Hi :)

Jul. 23rd, 2015 11:27 pm
marineko: (arashi)
I asked [livejournal.com profile] salwaphoenix a question this morning and she was like "wait aa... [livejournal.com profile] arashi_on has the answer" which reminded me that I haven't been on LJ since... December! Uh. I really didn't plan to abandon my LJ or anything. I've just been... preoccupied.


I was mostly busy with planning for our store anniversary throughout February and March, and was in Japan for ten days (ish) in April with my family, although only about one of those days was spent in Tokyo. Which made me miss Tokyo a lot, because my last couple of trips didn't allow me to spend a lot of time there, either. In May we were preparing for stock take, and there was one time when something was always going on, one after another - Comic Arts Fest and KL Book Fest and Cooler Lumpur Fest and book launches and other stuff like that, and before I knew it it was Ramadhan and I was broke but somehow in Singapore.

[livejournal.com profile] matsumazing and I went to the live viewing of Waku Waku Gakkou in Singapore. We went on Saturday and Sunday morning, and regretted not getting tickets for Sunday evening because we enjoyed it so much. I still haven't written about it though - it'll be up on my wordpress when I do.

I had also gone on a different trip to Singapore for a play, and to hang out with my nieces. And then last week was Eid, or was that the week before that, and this weekend [livejournal.com profile] kanzeon (I owe her a Tadao Ando-signed mag) is coming down to KL and we're meeting up, possibly with [livejournal.com profile] showjuro and [livejournal.com profile] reiki74h (I owe her a Waku2 pouch/tissue case).

I just hope I get through August, because I'm supposed to attend a Harper event, go to Tioman with my family, go to Tokyo all by myself (well, [livejournal.com profile] matsumazing will be around for 3-4 of the 8 days I'm there) and possibly host a Pippi Longstocking 70th birthday bash. All in the same month.

I'm hoping for a peaceful October, but that's when the serious planning for Christmas events and promotions at the store gets done (>_<).

If I had lots of peace and quiet, though, what I feel like doing now is write a fic. And maybe actually finish it.

Oh, and I'm working on a new zine which is kinda sorta Arashi-related, hence the questions I asked Salwa, and my return to LJ in general and arashi_on in specific, which made me miss fandom. Rather a lot. Especially since two-thirds of the people in my office are KPop fans and were loudly discussing this Big Bang concert they were all going together, and I'm not just the lone Arashi fan, I'm the lone JE/Jpop fan. Sigh.

So what I'm really saying is, hi, I miss you all. Seeing that I was away for so long I'm not sure if I'll remember to check in so often or if anyone else is still around (have I said this before? I feel like I've said this before) but hi anyway :)
marineko: (uh huh)
Switched back to the last layout I used (made by [livejournal.com profile] estiloamor; in the end, it's the one that feels most "me"), and the sidebar links, which now all link to my other accounts elsewhere - I haven't realized how many random blogs/accounts I have until now . So, hmm. If you have LibraryThing or GoodReads or LastFm, etc, friend me there! :D :D

Also, [livejournal.com profile] arashic0804 managed to get my H magazine, yay! I was so mad at the Japanese Books Department for screwing up my pre-order, and not being able to secure a copy for me. (They can't even backorder now, as their suppliers are all out of stock) Malaysian Arashi fans, please complain about their lack of Arashi to them if you come to Kinokuniya XD


Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:27 pm
marineko: (yayness)
As of today, my sister [livejournal.com profile] delirioustk is officially a doctor!

Now you can make your dream of uhm knocking Oh-chan over and then "healing" him come true XD

During lunch time I went down to the park and took a long walk; I really miss this. And it reminds me of Akane, and now I miss her too.

New OTP?

Apr. 2nd, 2011 08:38 am
marineko: (juntoshi)
Well, maybe not. But surprisingly I've been getting a lot of Juntoshi fic requests, and the more I write them, the more I ♥ them. It would be strange if they end up as my new OTP, though, because my ichiban is not in this pairing.

marineko: (bookish)
...for the store right now. Mass market paperback editions of Sara Gruen's Ape House and David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet are in <33

Also, this month is a good one for fans of Terry Pratchett and Haruki Murakami, because we're highlighting ALL THEIR TITLES during the month of February. Well, all of Pratchett's Discworld titles, that is. Minus the Tiffany Aching books. The Pratchett is part of this "explore new worlds" promotion where, starting from this month, each month we'll highlight a new series that we love because of awesome worldbuilding. The first is Pratchett, of course!

