My training, which was originally supposed to be one month, ended up getting down to two weeks in Tokyo, then cut down again to eight days in Yokomana--a four hour round-trip commute. I leave home at 5:45 am and get home at around 22:00-23:00 to take a shower, eat something, get to bed, then do it all over again. That, in combination with the Japanese studies and the other work-related material I need to memorize, it's been physically and mentally exhausting. I haven't been sleeping or eating properly, so I've lost weight, but also lost my muscle definition. Only five more days to go...
The training is apparently the worst part of this company and that the trainers are notorious for being stuck up. It's great once you actually start working on your own. So I really just need to hang in there.Even though the training had been cut down to eight days, the content we needed to learn hadn't changed, and on day three, we were already being evaluated as though we'd been training for three weeks. We started on Wednesday. Friday evening I had an evaluation and was told I don't seem to have confidence. That would be because I don't. We had one day to watch trainers, then were cut lose and expected to perform as they do the following day.
On the bright side, I've gotten quite friendly with the other trainees, who will also be working at my location once this is over. We plan on celebrating at McDonalds once this is all over, as it's the only thing open in the area by the time we get off.
The long commute has also given me a bit more time to text with my parents in the morning. My father and I generally exchange dog videos and memes and make fun of our dog, while my mom and I go on and on about the return of Elliot to LAW&ORDER.
Ryu and I had previously agreed to postpone buying wedding bands until after we paid off the car, but ended up purchasing them yesterday. Because of the clientele we have, there is a strict dresscode, and part of that is no flashy jewlery, meaning I wouldn't be allowed to wear my engagement ring because of the diamond on it. Ryu didn't like the idea of my not having a band on my finger when I'd be working with and around a lot of men, so we purchased matching simple platinum bands with engraved spirals so that my ring could still look like it had diamonds without actually having any. The rings will be made just in time for our wedding anniversary, so we plan on making a day of it -- we'll pick up the rings, then go for a couple's full body massage and a hotpot meal.
We also need to get started on wedding photos because our mothers really want them. Next month I'll start researching general pricing a little more seriously, but it seems that the base cost of a simple photoshoot including a dress and make up is about 80,000円 ($740 ish) before taxes, and I'm not sure if that's a pair price or individual. Yikes!
While on the talk of money.... Some time ago I mentioned that my previous company was letting me break contract without any financial penalty. They didn't penalize me for breaking contract, but they did do financial damage.It seems that I'm missing about 400,000円 (Roughly $3,700) in Pension payments during a period my company should have been paying, as I was full time. They never did though, and now I have to make up the difference. The Pension office gave me a payment plan, but this slip-up could affect my Permanent Residency application.
Memo to self:
Wedding Photos: Save roughly 100,000円($930)
Car Loan: Save 700,000円 ($6,500)
Pension payback: 400,000円 ($3,700)