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Friday, March 11th, 2011
9:54 pm - Japan earthquake
Just in case people are wondering: My family and I are safe here in Tokyo. We're a bit far from Tokyo Bay, so will not be affected by tsunami. There's still a lot of aftershocks. Hopefully, there'll nothing as strong as this afternoon's.

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
10:04 am - Snupin Santa 2010
The ball has started rolling for this year's Snupin Santa. Last year, I couldn't participate since I was writing my dissertation (writing Snupin would have been so much more fun than at about tomato QTLs). I said then that I'm going to participate this year, but.... we are expecting a baby at the end of October! So, no Snupin Santa for me this year. I'll just wait in anticipation and enjoy the Snupin goodness in December.

Good luck to the participants! To those who are having second-thoughts, join. It's fun and the participants and mods are great. :D

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Monday, November 30th, 2009
5:44 pm - 5 years!
Happy anniversary to me!!!

I'm now 5 years old in LJ this month. I joined LJ for the sole purpose of joining the Lupin_Snape community. It's too bad that I'm not that active in LJ any more, but I tend to think of IJ as a continuation of my time in LJ.

I just want to say that the time I have spent with the Lupin_Snape has been wonderful. I've not been in a lot of fandoms, but I think not all fandoms have all this dedication and great people in it. I really appreciate the efforts of the mod, the writers, the artists and the cheerleaders who keeps the ship going. It's funny that when I first joined the community, I was writing my MS thesis and bored out of my mind. Now, I'm writing my PhD thesis (and still trying to keep myself from getting bored with all the writing). The L/S community offered me comfort then and it is offering me comfort now (and a lot of time-consuming distractions). I hope next year I can participate in Snupin Santa again since, hopefully, there'll be less RL writing then.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
1:05 am - Happy New Year
A little late....

To those of us Snupin shippers here in Japan:


Keep the Snupin love flowing this year and the years to come.

current mood: good

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
4:39 pm - Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate this holiday. I hope everyone is home, warm and happy, and counting the blessings they've received this year.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
1:17 am - SnuSa!!!
I've gone to university quite distracted these past two days. Snupin Santa has started and it started with a bang! I love this community.

Cheers to osmalic for receiving such a great gift.

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Monday, December 1st, 2008
12:20 am - 4th LJ anniversary
I kinda forgot about this since I'm following both insanejournal and livejournal, but I passed my fourth year mark here in LJ last Nov. 20. I've had this journal for 4 years now and I've only had 140 entries (including this one) in it. I guess I'm just not the blogging type; I do surf my flist everyday.

And this meme says I'm green and yellow. Ü
Your rainbow is strongly shaded yellow and green.


What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. You're good at getting people to like you. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

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Friday, November 28th, 2008
5:22 pm - just stats
lj stats

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Friday, October 24th, 2008
5:57 pm - looking for a beta
This is really late, but I might as well get it posted than nothing at all.

I'm looking for beta to look over my SnuSa assignment. It's around 8K words, deals mostly with werewolves and is canon-compliant. I've rated it tentatively as PG13; it's as clean as you can get with a SS/RL romance and a dash of werewolfness. Since this is late, I would be happy if somebody can just look over it and point out mistakes in grammar, spelling, missing words and continuity. Of course, more is always welcome. I can send it out Monday for checking.

*crosses fingers*

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
9:47 am - SnuSa
I'm getting worried about my SnuSa contribution. I'll be done hopefully this weekend. Getting a beta might be a problem, though, at such short notice. Practically everyone I know in the fandom is participating, so they might also be busy with their own works.

ummm... help anyone?

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Friday, September 19th, 2008
11:56 am

My Indian name is She-who-swims-upstream.
Take English Native American Name Generator today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

I guess I should be flattered that this tells me that I am persistent and would go against the odds.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2008
7:19 pm - Snupin Santa and RL
Another month ending; first post of the month. Ü

I decided to join Snupin Santa this year and I received my assignment already. Thank goodness! It's something I can deal with and the major prompt was clear and interesting. Now, if I could just get my thoughts wrapped together to make a sensible plot....

