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something to be happy about…

nekoneko

“Meet my cat, NekoNeko”

(I thought it was a dog at first and promptly named it “Sirius”, until I noticed the whiskers!)

At least for now.At last.

Listening to: “Breathe Me” by Sia
Reading: “The Night Watch” by Sergei Lukyanenko (got stuck on the second part)
Watching: “Jane Eye” (2006 BBC version)

WiP: “Mrs. Coulter” (as played by Nicole Kidman) from The Golden Compass – oh yeah, I’ve started to do full portraits again after a month long sabbatical.

Despite yours truly’s attempts to keep a straight, unemotional face while watching this (just to see if I could manage), I cannot help but be taken in. Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” has always been one of my most favourite pieces of literature – it’s a bit “escapist”, but that does not stop you from feeling good (I much prefer it to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”) .Particularly because I think I’ve found a kindred spirit in the form of the novel’s title character. In fact, I’ve decided to do another full portrait piece again, entitled “Mr. & Mrs. Rochester” and I’ve just found the right photo as well. 🙂 Toby Stephen’s Mr Edward Rochester was nothing short of excellent, so was Ruth Wilson’s Jane Eyre; the screenplay was well written and remains faithful to the source material. And the ending was just..so..*grins*

swauGood news for us Star Wars AU fans (yes, my little green friends). Mr. Scott Ferguson has decided to revive the “STAR WARS Altered Universe” website, after a long hiatus. I discovered this one about 2 years ago, I think, way back when I was still working as a “Web Developer”. At one point, this became the first website I open at the office every morning (I’m always checking for updates). 😀

Just click on the screenshot to get to the website. I think the layout is quite good. And he’s just finished with Episode III.5, keep checking fanfiction.net for more updates. Also my works for SWAU can now be viewed at the Image Gallery section of Mr. Scott’s website (along with Ms. Karen Hinson’s drawings). Enjoy!

On the “J-Dorama” Scene,

My latest favourite:

hk Title: “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e” (for you in full bloom) or “Hana-Kimi” for short

Synopsis: (according to DramaWiki) The drama is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya, which has already been dramatized in Taiwan. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S. who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi (Oguri) compete in the high jump on television. She begins to idolize him, and decides to move to Japan to attend the same school as him. However, Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy to achieve her dream of being with her idol.

Comment (so far): I’m currently watching episode 9 on crunchyroll.com, a bunch of laughs, great cast (especially the three leading ones, Gokusen’s Shun Oguri among them and the girl who play’s Ashiya really pulled it off, “she is so handsome!” :D); What more can a J-Drama addict ask for??

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“..out on a limb..”

Listening to: “Shatter” by Feeder

Reading: “The Night Watch” by Sergei Lukyanenko ( decided to give it a rest with “Journeys” for a while), plus excerpts of “Diana: In Search of Herself” by Sally Bedell Smith, and I found this most interesting passage(s) – some of which I can “relate” to:

..In fact, her friends supplied only partial and often contradictory views, because she was incapable of fully revealing herself to anyone…

…she was so mercurial. Even those close to her had trouble grasping what was going on in her mind. Her moods were volatile, causing her friends and relatives to walk on eggshells to avoid provoking her. “Sometimes she appeared to change from one moment to the next,” her second cousin Robert Spencer told me. “One time she would be sweet and glad to see you, the next she would be distant.”

These frequent shifts in her personality reflected her fragile sense of herself and the turbulence of her emotions.

Well, enough of that. I’ve made several updates on the website as well. The December 2007 calendar is up (featuring Jane Eyre) and I decided to add another page – https://leiaskywalker.wordpress.com/past-calendar-designs/ , just a collection of my old Calendar layouts.

I’ll be damned. I may have to jump to the nearest bridge soon or else retreat to Batanes Islands. Do you know how it feels like to have an “ax” hovering over your head? Ready fall at the slightest provocation? I know I do. It appears I’m hell bent on “digging my own grave”. How else could I explain my latest move? Once again my recklessness got the better of me.

….off to go..

Listening to: “Sing for the Moment” by EMINEM (why do I always forget how much I like this song? part of my old Playlist at work about 2 years ago)

Reading: “Journeys in the Dead Season” by Spencer Jordan

A prisoner is on remand in Durham high security jail for what turns out to be a series of attacks on young girls across Leicestershire, culminating in abduction, rape and murder. In the autumn of 1922, Captain Crowe is on a journey across Leicestershire. He intends to visit his old comrades from the War, finish his book on horticulture, and come to terms with a past that still haunts him and a future that terrifies him. The prisoner is reading a copy of Crowe’s book, “Perambulations of a Soldier: Autumn to Winter”, whilst writing his own diary. Crowe’s retelling of his odyssey in his letters, their subsequent appearance within Perambulations and the prisoner’s interpretation of them, creates a macabre fusion of past and present, where fact and fiction, truth and reality begin to merge and coalesce…

Last Movie Seen: “Adaptation” (it’s on sale, just 100 php, on the mall yesterday – i don’t think another movie has ever made me laugh this much in a long time – and it’s an original DVD too. Bought it along with The Shipping News) According to the summary at the back:

Nicholas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. Screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing- and by the screen writing ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald. While struggling to adapt The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others.

stuck in second gear…

Found this very nice video of ” The HP Trio” yesterday. To the tune of “I’ll be There for You” by The Rembrandts (I’m starting to appreciate this song again-official OST of the show “Friends”– considering the content describes my current situation, although in a somewhat satirical manner, can’t help but laugh whenever I hear the first three lines). Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SdKTUtgobs

Look for the lyrics below.

