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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon now


Finished 《六爻》 a few days ago.

I started reading "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. It made me realise how much vocab I didn't know, and have forgottong from not having touched a book for so many years. The theme in this book is quite refreshing after reading so much about Chinese culture and Taoist-themed historical romance.

Has anyone read the book? It'll be nice to get recommendations on similar stories.

《六爻》 now


Been reading the book for a while now. It starts of slow, but it gets more interesting. Still reading it!

Super duper tired. What's a break when you have so many things due right after? I would rather they spread it out. It's like the calm before the storm... Hell week's coming.

Also, I hope I get that internship.



读的时候总是想起墨香铜臭的 人渣,魔道,天官。





明天19日是吧!Yakuza Kiwami 就可以玩了!惨了!作业!



I thought spending like $10 on a Japanese novel was expensive. It's just one book out of the many volumes in the series, too. That means I'll have to spend like >$100 if I wanted more than 10 volumes of 転スラ. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

Then, I wanted to buy jjwxc credits for the novels I'm reading there. Can't find a way to buy without a China bank... so I am forced to use the PayPal method.
17USD, no other choices. Ended up buying them for $23.95 in my country's currency. ( ̄  ̄|||)
If foreign banks are accepted there, I would only have to spend $20 for the same amount... poor college student problems

At least buying a whole series of about 200+ chapters costs only 2.6k jjwxc credits. I have 10k credits now. ╮( ˘_˘ )╭

That's really cheap compared to Japanese novels.

Some thoughts 一些感想 若干の感想

2019-02-15 20:54


Reading is an incredibly fast way to level up our language ability.

Reading fun books is even better!

It's amazing when you can feel the changes in a few mere months.
Can't wait to start reading Japanese novels too.

I'm only reading Japanese webtoons/manga, so the improvements are much slower than my Chinese (reading Chinese novels now).

Listening to amazarashi

Can't get over how much I love the band.
Not since they pulled me out of the darkest time in my life last year.

Stumbled upon them when I watched My Hero Academia.
I've never liked a music group so much. It's really...

Kinda regret rejecting the interview for an English major.
Not very sure but I feel it's more useful than a linguistics one.

For what I want to do.

Tired, fun, torn

2019-02-10 23:11

Tiring, tiring, but fun day.

Chatted lots with my girlfriends after so long. We exhanged valentine chocolates. Had an enjoyable meal at Salmon Samurai, with my usual choice. $12.90.

Salmon Samurai with Mentaiko Topping

We went to Tom N Toms Coffee for a break. Only $5.80. We had red velvet cake after since we wolfed down this one. Cake was $5.


Am torn between continuing my Japanese classes or stopping it to focus on Chinese and to save up the money for my school exchange.

Reasons to continue:

  • recap of Japanese knowledge
  • get used to reading passages
  • get corrected for pronunciation
  • learn to present in Japanese
  • forces me to at least touch Japanese on a weekly basis
  • the teacher is good

Reasons to stop:

  • save money for exchange/overseas internship
  • can save 3hrs+ of transport to and fro class location
  • can use the time for homework and classes to focus on schoolwork and improving Chinese
  • can self-study Japanese on my own pace
  • money saved from classes could also be used to buy own materials for Japanese, such as keigo books, grammar books, N1 books
  • the grammar and vocabulary sections from Tobira that’s used in the Japanese classes are those that I already know of

What should I do?

I’m thinking next lesson I’ll think about it again and let the teacher know soon after that, so he can open up the slot for interested students. Feels really bad that I’ll be making him lose a student and also since for an ongoing class it is hard to get new students… It’s like taking away the teacher’s income due to my poor planning :c

Update!: I’ll continue the classes.


2019-02-05 18:37


买了$70的魔道的 merchandise... (红包钱拜拜ヾ(•ω•`)o)

《人渣反派自救系统》的番外还没完全地读完,可是有点忍不住开始读 priest 的作品,就暂时放下了。



Update: 最后都退货了,因为店主不大专业,觉得不可靠。也因为是淘宝,万一出事了又不能退货。哭泣
没关系,我会用晋江币来支持作者的 :3


2019-02-04 15:58

Can you tolerate spoilers?

