Names

Was changing my name settings in hotmail. So instead of Irene Chong you’ll see, erm, Amber Irene Chong when i send emails to you. Yeah.

 

Names. They are either great saviours or a real pain. Former because they aid in classification of items, catalogues, people, whatever, you name it. What do you call a cylinder with one sealed end that stores water and lets you drink? A cup. How about sounds that are pleasant? Music. Names make things simpler, associable, and identifiable. Latter because, uh, names can get too complicated to remember. For instance, is there really a difference between 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachlorohexane and hexachlorohexane? Can people remember things like R(3Z)-S(4Z)-tetramethylpentadiene (just a random name, it’s not accurate)? Why not just choose the easy way out and give these poor compounds simple names so people can remember and use them (if they need to – in exams)? 

 

For me, names are more of a pain than of help. Not because i can’t remember names (i have superb memory ok ^^), but because, uh, i always dunno what to name my things. I can’t decide on a nice name for myself, and i suck at giving original titles to my stories, poems or whatever. I really admire Jpop artists for always coming up with nice song and album titles.

 

But we still got to admit that names make the world go round (not money! without names, you won’t even know what money is, or what to buy! For example, if LV doesn’t have its name, then would you know where to find it, or what it is in the first place?). Because roads have names, we are not easily lost. Because buildings have names, we know which mall to go to, and which building our apartment is in. Because countries have names, each race or community has a common identity.

 

Names! The wonders of it and the troubles it brings!

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About Kimono Party Girl

I was born and bred in Singapore for the first 20 years of my life, and then I decided that even after flying all over the world as a flight attendant, life is still too boring. So, in search of more adventure and add spice to my life, I quit my job, packed up, and left for Japan - which is, to me, the promised land. I've always been fascinated with Japan ever since I was 8, thanks to Ayumi Hamasaki, aka the Britney Spears of Japan. She's the first J-pop singer that I have been obsessed with, and my first contact with the Japanese language was through her lyrics. Yup, I first learned my Hiragana from her song 'I am'. But what really sealed the deal was my first trip to Japan in 2010. The fresh air, the beautiful cherry blossoms, the endless fast fashion trends and the awesome food was what made Japan the land of my dreams, and it had since become my goal to one day live, work and party in Japan. So after working like a horse as a flight attendant for 2 years and saving up a decent amount, I made a big leap of faith and moved to the land of the rising sun. I have studied one year of Japanese and two years of graphic design. Currently, I'm in the midst of shukatsu (就活 - job hunting). Wish me luck!
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