Everything still feels very surreal to me till today, even though I’ll be departing for Japan in 16 days’ time. I haven’t even gotten started with my luggage, even though I did make a list of what to bring.
Today, I went to collect my Visa. After I saw it being stuck to my passport, I felt “これだ。本当に日本に行くんだ。” (This is it. I’m really heading to Japan.)
This is the first time I’m seeing any sort of long term visa, so it fascinates me. I’m going to stare at it for a while more…
Today, I attended my pre-departure orientation.
Rather than the information we were going to receive, I was honestly more excited to see what the total number of ALTs and CIRs present would be. Especially the CIRs.
We were briefed mainly on our visa application, luggage constraints, and our residence cards which we will soon be receiving upon immigration in Japan. We also listened to an ex-ALT and ex-CIR talk about their experiences → Read more
When I poked my smartphone on my bed this morning, I realised that there were some incoming JETs who already received their placement. Now I have an unquenchable urge to refresh my inbox every second, even though I do have auto-sync switched on and will receive notifications when a new e-mail comes in. It’s like waiting at the door when one knows that a delivery will come today. Just a little more!!!
I wasn’t looking forward to doing my health check-up. Honestly, I didn’t know which clinic to go and how the prices were like. I did a quick Google search on the major clinics here and came across two places that were able to provide me with an x-ray examination.
For an easy comparison of the prices globally, let’s take it that a normal health check-up for having a cold or a fever is priced at 100%. → Read more
I see the current CIRs discussing about their successors, and it drives up the impatience level within me. Please just notify me of my placement already!!
Settled my background check with the police, fingerprints taken and all. Will have my health checkup (inclu. x-ray) next week.
Finally! The e-mail came!
“Congratulations on successfully passing the 2nd stage of the screening process for the 2017 JET Programme. You are now on the final short-list for CIR candidates.”
Here I come, ready for some 国際交流！
Now it’s another long wait for my placement. GAH >O<
At least I know I’m in for sure ✌