anamnesis

~chasing after a fleeting dream~

JLPT
haru
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As some of you may be aware already, JLPT is changing its format starting July 2010. There will be a new level inserted between Level 3 and 2... reducing the difficulty gap in between. However, Level 1 is going to increase in difficulty.  Plus, the test will be offered twice each year. This doesn't affect me much, except that it'll be harder to pass Level 1 in the future =_=.

An excerpt:
The existing test incorporates 4 levels, or kyu: 1-kyu (Level 1), 2-kyu (Level 2), 3-kyu (Level 3), and 4-kyu (Level 4), in descending order. The new test will have 5 levels: N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5; the “N” may stand for both “Nihongo” and “New.”

N1: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 1 test, but designed to enable slightly more advanced abilities to be measured as well.
N2: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 2 test.
N3: Positioned at a level bridging existing Level 2 and Level 3 tests.
N4: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 3 test.
N5: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 4 test.

All the tests, N1 through N5, will consist of both a Reading Section (covering Writing-Vocabulary as well as Reading and Grammar) and a Listening Section. This round of revisions will not extend to the introduction of tests of oral and compositional ability leaving it as future challenge.
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ramblings
yui
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A sudden thought of a scene with giraffe-looking cranes came across my mind yesterday while watching The Usual Suspects
The recall took awhile; it was from Smile (ep 07). Honestly, things just pop into my mind and then I get all worked up in wondering where they're from. Anyways, The Usual Suspects is definitely an excellent movie - have to say that I didn't appreciate it until the very last sequence. Along the way, the movie gives you hints for you to realize who is the criminal; nonetheless, it is a great twist. Due to the impact of the ending, the rewatch value is low; I'm going to remember for a long long time.
I watched Inglourious Basterds at night; another great movie. Although a graphic and slightly disturbing movie, the occasional jokes relaxed the tension. Actually, I had a nightmare of being hunted down and woke up middle of the night. I think it's from watching the movie...haha. 

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Mr. Brain
namie
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Episodes: 8
Main Cast: Kimura Takuya, Ayase Haruka and Mizushima Hiro

Using neuroscience to solve cases - I like this approach. Although I have to say that neuroscience isn't quite as advanced (I meant the research area and what is known of the brain) - the brain is too advanced and complicated. Interesting enough, I recently read a short story by Roald Dahl titled William and Mary - the human brain can function long after the body is rotten as long the necessary nutrients are fed. Actually, I applied to a Neuroscience Co-op program - I find the brain fascinating. Anyways, enough of this rant - Mr. Brain has a fabulous cast of characters (incl. guest characters) - humour and mystery works well for me! However, I would have liked a deeper character background on Tsukumo. As an audience, we knew what happened to him and how he got to studied neuroscience but I didn't feel a deep connection to his character - perhaps it's a way to remain mysterious which adds to his appeal? I'm not a fan of Gackt but he portrayed his role pretty well. I liked Akiyoshi Kanako's (portrayed by Nakama Yukie) arc the most ^^

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Konkatsu!
erika
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I know I haven't been posting about dorama lately - it's not that I haven't been watching any just that I'm too lazy in writing them. They're more for my records only anyways. Usually, I stay current with 1 -2 dorama per season (watch while the episodes come out) but for the rest, I store them until I have the time to watch. Konkatsu! is one of the stored ones. Just thought I should put up a short posting cuz it's quite interesting.
I always have to chuckle at Shige's reactions to Haruno's every word - I guess when you're blindly in love you see everything in a different angle. Other than Shige, there's nothing much that stands out. I wonder if there are girls like Yuko in real life - I suppose so, there are all types of people in the world. Hopefully, before summer comes, I can write little blurbs of stuff I finished watching ^o^.
Also, I need a new set of icons.

[UPDATE]//

Hohoho, I'm going to comment on the dorama as I'm watching it. There's a familiar theme in Konkatsu!: taking the first step. The second step will naturally follow the first step - taking chances as you go and growing from it. I recall the same from Atashinchi no Danshi where Chisato tells Satoru to take the first step and the world may change. 
In life, it's better to take chances and create an opportunity. By trying, you don't have to live to regret and always think "... but what if I did that before...". Some people believe that there's no "what-ifs" in life; true, as long as you have taken your chances and have tried your best to strive for it. 

