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[August 19, 2007 @ 9:14pm]
It's been a long time. I don't feel the urge to write my thoughts down anymore, not on the net nor on paper. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that I haven't really been thinking much, since eight? nine? months ago. The gradual dumbing down of the cogs in my head. But I also think I'm gradually being pulled back into the world I was in, that involved studying, reading, intellectual things. I've got my reading list, I've got my flight, I've got cold feet. Nothing is in place, nothing seems to be prepared, myself included.

I feel like I've been pulled out of a very long distraction.

I should retreat to my world of happy Jboys.

I worry about whether I can get my regular dose of Johnny's in Oxf. You think they block all such connections?
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back from Japan [July 09, 2007 @ 10:24pm]
hello all I am back

The night before my flight I slept at the Narita Airport to save money (I am such a stinge), so I didn't get any sleep. On the 2 flights back the inflight music was surprisingly good! There was MUCC, the gazette (I was so surprised at this two), Endli, Takitsuba (BI BI BI VENUS), Tegomasu (Miso soup -_-), Nakashima Mika, and loads of others..

Please feel free to arrange meetups with me!

desperate plea: Does anyone have a cdjapan coupon they don't intend to use OR the coupon from Pura's Nega to Poji FIRST PRESS that they don't intend to use?
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Left Kyougaku no Sato [June 27, 2007 @ 5:26pm]
Hello hello :)
I left Kyougaku no Sato (the farm) today and am now in mountainous Nikko. I shan`t attempt to write about my experience on the farm because I would never stop. It was a wonderful experience with its ups and downs. Life-changing, maybe not, but definitely one that left a deep impression.
To summarise what I did on the farm, I
cut wheat (with a sickle - no machines!), planted rice (by hand), transplanted corn, transplanted and harvested carrots taht smelled and tasted heavenly - supermarket carrots cannot compare, harvested potatoes in the rain, picked lots of plums and preserved them/made them into liquer, made udon, made daifuku (SO GOOD OMG), and loads more but I have no time to write it all out. I also have tons of preserved plums (umeboshi) and miso as souvenirs. If I was Japanese I would probably be carrying lots of potatoes and fresh plums.
For most of the time I was the only non-Japanese wwoofer on the farm, and I was also the youngest. I think my Japanese has improved loads with nightly dinner conversation topics ranging from welfare economics to GM foods to avian flu.
The hours were long and the work tiring but it was very fulfilling. Farming is a very harsh job though. My knees and back hurt and my fingers have been swollen for the past 2-3 weeks cos of rice-planting. They say you only get used to the workload after 3 months. I`m not really sure what the point of the update is, but I haven`t had the time to really sort out my thoughts and reflect upon the 4 weeks at Kyougaku no Sato. This update is really just to let you know that I am still among the living :D
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Kyoto to farm [May 30, 2007 @ 10:29pm]
Tomorrow I leave Kyoto for Tokyo, where I'll take a train to my farm. Can't really believe how quick the time has passed. Kyoto has been lovely, I may have a little case of temple fatigue (templed out), but my favourites were the quiet temples, non-features in guidebooks and hence not a target for the crowds. There were students EVERYWHERE, cos they're all on some shuugaku ryoukou, which is like graduation travel. Cool yeah? We should have them in Singapore, then absolutely SWARM sacred areas. Yeah you can tell how I love the student gundan. Goddddd.

I have tried a public bath here. Full, naked glory (haha) but damn it was actually quite food.

The food here is so good. Like, stuff at the convenience stores (conbini) are *hearts*. I've not actually bought very many things at all, don't want to add to my luggage, but I'll prob get stuff when I get to Tokyo. And the souvenirs here are beyond expensive. I think I'll lug back an entire pack of japanese confectionery though. Oooooh.

Too much to say taht I don't know how to summarise it. I went to a Meiji Restoration museum exhibition today though, really liked that, though I got kicked out at 4.30 when the museum closed, before I got to really go through everything. Esp since I took more time cos everything's in Japanese.

Met lots of Japanese people, especially when I go hiking the mountains. The old people here are SO fit, like they're all over 70 and they can all complete the hike. I like the older generation, they're a lot friendlier? Maybe it's like this modernisation shit that the young generation (repeat after me, "those young people") are somehow different? Same case perhaps in Singapore, and I'm probably one of those new age 'young people', but well. Who am I to judge my own kind.

