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A rough list of things that happened over the last few weeks, not in any particular order:

I got a lot of anime DVDs and manga volumes, including Fruits Basket (both anime and manga up to volume 16), Lupin III, Ghost in the Shell (the movie, SAC, SAC 2 and SSS), Lain, Paranoia Agent, Last Exile, Haibane Renmei, Bottle Fairy, volume 1 of Princess Tutu (a special request I made to [livejournal.com profile] huegcaet), Nazca and a lot of other series that I can't remember

I found two friends at work to play piano duets with! ^_^ And I'm playing with one of this Thursday, which I hope will go well

I organized a Korean movie screening at my apartment tonight, since we couldn't really go to Imo's for dinner and my apartment is also very close to everyone's offices, and it was about 3 hours of non-stop fun together with eating a yummy take-out dinner from the nearby Paldo World. "I'm a Cyborg, but it's OK" is a movie that does a lot to improve your Korean vocabulary, and it's also really interesting how it can actually tackle the social issue of mental illnesses in a very matter-of-fact way. ^^;;

I've also been working out at the gym and I noticed that I was able to lift 15 pounds more for the lats pulldown, as well as increasing weights on some of the other exercises in my workout routine, though the shoulder complex is still the hardest/most painful one right now. ^^;; I also lost 6 pounds when I checked on Monday, which is probably a good thing

Settling in

Apr. 7th, 2007 05:11 pm
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I moved the last few things (such as my desktop and laptop) this morning, and after that, [livejournal.com profile] itsacz and I went to Sakura-Con 2007. It was my first time attending a con, and it was rather overwhelming. ^^;; There were just so many people that the registration for the day-pass line snaked around an entire convention hall, so both of us gave up on registering and just walked around.

Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera, but he was able to get some nice pictures. It was fun, though, and we definitely need to plan for next year.

After that, we went to Fred Meyer to buy various things such as crockery, tableware, towels, shower curtains and other things (but not furniture). Cz and I had a lot of fun choosing different colours of hand towels, plates, bowls and mats, because of a certain reason. :P

So now I have a sleeping bag, but I don't actually have any tables or chairs yet. One thing at a time, anyway. ^_^
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Today has been a great day so far. :)

- I passed my written driving test and got my learner's permit. This means that I can now take driving lessons and eventually get my deriver driver's license. It also means that I can finally drink wine in a restaurant and so on, but that's another story

- I started looking at some apartments, and will be looking at more tomorrow afternoon. The one I saw this morning was pretty nice and large (710 square feet), although that complex doesn't have bicycle racks, so I need to keep my bicycle on my balcony and wheel it in and out every day... It's also a bit on the high side, though it does have lots of amenities, like a 24/7 fitness center and a basketball court. Oh, and it won't have cable/dish, and Internet access will be something I have to set up seperately. But I'm liking what I see. And they allow cats. ^_^

- My TRSI order arrived today! 25 ADV DVDs for $100~ I was worried that it wouldn't come before I moved, and I was rather panicky about it to the extent of trying to ship it to my office, but it came. ^_^

List of DVDs I ordered, for myself and other people )

DVDs I still need to order from somewhere )

- Now that I've figured out how to make edible delicious turkey, I can actually start eating it more often. Which is good because it's filling. And because it makes you happy. ^_^

- And I'm off work today, although tomorrow is going to be pretty hectic in the morning. ^^;;
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I forgot to draw the curtains when sleeping last night, so I woke up around 7:15 am. ^^;;; But I went to sleep around 11:15 pm, which is really early for me, so perhaps that balances out. I kind of felt that it wasn't really a deep sleep though, since I was actually vaguely aware of shifting positions a few times... But I actually slept pretty well.

I received an e-mail around 4 am this morning informing me that my visa application's been completed and it's being couriered here for my signature and action. I'm not entirely sure when it'll actually get here (perhaps this evening / tomorrow / Monday), but the earliest I'll be able to do anything will be Monday in any case. Meanwhile, my packing and house-searching efforts are slowly under way (of sorts XD), so hopefully all the pieces will fall into place soon. I still don't know exactly when I'll be leaving, though...

Next week promises to be very busy, so I may not be around as often as I have this week. One other reason will be the Nodame Cantabile anime series (based on the manga/live-action) that aired yesterday. ^_^
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Master want a cuppa?

