No luck at all

Thursday January 8th, 2015 at 2:44 pm

I really can’t believe the string of bad luck I’m having today. At this point I don’t know whether I should be more irritated or just laugh. 2015 doesn’t seem to be my year.

On top of still having to deal with my crazy neighbor (he is still sending a letter everyday with the same exact sentence), my heater doesn’t work anymore. The remote seems to work fine, but the unit itself won’t turn on. It’s FREEZING in my room right now. I’m currently hiding in my bed, under a blanket with a not so effective heating blanket. The lower half of my body is getting warmer, but I can’t really feel my hands anymore. It doesn’t help with my irritation.

Dinner tonight was also an epic fail. I wanted to have salad, now that I finally have ranch dressing. However, while prepping the salad, I found a slug in the lettuce. WTF Japan? It’s not like vegetables here are cheap to begin with. That’s ¥350 out the door. My next go to was a nutella sandwich now that I finally have nutella as well. Stupid me put the nutella in the refrigerator the other day along with the random dressing as I was leaving for work…so now I have a jar of a bar of chocolate basically. The jar even says on the back “Do not refrigerate or microwave”. With my room as cold as it is, I doubt it’ll go back to a spreadable consistency anytime soon.

The rest is mostly little things, but when you’re irritated, they don’t feel so little. One of my eggs randomly decided it wanted to crack for no reason. Good thing I was boiling it so I was able to still use it. The first time I wrote this entry, it decided to delete itself so this is round 2.

At this point, if I can just get the heater issue resolved tomorrow, I will be content. I don’t know what I’m going to do about the guy downstairs. It’s getting creepy. I’m really irritated at how Leopalace is handling the situation, or rather…not handling it. Regardless of whether or not they do something in the end, I’m moving in July for sure. I suppose the apartments are nice and it was more or less fairly easy to move in, but I’m paying too much rent for the area I’m living in and I’ve dealt with more problems with them in the past 6 months than any apartment complex I’ve lived in.

Still, I’m trying to look on the bright side and appreciate everything good that happens as well. Shit happens, you just have to tell it to F off.

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Holy Shit 2015

Tuesday January 6th, 2015 at 11:26 am

One of these days, I’ll keep up the habit of blogging regularly ^^;

So much has happened in the past 7 months, I don’t even know where to start but I’ll leave backtracking for another day. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs since moving to Japan in July but overall it’s been an amazing adventure and learning experience.

However…as of Saturday, I really think my downstairs neighbor is CRAZY!! I came back from my Kyoto trip on Saturday and received a letter in my door. I thought maybe it was a noise complaint (the letter didn’t specify) and disregarded it. My friend was over for a couple of weeks so I thought maybe we were too loud at times, although we never stayed up too late. He left on Dec. 30th and noise shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

On Sunday, I was gone from 8:00 am to 11:30 pm. When I came back, I had two letters with the exact same thing. It says something along the lines of that I’m being annoying. Even if it was a noise complaint, the only noise I would have made was a short Skype call Saturday night but I wasn’t loud. I called the Leopalace office on Monday because I was getting a bit worried and they told me they would contact the person downstairs and get back to me but they haven’t yet. My guess is maybe they haven’t been able to get in touch with the person.

Yesterday (Monday), I was also gone all day and spent the night at a friend’s house. When I came home today around 6 PM, I had another TWO letters WITH THE EXACT SAME MESSAGE. I firmly believe the person below is crazy. It’s one thing to write 5 notes, but another to write 5 notes with the same sentence repeatedly. I have not been home enough for the past week to be an annoyance to anyone. I won’t get a chance to call the office again until tomorrow.

Not exactly the way I wanted to start 2015…

But new year, new beginnings…although I’m as bad as they come when it comes to keeping resolutions. However, I think making them is better than not making them so here are my 2015 resolutions and goals.

