So the new semester has started.
This semester seems much shorter, yet busier.
There are many things on my mind.
I want to do a lot of things, but there doesn't seem to be much time left.
Yet some of my friends can be so relaxed and watching anime and playing games at home.
Anyway, just some thoughts:
I was at a dinner earlier that was meant for exchange between the Japanese students and exchange students. There were more Japanese students as expected. Well, there was the usual self-introduction etc. I was sitting on a table with my Swiss & Australian friends when some Japanese approached us and asked where we are from.
When my friend said he's from Switzerland, the Japanese students gasped. They were like "WOW!!! Switzerland!!!" And when they heard his name, they gasped even louder. And this guy said: "Cool~~~"... I just couldn't stand that. Then when it was my Aussie friend's turn, they said the same..like "WOW, Sydney!!!"... Then when it finally came to me, as expected, they were not very excited to hear Singapore. What's so special that someone is White? And comes from Europe? The same thing happened to my friend who's from France.
What's with these Japanese?? Get a life!
So my friend from Sydney asked me: "What does it feel to be a foreigner, but not treated like one?" I guess I'm used to it.
Just some quotes from Murakami Haruki from a recent interview.
"People have their own stories, but when they fall to the depths of their soul, they are sometimes unable to get out of that darkness."
"Our generation tended to pick the best of everything by upholding idealism while engaged in a revolutionary struggle without believing in a revolution."
"People have their respective stories and live in such stories. That rescues people. What I want to write is such stories. Although the stories are not bright, people can be rescued by finding things that resonate in the darkness."