Ni hao!

I’m still alive oh.


Recently, I’ve had nothing to update because my life is pretty much the same and nothing much different is going on. I have not had time to go explore Japan much and neither have I had much interesting stuff to write about. So I’ve been silent!

But I see that there have been some frequent visits by some people so I think I should do my job and actually share something.

So, in case you aren’t aware, my most interesting activity right now is basically trying out food from convenience store (loving termed combini food). They are all on my Instagram @DforDirtyShoes under Combini Galore highlight. So you can check it out if you’re interested.

The thing is, combini food isn’t that bad but I feel that its too expensive for my liking. A pasta is easily around 500yen, which is almost S$7. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m sure you’ll agree with me because Wanton Mee and Chicken Rice in SG costs a mere S$5 at most. Sigh. Why, Japan, why?

Another interesting thing I’ve found out is that although most of the stuff in Japan is more expensive than in SG, restaurant wise for a night out is cheaper, thanks to cheaper alcohol. I just spent a night out in Shibuya at a Okinawan cuisine restaurant and all of us had 1 main (around 800yen each, which is super affordable for restaurant food) and a few side dishes, plus 2 – 3 drinks each and in the end, it cost us around S$32 per person. That’s super affordable, isn’t it? Plus, there’s no nonsense 10% service charge in Japan. So, YAY.

So, tomorrow is once again, MONDAY! It’s a public holiday in Japan and I’m not working. I’m just going to stay huddled up at home playing Octopath so GJH isn’t ahead of me by so much. He’s obviously been playing it MUCH more than I do.

By the way, the weather has been turning cooler these two weeks. It’s starting to feel so refreshing and nice with temperatures around low to mid 20s on some days. It’s such a different feeling to walk out of the house in the morning and it’s definitely something I loveeee the most in Japan.

It feels really nice checking in here once in a while for a quick recap of my life. And to you, my few loyal readers, thanks for still visiting and reading! I’ll go find some interesting stuff to share about soon, I promise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Till then!






  1. Dixon

    Yay Finally got updates! Welcome backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

    Eh 500 Yen is the Japanese 5 bucks ma, cannot convert to 7 SGD since you now earning JPY ยฅ liao ๐Ÿ˜› 5 bucks for a meal is okay la hahahaha. But i guess you have a point about expensive food, their cheapest can’t compare to our cheapest (3-4$ bucks etc, i hardly see 300-400yen meals) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Dixon

    Haha like that when i come i will die, i think my pay will be lower, plus i don’t have to pay rent in SG means my savings gonna dieee ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    help i got qs to ask u! That time when Gaba help you submit documents for your work visa, how many months of bank statement did they request from you? I am now in the process of applying with Yamasa, they want 1 year of bank statements issued and chopped/signed by the bank, i went to ask OCBC and they say it costs 200$SGD to get it done (first 2 months free, every month thereafter 20$) T_T ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    How did you settle your bank statement stuffs ah >_< you know any cheaper tricks i can do? hahaha

    • Shining Broken Soul

      I got GJH to reply you instead, as I wasn’t required to submit any bank statement at all for my visa, mainly because my visa is for work and my company already sort of be a guarantor that I can survive, lol. I think $200 is way too much; you should confirm with Yamasa if they are seriously asking for 12 months of bank statement, and that it is super expensive to get it in SG, and what advice they can give. Perhaps you can go for a guarantor route if all else fails?

  3. GJH

    Summoned to respond to your question. When I applied for Yamasa, I wasnโ€™t required to submit 1 year bank statement. I was only required to submit the latest monthโ€™s bank statement and that cost me $20 (not free). I donโ€™t really understand why they need 1 year statement since they just need to see that you have enough money for living in Japan.

