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...5 centimeters per second

Do you know
The speed at which cherry blossoms fall?

At what speed must I live
To be able to see you again?

Rain on my parade

Was getting ready to sleep, all on a Harvest Moon high but I guess there are times when you can't help but be rained on.

This calls for a little Hiro cheerer-upper.

And another day of Harvest Moon. Hnnn...15=30 more minutes of gametime, tops. Hnnn...must not get too preoccupied with game. I don't want to be a zombie for tomorrow's shoot. (doh)


I knew Facebook was useful for something other than Pet Society...


Catching up with life

Life is the same old, same old. Writing for a living, writing for fun. Playing with my dolls. Experimenting on food. Working on improving my photography. It’s the same old grind. Not that I mind of course. I’m a creature of habit and working on things slowly but surely keeps me going.

On major thing I’m working on that’s very new to me is fiscal responsibility. I’m actually trying to save up and clear my credit card debt. I plan to get rid of one before the 3rd quarter of the year. The other one, I’m keeping for my online shopping but I plan to zero out the balance. I guess I am growing older and more responsible. Not a bad thing, right?

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Half a year after I visited Singapore for the first time and I’m still not done sorting my trip photos. Uploaded a new batch last night, will be adding more this week, I’m halfway through the last and largest folder---my Singapore zoo photos. As always, food on Kitchen Cow, general travel photos on Flickr and personal photo crap soon to be up on Multiply.

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Mei-chan no Shitsuji! *nosebleed*

Alert: Airheaded fangirling up ahead. Consider yourselves warned.

One of the first things I did when I heard about Mizushima Hiro being cast as the lead in Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei's Butler) was to find copies of the manga. Written by Miyagi Riko, it was about a poor little orphan girl, Shinonome Mei, who suddenly finds herself the heiress of a big fortune when her parents get killed in an accident. Part of the package was getting her own personal butler, Shibata Rihito to care for her.

Coffee, tea or me?

Like most manga by Miyagi Riko (Love Monster, Hana ni Nare), it's your usual naïve little innocent girl and a super hawt guy who absolutely adores her. I had serious misgivings about whether this would work as a drama. For one, the manga is borderline lolicon. Plus, I found it absolutely absurd. Come on! A school where each young lady had her own private butler living with her? It sounds more like a hentai plotline than anything else. Still, since it had Hiro in it, I knew I had to watch it. Heck, I sat through Zettai Kareshi just for Hiro; what more Mei-chan where he's the lead?

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Looks like I'll be a swooning fangirl this TV season again, much like how I was during the Hanadan, Nodame Cantabile and Hana Kimi seasons. But hey, with hawt boys abound, can you really blame me?

Oh yeah! The Shibata brothers, Rihito and Kenta are both Kamen Riders! Kabuto & Den-O respectively. Henshin!


Shot from Behind

It was my usual case of morning road rage. This car cut in front of us. I was already hurling obscenities but seeing the car's plate number had me rushing to grab my phone to snap a piccie.

Made of win, yes?

For the curious, here's what uke can mean.



...do I keep torturing myself with tragic stories? I just finished reading Basilisk, all 5 volumes. And my heart hurts.

Gyeah. Masochistic streak much?

And if that's not enough, I'm planning to look for my copy of Shinobi to watch it. Then probably the Basilisk Anime.


On the internet front, we still don't have internet at work so I'm not online much. Hates both Globe and myDSL.


First day of February

What was that New Year's Resolution again? Update my eljay more often? *cackles madly as she falls to the ground in classic failure pose* OTL


Here's Junpei looking cute, just so you guys will forgive me.

On the brighter side of things, Kitchen Cow is still being updated regularly so you can go there instead of here.

Oh yeah, and going fairly okay with my Movie / Book goals this year. Between the last post and now, I managed to watch Slumdog Millionaire and read Austenland by Shannon Hale. Must watch at least 5 movies for February to make up for missing one week in January. Still manageable, methinks.

