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Chasing After Rainbows: June 2012

28 June 2012

Disorientated Feelings (Part 48)

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The only school that is best suited for my son is Mizuho Academy: the school that seem to have some special magic to it. Saeko and my husband, who have both respectively studied and worked there for a number of years, claim that they have no role in it. It's more of based on the situation, my son's character and age, and so forth.

Sadly, there's no other school that could accept both my son's feminine behavior, and prevention of being picked on because of his young age and quite a number of people whom I don't even know being able to recognize me on the streets because I hold a high-level position of Hatsuya, which many people are familiar with. Sending him to a normal school would mean that he could be an easy target to be bullied, or, worse, be kidnaped to force me as a highly ranked Hatsuya staff to do something undesirable. This would be a different story if my son could even defend himself.

I have 3 daughters and a son, but with this, it's making my only son more towards the feminine side even more than he is now. It's hard to imagine what my 7 year old son would look like as an adult.

Mizuho Girls' Academy was founded a century ago as a co-ed high school, but there's no official mention of them no longer accepting boys since it became a girls-only school when it moved to its current campus, or what happened to the boys of that school during the transitioning years. As it turns out, they still officially (albeit discreetly) accept boys, but they have to be turned into girls.

Despite Mizuho being known as one of the most difficult schools to enter due to their reputation for having a lot of successful women having graduated from there, on top of the school's facilities. Ironically, the school's entry requirements for boys are lower than an average school, which makes it seem like an option for dropouts. The catch? What I just said earlier, and complex things that only Saeko could explain. Well, with the male population becoming younger and feminized, an all girls' school and a co-ed school doesn't seem much of a difference in terms of the students you see walking through their school front gate.

Boys' schools seem to be the last frontier where females are a minority, but is possibly a "dying breed" as fewer boys are being born. I have already heard of enough primary schools of villages being closed because there are too few children attending it. So, it's possible that these schools for boys have to either be closed or start accepting female students. The latter option means effectively means going co-ed and loosing its status as a boys-only school.

To tell you the truth, being biologically young again after reaching a certain age means that you can't die of old age because you can't get old to begin with, though no one is certain that it would happen to them again as nobody who has already been transformed has reached that age yet. Also, I don't like women for their behavior and visually distracting appearance, which is kind of ironic as I'm one myself. But what can I do about it? I never voluntarily wanted to be a woman, and neither could I change that. For every single month that I'm not pregnant since I turned 12, my body automatically discharges blood. This loss of blood makes me feel weak and dizzy, and experience mood swings that drives me crazy. I also don't like to get pregnant because this would mean going through months of having a baby growing inside me and the suffering associated with I have to go through. Which is better? Experiencing going insane monthly, or keep producing children that I don't want to take care of? Sadly, female bodies are designed to be able to reproduce babies, even if the woman herself doesn't want to.

Mizuho students are quite distinguishable from others from a distance. They have beautiful looks, and a uniform that they look good in. Saeko had told me that there is something about that uniform that changes the wearer's mind and body. The only noticeable external change on wearing it is that they all would have the same body measurements, and having a burst size that is large enough to no be able to hide the shape of it. Boys wearing that, particularly the one I mentioned earlier (5 paragraphs up), would also be biologically turned into girls and the changes for girls applying to them too until they take them off. However, taking it off by itself is only possible shortly after graduation or after already transferred to an other school. This means that they wear it 24/7 for 3 years, including weekends, and the boys would also adopt the female behavior, which I am primarily afraid of for my son. This is a very dark secret of Mizuho Girl's academy, and the people who knows about it aren't mentally be able to talk about it except to those who already knew.

27 June 2012

609th post: When not to round off numbers

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You come across a number that looks something like
27634279.3478295
and wonder how to round that off. Most people would just simply say 30 million or 25 million. Sometimes, however, knowing what the exact number can be important. Makes a difference when over/under estimation is involved, but when it comes to just talking to people about how big the number is, saying this can be quite a mouthful.

Anyway, I'm here to talk about rounding off numbers that you would come across for money. Before I go on, note that some countries uses "." or a space to separate 3 digits of whole numbers, and "," for decimals. For countries like India, the first group contains 3 digits, but subsequent groups contain only 2 digits.