    • Dixon

      Ah i see, ya most bank charge 20$ per month >.< they say is nagoya immigration bureauโ€™s stand ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i think if i change guarantor (e.g my dad) also need the irritating 1 yr bank statements sial) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Maybe they now more strict, want to see my spending habits for the past year (since anyone can take a short term loan to buff up their bank balance haha) sigh looks like i have to shell out this 200$ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        • Dixon

          Hanor, i previously sent them the PDFs generated via the ibank portal then they say while it may look okay, Nagoya Immigration don’t accept online copies. Then he also say please don’t print them out yourself, get them printed by the bank and chopped too (makes me wonder is it a lot of people commit fraud)?!? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ To make me feel better he say ppl from China, Nepal etc need to provide 3 years of bank statement (which is pretty insane). Later still must air mail all these over some more sia! T_T so painful sobsob lol

            • GJH

              I was one of those people lol. I borrowed $5000 from my friend, printed the bank statement and returned him the money the following day.

              The air mail cost probably isn’t that bad compared to the $200 statements O_O!! The transfer of payment is probably worse as I had to pay $70 intermediary bank handling fee. If it makes you feel better, the exchange rate was very bad when I went over in 2010. It was about $1 to 60 yen. Compared to the current exchange rate, I basically lost $300 for every $1,000 changed. For the record, I spent $25,000 in total (which could’ve been just $17,500), so that means I lost $7500. T_T

              • Dixon

                Haha noooooooo no wonder now they want to see bank activity, but 1 year very kua zhang sia, see 6 months also can what :<
                Omg now you making me worried, later Airmail another 100$+ den die.

                Omg, what's this 25,000$? Why so expensive? You studied in Yamasa for a year?! Now they allow flywire ( can use credit card or smth, so hopefully won't have more weird weird "handling fees" ๐Ÿ˜ฆ wah haven go i bleeding money liaos, lucky i haven quit my job lol!

                • GJH

                  Lol, $25,000 for everything for 7 months, including return ticket, tuition fee, accommodation, living expenses, etc. I remember the course fee + accommodation alone cost me about $14,000. Open airticket about $1300, so that’s already $15,300. And I also paid extra for their business course, events and I went traveling so that sounds about right. And “7 months” is because after the 6-month course, I spent 1 month to look for a job so I had to pay my friend rent for staying at his place as well.

                  • Dixon

                    Ohhh chey i thought you paid that amount to Yamasa, ok if add expenses and stuff then sounds about right >_<. I wanted to stay a year actually but don't want to deplete my bank funds to 0$ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ did you work part time during your 6 months of studies there to supplement your funds??

                    Wah i dint know you can do open air tickets, which airlines did you fly with?

                    • GJH

                      I did apply to do some part-time teaching through the school after 3 months there but didn’t get any gigs. Sometimes, there were events with local schools and they are usually paid (and it’s not teaching). I participated in one where we just have to go present about our country to elementary school kids’ mothers and got paid a few thousand yen for that easy job lol.

                      I have a friend who did part-time at Starbucks though. I did a search and found that It pays about 1000 yen/hr now and since you can do max of 28 hours a week, if you really max out 28 hours every week, you can easily earn some $1,300+ a month.

                      I flew with Singapore Airlines, but you have to note that open tickets are valid for 1 year only, so either you use the return within a year, or forfeit that flight. The representative I spoke with mentioned something like as long as the return date is more than 3 months from the date of departure, it automatically becomes an open ticket. But do check when you purchase it. The best is to just tell them you want an open ticket. They’ll probably set a tentative return date as a year from departure and you can call them to change the return date anytime you want to fly back at no additional costs.

                    • Dixon

                      Haha wow the money seems better than the part time gigs in SG ๐Ÿ™‚ but then my choices very limited because i can’t speak Japanese >_< lol are there any gigs for non-speaking peeps like me ? :S

                      I see SQ now got 700++ one way trip to Nagoya (for end Mar), maybe i can get that instead (hopefully the price is still around the same when i book next year :/

  4. GJH

    I’m not so certain about non-Japanese speaking part-time work other than teaching. But I definitely don’t encourage you getting the one-way ticket as prices don’t differ too greatly between one-way and return flights. Mine was $1,300 not because it was an open ticket but because it was that price at that time for any other flight.

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