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2020-09-17 01:34 pm

Friends Only!

For some reason, I haven't put this post up yet! But, just so you know...

 

Thank you for visiting! ^_^v You can comment here to be added if you think we have interests in common, but no guarantees I will add you! ^_^;;


 
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2012-08-25 09:01 pm

Friend Sweep

Hi guys,

I'm posting some important stuff in my journal soon, so I decided to do a HUGE friend sweep in my journal. Essentially, if we haven't talked in a very long time or if you haven't used your journal for months, I removed you. It's not personal, but since this is my only personal blog, I like to keep it tidy and everything. If you really want to be added back in, just let me know and why!

Thanks for your understanding! =)

bravelioness: (Hidaka & Chiaki)
2011-11-01 10:06 am

Vacancy Blog Scholarship: My New Home at Sunnyside

Here is my essay submission for the Vacancy.com Blog Scholarship. I've chosen to write my essay in a story-like format. I hope you will enjoy!

Link to the apartment I chose: http://www.vacancy.com/new-york/sunnyside-apartments/sunnyside-43-13-41st-street


A Move to Vacancy.com's Sunnyside



Moving to New York City is no easy feat. NYC is one of those places that, while made out to be glamorous, is actually the exact opposite. Smelly, overcrowded, polluted. This was something I came to learn the moment I first stepped foot into New York City, the home of my current university. In fact, I was mortified for the first week, and even to this day I can't become used to the city life. I'm a country bumpkin, you see. Even though my university is a private one, that doesn't mean it's devoid of the bed bug plagues or rat-filled streets that seem to be a part of New York City lifestyle. In fact, you might just say--considering the prestige of my university--it's dormitories were severely lacking in common sanitary practices.

For that reason, I decided after my freshman year that living in a university dormitory was just not going to be my thing. Nor would be living anywhere in the city itself.

But what could I do? I had to attend my classes. Whether I liked it or not, little miss country girl was going to have to become Jane of the jungle city girl.

And so I began my search for the perfect apartment--or as close to perfect as I could get, since I had begun to doubt anything about New York City was as magical as everyone cracked it up to be. But I felt sure I could find a place that would work for me, despite all my new-found qualms about NYC.

I searched and searched, and happened across an ad on Vacancy.com, for a lovely little place in Sunnyside, New York, not too far outside New York City. The streets, aaah, so quiet for a bookworm like me. The air, aaah, so much fresher than the smog I was choking on near downtown. And aaah, look! No bed bugs or rats to be found. Yes, it was certainly no Times Square--and just as I preferred it! In fact, this neighborhood...why, even though it was in the sub-urbs, the friendly attitude of the surrounding residents and the natural tranquility compared to the bustling city nearby reminded me of my roots as a country girl. I began to feel right at home, even though I was so very far away from any place I knew.

That second year at university, I moved into my Sunnyside apartment. I remember staring up at the European-style architecture of the building complex and smiling. I was always a sucker for European things. The inside of my room also has something of a European air to it. Though there were a variety of options to choose from (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and even apartments bigger than that), I chose a studio apartment. Since it was just going to be me living here, I felt sure this would be sufficient. And I was right! In fact, it was more than sufficient! My new studio apartment is comfy-sized; perfect for a solo student like me. Yet, it's also spacious enough for me to include a lot of my own personal things, and with plenty of room to spare for guests. I've already had a thrill of a time decorating my new room, but there's so much more I plan to do with it! Aaah, living here, I finally feel that independence I hoped to achieve by attending college.

In fact, I'd been quite lucky to score this quaint apartment! A one-bedroom, semi-furnished room for little old me only cost approximately $1000 a month. Compared to the price of my old barely-furnished freshman school dormitory, which ran around $7,000 per four months, this was a huge deal!

