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This was a note that I posted on my Facebook profile a few days ago. Here’s reposting it to share with all Harry Potter fans out there!


*Below is a personal reflection of the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie, which I would like to share with all my friends who are also Harry Potter fans.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

November 17, 2010 – A day that all Harry Potter fans know so well.

Today is the day when the long-awaited Harry Potter final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HPDH), Part 1 premiere in Singapore and Malaysia. As a Harry Potter fan, I am pleased to be one of the people around the world to catch HPDH first in theatres. This privilege is thanks to the announcement made last week (on Nov 11 to be exact) that the release date of HPDH in Singapore and Malaysia is brought forward to Nov 17 instead of Nov 18. Hence fans here can really get to watch it even before the people in America, which will be on Nov 19.

Scrimgeour talks to the trio about Dumbledore's will

One word to describe this film – Brilliant.

It is by far the best Harry Potter film I have ever watched, and I had watched all films from the Sorcerer’s Stone to the Half-Blood Prince. It is definitely a film worth waiting for. If you have not watched it, please do before reading the rest of this reflection.

Unlike my previous experiences, I watched HPDH without reviewing HPHBP first as well as without re-reading the books of HPHBP and HPDH. Prior to the movie, I wondered if this is a good decision, after all I want to be able to enjoy every single scene in the movie itself. However, it is without sufficient prior knowledge of the plot, that I really enjoyed the movie. Here’s why:

Ginny and Harry's kiss, interuppted by a funny appearance.

Character Development
Without being in touch with the plot for some time, HPDH did a really good job in bringing audiences up to date with its introduction. Not anything too length or rambling though, simply a few scenes, with a few lines, and I knew where the last movie ended. Character development is one of the plus points of HPDH; and I really applaud the screenwriter for condensing half of a thick book into a two-hour film. Lines, scenes and intricate details crucial to the development of the plot were included, nothing else. There aren’t any parts which will lead you to feel that, hey! they included that just because it is in the book! unlike other seasons.

Unlike previous films like HPHBP, HPDH brings out the personality and emotions of the characters well and natural enough to weave a logical story through it. I think this takes great skill both in the screen-writing and the production processes. Some of these instances are Hermione Granger’s sorrow and frustration, and of course her maturity in handling situations; and Ron Weasley’s anger at Harry for not having a plan to find the Horcruxes, and how their friendship triumphs over petty disagreements.

The seven potters

A comical but yet dark film
HPDH is surprisingly and unexpectedly enjoyable, mostly because of the humorous elements and details that invoke laughter even at the darkest moments. One good example is when Harry, Hermione and Ron infiltrate the Ministry of Magic to look for the locket which they believe is a Horcrux. The entire set of scenes at the Ministry of Magic is hilarious, but yet not failing to induce that constant fear and eminent danger lurking behind every move the trio does.

Humor is also subtlely put across in the scene of the seven potters. Hermione, Ron, Fred, George, Fleur, and Mundungus underwent a funny process to transform into Harry, and at one point in time, you can even catch a glimpse of Harry wearing a bra (okay, that’s supposed to be Fleur). It is these kind of comic relief inherent in the movie, where only the audience smiled but not the actors and actresses, that maintain the attention of the audience to the film itself.

Harry in Hagrid's flying motorbike

Fast paced, non-stop action
When appropriate, HPDH also provides quick, non-stop action scenes that made me go WOAH THEY CAN DO THAT TOO?! while watching the film. The first time I saw that was where Harry is riding in Hagrid’s motorbike’s sidecar, and they were battling Death Eaters all over the sky. HPDH went further than the book to showcase its action scenes, by having the duo’s pursuit happening on a highway, first with explosions on cars beside them, next with them having to avoid oncoming traffic, and later traveling on the sides of a tunnel before taking off into the air again. This brings the movie up to an early climax which lures you to watch even more of what is going to happen next. Not to mention, the accompanying music is superb during these fast paced scenes.

