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 Having read [personal profile] februaryfour 's entry about personality tests, I followed her link and completed the enneagram test.  I've read before that sometimes, such tests are best when completed by someone else who knows you very well.  There was also talk at a business meeting I attended once for a new kind of personality test - you play a simple strategy game for 10 minutes, and how you interact/respond with your 3 opponents (all controlled by the computer), and how you play/strategize reveals your personality type, strengths and weaknesses.  This type of test makes it harder for you to lie, or misunderstand and also crosses language boundaries.

Anyway, I took the enneagram test and I don't know if I lied or not, but I did try my best to answer honestly.  Apparently, I'm a 1.  

Type One in Brief

Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.


Well I agree with perfectionism being my personal enemy.  About right and wrong, well I'm relatively accepting except for certain things.  Those I will stand for, but hey, if we don't stand for anything why are we here? I'm not an activist or anything of the sort though.  Haha I'm not well-organized except at work, and I don't believe there's ever an excuse to be late more than 40% of the time.  Anyway, the link is around for curiosity.  

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Memories at the Ford Motor Factory is a museum in Singapore that is owned and maintained by the National Library Board. It is best known as the location where the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on February 15, 1942.

While the building was considered central during the war, in current day Singapore it's a bit of a pain to get to. Currently, Upper Bukit Timah is purely a residential area. There's a park, a condo, highway and suddenly, you see the tourist sign for the Motor Factory hidden behind an overgrown tree.

Anyway I lucked out today, because I think visitors to this particular museum are few and far between. I mean they're tucked away and not as famous if you're not into War history. I'm guessing that unless a school trip comes through, the guys in there mostly twiddle their thumbs and get to know each other. Because of this, I walked into an empty museum and the oldish man behind the desk just asked 'would you like a briefing?'

I say 'yes please' and it turns out that a 'briefing' is a personal tour. Yay for me!

A very brief introduction was given about the cars that were once assembled in the factory. Basically, Henry Ford built and opened he factory in 1941. It was the first Ford factory in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately for Mr. Ford's timing, the Japanese invaded in 1942. Actually I don't know if this factory ever spent time making commercial cars, seeing as how it was taken over by the Royal Air Force to make fighter planes before the Japanese even cycled through Malaya. Anyway, the Japanese took the factory because it was central to the conflict, and enabled the Imperial military to store weapons, assemble vehicles and have a pretty good base. So there I was, with Mr, Leung, as he gestured to the left which meant 'fighting to the left' and gesturing to the right for of course 'fighting to the right'. (FIGHTING EVERYWHERE!), after he pointed out that the building's front is pretty much the original building, down to the wooden teak bordering the doors. Ah, pre-war architecture. Good stuff.

Once inside, there are the typical weapons and equipment left behind by allied and Japanese troops that are showcased, but the main attraction of course is the meeting room in which Generals Percival and Yamashita met to discuss and agree on the terms of Britain's surrender.

Unfortunately, you cannot walk into the room. I think they've worked very hard to restore it and they don't want to chance some silly member of the public messing up their hard work. Everything in the room is from that day, with the exception of the table. The real surrender table is in the Australian War Museum in Canberra, so a replica sits in the room. The clock is adjusted to 6:21, the time that General Percival signed the surrender document and Singapore became Syōnan-to. There are displays in front of the room with the script of the negotiations, and a video of it as well. As a visitor you're asked to pay attention to General Yamashita's presence and forcefulness in negotiations, and General Percival's general air of being lost and confused. When you read the script, you read that General Yamashita had a few things going on in his head - The British had twice the amount of equipment and men than the Japanese. The main difference was that the Allied forces were made up of new recruits while Yamashita had veterans from the China campaign. So one...General Yamashita was bluffing. He was hoping that the British would surrender because he actually couldn't afford a drawn out conflict. The second thing was that he was extremely frustrated - the interpreters he had were all pretty bad. At the end he just demanded this 'yes or no!' answer, to which of course, he received a surrender.

The other items of interest to me were 2 original bicycles used by the Imperial Army to cycle down Malaya to invade Singapore. They are old clunky things, to which Mr Leung of course challenged us (because a tour came in about 30 minutes after me) to load a bunch of supplies, weapons and ammunition on them and ride them for 30 hours straight through the Malay peninsula. Obviously no one felt up to the challenge but his point was - you do have to respect the Japanese Army that invaded Singapore. They were...determined.

