Happy 6th day of Chinese New Year, not that late, aite? *wink wink*
(during my childhood days, ppl keep celebrating CNY by visiting the families for fifteen days, visiting relatives, so those days’re considerably acceptable for hunting the hongbao-red pocket;P ~)
Well, No CNY celebration in Japan as the Japanese celebrate new year on Jan 1. So nothing’s fancy, no holiday.. no chinese nuance stuffs. It’s simply just like another any other day.
Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
It’s unbelievable that today is already the last day of the month.
What things have I accomplished in this month?
(1) Trip to Osaka and Kyoto, making use of the juhachikippu.
(this was my second time using juhachikippu, last time was somewhere March 2008 with another three friends)
There’s one day in Dec, when i felt so upset and on the way home, the crazy idea splashed my mind, that I wanna backpacking with the seasonal cheap ticket so called Juhachi kippu – 11,500 yen for 5 days and we can travel anywhere in Japan (but with the local train or express train). I thought that it’ll be great for leaving the routines, as well as self-introspection having nobody to accompany with in the trip. That’s why without calling any friend, I just bought it.
But somehow, I finally made a trip with ko DW.
(2) This week is the end of semester..
Argh, finally.. I’ve been struggled finishing those presentation slides, writing reports.. But now still have 3 assignments for Java programming class for the deadline in Feb 17. yosh ganbarimasu.
(3) Shuushoku Katsudou
OMG, it’s somehow frustating me, this year is tough year to find job.
I’m just collecting information, research on the companies I’m interested in, and did some pre-entry (it’s a procedure for the employment that we should register to the companies’ recruitment web as the pre-entry, later every single updated information will be sent to the emails.) So you can imagine, how many emails I get from those companies in which many of them need to be compiled. for eg. there’ll be setsumei kai – company briefing/explanation which need to be reserved as first come first serve. So lots of details need to be taken care.
Related to the employment in Japan, the unemployed rate becomes higher and higher recently, like Yahoo Japan, automotive companies, and recently NEC. Also got bad news that my friend also got the notice from the company last Dec, but somehow he’s really superman showing that he’s competent, has the selling value, so he’s now “hijacked” by other company. While another friend of mine, a very kind sincere person I’ve met ever, got fired as well. She’s been living here for more than 10 years, doing her bachelor until PhD course. With the amazing Japanese skill, management skill, no wonder she has a very good living quality – highly paid that can make you shock if you know the number, living in the prestigious Shinagawa area. What’s make it unbelievable that she got fired. I’m trying my best not to get distracted by those things, but sometimes in my bed time, it’s kinda haunting me. -_-;
(4) Seeking for PhD scholarship
Oops, watz? Kinda inconsistent with Point 3). Well, my PRIORITY is still on job hunting, but I might reconsider if I obtain scholarship for the PhD course.
It’s been an angel vs devil fight inside my head since last year before telling my sponsor of my post-graduation plan, as i strongly believe that enrolling PhD, the research and the independence for the research skill’ll be important point, I don’t want it to be like ordinary one in order to get the degree only and have no contribution to the research area. Sounds so idealist, I know.. so let’s try keep focusing on the job hunting.
(5) I was on the N** for the TV show
It’s sort of discussion show presenting foreigners to speak out their mind about the Japanese culture and how it is perceived by the international community that have recently made Japan their home.
We’re 8 persons in total (UK, Canada, France, Australia, Italia, Colombia, Norway and me, unfortunately the only Asian. :P)
We talked about how those Japanese people really
freaking conscious about their health. Not only taking care of healthy food, doing exercise, while equipped with the high technology related gadgets. (step counter / pedometer, calorie counter, etc), the annual check up for every employees.
I then learnt that in Japan there’re lots of companies that provide the medical check-up to the companies site. Those medical staffs and the devices’re brought to companies, it’s for the sake of the time efficiency for the employees. A special room will be arranged for conducting the check up while the bus itself for the device like xray.
The interesting part of the discussion was how the masks’re really popular in Japan. It’s a common view that the ones who get cold wear the mask, but recently as the influenza just like alien attack the town, many of those who don’t get cold also wear mask. It’s for the prevention. gosh! What do you think about that?
Well, for me, it’s still okay if you think it’s disgusting to get the cold transfer from strangers in the trains. But how about if you’re overdoing? Do you guys think it’s rude? I mean wearing the mask because you don’t want to be transferred cold by your family members (assume. no kid in the house).
While doing comparative to Indonesia, I think the mask won’t be sold, as the mask is used only in the medical staffs or the ones doing in laboratory. I bet all eyes’ll look weird on you if you wear the mask. They’ll think you’re out of your mind, or might be you’re a pickpocket or any similar. (no offense)
It’ll be nice if the prevention actions are having enough rest and food, consuming vitamin C.
Ok, gotta stop aite now, still need to equip myself with the knowledge in order to be hired while keep doing good for my study. wish me luck guys. Have a nice weekend
PS. Sorry for rarely BW, and slow response to the comments.
Stay tune.. ^^