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Aug. 11th, 2012 | 08:03 pm

So it is a sad fact of my life that I have neither the time or inclination to deal with illegal downloads of Japanese material. I have no patience for the cliquishness (sp?) of up-loaders, super slow downloads from China, or viruses on my computer (twice in like two months!!). While again, it is very unfortunate, Japanese fandom has fallen by the wayside.

Instead, I have had to satisfy myself with Korean dramas on Netflix. The plot lines are similar enough to have the same emotional, if not linguistic, effect. Watching them has been almost nostalgic, because the way I learned Japanese at first was by watching and listening to Japanese anime. I am reminded that I am actually quite good at picking up language patterns, and it helps that Korean has a very similar grammar structure to Japanese. Plus, I don't have any of the complexes I have about Japanese (i.e. mine's not good enough - thanks OSU!), so I get to simply enjoy the dramas and the Korean.

Some dramas available on Netflix (and probably Hulu) that I have enjoyed:

My Princess: Cute. First real Korean drama that really hooked me. Nice arguing between the two leads.

Stars Fall from the Sky: Enjoyable drama with a rowdy bunch of kids for the male protagonist to fall in love with. I usually enjoy family dramas.

And...two dramas with a new crushable young man:

Lee Seung Gi Image

Lee Seung-gi

He's been in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Nine Tailed Fox)

This is a cute drama and popular with Western fandom. 

And then there's Shining Inheritence (Brilliant Legacy).  Oh my, this is so good!  It's long (28 eps I think?), and it is super melodramatic and always ends on a cliffhanger, which is why I think it's not as popular with Americans etc.  However, it was SUPER popular in Korea and the relationship between the two leads is really lovely, cute, and sweet.  Also, there is a positive  portrayal of an autistic child, which is probably good for mental health awareness. 

A small note if you decide to watch any of these.  I'm beginning to think that Korean dramas (especially the longer ones) don't get good until the sixth episode or so.  So check them out!!


Aug. 13th, 2010 | 10:21 am

One of my high school English teachers from MY high school is retiring. The school was trying to get it so I could student teach there (switching from St. Ignatius). I would pretty much be guaranteed a job, but it looks like it won't work.

I'm sad b/c it would be a great opportunity, but happy that the school cares about me that much.

My So Called Life...

Aug. 11th, 2010 | 07:24 pm

I just realized I haven't posted since May... I also realized that I have been on livejournal for like going on 5 years... Geez, how time flies.

I've been really happy to hear lots of good news from livejournal and facebook recently! (baby, weddings, jobs). It's good to hear nice things. It's really easy to get bogged down by bad news.

On that note, I am soo stress eating now. I am taking a semester's worth of classes in four weeks. Urgh. It's not terribly difficult, but I still want to tear my hair out. It also makes me very blase about doing well. Am I really going to improve my research methods in the last week of class?

In other news, I start student teaching at St. Ignatius on Aug. 23. It's exciting to be in the classroom again, although I think American teenager are different than Japanese teenagers. Still, I really do believe that the good moments are worth all the crappy ones. It's getting that relationship with the kids (we'll see how long that takes...). I'll try to not compare the two groups too much...

Wedding coming up! Yeah! (Kindly looking forward to not being in charge of it anymore...)

Arashi Oh Ye~~~ah!

May. 24th, 2010 | 07:19 pm

I'm watching the new-ish Arashi 5x10 Anniversary Tour DVD.

By myself.

And I miss all the people I could be watching it with. You all know who you are. I miss you. I love you. I wish I could see you more frequently.



Um, yeah

Apr. 11th, 2010 | 08:49 pm

So we went out for dinner and see a hockey game with a bunch of people, many of whom happened to be engaged.

On one hand it was nice to talk to other people in the same situation as we are. On the other hand, these people are organized! They already have their bachlorette parties/bridal showers all lined up. Geez. I feel behind.

Otherwise, school is school. Work is work. I wish the semester would be over already. Trying to get finanes in order for summer semester, which should be really exciting with its TONS of education classes.

Anyone want to take bets on whether they'll be useful?