2015 Resolutions/Goals

  • Blog regularly. It’s not that hard and every inch of me wants to, I just get distracted easily.
  • Study Japanese everyday, even if it’s a little. Again, not hard…I’m just lazy D; I even have the textbook on my phone so there’s no excuse.
  • Exercise!
  • Travel! I want to make 2015 the year of travelling, at least as much as my wallet and job will allow. So far I already have Korea and Australia planned but I want to travel around Japan a bit more too and maybe Taiwan or somewhere else at the end of the year.
  • Buy a new laptop that’s actually decent. I probably could have already done this if I stop wasting so much money playing UFO catchers every month :/
  • Cook more at home. I need to fund my UFO addiction somehow.
  • Buy a new 3DS.
  • Stretching it on this one but maybe start vlogging? Although I have no idea what I would vlog about and I’m not that good in front of a camera but I think it would be fun.
  • And lastly…just enjoy life more, I don’t think I do it enough.
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    It’s going to be a busy year I think but I’m looking forward to it :)

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    Catching Up

    Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I started playing FFX-2 again last week and have been glued to it ever since. I forgot how much I really enjoyed the game. Some of the side quests are rather tedious and a pain to do but everything else makes up for it. It’s still by far one of my favorite games. It’s also the reason why my productivity has been low in almost everything @_@

    I “lost” my credit card last Monday, which was quite irritating. I’m one of those people that uses a credit card for everything, no joke. $20? No problem, here’s a credit card. $1.09? No problem, here’s a credit card. I hate using cash, especially coins, and I can manage my finances just fine without having to worry about overspending so it was a pain in the ass having to deal with cash. I’m not really concerned with culture shock once I move to Japan. It’s having to get used to using cash for everything. It’s a good thing crime rate is low in Japan and not many people have to worry about getting robbed while carrying hundreds of dollars on them.

    Anyhow, I was more irritated at the fact that I lost it the week before Memorial Day weekend sales. I lost out on so much cash back ;_; Having to literally buy an entire new work wardrobe, I spent probably close to $400 this past weekend and I’m still not done. Going from wearing jeans and a t-shirt to a full business ensemble is no cheap task. I’m having the hardest time finding business suits in my size, but I’m hoping it was because everything was on sale and people were just buying it all up. I’ll probably go back in a few weeks to see if I can find any more. I only have about 3 sets right now and I’m waiting to have at least 5-6 for work.

    Oh, and I did find my credit card this past Monday but I had already canceled it and requested a new one. I picked up a pair of jeans and they just fell out. I don’t really understand what happened because I know I searched through every pair of jeans I had.

    My COE arrived last Friday and now I’m in the process of waiting for my visa, which I can pick up this Friday. After that, I guess everything is almost set and done. I can’t believe there’s only 2 more weeks until my vacation and 5 more weeks until I move! Time really does fly fast.

    I decided to rent a guesthouse and hopefully find an apartment within the first month or two even if it’s way more costly. I really would like my own place and not really interested in going back to “dorm life”, but it’ll be a great way to meet some people. I’m renting from Tokyo Happy House which looks decent and they have a guesthouse in the area I want to stay. The website states they have a screening process but I never once was asked anything…where I’m from, what I plan on doing in Japan, etc. Once a room was available, they asked me for the deposit and everything was done o_O Ultimately, it’s no big deal but don’t put it on the website if you’re not going to do it. Actually, after reading Tune in Tokyo (which btw I don’t recommend) maybe I should worry a bit on who I stay with.

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    A mix of good and bad

    Monday May 12th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I am happy to announce I am now officially going on an Alaskan cruise come June :D !! I’m so excited my parents were able to work this vacation out for me since they’re both super busy and they recently came from a 2 week stay in China. I’ve been on two cruises in the past in the Caribbean so I’m looking forward to a change of scenery. I haven’t had a vacation in a year (first world problems) and can definitely use one, especially one with all you can eat super yummy foods. I love to travel but the opportunity doesn’t come up often. So when it does, I get super giddy.

    So those stupid, effing medical compensation guys are still bothering me (original post here), more so in the last few days which is why I’m a little irritated. Normally I ignore their calls but they’re calling multiple times a day now. I would actually be less irritated if it was different people calling me but it’s literally the same guy every. single. time. I honestly don’t know if he’s just stupid enough to think I’m that stupid or if he has serious issues. We go through the same song and dance every time and he acts like he’s never talked to me before. He doesn’t know proper English and will only resort to two things 1) his script 2) whatever lame, random insults he knows (today was “go to hell”). Why are you going to call and bother someone and then tell them to go to hell if they decide to bother you?

