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Saturday, April 27th, 2013
10:50 pm
Hey LJ, 'sup?

Tomorrow, I leave for Taiwan. Somehow, I've built it up as this big thing in my mind... except it's not really. We'll only be there for four days, and I'm not even checking a bag for the flight there.

What does one need for a four-day overseas jaunt?

- passport
- camera
- charger
- money
- a couple of changes of clothes
- comfortable shoes
- printouts of bookings
- maps
- appetite

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Sometimes I click around travel sites and look at articles advising on what to do/see/pack, and find myself rolling my eyes at some of the suggestions. In some cases, the tips really do merit it; in other cases, I have to remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere, and that my style of travel is not everyone's cup of tea.

Though I still laugh when I think about the girl who told me, in all seriousness, that's she'd "backpacked" around Europe, because truly the way of the backpacker is to take a taxi from the train station to your hotel in Paris, Rome, Vienna... Pffft.

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Sometimes, if I sing a certain song, it brings everything back, and I'm filled with sadness for my younger self. If I could reach out and hold her, I would. There's not much I could tell her that she doesn't already know, deep down, but then she wouldn't feel so alone.

current mood: nostalgic

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Monday, July 30th, 2012
5:54 am
You've probably heard of performers saying that even after years and years of honing their craft, they still get nervous; that it's a sign they're doing it right.

Well, I leave in two minutes for Europe (for the 8th time, how did this happen?!) and I'm finally starting to get the little butterflies.

Here's to new horizons!

current mood: happy

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Monday, December 26th, 2011
7:14 pm
Belated merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you had a great day, whether or not you celebrated the holiday.

Things I learned this Christmas:

1 - Much like a car, my sewing machine needs time to warm up on cold winter mornings;

2 - I totally fail at making roll cakes;

3 - Spending the whole day baking is fun, but it's even more fun with a friend there to help wash dishes, measure out ingredients, chop things, etc;

4 - Having Hannah around is the secret ingredient to having the most delicious turkey ever to grace a Christmas dinner;

5 - Having one's hand-made gifts appreciated is totally worth the time and effort that went into making them;

6 - Tabitha will gladly abandon me for someone with a higher core temperature than mine. ;___;

current mood: content

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
12:24 am
Instead of saying anything about today's hot topic, i.e. the death of Kim Jong Il, allow me to express the fact that my love for tenimyu will never die as long as stuff like this happens:

Possible spoiler? I don"t remember this from the original Rokkaku musical, anyway:Collapse )

Excuse me while I die of laughter all over again. XDDD

I'll post more at length about it... eventually, as I've been meaning to post about the new (not so new any longer, I guess) tenipuri movie, tenipuri food at Namja Town, Dream Live 2011...

current mood: forever amused

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
12:23 am - Sharing the Love of Food
My priorities, I has them straight. Which is why I'm typing this when I should really be getting to bed. Why have I been so exhausted this past week? I'll tell you next time...

But seriously, food. Why is it so amazing? I think I'm going through one of my hormone-sponsored "OMG food is so wonderful and all these magical tastes are awesome!" kicks. I'm not complaining, it makes eating even more fun! It also motivates me to cook, which is a good thing.

Also: I found poppy seeds! Even better, they were in a store in Kichijouji that specialises in baking supplies! Yay! It's called Cuoca and they've got other branches as well as an online shop. Reasonable prices, too! Well, for that sort of thing in Japan, anyway. -__-;

I meant to take a picture, but maybe tomorrow: my latest stir-fry is tasty indeed! Because, as Eda and I agreed at one point, cardamom is a very sexy spice. Here, have a recipe. Sesame and Cardamom Stir-FryCollapse )

Let me know if you try it out. Kira? ^_^

If you're wondering why on earth I thought to include cardamom, it's because I've become a spice fiend and troll supermarkets looking for more spices. The other day I scored some discounted cardamom powder and whole cloves, which brings my spice count up to I Need a Real Spice Rack territory. Santa? :D

current mood: content

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
11:13 pm - In the Interest of...
... getting things that have been sitting on my to-do list for a long time, done, here are some very brief reviews of movies that I saw ages ago. Don't expect anything too deep, as none of these movies were either.

Twilight: New MoonCollapse )

Men Who Stare at GoatsCollapse )

KizumomoCollapse )

Good, I've knocked a few of them off my list!

On the money front, I may just survive. Tonight I experimented with hanpen, which I didn't even know existed! Well, I've certainly eaten it before, I just didn't know what it was. It's a kind of fish cake and it's fluffy and light and soaks up butter like a dream. I chopped it into small pieces, sautéed it in butter and fresh garlic, then added an egglant, blanched broccoli, basil, oregano, and a dash of salt and pepper. Delicious!