Xenophilius Lovegood's house

Amazing narration of a fictional story
Remember The Tale of Beedle the Bard? In the book, at Xenophilius Lovegood’s house, there is a part where Hermione read out the entire story of The Three Brothers to the others. Initially I thought they will take out that part because reading the long story is a boring way to get past those time. But I was completely wrong. They included that entire story with Hermione’s narration, but used a different way to act out the storyline – what reminded me of the exaggerated folk tale cartoons that I used to watch (something like wayang kulit). The characters are represented mostly by silhouettes with thin waists and broad chests, and “Death” had a large cloak and pointed fingers, which by the way reminded me of Death in Death Note. This is something I have yet to see in the past Harry Potter movies. Amazing! And so was the blending-in and blending-out effects as well! Well done! ๐Ÿ˜€

Harry and Hermione went to Godric's Hollow

Anything I dislike about HPDH?
Well, I like to say no, because I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series. But honestly, there is no perfect film. No matter how good it can go, you cannot please everyone. However, compared to the previous Harry Potter films, HPDH is by far the best Harry Potter film I have ever seen, and I truly hope that they keep up this standard in the Part 2 where the climax and audiences’ emotions are the most important. As audiences, we do not want to end the Harry Potter saga with a lousy ending right?

Something I do not really like about HPDH is the bluish filtering in most of the scenes. It is an effect to portray the darkness of their world, but having too much blue in the scenes make it uncomfortable to watch at times. Having said that, I am glad that they do insert natural colors into scenes that are meant to be lighter and happier, for instance, the wedding at the Burrow (yellow, orange & pink), the escapes into the forest (green & white), and the escape to Shell Cottage (nice view of the beach and the sea). There are also other scenes with beautiful scenery as the background, and these plays into shaping the audiences’ emotions as well.

Ron gets splinched and Hermione fixes him with Dittany and sets up protection charms.

Another thing that I do not really enjoy about HPDH is Harry’s appearance. Well sure, he’s grown up and feeling shagged after all these ordeal he’d been through, but I feel that he can look clean-shaven and yet still have the shagged look. His hairstyle is also by far the worst I’ve seen, in my opinion, among all the different hairstyle he used in each of the Harry Potter films. Plus, I don’t really see the need for the special effects shot of Harry and Hermione hugging, and who both seem to be appearing naked (can’t really tell because of the smoke and the special effects) in the scene where Ron is haunted by the evil that lies within the Horcrux locket.

Here is where Part 1 ends - Shell Cottage

Having said that, I really really enjoyed this one and looking forward to Part 2.

Part 1 ends with Voldemort finally getting his hands on the Elder Wand, and the trio, with Griphook, Ollivander and Luna arriving at Shell Cottage (note: Dean is not included).

 

About the Author:

The author is a huge fan of Harry Potter ever since its inception of the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone in 2001. Having watched the first movie for more than 10 times, and have collected articles and merchandise on Harry Potter, this review is truly one of the biggest fans of Harry Potter.

The author also studied film as part of his university degree in Singapore, which made him appreciate even more the effort and skills behind the scenes of these great movies.


Here are some more stills of HPDH:

Evil Unite!

Escape to Totenham Road

Harry, on his journey to hunt for the horcruxes

Cheers to the Harry Potter industry that fills our hearts for the last 10 years.


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My First Times!

Recently many good things have happened to me, so I thought it might be interesting to blog about it … all of them being my first times!

In random order:

First time in Japan: July 2010
First time in US: August 2010
First time eating Thai Food: Wild Bangkok at Denver (Aug 6, 2010)
First time eating at Hรคagen-Dazs: at Los Angeles Airport (Aug 8, 2010)
First time to Holland V: Celebrating Colin’s birthday (Sep 17, 2010)
First time eating salad & cereal breakfast: Had breakfast salad made up of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green seedless grapes, and strawberry, and frosted cereals with fresh milk yums! (Sep 27, 2010)
First time singing KTV: Top One KTV, Bugis (Sep 30, 2010)
First time to West Coast Plaza: Lunch with colleagues (Oct 1, 2010)
First time eating at Thai Express: Lunch with colleagues (Oct 1, 2010)

So far I can only think of these few … shall add more when I have tried other things first time! Haha ๐Ÿ˜€

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Life is good =)

Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote on this blog. Things are pretty hectic these days, but it’s quite fun to juggle all these while working … 2 research papers, 4 tuition classes, running a business on the side, 2 japanese classes per week, TEFL english course … haha!

