Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kuhlahpus . . .

Since "r" and "th" don't exist in Japanese phonetics, these people have a funky way of pronouncing foreign words. Every now and then I'll come across some words pronounced in such a weird way that it takes me a while to figure out what they're saying.

In my island of desks, everybody else is a programmer. So they're throwing out techie terms all day long and the guy who sits across from me kept on talking about kuhlahpus. I've been hearing that term almost every day and one day, while I was doing some translation work, it dawned on me that he was taking about color paths!!  Sheesh!! And here I was wondering if I was picking up some techie term. LOL

Here're some examples of how some words have funky pronunciations:
Tijuana = Ti-fah-na
Vinyl = be-knee-ru
Cyprus = ki-pu-rossu
Law/Raw/Low/Row = loh
Pass/Path = pa-su
Coffee = koh-he

Since their phonetics are more limited, tho they maybe speaking English, sometimes it 's hard to understand a word they're saying. Guess if I stick around long enough, I will pick up some real techie terms. LOL

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sampling cream

A few friends got together for yakiniku over the weekend and the food was fabulous! One evasive friend surprised us by coming to the restaurant!  Miss Chatterbox and I were merrily yakking away as usual and I told her the time and place we were meeting. She did ask if she could join us, which surprised me since she's not the most outgoing person around. Of course she was more than welcome and she actually showed up!

So the 4 of us sat around the table grilling meat and yakking up a storm.  After we got our fill of meat, we topped off the dinner with cold and refreshing ice cream. We each ordered a different flavor and went around sampling each other's ice cream. Of course, chocolate ice cream rocks!  

After dinner, we headed out (in the cold) for drinks. The original plan was to go to a Spanish restaurant located at the other side of the station but sadly they were closed. So we went to a bar that had fish tanks filled with colorful tropical fish lined up along the walls instead. It was a nice bar, tho a bit on the dark side but that brought out the colorfulness of the fishies. The time to catch the train was fast approaching so we called it a night and bit our extended farewells at the station with lots of hugs and kisses. At any other time, we would've looked like a rather odd group but the station was filled with tons of drunks so we blended right in!

My hunger got the best of me and I forgot to take pics!

Nap attack!

OK . . . this past year of unemployment's spoiled me rotten! Wake up late in the morning, take a nap whenever I want, no set meal times, don't have to wear undies unless if I'm going out, schedule dates whenever I want . . . but the downside is no real incomes, just the pittance from the unemployment office, which went straight to pay the mortgage.

It's been a few weeks since I started working again. The first day was uneventful. I was surprised how they weren't exactly ready for my arrival--no ID badge that I need to gain entrance to the office building and clock in and out, no PC set up--I got a crappy laptop that has less than 500mb RAM and I had to set up my own user ID and password , they didn't have anything for me to do--I ended up spending the day reading some boring literature about the processes. I was assigned a project today, so I'll have something to keep me busy for the next week.

One problem I ran into in the beginning was when 2-3pm rolls around, I get attacked by the sleep rays So there I wasstruggling to stay awake and focus on the assignment while trying not to suck up all the oxygen by my yawning. I start getting over my sleepiness by the time it's time to leave for the day. Go figure! LOL

I guess it's gonna take time for my body to realize we're not living at a leisurely pace anymore.  The commute's not exactly something I want to get used to, tho. Packed sardines anyone?

Finally employed!

I was soooooooo thrilled and excited when the staffing agency called to confirm that I got the job that I interviewed for a couple weeks earlier! Whooooopeeeeee!! I'll be on a one-month trial but if they like my work, they'll extend my contract. Actually, the trial's a good thing since the job involves a lot of translation work. Tho I can do it, translation's not really my thing, so it'll give me a chance to test the waters to see if that's what I want to do on a long-term basis.

All those 100s of reject emails are a thing of the past now. At least for the next month. The commuting distance isn't all that different from before but I'll be working on the other side of town and I'm looking forward to exploring the area.

Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that they like my work and extend my contract.

It's a positive trend, tho. Corporations realizing that high test scores doesn't mean people can translate accurately and coherently. My test scores actually suck since I don't translate word for word so the automated tests don't recognize the accuracy of my translations. But then, we're talking about tests made by non-native speakers, too.  I sure as hell won't be putting down purring vegetables as an answer!  LOL!!