Wednesday, April 30, 2008

- at random -

about this videoclip and the 2 fellas featured here... well, either you get it or you don't.

this is actually part 5 of 7 of the complete show.. if interested, go youtube it:
櫻井孝宏のおでかけアニポップ! 第16回(ゲスト:斎賀みつき)
Sakurai Takahiro no odekake anipop! No.16 (Guest: Saiga Mitsuki)

by the way i just realised that Sakurai Takahiro totally qualifies to be a Tokodai student (from his looks).
and about Saiga Mitsuki, all her voice roles are something like the boy with a cap and black coat in this anime.. *drools* i love low-pitched voice actresses.

Monday, April 21, 2008

- ninensei!! -

got my visa renewed at long last. now i need to update my visa information for the alien (yeah i have horns i look green and i come from Mars) registration card and the national insurance card at the government office..


did my subject registration just today. taking 26 credits this term, among which 16 are related to architecture - Architectural Design and Drawing, Building Construction, History of Modern Architecture, Architectural Design (which is rather different from the 1st subject), Environmental Engineering and Building Services, Exercise of Architectural Planning and Design, Applied Mathematics for Engineers, and Strength of Materials S.

others being art subjects - Japanese Language, Japanese Affairs, Japanese Culture, English, and also Media and Journalism in Japan.

seems a lot. and YES, IT IS A LOT. i wish i had a better schedule, better as in not so tight. my Monday classes only begin at 1.20pm. for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, classes begin at 10.40am. whereas on Thursdays and Fridays, 9am. if you think i can relax and watch anime during weekends? dream on. the 3rd week of term 1 has only begun and we have an important assignment to hand in right after Golden Week - 2 A1-size worth of plot plans of the Cunningham House. i haven't actually touched the assignment, but some classmates have started staying over IN the architecture drawing lab to finish up their plans as soon as possible.

also, we almost missed our last trains on Saturday doing a project on "sitting". the presentation was today and every group turned up with predictably ordinary themes and conclusions, the teachers made predictable reactions, and at the end the lecturer gave us predictable comments. everything went... predictably. but i guess a comment like "your presentation is too ordinary we have nothing to say. you might wanna go deep next time," doesn't hurt as much as "stop. i don't wanna listen anymore. this is crap," which made some of the seniors cry during their presentation last year.

and according to the seniors, by the end of the year we'll get used to staying overnight drawing plans without sleeping for a few days. and without even bathing.

i prefer not to imagine the latter.

yep. but i think my schedule is somewhat "normal". to think that some are working twice or trice a week as part-timers, and supermen/superwomen taking the 3rd year classes on Monday mornings, so that they "can be more relaxed in 3rd year".... that is if they pass the subjects, of course. unfortunately i'm not built that way and i don't think i wanna attend anything other than the recommended classes for year-2. might consider dropping one or two not-so important subjects if the drawing classes are too demanding.

just hope that i don't lose myself along the way. =p

Thursday, April 03, 2008

- i'm officially a fong-fei-kei senior -

it's been one and a half months since i applied for visa renewal, still the immigration bureau hasn't sent a notification letter to me yet. so i decided to go to the ryuugaku section directly to inquire. spent 550 yen (150 from Meguro to Shinagawa, 400 in total to go back and forth Shinagawa and the immigration bureau) and queued in front of the inquiry counter for an hour, only to find that the line was almost stationary.

there were 3 workers at the counter - a man who had been talking to a visitor ever since i started queuing (and they sounded more like gossiping rather than discussing confidential matters), another man who kept fumbling in front of foreigners, and a lady who spent most of the time deep inside the office looking for documents and seldom showed up.

witnessed a free-show - a Korean man behind me was semi-quarreling with a Japanese lady who seemed like his guardian or something. another Japanese man came, and the lady explained that the Korean man lost his passport. then the Japanese got extremely upset and he started reprimanding him. the Korean tried, in vain, to defend himself. "think about what you've done! all these days we've been trying to help you and what have we got? LIES!! you can't blame us for what's happening now, it's YOUR fault.." said the Japanese man (in Japanese), and he went on mumbling "shiranee.. shiranee ttsuttendarouga.." (= i don't give a damn.. i don't fucking give a damn do you hear me)

after another 30 minutes of suffocation in the green-house-like space, (the trio seemed to have calmed down and) i was finally called. by the lady.

"oh it's ALMOST done. we'll send you a notification, don't worry."

thank you so much. wasted my transportation fee just to hear that.


on the other hand, the sakuras in Tokodai are beginning to fall.


but not the ones in Tobitakyu, they're still in full-bloom.

speaking of which, i went to Togaidai to see my new juniors. i was supposed to reach by 11am yesterday, but i overslept (and my mobile was on "moving" mode, which means no vibration and sound whatsoever)..

the TUFS sign.. which looks like STFU from this angle...

6 juniors this year - 3 each at Tokyo and Osaka, 2 girls and 4 boys (and finally, we have someone from the art stream). 1 of the girls is the sister of our Todai senior, and 1 of the boys in Osaka appears to be a strict vegetarian. fun times~

it was 9 seniors vs 4 juniors (a Singaporean junior joined us because her senior abandoned her lol), and apparently it was a rare sight for so many of us from the same country to hang out together. we ate at a Korean/Japanese restaurant at Musashi-Sakai and bonded a little. told the juniors about stereotypes in Gaidai - the characteristics of Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese students and the westerners, from our point of view. also we explained about the so-called "orientation" in Japan, and the Singaporeans (the senior came later) were amazed how Japanese could call a hanami + drinking + eating session an "orientation" - to them, an orientation is supposed to have ice-breaking games and mass dance and government-sponsored dance parties.

reminds me of "good" times back in Singapore.. sigh..

we wanted to further "brainwash" the juniors by luring them to a karaoke session, but it was too late and the Todai seniors had to leave soon. instead we brought them to the only supermarket which was open, for some grocery shopping. quote Yeo, "must buy pangsai-zua!"

then we sent the juniors home. was supposed to meet them again on Sunday for sakura-viewing cum welcome party but im booked on that day. and partly because im just being lazy.