The rest of the museum is photographs, first hand accounts and information about the occupation, with a brief introduction on why Japanese embarked on an expansion strategy, as well as how they managed to get so far. The answer to number 1 was resources and Imperial ambitions (why does any country invade or seek hegemony over others? Man, we're greedy buggers). The answer to number 2 was that Japan moved to invade Korea and China when the rest of the world was occupied with World War One and otherwise couldn't do anything about it. Mind you, these countries wouldn't have stepped in out of human rights or any such ideals, but because they had interests in the Pacific and would have defended their own interests against Japan.

Sounds like a crappy place to be.

Anyway, after we finished the main exhibit (the tour group was a small one), Mr Leung let us watch a video about the occupation with a brief warning about grisly pictures (since the Imperial Army at the time was all about beheading and smiling while holding heads). It was informative, and I dunno, media etc these days is so gruesome. The difference is that these events are real and not special effects, but still, one gets numbed to seeing grotesque things.

Well before I left, Mr. Leung asked me to wait, while the tour group went off. He gave me this handout of all the major WW2 sites to visit in Singapore, which was rather nice of him, to note that I had an interest. There are quite a few, and he was rather adamant that I go pay my respects to the Allied war dead in Kranji (there's a war cemetery there). There are quite a few sites in Singapore, old bunkers, forts and memorials. I'm superstitious enough that I generally don't willingly make trips to cemeteries, though I do have respect for those who gave their lives essentially for the life I live today, and whatever future I will have. I will definitely go see more of the other sites, spread out of course.

For those who are curious, there is also a Japanese Cemetery Park maintained in Singapore for those who died on the opposite side. Buried there are the cremated ashes of those who died in Malaya and Singapore either during service or after. It started off initially as a burial ground for Japanese prostitutes, but evolved on its own. This cemetery is not on the list provided to me, but it is considered a memorial park in Singapore. I suppose it isn't considered a WW2 specific one because those remembered in this park span a timeline from before and after the war.

Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Singapore with some time on your hands, a visit to 'Memories at the Old Ford Motor Factory' is worth the time.
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I was blown away by Buzzfeed's post this morning about 28 places to see in Italy. The Hetalia fan in me tried to count how many beautiful sites were Feliciano against Lovino and stopped after Feli had the clear majority.

Here's the teaser photo:
Burano:


Here is the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/italy-is-beautiful
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Dear Hikago Rare Fic Author,

Hello and thanks for offering fic for my requested rare pairs! I'm looking forward to reading your fic!
This is my first exchange, so if I need to provide any further clarification to you, please let me know.

My Requests

Kishimoto Kaoru/Isumi Shinichirou

I'd like fic about meaningful interactions between these two when Kishimoto was still an Insei. I can see them being friends and I think there would be some deep moments occurring right as Kishimoto is making his decision to leave.


Kaga Tetsuo/Touya Akira

Heehee! Go v. Shogi rivalry! I'd love to see these two face off at a Go game and have Kaga try to convince Touya about the superiority of Shogi. They can also bond over familial pressure to play Go.

Touya Akiko/Touya Kouyou

I love these two. A warm and fuzzy Touya family fic please :) *Bonus for baby Akira appearance!

My General Preferences

1. I love romance as much as the next fan, but I also love reading about strong bonds of friendship, camaraderie or family.

2. I enjoy reading things that pull me into a deeper understanding of a character, especially a side character that otherwise didn't get as much attention in the story.

3. No porn/smut please. I'm generally happy with G ratings in HikaGo, no need to violence, blood and gore when the series doesn't naturally include it.

Thanks!!
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I'm boycotting the World Cup this year. I've ranted about it before so you all know why. However, with the world's most awaited football tournament starting 40 days from now, the media explosion is picking up - ads, jerseys, your favorite football players everywhere and the music...

Football discussions/rants follow in which I go through all the reasons why I believed I could easily ignore 'Brazil 2014'.