The buses here are so efficient as well (although it's bloody 3 bucks per ride, even if it's one stop). You get on at the back door, get off and pay in the front. Very organised. Though I still prefer EZ-Link.
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NIPPON NIPPON [May 20, 2007 @ 7:27pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Hello people I am in glorious JAPAN!

This place is crazy, crazy, crazy.

The young people are all incredibly fashionable - i feel like a country bumpkin. Especially since they are all above backpacks, and EVERYONE sticks to slick wheelers!

Cool things I have seen.. like these ladies dressed in pink (pink hats etc.) waiting, heads bowed, dustpan in hand, at the train platform waiting for the shinkansen to arrive. They`re like dolls - until the train comes. Once the passengers alight, they SWARM (every train car has one Pink Lady, hence abbrev to PL), they get into the train and frenzied cleaning takes place. Eyeopenerrrr.

Japan has lots of driving circuits.

The people can be VERY nice. I went fo Pura:s handshake/autograph session today in NAGOYA, and I met 2 fans who basically guided me through the whole thing... how to get coupons for the event, even gave me recs for concert venues etc. They`re only 16! And wth i look their age. Then they walked with me to the train station (cos I is direction idiot), and even helped me search for the coin locker where i:d dumped my luggage.. I am truly OVERWHELMED bvy their kindness. Kio and Makiko!

Yoey, I got your autograph! Ryutarou has the gentlest habnds ever, I tell you. When I told him I was from SG he said Ni Hao!watch me die now. And buchi was there too! :D:D I now have THREE copies of Makka na Ito. hurhurhur. and apparently pura will be having a live in shibuya ax come jul 3rd! *_*

Thanbks tons to the people who came to see me off. And shu may, your letter made me tear on the plane! <3 you much much much. While transiting in Bangkok I ended up talking to an American (Vietnamese origin) - he works with USA consulate.. and handles visas and stuff. he ended up asking me about my thoughts about the 1) Nyugen van ____ australian who was sentenbced to death for drug trafficking 2) Michael Faye incident. Interesting, definitely.

HAHA on the plane from Bangkok to Tokyo I had THREE seats to myself! SPRAWLED myself all over. I think only myself and a western lady did that - the Japanese seemed too reserved to do it hurhur. ]]

Ok this keyboardf really suc\x and is giving me a headache. Tmr i`ll be going to Himeji Castle, then to Hiroshima!

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NIPPON! [May 03, 2007 @ 12:27pm]
[ mood | excited ]

16 days to Japan, and much love abound!


BEEEEG event on the 8th, please give me good news on the 9th!

Dinner dates!

I really should go revise my very rusty Japanese.

Death Note is good.

This has been a most random post (as usual), but you probably already knew that.

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devil [April 12, 2007 @ 5:05pm]
[ mood | blank ]

because i feel sad
not that the lyrics echo my feelings


君から僕へ 僕から君へ
ラブなどとっくに 消え失せたと…

平気なそぶりで 演技でそぶりで
優しいその手 はらうだろうさ…

good news was followed by bad news.
it's raining, and i wish something else would fall from the skies.

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[April 02, 2007 @ 4:38pm]
Teaching stint at RV has ended. Bye bye income. Hello big expenses, like tickets to King Lear! SIR IAN MCKELLEN! I think I'm going to hyperventilate.
Back to bumming around. Does prepping for Japan count as bumming around? Should I Do I have money to go for Endli? Anyone knows someone who wants/needs geography tuition?

Big decisions ahead. Things that will affect the next 3? 10? years of my life.

fataliste: I understood 46 Okunen no Koi not, but I liked it!
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[March 24, 2007 @ 8:44pm]
[ mood | pissed off ]

I am so - URGH.
I don't know what to say.
Two-faced, good-for-nothing creep.

And LJ doesn't allow me to select 'pissed off' as my mood.
What, the right to be pissed off is paid-user only?

To make things worse when I try to select it it defaults to 'peaceful'.

edit. works now. hurhur.