[UPDATE 2]//

Completed the series. Although the viewership ratings weren't that high, I enjoyed Konkatsu! The story is nothing fresh but very satisfying. I like the characters, the setting and the pace of the story. I did stop watching this show for awhile but that's only because I get bored easily .... hahaha.
I suppose it's hard to realize that you like someone when you've been with them your whole life. Haruno liked Kuni for a long time; however, Kuni was unaware. To accept someone as a lover when you've been friends (close like siblings) for a long time takes courage - the friendship might be sacrificed if it doesn't work out. But this show is all about taking chances/risks... to have the will and pride to fight for what you believe in; have the courage to make your dreams come true.
I didn't take screencaps for Konkatsu like I did for some series... guess I'm getting lazy BUT I do have some screencaps for other dorama that I've watched over the past year. Will update soon!

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Back
yui
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Back from Europe trip. Will update on the travel part of the blog soon.
Glad to return for the home comfort but honestly, am ready for another adventure!
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A person's true face.
haru
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It'll probably take a lifetime to get to know someone inside out. No, a lifetime may not even be enough.
In different situations, people take on a different persona. That's a fact ... what you feel is real is false to others; what others think is real, may actually be false.
That's why, it's best to take advantage of the environmental setting - someone once said that a different setting can reveal certain aspect of the human personality - and observe. Of course, accepting is part of getting to know someone. Observing is not about screening qualities. But there are values and belief that each person have - if they don't match up, why would you want to spend the time?
If today is your last day, who would you like to spend it with?

i nine - seven days of lonely
namie
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I got a call today
At 3 AM
It's what you didn't say that told me I'd get hurt again.
So I hung up the phone
and I screamed out loud
I felt so alone, I should had said the things I'm thinking now

Ohh never thought it would be so hard to let you go

Tell me how I'm gonna make it your the one I cant forget
It's like I'm running in slow motion in a nightmare that never ends
When I try to face it when I wake up I hate the way reality sets in
God I wish you could hold me, through the seven days of lonely.
(The seven days of lonely, yeah)

Oh it's deafening
The bitter truth
I'm doing everything for the first time again without you
I pretend I'm ok
But it aches inside
There's got to be a way that's better then just getting by

Ohh never thought it be so hard to let you go

Tell me how I'm gonna make it your the one I can't forget
It's like I'm running in slow motion in a nightmare that never ends
When I try to face it when I wake up I hate the way reality sets in
God I wish you could hold me, through the seven days of lonely.

My heart is speeding up and slowing down to know I know it's over, it's over
And can you die of heartbreak to die for love lost young I pray to find it again, oh again
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James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado - Broken Strings
haru
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Let me hold you
For the last time
It's the last chance to feel again
But you broke me
Now I can't feel anything

When I love you,
It's so untrue
I can't even convince myself
When I'm speaking,
It's the voice of someone else

Oh it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it's not enough to make it all okay

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real

Oh the truth hurts
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

Oh what are we doing
We are turning into dust
Playing house in the ruins of us

Running back through the fire
When there's nothing left to save
It's like chasing the very last train when it's too late

Oh it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it's not enough to make it all okay

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell something that ain't real

Well the truth hurts,
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

But we're running through the fire
When there's nothing left to save
It's like chasing the very last train
When we both know it's too late (too late)

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I cant tell you something that ain't real

Well truth hurts,
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before


Let me hold you for the last time
It's the last chance to feel again
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jennifer hudson - spolight
haru
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Are you a man who loves And cherishes And cares for me?
Are you a guard in a prison Maximum security?
Do we stay home all the time Cuz you want me to yourself?
Or am I locked away Had a feeling that I'd find Someone else
Well, I don't like Living under your spotlight
Just because you think I might find somebody worthy
Baby, if you treat me right You won't have to worry
Is this a relationship Fulfilling your needs As well as mine
Or is this just my sentence Am I doing time?
If this is love Real, real love Then I'm staying no doubt
But if I'm just a prisoner Then I'm busting out
Oh, you oughta be Ashamed of yourself
What the hell Do you think you're doing?
Loving me, loving me So wrong
Baby, all I do is try To show you That you're my  One and only guy
No matter Who may come along
Open your eyes Cuz baby, I don't lie
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i hate this part
haru
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were driving slow, through the snow, on 5th avenue
and right now, radio's all that we can hear
now we ain't talked since we left it's so overdue
it's cold outside but between us it's worse in here..
the world slows down but my heart beats fast right now
i know this is the part where the end starts...
i can't take it any longer
thought that we were stronger
all we do is linger
slipping through our fingers
i don't wanna try now
all thats lefts is goodbye to
find a way that i can tell you
i hate this part right here
i just can't take these tears
i hate this part right here
everyday seven takes of the same old scene
seems we're bound by the laws of the same routine
gotta talk to you now fore we go to sleep
but will we sleep once i tell you whats hurting me

i just can't take these tears
i hate this part right here
i know you'll ask me to hold on
and carry on like nothings wrong
but there is no more time for lies
cus i see the sun set in your eyes

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