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2005'07.28
Reading: Tsubasa Chronicle [3]
Drinking: Meiji Milk [Coffee-flavoured]
Listening to: Carnation - Janne Da Arc ['Arcadia' album]

Hmm surprised? I'm home now. :) I was released at 2.10pm today instead of the usual 5.10pm. Well, first off, Miss Victor wasn't here, so we didn't have Lit lessons. Then, I think the Chinese teacher was angry with us because we're all so half-hearted (or not even half?) during Chinese lessons. So yea, 3 hours early. But of course it comes with a price. I returned with a list of homework, and a Chinese paper to do.

Yesterday was alright. I survived, and to tell the truth, it was pretty interesting, although I am still left there confused as to why certain rituals are performed. But it was an interesting sight... :) And it was my second day of... >=( And that was the thign that left me very embarrassed that day.

No one would know. But the fact that... Okay, here is how it goes.

Near the end, around 9pm, we had a ritual whereby all the family members had to cross this "bridge". I crossed on the first turn and when we were making one round to walk again, my mum suddenly asked, "Hey, you got that thing right." And I said yea. She shooed me out of the line suddenly (in front of everyone) and then called me back again and told me just NOT to cross the bridge (which is a sort of long, metal stool). Imagine that, in front of everyone and ALL THE PRIESTS I was walking alongside Amanda while she walked on the bridge. Even if they don't look surprised, you KNOW they KNOW you are having your period!

And the funny thing is, everyone knows about periods. It's such a natural thing. But oddly, when the opposite gender know I just feel embarrassed for nothing! What is so embarrassing about it?

And it's NOT that I'm questioning my own culture, race, religion or anything but... I always have this question in my head:
Umm women give birth through means of it, it's like, that's sort of why we have periods, it's the coming out of that egg thingy from our ovaries *forgets biology knowledge* so why is it considered DIRTY to be performing certain religious ceremonies like that?
Why were the Chinese treating women as inferior when if there were no women, there would be no men because we are the one who produce the babies, who reproduce and bear the children for 10 months, WHO HAVE TO GO THROUGH PERIODS JUST TO BORN A BABY IN THE FUTURE but yet we were considered inferior (and in some guys' minds, we maybe still are?!)
And all these are when CHINESE TRADITION TELLS US WE HAVE TO CARRY ON THE FAMILY LINE?

Never mind about that.

One of the ceremonies was when the priest would throw items at you and you had to atch. I remember they threw buns, coins, gave out bottles, threw fruits. I was so scared when the fruit flew my way! The way I caught the fruit is exactly how I catch the ball during ball games. I LOOKED CHO COMICAL. Ahh. I picked up 30 cents. Can you believe this, Amanda's dad picked up, like, $1.20. OR MORE. Money money money...

And this reminds me of when we burnt that paper house for my grandpa that costed about $2000-$3000 (uwa so expensive! But it looked really really beautiful.), and the priest was chanting and all, and we were supposed to say, "Huat ah!" (I didn't, and my cousins didn't too XD ) and it means something like 'strike it rich'. Amanda's dad shouted it SO LOUDLY!!!!! XD But that was expected because he is so money-minded. HAHAHA. No wonder he picked up $1.20 while we all seem to never have gotten beyond $1. Some of us never picked up any coins at all. (Like my mum.)

Most of the time we were having ceremonies in front of the altars and house, and were holding joss sticks. The smoke really hurt the eyes...

But overall it was omoshiro~~

Except well that crossing bridge part. >.<

I listened to NEWS Nippon two days ago haha. Brought back a lot of memories. I mean, I didn't follow NEWS in 2003 and 2004, but it reminded me of when I first started liking NEWS, when Tegoshi was so BOYISH. XD Okay he is still now but he is more of KAKKOI.

Hmm Tegoshi sang Uchi's part in TEPPEN on Music Station (yes I finally watched it). YAY-ness haha.

Well, guess I'll get started on homework. (And burn some more discs... Even though now that space has been upgraded my computer has more space, but I have this obsession with clearing things from my computer so that not too many things are left there forgotten and taking up space.
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