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Note: Apparently, this has been in  my queue for almost two years and it was never published! I’m so sorry! Enjoy 🙂

☆ To see all of the parts in this series, click here ☆

O hisashiburi desu ne! (It’s been a while, hasn’t it!) I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve continued the story about my first crazy year in Japan. There’s still quite a bit to say!

It wasn’t long after I moved into my new apartment in Shinjuku before something else exciting happened to me. Do you remember how the father of one of the members of the NaB’s (Kenn’s band) approached my friends and I after a concert and started chatting with us? Well, it turns out that this was a friendship waiting to blossom.. or something like that. 🙂

The family (of member Karl, the guitarist) lived in Kamakura, which is a really famous sightseeing spot south of Tokyo, and one day, Mr. K invited my friends and I to come and see the area and spend the day with his family. A guided tour by a local family… and with one of the NaB’s?! How could we refuse?!

So, on July 24th, Eda, Aloni, Ale, and I boarded the train for Kamakura!  Continue Reading »

I want to catch you all up, so that I can move on and get over this slump… I mean, this depression. It has hit me really, really hard the first part of this year, but I’m DETERMINED to get over it. You should see my face. It’s scary.

In January, my bike was stolen. So, I had to buy a new bike, but it is just GORGEOUS and has speeds, and I keep it inside now so as to prevent the Locke Lamoras of the world from appropriating it. Locke is cool, but I am not rich. I get a lot of compliments on it, so maybe I should thank whatever crummy thief nabbed it for my newfound stylishness. Also, the old one had a flat tire that I hadn’t yet repaired, so the joke is sort of on them… Um, kind of.

Here is my new prettymachine:

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So, in the beginning of December when Thuy was caught up in the hype and excitement of the new Star Wars movie, she had what sounded like an insane idea to purchase a well-made lightsaber. I’m more of a Trekkie, and Star Wars is something that I also grew up watching, but it doesn’t mean the same things to me. It didn’t shape who I am in the way that Star Trek did. I wouldn’t be the same person without it. Anyways, I digress. Savariben!

She ended up ordering two lightsabers from a company called Ultrasabers, and her brother ordered two as well (one for his girlfriend and one for himself. Thuy’s were both for her, uh…).

Honestly? I thought that it was kind of dumb to pay three hundred dollars for a lightsaber, especially when you weren’t a big fan or anything (Which she and I are not. Now, a Batleth on the other hand… I had been eyeing one for a while, but the price and the leather grip was keeping me from buying it. Why leather? I doubt that they even have cows on Klingon!). However, when the sabers came in a few weeks later, both me and Justin put in orders later that same night! I have an orange one for sparring now, and a purple one because, purple. I should have made the sparring one purple, but I didn’t know that I would use it for anything but photos at the time.

Time passed, and near the end of the month, Thuy found out that a Parkour gym down by the waterfront was starting Lightsaber classes in January. Uhh.. lame or cool? I wasn’t sure.

But, I mean, I’d sign up for Vulcan language lessons in a heartbeat, so why not? I signed up with Justin and Thuy. I hardly ever go along with the flow, but I am really glad that I did!

I am now a proud member of Hawaii Saber Academy.

And I am eating my words, and some of my dignity, but it is SO MUCH FUN THAT I DON’T CARE! Omg, I am letting my inner child out, and I could not be having more fun! I really wish that there was a Star Trek equivalent, but Trek is fundamentally about peace and acceptance, so that might not roll over so well.. I don’t know. Hmm..

Yeah, anyways, I am eating my words. I love the class so freaking much that I just can’t help but practice outside every night, and sometimes during the day. It’s mostly just learning poses and sequences right now, but the theatrics? They are so beautiful, and that glowing-light aesthetic is right up my alley! <3 <3 <3

I only brought my phone with me, so the pictures that I took aren’t as high-quality as I’d otherwise like, but I might try some long exposures another time. In the meantime, have this, and then look up to see if there are any classes in your area!  Continue Reading »

On Sunday, I went out with my girlfriend, roommate, and a few other friends to Waimea Bay on the North Shore.

Why? To go bouldering!

The gym down my street from our apartment is a bouldering gym, and Justin (le roommate) is a huge fan so Thuy started going, and then I started going, and we made more friends who also go (including James, who was a friend of mine during college but just moved to Honolulu too!). So, a few of us decided that we needed a getaway and went to try out doing this whole climbing thing outside!

I mostly worked on my photography skills, because I’m not a very strong climber, but I had a great time anyways! It’s winter, so it’s warm but not hot, and the waves were so strong that swimming wasn’t allowed! Not that that stopped a lot of people.

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My girlfriend just jetted off on a spiritual journey to India. I miss her sooooooooo much! Hopefully I have enough money to travel next year. The good side, though, is that I should have enough time to finish Denkiki by the time that she comes back. No distractions!! Except Halloween, yeah…

Justin and I are having a Halloween party at our place, which should be pretty low-key. I miss going out in Shibuya to have fun with friends and look at costumes, but last Saturday, I sprained my ankle while playing Quidditch, so walking anywhere crowded isn’t really in the cards. Oh well, more time to work! Again.

I will post more about that, but let’s take a little relaxer! I found this meme on Tumblr, and wanted to give it a go. Here we are:

25 Random Facts About Me (!)

1. I am a 35-year-old CIS female.

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I was browsing Tumblr the other day looking at pictures of Autumn scenery (again), and I ran upon this list of asksIt’s perfect for my blog! I thought. It’s so creative and cute! So, here are the questions, and my answers. 🙂 If I wasn’t working on other things (comic!!), I’d make illustrations to go with it. In the future, hopefully I’ll have time to do things like that!

VAMPIRE: SOMEONE OFFERS YOU A CHANCE AT IMMORTALITY. DO YOU TAKE IT, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?

YES. If I had the chance to become immortal, then there’s no way that I would turn it down, even if I had to become a vampire. I’d go the route of looking for donors, though, instead of stealing blood from people who didn’t want to give it. And under no circumstance would I drink animal blood. Hey, if I was immortal, I could wait as long as possible to eat if there weren’t any willing donors, right?

WEREWOLF: IF YOU HAD TO SPEND YOUR LIFE WITH JUST ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?  Continue Reading »

Lately, I have been watching from abroad as the northern hemisphere turns orange and brown, and people don fall jackets and drink pumpkin spice lattes. You could argue that it’s better in Hawaii, where it’s still in the mid-80s every day, and the sky is blue and clear. We can still swim any day we want, trapped in our eternal summer.

But I totally miss fall.

It’s hot here, and there isn’t a respite from it. Granted, I’d prefer to be warm over being cold, but it’s not warm. It’s really hot.

So, I’m sure that I’m forgetting what fall is all about, but lately I’ve found myself browsing pictures of autumn leaves on Tumblr one too many times, and saved a huge folder of them to my hard drive. I guess you could say that I miss fall. Something that I honestly thought that I’d never say.

Anyways, I was idly wondering a while ago whether there were any pumpkin patches in Hawaii, and it TURNS OUT THAT THERE ARE! And they give free hay rides during October. I made immediate plans to go with my girlfriend, Thuy, and my roommate Justin.

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