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*Edit* Changed the header to reflect Chinese New Year’s in Chinatown.  😉  Enjoy.  *Edit*

Mmm.  I think the theme of this terms is although I have technically less classes to worry about, the school figures out a way to scare the crap out of me in terms of workload.  Definitely an admirable feat as I thought I hit that pinnacle a week or two ago but nope…having to juggle hundreds of pages of readings each week has amplified to making some powerpoint presentations on those readings, having to juggle turning in 3 essays for formatives, meeting with your supervisor to learn that you have a couple weeks to finish a preliminary interview guide/interviewees/10 concepts/4 books/more readings to discuss, learning that 2 final papers are due at the beginning of next term, and that I’ve been trying to stay one week ahead of the game has all equated to pure madness.  Yet I feel that I can be ahead of the game still  before Spring Break rolls around and so I can properly RELAX.

But yea…luckily, this week was not completely in vain in terms of having to do something than read articles and write out notes in my room.  One, it was pancake day on Tuesday.  Now, at first, I thought this was a bit of a ridiculous day to commemorate.   But then I started to read up more on it.  I guess its supposed to be a day where you kind of fatten yourself up since Lent starts the day after.  It’s weird though.  They have pancake races, pancake give-a-ways, and I guess many families…cook pancakes?  Haha.  It’s quite intriguing.  I celebrated by buying a crepe (close enough!) in Covent Garden, of the Lemon Drop variety.  It was tasty and worth having as a pre-dessert to dinner, believe me.

The second cool aspect of the week was Sunday.  This day was busy for London.  There were the BAFTAs going on at the Royal Opera House with all the movie stars appearing.  Also that same day (I believe) there was some other festival going on somewhere.  Haha…unfortunately, the name slips my mind.  And finally, the one I attended, was the Chinese New Year’s festival in Chinatown.  It was quite festive.  Chinatown was all decorated up with different colored lanterns with tons of street vendors selling food and toys.  Leicester Square was prepped for a big fireworks show.  And Trafalgar Square was mad crowded with a huge stage for performances, outdoor bars, and hundreds of people watching.  I got myself a dragon (was hoping for a tiger version) and finally, got some good ol’ Asian food like rice cakes and red bean buns.  Quite delicious and made me nostalgic for Asian food at home.

Week 7 is going to be very very very interesting.  Will keep you posted.  🙂

Ah…and a final random note to any fun readers out there.  I’m currently working on two projects.  One is my research essay for one of my classes on new media producers (like people create Youtube clips and stuff).  If you know of anyone that is into this, would appreciate an email or comment down below.  The other is my dissertation on the web hit show ‘Dr. Horrible.’  If you know of any fans (or contacts with the producers!), that would also be mighty appreciated.  🙂  Cheers.

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I hate to admit it but this is the first week in a while that I did…absolutely nothing but read, write, group work, and research.  God.  Mix that with being still pretty sick and its been a pretty low and uncool week of staring a lot usually out my window and eating mostly Subway sandwiches and pastries.

So yea, not much new to report unfortunately other than the work that I’m doing.  I’m honing in, finishing my third and final essay (before I go and check up on the other two and do some revisions), need to practice a presentation for seminar tomorrow on digital culture, and reading/writing down notes for about another 300 pages of reading along with having to finish a book/ethics sheet/researching a similar dissertation for a dissertation meeting this Wed.  And folks, this is also working one week ahead of schedule in terms of reading.  What…the…hell.  I guess to try and look at all this positively, I can give you information now on why gaming matters, what British TV is like with the transition to digital television, how to interview properly for research, the global and local tension between films, and a bunch of other random topics.   Erg.  The forecast also said it was going to snow several times this week.  It didn’t.  It rained.  Haha.  Yes…week 5 = bitter week.

On a better note, happy Chinese New Year’s (London for some odd reason celebrates it next week so look forward to pics/impressions…reasoning probably being to exploit the Valentine holiday for all its worth) and happy Valentine’s Day.  Better days are coming.  And a lot more exciting news.  🙂  The Wie is signing off and back to writing.

