I Lost My Belongings And..
On the way home last night from my recent trip (which I'll be posting about in the next few days), I lost my small sling bag.
The bag contains my wallet, my earphones, my white flower (yes, I'm so Asian and I use it when I feel dizzy! Very important item for me), and some small stuff. The sling bag and the wallet are both new, only a few weeks of using them since I just bought them during the New Year Holidays which I talked about in this post.
We were on the bus going back to Tokyo and at that time, we were all eager to go to the toilet. When we reached the service area, we were laughing at our one friend who was so excited to go out of the bus, and even other passengers aka strangers were also laughing at our friend's gestures. I also wanted to hurry up so I was not sure if, at that time, I was bringing my bag with me or not. I just know that even when I was seated on the last row of seats on the bus, someone else went out after me. He also didn't notice if I had the bag with me at that time.
When I got off the bus, I immediately went to the women's toilet. When I entered the cubicle, my phone was ringing and I had to answer it and told the caller who was my boyfriend I would call him back. I put down my phone and was so mindful about it because my boyfriend might call again. I remembered my phone and coat but couldn't remember if I put my bag there in the cubicle's area for stuff or hung it.
I met with my friends and we hurriedly looked for food to buy and bring on the bus. We decided on curry bread. When I paid for it, I figured I'd just pay using electronic money on my phone because getting coins from my wallet would be a hassle. That time, I really thought I was using my sling bag because I always have it with me during the entire trip. When recalling, my friend who was following me said I didn't have my bag with me that time in the cashier.
Before going back inside the bus, I stayed outside for a call. My friends already went inside. Just before 7:40 PM, I ended the call and entered the bus because it was time to go.
We only stayed around 10-20 minutes in the service area but during that span, I lost my bag, my wallet, my IDs, my credit cards, my ATM, and my earphones.
I remembered about my bag 10-15 minutes after we left the service area. I finished eating my curry bread at that time and I wanted to use my alcohol and my earphones. I noticed the bag wasn't in the place where I usually put it. I looked around in my seat, a little bit nervous but not panicking. I couldn't find it so I had to tell my friends. They're not the type of friends who would tease me with a prank so I was so sure they were not playing around with me.
My friends were not teasing me. They helped me look for it on the bus, some were even bending over to look for it under the seats and in the corners. But it really wasn't there.
Realizations came and all I could do first was to recall what had happened. Until now, I still couldn't recall when and where I placed it but I was sure it should be in the women's toilet. That's the only time I took off my things with me and placed them somewhere.
The next thing I did was to inform my boyfriend about it. We were making plans and said he would fetch me to the bus terminal in Ikebukuro but that plan's ruined because of the incident. I wasn't in the mood anymore to eat. I just wanted to go home right away.
My boyfriend was calling around - the company handling the service areas, the bakery where I bought bread, and the information center of the service area. It was past 8 PM so the information was already closed so had to wait for the next morning to call them. The staff from the bakery tried to look for it in the women's toilet but couldn't find it anymore. My boyfriend was so worried about me and he did everything he could, which made my heart melt because it's so rare for him to be so worried like this.
He told me though to not expect too much. The worst case scenario is I won't be able to get it back anymore. After making my heart melt, he hit me with reality. 😓
I felt helpless but not totally. Despite him saying that to me, I was 50% hopeful because THIS IS JAPAN. People are honest and your lost items would find their way back. My boyfriend even lost his phone last year and after 3 months, he got it back. So I was kinda hopeful my wallet containing my cards would come back. Also, it's a hassle to call the credit card companies to stop my credit card because I didn't know what to say in Japanese. 😅 I couldn't process it online because both of my credit cards were being renewed or upgraded.
The good mood and the excitement from the trip all vanished in an instant. What a great way to end the weekend! My friends were so worried about me and they've been very helpful. I couldn't thank them enough.
That time, I wished my earphones would have a location finder so I would know where it was. Sony WF-1000XM3 doesn't have this feature yet. Do you know any other Sony earphones with location tracking features? Sony should add this to their earphones.
