06. 17-23. Monday-Sunday

Canned tangerine - might be useful for preparing sweets

Canned tangerine – might be useful for preparing sweets

06/17 Monday
The horrific Monday… For once I managed to drag myself to the uni for the first kanji class in the morning. To think just a few months ago I had days I had to start working at 6:30, and now I have troubles getting to the uni till 8:45 ^^; But actually it’s because I need to prepare a lot for Monday – I have four classes, I bring my lunch, my tablet, 1 liter water and so on. Even if I prepare part of it on Sunday, it still takes more time to get ready than usual. Anyway, the reason I had to go to the class today was that I had to catch up on the tests we have every week. This time I was even writing three tests so it was a bit stressful and I didn’t even have time to eat my breakfast – you can imagine how hungry I was without eating anything before noon ^^; All in all the day was very long and exhausting. I should have done some shopping at the 100-yen store and the drug store, but it was no emergency and it was hot outside, so I just came home. Fortunately there are no classes tomorrow at all, so I can catch up a bit with everything.

Éclair

Éclair

06/18-19 Tuesday and Wednesday
Nothing interesting, really. I ordered myself house arrest for Tuesday and Wednesday, so I could work and study. I had no classes today anywhere (foundation day at KyoDai and another reason at Seika), so it was good timing. Actually it started raining due to Typhoon No.4, and the weather report said it wouldn’t stop till weekend – great :/ Fortunately it wasn’t raining when I went shopping for ingredients on Wednesday. I got more mushrooms for the same dish and got some éclair-like pastries for dessert – it was even quite okay~ Otherwise nothing interesting happened. Oh, I ordered a table for my bed on Tuesday. Till now my laptop was always on my lap, and it was just no good anymore. With summer being here already it was too hot, and it’s not good for the laptop either. If I buy a table for the bed, I decided to get one with fans for the laptop. These customizable tables aren’t cheap, but I managed to find one at a more reasonable price.

Clouds hanging low

Clouds hanging low

There was more water in the river, too

There was more water in the river, too

06/20 Thursday
Classes again. But before that I had to go shopping to the Takaragaike Life, because they had good discounts. I don’t really like to go there, because it’s too far (20-25 minutes of walking), and now it was also raining. Anyway, I decided to experiment a bit with recipes from the net, so I got ingredients for that. They also had ready to go fried snacks like taiyaki and something similar to a dorayaki, so I got those too. Sure, it’s not as great as freshly baked, but putting it into the microwave and eating it while hot isn’t so bad – and somehow it really felt great to eat red bean paste after such a long time~

More clouds... and rain

More clouds… and rain

After classes I also went to the drug store at Hyakumanben, because I needed quite a few things and they had a 5% discount anyway. Maybe it’s strange that I’m always discount this, discount that all the time, but well, with my manga spending, sightseeings it needs to be – and well, I do eat out too, and still need to buy basic things for living. Anyway, I couldn’t find curry powder at Life, but fortunately they had some at the 100 yen shop, where I got more tools for the sake of the new meal.

Conbini dorayaki

Conbini dorayaki

Conbini taiyaki

Conbini taiyaki

I was also waiting for the table to be delivered in the morning, but it didn’t come. Apparently they tried to deliver it at 13:00, when I had my classes already. Upon coming home I found the notice too, and had to see how to arrange a redelivery. I won’t call any Japanese numbers, that’s for sure, so I checked the website of Yamato. Fortunately you can schedule a redelivery there too, but it wasn’t easy. Somehow it just didn’t accept my name, and I almost thought it accepted kanji only. I also tried to register at the site to maybe avoid this issue, and I got problems there two despite the note that Latin characters are accepted as well. It turned out it only accepted the special full-width characters, even for Romaji – sure, they have written that, but I thought the normal input would be okay. It took quite a while for me to figure out how to get there full-width characters orz In the end I managed to set up the redelivery, but 30 minutes later they brought the table already, so yay~ The table got 3/5 in the ratings, so I didn’t expect much, but it’s quite okay. Sure, there are some issues, but it will be okay for the intended use.

I had to chop for an hour at least - even got blisters on my hand ;__;

I had to chop for an hour at least – even got blisters on my hand ;__;

06/21 Friday
My mood wasn’t really great due to the rain, so my day wasn’t anything special either. In the morning I was cooking before my classes. I’m a bit obsessed with pumpkins, so I was checking out the internet for recipes with a pumpkin maindish. In the end I found some interesting ones I could combine and modify for my limited options here. It has green onion, red paprika, pumpkin, ginger, garlic and curry. The end result was delicious, and at this point I still didn’t know, that after some fine tunings this would turn out to be one of my fave dishes here – and it’s reproducible in Hungary as well.

The meal~

The meal~

After my classes I just came home, and I had another discovery in the evening – after like two months I discovered the Friday movie block on one of the channels – well, it took me time to start watching TV in the evening, so yeah. They had Independence Day today, which was quite strange with the Japanese dub – and it was cut too – very peculiar.

Cabbage soup

Cabbage soup

06/22 Saturday
I was cooking in the morning and studied in the afternoon, so that was basically it. I got cabbage before, and I made a red cabbage soup using tomato sauce, paprika powder and spices – with a bit of basil. Actually it’s the same way of making like we do it with sauerkraut, but due to the new cabbage it has a certain freshness. To tell the truth I have never made this before in Hungary, neither with sauerkraut, not with fresh cabbage, so it’s funny I was trying to make this Hungarian dish in Japan for the first time XD I have to say I just got another alternative for soup – I loved it~

Peanuts choco, but not that great

Peanuts choco, but not that great

In the afternoon I finally got myself to look for an online Japanese TV guide, because I was just habitually watching the TV sometimes, but had no idea about the programs – or even about anime on TV. It turned out despite having only a handful channels, there are some anime I could watch on the TV. Sure, the late-night shows are a no-go, but there are others I can check out, or just let them run in the background. For Saturday I was already too late, but I decided to check out how it is.

Look at these swallow fledglings *__*

Look at these swallow fledglings *__*

06/23 Sunday
With that said and done I turned on the TV in the morning, and a PreCure episode was starting. Sure, I wasn’t watching it closely, but it was good to see anime on TV – and yeah, one should know where the mahou shoujo genre stands currently. At another channel I caught Toriko and after that One Piece – OMG! It has been like 100 episodes since I stopped watching… I really should try catching up – especially because I stopped at the beginning of the Ace arc – partially because I knew what was coming from the manga. Anyway, that was all for me in the morning, but in the evening I saw some more: the latest Uchuu Senka Yamato 2199 (that OP is epic~~~ The series looks quite okay, btw, might check it out from the beginning) and Phi Brain 2, and just watched some Chibi Maruko-chan and Sazae-san for the heck of it XD I guess for now on I will watch some random anime on TV as well ^^;

Otherwise I had to go shopping – Fresco had discount on eggs and a general 10% discount on many products, and Life had a discount on yogurt and some vegetables. Actually it was due to the different directions it was quite a walk, but at least I was all the more hungry for lunch. After that it was just the same studying+working combo again *sigh*

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