This idea will be interesting if it takes off, because it'll be the first anime-themed cafe in Singapore as far as I know. And a maid cafe certainly would appeal to a lot of people. :P

Airport rules 'costing musicians'

This article talks about how the tighter security for flights originating or landing in the UK has caused a great deal of hardship to musicians who are now being required to place their instruments in the cargo hold of the airplane. While some people may argue that cameramen and photographers have had to live with the same restrictions for years and have managed to adapt to it, I believe that's a red herring argument. The nature of the items being compared - camera lenses, bodies, equipment, etc. versus rare antique musical instruments - means that what works for the cameramen doesn't work for musicians. You can ask Canon (or Olympus, etc.) to replace a set of lenses that are fogged or cracked from being ill-treated (and yes, this does happen - it is painful to see your luggage being thrown onto the baggage cart when it's unloaded from the aircraft), but how can you possibly ask Stradivarius to make a new violin?

The View From the Top
The View From the Top: Redux

These two blog posts are about how someone quit WoW (World of Warcraft) and his insights and perspectives during the process, as well as the reasons why. I think it's pretty interesting to read, especially when he talks about how WoW (and online MMORPGs in general) are essentially a form of addiction. I feel it's the case that some people don't have enough self-control or self-will to know when to stop playing, but it's also true that the game companies (such as Blizzard and SOE) are also responsible by adding new content (scenarios, dungeons, instances, etc.) with corresponding rewards and making it difficult if not impossible to achieve unless a party spends their whole life playing the game. Even then, the rewards are illusory, because of how often the content is pushed out.

And in the end, what's the reward for all your hard work? Something that lasts maybe a week or two before it's replaced. As opposed to something more tangible, like buying a music CD for yourself, or working at a place you enjoy. Or even something intangible, like spending time together with your partner/spouse, going out with your friends and enjoying time instead of feeling that you have to rush back to log in, understanding yourself better, making the world a better place...
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In other news, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] wao and [livejournal.com profile] obscuremaiden ^_^
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After posting pictures of cadenzas and other musical things, I decided it was time to take a break and post some real pictures. :P They're behind LJ cuts, so you don't have to worry that this will make your friends page load slower.

Some of these pictures might be old (or you might have seen them before), but I'm still posting them anyway because I can. ^^;

I'm a little basket-pot, short and... )

One-legged basket?! )

The cat knows everything )

Scenery around my house )

Now that I've graduated, I'm searching for jobs and writing my resume. I haven't actually gotten any interviews yet or really started sending my resume out, but ideally I hope that __________ and SCS will offer me an interview. It would be best if _________ would, but I'm willing to settle for other jobs or interviews in the meantime. Of course, I also hope that these interviews won't be scheduled very often while I'm in the army, or otherwise it's going to be rather difficult for me to go for them.

Yesterday (well, on Wednesday now, actually), I went with some friends to watch Silent Hill (the movie), which is based on the video game series of the same name. The movie was rated NC-16 (which meant that people younger than 16 couldn't go in) and I felt that the rating was pretty justified given some of the things that took place in the movie and some of the messages present. I wouldn't recommend watching this movie alone (unless you have lots of popcorn) or if you're squeamish or faint at the sight of blood. :P

Some of the issues in the movie were also rather thought-provoking and possibly even vaguely disturbing, but that's something I'll talk about in a future entry.

If you've watched episode 12 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, you would know that there were three songs that were featured in that episode. Well, shortly after the episode was released, various people/groups began posting links to the actual full-length music featured in the episode. I was able to obtain a copy, and all I can say really is that you should listen to the music, because it's just awesome - all of it. :)
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Yes, <3.

I haven't actually watched it yet (need to get the DVDs), but I'm looking forward to that.
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Hopefully this will inspire me to actually get around to (finish, in the case of some series) watching them. =P

In no particular order:
Read more... )

Also, I found this particular topic in #animesuki interesting =D

What happens when you combine anime titles and nicks? )

And finally...

[16.10.04 01:32:33] <%basket> Uninhabited #animesuki Survive

That is all. :D
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However, I may have it around somewhere...

But in any case, this should make [livejournal.com profile] kareha feel better. I hope.

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