My new home in Bali!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Friday, December 20, 2013

I started working immediately upon arriving in Bali. It's been a hectic week to say the least. As with any new job, there is an overwhelming amount of information to learn about the company, diving business, schedules, staff, responsibilities and logistics.
I am transitioning into a Japanese instructor position to replace Yoko, who is leaving the position to go back to Japan. She has been extremely helpful, kind and patient. All the local staff are super friendly and also helpful - they are always smiling and wanting to be your friend :-). Since a third of our guests are Japanese, most of our staff can understand/speak some Japanese. Its so cool. They are constantly throwing Japanese words around and wanting to talk to us in Japanese.

Our dive company is the biggest I have ever seen. Not necessarily in terms of size- but highly organized an it feels very much like a corporate setting. In our office, we have reservation specialists, accountant, marketing manager, HR staff, equipment staff, kitchen/cleaning staff, drivers, IT staff - this doesn't even include the dive staff (instructors and dive guides)! I have never been in a dive shop so structured an organized.
My responsibilities as a Japanese instructor do not involve just diving and teaching. I have also been assigned the task of updating our FB page 3 times a week, updating our blog twice a week, and also responding to email inquiries - all in Japanese! It's A LOT of work, especially since my Japanese is a bit rusty - I am realizing that this job is more challenging than I anticipated. And I report to work at 6:30am six days a week! Craziest work schedule I ever had. But it really doesn't feel like work (yet) when it's something I enjoy doing, and I get to do it with a bunch of great people :-))) I also think this position will be a tremendous learning experience. Not only will I dive/teach but I get to improve my Japanese and learn to interact with more Japanese people then I ever did in my whole life! I am really looking forward to growing and developing myself in this new position ;-)

I went diving the last 3 days and I forgot how awesome diving is in Bali. Thailand is amazing (food especially) but diving was just mediocre. Here, we have more coral reefs and marine animals - not to mention mantas! Mantas are almost always guaranteed. I LOVE diving here.

And today I moved into my new home. My coworker Iput helped me find an apartment. She generously spent her day off looking around with me. There were "local" style homes that were available for $100-150/month. But since this would be my HOME for a minimum of 3 months, I looked for a place with hot shower, kitchen and wifi. It was really important for me to find some place I could feel comfortable and enjoy spending time in. I also wanted to be able to cook! No more guest rooms with a mere bed and cold shower.
And I finally found a perfect home. I have a huge terrace with a garden. A living/dining room and a kitchen. A separate bedroom with AC. A bathroom with great water pressure and hot water :-). And I negotiated my rent from $330 to $215 a month. I moved in a few hours ago and spent some time scrubbing the fridge, the kitchen and the bathroom. Tomorrow I need to buy some more household items to finish cleaning and make it a bit more homey :D

I love my new life in Bali <3
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Shana on

Best post ever- I am thrilled to hear that it is all falling into place!

mom on

I am so happy to see your new nice home.
You may have busy day in these couple weeks for Japanese tourists,
I want say Merry Christmas! and send my love.

stacy argoudelis on

What a cute little apartment? I love it! What a fantastic rent price, also!
Can you imagine even coming close to something that cute and cheap in NY?
So happy for you, Masami~!

tak on

top negotiator!! way to go! looks awesome! enjoy your new life!

Venus on


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