Friday, May 27, 2011

Tour de Tokyo!

Narita Ward, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
May 25, 2011

Tna: Finally... after spending many hours in plane, we arrive in Japan again!

Kaoko: Yeah, yeah... by the way, where's someone who supposed to pick us up?

Tna: Sou iueba...

Kogoro: Yo, hisashi buri omaetachi! Osokatta ni suman, suman... Ah, tonikaku, Nihon e youkoso! (Long time no see, you two! Sorry for being late... ah, welcome to Japan, by the way!)

Kaoko: Mouri-ojiisan?

Kogoro: Yo! I'll drive you to Tokyo then we'll start exploring it tomorrow. Dou? (How?)

Tna, Kaoko: Hai! We're bit jet lag and tired...

Kogoro: Well, we're now heading to Tokyo which is 7 km away from here! Let's go!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Current Top 11 Songs

Well, let's take a break a while from the serious posts. This time I'm going to tell about my current top 11 songs. Current, that means what songs I like to hear recently and always on my playlist. There's no special reason why I choose them, maybe some depicting about my feeling. But some just because I like them. Well, begun from no. 11:


Megure: *cough* *cough* Konnichiwa (Hello!), today, kono (this) Juuzo Megure is in charged of assisting today's lesson!

Megure: And the topic still about Japanese culture. Well, I'm not going to tell you about Japanese Police right now, but maybe later. Midori?

Midori: Doushita no, Anata? (What's the matter, Dear?)

Megure: You're ready to start off the lesson?

Midori: Oh, hai~ Konnichiwa, minna! Today, we're going to know closer about one of Japanese culture, which is Ikebana!

Life Story of Miyamoto Musashi

Tna: Ohayou, minna! Ogenki desu ka?  Kyou, atashitachi wa rekiishi wo benkyosuru. Mochiron, nihon no rekiishi no koto... (Good afternoon, Everyone! Today, we're going to study about history, of course Japanese history...)

Kaoko: We're going to learn about samurai this time, we'll meet one of renowned Japanese swordsmen. Kedo, toshookan ni ikanai desu yo (but we're not going to the library), we'll go to the year where the history takes place!

Tna: Sou, sou (You're right). We're going to 370 years ago by time machine ! Ikoo (let's go), Kaoko-chan!

Kaoko: Iku yoo~

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Alice back to the story. This is just another random story of mine. If you think you'll find yourself unsatisfied when reading it, then stop it and close your browser.

I did not know when this warm feeling had started. But what surprising me the most was Dave sit beside me, right beside me. Looking at me with gently puppy eyes. I could feel his sorrow, his loneliness, his confusion. Those eyes... even they looked so suffered, but the warmness cut through my eyes gently. Yeah, they were the eyes of Dave - Dave I used to know years ago.

I stood up and was about to go, because I knew it wouldn't last forever. I had decided since the last time I met him that I would not let my heart in pain anymore. I should let go off Dave forever, I should go away from his life, I should disappear from his memory...

But no matter how much I tried, I always lost. It looked like my heart was still in his side. I could not forget him, I could not erase every single memory of him carved in the deepest heart of mine, and I could not let go off him.

It was such a guilty pleasure. I knew I should not be happy even when Dave was only half meters behind me, but my heart pounded unconsciously. I had to treasure this moment because I knew it would never happen again in my lifetime.  

Suddenly Dave wrapped me from behind, very tightly and gently... as if he did not want me to go. I was so surprised but I could not even hide that I was so happy right now. God, please stop the time... let me beside him a little more. 

"Wake up, Alice. He's not yours... he's not yours..."

A voice come from my heart reminded me to stop.  I knew, I truly knew he was not even mine, but couldn't I stay like this a little while? I desperately ignored it. I would not care about everything. I would not care about his fiancee nor my wounded heart. As long as I could enjoy this moment, I willingly exchange with anything.

"Dave?" a woman voice that came from nowhere suddenly heard. He immediately released me and stayed me away. 

Not only Dave who was in a big shock, I was trembling looking what's in front of my eyes. Yeah, the one who called him before was Renata Smith, his fiancee. 

I saw him walking towards her and hugged her tightly, very tightly and intimately. I leaned myself on the white wall and slowly tumbled down. Tears rolled down from my eyes. Dave did not even notice me anymore. I even should see the unwanted scene of them; they were kissing each other as if they completely forgot that I was still here, as if the world just made for them.