At what point is something someone said considered a spoiler?

I can't tolerate them.

Years ago, I loved spoilers. They saved me time from watching TV series, finish reading books, watching anime, etc, etc.

Then, I met a friend who can't tolerate spoilers. Their hatred for it rubbed onto me and now I can't take them... 哦买噶自从那时就有点狠自己了。

Now, what "level" of tolerable spoilers are there?
1. Some people enjoy knowing anything and everything about a story they are or were into.
2. Some people do not want to know about any character's death or any major plot points.
3. Some people do not want to know what will happen in the story in the future, at all. <- I'm here most of the time.
4. Some people don't even want to know what the consumer is supposed to feel. <- I'm here, for major plotlines.

The stance is that when you get into a story and experience all the ups and downs, twists and turns without knowing what will happen beforehand, the feelings you get are just so much more free and unbiased and intense.

When you know something is going to happen in a story, I feel that our brain just sorts of braces itself for the plot point. The feeling becomes dulled. If someone says a particular story will make you cry a lot, the expectation for feelings that invoke tears will be there. It totally ruins it....!!!!

So, no spoilers please. Nor from me unless requested. Don't tell me about how you feel about a book, movie, anime, comic, etc!! Just tell me the genre and perhaps only the summary of the first chapter/episode or the first few paragraphs. Tell me about the genre, but not when it's a part of a major plot point. I am very sorry, but they just take away the fun from enjoying any story...

For games with stories, don't tell me how many chapters there are (maybe for books too?). Only disclose the rough amount, okay?! Like, "'I Shall Seal The Heavens' has more than a thousand chapters." Mostly for games only, though, as their chapter numbers sometimes betray a lot about the pacing of the story (like Yakuza 0 & FFXV).

It's a very sad thing though. One can't help but feel that people who abhor spoilers are party-poopers, wet-blankets.

However, I can say with confidence that not having spoilers and being able to enjoy the full story with no influence in the emotions is a truly wonderful feeling. Provided it's a good story.

So, what about you? Lemme know your opinion in the guestbook if you're willing!

Mr. 乌龟🐢

2019-02-03 23:51

正发现敏锐乌龟的英文缩略词 "mrwg" 好像 "Mr. WG" 也就是像 "Mr. Wugui" 的乌龟先生啊。。。恰好馒头是雄性,可以符合Mr.的这个称呼。

ランダムなオススメ - どうやって日本語を自習でN2までたどり着けるの?!

2019-02-03 23:23

Hehe just wanted to share these two really great sites for self-revising Kanji 漢字.
Have to owe it to iKnow! for bringing me to N2 in terms of vocab.
^ no referrals, I've got lifetime iKnow! premium since years ago and kanji garden is free (for now?).

As for grammar... I watched https://youtu.be/nhP_VZtAuro about three to two weeks before the JLPT test.
Not sure how helpful these are.
I'll still recommend reading a lot of Japanese though! Just like how I can read so much more Chinese words now after more than a month of reading three Chinese light novels!!

Also, don't forget to watch anime. Or drama. Although I'm not N1 so this can't be much of a proof, but being an anime fan helped me get full score for listening from N4 to N2 (I didn't take N5)! In total I got 151/180... for N2

So, self-study is definitely possible!! (LIES, I WENT TO A JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL FOR A YEAR AND A HALF BEFORE I GOT N4 though I was supposed to take N3 and chickened out last minute)
If you can't pay for iKnow!, perhaps try using AnkiSRS and download the Japanese core decks. Flashcard style~

Sorry for any bad grammar not really, please just correct me and lemme learn 谢谢 :')

再见!ヾ( ̄▽ ̄)Bye~Bye~


2019-02-03 19:55