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Sep. 3rd, 2009

I think anyone who's hopefully clinging to the dregs of summer can let go now....over the last week, I have been so cold. My fingers and the tip of my nose feel like ice.... I've been sitting with a blanket and using the laptop to warm myself up... I know I was dreading the hot, hot weather in Japan, but I'm sort of looking forward to being able to don some lighter clothes and walk outside in them. And to wear sunglasses!

Anyway, I got some super good news today! Shinako-sensei, my supervisor at Ehime, emailed me to say congratulations. Actually, the subject header of her email was that, so I knew what was coming and I stared at it for a few seconds with a grin. I have been approved to receive the JASSO scholarship offered at Ehime. Essentially, this means for me;
    • I can afford to live well; food and home-wise
    • I don't have to restrict myself all the time in terms of going out, eating out, trips and buying nice things (although I will not go crazy and do this constantly, it would obviously never last that way)
    • I can see more of Japan; I can afford to take transport and to stay in places. I really want to take a trip to Hokkaido and to Okinawa! I also want to see more Kyushu, and more of the north of Honshu! I've got a biiiiig map to put on my wall, so I'm gonna put lots of stickers/pins on the places I've been over the year.
    • If I plan well, I can go to other countries too. I've had invitations to Australia, Phillipines, Taiwan, back to China, Korea....so wherever I pick to go....exciting!!
    • I maaaay be able to come back to the UK if I feel it necessary/want to come home. This probably won't be for quite some time though. I'm staying in Japan for the winter holiday.
    • I can pay off my overdraft
    • I can put a little money aside each month to save, for when I come back to the UK.
    • My parents will not have to help me out this year at all, so it removes any financial burden from them. Even if I'm in an emergency, I should be financially capable to help myself out
In a nutshell, I have a huge worry removed from my mind. And I'm pretty grateful for this, I know that others will have a lot of financial worries :/

It appears we're going to some family party tomorrow...my aunt called before and when she realised I'm departing in 10 days, said I should come so I can see them all before I go. I didn't know what to say, because I don't know the relative whose birthday we're celebrating >_> Maybe I should but....I just have no idea who she is...she's 90 though, so it might not be so apparent...
But it's convenient to be able to say goodbye to relatives that I want to see, like my cousins, without having to travel about place to place. And it's sort of going out, in that I was denied a night out in Manchester today. I tried to be sensible on the money front and decided not to go out in order to save money....thus promised to make dinner, etc for the parents. Then promptly found out I got JASSO and could financially relax.
Timing...

I'm currently making a packing list to figure out what I have forgotten to pick up...
Anyone who's been on the YAB, if you have a packing list to share, could you? I would appreciate it, in that I can compare it to mine and figure out if I've missed something. Also, any gems of wisdom on the packing process for a long trip, also much appreciated! I'm going to do an initial pack tomorrow to see what kind of weight level my suitcase is up to!

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fruits_salad
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your final confirmatin!!!
kannas_mirror
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you <3
seka
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Sooo lucky!! Obirin offer Jasso, but all they said to me was "There are only a few people selected" so I guess I just wasn't chosen! I've spent today budgeting, and it's not such a dire situation. Though I worked out that I'll be left with approx. £30 per week for shopping/food/travel. Guess I'll just have to save up if I plan any big trips ;D Good luck with your packing!
kannas_mirror
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Don't I know it, and I really do feel lucky; I was originally told no JASSO.

You can live fairly well on your loan if you're sensible. Additionally, go to your international office soon after arriving and quiz them over all available funding. There might be extra help available! And you could get part-time work doing English?
You're leaving tomorrow, right?? Come visit me if you get a chance this year :) And I'll definitely see you over winter if you're in Tokyo!! I'm staying at Otoha's.
son_link
Sep. 4th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
That is awesome, congrats ^^
kannas_mirror
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks ^-^
tammiya
Sep. 4th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Awesome, that's great news :D

And, my advice? Blutack. The stuff doesn't exist in Japan. At all. XD

Also, hand luggage is your friend because they don't tend to weigh it, so you can stuff it full of all your books and othe heavy things when you find your main bag is over the limit for the flight.

Can't think of anything else right now...
kannas_mirror
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

Haha, I never looked last time, but I'll take your word on it and add it to my list!

Ah, you see I'm not sure on that one :/ They didn't weigh it when I flew to China, but on the way back they did :( I have 10kg though, so I think I'll be okay :)
versipellis
Sep. 4th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaaay! That's so brilliant! I'm really pleased for you!
kannas_mirror
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
r05km
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats! :D It's like good news all round for everybody this week!
kannas_mirror
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a good week! :D
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