One of my routine for the past 5 years was to prepare packed lunch from home to the campus. I started this 'tradition' of mine when I was doing my master in Munich and Madrid; followed by my PhD here in Kyushu; considering that there's not much variation in food that I can eat at the university cafeteria *concerning to the halal status of the foods sold there*.
Now that I'm in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy, my lunchbox becomes heavier with lots of foods to be taken not only at lunch but I've prepared for at leas 4-5 times meal at the campus. I'll feel hungry every 2-3 hours; if I doesn't eat I'll gets stomach pains and feel nausea.
Thus my latest eating schedule while I was at the university are at 8.15 a.m (breakfast), 10.30 a.m (brunch), 12.30 p.m (lunch), 3 p.m (snack time) and 5.30 p.m (tea time). So, can you imagine how heavy my lunchbox is?. A friend of mine who tried to lift my lunchbox told me that :"your lunchbox is heavier than you"...and I totally agrees with her LOL.
+- that's my lunchbox bag ~ full with lots and lots of foods -+
Despite the fact that I bring my own lunch meal to the campus, there are days when I don't feel like eating it. Yes, mind you... pregnant woman is unpredictable like that..sometimes she wants to eat this kind of food, and then within the next 5 minutes she suddenly feels like that food is not delicious enough; so she think she wants another kind of food; but when she gets to eat what she wants; it end up sometimes with vomiting it..hohohoho.
So, when those 'my-packed-lunch-is-not-good-enough' hacked my mind, I'll pay a visit to the university cafeteria a.k.a shokudo (in Jap-language).
+- this is around 3p.m; not during the lunch hour..thus it was almost empty -+
Thankfully list of menus were prepared both in Japanese and English language. All I have to do is just, browse through the list and choose my menu.
+- list of available menu..together with the calories intake for each menu -+
+- list of available menu..together with the calories intake for each menu *hamekk kau, nak makan banyak pun rasa bersalah bila tengok jumlah kalori dalam makanan2 tu kan?* -+
After that, I should insert money into the machine and press the number of the menu on the machine. All I have to do then is just to take a small piece of paper from the machine and bring it to the counter to pick up my lunch meal. Phew...lega, tak payah susah payah fikir macamana nak order makanan dalam bahasa Jepun ngeee.
+- machine to order your food -+
+- the pick-up counter -+
Here are some of the menu that I've eaten at the university cafeteria.
+- rice + grilled mackerel. side menu : miso soup + lotus -+
+- udon with fish tempura-+
There's also a 'sky juice' machine where you can drinks the water as much as you want ; be it hot or cold. Not forgetting; there are sinks with hand soap and towels to clean your hand after the meal.
Even though this cafeteria is not as nice as the one in the main campus, I feels the obligation to capture the sweet little moment that I've spent here so that I can look at it again when I've went back to Malaysia later .
“When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch”
Pssssttt : nasib baik sekarang ni jiran I ada buat perkhidmatan bento jugak. Kalau angin-tak selera-nak-makan-masakan-sendiri menyerang, I order je lunch-set dengan Teez. Oh, somehow I miss Malaysia...banyak gila selection of foods uhuhuuhu.
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