elyse: (bakanishi: reflective)
Reality struck me as the clock turns 00.00 on July 8th:

I'M 30 YEARS OLD, starting TODAY! (*゜ロ゜);
イヤだぁあああああ~~~~~~!!!

But... as the saying goes... "Life begins at 30", so I'm just gonna enjoy myself for the next 10 years and say the same thing all over again when I reach 40: "Life begins at 40"! *LOL*

[livejournal.com profile] utaoutao made me a very nice drawing of Jin wishing me a happy birthday! ~~~ヾ(^∇^)
ありがとうございます ピナちゃん~
\(^ ^)/




So, without large fonts and sparkly colorful background (like I did to Jin's birthday post below):

Happy Birthday to myself!

I fall down, but I get up again.
I lose faith in people.... and I start trusting all over again.

The cycle never ends.... but I know God's love will always fill me up whenever I'm at the bottom of the cycle.
elyse: (bakanishi: joy)
お誕生日おめでとう, 仁!


Keep being a Bakanishi, although you're already a quarter of a century! ヽ(〃'▽'〃)ノ☆゚'・

Cool Jin, Fedora Jin, and Evil Jin FTW! ヾ(●≧▽≦●)ノ

   


And Happy Independence Day to Americans! ヽ(〃^-^)/
elyse: (nodame cantabile: noda the shepherd?)
*random rambling mode: ON*

Gyaaa, what's up with this Jin vs Tego rumor & especially the icon wars going on in both [livejournal.com profile] kattunlove and [livejournal.com profile] news_jpop these past 2 days! It's only a funny/silly rumor to be laughed at, so just stop it already! >_<

And no, I'm not taking sides, coz I love both of them for their beautiful voices ♥
That's my greatest weakness by the way: I adore anyone (cute or handsome alike) with GREAT singing voice! ^^

Confession: I'm addicted to karaoke too much lately, it's not healthy!
I just had one with Vero today (YES, AGAIN!)! xD Doremido is 50% off on weekdays between the hours of 10am to 4pm, so we wanted to take advantage of that.

Oh! The nyonya lunch set at Sing Sing Ramen is pretty good! The set consists of small ramen (you can choose whichever taste you like), rice with either shirashu or something else (I forgot what the choices are), yaki gyoza (not pictured), 2 flavors of mini ice cream (not pictured), and free refill of oolong tea / ocha.

sing sing ramen (by elyse.)

I told the Doremido staff today to download new songs to their DAM machines. I even gave them the list of songs (and song numbers I got from ClubDAM) I especially wanted them to download (hint: KAT-TUN's newest album! :D). I hope they'll do it soon ^^

*rambling mode: OFF & goes to bed*

Yes, really! (^○^)
elyse: bakanishi loves children so much! ♥ (bakanishi: loves children! ♥)
I really should be sleeping, but after a marathon of watching KAT-TUN Queen of Pirates Concert, I got adrenalin rush instead! xD

I want to highlight a couple of things from this awesome concert (I wish I were there! But have I been a Jin fangirl during this concert last year? I think I haven't or just barely started!):

1. Jin dear, you didn't have to remind your fans how great your voice is, really! 
Poor him, he was already so tired from dancing oh so sexily in Love Juice, but then he sang the opening of Bokura no Machi de acappella and WITHOUT MICROPHONE, OMG!!! ♥♥♥

Do see this, you'll be in awe of how awesome his raw voice is!!!
(Turn your speaker volume up when he took off his microphone)


2. Jin's dance on Love Juice is 100% YUMMY! No, really. I've always loved to see him putting so much effort in his dance. And Love Juice is where you can see his 100% effort! No wonder he was panting so much after that song. And yet, he pushed himself to the max by singing Bokura no Machi de (see above) without a microphone!!! ♥_♥
Btw, I don't particularly like moon walk dance, but when it's Jin who did it.... it's just ラブ!

