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.