I’ve been neglecting my blog for so longgg.. >.<
“There will be ups and downs, but it is important to remember you’re on your own beautiful journey, and once you’re on it you have to see it through to it’s own conclusion. And try to never be afraid to do anything because what’s the worse that can happen?” (Jonathan R Meyers)
So many things happened, ups and downs but had no archive in the digital diary.. too bad!
Yosh, am trying to refresh my memory and notes on what I’ve gone thru in recent months. If only in the future I just hop back to my archives, reading my posts, I believe those days turn out to be so priceless.. the milestones as a part of Willy’s momental life in Japan..
1. Excited for few invitations for 2nd and final interview but too bad I
failed them at the end. I went to Osaka for the final interview and
the company bore the transportation expenses for the round trip
Tokyo-Osaka. I went by shinkansen one day before, considering that
the interview’d be in the morning and it’s better to prevent the
unexpected circumstances it might occur. So I left about 5PM and
reached about 8PM, spent a night in Maria’s apato. Thanks to her!
The interview was the next morning at 10 AM, so when she picked
me up at the nearest station to her apato, she briefed me about the
neighbourhood and we intentionally did the observation to the bus,
stop area, made note about the time table.
“You need to leave by 8.30, it will take you about 5 minutes to
this bus stop“, Maria told me.
Returning home, she prepared her bento while I had my shower.
Before sleeping, I rehearsed the research presentation for the
interview as the format for the interview starts with my research
presentation and then follows by interview. My feelings mixed up with
worry and excitement as that’d be my first research presentation in
Japanese, somehow I had proofread the contents by the native.
On the day, I got up about 6, decided to leave at 8.20 rather than
8.30 to the bus stop while the bus’d come @8.40. I left apato with
confidence, though kinda weird, wearing formal suits carrying bright
orange suitcase. Beforehand, I made sure that the handouts, my
thinkpad were not left and also put the key in the mailbox as Maria
needed to leave earlier around 7.30 to lab for her experiment.
@8.40, bus came and I got into the bus,got the front seat. We’re
three in the bus, two senior citizens who’re in the queue and me. I
kept doing rehearsal in between heart and head on the way. 😛 Plus
anticipated what questions the interviewers might ask. Few stations
passed, I learnt that all the passengers’re senior citizens, I felt so
bad to sit while they didn’t, I gave up seat, and again another
station passed, it seemed like sth wrong happened. As from my
note and research on the bus and densha(train) schedule, I
supposed to reach station by that time! Oh gosh! I need to ask! I
asked the lady beside me, she was confused and asked the one sat
next to her. They concluded that I was in the wrong bus which was
not going to the station! Starting from the advise from a lady sitting
in the middle line of the bus, it spread like virus to others up to front
line. Guess what?! The whole bus eyes were on me. The driver finally
found out that I was in trouble. I stopped in the next station. There I
was, for sure riding taxi, but confused whether I’d better ride taxi to
the station or to the company directly.
Soon after I stopped the taxi, I told my problem to the driver and
asked for his suggestion which one would work : go to the station
and then ride the train or head directly to the company.(this
part, I pretty confused if it’s applicable in Indonesia, sorry.. As from
my experience even those taxis ride you longer rather than help you
out with the shortest path). He’s in his 50s I guess, then he
suggested me to head to the company directy since it’s interview
and it’s quite tough time. I asked him the estimation price to reach
there. It’s about 6,000yen! Oh My God! -_-;;
Having no clue that it’d be so expensive (the densha will cost me
about 600 yen only, cost me ten times!), I asked if it’s possible to
ride half way and then I’d take train half way to the company, in the
sense I could afford the fare and catch up the schedule.
Unfortunately to reach the company area, only highway’ll do. OH!!!
And then I lowered my voice, between hesitation and urgency “Would you take me there for 3,500 yen?” . I know taxi
fare is not bargainable. He replied it’s impossible, taking deep
breaths, and in seconds perhaps feeling pity on this poo
foreigner, he then nodded and speeded up the taxi.
The taxi meter kept running, I was wondering why he let the meter
run but I kept silent, then somewhere in quite high speed run in the
highway, the price meter showed 3,500 yen and he stopped it. Ah, I
knew it, he needs it for reporting. Reached there earlier, and then he
wished me luck. Really thanks him for being so nice. May GBU.
The area of the company’s quite big. I left my IDcard in the
receptionist and walking away one to another building with the
suitcase along me. Reached there, met the PIC, she let me wait in
the waiting room on the 2nd floor, so I need to carry the suitcase,
she handed out the envelope for transportation. And then few
minutes later, another interviewee came. He was Japanese studying
in Kobe University. He asked about the money he might get, but
the PIC explained that the cost’s calculated based on the university
you enroll rather than where you’re based to the company and
Kobe’s quite close to Osaka. So no transportation cost’d be covered.