3. Yamapi (the special guest) really didn't wanna be more than 2 metres away from Jin, AWWWW! Mabudachi rabu! xD They kept gazing into each other, toooo! *glomps them both* I really love their friendship! ♥
Btw, Yamapi was following Jin wherever he went, as if he didn't know what to do if Jin wasn't there! xD I find it too funny, Pi's just like a puppy *lol*

4. Pi has always been a very polite person, and thus he failed while trying to be like KAT-TUN (read: using slang much) :D

5. As much as I like Jin speaking English, his swore during Six Senses is a bit... um... inappropriate >_< But I forgave him immediately after his sexy dance in the middle of the song! xD

6. Ueda sang Mother/Father very nicely. But I might be biased since Mother/Father is my ichiban daisuki KAT-TUN song!

7. A lot of shouting! I wonder how they managed to maintain their voice for the next day's performance (although this DVD was the last day of their concerts in Tokyo Dome, but I'm sure they had been shouting much in the previous days of concerts, as well!).
But I love to see Yamapi shouting for a change. He's always sooo well behaved in NEWS! I wanna see him breaking out all the politeness for once xD

8. I fell in love with Crazy Love all over again after watching this! On the second line, in the word "nani mo", Jin sounded like he was about to cry ;_;
I know a friend whose love story is reflected pretty accurately in this song, so I dedicate this song for him & his ex-girlfriend :) It was a sad love story, though. Crazy Love is the correct title, methinks ^^


As you might expect, coming from a Jin fan like me, the highlights that I remember are (almost) all about Jin (and Yamapi)! xD

Download the full concert from here (MQ) or here (HQ).
The subtitles can be found here.

For more detailed review (with screencaps), check this post!

Credits: [livejournal.com profile] jone_records, [profile] jin_no_yume, [livejournal.com profile] pinkujisatsu, [livejournal.com profile] newshfan, [livejournal.com profile] ihearyourtears 
elyse: (bakanishi: guitar)
I fell in love with this song when I heard it for the first time half a year ago.
I sang this song whenever I go for J-karaoke.
And today upon seeing this video, I fell in love with it all over again ♥

Precious One always touches my heart...


Go download it here (thank you so much for subbing it!)


PRECIOUS ONE

作詞(Lyrics): 新美香・白井裕紀
作曲(Composition): 三上吉直
編曲(Arrangement): ha-j


Time goes by僕らは いくつもの出会いと別れをくり返す
Here I am 誰かの 優しさに甘えて何かを見失った
今 過ぎ去った季節を数え 1人きりの夜何を思う?

Sometime時になぜか 胸に迫るloneliness
I don't want to be all alone 切なくて
One dayいつの日にか 見つかるさprecious one
空見上げれば ほらね ひとつのshining star

Tell me whyどうして 僕たちはこんなに愛を求めるのかな?
Ahh… 星空は正直だね 優しくきらめき夜を飾る

Somewhereどこかにいる 大切なonly one
You're not all alone anymore 1人じゃない
Somedayいつか会える 運命のsomeone you'll love
ふと気がつけば ほらね 君のそばにいる

たとえmillion years時が過ぎても
We never change No worries You'll be alright
Your precious only one必ず出会えるさ
One day you'll findこの地球(ほし)で I believe in love
ずっと

Sometime時になぜか 胸に迫るloneliness
I don't want to be all alone 切なくて
Somewhereどこかにいる 大切なonly one
You're not all alone anymore 1人じゃない

Somedayいつか会える 運命のsomeone you love
ふと気がつけば ほらね 君のそばにいる
君がそばにいる
You'll meet your only one

Somewhereどこかにいる 大切なonly one
You're not all alone anymore 1人じゃない
Sometime時になぜか 胸に迫るloneliness
I don't want to be all alone only one

(lyric snatched from here)
elyse: (nana: hachi - alone)

Because I realize that even though time goes by so fast, the world doesn't change...
Because I'm always the one to smile bitterly at the 'truth' that I've already known beforehand...
Because, in the end, "care " doesn't really belong to this world...
Because 自分を信じて (jibun wo shinjite / believe in yourself) was, is, and will always be my truth...