I hold my chest, it was aching. I deserved this, it was the price I should pay for not listening to my heart's warning. My tears did not seem to dry. I cried in silence, I cried for my stupidity for falling for someone whom I should not. 

That painful scene suddenly vanished as the white fluorescence blinded my eyes. I opened my eyes and finally realized that was only... a dream.

I woke from such a long sleep with my breath panting. What I saw before was only a dream - yeah, a dream. I sweated quite a few, feeling my hearts bit rapidly. I accidentally touched my cheek, it was wet. I did not know whether I should feel relieved or anxious. That dream seemed so real.

It had been three months I never dreamed about Dave since our last meeting at his engagement party. We barely had a call for those time beings. It was me who preferred not to get too involved with him. The excuse was simple, I just wanted to neutralize my feeling and heal the open wound. Yeah, I acted too much whenever around him - I was actually a really good actress and he was a very demanding director.

My day was about to begin. As usual, I completely clueless about what should I do everytime I opened my eyes while people started the day with breakfast they ate and hurriedly went to office. More than a year had I been graduated from college, but I still had not gotten any job. It was not like I was too lazy to get the job nor my family was affluent already, my unluckiness - total unluckiness - caused me into the situations. It was even countless how many company had I applied and how many psychology test and interview had I attended. If I was about to list them on my notes, I thought I would find such a long-failure-list. Oh and just so you know, I was not from the affluent family. I only had a working-hard-mom who always pushed herself to fulfill our daily needs while my dad had been passed away eleven years ago.

I found myself really useless. What a useless human being. I was not even able to ease my mom's ordeal instead of always burdening her. Really, I wanted this condition would over soon. But again and again, everytime I had chances to follow the recruitment tests, I always failed in the different phase. What hurting me the most was the latest recruitment process I followed. So it had been my dream company since I was a child. I had been given the chance to take part until the last stage - but I should fail miserably. Now I did not know where to sail my ship again.

My love life was not even better. It looked like my heart still tightly clung to someone I should not love. Yeah, he was Dave, my engaged best friend. What could I expect from someone who was engaged? What could I expect from someone whom his heart not even for me? 

I saw myself on the mirror. I barely knew who was the girl who stared back at me? A woman whose eyes lost the light of hope. She looked unbelievably pathetic and thinner with eye bags clearly seen on her face.

"Is it really me? How creepy..." I asked to myself. I barely watched my appearances recently since that harsh rejection from that company. "How can I even get a boy friend of I stay like this?"

Actually I did not even care about boys things lately.

(to be continued)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Japanese Cuisine Part 1

Tna: Ima nanji, Kaoko-chan?

Kaoko: 10.15 am...
Tna: Nani ? We've been waiting for forty minutes already?

Kaoko: Sou~ 

20 minutes later...

Miwako: Yo, Anatatachi! O-matase~

Tna, Kaoko: Osoi! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Accidental Rendezvous

Hello! It's not like I'm going to post such a one shot story, but I'm dreadfully bored right now and having no idea what to do. Anything doesn't seem to interest me, neither practicing 200 Kanji nor watching some had-watched movies (oh, I don't know how to put it onto words, but you surely know what I mean).

Inspired from my boredom, weariness, and whatsoever, I decided to make short spoiler of my unfinished novel (yeah I've adjudicated NOT to finish that suck story anymore since the reality turned into the reverse, unexpectedly).

Well, as for the title, it's bit weird if I said a rendezvous to be happening accidentally. Maybe I should write 'Unwanted Rendezvous' or 'Unpleasant Reunion' or whatnot. But I'm not going to change it though. Just read and hope you enjoy.

Cast: Alice Woods, Hanny McKinsy, Clay Hudson, David Forests, Renata Smith, etc.

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Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari by. Supercell

Monday, May 16, 2011

Japanese Martial Arts: Karate

"Ohayou gozaimasu, Minna! After travelling to Osaka for some couple of days, we're back again! Today, we have special guest in this special place! Can you guys figure out where are we?" Tna opened the conversation.

"Well, well, I'll give it a clue..." Tna continued. "This elegant room was made with wooden floor, ceiling, and sometimes the walls. Its function is a place for doing formal training of any Japanese martial arts. Yeah, Japanese people named it 'Dojo' (道場)."