It's summer holiday now and we've been traveling around. We had a long hike near Oze and good vacation in Tokushima with Nii's family. The temperature has gone down this past week and it has started raining, a little strange for this time of the year. We're holding a beach BBQ this Sunday on Sarushima, the only natural island in Tokyo Bay. Hopefully, we get clear skies or at least not too much rain.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
7:30 pm - HP movie 6
I've been so out of touch with the actual Harry Potter fandom (in contrast with all the lurking I've been doing in Snupindom) that I didn't realize that the 6th movie is coming out this November. Yay!!!!! *does a silly jig* And the great news is that it's coming out here in Japan at the same as the rest of the world!!! It'll be out on 21 November and I will, of course, drag my rather reluctant hubby to the movie.

mugglenet.com's date counter says 113 days before roadshow.
The tease trailer also just came out. http://www.mugglenet.com/

current mood: ecstatic

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Saturday, July 12th, 2008
4:14 am - Writer's Block: In the Shoes of an Extravagant Restaurant Owner
If you started a restaurant, what would it serve, what would it look like and what would you name it? You have an unlimited budget.

I guess my restaurant will more like a cafe than anything. I prefer something that looks oldish, with dark woods, red clay tiles on the floor, art-deco lamps, comfortable cushioned chairs and the constant smell of coffee and fresh bread. One side will have wide windows while another part will be dark and cozy. I'd like it to have a patio, covered and uncovered, to sit, drink and eat under the sky; maybe with a nice view to watch the sunset.

Bread should be plentiful; some pastries, dark German breads and pies. Breakfast is fresh bread, fresh butter, jams from local makers and a selection of cheese. Of course, also English fry-up. Maybe for early lunch or lunch, sausages are also served, Bavarian-style, as well as light Greek fare. Dinner would be mostly Italian, though some meat pies and Greek dishes are available.

I'd like it to have special days per month where we get visiting cooks to do dishes from other countries, particularly from Asia, though this will be a stretch.

The name would be something short like "Tassilo's".

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Saturday, June 14th, 2008
9:10 pm
Just a quick note.....

Happy, happy birthday, Liz! I hope you had a great day today, kahit wla si bestfriend.

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Friday, June 6th, 2008
2:27 am - another personality test
My personality type: the social realist. Take the free iPersonic personality test!

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Monday, May 12th, 2008
2:15 am - L'Arc-en-ciel in Paris
This is a good account of L'Arc's concert in France. The concert didn't seem sold out, but the audience reception was very warm. According to the above site, in the news segment featuring the concert, the newscaster said that L'Arc dreamed of (having) Tokio Hotel's fame and that they are not far off. I don't know how accurate the translation is, but I feel funny about L'Arc being compared to Tokio Hotel. I would think it's the other way around. L'Arc has been around for 15 years, has produced 11 albums (my music library says 140 songs) and has a considerable fan base in Japan and other countries. I think Tokio Hotel is talented and has great potential, but they still have to prove if they have lasting power. They're young, so we wait and see.

Back to that news segment: I found it hilarious to see that group of European fans singing a L'Arc song in Japanese while a Japanese girl bemusedly takes a video of them.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
12:32 am
We're going to another L'Arc-en-ciel concert at the end the month. It's going to be in Tokyo Dome. I'm excited but I have one regret: we should have gotten tickets for June 1st because we're having some conflicts with activities in our respective Filipino and German scholars organizations. Oh, well.... shikata ga nai.

Thinking about L'Arc made me check out the German band Tokio Hotel. http://tokiohotel.pop24.de/tokiohotel2/index2_en.php
Bill reminds me of hyde because the're both pretty, androgynous-looking frontmen. I found out from the husband that it's considered a novelty to have an androgynous-looking frontman in Germany. Here in Japan, it's almost a requirement. Tells you something about the level of machismo in both countries. Well, I hope Tokio hotel keeps up with their work and not end up something like a one-song wonder.

Just a preview of their short visit in Canada and the States:

Of course, I have to plug in L'Arc. They did one concert in Paris last May 9. Below is the promotion for the current tour.