I'm fairly indifferent to the host )

Reviewing past WC songs )

Despite all this - my moral objections, how average the tournament is, how the teams are generally the average qualifying ones, how misplaced the songs are...I'm surprised. When the ad came on TV yesterday, blaring Pitbull's atrocious world cup song and showing me teams that I don't care about, my heart was racing, my breathing shallowed and I just wanted to watch and be in football. I still have the fever, even with all my moral objections and preparation to ignore the World Cup this year. I'm still not watching the World Cup, but this is going to be more difficult than I thought.

Eep.
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Yesterday I finally made it to the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands to check out the special Dinosaur Exhibit.

The thing about the Art Science Museum is that it doesn't really have any special permanent exhibit, but it rotates through the more expensive/valuable ones in collaboration with other international museums. Sometimes they get the exhibits right and they are amazing to experience. Sometimes (most times) the display is a real dud. The last one that disappointed me was 'Secrets of the Mummy' that they did in collaboration with the British Museum. I suspect that they got almost nothing from the British Museum (some mummy from storage), but seeing as how the Art Science Museum is one of the expensive ones on the island (the others are free for me), it felt like wasted money. So there's always a bit of a risk to check out one of their shows.

This was not the case with their Dinosaur exhibition. I enjoyed this one.

Put together in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History in New York, The San Juan Natural Science Museum (Argentina), PrimeSCI out of Australia and a Chinese University (sorry I'm blanking on the name), 'From Dawn to Extinction' tells the story of how life began on earth - early days to the evolution of eyes and shells, to the multiple extinction events that brought us Dinosaurs and eventually their end. Also showcased were lesser known giants from pre-historic times, the large reptiles or mammal-like reptiles that competed with the Dinosaur's ancestors for dominion.

The story of the earlier non-dino giants come mostly from South America, and i got to see fossils, skeleton reconstructions and depictions of creatures I never suspected existed. I mean, mammal-like reptiles? They're a class all on their own, giants who dominated before the dinosaurs who were reptiles (or at least related) but had fur. I also enjoyed the first exhibit about the origin of life and little things like burrowing under the sea bed brought more oxygen under that soil and released minerals into the water, leading to another wave in evolution.

When we pass the extinction phases to the Cretaceous and the age of the dinosaurs, we see the earlier dinosaurs. The key lesson of survival from each extinction phase is that size really does matter, and it sucks to be big. Large creatures have more difficulty surviving because of the sheer amount of fuel they require to sustain themselves. Small rodent like creatures, like early dinosaurs, or our tiny mammal ancestor who survived the age of dinosaurs, are able to more easily hide and survive off much less. I suppose that is a lesson still relevant in the present day.

When we reach the Jurassic, New York's Museum of Natural History gives us a marvellous interactive exhibit about the body mechanics behind large dinosaurs. One of the interesting take aways was how they determined T-Rex's speed (or lack of it). They did a few tests, using the mobility of a modern day chicken to determine how best that old monster moved (birds are T-Rex's surviving descendants). They also shared a tidbit from the animators who worked on Jurassic Park. That scene where T-Rex is chasing the car? At first to create this high-speed chase, they made their T-Rex match the speed of the car. The result was hilarious because his legs were moving so fast they looked like 2 pinwheels. They had to slow him down by 25km, and recreate the action paced feel of this scene by adding more foliage that passed by quickly. From this and many other experiments, they determined that T-Rex was a slow bugger. This didn't matter ultimately as his prey was slower. There were also some cool displays that allowed us to see the difference between a baby, adolescent and adult Triceratops.

The interesting part from the Australian contribution covered dinosaurs that lived in cold weather temperatures. These are rarer for us to hear about, and they're not very well known (I suspect they were small).

China contributed the dinosaur fossil that is the missing link between the giants we know of in our imagination and modern day birds - large feathered birds who resemble the mythical phoenix. Honestly, looking at the fossils of these birds, with their long feathered tails, longish skulls and beak outline with sharp feathered crests on their head? Also with how they look burned into the rock...I wouldn't be surprised if this was one of the places where the legend of the phoenix comes from (similar to how I'm convinced that someone came across dinosaur bones and that's where the legend of dragons came from).

I bought the souvenir book that was written by the palaeontologists who helped put this exhibit together. I'm very happy with this visit, money well spent!

I should have taken pictures. I'm so out of the habit now of taking pictures in Museums (or in general) that I must take special care to start doing so, because I wish I could share some of this experience with you guys. Next time I promise!

