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4th-Feb-2008 12:33 am
Reborn - Jyuudaime BROKE MY HEART
I started this entry at 8.51pm, ladies and gentlemen, and then I had to leave the house and I'm only now reunited with my laptop at 12.33am. And I have work tomorrow, but I have been meaning to make an LJ entry since Thursday, but have been constantly interrupted by life. *laughs* BUT BY GOD THIS IS GOING TO GET DONE TODAY. I feel like I've lived so much in the past five days. *laughing* Which can be summed up in:

Wednesday: The results of the bar exam.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY ♡♡♡! You were all so sweet and supportive and absolutely lovely. *beams*

Thursday: Attending the first Switchfoot concert to be held in my country, with M and W! *beams* It was a crazy day because even though I had to be out of the office by 6pm on that day of all days, I had a partner meeting that lasted all the way until 6.40pm. M and W were so sweet to wait for me, and M bought me dinner ♥, and I felt so guilty because they had to wait because of me, and we were all looking forward, so much, to going to the concert!

At the concert I couldn't help thinking that if I'd never returned to this country I'd never have met them, and how happy I was to be there with them. It was such an amazing concert, and I've loved Switchfoot since 2005, and I never thought I'd get to see them live. And joy of joys, they performed On Fire, which is my favourite Switchfoot song and one I never thought they'd play. ♥ There is absolutely nothing like a live concert, because hearing music as it's being made right in front of you is just the way it should be heard.

I love how, in music, everybody gives you a different favourite song when you ask for theirs. *grin* At the performance that night, my favourite song was On Fire, M's was Dare You To Move, and W's was Meant to Live. It was a FABULOUS night.

Friday: Making submissions all day, but managed to get out of the office to catch T and D for dinner! And then, when I was at Kinokuniya later (because I really wanted to pick up some Reborn), I RAN INTO kyonkichi. *BEAMS* It would totally have made my night on its own, but then I looked into the next row and THERE WAS OMI and THERE WAS TASHIGI and I, being, you know, mature graduate and trainee you-know-what, suffered a short-circuit of pure joy and shrieked with delight.

And then after I told them what I was there for, Tashigi led me straight to the Reborn doujin anthologies. ♥ ♥ ♥ HALF of the doujin anthologies there were MORE than MY ARMS could carry, and Tashigi helped me with the rest and we went to the counter where I think I subsequently walked off with everything that wasn't Yamamoto/Gokudera. (Which was just two anthologies, it wasn't that bad!) kreznick was there too, and it was just really really really fun to talk Reborn and FF13 (because some fantastic new FF books were out). Even if I made a spectacular slip when talking about Reborn doujin and referred to this character named Ukedera, because, c'mon, YOU WOULD TOO if you'd just looked through an entire Gokudera-uke doujin anthology, yes?

And then aslah came, and and and she put the sweetest Gokudera/Tsuna doujinshi ever into my hands.


That night I pretty much had the most awesome cherry tomatoes ever, because somehow the Japanese varieties taste better, I don't know why! Maybe it's just that everything tastes better when you're having that much fun. (also, Tashigi does the best covers of Reborn songs, ever)

Even though I ship Yamamoto/Gokudera OVER MY DEAD BODY, FATE obviously wishes to disagree loudly and violently with me, because everything I touch turns to 8059. Everything! Do you know how depressed this makes me? As depressed as Gokudera after Jyuudaime has broken his heart.

Though Squalo was the first to steal my heart, the person I loved next was Tsuna, because the minute I set eyes on him I was, "So small! So cute! ... and.... SO STUPID! ♥!" *FALLS IN LOVE*

And just as Tsuna was love-at-second-sight (after I realised he was of that charming brand of stupid I love the best), I reacted to Yamamoto exactly like Gokudera did, despite knowing (or perhaps precisely because I knew) that I had every reason to love him. He's so cool! So self-possessed! And funny! And stable! And is so normal! ... and therefore this somehow means Recipe for Instant Dislike and Occasional Indifference on my part, I don't know why.

Now I can't listen to Tom Jones' Sex Bomb without thinking of Gokudera.