Well for one, Japanese is getting more and more interesting! ใ™ใ”ใ„ใ„ใ‚ฏใƒฉใ‚นใ ใœ๏ผใŸใฎใ—ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญ๏ผMonday and Wednesday are the best days of the week for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

And not to mention, Tue and Thu i look forward to swimming in the morning before work! But right now still a lot of exploring of pools to see which is nearer to my office and is less crowded. Tried out Buona Vista’s last Friday, and almost got me late for work, the stupid bus 92 refused to come hmmph! but the pool was great, so little people, not like Hougang’s where almost every spot in the pool is taken haha …

Office work is pretty good as well! After one week of organizing things into the rightful places, work now has been pretty fun and lively everyday ( ใŠใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚ใ„ใงใ™ใญ๏ผ), the only problem is that looking at data will strain the eyes, so I brought a lot of snacks to give myself a distraction (snacks that are not fattening of course! – mostly seaweed lah haha). But then I shall try not to munch too much, if not the people around me will feel jealous lol …

Recently, I got to love this song a lot … listening to it when on the bus, train, at work, when marking papers, etc etc … it’s a song about friendly rivalry in competitions being a way to push each other to greater heights …

50/50 by ็š†ๅท ็ด”ๅญ and ๆ‰ๆœฌ ใ‚†ใ†

The lyrics are below:

Sou naru made yoku dekita SHINARIO dane
ใใ†ใชใ‚‹ใพใง ใ‚ˆใๅ‡บๆฅใŸ ใ‚ทใƒŠใƒชใ‚ชใ ใญ
Until like this, Iโ€™ve done well, thatโ€™s the scenario
Unmei wa futari wo saketa
้‹ๅ‘ฝใฏไบŒไบบใ‚’ใ•ใ‘ใŸ
We are shouting our destiny

Tsutawatta sono omoi megami-sama ga
ไผใ‚ใฃใŸใใฎๆ€ใ„ ๅฅณ็ฅžใ•ใพใŒ
That transmitted feeling, the Goddess
Sukoshi dake itazura wo shita
ๅฐ‘ใ—ใ ใ‘ใ„ใŸใšใ‚‰ใ‚’ใ—ใŸ
Plays a trick for a little

Koko ni iru sore dake de kokoro ga atsuku naru
ใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใ‚‹ ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใง ๅฟƒใŒ็†ฑใใชใ‚‹
Just by being here, the heart became hot
Ima futari ga deatta toki ga kagayaku
ไปŠไบŒไบบใŒ ๅ‡บไผšใฃใŸ ๆ™‚ไปฃใŒ่ผใ
Now the time when we both meet is shining
Otagai ga otagai wo kanjite shimau kara
ใŠไบ’ใ„ใŒ ใŠไบ’ใ„ใ‚’ ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‹ใ‚‰
Because the feeling we felt is mutual
Makeru wake ni ikanai [RAIBARU] dakara
่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€€[ใƒฉใ‚คใƒใƒซ]ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰
I wonโ€™t lose because weโ€™re [Rival]

Mata, haru to natsu to aki to fuyu ga kakenuketeku asu e to
ใพใŸใ€ๆ˜ฅใจๅคใจ็ง‹ใจๅ†ฌใŒ้ง†ใ‘ๆŠœใ‘ใฆใใ€€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใธใจ
Again, run through spring, summer, fall and winter to tomorrow

Surikireta PURAIDO wo tatakitsukete
ๆ“ฆใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใ€€ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚คใƒ‰ใ‚’ใ€€ๅฉใใคใ‘ใฆ
Striking the worn-out pride
Mou dore hodo toki ga sugita
ใ‚‚ใ†ใฉใ‚Œใปใฉๆ™‚ใŒ้ŽใŽใŸ
How much longer the time weโ€™ve passed

Tatakatta mono dake ni dekiru kizuna
ๆˆฆใฃใŸ่€…ใ ใ‘ใซใ€€ๅ‡บๆฅใ‚‹็ต†
With people I fought against, the occurring bond
Sukoshizutsu kanji hajimeta
ๅฐ‘ใ—ใšใคๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅง‹ใ‚ใŸ
Little by little I started feeling it

