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Friday, March 11th, 2011
9:49 pm
Just in case people are wondering: My family and I are safe here in Tokyo. We're a bit far from Tokyo Bay, so will not be affected by tsunami. There's still a lot of aftershocks. Hopefully, there'll nothing as strong as this afternoon's.

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
9:54 am - Snupin Santa
The ball has started rolling for this year's Snupin Santa. Last year, I couldn't participate since I was writing my dissertation (writing Snupin would have been so much more fun than at about tomato QTLs). I said then that I'm going to participate this year, but.... we are expecting a baby at the end of October! So, no Snupin Santa for me this year. I'll just wait in anticipation and enjoy the Snupin goodness in December.

Good luck to the participants! To those who are having second-thoughts, join. It's fun and the participants and mods are great. :D

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Monday, November 30th, 2009
4:46 pm - 5 years!
Happy anniversary to me!!!

I'm now 5 years old in LJ this month. I joined LJ for the sole purpose of joining the Lupin_Snape community. It's too bad that I'm not that active in LJ any more, but I tend to think of IJ as a continuation of my time in LJ.

I just want to say that the time I have spent with the Lupin_Snape has been wonderful. I've not been in a lot of fandoms, but I think not all fandoms have this dedication and great people in it. I really appreciate the efforts of the mod, the writers, the artists and the cheerleaders who keep the ship going. It's funny that when I first joined the community, I was writing my MS thesis and bored out of my mind. Now, I'm writing my PhD thesis (and still trying to keep myself from getting bored with all the writing). The L/S community offered me comfort then and it is offering me comfort now (and a lot of time-consuming distractions). I hope next year I can participate in Snupin Santa again since, hopefully, there'll be less RL writing then.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2009
4:00 pm - Happy New Year
To those of us Snupin shippers here in Japan:


Keep the Snupin love flowing this year and the years to come.

current mood: good

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
4:19 pm - SnuSa!!!
I've gone to university quite distracted these past two days. Snupin Santa has started and it started with a bang! I love this community.

Cheers to osmalic for receiving such a great gift.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008
4:12 pm - green and yellow, eh?
Your rainbow is strongly shaded yellow and green.


What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. You're good at getting people to like you. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
9:53 am - SnuSa
I'm getting worried about my SnuSa contribution. I'll be done hopefully this weekend. Getting a beta might be a problem, though, at such short notice. Practically everyone I know in the fandom is participating, so they might also be busy with their own works.

ummm... help anyone?

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Friday, September 19th, 2008
11:48 am

My Indian name is She-who-swims-upstream.
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Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
7:19 pm - HP movie 6
I've been so out of touch with the actual Harry Potter fandom (in contrast with all the lurking I've been doing in Snupindom) that I didn't realize that the 6th movie is coming out this November. Yay!!!!! *does a silly jig* And the great news is that it's coming out here in Japan at the same as the rest of the world!!! It'll be out on 21 November and I will, of course, drag my rather reluctant hubby to the movie.'s date counter says 113 days before roadshow.
The tease trailer also just came out.

current mood: ecstatic

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Monday, May 12th, 2008
1:45 am - L'Arc-en-ciel in Paris
This is a good account of L'Arc's concert in France. The concert didn't seem sold out, but the audience reception was very warm. According to the above site, in the news segment featuring the concert, the newscaster said that L'Arc dreamed of (having) Tokio Hotel's fame and that they are not far off. I don't know how accurate the translation is, but I feel funny about L'Arc being compared to Tokio Hotel. I would think it's the other way around. L'Arc has been around for 15 years, has produced 11 albums (my music library says 140 songs) and has a considerable fan base in Japan and other countries. I think Tokio Hotel is talented and has great potential, but they still have to prove if they have lasting power. They're young, so we wait and see.

