#204 那些年



#203 About Osaka again

Sorry for the repeated post on my first day in Osaka but this time round it will be less on the lecture and more on my touring hahaha. Decided to post this asap if not I will just forget all about it after a week of experiments (need to throw old data into trash to clear data space for my expt results).  Anyway I will just go straight to my adventures after day 1’s lecture ended.

So I read somewhere about how the Kuromon Ichiba was the ‘kitchen’ of Osaka (or was it the ‘supermarket’. Ok I think it was ‘kitchen’) and wanted to check it out just for the sake of checking it out. So I made my way (I kind of had to rush cause it’s supposed to be a slightly wet market and the shops usually close in the evening) there right after I changed out of my suit and luckily for me some shops were still opened. This place felt like a combination of a wet market and a shopping street, maybe contents of a wet market but layout of a shopping street or something like it.


There were shops selling BBQ seafood and I was super tempted to buy but I decided that I wasn’t in the mood to spend SGD10 on the BBQ scallops. Hahaha. I was feeling quite cheapo that day lol. But it’s really quite ex (imo) to get a small scallop for that price leh. But I can’t deny the fact that it looks super legit and now I am feeling hungry again. Oops.


And I was lucky (at least I think I was) to see the uncle collecting the remains of the carcasses and so some reason he was smiling quite happily doing his job (maybe he is v 敬業)  or maybe he is posing for me cause he might be already quite used to weird foreigners taking photos of dead bodies (of those fishes).


There is also this shop selling tofu and related stuff and the thing that caught my eye was the ‘卖完了’ cause that’s like totally Chinese and I think I was in a good mood and so I was quite amused by it at that time.


They also sold seafood like those usual markets and the thing that was recommended online was the thing in the middle. I even zoomed in to show you what it is cause it’s like super cannot see clearly in the first one. Hahahha. So actually it’s just quail egg squeezed into the small sotong head and it looks super cute (Japanese people are really super creative). Although I really wanted to eat it, there were like > 5 housewifes flying around them/ resting on them and I don’t think my stomach can tahan housefly eggs so I decided to 眼看嘴不动. Omg to the hygiene by 100 points to their artistic sense.


So I finally satisfied my curiosity of that place and moved on to Dotonbori, where I always go to when I go Osaka, to get my dinnerrr. When in Osaka, EAT TAKOYAKI is the true blue 外人 (foreigner) way, so my first stop was of course the takoyaki shop. And I was super super surprised that there was NO QUEUE!!! Ok, there was a queue but only 2 people in front of me. Apparently this shop is supposed to be quite famous and usually have quite long queue but maybe cause it was a Thursday evening and Japanese people are still working. So lucky me didn’t have to queue too long for my takoyaki.


And the guy in the shop really look like some china/taiwan actor to me. You know some calefare who acts as everything but the main character. Oh wait. Maybe it was some Jap calefare I had in mind. Whatever la, as long as the takoyaki he makes is nice, I don’t really care how he looks. Hahaha.


And here’s my takoyaki, and next to it is the guidebook which brought me to it!


So after I just walked around and took random photos of the street. I secretly think I have similar pictures in my com but nvm just take.


I don’t know what’s so impressive about this billboard but since it’s like a ‘die die must take photo’ spot, I shall just follow the crowd and 入乡随俗. Ok I think the idiom I use wrongly.


I always knew of the existence of this river but I think this is my first time going down to this part of the street. I didn’t even know they had this structure at the Donki Houten shop.


After that I tried to find cheap food in Osaka and it was mentioned that there was some 140yen cabbageyaki so I went on a quest to hunt it down. #cheapthingsmusteat On the way there I saw the most sacred building which wrote ホルモン (beef or porl offal) and I secretly started drooling. Horumonyaki is seriously one of my favourite food in Japan cause I so super love intestines!


And I finally reached! It looked so unimpressive lol.


Looks like some singapore snack to me. You know this pastry with like peanuts on it? I forgot the name hahaha. Anyway it tasted normal and I don’t think I will recommend it unless you just have the urge to eat sth like okonomiyaki but no time to go to the shop and slowly it then maybe you can have this to temporary satisfy your craving. It is quite like a cheap substitute to the real okonomiyaki.

Anyway, considering that I still had lecture the next day, I decided to head back to the hotel to nua. On my way back, of course I spammed photos.


Capsule hotel!!! I think I wanna try it someday!!! (scribbles it onto my ‘want to try’ list)


The name of the shop caught my attention but I wasn’t interested enough to check out what kind of shop it was. I doubt it’s a kinky shop though (cause that part no the red light district kind leh).


This shop gave me a Taiwan feel (Jiufen feel) but I guess it’s just the red lanterns lol.


This is seriously the least crowded eggs n thing I have ever seen. I was really super shocked by how 冷清 it was.


Their streetlights quite oshare.


Yay! Back at my hotel!!! Looks super altas and super cool right!


Sorry I was lying. Too boliao. Ok this one then is the place I am staying. Ok la. I think it’s quite good and it looks quite new inside. Somemore got some oshare cafe-like place inside. The signs are also rather oshare. Got some kind of angmoh feel to it. But inside the hotel it’s just like any other business hotels.


