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April 18th, 2010 (10:58 am)

So, it's totally going to be a youtube post again.

The 2 songs I am currently obsessed with:

Train - Hey, Soul Sister <--am I kinda late on this song? I only heard it for the first time a couple of days ago...

I was kind of surprised to find out that they were the band behind "Meet Virginia" etc. I knew their name sounded familiar. I really hated that song. (It's on the same par with Counting Crows' "A Long December." These two songs the radios overplayed.) Train really changed their sound with this new(?) song. 

I am a sucker for covers. I especially love this one:

Song #2: Nikki and Rich - The Next Best Thing (There's an annoying 30sec intro that you can skip over.)

In other media-related news, I discovered pandora.tv a month ago and am hooked. I'm currently watching リンカーン. I especially love ダウンタウン and さまぁ〜ず. (On a side note--I can seem to type small あs on the MacBook. I had to manually input it from special characters. Why??)

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October 24th, 2009 (07:30 pm)

omg I can't stop listening to this cover of "Empire State of Mind":

Isn't it good?? not perfect, but still. I like the high-five.

The original is good too (if you haven't heard it):

Another cover I like: (Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat)

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June 27th, 2008 (01:57 am)

oh yeah, so did Jenny from the movie "Forrest Gump" die of AIDS? I just learned that today. Did I just miss a really big point? I don't think they ever said it outright in the movie...

Alternate Universe

June 27th, 2008 (12:20 am)

Other than Japanese, the workers at the restaurant are Nepalese, Tibetan, Mexican, and Chinese. They all know select phrases in Japanese and some are even fluent (some of the Chinese workers and one Mexican worker, almost). It's really cool hearing these other workers (all of whom came from these different countries and whose native language isn't English) speaking Japanese. It was sooo cute when this one Mexican worker yelled "chotto matte!" ("wait a minute!") to the kitchen people downstairs.

Also, one phrase that a lot of people at work seem to know is "sasuga" (means something like "wow, good job knowing/doing that.") It's so funny because out of nowhere I'll hear "sasuga" (said with emphasis on the "sa" so it's like "sa-suga") and sometimes it'll be really out of context.

And because everyone's native language isn't English, sometimes I'll mis-hear (misshear?) what they say. This one guy was telling me his name and it sounded like "Monkey." But he was actually saying "Michael" haha.

At work, I'm learning bits of Nepali, Tibetan, Chinese, and Spanish (practicing more like). So, adding to select phrases I know in Korean, Hindi, Thai, German (doesn't really count), Russian (doesn't really count either), French (nor this), and Ethiopian, that's 11 languages in which I can say a few phrases! (13 if I count Japanese and English haha.) So cool...

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June 24th, 2008 (12:26 am)

sooo cool.

Today director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) was at the restaurant. He smiled back when I said thank you! Garfunkel (of Simon & Garfunkel) has been at the restaurant twice already (maybe not as cool).

Plus, apparently Denzel Washington sat at the sushi bar 5 years ago, as did Tom Hanks and another guy another time. The head waiter guy said that Denzel Washington was very 'sexy' and that Tom Hanks had a warito big head haha. How cool is that?

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June 18th, 2008 (01:57 am)

This is just an entry to note that I've become a really big small-liar since coming to New York.

Like, no one at the sushi restaurant knows I'm a vegetarian. When applying for the job, I told the manager that I really like sushi (I thought I had to say that in order to get hired. Plus, it's not like I volunteered that info; the manager asked me. When the head waiter that I'm training under asked me the same question, I made sure to say "yeah, I used to really like sushi" but I'm not sure he caught on to the past-tense (it was in Japanese so it was like quickly saying 「はい、お寿司はとても好きでした」 vs ’「はい、お寿司はとても好きです」)).

Anyway, when I was just picking out the red/green peppers out of my dinner today one of my co-workers asked me about it so I just said, "yeah, I'm trying not to eat meat..." which isn't exactly telling the truth haha. I don't know how I'm supposed to break it to them; maybe just say, "I decided to become vegetarian recently!" (although that's still a lie bc I've been a vegetarian for longer).

Also, I kind of made friends (but maybe not) with this Japanese artist guy who I met through trying to find a room in NY. I didn't end up living at his place but when I mentioned I live near him (I really do, it's like a 5 min walk) he was like, "where?" So I said it was near the station that's one stop further away from my actual station stop, just to be on the safe side. When we met up, he asked more questions about it, like which side of the stop I lived on, etc., to which I responded with vague details. He proceeded to ask me more questions about where I lived (not like a weird stalker-ish thing, but more like an "oh, so it's near ___! yeah, I know that place" etc bond-ment, you know?), like what avenue and street...but since I actually don't know the area around the stop I mentioned, I had to lie again and be like, "actually, I'm really horrible at these kinds of things. I don't look at street signs and I'm prone to become lost a lot" etc. <--of course when I said it, it was more believable than that, but still. I mean, I totally know the streets and avenues around where I live now.

Anyway, there have been other lies like telling my current roommate over email that I'm a non-smoker and pretty neat (it was basically a cut-and-paste email I sent to all these room ads and I wanted to sound as appealing as possible, plus a lot of places mentioned that they were looking for a non-smoker so it was just easier to include that  in all the emails). It's a half-lie, but still...

It's hard lying because you have to tell other lies to make the first lie make sense.