I didn't have AirTag on my bag so I wouldn't able to locate it. Should I buy it? Hmm, I don't know now but on that Sunday night I was considering the thought.
During the bus ride home, I was so strong in front of my friends, not shedding even a single tear. I even guided them from the bus terminal to the train station but the entire time, I was silent and only said a few words. That's so rare of me.
But when I saw my boyfriend near home, I found comfort and my tears were about to burst even when we're still on the street. It seems like I was kinda weak in front of him and I just wanted to be comforted.
Today my boyfriend called the information center of the service area. Good news! My bag is there! THANK YOU JAPAN!
Now, I'll just have to go get it. But now, I have another dilemma which I'll be sharing a bit in my next post, including getting my belongings so I'm not totally back in the mood yet. Maybe when I get back the things I lost, my good mood will also be back.
Thanks for reading!
See you around! じゃあ、またね！
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Gosh, so sorry to know this, witty! But thankfully, it was located! Of course, Japan!
Your boyfie is so sweet that he called every establishment just to find your bag.
All the best, witty~💗
Thank you @jijisaurart! Hopefully I could get it back so soon, and that nothing's gone.
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I remember my Japanese who told me it's very safe to live in Japan even for a woman who sleeps outdoors!Upon reading your post I knew you'd gonna find your bag sooner!
It's Japan!hehe My dream Place!
But your boyfriend is very thoughtful and sweet☺️
Take care @wittyzell and God bless!
Recently there was a news about robbery so my boyfriend told me to not expect my bag to be returned but luckily, it was found!
Thank you! Wasn't expecting him to be this thoughtful though
Oh!Things really get difficult nowadays even in countries like Japan as robbery happens there too!
But it's really luck that you got it back!It's really meant to be yours☺️
That day I just got my fortune and it says I would be super lucky this year so it's really incredible this happened.
wow buti nahanap. iba talaga japan.
boyfriend ni witty lang malakas. jude jude dan na later.
Walang ganyan demo. Medjo na stress sya kakatawag huhuhu kasalanan ko pagiging stress nya
💔Ah damn, damn, damn! This will make anyone super sad, feeling hopeless.
Glad your bag was found and hopefully with all your items inside.
I once lost my purse as a student with my all including money I just withdrew from the atm for the week, but a kind hearted person found it and 2 weeks later I received it with all intact. So I very well understand the sad feeling of loosing like a part of you
, like how do you start again?💔 Damn! Sorry Sis.
Cheer up Sweets, glad your boyfriend is there to Cheer you up too❤️ [some of us could only cry and be comforted by an invisible Jesus on our cold empty school beds🥲] .
Can't wait to read about how you found it all❤️😘
Thank you for the hug @queenstarr! I really wanted to be fun again because I saw a lot of messages in discord but I just couldn't bring myself to reply to everything when I was so sad.
I got my fortune that day and it said I'd be super lucky this year. I guess this is part of the lucky things I'm going to be receiving this year.
TBH the fortune cookie note is right.
It didn't say it'll eliminate the bad experiences, but that even when things seem to turn out for the worst, you'd be among the very few who still WIN...see it as supernatural exemption from hardship, that's massive LUCK🍀❤️.
Sweets you're getting that sling bag back with everything inside❤️
No worries about discord, see how Lucky you are, we are all worried for you and you do make our day better with your cheerful spirit. Most times i can count on witzu to make me laugh and enjoy my time online, I swear its the truth.
Love you this big Sis🤗❤️😍😘🤗
Ohhh queenstarrrr thank you for being the star that shines in my gloomy day. I'm still not in a good mood totally because of the dilemma in getting it before another weekend comes (long story, will tell next time) but with your words now, I feel so overwhelmed with emotions and really realizing how lucky I am indeed.
I wasn't able to confirm the contents yet but I hope everything's there.
You also make me happy and enjoy my time @queenstarr. I felt like you're a long lost sister from another country.
Buti naman at nahanap ate witty! Mas gusto ko nalang ata tumira jan sa Japan kasi mababait mga taokesa dito sa Pinas. Pati panty kasi di pinapalampas.
