First Arashi update I get is from Aiba-kun. :D
Translation, with translators liberties!:
It's Aiba Masaki!
I've been(begun) living with Koharu-chan…
I have to confess to my mother about that in episode three!
You'll see an expression that Koharu-chan, my colleague, my friend at the bike shop, or even my mother have never seen before!
While there'll be a a fight between parent and child…
Koharu-chan will be hurt even more deeply.
I only just saw it yesterday…
I understand my mother's POV, and also Koharu-chan's feelings…
Of course, I understand Masamune-kun's feelings as well…
I think it'll be a really interesting episode three.
Please watch it! (^O^)
Oh my god. I haven't actually translated something in AGES.
Everything goes swimmingly. Until about one hour into the class, she realizes that my name isn't on the roster.
「そうよ．．．Did you pay your lesson fees?」
「で、でも、だれにも言わなかった？To pay the fees?」
So apparently I'm not registered in this class. JUST WHEN THE CUTE GUY STARTED TALKING TO ME. WHAT. IS. THIS. I need to call up the lazy receptionists and demand to know what is going on. They are supposed to notify me! Now I am classless? Just when I decided that I will actually try and speak up more in class and actually brush up on my Japanese before I head off.
Anyway, cuteguy started talking to me (in Chinese D: D: !!!) because Mizusaki-sensei asked if anyone had plans to go to Japan this year ("Bargaining is good practice for your Japanese. Please bargain in Japan!!!" HAHA WTF!) and I raised my hand. So then you know, everyone gets friendly with me, because that's normal y'know.
After class, cuteguy starts talking to me suddenly (in Chinese!!!!! D: ) and I am quite flustered because I keep replying him in English and like smatterings of Chinese because he is suddenly speaking to me (in Chinese!!!!!) and I am quite sad because that means that he is a cheena-piang boy sob sob sob.
Okay, I was just being mean on that "cheena-piang" thing. What really perturbed me though, was that he was clearly more Chinese than me and horribly geekily cute. I am so sad. Why my chinese cannot make it when I need it the most? I can talk to cab drivers, hawker people, Taiwanese people, everyone else properly in Chinese but when it comes to cuteguy I am tongue-tied and gross.
My dad's asking me to translate a business letter hsi friend wants to send to his other friend. ("friend' used loosely.)
I said alright because I thought, it couldn't be that bad -- but no, it's filled to the brim with keigo and horrifying business letter terms.
A few samples of the huge mess I've gotten myself into:
AND THOSE ARE THE FIRST TWO LINES.
The words are a little iffy but ohh, his voice is nice.
I went for my PA3 class this morning and we were learning ～ずにはいられない and etc, there was an exercise where we had to modify words into the grammar form and there was 考える。 So it's supposed to be pronounced as "KAN. GA. E. RU." but, Mizusaki was going on about how most Singaporeans pronounce it as "KAN. GA--" (she wrote KANGA on the board) so as she was going around and asking people to pronounce it correctly, I decided to be a retard.
"KANGAROO." I said.
And lo, laughter.
NEED TO LIVE, SLEEP, BREATHE, EAT JAPANESE OR I WILL NEVER BECOME REMOTELY CLOSE LIKE THANE CAMUS (who is, quite funny btw).
TOMORROW!! WHEN I WAKE UP!!! I will be weeaboo! Shall tune in to NTV and TBS like, 24/7. *weeaboo mode ON*
Okay, other funny/weird/eyebrow raising things that have happened... Er, well, I dragged myself for the FreshieMag meeting (it is not called that, thank god. Neither are we sticking to "MY FIRST BOOK" of last year's) and coughed all over the place. Yes. One liner of the day? "Aiya who cares if you don't know how to use it? IT'S PRETTY!" - referring to Macs. And get this, person who said this is a guy. Awesome people we have in HOOKED (note: we have been tasked a.k.a arrowed/saboed into doing this year's Publication for the Freshies. So, FRESHIES~~~ PLEASE FEEDBACK ON WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE. like, do you really want to know if Sentosa is a great after-school hang out.) Other than that... SMUN meeting postponed to Saturday (I shout hurrah!) and my Lucky Star nendoroids have come in and oh my mum refuses to lend me $60 for my webhosting plan. Erk. I will have to wait till next money. I have yet to pay this month's figure purchases. SOBS. My monthly allowance is not for food and things that should prettify me (like erm clothes and what makeup) but plastic. I wish it was plastic surgery instead. :\
cough.phelgm. sleep. i can't spell phlegm. I will get back to watching SmapxSmap with their questionable fashion sense. ventolin pls.
