Saturday, May 17, 2003

I just got back from a wedding. Vietnamese weddings take forever. I was, like, occupied for the entire day. -_-

First, some back story:
My uncle's friend got married today. Traditionally, in a Viet wedding, the families do some kind of elaborate ceremony thing. Problem: all of the man's family is in Vietnam. So my uncle, being the great friend he is, invited my family over to act as stand-ins. ^_^; Hey, it worked.

Alright, so this morning, I headed out with my family over to the groom's house. There, we packed up a bunch of metal container-thingies filled with food and offerings into our cars. It's customary for the groom & family to give something to the bride's family. There were a bunch of things in those metal containers: booze, cakes, etc. There was also a really nice roasted pig. My cousins and I wanted at it so~ bad. ^_^; Anyway, back to the story, we put the stuff into the cars and headed over to the bride's house to meet up with her family. When we got there, our peoples took the metal containers and roasted pig in hand and we did some kind of passing ceremony on the lawn. There was a line of us holding the stuff and then there was a line composed of the bride's family members directly opposite of us. We handed the stuff over to them. Woo. Then we filed into the house, where we had to stand through the longest and most boring thing ever. The main representatives for either party (the father of the bride and some guy representing the groom) went on and on about a whole bunch of stuff. Well, nah, I take that back. The father of the groom was doing all the talking. -_- My legs became uncomfortable. Oh, and throughout all of this, there were maybe 20 sticks of insense burning on an altar. I can usually take insense, but so much of it.... -_- Two doors were opened, but dang, it just wasn't enough. I toughed it out and when all the droning babble was over, I stepped outside, happy to be free. I thought that was it. I was wrong. We did another passing ceremony thingy, where the bride's family returned the metal containers and pig, after taking one-half of everything. OK. Then we piled into the cars and went to the groom's house. Over, right? Nope, even more ceremonies. Although, granted, they were substantially shorter. That equals good.

You know what was hillarious? Well, as part of the ceremonies, there's a part where the important peoples from each family takes a small ceremonial cup-thingy of booze. On the way from the bride's house to the groom's house, we had the booze in the back. It spilled. ^_^;;; Yeah, it was pretty bad. We lost pretty much all of it. ^_^;;;; What was worse, was that we'd need that booze for the ceremonies that were just about to take place. ^_^;;;;; How would we get out of that one? My uncle was the one who actually rectified the problem. He filled it up with water. XD That was hillarious. Actually, what was really hillarious was when my grandma, who was the important one in my family, drank the booze and said that it was weak and that she could take another (which she did). XD That was great. My cousins, uncle, and I were just holding back our laughter.

So yeah, that pretty much covers my morning activites. After that, I got to pop home for a while, but it wasn't for too long because we had to head out for the dinner reception.

There is one thing you can always expect at a Viet wedding: karaoke. ^_^; I know, it's sad. On my day of marriage, I wouldn't want a bunch of my relatives to sing off-key. And let me tell you, it seems like old Viet people can't hold a tune. ^_^;; Luckily for me, no one went up when the MC guy asked for volunteers. Yay. Instead, he played some pretty bad Viet word pun games. They were actually rather cleaver... well... from what I could tell. I got some of it, but darnit, I only know so much of the language. I was born in the US. Peoples should be happy that I speak any Viet. And that they are. ^_^

Oh, at one point, there was this old guy who stood up and took a mic. He started to babble about a bunch of rather amusing things and then he went up to the stage and did some karaoke with gusto. Yeah, he was drunk. XD It was pretty cool. Not that he was drunk, but that he was doing some pretty funny things when he was drunk. Haha, drunk people can be funny.

Um... yeah, I suppose that'll be all. This wedding has made one thing clear to me: I do not anticipate getting married. I'm not exactly hating on weddings themselves, but the ceremonies today were just so long and drawn out.... OK, let me rephrase that: I do not anticipate the marriage ceremonies. If I got this bored and discomforted, imagine what the groom went though. -_-

Blah. That's all. I'll do stuff tomorrow. I'm tired. I want to relax with some Arcadia. Ciao.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:17 PM PST [Link]

Friday, May 16, 2003

OMG, it's been almost a week since my last real post. Not that there's a whole lot to talk about.

