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Thank You, 10.13

This year, my birthday will fall on Friday the 13th. The last time it did that, I was turning 13. I'm not superstitious, but it just happened I skipped out on school that day. I probably had another asthma attack or migraine, and I probably spent that day reading. Reading or playing computer games. This habit hasn't entirely gone away. I seem to be doing the same things I did at 13 these days, to some degree. I'm not fond of my birthdays because they remind me a lot about the things I've not managed to achieve yet, and that achieving these things is a process I may have helped retard. It can be said I set my goals high, sometimes as if I didn't want to achieve them at all. In any case, it's a very slow process of achievement, and I blame myself a lot for it, so -- I am not the sort of person to look forward to the end of my year.

It's a peculiar tie-in to the album whose name I stole a bit for the title of this post. Yoshii Kazuya, with or without The Yellow Monkey, writes music that is very close to me. Not only does he share my birth month, and virtually my birth week, or perhaps because he does, I'm taken with how his music has a song for every mood I have. It helps me think. The man who seems to like saying, "People are ridiculous," is turning 40 this year. He's named his latest album 39108 (transliterated from the Japanese, it's English for, "Thank you, October Eight,"), maybe, and the singles from this suggest that, he's finally started to be at ease with this ridiculous life.

Today, I had my interview for the KSP Writing Centre's Young-Writer-in-Residence programme. It happened over the phone, which saved me the embarrassing details of dressing up for the occasion. It gave me time to prepare, though most of it was a set of mental notes on what to say, rather than what to do. I dimly remember stumbling through the questions, nervously, but I did remember my points of interest being to access the knowledge on writing at the centre, that my own ability to contribute to the centre would be as a young writer looking to help out other young writers -- I banked on my knowledge of being a young Asian writer, published at a young age (from within Asia) in markets overseas, and that I had a cultural background as an Asian writer. I don't think I gave off the best impression of myself that I could. I would've sounded very nervous, but at least, I wouldn't have sounded very threatening. I'll know in two days.

romantisttaste, I finally got the Premium Edition of 39108 from YesAsia. It turned out to be cheaper than either CDJapan or JpopHelp, with shipping. Also bought Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker Vol. 1, so I have my birthday presents settled. At least, there's one thing to look forward to this year.


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Aug. 19th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
That's great, I'm so happy for you! =D
I can't wait to watch his February live (^^)
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm really glad! I do look forward to seeing this too. (^^)

Oh, I also forgot to mention that I have Red Tape now, and I really love the performances on it. The interviews will probably take me a long time before I can make sense of them, but this is really one of the most beautiful periods for the band. Although the audience tells me the concert was huge, all the performances feel very intimate. The performances of Nai and Jinsei no Owari, two of my favourite songs, were really great. I love acoustic sets, so Jinsei no Owari at the end was such a wonderful thing. :)
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