Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Oh! The story about the unicorns! I've read that one... something about Saint.. er, Saint something, and the power of love ^^;; It's been a while since I've read that. You're so lucky to be able to borrow manga... I can only read the Japanese ones here, and they've got no lending stores =/
Still debating with mom about going to Korea... on one hand, I do think it'll be a bit of hassle to bring all my books to Korea, but I really don't want to stay here. I'm in perfect health, aside from the fatigue, but seeing as how I'm not allowed out and all... I just think it's better if I do go to Korea. It's not very assuring, seeing as how many people are getting infected every day. And I really do hate those masks... they don't do jack, to quote a friend -_-a. All it does is make you breathe your germs repeatedly...
So. Hopefully by this time in a few days (possibly the day after tomorrow), I'll be in Korea.
--Anna said 'Chu!' @ 08:11 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Watching Wolf's Rain and the most recent Inuyasha episodes... Also trying to get Full Moon Wo Sagashite and Chobits. ^_^
I rented more manga today. There's a new girl about my age at the store. I noticed her during my last visit but she wasn't very friendly even though I made an effort to strike up conversation. ^^ But today, a miraculous change overcame her! o_O;; One of the lady owners was there too, and as I browsed around looking for new manga, they started recommending me stuff. The girl started getting really excited about her recommendations, and every sentence of hers was punctuated by "And he's so handsome! *____*" It was kinda scary, but later it got addictive and the other lady and I began to go "Yes, yes! And that guy too! *___*" I think it really irritated the people sitting there reading. ^^;;; I got some of this series about a girl living in some village below the heavens and who is given her pick of 7 unicorns, one of which is to be her husband. The art looks very pretty, and I can't wait to read it! =D I also got Hana Yori Dango 33 and several other random shoujo manga series. I rented a lot more than I should've, probably cos I'd feel bad if I didn't get their recommendations even after all the squealing, etc. Everyone who owns manga stores should do this.
Oh and back to Inuyasha. I thought it was really weird how when Renkotsu (I think that's the name) said Miroku the monk was sexy, and Miroku actually wanted to suck the guy up. I mean, shouldn't Miroku get all excited that someone wants him for a change? And then of course I realized that Renkotsu was actually male, even though he had lipstick and a feminine voice. Of course, those traits don't matter to the Japanese.
*re-reads paragraph* OK, the first sentence sounds really off. But it makes sense if you watch it... ^^;;
--Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 04:20 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1, 2003
So. Now, even the schools are closing down, and we're not allowed to go for the revision sessions. That's really, absolute rot. Oh yeah, and Mr.H tells me our coursework deadlines have been pushed back... I just wonder about our exams then. I have my art exam late this month and then drama... I'm not sure we even HAVE enough time to get things done.
I think I'll be going away to Korea... there're already lots of people leaving Hong Kong, and I'd rather be in Korea doing my work... no point staying here when I can't even go out to get McDonalds. This really sucks.
--Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:18 a.m.

Sunday, March 30, 2003
Aw, damn, now it's going to be the stupid exams in a month or so... *wilts*
I've been swearing waaay too much during the past week or so. Call it stress. I'm ready to give that up =) My voice is hoarse for some reason, and I guess I really should get some sleep, since I only slept for an hour lastnight/this morning... *yawns*
Loaded chapter 38. Any mistakes I missed, please tell me. I'm not really in a state to notice anything, and I'm getting dyslexic.. coordination's going all wonky. I feel nauseous and disturbed... like that time when my friends fed me alcohol -_-
--Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:57 p.m.

Monday, March 31, 2003
Oh, and I almost forgot!! Please vote for which Hanakimi volumes you want translated faster in the POLL!
--Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 12:02 p.m.

Monday, March 31, 2003
Update on Charlene's staying home life:
  • Playing Dogz 3 again.... (This was a game I obsessed over like 2 years back--this is what boredom does to you.) I'm trying to get my Dachshund Nasty to fall in love with my Bulldog Merle. o_O Today, most of my puppies become adults so I'll be very busy playing cupid.
  • FF8 is progressing really well! I've just started on Disc 3 but put in about 50 hours already. (My previous game took 60 hours in total) I thought spreading the Random rule to Balamb and a couple other regions was a big mistake (well, it was an accident!) but I've still managed to get all of the rare cards like Edea, Seifer and Pandemona. (Ugh, Pandemona was SO HARD...stupid hotel owner, I had to keep restarting about a kazillion times.)
  • I rented some manga yesterday. Nana 5, Penguin Brothers 5, GALS! 8 and a 3 volume shoujo series which sucks. I think I can pull together a Nana layout for the blog! I've always wanted to do a Nana layout. *_*
  • I've been reading "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Murakami. Wow. I finished "Life of Pi" some time back. That was really good too.
  • I've also put a HUGE Econs book, plus a South East Asian History book on my table to MAKE me READ. X_x; I really shouldn't waste this holidaaaay~
  • I'm going to Candice's house later! Wonder what we're gonna do... probably lie around and watch Futurama. Hee hee~
  • I have to work on articles for the school newsletter tomorrow with my friend. That's probably the only other time I'm gonna get out of the house. I'm just sooo lazy... X_x
  • Also, working on: Hanakimi translations!
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 11:47 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 30, 2003
    Ah FUCK. I'm about 700 words beyond the word limit... I wrote one... read it. It was 2400 words and so complicated and full of shit, I scrapped it and started a new one from scratch. Now THIS one's 2,222 words (according to wordcount) and I still need a concluding paragraph. That's like... 1000 words over the limit, max. Fuuuuuck fuck fuck, my brain is NOT wired to do this... I feel like shit, and my brain feels like it had aceton poured over it. Or something to that effect... or is that cotten filling up my skull? I'm not being coherent any more -_-.
    Bloody Miserable Coursework! At least I won't have to worry about any more coursework till the next academic year -_-; Thank god it's my last piece.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 04:07 a.m.

