Tonight, I just learned that one of my veteran colleagues in the university had passed away apparently due to a stroke. This is really shocking for me because she was still in good spirits the last time I saw her.
Admittedly, I really didn't get to bond a lot with her, particularly because she had a separate office as a result of her other duties in the university. But back when I was just a new teacher, I got to spend a good amount of time with her as we were working on accreditation documents. And then, she also made us feel welcome in her home as we celebrated the department's Christmas party there. At some point, she also gave me guidance on some matters, particularly with the entrepreneurship course I had to teach. All in all, she had been so nice to me and helped me feel welcome in the university. In a way, I guess you could say that she was like a mother figure in our department.
It just feels weird and depressing to hear this news. This definitely begins this week on a very sad note.
Thanks for the memories, Ma'm. I pray that you will now be able to rest peacefully with the Lord.
Today was this year's Otaku Fest. If you guys remember, it's the same annual event where I shamelessly dressed up as Detective Conan a few years ago.
Unfortunately, I had a lot of things to do, both in work and in graduate school. As a result, I ended up not joining the event. I was hoping to see my students in that event and be the troll teacher who takes pleasure in seeing their surprised looks in a most unlikely venue. But I guess it will have to wait for another day. Oh well.
On other otaku-related matters, I'm now starting to follow the anime Silver Spoon these days. It's a fun show, and it's a show that somehow hits close to home as I see the young Yugo Hachiken learning facts of life struggling to find a dream to pursue. In a way, I saw myself in Hachiken with the identity crisis he's facing despite the fact that he was excelling in academic activities. Once I have the time, I might do a more comprehensive review/analysis of Silver Spoon in the future.
That should be it for now. Take care and have a nice day.
What's the point of gaining money and fame if you lose your sanity and your life in exchange?
People may praise you for your accomplishments. But if you lose their respect, what's the point?
People may be jealous of your achievements and your high salary. But what's the point if it means that the remaining hours of your life are slowly reduced each time you're forced to stay up late just so that you can cope up?
What's the point of having all the degrees in the world when you can't even work properly in your job?
What's the point of becoming a "master" as quickly as possible if you just end up not mastering what you were supposed to have mastered?
There are things in life that are meant to be taken slowly. Unfortunately, people today just want to do everything quickly, so that they can succeed quickly. Many people just want to compete with other people so that they would succeed first than others. But by doing that, you may have just cost yourself your life.
Be careful with your life and your decisions. You may not realize how much it will affect you until it's too late.
Seriously, I've never been so bummed out with the WWE in such a short period of time.
Let's start with Daniel Bryan and the Yes! phenomenon. By this time, they should have already started building up Bryan's ascension to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 30 by letting him win the Royal Rumble match. But instead, he never got to even take part in the Rumble match. That was a big letdown for me because I was really hoping that the vocal pro-Bryan crowd that comes out every single week would actually have that much power to eventually bring Daniel Bryan to Wrestlemania.
They said that Bryan may ultimately win the title at Extreme Rules, in his hometown. But I don't want that. Decades from now, when we look back at past matches, it will always be Wrestlemania that we wish to look back on. Because of Bryan's popularity, I really want him to finally shine on the biggest stage of them all.
And then, we have the winner of the Royal Rumble match: Batista. I never really wanted Batista to win the match at all, because it simply didn't make sense to me. I've always believed that the Royal Rumble is supposed to be interesting because it allows a really deserving wrestler a chance to finally shine. In Batista's case, he just came back from pro-wrestling very recently, and now he's suddenly main-eventing Wrestlemania 30 despite being inactive in pro-wrestling for several years. Does that even make sense?
Sure, Batista has Filipino heritage, so I should probably support him. But the thing is, I don't want to limit my love for pro-wrestling to simply supporting a guy who has the same ethnicity as me. I believe that the best, whoever it is, should really be given a chance to shine. Right now, Batista isn't the best yet, and he still has to prove to us that he really is the best.
And honestly, Batista vs. Randy Orton as the main event at Wrestlemania 30? Good grief, it's like we've never changed from a decade ago! What is going on with them?
But what finally cemented this disappointment was the report that CM Punk may have already walked out on the WWE. From what I've read, Punk might have been dissatisfied already with the direction of his character, not to mention the injuries he has suffered. As such, he decided not to show up on RAW.
Now if it really does come out that CM Punk's departure is really legitimate, then I'm now disappointed with the WWE. I'm not sure if I can even get myself to watch the product anymore with all the mess that they have created.
Mick Foley said that he was going to throw a brick in his television after what happened to the Royal Rumble. I don't do that, simply because televisions are expensive. But I think this might be the time that I really call it quits with following the WWE. I don't want to do it, but this disappointment has really caused me to think otherwise. I might just eat my words later, but right now, I don't think I can stomach watching their product anymore.
Since I'm probably one of the most vocal Detective Conan fans here in theOtaku, I think it's obligatory for me to make this post.
Way back in January 19, 2014, the very first chapter of the manga comics for Detective Conan (名探偵コナン) was released in Shonen Sunday. Twenty years later, the manga continues to stay strong, the anime still gets viewers hooked, and the franchise continues to expand further with successful movies, merchandise, and spin-offs.
I can't really say a lot at this point, since I've probably elaborated so much on why I love Detective Conan over the past years. (If you really wanna read it, you can go read Why I Admire Conan, Happy Meal Moments with Conan, and A Decade of Conan).
Let's just say that I wouldn't be who I am right now had I not crossed paths with the franchise. I've always felt that the year 2001 was a very significant year in my childhood, and much of it is because it is when I first became a Detective Conan fan.
Now, I've grown up a lot and I've become better than how I used to be. I became a psychology graduate, a teacher, an aspiring artist, a fluent speaker, a self-professed "detective of life", and a freaking board exam topnotcher. And a large part of this is thanks to Conan Edogawa. I probably can't imagine how my life would've been if Detective Conan did not exist at all. Now if only Conan grew up with me as well...
Anyway, happy 20th anniversary, Detective Conan! I wish everyone in the franchise the very best as they celebrate this landmark anniversary. I especially congratulate Gosho Aoyama on being able to make it this far.
To end this post, let me just say that though twenty years has passed, one thing will always remain. There will always be only one truth!