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Is life and work the same thing?/Est-ce que la vie et le travail c'est la même chose?

Posted on 2/28/2008 by Eric Jobin

Thursday February 28, 2008.

The last few days were boring. I have been working non-stop since Saturday. And I will most likely be working until next Saturday as well. Sunday we are planning to go central Tokyo and Shinjuku if time allow.

I felt like I wasn't training enough so I decided to make myself a calendar and note down the training I had so far. Now I made myself, still incomplete, little schedule on the classes I want to take.

I was also very lucky to have Myriam book some travels for us while I was working. It is now decided, we will be travelling to Fujiyama, Kyoto and Hiroshima between March 10 and March 15. And we will go under the sun of Okinawa between April 4 and April 9.

By making a calendar we realized that we already spent a month here and didn't see much. Equiped with a calendar, we shall schedule more visiting between me working and training. I will most likely have odd working weeks. :)

The other day, I received some mail. A pink piece of paper with my name on it. After asking around, I realized that I had to go pick up something up at the main post office. It was a Furikomi card, a card that you use to trasfer money into a bank account. It is for me to pay the rent. But after going all the way down to the post office and finding the package counter I realized that my Japanese wasn't still good enough to obtain what I wanted. I understood some of it, but that little expression that I didn't know screwed me up. I basic got told to come back with someone that speak Japanese... (Humm... reminds me of Calgary when I got told to get some English courses before presenting myself again in a job interview). But don't worry, I talked to the land  lord and everything will be ok.

Jeudi 28 février 2008.

Les derniers jours furent très ennuyeux. Je travail sans arrêt depuis samedi passé. Et je crois bien que je vais travailler jusqu'à samedi prochain. Dimanche nous prévoyons aller au centre-ville de Tokyo et Shinjuku si nous avons le temps.

Il me semblait que je ne m'entrainnais pas assez, j'ai donc décidé de me faire un calendrier et de noter les cours que j'ai pris jusqu'a maintenant. Maintenant je me suis fait un horaire, encore incomplet, des cours que je veux prendre.

J'ai aussi été très chanceux d'avoir eu Myriam pour réserver des voyages pendant que je travaillais. C'est maintenant décidé. nous allons voyager au Mont Fuji, Kyoto et Hiroshima entre le 10 et 15 mars. Et nous allons nous dorer la couenne sous le soleil d'Okinawa entre le 4 et 9 avril.

En fesant ce calendrier nous avons réaliser que nous sommes ici depuis déjà presqu'un mois. Equipé de ce calendrier, nous allons planifier plus d'activité touristique entre mes jours de travail et d'entrainement. Je vais probablement avoir des semaine de travail un peu irrégulière.

L'autre jour j'ai reçu du courrier. Un morceau de papier rose avec mon nom inscrit dessus. Après avoir posé quelques questions, j'ai réalisé que je devais allé chercher quelque chose au bureau de poste centrale. Une carte Furikomi, c'est une carte pour faire des dépots dans un compte de banque. C'est pour payer le loyer. Mais après m'être rendu jusqu'au bureau de poste et trouver le comptoire postal j'ai réalisé que mon japonnais n'était pas encore assez bon pour obtenir ce que je voulais. J'ai compris la majorité, mais c'est cette petite expression que je ne connaissais pas qui ma eu. En fait, je me suis fait dire de revenir avec quelqu'un qui parle japonnais... (Humm... ca me fait penser à calgary quand je me suis fait dire d'aller prendre des cours d'anglais avant de retourner faire une entrevue). Mais ne vous inquitez pas, j'ai parlé au propriétaire et tout va être OK.


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