Unfortunately he went for job hunting in Tokyo for 3 months and
came back to Osaka just because of the final interview, and will go
back to Tokyo again after the interview. Yes, rule is rule. So he got
no compensation on the transportation cost. We did talk for quite
some time, he shared that he’d applied for more than 50 companies,
and still got no offer. Digesting his story, deep inside my heart,
embarassed for the time when I felt low. I should do harder and
never lose the spirit. Then the time came, I was first to be
interviewed, I took deep breath, took out my thinkpad while the PIC
told me that I didnt need it. Oh! So I just took the handouts with me.
Knocked the door, “shitsureishimasu” (excuse me)
I greeted the three interviewers with smile, and they asked me to
have a seat. My presentation finished in perfect timing, full of
confidence. Then comes the questions, I could answer the questions
pretty well, in term of tone- no nervous, logic way.. all was quite
alrite! My session finished by 11.00 AM. Had lunch and met a Thai
friend who works in that company. And then headed back to Tokyo
One week passed, the result still didnt come. Almost 2 weeks after
the interview, I got the result by email. I failed it. I couldn’t figure
out what mistakes I’ve made, but sharing wif few friends. The one
who works in the company say that I’m overqualified. the other one
says that I was wrong by telling them the truth that I applied to
other company which industry is totally different. The one who
recommended me cheered me up saying that I probably dont match
the business domain.
Lessons learnt :
– Preparation and Anticipation are required for long journey, but
remember to reconfirm everything, as this is not the area belongs to
you, Willy! (the bus case, if only I asked beforehand to the driver)
– Never stop trying. “Success is 1% talent 99% perspiration.”
– I believe that telling them I applied for other companies wasn’t the
issue as it’s common in Japan, but maybe I should try to match the
industry in the interview.
2. Summer holiday was about to start, and this year was my final year
for the annual event held by my sponsor.
My story for the previous event can be read here , here, and there
Indonesian team had planned to present comedy drama this time, and it’s quite fun one but full of preparation,while the scholars are not based in the same town, but somehow this event is the nostalgic gathering for all the scholars. The trip started on Wed and ended by Friday. So after several YM conference discussion, seemed like some of the scholars will go to Osaka earlier in Maria’s apato to prepare the those stuffs. I couldn’t make it since I had TA class. But in fact, that day I went to the Tokyo Career Forum which targeted the foreigners and it started for Tuesday and Wednesday. So I tried my level best to visit the 1st day as the 2nd day I’d be in Osaka.
That day was terribly hectic, I went in the morning at 9.45 and the line were just like snake there waiting for the entrance time. As I got the interview invitation at 10.00 in the financial company that I applied before, they had the booth there. Argh, I need to convince the officer to let me get the first line, but I wasn’t allowed. And right at 10, the entrance door’s opened and I rushed, late by 5 min to the booth, apologize for being late. I got set of interviews from the Business Manager, she’s Japanese and the IT Head Division, he’s European. This time, while had the interview, I started not as well as the one in Osaka, as I rushed along and felt like running out of breath while felt like going to pee. LOL. However it finished. And I walked along to find if there’s other booths that attracted me. It’s good chance as most of them are MNC and offered the walk-in interview. So I applied for other 5, 2 company seminars. Three of them offered my the walk-in interview, one was around 13.30,14.30 and the other one 15.30. So I had my quick lunch from the convenience store. Got back and had the interview. Both of the companies I had the interview were financial companies.
The first one, I entered the interview room prepared for this event, there’re 3 persons : 1 Singaporean, 1 Japanese, 1 Indian.
So they read my CV and found out that I wrote I speak basic Chinese so they tried to allocate me having interview with the branch in Singapore. It’s casual interview, I felt so comfort, the Singaporean asked me to introduce myself in Chinese, the Japanese HR asked me to share about my life in Japan in Japanese and the Indian just confused. haha. The 14.30 one’s the Japanese bank and the interview was in Japanese. And the last one at 15.30 again the interviewer’s Singaporean. but we had a lot of technical questions and he’s very serious person.
Finished by 16.30, I really needed to rush since I had meeting with my sensei at 17.30.. gyaaaaa... I reached my lab about 5.25, what a marathon day. Finished about 20.30 for the paper submission,e tc, and then left for home since I needed to take night bus to Osaka.
Whew wat a hectic day! Reaching home, had no chance to eat dinner, I called the other scholar, Adek on the way to Tokyo station as I found out we supposed to be in the same bus. I requested her to stop the bus driver if it’s about to leave as it’s hard to be barely in time. But somehow I made it! Then entering the bus, we’d separate seats. The seat was terribly small. I slept for 1 hour and then the bus stopped for rest, I grabbed the hot choco fr vending machine, went to toilet, went back to the bus, hopping that I could sleep till Osaka.
to be continued..
Pictures taken from here