Ayyy ang panty jam ang uso na nanakawin hahahahahahhaa
So many underwear thieves here hahaha only if you hang your undies outside though and if you live in the first floor of the apartment. If upper floors, it's kinda hassle to go up so they won't get it.
Oh! good to hear that you found your things @wittyzell. That's the good thing Japan could offer to everyone.
The level of technological advancement in Japan is so high that the lost thing was found immediately.
I guess someone found it and handed it to the information center right away. The people are really so honest!
Wow good thing about Japan miss.☺️
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Ohhh good thing you found your bag! It would have been hell to get those IDs back again ;;-;; It must be nice to have that sort of relief that your bag would be found cuz here... Idk 🤣
Agree! I can't imagine my bag would be found if it got lost there.
I was reading about how to reissue the IDs and waaa, it's such a chore! Although I read 1 ID can be claimed right away if I'm willing to wait. Awesome, right?
Awww.. Witty so this was the story I'm glad you found it but parang may halong sadness na naman sa last part i hope walang nawala sana sanaaaa
Yep, this was the story. It was kinda sad noh, what a ending sa trip talaga. Medj sad pa rin ako konti now because of another dilemma but don't worry babalik at babalik rin pagka good mood ko
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Oh so sorry for you but glad you found your stuff Witty, this really is the worst way to end a trip. There are worse but I hope you never experience that. Looking forward to your dilemma in your next post, hope all is well. #thankyoujapan
Thank you @incublus. Hope all is really well. I didn't really want to ruin the mood but at that time, I just felt hopeless and I had to tell my friends about it so they could also help me. They were all considerate.
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You've gotten so excited that you didn't notice your things. I feel you!
I felt the all caps and in bold - THIS IS JAPAN!
I do wish it's the same here in PH.
Sana lahat bumabalik. Ay hahahaha
You bf is soo thoughtful and sweet! Good thing your bag's been found! Grabe kaba ko while reading this. Hopefully everything that you have there's still there.
Na feel mo pala na feel ko C. Thank you for sharing your emotions with me.
It's really unfortunate at well, it's my fault din naman. I should have been more careful, though I'm always careful naman. Unavoidable situation lang talaga siguro sya.
Uu nga noh, sana all bumabalik HAHAHA
I hope it's the same somewhere else too. Imagine people being so honest.
Ayon! Thank you as your bag was found! Talagang iba sa Japan!
Losing ID's is so mahirap,kahirap mag apply ulit.
I hope everything's just there. Mahirap kasi mag apply talaga ng mga IDs ulit.
Sana all nalang talaga sa Japan. Ang high tech din nila. ☺️
Naalala ko tuloy cellphone ko na nawala nung tinawagan ko sinabi pa ng nakakuha na hindi na raw niya isasauli. Ang saklap. 😂 Iba talaga dito sa atin. Pero meron namang mga may mabubuting kalooban. Hehe.
Hala grabe, ung nakakuha pa talaga sumagot sa tanong at d na nya ibabalik. Ibang level din ung honesty nya pero sige. Di ka na nya pinaasa pa.
Hahaha... Mao gyud.
Oh, damm! I feel you. Good to know that you found it. Hopefully, everything is in place.
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Yeah, hopefully. I'll get it soon so I will know.
It's really such a bother to lost your cards so I get where the anxiety is rooting. But thank goodness IT'S JAPAN. 😁 Hope you'll get your things soonest and have your good mood back.
Yeah I'm hoping everything is still there. My anxiety levels were really so high at that time.
Aigo. Kpag sa pinas yan.. Goodbye cards.. Ingat next time..
Dto sa hk may experience din ako naiwan yung bit2 na bag na may shoes sa bus na dpT ibibigay ko sa friend ko. Goodbye na yun kc hndi ko tanda plate # 🤣
Yeah, if this happened somewhere else, I guess I won't be able to locate my bag and cards anymore. Kahirap pa naman mag apply ulit ng mga yun.
Were you not able to tell the bus company about your item?
