Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Slacker's Quickie

Hi guys!

I realize it's been awhile since I've been actively blogging (Two whole years!). Well, work has been crazy and it was a lot easier to blog more frequently in uni... I have a lot of updates and catching up to do, drama-wise and maybe a concert update so watch this space! Follow me on Twitter for Kpop/Kdrama/Jdorama stuff @dramagambit.


Love,
varms

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My 2013 in Brief :)

(Note: Found this tidbit in my drafts that I was supposed to post agesss ago but procrastination set in. Posting it now before it gets lost in drafts for good.)

Let's see, it's the first time I'm doing a post like this and I'll see how it goes. What do I consider the highlight of my year?


1) Made a new friend from Singapore. (Nice start to the year.)

2) Dived at Pulau Tenggol. Also got chased by a NASTY triggerfish for the first time. Lovely dive sites though and peaceful island.

3) Visited 2 aquariums: UMS Aquarium (a bit boring) and S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore, which was the most crowded place ever on a Saturday! 

4) Went to the Malaysian Dive Expo at PWTC, KL. (Again.)

5) Celebrated my parents' 25th wedding anniversary. Silver anniversary, can I get a whoop whoop?!

6) Got bangs (again). It was an addiction.

7) Went to Otafuse 2013. Charming little convention.

8) Celebrated my 25th birthday. A quarter of a century! Ho yeah.

9) Lost a dog. Found him, then lost him for good. ;'-(

10) Visited Universal Studios Singapore. Theme parks are awesome. 'Nuff said.

11) Went to a One OK Rock concert on their Asia Tour. BEST TIME EVER AND FUCKING HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR!

12) Dressed up (a little) at the Hobbycon! (Wore a cute yukata!)

13) Moved house! I'm a packing monster!

14) Weirdly enough, I ended my 25 years of singledom.

First Post in 2014: A Quickie!

I tak sabah start blogging!

Wowie! Five months just flew by and I didn't realize how much I've been procrastinating. Well, a lot of things kept me busy this year, from terrible Internet lines (which we realized later was due to a faulty modem), expired anti-virus, lost a dear furry little friend I will never forget (Mimi is in kitty heaven) and a disastrous unavoidable incident at work that kept me busy for a couple of months. Not even enough time to watch dramas and read books as much I used to. The only kdrama I've been into this year so far is Bride of Century! I would love to do a lovely proper review on it but for those who haven't heard of it, google it, stream it, and enjoy! It might not be up your alley, heck, it sure wasn't up mine at first but the zaniness that wasn't too over the top and the sparkling chemistry won me over!

Through all the mess that I've been through this year, at least I didn't spend it alone. I'm grateful to have family and friends that care about me. And a special someone to spend these last few months with. Extremely blessed to have them all in my life right now. 

Hopefully I can get back to blogging as soon as I can!

Friday, December 27, 2013

2nd One OK Rock Concert in Singapore!

Rui Hashimoto (OOR's official photographer) captioned this photo taken right after the concert, "Singaporean audience was splendid!"
This post is a little bit late in the making, but as they say, better late than never? Though I'm sure a post fresh after the concert would have made me remember all the details better but I will do my best to remember all the nitty gritty details!

Breathtaking view on the way there! Singapore ftw!

When I found out that One Ok Rock was coming to Malaysia as part of their Asia Tour I was over the moon! But work schedules clashed so I ended up going to the Singapore concert instead but I have absolutely ZERO REGRETS. Despite being considerably more expensive, it was an experience well worth it because I got to MEET the boys after the concert! How I achieved this Holy Grail of fandom, you may ask? I was one of LAMC Productions' (one of the event organizers) 10 winners of the One Ok Rock Meet & Greet competition on Instagram! The day I found out I won, I was in a bank, so I had to stifle my excitement but inside, I was doing cartwheels of joy! Anyway, I had to register and pick up the Meet & Greet passes at the concert venue, so with my airplane ticket and backpacker hostel booked, I was off!