And on top of it all, Sunnyside really does have everything a girl--or boy, for you males out there--could ask for! As an example:
  • An extremely helpful move-in service (for those of you who pack as much as I do (yes, even country girls know how to overpack!)
  • The option of having pets (in case you were hoping to have something a little more lively than a goldfish)
  • Free cable and wireless internet
  • And even free membership for their community gym and pool! 
Seriously, look at all those "free"s! The company that owns Sunnyside even has its own private visa card service, so if you live in one of their apartments and buy their card, you can get discounts at local venues! (And who wouldn't want discounts in a place like NYC? ^_~)

The interesting thing about Sunnyside is that it is one of America's first "planned communities", as Vacancy.com puts it. For anyone interested in moving there, this means that those of us living here are closer than most neighbors! We are a community of people, and thus we share a few amenities, such as a large gym and pool. Amongst other things, we also have access to some lovely private gardens, as well as a beautiful landscaped court that you really ought to see! (I have a lovely view of it from a window in my apartment!) Even though I'm a bookworm, I wouldn't say I'm anti-social persay. I do like a good conversation! So having these amenities to share with the other residents is just perfect for me--while I can use my room as my own private space, here I can meet many of my friendly next-door neighbors!

And of course, being a student, I need to be able to make it to my school, right? Well, I had no reason to fear when I moved to Sunnyside! As it happens, the 7 train, which goes straight to Times Square, is connected to my lovely apartment complex, and takes less than 10 minutes to get into the city! (Goodbye, 4AM wake-up calls!)

Truly, I have come to love my apartment at Sunnyside. For the first time since moving to NYC, I finally feel at home. I have wonderful neighbors, a community to feel a part of, and--should I ever be looking for the vast excitement of the city--I can just hop on the nearby train and enjoy to my heart's content. (And with the comforting knowledge that I'll have my lovely own place to come home to.) Someone else on the Vacancy.com website gave a review of Sunnyside, calling it their "safe haven". That's what it has become for me too.  A place I can come home to each day and actually feel safe and at home.

I'm so glad I chose this apartment as the new place to begin my life. Thanks, Vacancy.com.

(Besides...How could I possibly resist a New York apartment with the name "Sunnyside?")
bravelioness: (Hidaka Bad Girl)
2011-10-20 11:32 am

❤♪Happy Birthday to 3 Special Gals♫❤




to

JEEZE, YUKA,  and MILKTUNE


Wishing you three lovely Libra ladies a very special day today! Don't work too hard, and do whatever you think will be the most fun, since it's your special day! I'm very glad to be your friend and have the special memories we have together!
Happy birthday! \^o^/


P.S. Hidaka is winking at you. =)

bravelioness: (Motoki)
2011-05-21 02:36 pm

Friday Five (May 20, 2011)

Even though I'm posting this late, I wanted to do it anyway! It's the first time I'm actually participating in one of these, so I hope I'm not royally messing it up or something. XD Here goes! ^^

  1. What's the song that you'll usually sing when you're in the toilet?

                    Whatever song is most popular with me at the moment. So really, it could be anything, either sung or instrumental!

  1. What kinda book/magazine do you read in the toilet?

                     I don't actually read when I'm using the toilet (TMI? XD) because that feels weird to me, but sometimes when I want a private, quiet place to read, I'll take a book into the bathroom and just read there for that kind of atmosphere...^^;;

  1. If you found a magic lamp, and you'll be able to get a wish, what would you wish for?

                     I would wish for the health and happiness of me, my friends, and my family...assuming that's not too much to wish for. And I know some people might say that by saying this kind of thing, I'm just being idealistic, but it really is true. Normally when I wish on a star, I look up at it and think, "I really, REALLY want to wish that *** will be my boyfriend" or something stupid and short-term like that, but in the end, my conscious wins out and I go for the more practical things. =)
  1. Do you order a McChicken plain?(as in, without the veggies)

                     No way!!! I like McChicken with the lettuce (that's the only veggies, after all) and mayonnaise too! ^^ Yummy!! (Although it's been a while since I had one... O.O)

  1. What's your favourite type of chilli sauce?
                      Most any is good! I love spicy sauces! Recently, Marysa and I had a lot of tabasco sauce, hehe~

bravelioness: (uh oh- Gromit)
2010-11-17 05:56 pm

Shinjiro will likely get a twitter now~

Waaaah, I feel some kind of feeling like pinpricks all over my body! Because I just saw this:




Shinjiro wrote this on Naoya's Twitter! And then after that was talking with a fan from Hong Kong in English!