    Sunday, March 30, 2003
    Just..... six hundred more to go...... six hundred..... don't bother writing more than 1500 Anna... eeeeeeeergh.....
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 11:46 p.m.

    Sunday, March 30, 2003
    Just so I stop bitching at myself about my English coursework... HEH, DN Angel 8 is out. And it's still got that stupid airmail tag on it, which means it's $50, instead of $40. In the past I'd just go ahead and buy it, but at the moment, I'll just say no =P.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 11:43 p.m.

    Sunday, March 30, 2003
    Feeling incredibly..... well, not so incredibly, more like, lethargic. I have to go to school early tomorrow morning on public transport, not a good thing in many aspects. I dislike public transport... in the current situation, it's none too healthy either. And early in the morning NEVER agrees with me. People think I'm possessed in the afternoon cuz I'm so different from the morning.
    And meanwhile... I'm doing cwk. I'm so nervous about it... never was before, but now that I realise this is ENGLISH coursework we're talking about... and I need an A in English... T_T someone kill me now. Maybe I should just chill, and see what I can do... worked last year, but then it might not this time 'round. Egh.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 08:11 p.m.

    Friday, March 28, 2003
    It's happened. The schools are all closing down... they say a week, but this virus has been around for MONTHS. And believe it or not, I am less than happy about school not going on... School closing just means more shit for me, unfortunately... I *STILL* have to go to school to do work, and since we were running out of time ANYWAY (hence the stupid crashing and rushing through our courses), we have more work to do. And guess what... Our Easter break starts on the 9th of April, which may well mean school might not start till then, and THAT means I won't have any real classes for... oh I dunno, maybe FIVE FUCKING WEEKS. And then there're only three weeks of classes till study leave and the exams... WE ARE SO F'ING SCREWD.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 05:40 p.m.

    Thursday, March 27, 2003
    *groggy* Tired tired tired... wanna sleep, wanna eat, wanna go and sleep for the next ten years (without aging, of course XD).
    The Rugby 7's start tomorrow... and it seems like the SARS is going to be a problem, but not enough to deterr people from going to what's termed as 'THE social event of the year'... maybe it's cuz I'm not really interested, but really, I know it's all in good fun, but all they do is go and get drunk. Not sure if they even WATCH the rugby. And on weekends, it's like 11 hours!!!! O_o;; Never been there, but jeez... and the tickets are ridiculously expensive. XD I happen to get free tickets cuz I'm going to be helping out at the 7's, but I'm not so sure anymore, because of coursework deadlines and the pneumonia raging around... mama's bought masks to wear O_o;.
    Okay, break's over. Time to do more work.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 10:43 p.m.

    Thursday, March 27, 2003
    Oh my god... a few apartment blocks (barely 20metres away from my place!) next to mine, there's someone infected with the SARS. Shoot, Shoot SHOOT!
    Doing english coursework... nnngh... dying dying Dying~~
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 11:25 a.m.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2003
    Hello hello! Phew! Finally a new look for the blog....not too pretty but I guess it'll do. I hope I can come up with a new one soon... I've been SO inactive in website making and stuff. =_= I scanned these from a postcard book (present from Zac! :D) at the expense of spoiling the spine a little, so I do hope you appreciate it. ;_; Oh, and if you're wondering about the 'Chu!' then you are a really big um, crappy person because you haven't seen one of the greatest anime movies yet!!!
    Muwahaahaha!!! Just take a look at THIS! Of course, it isn't something to be happy about la...but me being the immature slacker teenager, I can't help rejoicing. And so fast after our one week vacation too! Ok, I'm going to go read and/or play FF8 again... (Once FF9 comes out on PC I'll be relieved of replaying this game over and over.)
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 09:54 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2003
    Tin-nee... well, it's not a pretty sight here in HK. The local schools are closing down... and as for the ESF schools, I get the feeling we might, just soon. It's the stupid atypical pneumonia... apparently there's no cure for it. People dying... the stupid virus being spread around... a little boy infected all the kids in his school.. someone sneezed in the elevator and everyone else in the elevator got the virus... HK's a mess right now. I hope your dad's okay too, Tin-nee. I went to Watson's to buy masks (dad ordered us to wear them -_-;) but they were out of stock... Not a very cheerful place to be in, atm.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 07:41 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2003
    YES!!! YES YES YES!!! I have finally Finally FINALLY _FINALLY_ FINISHED MY DRAMA COURSEWORK!!! TAKE *THAT* YOU STUPID LITTLE BUGGER OF SHIT!!! BWAHAHAHAHAA!!! After months and months and BLOODY MONTHS of being harassed, yelled at and being extorted for, I am FINALLY done with this stupid piece of shit! YES!!!
    *comes down from high* Shit, now I've got my English to do for this week... goddamn coursework... Hoping mr.S won't throw a bitch-fit this week........ I hate artihateart~~~
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 11:08 p.m.