I think Dinosaurs and really, any of the giants who walked this earth before us will always be fascinating. Trying to imagine the world they came from also leads to trying to imagine what the world will be - what will come after us? Something smaller perhaps, that seems to be a trend we're following. Also, what lessons can we learn? There's something about changing climates causing mass extinction events for one, that we're doing to ourselves, there's something about being able to survive on very little, filling niches, etc. I wonder if whatever major stage of life that comes next will be curious about us and the world that we will leave behind.
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What to do and not to do when your boss walks in on you trash talking him/her:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_sOeZjhI-o

MH370

Mar. 24th, 2014 11:28 pm
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Well I think most have heard by now that MH370 is presumed without a doubt to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

After all the build up these past 2 days of possible debris, it looks like they have confirmed that the debris is indeed from the plane and the family members are being flown to Australia.

I am incredibly sad to have this news confirmed. While I had expected this news and even stopped following this story for a while (due to the ridiculous theories and articles), that did not make this breakthrough any lighter or easier.

The only positive at this point is that with the fate of the plane determined, and the crash site narrowed down, the search for the remains and investigation can begin. The families of the victims are still owed answers as to why a plane that was bound for Beijing ended up completely in the opposite direction and crashed into one of the most isolated ocean areas on Earth.

This is also a national tragedy. Malaysia is a small country, and we are all connected somehow to that flight. May the family members receive the answers they deserve, and my heart and prayers go out to them. At this moment, the hearts and prayers of Malaysia goes out to those families, and it is evident from phone calls, chats, social networking and just how connected our world now is, how genuinely grieved this country is.

Rest In Peace to the 226 passengers and 13 crew members of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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Lately 2 shows have begun to take up my time: NBC's Dracula and Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra

I was watching Fringe for a while and I enjoyed it, but I stopped at around Season 3 because my brain needed even more of a break than what it was providing lol.

Hmm some reviews.

The Legend of Korra

I was blown away by Nickelodeon's original Avatar: The Last Airbender a few years ago. A friend gave me all 4 seasons on his harddrive and I watched them back to back. Actually I could control myself over seasons 1 and 2 but seasons 3 and 4 were simply phenomenal. It is the best modern cartoon tv series I have seen, and much needed when I was giving up on modern cartoons in general. Too often they're pretty darned stupid, or they're reboots of older ones which led me to think 'where has the creativity gone?'

Cut for spoilers )

Dracula

Okay so these aren't spoilers but...you can figure out how crazy the latest remake of the famous Dracula story is by this summary:

Dracula returns! Posing as an American businessman whose goal is to bring clean energy to Victorian London. In the meanwhile he seeks revenge against the Order of the Dragon, who have invested into oil to power the future. All goes to plan until Dracula meets the reincarnation of his long dead wife.

...yeah...Dracula Prince of Darkness - American Clean Energy businessman in Victorian London going against old white money oil magnates.

And the show takes itself seriously. I tell myself that the actors aren't taking themselves too seriously but either way, this combination is hilarious. As you can tell from the summary, this show also doesn't ever make sense.

Hilariously, it's a much welcome return to vampires who actually hunt humans for food, aren't really the good guys, can't stand sunlight or the sight of the cross...Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Dracula. When I think of good vampire movies (released while I've been alive) and depictions I've enjoyed, I think of Gary Oldman in 'Bram Stocker's Dracula' (yes, also with Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker), Tom Cruise as Lestat in 'Interview with the Vampire' (He and Kirsten Dunst = amazing in that movie), and I'll make an exception for 'Underworld' because I love Bill Nighy. These are the vampires I've liked and when I heard that Jonathan Rhys Meyers was cast, well after seeing him in the Tudors, and remembering his pretty pretty face in 'Velvet Goldmine'...I figured he was perfect.

Well the show is...so random. Everyone was sold on Rhys Meyers that it apparently went straight to production (no editing).

Because it's new, it's trying to be everything at once in a really OBVIOUS way. It's like 'okay, we don't know if we're getting a second season so here! HAVE EVERYTHING! Conspiracy theories, revenge, love, sex, women in corsets, vampire hunting, steampunk, VIctorian London, Gay lovers, Lesbians, Female mud fights, vampire rooftop fights, flashback scenes, Feminism, Class warfare, green/clean energy, down with the oil magnates!

