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Feb 25, 2009

This week’s kanji is one of the very first kanji I memorized and learned to write in a perfection. And I never forget about it and about how and whence the strokes of this kanji went.

It’s a kanji for “love” 愛 (Jap. あい|Ai).


From top to bottom, the kanji would goes like this, “finger” (more of a “claw”), “a roof”, “a heart” and “running.” Remember your first love? Oh, I do. I remember seeing (well, in my case, it was more like sniffing as I’ve always a bit keener on my nose than my eyes) her, sensing a whiff of her soap which frankly, I’ve never ever smelled on others, honest. Anyway, I used to be very shy and generally runs away or stuttering when it comes to social interaction with girls. In fact, I think it could be said that I’m still uncomfortable around girls until I got married and believe me or not, I was kind a reborn as a totally different person especially in regard of my social ability toward girls and it does seems that girls are usually more comfortable interacting with married man.

Back to the topic, if you please. She was a nice girl, her hair is reddish, and as I’ve said earlier she had this smell which is unique to herself. However, like most girls from a small town, she opts to stay close to her hometown which is you know, kinda boring. Had I chose to stay at my hometown, I wouldn’t be writing this, or reading Terry Pratchett, or seeing as many films as I’m right now. So, here I am, married to someone energetic enough I could see to spent my entire life with, in a place where sleeping at 9 p.m. is for babies and there she goes, in a place where time stops, and where sleeping at 8 p.m. is considered normal by all means.

In conjunction with this week’s kanji, given that she was once my classmate, and I was so shy, whenever I see her, or getting a whiff or her smell, my heart beats out twice as fast until I need to put my fingers on my chest to make it slow, and while doing so trying to keep my feet from running away hiding. Sounds lame, sounds chicken, I know, but that’s the truth, and that’s what made my process on remembering this kanji that much easier.

So, one more time, “I remember my first love. So vivid that I used to felt my heart beats twice as fast until I have to press my fingers on my chest (which is in a sense, the roof of my heart) while trying to keep my legs from running away in hiding.” Easy enough?

Feb 21, 2009

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Feb 19, 2009

  • Revisiting ‘Benjamin Button’ - Spoiler warning! The following post may spoil you on the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” In case you haven’t seen the film and don’t fancy spoilers, you’d like to restrain yourself from reading further than the ‘Read More’ part. For most, films are mere means of leisure activities. That is to say, the […] »

Feb 18, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #4: ‘to Sketch’ - This week’s Kanji Disassembled is a word that is tightly related to comics or more correctly, mangas as they were usually called by us. In my opinion, they’re among the best known export assets from Japan and its also a huge industry. I dare to say that most of us, here in Indonesia, are susceptible […] »

Feb 11, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #3: ‘Rain’ - Jakarta was heavily clouded, soaked wet and drenched in rain for the last several days, so it is quite appropriate that for this week’s Kanji Disassembled, I took the kanji character for “rain.” Just like any other kanji that depicted the nature’s element, the kanji for “rain” (Jap. 雨|あめ – Ame) left almost no room […] »

Feb 10, 2009

  • W. (2008) - You may love him, you may hate him, you may throw shoes at him, you make jokes on him, berated his incompetencies, but fact remains, he was once, twice, the President of United States of America, a position that guarantees power, as close as man could have in this kingdom of God. George W. Bush, […] »

Feb 09, 2009

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) - It is said that Woody Allen’s films are alluring with witty dialogues, intriguing characters, and a peek into Woody Allen’s self-mediating process as he wrote all of his films, and he uses them as a self-mediating process. Forty or so films, I admit that I haven’t seen much of them but I’ve seen his last […] »

Feb 06, 2009

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) - As a fantasy, Underworld series has its very own mythology. I’d say it was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with Vampires and Werewolves replacing the two feuded families from the original Shakespeare’s play. A disclaimer, first: I was kinda ignorant to the whole mythology, having forgotten most of the first Underworld and never seen […] »

Feb 04, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #2: ‘Courageous’ - I’m an avid gamer and especially love traditional Role Playing Games – traditional as in, run around in a dungeon, random encounters, lining-up in an orderly fashion and fight against monsters in a determinable turn-based order – such as Final Fantasy series, Dragon Quest series, etc. Arguably, even after these years, the best traditional RPGs, […] »

Feb 02, 2009

  • Dexter Season 3 (TV, 2008) - Another weekends, another TV marathon. This weekend, I sat through Dexter the whole season 3 (which similar to last week’s True Blood season 1, it has 12 episodes at 50 minutes each. Again, you do the math). Dexter is already one of my favorite TV series since the first season. Likeable characters, a unique premise […] »