August 26, 2005

All grown up and nowhere to go

When you leave home and head off all wide eyed and fresh faced to University it doesn't take long to become wise in the ways of the world and you soon learn how to organise and get things done. Grown up things like bills and paper work soon become the norm.

However, moving out here has been a very different story. I now know how to grease the wheels of bureaucracy, fill in relevant forms and generally get ahead in life, but moving to a country where you cannot speak the language, cannot begin to guess what most forms are for let alone fill them in, it takes it to another level. I have lots of knowlege but no way to apply it.

I am once again completely dependent on those around me to achieve anything (outside of work) and I don't like it.

Posted by Andy at 09:32 AM into The Rest

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Interesting point of view. My experience was the complete opposite - moving to Saigon was a lot easier than moving to university. Although I spoke english, Britain was still a foreign country for me, and very overwhelming. I didn't feel in the same boat as everyone else around me who could figure things out so much quicker, which made me more reluctant to try. Now on the other hand, I have no worries about turning to my friends/colleages to find out what things mean, what they're for and what to do. I'm figuring out a new system (a communist one of all things) and using people around me to do it. It's the only way, and I know everyone's been through the same. Plus, I find this dependency you speak of can bring you closer to those around you. Eventually I'll be able to help out someone else. Makes all the struggle and frustration worth while, and I'll realise how far I've got. Sense of achievement.
That being said, I've never been to Tokyo and I have no idea if people are as helpful and friendly as here. Good luck.

Posted by miss jessy at 2005-08-28 17:06:33

you will get there mate, it's always going to be tough to start with but knowing you like i think i do i am well aware that you can achieve anything, and if that means overcoming barriers in different lands i can't think of a better man for the job. If you ever need any support you know we are all here for you no matter how far away you may be. All the best buddy.

Posted by Paul at 2005-08-29 00:41:57

Thanks Paul, I appreciate your vote of confidence.

Don't get me wrong miss jessy, everyone is very helpful and understanding of the fact I cannot read/write/speak the language here. Nobody minds that I continuously ask for favours to get things done.

I do enjoy the fact that it does bring everyone closer together, and perhaps that's one of the major reasons the office here feels much more like a community than it did in London, but at the end of the day it's not been in my nature to ask for favours so changing that part of me has been, and will continue to be, difficult.

Posted by Andy at 2005-09-05 04:14:54

Bob,
Cheers for the clarification. Think i was trying to say the same thing but never quite getting there (women!). You seem to have POT fine just fine though, good to see.
Good stuff on the running. Have you considered hashing in Japan? (always room for advertising :) You get good runs there too, especially inter-hashes.

Anyway, think Paul said it best so I'll stick to "POT Bob!". Look forward to piccies.

Posted by miss jessy at 2005-09-08 16:17:01
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