And a photo of the toilet just for fun!


Ok! Goodnight amigos! I feel so sleepy!

#202 Day 2

Day 2 of lecture on polymers and things got a little more interesting. Don’t know if it’s the prof or the content and maybe both but I find myself having more questions and getting more intrigued with the concept of polymers. The sad thing is I don’t really have the chance to ask all my questions cause the lectures are continuous and I really have like v basic questions so it will be abit … if I keep asking and those cool people cannot ask their cheem question lol. 

Oops I realized I typed this and didn’t post. Shall secretly post it and change the date hahahha.e

#201 Osaka

I think Osaka will always have a special place in my heart. Hahaha. I always feel v familiar with the places when I come to Osaka but when I go like those city areas in Tokyo I feel super lost. But actually I have only been in Osaka for one year as compared to being in Tokyo for 6 years lol. To me Osaka >>> Tokyo hahahaha. 

The Ferris wheel still look the same after so many years and my photo taking skills also still as bad after so many years. 

But anyway, I’m not here for a holiday but for work and I attended this long long lecture today from 930 to 1700 and am going to attend the part 2 tmr. Super super long and I think I am not used to listening to classes for such long hours anymore. I was totally dozing off after lunch cause of food coma and things were even worse cause the prof sounded like he was singing me lullaby. He super 咬字不清 so it’s like he talk cheek stuff I already v hard to understand plus it’s Japanese and somemore I still cannot decipher what Greek he talking. <- oops this is complain queen jasmine kwek speaking.

But there were also some interesting part and I guess I learnt some new stuff today. It would have been better if the profs didn’t spend so much time on their introductions cause most of them didn’t manage to finish teaching the stuff in their ppt and I have a feeling the parts at the back and the cheemer and more impt points. To say the truth, I was kind of irritated by some of them cause they just kept wasting time talking about the easy concepts over and over again. Oh wells, who ask them to be the prof and me the student. 

Anyway, the lecture was held at the kao building and I realized something v interesting in their toilets. Yes, you heard me right, toilets. They put so many of their products in the toilet I was really amazed and as the curious banana I am, I actually tried them and thought they were quite good.

One of the products I tried (which was placed iñ the cubicle lol) was some spray thingy for you to spray on the toilet paper so that you can wipe yourself cleaner and feel less discomfort cause it also acts as a lubricant to decrease and friction from the toilet paper. Ok I just searched for it on Google and realised that it actually came out quite long ago and maybe it’s even older than me lol.

They also had handcreams (nivea and atrix) and mouth rinse. I use nivea so I know how it feels like but it’s the first time I tried atrix. It was abit oiler and you can feel it there for a longer period of time. I think it’s good for people who like to feel their hand smooth and nice but for me I don’t really like the oily feeling so I think I prefer nivea. As for the mouth rinse, I just had to dilute it with water (they even have cups there for you to use) and it felt like any other mouth rinse I’ve used before.

That’s all for the Kao products hahaha. After the lecture, I went back to the hotel to check in. I booked this room on the girls only floor and maybe that’s why the room looks abit girly (the wallpaper). The room not v impressive but it’s only 10mins away from the Kao building the 3mins from the nearest train station Shinsaibashi!!!! So the location is actually super super good!!!

After that I changed and went out for dinner. Bought my cam along to take photos heehee. And of course I ate takoyaki!

The rest of the photos are in my cam. I feel lazy now so bye.


Oh I’ve reached my 200th post!!! Hahaha. I think I’ve already exceeded it though cause I have some post which are like #xxx.5. Lol. Anyway, people around me have been traveling to cool places and making me abit 心痒痒 hahaha. I also wanna go Mogolia and Bali! And it also strikes me that I’ve to learn driving soon if not I won’t be able to travel around by car (so it will be super ma fan for me to travel to mountains and all the ulu pandan cool places).

I have also been feeling restless recently, like I don’t feel like doing anything at all except nuaing in bed and reading my book (and people who know me might say isn’t that what I always do). Feeling so super nua and wasting life away. Oh wells maybe I should just let myself nua while I still can cause you don’t know when you will suddenly become v busy. I am too lazy to even think about stuff to write in my blog. Lol.

Looking forward to Thurs cause I’ll be going to Osaka. Even though nth much to do, it’s still a change from my mundane everyday go lab life so I shall treat it as a 気分転換 and enjoy myself there.

#199 Culture and perception

Taking a short break from my kitchen timer session by blogging here. I have been speaking to my colleagues quite often recently and I have observed that there’s really something like ‘Japanese perceptions’/’Japanese way of thinking’. Ok, it obviously exists, but it’s just that recently I have been feeling it stronger than last time. It’s probably cause I have been thinking more into things and that I am going into my ‘rebellious’ mode where I just judge everything that is different from me. But anyway, there were 2 conversations I had that left very deep impressions me.