So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke
your love life’s D.O.A

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
Oh when it hasn’t been your day
Your week, your month, or even your year

I’ll be there for you
(When the rain starts to fall)
I’ll be there for you
(Like I’ve been there before)
I’ll be there for you
(’Cause you’re there for me, too)

You’re still in bed at ten and work began at eight
You’ve burned your breakfast
So far things are going great
Your mother warned you there’d be days like these
But she didn’t tell you when the world
Has brought you down to your knees

No one could ever know me
No one could ever see me
Seems you’re the only one who knows
What it’s like to be me

Someone to face the day with
Make it through all the rest with
Someone I’ll always laugh with
Even at my worst I’m best with you

oh-oh…ride on time…

Listening to: “Ride on Time” by Yamashita Tatsuro (GoodLuck ED) – for some  this song makes me “happy”…hehe

I’ve seen the J-Drama about 8 times now (solid cast – my favourites are the four leading characters played by Takuya Kimura [Shinkai Hajime], Kou Shibasaki [Ayumi Ogawa], Shinichi Tsutsumi [Kazuki Koda] and Hitomi Kuroki [Noriko Togashi] respectively) relevant story – it’s basically about the men and women of the skies, a very low key approach to romance (you really have to “look” closely), great dialogue and a “life lesson” or two.

Reading: “The Night Watch” by Sergei Lukyanenko

And I have discovered another j-drama. It’s entitled HERO, also starring Takuya Kimura. Can’t wait to acquire this one. According to J-drama.com:

Kohei Kuryu, played by Takuya Kimura, is a former juvenile delinquent that drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalency diploma. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Not your typical prosecutor, which is quickly seen through the clothes that he wears, Kuryu possesses quick instincts and a kind of cleverness that only someone raised on the streets could have.

Takako Matsu plays the role of public prosecutor Maiko Amamiya. The shrewd Amamiya, who has her eyes set on passing the exam to become a deputy prosecutor, tries her best to be noticed by her boss. Kuryu, on the other hand, after earning a reputation for doing top-notch work is transferred to Amamiya’s division, and finally opens his eyes to the possibility of promotion. Unfortunately, his unprecedented work behavior abruptly brings things to a halt.

This is what I love about “Japanese Drama” , it’s not so much a “drama” (if you compare it with say Filipino or Korean – with exceptions of course – wherein for some reason the story takes a back seat to the “romance”, w/c frequently involves a lot of really cheesy dialogue and “tears”) as it is a story about people.

“tit for tat”

Listening To: “Manatsu no Yoru no Yume ” by Shikao Suga (Deathnote Movie Theme)

Watching:“DeathNote” anime

Reading:“Crime & Punishment” by F. Dostoyevsky

WiP: “Harry Potter Trio” portrait

Website WiP:“JediDawn V.6” (I’m starting to get the feel of coding a webby again. I plan to make this the “grandest” version yet – not this blog, but my official website. I got the interface designed, but a few more details should be added. I particularly loved the colour scheme I came up with)

Been quite busy lately. I was not able to transfer the latest Photo-Manip I made, as of yet. Maybe next week. I’m currently into “Deathnote”. I originally planned on watching 5 episodes yesterday, but due to a sudden attack of “the headache”, I went to sleep after episode 3. Quite an interesting anime, seeing as the “protagonist” fits the description of an anti-hero, at times Light is even more cold-blooded and psychopathic than the criminals he killed. I don’t know whether I should agree with “Light Yagami (or Kira) or with “L”. Since they both claim to be on the side of justice. wahaha. 🙂 The Shinigami “Ryuk” is really quite funny in a twisted way too. I watched a little of DEATHNOTE live action. “Light” was played by the same guy who played Shuya Nanahara on Battle Royale.

 EXCERPTS FROM MY OTHER BLOG::

Wake me up when September Ends: The month of September has been quite extraordinary for me. Meaning to say it has been very “weird”. I think I may have somehow managed to “jinx” myself. Why?

