July 19th – Attended majokai’s birthday party. Found them after much wandering about HDB void decks in shadow. Also found them in playground. Birthday Ratalien was on the swings. ; ) D/E-ers would be very happy with the introduction she gave me. There was sparkling apple and grape juice – which in the semi-dark, looked an awful lot like champagne. Tidying up was faster than I expected. Had extended conversation that featured anime, Pokemon, slash, Finding Nemo (my fault, as everyone who will read this knows), and Final Fantasy. Did not know that fics were written as a form of payment. That is interesting. Must investigate further. Now if I could get Rataliens to pay me for not writing fic… *devious smile*
Also I would like to speculate that the birthday party preparations involved buying all the satay sticks/bamboo skewers within several blocks’ (and an MRT’s) radius. Went to two major supermarket chains at could not find any bamboo skewers. And then I went to the barbecue and found where they’d all gone. *amusement*
Sunday, 20th July 2003
(I would like to add here the Insufferably Random Remark of Day: Why is it that Sunday, 20th July 2003 sounds better than 20th July 2003, Sunday? [Waiiiit. That’s not a remark. That’s a question.])
Went out with family for lunch at the Marriott. Sibling and I were very amused by the price of chicken sandwiches. Or should I say horrified. I remember them as being $5, but it must be post-traumatic stress. The actual price of the sandwiches must have been $10 and/or (most probably and) above. Had the smoked chicken pasta and was ashamed of my own cooking. Then again, the Marriott is a hotel and I am not, so I must not feel too bad about it.
(This is beginning to sound very Bridget-Jones-ish. I would also like to take the opportunity to say that I read the VSDs before I read Bridget Jones’ diary. So the amusement occurred the other way around. I’d be reading Helen Fielding’s work and going, “This is so VSD!” whereas if I’d kept up with reading, it would have been very much the other way around.)
Was breaking in new pair of boots. Went off to Kinokuniya (which is a very long trek from the Marriott if it’s done in new boots, after lunch, in the heat) and headed for the Jedi Apprentice section. Was easily five years older than the oldest child in that section. Compulsively arranged the JA books until they were in order. Also did this to Tolkien’s books in bookstores. And to Robin Hobb’s books. I want what I like to look nice, darn it. And I’m saving the staff effort. ; )
Except</i> the Ties That Bind arc. Was
*goes and reads "The Rising Force" and "Dark Rival"*
Dark Rival – has Xanatos. If Jedi Apprentice was Harry Potter, Xanatos would be fanon Draco Malfoy. But. Without canon Draco’s spiteful childishness, without fanon Draco’s leather pants, and without fanon Draco’s distressing tendency to redemption through Harry/Hermione/Original Character’s love.
Except, of course, Xanatos would be several years older, and at least three times more attractive than Tom Felton.
Though I saw the Prisoner of Azkaban pictures – Felton’s looking better than he did in the previous films. Or perhaps that was because I only saw his profile.
When I first saw Philosopher’s Stone’s Malfoy, I was – "He looks so sweet!" Hardly a thought to be associated with that particular Slytherin. [Although yes, ideally, Slytherins should look sweet, which would cause everyone else around to let their guard down. Perfect.
Also, I’ve read on LJs – "A Gryffindor is a Slytherin who understands PR." I agree. ; ) Well, but only for the singularly cunning Gryffindor/Slytherins.
Bookshops and Other Obsessions
I can never spend enough time in a bookshop. I go in thinking twenty minutes will be enough (this is the Centrepoint Times) and it never is.
Also, the Centrepoint Times has no Jedi Apprentice books.
The Orchard Library also lacks a children’s section.
You know how I know.
Bought X/1999’s (Seriously outdated now) sixth book. Kamui and Fuma. *eyes them both* Fuma, spit it out already.
This next cut for spoilers and slash, but this being X/1999, and this being CLAMP – rather synonymous. ; )
Though frankly, everyone who’s into this should know by now.
The whole book if full of Fuma’s "You are Kamui’s ... " realizations. Also full of Fuma’s "Kamui, I am your..." Convenient ellipses, very. This coupled with the fact that the two of them somehow manage to end up in singularly compromising positions when this particular phrase is spoken – Kamui in Fuma’s arms, Fuma touching Kamui’s face... Well.
ARGH Kotori. ARGH. >< Blonde and bubbly and… Fluffy.
Also to anyasy, I am still happily with my X/1999 pairing, but you’re the only one who’ll convince me to take a look at the other two. Also, I still like Hioshi.