Yeah...

It is however, crazy enough and brainless enough for me to keep watching all 10 episodes of the first season. Just because - lol. And...Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Oh and Katie McGrath from Merlin is in it! She's Lucy Westenra and blonde.
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Today I'm grateful because:

1. I'm wearing a starfleet uniform - booyeah.
2. I've been pampered for the last 2 weeks because I got sick.
3. I'm living in a safe environment that isn't prone to natural disasters

Goodreads

Jul. 8th, 2013 10:58 pm
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So I have a regular goodreads account linked to my email address, and one day a while back I was curious so I signed into the goodreads app from my facebook (hoping I could combine it somehow?) I ended up with 2 goodreads accounts and I'd really just like one.

Any idea how to combine them? Or get one to recognize the other?
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See subject. Enough said.

See video (mute it, the girl on the video is a tad over-excited but who can blame her?):



Hail. That is...ICE falling from the sky, copiously in the TROPICS!

I'm waiting for the island to discover an indigenous flying pigs that have managed to hide themselves from the encroaching urban area for decades.

This is probably some odd side-effect from cloud seeding, but still...it's pretty darned strange.
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I suppose I should also update about the haze/smog situation in Singapore and Malaysia since it's so famous now.

To give some reference -

Singapore on a normal day:

C
Credit: http://www.earthcheck.org

Singapore on a normal day starting 2 weeks ago (PSI in the 100-200+ range):


And finally, this is Singapore 2 days ago (PSI 401):


Air filters and masks are sold out and by the way, the government didn't issue a work-stop order, including for construction workers. They left it at the discretion of the companies, so basically if you work outdoors, you've been screwed lately.

Some background - Indonesia is the region's most mature gold mine. Not literally for gold but suffice to say it's a huge country with loads of natural resources and labour/cost of business there is freakishly cheap. It has a huge population, of which a very small minority is freakishly rich based on the business that the rest of the region (and the world) likes to do there.

In context, Singapore as a small island state doesn't have much by way of resources except its people. It sells itself as a highly trained, intellectual work-force and as the safest/only developed country in the region. It's a hub for people to stay if they want to do business in Asia, without the nitty gritty issues like oh a high crime rate, corruption, etc. My expat friends like to call Singapore 'Asia 101'.

Anyway, many major companies do business in Indonesia, and palm oil is one of the most valued resources in the region. It's grown in Malaysia as well but in comparison, Indonesia has loads more land. Cue Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean and other international companies making big money in Indonesia, and primary industry. The cheapest way to get fertilizer and clear land for the new planting season is to slash and burn the crops. Palm oil smokes like a bitch, and anyway whenever a land that big decides to simultaneously burn entire fields of plantations, the smoke from that is going to be insane. Until a cheaper and eco friendly alternative can be found for field clearing, it's not going to stop.

The other possible action is for the region, the world, especially Malaysia and Singapore to boycott Indonesia. This is never going to happen because of what I said above - cheap gold mine - and the simple geographic reality that Malaysia and Singapore don't have the resources to continue making so much money on their own. Also the rest of the world doesn't care, and won't care until they're all choking as well. (Apparently, Indonesia can't be charged for transboundary environmental damage because this isn't a warzone. When Saddam Hussein decided to burn all the oil fields in Kuwait, he was charged for the environmental damage made to the middle eastern region from the oil smoke - it was considered Environmental Terrorism. http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1426&context=auilr )

So what can be done? Suppose Malaysia and Singapore can start simply by...not using maids (shocker what a concept! :P). Seriously, most cheap maids that are used in Malaysian and Singaporean households are from Indonesia, it's a major industry. But I think that Malaysian and Singaporean culture has evolved to a point where its way too spoilt for that option to go through either. There are other options though for those who absolutely NEED a maid - Cambodia and the Philippines mainly (though the latter is more expensive).

Anyway this is a yearly issue, it's just gotten on the news because it's especially bad this year. In 1997 the PSI was in the 200 range (second picture) and that was the highest. This year, Singapore got twice that - 401. Today, Johor (Malaysia's southern state) registered 530. That's worse than Beijing's record last winter. UPDATE - The Malaysian state of Johor in the city of Muar hit a whopping 750+ score today!