Reading and Viewing List 2009

Yep, doing it again this year, even if I majorly failed during the last two months of last year. While I wasn't able to list all the stuff I read / saw, I was doing mostly okay volume-wise. Still, I hope to up the quality as well this year, especially with books that's why I'm splitting my reading lists between actual books and graphic novels / comics and manga.

Goal: 52 Movies / Videos / Series in a year
2008 - 43 Listed, November and December unmonitored
2007 - 55 Movies / TV Series

1. Let the Right One In (Film • Sweden)
2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Film • US)
3. Slumdog Millionaire (Film • UK)

4. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Film • US)
5. The Heartbreak Kid (Film • US)
6. Shinobi (Film • Japan)
7. Galileo SP (Drama Special • Japan)
8. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Film • US)

9. Full Metal Jacket (Film • US)

10. Change (Drama • Japan • ep 10/10)
11. Maou (Drama • Japan • ep 11/11)
12. Earl and Fairy (Anime • Japan • ep 13/13)

13. Yôgisha X no Kenshin (Suspect X) (Movie • Japan)
14. Voice (Drama • Japan • 11/11)
15. Iron Man (Film • US)
16. Incredible Hulk (Film • US)
17. Hellboy (Film • US)
18. Terminator Salvation (Film • US)

19. Top Chef 5 (TV Series • US • ep 15/15)
20. The 40-Year Old Virgin (Film • US)
21. Superstar (Film • US)
22. Tropic Thunder (Film • US)
23. Definitely, Maybe (Film • US)
24. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (Anime • Japan • 12/12)

25. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Film • US)

26. Just my Luck (Film • US)
27. The Proposal (Film • US)
28. Itazura na Kiss (Drama • Japan • 9/9)
29. Up (Animated Film • US)

30. Top Chef Masters (TV Series • US)
31. Mr. Brain (Drama • Japan • 8/8)
32. Kitchen Confidential (TV Series • US • 13/13)

33. Shining Inheritance (Drama • Korea • 28/28)
34. Yasuko to Kenji (Drama • Japan • 10/10)
35. Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Drama • Japan • 10/10)
36. Jennifer's Body (Film • US)

37. Top Chef Season 3 (TV Series • US • 16/16)
38. Voices of a Distant Star (Anime OVA • Japan)
39. Top Chef Season 6 (TV Series • US)
40. Red Cliff (Movie • Chinese)
41. Toradora! (Anime • Japan • 24/24)
42. 500 Days of Summer (Movie • US)
43. Crows ZERO (Movie • Japan)
44. The Ugly Truth (Movie • US)

ongoing series
Witch Yoo-hee (Drama • Korea • 4/16)
Fated to Love You (Drama • Taiwan • 14/25)
• Full Metal Alchemist 2 (Anime • Japan • 23/xx)
Rose of Versailles (Anime • Japan • 23/40)
Mad Men (TV Series • US • 4/xx)
Glee (TV Series • US • 13/xx)
Kimi ni Todoke (Anime • Japan • 12/xx)
Fairy Tail (Anime • Japan • 8/xx)

Goal: 26 Books in a year
2008 - 127 Listed, November and December unmonitored
2007 - 97 Books / Graphic Novels

1. Ambergate by Patricia Elliot
2. Banana Heart Summer by Merlina Bobis
3. Austenland by Shannon Hale

4. Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle

5. Man of by Dreams by Curtis Sittenfield
6. Nothing but the truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
7. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
9. Ex and the single girl by Lani Diane Rich
10. A Girl's Best Friend by Elizabeth Young

11. The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine
12. Hush by Donna Jo Napoli
13. My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra

14. Airhead by Meg Cabot
15. Airhead: Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
16. Talisman of Valdegarde by Madeleine Simon

17. Criss-cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
18. The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov
19. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
20. A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
21. Love Off-Limits by Whitney Lyles
22. Duchessina by Caroline Meyer

23. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
24. Set in Stone by Linda Newbery
25. 1-800 Missing You by Meg Cabot

26. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

27. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
28. Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
29. Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
30. Queen of Babble gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
31. Devoured by Amanda Marrone
32. Hollywood is like High School with Money by Zoey Dean