    I’m so happy I won’t have to deal with him anymore in 7 weeks. I can’t get him to stop calling all hours of the day and night and there’s no way to block the calls since they either come from different numbers or from an unknown number. Does this guy actually get anyone dumb enough to fall into the scam? One of these days, I’m going to play along to see exactly what he is phishing for. But omfg…STOP CALLING ME! Or at least learn some freaking English.

    I should have part 2 of my Japan trip from last year up this week. I’ve been getting a little sidetracked lately. I think I’m doing good with cleaning. I cleaned out a lot of my stuff at my parents house. I feel like I threw away half my childhood but a lot of it was stuff that I should have thrown away when we moved some years back. Out with the old, in with the new? :wink:

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    TESL Certified!

    Sunday April 27th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    150 hours/3 months later I am finally TESL certified! Well, not officially. We won’t get our certificates for another 2 weeks but it’s such a relief to be done!

    I had so much fun in the class and learned so much about both teaching and the English language. This past month has probably been the most stressful month for me. Yes, even more stressful than finals during college. I guess I care more about this ^_^ It’s also been one of the most amazing/rewarding months I’ve had.

    At the beginning of all of this, I really wasn’t sure if it was something I could do. To be honest, teaching has been something that I said I never wanted to do. I started the course with no teaching experience, stage fright, and no idea what I was doing or getting myself into.

    The first couple months were fun and I was finding myself enjoying it more and more. Yet, I was still nervous about being a good teacher. They told us at the beginning of class not to worry, it will all come together at the end. I couldn’t help but sit there and wonder if that was true.

    I had a rough start teaching my first couple classes. They weren’t bad but I had a hard time with time management and for my first class, a hard time with getting the students to do the activities correctly. By my third class, I had more or less mastered time management and my lessons went a lot smoother. My last class today went great. I still have plenty of room for improvement but I’m excited to start teaching and learn new things as well.

    I’ve started to clean out a bit of my stuff. Most of my makeup has either been sorted or given away. I’ve horded a lot of makeup/beauty/hair supplies in the last few years between my ipsy, glossybox, birchbox, sample society, look bag, and god knows what else subscriptions. I’ve canceled most of those subscriptions since late last year and just recently canceled everything else this past week. So, you can imagine what my room looked like. I had an entire corner just stocked up with all sorts of supplies. I took the ones I’ll use and gave all of the rest to my friend.

    I’ve sorted most of my clothing as well. I have another big box to give to Goodwill sometime in the future. I think I will have to end up mailing my winter clothes to myself since I can’t seem to part with most of them. I need to get off my lazy ass and get more stuff listed on ebay before I don’t have enough time. Craigslist doesn’t seem to work as well for me.

    There’s a lot to prepare for but not a lot I’m willing to do until I get my work visa, cause that would just be dumb. It’s too early to reserve an apartment and I’m starting to feel that agencies in Japan don’t even want to deal with me right now because I can’t reserve. I can barely get info! All they care about is reserving but I’m not looking to reserve now! Rawr.

    I’m also looking to take a Japanese class for 2 months before I leave. I should be able to work out something with the institute I got my certificate at and only pay for half of the course since I’m leaving in July but we’ll see. Having a little bit of a head start would be nice.

    I actually have time to play FFX again now.

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    Half way there

    Saturday April 12th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I was so sad to miss this year’s cherry blossom festival since I had to teach in the morning. The weather was perfect! In the past, it would either be cold or rainy or both. Unfortunately, the festival this year missed the cherry blossoms by a week or two but everyone still had a lot fun. Hopefully, next year I’ll be in Japan to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom :<3

    My second practicum went fairly well. I still have a hard time getting timing right but the students enjoyed the activities. I made a matching game and a crossword puzzle for them. Last week I went over by about 10 minutes, this week I was short about 10 minutes :( This week's lesson was easier to teach and the students had a much easier time learning the language. The benefits of teaching vocabulary versus grammar, I guess. I'll get it right next week, third time's the charm?

    I applied to a couple more jobs yesterday, I hope to hear from them within the week. Applying for jobs is kind of stressful when you're not making any progress. I say this and I've only interviewed for 2 jobs *needs more patience*.