    Monday, March 24, 2003
    Bored bored BORED... I'm doing shadow prefect duty in sp33 (computer room -_-) and man.. I am BORED. You can see I more or less have entries around this time every Monday... ~_~ My printer's misbehaving, so I can't print anything out. Which is RIDICULOUS, since 90% of my work is done on the bloody computer.... and I'll bet the teachers are none too happy about the excuses of printers, broken disks, viruses etc... the boy who cried wolf -_-;. So now, when we REALLY DO have technical problems, we can't really complain, or we need a more plausible excuse, or it's down to the dungeons with us.
    I still say Johnny Depp is Young!Snape. And am I just being crazy here, or does Hyde look like him?
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 10:33 a.m.

    Sunday, March 23, 2003
    *points to right* The, er, profiles have changed.
    I turned on the tv last night, and watched the ending 40mins or so of "The Legend of Sleeping Hollow"... And of course, Johnny Depp made me go "SNAPE!" -_-a. Someone please tell me I'm not obsessed.
    Mama's back from Korea. Dad's in a bad mood. Not a v.good day... And really, there's nothing to do but work work work. Meh.
    Oh yes, it was the school fair yesterday... and I ended up spending lots of money. Too much money. I do own some v.nice pieces of jewelry now, but... I guess I should have saved up a bit... oh well, no use regretting *shrugs*
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:19 p.m.

    Saturday, March 22, 2003
    Thanks so very much twin-san! ;__; I really appreciate it. *hug* (And yes everyone, twas my birthday on Wednesday...sorry I neglected to mention ^_-;;)
    This week was a holiday for me, and I went out with friends every single day despite protests from my parents about the war going on, and how I should stay home to avoid getting blasted to tiny pieces by some evil terrorist person. =/ Ah well. I won't be going out anymore once school starts and real work begins!
    I got many sweet little presents, like a gigantic Snoopy dog (O_o), a brown bear cushion that has velcro on the bottom so you can stick it together and it looks like it's actually standing (hehe), an Inuyasha pencilcase (*_*), money to spend here (woo!), and free dinners and movies galore. I saw The Hours and I really liked it. I didn't really understand all of it, but I still really liked it.
    Oh, and I got posted to AJ. LOL this must be some bad cosmic joke someone is playing on me. I didn't really know what to feel when I saw that...but I know I wasn't unhappy about it. In fact, I really was terribly relieved. o_O NOW I can put all this behind me and move on! I tell you this transition period is really horrendous and mentally exhausting (and physically too, all that running around I did for the scholarship application was for nothing, cos even if I get it the programme isn't available in AJ). I'm glad the MOE is doing away with it in the near future. (I think)
    Yeap...and Onnatachi really, really needs a new layout quick. Urgh LOL.
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 12:18 p.m.

    Friday, March 21, 2003
    First, a two-day-late, but Very Happy 17th Birthday to Charlene. Twin-san.. *hugs* no words are needed ^^. Sweet Sixteen to Sexy Seventeen, they say XD.
    Bush is stupid, Bush is an arsehole (or is that insulting the said arsehole?) and the stupid war is on. Yay.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:47 p.m.

    Monday, March 17, 2003
    Er. Er... question. Do I have a mechanics exam today or not? Ms.Norris said there was one today, and I'm (UN)willing to believe that (but I had to -_-;).. but on Friday, she's like "oh, bring your pure books on monday, we'll start differentiation". The rest of us, naturally, played dumb, and now the universal question (or at least, between the 11 of us in class) is.. "DO WE HAVE A MECHANICS RETEST TODAY?!?!?!!?". The answer, unfortunately, WE HAVE NO IDEA.
    I bought Full Moon wo Sagashite... and well, if Tanemura isn't one of the most twisted (in any sense of the world, really) manga ka I know, I'll eat my phone. Half her characters are complete, or borderline psychos... and those who live in denial, and then falling for the daughter of your best friend when you were ALIVE... -_-; Christ. And I thought Kyoko and Jeanne was twisted with that whole Finn fish thing and Access... and then Sakataki and Jin. -_-; And of course, the reason why we all love Tanemura is BECAUSE of all the twisted sense it makes...
    I'm on the school computer right now, and I'm banned from hotmail as well as Tin-nee's Livejournal because of the url -_-a. Stupid stupid stupid.. but then again, considering the stuff the kids (idiot testosterone filled males, do you feel guilty?) try watching on the computers.... well, I don't blame the teachers going crazy.
    Ugh. Stress, stress and more stress. SATs are coming up again. I got my exam result back, which resulted in tears. Me and the rest of the year, really. Even the really good students screwd up here or there... and to be honest, I didn't really screw up. I knew I did badly on that exam (The examiner was supposed to let me FINISH the goddamn sentence!) and I knew I'd get badly... To be honest, it isn't a bad mark. I only need a minimum of 7 marks to hit the grade, and well... I'm helluva lot better at the other units anyway. I always hated the wishy-washy waytooeasytogetwrongsoyougetwrong! types of exams, where you don't even KNOW what you'er doing is right or wrong. Give me a lit analysis any day. I'm sick of writing for supposedly imbecilic people (Lovely, you assume a patronizing tone and treat the 'audience' like idiots in your writing and you get full marks).
    Rant of the morning finished. Bah.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 10:26 a.m.

