[Sunday, October 31, 2004]

 
Saw Mamma Mia! on Saturday. Brought mum and aunt along, thereby fulfilling the promise I made back in London in 2000 that we'd see it someday. ^^ Much fun and probably the best musical this year because everyone and their mother knows the lyrics to ABBA songs.

Dee: Have been a lousy correspondent as usual, but I got you a programme to make up for it? ^^;;;;

The stray-cat-who-is-mostly-from-next-door-but-has-several-people-feeding-it has been losing fights again and coming back with it's skin clawed to ribbons. Seeing as it's probably mating season from the noises at night, the cat being led around by it's balls as usual.

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Seller has sent me a postage pamphlet. Aww, how sweet. Very touching (despite the fact that it can be found online) and now I must go and be properly grateful.

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Won a secondhand copy of Teikokusensenki off Y!Jp. The little chibis in the fighting sequences were so cute I wanted the game . . . and of course it's pretty because it's by the same company that did Enzai.

From the trial version:

Pro: It's not half as porny as Enzai (because the main protagonist didn't get molested by a sadistic Warden within the first 15 minutes of the game).

Con: It's not half as porny as Enzai. Dang.

Pro: There's something else to do besides figuring out which route to take to avoid the Welcome Party. (Durer and Guildias are unavoidable in Enzai, so that doesn't figure.)

Con: It involves more characters than I can keep track of (which was why I gave up on Robert Jorden and Terry Goodkind). Most of whom have names which would sound much better in Chinese. Seeing as it resembles the history of the Three Kingdoms in some way, that didn't come as much of a surprise . . .

Pro: The protagonist (Tou Seika) is not half as annoying as Guys from Enzai. (A huge plus! Now if only the artist wouldn't keep drawing him like Guys . . .)

Con: I have to figure out how to do battle with chibi armies. (Oh well, kanji practice . . .)

Pro: Midorikawa Hikaru is the seiyuu for one of the leads. Aha--they got a well-known seiyuu!

Con: It is a very big and long game--look it's two CDs and there's even a special CD for upgrading the game that'll cost another arm and a leg.

Pro: But it's pretty! And comes with a drama CD of what looks like the potential favourite pairing in the sack together. ^^ (En Ouka X Haku Reijin)

Con: I haven't finished playing Enzai yet . . . (And those Playstation games kit loaned me--no time, no time . . . I hope I have time in the next month or so. T__T)

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[Friday, October 29, 2004]

 
One of the many reasons why I never have enough time even on weekends . . .

The 10,000 spam emails in my e-mail account for one . . . I get better spam protection from free services than from my website mail account. Which must be one of life's little ironies . . . Make that on fucking big irony.

Die idiot spammers, die!

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[Tuesday, October 26, 2004]

 
Raw fish is always good. ^^

And kit has no nerves.

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Recently got along very well with a seller on Y!Japan and we had a friendly exchange of e-mails while waiting for the payment to get through. (And even she asked about my name. Yes, it's weird, innit?) Which is how I knew about the quake in Niigata before even reading the papers. (Thus is my written Japanese several miles beyond my spoken . . . Give me a dictionary and I can type compositions. Had a test in the last lesson. I didn't even know about it until I got there. Amazingly enough, I managed to get more than 50%.)

Still irritated with most of the fandoms I am in so I shall not bother with them. (I put up with crappy grammar every day--I don't have to put up with it in my spare time!)

Too busy with work to play any of my games. *sigh*

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[Monday, October 18, 2004]

 
You are .scr  You are sneaky. and often cause a lot of trouble for people.  You should be avoided.
Which File Extension are You?


Boo-hoo . . .

You are HP-UX. You're still strong despite the passage of time.  Though few understand you, those who do love you deeply and appreciate you.
Which OS are You?


At least I'm not Windows . . .

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Dear Mr Eddings,

It wouldn't kill you to come up with new characterisations for your recycled characters y'know? It might just hide the fact that you're rewriting the same story for the fifth or sixth time with the same characters . . . Or not because one would probably need a woolly mammoth to hide a turkey this big.


Yes, The Elder Gods sucked big-time and two people writing one book really, really doesn't make it any better.

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[Saturday, October 16, 2004]

 
Sashimi and sake . . . Gooooodddd . . . *flops over* But well-deserved after yesterday . . .

