Monday, January 14, 2008


Living on your own really teaches you just how sheltered a life you've been living.

Here're some of the things I've looked up on Google since coming to Japan:

- how to boil an egg
- how to pan fry a steak
- how to cook chicken
- how to make congee
- how to winter-proof (i.e. bubble wrap) windows
- how to change windshield wipers (turned out I didn't need this since gas stations will do it for you for free)

In my own defense, though, it wasn't as if I was completely clueless as to how to do these things, I just wanted step-by-step instructions (I'm kind of anal that way). For the various food things in particular, I wanted to know the specific/proper timing. (I also learned from AH, for the first time, how to make a grilled cheese sandwich over the stove--I've always just used a toaster oven!)

Still, it really makes me appreciate living in the internet age. I mean, I can't imagine what life would've been like for someone as sheltered as me coming to Japan without the ability to look anything and everything up online. If I had to call someone every time I wanted to know something as simple as how to boil an egg, I'd probably just live off of grocery/convenience store bento's rather than suffering the embarrassment of having to ask about such "common sense" things. =P