Figure it out ~ JR East railway app

When you are making your way around Tokyo city, chances are, you are on a JR East train traveling along Yamanote Line.  Every visitor to Tokyo would be orientated on the Yamanote Line, connecting you to the major attractions in the most straight-forward manner, looping so you can’t possibly get lost.

So then it make sense for JR East to come up with an app that brings info to their commuters. Train status, operation information of their 15 railway lines, directional know-how of their stations, train positions along the Yamanote Line, train departure information and even station maps.

JR East Railway App

And if you are not yet in Tokyo, why not play around with the app and imagine yourself zipping around the city in a JR East train? Chock’ful with so much info, that wouldn’t be too difficult.

No more worrying about your data on your holiday in Japan

Beginning February 2015, one of Japan’s telco provider, Telecom Square, Inc., has begun sales of their Wi-ho!®Prepaid SIM card. This service is aimed at solving the data woes of foreign visitors to Japan.

What’s new? You asked. Afterall, there are other telco operators already in the market now.

Well, for one, Telecom Square, Inc. is offering 1G and 3G data plans at a much affordable price of 4,500¥ and 6,500¥ respectively. It goes by how much data you use instead of by the number of days of hire, which is the current plan model offered by most telco providers. The plan lasts for 30days and promises strong LTE and 3G signal supported by NTT docomo network that covers urban and sub-urban areas in the country with a download speed of up to 150Mbps.

Still not convinced? Telecom Square, Inc. also offers 3 sessions of free telephone interpretation service. When you find yourself in a jam trying to put your point across to the waiter or salesperson, this service would make you sob with relief. Trust me.

Oh, and did I mention that it is pretty much plug and play? These babies are sold at the airports so just grab one once your disembarked from your flight, plug it in and use. It’s that easy. If you hit a technical snag or decides to buy one after leaving the airport, there will be several places in the city to get them too.

Wi-ho!®Prepaid SIM card

The past has passed

Nearly two months since my last post. Yup, slacked a little, but with so much that was happening in my life then, I rightfully claimed the time off. However, today we are not gonna chit-chat over what had happened the past 2 months of my life. They were extremely unpleasant, I had the pleasure of encountering some of the most unpleasant people in my life, lesson learnt, experience absorbed, let’s move along.

Today is April 1st, the beginning of a new month, beginning of the season of Spring in many countries, and so rightfully, a new beginning.

So what have I’d planned for the month of April? I know I would want to embark on a month-long project this time. A few ideas came up, and I’ve decided that I’ll run 2 concurrently, with one probably growing more than a month long eventually.

And here it is:-

April shall be …

Month of absolutely no unnecessary spending,
Month of discovering a item that I’d bought/own but forgotten

Do or Die

Yet again I stole a WordPress prompt and make it my own.

It was a coincidence really. I was reading the Minimalists blog last night and they were talking about how changes can occur if you use the right words to fortify the right attitude. Whenever we set New Year’s Resolutions, which word do we use? “Should” or “Must”? Of course we want to see results when we sought change, but how many times are we so adamant about it that it is get go from the first second?

Pretty much all the time we use “should”. I should start saving, I should start exercising, I should learn how to sew. It conveys the necessity to do something without much conviction. That’s setting ourself up to fail. But if we start to use “must”; I must start saving, I must start exercising, I must learn how to sew; it suddenly sound like your life depends on it to happen, “DO OR DIE!” it screams. The sound of urgency rings loud and clear. I am not saying it will sustain you the whole journey (Hooray to you if it does) but it sure gave you an extra oomph to get your first foot out of the door.


Say my name….say my name

I got this interesting prompt from WordPress Blogging 101 today. It had me thinking, I’d never thought that anyone would be curious about how I  named my blog. It felt a little presumptuous to assume anyone out there would care what I named my little wonderland. But today I’m gonna go ahead with it, tell you, my lovely readers, why.

My blog….Fukutoshin Daily Press (Life outside city limits)


You see, I am a city girl, born and bred. I’d never lived in the country, never had and probably never will. But that doesn’t mean I never toyed with the idea. In actual fact, I did, and still do, when life in the city gets too congested sometimes. This blog is my oasis outside my daily routines, hence it is about living outside city limits. Does that make sense?  *LOL*

Now what about Fukutoshin? In fact, what the heck is Fukutoshin? Right about the time I started this blog, Tokyo Metro welcomed a new route. It was named Fukutoshin, 副都心 (It’s the brown line, in case you’re interested). It means secondary to the city center or outside of the city. I thought it quite apt then for my blog, doesn’t it? And well, I had meant to update this blog daily but it never happened so let’s forget about that tiny bit of technicality, shall we?

So there you have it, the story behind the name of my blog. I hope it makes sense *smile*

The essence of my blog is to toy with the boundaries of our daily life. It will always stay relevant with a hint of whimsical ‘what-if’.


Thanks for listening to me brag, I hope you enjoyed it *smile*