"Shoes are not worn here. Besides the obvious benefits regular cleaning, it also serves to reinforce the fact that dōjō are supposed to be supported and managed by the student body, not the school's instructional staff..." Tna suddenly stopped. "By the way, where's Kaoko-chan?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tour de Osaka!

"O-konnichiwa! Ore wa Nishigawa no Koukousei Tantei, Hattori Heiji. As you may know that I'm Kudou's biggest rival!

"Kyou, we're not going to study at class because you're currently in one of incredibly beautiful city in Japan. Yes, Osaka!" he continued. "Let me show you the marvelous cherry blossoms which maybe don't grow in your country."

Sunday, May 08, 2011

HI, BI, and PI Lesson

Tna: Phew~ That was a lot for HI lesson. No, not just HI, but also BI, PI, HYA, HYU, HYO, BYA, BYU, BYO, PYA, PYU, PYO... . I'm dying 

Kaoko: You bet! I thought it would never end 

Tna: Yeah 

Hinata: Ano...

Kaoko: Ara? Who are you again? 

Hinata: Watashi wa Hyuuga Hinata desu.

Tna: Aha~ perfect person for today!

Kaoko: Yeah! Today's lesson begins with 'HI' so you may fit that perfectly.

Hinata: Ano...dou iu koto?

Tna: 'Dou iu koto' don't know why are you here?

Hinata: Ah~ hai. Kakashi-sensei gave me a mission to meet Tna-san and Kaoko-san at Japanese Classroom. Sore wa ijou... (That's all...)

Kaoko: Aa - sou. Hinata-chan, could you help us teaching the 'HI' lesson? Since your name begins with 'HI' so-

Hinata: Teaching? Oh, well. What kind of subject should I teach?

Tna: Umm...anything, since it has something to do with our lesson.

Hinata was thinking for couple of minutes until Kaoko broke the silence.

Kaoko: Can we start it off now, Hinata-chan?

Hinata: Oh, hai. Konnichiwa, minna! I'm Hyuuga Hinata.

She wrote something on board.

日向(ひゅう が) ヒナタ

Hinata: Hyuu from 'Sun' kanji and 'ga' from 'Mukai (way)' kanji. Actually my name is written on Katakana, but I could also write it in Hiragana, so it becomes...

ヒ ナ タ -> ひ な た

Kaoko: Good job, Hinata-chan! Anything else?

Hinata: Ano...since I am a ninja, I'll teach them my jutsu, but don't worry, it's still related to the lesson. May I?

Tna: Sure!

Hinata activated her eye technique which is only possessed by Hyuuga Clan.

Hinata: Minna-san! This eye technique is called BYAKUGAN (白眼 -> びゃくがん). Literally meaning 'White Eye' because the kanji is taken from '白 (Shiro -> white)'  and '眼 (Me -> eye)'

She wrote them down in a board.

Hinata: This is a special doujutsu (eye technique) which have some abilities. First, Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck. Second, it's able to see through solid objects and can use a degree of telescopic sight. But the greatest ability of Byakugan, it's able to see chakra (energy), chakra flow as well as chakra circulation system inside the body with great detail. But, only those from Hyuuga Clan could possess this jutsu.

All students in classroom listened to her very carefully until someone raised his hands and asked,

Student: Hinata-senpai, could you show us how Byakugan will work when facing another Byakugan user?

Hinata: Ah- hai, chotto. I'll call out Neji-niisan, also from Hyuuga Clan. Then we'll show you when Byakugan meets Byakugan. Chotto matte kudasai~

Hinata was ready to walk out from the class. But when she opened the door knob...


Naruto suddenly came and hang on upside down which made Hinata was totally shocked. Her face suddenly reddened.

Hinata: Na-Na-Naruto-kun....?

Not too long after she said that, she immediately fell of the ground. Fainted.

Tna, Kaoko: Hinata-chan?!

They shook her body, but it seemed she was really fainted.

Tna, Kaoko: N-A-R-U-T-O K-U-N!!! 

Naruto: Dame dame dame! Warukattattebayo~~!

That yellow-haired guy hurriedly ran away, leaving the fainted Hinata and the angry sensei.