大切なもの (Important Things)

It has been too long since my last post.

I have been occupied. Occupied, distracted, lazy, unmotivated, busy, exhausted… Or perhaps I have lost my muse. My last post was September 2013. It is now the end of January 2014. About 4 months have passed without my recording of it. That’s…. Unfortunate. However, I’m motivated once more and I’ll start again.

In August 2013, I had my convocation.

Well, at least I think it was August. I don’t recall. The significance of the ceremony, with my family there watching be receive my degree, was perhaps them watching their support manifested physically. Everything I had worked towards and they had supported me in, I guess was in this education.

As the youngest in the family, I feel it’s a “SHE FINALLY HAS A DEGREE” moment, so I’m glad everyone came… to sit there for hours just to watch my 10 seconds on that stage. That’s love, ya’ll.

Because at the end of it all, they are the ones who have seen me at my stupidest, most unglamorous and unlovable moments. I don’t know why they still love me.

But I’m glad. (Yes, all my family members are short. This is where I get it from…)

I’m glad that they support me in whatever I do, be it my dreams or my work. They may never get to hear these words from me directly because I am Asian and we very hardly do all these loving things, but I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by them. By their support.

After receiving my degree, I looked at what I spent the last 3-4 years of my life slaving for. All the memories I made in Lasalle. All the things that I learned. I would definitely say the experience was worth it. I had my ego stripped away. I was discouraged. I was empowered. I never imagined myself knowing so much and falling in love with all this… Art.

The paper is a just a piece of paper. But everything behind it is priceless.

Mother.
Mother.

And most importantly, thank you momma. My mother is the greatest gift God could have given me. I don’t think I’ll be able to understand why she does so much for me. All those years of me studying she has always got my back. I mean, you want to understand undeserved grace? MOTHERS LOVE. See, now I’m tearing up as a write this. So, thank you God for giving me this mom to help me fathom just a fraction of how much You love me…

So what now, after I graduated?

In November, I went to Japan. I left my heart there. You know how sometimes, you feel that this is where you need to be? There are no logical explanations for why I need to be there so much. I fell in love again. I’ll upload photos from my phone and do a whole other post sometime.

In December, I was involved in Yellow Chair Productions’ version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. It was a beautiful experience, working with an entirely new bunch of people that are not my classmates. We’re having our post-production party soon, so more on that when it happens.

Right now, my work life consists of:

  • Teaching Drama, both kindergarten and secondary schools.
  • Barista at Maison Ikkoku
  • Research project for Aole and Elizabeth
  • Assisting Adam in Grotowski class at Lasalle
  • Acting for Rachel’s graduation show

Other than that, I’m still learning Japanese and will be beginning my Intermediate 3 lessons soon. I hope to be able to find time to update more in the following days to come.

Until then, take care.

Queensland, June.

This is going to be a pretty long post about my trip to Queensland with my mom and family friends this summer. It’s September now, so it should be about three months ago. So, a little backstory on the people I went with. Irene Aunty and my mother have been friends since my mother was 19(or 17?) and she was 21. They have been friends ever since. My mom is 49 now. So I grew up with Marcus and Germaine.

Amazing friendship, my mom and Irene Aunty.

So we went to Queensland, Australia. We stayed in Gold Coast. For the first week we were at Surfer’s Paradise in the hotel, then we moved to an apartment in… I forgot where. Oops.

Irene Aunty, Germaine, Momma
Irene Aunty, Germaine, Momma

This was taken before we boarded Emirates at Changi Airport. It was a 7(ish) hour flight. It was ridiculously cold. We landed pretty late at night, so we had instant noodles for supper and went to sleep.

The next morning we went exploring around our hotel. Went to walk along the boulevard and the beach. It was really rainy at the time we were there. T_T But we got away from the haze!

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This was taken on the same day at the photo above, but the coat was WAY too thick for a sunny Australian winter day. So I borrowed my mom’s coat-thing.

P1050008This is surfer’s paradise at night. Behind us was the beach. TOO MANY SEAGULLSSSSSSS. SEAGULLS EVERYWHERE.

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The next day we went jet-boating. This is the wretched place where I dropped my camera’s lens cap. THANK GOD IT WAS THE LENS CAP. -sob- Anyway, it was fun but you get really nauseous after a while. T.T

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We went back to the beach. Where there were seagulls. Gulls are scary. But my hair was perfect and beach-waved. WHY ARE BIRDS EVIL?


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At some point we went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Khaleesi and Owl

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Saw some koalas. They were all sleeping but THEY’RE SO CUTE.

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And this is where we saw a lot of birds. Yeah, I don’t know what I’m wearing. But you know, on holiday you get to wear a lot of fashion crisis things because you’re a a tourist and you can be weird, RIGHT?

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And fed the kangaroos. THEY’RE SO CUTE. Did you know kangaroos can’t move backwards? Fun fact hey.

We met some other people from church that were living/studying in Brisbane at that time, too.

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Honestly, the 2 weeks were TOO long in a place that gets dark at 4.30PM and I get sleepy at 9PM and I get up at 7AM. Also, the shops close at 5PM almost every day. It’s a really different, laidback way of life that I was totally unaccustomed to. Really.

So this was my June Australia trip.

Songs for a New World

It’s been ridiculously long. I’m working on another update post, but here are some pictures from Songs.

It’s actually such a long time ago I don’t remember what happened. -kicks self-



But yes, this was the set design. My first full set design, that could not have been accomplished without the help and favors of a lot of people.

Now, I’m editing photos of the Queensland trip I took this May/June. Until next time!