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Senseless Rambling

Posted on 2006.11.25 at 18:40
Thoughts are upspoken words. Words are unrealized actions. Behind every action are the intentions that manifested in thought.

So I just simply live in the wrong place. Possibly the wrong time. There is no Buddhist temple where I live where I can learn what I am seeking. I don't know the specific prayers, rituals, and practices and I have no where to learn it. One temple doesn't feel right and the other is like a cult offering enlightenment for payment. I feel like I'm stumbling blindly down a fog covered path.

I'm not accustomed to not having a teacher of sorts, but that is where I find myself now. Or perhaps I have the greatest teacher. Either way, I don't know how to move forward. Given the severity of headaches and stress I am going to try to meditate more and focus on chakra balancing. I really need to move to Japan.


The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
Go go go! :)

I think, sometimes a change of environment is the best. I can only go in 2009... cos I'll only be able to get my degree in 2008 october and that's too late for registration. Do go and take yr JLPT test; for if you pass level 2, you can become a CIR instead of an ALT teacher.
akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
How long do those test results last? My main problem is money. It's about a $7000 cut in pay for me to go on the JETT programme. :(
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
These test results are forever. Meaning, its a certificate. JLPT is somesort like an international-standard exam, run by Japan (but of course you can take it in the states). So a JLPT2 or JLPT1 cert is really useful (im taking level 3 next week, horror!). Normally these exams are conducted in december, so I think its too late for you to register for this year's but next yr dec will be good for you.

The tests are also pretty cheap.

For ALT, the pay is enough for one to get by, as I've read from the forums and all that... one can always do some side teaching but I have a personal friend who went on JET for one yr (cos she missed her family) and said that she could even save money. Maybe you shdn't see it in terms of pay cut; since you'll be living in an entirely different country and prices are all different... its possible to live ok there. Maybe not rich, but at least alright if one spends wisely.

This link might explain better:

akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure my Japanese is good enough to pass at that level. As for the pay cut, it isn't the cut in pay; it's the not being able to pay my bills. I owe a lot of money and they aren't going to let me stop paying just because I move to Japan. The cost of living would have to be a lot less for me to do it right now. I have been meaning to email my Japanese teacher as I didn't get to take class this semester because of all my lovely health issues. Maybe I could at least take the test and then see where I am when it is time to apply.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 03:54 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like a good idea! Maybe you shd study in whatever free time you have now and just go for the level 2 next yr. You've studied japanese longer than me so I think you shd be at a higher proficiency level than me.. :)

The bills bit is the hardest, hmm? How long more do you need to work in the states to pay off yr bills?
akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 04:04 (UTC) (Link)
Depends on how much I make. The problem is I keep getting more doctor bills and they still can't fix me. I'm afriad they are going to say I need to stop working as many hours, which will cut my pay rather than raise it.

And I'm not so sure about that. The last year was independant study so we only convered one chapter at a time, I still haven't finished nakama 2. I was supposed to do that this semester. *sigh* And it's hard when you're not in a class so you can't converse with others and use it.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 04:07 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... Im not really sure what is going on over at yr side, but I can feel yr frustration. *hugs hugs*

Maybe you really do need to work less hours; you know, to let yr body rest and all that stuff... is there any organization you can go to to settle yr outstanding bills? Cos if there's just too much for you to pay, then you need help. Also another point to consider is whether it'll be good for you to work overseas since yr body might not be able to take it? Living on foreign grounds is always hard. :/ I think. sigh.

what does nakama 2 encompasses?
akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 04:43 (UTC) (Link)
No organization will help me because at this point I can pay my bills and am not behind on paying them.

In some ways I think I'd be more at peace just about anywhere else but here. I can't afford the doctor bills if I don't work the extra jobs, so I don't know what to do.

Nakama 2 ends with no...koto, expressing change of state with you ni naru, indirect opinions with n jyanai (ka to omou), expressing conjecture based on indirect evidence with rashii, and direct evidence with youda, metaida. Vocabulary is over diasters, animals, evinronment, livable society. Cultural focus is on earthquakes, environment and crimes.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 04:49 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... that sounds like JLPT3 level or so for now. If you want to study more on yr own, check out this link:


I love it. The author explains how the grammar comes about, which is rare (he's just passed 1-kyuu) and very useful to remember. Some things my japanese teacher just can't explain to me (I suspect its his proficiency of english...) so this website is a god-send. However, its only this much and I think I'll need to get some books for myself later on.

How long more do you have to pay yr bills? On installment-basis I suppose?
akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 05:15 (UTC) (Link)
Kewl, thank you. I don't know, how much longer depends on how much extra money I can make. I have close to $16,000 plus a car loan and student loans.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 06:01 (UTC) (Link)
U are welcomed! :)

I guess in another year or so u shd be able to pay everything off. :) Just... hang in there and think abt yr goal to go to Japan and work. That's how it is for me, too.
akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 06:18 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, just hard when your body keeps giving out. ^_~ It's like the more I try, the more crap happens in my life to set me back. Frustrating.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
That's why I always say life sucks, cos it really does. :/

The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 03:36 (UTC) (Link)
Also, forgot to mention that annum pay is abt 300,000 yen. If we become private ALT, it'll only be 250,000 yen. But if finishing 3 yrs of govt school ALT, we shd have enough experience to ask for a slightly higher pay. Besides, you can teach music there.

Can google for some japan-work links to see whether they need a music teacher. You don't have to necessarily hop onto the JET wagon. I personally hope to get the JLPT2 cert and become an CIR. More stable job IMHO.

akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
What is the difference for a CIR, are they teachers on their own?
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 03:57 (UTC) (Link)
I think the link will tell you... here it is:

Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
CIRs are engaged in activities of an international nature under the guidance of the division management of offices in local governments (prefectures, cities, towns or villages) or related organizations. CIR duties may vary greatly in emphasis and content from one contracting organization to another.

Not a lot stated here, since few people get to have JLPT2 cert and become CIR. If you look at the stats table, the people who become CIRs are only like a tenth of those becoming ALT teachers (or even less...). But I heard from someone on a forum saying that becoming a CIR is definitely better if one wants to stay long-term in Japan. Because its like... er, govt statutory board job? :P

akiko_kalla at 2006-11-26 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
That would make sense. For me going from teaching my own classroom to being an assistant might be difficult, but working like that might be more fun, and probably more difficult, anyway. I'll just have to pass that damn test then.
The XXII Cottage
vanillacottage at 2006-11-26 04:08 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! That damn test. Hehehhe!
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