So we went to Odaiba on the 18h for my Going to Canada party.
First we rode the Himiko there and that was pretty cool, it was like a spaceship, the only thing that would ahve made it even MORE cool is if it could go under water.
Then we walked around Odaiba for a while because what I wanted to do wasn’t what other people wanted to do but people didn’t want to split up just yet so we went to a bit of a car show thing and then people went home.
So Ziggy, Slick, Suke, MK (Both students of mine) Soda and I all went to the Joyopolis. It wasn’t as cool as Tokyo Dome but it was alright. 2500¥ for a night rider pass. But the lineups were huge which was a pain in the ass.
Went on a 3D roller coaster thing, then in this Erdragon theme house where a Dragon Rider took you through in order to find 3 dragon eggs. If you get three you get a bonus ending, if you don’t well, beans. He was funny even though I couldn’t understand everything. (we only got 2 eggs)
Then we went into a haunted house called “The Dark Castle” but it was just a lame 3D movie. then into another Haunted house which was a little better and then into the “House of the Living Dolls” which was FUCKING SCARY.
You walk through a hallway into a room with a table and a big doll at one end. The story is that theres a preistess there who’s trying to replace the dolls parts in order to make a real daughter, and that the room houses the spirits of killed children and the dolls are there to placate the children so they don’t become evil.
So when you get in you put on this headset and sit at the table. The lights then go out and you can’t see anything but you hear a voice. I can’t understand everything but basically it goes something like "I need hair for my Daughter, do you have beautiful hair? Can I use some of yours?" and you hear her sharpening scissors and then hear her cutting hair but it actually feels like she’s there cutting your hair. Then you hear a *Grakk thud* sound where apparently she accidentally cut off someone’s head. "Oh I’m sorry you should have held still. Ahh hair perfect, now I just need a heart, a good heart do you have a good heart" she’s whispering in your ear, you can hear her voice move to a corner of the room where you hear a muffled scream and squelching noises of a knife and a heart beat sound as she takes the still beating heart from the chest. Then the doll in the room screams and it’s eyes glow red and there’s light flashing and it goes dark again and you hear the doll talking. "Mother… Mother it.. It HURTS" the heart I guess is no good so you hear the doll creak along to the mother who says the daughter can have her heart. The daughter screams and you hear the mother scream in the corner and more squelching. Then the daughter laughs crazy like "Mothers dead… but… I can’t see! I need some eyes." She moves around the room and whispers in your ear sweetly “Can I have your eyes?” Louder into you ear poised to strike “LET ME HAVE YOUR EYES!!” There is a flash of lightning as the protective doll in the center of the table comes to life. The Daughter screams “Ahh it hurts it hurts!”
The protective dolls says softly “everyone? Are you okay” The Daughter screams obscenities at the protecting doll and tries to attack only to get struck back again. The chairs you’re sitting in, in one final screaming crack fall down an inch and everything calms. The end.
I was clenching Soda’s sleeve the whole time. The second time I went in with Slick, Suke and Ziggy I touched Ziggies hair just as the scissors started and she didn’t scream but she went *mmmph* in fear which was funny and made it less scary for me. I touched Slick’s arm around the same time and he DID scream.
Afterward they were all like “OH MAN SOMEONE TOUCHED ME AND IT WAS SO SCARY I NEARLY PISSED MYSELF” and I started giggling and then Ziggy smacked me. XD
The next day I packed up and put it all at Ziggys place and then we went to Ueno for a taco eating contest. Stu got 15 Lion got 20 but was pretty sick Slick got 20 but said he could do one more and looked fine so I declare him the winner.
Twas fun and pretty cheep. Which considering we all hadn’t been paid in two months and were getting pretty broke, was good.
The Trains pulled out of the station to go to the final concert for The fat lady but she already has sung and she’s just putting the final shovel of dirt on this cooked goose and I’m seeing how many more nails I can put in this coffen of Idioms for things being over.
NOVA has filed for a type of bankrupcy under the Chapter 11 business reconstruction act. Basically it means they have no money, but have no assets with which to pay back all their debitors so they apply to the government to help them get back on their feet.
Right now there are court preceedings to asses their assets, their previous profits and seeing where the compnay is at at this point, and if the government thinks if the compnay keeps running will they get MORE in debt then they’ll liquidate everything they have to pay back as much as they can and sell off the company, or can they can loan them a bunch of money pull their asses out of this downward spiral.
If they think it would be better for them to survive they would create a 5 to 10 year payment plan for the company to downsize and pay back their debtors by continuing to run. It’s possible for them to do really since they do still have students, but their name has been sullied something fierce and they’d REALLY have to change everything.
In either case as of Yesterday morning all NOVA’s in Japan were shutdown with no warning, which a bit of a pissant because people had personal effects at the office. FORTUNATELY my staff being the angels that they are told NOVA to fuck themselves when they were told to hand in the building keys (The J-staff were busy getting their asses to HelloWork) and can now let me in to get my work shoes and the candy I had sitting in the back.