Situations where you are more likely to come across more than 2 decimal places for money (or, depending on currency, trailing digits that are more than the lowest denomination) when calculating taxes or dealing with foreign currency. Here's an example of dealing with one:

56.86469

In this case you could just simply round it off as "56.86" (57 or 60 if you are lazy). However, because of a "6" after the "4", it would be rounded off as "56.865". The problem here is that if you never saw the longer version, you would round it off to 2 digits as "56.87" instead of "56.86". A small increase, but if multiplied many times, it can make a big difference.

To put it in perspective, it's like measurements of a furniture part: you need it to be just right. A little more, and it would not fit. A little less, and it would not hold there and drop.

Need a math sum to see a bigger picture? Here's one with both exact and rounded numbers
56.86469×100000 = 5686469
57×100000 = 5700000
The difference between the two numbers is 13531. A difference that can make a lot of changes.

23 June 2012

608th post: Small Change in foreign Currency

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Having been to many different countries, I have accumulated quite a number of coins. As you probably know, the money changer do not carry coins besides that of the local currency. Sure I could create a collection out of these, but there are extras left over for it. How to deal with these?

I don't know what is the smallest denomination the money changer would accept, but it's certainly banknotes instead of coins. I have received RM1 notes, which are worth only US$0.31, and sometimes, the highest denominated notes of that currency aren't worth much, so exchanging a few pieces, and getting the equivalent in foreign currency back as thick stacks of notes.

Well, if going to the country again, make sure to bring those coins along, and try to use as much of the smallest denomination as possible, or pay in a way that you don't get small denominations. Example: Paying the exact change (or as close as possible) with as many of the low-denominated coins as possible instead of being lazy and use a denomination that is higher than what you are expected to pay. Would you rather have a note that could be changed back to your local currency, or have the same amount in coins that you can't change?

Sometimes, that could be hard to avoid during the last day. One thing for sure is that I didn't have those coins before I went there for the first time.

21 June 2012

606th post: Behind the scenes

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I've talked from time to time about my posts (blog stories and anime posts especially) being late/early and such.

However, with a lot of things to do, including doing household chores, it's hard to keep a schedule. Blog stories are supposed to be out once a week. But as time went past, they get unknowingly longer and longer (in terms of the number of words per part/post). On top of that I have a busier schedule and things that have higher priority that it's hard to maintain that.

Eventually, that weekly thing became every fortnight Mondays, and now... well whenever I say it's ready. Sometimes, it just sits in my drafts for days and then publish it at a later date without any editing. Before you ask, it's not scheduled either.

Also, I am writing only because I want to write what I want, but, unfortunately, I don't earn enough from those to make a living. (Not even enough to afford one subway train ride) Wasting my effort on something that doesn't reward me with anything doesn't seem to be worth it. Evidently, my other blogs hasn't had new posts recently, including the Japanese version of this blog. Too much to handle...

Before you ask, I would still be writing, but at a slower pace. (Probably no different if you have been here recently.) If you are curious what they are exactly in real-time, follow me on twitter.

(PS. I joined Instagram and uploaded some nice pictures there. I've also uploaded some raw footage videos on my YouTube channel.)

19 June 2012

Alternate Dimension (Part 85)

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At work, Hitoko (the one whom I rescued a while back) showed something that required my attention: there is something detected in the mountain ranges at the northern part of the country that is related to the phenomenon of people being turned young girls. Ironically, Hatsuya had also given me the same assignment at the same area with very vague detail and an almost immediate timing that implies that they knew that Powell had already told me.

Hatsuya said that I could go there with what I'm wearing at that moment without the need for any additional clothing as my body can withstand extreme conditions that normal people can't, but added that the same doesn't apply to how I would feel about it. Obviously, I don't want to go a mountainous region wearing nothing but summer clothes. Plus, they could track my location and see what I'm seeing, which I can't disable it myself as it's part of my body. For the latter, it's deeply implemented into my eyes that the only way that they can't see what I'm seeing is to blind myself, or just close my eyes, but I need to be able to see to do anything.