Saturday: Things I Had To Do (and I saw this adorably cute baby in the hospital and went all gooey over it - and then the nurses asked if it was mine. *cries*) It was so new (just two days old when I saw him, he hadn't even got a name yet!) - and then the requisite clothes shopping. I hate clothes shopping so much - BUT I adore new clothes, and the wearing of.

Also I was distressingly amused when I acquired new officewear and discovered that the size that fit me best was a Ten. (Realistically speaking, I'm probably a 9, but firstly, they don't stock nines, and secondly, I'm not a Xanxus fan) And acquiring an office shirt the colour of the one Gokudera's wearing here (... coincidentally, the exact shade of this LJ layout, or this layout) made me disturbingly happy. (Hey, you'd want to wear some colour once in a while if you had to dress in black and white all the time!)

Sunday Went to watch Rambo 4 with three generations of my family. WAS THE ONLY GIRL THERE!

Also, The Family is here, because it's just about nearly time for New Year, so this means that all my family members from far-flung parts of the world congregate in the country. I was disrupted from the post-writing for an airport trip to pick up my Australian aunts, which turned a visit to their hotel (where the Hong Kong relatives are also staying), which turned into a family gathering. I LOVE RELATIVES. ♥ Two of my youngest cousins, who were tiny when I saw them last, are now nine and eleven (so grown-up!), and I ended up curled up on a couch with one as he was showing me his DS (and his Sonic the Hedgehog drawings, because my Dad went, 'You draw! You draw anime-type things! GO TO aefallen!' because such is my life), but he was so cute and he is nine years old and plays the violin, and we all got a family demonstration; and we were looking at our pictures when we were kids (yay technology!). And my eleven-year old cousin is so fun to talk to (and she reads A Series of Unfortunate Events, and watches Heroes, and loves Hayden Panetteire and knows who Milo Ventilamiga is) and I'd say she was going to grow up to be an awesome young lady, except that I think she is already an awesome young lady.

Also, I demand to know why I am related to so many good-looking/adorable people, it's giving me an inferiority complex.

Also, why is the CFUD Malik player also playing Basil from Reborn?! IS THERE NO END TO THIS AWESOME?!
3rd-Feb-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)


Those strawberries are also the biggest and most delicious looking ones I've EVER seen. ♥_♥

Edited at 2008-02-03 07:09 pm (UTC)
4th-Feb-2008 03:07 am (UTC) - edited to add little!Jou icon!
I know, he is, isn't he? I just want to reach into the past and SQUISH HIM WITH LOVE. ♥ He's nine years old now, omg! Such a big boy now.

Is it not because he is so SMALL and therefore the strawberries look HUGE next to him? XDXDXD

But seriously, Japanese strawberries are the best. They are so huge, and they taste REALLY GOOD. You don't even need sugar with them!

Edited at 2008-02-04 03:07 am (UTC)
3rd-Feb-2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your exam results! And your fantastic week!

I love this line 'You draw! You draw anime-type things! GO TO aefallen!' because it's like... so the sort of thing that happens to you.

And you saw Rambo 4, that also sounds like Aefallen! Too bad I can't convince anyone to go see it with me.

In other news, I am thinking of August to head to the US. I need to put in my leave form this week. But things happening in the US in August include Otakon, Gencon and PAX.
4th-Feb-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
*BEAMS* Thank you so much! ♥ Yesterday I was at the airport with the family to pick up the aunts flying in from Australia and I wished that you were coming here, too! *smiles*

OH MAN, my Dad actually went on to say, also, "Japanese things? Go to aefallen, she knows everything about Japanese anime!" ... which is NOT TRUE but so cute of my Dad to say.

Then my cousin said, "Do you know Doragon Bōru Zetto?"
And I was, "T_T No..."
And he said, "Dragonball Z?"
and I was "YES! I KNOW THAT ONE!" SO HAPPY. He drew Goku, so cute.

!!! I WOULD TOTALLY GO TO SEE IT WITH YOU! I don't think I could convince many of my friends to watch it with me, too, few people can put up with this kind of EXTREME VIOLENCE. It's incredibly bloody, but I thought it had a much more satisfying ending that the Stephen King movie adaptation of the Mist. That was great, up til the ending, which deviated totally from the book and is the WORST ENDING I HAVE EVER HAD THE ILL-LUCK TO SEE, EVER.