    Thursday, March 13, 2003
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    means you're rare or that you cheated :P You're
    the kind of chick that can hang out with your
    boyfriend's friends and be silly. You don't
    care about presents or about going to fancy
    placed. Hell, just hang out. You're just happy
    being around your boyfriend.

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    *cracks up completely* You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, right?! XDXDXDXD *falls off chair*
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 06:50 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2003
    Question- my yahoogroups accout keeps bouncing, and it's not funny. I've sent reactivating notices blahblah, but it's still not working damnit! Any advice?
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:25 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2003
    Which OS are You?
    Which OS are You?

    ...How.. accurate.
    Meh, anyway. I was trying to memorize my lines for drama, and now every time I come across saying 'such', I tail it off with '...art', and other weird shit. Drama and Art are going to kill me, slowly but surely.
    Oh yes, today's my Form Tutor's birthday, but the silly man went and got himself blood poisoning (-_-;;;) so he wasn't in school. We prepared a cake and everything! -_- Gonna kill him tomorrow, it's Crazy Wednesday *bares fangs*. For the record, Crazy Wednesday is when we have tutor period for pastoral (the otherwise useless but good excuse of 25min of... nothing, really XD), as well as Mr.M for PSE... and well, he never sees MJ and me going crazy, because it's too early in the morning for us to be awake and creating havoc. Otherwise, the teachers who took us last year can tell him we're crazy together, and we never get caught. Probably something to do with me pulling a perfectly straight face after jabbing and wrestling with MJ when the teachers aren't looking... bah, I'm getting nostalgic XD.
    Rethinking some of the choices in my life... what am I doing wrong, and what am I doing right, what subject do I drop, am I really going to live with my math scores dropping, am I going to hate art because of Mr.S and the workload.....? I used to love art. I genuinely liked art, and to spend time just doing art would have been what I liked. But now... it's more like a chore, something that has to be done cuz someone will come nagging at you, telling you that you don't have enough. What happened to the love and joy of it? I'm not some sort of green...thing, but seriously, art is so miserable now. I'm expected to come in every day for art, regardless of my own prior engagements. I'm expected to miss classes and committments, JUST FOR ART. And I sit in my art class, cringing as I hear the bastard screaming at someone else, wondering all the time when _I'll_ be the one to run out and start sobbing. His long-winded speech about us having no time just shows how stupid he is, since he's taking away our time to do art, gassing about blahblahblah which we honestly don't CARE ABOUT. We don't give a fucking shit whether HE is getting nervous or not, because we're willing to work, but not when he starts getting irrational, as if art is our entire life. Easy for him to say... he doesn't have to mark anything for the entire fucking year until he needs to moderate our work... and what then? He knows what we've done and his opinion won't really be the final say. Apparently last year's group didn't do well but that's no excuse for him to let it out on us. I really really hate the man. And for him, I hate him and I can't respect him either, cuz he's so full of his own shit, he doesn't realize what an anal retentive bastard he is.
    Feh. Lovely mood.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:00 p.m.

    Thursday, March 6, 2003
    Happy tooting, -_-;;;. I really don't know where he gets this stuff... -_- oh yess, he just called me a 'fool' when HE sent the wrong link! Dumbaaaaaass~ (I know you'll read this someday, HA HA HA Dumbass)
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:21 p.m.

    Thursday, March 6, 2003
    Charlene, best of luck on the applications... actually, speaking of which, I got something rather curious in the mail today. There was a letter addressed to me from the US, which is unusual since there's no one to send me something from the US. It turned out to be this... some sort of organisation called the Global Young Leaders Conference has me listed as a nominee to represent Hong Kong as a Global Scholar for the 2003 Global Young Leaders Conference... in Washington D.C. and New York! I still have no idea what's going on, but... -_- we'll see what this is, after I ask someone in my school about this. Unless someone would like to tell me...?
    Oh yes, and something REALLY REALLY annoying and strange. None of the mail from my MLs are coming in! Has Yahoogroups gone bonkers, or is it just my email account gone crazy?!
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 06:13 p.m.

