JETAA Singapore, New Friends and Reality Sinking In

COUNTDOWN: 63 days to lift-off.

So reality has begun to sink in that yes,
I’ll soon be off living in another country by myself.
There are so many uncertainties and adventures ahead…
I can’t express how nervous I am.
But, it’s also something that I’m glad I achieved.

On 29th May 2014 (last thursday), I finally met some people
from JETAA Singapore and fellow 2014 Singapore JETs at JCS.
And what a lovely bunch of people they are!

We had a lesson about weddings,
found out that one of our Sempais was getting married that week,
heard vows being spoken in Japanese,
learnt how expensive weddings could be,
talked about Chinese, Malay and Indian weddings and had so much fun.
It was wonderful to meet so many people, with varying Japanese abilities
and I learnt so much from everyone.

The kepoh in me was also very satisfied to FINALLY meet people.
On a more personal note,
it was great to know how everyone came from diverse backgrounds.
Having interacted with mostly theatre people for this long,
I’m psyched to finally expand the walls of my world through JET. : P

Photo Credit: Heng Kai Le from JETAA.

After starting this blog and a tumblr account after getting the results,
I’ve gotten to know so many people, my head spins just thinking about it.
(No idea how I’m going to remember and keep track of everyone)
It’s overwhelming and scary, but exciting all at the same time.
I keep realising how much more I have to learn. And I’m humbled.

Through the JETAA, I’ve also been assigned 2 buddies
(both weren’t placed in Toyama, but I’m plenty grateful for all the advice).
Exchanging e-mails with them calmed a lot of my frazzled nerves
and I’ve gotten a lot of really handy tips.
I’ve also (online)met some JET bloggers from Toyama and Singapore JET online,
and chatting with them has put me at ease.

The fears and questions haven’t disappeared.
I’m still terrified of what school I might get.
What if they hate me?
What if they don’t understand the concept of Vegetarianism?
What if there absolutely nothing for me in that place?
What if I fall really sick in the winter?
What if, what if and more what ifs.
But, life was never meant to be ruled by fear.

And it’s not just fears.
There’s so much excitement bubbling within me at this point.
A different landscape,
New language,
fresh challenges,
A chance at independence,
And a hope for doors to open in the future. 

So, come what may, I’ve resolved to take it as a learning experience.
And at least now, I feel a little bit more informed.   The Road Not Taken

But waw… this is really happening.

NOTE: An excerpt of this article has been published by  JETAA Singapore in their blog.

Thank you fabulous people!!


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