Daily Monday

Small life update for January

Winter was particularly fierce last week. Temperatures were constantly below freezing and it kept snowing each day for 3 consecutive days (snow is supposed to be rare here). Indoor temperatures dropped really low that my heater alone wasn’t enough to keep me warm. I had to wear two layers of clothing indoors (three during blizzards) to survive. The worst part was probably not being able to do laundry since I air dry instead of using a dryer (my washing machine doesn’t come with that function).

This week turned out to be warmer, though, which is nice. Weather forecast shows that it’s only going to be warmer from here on (above 10 degrees celcius high), which I find it a bit weird since it’s considerably warmer compared to the past few years.

I’m not sure if anybody follows the news about Tokyo and other major cities in Japan, but Tokyo and the surrounding cities are currently under emergency state. The number of infected people have been skyrocketing recently that the government decided to close borders for now. They’re also contemplating to do the same with Osaka since the situation there is also as bad. The problem here is that my passport is going to expire soon and if I want to renew it, I’ll have to go either Osaka or Tokyo because the embassy’s there. This issue alone has been giving me some headaches because 1) I don’t wanna travel to highly infected places and 2) I still need to go renew it in the end. The ideal situation would be me getting my work visa as intended, move to Tokyo, and then reapply for a new passport once I’m there. The big determining factor here is whether the immigration will accept my visa application with an expiring passport. I don’t wanna find it out the hard way, so maybe I’ll ask my HR one of these days.

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Recently I’ve been desperately trying to put myself into the habit of reading business books. I still haven’t finished reading any of the 3 books that my superior sent me a couple of months ago. I’m starting to feel guilty for not putting any effort to try reading it. It’s really difficult to focus your energy into something that you’re not interested in even though you know it’s something you need to do. It’s also insane because I purchased a book on persuasive speech and finished that in 5 days while my other textbooks are still untouched, collecting dust at the corner of my room. I don’t know what’s hindering me from reading it. Perhaps it’s the language barrier? But the other book I just finished reading was also in Japanese … I wish business books were more easier to comprehend and put less complicated vocabularies inside. Like, please get straight into the point and put less BS. Haha.

On another note, I discovered many YA novel titles that I would like to read. But given the current situation, I don’t think I should be purchasing and reading them right now. I did make a whole list of it, though, so I could look back and pick one up when the time’s right.

For now, I’ll stick with trying to read at least 1 of the 3 books before January ends. Whether I’ll be able to finish it or not, you’ll see in the end of the month post.

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Rin

A 22 y.o child at heart and office worker. Spends most of her free time browsing YouTube and playing RPG games. Has an attention span of 3 seconds and sucks at organizing her thoughts.

4 comments

  1. Yeah, I completely understand how you feel about having to read something, but not wanting to. I never liked reading anything that was assigned to me in school. I didn’t appreciate the books until pretty much the end of reading them. I sometimes find myself reading the books from school. lol Anyways, I would just read your work book an hour a day or so. That way you can knock them out faster. If you finish one book, perhaps you can treat yourself to one novel?

    Also, the weather is bizarre here too. We’re not freezing cold where it snows, but just odd temperatures. I’m sure a lot of what’s going on is climate change. I hope the snow passes for you soon. It’s very concerning to hear that it’s so cold indoors that you still have to layer up. 🙁 I wish there was something I could do for you.

    As far as your passport, you should find out sooner than later. You don’t want to get stuck not being able to go anywhere. It’s important to go right away before they do shut down the borders. As scary as it sounds, you’ll have to brave it out. Trust me, our cases are anywhere from 700-over a 1000 cases a day in that’s just in my county. Florida’s cases are almost 12,000 a day and in the US there are over 250,000 cases in just one day. And now there is a new strain here. The only thing you can do is protect yourself. Wear your mask (bring extras), and have hand sanitizer. If possible, wear a surgical glove if you have to open doors. Also, bring your own pen. Try to stay 6 feet away from others. But don’t stress out if you have to stand near people. Just don’t take your mask off or touch your face. You’ll be fine. I haven’t caught it, and I just can’t stay home. I have to renew my lease and go grocery shopping. Those are not things I can avoid. I hope I helped and not made your anxiety worse.

    1. Thank you for the advice! I’m going to message my HR and ask her what’s the best thing to do from now. I know I have to go there inevitably, but going there and being stuck in the city (in case they suddenly announce the emergency state) worries me the most since that means I’ll lose money from cancelling my airplane tickets and having to pay for extended stays in the hotel or something. I hope there’s another way around this situation.

      1. Hopefully you can do most of it online. I would imagine they would do something online to help the spreading of covid, but I’m not sure how Japan is taking safety precautions. I know for here, most things are done online now.

        1. I heard from my friend that the training for the first two months will be completely online. But I don’t think that means I won’t be moving to Tokyo. It would be pretty difficult to move around once work starts, so I’d figure that the company would want us to settle down before starting work anyways. We shall see.

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