I am in this shoebox of a hotel room!! I have to sit in bed while Dave gets ready for work in the mornings. It is also Lucy’s 17th birthday and we are not with her to celebrate. She told me she had to do dishes at the dorm – 22 dinner plates and pots and pans. She has to do it for a whole week. It has nothing to do with it being her birthday…hmm nah don’t think so.Today I went to look at houses and apartments with a rep from the relo company and several realtors at different times, of course.
One house was about 1200 sq. ft but it was in the middle of a rice field, closer to Dave’s work and there will be snow to shovel etc etc. But i wanted the town so I don’t have to drive much and it will be great when the kids are here at christmas time. The apartment that i really liked was 600 sq feet!! Coming from a 3400 sq ft home that was abit of a shocker. It was brand new with nice wood floors but only two rooms ie one bedroom and one tatami room – ie with tatami mats on the floor – guests could sleep on cushions. I loved it if it was just Dave and I, but I have the kids coming, so that would be way too small. Then I saw another one which was about 1000 sq ft and it was on the 14th floor. I did not like the carpeting but it had three rooms. SO i thought that was it, but later i saw another – 750 sq ft – 3 b/rooms , a newer one with imitation wood floor (no carpets yay!!) and 4th floor too so i would feel less sway in case of earthquakes. So i am gonna sign a contract for that. ahh so tiny BUT it had the electric toilet that Dave loves so much! It also has a full bath (most of the apartments that we saw only has one toilet!! We’d better not all get diarhea over christmas!) which doubles as a clothes dryer!! Apparently, you can hang your clothes over the bath tub, close the door and turn on the dryer. I couldn’t quite understand this concept – must use alot of electricity. The other alternative is to hang your clothes on the balcony like they do in Singapore – clothes waving in the wind like the united nation flags on every floor! But what I will end up doing is to get a clothes dryer/ washer combo.
The car park for alot of the apartments are so weird. You back your car into this floor plate. then it gets lifted to the top level and it stays there. When you want to drive your car, you have to push all these buttons and the machine shuffles your car around and the right one will come down from the top to the bottom floor and you drive it off!! To tell you the truth I think I am scared of it! I cannot back a car into that small lift plate.
The company will rent some furniture and i doubt if i could bring any of ours – too big.
I have only been here 7 days but it felt a year already!!!!! I think it will be better once i get my own place. I walked alot. Food is good. I am enjoying it although too much carbo n not enough veggies. The super market has lovely fresh fruits and veggies but i cannot cook in this room.
Last night we went to a shabu shabu restaurant for dinner. It was so good. It is like a hot pot – damn it was so good. They kept bringing in stuff to put into the pot, beef slices, chicken slices, dainty mushrooms, veggies, fish paste that came in a bamboo holder, ooooh so yummy! there’s this sesame seed that came in a little mortar bowl and you grind them up amd then you pour sesame seed sauce in them and there’s another sauce which is like soy soauce and some yummy vinegar too. and you dip your meat after it comes out of the hot pot. ahhh so good!!