The Calm Before The Storm

Today was one of the most beautiful days I’ve seen since arriving here. I woke up early enough to watch the sunrise at 5am. This morning was overcast and the mountains were disappearing into the clouds. 

  
After having breakfast with Jeremy and seeing him off to work, I worked some more on our kitchen.  I almost have it in order. Once it’s done I will take y’all on a tour of my home. This afternoon I got some supplies for the storm but I’ll get more tomorrow morning. I tried to cook dinner tonight but I found out the cubed beef I purchased last week from the commissary had gone rancid in the freezer. I didn’t know that was a thing but it is some what normal for here. Apparently you’re not suppose to freeze the meat from the commissary because it was frozen when being brought here, then defrosted to be sold. So freezing it again would be very very bad. I’m going to have to start meal prepping and only by meat for maybe the next three days at a time. Thank god I live across the street from the commissary. Maybe once I have a car I can find a grocery store that sells fresher meat. 

So instead of the yummy, healthy dinner of cubed steak with roasted potatoes, steamed carrots and onions, we ended up having a big bucket of KFC. Yes, we have a KFC here. On and off base actually but we went to the one on bass at Crossroads Mall. At Crossroads we have KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, and Burger King. A taste of home when we feel too lazy to cook. They also have a soba and a bbq place at Crossroads. We usually get Subway or Soba. Thankfully we don’t eat out as often as we did in the States. We are cooking at home more often. 

This afternoon was absolutely beautiful. I was able to see the mountains in their entirety. I managed to get a picture from my back balcony. 

  
I also wanted to share a picture that a Facebook friend, Mike Parker, managed to snap showing then beauty of Iwakuni.

  
The latest on Typhoon Nangka is that we are now in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3. The are estimating that it will NOT be a direct hit on Iwakuni. It is now forecasted to hit 61 miles east of here in Shikoku. They are expecting it to be category 1 equivalent winds here. So definitely won’t be as bad was we were expecting. Of course that being said, nothing is set in stone. There is a wide range of where the models say it could go. 173 miles wide range. We should know more tomorrow. They are updating everything in about 6 hours.  After Typhoon Nangka passes then we can start watching Typhoon Halola. I’m not worried. 


13 thoughts on “The Calm Before The Storm

  1. I’m in Korea and I always freeze the commissary meat immediately when I get it…I even did it state side as it was never any better there. I haven’t had an issue with it going bad after freezing though. I will say for the commissary here at least the “fresh” and I use that term loosely products are not good…especially fruits and veggies. Half rotted by the time you buy them! If you can buy that stuff in town, you should get much nice produce (it’s also actually cheaper for us to do that). Meat here is more expensive in town, but not by much and it’s MUCH nicer quality.

    Stay safe for this storm. I hear it’s going to be big!

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    1. Oh wow! Korea! How do you like it there?

      I always freeze the meat as soon as I get home. I’ve never had an issue doing it this way in the states but last night, the meat was beyond gross. I know what you mean about the veggies and fruit not being fresh. We can’t keep bananas for more than three days before they are solid black. Onions and tomatoes are the only things that I can buy fresh (affordably) and keep a week or so. Driving through town today with my friend, Aristia, I saw some grocery stores close by that I can go to once I have a car. Hopefully there produce and meats are fresher and will last longer.

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      1. Korea is nice, well worth a visit if you can. You can space A to Osan and there’s a bus that goes to Yongsan here in Seoul (The Dragon Hill Lodge is a great hotel on base, really cheap rates if you are on leave. I think it also has a sister hotel in Tokyo.) The people are all so nice, and the food is amazing. Summer is waaaaay too hot & humid for my taste though!

        I’ve also taking to freezing my fruit, if I buy it at the commissary to save it and also I mostly use it for smoothies. The local strawberries I got in town this spring were amazing! But they went bad so quickly (they pack them with that thin styrofoam sheet stuff between the berries so they don’t bruise, but it makes them go bad fast). The local grocery stores are fun, lots of cool stuff. We like to try random foods we find, especially candy/snacks.

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  2. When I lived in Tokyo/Chiba I never really knew what some of the meat products were but I definitely had my share of surprises. I didn’t really have a freezer so almost had to shop daily unless it was noodles again. I got a really nice fish soup pot that I got used to cooking with and wish I had brought it back with me. Thanks for the great pictures & glad to hear the storm isn’t going to be a major threat!

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    1. Thank you. I found two grocery stores near by that I can go to once I have a car. I’m excited to try them out. I have a fairly decent translating app so hopefully I don’t have too many big surprises on meat that I buy. We eat a lot of noodle dishes but that’s because we like them. It was like that in the states as well. I do want to buy some Japanese cookware soon but I want to find someone to show me how to use it properly.

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  3. I love the pictures and I really hope you don’t have bad storms! I can’t imagine how different it would be to be in a totally different country! I hope you find a better store soon! My son used to complain about the commissary when he was a Marine still.

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    1. Thank you so much! The storm never happened (thankfully). I love living in another country. Everyday seems like a new adventure and reminds me to be grateful for the things I miss in America. I have found two farmers markets and two grocery stores I want to check out once I have a car. Hopefully I will have one this week. I am done buying meat at the commissary after having to return some more beef that we bought that day that was already rancid.

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