So you know I went to Japan last June…
And only to blog it now
I had to fly to Tokyo alone because both my travel mates Vai and SL were already in Osaka at that time and we would meet in Tokyo on the same day. All because of my poor estimation on school holiday. We bought the ticket in October 2011 based on the draft school holiday of 2012. Sekali, LARI ALIGNMENT itu holiday!!!! We had to change the travel dates (hence paying extra. My fault) and because of the flight schedule, I couldn’t fly to Osaka like our initial plan and had purchase another one way ticket to Tokyo. Lesson learned, in an expensive way.
(Hence lao niang is so not going to buy any tickets or make any travel plans next year until the 2013 holiday is official!!!!)
Super the FML because, I was suppose to reach Tokyo at around 10.30pm, and tried my best to catch the last train to Asakusa after custom clearance and claiming my baggage. Then, soi-soi, THE flight was delayed and I had to think of alternate solution to get to the town.
Solution 1 – Pay 100USD for the taxi ride from Haneda Airport to Asakusa.
Solution 2 – Car pool with other passengers who’s heading to Asakusa, hence cheaper.
Solution 3 – Sleep in the airport till the first train.
Guess which solution I took!
I had like, 6 hours to kill in the airport after checking out and I had two meals, two drinks, and used my iPad sikit-sikit so I have enough for the 7.5 hours flight. The free wifi only lasted 3 hours and I used my own Maxis line for internet. Don’t play play, my indestructible Nokia E63 also can become hotspot one okay.
The good thing about flying solo is… I GET THE WHOLE ROW OF SEATS TO MYSELF!
(As for the return flight, I sat between Vai and SL and we all felt so sick because of the stuffiness in the plane. So big difference!)
The toilet soooooooo spacious that even with my luggage inside, I think I still can do guling-guling.
Nice to meet you Mr. Toileto Nihonsan! I’d heard so much about you and it’s great meeting you in person!
My first meal in Japan.
Was super excited when I saw the Korean strawberry milk because if you remember, I super love the banana milk and drank it everyday when I was in Seoul last year. Sadly, the banana milk and I tidak ada yuen-fen.
Oh ya, you should have guessed it correctly already. I chose solution 3.
I slept in the airport.
I asked around different groups of passengers and it’s either they have transport from the hotel picking them up, or they had friends picking them up, or… they chose to sleep in the airport because the taxi fare is just ridiculous.
That’s how we all slept hence grabbing a bench is very important!
Slept for couple of hours (lucky I did set the alarm) and woke up at 5.10am, and the first train set at 5.30am. Trust the Japanese on their punctuality! No photos taken because I was still blur when I woke up and quickly rushed to the washroom to freshen up, queued up to get the train tickets and ran to the platform waiting for the train.
Saw this lady here with her philtrum pulled to the max. You know, the line underneath your nose, above your lips? There were just so many things to stare at. Her eyeliners, her LVs, the poodle inside the LV, and again, her PHILTRUM!
I was really sleepy, yet worried that I missed the station and you know what, I exited 2 stations earlier! I wanna go to Asakusa, but I exited to Asakusa-bashi, thinking that they are the same wtf. And a kind uncle doing his morning exercise showed me the direction. Then I asked, how long will it take if I walk there? He terus “No! No! No! Very far! No walking”…. pointing to my luggage. I got what he’s trying to say.
Okay, so not going to walk. Since I already traveled for almost 8 hours on a plane, slept on the couch in the airport for 3 hours, I think I deserve a little pamper. F it, I’m calling a taxi!
And after about 10 mins, not understanding what the taxi driver was talking, eyes glued to the meter, I finally reached the guest house!!!!! (It wasn’t very expensive, around BND10+ only.)
My dear travel mates were sleeping soundly and I couldn’t get it because the reception only operates from 8am to 9pm. I waited outside the guesthouse, eat wind for almost 15mins, knocked the door, sent sms to SL and saw the garbage truck come and go… baru SL opened the door for me.
And this is the story of my adventure of flying to Tokyo alone.
A series of unfortunate yet happening events….