Food from Jakarta and Japan’s mobiles

Posted July 22nd, 2009 in Food, Japan, Ume's Interests 2 Comments »

I try not to buy and keep lots of snacks/sweets at home otherwise I can’t control myself from eating all the time, but now my house is full of food as in-laws recently got back from Jakarta and brought so many things with them.  Sometimes I admire them for bringing so much food into this super strict country (Australia).  They just know what food can and can not to be brought into Australia very well.

One of the things they always bring here is Holland Bakery bread.  It seems that this Holland Bakery is a pretty big franchise in Indonesia.  While I was in Jakarta last time, I went to one of their shops and chose few bread from the show case.  The place looked pretty nice.  In-laws usually bring 3 boxes of Holland Bakery bread (about 10 bread / each box) here, so we have plenty …
Other things they bring here are salted nuts, cassava chips, some instant noodles, sambal, some sauces, seasoning packets, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Rotiboy bread.  Now you can imagine how big the ratio of food is in their luggage …  Sometimes 2 large carbon boxes are filled with food and one box is even bigger than their suitcase :p
I concern about my weight… but it’s always nice when someone bring something for you.
By the way..
As my plan for Japan trip is almost done, the biggest concern is yet still not solved.. mobile phone.  It’s a problem if we don’t have a mobile in Japan… what if we get lost somewhere?  or want to ask my brother to pick us up from a train station?  It’s hard to find a public phone in Japan there days…
Even though Japanese mobiles are known as very high-tech and you can do so many things with it such as internet, email, paying goods, using as boarding passes and even body-fat calculators, you can’t use it in other countries.
I read this article “Why Japan’s Cellphones Haven’t Gone Global on The New York Times, if you are interested in this matter.
Anyway, we may have to rent mobiles or buy pre-paid type mobiles there.  Or, try to survive without them…

2 Comments on “Food from Jakarta and Japan’s mobiles”

  1. 1 Chris said at 4:26 pm on July 22nd, 2009:

    I always rent 3G SIM chip from the Vodafone (now Softbank..) shop on the way out of the air-port. Its next to the esculator near where you can buy the Narita Express tickets.

    I like my 3G mobile, so it works out well. You can also rent handsets there too..

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 6:10 pm on July 22nd, 2009:


    Thanks for that! I looked at the site, and it’s pretty cheap to rent a 3G SIM.

    I’m flying to KIX (Kansai Airport) but I’m sure they have the same thing there too.

    Now I can cross up the to-do-list 🙂

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