    Thursday, March 6, 2003
    UGh..... it's the end of the week already. Thank goodness... I feel like I've been treading on eggshells all week. I'm more or less 90% deciding on quitting art next year... it's been one of my best subjects, and I hate to admit it, but my teacher drives me up the wall. Half the class skive about 2 out of 3 classes each week... and we only have 8 people in our class. And to be honest, I find it unfair that _I_ get the brunt of his bitch-attacks and foul temper just because THEY decide they can't be bothered to come, or avoid the teacher, whatever... -_- I used to love Art but now all it does is make me feel physically sick.
    On a completely different note... I went on a bit of a CD craze within the past month or so. Ended up with two of GLAY's rare collectives (-_-;;; and I ended up buying the Japanese made ones... they're twice as expensive, and I didn't even stop to see if they had the HK made ones!), the Daredevil soundtrack and t.A.T.u's 200km/h in the wrong lane. I really like t.A.T.u's songs, but I'm not quite sure what to make of their lesbian concept, especially when lots of evidence points to it just being their form of PR. -_-; It's refreshing to hear new music, after listening to the same things over and over again. Things tend to get... tedious, after all.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 05:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2003
    I submitted my Humanities Scholarship form today. Phew! What a load off my mind. I also spoke to the VP of AJ about whether I'd be able to appeal back if I got into HC, but not the scholarship programme, and even though she wouldn't give me a "direct yes" cos it would be bad if that got around, she was really encouraging and positive about it and told me that they needed students like me in AJ. *_* Then she took down my name and my O'Level grades and I went off, feeling a lot lighter than I have for the past 3 days.
    I'm really torn between the Humanities Programme and AJ...ugh. Stupid three months! Emotional attachments are bad bad bad! ;_;
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 09:54 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2003
    On a sudden whim, I decided to go to Hwa Chong JC. I submitted my JAE application form minutes ago. However, if I don't get the Humanities Scholarship which I'm submitting the application for manually at AJ tomorrow, I'm gonna pull out of HC and come back crying for AJ to take me back in.
    It was a really tough decision to make! AJ feels like my home, my absolute home. I feel loved and comfortable there, maybe even more so than at my secondary school which I spent 4 years at...which is pretty weird, considering I spent not even 3 months there. I'm really afraid..
    I went to Hwa Chong today for the first proper time (the first not proper time ^^ was way back, 4 years ago, and I couldn't even remember what it looked like) and was absolutely astounded by the size. o__O It's too huge to be true. Maybe twice or three times the size of AJ! The facilities are beautiful, etc etc. The uniform isn't too nice looking though-- I prefer AJ's. ^^ It's totally beige and can make you look like a couch if you're not careful. I met Sheryl's class there...and they're really a bunch of monkeys, albeit super-intelligent 6 pointer monkeys, but monkeys nonetheless. They were really great. ^_^V
    I don't know if I can be happy there, but I do know I can be very well educated there. ^^ It's a big risk, but I'm willing to try. I'm kinda torn between getting the scholarship and staying in AJ...ugh. The ministry actually has a pretty tough job. o_O;
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 10:26 p.m.

    Monday, March 3, 2003
    UGH... I feel like I've got barrels of coffee sloshing in my belly... with an empty stomach. Never mind I never bothered to even drink coffee this morning but still...
    Ah shit. Bell rang. Will write later XD
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:47 a.m.

    Sunday, March 2, 2003
    The reality hasn't sunk in yet, and I kinda doubt it ever will. ^^;;; I mean, I really would never have expected to get 7 EVER. A lot of people probably have no idea what I'm babbling about, but just know that 7 is way above my own expectations. :D; I'm still staying on in AJ, just cos I like it there and I'm too lazy to go to some better but FAR place...
    I was getting congratulations all day, and it felt so surreal. Like, when I went up to get my results my whole body was really cold and my heart was beating like crazy, and Mrs Lum looked at me and said..... "Where's your postcards Charlene??"
    I'm like huh? What? o_O; I mean, man I'm here to get my results and you're there asking about postcards we were supposed to sell for school fund raising. She obviously saw the futility in getting anything more out of me than that, and so was getting ready to pass me the stuff. I wanted to hear it from her though, I didn't want to like see it cold and black on the slip of paper. (Too cruel!)
    So I asked how did I do Mrs Lum? Did I disappoint you? (By that time I was really scared to death, cos everyone was doing so very well and if I didn't--my expectations were way below what everyone else got, well that would suck. LOL) And she asked me how much I got for my prelims, I said 11 and she said well you got 7. And then it was really weird cos I felt something kinda deflate in me... it wasn't happiness or anything like that, just something. I was just SO relieved that it was over, and I could stay in my school. But then there was this like one coherent thought in the middle of it all-- I can make it to Hwa Chong! VJ even, if I want! But then that was quickly quelled, cos I knew I was gonna stay in AJ no matter what...I am a sedentary sort of person. Still, even right now the full impact hasn't truly hit me yet. And then Mrs Lum hugged me, and I couldn't say anything cos, well just because! Too astonished to move, really. Then I kinda stumbled outside to call my parents and friends and everyone... whoo.
    We have until March 5 to submit our applications for the JAE (joint admissions exercise) and I'm trying to take as long a time as possible to kinda console myself...like even though ultimately I'll still choose AJ, at least I let myself have time to think about it. =___=;;;
    About 3/4 of my class are leaving...No one really likes AJ I think! =( I myself don't like it all that much, just the distance thing is really working out for me...and it's an OKAY place, the people are nice and the teachers not bad at all, and I think it's a place I'm prepared to spend 2 (very important) years of my life... My first choice would actually be SA if I lived nearer there. =/
    Well, I gotta run now! Thanks Pei Yi, Selene and of course my dearest Anna, for the congratulations ! ^__^V
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 01:13 p.m.

    Friday, February 28, 2003
    I got 7! I got 7! I got 7!
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 07:27 p.m.

    Thursday, February 27, 2003
    I am, very strangely, not very frightened at the prospect of receiving my results tomorrow. Maybe the reality of it hasn't hit me yet, and I am in massive self-denial of some sort. I am a little excited of course, but not scared in the least. This is strange and abnormal.
    I saw Catch Me If You Can today...it was good and had a smart ending. I liked it a lot. My poor friend in NS on Tekong (offshore Singaporean island) is suffering badly--of boredom mainly, but he is still rooting for me. Love the guy. :) NS sounds terrible, like having PE 24/7!
    Okay...I am expecting a range of around 9-16. But if I only can maintain my 11 I'll be perfectly content. Yes. Good. I'm going to bed now.
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 10:59 p.m.

