And here is another end of year.
But it didn’t feel like fast forward for me, surprisingly. If you have a lot of stuff on your plate and busy day-in-day-out, you should feel the time moving faster. In my case, for this year at least, it didn’t. I won’t say I feel accomplished, it’s not a fruitful year exactly (not yet), but I got to explore different job and work environment, which is great actually. You never know what type of work environment you look for until you are exposed to totally different settings. It is still a tad early to write a wrap-up for this year, with one feat waiting to be unlocked, but I’ll write a bit on the recent events.
I finished reading 神様のカルテ3 (“In His Chart” for the movies) and it was really good. I love how the characters evolved and how they interact throughout the series. I searched online and found that it is not translated to English (available in mandarin though), albeit 2 movies are adapted from the novels. Still, I bet the movies won’t do as good as the original works. Next time if I’m going to Japan anywhere near to Kanto area, I’d definitely visit Nagono Prefecture just to see if I can meet this author personally. He’s still a doctor at the municipal hospital of Nagano, an insane 24-hours/365-days hospital with passionate, diligent doctors. Because of the serious shortage in doctor, the doctors there have to work long hours continuously and suffer from severe lack of sleep; the main character being the most sacrificial. I like how humanly this work is, it moves you very close to the core of your heart. I especially love the relationship and interaction between the main character and his old friend, another doctor who suffered from separation from his wife because of the difference in emotional investment in patients. I highly recommend this work if you could read Japanese or Mandarin. Satisfying it’s J
I was introduced by my friend’s friend to be an interpreter for a Guppy annual contest held in Penang. For this year, the event organizer managed to invite 3 Japanese, 2 out of which are renown breeders in Japan, to be participants and judges. Guppy is something that I’ve never in my life bother to know about, so you know how puzzled I was when the Japanese told me about the guppy pattern and how they created it through breeding which type and which type. It never occurred to me that Malaysian Guppy Association is actually a successful one to be able to attract breeders from Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, UK, China, and Japan to gather together in Penang. The young breeders from Taiwan were especially excited as they got to meet the Japanese pioneers in Guppy breeding, whom they claimed idols. To quote what the Taiwanese breeders said, they see how the Japanese breeders did their stunt since they were small. It’s a close-circle kind of thing; you need to be in the group, to be same passionate about the fish to be able to share their joy and excitement. From what the Japanese seniors said, apparently guppy breeding is gaining little interest in youngsters in Japan as time goes by. One thing I’m kinda proud of is that, the Japanese seniors said Malaysian guppies are actually one of the best in the world now and they would like to make Malaysia a headquarter for breeders all over the world to come together.
One of the pioneers, a 62-year-old folk from Kyoto, has 50 years of experience in Guppy breeding. He claimed he loves guppy more than his wife lol Overall, it’s an eye-opening experience for me; something that I never know before. Having a hobby you are passionate about is great. It makes you having those shiny, curious eyes full with excitement. I also made a few friends from different country through this event. A couple from the UK, a region between Manchester and Scotland, was fun to hang out with. Though at first most people had no idea what they were saying, especially when one of them was asked to give a toast at the after party. When having a chat, they obviously slowed down their speech so I could hear clearly. Thankful for that and also their honest opinions about Brit Exit. They are interesting people. Oh and super strong in drinking lol
Ok, run out of what to write. That shall be all for now, ‘til then~