School's going... alright I guess.... I'm finding myself struggling in my chem and calc classes. I suppose that the chem really isn't that bad, but I'm spending time studying for calc, so that leaves me with less time to study for chem. Less study time = worse performance. -_- Calc is tossing some pretty bad stuff at me too. Aa~... I guess I'll just have to persevere. Sucks though. I don't have time for iRO. ;_;

Well, honestly speaking, iRO has lost quite a bit of its charm. It's still the same, addictive game, but the whole community has changed. By making it an open beta, there is a huge influx of people and well, to be blunt, most seem to be rude and/or obnoxious. Although, maybe that's just me because I play a priest. You don't know how many times I get asked for heals or free warps (for those not in the know, it costs money, in the form of a blue gem, to open a warp). -_- Darn n00bs. I was never asked for free warps in closed. I miss those days. I also miss the lag. With so many people on Chaos, the lag is horrendous. There are maybe 10k people on Chaos at any given time. In closed, it was 4k at max. I was complaining about lag then. Now I know better. Aa~... come back closed! ;_;

I've actually been seeing my friends each day after school recently. I know I should really go home and "do something productive," but I can't help it. When faced with a bunch of school crap, I like to fall back on friends to help me procrastinate. ^_^; Not like I need them to procrastinate, but it certainly beats the "sitting around and doing nothing on the computer for several hours" routine I seem to do so often. I don't even do anything with them either: hanging out, getting something to eat, etc. I enjoy it though. I don't need to do anything grandeous to enjoy myself.

Oh, I got Eternal Arcadia (Skies of Arcadia) for Gamecube. I actually own it for Dreamcast, but my first disc died. Mishap with a GameDoctor. -_- Now that I have it for GC though, I get to play it at night and be all, like, happyful. Pirates rule. Vyse is the man. I shall become a great swashbuckler yet! *determination* I've been playing it at night. It's been cutting into my sleep time. Oh well. Sleep is for the weak anyway. I think I'll go play some now. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 09:41 PM PST [Link]

I'M BACK!!!! ^_^ Did you miss me?

Well, two days ago, I was bored and had a half-hour to kill. I went to the school library and did some stuff. Eventually, I decided to check out something on my domain. Unfortunately, I got a message:

Not Found
The requested URL / was not found on this server.

I knew that wasn't a good sign. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to do anything about it, so I just went to class for the time being. When I got home, I opened a support ticket with Aletia and asked them why my account was suspended. Apparently my billing information expired. o_O; I don't know why.... I'm pretty sure the credit card's still fine.... Oh well, so they told me to change my billing information. That I did. Thus, now you see me back. Let me just say though, Aletia/Jaguar may provide nice hosting services, but their support sucks. They replied to me reliably, but any decent host should have 24/7 support. Aletia claims to have this kind of support. They don't. I modified my ticket in the afternoon, two days in a row, and I had to wait until I went to sleep for them to do anything. -_- They also only seem to be responsive in the mornings. 24/7 my tushy. Psh.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 07:17 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 11, 2003

You know what I just thought about? Pagers. Yeah, what the hell ever happened to those? I know, I know: the cell phone. But... but... I would expect pagers to stay around at least a little while longer. Just one day, pagers were common place and then the other *bam* they're gone and replaced by Nokias. I'm genuinely shocked at how quickly they disappeared. Usually things seem to linger on for a while: the casette tape, the VHS cassette, two-channel audio, etc. But I suppose you can argue that the transition from pagers to cell phones are more seemless than the above examples. Well... I remember when everyone had a pager and it was fashionable to know pager code (which, might I add, I never learned and, for that matter, I never had a pager). How intriguing indeed....

I finally watched Battle Royale last night. I heard it is a great movie, so I downloaded a while back, but I put off watching it until last night. I gotta say, it's pretty... interesting.... I'm not exactly going "oh! It's such~ a great movie!" like some people I know would say, but it's a good movie. For you peoples who watched it: was it just me or was it kinda hard to keep track of all the students? There were just so many of them. ^_^;; I managed to follow things though, so it was OK. Hm... while watching it, something popped into my head: how are all these kids able to handle weapons like they do? I figure the average youngin' in this day and age doesn't have the skills required to handle a weapon with anywhere near anything called skill. However, there were a few of them students who demonstrated an impressive level of weapon-handling skill for their age and background. *shrugs* Anyway, good movie. I might go out of my way to read the novel (it's translated in english now; I saw it at Kinokuniya ^_^). I wonder how it's like. The movie seemed a little rushed. The book looks longer and seems like it would go into a whole lot more detail.

Onto gaming talk! Haeleth released another Kanon translation patch!!! XD Oh yeah. This one translates 25% of the text. Sweet. I played through it today. ^_^ Great patch, but the english feels so akward. It's English english. Being a Yank, I'm used to American english, darnit! There were a good few times when I just sat there for a little because the expression was just so... unusual to me. But overall a great translation. Don't remember any--at least glaring--grammatical errors at all. Amazing. Leaves you at a bad point though. I want Nayuki to show me the CD shop! I finally get to the day where she doesn't have club activities and it isn't translated! Woe is me.... ;_; Aside, I've also been boning up on my SCII skillz. Read some pretty good Cassie strat and I'm inspired to improve my game. Cassie 0wnz0rz j0! XD

Posted by Tsubasa @ 10:20 PM PST [Link]

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