    Thursday, February 27, 2003
    ...It's nearly 3am. Hell, I've had a BAD week so far, including the weekend, and I don't think my bad luck is going to stop here. Bah. I feel half dead but the stupid stupid STUPID tea is keeping me awake when I should have fallen asleep right after I finished my essays. Ugh, gonna try whaming sleep into me now.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 02:48 a.m.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2003
    There's something wrong with my computer.
    I can't open MSN. I can't open the Nikon programme. I open the Internet and find websites I haven't been to in AGES in the history bar. Like.. say, Spinel. Or velvel-revolution.com. Or Lex's old blog. There's something really wrong with the computer. I've even got NAPSTER still on my computer, and I haven't used that for... who knows how long. wtf's going on?!?!?!
    And it's not just my computer that's going shitty on me. There's something wrong with ME. I've got nausea, I was too dizzy to even read my text during English, I started having these stabbing pains in my head and I can't walk steady. And I keep sweating. Even Sudlow noticed... and he's really self-centered. Damn. I'm getting really pissed at this... everything. My goddamn msn's not working, which means I lose contact with just about everyone, my head's not working on the basis that I can't see straight or really hold something still... and I really feel like hell.
    On the bright side... my mom's returning to HK, and I don't think she's got plans to go back. Or... oh yeah, she's probably going back for a while again in March. Damn. I think my dad's sisters are coming too... the older of the two bringing her now-to-be-6 yr old daughter... well. Damn. That means a whole load of disruption.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 06:49 p.m.

    Sunday, February 23, 2003
    Yay, I went out with Nadia today and had so much fun. =DD We walked and walked and walked, and took neoprints, and ate a lot and walked somemore. I bought a pair of shoes, a pair of sandals, two tops (one is black with a red bear on it with buttons for eyes and "Don't leave me alone" in red above--hah) and a scrunchie. And also, a giant sunflower for my friend's soon-to-be girlfriend (we're all crossing our fingers, specially since I have to be running all these dumb errands for him to net her). I scanned the neoprints we took! (Since it's so rare that I take them.)
    Here and here!
    Another long tiring day of school tomorrow...... X_x;
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 09:20 p.m.

    Saturday, February 22, 2003
    Hello! This is Charlene from the iMac in her school library... *beams* I'm falling in love with it...
    Gah, I have this pre-U seminar interview at 1 and have to wait around in school till then. Man I'm bored... I went to the school's Talentime last night though, and it was pretty fun.
    This guy whom my friends and I met when we went to the hall to play on the baby grand was participating...He played his own composition--which was entirely lovely, and also a jazzy piece blindfolded. That was nice. There were some really good dancers especially this girl, Darrelle, whom I was sure would win overall, but didn't. She did ballet to a Britney Spears song and it looked really good. This pair of guys who called themselves the Imperfect Duo got it. I can't even remember what they did. o_O;
    I'm also meeting my cousin Candice later for a facial. o_O I'm not sure if I want to do it, my mom was telling me about how it would make your skin oversensitive and all. Hmm. Then later I can finally go home and get the first night of proper sleep of the week. But before that, I think I'll watch High Fidelity or Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :D;
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 10:55 a.m.

    Thursday, February 20, 2003
    I think I'll be up later tonight, searching for suitable music for the Lit Week final tomorrow, when our class will perform a play I co-wrote. =D It's actually surprisingly hard to find proper music, cos the entire play is without dialogue and so the music will be exceptionally important. o_O
    Very happily, I found out who my secret admirer was--he says it was meant to be anonymous, but the clues he left were HUGE. o_O; Anyhow...even though I really won't consider getting into anything like a relationship in JC, I think he is a really sweet and special person...and I'm feeling very good things about him! ^_^; My friend said I blushed madly when I received my first sms from him...which is stupid, I know! But oh ah well. I am such a girl! And...it's strange, but somehow I get the feeling that a lot of people know about his gift (and feelings) to (and for) me. Hmm. =/
    I saw a good movie on Tuesday called "The Red Violin" which, strangely, starred Samuel L. Jackson who looked strangely out of place in the otherwise completely UN-Hollywoodish film. Everyone who likes violin music should definitely watch it. The ending wasn't too hard to guess though...
    This morning, on the bus, I saw the loveliest thing. It filled me with wonder. o_O There was this young lady, who was sitting with this huge guy, and as they sat she took his hand and pressed it to her cheek and hummed soft sweet tunes. Once in a while she stopped and talked animatedly to her companion, but I don't really think he answered or made much response at all. Nothing that I could see or hear anyway, and I was right behind them. At first I thought he might even be her son, she was so motherly and loving and he so quiet and unresponsive. But he was too big. o_O This continued the entire trip, and when the guy finally alighted, the lady strained for a glimpse of him at the window and waved happily. He waved back at her, much like a child would, with a foolish grin and a childish kind of hesitance. I thought later that he might be dumb, or maybe not very right in the head...and I thought it was really beautiful, what I saw. ^^
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 10:22 p.m.

    Monday, February 17, 2003
    shit. I had an entry written out... and then it went beserk. -_--;; considering who I was writing about, it's not surprising. (btw, my computer's acting strange, so I can't type or delete properly. I'll have to fix it tomorrow -_-;)
    I think... out of all of Edgar Allan Poe's stories I've read, I like "Eleonora" the best. It's the sort of love which conquers all, even if that sounds terribly cliched... the blind love which is reflected through the insane imagery and symbolism... I muchly like. And as I'm still writing my essay, and words aren't typing in properly, I'll just stop. But got and have a read....
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 11:59 p.m.

