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May. 5th, 2010

School Slumber

I don't believe it.

Starting from yesterday at 1:30ish I had been working on my history study guide for the final. I didn't finish the study guide until 9:17pm but I had been working on it straight with only one small break to warm up food for dinner. I ended up eleven pages of notes. And I still had to study all 90 terms on this study guide, but what irked me the most was that only 30 terms would be on the final and he wouldn't say which ones or anything.

Julie came over to study with me at 9:32 pm, and we kept going until like three o'clock in the morning. Eventually we decided to wake up in the morning and study a bit, get some more sleep, and study as we got ready for our final (that was today at 10:00). But I counted up how much time I spend preparing for final... I reached about 12 hours. I'm only a freshmen... I do not look forward for when the classes get harder.

I took the final... and I'm pretty sure I still only got a B on it. But I'm so relieved that I'm done with this class and hopefully will never see Dr. Juicy ever again.

Now excuse me, I am going to proceed to taking two steps to my bed and promptly pass out.
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Feb. 5th, 2010

Takuya Cherry

Japanese Get Together

Today was just amazing. My friend Julie invited to go with her to this little gathering that her sensei was having. There were going to be Japanese exchange students there and one was going to demonstrate how to do a tea ceremony.

We got there about 2:10 and wrote our names on little name tags along with our names in katagana. Aki-sensei (The teacher's assistant) helped write it out for me since I haven't taken a Japanese class yet. So it was hard to keep up a bit because they would switch to Japanese often. It was very festive, there were little bowls of various snacks going around as the whole "class" was split into different groups. Two exchange students were with us, one was Miho and Suzuki, they were both from the Tokyo area.

After awhile one of the exchange students did the tea ceremony, we all gathered around and watched her. She did everything to perfectly though she said she sorta forgot since arriving her in the States. But it was really fun watching her pouring the water, adding the macha (the green tea powder), and stirring it. She then passed it to someone I think her name was Lena, and told her to turn the bowl three times before drinking a certain way. The whole ceremony wasn't very long since it wasn't exactly as formal as per usual.

As it went on a few people got grabbed to try on yukata. Julie really want to try one on as well as I did, so we went up. There was only one more left so I let Julie wear it because she was the one who invited. I went with her though because she wanted me to be with her when she put it on. So we went to sensei's office to change. It was rather fun watching the exchange students put it on others, it really shows that it's difficult to put on yukata. After they were done, one notice I wasn't wearing one and asked if there was one around. The only thing left was sensei's kimono. So they dressed me in it. I think I turned red at them telling me that I was going to wear. I was suuuuuuuper happy. But it took a lot long to put on than the yukata. My arms were starting to hurt from holding them up with the sleeves so they could put it on. The fabric wasn't silk but it was something more than cotton; it was pale yellow with orange designs with white flowers. After finished being dress they kept saying "kawaii..." (They said it with everyone though) So when I went back into the room all the Japanese exchange students exclaimed, "Kawaii!" It was so embarrassing, I was so red too.

There was a lot of picture taking (I'll probably add more later), and more conversation.



Sadly it was time to end it, but surprisingly it wasn't done for all us girls wearing the yukata and kimono. Sensei let us borrow them for the weekend, so all of us walked to Starbucks. People were staring at us since I think there was nine of us that were wearing them. It was cool though, I mean it's almost the Chinese New Year so some people are getting ready for that. Getting tea./coffee at Starbucks we all sad around and talked a bit more. After that I said good-bye to everyone and went to go eat dinner with some friends so more people were staring since I was not the only one around with the kimono on. But they're really comfy, and the one dressing me in the kimono was telling me that sometimes that the use the kimono, not the obi or anything else, to use as a blanket since they are very warm.

Finally I'm back in my room, still wearing it. But I think I'm going to take it off since it's been about five hours of wearing this, and my back is starting to hurt a bit since the obi really helps with your posture. Today though, was just so amazing. I can't wait to do it again next year.

