A couple of weeks after our conversation, I was the proud owner of a return ticket for Tokyo, yo!
The following months saw us preparing for out trip (lucky for us it was Oad's second time going there so a skeleton itinerary was somewhat ready). Individual research was also ongoing (all at differing pace since we were busy with work/thesis writing/viva presentation). The first time I met the other travel mates was when we went to the Japanese Embassy for visa application i.e. Oad's cousin and friend.
The one thing I found funny preceding to our departure was our accommodation arrangement...in a dramatic summary, we were relying our lives to a total stranger! ;p (turned out to be quite a home-stay, and we lived to tell the tale!).
When the countdown had reached around a week before our departure, I figured it was about time for me to have my suitcase lie open on my bedroom floor, for first-cut packing exercise: the tossing of things - necessaries and maybes. That was the extent of it, mindless tossing. (but of course I have a list, I cannot pack for a trip without THE LIST, you know, the things you bring are as good as the list. OK dah merepek).
Fast forward to the night of our flight......Bazlina, Raudzah dan Zarina sibuk berwhatsapp tentang 'ke-nervous-an' dan 'ke-excited-an' dan 'ke-unpreparedness-an" masing-masing untuk berjalan-jalan di Jepun.
"bawa baju jalan 7 je boleh kan?"
"baju tido nk bawa sepasang ke 2?"
im only planning to bring 1 jeans.
which is the one im wearing
ha hadoi malas nk pack"
"Omg, belum cek in"
"kita belom activate cc utk overseas"
"dgtgsjjdrb kena activate????"
"omg i havent done"
"Activate tu mksudnya just call the bank"
"Ape no bank pun xsure haha"
"Td kte br activate intrntnl roaming je"
"Kat belakang cc tu ada numbor phone
"kita dah beli internwt"
"serious ada number blkg tu lol apakah tak penah perasan"
"eh customer service 24hr la
can call now osso"
"baju tido bawa sepasang je kan?"
"kte bwk 2 pasang
sweater n socks tdo juga"
td tak sempat nk beli"
"socs ada jual kat kedai 100yen"
"Ill bring one too utk smyg kt rumah is
on the road, just lengan extension n socks"
woohoo what is sleep"
(some content has been excluded, but the above, there's no embellishment).
SO JYEAH, THAT"S ABOUT IT ABOUT THE PREPARATION!