Resolution! Attempt and hopefully passt JLPT 2 this year! It's been around a year since I got JLPT 3 and I need to get my ass back in to gear. Japanese 2 has been draining all my advanced grammar structures and keigo out of my puny brain that the Japanese part of it has now become a shrivled plum. Geh. I need something concrete to work towards, even if it's a dreaded paperchase. At the very least, I'll be able to understand archaic Japanese. Lulz. No use being able to understand the language if I can't actually use it in the ways I want to. I hatet he formulated sentences in lessons. Give me something volatile, something reactive - BUNKA WHERE ARE MY PRE-ADVANCED 2 LESSONS! YOU MUST CALL ME! I DEMAND IT!
I should really just quit school and become a full-fledged hikikomori, seeing as how I shun human contact. Ronery me!
God, this semester sucks.
We were practicing casual speech in the TA class yesterday and after the "です"conditioning, I kept subconsciouly adding the copula at the end of every sentence even if I was speaking in casual form before. =A=;; What have you done to me, NUS? It's quite... hmm... interesting to hear my classmates moan about speaking in casual for being "it's so hard" but I guess - thank God for code-switching abilities and lovely manga practice since what, 12? - I'm a little more comfortable with speaking and switching into casual form than my classmates. (Hurhur, thank you Bunka for instilling that method in me! I have a much easier time switching between forms now!) I get mixed up now and then because my Chage & Aska fanboy of a tutor doesn't really express his questions properly.
We're getting a new TB teacher tomorrow and she's cute. And she's from the Kansai region? <3 Hurrah for Kansai!!!
And they're piling up, like dead carcasses at the bottom of a cliff. At the bottom of the most bottom-ness of a cliff because they melt away into the soil and gravel, and seep into the rock and become what killed them in the first place.
Two term papers due in exactly a month - one which is supposedly a shoo-in for an A, and another which shouldn't be too difficult; a response paper due this Friday which I've only just remembered - currently typing it out now; a History essay in exactly 7 days - I'm having trouble choosing a topic and I'm missing a vital reading for the question that I'm most probably attempting; and my second EN2111 essay is due in around 3 weeks.
What I'm deathly afraid of, is not being able to maintain my grades. The work I've gotten back so far reek of mediocrity (in a world filled with geniuses, mind you. Not in a "normal" world) and unfortunately for myself I got myself thrown into the lions' den of intellecutal power. :\ I dread getting back my midterms and essays because I never feel that I've been putting the effort that I should be putting in, save for a few tests and essays. It's that or I just feel mediocre. It's dreary stuff, to crank out essay after essay, crank in fact after fact of stuff that doesn't excite me.
My CAP must either go up, or stay where it is. I can't afford to let it slip. It's like a death threat: just trip up and you say goodbye to any chance at going to Waseda for 2 years. Injure yourself and you might not even get one year.
It's stifling, this air of nothingness. Somehow, this semester lacks the academic steam that I need to power my engine.
Just spied on tokimemogs that these - along with Short Stories 3 - are going to be released at the end of this month.
Which would be fine minus the fact that I have Bridget and that humongously draining POP Alice coming in amongst other things. D: Terurin~ Taku~ I want to have your visual collection~~~~~ The shipping from Amazon.co.jp is horrendous and I'm quite sure that Kinokuniya will overcharge me slightly for it, so my last bet is Yesasia? Now I have to waffle over getting it.
That and I discovered Amazon.co.jp has a huge stock of Habataki Watchers so er, the next half of the year will be spent on Tokimemo books?
It's Japanese practice damnit! Don't look at me like that! But seriously though, TMGS has strangely improved my Japanese ability to at least, I can speed-read to some extent now. Hurrah!
Which reminds me, my test was er. iffy. I mean, I knew how to answer almost everything but at the same time I didn't know how to? Um, like the format. Especially for the effing Listening part. There were these brackets like this
18. (__________________) 19.(__) 20.(___________)
around and I'm worried that I didn't put the right things into the brackets? I know I answered the questions correctly, it's just that I hope they aren't too anal about words in brackets. >__>|||
And er, I missed one whole question because I was worrying about the brackets. How depressing. That A+ is er, probably out of the window but I'm HI TOKIMEMO GOD, I AM CHOOSING THE OPTION OF "STUDIES" RIGHT NOW, give me GOOD GRADES for this semester - especially Japanese because I need to shove it in my teachers' faces.