I won’t STEAL anything (Albit I’m REALLLLLLLYYYYY tempted) ((and since Eri’s there I can’t… damnit)) But I need to make some Photocopies of the proofs of work and I’m going to write a message for the students. Because even if NOVA does start operations again, I still may never see the inside of Takenotsuka again, but if it doesn’t I’ll definitely never see the inside of ANY NOVA again, unless I bust open some doors….
In either case I’m off to work for what seems to be the last time.
Toppatsu is what it’s called when a Teacher calls in sick to work and misses a day. Since I had not been paid for quite some time I figured I deserved a day off, especially since I’m nice and I didn’t Toppatsu on Saturday (Like I wanted to because the j-staff asked me very kindly not to) So instead I did it today.
I woke up at 8am and went to the bank, transphered 1700$CND through the bank (Bank to bank transpher) and then I transphered 200,000¥ to a Loyds accont which will transpher the money to my Canadian account as well. I’m going to see which one is faster basically, and better since both were quite a pain in the ass to do. However apparently I can do the Loyds one online once I set myself up with Online banking which I’m thinking I’ll do that tomorow.
Anyway, after that I came home, got ready with Bri and then went off to Tokyo Dome.
It was great, at 4pm you can get a “Night Rider” ticket for 3000¥ which is 4 hours worth of all the rides you want. Which considering average each ride is about 600¥ (600 is the cheapest most expensive is 1000¥) if you ride everything just once you’ve more then gotten your monies worth. So we rode everything there, even the merry go round.
We got there at about 3.00 so at first we wandered and then hit the arcade for a bit then got the tickets. Hit the Roller Coster (my second time on one ever) I went on that once, nearly died with hyperventilating and hysterical laughing at the end. The ride staff girl was all “Daijoubu desu ka?” and I could only giggle and wave at her. I was shaking for at least 10 min after.
So after that the rest of the gang (Lion, Bri, Cris and TC) ((TC is a bit of a story. On the Train I was staring at her because she looked familiar, I was like “Do I know you from somewhere” she’s asian so she thought I was being racist in a “you all look alike” kind of way but I kept grilling her. "What branch do you work at?" No where near me "Where are you from" Canada, which makes me go hmm "Where in Canada?" Alberta.. Jee my province "Where in Alberta" A city where I live close to "What university??" At this point she’s giving me a creepy stalker look because I’m getting weirded out as her answers match my answers to the same questions. Turns out we have met before, She’s a friend of someone I worked with at an Anime Convention a few years back. We met when she showed up to get her friend. 2 years later, we meet on a train in a different country. WEIRD))
They all went again while I sat at the bottom of the stairs and shook (I told them to go I wanted a min alone anyway) then we went and rode the Merry go round and then a water ride (Bri and TC got pretty wet, I used TC as a sheild) and then a different roller coster which I cracked my head on pretty hard because it was less up and down and more jolt and spin.
We then went on Geopolis which was kind of cool, then into a haunted house which was pretty lame, then another haunted house which was a little better, then something called Hyper Illusion which was a big screan and a seat that moved which was SUPER lame.
Last we went to “13 Doors”
BEST THING EVER!!
Basically you get a key and it opens different doors in this haunted room place. it’s SO SCARY, it’s not even scary everything jumping out at you it’s creepy there’s a little girl standing behind you and then she’s in front of you giggling just as you turn to see her mother fall down some stairs. IT’S SUPER SCARY. The best part is at the end, we all nearly died with fright at the last one I could hardly make it to the door with the key I was scared shitless.
I wanna go again!!
I wish I could have gone there with Soda, I would have loved to see him in that haunted house, that and then we would have had an even number of people for the rides because often someone had to ride alone.
So October 15th we didn’t get paid, but we all got a letter at our branch swearing to god it was coming on the 19th. The 19th rolled around and it was quiet until the shops closed and we got an e-mail in Japanese which our J-staff then had to explain (I guess all the translators jumped ship on the 15th) that we’ll get paid on the 27th same day the J-staff usually does.
Which then I learned from the J-staff that they haven’t been paid since August when Eri-chan called bullshit on that one in a very “not Eri-chan” manner.
On one hand I’m glad we havn’t gotten paid, I’m going to take Sunday off which normally I can NEVER get off and spend it with Soda. Maybe drag him to a maid cafe with me ^_^
On the other hand i’m fucking pissed because I’ve not gotten paid.
So on the job front I’ve put in my resignation, I signed another 1 year contract with them to get my Visa renewed but now I’m quitting because this whole “Not getting paid” scare and just the stress all around is really getting to me.
Plus they’re refusing to give me my 10 days paid vacation until August 2008 (Which by then will be 20 days) so I figured I’ll quit, get the 10 days in cash, and then if I’m so inclined re-hire.
There’s a big rumor going around that BunnyCo. wont be able to pay us on the 15th. So discussion is that teachers won’t be showing up on the 16th. The Wizard (At this time the only other person who worked at my Branch since D the Block Trainer quit, the other guy quit, KT left)((Oh but we did have a New Guy who joined us just in time for the shit to hit the fan. Let’s call him Slick. Cus he is.)) and I have decided we’ll show up, he’s been in Japan for 10 years so he know the work policies. If we keep working then we’ll get paid 80% of our wages by the Government after the bankruptcy is filed so long as we keep track of our own hours. And it will be easier for us to apply for EI even if we’re gaijin. But if we fail to show up, then it can be shown that we quit, which then we might only get back 25% of our wages if that. I just know that if we don’t get money on the 15th, I’m cosplaying to work on the 16th. The Wizard really wants me to do that.