Concert tickets costed $78 each!
Meet & Greet armband
 Getting around in Singapore was pretty easy, everything is just so clean and organized. Traffic was clear, and it took only 15 minutes to get from Changi Airport to the concert venue at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa. (Yes, I arrived in Singapore just 3 hours prior because the Malaysia and Singapore concerts were on consecutive days.) Lockers are readily available at the Forum which is in walking distance from the venue, just downstairs really. I didn't want to attend the concert with all my luggage. I actually went with a friend so we just shared a locker, it was about $20 for 24 hours and we could still use it the next day when we visited Universal Studios Singapore.


A very small part of the queue!
Standing up, waiting to go in...

Back to the concert, when we arrived (2 hours before the concert), we found all the concert goers all queued up and chilling on the floor. Some have been there as early as the wee hours of that morning! Most of them were wearing the black OOR fanmade T-shirts or the official T-shirts (also black) but these were SOLD OUT when we arrived. Now we knew we couldn't bring food or drinks inside so we ate outside before proceeding inside. I think they actually sold drinks inside and they do check your bags before you go in.

Rockin' it out!

Once inside, we listened to some songs and some staff tested out the equipment and pumped up the crowd so when One Ok Rock finally burst out on the stage, the screams were deafening. But the sound of the guitars quickly drowned out the crowd and the rest was pure magic. Unlike the Malaysian concert, Ryota was shirtless after a few songs because he apparently plays with 100% power when shirtless. Haha. The girls went wild of course. More so after Taka cheekily stuffed a red thong given by a fan during the encore into his back pocket, though it was originally meant for Toru.

This was the setlist for that night:

1.Where idiot should go- 
2.Ending Story?? 
3.Deeper Deeper 
4.Nothing Helps 
5.C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h. 
6. Let's take it someday 
7. Jibun ROCK 
8. Clock Strikes 
9. Be the light
10. Liar
11. Answer Is Near
12. NO SCARED
13. Re:make
14. Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer
15. The Beginning

Encore:
16. Wherever you are


My clearest shot from where I was standing. Still blurry sadly.

I was standing somewhere in the middle near the right where I could see Toru, next to some Japanese high school boys and they were really big fans of OOR, though I think I got elbowed in the head a couple of times. =_= There was a bit of moshing but it only got unbearable halfway through the concert when they decided to shine these huge spotlights onto the crowd. Worst. 10 minutes. Of my life. It got really warm and any longer and I might have been one of those girls escorted out because they were close to fainting. When they switched it off, it was as if there was wind sent from heaven. Earlier, I think Taka tried to make more room for everyone by asking us to bend down and leap up when he gives the signal, so everyone had to back up a bit. But after that, they rushed back in front again and I was separated from my friend for a little while, but I scooted back during the Be the Light performance because that's just the kind of song to listen to next to someone close.

Toru seemed surprised when everyone sang along to the intro of Clock Strikes and seemed energized somehow after that. I seriously don't know how these boys can perform the day after a concert because they just sweat buckets during the concert and they don't hold back. Ryota and Toru were leaping all over the stage with their guitars and even had a face-off culminating into an intense showdown inches away from each other. Tomoya has the cutest accent when he speaks English (I heard it was because he wears a noseclip for performances) and I've watched videos of Taka and Tomoya speaking Malay during the Malaysia concert and my heart sort of burst in pride to hear them speak in the local language. They do aim to please and they work hard at it! Taka threw his mike all over the place and caught it every single time. I love their showmanship when they perform. They took a while coming out to perform the encore, maybe the crowd wasn't encouraging enough? But I think most people were completely tired out after a truly rockin' concert, shouting ourselves hoarse.

This was my first rock concert and the headbanging crowd was certainly one of a kind. There were a couple of long haired shirtless guys in the crowd who barged in jumping into people to get to the front. Seriously 'rock kapak'-looking people, girls with hair of all colours, boys with Japanese hairstyles, aunties, otakus, you can find them all here. There was also a girl who was trying to crowdsurf from the back to the front but fell down because nobody caught her at some point somewhere not too far from me.

