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4th Anniversary Post(?)

it's been 4 bloody years!

I honestly don’t know if I should write about my 4th year anniversary here in WordPress. It’s not like I actively post stuff.

It all started with a requirement in Business English, an elective I took when I was in high school. Miss Dajalos forced us to post about our lessons on her subject in wp. Being the frustrated writer that I was, I happily complied. My heart nearly exploded when she gave me an A.

After a while, I realized that I could write about various topics other than my lessons. I don’t even know I was blogging. I was so young and immature then, doing something even though I didn’t know what it’s called.

Time passed so fast, I started alwaysasunnyday to celebrate my newfound optimism and deleted the three-year-old princessyoko. Princessyoko had been a nice small place in the web but it didn’t match the new “me”. Now, I regret ever deleting the page. Even though the author of Princessyoko and I may appear so different, it was still me.

Moving on from my regrets, I wanna thank all of my 798 followers (if i still have them) for not giving up on me. I write to express but I also write to serve my readers. You had been my source of inspiration for pursuing writing.

Can you believe it? I reviewed my hit counter and to my surprise, since January 2012, I garnered 12, 345 (such a cute number) views. I always feel sad whenever people ask me about my blog because they always look disappointed at my lack of updates. I feel the same way. Which made me think…

Why not post away? Why not just post anything to let my readers know I’m still breathing?

It’s been four bloody years. I may not be the same pessimist I used to be but I wanted to celebrate this day to commemorate the fast passage of time.

Will I update more? Perhaps. Well of course, yes! Stay tuned for more happy stuff!

– Cristina


Some updates:

  • I’ve started pursuing writing as a career now. It’s hard, yes, but I always have these bunch of people who believe more in myself than I do.
  • I’m out of school for now. I don’t have the guts to tell everybody so, I think it’s best that they read about it. One thing that I wanted to clarify: I love school. And I will be back for sure. A person with the love of discovering new things will never stop to learn in and out of an academic institution, anyways.
  • I’m starting to play the drums, thanks to Alyanna.
  • A couple of things more I can’t tell you about but you’ll read about them soon enough.
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Below Sea Level

Anime, manga, cosplay, the kawaii culture, the busy shopping, the spectacular jdorama scene, jpop, picturesque scenery – who doesn’t love even a bit of those? I started falling in love.

Okay, so there are bad sides of Japan too like bullying, super dense population, busy working days, the rise of the “new poor” and some other Japanese people customs that I don’t get at all. It’s quite a complicated thing but my interest didn’t wither. I wanted to know more and what better way to be exposed to culture than learn their language!

I started learning Japanese when I was fourteen. I learned fast. It’s totally surprising how big my progress was. At 16, I can write sentences in their writing system (only simple Kanji), I can construct quite complex sentences, only they are all in the formal format. I can speak quite fluently, all thanks to my cousin, Ani-chan who thought me how to read and other grammar-related stuff. Mastery level*: around 25%.

When I entered college, our curriculum offers Foreign Language (FoLa), and obviously, I picked Japanese. It’s refreshing to learn in a more organized manner, a new atmosphere for serious study. I aced both Levels I and II. Mastery level*: around 35%.

Here’s the catch: I got too lazy to study more after acquiring my units. Practicing is hard because we speak a different language everyday. I started writing my diary in Japanese. It’s a good a idea but I can’t express everything in Japanese and it’s frustrating so I stopped writing the journal.

Two years later, my knowledge is below sea level. I recently printed pdf e-books about Japanese grammar and writing. Currently learning from scratch again with some help from my old textbooks and some friends.

�Learning is a continual process. One never learns enough. If you don’t practice a skill for a a long time, it will be deprogrammed in your brain.

Some still remember me as “the girl who can speak Japanese” and it’s confusing because I don’t know a thing about it at all. Well, it’s now time to sit on the thinking chair and re-study every single thing. It’s time to put extra effort to swim from below sea level to conversational level again.


*Mastery Level 1%-100%, being 70% as basis of mastered fluent speech; 100%, being artsy in speech and writing (like literary writers).

Posted as a reply to: Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself via Below Sea Level.