One very distinct form of writing text messages/mail is called ‘gyaru-moji (‘gal characters’ named after the fashion style ‘gyaru’ or ‘gal’ because the people of this fashion style are the ones who often use this kind of lettering). For example Lt wouldn’t correspond to the Latin characters ‘L’ and ‘t’ but instead it would correspond to the hiragana, け (‘ke’). Notice that it looks very similar when written. Many hiragana, katakana and kanji are taken apart and reassembled using different characters including alphabet characters. It is unclear why this usage is now seen. Some believe that this started as a way of making secret messages that a quick peek wouldn’t reveal, while others claim that it was just for fun.
I have no problem eating alone. (Well that was probably clear from my between-tutoring wanderings. :| ) It’s just that in my mind I hear my parents and grandma telling me to “socialize,” so I try to find people to go eat with.
We don’t get grapes or peaches in our dining commons.
I thought I was doing the opposite of procrastinating (with some procrastinating in between), but apparently I’ve still managed to screw myself over on the first week. (Well, it’s not that drastic, but yeah.)
I spent a long time answering study questions for HumCore, even though they were merely the retrieve type questions. I hope I don’t get called on or checked tomorrow. Still have to look over tomorrow’s lecture notes some time tonight. I have to study kanji for the quiz tomorrow. It’s not super difficult kanji or anything. In fact, there are only two or three readings that are new to me, but I still feel the need to give it some worry..
I’m supposed to have chapter 2 of this book for IS read by lecture tomorrow night. I read/skimmed chapter 1 (as told) on Sunday (which I thought was pretty early!) and then started chapter 2 on Monday. But I hadn’t touched it since because I went to volleyball games two nights in a row. =__= Now I have to try to finish tonight. 60 or so pages + notes (my own choice). I don’t know how well that’s going to go…
My mom sent me an email saying she wanted me to edit a picture of my grandpa and wanted it back by tonight/tomorrow, so that took a chunk of my time just now. And here I am writing this. I am terrible.
I didn’t hear my alarm clock at all this morning (but my roommate did). Maybe I woke up enough to turn it off and then fell asleep again, because the switch was on the off position when I checked it. I just don’t have any recollection of it. :|
We were reading and answering questions in Japanese today. My fellow freshman (and Tiffany) in the class has a cute Japanese voice, haha. I think she’s better at speaking than me. :]
Went into the Langson library for the first time after class (my only class today) to read for HumCore. I didn’t really explore though. I wanted to take the elevator to the 2nd floor, but the elevator wouldn’t move, and then other people got on and went to different floors. I got out at one point and then I realized I’d entered on the 2nd floor. LOL
Lunch with Rachel, Melisa, Sheri, and Wilson. Everyone left before me to go to classes, except Rachel. Returned to our hall and watched tv. Found a channel that was playing Mary Stayed Out All Night dubbed and subbed in Chinese. xD Did my kanji homework, now I have to start reading for IS. >.<
They don’t stock a lot of 100% beef mince. It’s usually mixed with pork.
They don’t have a lot of cheese and certainly don’t sell it in the same quantities as as back home. (I can only really buy cheddar about a quarter of the size of the Cathedral City blocks I buy in the UK.)
They don’t have many resealable cartons for juice, milk etc.
Most places don’t have a huge variety of Western-style crisps but you can find some name brands like Doritos and Pringles.
If you buy a pizza from a shop in Japan it will probably have sweetcorn on it.
Apples are huge.
Bacon isn’t quite the same, nor is it as widely used.
Supermarkets don’t stock much in the way of regular bread.
Japanese cold coffee is awesome.
If you want to cook Western food, you’re going to have to spend a little more money.
I wanted to go to dinner with hallmates today, but my aunt called asking if I wanted to go out to eat. Most of the hallmates already ate at like 3:00 so weren’t hungry at the time. Only one guy wanted to go to dinner, but he didn’t want to go alone so he said he’d just eat crackers in his room. I felt bad because I totally would’ve gone with him!
My aunt said they’d pick me up at 7:30, so I figured I could go and make it back in time for the housing mixer. They ended up picking me up more around 7:45.. We went to Diamond Jamboree again, to Ajisen Ramen this time. I ordered unagi ramen and a lychee mango cranberry juice (which turned out too sweet). We shared a plate of cold noodles too.
Got back around 9:40 and went with Dani to the mixer, but we weren’t really interested, so we left after like 5 minutes. xD Played ping pong kind of for the first time with Dani in her hall.
I feel like I got a lot done today. Did laundry, took out the trash, finished reading the HumCore course guide, read The Handbook, decorated my paper message bag and taped it to the wall outside my room, signed the birthday “card” for a guy in our hall AND put it up on his door. Yesterday there was a card for today’s birthday girl, but I had NO IDEA about it. I was roaming around the wings of Aldor today and happened to see it, so I went back to my room to grab a pen to sign it. I think she was actually inside the room while I was signing it on her door. LOL I hope our Birthday Committee gets together soon.