Back to that news segment: I found it hilarious to see that group of European fans singing a L'Arc song in Japanese while a Japanese girl bemusedly takes a video of them.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
12:06 am - androgynous frontmen, anyone?
We're going to another L'Arc-en-ciel concert at the end the month. It's going to be in Tokyo Dome. I'm excited but I have one regret: we should have gotten tickets for June 1st because we're having some conflicts with activities in our respective Filipino and German scholars organizations. Oh, well.... shikata ga nai.

Thinking about L'Arc made me check out the German band Tokio Hotel.
Bill reminds me of hyde because the're both pretty, androgynous-looking frontmen. I found out from the husband that it's considered a novelty to have an androgynous-looking frontman in Germany. Here in Japan, it's almost a requirement. Tells you something about the level of machismo in both countries. Well, I hope Tokio hotel keeps up with their work and not end up something like a one-song wonder.

Just a preview of their short visit in Canada and the States:

Of course, I have to plug in L'Arc. They did one concert in Paris last May 9. Below is the promotion for the current tour.

I actually don't have any albums of Tokio Hotel, so I guess it's time to dig them up in Amazon. It'd be nice to get the 2 German albums and the English one.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
11:10 am - Spring
Last Friday, I finally got my Star Trek: The Next Generation complete DVD set. I got the 20th anniversary edition. A lot of people weren't too happy with the packaging, but I don't mind too much. I'm just happy that the case wasn't broken (I bought it from US Amazon) and it doesn't take up a lot of space. We're having serious space problems in our apartment now. This is one of the big disadvantages of living in Tokyo.

We also got the Easter package from hubby's mom. It's late because the post took their time and Easter was early this year. Inside were bags of sweets, chocolate eggs, dyes for coloring eggs, a bag of grass seeds for making your own Easter nest and chocolate-covered marzipan. Yey! All those sugar is bad for our teeth (and weight), but Emm is the best.

Saturday was spent shopping. Hubby needed a new pair of hiking boots, so we went somewhere near Akihabara. There's a street there filled with sporting goods stores. He took his time choosing and he finally decided on a slightly expensive pair of mountain shoes. They look indestructible. I wanted to buy some hiking pants for myself, but they were too expensive...

We had some time left, so we walked to Akihabara and went inside this 5-floor building full of stores selling toys. Toys range from Hollywood movies dolls to anime models or figures. We ended up with a Gundam model that you have to assemble yourself (Gundam Seed's Strike Freedom), a Nadia (from Blue Water?) figure, a Sesshoumaru figure, a Snoopy and Woodstock figure, and a Silver Tachikoma with the Chief. We also got a small poster of Kusagi Motoko (the Major of GIST). They had a small Stand Alone Complex Fair, though I wouldn't call it one. It seemed that new toys just came out for the series.

Afterwards, we went looking for an ATM and ended near Ueno, so we decided we might as well walk around. After dinner, we found out the toy store near the station actually have 6 floors and a basement. We went to the topmost floor and it was filled with toy models for assembly. Of course, we ended up with another Gundam, but the SD version (it looked so cute!) and a 1/350 model of Matsumoto castle (we really should set a time to visit that castle). I'll take pictures of them when they're assembled. The Gundams don't need glue, but the castle does. We vowed that we'll visit that shop again before we leave Japan permanently.

Sunday was a day trip to Hakone by car. We were joined by Hasegawa-san, Nii-san and Kamimura-sensei. What can I say: we visited a volcanic vent where you can buy boiled eggs turned black by the hot sulfurous water, a nice lake - Ashinoko, and Hakone temple; we walked through the old paved road that connects Tokyo and Kyoto in the Edo period, went through an avenue of centuries-old cedar trees, and visited the reconstructed Hakone checkpoint; finally, we went bathing in an onsen (hot spring). Lunch was courtesy of sensei, who prepared a bento. Dinner was in a soba shop. We were crowded in the little car, but it was fun. There were still cherry blossoms in the mountains and day was really clear and warm.