Soba ni iru sore dake de yume ga RIARU ni naru
ใใฐใซใ„ใ‚‹ใ€€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใ€€ๅคขใŒใƒชใ‚ขใƒซใซใชใ‚‹
Just by being by your side, the dream became real
Hibiwareteta kokoro jya mienai iro de
ใฒใณๅ‰ฒใ‚ŒใฆใŸใ€€ๅฟƒใ˜ใ‚ƒใ€€่ฆ‹ใˆใชใ„่‰ฒใง
The cracking heart is in unseen color
Otagai ga otagai wo mitomeatte shimau
ใŠไบ’ใ„ใŒใ€€ใŠไบ’ใ„ใ‚’ใ€€่ชใ‚ๅˆใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†
We recognize each other mutually
Makeru wake ni ikanai ikkyuu ni kakeru
่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€€ไธ€็ƒใซใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹
I wonโ€™t lose, Iโ€™ll become the best

Ima, kaze ni matta hana ga takaku maiagatta asu e to
ไปŠใ€้ขจใซ่ˆžใฃใŸ่ŠฑใŒ้ซ˜ใ่ˆžใ„ไธŠใŒใฃใŸใ€€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใธใจ
Now, the flower that danced in the wind fly higher to tomorrow

Koko ni iru sore dake de kokoro ga atsuku naru
ใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใ‚‹ ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใง ๅฟƒใŒ็†ฑใใชใ‚‹
Just by being here, the heart became hot
Ima futari ga deatta toki ga kagayaku
ไปŠไบŒไบบใŒ ๅ‡บไผšใฃใŸ ๆ™‚ไปฃใŒ่ผใ
Now the time when we both meet is shining
Otagai ga otagai wo kanjite shimau kara
ใŠไบ’ใ„ใŒ ใŠไบ’ใ„ใ‚’ ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‹ใ‚‰
Because the feeling we felt is mutual
Makeru wake ni ikanai [RAIBARU] dakara
่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€€[ใƒฉใ‚คใƒใƒซ]ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰
I wonโ€™t lose because weโ€™re [Rival]

Mata, haru to natsu to aki to fuyu ga kakenuketeku
ใพใŸใ€ๆ˜ฅใจๅคใจ็ง‹ใจๅ†ฌใŒ้ง†ใ‘ๆŠœใ‘ใฆใ
Again, run through spring, summer, fall and winter

Soba ni iru sore dake de yume ga RIARU ni naru
ใใฐใซใ„ใ‚‹ใ€€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใ€€ๅคขใŒใƒชใ‚ขใƒซใซใชใ‚‹
Just by being by your side, the dream became real
Hibiwareteta kokoro jya mienai iro de
ใฒใณๅ‰ฒใ‚ŒใฆใŸใ€€ๅฟƒใ˜ใ‚ƒใ€€่ฆ‹ใˆใชใ„่‰ฒใง
The cracking heart is in unseen color
Otagai ga otagai wo mitomeatte shimau
ใŠไบ’ใ„ใŒใ€€ใŠไบ’ใ„ใ‚’ใ€€่ชใ‚ๅˆใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†
We recognize each other mutually
Makeru wake ni ikanai ikkyuu ni kakeru
่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€€ไธ€็ƒใซใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹
I wonโ€™t lose, Iโ€™ll become the best

Ima, kaze ni matta hana ga takaku maiagatta asu e to
ไปŠใ€้ขจใซ่ˆžใฃใŸ่ŠฑใŒ้ซ˜ใ่ˆžใ„ไธŠใŒใฃใŸใ€€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใธใจ
Now, the flower that danced in the wind fly higher to tomorrow

่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€€[ใƒฉใ‚คใƒใƒซ]ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰
I wonโ€™t lose because weโ€™re [Rival]

Mata, haru to natsu to aki to fuyu ga kakenuketeku
ใพใŸใ€ๆ˜ฅใจๅคใจ็ง‹ใจๅ†ฌใŒ้ง†ใ‘ๆŠœใ‘ใฆใ
Again, run through spring, summer, fall and winter

(taken from http://kokusho-yukari.livejournal.com/40677.html#cutid1)

meaningful song don’t you think? and the song never fails to amaze me – something that sound like 2 young boys singing actually are performed by 2 female seiyuus … amazing eh? =)

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Yes, from now onwards, all posts will be live post, since I’m standing on Singapore ground now.