    Photo moments from the last 2 days:

    My first tonkatsu ramen, it’s impossible to find these in Nashville. I can’t wait to try some in Japan since I didn’t get a chance to in my last visit to Tokyo. The flavor is good but I thought it was a little too salty and had too much grease. Are they normally like that? The pork was amazing though, I’d take a few of those with rice any day.

    The last of my birthday presents from a friend finally arrived, Sailor Moon headphones from Japan. These were on back order for months! They are super comfy and the sound quality is great.

    What chuu looking at?

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    Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy

    Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    This show was absolutely beautiful, so worth it!

    I had to leave my TESL class early (much thanks to the teachers who made it work for me) in order to make it to the concert on time. The traffic downtown was horrible. There just happened to be a hockey game going on at the same time in the arena across the street. I was lucky enough to find parking in a close lot although it cost me $15 ;_;

    Blurry photo is blurry :/ I snapped it quickly with my cell phone because the show was about to start. This was during intermission and I didn’t have a chance to get a better one.

    The seats were good, $49 for second floor but you could still see the stage perfectly and the sound quality was great. I LOVED the video clips that went along with the music. It really brought the music to life. I wish they sang a song or did a piece from FFX-2…maybe in the future?

    Now I want to go and play all the Final Fantasy games.

    I blistered my feet tonight, ugh. I bought a pair of boots from Wet Seal months ago on sale for $12. I love the style and the heels are only 2 inches or so. However, my feet would start to hurt so badly after a few minutes of walking There was almost no support in the boots and the arch of the shoe was way off. I definitely won’t be wearing them anymore, it’s a good thing they weren’t expensive.

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    Zombie Modeee

    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I’m so fickle. I want a new domain name already, something Final Fantasy related. I blame FFX’s remaster release.

    I’m super tired today. I was up to 3 AM in the morning re-writing my enter lesson plan for Saturday’s class. My teachers weren’t kidding when they said it can take 3 hours or more planning out lessons when you first start. Part of this is my fault, I finished dinner around 10 PM and played FFX for a couple hours to relax so I could have been in bed by 1 AM :/ I wasn’t feeling the context of the lesson plan I made last Saturday. We had a practice presentation of our lessons in class last night and mine fell apart quickly, leading to the decision that I need something different. I more or less had to re-structure the one I originally made so it wasn’t absurd to just write a new one altogether. I like the context of this one better, comparing cats and dogs. It’s simpler and it allows me more room to play around with it. I’m just hoping I can make the lesson flow come Saturday.

    I haven’t heard back from Joy Talk but I’m not surprised. It seems they are interested in immediate hires, as with most job postings in Japan. The soonest I can leave is late May. I prefer July-August, which is what I think I will be shooting for instead of leaving when I’m not ready. There are 4 more jobs I will be applying to when I have more time on my hands. With Saturday being my first teaching class, most of my time is going into making sure it’s not a disaster. I hate the jobs that require me to submit a professional photo ;_; . I don’t have any nor do I have any professional clothes. Working in the music business can be pretty laid back, I mostly wear jeans a t-shirt to work. I may go out at some point this month to buy some suits. If I plan on moving to Japan, I will have to eventually anyway.

    I’m super looking forward to the new Captain America movie coming out tomorrow! This year seems to be filled with super awesome pumped up action movies. I saw Noah this past weekend and it was decent. There were quite a few plot twists for theatrical purposes that strays off from the original story but overall it was a decent movie with great special effects.

    I’m nervous about Saturday but I’m ready to see how I do and how I improve in the weeks to come.

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    Getting sick :(

    Wednesday February 5th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Too. Much. Damn. Talent.

    Some sporadic thoughts for the night, and also the last couple weeks in a nutshell. I’m not blogging as much as I could be.

    My TESL classes are going pretty well, the first few classes are pretty introductory and I believe it gets more hands on as the weeks go by. I can’t say that I’m not nervous about teaching and it’s nice knowing that other people are the same. For some reason, at one point or another, I did think that teachers were never nervous, but I suppose that comes with experience. Pretty much all of the teachers that I’ve had handled their classes fairly well..whether or not they actually taught anything is a different story.