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So #1, new header alert.  I decided that the gaggle of geese would make a fine choice for a couple of weeks.  Again, I saw these geese walking in a straight line for a commercial near St. Paul’s Cathedral last week.  So random yet pretty cool to watch.  I’m curious what commercial they appear in but until then, I can say that I was able to walk past and take a picture of them.  Yay.

But yea, this week has been quite uneventful.  The latter part of it had a bit of a sore throat turn into a runny nose and finally into a full-blown cold.  Lovely timing.  Been hacking and coughing my way through most of it.   Not cool.  One of the bigger things happening was our first dissertation meeting in our respective groups with our specific supervisor.  It definitely was one of the more scream-worthy moments of grad school.  A few months to write out about 40-50 pages of research is not exactly the best news to hear (although admittedly, we did know this technically at the start of the program…I guess the shock of hearing it verbally with set deadlines is the best case of getting a panic attack).  The good aspect is that I have a pretty clear vision of what I want to do.  It’s just about how I’m going to go about actually doing all of it and still suffice to say have much of a life outside of it during it (while concurrently doing all my other work for my other courses…joy).

One interesting part was on my way to Buckingham Palace for a random winter visit.  Tried to make it for the big ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony but alas, I was late.  Instead, I stopped by a nice small Chinese restaurant called ‘Noodle Noodle.’  It had some good dishes.  I had a chicken and mixed vegetable satay that was delicious along with fried ice cream.  If it had mochi, it would have been perfect.  Stopping by the Palace, I noticed that the guards had jackets on outside their normal uniform.  Yea, very weird observation but kind of cool nevertheless.  After spending some time there, I shopped around for some items.  Gosh, it’s so busy around the touristy areas.  Gets major packed like New York City (which I probably mentioned already).  The one thing you notice about souvenirs in London is that it’s very…organized in terms of what each store has.  Almost every store has the same stuff which kind of begs the question how they all make business.  Probably has to do with location and each store has like a trinket or two that is…different persay like a stopwatch or something nice.

One other interesting adventure was on my way to the South South of London to get a photo developed.  I got lost, of course and idiotically, I didn’t bring my Oyster Card which meant that even if hit a bus or a subway station, I wouldn’t be able to get on without paying a bit.  It was quite a walking trip.  Photo centers aren’t very common around here so they do take quite a bit of effort to get to.  My other silly mistake was getting groceries while waiting for the photos.  It meant lugging all that to my dorm which took about a good hour or two to get back to.  Erg.  Interestingly, I had ‘halal ‘ Subway.  Didn’t taste much different than the norm.

But yea, erg…been trying to record a guitar tune but they take noise pollution pretty seriously in the dorm.  I’ve been having to try and sneak a session in either during the wee early hours of the morning or be lucky to get the whole pub to myself during the day time.  One of these days…but yea, 5 more weeks to go.  Pushing hard.

I entered a couple contests asking what my favorite love song was.  I have quite a few.  The one I put in though (and unfortunately lost) is ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.’  I think it fits the bill as one of the more romantic songs (tried to learn it on the guitar…not exactly simple though.)  Here’s my favorite rendition of it so far and the lyrics down below.  Cheers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrBNfXIBqu4

You’re just too good to be true.
Can’t take my eyes off you.
You’d be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I’m alive.
You’re just too good to be true.
Can’t take my eyes off you.

Pardon the way that I stare.
There’s nothing else to compare.
The sight of you leaves me weak.
There are no words left to speak,
But if you feel like I feel,
Please let me know that it’s real.
You’re just too good to be true.
Can’t take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it’s quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don’t bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby.
Let me love you.

You’re just too good to be true.
Can’t take my eyes off you.
You’d be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I’m alive.
You’re just too good to be true.
Can’t take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it’s quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don’t bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay..

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