MonthJune 2007

Second day of the Tokyo orientation.

Second day of the Tokyo orientation

Aaaargh. This is worse than the initial orientation. In one session they actually gave examples of stickers to use in class. What? Are we 2 years old? Lets hope today is slightly less mind numbing.


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New Zealand = Great (Almost)

I Love my country, even though I’m not living in it. I think New Zealander’s are great people, innovate, smart, cunning – so on and so forth. Many great things have come from New Zealand the movies are excellent, we had/have a few great scientists, we were the first to climb Everest, had the fastest land speed record on a motorbike – Indian (not sure if it still holds). New Zealand’s environment is wonderful, health care is fine, no dangerous bugs or animals, cities and towns are generally safe. It’s almost everything you want from a country, almost.

To put it frankly, I think New Zealand would be the perfect place to retire. That’s it. I don’t want to work there because over qualified people are under appreciated and underpaid. I’m not being a sourpuss, but take for example the I.T industry. I have found that companies hiring are usually looking for people with minimum two years experience – for help desk positions. Newcomers to the industry are starting on as little as 25k a year.

This is insane. I am working in Japan, teaching English at junior high school – something I really don’t need any qualifications for and I’m getting paid almost double. So, my perspective on things is this: bring up your family in New Zealand, study in New Zealand, retire in New Zealand, but don’t work in New Zealand.

These aren’t the only reasons I choose to live in Japan. Tax is less over here, Alcohol is cheaper (Not beer), I love technology (And live less than an hour away from Akihabara) , my girlfriend is Japanese and I like big cities. But I think I would be more likely to return to work in N.Z if people got paid what they are worth.

Woe is ME

Anyhoo, I just finished at my last school (Hanamigawadaini Junior High School), I’m gonna miss it alot. It was pretty cruisy compared to others, and the only crap thing was the hour commute to and from every day. Should really stick up some pictures, I have some of the students practicing making those human tower thingy’s for their upcoming sports day. I will probably go visit on Saturday and take some more pics. As usual, farewell gift from me was a Costco apple pie – ‘borrowed’ the idea from another A.L.T. Cheap as chips and is better than nothing.

Forgot to write about my credit cards last month. Turns out its not impossible to get them if you are a foreigner that has been in Japan less than a year. Funny thing is. I was applying for more than one at once, and after getting turned down for more than eight or so (managed to get 2000 yen for just applying for some) I got accepted. For three cards. So now I have three credit cards, and one E.T.C card.

For those of you who may be interested in applying, I went for the Keisei Card (UFJ), The J.R VIEW/SUICA (VIEW) and (Citicards). Also, in the duration of residence in Japan section I put down a year (not quite a lie as most forms don’t ask how many months, just years)

First month with my new cards and I went overboard, 100,000 yen in a week – gotta stick the breaks on for two months now, ah well, you only live one, and dead men pay no debts.

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