1. I've been going over my budget over and over again, and I think there is no way I could afford the Eurotrip (even if it has been cut so short it's no longer an Eurotrip) and
spend a long enough time in Japan. I want to go with arashic0804
and I really wish I could go with happyichigo
, but I also want to spend a lot of time with Akane and Kishiko and Yukie and Shiori and Junko because I miss them all so much, and if Yuki and Alessia are still there I'm going to want to see them too. And it'd be great if I could visit Kohta in Osaka, and maybe see some of my old teachers. And most of them don't know each other and I'd like to spend time with them individually and really catch up, especially with Kishiko and Akane. (Oh, maybe seeing Daisuke again would be great too - the last time we met was in 2001!) So... I definitely want to spend a longer time in Japan, which means I'd have to choose between UK and Japan, and of course Japan wins. And April is out of the question, too, if I'd like a longer stay, since I'm moving next year and that'd cost me a lot, and it'd take longer to save for a trip.
Sophie wanted to watch Tonari no Totoro
(My Neighbour Totoro) again before she went in to sleep tonight, which is one of the reasons I'm thinking of scrapping the UK trip and saving for Japan instead, because it made me remember the Ghibli Museum and how much I wanted to visit it again. Plus, my mom is starting to not
want to travel, because she kind of spent a lot at a recent sale (waaay more than she should) which has nothing to do with books, unfortunately.
2. Every time Totoro appears in the film, Sophie would squeal and go, "Totowooooooo!" or "Look! Look! Totowo!" And she sings along to the opening theme, in Japanese. She has started to speak in Japanese now and then, stuff she learned from the movie. My brother says she doesn't speak Japanese, she speaks Totoro.
3. The thing about saving for UK is I get excited but not that much, so I keep hoping to put off the trip to save more. On the other hand, now that I'm saving for Japan instead, the wait is unbearable. I miss everyone so much I could just explode. The fact that I have to wait longer might just kill me. I hope I could persevere. (Now I'm thinking of my old art teacher in Norfolk who always tells me to persevere, and I miss her too. I kind of get why my other brother and my sister only gets close to locals. Being so far apart from everyone really sucks. My eldest brother gets to travel all the time so he doesn't have this problem of missing people. Besides, there are very few people he'd actually miss. One of them is currently in Australia and my brother's visiting him this Christmas. I'm jealous because all I could afford to do is mail presents.)
4. I went to HMV today in search of Cat Power's Moonpix
, but they only had The Greatest
and The Covers Record
, neither of which I particularly want. I was about to leave without getting anything, but I saw the new Tegan and Sara album, and couldn't resist. I love them; hope they'd come to Singapore one day! And since the UK trip is off, I'm really really looking forward to the Cat Power concert next month - it's probably going to be one of the last big fun events I have until next November.