MATCHA EVERYTHING part 1, there’s still more coming your way!
I need more efforts to make this place feel like home.
Melon and mango ice cream. Went to Odori Park to see Autumn Festival again tonight. I was talking to Brittany about pumpkin-flavored-everything and how I wished they also have mango-flavored-everything. And later we found out that they do!!!
Uhh not literally everything but at least they have really good mango ice cream.
Great Saturday night!
"I need to go shopping for groceries. I have to have real food in my fridge." *make a what-I-need-to-buy list*
"But I need some inspiration, recipes perhaps?" *turn on computer, log in to tumblr*
3 hours later….
"Oh well, whatever. I’m just gonna go to school and grab some onigiris on my way there."
Actually in this post I’m not only going to talk about shopping but also about my fun activities yesterday.
Okay, first let’s talk about shopping. This isn’t gonna take long to read.
When I first arrived here, one thing I noticed immediately is the cold and dry weather. My skin is dry but it looks and feels even worse here, my lips are chapped so bad I almost cry and eventhough I bring about 4 different lipbalms from home, none of them work here. Crazy isn’t it? My usual Blue Stone lipbalm usually will last for a day, keeping my lips from chapping but here it barely lasts 2 hours. It’s probably because Blue Stone is made especially for tropical country (yeah, Bali everyone?) and I even bought an extra tin when I visited Bali earlier this month. Thankfully my TBS and Mustika Ratu body butter and Vaseline Cocoa Lotion still work to moisturized my skin (I’m crazy for moisturizers. I know.)
So… I went to AEON Supermarket near my dorm and found these babies
Shiseido Water in Lip Hokkaido Winter Edition
YAP THAT’S TRUE BABY! They have Hokkaido Winter edition! Because apparently winter here is so harsh they think they need a special product.
I’m lucky because this baby blue cutie works really well on me and it’s cheap, only 300 something yen! I remember those days when I had nivea lipbalm and it only made my lips look greasy and then made my lips peel. Eew.
As you can expected from Shiseido. I think everyone who will be visiting Hokkaido during these months has to have this lipbalm. Like seriously even my guy friends complaining about their skin and chapped lips.
Not only that, I also found this……
Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown
I’ve been looking for this eyeliner because I read a lot of good reviews about it. There are several stores that carry this brand in Indonesia but prices there go up to 100% more expensive than its original price. I finally bought this here for only 1.200yen. I can’t explain how happy I am and I’m so gonna wear this everyday!! Lol
And when I went to Daiso to stock up my kitchen utensils, I found this.
I’m never a big fan of Oreo. I kinda hate their white greasy filling. But oh boy do I like this Oreo.
It’s 108 yen for a small package.
And later, when I visited Hokkaido University Coop store, my supporter showed me some other yummy snacks but this one is the most special one
Hokkaido University is used to be named Sapporo Agricultural College and this is their official cookies.
Smallest pack, contains 3 milk cookies for 150 yen. The packaging is so cool! I’m gonna bring a lot of this as souvenir!
I also went to UNIQLO at Esta Building near Sapporo Station. Heatech is only 990~1500 yen while it was almost 250k rupiah back home >_<
I still have a long list of things I have bought but it’s boring to talk about stuffs. Now I’m going to talk about people. New friends.
Yesterday Kak Doddy invited me and Wike and other new guys from UGM to get lunch at his apartment as our welcoming party. It was so nice because I’m having trouble with eating (it’s either I only eat desserts or instant ramen or snacks or nothing at all) I need to eat real food. Kak Doddy cooked for us, he made mi goreng, nasi goreng, martabak tahu, even ikan asin and tumis kangkung! He told us where to get Indonesian food (Kangkung from Daimaru is 400 yen per bucket. While you can get those for merely 2000 rupiah or 20 yen in Indonesia lol), what we can eat or drink and what not, he also told us that tomorrow evening there will be a ‘Give and Take’ event from PPI at his apartment.
After lunch, we all headed to school. My suporter invited us to see lacrosse match and support Hokkaido University. It was my first time seeing a lacrosse match, it’s not a popular sport in Indonesia and I’m glad I was invited! It was fun, I got to see cute Japanese boys acting as cheerleaders and Hokkudai win the game 15-6! I’m starting to feel like a real Hokkudai student lol
Went to see with kak Caca, Wike, Gayuh, and Aziz.Collage picture courtesy of kak Caca.