After the concert, I was told to meet at the lounge area of Hard Rock Hotel, but we lined up with the Sentosa Security near the concert area first. He was a really funny guy, asking what fangifts we got for OOR and saying some Japanese girl popband was coming soon (who caresss, we're OOR fans). The other contest winners were really nice and asked for a photo with me. Some of them were stunned to hear that I flew in from Sabah that day for the concert. You'd think I stayed in Timbuktu or something, to see their faces. I got the boys just a few Sabahan souvenirs, yunnow, just in case they ever wanted to drop by Borneo or anything. If they're reading this, ONE OK ROCK, Sabah has awesome tattoo artists and great diving!! *fangirl craziness*

Fangifts from Sabah

The fanmeet lasted about 15 minutes, the boys had changed from their concert clothes and looked surprising fresh! Such stamina. Only Toru looked a bit tired out, me thinks or maybe he always has that stricken expression on his face? He came off as a really serious guy but I am in awe of him. I got to shake hands with all them and exchange a few words. Taka was so pleasant and had great skin up close. He even consented to give hugs when asked (though I didn't take the opportunity because I was feeling er, self conscious, because man, was I sweaty and stinky after the concert). Tomoya and Ryota gave off a friendly vibe and look genuinely happy to meet their fans! No personal photos allowed as well as autographs, but they accepted everyone's fangifts. I have just a group photo to remember them by, then afterwards I met up with my friend who was waiting outside.

HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR! OMFG I never thought I would be there at the start of 2013, because I never even so much as listened to J-rock, but I did watch quite a bit of anime once upon a time. All because of one Rurouni Kenshin movie and it started a chain of events. I wish OOR great success in the future and I will DEFINITELY go to another concert if I have the chance. I'm beginning to feel like A-Pink's Eunji's character in Reply 1997. Not quite sasaeng level though. Oh God no.

One OK Rock Meet & Greet at Singapore Live 2013 (LAMC Productions)
My winning entry

1st Teaser Trailer For Rurouni Kenshin's Sequel Is Out!


When I heard the news, I could barely contain myself with glee! Next summer, the wildly popular franchise (of the anime Samurai X fame), is coming out with not one, but TWO movie sequels! The first movie was what got me obsessed with J-rock band, One OK Rock in the first place, you should really listen to The Beginning if you haven't already.

The two films are tentatively named Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend Arc. A 30-second teaser trailer has been released and you can watch it below!



New cast additions include Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note, Battle Royale) as the resident baddie, Makoto Shishio, and my, does he look badass in the stills. The other cast additions I'm not too familiar with their previous work but the casting of Misao and Aoshi look pretty acceptable to me. They were two of my favorite characters in the anime and I'm so glad they didn't butcher the casting as they did with Sanosuke! Honestly.

Yusuke Iseya as Aoshi Shinomori

Tao Tsuchiya as Misao Makimachi
Two movies to look forward to in Summer 2014!!

Source: Anime News Network

Back to Basics


My, my, haven't I been a neglectful blogger this year? And one of my New Year's resolutions was to blog more but unfortunately, real life got in the way and it was all I could do to keep up with my other various social networks (drama-watching, sadly, has taken a back seat during this time). But don't fret, I've been keeping myself up-to-date thanks to the hard work of drama bloggers out there (may the drama gods be ever in your favor)! In the past few months, I've been moving house, catching up with friends, working, taking some time to see the sights of Singapore (more on that later) and spending a lot of time with family! It's been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs this year and I'm so glad I wasn't alone through it all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers, family and friends and let this season serve as a reminder of why we do what we do, then reflect but not waste time regretting too much. There's much to improve on for me in 2014! I pray for a lovely and fruitful 2014, come what may!

(Changed my layout yet again, to a basic white palette. A blank canvas for 2014, but I just might keep it simple.)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Block B's new MV is more than Very Good!


One of my favorite bands towards the end of last year is back with a bang! New hairstyles, more rap and crazy dancing - that's Block B! 

