pyroyale: (Persona 4 - Yukiko)
I officially accepted the position in Chiba a couple of days ago.

I had been worried about living costs there, but after the manager of the Chiba branch gave me some information on apartment costs and I did some research myself, I wasn’t as worried! I’ll probably be living in a Leo Palace apartment (a company that specialises in apartments for foreigners that are easy to move into but tiny), but that has its advantages. Less money needed upfront and they usually come with a ready internet connection, so no six week wait like I’d have with a private apartment.

He will be contacting my current branch to tell them and the scheduler in Chiba should be getting back to me with a more firm idea of possible locations later.

So, er, YAY!

I was at my main school on Monday, and Matsumura-sensei started asking me all of these questions about exactly where I lived right now, what type of housing I lived in, how much rent I paid... looks like he's going to have at least partial responsibility in finding suitable housing for the new teacher and was asking me for help.

I didn't know whether to be helpful (it isn't his fault the contract was lost and it isn't the new person's fault either) or be offended and angry (maaan, you take my job from me and expect me to help?). The good Samaritan in me won out and I helped.

The company are coming to observe one of my lessons tomorrow. Joy.
pyroyale: (Gackt - glasses)
Other than dreams related entries, it's been two weeks since I've updated.

I wish I could say that was due to me being so busy that I haven't had time, but it's more due to me being so dull that I've had nothing to update about.

School is plodding along nicely. I had a group of first year girls introduce themselves to me in the teacher's room today. It was a fun conversation and I learned some important things about my colleagues, such as to stay away from the maths teacher Murakami-sensei because he ate three people for lunch. The conversation became crazier and crazier, the girls got louder and louder, and it ended in one of the other teacher's kicking them out of the teacher's room for being too noisy and disturbing him.

I apologised to him after, but he explained that he didn't really care, it was just his job and the "Japanese style" to keep them quiet.

I was kinda glad because they were giving me a headache.

I had no lessons today (my new JTE at this school is a waste of space and is never organised enough to have lessons with me, but he's a really nice guy and keen to improve his conversational English, even if half of his sentences are in Japanese...) so I was preparing for Friday. I've been asked to model a presentation as the students will be expected to make their own in the next couple of weeks.

The title of this presentation? "My Favourite Artist."

I can't believe that I am, once again, getting paid to fangirl about GACKT. I never want to leave high schools. NEVER.

While on the subject of the Spambot, I sent in my SYH photo at the end of April and they've added it to the site - SYH messages @

I'm quite easy to spot, being the only white girl in the Japan section, haha. I explained to the staff that I was English but living in Chugoku area and gave them free reign to put me where they wanted and they chose Chugoku. I'm glad they did. I feel more affinity towards Okayama right now than I do towards England.

Strange, huh?

Here in Okayama it seems that rainy season is upon us with avengeance. It was crazy hot on Monday and is still really hot and humid now, despite the almost non-stop torrential rain we've been having. Surrounding prefectures have seen their highest daily rainfall in pretty much ever, so it seems like this is going to be a rainy season to remember.


Apr. 30th, 2011 03:45 am
pyroyale: (Hyde - bitch)
So, I went to a friends house and a few of us had an English tea party so we could watch the Royal Wedding.

We baked cheesecake and while my friend popped out to give someone else a ride, I made scones. They should have taken 15 minutes to cook but mine took nearer to 45 minutes...? Too gloopy and too big, I think, but they tasted delicious!

I loved the wedding. The Alexander McQueen dresses worn by Kate and her sister were stunning, Harry was a constant source of amusement throughout (love him so much) and William and Kate look genuinely in love and comfortable with each other.

We had the Japanese coverage on the TV on mute (hosted by Sakurai Sho from Arashi, looking rather dapper in his suit. Bless him, he taught the Japanese viewers all about the Commonwealth) but we had the audio from CBS. We were going to go with the BBC, but CBS were hysterically funny so we stuck with them.

Such a great few hours. Can we have a Royal Wedding every week?

And, for those who really don't care or wanted it to be a little more exciting, here's how the wedding entrances probably should have happened...

My friend showed me that video. I lost it when "Prince Harry" showed up and laughed so hard I nearly cried.
pyroyale: (Gackt - Alone)
Due to requests and the general loltastic-ness of them, I have scanned in the Dears Playing Cards.

The rest and download links here )

When I woke up this morning I had such a bad headache. I still can't quite decide if it was just a headache or a full blown migraine.

It had the sickness, light sensitivity and absolute clumsiness where everything I touch falls onto the floor that always accompanies my migraines but it wasn't as painful and one lot of ordinary strength painkillers pretty much shifted it. Usually it takes more than that.

There was a barbecue today that I had to miss due to feeling bad but considering the torrential rain we've had for the last 24 hours I may not have missed too much.

I have some training tomorrow so I have to travel to Okayama City. They split our prefecture into two halves when they organise training - North and South. I live in the North of Okayama Prefecture but my board of education is Okayama City in the South so I get grouped with the Southern training. This basically means that while all of the people who live near me get to travel together to the training on Tuesday, I have to go alone tomorrow :-(

I'll have to try to not spend any much money. An unexpected trip to Uniqlo has reduced the funds slightly but at least I know for sure that I can find clothes that'll fit without any trouble.


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