Monday, December 21, 2009

Post :: Rock





toe - グッドバイ
mouse on the keys - 最後の晩餐
enemies - Two Lads
Label: MachuPicchu Industriasが誇るポストロックバンズ。MYSPACEで調度この3曲が揃ってるのでマジでチェッケラ。

MachuPicchu Industrias MYSPACE


God Is An Astronaut
- オススメ曲:No Return
初めてポストロックに触れるきっかけをくれたバンド。センスがやばすぎる。MYSPACEにNo Returnが外されてたのでYOUTUBEでチェックすべし。

God Is An Astronaut MYSPACE


Collapse Under The Empire - オススメ曲:Depending on You / Crawling

Collapse Under The Empire MYSPACE

あとは~、まだまだあるけど、いっぺんに出されても、って感じなので次回機会があればと思っております。とりあえずまずMachuPicchu Industrias聞いて、気に入ったらどんどんいってくれ!Xだった場合止めてもよし!いつか目覚める!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recent Films :: Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin
★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)

Actions were pretty top notch and Rains physical aesthetics are screaming asian perfection (although he's fugly) but....just couldn't get over the boredom of knowing what's coming up next, by a mile.

A movie for Rain fans.

Friday, December 11, 2009

ガキ :: 使



Monday, December 7, 2009

JLPT :: 日本語能力試験

I should be typing Japanese with this post (or maybe not, for my fellow int. readers), but I just had enough of Kanji's (chinese characters)this week.

It's been approx.7 years since I left Japan and set foot in Hong Kong, and I just noticed I'm not "Japanese" anymore, like, half a year ago. Felt a slight plunge with my Japanese when I was talking to a client one day so I thought it was time to slap a cert on my record right now before it gets any worse. JLPT will do.

HK Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

Simply a test to evaluate and certify non-native speakers. JLPT has 4 levels, with Level 4 being the easiest and Level 1 most difficult. 150 hours of study are necessary for Level 4, and 900 hours for Level 1.
Pssh. I lived 20 years in Japan. So I decided to go with Level 1. Didn't study at all, just a bit the night before the test. It can't be that hard. So I slept a bit early and took off the next morning.


I knew it wouldn't be THAT easy but this was way beyond my assumption. I basically learned my Japanese the 'street way' so I don't really know the concepts behind what I blabber proudly all the time. That's why grammar and all was pretty easy because you choose a correct word or phrase that fits in a sentence, and street smarts people will be able to detect the correct one naturally. What's hard is the damn Kanji's. Since the world's gone digital, people don't write anymore. Or they don't need you to write, so you don't write. The necessity of writing is vanishing and we all rely on typing. It may be ok in other countries but asians here have to deal with 50,000 characters. The kids in the new age probably can't even write their own name in chinese.
The point is, there are Kanjis that look very similar. The fuckers behind creating these questions decided to stick 2 similar kanji's together and take away 1 stroke from one of them. Both of them look very natural. But you just can't remember which character is correct and these are the type of questions that piss you off even more if you get them wrong. I think you need to write down what you want to remember, to really remember it. Writing is like scanning what you write to your brain. The physical movement of your hand is recorded to your brain so it's easier to memorize stuff. But since writing is becoming a minority now, I don't know how kids are going to memorize Kanji.
Anyways, the test wasn't too bad though. Still a chance of failing. I need to pass the 70% mark (for Level 1) and I think I'm at around 80%. 84 tops. But maybe not. I might of been wrong with some questions I thought was 100% right. That'll take me down to 75% and hopefully not any lower.

Results in March (why??). Wish me luck.

If you're interested check it out here.
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