OH MY GOD AUGUST LEAVE *_________________* ♥ I WANT SO BADLY TO GO NOW, OMG. We only get to put in our leave after June, I think, and that's only IF we get retained. SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY WAILS.
4th-Feb-2008 03:56 am (UTC)
They must be anxiously waiting for the Dragonball live action movie!

So I shall keep you updated with my plans then and you can do your best to match them when the time comes to put in leave?

I was told I needed 6 months in advance if I wanted to take a month off so I *have* to put in my leave proposal now. Does August still work for you? Can you put in a leave application in June for August?

Either way, I'll make a LJ post or something with a proposed itinerary so you can try plan some dates around that? I think I shall be going regardless, so whether you get leave approved or not won't change my plans (obviously everything will be much cooler if you came along, and booking accomodation and so on becomes a lot easier and cheaper).
4th-Feb-2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was a live action movie! - OH WAIT I KNOW IT, IT'S THE ONE WITH JAMES MARSTERS IN IT OH MY GOD. I should find out more about it and ask them! *grin*

Please do! *grin* Do let me know about your plans: I understand the specifics might change, but let me know as and when you do? *smiles*

True, that's how leave applications normally work, you do need to put them in about a million light-years in advance. ;)

I could ask around? Truth is we're not allowed leave until we get called - will tell you more when I see you online?

YAY ITINERARY! ;) Keep me updated! Mayhap you may find other travelling companions in that time, too? ;)
4th-Feb-2008 01:46 am (UTC)

i will keep in mind to inform you IMMEDIATELY if there's doujin anthologies with non-8059 pairings in! >D
4th-Feb-2008 03:16 am (UTC)
TOTALLY UKEDERA, I TELL YOU. Gokudera just has the PERFECT shouty-uke look that makes EVERYBODY in the whole wide world want to top him.

!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! ♥ That would be MUCH APPRECIATED~ If I hear of it, will launch FULL-SCALE INVASION OF KINO to acquire! ♥ ... well, if it's Gokudera/Tsuna, that is. ;) (so weak to that pairing)
4th-Feb-2008 02:46 am (UTC)
I had no idea you liked Squalo first either XD
O_O There's doujinshi in Kinokuniya!?

Ah....hahaha T___T Most of my Family is in Singapore but orz;;; so much drama happened I think this year's gathering would be pretty small DX
4th-Feb-2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I adore Squalo! He's so COMPLETELY SPAZTASTIC and CRAZY and VERY VERY INSANE and so pretty, too! I think with Squalo and Gokudera I've totally maxed out on the SILVER-HAIRED SPAZTASTIC FACTOR in Reborn guys. THEY'RE SO SILLY, THEY MAKE ME LAUGH SO HARD.

There's Reborn doujin in the Liang Court Kinokuniya! *grin* At least about ten books, I think, all anthologies. The focus is mostly 8059, with a bit of Xanxus/Squalo. I have in my possession everything that is remotely Gokudera/Tsuna, which is to say, two books. It's mostly gen, too.

Drama T_T Still, hopefully this year's gathering is fun, still, though? (Maybe more fun, if all the Dramatic Personalities stay away and don't cause trouble?)
4th-Feb-2008 03:32 am (UTC)
they aren't dramatic personalities, not really |D
But anyway, anyone troublesome is on the run/ MIA, so it's really just the mix of taboo topic and festive atmosphere.

Guh. T__T I don't ship 8059... but but...really? doujin anthologies? @__@ I need to see if there are other fandoms orz;;;
4th-Feb-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Family out-of-bounds markers? *wry smile* We have them, too. I think every family does! Hopefully it's MOAR FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE, less taboo topic avoidance? ;)

I really don't ship 8059, either. It breaks my heart that there's so much of it, and the KHR community also seems to double up as the 8059 community. I cling to my safe harbour of gokutsuna. Over three hundred 5927 fans can't be wrong. XD

There are loads of other fandoms! Prince of Tennis, there's even a Gankutsuo doujin anthology(it's so pretty). Lots of DGM doujin anthologies, too. And Bleach, I think. AND MORE!
4th-Feb-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I want 6927 |D pineappletuna is a baby so it needs more publicity asap DX On the contrary to what people think, 1827 is waaaay more popular than 6927 orz;;;

DGM *_* But I'm not so much into DGM anymore... speaking of which, I think I should start looking for that official anthology with the Guy/Luke cover we squealed about ever so long ago.