The first one was when I asked my colleague about the newcomer who was entering the department in June cause the newcomer is his lab junior. So I was asking like what kind of person he is and my colleague replied that his junior has a gf. So I was like ‘huh?’ (what’s the link between what kind of person he is and him having a gf???) and he told me that since the junior has a gf, he should be a normal guy. And I was like oh I see. In Japan, it’s like a norm for people my age to have a gf/bf, so if you don’t have one, they see it as either you just broke up or you are just too weird to get one. And in my case, I think I am being judged for being the latter. Lol. It’s really amazing how most people around me are attached. (But come to think of it my sg friends are mostly attached too lol.)

The second one was when I told my mentor I wasn’t going to the drinking party (nomikai) and he started interrogating me about why I wasn’t going and preaching me about how I should not skip nomikais (cause they are so goddamn impt in his opinion). He started saying about how people will start thinking what’s wrong with me (and to make it not so harsh he said people will start worrying about me (like wtf he think I 3 year old kid what people worry about me <- sorry a bit too emotional here)) if I keep skipping those nomikais. To them, not attending nomikais (even with a(n effing) valid reason) = something wrong and it’s amazing how they cannot think that there might be a possibility of someone not liking nomikais. I was ranting about this to my sg friend (who also works in a Japanese firm) and she told me that she faced a similar situation today at work. #woesofagaijinworkinginjapan

I would like to emphasize the fact that we are not obliged to attend outings after work cause those outings are not listed in our job scope. If it’s a must, please write it down in black and white and don’t expect me to ‘read the air’ or ‘teamplay’ or whatever they like to call that.

Luckily instead of getting angry at such frustrating situations (I mean the second one cause I have no probs at all with the first one), I get my dose of amusement from them. #becoolandtreatthemasjokes


#198 Putting into words

Had this recurring conversation with my mentor again about how there should be proper explanations about how I plan my expts. I used to think that some stuff are just based on feeling (凭感觉) and I always say ‘somehow I just feel that way’ and ‘I don’t know why buy I just think it will work that way’ etc. But recently I started thinking differently and leaning more towards the ‘there’s always a reason for everything, including how you feel and there’s a high chance that the feeling can be explained by an experience, some fact and figures or other sources of information’ kind of mentality. It makes more sense to live this way cause you will be very clear about what’s happening around you or, more importantly, to you. It’s part of my journey to search for some sense in/to life.

I was thinking and I thought there are two main reasons why people resort to vague explanations their actions/plans.

  1. Cause they don’t know the exact words to use (inspired by djd’s post on imprecision) to convey their thoughts (I always face this problem cause my vocab is v limited).
  2. Cause they still haven’t sort out their thoughts (I get this v often too cause my thoughts are always all jumbled together and v messy).

I guess I should do something of these two points like building up on my vocab, training my brain to auto-sort my thoughts and maybe even banning myself from being vague (is this possible? lol). But anyway, I have always been a bad researcher and have always been recording my results ambiguously and today I though I should learn to quantify everything and make everything clear so that other people can also understand when they see my notebook.

Points to take note on from now on:

  1. Be more precise.
  2. Sort out my thoughts.
  3. Provide reasoning for actions/plans.

Maybe I need more time to sort out my thoughts on this topic. I am still a little confused.

#197 X-M1

This post shall be about my new camera and I spent my 30-min kitchen timer today editing the photos I took last weekend. I was just too lazy to edit those photos cause they aren’t that interesting and just random photos of my neighbourhood (which is this v ulu pandan place) and I procrastinated so much that I decided to use kitchen timer session to make myself do it. It worked and now I can finally blog about my new camera.

Overall I am quite satisfied with how the photos turned out but I’m still having some problems with the focus cause this camera doesn’t have touchscreen function for me to choose the point I want the focus to be on. On the other hand, the colours turned out really well and even better than I expected so I didn’t have to go through my usual editing process. Very vibrant colours and good contrast. But then again, I’m not sure if it’s cause of the good weather but hopefully it will deliver even onbad weather days. On to the photos!

Taken from my room. The focus seem a bit off for the first one but I also don’t know where to focus on anyway.


Down the slope! Very old buildings.


Part of the factory near my dorms. Hahahha. Not v sure if it’s part of my company or just the subsidiary company cause I’ve never entered that part of the factory before.


This is one of the gates to the factory (I was at for the first 2 months.)


Anyway I cycle pass here every morning.


Taking flowers to practice focusing. Actually I’m not v sure about the term for it.


#nofilter #noedits #onlycropping


I like this photo quite alot cause it makes me feel at peace.


I am not sure how to take photos in the direction of the sun. (looks abit weird right, need some advice on this)


This one too.


As always, a shot of my bicycle.


Couldn’t decide on the angle thus the two photos.


Went down to the river to take these few shots.


I don’t know why but there’s some sort of loneliness in my photos. Is it just me or are they really like that?


Under construction. I love this kind of structures.


The nearest supermarket to my dorms. I always go there after work to get my groceries.


Getting back to my dorms and this is a photo of another old old building. It is supposed to be some shop but I have never ever seen anyone there.


End of photo spam and as you can see, the colours are really sharp without any editing. But it’s kind of hard to control the lighting cause there’s no touchscreen function for me to focus on a dark place/bright place just I need brighter/darker photos. Maybe I just need to practice more.

Took this using my phone hahhha.