Nov 012005
 

Time to get to work again.

So, at the end of November I’ll be finally released from NOVA. Currently I’m on limited day release, and then it’s all over. I’m out. It has finished.

I’m staying in Japan, I’ll continue to teach English. I’ll be scraping together what I can, when I can. It’s not all as bad as it sounds. I’ve got two part time jobs now that I do when I’m on day release from NOVA. So, my cash reserve should be okay until next February/March when the next round of contracts become available and so on and so on.

I’ve been reading a book called The Working Poor : Invisible in America, which highlights the issue of living on low-income wages, family problems and everything else. It’s a depressing read. It doesn’t point the finger at anyone specifically, but illustrates a whole range of issues that cause poverty and the continuing effects that it has.

The first (and major) part time job I got is with Fukuoka Communication College. It’s run by a woman who’s rather strict on the use of grammar. It’s actually a good place to work. Very well run, and has keen students. The other job is at the YMCA. (No jokes please.) Which is a lot more relaxed and like FCC, a lot more normal. More like regular English teching should be.

What does this mean for me? Well, one of my goals was to pay off my debts this year. I’m not sure if I’ll manage to get there 100% of the way, but it’ll be close. It also means I won’t be coming home for Christmas. I plan to stay in Japan, and maybe just have a few days somewhere like Hong Kong, or Taiwan over new years.

Yes, that’s right, I’d rather save my money and have a short trip rather than coming home again. I’ve been home three times in the last two years. It’s time for a change.