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forever isko. international studies graduate. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.

(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★)

AAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04/09/2011

Earlier was the submission of the term paper for my Japanese culture and society class. We were supposed to submit a hard copy to the Asian Center before 5PM.

I DID NOT FINISH MY PAPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I sent a text message and an email to my professor, asking if it’s okay for me to submit the paper within the day or could I just get an INC (Incomplete). She replied after an hour and said I should just pass my paper as soon as I can. I WAS REPRIEVED! I thought I’d be getting a 5.0 in graduate school and I can’t stand the shame of it!

I pushed through with my topic regarding luxury consumption in Japan and it’s killing me now! I’ve been trying to work things out and work on the recommendation they gave me: STATISTICAL INFORMATION.

Look at me now, I’m looking at annual reports I’ve searched (with great difficulty) for both PPR and LVMH. To spice things up, HALF OF THE PPR REPORTS DO NOT HAVE AN ENGLISH VERSION AND ARE WRITTEN IN FRENCH! Gahhhhhhhd, I no longer want to translate information from French to English! I did not go to the office today just to finish my paper and was thinking that all these translation tasks would end, but no!

I just want to pack my bags because I’ll be to a resort in Antipolo later with my family and Mon  T______________T

SUCKER PUNCHED!!!

03/27/2011

I’ve wanted the day to finish, or yet, my stay inside the university this Saturday to end. I’ve literally crammed my term paper draft and it came as no surprise that it was quite murdered. I’m getting used to that. I’m not giving up on this luxury thing, Japan! I went to school without lunch and just ate two tiny bars of Cloud 9 chocolates given by my beloved nephew. Such a sweetie

Mon waited for my class to finish and he was already outside my classroom patiently waiting. I can tell he still hasn’t eaten proper lunch because he was a bit pale too! Poor thing! We devoured the usual shin ramyun and eggroll kimbap from Mashitta inside UP’s Shopping Center. We ate up everything in a flash! LOL

We went to TriNoma and bought tickets for ‘Sucker Punch’! We were so excited because we love kick-ass heroines so much. It was such a bummer that Sureseats.com was not properly acknowledging our seat reservations because maybe there was a problem in the system. Oh well, we finally got our tickets but it was not our usual M14, M15 designation LOL

We loooooooooooove the movie so much! We were already resolved two weeks back that Red Riding Hood would be our fantasy Halloween costume but ‘Sucker Punch’ changed our decision. The first thing I noticed was that platinum blonde hair of Emily Browning. It has a life of its own! The Japanese school girl image works perfectly fine with her, invoking the Sailor Warriors and the dexterity they have. =D

Mon noticed that Jamie Chung’s character is named Amber, and remarked that why most Asian chicks are name such in a movie. I immediately thought of that ‘Bring it on!’ movie with Hayden Panettiere because the Asian cheerleader’s name is… AMBER!

I was really relieved that Vanessa Hudgens accepted this role. I mean, come on, I never really saw her out of her High School Musical sassyness (and I haven’t even seen a single HSM, seriously), and this movie did her good because I can no longer remember her character in HSM. Bravissima. Although I must admit that her characted lacked development as compared to the other four.

The sister’s relationship is great, although I preferred Rocket than Sweet Pea. We immediately thought “Oohh! Tyra gave her the token short hair Mia Farrow in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ makeover’! HAHAHA We’re so gay to even think of that! LOL

And the soundtrack! Love it! When I heard the first few seconds in her first dream sequence in the dojo, I silently shrieked Bjork! It was a remix of ‘Army of Me’!

After watching the movie, we then passed by Jollibee to see my friends Pio and Jacky (his girlfriend). I lent him something because he’d be going to Boracay tomorrow (or later as it’s already Sunday here!). So envious! I have two final papers to pass on the 4th and 8th of April, and a sit-down final examination this Tuesday!

We went to Taco Bell Gateway after (while repeatedly quipping ‘Take good care of him, oh, and teach him how to say “Yo quiero Taco Bell”’ from White Chicks!) for a quick snack before going home. Then I received a text message from my sister, telling me Mama wanted Dunkin’ Donuts. The store in the mall was surprisingly closed because AFAIK, they are open 24/7. So, we crossed the road and bought a dozen from a kiosk.

Then the most dreadful thing happened. After setting foot on the asphalt from the sidewalk, my right foot gave way! My left knee has these nasty abrasions and I felt the blood trickling slowly on my leg! Mon was so shocked that he was fussing over me but I was these highly proud person who immediately picked himself up and beelined for a secluded area to moan in anguish! LOL I immediately took out a mini-bottle of alcohol and poured the content over the wound (OUCH!), then folded my hanky in a cravatte and wrapped it around my knee! It was really nasty.I was busy saving the box of dozen donuts and my newly bought bag (with my laptop and everything inside)! What a victim of consumerism!

