Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Sexy Obsession: Rhianna and Ciara

Today while cruising the land of (yes, yes I know, it's like a poorly laid out version of TMZ, BUT I LOVE IT!!!) I came across a picture of Ciara looking SMOKIN' in a body stocking number (Thats a dress to the rest of us.) I was enamored, and now I must have one! WhereTF can I find one? I'm guessing she probably just stretched a pair of XXXXL tights over herself in order to save money, being as she has no label and all, (again, according to MTO .. -_-; ) but even so, I WANT!

I also came across Rhianna in the All of The Lights video on Sunday night, and saw that super sexy bondage tape type top she wore. Another addition to my want list!

It seems, gone are the days when you could roll onto eBay, type in "Shakira she wolf leotard" and BAM there it would be, courtesy of all those lil Chinese vendor folk. Now i'll be hard pressed to find something these ladies wore to the Brits/to the mall/etc. 

This is not a happy Princess people. Please sort it out!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Obsession with Determination: Teaching in Japan - Interac

So I had my interview in Feb. I was just typing up some advice for a friend and when i finished i figured the info might be useful to others as well. It will probably read as a message to someone... that's because it is...

OK, so the scary part of the interview!!!

They ask you to do an introduction, if you know Japanese, THIS is where you show it off. Wow them with your Japaneseness! I did my intro in two parts, I said the basic stuff in J-go (name, age, where I'm from, where my parents are from, hobbies etc) then apologized for my poor j-go and switched to English, where i then spoke about what (very little) teaching exp i had. It took me two tries as i totally froze mid way in my j-go bit. However the camera woman was lovely and was fine with me doing bits over if need be.

Then you have to read a script (when they email you with the interview dates, they give you a VERY detailed list of what to do)

Then you need to do a warm up lesson, i chose to do "Sindy Sensei Says" but i know a lot of folks at the seminar did "head, shoulders, knees and toes." I chose not to do that because its what they use in the example video they send you...

Then you have to do a lesson. They make the plan for you, and you carry it out. again there is a very detailed video on how to do the lesson. They give you everything you need to do well. The only way you'd have problems is if you don't read things properly, or panic.

DON'T PANIC OR STRESS! if you make a mistake ask to retake, they wont kick you out (I hope) just relax. You are pretending to teach an imaginary class or imaginary kids. You WILL feel silly, screw the silly feeling, and smile like your life depends on it! (don't look crazy though, no one likes crazy...)

I think mine went well, I went over time with my lesson AND I screwed up near the end, she said "Don't worry, you went over anyway, I'll stop here and record over that bit with your ending" so all seemed OK :)

OK, Placements:
No one wants the Inaka. And luckily Interac don't have many Inaka placements! BUT they do have placements spread all over a town, hence why they want, almost need you to drive. I'm not saying that you wont be placed in the Inaka, you just might, but the chances are somewhat slimmer than with JET (what i have been led to believe). I know someone who didn't get invited to a seminar because she said she hadn't passed her driving test yet, so IMO, you did the right thing if you want to get to the next stage.

They asked me about 50 times if I had any prefs. My only pref was suburban/any location. Nothing wrong with requesting Osaka / Tokyo and the like. If anything, it will reaffirm your want to be in a urban setting. They have offices in Tokyo, and Osaka, and DO place people there so I wouldn't worry too much about that. But be warned, Tokyo and Osaka have the strictest management. People tend to have a hard time in those areas.

Extra advice
Let your references know that you have chosen them, and ask them to keep an eye out for the email. I had some trouble as one of my refs referred my reference request to the agency I was hired by, and agencies can only give the dates that you worked and not a detailed reference. So I had to panic and scramble to get in touch with another ref to get it sorted. All seems fine for now, but who knows.

Hope you hear some good news soon!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Obsession with not being a loser: Roxie Sweetheart

A week or so ago, for the first time that I can remember, I won a competition! ^_^

Here's what I won! 