The Murakami highlight is because of the Norwegian Wood movie. ^^

Anyway, I was reading an old issue of The Bookseller this morning and found an interview with James Daunt of Daunt Books, and there are lots of stuff in the interview I found so love-worthy, but these are my favourites because they fit my idea of what a perfect bookstore should be like:

"I'm not saying we're perfect but if you talk to our staff you'll find them exceptionally knowledgeable, well-read, intelligent and resourceful. Bookselling needs those kinds of people. The thing that continues to drive this company is staff."

"We don't despoil our books by putting stickers on them. We don't use price as a marketing tool. As a concept, three-for-two goes completely against the grain of how I like buying books."
marineko: (omg)
I wasn't planning on announcing it or anything, but I guess since I did in my fic community, I might as well. There's only 1 week left before I leave for Tokyo! I'll be going with [livejournal.com profile] arashic0804 & [livejournal.com profile] haryati8

It won't be my first time in Japan, but the fact that the other times I wasn't yet an Arashian makes this time very different, somehow. Like the fact that I'm spending two months' worth of my salary to go to their concert. And going to Miyamasu Tower for a reason other than class. And actually checking out magazines other than my usual Time/Economist/etc. at bookstores & new-stands. And making plans for a trip to Chiba (Keikarou!). I've been a BUMP OF CHICKEN fan forever (and they're from Chiba) but I never thought of going there just because of that, lol.

Anyway. If I get net access there, I'll probably be posting on typepad & twitter rather than my LJ while I'm there. Probably. Maybe if there are personal stuff I'll still post here, but if it's mostly Arashi-related I will probably just post there. (In the end, it gets tiring to cross-post all the time after all...)
marineko: (Default)
Less book buying = more DVD buying?

I haven't bought j-dorama box sets since 2006, and yet when Ichigo went to get DVDs I asked her to get me 「きみはペット」 and 「マイガール」 (Kimi wa Petto and My Girl), the first because I wanted to watch it again, and the other because it's one of the first drama in awhile that I really feel like watching. And yesterday I went to Petaling St with [livejournal.com profile] happyichigo and [livejournal.com profile] haryati8 and got two more box sets - season 1 to 3 of Gokusen because I wanted season 1, and somehow the 3-in-1 was cheaper than just season 1 so I got the 3-in-1, and The Quiz Show II even though I haven't seen the first part, just because Sho is in this one. Haha.

And magazines. I have 3 or 4 magazines in reservation right now - an issue of H (because the Arashi photos are just so pretty), B-PASS and rockin' on JAPAN (because BUMP OF CHICKEN are in them), and one more mag with BUMP that I don't remember right now. Yesterday I bought Minnk, which is full of total cuteness. *sigh*

There should be a rule about DVDs and magazines in my Marineko Book Diet, probably. All I know is, (1) no more DVD buying, not even Tokyo Dogs! Well, maybe one season of Doctor Who, but that's it. And (2) since I've obviously overspent on DVDs, and will overspend on magazines. I decided NOT to buy any GotM titles because of the magazines (I already read the books when I do the reviews, so basically this means I just can't get my own copies for 25% off when the promotion starts - bye bye Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, Novala Takemoto's Missin' + Missin' 2, etc.!). Now, because of the DVDs, I decided to be strict and cut down on my reservation too. I'm taking out the Charles Perrault Fairy Tales hardback, and Margo Lanagan's Red Spikes from my reservation. Even though they're some of my most coveted books, they're the ones I pulled from shelves instead of ordered for myself, so I don't feel as guilty putting them back on the shelf.
marineko: (srsly)
1. Y'all know how obsessed I get with fairy tale related movies/books/illustrations, right? So anyway Another Cinderella Story was showing on Astro and since I've never even heard of it before, I just sat and watched it despite the fact that it was already halfway through (I was watching Clueless on DVD, again, before I switched to TV). And it's nicer than A Cinderella Story and I might want to watch it from the beginning, mainly because Jane Lynch is in it. She's the best wicked stepmother I've seen! I swear, every time I see Jane Lynch on TV or in a movie, I love her even more. (I was so excited when I saw she played Dorothy in Julie & Julia, haha - I was like, "that's Joyce! That's Joyce!"... Joyce being her character from The L Word and the character I would associate her with most of the time. Although I also think of her as "Spencer Reid's mom." Heh. Anyway. I love Jane Lynch.

2. When I started reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman I loved it so much. I still love it now, but because I've had to stop to feed my sudden craving for Nora Roberts and also to read and review my Gems of the Month for January (Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and Missin' + Missin' 2: Kasako by Novala Takemoto) I kind of lost my mood for "adult" fantasy. I feel like reading YA realist fiction right now, actually, and it's making it hard for me to finish The Magicians.