Actually I watched their previous MV on the mini album before this. Be The Light was just okay, nothing to sniff at, generic yakuza scenes which is reminiscent of their debut MV. In fact I preferred One Ok Rock's song with the same title. (Just had to make that comparison, can't help it!)


But Very Good does not disappoint! Freaked me out a little thought with the clown masks! Northampton clown reference? And Zico licking his skull scepter might be a Miley reference? Anyway, missed these guys, hope the stage performances are every bit as awesome! 




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Crayon Pop's Addictive Beatz!

As baffled as I was by Crayon Pop's skyrocketing popularity in South Korea after watching one performance video of theirs on stage, I must admit that this dance cover by some of the uniformed bodies of South Korea's most courageous was hilarious! The campy dance moves to the incessant "Bar, bar, bar~" lyrics just took the cake for me and hit a home run with it.

I dare you to watch this without smiling! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Haruma Miura & Sato Takeru at SWV, Mabul in Sabah!

So apparently HARUMA-freaking-MIURA (Bloody Monday, Koizora) and SATO TAKERU (Beck, Rurouni Kenshin) was at Sipadan Water Village, Mabul in Sabah to promote a Japanese tour agency or something. Before anyone's ovaries explode, this was back in April 2011, 2 years ago. Now I wish I went to Mabul a whole year earlier, but I was doing my big climb up in Mount Kinabalu around that time.

So I just have these pictures to tide me over. I'm hoping that if they ever do come back again, it will be on Sabah's West Coast this time. Preferably Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. *prays to drama gods*









Mabul is a gorgeous place to snorkel and dive but some of the backpackers need to manage their wastewater and drainage systems better. I wished I could dive some more at Sipadan while I was there. Only did one day's worth of dives, not nearly enough! And my heart broke a little when I left, it was just that beautiful.

Photo credit: Akira

September Quickie

September already! Seems like I've been busy/asleep/a walking zombie these past 2 months after I finished watching Game of Thrones. On the TV side of things, I've picked up the sitcoms Men At Work, Big Bang Theory (yes, I've fallen into the Sheldon trap!) and 2 Broke Girls. All of them have strong friendship themes, not so dissimilar from Japanese slice-of-life dramas. Though nothing is quite like American humor. With New Girl season 3 starting this week I'll be sinking my teeth into more yummy goodness!

As for the drama front, I haven't been watching any new ones since Dramacrazy went down. (Dramafever sucks.) Though I have been keeping up with recaps for The Master's Sun, Who Are You and Good Doctor. (BTW, what is with all the ghost-themed dramas? I have a hard enough time sleeping after reading a recap, much less watching it.) Dating Agency: Cyrano was the last drama I finished, which was so-so but had really lovable characters. I am still in the middle of watching some slightly older dramas, Padam Padam and I Need Romance (finished the 2nd season which was lovely, only getting to the first now).

I also have this little Japanese drama which I'm praying is watchable - Boku To Star No 99 Nichi. Though anything with Kim Tae Hee is NOT promising! It does however have Nishijima Hidetoshi, who was absolutely spellbinding in Sayonara Itsuka which had some truly memorable lines. The movie itself (Sayonara Itsuka) was bittersweet and for some, might require a degree of patience.



Some of its more memorable lines by the lead actress:


"To live is to be ready to say goodbye,

For loneliness is a friend who will not betray.
Shiver not in the pouring love, instead buy an umbrella.
Believe not in happiness,
even in the passions of love…
Confess not your love,
even if you would die for it.
For love is like a season;
It comes and goes to decorate life’s boredom.
The moment you call it Love,
it melts away like an ice sculpture…
Goodbye, Someday.
Happiness lasts not forever;
as despair lasts not forever.
One day you will need to say ‘goodbye’,
Just like how you said ‘hello.’
At death,
some look back on being loved;
while some look back on having loved…
I shall look back on having loved…"
............

Sappy stuff but for some reason I was transfixed. Maybe because the scenery and art direction was just. So. Pretty! Highly recommended for a slow-burning romance that spans for a number of years. I really wish I had the time to do a proper review for this! Alas.