When I first came to Tokyo, Reza was with me. He wanted to be there to help me settle down. On the first day, he guided me with preparing my pad. Living alone for the first time, I wouldn’t have the clearest idea about what needed to be done, but he’s been there and done that. So he took me out and highlighted the things that I needed to get to get the place operational. He helped me clean the fully-furnished studio, doing things that I won’t do like making the appliances readily available in the room look like new. Then he helped me unpack and made the place home.
Half-awake, lying on bed in the morning, I’d see him sitting down writing things. When I woke up I saw that he filed all the documents I had received when I moved in — all the guidelines to moving into the ward and the student hall. He made notes, to-do lists and clipped it to relevant guidelines. He detailed out for me the how tos for paying rent and utility bills, disposing trash and he printed the bus routes that I can take to school and to go around Odaiba. He posted on my cork board my address in romaji and pin numbers for receiving parcels.
He was scheduled to leave on the day and time that I had class. When I came back, the house was tidy and on the walls of different corners of the place, were sticky notes. Before he left the house, he left notes on all over the house, reminders for me on the things that I have to do for the place.
One year later?
He was there once more, to help me move out. Helped me pack all my stuff into my bags, cleaned the house and disposed things with me (reminding me that I need to be more aggressive about letting things go so that we won’t exceed the weight limit). He helped me pack my stuff inside boxes and guided me on wrapping and sealing it at the post station. He was also the person who carried most of our 7-piece boxes and baggage on the way to Narita.
People always say that I’m fast and efficient in doing things, but many do not know that I’m married to a person who’s even faster and more efficient that I am.
Ooh and I now keep all the sticky notes in a folder.