Oh well. :\
So to celebrate my new fandom (I've tried to er, draw some Mukuro and Chrome but hey just looked like deformed pineapples - MOAR PRACTICE IS IN ORDER), I pre-ordered the SRDX Hibari, which though slightly on the expensive side, looks to be a well-made Hibari figure. I just er, hope that Yujin doesn't screw up on QC.
One of my biggest flaws in learning Japanese is how careless I am. My in-class tests always don't reflect what I should get, because of stupid mistakes like missing out an い in 暖かい（あたたかい）; or missing out the marks on 泳がない which makes it become 泳かない. That sort of inexcusable mistakes that I shouldn't overlook. Ugh, I'm in despair. Must be less careless. Especially on the coming Midterm. I mean, wtf, if I don't do well because I'm dumb/didn't study then so be it, but if I don't do well because of careless mistakes, I will try to make myself taller.
I just discovered Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume and I'm er, fangirling? Yes, I'm still a sucker for shoujo I admit. Lulz. I'm only up to Chapter 7 because there's nothing else online - need to get tankubon - but I'm rather intrigued by the fact that it's a French cafe with the typical "I have a cold exterior but I really understand you <3" guy who makes gorgeous cakes. Yar, okay I'm reading it because of the choux pastries and delicious foods. The heroine isn't as fleshed out as I like her to be, she's rather typical at the moment - I mean that in a rather iffy sense. But I hope she turns out okay? Which reminds me, I need to read more kissaten manga like Cafe Kichijoji de.
Okay TAKE A DEEP BREATH. WHEW.
Online thingamajigs I need to do:
- Update my Japanese blog, which is er, in it's throes of death
- Get my kaitensoshi domain up by July-ish (plus all the ftp horrors that I abandoned ages ago. Must refresh memory of my HTML skills. Who knew I could play around with HTML code like lego blocks last time?)
- Print my business/name cards around June. Before then, I'll have to hack out designs and stuff.
- O: 100 USERPICS!!! plskthx.
I've been spending most of my free time (which is very little, sobs) trying to blast the hell out of people on Team Fortress 2 but I wish I could play more? The 40 over hours clocked in the past two weeks (EAGLES SCREAM IN YOUR FACE!) has like 20 over hours contributed from my brother, who's rather awesome, really. The other 20 is my very sad attempts at trying to play.
Actually I'm just joking. I'm not that lousy. Come on!
Everyone's been raving about GS4 (calling it PW4 is odd, because it's not really about Phoenix but about Phoenix at the same time) and I need to get started on ittttt. Apollo's ahoge makes me want to bat it around.
That being said, I almost wanted to EMAIL interview (wtf, if I actually conducted an interview with Lim, I'd fear I'll come out with very sad eyebrows) Steven Lim, because it'd be hilarious but I'm quite glad that I don't have to churn in work for once. The last time I had an assignment discount was last semester when I did 2 articles for consecutive issues.
(I still want my tech column/section though!!!!!!! Team MAN, you guys need to get your asses down to NUS ASAP so I can have people who will actually write for a tech column. Sadly, with the huge deficit of manliness in the magazine, I will probably never see the column ever exist - unless I drag guys by their facial hair.)
A few days ago, my dad asked me what I wanted to be after I graduated.
I said, "Um... hopefully a columnist on tech, gadget or gaming stuff. Just you know, writing about the things I like... ya... Maybe be an editor of PCGamer or something like that..."
And he replied, "They don't pay much."
The conversation creeped into the territory of "you're following your dreams, as usual" - said as though it was a bad thing - and I'm even more convinced that I should just follow my dream, whatever it is.
I mean, seriously. When I wanted to become a lawyer, I wanted to be a criminal lawyer. No money there. When I want to be a journalist - of any kind - not much money there either. So since my current goal of the above doesn't fetch much monetary renumeration, I mean what the heck. I'm destined to want to do average paying jobs. Getting rich isn't everything, though if I can earn enough to support my ever expensive otaku lifestyle, I'd be more than happy to do some grunt work.
My Windows Live Mail Feed aggregator hasn't been working for the past week so I've given up using it for the time being. So far I've tried Sage, but I'm missing the auto-update feature. Then I remembered that Google has Google Reader and so I'm using that now. Though Sage's customizable interface makes me go squee. :D()
Finished my VGM article which sucks because I can't talk in depth about it since I'm only allowed one page but this means that I'll probably expand it for the new Tachikomatic Days revamp.