Sat in the study room for a while to read Epictetus’s The Encheiridion (such a cool title) for HumCore. I like that I can relate to most of what he’s saying. I was surprised that his philosophy is similar to Taoism! I remember there was a quote in Voss’s class. It was brought up that Western philosophies generally tell us to try to change things externally if there’s a problem, while Eastern philosophies generally tell us to change things internally, aspects of ourselves, so there will be no problem. Stoicism (?) seems to resemble Eastern philosophy, if that’s the case.
Okay, so class didn’t actually take 3 hours since it’s only the first day. It took 2 hours instead. Totally reminded me of World History with Mr. Chan! :D
I kind of regret buying the textbook for this class (IS11) new from Amazon. I wanted to buy it used, but then I would’ve had to pay for shipping.. I don’t know why I didn’t just buy from half.com. =__=
There’s Screen on the Green tonight, and they’re showing X-Men: First Class, but I was like naaah. I wasn’t quite sure where it was, and I’ve already watched it, so it’s not a big deal. PotC 4 on Saturday!
In other news, my driver’s license came in the mail. Such a bad picture. -_-
Woke up at 6:30. My last peach for breakfast. Went on the computer for a little bit before heading out.
I rushed to my Japanese class because I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get there. Some of my classmates were early and were talking to each other outside. They were like, I forgot everything! I forgot my kanji! I felt better. XD Anyway, Nagai sensei seems nice. She’s from Osaka and has a husband and a 16-month (?) daughter. I sat in between two other Tiffanys! :D And one of them was a freshman too! We filled out a survey (but I didn’t answer the last two questions…). We got packets (homework) since most of us hadn’t gotten our textbooks yet. Found out they arrived yesterday, according to some of my classmates who already bought theirs.
Went to my HumCore lecture early. I hadn’t checked my email, but according to one guy, the lectures this week had been cancelled, and we were to just go to discussions. This proved true when one of the directors (?) came in and answered our questions. Went back to my room to figure out what the heck we’re supposed to read before discussion…
My roommates left before 11:00 to go to their classes, and Dani came over because she wanted to see my triple. I ate two kiwis because I was hungry. Headed over to the student center/food court for lunch. From Wahoo’s, Dani got fish tacos, and I got a chicken burrito. I wanted to go watch the SPOP Modern performance, but I didn’t know where it was, so we watched two of the school dance crews perform instead. They were the same routines as the ones they performed at the concert the other night, but it was cool to see them up close. One guy I noticed that night because he was wearing a striped hoodie. Seeing his face more up close, he reminds me of Taemin. LOL
Went off to my next class. Sat outside and continued reading the course guide for HumCore until it was about time for class. It’s a pretty small class. Our instructor, Casey, has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s, and is working on her PhD! She has a son who’s a freshman in college and a daughter in high school, but she looks so young! She can read Greek, Latin, and French. o.o During the last ten minutes, we had to answer this question in writing… I didn’t really know what to write (as usual) and only got down like three sentences while everyone else had like a huge paragraph or two. x__x
Ran into Dani on the way to the bookstore because she was meeting someone to exchange sweatshirts. Bought my Japanese textbooks! :] Went back to my room and ate another two kiwis, ahaha. Dinner around 6:00 and then three-hour lecture at 7:00. (What is he going to talk about for 3 hours?!)
Today, UCI set a new world record for the most participants in a game of dodgeball! :D
We were out on the field for like 4-5 hours this afternoon. My farmers tan has definitely gotten worse in these past few days, and I’m sure it will continue to until it’s too cold to wear t-shirts around in the afternoon.. BUT there are people who have it worse than me, the people who just directly burn in the sun. >.>;
People are so willing to be amazed by art. As if it happens out of nowhere, and the fairies came down and bestowed their magic upon the little girl and her crayons. Or a strange metamorphosis—you spend a few years mastering your skills, hidden away in the dark, and then you step out as a fantastically shiny art butterfly and announce yourself to the world.
It just doesn’t happen that way. People don’t realize that the actual learning of art is right in front of them, and they can see it. It might be gradual, but it’s right there. And in fact, they’re supposed to see it, you know? That’s the point. That’s the cool thing about art. It’s not a product—it’s a process, and you get to watch it happen. You have front row seats to How the Artist Got So Good. That’s probably why artists tend to be a nervous or sensitive bunch, because it’s not like we can practice our dance steps and then perform a ballet for you or memorize our lines and then act a scene. Our practice is our performance, and we’re letting you see both.
People ask, “How did you learn to draw?” And I’m like, “You’re looking at it.” Every drawing I make is how I learn to draw. Drawings I did a year ago aren’t as good as ones I did yesterday. And drawings I do tomorrow will be better. No artist ever says, “Okay, I’ve gotten this good, and that’s good enough, so I think I’ll stop learning and just draw at this skill level from here on out.”