Once I got home, I immediately treated the wound with Hydrogen Peroxide and Betadine while busy talking to my sister. Now, I can feel my right ankle slowly succumbing to the trauma it experienced earlier. No more shorts for me on the weekends for the weeks to come! >_<

"What keeps the Japanese resilient in times of crisis, such as the devastation brought by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and an ensuing 10-meter tsunami last week?

To help Filipinos understand this, State of the Nation anchor Jessica Soho interviews Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, an Asian Studies professor from the University of the Philippines.”

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03/21/2011

When I attended my Asian Studies class last Saturday, my classmates mentioned that our professor was interviewed by GMA News TV to discuss this so-called ‘Japanese discipline’ in the aftermath of this catastrophic earthquake. She’s a native Japanese, married to a Filipino and has one son. This was my second class with her and I took my first (Population Ageing in East Asia) on my 2nd semester in graduate school. Prof. Reyes mentioned last Saturday that she highly doubts that this attitude would last though.

This earthquake might not be as devastating as the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in terms of lives lost, but a lot of people still died and Japan needs every help they could get. The 1923 earthquake registered 7.9 magnitude while the earthquake last March 11 registered 9.0 magnitude!

02/26/2011
I SKIVED OFF MY CLASS TODAY! In three minutes, it&#8217;s about to start and I&#8217;m still on my bed. I just can&#8217;t memorize all of Japan&#8217;s prefecture and I want to spare myself the shame of submitting an unanswered paper. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!

02/26/2011

I SKIVED OFF MY CLASS TODAY! In three minutes, it’s about to start and I’m still on my bed. I just can’t memorize all of Japan’s prefecture and I want to spare myself the shame of submitting an unanswered paper. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!

(Photo from childfind.sk.sa)
02/18/2011
I know. I am the master crammer. For the past 20 minutes, I&#8217;ve been trying to organize my thoughts for my paper proposal tomorrow. I&#8217;ve finished reading (or listening - since most of the time, I had text-to-speech on on Kindle) the chapter &#8220;Branded: Bad Girls Go Shopping&#8221;. I did make mental notes but of course, they are not tangible once the time for drafting comes. LOL
The chapter was written in 2005 and stated that more than half of Louis Vuitton&#8217;s earnings came from the Japanese market alone. Six/seven years later, I wonder if the same situation holds true. Japan has been continually experiencing a rapid depopulation and ageing, ergo, diminishing purchasing power. Most luxury brands have been targeting the Chinese market for the past seasons (think Chanel&#8217;s Pre-Fall 2010 collection or Louis Vuitton&#8217;s Spring 2011) and clearly, they also see the potential consumerism in this anomalous Chinese capitalism-slash-communism. And also, two words - Chinese population. However, it is also important to point out that they have a slight ageing population problem as well because of the one child policy imposed about four decades ago.
What&#8217;s next for the Japanese luxury market? Was it the ageing population or the materialism (against the frugal housewife archetype) that will eventually make these luxury brands pull out of Japan? Wow. Just by getting this off of my head and writing it here gave me direction at least. Off to finish my draft and presentation. Fight!
P.S.
I hope nobody does the same topic as mine. I&#8217;ll hit her with my bag. Just kidding.

(Photo from childfind.sk.sa)

02/18/2011

I know. I am the master crammer. For the past 20 minutes, I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts for my paper proposal tomorrow. I’ve finished reading (or listening - since most of the time, I had text-to-speech on on Kindle) the chapter “Branded: Bad Girls Go Shopping”. I did make mental notes but of course, they are not tangible once the time for drafting comes. LOL

The chapter was written in 2005 and stated that more than half of Louis Vuitton’s earnings came from the Japanese market alone. Six/seven years later, I wonder if the same situation holds true. Japan has been continually experiencing a rapid depopulation and ageing, ergo, diminishing purchasing power. Most luxury brands have been targeting the Chinese market for the past seasons (think Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2010 collection or Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2011) and clearly, they also see the potential consumerism in this anomalous Chinese capitalism-slash-communism. And also, two words - Chinese population. However, it is also important to point out that they have a slight ageing population problem as well because of the one child policy imposed about four decades ago.

What’s next for the Japanese luxury market? Was it the ageing population or the materialism (against the frugal housewife archetype) that will eventually make these luxury brands pull out of Japan? Wow. Just by getting this off of my head and writing it here gave me direction at least. Off to finish my draft and presentation. Fight!

P.S.

I hope nobody does the same topic as mine. I’ll hit her with my bag. Just kidding.