In 1997 the spread of the haze was wider - it reached the southern tip of China, and the world responded. This year, thanks to wind directions, it's really Malaysian and Singapore's problem, and it's concentrated here.

dumdedumm

Jan. 9th, 2013 10:52 am
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I filled up some time not mourning Merlin by watching Season 1 of the Tudors. Wow this show. It is so over the top it is hilarious.
I'm not into the fandom for it but I am now downloading Season 2. Bring on the very over the top and naked good looking court of Henry VIII!

Lol
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I have been majorly sick the past 2 weeks. I finished a course of antibiotics, a bottle of benedryl and a strip of antihistamines. That didn't stop be from coughing non stop or blowing my nose like it was a broken faucet.

My Mom comes over with a miracle Chinese herb. I drink it every night and now I'm about 90% better. Amazing stuff! I really do believe in Chinese traditional medicine.

I did more research on this herb and got a bit freaked - that is to say I got a wow factor.

So...all week I've been drinking and eating the dead body of a caterpillar that got infected by a cordycep and grew from its head.

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_fungus

and for more scary Cordycep killing videos, see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&hl=en-GB&v=XuKjBIBBAL8

But do not fear! Because this stuff works. I can attest. I found out it's also used to treat fatigue, asthma and cancer. It's expensive as it only grows in Tibet (on top of mountains mind you - the movie potential for this is exponentially increasing), and it gets harvested in the winter (WINTER IN TIBET) and pays the harvestor's livelihood for the year. (A really ridiculous selling price $41,000 per kilogram. )

Unfortunately this will lead to an ecological catastrophe in Tibet. http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/5143-How-long-can-the-caterpillar-fungus-craze-last-

And with that, I leave you with reading...

Lyrics

Dec. 7th, 2012 08:19 pm
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"The funny thing about hurt people is, they tend to hurt people."



Simple yet effective
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As I mull over what to write in my karate blog I'm watching a bunch of videos:

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Well I'm sick again. It feels fairly ill timed considering I already had the worst flu of my life in October. That's barely a month body! Usually you can hold it off for at least 6 months!

This means another week without karate, already having skipped it last week.

I'm contemplating starting a karate blog, but I'd only do it if I have something new/funny to offer. Well actually I've never found a female karate blog so maybe that's one way of doing it.
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I had the privilege of having a combined Resident Evil/Aliens/something else dream last night and I don't even have meds to blame for this one!

Basic premise, me and a bunch of people who make up a usual movie cast stereotype are trapped underground in a subway. One of us is Natalie Portman! (I think this movie will be a box office hit). So the only thing we know is that there are Aliens down there as well and we need to fight our way out - think Resident Evil set and look, only Aliens instead of zombies.

For some reason, we split into 3 groups to be led out by one guy before he comes back for the rest of us (yeah I dunno, movie logic). There's a series of questions he has to answer to show us he's still a logical thinking and feeling being, but a pulp of zombie...I mean Alien. I'm in the last group.

After some suspense, but not getting attacked (surprise!) we make it to the top only to be met with loads of guns! Apparently there are people who know about the Alien infestation and have decided to shoot anything that emerges from the subway. I'm not sure how we convinced them that we're human, but we're the only group that actually came out and the guide has (dadaDUM) disappeared. Then there's discussion on a conspiracy of how we were allowed to escape and I wake up.

Bring on the MTV Movie Awards.

The Voice!

Oct. 3rd, 2012 10:02 pm
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So I'm so late to the game I didn't realize that Michelle Brooks, MHC Class '05 is a contestant on the Voice. Why am I excited? Because this is the same girl who never failed to bring the house down with "This is the Day" and was always so humble about it.

She loves singing and it's so obvious.



Otherwise today, I felt really sick - again. It took all day to sort out my computer issues and there's still a longer way to go in terms of work, but I've cooked myself some chicken soup and will have some rice soon.

3 things I'm grateful for today:
1. For all that I complain, my work hours are flexi in terms of when I walk in - that helps.
2. I know how to cook Chicken Soup - simple but important life-saver!
3. Finding out that the rest of the world now knows how amazing Michelle Brooks sounds when she sings

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