We started an afternoon tour in Tokyo before heading to my cousin’s family’s house in Kofu, Yamanashi (a 2-hour bus ride from Shinjuku). Thank God for luggage lockers!
Their public transportation is very much like where I live right now — super efficient and I love how their seats have cushioning! I was reminded how every train station was like Dhouby Ghout because it connected to almost all lines that made commuting much faster.
Off to Kofu after this!
Traveling Solo: Tokyo 1
When I learned about my work pass’ approval last March, I immediately booked tickets to Tokyo for the following month to “celebrate”. It was also my first time to fly with the national carrier and now I know why most people say SQ’s economy class still felt premium. What a breath of fresh air especially when you’ve been used to traveling budget for the past year. Haha
Can’t sleep? No problem! Champagne is on them. :P
My cousin’s family picked me up from the Haneda airport and we took the train for 20 minutes going to the hotel.
Obviously I wasn’t alone here but we’ll get to that on the latter part of the trip, which I’ll show on the next few posts :p
Why I’m the bitter fan
It’s not like I marathoned 5 seasons in two weekends. I’ve been watching it since a friend introduced it to me in 2007 (he’s probably the only person who I want to have an in-depth discussion with but I can’t because he stopped watching mid-show). Week after week, I waited for a new 20-minute episode. I tried my best to form an afternoon-free Tuesday schedule in college so I can go home early to watch. That’s for 7 years and most series don’t make it to my life that long, not even halfway close. What was HIMYM’s USP to me, if you ask? No matter how I deny it, at the back of my head, I can relate to it the most. It took me a full day to entirely recover from the sad feeling brought about by the finale and if you haven’t watched the HIMYM finale STOP READING FROM THIS POINT. Please note that this is all related to my personal experiences and thoughts.
I’m not a fan of the muling ibalik. Some like it because “love is sweeter the second time around”. NOPE. Lol. It didn’t work the first (second, third, fourth and so on) time, let alone the next round. Also, wasn’t she married to your bestfriend, where you were the best man? I think we take the #brocode seriously from here on, man.
2) I wish the mother (AKA one of the most important characters, if not the most) appeared more times all throughout because she is FREAKING AWESOME. Robin used to be my girl but when I saw what Tracy’s traits were (and how greatly they mirrored mine teehee), boy, did I fall in love right then and there. She played the bass guitar as well, if that’s not enough convincing. Yes what I’m trying to say is that I am awesome.
3) Ok maybe Ted really belonged to Robin. But it has been established many, many times in the past that the two are a closed chapter. I’ve moved on from that phase. It’s like the ex you’ve never heard from for literally a decade who finally decides to come back. I don’t even wanna think about it.
4) Because Barney <3 Robin forever.
Everything else is said here.
People have been trying to justify it to my face. I got their points and understood them well because they make a lot of sense. But you can’t force it upon someone like me to agree with so please stop shoving it down my throat (figuratively).
This show is no garden-variety to me. I take it seriously… until the last 5 minutes of the end.
I was told many times in the past that Christmas tickets going to Manila cost a fortune. Why not? The Filipino version of The Chinese New Year is a great opportunity for these airline companies to jack up their prices because Pinoys will always find a way to go back by hook or by crook. So the best way to not burn a pocket hole is to buy them the earliest possible time. AKA NOW.
First website: Tiger, because they always seem to be the cheapest based on firsthand experience. Lo and behold.
It’s 34,000+ if you Google convert it to pesos. MY KIDNEY FOR SALE. Any takers??!
Then I looked through 5J, SQ, PAL, and Jetsar. They had lower offers but still not within the budget I had in mind, which was at 400SGD (or 14k pesos. kuripot level over 9999 talaga). After a couple of sighs, I just decided to go with SQ because the 30kg baggage allowance was a great consolation. Ok booking this when I get home, I told myself. Huhu.
While on the train after work, I browsed again on my phone for the second time. Thank God I did this!!! Apparently tickets 2 days prior to my intended date of departure were so much cheaper. I entered my card details without batting an eyelash and in a few minutes, my e-ticket was ready.
Why it was better for me to book using the mobile site:
1) They have the Master Card debit card option, which doesn’t exist in the Jetstar web version, said my friend. WEIRD. I don’t own a credit card and even if I had one, they were charging a premium of $17 for it on top of the final bill.
So yep, I’ll be homeeee. For. Christmas.
When you have to deal with the Ministry of Manpower