Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in
Kakashi Hatake's LiveJournal:
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
second childhood... i guess it's a sign of age... one gets hit by paroxysms of nostaglia from time to time.
couldn't resist ordering collector's editions of these anime on amazon.com when they went on sale.
Robotech was a compelling cartoon to watch in the 80s, because it was one of the rare cartoons back then to have story arcs, instead of standalone episodes within which all misfortunes are neatly reversed or resolved.
1st Generation/Macross is suppposedly the favourite of many Robotech fans due to its "classic" love story, but that's exactly what I don't like about it - too draggy like a soap opera, albeit a space soap opera.
I like 3rd Gen the most because it's about a rag-tag band of freedom fighters fighting Invid (alien) invaders on Earth, from city to city and town to town, rather than against the emotionless backdrop of outer space.
There's also a lot more character development - entire episodes are dedicated to fleshing out the backgrounds of each and every character in the team, something not done in 1st & 2nd Gen.
burnt out just 2 weeks into 2008, and i'm totally burnt out.
worked till 10 pm or midnight for most of last week, and sometimes i even continued working at home after that. i didn't mind the long hours so much, but i found it emotionally exhausting to have to rely on the goodwill and professionalism of colleagues to get things done.
fortunately for me, both were in abundant supply. but i can't assume that'd always be the case.
and in my hurry to get things done, i made a careless mistake that cost my company a few thousand bucks. a mere blip in the bigger scheme of things, but i found it personally humiliating. fortunately, my boss was understanding... especially as i spotted the mistake just an hour or two before it'd have been too late to rectify it, and then we'd have suffered something worse than monetary loss.
am seriously considering switching into a frontline role. i don't consider myself to have the right personality for sales, but it's something that i've been wanting to try. still, my fear is that after doing short stints in 5 or 6 functions these few years, i'd still be at the bottom of the corporate ladder when i hit 30, while my peers would be in middle management by then.
i'll give myself a few more months to decide what i want to do.... in the meantime, it looks like January will be a month of pigging out. check out this delicious crepe from Canele!
Toy Boy Went to the flea market at China Square today, and it was like a walk down memory lane with so many reproduced "vintage" toys being sold. The flea market should really be called an anime market instead.
I told myself not to be one of those adults who buy overpriced pieces of plastic because they couldn't afford them as kids, but after about an hour of browsing, I became the proud owner of:
a $30 Optimum Prime model that has high maneuverability,
and a $50 set of the Elric brothers from Fullmetal Alchemist, one of my favourite anime.
Almost bought a miniature set of Bleach characters as well, and some Evangelion figurines too, but $80 is quite enough to spend on toys in one day (though a lucky young brat had his mom buy him a $120 set of 3 Veritech fighters - I only had a $30 budget for toys every birthday and Christmas during my childhood! Oops there's that deprived mentality again).
Have the feeling I'll be tempted to go back very soon. That place is sheer E.V.I.L.!!!
Deep Pockets I save money everytime I watch movies with tckl because he has really deep pockets.
By that, I mean we can buy drinks from the supermarket and hide them in his pockets, instead of patronising the concession stand. And I'm not referring to canned drinks, but those drinks that come in long bottles hehehe. A lucrative career in drug trafficking awaits him if he's ever so inclined.
Heard this song by Guang Liang in the cab, and from the chorus I guessed that the title was possibly 若无其事. Tried searching for the song on Youtube, and I had to sieve through no less than a hundred different uploads of 第一次 and 童话 before I found it. Freaking annoying.
It's a sad song about a boyfriend pretending to be unaware of his girlfriend's intention of breaking up with him, and treasuring the last moments of their relationship.
No, I'm not having relationship woes. I'm just a sucker for sad love songs.
Dog Days Having done overtime almost every night for the past 2 months, I was so exhausted after work last night that when I when to the ATM to withdraw money, I left with my card and receipt, but not my cash =P
Headed back after 5 steps or so, just in time to see the notes being sucked back into the machine, which displayed a message that went something like, "Your cash has been retained as you did not collect it in time."
At least my money didn't get retained by some random passerby...
My late dinner at Lau Par Sat would have been much more pleasant minus the touts and tissue-sellers.
Lovely plate of satay, except I had to pui pui pui the burnt bits. That happened a lot for the chicken sticks, but I couldn't really see the burnt parts on the beef, so I must have eaten quite a bit of carbon tonight. Must take more antioxidants...