3. I bought Anusha Holly Black's Tithe for Christmas (today's her last day I'm seeing her until next year, so I gave her present today), and will give her my copies of Valiant and Ironside. She's been reading YA lately so I hope she'll like them! She says she'll review Tithe and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush for the next issue of my zine, yay! [[livejournal.com profile] saya22, you still owe me a review of Pan's Labyrinth by the way (^_^).] Even Jen-Jen said she'd see if there's something she could contribute, which is really cool.

4. I have a horrible sore throat. I don't really know why this is #4 in the list of "what's new in my life", but... yeah. News - I have a horrible sore throat. Blergh.

5. Yas came over to Kino today and had a looooong chat with her while I displayed books. (She's nice enough to follow me back and forth from the trolley to the bookshelves, haha) It's good to catch up on stuff and it's great to talk very frankly with people who knew me way back when. I think Yas was the first ever contributor to my first "real" zine (that is, the first zine I made after knowing what zines were), Rosefire. Gee. Even then my zines was mostly about fairy tales, I think. I just didn't realise that it was mostly about fairy tales.

6. Langkawi trip. Hmm. One-and-a-quarter days of wandering around with no purpose around the island. The weather was pleasantly windy, and there was one really good Indian restaurant with the best Palak Paneer ever (I judge my Indian restaurants by their Palak Paneer), and the Underwater World was cool, but all these cool things didn't eliminate the fact that we spend 2-and-a-half days in the car or in the ferry, and the ferry parts was full of little kids (belonging to strangers) running around, shouting and screaming and trying to pull the stickers off my luggage - stuff that even Sophie, at the age of 2 and a half, would never do. And those kids were like 6 or 7 years old! I don't really like Langkawi. Too quiet at nights, and too dark. I like noisy cars passing by and loud music and bright neon lights and 24-hour shops/cafes. Not places where KFC opens at 11am (Eleven!) and the mamak sells out their roti by 8am so there's nothing to eat for breakfast. :p I have to say that the place have improved greatly since my last visit a few years ago, though - I saw 3 independent bookshops!

7. I need to save money, and since the KL Kings of Convenience gig seems pretty solid after all, I think I'll give the SG one a pass. Kinda sad since I'd prefer the SG one to the KL one, but oh well. KL is cheaper.
marineko: (oppressed)
I'm in the crappiest of crap moods and the sucky thing is, I'm not even 100% sure why. I mean, yesterday was, hands down, the worst fucking day at Kino ever, but I've survived days like that before. And I'm not even sure how much of how bad yesterday was had to do with it actually being bad, or with me reacting badly to everything. The security were annoying the hell out of me (annoying would be too mild a word maybe - I want to take a machete to them), blocking the aisles and my shelves so customers can't browse in the afternoon, and leaving their bleeding candy wrappers all over bookshelves, and then actually sitting down together and propping their legs on the bookshelves. And I keep finding Star Wars and Warhammer 40,000 books displayed by author instead of by series, so I had to spend a lot of time fixing that. Of course, the most annoying thing of all is You-Know-Who, who keeps popping silently from nowhere and giving us (especially Tesvin, who came to see us) the evil eye. And the crazies, they just keep coming. There was this guy who came about an hour before closing time and wanted to order the entire Stargate Atlantis series, and he didn't even bring any titles or authors or anything. Just "I want the whole series." Usually I don't mind checking on these things - sometimes I even enjoy it - but he just kept talking and talking to me when I was trying to look for his books, and went on and on about how he used to be a librarian and how Kino gave their library the worst discounts and how it's unfair that even though he's buying the whole series up he can't get any discount, blah blah blah. Oh, and right after I found all the info he needed, he said, he'll have to think about it and come back again before buying. WTF!? Oh, and there was a customer who kept asking me about how to go about asking permission to translate The Kite Runner, as if I'm the close personal friend of Khaled Hosseini or his publishers/agents/whatever.

Oh, and even though I technically put myself in the situation, I suddenly have to read 3 books and write 2 GotM reviews (one is a 2-in-1). And the reviews are due Thursday - that's tomorrow.

Today I wanted to either (1) go to IKEA, or (2) watch a movie with Jen and [livejournal.com profile] happyichigo, because I really wanted to do something fun after the last couple of days. But the movie we wanted to watch started too late, and since we wanted to get home early we thought we'd go some other time. Okay. IKEA it is. The train kept stalling for 15+ minutes at every station and by the time I reached Kelana Jaya station two hours had passed, and I found out it'd take another hour of waiting for the shuttle to IKEA. So I gave up and turned back, went to Taman Jaya instead. I wanted a copy of Mister Pip in hardback, since [livejournal.com profile] saya22 mentioned seeing it there. I did find it there, but I also found Stephen Hunt's Kingdom Beyond the Waves in B-format and Karl Schroeder's Pirate Sun in hardback, and several Brian Lumleys, and I was just so depressed with the fact that I had to choose only one book. In the end I went with Pirate Sun, since it's one of the books I recently ordered. That way I could return my order when it arrives, and have one less book in reservation. Sigh. I guess I don't get Mister Pip or Kingdom Beyond the Waves, but it's okay.

