Romantic Ideas

September 26, 2013 at 15:30 (Uncategorized)

For the past year or so I’ve wanted to go to Japan and do a Japanese language course, however, it’s really pricey. So I checked out the numbers for a holiday in Japan and it’s possible on a super strict budget with doing almost nothing cultural. That’s not how I want to explore the country.

But I did find WWOOF. I thought this was a brilliant idea and I should sign up immediately. However, I remembered that I’ve been reading Silver Spoon, and manga life is not real life.

In Silver Spoon farming looks like hard work but it’s a kind of cute hard work – there are no flies, no smell, no noise, no grit in your eyes or ears, no blisters, no bug bites or arachnids. No repetition of daily tasks, nothing boring either. So when I was looking at WWOOF, I was seeing Silver Spoon.

This is not to say that WWOOF is a bad idea, it’s more that I should be looking at WWOOF and not Silver Spoon.

But before any decision is made, I must first see how long my garden enthusiasm lasts 🙂

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Jenova

September 19, 2013 at 15:57 (Uncategorized)

As an ESL teacher, I try to anticipate what aspects of English the students could struggle with. When I plan exercises and look through resources, I think about how I can turn them to the advantage of my current students.

Most of the time I anticipate struggles with some or other grammar concept, or technical words. But what causes the most confusion in my classes isn’t anything to do with English. It’s that I don’t want to be a mother.

About 50% of the time, it’s a cultural thing. It might not be what I agree with but it’s their thing and they’re happy so whatever. But within the ‘great independent women rah rah rah’ sections of the world, the young women I’ve come across in the class are surprisingly closed to the idea that they don’t have to get married and have children. It’s just what you do as a woman. You can do it much later in life, but you will eventually do it.

It’s strange that for all the talk of having choice, a lot of younger people still don’t think it’s possible.

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Choices

September 8, 2013 at 10:46 (Uncategorized)

Sometime L thinks he has a choice in what happens when he’s at my house. On the way home from the aquarium we had the following conversation.

L: What are we doing tomorrow?

Me: Going to the nursery to buy a pot and soil.

L: I don’t want to go.

Me: Oh dear. But you have no choice.

L: I do have a choice.

Me: Nope – you don’t, you’re only six.

The rest of the journey was in silence.

The trip to the nursery ended up being a blip in his morning manga reading. He reads and reread the Kingdom Hearts manga but the thing is… he can’t read at all, he just looks at the pictures.

Yeah, he’s almost finished his first year of school and can’t read basic words.

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All For My Love

September 5, 2013 at 12:17 (Fiction)

All the years of our lives
I searched
I suffered
I waited
You forgot your sacrifice – lost in grief

All the years of my life
Once I failed but swore to succeed
I searched but I could not fine
But I found the one who did

All the years of my life
A charm for my bloodline
It mars my body; the pain
My agony for the future

All the years of my life
First I sought your death
Then I saw the truth in Time
I waited and protected you

We fought for you
We died for you
All for our love

Now he fights for you
You remember the truth
You remember your sacrifice
You see all the love you

All the years of our lives for you

All for my love

All for my love

All for my love

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Rave Master

September 3, 2013 at 16:24 (Uncategorized)

I really can’t make up my mind about Rave Master. For me, it’s not as good as Fairy Tail, but there are some things I really like about it and others not so much. On the whole, I think I would have to say I’m enjoying it but I don’t know if I would be waiting for chapters every week. I think I keep reading because it’s complete and so I can just keep going.

Initially, Musica was a bit weird for me because of Musica and me only every getting bad service from them. But I’ve rather come to like him and his silver abilities.

When it comes to art, I have to keep in mind that Rave Master came before Fairy Tail – FT has much better art (also characters and story).

But still I can’t make up my mind.

EDIT 04.09.13: I actually ended up really enjoying Rave Master. It made me cry in several places – not to say making me cry is an indication of a good manga, but I really felt for some of those characters. And I may have to retract my statement about FT’s story being better – when it comes to story, RM is better. But then FT isn’t done yet…

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Weirdness

September 2, 2013 at 10:58 (Uncategorized)

On Friday I spilt about a mouthful of coke on my laptop. The laptop is fine and working but some of the keys aren’t working anymore so I went and bought a keyboard this morning. It feels really weird to be typing on a keyboard with a keyboard in front of me.

It also sounds exactly like the one I learnt to type on in college. I’ve also had to rearrange my little desk to fit the keyboard and the laptop – it’s going to take some getting used to. I’m especially bummed that I can’t easily type in bed anymore. I’ve written huge amounts of stuff while lying down – it’s great. You’re comfortable, it’s easy and I think up all my best stories when lying down.

I can still read manga in bed so it’s not a total loss 🙂

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