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by redbar
Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: In defense of JLPT
Replies: 63
Views: 6295

Re: In defense of JLPT

sos wrote:Back when I used to get paid to use my mind,
:haha: :rotfl: :haha:
by redbar
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The "Japanese Way" in Business and Everything
Replies: 228
Views: 23155

Re: The "Japanese Way" in Business and Everything

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/deportation-order-issued-against-nepali-granted-retrial-in-1997-murder-case Nepali wrongly convicted gets deportation order. Apparently in Japan out of sight is out of mind. And if he wants to sue he cant come back. What a great country this is! In gran...
by redbar
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Nickeling & diming: how common is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: Nickeling & diming: how common is this?

inflames wrote:
stone wrote: Do I bitch about getting only Y42,000 or tell them they ought to pay the full Y50,400?
If that's per day I'd let it slide. Also, are you getting paid a daily or hourly rate?
If it's a temp gig and that's the daily, then definitely shut up so they keep renewing your contract!
by redbar
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Nickeling & diming: how common is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: Nickeling & diming: how common is this?

Do you have a time card or some system for reporting your hours? Doubt you can claim "eating with students" but they shouldn't make you write down that you started at 10 and took a 1hr break. On the subject of overtime, I heard you should never claim 15 min or less, so the safest thing to do if you ...
by redbar
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: The Business Center
Topic: Haken
Replies: 2
Views: 2033

Re: Haken

That's a tough one- call center jobs are very low-paying, but interpreting jobs usually pay more than translation, and I have never seen a translation job ad for less than 1600/hr. Is it shift work? I saw some ads a while back for bilingual docomo call center staff paying 2500+, but you had to work ...
by redbar
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Haken and the Law
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Haken and the Law

while in HR, we wanted the haken worker to go thru our 3 step interview process-- (1) initial interview with me HR (2) interview with local supervisor where the worker would be placed (3) interview with the "board" to receive approval However, I was told haken workers could only meet once with us a...
by redbar
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Berlitz - Anyone see this article in JT today?
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Re: Berlitz - Anyone see this article in JT today?

Cool! Is the strike back on? :luck:
by redbar
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Lifes little gripes II
Replies: 3241
Views: 234409

Re: Lifes little gripes II

I had a whinge to my boss and the 2nd in command. 2nd in commands response was, and this is just great, she wont change so its not worth it. For me its 4 years next month at this company. Its funny, I have started to think its time for a change. Not just because of her mind you. A culmination of fa...
by redbar
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little greats
Replies: 2829
Views: 182990

Re: lifes little greats

A quarter of my office is out sick with the flu/colds including one bitch who I hate! :clap: And my workload actually decreases when those people are out sick! :moon:
by redbar
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: advice for noobs
Replies: 38
Views: 6347

Re: advice for noobs

Really, they value perception more then they value actuality? Of course I am exaggerating for effect but in many ways, yes. If you work in corporate Japan and you leave work bang on 5pm, in many (perhaps most) Japanese companies, you will be noticed and not for good reasons. And card clocking thing...
by redbar
Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Here is my new back routine. Squats 90kg 3X12 fourth set: 10 Bent barbell row:95kg 12,12,10 fourth set: 10 Seated row:70kg 3X12 fourth set: 10 One arm row:36kg 3X12 fourth set: 10 Reverse Fly: 14kg 3X12 fourth set: 11 Lat Pull: 54kg 12,10,12 fourth set: 12 Weighted incline sit up: 15kg 12,10,10 fou...
by redbar
Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Inappropriate Job Interview Questions
Replies: 30
Views: 2871

Re: Inappropriate Job Interview Questions

I often encounter the questions "How old are you?", "Are you married?" and "Is your girlfriend/spouse Japanese?" at job interviews. The first two are pretty standard- there's even space to enter them in on a standard Japanese resume, alongside how many children you have, next to your photo! re: tea...
by redbar
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

I am glad to see this tread is starting to come alive! Redbar can you tell me a little more about how you have improved using this system and any pitfalls you might have encountered. I am hoping I can do 5X5 three times a week and still squeeze in some isolation workouts in between. EH your plan lo...
by redbar
Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

angryboy wrote:Had a good stretching session for the first time in months as well.
What's your take on stretching? I always stretch a little after workouts and try to stretch on off days.
I've also gotten into foam rolling recently.