Hmm, overall I would say that this trip to Japan has broaden my horizons (yes! now that I have proven that Japan existed! Because I used to think that other countries are just myths spun by media since I never been there before haha), and of course put me to the test of independent living. And I am happy to say that I pulled through the test without much problems.

All these wont be possible, of course, if I had not learnt the basics of the Japanese language, which I owed much to my sensee, Suhama Ayari-san. Although all I took was a level 1 Japanese module in university, which is not even the entire JLPT4 course, it has proven to be sufficient for me to navigate around Japan without much problems. Of course, there are times where I realized my vocabulary in Japanese is limited, and was forced to used English, thus revealing the fact that I am indeed a foreigner.

Yes, coming to that, it is surprising that many of the people in Japan thought I was Japanese. The last time I went to Hong Kong, people thought I was Taiwanese. I guess all these boils down to the basic stereotypes of what a Japanese or Taiwanese acts or sounds like maybe … I don’t know … hmm … weird … but anyway, some of them go away still thinking I’m Japanese, that is I did not use English in my conversations.

For example, there was this time when I am not sure which side of the platforms to take, when heading for Hirosaki-shi. So I approached a platform staff and said the following:

Me: Chodo sumimasen. Eto kono densha hirosaki made desu ka? (I’m sorry, is this train going to Hirosaki?)

Staff: Hai! Hirosaki made desu. (Yes, it is to Hirosaki)

Me (pointing to the other side): Demo sono densha mo hirosaki made desu ka? (But the other train is also going to Hirosaki right?)

Staff: Hai! Sore mo Hirosaki made desu. Demo kono densha hayai desu. (pointing to the door) Hai! douzo. (Yes, that is also going to Hirosaki, but, this train is faster. Here, please.)

And then, I boarded the train with his help.

Yes, these examples are aplenty on this trip. Most commonly people asked where am I from (o kuni wa dochira desu ka?) or commented that my Japanese is good (nihongo wa sugoii desu ne!). Surprisingly, I got very used to the bowing practice in Japan as well. The most common words I used in Japan were sumimasen (sorry/excuse me) and arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much). It makes me all the more eager to continue learning Japanese, as the next time I visit Japan, I would have more things to chat with the people over there.

Language aside, I must say that the scenery and sights in Japan are just awesome. In just 6 days, I managed to tour the northern half of Japan, commonly known as Tohoku (ๆฑๅŒ—), and visited most of the most popular attractions. Some of these places are:

Ueno Kouen (ไธŠ้‡Žๅ…ฌๅœ’), a place where the Japanese will gather and sit under the cherry blossom trees during spring.

Ryusendo Cave (้พๆณ‰ๆดž), one the major limestone caves in the world, featuring stalactites, stalagmites and bats in a underground cave of temperature around 13 degrees C.

The beaches of Asamushionsen (ๆต…่™ซๆธฉๆณ‰), the outskirts of Aomori Prefecture.

Hirosaki Castle (ๅผ˜ๅ‰ๅŸŽ), a national cultural property of Japan.

Oirase River (ๅฅฅๅ…ฅ็€ฌๅท), with its lush greenery in the summer, and red foilage in the autumn is a popular attraction in Aomori, Japan. One can hike in the nature trail beside the river, and admire the flow of water and gushing sounds of the river.

Yasumiya (ไผ‘ๅฑ‹), a small village located at the edge of Towadako (ๅๅ’Œ็”ฐๆน–), provides you with whole day supply of sea breeze, quiet and tranquility, and plentiful food for the eyes, as it is surrounded by water and mountains. A nice place to calm the soul and to destress.

Mount Hakkoda (ๅ…ซ็”ฒ็”ฐๅฑฑ) is not just one mountain, but a full mountain range. Taking a ropeway (a.k.a. cable car) up to the 2459.7 metres tall mountain summit is itself an amazing ride. The summit provides a 30 minutes to 2 hours hike, based on your preference, and you get to enjoy the cool weather, see the wetlands and marshes, and just simply indulge in it. Clouds often flew past you and you can hold out your hand and grab them and feel the moisture and coolness of it. Simply awesome.

Kabushima Shinto Shrine (่•ชๅณถ็ฅž็คพ), located on the outskirts of a small village town Same (pronounced as “sa-meh”) in Hachinohe, Japan, is particularly famous for its population of black-tailed gulls, called uminekos. These gulls are not afraid of human passing through, and produce so much poop that umbrellas are provided at the entrance for sheltering against poop.