I don't have the money to move to a paid webhost+domain yet but I'm just going to go with a visual and editorial revamp. Tachikomatic Days will no longer just be Tachikomatic Days but more of Tachikomatic Days: In Your Basement. Actualy I really just want to rename it to "In Your Basement" but I loathe URL changes. It's going to be more editorial centric and less well, less fluff since I want to plow my way into this sort of thing in the future...
other random notes: There's this girl in my TB class who has the most highest pitched voice ever. You know those stereotypical Japanese girl voices you hear? YEAH IT'S THAT. BUT LIKE WAAAAAAY MORE PIERCING. And it's only like that when she speaks Japanese. I've heard her speak English before and it's NORMAL. And I'm like OMFG? Guys think this is moe? Seriously!
But I think that she's fun and all? She's enthusiastic and all that but omfg her voiiiiiceeee. >_
I'm hungry now. D:
But oh maaaaaan, I think Prof Ernest Chew is all kinds of awesome. He has rekindled the love for SEAsian history that I had in JC - all in 2 hours - and I'm itching to drag out my files and notes (HAHAHAHAHA THANK GOD I KEPT THEM) to just read through and reminisence. Alas I can't, because I'm going to be bogged down in 7 hours of Japanese prep and homework each week. Then again, it's 7 hours of what I've actually done before (I got chucked to Japanese 2 but wtf, I'll just rebuild on my foundation) so I'm aiming for hmm, no less than spectacular? Kids, never take more than a few months of hiatus when learning a language, you'll just keel over and lose whatever awesomeness you had last time. Really, I was awesome in the peak of my learning. I feel depressed now. D:
Shakespeare was, well I think I'm in for some S&M fun with Shakespeare. I'm rusty from reading Shakespearean English (I nearly put Middle English but I'm jsut making it up) but the course syllabus looks fun (minus group work. I hate group work. MOANS!) and I'm getting a few ideas for a term paper. If I get Prof Williams' approval, I'll like go all out for it.
Other than those two lessons, well... Monday was generally uneventful. I'm like, trying to get started on my SMUN research snippet (actually, a long snippet =A=;; ) but I'm procrastinating. Having 6 books beside you and a whole chunk of PDF files is definitely intimidating. I want to live my leisurely lifestyle!!
AGH! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE APPLE KEYNOTE WHICH WILL INCUR IN LESS THAN A DAY. Will the rumored Macbook Air (silly name, I say) become a reality? For one, I'm really quite looking forward to the keynote which means new technologic orgasms. Or maybe a lack thereof.
Oh well. Better get down to filling in the pre-lecture worksheet for Jap2. I've got a History lecture and that lecture later (4-8pm. WHAT THE FCK TIMING IS THAT I HATE TUESDAYS!) sooooooooooooooooo I'm going to melt off the face of the earth now.
Wooh. Sunday class available! Only in February though. Sigh.
In other news, my CAP score for this semester is 4.3. Hurrah. Not too bad. If only that B- didn't pull my straight As down. :\
EDIT: ... If I want to get my targeted 4.5 and above I cannot get B+ and below. Everything must be at least an A-. Good God. What has the B- done to my CAP. :\ I'm annoyed with myself. I think I'm not going to screw myself with two majors and just settle for a major and a minor. I mean, there's no point graduating with two majors, a USP cert and like a 3.5 CAP if I can do one major, one minor a USP cert and get at least a 4.5 and like freaking enjoy myself at university instead of studying my ass off. :\
Placement test notice is available at http://www.fas.mus.edu.sg
Please register for the test.
From: Tan Min Qi Alicia
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:45 AM
Subject: Japanese Placement Test
I'd like to inquire if there will be another test date for the placement
test, or if there is a possibility for me to take the test on another
day as I will be away on the 10th of December.
Thanks and regards,
..... SHE TOTALLY DID NOT ANSWER MY FSKING QUESTION? I have half the mind to be a bitch and e-mail her again and go "I AM NOT IN SINGAPORE, SO YOU WANT ME TO HAVE AN OVERSEAS VIDEO-CORRESPONDENCE TEST???????"
And what's with the FASS error lah.
I replied her with this rather demanding (? LOL) e-mail.
Dear Ms Kaur,
I'd like to register for the placement test but I will not be in Singapore for the test - can I have another test date?
Matriculation number: U072176N
Contact Number: CONTACT NUMBER
Qualifications: JLPT 3
e-mail: EMAIL ADD
If I don't get a "I'm sorry you will not be able to take the test" or "The next test date is..." I WILL SCREAAAAAAAAM.
I'm dead excited because the whole NO ENGLISH (lol maybe ENGRISH is allowed) rule will force me to communicate in Japanese - though I think I might end up just shutting my trap most of the time.
This is like going to school all over again. But in a language which I'm obviously not fluent in. Care to take bets on how long I last before I break out into a language faux pas?