Dec. 6th, 2009

Takuya Kakusei

Studying Abroad

I swear I couldn't help it. I just saw my passport laying on my desk and couldn't resist the temptation to look up the colleges I can choose from when I study abroad for my junior year of college. The more I think of it, the more excited I get! Which is a bad thing since I still have a year and a half to go and hard-core studying of the Japanese language during the summer, and next year.

But I decided on choosing between three universities in Japan that match my studies;
  • Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Daito Bunka University
  • Kansai University

...I seriously can't wait <3
...I should go back and start studying for my Anthropology final again.
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Nov. 24th, 2009

Takuya Cherry

Meme

Rules:
Firstly: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.
Secondly: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


Who sleeps in bed next to you?
My sweatershirts, I have like three or four on my bed that I can curl up with.

Have you ever lied to a teacher to get out of a deadline?
I think once or twice but that's because I was either really sick, or had a choir concert event

What kind of magazines do you read?
Um, I like to read Shoujo Beat, and looking at my awesome SHOXX magazine Tatiana bought me for my birthday <3 <3

What's your occupation?
A poor freshmen in college =D

What's really creepy?
Insects, and my roommate's boyfriend's demonic paintings

Who is your celebrity crush?
... someone that few know of.

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
I am addicted to foreign music, mainly Japanse. But this addiction has been going on for about two years, woo! But I'm starting to get a big interested in the Harajuku fashion probably because I'm living on my own now and I don't have to worry about my mother.

...and I can't get rid of the constant feeling to travel. =D

What are you listening to right now?
Natsu Koi * Natsu GAME by An Cafe

What food could you eat every day for weeks and not get sick of?
Pasta

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
Facebook, livejournal, interpals, hotmail, my school's inbox and a few other sites for updates on stories and artwork.

What was the last thing you bought?
A really cute red and black plaid shirt. For only $4.00!!! $4.00!! I'm actually wearing it right now.

What was the cutest thing you've seen today?
An outfit posted on the Fruits community on LJ. >_>

Does the weather affect your mood?
Sometimes, it's more of the tempature.

What is your zodiac sign?
Libra. And the Horse.

Do you want to learn another language?
Quite a few, but mainly I've been teaching myself Japanese. And I'll be taking a class in Fall of '10 since it's required from my major to learn a language. Adn well, Japanese is my minor.

5 things you can't live without.
  • iPod
  • Nature
  • Books, like physcial books not those electronic books
  • Art
  • Any liquid to drink

Do you have any siblings?
One little brother who is such a brat, but I have to admit I love him. ...when his mouth isn't open.

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
OMG WHAT HAPPENED! YOU MUST TELL ME! YOU CAN'T JUST SAY "I CAN'T WAIT TO TALK TO YOU" AND NOT ANSWER MY TEXT!

What are you looking forward to?
Many things!
  • January: Hikaru Utada's "In The Flesh" concert
  • Summer of '10: Thailand trip (Community Service and Adventure Tour)
  • Fall of '10: Start taking official Japanese classes
  • Summer of '11: Italy cruise with my father, hopefully go to FL to visit Tatiana
  • Junior Year of college: Studying abroad to Japan

Say something to the person who tagged you:
No one tagged me, so :p

Oct. 16th, 2009

art

I need to make a to-do list.

... Nettles are a pain in the neck to draw, mainly their leaves. I have a gut feeling that coloring the leaves will be a bigger pain.

