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17 September 2010 @ 11:20 pm
Happy 6th Jappaniversary!! *^-^* (+meme cont.)  
On September 15th, 2004, I left Seattle-Tacoma airport, and the next day I landed in Narita, Japan. My first time abroad (unless you count the one time my family walked across the Mexico border into Tijuana to see what it was like), and definitely my first real experience with a foreign culture!

I don't know what to say.. So many things have happened in the 6 years since then. I've went through homesickness, sickness, losing friends, heartbreak, loneliness, confusion, frustration, anger, fear, sadness... but I've also turned my world upside down. I had no idea, for example, that Taco Bell didn't exist everywhere, or that supermarkets in other countries weren't open 24 hours! It seems silly to think that I thought like that before, but that was just the way things are, lol.

I really recommend travelling abroad to everyone. Whether it's backpacking or first class, whether you have to work your way along or can afford the best straight out, it doesn't matter. Just go somewhere and keep your mind open. It just might change your life, like Japan has changed mine. I'd like to think that I've changed for the better, and I know there is a long way still to go. But I'm a work in progress, and ready for all that Japan has to offer me for the next six years! Here's hoping to my 7th year in Japan being the best one yet!

Cakes that sweet sweet Mako picked up for me ^-^


My hometown (!) friend Kristina came to celebrate!! So did Eda and Mako, who declined the photos, lol. =D;;
We (well, us girls) made ghetto burritos.. mmm, mexican food!


Pardon the hideous expression on my face, lol!!! But it's the only picture that I had. ^-^ It was such a great little party!


Eda stayed the night, and we watched Vampires Suck, laughed our heads off (that girl seriously had Bella's actor's acting down SO WELL it was creepy! And too hilarious. XD I used to love the Twilight books, but when I reread them recently, they didn't seem all that great. The first one was the best, though, as always. Breaking Dawn was a laugh fest. XD Oh well, I will still treasure them.

On another note, I recently reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for the movie!) and it was a LOT better than I remember it. Tastes sure change. I'm salivating for the movie, and I think it comes out in Japan roughly the same time as in America. I can't wait!!


Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn’t have.

Oh my.. well, this one is actually pretty easy! This is something that I work on every day, in fervent hope that I don't end up a hunchbacked old broad one day, not even needing to bend over to pet one of my 35 cats. That's slouching. I've done it since forever. It made my abs weak (which makes my back hurt when I stand up straight for a long time, oi), and it made my shoulders round.

I wonder why I did this. I usually tell people that it's because everyone is so short that I have to stoop to hear! But once a friend told me (you know who you are!) that it sounded like I was blaming everyone when I said it like that.

..! I had never thought of it that way before, but I can see that. LOL, I didn't mean it that way. I'm not sure what to say now. Height difference was the main reason, and an intense shyness, so I wanted to disappear. There was also the whole "growing boobs but don't want to grow up!" thing, too. :D If I hunched my shoulders and wore big t-shirts, then maybe nobody could see my boobs! LOL.

I really, really didn't want to grow up. Something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I'm 30, in Japan, with somebody that I really love, surrounded by a lot of amazing friends, and slowly and steadily working to try and make my dreams come true. There are times that I think about "grow up" things like marriage, kids, building a house, saving money, etc, and I even feel like I'm ready. Other times it's so scary that I can barely think about it.

But really, does doing any of those things mean that I'm grown up? Or even better, does being grown up mean that I'm no more fun? I don't think that it has to.

*~_~* Right? I'm curious about what you guys think! Even if I do those things, I want to travel with my friends and make the most out of life! Growing up now is a lot better than growing up used to be, maybe ^-^

Day 01 - A recent picture of you and five interesting facts about you.
Day 02 - The meaning behind your LiveJournal name.
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends.
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you've been to.
Day 06 - Favorite super hero and why.
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09 - Something you’re proud of in the past few days.
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends.
Day 12 - How you found out about LJ and why you made one.
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family.
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play.
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself.
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/ being with in the future.
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot.
Day 24 - A letter to your parents.
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag.
Day 26 - What you think about your friends.
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge.
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30 - Who are you?
 
 
 
ore-samathesundaywriter on September 17th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think planning some of those things can be fun as well, it depends how you see it, and who you make those plans with =3

Strangely until lately I never felt 'old' as some of my close friends did. Lately because I spent two extra years studying postgrad and half my friends have been working for a year or two and I'm still trying to find a job. I know while I wasn't wasting my time, it sometimes makes me feel pressured. Before I thought by 24 I'd be working and having more savings too, then again those feelings are also pressured by society expectations =X