Haruka's Diary
Chasing After Rainbows: March 2011

31 March 2011

Alternate Dimension (Part 67)

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Researching about a person that Takagi wants me to find that has been missing for two years was not easy: the longer a missing person has not been found, the harder it is to find them. Just searching for a child who has gone missing for only less than a week is hard enough, but a young adult could be anywhere in the world, including places that I've never even heard of.

There's a vast amount knowledge and information stored inside me, but only ones that I've actually learnt, or what someone wants me to know (which gives me the strange feeling of knowing about something quite well about something I had never never learn), are only accessible to me. It's quite ironic that I have to ask someone to access something that is a part of me. Why can't I do it myself? Well, having a glance of what that information was, it contains every action of anywhere of any given time, which you could turn into what a particular someone was up to even though nothing was actually recording it. My poor mind would explode if I knew everything.

It's the first time I went to the house I grew up in to have dinner since after Takagi gave me a case to solve. I haven't seen Itsuki for some time since before that time.

Mom: "Ah! Saeko-chan! It's been a while since you came. I'll go prepare dinner. There's nobody but us in here right now."

Mom cooked for me my favorite meal, but she prepared an additional two sets of meals.

Mom: "Go ahead and eat yours. I'm just preparing these for me and Itsuki..."

Footsteps of someone wearing high heels were heard, followed by the sound of the front door being unlocked. Who could that be? That person didn't say anything.

23 March 2011

McD prices

On March 6, I was discussing with other Twitter users about how I've been to McD.

I've said this before: I lived and grew up overseas until recent years. If you were to convert the prices of the same meal to a common currency, I would say that the country neighboring where I grew up in is a lot cheaper than ones in my homeland.

Oh, and what is this "country I grew up in" and "home country" I kept mentioning, but didn't give details about? I'm not telling, but I've dropped hints around. (Hint: Photo on the right is of an outlet of a place called Ameyoko)

Somethings wrong about how I grew up: My foreign language skills are a lot more fluent than the native language of my family. I'm even writing in that said foreign language right now that even I'm scared of how good I am in it. I know enough that I'm now surrounded with bad English (though I've seen worse). I could have grown up in my homeland, with a completely different language that I'm fluent in, get more used to lower humidity and temperature, if it weren't for them. (I'm the odd one out in my family, but it's not my fault.) My parents somehow decided that I, among the siblings I have, grow up in an English-speaking environment overseas so that I "could be relied upon" since, except for dad (who was the one that raised me up and lived with while growing up), they don't even know any English at all. Take my younger sister for example: she doesn't know any English.

I didn't know about my parent's "experiment" with me until I had to move back to my homeland that I'm not familiar with for legal reasons relating to my age where I become an adult (20 for my homeland, 18 or 21 for where I grew up in; can't keep nationality of both countries when I reach that age) but it's also where my relatives and the rest of my family are. A conflict of what I grew up with, and my family roots.

I wouldn't feel comfortable if someone I had known for a while (including relatives) were to suddenly speak to me in a language different from what they normally talk to me in, no matter how skillful I am in it.

Also, it's been 7 months since the last post, but I've written a post about the Tohoku Earthquake on the Japanese version of this blog. I was also translating "Alternate Dimension (Part 3)" (written on October 2008 in case you noticed that the most recent part in English is numbered as 66) when some editing mistake caused the whole post to be blanked. I was already 3/4 done when it happened. I'm so devastated to even want to start over again.

18 March 2011

526th post

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It has been about a week after the Tohoku earthquake. To those who did not follow me on twitter and noticed that I didn't write a new post for quite a while, forgive me for making you worried that I might have died, especially since the death toll and missing persons from the earthquake (and the tsunami that followed) is in the tens of thousands.

So, most schools are having their graduation ceremony this week. It's probably a sad day for them as some might have lost their peers or relatives.