Well, this past week I've been ill again (no surprise there). I got some food poisoning Sunday night, leaving me open for the lovely cold infection that has been plaguing up, and down my hall. Though I'm really surprised that Stephanie (my roommate) hasn't gotten sick yet while this was my second time within three months. I should say, still is since this accursed runny nose won't leave me alone. Today I'm just suppose to take it easy so tomorrow I'll be healthy enough to drive town to PV for a early Halloween Party. There are reasons why it's early... but I'm far to lazy to list them right now. In about an hour and half though I have to go to this Early Enrollment appointment for my classes next semester, I have to go to this since Freshman are required to have a appointment and yada, yada, yada. But these are the classes I'm thinking of taking;

ANT 103 - Culture in Communication
ANT 102 - Exploring Cultures
ANT 209 - Folklore of the World
ART 123 - Color & Light
BIO 100 - Principles of Biology (Lab or class?)
JPN 101 - 1st yr. Japanese
WLLC 150 - Intro to Chinese & Japanese Languages & Literature

...isn't it fun to be a freshmen? Well, if I want to be technical, I'll be a sophomore credit wise by the end of the semester. But, no, being a freshmen still sucks.

...and making this list reminds me of the ever growing list of artwork I need to complete. I guess I can just list here, and come back and check it off when I get things done (which may take FOREVER).
  • Knifey-san's Amaris fanart - estimating about 25% done. It's in a sketch book somewhere... er, one of my sketchbooks somewhere stacked underneath the bed.
  • Door Chibis: Krystal, Alaina, Bree, Jared - 0% (I need to do Bree's soon, or else she'll find me when Stephanie isn't around and molest me. -____-).
  • Bree's rainbow bracelet - 64% done.
  • Fable & Children Books Contest sketches (nettles, swans, a person in a sewing position, "Wind", "Sun", clocks, clothes flapping in the wind, crowns, royalty clothing) - 3% done.
  • Fable & Children Books outline sketches - 0% done.
  • Fable & Children Books actual entry pieces (x2) - 0% done.
  • Lunette Circle - 45% done.
  • Lily & Rose Garden - 0% done.
  • DazedPink's coloring page, "The Wild Child"- 42%

This is going to take a long time...

Oct. 7th, 2009

innocence, eyes

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I just have to get this out of me since I didn't say anything during the club discussion at the BSU (Black Student Union). Today we had a discussion about the usage of the "n" word, why it's used today.

Just to start of, the "n" word to me is a degrading word. There's nothing positive about it. It was made to degrade, and attack the black culture/heritage. Every time I hear it, I think of all those who had suffered through the segregation, and slavery. It offends me when I even hear it.

During the discussion there was a lot of people saying that it's used today amongst the same race as a sense of brotherhood. But I wanted to challenge that. They were using brotherhood as a connection of ancestry, and heritage. And that white people have no right to use that word anymore. But if I were to say the "n" word to someone of color as a sense of brotherhood, they would be most likely offended. Why? Because I'm white? What if I told them that I was nearly 1/4 Jamaican? Would they still be offended then even though the sense of brotherhood is having the same heritage/culture?

Using the term brotherhood feels like an excuse to use it. Especially when it is used to attack the culture in my eyes. They kept saying it was their culture, their ancestors were enslaved, they're the ones that suffered. I agree that they went through suffering that should have never happened, but it's not just theirs, but mine as well. Especially since I'm proud of my Jamaican heritage.

That's the challenge I wanted to bring up to the idea sense of brotherhood (or sisterhood, whatever.) Personally, I never use the word and I'll never will.
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Sep. 27th, 2009

Takuya Cherry

(no subject)

I saw Knifey-san take this test and I thought why not. This test hit the nail on the head...

9 - the Peacemaker

 
you chose BX - your Enneagram type is NINE (aka "The Mediator")
"I am at peace"

Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.


How to Get Along with Me
• If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure.
• I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this.
• Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit.
• Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally.
• Ask me questions to help me get clear.
• Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery.
• Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings.
• I like a good discussion but not a confrontation.
• Let me know you like what I've done or said.
• Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life.

What I Like About Being a NINE
• being nonjudgmental and accepting
• caring for and being concerned about others
• being able to relax and have a good time
• knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around
• my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator
• my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now
• being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being a NINE
• being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive
• being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline
• being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally
• being confused about what I really want
• caring too much about what others will think of me
• not being listened to or taken seriously

NINEs as Children Often
• feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant
• tune out a lot, especially when others argue
• are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

NINEsas Parents
• are supportive, kind, and warm
• are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective
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Takuya Cherry

Happy Birthday to me! <3

Today's my birthday. I'm officially 19 years old.