I also visited my new building, Faculty of Agriculture. It’s huge and looks beautifully old. Overall, Hokkudai is really huge and pretty. Trees, ponds, grass fields, like a better and older version of Bogor Agricultural University. I bet I’m gonna like it studying here.
Everywhere I walk, pumpkins! Happy fall everyone. <3
Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.
What a beautiful badass woman.
King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.
MORE FEMALE KINGS.
Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.
I’m about to get a new phone but I kinda like being phone/network-less. It makes everything more interesting lol receiving emails and messages using my computer, going out and not busy on my phone because the only thing it capable of here is taking pictures. This also allows me to be on tumblr more often than before lol now I really have reasons to write.
I’ve been here for four days and I still couldn’t believe it.
It’s gonna be an awesome year.
Today, I went to see Sapporo Autumn Festival at Odori Park. Odori Park is about 2 km away from my dormitory. I walked all the way there, it is nice to walk because this city is so pretty and makes me feel safe (they always –ALWAYS- put pedistrians first.) Besides, I still don’t know how to use public transportation here (all instructions are in Japanese kanji or hiragana) while cabs are expensive. So yeah, I walk more than I’ve ever walked before during my first 4 days in Sapporo.
Odori Park is like the Central Park of Sapporo. It’s sooo beautiful. Pretty flowers and green grass fields.
We also visited Sapporo TV Tower at the end of Odori Park and went to see Former Sapporo Goverment Building and Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 on our way there.
I had Hokkaido steamed potato and butter for lunch. I never knew a dish as simple as potato and butter could taste so good. So so good. 250 Yen for 2 potatoes, not bad.
After lunch, we decided we would go to Warung Jawa, a restaurant in Kita 14 Nishi 3 that sells Indonesian food and stuffs. It is also far from Odori Park and we spent 30 minutes walking. When we got to Kita 14 Nishi 3 we couldn’t find the place, we ended up at Kita 14 Nishi 4 and thought we were lost. Then I saw some people wearing hijab in front of a house, I suggested we go there and see if they are Indonesian. I was right, they are all Indonesian. They are actually members of PPI Hokkaido (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia) since today was PPI Hokkaido Open House.
I bumped into my senior, kak Doddy there and he introduced me to everyone. We had lunch (Indonesian food!!!) and he invited me to grab dinner with everyone later this evening. I said yes and headed to my friend’s dormitory nearby.
At 7, I went back to that house and we had great times. Indonesian food, Indonesian people, familiar place, as if I wasn’t in Japan. Kak Doddy told me about upcoming events and one of PPI members also invites me to go shopping with them next weekend. Great! But I had to leave around 8 because my dormitory is located at the other end of this Kita district, which means I have to walk for around 3 km by myself and eventhough today’s weather was warm, it’s still around 15 degrees celcius during the night.
When I got to my dorm at Kita 8 Nishi 11, I met my dorm manager. He told me that there will be another Indonesian girl staying at the dorm but she hasn’t arrived yet. He also told me Dilla already went back to Indonesia this morning (Dilla is an Indonesian girl, I met her on my first day at the dorm. She was so cool and she gave me several stuffs like hair dryer and hair curler before she went back to Indonesia.) I told him I know that and I hope Dilla enjoy being back to sunny and warm Indonesia since it’s getting colder and colder in Sapporo.
He then asked me if I need more blanket, because he will give me a blanket he made by himself. He told me again, he made that blanket for Dilla last year because he knows we are tropical country girls always have hard times coping up with winter and before Dilla leaves, she asked him to give the blanket to me. I said yes of course and so thankful because he understands my struggles.
After offering me blanket, he also asked me if I need bicycle because he saw me walking everyday. I said yes but I still have no idea where should I get one, maybe I could go to Univesity Coop but I would prefer to get a used one since it will be cheaper. That was when he said he will lend me one of his bikes for free, I can use it during my stay here.
I was all “Wait, what? For free? Is this for real?” Fortunately he has about 10 bikes and he always lend those bikes to students who stay at this dorm. So basically, whoever reach him first will get a free bike and I am one of those lucky 10. Though those bikes are not new but they are still so useful. Before give me the bike, he tested my biking ability (LOL!) and told me several important stuffs (turn on the light during night, lock the bike, don’t park at station area, etc.)
I feel so lucky and happy. Now I have a bike!!! I don’t have to walk anymore! Not that I hate walking but I’d prefer biking… My feet are hurting right now! LOL