This is the song of my heart.
Sung by one of the most shining souls in this world ♥


Care - 赤西仁
詞:  赤西仁
 

なれ合いと嘘の中で不器用な愛背負い
時間に追われいやになってた日に
少し自由感じた

あと何年かすれば 思い出になる だから
忘れかけてた記憶と今を ふと重ねてみたんだ

大切なもの抱えすぎて 歩きづらくなった今日

いつだって僕ら きっと誰だって
悲しみや弱さいくつも引き連れて
倒れかかったって 踏み出す力を
きっとそこには 泣いた分の笑顔が待ってる

すぎてく日々で 何か見失いかけた
そんなふうに そう自分のほうから
つないだ手を ほどけないように

例えば君が 傷ついたとしても
誰の愛だって何度も色を変える
疲れて僕に 寄りかかる日は
どんな君でも抱きしめるから

いつだって僕ら きっと誰だって
悲しみや弱さいくつも引き連れて
倒れかかったって踏み出す力を
きっとそこには 泣いた分の笑顔が待ってる
自分を信じて


credit: [livejournal.com profile] goro_chan
elyse: (nana: hachi - la la la)
Aaaah, I can finally breathe (a little).

LIFE THUS FAR...

ISAO (ICCRS Sub-Committee for Asia Oceania) Conference was soooo hectic! I stayed at Mercure hotel Ancol starting on Sep 12 till 18, sharing the deluxe room with my 2 friends (Vera & Ria). Every night we slept for only 3-4 hours, going to bed mostly after 4 am. Throughout the day, we took care of so many things: on Sep 13 & 14 we alternated between the registration, help desk, and accommodation posts. We initially thought that after the peak of the hecticness on Sep 14 had passed, we could rest and relax a bit.

WRONG!
There was always something (or a lot of things) that we had to do on Sep 15 - 18.
Sep 15: taking care of some registrations & help desk.
Sep 16-17: doing the rooming list for Novotel (the participants moved to Novotel Mangga Dua on Sep 18) & some secretarial works.
(Plus, my roommate Ria had to take care of a very sick participant from the Philippines on the night of Sep 16, taking him to the ER at a nearby hospital, staying with the family till 3 am, and was awaken at 7.45 am by a call from his son that he had died 30 minutes before. So she flew to the hospital right away, and helped the family with all the funeral processes: the medical record, death certificate, the Philippines Embassy, the cargo to Manila, the funeral services, etc etc. Thank God the Filipino conference participants' group leader is a priest -- Fr. Bart Pastor, so the Filipino family felt better as they had someone they could count on in this country away from their home. My friend Ria helped the Filipino family everyday until they left for Manila on Sep 20. God bless her heart!).
Sep 18: our youth band was in charge of the praise & worship session before today's conference, and songs for the closing mass, so my friends and I were singing since early morning. The hecticness continued in the afternoon till late at night, for after lunch, the participants moved to JITEC for the revival & healing rally in the evening & stayed at Novotel Mangga Dua that night. The walkway from Novotel to JITEC was really confusing, we had to help the international participants to get there safely. I and Vera and a few fellow secretariat team fell asleep for about half an hour when Fr. Rufus Pereira was speaking on the stage (before the healing prayers began) :P Finally, after a looooong and hectic night, I arrived home safely at 1 am. OMG soooo tired! >_<

Thank God we had a mass everyday during the conference!
Now when it's over, I breathed a sigh of relief, but I really missed it. Somehow, in our hearts, something is missing... Vera and Ria both have the same feeling.
We got to meet so many nice international friends (although most of them are well over 50 years old!), great bishops & priests from all around Asia & Oceania (and even one cool priest from the USA who's stationed in Marshall Islands, Fr. James Gould SJ), and we made new awesome friends from fellow ISAO Conference committee, young and old. We learned a lot from working with various people in the team. We got so many blessings from the preparation and during the conference itself.

Vera (my international registration partner) & I were even showered with a lot of gifts from the appreciative international participants (one lovely Japanese lady - grandma, actually :P - & her group were so thrilled when they finally met me. She was so cute, I saw her jumping up & down a little bit while shaking my hand -- like an SD anime character! *lol* Now I have 7 Japanese friends! :D).

