Melissa's Jpop Report

Giving you the hook up on all things jpop related!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Kaela's tour is starting tomorrow/this morning!

This is why I didn't want to leave Japan. T_T I miss getting my jpop fix whenever I felt like it. I'm so sad I can't go see her. Did I mention I never got to see her that last day when I was in Japan? I guess it's just cause I value my friends more, and also because J-wave's staff are morons. I checked the concert website early that morning and from what I saw understood that Kaela was the 4th person on the stage. Chema was going to stay at a hotel in Shibuya since his flight back to Spain was ridiculously early the next morning. Rei was coming, too, so she suggested the 3 of us go in together. It took some time for Chema to finish up, but even though they both were telling me to go, I stayed because these were my friends and I would probably never see them again for the rest of my life. Also, Kaela wasn't coming on till at least the 3rd or 4th spot.

Well, the concert started at 3:30. I got there minutes to 4pm. I wonder how many cases of 21 year olds spontaniously combusting have been reported in the world. Yeah, Kaela was already done. She wasn't even on the stage anymore. I walked in to the building, turned to the right, and nearly screamed when I saw her on the big screen tv being interviewed by someone. Hoping that maybe this was just the beginning of her perf, I went ahead and found my seat. When the screen changed to promotions for other artists, I started hoping maybe I had just come in at the end of the opening ceremoney. I turned to the girl next to me and asked if Kaela hadn't come out yet. "She's already done". 0_o nani!!!!

Needless to say because of that, I am extremely sadden that I won't there for her fall tour especially since I'm hearing they will be held in very very small venues. But I'm excited to be getting some new perfs to watch. There hasn't been any new concert footage since they broadcasted the live I went to in May. Hopefully, if I can save up some money, I can get back to Japan during one of her concert tours, or maybe if I can actually figure out an address to send her birthday card to this month, she'll just come to the US.

That's why I don't read the newspaper

So I'm still on the job hunt looking for work. I thought I'd try the classified ads just for kicks. Who know I could see "Japanese tutors wanted" or something. Anyway, I saw 2 ads that interested me. One for the post office and the other for secret shoppers. The first you probably wouldn't doubt, but I assure you the second is a real thing. I worked at Giant when I was a senior in high school and they do tell us that secret shoppers do come in to evaluate us. I actually had two reports returned to me during the 4 months I worked there. The first was a 70%, but the second was a 95% that got me a 5 dollar gift certificate. yay!

But, still when it comes to ads in the paper and not face to face offers (especially ones with tempting hourly wages and such) you need to be extra careful. I called the shoppers place first and gave them my information. They said they'd send me a packet and I could register for training online. Now when they said training, I assumed this meant training for their company that will send me out to shop at businesses. They asked for my credit card number to pay for the shipping of the packet...did you think I was born yesterday? I asked if I could pay in any other way, they said no, so I said I'd think it over and call them back. (aka. see ya!) The dude gave me their website so I could check up on them further. It's not a company that hires, trains you, and gives you work. It's a stupid company that just trains you on how to be a "secret shopper" to "increase your chances of being hired". Increase my chances of being hired? And I would have had to pay you 50 bucks if I hadn't been a first time caller? Screw you!

Needless to say the ad for the postal services job went the same way. It wasn't the postal services you were contacting. It was a stupid company that helps you prepare for the exam you have to take and pass to work for the post office. Which by the way, you can find books at your local public library that help you prepare for the exam...for free! The annoying thing is that both of the ads are written in a way that makes you think you are calling the actually company itself.