I killed Fonsus the floating eye, Fan Tasy the rat, Qyeii the minotaur, Cszhou the fire elemental, Lionheart81 the giant spider, Babymicrophone the gelatinous cube and Z139 the kobold.
I looted the Wand of Merman13, a Figurine of Nikeworth, a Figurine of Tckl, the Crown of Jamespeare, the Wand of Bobafett81, the Sword of Immoralfear, the Sceptre of Cowie, the Crown of Apotasy, a Figurine of Zhengjie, the Dagger of Shayan, the Amulet of Miak and 123 gold pieces.
Raffles Place Once More Walked with my mum down Raffles Place today. It was during my lunch break, and she had come down to settle some financial matters.
I had a sudden flashback of the few times back in the 80s, when my mom dabbled in shares, and she took me with her to Raffles Place to make her transactions. Back then, everybody had papers as proof of ownership - no electronic trading! I remember being awed at how tall the buildings were, and how serious and businesslike the people and atmosphere were.
Almost two decades later, I've become a denizen of Raffles Place. I'm the one guiding my mum as we weave our way around the skyscrapers, now much taller, just like me.
I let the wave of nostalgia wash over me. It was almost enjoyable, save for a bittersweet aftertaste. I'm waxing while she is waning. And though I'm enjoying the benefits of being an adult, I've not shouldered the accompanying responsibilities, or showered her with the love and attention that she deserves.
"Lucky draw! Free gift!" As I was passing by one of the credit card booths at the Suntec IT Fair, I gave a brief look of interest at the glossy posters. One of the sales staff jumped at this opportunity and started her sales pitch.
I didn't feel like signing up for a card there and then, so I allowed myself to be pushed along with the flow of human traffic.
But she didn't give up, and gave one last desperate attempt by screeching, "Lucky draw! FREE GIFT!!!!!!"
Reflexively, I paused for a moment. How S'porean hehehe. I chuckled and turned my head to flash her a smile before moving on to the next booth.
Treated my family to a nice meal at Imperial Treasures to celebrate my bonus. One of the best meals I've had this year, because the flavours were enhanced by the happy looks on my parents' faces.
himbotic moment I was trying to log into Livejournal for the nth time, increasingly frustrated at trying the correct password again and again, and more than a little worried that my account/laptop got hacked into, when I realised that I was on the GMAIL website.
A Most Disgusting Pre-Dinner Aperitif I just got back from a dip in my condo's pool. I don't swim there frequently, and I'll quite likely cut down even further, because the water was DISGUSTING!!!!! I was haunted by floating strands of hair, and visible layers of dirt or black/brown specks (hopefully not droppings of toddlers/birds/insects) on the floor of the pool.
Almost clawed my way out of the water the moment the bubbles cleared and I could see again - despite my grand old age, I still like to jump into the deepest part of the pool with a big splash. :P
Best Friends When you're young, you usually have only one or two best friends at a time. They're often the ones sitting next to (or near) you in class. Your best friends also change abruptly at regular intervals, which usually coincide with the start of the new academic year, when you change classes and seating arrangements.
As an adult, with more developed and complex personalities and interests, best friends are less clearly defined and more transient. One tends to have different buddies for different interests, and for sharing of different secrets. Friends may also slowly fade in and fade out of "best friend" status as your hobbies, occupation, social status, or even country of residence change.
How then do you know which is your "bestest" friend? He's the one you can SMS or call for any matter, at any time, without worrying that it's too trivial or whether you're bothering him.
I'd planned to update sooner, but the weekend whizzed by in a flash again. Fortunately, I never have a bad case of Monday blues. I guess I sort of "enjoy" my job, considering it's a job. It's not my passion, or something I wouldn't mind doing for free or overtime on weekends, but I don't hate it.
I still harbour a secret dream of striking TOTO, after which I'd:
1) Invest most of it in a diversified portfolio of unit trusts and bonds, and some FDs, to secure an income stream for life. 2) Quit my job, and go for a nice long holiday around the world. On Business Class. 3) SHOP like crazy on stuff I previously couldn't afford. But not to the extent of buying flashy sports cars....or yachts! 4) Share my winnings with my family. I probably wouldn't tell my friends, except for a select few. 5) Donate 10% (Is that too little? But what would be a correct amount then?) to church and charities. 6) Get a job I really enjoy. Maybe set up a cosy cafe or restaurant since I love food!