Last night, we invited Jorg to our home to eat the ham and sausages we got in Hakone. He wasn't able to join us last Sunday and he will be soon out of Japan for almost 2 weeks. We had white sausage with sweet mustard, smoked ham, sausage with pepper, Parmesan cheese, olives, pickles and buttered potatoes. Jorg brought dark bread, Dutch stollen and beer from Kyoto. Dessert was vanilla pudding and strawberries, and Nihoujicha (Japanese roasted tea) for the end.

Life is good right now. I wish I don't have to work on an experiment again.

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008
5:29 pm - personality test
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

I am so boring...

Hubby, though, is a
ESTP - "Promotor". Action! When present, things begin to happen. Fiercely competitive. Entrepreneur. Often uses shock effect to get attention. Negotiator par excellence. 4.3% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

At least, I think we complement each other. :D

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Friday, March 14th, 2008
11:20 am
These past few days I have been waking up with scenes from Deathly Hallows in my head. It's making me restless, wanting to read more Snupin, re-read DH, watch the last HP movie or just plain talk to some Snupin fans. I don't really want to open my DH book. I feel more like doing what I did with HBP: input Snupin-flavored thoughts in Remus in all of his scenes. Maybe I can do that again. Does anyone have an electronic copy of DH?

What I miss most about being in Manila was the presence of friends that are HP fanatics and movie addicts who are willing to go on short-hand notice to the movies. Here in Tokyo, the cinema is expensive and I have only my hubby to drag. I want to watch the last HP film again and I have the DVD, but nobody to watch it with. *sigh* Hubby draws the line on what he calls stupid Harry Potter; he likes the other characters and the world itself, but loathes Harry enough not to be enthusiastic to watch the film again.

I was wondering if there's enough Snupin shippers in Japan to merit a meet-up or if they want to meet. Anyone around here who wants to do that besides me?

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008
11:10 am
Yesterday was the first big snow in Tokyo. Yehey!!! I love snow, though only when it's fresh. The snow didn't stay long because by the afternoon, it rained. Still, it was my first time to see snow in Tokyo.

It's quite unbelievable to hear that Heath Ledger is dead. He was one of those few who chose roles that were unexpected of him and got better for it. I remember him most, of course, with Brokeback Mountain because a friend came out after watching that film with me. We were ambush interviewed for the film and my segment came out in the evening news a few days after. I didn't see it, though.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2008
1:42 am
We had a great day today. We were invited for cheese and chocolate fondue in AH's place. It's the first time we visited his place (he just moved in into that apartment). We had a lot fun talking and teasing AH's girlfriend about AH getting a Totoro carpet.

On the way home, HB and I were talking about the coming wedding, politics in Europe, etc. when we passed by this house in the neighborhood who has a dog that I think is maltreated. The dog was outside, in front of the door, chained. It has food, water and a thick blanket on the pavement. Maybe it's basic needs are taken cared off, but the dog looks miserable and is too thin. One can see that the owners don't pay proper attention to it. We pass this way often and we always see the dog chained outside in the street, sometimes barking in misery. It isn't right to keep a dog chained all the time. Some people are just not meant to take care of other living creatures. They should just give up the dog if they couldn't care for it properly. If we could do something for the dog, we would have talked to the owners. But Tokyo is not a place to have dogs, with the small houses and busy lifestyles, and our situation is just that.

It was upsetting seeing the dog. I almost wish I could throw a big stone at the house, destroy a window or the car and leave a big note saying how horrible they're treating their dog.

current mood: pissed off

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
4:23 pm - merry christmas
Merry Christmas to everyone!

Christmas this year is not very eventful. Both of us sort of miss home, especially HB. There's perfect ice in their lake and enough snow in the mountains to go sledding. I've never done any of those, though there are advantages to Christmas in the tropics. One, it's not cold and two, one can go the beach. Of course, a little unconventional compared to the western Christmas, but I'd like to see some real sun and dive into some warm waters.