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March 20th, 2008 (04:48 pm)

Wow...so, the cost of attendance (including tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, transportation) for one year at Parsons is $53,954. Is that crazy or what?? (I know I should've kept that more in mind in the beginning but I was more focused on tuition etc, plus I was just like, "I'll take out loans in the worst case...it's all for my dream!!" Anyway, I found out rather late (I guess because I'm not great at communicating with my dad these days and the letter had gone to his house) that I got accepted to the Parsons Associates Degree Program. It's not as great a thing as actually getting into the 4-year program at Parsons (because to apply to the Associates Degree thing I only needed to send in a collage and an essay, whereas for the 4-year programs at Parsons you need to send in your portfolio, etc) (but anyway, I didn't apply to the 4-year program).

So...even with some of the scholarships I'll be receiving, I don't think I want to make that big of a financial committment to Parsons. Plus even with my "I'll work a few years to save money" plan...it's still a lot of money. And a lot of years.

Haha so after seeing that number (this afternoon), the reality hit me. So I need to consider FIT more thoroughly. I knowwww I should've done my homework and researched it but I was: a) kind of being lazy; 2) (<--does anyone remember Buzz from Home Alone doing this??? I think he started listing out reasons why Kevin was annoying (or something) and began with "a)" and then switched to "2)" etc. I don't think I noticed it until I saw Home Alone again in my later years.) So anyway: 2) kiiind of against FIT because Parsons was known as the more "designer's school" and FIT was known more as the "construction school." Like, people at Parsons were more creative etc. Butttt...now that I am pinning my hopes on FIT (it's a lot cheaper, plus, if you're a resident in NY you can get an in-state tuition which knocks down the price even more) what I can say is--creative people will be creative no matter where they get an education. So, I'll just have to try my hardest to be creative, etc etc etc while at FIT (if I get in, that is. The deadline is early April and I haven't turned in my application yet hahaha.)

This quick(ish) decision led me to buying tickets to go to NYC tomorrow to visit FIT (I know I should've done this so long ago but I guess I wasn't really considering it as an option?) to find out more about it. Tomorrow will be 8+ hours in the bus (because I'm coming back the same day) and 5ish hours in the city. Kind of mendokusai but what can you do.

Anyway, hopefully this works out. I'm seeing more of a plan, which is good.

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March 7th, 2008 (05:13 pm)

Haha it's so funny. In the end, just one other person showed up. The 4th member emailed me and said he was planning to drop the class. The guy who suggested meeting on Friday didn't show up or email. But hey, at least that one person showed up and we planned out what to do.

Anyway, yesterday I was just fooling around on Wikipedia and stumbled upon several articles on yakuzas. (I was directed there because I was reading about the Great Hanshin Earthquake and the article mentioned that the yakuza helped in the relief effort. Kind of cute, right?)

I didn't really know much about yakuzas. Here's something from Wikipedia that was kind of gross:

  • Yakuza in prison sometime perform pearlings: for each year spent in prison one pearl is inserted under the skin of the penis. 
ughhh right?

But then there were some cute things too:
  • [Kazuo Taoka] had survived a 1978 assassination attempt when he was shot in the back of the neck by a member of the Matsude-gumi (松田組), a rival gang to the Yamaguchi-gumi, during a limbo dance exhibition.
like aww...he was at a limbo dance exhibition!?!? Since he was born in 1913 he would have been 65. Isn't that so cute? Also:
  • Shinoda is the first Yamaguchi-gumi kumicho not to hail from the Kansai region. He also eschews the "supreme Godfather" image, in public at least: after his appointment as kumicho, he insisted on taking the train to his induction ceremony instead of a chauffeured limousine. He also reportedly stopped in a street ramen noodle restaurant on the way to the lavish yakuza banquet arranged in his honor.
The train thing and ramen thing. He would have been 63 and taking the train....that's also kind of cute, right? Maybe he fumbled around for his ticket at the gate or maybe someone fell asleep awkwardly on his shoulder when he was taking the train.


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March 7th, 2008 (02:44 am)

Yay I'm finally cleaning my room! Exceppppt, I like to get EVERYTHING clean so my room ends up messier than it began so I can reorganize stuff. I should hurry up though because I want to rearrange the furniture. I'm tired of having my desk placed where people can immediately see it if the door is open--know what I mean?

This is kind of stupid but I'm slightly nervous about tomorrow. Why? Well, I was put into a group for a project and I met with 2 of the 3 other members. And even though we'd more or less divided up the work we were going to do on Monday (the day of the class), one of the members wanted to meet on Friday. I don't know, I guess to work out more details or something? Anyway, since I'd collected everyone's emails I sent out an email on Wednesday saying "so is 3:30PM good to meet on Friday?"....but no one responded. So on Thursday night (tonight) I rashly sent out out an email saying "ok no one responded but I'm assuming everyone's going to make it...let's meet at XXX and here's my number."

Hahaha so....I hope at least one other person shows up. It would've been such a waste of time plus a bit embarrassing, you know? Especially the follow up email: "ok...so no one actually showed up. Should we just discuss this over email then?" And it's annoying too because it wasn't my idea to meet up, but now it sounds like I'm orchestrating the whole thing. The guy who suggested meeting up on Friday better show up....

Most of these songs are old

March 3rd, 2008 (01:22 am)

This is the song that I've been playing a lot recently via youtube (because I haven't been dLing anything these days):

Spitz - Robinson
I especially like the part where he goes "ooh la la." It's a nice relaxing song.

The next 2 songs I listened to a lot during winter. These are also very chill songs:

Love Psychedelico - Fantastic World
Haha I first heard this song when my brother's girlfriend(??) sang it at karaoke. I fell in love with the song immediately!

UA - Milk Tea
Haha I also heard this first when some talento(?) sang this on TV in Japan. Another instant-love song.

Lastly, here is the song that will never be:
(My dream showcase that never happened haha.)

I know it's been a while since the last post but um I've been well. A little stressed these days maybe. Man I would love to have the superpower of stopping time...

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