Photos have been uploaded to Facebook (I don't have time to upload 'em to Flickr; maybe later): click here for the full ISAO Conference album.
Friend me on Facebook if you can't open the album, since it might have something to do with my Facebook privacy.

OH FLUFF! :D

Like I said in the previous post, I couldn't take a rest right away after the conference ended, since I had to take care of my own jobs, after abandoning them for two weeks. But I thought I'd be able to rest a lot after Sep 21.

WRONG again!
There was a treasure hunt going on at (fluff)Friends on Facebook, from Sep 11-30. Alas, I was busy digging every night until morning came :P So basically I continued to be lacking sleep until the treasure hunt ended on Sep 30. Thank God it's finally over!

Now I can finally go back to normal life and catch up the things I've been abandoning, postponing, and delaying this past 1+ months.

DORAMA GALORE

Let's summarize this as a continuation to my previous post (Japanese Overdose: the beginning).

Basically, after I wrote that entry, I started to explore a lot of dramas, movies, and actors/actresses by downloading endlessly. I also downloaded a lot of videos (non-drama, non-movie), mostly TV shows, games, talk shows, concerts, etc. Now my 1 TB external harddisk only has 180+ gb left! Oh nooeess! *_*

In trying to search which dramas to watch, I stumbled upon this Crunchyroll forum.
From there, I started to download Korean dramas, since my friend also told me that the Korean guys are so much more masculine than the Japanese, and their bodies are so much sexier & more built! :D I got turned off by the sound of Korean language initially, but after a few dramas, I finally got used to it. I still don't like the language, but I got hooked on a few Korean actors already, so the language is not a (big) problem anymore :P

From that CR forum, the K-actors experience started from Kwon Sang Woo, Dennis O'Neil, Gong Yoo, Daniel Henney, Hyun Bin, Jo In Sung, Won Bin, Kim Rae Won (because my friend likes him), Lee Wan, and Yoon Kye Sang.
Although most of them have good-looking face & great body, I only like and crave for more of Hyun Bin, Won Bin, and Dennis O'Neil. The biggest reason of why I don't really swoon over Korean actors is because of their eyes. I like most Japanese eyes, they're big & nicely almond-shaped. I don't like chinky-eyed actors.

I tried a few Taiwanese dramas, but those failed miserably. I didn't like, don't like, and will never like the Chinese language (although I'm Chinese myself) and how it sounds! I did try learning the Mandarin for about a year, and honestly I never like it. I was only curious with Vic Zhou and Mike He.

As for the Japanese dramas/movies.... they're neverending! Simply because I get hooked on one actor over another all the time :D
From Tamaki, Nao, and Kassy, the J-actors experience continued to (I will only list the actors I kinda like & crave for more) Takuya Kimura, Hiroshi Abe, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomohisa Yamashita (Yamapi), Yutaka Takenouchi, Jin Akanishi, Takashi Tsukamoto.
There are a lot more J-actors whose dramas/movies I've watched, but I don't particularly like them, such as Toma Ikuta, Hideaki Takizawa, Osamu Mukai, Ryo Nishikido, etc (the others are not worth mentioning, since I don't like them at all, although I might watch their dramas provided that the story & other actors/actresses are good).

Of those I mentioned above, I swoon over Nao, Kassy, and Yamapi (coz he's handsome, sexy, and dances very well! *drools*). Since Nao & Yamapi are singers as well, I also diligently download their concerts, talkshows, etc. In Yamapi's case, since he's a part of NEWS, I download all of NEWS videos. I also follow Jin closely & download his videos (and some of KAT-TUN's because he's in it -- although I don't really like the other 5 guys!), since Jin is a smart guy who speaks pretty good English, has a good laugh (and teeth! :P), can sing very well (his voice is the best out of the 6 members), and he shines. It surprises me at first, but now I can settle for the much younger! *gasps*

I might need to buy another 1 TB external hard disk for next year! *lol*

Bottomline: the Japanese overdose is neverending! :3

PS: That's Kassy on the userpic, during his most handsome days.

eclectic

"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

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