This was a competition held by Hyper Japan in partnership with Roxie Sweetheart. I had entered back in December I think, and was notified last week that I'd won XD. It was a nice surprise as I had completely forgotten about it!
Taking a look at the Roxie site, they're items are sooo cute. I just might have to add some more pieces to my collection! My only problem is they don't seem to do earrings. That's a shame... :(   [hint hint! @roxiesweetheart]

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Obsession with Determination: Teaching in Japan

HA. I'm in a screw you JET mode. I called the embassy as they said on Monday my letter (read: Rejection letter) had been sent, but it hasn't arrived. I call them up, giving it the old wheres my letter jibe,  "it hasn't arrived, could you let me know if I'm waiting on a rejection letter or an interview letter" he said "No" lulz... He said wait til Monday then they will see if they can email me. Dude, it was on your screen, you said "let me check the system" what a waste of perfectly decent vocal chords, and to think i thought you sounded cute once upon a time... (I'm not a stalker, you are!)

Anyway, moving on. So Last week Friday I applied online to for an Assistant Language Teacher with Interac in Japan. An hour or so after I hit submit, I was called for a phone interview, at the end of which, I was asked to come in next week for an interview.

So here I am a few days before hand preparing. So far i have my intro in Japanese sorted, here it is:


Why is it all in hiragana I hear you ask, well mostly because I fail at reading kanji especially when I'm nervous. though thinking on it, it may be better with the kanji due to aiding with my revision... hmmm....will hand write it with the kanji in.

I have more to say in my intro, such as about my "teaching experience" but will say that bit in English. In fact, using Japanese is not compulsory, but they like to know you know a little if you do.

So here we go, and good luck to meeeee!

Lost Obsession: JET Programme

So I still do not have a letter from the embassy, so my guess is a big fat "R" is on its way. I called up on Monday to see if a letter had been sent out, and they said yes, it should be with you in a few days. Being as the first rejection letter was received last Saturday, I can pretty much guarantee I haven't got an interview.

EDIT: Yeah, so it came today... ¬_¬

All I have to say is...

 So, for your reading delight here is an exerpt of my SoP. It is very similar to the one I submitted last year that managed to get me not only interviewed, but on the alternate list. I do not intend to apply for JET again, so I'll have no use for it. Here's hoping someone will find it helpful in some way! Let me know if your interested in reading the rest.

At a young age I became passionate about Japan for its traditional culture, but I soon realised there was a lot more to Japan than what is depicted in the media. Although many of these portrayals are based on Japanese heritage, they can sometimes put forward a false image of Japan, tending to focus on stereotypes.
In other mediums, the Japanese are largely known as brilliantly innovative thinkers and technological leaders in the business world.  Being a Human Resources Management graduate, in addition with my prior interest in Japanese culture, the positive and negative opinions in regards to Japan appeal greatly to me, and have fuelled my desire to apply to become a participant on the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.....

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Tasty Obsession: Fancy Food

The 24th of Jan saw the fella reach the ripe old age of 26. And in celebration of this, I decided to take him to dinner. As he has become somewhat of a food critique of late, I thought it fitting that a mean at one of the Ramsay's restaurants would be fitting for him. We chose the Claridges restaurant of Gordons , and i must say we were highly impressed. the food was lovely, but most impatual of all was the service. No I dont just mean timely and on the ball, but the waiting staff were so much fun! They were happy and involved, joking around with us and it was generally the most lovely experience thanks to them.

The lighting was ambient, just perfect for eating but unfortunately too dark for decent pictures, and i refused to put on my flash! So here are some crummy pictures of lovely food:

Oh, i have no picture of the fellas starter but he had the Braised Suffolk pork belly, langoustine,
quail’s egg, crayfish bisque and Granny Smith apple. T'was very tasty :D

Menu: This was a deep purple, but looks brown.

This was a pumpkin soup pallet cleaner.

My starter: Maple-glazed Muntjac deer loin,
rhubarb, hazelnuts and foie gras

This was the bf's main (no pallet cleanser) It WAS Pan-fried fillet of wild sea bass, salsify in streaky bacon, wild mushrooms, vanilla velouté

Caramelised pear tarte Tatin, walnut ice cream. For two :)

A special something from the staff. Yay!