I think my laundry's almost done, so I'll take care of that and go to bed. 'Night, folks!

current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
12:08 am - Quotes!
Yay! So far this month, I'm at under Y2000 on groceries! I know it's only the 5th, but I made curry tonight, which settles the question of this week's lunches, and I've got spaghetti sauce in the freezer for at least two more meals, and then there are things enough in the fridge and kitchen to last me until next week. So yeah, that means I've been cooking! As I was making the curry, I had a sudden urge to ditch the curry package and freestyle some sort of stir-fry, but then I remembered that I love curry! And full of potatoes, it makes a very easy lunch. I did use yogurt instead of my usual coconut milk, though, and it turned out nice and almost tart.

Sadly, I ate my last box of Kraft Dinner last week. TToTT

At the moment, I've got one of those freaky-looking sheet masks on my face. The package says "Herb Essence Collagen Mask" and it smells like... it smells like... isn't it maddening when you can't pin a name to a smell? Am I the only one that frequently happens to? Anyway, it's not quite mint, not quite anise, not quite flowery, but I KNOW I know this scent. It puts me in mind of being a kid and taking a bath, so I must at some point have had bubble bath that smelled like this, or more likely, bath beads. It smells round. XD;;; According to the ingredient list, it's got lavender, rosemary, oregano and thyme, but it doesn't smell like any of those to me. Well, maybe a tiny bit like lavender, but lavender that's gotten all the spicy kick sucked out of it.

Sometimes, I write down quotes or transcribe amusing things I see, intending to share them with you all later. Seldom do I get around to it, but in the interest of winnowing down my paper pile some more (I'm trying to be good and just spent the last half hour sorting through stuff), here are a few of them.

* * *

A t-shirt I saw on the train at some point, an eclectic list if I ever saw one:

Tick one per line: [very good] [good] [fair] [poor]

beautiful clothes
you and me

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From a children's book on animals I came across at work. Obviously written with someone whose English vocabulary was limited and whose knowledge of the animal kingdom was even more deplorable.

A fox is a kind of wild dog, with a bushy tail. Not a dog.

Horns are the hard, pointed bits on the heads of deer. Horns =/= antlers!

A lizard is an animal with short legs and a long tail. A very vague description indeed.

A reindeer is an animal with very large horns. We went over this...

A starfish is a star-shaped fish. @_@

A tooth is one of the hard white bones in our mouth. DX

[After something about domestic cats looking like big cats,] But leopard, tiger, etc. are just "large animals". *headdesk*

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From Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, a novel so powerful that though I stopped halfway through it and didn't pick it up again for over five years, I remembered the first half vividly and picked up the story as though I'd only put down the book the day before. Here's Sue Bridehead explaining why she doesn't want to marry Jude. Not something I expected to encounter in a 19th century novel, to be sure!

"Well, I don't know. The intention of the contract is good, and right for many, no doubt; but in our case it may defeat its own ends because we are the queer sort of people we are -- folk in whom domestic ties of a forced kind snuff out cordiality and spontaneousness."

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
5:54 pm
Happy birthday to me! Sadly, my little trip to the Philippines is almost at an end. I don't want to leave our perfect beach and the amazing water and the delicious fruit shakes and all the weird and wonderful sea creatures! Well, I can leave the jellyfish. But they're kind of cute in a weird way, as long as they're not all up in my face!

One last evening to get my fruity drinks on and have some sort of large dessert.

See you soon, Tokyo!

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Monday, August 1st, 2011
11:38 pm - Vaycayshone
All things considered, I did pretty well today! I followed my to-do list in spirit, if not down to the minute -- yes, I'd broken my day up into hour-long chunks, but when I start writing, I get really into it and it always takes longer than planned. Same as sewing. And reading. Well, it's not that reading takes time, it's that I can't stop!

Anyway. I'm three days into my summer vacation! So far I've:

- slept in once;
- gone to ballet class;
- seen Masa and Baba being dorks and wrote about it;
- had cake with Kimberly;
- cleaned my apartment;
- made some gifts;
- studied Japanese;
- posted to Travelpod;
- gotten my bike fixed;
- abused the drink bar at Royal Host;
- finished a book (Game of Thrones);
- made packing lists and to-do-before-leaving lists for my three trips.

I haven't actually packed for Seoul, but I can do that tomorrow morning. No stress, because I have a list! I also have some emails to write, laundry to bring inside and put away, and... there was probably something else. I'll check my list.


Good night!

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9:45 am - Spinning Box
As a birthday gift, Jill took me to Spinning Box yesterday, a.k.a. The Really Silly Masa & Baba Show. How silly? Apart from the singing and the dancing, there were clowns, juggling, KNEE-SOCKS AND LITTLE RED BACKPACKS. And Baba on a tiny unicycle. I"m serious! But most of Spinning Box wasn"t.Collapse )

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