aimless wandering: April 2006 Archives


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Update: Back from Disneyland! It was a total blast. We went from 8ish am to about midnight- Char and Melissa kept on going while I took a two hour break to recharge. Charlene Totally Slaughtered (In a good way) on the Buzz Lightyear ride which we rode three times. We rocked the fastpass system and probably waited longer to get into the parks than at most of the lines inside. I got my fantastically large turkey leg and lots of cast members (staffers) wished me happy birthday upon seeing my birthday sticker.

Today I turn 26 and what am I doing to celebrate? I'm going to Disneyland! Yes, really. And I got a totally different haircut!

From this:

To this!

New Haircut

James has termed it the Rukia from Bleach cut and it is kinda similar!

Movement in Some Direction

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It dawned upon me a few days ago that I'll soon turn 26. This. Well, it is big. 25 meant that heck yeah, I'm an adult who should be self supporting. I was also a graduate student. Things weren't so URGENT. But 26. Hey, my "life" should be in full swing. I'm done with classes. As birthdays loom, I like to see if I'm moving a direction. Front, back, sideways. Slow, fast, Lost in Translation standstill (as crowds move past you, feeling alienated).

This next month will be dedicated into furthering the direction I want to go. Give me some encouragement for my jog forward, will you? I have all the supporting foundation- the fancy little letters after my name, desire to go forth, and family who supports me. Other than some biological need for excessive sleep I can't figure out (is it this gray gray weather?), I'm starting to feel this primal urge to move forward. It is the right time. Time to make some changes.

Speaking of Changes:
Yo, Melissa my bestest buddy, congratulations on the whole Grad School Ph.D decision! Eloquence abandons me, only the dorky smile and teary eyes remain. So proud of you. I'd drink an entire pint of beer to prove it. (Trust me, that's love)

Robin, a close high-school friend, is also graduating/escaping with her Master's degree. Congratulations!

Charlene finished her first year of Grad School at Berkeley. Yay!

Yes, I'm lucky to have such awesome friends. And you know what? They're really friends, in the best interpretation possible. Fun, supportive, and honest.

This has been a little peek into freecia's life beyond her knitting, travel, and geek toys :) Hope you enjoyed it.

Really Rocking Movie -NaNa



I caught a really great movie on my flight back from Japan. Titled NaNa, it is the story of two 20 year old women who meet on a train ride to Tokyo. Both are named NaNa and they couldn't be more different- one is a singer in a rock band (appropriately goth-like) and the other is a sunny cutesy pretty bit of fluff (appropriately trendy). Cute NaNa is there to chase after her boyfriend and rocker NaNa is there to launch her Tokyo career. That's where some of the predictability ends. They become roommates and friends, which is a wonderful departure from how cinema usually embraces stereotypes and social boundaries. You begin to discover the amazing depths of each character, their past histories, their dreams, and their weaknesses. Throw in some boy candy and Japanese pop/rock to keep things interesting. The movie is based on the Manga (graphic novel) of the same name, written by Ai Yazawa.

I sniffled a lot, laughed a lot, sniffled some more, and cheered them on. Much of Japan went wild over this movie, it won a few Japanese Academy Awards. In fact, in this age where there is a dearth of actual award-worthy movies, I think if NaNa launched in America, it'd get a nomination at the U.S. Academy Awards as well as becoming an indie box office hit. This is one the few movies I'd buy and watch over and over. That's the best compliment I could give any movie; there are less than a dozen movies I've willingly seen more than once- start to finish. Lucky for me, NaNa the manga is going into its' 15th volume so there should be a sequel.

English NaNa fansite-
Japanese Trailers

Be on the lookout for an English subtitled version. has a few sources for those of us who don't speak Japanese. I think the effort to get it is worth it.

And just so you know, I have a LOT of trip photos and it'll take me a while to post all of them. So I'll upload in batches and you can wander over to the gallery from time to time to see the progress, or just wait until I announce that all photos have been uploaded before taking a few moments to look at them.

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