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Random fangirling:

It hit me today that the cover for Going Postal resembles the movie poster for Star Wars Episode IV. Resemblance aside, the timing is pretty good . . . what with original Trilogy out on DVD now. Still grumpy that they change the original Trilogy to Lucas' "ideal version".

Fanboi-in-training cannot make it to Japan this year--or is it his friends who cannot make it? Ah well . . . as someone who won't do things based on the timing of my friends most of the time, I might just go anyway.

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[Monday, October 11, 2004]

 
Ellie's e-mail goes:

mum told you abt the neil gaiman signing right? here's one abt jap anime... might be gg. if you want autographs for this too send the comics over!

*pause*

Nope, she didn't say a word--you know she isn't interested in what I read, much less the thingies that look like comic books. (Beyond the eternal question, "Why do you read so much?" that is.) When is the Neil Gaiman signing thingy again.

And I have very little interest in cons beyond the ones with heaps of unspeakable BL in them. ^^

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[Sunday, October 10, 2004]

 
Picnicked today with kit and wallowed in excessive self-pity for a while before going off for Japanese class. Eldest Child Syndrome strikes again.

Today my mother had to start talking about backdating my insurance premiums so that I can pay her back for them. I'm not making much, so naturally I got a little riled about this.

See, I'm sure that my parents have got at least a single digit (if not a double digit) rebate on their income tax from the Powers That Be in terms of scholarship monies for my sister and I. That's five years of local education and eight years of overseas education worth of savings in University fees. They tend to overlook this whenever they're tallying up what we owe them (or what I owe them because they never said a word about what my sister owes them to date).

While my sister is going to be studying for the next eight years or so, I have just started working (and it's a 24 hour job--I was working in the middle of a picnic lunch). It's not that I mind paying them back for everything (being a mostly conventional Chinese girl in RL), but it's the fucking unfairness that they've spent more on my sister than on me and still expect me to pay back everything while they have never asked for anything back from her. For every dollar I borrowed from them since Secondary school onwards, I paid them back. As for my sister, she gets given money for everything, including her current lifestyle. It's so bloody glaring that even my aunt and grandmother can point it out to my parents.

Why should I get the shorter end of the stick just because I was born first, without Type I diabetes with and naturally straight teeth? If they could spend 3K to 5K on braces for her, why did they begrudge me the op to get all my wisdom teeth removed so that I could avoid braces in the future? Having diabetes doesn't give anyone the right to be a brat either. Being the eldest doesn't mean that I have to stand here and tahan it whenever my darling sister breaks something and I get the blame. I haven't broken a thing in the past eight years and I'm still the first person who gets yelled at whenever something goes *thud* in the house.

Now there's the deal with all the piety dues. Which I do pay but I'm not keen on increasing because NOTHING I EVER DID HAS MADE THEM HAPPY AND THEY NEVER SUPPORTED ANY CHOICES I MADE SAVE THE ONE WHERE I SOLD MYSELF TO THE POWERS THAT BE SO THAT THEY WOULDN'T NEED TO COUGH UP THE CPF MONEY TO PAY FOR MY UNIVERSITY FEES. SO IF I'M NOT THAT GENEROUS WITH THE MONTHLY DUES BECAUSE MY PAY ISN'T THAT GREAT, IT'S BECAUSE I'M IN THIS JOB UNDER THIS PROGRAMME THAT THEY APPROVED OF.

I had to do it--to clear up misconceptions. So I showed my mum just how much my take-home pay has been for the past three months. The increase from what I was getting as a student wasn't very impressive, I know.

My mum has been nice to me for the past two hours.

Well damn, my paycheck must have looked really pathetic . . .

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[Friday, October 08, 2004]

 
Had a craving for cake until yesterday when someone's kid had a full-month and there was chocolate cake in the staff pantry. ^^

Had eye check-up. Eyes are quite healthy despite the hours in front of the PC.

Have Going Postal by Terry Pratchett in my grubby paws after making a reservation at San Books.

Life is reasonably good except for impending work and that pile of work I brought back home this weekend . . .

Recent anime: Great Detectives Poirot and Marple

They managed to do Agatha Christie in anime. *shock* Complete with a cute girl character with a cute little duck (obviously certain anime conventions cannot be circumvented). Hastings reminds me of Hubb from Wolf's Rain. When someone, some day, writes Poirot + Hastings, I will scream/faint in horror/fangirl (depending on how well or not-well it's written).

And it's in polite Japanese. It's almost weird after a constant flow of das and ores coupled with slang-forms in a lot of the anime I've seen.

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