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vermisse ninjaland
Happy 22nd birthday to Jamie!!! Mwah mwah mwah! Y'know what, my dad's planning on going to Japan in May to check on my bro, and my mum's planning on going to Singapore for a medical check-up and together they're planning on going to Malaysia next and I'm most likely to stay behind, so we'll have "some free fun" together! How do you like that, hubby? LOL.
Anyway, it's just funny that for very few ardent readers that I have, apparently I've become almost a dear part of their lives that when they invite me for a meet-up, they always ask me to bring...Orchid. It's nice really, getting to know new mates and knowing that there are actually some people who are so interested in my life that they know Orchid and I are practically glued on the hips.
Anyway, I miss Japan. This is odd since I didn't enjoy my two-week stay there. God, please please please let me return to Ninjaland! But I'm just sooo not gonna stay that long again!

Listening to: Is This Love? - Ayumi Hamasaki
Saturday, April 16, 2005, 12:20 p.m.
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Tasukete...
To would-be high school graduates of 2005: DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF INDONESIA. Think about it. If you decide to enroll in the school, I guarantee it will be a decision you'll regret for the rest of your lives. And it's not funny to have a regret in exchange with prestige, right?
Hell, The UI is definitely the only university in Indonesia which doesn't issue certificates in English, even if you offer to pay for them. And this is in spite of the fact that there are international classes, Bahasa Indonesia department for foreign students, and affiliations with reputable universities all around the world, including The University of Queensland.
Man...looks like I might have to give up my dream of becoming a biographer that's just started to come true and get a job, ANY PAYING JOB. That way, I'll be able to save money to send my children abroad early on, so they'll be rid of the bad bureaucracy of Indonesian schools. Wait a minute...Children? I don't even have a boyfriend!
Anyway, on a different note, I'm still adjusting to the new atmosphere of my house. It still saddens me that now the light of my brother's room is not on and his desk is tidy and most of all, there's no videogame sound on TV. But sure enough, my parents will have to adjust to this kind of situation on their own after I'm gone to Auckland this June. No singers belting out obsecure songs so loudly on MP3's r CD's, no giggling on the phone in the middle of the night...
Just a realization, it's exactly a month until my 22nd birthday. What a ripe old age.

Listening to: Powder Snow (orchestral/acoustic version) - Ayumi Hamasaki
Friday, April 15, 2005, 09:33 p.m.
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kudiskah kamu...ataukah panu...
Oahm...hello people! Your favorite chatty cathy (?) has been back from Hello Kitty Land since last Tuesday, and I'm currently happy running the household (grocery-shopping and all that jazz) and working on the biography of Shin Koyamada for his new official website. Hell yeah, looks like I've got my first ball as a biographer rolling! LOL. There's no deadline, but I'm almost there.
Anyway...seven of the Jap pix are up on my LJ as usual. I'll put up some more tonight! See ya!

Listening to: Kudiskah Kamu - P Project
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 01:00 p.m.
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Lalalalla...
Hokay babies. Here I am online from the same net cafe. Yes Angie I like the apato thingie for despite the absence of a phone, it's a "gadget heaven" (as Jeff put it), like every other corner of Japan. And yea, it IS very clean indeed, but I wonder how the Japs keep the city clean when there aren't many dust bins around. Anyway, I'm flying home to Jakarta first thing in the morning tomorrow, with a transit in Bali. Plus, so far I've made quick friends with all sorts of people (in terms of ethnicity), but I've exchanged my contacts with just a few of them, and the American blokes I hung out with at Shinjuku Gyoen weren't the lucky few simply because they didn't ask for it. My mum joked that if I had given them my contact info, it would've ended up in a dustbin. I hated her for that because it directly addressed my fear. When I was younger, I'd exchange contacts with every new person I befriended, and when I sent them e-mails most of them didn't return the favor. It's been a long time since I learned from that mistake and even though I never know if the pieces of paper I wrote my contacts on really did land in dustbins, I still dread the very thought.

Listening to: Venus - Hitomi
Monday, April 11, 2005, 02:13 p.m.
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Hokay...live from Tokyo
Heya! Do ya guys miss moi or what? LOL. I'm online from a cyber cafe just next to Okubo station, near my apartment (or apato, as the Japs call apartments). Actually, I've been online twice since my arrival, on my bro's school mate's laptop from their dorm, but I didn't feel like blogging back then. Anyway, if you're not into Jap stuff like me, I don't recommend you visit the country, let alone stay for as long as a fortnight. I tell you, Japan can be pretty frustrating. Jeff couldn't make it to Tokyo, and I didn't get to attend my bro's ceremony either. So the only thing cheering me up is the cherry blossoms. Omigod, are they soooo gorgeous! As for the Japs themselves, they're nice, and prolly the nicest people I've ever met, but oh man...who can stand the language barrier! So bad that I practically leap on random strangers, Japs who can speak English or fellow gaijins, like the American dudes I made quick mates with at the Shinjuku Gyoen. Anyway...well I guess that's all for now. My time's almost up. Remember, I'm back in Indo on Tuesday the 12th, so be ready to hear from again on a regular basis!

Listening to: A Song For XX - Ayumi Hamasaki
Sunday, April 10, 2005, 04:24 p.m.
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Nana. 21. Recent college grad. Technically mixed, Indonesian passport. Speak fluent English and Indonesian, and bits and pieces of German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish. Nocturnal. Pioneer spirit. Knowledge is power. Friendster. LJ. More?

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