  • One, my Quality Scores at work has been “very low”. 83.33% at one point. It’s a good thing I managed to bring it up to at least 87.33 % before the month ended. Not that I care too much about getting a high score (like some people I know). Frankly, I only care about the money and the last thing I need is an FA (Focus Alert) when I have bills I need to pay. I already have TWO FA’s under my belt last month (one was for Compliance – question: why do I always have to sabotage myself? – Because, I have been “over-breaking” too much. Another was for my AHT (w/c was six seconds behind the standard – can you believe that). I’ve always had trouble with authority anyway (passive-aggressive tactics have always been my specialty).
  • Second, it’s about my phone. The company provided one. I know it’s my fault for being thick enough as to forget my own PIN code. But making me wait for three weeks to get my SIM replacement was a bit excessive, don’t you think? I have no idea how SIM cards were made, but I don’t think they include taking it to Mount Doom to be forged by Sauron himself! (That’s the only acceptable reason why it has taken that long). Anyway, I have learned my lesson. My phone does not have a PIN code now, and I won’t put one until I’m sure I can remember the wretched thing, even under duress.
  • Oh, and one other thing. I committed a semi-grand “boo-boo” at work. Apparently, something I wrote (I keep a little notepad beside my interface when I take calls, you know) caught the attention of some people within the company (and in a bad way too! Again: question, why do I keep sabotaging myself?) Our QA showed it to me this morning. I perfectly remember making that note – I was in very bad disposition that time. You know I’m always out of sorts with one thing or another, but that day I felt exceptionally cross. So I wrote something to the effect of: I really don’t like this job (w/c is true to some extent – quite pathetic too – because I haven’t got the guts to actually leave right now, since I still need the money. I’m a little too old to be “screwing” around with my artist friends – gone were the days of sitting at the back alley of the municipal hall talking about anything under the sun – that’s the thing I miss the most about them, I could mention Kafka or Tolstoi and not get a weird look -, or staying all afternoon at the stadium, or staying together in the park in the middle of a signal number 2 storm while eating “siomai”) and that I’m glad to be leaving next year, plus I enumerated some of the other jobs I had before (Eperformax is my fourth job). Then there’s the really inappropriate “What is great about humanity? I hope a plague wipes out the whole species!” – yikes! (quoting the guy from ASC) Stupid of me, really. I should keep my thoughts to myself when I’m at work, I know. We don’t want to anger the powers that be.
  • Lastly, I get “markdowns” at work for the most trivial matters. It’s been a long standing problem for me. I am my worst enemy, I believe. Sometimes I think it’s either due to boredom or just sheer laziness.

I decided to watch Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 again, finally figured out that I should re-install the K-Lite Codec pack (it appears that my Codec files were a bit old); to solve that annoying “upside-down double screen” problem that I’ve been having whenever I try to play the OGM files. The solution has been lodged at the back of my mind for some time now. I just keep on forgetting it. The Japanese voice-overs were much, much better than the English ones. The most glaring difference lies with the voice of Brian J. Mason. The English voice actor’s rendition was downright horrible! His Mason sounds like a “lecherous sleazebag”, I have no idea how I have come to this conclusion, but those words pop up whenever I hear him speak. The Japanese voice over, however, projects an air of “seriousness”, “menace” and a “tinge of sadness”. The general dialogue pattern is also markedly different, much more “poetic”. 

October 12-13, 2007 

They’ve got to be f*ckin kidding me! Another major “disaster” has occurred at work. A FINAL WRITTEN WARNING was issued because I was not able to follow the AHT requirement for my tenure (97 days = 4:40 standard). I’ve always hated these “measuring” instruments in corporate environments. So why am I working for this company? Seeing as I, well, not really me, but rather my very “nice” call center alter-ego, Elizabeth, have been called “garbage” by some quasi-person from the middle of nowhere. But perhaps, I should take pity rather than hate the “poor soul” who could not vent somewhere else. I also encountered two exceptionally “thick” personalities (I am practically in “awe” that they can BE that thick and continue to survive!) First, was a man who, no matter how much I modified my explanation about the Default APR, continues to claim that he does not understand! Now I know how talking to a wall, or else a black hole would be like. I spent about 15 minutes (to the detriment of my AHT) trying all manner of what I believe would have been qualified as “layman’s terms”, short of using “stone-age” language. If I could only grab his head and transport the images from my brain to his, like computer data transfer, then I believe we would have understood each other. But sadly, the call ended with him not understanding one iota of the lengthy and vividly described argument I gave him (I try to explain things as short and concise as possible, but when all else fails, I expound further on the subject.) But “astonishingly”, neither tactic worked!  

Second, was a woman whom I spent 20 minutes with going, literally “back and forth” about the terms of her “convenience check”; It is something I have explained a dozen times before, and has been understood right from the very beginning by everyone else! She even accused me of “compounding” things (moi?!) , in the middle of my explanation regarding the computation of the “interest rate” (the rate for the check is 1.99F, and she wanted to write one for $29,925 – we even had a hard time with something as simple as a “one-time” fee of $75.00 for using the check – )