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Hong Kong: Return to Motherland

It is hot; almost twice the temperature I had expected it to be here in Hong Kong. This, frankly, unwelcoming weather, coupled with the humidity and air pollution made for a rather unsatisfying experience as I set foot outside the airport. Speaking of which, the airport which is ranked overall amongst the top of the world’s airports by Forbes and many other random surveys… perhaps the consensus is that it is the world’s ‘best’ airport, I don’t remember. I wouldn’t doubt it, seeing that it was quite remarkable- clean and expansive.Five years ago I came to my motherland for the first time and my memory of that is hazy to say the least, but I remember that there were guards on post and patrol, armed with riot gear and submachine guns amidst all the fears escalating in those times. Glad that that was not the case this time ^^”

Despite everything, this is a nice city though

…but for now, time to rewind a bit.

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August Log

August is over, a lot faster than I had imagined. It has been a big month, both for me and in general it seems. Anyone who reads or watches the news, or uses Twitter, would know many things that have happened within the past few weeks. For example, Steve Jobs has officially stepped down from his CEO position, ‘Tabco”s announcement was sadly anticlimatic for me, and HP has announced plans to abandon plans in regards to webOS. There are many opinions and articles about both of these subjects so I need not dwell. All there is to say really, is that fan or not, Steve Jobs was an amazing man who ought to be admired for his passion and his role in influencing consumer technology in the recent years. And, HP? Well, all I can say is I am glad to be lucky enough to get my hands on one of the firesale HP Touchpads from Harvey Norman. Even without any intention to purchase a tablet anytime soon, $148 was too good to let go. So here I find myself at the end of August, $148 poorer than expected, eighteen years old and nearing the end of my highschool life.

Firstly, just a small update about the direction of this blog. For the time this site has been up,  it’s direction has been ambiguous, not entirely fitting into a set category. But hey, it’s a blog and I guess, that ambiguity is essentially me. Part film and anime review, part fanboying, part diary-like…but all me. However, now I have things a bit cleared up. Initially, I had tried to do many things on this site ranging from weekly anime coverage and opinions, to daily blogging. Unfortunately, neither were quite feasible considering school commitments and my lazy habits. Additionally my reluctance in sharing too many things regarding my personal life here has restricted my topic choice. Now, I’m thinking is a time for a bit of change. I’m not saying that I will now turn this blog into a dark place filled with angsty feelings and pollute it with needless emotion, rather I will attempt to share from a wider range of topics. But why? I have plans on relocating all my anime, music and tech talk to another website instead of cluttering up a single blog into a complex mix of everything. Hopefully that site will be up soon, so that I can pour out all my fabulous intellectual insights into geekery that I’m sure the internet is yearning for! In all seriousness, ideas are being thrown around between myself and some other buddies for a more structured approach to tech/anime blogging. That will leave this blog being what I had always wanted it to be: simple, clean and with a clear direction. A better personal blog.

Moving on.

I had stated that this month has been a busy one for me personally as well. I have ceased working both my casual jobs for the time being, so the root of all evil does not lie there, but in the cause of that. Namely, exams. My second last set of exams in my remaining highschool life has ended, and the results have also returned. The results were alright (will talk more about that later).

To be honest, I am writing this post with the assistance of my calendar (note: on the Touchpad, which has a pretty good Calendar application with Google and Facebook integration). It seems that the exams have eaten up half of my busy August! The next big thing about August would be the amount of birthdays to be celebrated within it; my father’s, several of my friend’s and even my own. Even several of my relatives overseas had their day of birth in this month, but unfortunately all I could do for them was a lovely Facebook wall post. Many Facebook wall posts also had to be written for all those peers and acquaintances, and acquaintances of acquaintances who happened to be born in this month. In the end, this was mainly a big month because of my friends and I turning 18 years old, which in Australian society signifies recognition as a legal adult. This means marriage without parental consent, smoking, gambling, drinking, admission into all those exciting clubs/bars/casinos,  personally signing contracts, having a Passport with double validity than the minor’s one, getting credit cards, PayPal, eBay and voting, amongst other things. So, naturally, I celebrated my birthday (and also the end of the exam period) by going out with some friends. It was a shame though that most of my closest were not able to attend either because they weren’t allowed out, or that they are younger than me ^^” Nonetheless, I had a spectacular night out eating and drinking (responsibly) with a few friends along with with my cousins and brother. Very glad to have such people there to celebrate with me ^^ I also got my I.D. checked by the cashier at the bottle-shop, which was just so thrilling, having a cheery ‘Happy birthday mate!’.