I........I feel such a weird feeling! First of all, I am absolutely stunned at his English ability! He's even better than I thought! Oh my gosh, he's so good! I'm so proud of him!!!!!!! >o<

But then, I also kinda feel a little bit cold. Because that was tweeted two hours ago, and I missed it. I could have talked with him! =( I just wrote him this message back, but it's too late now, I'm sure: "Waaaaaaaaah, Shinjiro! Your English has gotten so good! *__*"

Sigh...I wish he would see it. But I don't think he will, and I doubt he'd respond. I'm still feeling so.....

Just...WHOA.
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2010-11-17 02:51 am

Just made a Japanese Fan Fiction Community

So, I've really needed to spur myself on recently with writing some fan fiction I was previously working on, and I've also been seeing a lot of amazing Japanese fan fiction over here on Dreamwidth as well, which I would love to see continue! Because of this, I just started a comm called [community profile] jfiction, which is basically a place for writers to post their fan fics (as long as the fic has some relation to Japan, be it anime to celebrities to original works, etc). 

Below is a preview of the community, although you can click the picture as well to be taken to the actual comm! I hope it will be lots of fun for everyone! ^_^



bravelioness: (Default)
2010-09-04 02:37 am

WE DID IT!!!

Marysa just called it...

WE'VE BEEN ACCEPTED BACK TO JAPAN!!!!

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*cries tears of happy joy* Now I just need to work hard for money!



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2010-07-16 11:30 pm

Reflections on Me

I know this sounds conceited, but I've never done a journal entry like this before. Something my Sensei said today just made me want to reflect on my life so far. Because after seeing her opinion, it really felt like putting my life into a completely different perspective.

The truth is

I'm a poor girl. I don't feel poor at all, to be honest. And I'm sure to my Senseis and friends, it doesn't seem like I'm poor at all. I remember, after meeting Leslie Kee (the one who photographed Shinjiro Atae), his assistant really didn't believe Marysa and I were just poor farm girls, maybe because we were at Omotesando Hills (aka the rich district) or because we had dressed nice for the event. I don't know for sure.

But my life story is something like this. Six years ago, our dad took everything from our family. When he split from mom, he demanded either the house or some form of monetary compensation from her. He didn't want us or our sister. In the end, to keep a roof over our heads, mom had to choose the money. And so, because of the bad courts in our home state, dad was given mom's entire pension as compensation.

Since then, it's been a downward slope for her, and for all of us (though I still believe it's toughest on mom). Never enough money to feed the entire family, always behind on the bills, always being laid off from her job...She has it so tough. And yet she always finds time for us. Last year, our grandmother moved into the house with her. She was already having a hard time taking care of four people, imagine five! Things have gotten even worse for her, so much so that she can't afford to send us a single penny for being out here.

Forever I’ll chase, I’ll chase, Determined This dream )
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2010-04-11 03:08 am

OMG, Shin in DOJO

OK, we just finished watching Dojo, and I can barely speak. This show is one word...EPIC!!!! Oh my gosh, the things they have AAA do! It's so cool to see AAA being just regular people! But the situations they're put in...O__o I love it!!!!!

The part with Shin was almost painful to watch! I loved it but at the same time felt so bad for him!!! He and Hidaka basically got molested...Which was hilarious, but at the same time, oh my gosh! I think because I like Shin so much, seeing him so uncomfortable made me feel uncomfortable!!!! I mean, he was actually whining, he was so nervous. OH SHIN!!!!!!! T____T

You guys will enjoy this show, I know you will! They even showed more of Aitai Riyuu! It's really catchy!

OK, handing off the comp! Here is a pic of Shin from the show!

Night night, minna~!



OMG, but I'm seriously still spazzing right now. Shaking, this show is so awesome!!! It's so cool to see AAA in the same streets we've been walking................(Oh man, words cannot convey...)