Thursday, June 06, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Althea Josiah

Congratulations, Baby girl! :)


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thea's first day

My four-year old niece went to school for the first time on Monday. When she came home, she eagerly showed everyone the stars stamped on her arms. Of course, we were all excited and asked her how she got it. Me: Did you answer the teacher, Baby? (She beamed.) Thea: Yes! Me: Very good! What did you say? (She readily raised her arm and shouted.) Thea: Present! That certainly made my day. :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

For the love of RK

I can think of two things that kept my interest for a very long time now: Rurouni Kenshin and ARASHI. To some extent those two have become my 'obsession with caution'. Anyway, despite my apparent dislike for going to places I am not comfortable with, I went out the other day to Cubao to meet the seller of this poster. I'm glad I did. Finally, I have my own RK poster to hang. :)

Love Bells

A few years back, I went to a Japanese exhibit in campus. The organizers invited Japanese housewives to serve as hosts to the guests. There were several booths installed--showcasing Japanese arts, crafts and culture among others. There's also one booth where you can request the ladies to have your name written in Kanji. I readily queued for that one. Eversince, that Kanji for my name has been posted in my room. I am aware that characters in Kanji have meanings to go with it. I would stare at it for long moments making myself familiar with the image but not really attempting to copy it. When I took Japanese lessons recently, one of the characters we learned was found in my Kanji-name, the character for "gold". I tried searching through my Kanji dictionary and the first character seemed close to the Kanji for "love". That spiked my interest to decipher the meaning of my name in Kanji. So, to make the long story short, I took a picture of the image and sent it to my Sensei. This is what she said: Transliterally, the Kanji reads: Ai = Love; Lin = bells So, Love + Bells. How do you make sense of it? I'd like to take the liberty to translate my own name. I would like to think that Love + bells can mean any of the following: 1) Love bells (literal); 2) A bell of love; 3) A ring of love; 4) A sound of love; and 5) A music of love (quite stretched meaning). That was really fun trying to make sense of the characters. Anyway, it's my name afterall. It's good to think it has a positive meaning. Plus, the mere presence of the characters for "love" and "gold" in it, well, what a powerful name! Hahaha!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Learning Japanese

This summer, Nihongo has become my husband, boyfriend, and lover all at the same time; And yet, it still demands more time. Pwew.

Friday, November 04, 2011


IGA Kendo Club Gasshuku. Tagaytay City. 29-30 October 2011.

I survived Gasshuku! We passed the bogu exam! Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Sensei, sempais, and Kendo classmates. Awesome Training Camp! :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kendo: New-found Love

I'm not sure if I had written anything about Kendo in my blog as of yet. Nonetheless, I purposely didn't put this entry on my 'Favorites' page; I wanted it here in the main blog. Why? I just feel like Kendo is not like some craze that I will eventually outgrow (which hardly is the matter with most of my faves, surprisingly), but something lasting and, hopefully, permanent.

I am fascinated with Martial Arts in general; my own father is a practitioner, for one. I didn't learn from him though, since he decided not to teach any one of his children. Too bad. But I have grown to love sports and films that involve martial arts of sorts and physical strength in the very least.

When I was introduced to Rurouni Kenshin, I fell in love with the sword. Not only have the characters become alive to me, but the genuine interest to pursue the art of swordsmanship was born. Unfortunately, it was just a wishful thinking for the longest time; I didn’t have any idea how I will get to learn the art, I simply do not have any access to any knowledgeable person nor do I have the time and resources to pursue it. That was until I met my Sensei.

At this age (well, I’m way past the time of one tireless teenager!), it didn’t cross my mind that the dream of being a Kendoka can be given a chance. My classmate and friend in graduate school brought me to the Kendo class late in July this year. There, I met Igarashi Koji-sensei, the 5th-dan Sensei of the IGA Ken Club. Now, here, I can claim that it was love at first sight. The moment I held the shinai in my hands, I knew I would want to keep it.

So, for the last few months, I’m actively coming to Kendo class a beginner/trainee. To be brutally frank, I hold the undeniable position of being the slowest, sloppiest and helpless student in class. It’s especially embarrassing being with mostly teenager classmates. But with all honesty, I’m enjoying every second I spend in Kendo. I have the most wonderful, understanding and highly capable Sensei. My sempais are nothing but supportive at the very least. I enjoy the atmosphere in class. The discipline is simply creating a great ambience for personal growth –in mind and body.

I have so many good tales to tell about my relatively short involvement in Kendo; perhaps in another entry. But right now, I just want to tell the world that I am very happy to have found a new love… Kendo.

Thank you, Lord for the chance to pursue one of my dreams.