The various dramas happened very recently so |D ara.
Thanks to THAT COMMUNITY I cannot look at pineapple OR tuna the same way ever again. *grin* My Reborn fandom journal is watching that community! ;) (Because I have so many communities on my existing LJ, I now create fandom journals for specific fandoms so I can watch all the communities in one place).

I am disturbed that 1827 is more popular, because WTH I don't see the appeal of 18 IN HIMSELF, let alone with Tsuna (but I love Tsuna harem, though!). Maybe it's because people think 6927 is already so canon it doesn't need fanon? :D

!!! I forgot to tell you? I have that anthology with Guy and Luke on it! I should show it to you sometime! It was such a while ago that I acquired it that I've forgotten what's in it now, I'll look again and scan/let you know? *grin*

haha, I like 1827 though |D I like 6927 the way I like Jade/Luke but I like both 6927 and 1827 in a "I want to kill you but you intrigue me so I shall play with you abit longer" way
4th-Feb-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
ABSOLUTELY! I will, I will! If I don't manage to scan it I'll bring it the next time I see you? It's very gen, though: no Guy-Luke moments, the COVER LIES.

HAHAHA! The "I'll play with you, but I'll STILL kill you in the end" way?

WHAT ABOUT 186927 (or would that be 692718, the uke-sandwich way?) :D :D :D THE ULTIMATE PREDATORS - probably aren't good at sharing prey.
4th-Feb-2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, or rather "I'll play with you, but want to kill you once you're no longer useful, but damn, you're proving to be more and more useful" way? XD

Uke sandwich is yum, but I don't see Hibari sharing anything XD
You can uh... scan the cover image for me :D XD
4th-Feb-2008 09:01 am (UTC)
THAT sounds so much like Jade. "Damn, you're proving to be increasingly useful. And interesting. It would be boring if I killed you now. So I'll kill you when you get boring."

... sadistic seme-types.

Can do! *adds it to the scan list... too many things to scan, not enough time* I'll try to do it as fast as I can, though, you'll know when I'm done with it ;)

Hibari should learn to share. ;) Even if I think his EPIC FAIL at learning to share would be HILARIOUS!
4th-Feb-2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Congrats~! o/
4th-Feb-2008 04:54 am (UTC)

4th-Feb-2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Prrt~ ♥
4th-Feb-2008 06:30 am (UTC) - let me tell you a cat story

My mom was once at a Chinese restaurant where a father was showing his daughter the lobster tank. She was staring at their ... antennae, so her dad asked her, "What are those?"

The girl stared at the tank, and after long deliberation, she made her pronouncement.

"Cat," she said.

"No," said her father, "Lobster."

My mom was terribly amused, so she recounted the story to us, and we were equally amused. She said the girl probably mistook the lobster antennae for whiskers. Therefore, having whiskers = cat!

Edited at 2008-02-04 06:31 am (UTC)
4th-Feb-2008 06:50 am (UTC) - Re: let me tell you a cat story
Hahah, then that means puppies and other animals are cats. XD
4th-Feb-2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Men with impressive facial hair would also be cats!
4th-Feb-2008 08:39 am (UTC)
Aahahahahahah! XD
4th-Feb-2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
ooo...strawberries... <3

congratulations on passing dear! :-)

I remember how nervous I was waiting for my professional exam results...because not passing at first attempt means losing your job offer...
5th-Feb-2008 04:57 am (UTC)
i had a comment here last night at 9pm, but then i closed the tab. #($*&!(&!!! and sprawled onto the floor. OTL

what i wanted to say was, you so precious. also THANKS FOR THE NOSEBLEED X2, your cousin needs to be abducted by me, now, also i cannot look straight at the 8059 pic, please tell me where it came from so i can track down all extant copies and burn all of 'em (minus 1, i keep that to, uh, remind myself i am mortal XDDDD).
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