The thing is, despite things not going as planned exactly, I had a nice day. The weather was hot but not annoying, and I actually enjoyed the sun. I re-read Novala Takemoto's Missin' (is it re-reading or reading for the first time if I read it first in Japanese, and am now reading it in English?) and finished it by the time I reached Kelana Jaya station. On the way back from Taman Jaya I read Pirate Sun and am halfway through - I'm enjoying it a lot, despite the fact that I still haven't read the first two books! (Sun of Suns is on order, and I bought Queen of Candesce at the BBW sale) And it was raining on the ride back so it was perfectly cool, temperature-wise, and the rain had let up by the time I reached my station and decided to walk back because I enjoy walking (something I always forget when I'm in Malaysia). The whole time I was listening to my new mixes, Ghost Moons and Monster Hearts and Say Hi and Wave Goodbye, and one of my old mixes, Awake: Upon Time, and I really loved the music. I even listened to the whole Mumm-ra album and the first few tracks from She & Him's Volume One since I was in the train that long. All my favourite things. So why am I still in such a crappy mood?
marineko: (made of awesome)
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 [livejournal.com profile] arashic0804 and I really wish I could go with [livejournal.com profile] 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.
marineko: (Default)
1. This meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] saya22
In 2009, mylittlecthulhu resolves to...
Cut down to ten loud guitars a day.
Drink four glasses of blythe every day.
Pay for my fairy tales on time.
Go writing three times a week.
Cut down on my bookselling.
Find a new sci-fi.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Cut down on my bookselling? Noooooo!


2. Today I did 3 days' worth of replenishment, displayed 2/3 of a trolley of books, re-shelved parts of the fantasy and sci-fi sections, did my returns, and started on some backlisting since I'm losing a lot of ISBNs (due to TRFs - grr annoying DM! - and returns - grr annoying logistics! - and books going out of print - grr annoying publishers? haha). And now I'm home from work and I haven't packed. So I'm throwing stuff haphazardly into my suitcase and am hoping that I don't forget anything important.

3. I'm trying to download mp4s of Sesame Street songs so that I could load them on my iPod, so that Sophie could watch it anytime when I take her out to the library. (^_^)
marineko: (oppressed)
1. Feeling better already. Maybe bed rest is a good thing after all. And comfort reading, yay. (I re-read Nora Roberts' Sea Swept and Rising Tides, today I'll tackle Inner Harbor!)

2. Paper progress. PART 1 (in which I write total BS): 100% complete. PART 2 (in which I vomit out stuff I already know but have to credit to other sources): 48% complete. PART 3 (in which I actually have to do some thinking): 70% complete. PART 4 (in which I tie everything together): 0% complete.

I may need to re-write part 3 after I'm done with part 2, though. (-_-)

More Stuff

Nov. 20th, 2009 12:18 am
marineko: (uh huh)
Today's been very stressful, more so for [livejournal.com profile] happyichigo than for me. Because I take breaks in between the taking of books here and there and here again. Christmas promotion is tiring, sure, but it's a welcome break really. The whole replenish-return-display-replenish-return-display routine does get boring. Oh, and sales reports. I haven't done mine for this month yet!

One of my regular customers came in today. At first I was apprehensive to hear that she was looking for me since it's a busy day, and she's a very fussy customer who usually have very long lists of books to order, but today she just came to give me chocolates. Which was really nice of her. It really made the day much nicer.

After work I had tea with Jen and [livejournal.com profile] happyichigo. Really shouldn't be spending, with the warehouse sale coming up and all, but we all needed to de-stress a bit after today. Then my mom picked me up (yay! I didn't have to take the train back! KLCC was way too packed today) and we had dinner at Nando's.

I'm reading John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and realised (1) the last time I was thinking/talking about this book I was confusing it with something else I've read, and now I wonder what's the actual title of the book I was thinking of, and (2) I am really enjoying this book, and will probably be getting Paper Towns next. I already have Looking For Alaska and Let It Snow on order.

Tomorrow - must work on my paper!
marineko: (made of awesome)

My t-shirt. That Neil said he loves. (^_^)

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