Traveling: Missing My Flight

If you’ve been traveling for as long as I have, you’re bound to eventually experience that one flying disaster from hell. ¬†(And if for some reason you never do, I envy you ūüėČ ) ¬†Mine came as I was coming home to Japan, on an American Airlines flight from Dallas (DFW) that got re-routed from Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX).

Long story short, there were some maintenance delays with the aircraft that caused me to miss my connecting flight in Los Angeles (LAX) to Narita (NRT). ¬†Well technically I didn’t miss it and arrived at the gate 10 minutes before take-off, but they refused to board two other guys booked for the same flight as myself, probably because they had given our seats away to stand-by. ¬†Irritating, but hey it happens. ¬†Little did I know a shitstorm of bad customer service and excuses was next to come.

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Seasons Greetings from Texas!

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My grandmother did all the decorations this year.
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Hey ya’ll, it’s already Christmas Eve! ¬†I feel like December has flown by so fast!

I made sure to get all my New Years greeting cards in the mail before I left, and did most of my Christmas shopping and got it packed before leaving.  Still, there were a few people I was stumped on what to get, and decided to leave it until I was back in the U.S.  What a big mistake, lol!  >_<;;  Even with a week to go until Christmas, the mall was totally packed!

Hopefully everyone is past the holiday season rush and enjoying some quality time with friends and family, or with your significant other if you’re in Japan. ¬†ūüėČ

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Souvenir Culture

I’ve talked about souvenir culture in some previous posts, but since this will be my last post before I leave for the U.S. and I’m getting ready to make my souvenir list, I thought I’d write a more detailed post about what makes a good souvenir/gift and when to give them.

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Getting Your Glam On: Getting Your Nails Done in Japan

Since I’m going back to the U.S. for the first time in four years, I want to try and look my best! ¬†I also don’t like having to repaint my nails over and over while on vacation, so I recently got my nails done.

Although I was never much for getting my nails done in middle school or high school back in the U.S. like the other girls my age, I absolutely love getting my nails done in Japan. ¬†It’s the one monthly “treat yo’self” thing I tend do for some personal me time. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I recommend any ladies reading try it out at least once! ¬†That said, it was pretty intimidating making the first appointment when I didn’t know any Japanese nail salon lingo. ¬†So here’s a quick guide if you’re in the same boat or don’t know what to expect your first time.

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Contacting Apple/iPhone Support

In Japan there are three main cellular service providers:  au, Softbank (previously Vodafone), and (NTT) Docomo
When the iPhone first came out it was only released by Softbank, and later au and Docomo started carrying it.  Mr. J and I use au as our mobile carrier, and when the iPhone 5 first came out my cellphone at the time was on its last leg, so I reserved one though them.

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The iPhone 5 battery is infamous for dying after little use, and fast forward over two years later, mine was on its last leg.  Like on the Kyoto trip my friends and I took, it would completely die after only taking 2-3 pictures or under 20 minutes of usage no matter if it was fully charged or not.  So after the trip, I decided I needed to get the issue remedied ASAP before my next trip back to the States, and started the process of doing just that.

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