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Onshi Teien (ๆ—ง่Š้›ขๅฎฎๆฉ่ณœๅบญๅœ’), or Former Shiba Villa Gardens, used to be an imperial garden used to welcome visitors from abroad. The remains of this villa garden is now a park for everyone to enjoy and reminisce how it used to be in the past.

The Zojoji Temple (ๅข—ไธŠๅฏบ), a popular temple in Tokyo, is another attraction that I visited in Japan. Founded in 1393, the Zojoji Temple is the chief temple of the Jodo-Buddist sect.

The magnificence of the Tokyo Tower ๆฑไบฌใ‚ฟใƒฏใƒผ(top) and the views from the Main Observatory (bottom left, 150m) and Special Observatory (bottom right, 250m) are just equally breathtaking.

Well, that’s all for the highlights of this trip. Hopefully soon I get to go Japan again. This time, I want to visit Hokkaido, or even some of the southern prefectures like Osaka, Kyoto or Nara. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Home sweet home …

Here’s posting my last and final necro-post …

[Necro-post] 04 July 2010 | 1500 hours (+8GMT)

ไปŠ้ฃ›่กŒๆฉŸใซ ๆ–ฐๅ˜‰ๅกใธ่กŒใใพใ™. ๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ—…่กŒใฏย ๆฅฝใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใญใˆ!

Looking forward to my next overseas trip.

Having mixed feelings: some regret that there are certain things I couldn’t do like stamping my medal bought at the Tokyo Tower, seeing DL7 or buying some Jap DVDs; but also happy to have a fun week of touring half of Japan’s greatest attractions in Tohoku, and meeting many good people; and sad because the trip is getting a little lonely at times and I definitely miss the people back home.

I took a total of about 1500 photos during this trip and shot about 100 videos, in order to collect my memories and share it with my family and friends. It’s like me being the eyes of those who have yet to visit Japan.

Thinking of Japan now makes me all the more eager to continue learning the language and apply for jobs that are based in Japan, like the JET programme.

Hopefully one day soon, I will get to go to Japan once more.

On the flight back, I watched a Japanese anime entitled ๆ™‚ใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฐ‘ๅฅณ, or pronounced as “ji-o-ka-ke-ru-shou-jo”. Literally, it means ‘The Girl Who Can Leapt Through Time’. You guys who are interested in anime should check this out on the net, hopefully there is a copy somewhere around as I would want to watch it again.

It is a touching story with a moral ‘Time waits for no one’. Indeed, we are not that young as we are used to. Apart from our basic needs of life, one has to constantly do things one loved so as to prevent regrets. As DPS would say, carpe dieum! seize the day!

On top of my head, there are so many things I would love to do.

– learn guitar and hopefully be able to become a musician;

– get vocal training, and if possible, be a singer some day;

– travel around the world;

– be a tour guide;

– work at Hollywood behind the scenes;

– open my own company and business;

– meet my idols and actors;

If only some of these will come true …. Haiz …

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[Necro-post] 02 July 2010 | 1420 hours (+9GMT)

The weather here is so cool. About 17 to 18 degrees only. Just went hiking at Mount Hakkoda and took a ropeway (pronounced as ro-pu-wei in Japanese; a term meaning ‘cable car’) up the 2459 metres of Mount Hakkoda. Hiking in the clouds is a refreshing experience. You can see white clouds float past you as you walk. Bugs flew around your face when hiking in the marshes and wetlands. Jumping & squashing and getting your shoes dirty in the muddy trails. Where strangers become friends, even when I cannot speak their language well. It is an experience that I would not have traded it with anything else. Fortunately for me, I was able to squeeze this in today. It is worth the planning.

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[Necro-post] 01 July 2010 | 1152 hours (+9GMT)

Here is so peaceful and calm, and life is at a slow pace. Countryside enjoyment, over a long time, will make one lose their senses and sanity in a sense, I figured. Loneliness is something you need to face, as it is too far from busy civilization, which us city people are used to. Sometimes you get the feeling that you do not know what to do with your life.

I would still prefer places that has people and noise, though perhaps not all the time. Cities like Hirosaki or Morioka would be better. Still enjoy life there more.

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