I actually don't have any albums of Tokio Hotel, so I guess it's time to dig them up in Amazon. It'd be nice to get the 2 German albums and the English one.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
10:11 am - Spring
Last Friday, I finally got my Star Trek: The Next Generation complete DVD set. I got the 20th anniversary edition. A lot of people weren't too happy with the packaging, but I don't mind too much. I'm just happy that the case wasn't broken (I bought it from US Amazon) and it doesn't take up a lot of space. We're having serious space problems in our apartment now. This is one of the big disadvantages of living in Tokyo.

We also got the Easter package from hubby's mom. It's late because the post took their time and Easter was early this year. Inside were bags of sweets, chocolate eggs, dyes for coloring eggs, a bag of grass seeds for making your own Easter nest and chocolate-covered marzipan. Yey! All those sugar is bad for our teeth (and weight), but Emm is the best.

Saturday was spent shopping. Hubby needed a new pair of hiking boots, so we went somewhere near Akihabara. There's a street there filled with sporting goods stores. He took his time choosing and he finally decided on a slightly expensive pair of mountain shoes. They look indestructible. I wanted to buy some hiking pants for myself, but they were too expensive...

We had some time left, so we walked to Akihabara and went inside this 5-floor building full of stores selling toys. Toys range from Hollywood movies dolls to anime models or figures. We ended up with a Gundam model that you have to assemble yourself (Gundam Seed's Strike Freedom), a Nadia (from Blue Water?) figure, a Sesshoumaru figure, a Snoopy and Woodstock figure, and a Silver Tachikoma with the Chief. We also got a small poster of Kusagi Motoko (the Major of GIST). They had a small Stand Alone Complex Fair, though I wouldn't call it one. It seemed that new toys just came out for the series.

Afterwards, we went looking for an ATM and ended near Ueno, so we decided we might as well walk around. After dinner, we found out the toy store near the station actually have 6 floors and a basement. We went to the topmost floor and it was filled with toy models for assembly. Of course, we ended up with another Gundam, but the SD version (it looked so cute!) and a 1/350 model of Matsumoto castle (we really should set a time to visit that castle). I'll take pictures of them when they're assembled. The Gundams don't need glue, but the castle does. We vowed that we'll visit that shop again before we leave Japan permanently.

Sunday was a day trip to Hakone by car. We were joined by Hasegawa-san, Nii-san and Kamimura-sensei. What can I say: we visited a volcanic vent where you can buy boiled eggs turned black by the hot sulfurous water, a nice lake - Ashinoko, and Hakone temple; we walked through the old paved road that connects Tokyo and Kyoto in the Edo period, went through an avenue of centuries-old cedar trees, and visited the reconstructed Hakone checkpoint; finally, we went bathing in an onsen (hot spring). Lunch was courtesy of sensei, who prepared a bento. Dinner was in a soba shop. We were crowded in the little car, but it was fun. There were still cherry blossoms in the mountains and day was really clear and warm.

Last night, we invited Jorg to our home to eat the ham and sausages we got in Hakone. He wasn't able to join us last Sunday and he will be soon out of Japan for almost 2 weeks. We had white sausage with sweet mustard, smoked ham, sausage with pepper, Parmesan cheese, olives, pickles and buttered potatoes. Jorg brought dark bread, Dutch stollen and beer from Kyoto. Dessert was vanilla pudding and strawberries, and Houjicha (Japanese roasted tea) for the end.

Life is good right now. I wish I don't have to work on an experiment again.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008
11:19 am
Yesterday was the first big snow in Tokyo. Yehey!!! I love snow, though only when it's fresh. The snow didn't stay long because by the afternoon, it rained. Still, it was my first time to see snow in Tokyo.

It's quite unbelievable to hear that Heath Ledger is dead. He was one of those few who chose roles that were unexpected of him and got better for it. I remember him most, of course, with Brokeback Mountain because a friend came out after watching that film with me. We were ambush interviewed for the film and my segment came out in the evening news a few days after. I didn't see it, though.

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