    Sunday, February 16, 2003
    ^^;; Belated, but Happy Valentines, Everyone... and a little poem ^^;;
    Not a red rose or a satin heart.
    I give you an onion.
    It is a moon wrapped in the brown paper.
    It promises light
    Like the careful undressing of love.

    It will blind you with tears
    Like a lover.
    It will make your reflection
    A wobbling photo of grief.

    I am trying to be truthful.
    Not a cute card or kiss-o-gram.
    I give you an onion

    Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
    Possessive and faithful
    As we are.
    For as long as we are.

    Take it
    Its platinum rings shrink to a wedding- ring.
    If you like.

    Its scent will cling to your fingers,
    Cling to your knife.

    ^^ I really like this poem.
    Otherwise... I got cookies and a muffin from Asuka and her little sister, Shinoko. ^^ They were v.yummy... but MJ and I went uberubergenkihyperhighmad after we ate Asuka's muffins and our form tutor was freaked out by us being so crazy during tutor period. I gave little chocolates to everyone... but I ran out and didn't give some important people choco -_-; damn.
    My dad... er, I got the 'model student' prize in Korean school for some reason.. something about being in the top 10% or whatnot -_-; anyway. He was reaaally... ecstatic? Anyway, he said he'd buy me ANYTHING I wanted. Naturally, I couldn't take this at face value cuz I know what he means. If I asked for a new MD player, he'd kill me. So... I got two VERY VERY nice CDs. It's the GLAY rare collectives CDs... volume one and two. I really like them ^^ am listening to the first one now.
    I went to the British Education exhibition today... for about 2 hours, and my back is about to break. I have 11 undergraduate prospectus books... and two, three more coming in by mail cuz they ran out. It's all for the UK... and some of the universities didn't have an English lit course in them. Another one had a English section in which I can do classical studies... basic Latin and Greek as well as English. Well... ^_^ I'm really tired, but happy in a way cuz I know a bit more now.
    There's an unknwon form of pneumonia raging in the South China area... and it's going to affect HK, since it's coming down from the Guangzhou (Canton) area... people are dying. It's so scary, the viruses you get in this area. There's always the bird-flu (influenza viruses spread by CHICKENS and other poultry -_-;) which kills off a fair number of local residents... -_- bleh. Not a very happy thing to think about.
    Mom's in Korea again... and once more, I'm with dad. We're actually having a pretty nice time ^^ but I do miss my mom.
    Oh yes, and can anyone recommend translations for Full Moon wo Sagashite? I've got vol 1 and 2... but my mental state isn't really up for translating or anything like that.
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 06:41 p.m.

    Friday, February 14, 2003
    So...I spent Valentine's evening consoling my friend who got rejected in a what's been a pretty traumatic soap-opera-saga of sorts for the both of us throughout the week. =/ Poor guy. He's really crushed. I think some of what I said got through to him in his misery though, so that's good.
    The first Valentine's Day I ever spent in a co-ed school was fun. It was more than I expected anyway, which never is much. I got my first rose from the abovementioned guy who looks upon me like a little sister. It's still fresh and looks perfect even after a day of being squashed in my bag with the other things--all velvety red and pretty.
    The second was a huge surprise. It came in the class pigeonhole and was delivered by a rather surprised looking classmate. I have a secret admirer now! =D One who can write the sweetest poetry ever, it seems. I am very interested in finding out who this person is...I have my suspicions, but can't really say for sure. Anyhow I left a thank you note on the V Day message board for him, though I should have said something more warm like an affirmative to the question Will you be my Valentine?, but I'm not used to this kind of thing. o_O; And besides, I don't even know the guy. All I know is, he's a J2 student, who writes (maybe in Synapse), and who can melt girls' hearts with his words. No, really. I never looked at secret admirer poetry in a more different light. Hah~! ^^ Yes, I do know that's because it was specifically addressed to me, but I still like it. Very much. ^^
    The third was a white one, which came from a very nice guy whom I gently rejected some time back, but who won't give up yet--or so he says.
    Fourth is a plastic white one from the class guys for all the girls--there are 6 of them in a class of 19. How sweet... ^_^
    Yes, so that was how I spent my Valentine's. Apart from running back to my old school to get a teacher's recommendation for the HSSRP thing and running back to AJ to hand it in...which was tiring. =_=
    Uh, Happy Valentine's Day everyone~?
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 10:44 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2003
    I have a ton of things to get done by this public holiday. Most interesting of all is the HSSRP proposal (+ forms and all that necessary shit). HSSRP stands for Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme. Basically what happens is you run over to NUS to be assigned to this one lecturer who will guide you through the course of this research programme based on a specified topic. You get to use the NUS library!! o__O; Well, I want to do the research topic on the significance of Japanese anime within and outside of Japan. It also involves an in-depth study of any one anime or anime director. XD I really, really, really want to do this. But only 3 positions are open to 3 (very fortunate) JC students in Singapore! I'm going to have to make up very strong, very persuasive reasons why I want to do this course. Yes, it can be done! >_<;
    The date to collecting our results is drawing nearer and nearer. Some people are getting jitters at school. XD I haven't caught them yet, but I think I will soon. I think my brain will go system failure if I don't get to stay in AJ. o_O; All I've done up to this point is in strong anticipation of staying on. Like, I'm going to a pre-U seminar in June, I want to volunteer for some creative writing Lit thing (also involves NUS somewhat? NUS is very active in interacting with JCs it seems), my Lit teacher told me I had potential to do an 'S' paper even though AJ hasn't offered that in years, I want to REVOLUTIONIZE the school newspaper! and etc etc etc. I like AJ a lot, and it's definitely a place I'm prepared to stay and work my ass off at for two years.
    Ugh, I've turned into such a geek...
    This is funny. I've never worked so hard before in my life, but this has been one of the most fulfilling and productive times of my life thus far. For one, I'm actually focusing on what I really like--humanities, Lit in particular. And there is something about JC life that gets most dead secondary sch students in swing--all my friends from other schools say so. I don't know. Whatever it is, I just really like this phase of life I'm going through.
    I've met some interesting people here... A girl with a Russian name and who works out with a 50 year old Italian bodybuilder, a pro-Communist whom few can argue down (she's absolutely fantastic), a guy who writes beautiful poetry (not that lame rhyming crap--real stuff), and a guy who can make everyone laugh just by standing there (no, really). So far no one really shares my passions for anime and manga, or has the same music tastes as I do, but that's not really important.
    Ok...I have to go prepare a speech to say at class on Thursday. Night everyone! I'll try to blog more though I don't really think anyone is interested in this JC stuff. o_O
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 11:52 p.m.