This one's easier on the eyes:
by redbar
Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Redbar Welcome to the club Mate! Your program looks great. Looks like I am going to have to go neck and neck with you to reach 90kg on the bench press. :clap: Thanks! Wifey just had a baby so I'll probably miss a few workouts here and there... just gotta do pushups and crunches in between diaper ch...
by redbar
Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The inconvenience of asking for a stamp
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: The inconvenience of asking for a stamp

sos wrote:it may be the "rather than doing something wrong, I choose to do nothing" philosophy. Of course, this "nothing" is done very politely
There's a phrase about that-
誉められるより謗られるな
homerareru yori soshirareru
rather than being praised, avoid being slandered
by redbar
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Last week's workout: Tuesday 5-rep max day Squat 65x5, 82.5x5, 97.5x5, 115x5, 130x0 (made 2 attempts- glad I had the safety bars!) Bench Press 45x5, 57.5x5, 67.5x5, 80x5, 90x0 (2 attempts- no spotter but had the safety bars up- I have no shame about failing and crawling out under the bar) Power Clea...
by redbar
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Be careful with the smith too,the rigidity causes a few problems I found.Squats felt a bit unsafe as you go straight up and down on a plane and I tried upright rows and hurt my wrists. I've heard a lot of bad things about Smith machines- The best use for them IMHO is the reverse row! http://exercis...
by redbar
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: On the Dole in Japan
Replies: 22
Views: 2529

Re: On the Dole in Japan

There are strict regulation about seikatsu hogo. You can't own certain items which are deemed a "luxury"--car, etc. In the past you couldn't own an air conditioner but due to the recent years of hot summers and someone on seikatsu hogo dying from a heat stroke, I believe air conditioners are now al...
by redbar
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Maaaaaate , don`t wanna sound smug but my gym is only 5250 a month for gym,studio and pool (pool is limited times only due to swimming school) and the kick arse public place is only 500 yen a pop or 2500 for six tickets.The best value gym in town,if not in Japan. Nakano taiikukan is only 210 yen a ...
by redbar
Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The "Japanese Way" in Business and Everything
Replies: 228
Views: 23155

Re: The "Japanese Way" in Business and Everything

Steki..you know my pain. Just like the day before yesterday when, out of the blue, She Who Must Be Obeyed, announced that lesson plans and reports (usually due at the end of the month) were due that day. Everyones eyes popped out and they started flapping about. S.W.M.B.O. instantly LIED to cover u...
by redbar
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Berlitz Pay Per Lesson?
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Berlitz Pay Per Lesson?

Per lesson people have no minimum guarantee of lessons IIRC. That's true and if you happened to teach fewer a set number of lessons you could lose eligibility for vacation days/shakai hoken/pay on national holidays/etc... Also, when you take a paid holiday they only pay you 6 lessons' worth even th...
by redbar
Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

But all this nutrition stuff does my head in. You say eat less and Angry says eat more...Then I was checking nutrition on bodybuilding.com and they had a chart that told me that using a simple formula the calories I need to consume per day is about 3200 to maintain my current weight and that I shou...
by redbar
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

If the average guy on the street can`t bench,squat and deadlift his own BW once he needs to take a good look at him self. As for a realistic goal, what Musashi said but what kind of time frame are you talking about? At 89 kg I benched 130 but now at 85ish I estimate I`m at about 120-125 (I haven`t ...
by redbar
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Unpaid Overtime?
Replies: 39
Views: 6055

Re: Unpaid Overtime?

Do you have a written contract stating that you will be paid X amount salary for working 30 hours per week? If you work over 40 hours per week, your employer must pay you overtime for those hours worked in excess of 40--that is Japanese law. As for your claim that anything worked in excess of 30 ho...
by redbar
Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

I know a few guys that do/have done Starting Strength and Stronglift with pretty good results. One bloke in particular is going great guns on Stronglift. It`s the first time I`ve heard of Mad cow.How is it so far? I read about madcow on the stronglifts website and it seems good for people who can d...
by redbar
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors
Replies: 498
Views: 53667

Re: Gym junkies,fitness freaks,lycra clad road warriors

Anyone ever try stronglifts, starting strength or madcow? I tried stronglifts for 7 months... 5x5 of the same weight-- squat+overhead press+deadlift(1x5) and squat+bench press+bent over-row alternating every other day. started with just the 20kg bar and went up 2.5kg each time. It's great for beginn...
by redbar
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: The little observations...
Replies: 1027
Views: 84434

Re: The little observations...

My local (Osaka) train station decides to turn off the only escalator on weekends for "energy savings" which is exactly when there is NO NEED for energy savings (discounting that there's no need for energy saving in Kansai in the first place). So basically, they're just doing it to save money for t...
by redbar
Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: Honey, Could You Get Off Your Ass and Do Something, Anything
Replies: 18
Views: 1557

Re: Honey, Could You Get Off Your Ass and Do Something, Anyt

You would think these places would want to KNOW someone before they hire them. Instead these people will hire full-time staff sight unseen. :eyes: HR in Japan is retarded. I was talking with one of my friends and we both agreed that HR and the love of meetings will make this country's companies exp...
by redbar
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Japan Topics
Topic: lifes little gripes
Replies: 5626
Views: 315895

Re: lifes little gripes

Well Japan is shrinking so it makes sense to give some sort of incentive/assistance to parents...