The only man-made structure closest to mountain range in question is a recently abandoned ski resort, which was closed due to its infamous reputation for having quite a high number of incidences and strange occurrences. But that alone isn't enough to stop the daring ones. The final factor that had the place to shut down was the phenomenon of people being turned into young girls, where the fearless and aggressive people were among those who were transformed first. These people were the ski resort's final group of customers: with them gone, nobody else turned up because of the incidents that happened there. Girls are scared easily, but skiing downward from a high place down on snowy slope with nothing to hold on to besides the ski poles can be scary.

I believe I was sent to the mountains around here because it is one of the first reported places when the phenomenon had started. Being the first year it happened, everyone who had changed do not remember who their former selves were. It was a case where a large group of schoolgirls of the same school mysteriously found themselves at the ski lodge, and at the same time, the experienced skiers and some resort staff had gone missing. The strange part is that nobody could remember who the missing people were, and the school where the schoolgirls belong to noticed a spike in student numbers, but nobody knows who they were. Even stranger is that the number of missing people of the lodge is exactly equal to the number of girls who suddenly found themselves there, but this fact was overlooked by the media and investigators as nobody thought at that time that people could be transformed by external forces beyond recognition. This incident was forgotten when it became widespread. Hatsuya concluded that the school girls who found themselves there were previously skiers as that location is quite remote.

I came here alone by myself. I asked for a companion, but Powell said that things could complicated if I do. I'm alone in this abandoned place with no electricity, with nothing besides what I'm wearing, and there are probably animals around here too. That is so cruel of them.

Well, this would have been easy if only I knew where or what exactly to look in this huge area. To make matters worse, there is a very long snowstorm, and the sunlight is quite weak here.

I feel like breaking into tears for making me go through this craziness.

11 June 2012

Teary Promise (Part 15)

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Hisakawa seemed to have problems with the people with a certain group of people in an area near where we are now. Quite a number of people have seen her at Powell Research's official events in that Mizuho uniform, enough times for people to see it as her "trademark" outfit. This means that she would be recognized instantly.

For her to get into a disguise is nearly impossible as her Mizuho uniform can't be removed, including the name tag that has a completely different name written on it. The shape of that name tag, and her (larger-than-average) breasts, could still be seen even with multiple layers of clothes worn over it. She added that she hates wearing skirts, which is ironic as she's wearing one now and is never seen wearing anything else. Hisakawa is such a beautiful and elegant woman that I can't ever imagine her as a man.

Hisakawa's phone started ringing. She answered it, but not long after, she started crying.

Hisakawa: "What do you mean? Didn't I tell you not to mess with my things? ...Huh? Why must I go to that lab? ...No, that is not important enough to have me go through the trouble while I'm abroad now. No, I'm not crying even though it sounds like I am. ...WHY DO I EVEN HAVE TO TALK TO YOU? GIVE ME KOTOMI AND MY BODY BACK YOU THIEF!"

...however her choice of words, and hanging up the phone at that word, suggests she is angry. I did not dare to ask what the call was about, nor do I know what were those last few words meant. It seems that she knows who the person on the other end is, but not on good terms. Being an important person, I think this could be a cryptic message that could mean something completely different.

Me: "Are you okay?"

Her face quickly changed to as if that call never happened.

Hisakawa: "Oh, sorry about that. Anyway, you probably want to get out of here and back to the hotel. Your friends are quite worried about you when they realized you were missing from their group. Even more so because the crime rate here against females is higher than back in our home country. I have suffered the most extreme of what they could do, though that is not likely to happen here."

She spoke as if she has experienced being helplessly attacked several times before and is sick of it, but did not elaborate on what those could be.

Me: "So, how did you find me?"

Hisakawa: "Your friends you got separated from called the teacher, who informed the other teachers. I was at a neighboring town, which I mentioned earlier, that was not far from where you were last seen. Spotting you in the crowd was not that hard as this country's school uniforms are very different in design, not to mention that I heard whispers of people describing you."

I guess my uniform was really attraction.

Hisakawa: "At first, I tried to call your phone, but it said that you were not contactable even though I saw your phone being charged last night. My guess is that your phone doesn't work in this country, so I used a signal emitter so that your phone would receive a working signal for me to be able to call you. Anyway, we should head back to the hotel: the teachers are getting worried."

She didn't say why she went through all that trouble, or why she made me wave towards nothing but the sky.

