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19th-Jul-2008 02:25 am - my second meme!
shige
I went to see my family from Slovakia today while they are still in the states. I haven't seen them for two years also, so it was nice to get to talk. My little cousin is also learning Japanese, by some strange coincidence, so I started helping her with writing and stuff. Strange- Japanese is spreading through my family or something, lol.

I also asked my friend Yusuke to talk tonight online, but I got back way late from my uncle's house, so I missed him. I feel so bad!!

girlearthless tagged me in this meme, though, which made me feel a little bit better <3

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.
B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by.


My answers!Collapse )

Now, time to tag!

I tag: saihara, usagil00lchan, tleung517, suketerusilver881

I know I don't talk very much to some of the people tagged, but hopefully this way we can get to know each other a little better!
18th-Jul-2008 03:23 am - my first meme!
fruity
So I wasn't exactly tagged, but I was invited to do this meme by girlearthless.

You're supposed to take a picture of your desktop, and then tag another five people to do the same.

So, my first time tagging someone! I tag: oneeyedoctopus, suketeru, soarineagle, kireira, tleung517
Please continue the meme if you have time!

My desktop!Collapse )

By the way, I'm back home!!Collapse )
26th-Jun-2008 10:56 pm - apparent hiatus
beach
Hey everyone!!
Right now, I´m typing to you from a shabby little computer in a somewhat run-down little building that provides internet for 5 pesos an hour. I´m sorry for those who read my posts (few, though there may be) that I haven´t updated lately. For the next few weeks I will be in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the city of my birth. It´s so relaxing and nostalgic to come back here- I wasn´t able to come last year because I wanted to work during the summer.
This place... like any other place in the world, it changes of course. But, for me, it´s kind of like it is its own little world in a bottle that continues, regardless of the conditions outside of it. The smells are the same, the bright colors that cover houses, walls, and graffitti, and the taste of my grandmother´s cooking (though sometimes somewhat salty) are all the same and unchanged. The stray dogs that roam the streets have changed, and in fact my grandparents have moved from their house of 35 years, but somehow it doesn´t feel like such a strange move or transition. It is very strange, here, but I like it. I kind of feel like I am suspended in time, like the days that pass are only real here, nowhere else. I don´t know how to explain it... I guess that is the best I will be able to do.

Hopefully, when I have more time, I will write more about my experiences here. Until then, please excuse your unproductive friend, and know that though I may not have time to comment, I do read your posts and love to hear what is going on in your lives.

Later!!

Aya
20th-Apr-2008 04:22 am - Like Grains of Sand
live
So, even though it's 4:23 am right now, I just finished watching "Nagisa no Shindobaddo" or "Like Grans of Sand," and I was so moved by it. It's such an amazing movie- anyone who likes Japanese movies must watch this movie. It's definitely Japanese in style, very realistic and slow-paced. Every character is so intricately developed, with their own real personality and problems. It's a movie I'm sure I'm going to have to watch again sometime. It's subtly heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

To give a short synopsis, the movie follows the end of a year in high school for 3 main characters (Aihara, Ito, and Yoshida) and their friends and classmates. Ito realizes that he is in love with Yoshida, and when the whole school finds out he is made fun of for being gay. Aihara is an extremely difficult to understand girl who sort of forces herself into Ito's life without his permission, and forever changes not only Ito's life but Yoshida's as well. It's such a complicated story, as close to real life as a movie will ever get, I think. I don't mean there aren't cinematic elements to the film, which of course there are (how coincidental is it that Aihara and Ito are both in the nurse's office at the same time? Aihara's reason for being there, by the way, is never discussed), however the interactions between people are so natural and seemingly unscripted... it's brilliant.

Ok, so I just ranted forever about this movie lol. If you don't like it, please feel free to tell me. I won't bite your head off, and would love to hear your opinions! However, at least after reading this review, you will know that if you don't like the movie, you are wrong. lol

Oh, I almost forgot! If you want to watch it and see for yourself, the link to the first part of the movie on youtube is right here: Like Grains of Sand Part 1

Enjoy!
16th-Apr-2008 11:52 pm - Hisashiburi!*
live
Konbanwa, Minna-san!

I'm sorry I haven't written in so long (for those of you who read!); I've been busy and lazy, a deadly combination for an online journal. : ) So what is new now?

My friend Hiroko is officially dating that boy, and I couldn't be happier for her! They both look so happy!! But... is it completely horrible that I'm somewhat jealous? I really want a boyfriend again... it's been almost a year and a half since I broke up with my last boyfriend, and I really don't want to be alone anymore! (Don't worry Ikuta-san, I'll always love you best!)

I've decided, though, that I can't look for love, or it will never find me. I want to just forget about it, but it's difficult. It's even more difficult because I've kind of decided that I only want to date Japanese guys, and there are a limited supply in Arizona lol. It's strange, but I just don't think it would be easy for me to get along with an American guy. It's getting hard for me to speak only English when I speak to my Japanese friends, and it's even harder to speak only Spanish to my mother, even though Spanish was my first language. So, I think it would be difficult for me to be with someone who either didn't speak Japanese or know anything about Japanese culture. Plus, Japanese boys are 1. attractive and 2. really polite and well-mannered (for the most part). But, next year I'm going to live in an apartment with a really good Japanese girl friend of mine, Eiko, so maybe introductions or something can lead to a happy ending (or beginning) for Aya-chan? Who knows, but I hope for the best!

Japanese has become such a large part of my life in such a short time, but I know it's something that's going to stay. It's really interesting how much it has changed my life; it's decided my major, given me great friends I would have otherwise probably not have gotten to know, given me goals in life, and a role-model in the hard-working Ikuta Toma. : ) My family sometimes makes fun of me for it, but it's really something I love to study and want to pursue.

Ack! I have two research papers due next Friday, and I really really don't want to do them!

Oh! I watched the first episode of Last Friends, the new drama with Eita, Nishikido Ryo, Nodame and Kiyora from Nodame Cantabile, and Rei from Proposal Daisakusen. It's soooo good! Juri Ueno (Nodame) is such an amazing actress! She was so cute in Nodame, but she's just amazing in this drama... I won't say anything more, but you just have to watch it! I definitely recommend it to everyone... Even though it deals with the very delicate and difficult subject of domestic violence, among other things, it is very interesting and emotional, even in the first episode. My heart starts beating even from just watching the opening lol. Here's the link, in case you want to watch it:
prisoner of love
I can't wait for the next episode!!!

I also started watching Tamaki Hiroshi's drama, the one with the deer whose name escapes me right now, but I wasn't as impressed with that one. It's interesting, but I feel Tamaki Hiroshi's acting is never going to evolve past the highly animated faces of surprise and shock that marked his performance in Nodame Cantabile. He is undeniably attractive, but I think it's a waste if all the dramas he acts in only rely on that for value. Hopefully further episodes or later dramas will prove me wrong, though.

Ugh, I have to go... I'm tired and I have been procrastinating again (what else is new?)
: P

Well, until next time!!

aya

*Hisashiburi= long time no see!
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