My 2014 in Review

This is the time of year that most people take time to be with their families and spend time with people they love or haven’t seen in a long time. As for me though, I’m spending time in the office working hard (or hardly working) which is the first time in my life that I’ve actually not spent time with my family or friends on Christmas day itself. Of course I’ll be spending time later tonight with my in-laws and wife so it’s not all bad!

It’s been a rather crazy and exciting year all told for me. I travelled back to South Africa in February, changed schools in July, got my Japanese drivers license in and got married in October. It’s only now at the end of the year that I have finally gotten into a rhythm of sorts and feel like I’ve got a handle on my job and new life. Continue reading My 2014 in Review

The End of Summer

With the end of August in sight it means that in the next few weeks classes will start up and the summer holidays will be a thing of the past.

It also means that I’ll get to start teaching at my new school and get an idea of what the teachers and students will be like. So far my main school seems rather high level compared to where I taught previously and it also looks like I’m going to have to be far more active in terms of creating materials and activities rather than relying on the lessons I did over the past three years. I think that’s a good thing though, because if there is no challenge to your job then your motivation to push yourself begins to wane a little. Continue reading The End of Summer

Back in Black

Well hello there! It’s been almost an age since I’ve last had a chance to grace this site with any sort of update. You can’t say I didn’t warn you though!

Thankfully now though most of the niggles that come with changing jobs and moving seem to have been wrestled to the ground and I can finally start adjusting to my new circumstances and environment. That also means that I can finally get back into the groove of typing out the odd blog post and maybe also getting a bit more proactive in terms of my other sites. Continue reading Back in Black

Hitting the Pause Button

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to sit down and knock out a few hundred words for this here blog. With good reason though as I’ve been rushing to and fro in my quest to obtain a visa extension for give me another few years in Japan as my original visa is about to reach the end of its usefulness.

And as anyone who has experience with bureaucracy will know, Japan excels at making you sweat with paperwork of any sort. Luckily it seems like I had everything they needed so I spent a brief 15 minutes handing over forms and waiting for them to check that everything was in order before I was given a receipt in my passport and told to wait for about 2 to 3 weeks before heading back there to pay ¥4,000 and get my new Resident card. Continue reading Hitting the Pause Button

An Unchanging Life

It’s a few months short of three years that I’ve now being living in Japan and in a week I’ll be traveling home to South Africa for a short holiday. The only problem is that the person who is going back to South Africa is not the same person who left South Africa in 2011.

Living in a foreign country has a strange effect on you as a person. It changes who you are and changes your view of the world in so many ways. Continue reading An Unchanging Life