Just as we were about to leave, a car that had no driver stopped right next to us and open two of its doors. I have seen driverless trains before, but on something that doesn't have guided rails and not appearing to be preprogrammed? I don't feel easy about that.... Wait, the car registration of this car is from back from my country instead of the ones here?

Hisakawa: "This car? I don't exactly know how it works, but they say it's the most technologically advanced car in the world. Although technically the company's property, it only works with me. Don't know why myself."

She talked as if she doesn't need it, but to be given a car that has both the interior and exterior of the car bares resemblance of a luxury car that could only be driven by her is too much to ask for. If she could sponsor my school for this overseas trip, this car is probably nothing to her. However, she looks out of place being with that school uniform in the driver's seat.

02 June 2012

Disorientated Feelings special: College Graduation Trip

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My friends and I have planned a trip to head to New York via car as part of the graduation trip. My university is located about 40 km south east from San Fransisco, but New York city, which is on the other side of America, is 5000 km away from here. I'm leaving behind things that I don't need with a friend, so I had to fly back to California to pick them up before heading back to Japan. It's hard to book flights due to the unpredictability of the trip that could exceed the original plan by as much as a week or more. I could get a standby ticket if I want to get to the earliest available flight at that time, but only if there are still seats available at the time the regular check-in closes, which, considering that the international airports of California and Japan are major stopover airports, that's not guaranteed.

For this trip, we would be traveling in two cars. Whose car? Well, from someone who is joining the trip who lives closer to New York than California: one of the few guys who doesn't keep staring at me during my time in the university. Quite a number of guys who didn't know I have Itsuki as a boyfriend back in Japan were trying to compete for my attention. Besides taxis, airplanes, and long-distance buses, getting around America without your own transport (car) is very poor.

Most of the people who are coming along for the trip are mostly Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-decent Americans. I stand out because I'm the only Asian in the group, and that there are more males than females on top of that.

The journey was a very long trip: traveling on what seemed like a very long time across the highway covers only about 1000km. This is if the trip was a smooth journey and don't spend too much time at rest stops and there aren't any problems with the car.

Except, the car did encounter problems along the trip: the car I was in drove over something somewhere that caused one of the wheels to go flat. Changing of the wheels took a while as the wheels are quite heavy, and the car itself is lacking the tools needed to do so. I wish I could help if only I have the strength to even be able to carry those wheels. Thankfully, since the flat tire is visible by those driving on the road, someone stopped by to help us. That incident alone took up the most part of the day.

At night, we stayed at these motels. It's basically a no-frills hotel designed for people traveling by car to stay over for the night. We could have chosen someone else to take over to continue driving, but nobody wants to be in the car for the whole day and some roads can be quite dark at night as the streets are not lit in some areas.

After a few days longer than planed, we finally reached New York. I did not take pictures during this trip until I reached New Jersey, which is just right next to New York. I just want the memories of this trip without having the hassle and trouble that is associated with taking pictures. Besides, on this long traveling trip, I wasn't in the mood to take pictures anyway. Of course, I did send those pictures that I did take to Itsuki.

I had a great time there, but it's also sad that it is quite likely that this would be the last time I would see them. Being used to seeing them for quite a while, it doesn't really feel that way until after I had not met them for a long time... feels more like a normal meeting.

Now that the trip has been done with, I should head back to take my stuff back at California and then return to Japan. By plane, of course. When? As soon as possible: I enjoyed the trip so much that I completely forgot about my visa expiring soon. Itsuki already knows that I might come home soon, but not the exact day and time. If I call him on the same day as my flight to Japan taking off, he still has a day to prepare due to the time difference and the traveling time.

Due to the popularity of the flight, I can't confirm it, or warn Itsuki about it. I have to buy a standby ticket in order to get on the earliest available flight, but I could only get on if someone else on that flight did not turn up, or cancelled their ticket at the last minute. So, the time-frame between confirming the tickets and boarding the plane is quite small. Because of the duration of the flight alone, Itsuki should have at least 12 hours to prepare to pick me up, and the company he works for should know about me and my relationship with him.

Why do I have the feeling that Itsuki would have some surprises for me when I reach home though?

Main storyline: Part 22 | Part 23

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