Sorry to hear you had to go through that, but glad it had a happy ending!
I would absolutely buy an AirTag and put it in your bag. About 15 years ago my wife was riding home with her bag in the bicycle basket, as many women in Japan do, and some guy rode past on a little 50cc bike and grabbed it. We could have used airtags at that time! (we found her bag in a ditch a few days later. The robber just took the money and tossed the bag). As soon as they became available I bought an airtag for her bag now. I have another for my wallet.
Yeah! I was also a bit surprised it turned out to be a happy ending. Though now I'm facing another dilemma about getting it but that's another story.
Oh I see, I guess AirTag is really useful. I might try to reconsider it again.
So unfortunate what happened to your wife. Was that in Tokyo or somewhere else? It's kinda rare for that to happen.
No it was in Okzazki, close to Nagoya.
From what I understand, it's actually somewhat common. Not nearly as common as bicycle or umbrella theft, both of which seem to be the top petty crime in Japan, but it happens more often than we think (or so the police told us at the time).
On that note, if you do put your purse in the bicycle basket, you should secure it with something. That's what my wife now does. Better safe than sorry, y'know.
Really? When I was in Osaka, I was not so careful with my purse. I always left it in the bicycle basket. Good thing nothing bad happened to me that time.
In Tokyo I don't have bicycles anymore.
So I didn't know about it until now.
That's somewhat scary. If I'll have a bicycle in the future, I'll make sure to secure my purse or else, it might be gone. Thanks for the notice and the advice!
What a terrible experience! I would have cried, too! SO GLAD your bag is safe and waiting for you! 💜
I think all the feelings I was feeling just want to come out the moment I found comfort. Glad my bag is safe! ☺️
I don't know the kind joy people derive from stealing. Sorry for the lost. But I suggest you apply caution next time.
Thank God your boyfriend threw a call and the issue now is, will your property be intact? I pray so. Be calmed
I'm always cautious but there are just times that are unavoidable like this. I think no one was stealing anything from me so it's okay.
So hafa, have you gotten it? Hope nothing is missing? Hoping to hear from you
What a stressful moment! Jusq nagflashback ulit yung mga nawala kong mga gamit! Good thing you’re in Japan. Very nice of boyfie to help you out too! Naol. Charing.
It was so stressful but ayun nga, buti nahanap.
Glad you are in Japan ate. People there are so honest. Madami ako nababasa about sa mga tao sa Japan and they said na kampante ang mga tao don na iwan gamit nila lalo na pag nasa food court or other public places.
Wala naman bang nawala sa loob ng bag ate? Kung ako yan papalahaw ako iyak hahaah
Buti na lang at sa Japan naiwan, nako kung sa Philippines 50/50 pa na maibalik hehehe. Still there are Pinoy's na honest din Naman pero marami din na Hindi as you know din hehehe.
I know the feeling na Yung pinioigilan mong umiyak tapos nung nakauwi kana bumuhos na Ang lahat hehehe.
Glad at nandoon lang Ang bag mo. Hopefully makuha mo na agad so maging okay na Ang mood mo hehehe.
I feel you, and this is so me, we are very much the same. It is a good thing that you lost it there in JAPAN. Kung sa iba yan, naku, wala na yan...
True! I can't imagine losing these important items in another country.
Thank goodness ❣️ your sling bag is there! Maybe that situation o happenings sending you a deeper message and lesson learned! Sometimes things may work out of our expectation but behind this situation there is something better explanation to our question! I can only give message is whatever happen just pray for everything and help will come in the right time. God bless 😇
Glad you found your bag @wittyzell ! If it was not returned, we can think na it was a foreigner who found it. 🤪
Not everyone is this lucky though, I know someone who forgot his cellphone in one of the restrooms here in Osaka but it was not returned. 🤣
Such a kind of bag can be a simple one but we keep our important documents in that kind of bag. And recollecting those all documents isn't so easy also.
I just hope that you will find it someday because I also heard that the people of Japan are very honest.
But still, I think we all need to be more careful not to face such kind of situation.