In any case, I’m in the “What are they gonna do? Fire me?” mode so that makes work alot more fun since now I’m giving students my e-mail address which is TOTALLY AGAINST NOVA RULES!!
In other news I also picked up my work Visa, funny thing is I applied only for a 1 year visa but they gave me a three year one, guess they liked my handwriting on the application or something this entire country just couldn’t stand the thought of me leaving.
We got the new Roommate Bri, who is going to get such a kick in the nuts over the next few weeks as this bankruptcy becomes a bigger issue but hopefully she at least has some fun.
The things that piss me off the most about the impending bankruptcy was that when I tried to take my Vacations off, my PAID Vacations off to go places or do things they made such a stink about me going, especially the closer we got to the bankruptcy. Considering I got hozed anyway it just makes me mad at myself didn’t just demand this vacation time.
Anyway apparently the teachers that don’t work in the Tokyo or Osaka area did not get paid today due to a “Bank Error” (the error being NOVA had no money in the bank)
There is a lot of news and mud slinging and rumors going around as to “is the company fucked yet.”
Honestly I don’t know what to think, all of this is smacking of Enron’s downfall and TOZA’s failings in 1998 so I imaging it’s only a matter of time. I know alot of teachers didn’t show up for work today and alot of BT (Block Trainers) Quit on the spot or are refusing to come in until they get paid. Which is going to result in a lot of problems even moreso for the compnay (duh)
I mean just speaking with other people there are alot of things the company could do, that for some reason these experianced business men, can’t seem to think of themselves.
But I guess the biggest issue is that either people don’t think of these things, or they won’t do them to save face, or they don’t REALLY care to save the company.
I got paid so I don’t really care much, I’m calling in a lot of sick days this month. (partially because I am sick and if I don’t get paid next month then I want to not have to have come into work ill)
Anyway Wing had the right idea of things, She’s already on her 10 days of Vacation and will be heading back to Canada on like the 27th I feel bad for the new person that replaces her.
Today was the last day at Y highschool. I cleaned out my desk and quietly told my teachers that I’d be going and unless I feel like coming to the sports festival on the 18th that today would be the last day I’ll see them.
I’m really leaving the 18th up to myself. I got a little misty eyed as I was walking out of the school and I feel really sad and I’m kinda choking up a little bit while writing this. I’m sad to leave this school. It was a good school, the teachers were nice, the students were fun and I had a good time here. I’m sorry to be going…
So I may come on the 18th to say one last hello and one last goodbye.
Or I may avoid going because I’ll be busy with my move and because I don’t want to get all sad and sappy.
I’ll see but still.
Goodbye Y school. I hope your teacher next year is a good one. Good luck to my students.
Woke up at 4am and actually got out by 5, once again much ahead of schedule. I wasn’t planning on going out till 6 but we caught the 5:20 bus so beh. Better early than late.
Took a cab out with RD and Wing to the bus place and got our hugs goodbye, we had to take an early flight out because RD had work that day and I can’t entirely remember but I think I did too…
Flew back, took a shower and then went to work.
My overall impression of Korea:
If there is no such thing as a 1 won WHY HAVE THE EXTRA 0?? I DON’T UNDERSTAND ECONOMICS?
The roads are very bumpy and I can see why they are never fixed since the genius at the city planning office decided that brick sidewalks are cool! This might be also because we were a little out in the countryside but still, brick sidewalks are a terrible idea forever. The sidewalks reminded me of Egypt because they are not well taken care of which make it rather not safe to walk at night. It seemed a very jarred city since there would be these fancy expensive shops right beside a very smelly cart of hand grown vegetables. A lot of areas in the city smelled like raw sewage and the garbage system there is terrible so there was trash all over the place. Some things like transportation is really cheep. It was 4000W (like 4$) from the bus to the school (maybe a 15min drive) and only 7000W (7$) from Ulsan to Busan by bus (1hr ride) and then like 1000W (1$) for a McMeal but then go to a regular shopping place and it’s regular price again. 12000W for a meal at a restaurant. Things like that made it hard for me to get a good grasp of the price systems.
And honestly I just don’t trust any country where I can’t use the water to brush my teeth.
Beautiful Nature though. Loved climbing the mountain.
I kind of want to go again I hear that the difference between the city and the countryside is like night and day. Even RD was saying how much she hated living in the area where she lives but spent all of her time in Seoul and loved it. I think for foreigners living abroad for the first time going to Seoul is fine but the stress of living outside of Seoul might be too much for the average person, especially for a woman. RD has more stories than a person should sanely ever have of strange men following her home, trying to show her their penis or offering to buy her for the night. After a month she had to get walked home by her Manager every night and she didn’t have the best recommendation for the country.