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[February 24, 2007 @ 5:53pm]
I find myself liking Tsuyoshi more and more.
Am watching many Shindoi episodes.
Listening to his solo releases.
Actually wanting to watch keri-chan live.
Anyone can lend me his doramas? (besides Ningen Shikkaku XD)

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cny [February 20, 2007 @ 1:32am]
Back from Malaysia. I predict the runs/sore throat/general illnesses tomorrow onwards..
Have been eating wayyyy too much. Hurhur. Malaysian eggrolls are bagus! And that yummy special rice that goes so well with fish curry... we don't have in Singapore. :(

Nice, enjoyable trip. I saw Kuantan Beach for myself (which was HORRENDOUSLY packed with holidaymakers from outside Pahang - poor cousin queued for drinks while I played with my lil cousin at the beach and he didn't get the drinks in the end cos we had to rush home for dinner where I got high on alcohol) and it's really classic zeta-form! Plus it's quite steep cos (I believe) it's now the storm beach profile..

Then in the Pahang river you could see the sandbars which never used to be there several years ago. Then little islands formed. The next year there were plants. Now there are trees. Next year, I expect grazing cows.

Hurhur my little cousins are very cute. The older one's massively addicted to videogames! I got K.O.ed several times while playing Dragonball (numerous versions, no idea which ones we played).
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Dots! [February 16, 2007 @ 11:53pm]
Just watched ENDLICHERI*ENDLICHERI's Sora ga Naku kara performed on MS.

And, wow. Dots is just, wow. minus the markings on his chest that gave the illusion of male voluptousness

More wow than DotsDoko.

I think I need to listen to more ENDLICHERI! And Dots-composed stuff. kt_jem rec me some!

カラオーケ後遺症 [February 10, 2007 @ 11:55am]
Save me.
I can't get たらこ、 たらこ、 たらこ & アゲ♂アゲ♂EVERY☆騎士 (ぬげ! ぬげ!) out of my winamp playlist.
*eyes yolande

btw. Anyone has Kamen Butoukai mp3? ^______^
Tonight ya ya ya ya ya dear!
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evening out in little guilin [February 05, 2007 @ 10:04pm]
I strolled home from Bukit Batok Driving Centre, not wishing to part with $1+ of my hard-earned money, and especially not so since getting from BBDC to my home takes 2 buses.

Why is it that I can't get to BBDC with ONE bus service when I live in BB East and BBDC is in BB West?


To add insult to injury, buses from BBDC lead to places like Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, and other faraway lands instead.

Anyway this is what happened when I was walking home.

I took a wrong turn (when I was supposed to go straight), and by the time I realised it, it was a little far to detour so I decided to walk the strange new path!

Which, very nicely, led me to Little Guilin.

It was about seven-thirty-ish then, so it was darkening, but not yet dark, and I boldly jaywalked (hurhur) to get into the granitic depths of Little Guilin, most oft seen in locally produced wuxia films.

You know I think every one should go to Little Guilin at least once close to dusk because it is really quite lovely. You can't really tell that the water is dirty and brown so everything looks quite pristine.

It was nice and quiet. Which was good, but not so good after I thought about the murder/rape of the MacRitchie female jogger. I pulled out my F.O.S. bottle (for those who've never seen it, it's made of metal and quite a force to be reckoned with when combined with my manly arm muscles) and put myself on guard, prepared to clobber anyone who attempted to steal my Creative mp3 player (courtesy of NTUC Income - not worth a lot of money) or my Panasonic phone (and it's not-so-impressive camera).

I took several pictures of Little Guilin.

If this hasn't been spread around yet, Little Guilin in the evening is a haven for couples, if you don't mind sharing your lovebird space with a couple of other birds returning to roost in their trees.

There's this concrete shelter thing (I have a picture of it in my phone, will edit but not now because my phone refuses to relinquish its hold on all the photos I've taken), where a couple would typically be hidden away, doing various things. I was quite out of place, as the only Lone Walker amongst several surgically attached pairs. If I just made Little Guilin sound crowded, relax, you couples, because it wasn't. It was so quiet I had to protect myself with my trusty F.O.S.

There are 2 sides to Little Guilin. The couples-behaving-fishily and the people-seeking-fish sections. Take your pick. So I continued walking and I saw this absolutely HUMONGOUS spider wed (with big spider to boot) that I really wanted a picture of. Alas, camera-phone has no flash, and I didn't exactly want to wade through all the bushes to get closer to the lil critter, especially after I saw the "BEWARE FALLING ROCKS" sign. I imagined myself killed in a sudden rockslide/landslide while various geoggish things went through my head. (GROUND IS SATURATED! High chance of slumping! Lots of rain! Lubrication! Lubrication! ROCKSLIDE! DIEEEEE!)