All good things come to an end, and indeed, after a night out which was lots of fun, it was back to school and receiving our exam marks. These were some pretty important tests, which in the end worked to solidify our rankings within the school cohort. These rankings are worth half of our final university entrance assessment, the other half being the marks we achieve on the days of the actual exams which will be in October and November. In the end, the result will only be significant for those planning on going to university, and even beyond tertiary study people will care more about experiences rather than a number given at the end of highschool life. With that in mind, I do as best I can (somewhat lazily), but also seek to work outside of the boundaries. If there are any opportunities to experience more, I will take them ^^

Yes, I do intend to and desire to enter university next year, and now, my mind is pretty set on a course I want to do. Well, only as certain as it can be at this point in time… Like most children, adolescents and even those already in the workforce, my mind has changed a multitude of times in regards to what I want to do in my lifespan. Careers that have intrigued me have ranged, often at polar opposites; for example a career in the games/animated film industry, a psychologist, architecture and even being a musician. None of these have been completely discarded from my interest, but some are distant dreams or will remain mere interests, perhaps something I will read in a magazine or watch in documentaries. Music though, will be something I plan to hold onto quite seriously for some time. As for the course I have now set my sights on, Industrial design, came across while I was thinking about architecture, which was what I had become increasingly interested in over the past few years. I had studied basic Graphics Technology (i.e. technical drawing) in junior high school, and I think short course was enough to plant a seed. As a child, I had always loved drawing, but mainly of the comic variety; monsters, aliens, robots, gore. However, something that remained a constant feature in what I aimed for artistically was realistic accuracy and attention to fine detail. This ultimately was not suitable for my pursuit of drawing comics/manga. I love simplicity, yet with a sense of detail and sophistication. While that sounds ridiculously pretentious, I can’t think of any other way to put it ><” I love comics that perhaps have simple characters, but amazingly precise backgrounds, artworks and photographs of high-rise cities with details in buildings’ windows, cars on the streets. I seem to have gone on for a bit :P After visiting university open days, I have a better idea and sense of direction now, but in the end, I just hope I find something that suits me :)

This month, I also attended our school’s ‘Dance Party’ for the first, and last time in the 6 years I’ve been at highschool. I figured that since school life is ending, I might as well show some positive school spirit. Each term there is a dance party, each themed quite well and distinct. On that night, the theme was chosen as the era of the 1990′s, which led to my friend and I dressing as the Men In Black. Suitable, because we both like wearing suits. The culture at these dance parties is often for people to create and design their own costumes, for example, other more creative and interesting costumes included The Wiggles, Pokemon, Backstreet Boys, Age of Empires. Overall, it was alright, the atmosphere was energetic and everybody was enjoying themselves. It was just what I had expected before we entered, which is both good and not so good. Perhaps I was not in the mood, or quite likely I prefer a quieter atmosphere, so it was only ‘okay’ for me, and not ‘legendary…best evar’.

Speaking of quieter atmospheres, seeing as I’m a responsible adult now, I think I shall scout around the city’s nightlife, in particular bars. Searching for a place to relax and maybe have a drink should be exciting :D Damn, it seems it is no longer August in Australia T^T

Until next time, ciao

 

The Wacom Inkling

Just a quick link in regards to art/design:  http://www.wacom.eu/index2.asp?pid=9226&lang=en (Thanks Roger for sharing!) Price is a bit steep…but might come in handy!

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July Log

A month or so has passed, and now I am finally blogging again. Failing to do so in the school holidays and leaving it until now was probably not the best idea, but on a Friday night at home there’s not much else to do. Actually, I’ll take that back. I have a plethora of things on my agenda, things both constructive and others procrastination in its purest form. I have Korean Drama to watch, anime to catch up on, music compositions to complete and etcetera. I could even read a book, or study for those final tests approaching ever so quickly. However, with all this time I do not feel like doing any of them, always thinking “I have tomorrow!” (I don’t have a shift tomorrow, so I have an empty Saturday for the first time in awhile). So now, I shall blog.

Some movies I’ve watched since last time:

  • Taxi Driver (old movie starring Robert De Niro, directed by Scorcesse): 9/10 Entertaining, well played.
  • True Grit (Coen brothers): 7.5/10 Simple story, very well executed
  • Super 8 (JJ Abrams, Speilberg alien flick): 8.5/10 A fresher take on alien flicks, I loved seeing it from a child’s perspective. Enjoyable script.