In in Tokyo, we mostly spent the days before the 25th going to Roppongi Hills, looking at the illumination, drinking gluehwein and eating sausages in the German x'mas market, and watching movies. We had a wonderful time on the 23rd evening with most of our friends (their respective girlfriends) with us. We're also playing matchmaker on Nii. Hopefully, it ends into something.

Today, however, was not a good day. I got the flu. I started coughing a little yesterday and now, I'm running a low fever, a headache and a really scratchy throat. HB has been wonderful, helping me with my plants and making sure that I'm warm enough.

I've always wondered why a lot of people hate going home for the holidays and holidays stays seem to often end up in fights and arguments. Or if there are no fights, everyone is trying so hard to be cheerful that one's teeth ache. I guess it just depends on the family and the individuals. When I go home, I'm just grateful that we are all together, that everyone is healthy, that we have money to buy special meals and, of course, for the vacation time. :D

Well, wherever you are, have a warm and fun Holiday.

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Friday, December 7th, 2007
11:30 pm
I was starting to worry that DH had killed the Snupin ship when the few fanfic that came out after July was almost completely smutless. But now, looking at snupin santa and individual outpourings of Snupin love, I can't help but feel relieved and SQUEEEE!!!!! at every SS/RL fanfic that shows a rating of R or NC17. Life is good right now.

Have a Merry Snupiny Christmas everyone.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007
1:37 pm
Nothing much happening here, just lots of work. I have to start another experiment which entails growing almost 1400 tomato plants. I have the greenhouse to myself.

On the other hand, I have been amusing myself while HB was away in Paris for a conference and a short stint in Munich for a presentation by reading Bleach fanfiction. I've found some wonderful, well-written ones in I don't hold that site too much for quality but there are gems if one just tries looking hard enough and is willing to read through some I would say in Japanese "chotto".

Currently, I'm shipping:

Just authors I liked:
(She issued a Shunsui/Nanao challenge; check her community)

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
11:10 pm - Neil Gaiman in Tokyo
Neil Gaiman was in Tokyo the past few days (perhaps flying to London today or tomorrow). He held a signing session last Friday (Sept. 21) and the location was quite near to the university. I was excited about having a previously signed book (Neverwhere) signed again. Unfortunately, things didn't work out as I planned.

We had already planned to join the Butterbrot und Bier program in DAAD for Friday evening. We thought that we could leave a little early and try to catch Neil in the signing session. Uncharacteristically, the German program was running AN HOUR late. I blame the guest speakers -- journalists; they did seem quite happy to ramble on and on. Of course, I could only understand a few words: those that are near enough to English. Hungry, bored and frustrated, I definitely was not in the best of moods.

We finally got to the food and drinks at 9 pm. We shamefully hurried through the wonderful bread and sausage, and then jumped into a taxi. As luck would have it, we got into a taxi that doesn't have GPS Navi system. We reached Iidabashi station early enough, but lost time looking for the publisher's office building where the signing was held. The driver was nice enough to turn off the meter the moment we didn't find the building where we thought it was going to be. At 10:10 pm, we finally found the building and realized that we passed it about 10 min ago. The signing session was supposed to be till 10pm, and true to their word, the building was unmercifully dark with just a small paper pasted on the wall telling us that Neil Gaiman was there.

Sometimes, I don't know whether to curse or praise the Japanese penchant for properness or strict follow the rule attitude. In the Philippine signing, Neil extended the signing hours to accommodate all the fans that arrived. I don't know if the Tokyo signing session was crowded or not, or they just packed up because it was already time.

Well, in my frustration and disappointment, I sent a letter to Neil in his webpage. It wasn't ranting or anything, just saying I was disappointed and that I would really have loved to have a second signature on the book he signed for me in Manila. I added a sorta valid question like if there was a Japanese version of Dream Hunters since I've described it to my Japanese colleagues and no one knew about it.

Neil, wonderful of him, did reply, saying "sorry, sorry"... and that there is a Japanese version of Dream Hunters, and it's even prettier than the American one. Neil is just one great author and one great guy.

current mood: disappointed

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