Monday, July 26, 2010

Students' Investiture + and Awesome New AVA members

Today is July 26 2010. Student's Investiture. In other words, the day when the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Student Council and each and every CCA officially step down from their positions and hand it over to the newly appointed ones. Of course, it is still not my turn to take over.. YET (As hinted by the Teacher in Charge of AVA). So hopefully, next year, it will be my turn to walk down the red carpet in the Grand Auditorium and take over as the new Chairman or Vice Chairman, preferably the former.
I am on AVA duty for the Investiture, so that means that the CHAOS and FUN of sitting in front of the mixer during a big event that requires multiple mics and multiple channel of music is BACK AGAIN after the 5 month of dormance after Chinese New year. BUT!! It doesn't count as I was doing the lights during CNY Concert, not the audio. SO, it means it has been 7 months of dormance for me, since Drama Nite '09. So EXCITED and HYPER the whole day because of the duty!! I thought I was out of job because I had only been assigned backstage duty ever since the new teacher in charge took over!
Happy to say that THE INVESTITURE WENT ON WITHOUT MUCH PROBLEMS! I am fairly confident in my abilities, until 2 days ago during the investiture rehearsal, I realised that due to the 7 month of dormance, my reaction time has lagged a little. But then again, there was no major problems with today's investiture (was there?)

Also, 2 of my MOST MOST MOST BELOVED JUNIORS, Li Hui and Kai Wen, wanted to join AVA Club!! I was so happy! Immediately after the investiture, I looked out of the AVA room in an attempt to spot my juniors so that I could introduce them to the Teacher In Charge. However, just as I spotted them , the teacher went out and back to his staff room. I had to chase after him to stop him from leaving and introduce the girls to him. Luckily, I managed to catch up to him and a brief introduction was done. Apparently, he was quite happy with having new members. So my dear juniors can begin their "AVA Duties" from next week onwards! I do hope that both Lihui and Kaiwen will enjoy their time working and slacking with the AVA club!

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - Gone.

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"It pains me to announce that this is the last week of manga reading on One Manga (!!). Manga publishers have recently changed their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear that they no longer approve of it. We have decided to abide by their wishes, and remove all manga content (regardless of licensing status) from the site. The removal of content will happen gradually (so you can at least finish some of the outstanding reading you have), but we expect all content to be gone by early next week (RIP OM July '10).

So what next? We're not really sure at this point, but we have some ideas we would like to try out. Until then, the One Manga forums will remain active and we encourage all of you to continue using them. OMF has developed into a great community and it would be a shame to see that disappear.

You can also show us some love in this moment of sadness by 'liking' our brand new Facebook page. It would be nice to see just how many of you came to enjoy our 'better than peanut butter and jelly' invention.

Regardless of whether you stay with us or not, on behalf of the One Manga team, I would like to thank you all for your unwavering support over the years. Through the ups and downs you have stuck with us, and that is what kept us going.

As a certain Porky was fond of saying... That's all folks!

Time for me to go lay down and let this all sink in.

- Zabi"
This message is what greeted me when I visited my favourite manga scanlation site. That's right. would be gone soon. As a active visitor to, and a (quite) active member of it's forum, it saddens me to the max as I read this message. I have to read and reread it until i accept the fact about half and hour later. To make matter worse, upon logging in to FaceBook, I found a message that shows the exact same content as the above. Sadness over 9000!!

For the past years that I had been using OM, I had never had any complaints about it. The interface is easy to use, easy to navigate, the quality of the manga it hosts is always very good. Even if the quality is low, when higher quality ones are available, it would be replaced. With one of my favourite, most visited and most awesome site ever down, I will be feeling kinda lost whenever I turned on my macbook. has certainly been a wonderful site, and i am sure it will remain in my heart for a very long time, possibly even forever. I believe that goes the same for many online manga readers. To the very best manga scanlation site in my heart,, I salute you. And I hope that if possible, you guys will be back. With twice the awesomeness (If anymore awesomeness is possible).

Now I hope that the forum will remain..

I was sadded, shocked, & surprised when that pop-up's message was seen. Before it'd fully-loaded, I thought it was just some random adverts that OM has to financially support the site. I find it annoying & irritating, & felt that they should be obliterated from OM, but little did I know how diff. it is to manage sucha site.

Luckily, I did not tick it off like it was nothing. I took a good look since I saw a logo of OM, with 4-digit no. of wasn't any random crap. It was...the holy closure of OM. The 1st reaction of mine was a not-so-sad one...just a, "TOO BAD!" expression, even though OM's days were counted. Afterall, there's still a week left.

However, as OM's deathday drew nearer & nearer, I started to fear. Am I gunna lag TTM after OM, the unlaggy alternative, is gone? OM may not have such diverse manga series scans as other sites like MangaFox, MangaReader, etc., but it CERTAINLY is, most of the time, lagless.

Since today's gunna be the last day I'm looking @ the URL, I scrolled down, & below were the usual updates...WSJ, SS, etc. Totally normal, but when I looked @ this message, it kinda...pains me. A short but simple message, yet filled with so much feelings all compressed in those words.

Maybe I'm just exaggerating, but it's...CANNOT BE DESCRIBED BY MERE WORDS. I guess only fellow manga fanatics like me would understand, but there's still more to just that for me. Not just the message itself, I have MY OWN experiences with OM. Yeah..., I think that's what you call...FIRSTs.

OM's the 1st site I've ever been to to read manga. OM may not be the site which got me madly in love with anime/manga, but it was the place where I 1st got in contact with manga...even when it's not physically. As I clicked the pages of 怪物皇女, I started to be more & more immersed into the manga world. My adventures in manga-reading started in OM, & the undying spirit to ever-continue reading manga was also nurtured by OM. It's...ALL THANKS to OM that I'm who I am today...w/o regrets (:

Behind that happy-go-lucky facade of mine hides the kinda...sadded one. I'm trying to cheer myself up with the same ol' phrase of, "There's still MangaFox & other host's's ok..." but OM, still, is diff. from others to me. It's pissing me off that I could do nothing...with all those red tapes lingering...I'm more or less, powerless.

OM may be gone (soon, that is), but I'll still have "OneManga" etched on my mind. Who knows, I may habitually type in every now & then, even when the URL's a blank, but maybe...maybe, through the otaku-filter, it'll be a sight of a site with FAN-tabulous updates...

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