I went to Burwood with Mum today. When she was doing acupuncture and banking, I went to Burwood Westfields. I was looking around for birthday presents for Cinda and Linda, and I do hope they like what I got for them. One thing is that my skirt was so light that when I walked down the street it tried to fly up at the slightest breeze. Luckily I spent most of my shopping time indoors.
Aside from the presents, I also bought my new school shoes (they needed to be brown, so my faithful black school shoes that had accompanied me for four years had to go) and a new DVD player, because the old one was broken. Now Mum heard that Burwood had a good sushi place, so we went to eat there. It had a sushi train, one of those conveyor belts with plates of sushi going around. They tasted yummy, and I found that I could eat some raw fish if I there was wasabi on it. Usually I can't stand raw fish. The colour of the sushi plates showed how much it cost, and the plates were stuck on the wall with the price underneath it, so we kept on turning around to check the price. The meal wasn't very expensive, we had 6 plates of sushi and a can of green tea, and the total came up to $28 something.
Aside from the normal sushis like salmon and tuna etc, there were shark fin sushi, hot (in the chili way) sushi, grilled salmon sushi and other variety I don't remember. Anyway, we had lots of fun. I found the green tea I liked to drink in Japan, and realised that the reason I liked it was because it tastes so much like Chinese tea, except a little less bitter. :-D
The restaurant was pretty authentic, and the waitresses spoke Japanese. They said "irasshaimase" (Welcome to the store) when you came in, and "arigatou gozaimasu" (Thank you very much) when you left. The cashier even hands the change back in the Japanese way, with the note held on both ends and the coins on top, so the note is like a container for the coins. It's only when I saw it today that I realised that's how everyone did it in Japan too.
My mind makes connections in strange ways, but I remember now that I drank some coffee with Mum in Gloria Jeans before shopping. The cakes and things at Gloria Jeans tastes yuck, by the way. Their coffee is good, but the food, not so much. It might just be because it's the one at Burwood Plaza though. Anyway, the reason I remembered that was because I remembered that the teachers that took us to Japan was always looking for Starbucks. It's like they were on a mission to try out every Starbucks they come across, and as far as I know, they did just that. Coffee addicts, the lot of them.
So I thought that it's strange that in most overseas countries the most common coffee place is Starbucks, and Starbucks is More famous internationally, but in Australia it's Gloria Jeans. I asked the teachers, and they said it's because Gloria Jeans was in Australia first, and when Starbucks came, the market was already taken by Gloria Jeans, so Starbucks had to pack up and go home. So that's the end of the random thought of the day.
It's nice that I'm able to actually write so much now. Grandma was always nagging me to practice writing. She said I should keep a diary, and even a small passage a day is a good start. I guess keeping a blog is good for that. This blog is sort of like a sort of diary/writing practise/entertainment/way to chat/way to contact friends for me now. Truly multi purposed.