Since I live away from majority of my closer friends I drove down to my town yesterday around noon. My car actually overheated about fifteen minutes away from Katie's house, where I stayed for the night. But even though I was suck on the side of the highway, it wasn't bad. I was just happy to be back to visit everyone. Eventually, after letting it cool down for a half and hour, my car started again and I was able to make it to Katie's in one piece.

After like an hour chatting with Katie, she had a previous engagement so she left to do that while I went to Dip & Dots to visit Kaitlyn since she wouldn't be able to get off of work. But I got free dip & dots (but then again, I always get free Dip & Dots when I got there since her family owns the place) which was absolutely delicious. Martika eventually joined Kaitlyn and I and just hung out there for a few hours. When it neared the evening I went to pick up Mike and his friend Kyle to bring 'em over to Dip & Dots while Martika went to figure something out at her restaurant since she got a call. Since I picked up Mike, I got some of his food that he cooked (which he's pretty dang good at). Then we hung out at Dip & Dots for another hour or so until Martika came back.

Eventually we went to Open Mic night which was a blast. I love it how Katie and Mike tell me that usually when they go there is no one there, but when I got there's tons of people there to watch and tons preforming. I like to think of myself a good luck charm when it comes to this Open Mic at Method Coffee. Near the end though I was able to see Mickiki which I was happy about since I thought I wasn't going to be able to see her.

It was just a great night yesterday. I'm all ready back home in my dorms early in the morning since I still have tons of homework to do. Bleh.. fun stuff reading, and writing, and more reading.

Sep. 19th, 2009

Taku

Really?

I woke up early this morning feeling completely sick. I felt like vomiting, though I'm pleased I didn't, it still felt like it. I felt bad to because I was sleeping over at a friend's dorm with my roommate, and another friend who was visiting, and when I returned back to the room to gather my stuff and head back to my dorm, everyone was awake. Because they heard I didn't feel to well from Alaina who had to open the bathroom door for me since my key wasn't working for some reason. Somehow Stephanie (my room mate) and I were able to get to our room without me passing out in pain and through the bitter morning chill.

So my day hasn't started off great, and a few minutes ago, I looked at my phone to find that my guitar pick charm that I ordered from Japan was gone. I'm really upset right now... I hope it feel off in the room I was staying at because I really, really liked that charm. It's not just because it was designed by my favorite band member of An Cafe, it was a really nice charm that I would still probably buy even if Takuya didn't design it.

This is just making me feel worse, and it hurts to much to search through my bags and stuff. Hopefully, it's somewhere around and it didn't fall off somewhere that I can never find it, or someone else does.
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Sep. 7th, 2009

School Slumber

This isn't good.

I think I'm getting insomnia, correction, transient insomnia. Or I hope it's transient insomnia.

After looking at the causes of insomnia, I think it's been the stress that I've been feeling these past few days. It's strange though since I don't feel stress until I start getting ready for bed because I start thinking. And when I think I start thinking about everything, especially how I feel emotional which hasn't been in a good balance since I've gotten here at my college. I was hoping that writing everything out in another, more personal blog would help me relax but it didn't seem to work. I feel even more worked up than before.

I
was able to sleep about four hours straight before Trevor entered the dorm hall with Stephanie, he's so loud even though he says he isn't. I was surprised that he was even able to wake me since once I'm out usually I stay out unless it's super noisy. I kinda feel bad now though since I think I made Stephanie feel bad about waking me, she and Trevor left a few minutes after they knew I was awake. Right now, I just want to sleep but I'm to far awake now. I'm not going to function well today if I only have four hours of sleep in me.

I hate this. A lot.
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