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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Thu 1 Feb 2018 - 19:08

You were thinking that you were going to have the adventure of a lifetime, one that'll help you discover your limits and push far, far beyond them. You were thinking you were going to change your life for the better, and you will.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Fri 2 Feb 2018 - 18:30

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The enormity of what a mad thing I've done has begun to hit me. What was I thinking?

Culture shock, mate. I've been watching a load of NJPW documentaries about their gaijin stars and their first tours in Japan and they all talk about how out of sync they feel in that wonderful country. A few episodes later and they're gushing about the place.

Give it some time and you'll really settle into your journey, start to relax more and really enjoy yourself. I'm incredibly jealous and I wish I had the guts to do something similar as it's going to be something that you'll never forget, in time.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 12 Mar 2018 - 22:24

On a related note to Drunka's Japan adventure, I'm moving to Qatar in August. Wife was offered a crazy package to teach out there, which means I'll need to find some sort of work out there too! Seemed like too good an opportunity to turn down, so will be a big change, particularly for the children. I think there is a bit of a gaming scene there, as 80% of the population aren't Qatari.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 12 Mar 2018 - 22:36

Now that is a big change, like you say especially for the kids but I guess being young might be easier to adjust.

On gaming, I know the PS4 is big around those parts and is/was the first system to pass 1m.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 12 Mar 2018 - 23:13

Wow! That is an excellent thing. I hope you have a very fine time and can find something you enjoy doing, jobwise.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Tue 13 Mar 2018 - 19:11

Ooft! Bit of a culture shock? Or not if 80% aren't Qatari? Hope it suits you well, sir, and you suit it well.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Thu 15 Mar 2018 - 9:26

Wow, good luck! I move away from the Bristol area, and suddenly it's not worth hanging about, hey?

Hopefully with a family and some semblance of a plan, the loneliness and culture shock won't hit you as hard as it did me. We'll all be here to chat shite with, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Sat 17 Mar 2018 - 18:08

We're becoming a worldwide forum rather than a UK and Australia forum! Best of luck when the time rolls around - like Drunka said, having your family there will make it a lot easier, I'm sure. Thumbs Up!
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Fri 11 May 2018 - 21:55

Barely a week after I get put in charge, I'm scampering away to Paris for a week. Jay, over to you! Not that it was ever not over to you, but... er, more over to you... Eh?

(Honestly I'll still probably be around, I may just not be able to change the tagline so frequently.)
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Sun 13 May 2018 - 22:54

Have a good one, Balla! Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 14 May 2018 - 12:48

Enjoy France, Balla. Having not previously had much experience with the country or its people, I've become really good friends with a French girl here in Kyoto.

As for me, my obscenely long holiday is finally transforming into the "Working Holiday" it says on my Visa. I've got a few more days chilling in Kyoto, then on Friday I'm off to a farm for two weeks. As soon as I leave the farm, I'm heading to Osaka where I'm going to be working at a hostel for a couple of months; free accommodation in exchange for a few hours' cleaning four or five days a week. Bargain!

I've also been applying for various jobs teaching English all over the country, but it's very competitive so although I've had a couple of interviews, no joy just yet. Bagging one of those gigs would be ideal as that's an almost guaranteed path to visa sponsorship. On the other hand, while I'm at the hostel I'll knuckle down on learning Japanese so I have options for working a little job in a cafe or something just to keep myself ticking over while I'm here.

I will admit though, I've become kind of accustomed to not working over these last three months.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 14 May 2018 - 13:36

The farm stuff sounds tough, but also really rewarding. Good luck with the job interviews! I imagine you're much, much better at that stuff than I am.

Paris is a lot like London. More so than I remember it being. Similar tourist attractions, similarly cosmopolitan city, similarly inflated prices, enough people speak English that my dodgy French can get us through, and there's even similar weather. It's been unrelentingly grey thus far. It's been fun enough, don't get me wrong, but I feel a bit Embarrassed talking about it after Drunka's been immersing himself in an entirely new and (yes) foreign culture.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Mon 14 May 2018 - 13:54

Balladeer wrote:
Paris is a lot like London.  More so than I remember it being.  Similar tourist attractions, similarly cosmopolitan city, similarly inflated prices,

I'm learning that this is pretty much true of every capital city on Earth - apart from Berlin, apparently. Thanks to the Cold War years, German culture is much more healthily spread throughout the country.

Also, have you heard of "Paris Syndrome"? Japanese people are so disappointed Paris doesn't live up to the mad media version in marketing over here they have an actual mental disorder sometimes when they get back.

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The farm stuff sounds tough, but also really rewarding.  Good luck with the job interviews!  I imagine you're much, much better at that stuff than I am.

Interviews are actually a strong suit of mine as I'm far more confident than I have any right to be. I've pretty much bluffed my way into everything I've ever achieved.
As for the farm stuff, I don't really know what to expect. People I've met who have volunteered through the same programme have had an amazing time, though, and it's helped massively with their Japanese.
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PostSubject: Re: Off On Yer Hollibobs   Wed 16 May 2018 - 8:11

I hadn't! Wow. I guess when everything is airbrushed for foreign media, it's understandable, but still... wow.

I have found some differences since I last posted, albeit nothing major: they still have their traditional cafés/brasseries on nearly every street corner, which is nice; they have a much bigger Far Eastern influence than London, to the point where whole chunks of the city feel like Chinatowns; and the tube is less flashy and more clunky but, crucially, cooler. As in, less face-melting. Big plus.

And yep, I thought that confidence would make the difference! I have none of that, I always underplay my achievements. Aww!
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