(photo from japaneseliterature.wordpress.com)
02/17/2011
Again, it&#8217;s the time of the semester that I have to think of a research topic. For my Japanese culture and society class, I&#8217;ve been debating on what topic to work on. Then it hit me. This book has a chapter named &#8220;Branded: Bad Girls Go Shopping&#8221;, discussing the obsession of Japanese women with luxury brands. It is a very good and interesting read. I was about to go to UP earlier to borrow the book from Asian Center but I thought of searching for an e-book first. Good thinking because I found one! Downloaded the PDF file, sent to Amazon for conversion and received it on my Kindle! Thank you heavens for technology!

(photo from japaneseliterature.wordpress.com)

02/17/2011

Again, it’s the time of the semester that I have to think of a research topic. For my Japanese culture and society class, I’ve been debating on what topic to work on. Then it hit me. This book has a chapter named “Branded: Bad Girls Go Shopping”, discussing the obsession of Japanese women with luxury brands. It is a very good and interesting read. I was about to go to UP earlier to borrow the book from Asian Center but I thought of searching for an e-book first. Good thinking because I found one! Downloaded the PDF file, sent to Amazon for conversion and received it on my Kindle! Thank you heavens for technology!

PLANNING AHEAD

Lundi / le 16 août 2010 

Mon, Ikle and I will be going to Macau this September (4-6 to be exact, as Mon and I will celebrate our 2nd anniversary). We haven’t thought of our Macau trip, not until Ikle came back from Europe. He recommended we’d stay in a hostel/inn, similar to what he did when he was in Lisbon for a couple of days. So there, we have one big problem: accommodation.

We don’t mind staying in a simple place, with no frills, as long as it’s clean and with a nice bed and bathroom. As much as we’d like to stay in fancy hotels, we’d rather spend our money on food and cab to get around the place.

I’ve spent the whole day researching for hostels/inns and found several options. I just hate the fact that some reviewers had to compare some areas to spooky/creepy horror film locations. LOL Thanks a lot. That’s what I exactly needed. (Augusters Lodge, Hotel Kuo Vah, Pensao Kuan Heng, etc.) Anything under Php1,500/night please!



Anyway, I really, really hope we’d be able to find a good (and safe) place to stay in Macau. I can now foresee that I’d be broke next month, and I can’t imagine how my November would be since we’d be going to Kota Kinabalu for four days as well (we= Jay-Ar, my mother and I). However, KK looks promising as hotel rates are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper. I’m curious about how island hopping would be in Sabah. I’m quite surprised that the surrounding islands (e.g. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands) have pristine beaches, considering they are near the capital. Imagine Manila Bay to Corregidor or something.
Gudlak sa tubig!

To be honest, I’m more excited to visit Kota Kinabalu than Macau because I’ve been researching and reading a lot about the place for my grad school courses. Or perhaps the uncertainty of finding a place in Macau caused me to be more apprehensive of the visit. I don’t really know. Aaaargh.

Also, I’m getting quite nervous with my passport. I renewed it last August 2 and I’d be receiving it on the first week of September. If I don’t receive it by September 4, POOF! Gooodbye Guangdong! I won’t be able to visit you! T__T

Hay. Kakalorkey.

ETA:
I presented my JPEPA paper last Saturday for my Theories of IR class. I was almost-butchered, or pour être précis, not-at-all-butchered. ^_^ I don’t know but maybe I conditioned myself not to be intimidated by my PolSci major classmates during the presentation. So there, revisions, revisions!

TOMORROW, JUDGMENT DAY!

Samedi / le 14 août 2010 

I mean later, because technically, it’s already August 14 ^.^

Last week, I’m supposed to present my seminar paper for Theories of International Relations. But thanks to UPCAT, it was canceled. Yay. And later… Nay!

My classmates are really, really meticulous with the papers presented in class. The last one who presented had to redo everything because her paper was practically butchered. I decided to center my attention on the JPEPA between Japan and the Philippines. I had a hard time because I’m quite used to writing more than fifteen pages for a paper these last three sems, and now I’m reduced to only eight.

Well, what’s done is done. As I was re-reading my paper, I spotted lots of lapses, even on sentence construction. (Dangling modifier, anyone? I remember that Grammar Nazi vid on Youtube, the Inglourious Basterds one!) You can’t blame me since I was literally cramming to finish it, only to find out few minutes after that there’d be no class the following day.

Butcher me all you want, classmates! For I am a Russian Spy! CHOS!

Thanks to Sureseats, we won’t have to queue later for SALT! We already printed our tickets lolololol My class normally ends at 5pm but we’d be extending ‘til 6pm because there’ll be two papers to be discussed. SALT is no Inception (lowered expectations) but I ‘d love to see Angelina dye her hair complete with the pout. Maybe I should dye mine too.

I’m still waiting for my dear BF. He’d be staying again in our house but his shift ends at 4am. 30 minutes more. He’s taking Korean classes in UP, at exactly the same time with my IS 290.

And this freaking zit is about to come off (literally). I’M SO HAPPY!!!

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