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A Letter to 2021

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Thank you for the 365 days that we've shared together. It was really a memorable one. Despite the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, there were numerous blessings and trips that came into my life. I also got to spend the majority of the year with my wife and daughter and to cap off this year, I got to visit Japan again, not as a tourist but as an Assistant Language Teacher in Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture. What a perfect way to end the year.  Let's look back and see what milestones we've crossed and achieved this year. 1.  This year, there were 60  published articles (3 articles fewer than last year šŸ˜¢).  2. I have reached 2.6 million views (That's 400K new views this year).  3. We got a new car - a Nissan Navara. We named it  OSAKA . 4. I resigned from PAREF Southridge School where I worked as a Grade School teacher for 13 years. 5. My family and I got fully vaccinated against COVID 19. 6. I got to travel back to Japan late this year as part of the JET Programme. Speaking

Road to JET 2021: Timeline

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Road to JET 2021: Timeline October 1, 2020  - Application for 2021 JET Programme was opened for Filipinos. I learned about it through the Facebook Page of the Embassy. I downloaded the application files and other requirements from the  Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Website . You can click this  LINK  to check it out. I downloaded the following files: Application Form (Word)  Application Guidelines (PDF)  Attachment Chart Sheet of Application (PDF)  Self- Report of Medical Condition (s) (Word)  Statement of Physician (Word)  The deadline for submission: January 8, 2021 . October - November 2020 - I worked on completing my requirements. Luckily, I have a copy of my Transcript of Records and Certificate of Graduation. It would have been challenging to acquire them as the country is facing COVID 19 pandemic and most schools are closed or has limited manpower.  November 9, 2020 - I contacted and informed my superiors about my plan and also asked them for the reference letters. Just

Road to JET 2021: Intro

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Road to JET 2021 What is the JET Programme? JET Programme stands for Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme . It is a Japanese government initiative that aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other nations. The program also aims to promote grassroots international exchange between Japan and other nations.  JET Programme started in 1987 and was exclusive mostly to native English-speaking countries. The program eventually expanded to become one of the largest exchange programs in the world having already invited thousands of educators, coaches, and coordinators for international relations. The JET Programme was opened to the Filipinos in 2014. Since then, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines already sent around 200+ JET participants to Japan.  Do you want to know more about the JET Programme? Read more by clicking this LINK .  Road to JET 2021: Intro After my first visit to Japan way back in 2014 , I have dreamt of coming back to stay longer and hopef

Nara City Budget Day Tour #1

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Planning to visit Japan soon? I have come up with a series of budget day tour itineraries that is aimed to maximize your visit to a specific place in Japan without having to break your bank. For today's itinerary, I'm featuring a Nara City walking course itinerary. Read on my dear readers. Nara City Budget Day Tour #1 Disclaimer: 1. Transportation from your accommodation going to JR Nara Station is  not included  in this itinerary. 2. The itineraries would always start at JR Nara Station and end at JR Nara Station. 3. The accommodation budget is also not included. 4. The itineraries start at 8:30AM as most destinations open at 9AM.  5. The exploration time in a place is pegged at an hour per destination. However, you may opt to cut it shorter or stay longer.  6. It is also assumed that you are traveling light. Nara City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #1 Nara City Walking Course 1 8:30 AM Arrival at  JR Nara Station . Exit at the East Gate. 8:35 AM

Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #5

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Here's the fifth budget day tour itinerary for Kyoto City. This itinerary is designed to maximize a day in Kyoto City using the   Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass   while riding only Bus #100 . If you missed the other itineraries, you might want to check them out too. Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #5 Disclaimer: 1. Transportation from your accommodation going to Kyoto Station is  not included  in this itinerary. 2. The itineraries would always start in Kyoto Station and end in Kyoto Station. 3. The accommodation budget is also not included. 4. The itineraries start at 8:30AM as most destinations open at 9AM.  5. The exploration time in a place is pegged at an hour per destination. However, you may opt to cut it shorter or stay longer.  6. It is also assumed that you are traveling light. Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #5 Bus #100 Tour   8:30-8:35AM Arrival at  Kyoto Station . Exit at the Karasuma Side of the station. For those who are unfamiliar with

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