    I normally don’t get sick, minus the one year I decided I was going to get a flu shot and I was sick on and off for several months. I think it’s the extremely cold weather we’re getting this year. Nashville hasn’t had record lows this low in almost a decade. There’s not much snow though. Normally when it’s extremely cold the weather is pretty dry. The warmer weekend this past weekend brought about quite a bit of rain. When it’s warm it rains non-stop, when it’s cold…it’s dry. :/

    Anyhow, I must be keeping the house too cold at night. I try to save on electricity when I can and I don’t leave the heat running when I sleep. Last month, my electricity bill was $200 x_x While this is a lot better than what I’ve heard some people were paying, the highest my bill usually is any time of year is only around $60. I guess on top of the really cold weather, the new apartments that I’m living in also don’t really have good insulation since they’re kind of old.

    I really should be working on my resume and cover letter (given I said I would finish those last week) but I keep getting distracted. I debated getting my resume professionally done but my dad had a point…no matter how good someone makes it look, your experience is going to be whatever your experience is. The only benefit is that someone may have a better way with words than you do. So, I’m not sure if it’s worth the $1xx.xx amount of money it takes to get one done nowadays.

    Oh yea, I bought tickets to see this amazing chick in June (why can’t it be soooooner!!)

    I discovered her on Pandora and she’s just freaking amazing, both in her original works and cover songs.

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    Goodbye JET

    Tuesday January 21st, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I am super freaking beyond belief depressed right now ;_; I cant even…. Ugh. 2014 is already not going as planned (does anything?).

    After almost 2 months of waiting, I found out today that I did not even manage to get an interview for the JET program. I’ve been thinking all afternoon what could have been wrong with my application. Did I forget something? Were there errors on my essay? Was my essay not strong enough? (My weak point has always been writing essays) Am I too old? Was everyone out there just better than me? Was my passport picture too ugly? Cause it really is ugly, I took it almost 10 years ago. ETC. ETC.

    I’ve come to just accept that the JET program is indeed very competitive. I forget the numbers, but I think only maybe 1/4 of the applicants actually make it through and this is from all over the world. On top of that, Japan is a very popular country for teaching English. They never release actual statistics but you can find guestimations.

    I think what bugs me most is I really wanted it and didn’t get a chance, not to blame the JET program in anyway. The application process itself was definitely an experience. However, I just know there’s going to be people who end up making it that just want to go have fun and come back 1-2 years alter. But hey…who am I to judge. They’re the ones who made it, not me. Perhaps I didn’t want it badly enough.

    I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do right now. I still very much want to move to Japan this year. I’m tired of staying here year after year so I’m going to do everything possible. As of right now, it’s still too early to apply for other teaching jobs. Pretty much all of the ones available are for Spring 2014 and I’m unable to move that soon. For one, I won’t receive my TEFL certificate until the end of April and two, my lease is not up until (I think) September so it would put both me and my roommate in a very bad situation.

    Japan, I will see you again soon :( Come spring, I start applying for jobs that starts in August.

    Of course, I find all this out while I’m waiting to have my first laser hair removal :sick: . My nervousness on top being upset probably made the experience a bit less enjoyable. Overall, it went better than what I had expected. I had a Brazilian done, and may go back to do my full legs. The feeling is what I would describe as a shock to your skin. A lot of people on the internet compares it to a rubber band snapping against your skin, which I can see why they say that. If you’ve ever had a shock knife shock you or a hair pulled from your skin, you’ll know exactly how it feels. My next appointment will be in 6 weeks.

    My New Year’s resolution to not procrastinate as much isn’t going all that well either x_x Old habits are hard to break. I normally procrastinate on getting my birth control refilled (always a bad idea) and every year I forget that I run out in January and have to schedule my yearly gynecologist appointment. I ended up picking up my birth control a couple days late.

    I also completely forgot that my credit card expires at the beginning of February. When I went to my parents house over this past weekend (I have most of my mail delivered there since it’s a permanent address) I accidentally threw out the new card that was sent to me. I get so many letters from banks to sign up for new cards, or bank accounts, or whatever that I’ve gotten in the habit just to toss anything from a bank without looking at it. Again, bad idea :/ I called Bank of America on Monday and they will be sending me out a new one. I hope I get it before the month is over. I use a credit card for anything and everything that I can. I’m not a big fan of handling/carrying cash all the time and not to mention I get reward bucks back with a credit card ;)

    This just absolutely made my night, a skateboarding cat that does tricks :shock:

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