    Monday, February 10, 2003
    Ooh yay, the world's coming to an end... I've been avoiding the computer for a week now. It's more like being banned off the computer, what with my mom here. She's leaving again tomorrow, and I don't really know how I feel on it -_-;. Hm. Mixed feelings.
    I just watched "A Perfect Murder"... it's left me a bit unsettled. And Michael Douglas was pretty good as Steven Taylor, but if someone like that really existed, I'd have slapped him across the face for being such a fuckheaded asshole. Gwyneth Paltrow, as usual, looked really pretty, and need I say more about Viggo Mortenson? *lol*
    Hm. Now that I don't feel so shit anymore, I'd better start on my essay o_o...
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:04 p.m.

    Friday, February 7, 2003
    Damn, I shouldn't really be online.. Mom blew up at my school reports, I got my ID card stolen (hence, the few hours at the immigration office this morning and the b/w photo of me looking shitty), my Octopus card stolen with it (And I just recharged it!!!) and a ton of other stuff my mom's not happy with... which really, leads to me being DEAD. I can only hope she returns to Korea on the morning of the 9th instead of the 12th T_T If I get asked what I'm most scared of in the world, two things, or rather PEOPLE come to mind. First, is my Mother. Second is my Father -_-; and then the list goes on to Roch, and spiders and getting broke.. blahblah XD
    And! I have rediscovered the joys of Tanemura-sensei... I have KKJeanne and TSKyoko... and volume one of Full Moon wo Sagashite. Me likes, veddy much, but I had to order the second tank cuz it was sold out -_-^. Damn, that really pissed me off. And looking for a decent FMwS fic but nooooo I can't FIND DAMN.IT.!
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 12:01 p.m.

    Thursday, February 6, 2003
    I can't barely breathe! The things I have to do (whether immediately or in the week or so to come): read Hard Times, history essay, two chinese exercises, one and a half econs tutorials, GP article analysis essay, prepare a speech for GP class, read up on illegal immigration for GP test, study for Lit test, two articles for the school newspaper (ran around half the day today interviewing random people), prepare for Lit tutorial tomorrow. (Mr R, who always looks to me for answers, so I can't not prepare. o__O)
    Gaaaahhhh~~~~ Oh, and HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR everyone! Baaaahh, or however the goat sounds.
    --Charlene said 'Chu!' @ 07:27 p.m.

    Saturday, February 1, 2003
    Archived! Kung Hei Fat Choi to everyone and little red packets! I got Hongbao today~ yay~~
    --Anna said 'Chu!' @ 09:30 a.m.

    Onnatachi is the result of two girls living in different countries, have different lives and have different dreams. They would have never met if not for one fateful day on ICQ (The gods must have not been paying attention to let this happen). As time passed, and the topics of Hanakimi and bishounen never seemed to pass, they discovered some disturbing facts regarding their sanity and their undying love for purty bois. They both found out they thought in sync, and shared the same brainwave... One day, Charlene offered to create a shared blog between these two scary onnas, and here we are!

    Anna is a will-be-17-yrs-old-on-April-21-'03 (bleh, what a mouthful -_-), currently residing in Hong Kong. Her streak of insanity (which she tries to conceal, but never quite succeeds in doing so...) increases exponentially day by day, much to the chagrin of her best friends. She is multilingual, but tends to forget which language she's supposed to be speaking, and at the most inopportune times too. Only hoping to get through her A levels intact, she still dreams of attending University at in the UK to study English Literature...
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    Charlene happens to be a lovely young lady who just turned 17, on the 19th of March '03. Absolutely evil but sweet (is this an oxymoron?), she happens to live in Singapore, and wishes to do English Literature at University. She is the webmistress of Shizukesa, and controls the html+layout on Onnatachi-V.Fortunately for her idiotic computer illit. twin, she's v.good at this XD. Anime, webdesign, manga, music and of course, BISHOUNEN rule her world. V.kind, v.compassionate and a wonderful listener (though in our case, it's more like a wonderful reader -_-a), she is the best friend anyone would ask for. Together with Anna, she plans to dominate the world XD
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