Yukari would be entering college next year. Some colleges are having an open campus and are checking them out since she's entering her 3rd year of high school and will be taking the entrance exams about. She's my sister after all, and is somewhat like an another me, but born latter and went through completely different experiences.

As I've mentioned earlier somewhere, I haven't even begin to write my blog story. Would do so when I've figured out how to continue writing from where I've left off.

09 March 2011

525th post

Looking at news or business reports from the western world, one thing that I notice very frequently is this kind of mindset:

USA + Canada + Western Europe = The world
Any attack on internet servers -> Blame it on China

What is wrong here? It's practically ignoring the rest of the world that's not mentioned and continued stereotypes. Well, sure there's history behind it, but that's not an excuse for letting it happen. As for the internet attacks, it could have been done by an individual that doesn't even reside in China and actually originate from an unsuspecting county that's not even mentioned in the daily international news. Well, maybe it might have, but for unrelated reasons.

Disclamer: I am neither for, or against any country mentioned here.

08 March 2011

Alternate Dimension (Part 66)

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I was given a case to solve via a schoolmate that claimed to be Takagi's cousin that has several unknowns and I don't have personal experience with the things involved made it more challenging to solve. I had my doubts if this Yui Ito (伊藤湯井) is a cousin of Kamisugi High's computing club senior, who is now working for me at Powell Institute. I never knew what Takagi's given name was, but I wondered if the name Yui gave me (Megumi) is even the Takagi I had in mind. I had to ask her personally. It's pointless asking "the other me" as they don't know who she is other than as someone only I had met. I was caught off-guard by her to call me by my actual name instead of Kanade Haneda, something that only people who had met me before April this year or knew through someone before that time and indicated my current identity. I can't think of anyone outside the Hatsuya research institute who knows this, and Takagi certainly doesn't fall in that group. Until that earlier encounter, Yui called me as Kanade.

Within the Powell Institute, any announcement by anyone other than the announcer or a supervisor is quite rare, let alone one with background noise of a train station. Due to my position as the most important person to the company to overwrite any order by anyone below me (which is practically everyone), but being very rarely seen, I could see that I'm somewhat of a legend since I had helped the employees with rogue supervisors under them. Of course, I had to disguise as a regular employee so that they don't know it's me. Currently, I've temporarily stopped doing that since I couldn't remove the Mizuho student uniform so long as I'm a "student" there under Hatsuya's orders. If an outsider would find out about this, they would think that the founder of the Powell Institute is under the control of their own arc rival, Hatsuya Institute, and things could get ugly from there.

01 March 2011

Looking Back

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You know, it has been almost 4 years since I have graduated from High School*. The time passed since then is obviously longer than the time I've spent in it, but it's somewhat the best time of my life. Walking around near where I live, past schools and students in uniforms makes me recall about it. Kind of sad to think that the amount of time passed since graduating is longer than the time I had spent in it.

Primary school seemed like an eternity, but looking back, I don't really remember what happened. In fact, in the working world, people usually never talked about what they did earlier than High School. There's no mention about Primary or Middle school unless they have children in it.

I was taught to speak English since young (before kindergarten?) and with a method more effective than the schools at home. (Maybe it's the age they started learning it.) Dad could speak it, but with the accent. As for the rest of the family... Let's just say that they don't understand it. However, since I grew up in an environment where exposure to English is strong and Japanese almost non-existence, my language ability is somewhat the opposite of my sister, who grew up at home and never came along with me. In other words, my native language is not my mother tongue.

Before I get into too much of my personal life, let's end this post. I would prefer to not talk about it.

Note1: Primary School = Grade 1-6. Middle School (Junior High) Year 1-3 = Grade 7-9, (Senior) High School = Grade 10-12, Secondary School/Education = Middle + High School

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帰国子女 英語能力は堪能。趣味はアニメや漫画やプログラムコードを編集。通常、あたしの小説を英語で書いてです。Grew up abroad &travelled to different countries. I write my own fictional novel on my blog.