gaguri’s Christmas ramblings
December 25, 2009
It’s 5 am here but I’ve been wanting to write something for a while (and also send official ha neul seom’s christmas greeting) so here goes ^^. I’ll talk a little about anime too, so hopefully this ramblings won’t be totally off-topic, haha.
So here I am, been slaving for an architecture firm in Seoul (not in Busan as I first expected) for about ten days now, and finally enjoyed myself fully on Christmas. I stress the word SLAVING because, in Korea, it is common and almost expected to often (1~3 times a week) work over-time (2~4 hours plus your 9am~6pm working hour), without being paid for the extra hours. What’s even more hilarious is that I will be working on 31st of December, that’s when we have a discussion meeting for our design submission. Working on new years eve, which also happens to be my birthday, oh this is such a fabulous culture so much that I’m literally dying to return and work here whenever I finish my MArch degree! I remembered a scene from the popular TV series How I Met Your Mother, where Robin claims “Seriously, who works on new years eve”. Well, I’m not laughing now. But enough of work, I actually plan to make another blog for myself documenting our team’s progress on this particular design competition, which may be of interest for some of you not only because of architecture part, but because of Korean (more east asian) working and social environment that severely differs from what I’ve observed in Sydney (more western). As for my Christmas day I spent some time with my Grandma until lunch (trying to fill her void as much as I can while I’m here), had family gathering with relatives, then headed out with my kawaii cousins to karaoke bar, cafe and watched Avatar in 3D! It was 12:30 am, and 3D really puts strain on your eyes but we loved the movie enough to handle it. I hope you all enjoyed your X-mas too.
I thought I’d first share what /a/ had to say about my previous Top 50 post (4chan had archive for this sort of thing?), another discussion thread on reddit. Some like all of them misinformed remarks aside, it was kinda funny, and I hope it somewhat increased awareness for a select number of works that I cherish for other anime fans.
I’ve dropped out from following Umineko but have been closely following Railgun the anime, and I’m enjoying it as a well-animated action series featuring cute girls. Been watching some Higurashi Rei as well, which has me tensed in its second episode. Hopefully it won’t let me down. Also need to make time to catch up on other titles, like Gundam: War in the pockets, Eureka 7, Kamichu, Nana, Sword in the Strangers, Trapeze, Genius Party, Aoi Bunga…ah, the path to being anime connoisseur is too steep -__-
As for what I have to briefly note about the ‘live-action’ film Avatar, it looks stunning. No doubting that. Some of the most beautifully rendered views you will see in silver screen. But to be honest, it fell bit short compared to what I first imagined. It was good, but I was secretly hoping for something even more grand. I guess that typical mainstream blockbuster taste is still too sweet for my senile old tongue. I wondered how Miyazaki’s direction would have transformed this movie. All I can say is that I still have more fondness for Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa and Laputa. And now I have to watch Ninja Assassin, which is another movie that didn’t come out in Sydney soon enough.
So anyway, thanks for reading and hope you all had great Christmas!