This post, finally following the format of a ‘Log’ as the name of my website ought to suggest, will do just that; provide a summation of my experiences since the last post until now. I will do that to the best of my memory, hopefully with photos (just phone shots, so don’t expect the best quality)  to make things more colourful and exciting ^^

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I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Exhibition/Show, which was a fairly spontaneous decision. Tagged along with a couple of friends, and unfortunately none of us cosplayed. I went in there planning not to spend much money. The atmosphere was brilliant, fans of all different things all together in one big happy display of geekery and consumerism! Support our economy by purchasing goods at higher prices than available online! Highlights for me were failing at Dance Dance Revolution, and getting the autograph of the seiyuu of Asuka Langley of Evangelion fame, Yuko Miyamura!

Below are just a few quick shots I took with my phone, so do excuse the blurry outcome. Here we have the ‘Black Beauty’ from the film The Green Hornet, which quite frankly was not very good. Despite that, I did manage to sit through it twice without either dozing off or getting annoyed at how cliché/cheesy it was. This was most likely due to my bias for Jay Chou, who I thought managed to do quite well. This overall pathetic film was the debut for the Taiwanese singer, composer, director and actor into Hollywood. I hope he has a brighter future in Hollywood! Be sure to check out…

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June Log

Once again it’s been awhile since my last blog post, and that’s probably because there’s not much to say… Been busy studying; school life is detrimental for blogging! At the moment I am posting on my new Samsung Omnia 7, using the Worpress app which works quite well so far. One downside I have noticed though is the lack of landscape support, which would probably make typing a bit more comfortable. A little hiccup, but it would be nice to see it supported in future updates. Back on general, I love Windows Phone 7, as does my good pal Roger who recently got a HTC Mozart. The UI is definitely a driving power behind this young mobile OS. Perhaps we also adore it because it makes us indie…? ^^” probably being the only ones in our entire school sporting WP7 devices, perhaps there is a subconscious desire to stand out from the crowd of iPhones and HTC Android devices which are dominating the market in our school.

If I was posting on my computer (which I am actually sitting in front of already), this post would have been done already >.< but I think I’ll put up with cramping hands for this post. So regarding ‘updates‘ I have made, I have changed my web Twitter background and avatar, hopefully to make it a bit more appealing aesthetically for those who haven’t adopted use of a client such as Tweetdeck. Secondly, I have installed WPTouch for this blog, allowing a mobile theme. A bit of a hassle in the process was the lack of WP7 support. Clearly, this plugin was tailored for the masses; i.e. iPhone users, so in order to get WP7 support I had to resort to Google. Android support should be in by default (haven’t tested). Also back on Twitter, I’m curiously looking forward to how many more will start using it post-iOS 5… I wonder if I’ll see twitter haters with a sudden change of heart ^^”

*update* The blog’s comment system is now powered by DISQUS

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And there goes my battery, have to go plug in now… (left it at halfway yesterday, didn’t charge)

Regarding anime, I have finally finished Ore no Imouto… and Level E. Both are great comedies :D also starting to catch up on Gosick. Starting to watch anime again after a little drought, I have finally dropped my habit of ridiclously following too many series, like 10+. Now I stick with one or two :] Also I finished Dream High, which I absolutely loved. Will definitely rewatch it!

In regards to music, my Last.fm profile will demonstrate how much my listening habits have changed. With SNSD and BigBang possessing my day-to-day listening, my metal had to suffer. However, my love is still true and strong and I am keen for Blind Guardian‘s show at The Factory Theatre in late September! On the other hand, I am quite upset with the age limit on Periphery and TesseracT‘s tour…so close to my 18th that it hurts :’(

Time to get back to my life as a student…

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*update from PC* added some photos ^^

This Season…

It has been a ridiculous amount of time since my last post here, but I guess that was inevitable with a tough year of my studies. As a result of this, I will not be covering any anime this season…In fact I haven’t watched a single episode of anime in over a month, which is quite disappointing T__T

You might be thinking, “it’s the school holidays now…watch some damn anime.” but you’d have to say “stop socializing and don’t start playing CounterStrike again…watch some damn anime!” to be more concise :P

Finally finished watching Boys Over Flowers though, after a month long halt… (I forgot how cute Ga Eul is!) :) I think I’m becoming a sucker for cute romance dramas haha….

 

What else did I do…well, my Omnivium by Obscura vinyl record finally arrived :D Looking for some storage options now, but these are way too expensive :S

Pretty much, I’ve been going out or working everyday which is a change for me. Past holidays comprised only of one or two outings per week and a healthy dose of anime. At least I’m still watching a lot of movies :)

 

Paul: 8/10 (some really funny stuff, kinda immature though)
Suckerpunch: 6/10 (bad movie, all it is is eyecandy. Take that as you will)
Battle Los Angeles: 6/10 (non-stop action is good if you’re in the right mood)

またね~

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