Monday, January 01, 2007

久しぶりですねえ!

LOL @ the comments in my previous post.

Watching "Kohaku Uta Gassen: Red & White Music Special", and reading Hikki's blog. Lots to be done this coming year!~

Monday, June 06, 2005

It's Alive!!!

On 06/03/05, I graduated from college and moved off campus. Unfortunately this means that my old blog's address is now dead. Until I settle down and get a new permanent, static IP, I'll be temporarily using this blogspot space to conduct my usual rants and ramblings. The good part is that you can now, once again, write comments on my entries, as long as you're not anonymous.


Quote of the Day: "My grandpa refuses to use gmail...what's a nig*a to do?" --John Huang CHS '01

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Last Post

Now that I'm back on campus, my blog has moved back to my regular address.
The entries here have been copied there as well.

This will be the last entry on this site. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Back to MIT

Leaving for the airport in 1.5 hours!



Quote of the Day: "Reading these boards is a risk, at least for me. I have a hot temper, and merely seeing some of the things that people say can set me off. Then every little thing for the rest of the day will seem a hundred times worse than it is.

But I find comfort in Eno's replies. When he has time, he seriously smacks some of these people around, in such a swift, subtle way that I'm sure a lot of them don't even realize it until they wake up the next morning and go, "Whoa...did he own me?" And then their Cinnamon Toast Crunch doesn't taste as sweet, and that makes me happy." --WoW beta forums, regarding Rob "Enoyls" Pardo, lead designer

Monday, August 30, 2004

Back in Cali

Watching four movies in a row is the only way to pass the time on a long plane ride!

I started and read up to the most recent 鋼の錬金術師 (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi; Fullmetal Alchemist) manga in two days. Quite good, and I hear the anime diverges from the manga very early on. It's the #1-rated series in Japan this summer and I can see why. I have to download it all when I get back on campus. Meanwhile, the next manga comes out 9/12....curse monthly issues!

I am going to miss living in Japan. I think a summer work-abroad internship is the most ideal scenario....not too short, not too long. Toward the end, I was really starting to feel the grind from the work and especially the ridiculously long commute. I think I could do this for a full year, but I am not sure I'd be able work here for the rest of my life.

Nevertheless, I will miss all the little intricacies that I've gotten used to. The people, the public transportation system, the very urban lifestyle, the music I hear in stores and on TV, the TV shows/anime and commercials, the weekly Jump, the food, the sound of Japanese, ...heck, even the currency. I've gotten used to seeing the quadruple blend of hiragana/katana/kanji/English on signs and buildings in Tokyo....coming back to the States where everything is in English will feel so bland!!!

Here are some of the things I didn't get to do in my 7-week stay:
Did not get to visit Niko/Kamakura/Yasukuni Shrine/Tokyo Bay in the Kanto region.
Did not visit Nara in the Kansai region, and did not see downtown Osaka even though I was technically inside the city while touring Universal Studios.
Did not experience an onsen.
Did not eat sushi (whoah, even I'm surprised!), not even kaiten-sushi.
Did not meet a Japanese girlfriend (not that I was expecting this to actually happen).
Did not climb to the very top of Fuji-san (though at least I attempted it!)

As for the things that I did do...well, that's what the rest of this blog covers!
Indeed, I have learned a lot during these past few weeks, and I am glad that I got to experience this opportunity. Most of all, I've met a ton of people whom I intend to stay in touch with. I have friends in Japan now (not just gaming/internet friends!), and that's a great feeling to have.

One thing's for sure: I haven't had enough, and I will definitely come back again sometime.


Quote of the Day: "My Wife is a Gangster" --title of Korean movie [plot synposis: "A female gang boss is persuaded by her long-lost, dying sister to settle down. She finds that fullfilling her oath is a lot harder than she expected."]

Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Last Days

Damn, these last few days have been hectic.

I gave my final project presentation in front of my group on Friday morning but pulled an all-nighter in the middle of the week to try to wrap everything together. That's right, I stayed in the office all Wednesday night and worked my way straight into and through Thursday! There was an annoying bug that I was trying to solve, and also the task of drafting the final documentation so the rest of my team and future team members can understand what I did and add to it as they see fit.

Friday afternoon felt like graduation!

Saturday, I finally fulfilled one of my trip goals and found and visited a Pokemon Center. I went to the one by Tokyo Station (apparently there are a few scattered around Japan). There was a 30-minute wait in a line winding outside for half a block just to get in; it was nuts! The inside had all the Pokemon merchandise you could ever buy, and they were blasting Pokemon music (BGM melodies from the games)....you can call me lame, but I played the original games and man was it nostalgic. The only thing that was missing was Nurse Joy.

Sunday, I underestimated how much my にもつ would slow me down and made it onto the Narita Express two minutes before it took off from 新宿駅. Holy crap that was close....lesson learned.


Quote of the Day: "First you learn the Japanese language. Then you use it a lot and learn how the Japanese use the language. Then you will start to understand how the Japanese think and what it means to be Japanese." --Hassan Hajji, my mentor at IBM who came to Japan 7 years ago from Morocco without knowing any Japanese

Monday, August 23, 2004

The Last Weekend with Jelani & Liang

stomach infection = lamesauce

English-speaking doctors = 1337sauce

ナルト movie = complete crap

Yokohama ラメン屋 = umai!

Roppongi Hills = 1337sauce

Roppongi @ night = yabai!


Quote of the Day: "ダブルデート!" --Jelani Nelson MIT '05, on being asked to go on a double-date by Manuel Soto MIT '05 with two Japanese girls