with a huge change in my life. Back in 2007 (end of that year, actually) I decided that I want to go to Japan and stay there for about a year.
I started applying to various kinds of jobs in December 2007 and continued to do so in 2008 when finally I got hired.
Back then everything went too fast as my boss wanted me to come like .. ALMOST right away. I remember that I had to cancel my flight and book an earlier one.

I arrived in Japan exactly on March 1st. Read more... )



And because I do that every year:

(I think it's pretty similar to last year?! Sorry no time to write something about the top 10 commenters this year ;o; ...)



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On another note:




It's soon midnight here and I gotta get up at 5am-ish tomorrow morning x___X
My winter vacation has finally started tonight, YAAAY!!! ^___^ .....
Of course when I woke up this morning I was sick -___- ... that's why right now I'm filled with drugs in order to get healthy quickly again.

I'll spend a few days in Tokyo and in the new year I'll leave for Sendai and Matsushima together with [livejournal.com profile] bf_nightingale.
I'll be away from 28th of December until 7th/8th of January.


I hope my vacation will be relaxing and as great as my last one in summer.


Thank you all for your cute and nice comments on my entries yesterday. I'm sorry that I don't have time to answer to them right now. I'll do so once I'm back again.


Good night and see you next year ^-^/
 
 
[music]: BENNIE K - a love story (with SEAMO)
[mood]: cold
 
 
chochajin
09 August 2008 @ 02:22 pm
Time to say goodbye ~ FINALLY holidays! ^-^  
Hey there,

I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything nor commented for quite a while. I was SUPERbusy as in ... not having time for ANYTHING else apart from work and non-work-related work (T_T)! Really! Gah!!!
I'm completely worn out and tired and it's REALLY about time that I finally got ONE week of vacation! I know one week is not much (esp. compared to what other people on my f-list that work in Japan get), but I'm thankful nevertheless.

I hope that this short vacation will be relaxing! I REALLY hope so (am I overusing the word "really" today?). Nevermind.
I didn't have any time to plan my trip properly and just right now for a few hours I did last-minute planning. I don't want to get even more stressed, so I won't think about it so much.
Of course afterwards I'll think "Uh, stupid! Why didn't you go there! Why didn't you get informed beforehand!?" Blah, blah. But no matter what it's still vacation!
I think as long as I can leave this small town for a while it'll be fine either way :)

I also take my Japanese study material with me as I didn't have any time to study for a long time. I'll spend quite a long time in various transportation thingies, so ... yeah.
This vacation will be quite expensive (about 1300$/800€ for only ONE week), but only because I mainly travel by shinkansen as it is WAY faster!! (-_____-'')


As you might already know I'll go to Kyuushuu.



Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima (maybe Yakushima if it's somehow possible).

Read more... )


See you again in one week! (^-^)/
 
 
[mood]: sleepy
[music]: 東方神起 - Sky
 
 
chochajin
29 August 2007 @ 03:06 pm
[Hiatus]: 3 weeks away~  
Hey there!

It´s finally time.
Tomorrow I´m going to Japan.
So there will be a HIATUS for that time. I´m sorry (well ... actually I´m NOT XD *coughs*)



More blabbering and stuff )
 
 
[mood]: super tired