Got home in just about under an hour, but I saved more than a dollar! Call me a penny-pincher, wait til you get into such circumstances that you start stealing coins from wishing ponds.

shumms: I'm sorry about garage!
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travel plans [January 21, 2007 @ 8:55pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

How do I go about planning a shoestring trip to Japan?
I can't seem to synchronise the farming part/tour part at all!
So many decisions.. I haven't even decided how long to farm, and I'm worried I'll be booted from the farm before I intended because most of them are on '1 week trial extensions to be discussed basis'. Ahhhh.
Need to book hostels cos I want to stay cheap.
Need cheap air tickets too, but I want flexible dates in case there's a change in travel plans midway, so tix will prob cost more.
Need JR Rail pass.
Need to decide where to go to. I've kinda decided on planting myself in Tokyo and taking excursions to nearby areas, but I also want to (in typical Singaporean style) bao jiak and travel to Osaka/Kyoto too. Gahhhh. A ready-made itinerary would be much appreciated.

Most importantly, a travel partner for the touring leg of the trip! And farming, if you're interested. I'm not too sure if I'll enjoy eating alone and getting lost alone, esp since I'm an unseasoned traveller.
I don't even think my parents want me to travel alone, gah. Gah gah gah.

Anyone has any contacts in Japan/experienced travellers who can give tips?

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new layout [December 26, 2006 @ 3:33pm]
LJ update, as requested :)

New layout this time, nothing fancy (since I know NO html - mine was done by modifying other codes)

Chestnuts, because the prickly things make me very happy, somehow.

Lots of rain these days, floods all over the place, thankgod I live in Bukit Batok, although it's prone to landslides
The year is coming to an end, Christmas passed without much fanfare.
I have been rotting, rotting, and to prove to you how uneventful my life has been, the most exciting thing that happened today was:

Melting dark chocolate and smearing it on toast. The knife I used was covered in the stuff, so I abandoned all manners and licked the knife clean. Yum. Happiness first, manners never.

Last week I went to watch Curse of the Golden Flower, which was Zhang Yimou-esque fabulous in terms of grandeur, and a much better plot than House of Flying Daggers. Gong Li and Chow Yun Fatt were a great onscreen pair, the tension between them was absolutely delicious.

Jay Chou is another matter, he's best when he keeps his mouth shut. And his eyes, unfortunately, are too small to convey the whole range of emotion demanded at times. Or maybe it's not the eyes.

The movie was good, but wayyy too many distractions, which I shall not describe. Suffice to say that they came in pairs.

I have been watching Yoshitsune, and wondering how much of it is fiction.
I think the best part of it is the OST. Sooooo good.

I went to Hanabi with my family, and drank sake for the first time. My sister says I have a high alcohol tolerance, but that's relative because she has no alcohol tolerance at all.
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[December 06, 2006 @ 12:15am]


What, are they electric nocturnal moles or something?

I half expect my ceiling to fall to bits now and a head to poke through to wish me good morning.

I am a heavy sleeper, I am a heavy sleeper, I am a heavy sleeper!

Thoughts, on Ichi Rittoru no Namida [December 01, 2006 @ 8:08pm]
Something that came to mind as I watched the ending of Ichi Rittoru no Namida:

Thou hast nor youth, nor age;
But, as it were, an after dinner's sleep,
Dreaming on both;

I'd like to get her diary in japanese.

[November 30, 2006 @ 10:09pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I should be doing something more constructive, but JE gossip is entertaining.

Quick glance through the gossip pages yields:

Kame dying from overwork, planning to study abroad in Los Angeles at The Millenium Dance Complex. Quotable quotes: something along the lines of "It shouldn't have been Jin who went abroad, it should have been me"(funny but sad, somehow.)

Tanaka Koki hooking up with a 5th Gen Momusu girl.

Okada Junichi (V6) cosying up with Yu Aoi

Subaru hooking up with some girl

Domoto Koichi's not really the oujisama he appears to be, and is really an old man beneath it all. (I thought this was a known fact! Honestly, when he's not dancing or singing, he's 100% old!man.)

Something about what Takki wears in private. Jumpers and health sandals?

Not so JE-related, but apparently Takashi Sorimachi + Matsushima Nanako + their daughter are moving to Los Angeles.

Rumours are entertaining. Don't quite understand the diaspora to Los Angeles though.


[November 26, 2006 @ 10:09pm]
[ mood | pensive ]




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