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2nd One OK Rock Concert in Singapore!

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!

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 ve…

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.

Two movies …

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 m…

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! 

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! 

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 w…

Game of Thrones: Dark Wings Dark Words

One of my most favorite scenes in Game of Thrones S03E02: Dark Wings Dark Words is where Talisa sits down to have a word with Catelyn Stark who is busy making a prayer wheel for the Faith of the Seven. The gravity with which Lady Stark voices out her remorse (with a hint of stubbornness)  is absolutely compelling. Michelle Fairley was brilliant here!
Talisa Maegyr: May I help you, Lady Stark? Catelyn Stark: No. Talisa Maegyr: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have... Catelyn Stark: You can't help because a mother makes one [a prayer wheel] Catelyn Stark: for her children to protect them. Only a mother can make them. Talisa Maegyr: You've made them before? Catelyn Stark: Twice. Talisa Maegyr: Did they work? Catelyn Stark: After a fashion. I prayed for my son Bran to survive his fall. Many years before that, one of the boys came down with the pox. Maester Luwin said if he made it through the night, he'd live. But it would be a very long night. So I sat with him all through the darkness, …

Variety: We Got Married Global Edition

Variety programs are fun! None as entertaining recently as We Got Married (Global Edition). I do love an episode of Running Man and 2 Days 1 Night from time to time but I find that the one I can't bear to miss every week is WGM! The Korean version never really interested me except when they had superstar couples like the Adam's couple (Jo-kwon/Ga-in), Lee Jang-woo/T-ara's Eun-jung, Lee Teuk/Kang So-ra, Jung Yong-hwa/Seo-hyun and Nichkun/Victoria.

What kind of show is We Got Married you might ask? This might come across as pretty cheesy, I couldn't wrap my head around the concept either circa the pilot season with Alex & Shin Ae. The show pairs up Korean celebrities and shows them a bit of what married life is like.Each week the couple is given missions to complete and you get to see them in candid interviews, talking about feelings.

One might argue that Nichkun and Victoria were probably the first ever global edition couple since they are Thai and Chinese respect…

Good Reads: Warm Bodies

I'm in a rush so as much as I would like to do a long and detailed review on this book, I don't have the time to dissect it piece by piece and I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read the book or watched the movie. Besides, there's plenty of reviews to be found online and the testimonial alone on the book cover should be enough to inspire you to read it. It's not even a thick book, a few hours should do the trick but I like to make the story last longer by reading it slowwwly.

Tapped as the zombie version of Twilight, this book is more than that and there's a lot of heart beneath the grimy mess of brains and rotting flesh. Both movie and book have their own appeal, the plots differ slightly but in the end, are basically the same. The movie's plot is somewhat watered down for its mostly young audience but both main leads did a terrific job! If you're debating whether to watch The Host or Warm Bodies first, I would say Warm Bodies. It'…

Music Time: Akdong Musician - I Love You

Was initially planning on tacking this music post to any of my other blogposts but decided that Akdong Musician needs a post to themselves! These charming siblings that won Kpop Star this year have come out with their first music video, starring Lee Hyun Woo (highly approve their choice in actor!). I Love You is also the soundtrack to Lee Min Jung's political drama, All About My Romance. You can watch the MV below. Enjoy! :)

(Upcoming Drama) Dating Agency: Cyrano

I did wonder if Soo Young (SNSD) has that something that Park Shin Hye seems to have. Like they must have saved their nation in their past life because they seem to work with a lot of my favorite actors! Then I remembered that Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Chun Hee are both well and truly married. Family men at that too. It only makes me feel a little better though. And I would murder for her dress in the picture above. Except that it would look a little ridiculous on me so maybe I would just stare longingly at it on a clothes hanger.

TVN has been having a winning streak with romcoms lately. All kinds of fuzzies happen! Particularly loved I Need Romance 2 and Flower Boy Next Door. Dating Agency: Cyrano starts airing end of this month! I think I might be tuning in! :D

Harder Than You Think


Music Time: ONE OK ROCK!

I suppose my friends may have seen this post coming for sometime now. I have been borderline obsessed with ONE OK ROCK after listening to their song The Beginning which was utilized as the song that plays in the credits of the live action Rurouni Kenshin movie, which is highly recommended by the way! I have watched the movie at least 4 times! Fans of the Samurai X movie may love this movie more than others (understandably). Anyway, as this post is about OOR, I will refrain from rambling too much about the Kenshin movie.

OOR is a Japanese rock band that was formed in 2005 after Toru, then a highschooler, decided to form a rock band. Together with Ryouta, they then brought in Taka as the vocalist (who was rather hilariously, an ex-member of Jpop boyband, NEWS). Tomoya replaced Koyanagi Yu as drummer, who went on to be an actor instead. Not that it was a bad choice. I loved Koyanagi's portrayal of Chiba in Yankee-kun to Megane-chan! Originally they debuted as a 5-piece rock band but …

Currently watching: ATARU (2012)

Will do a proper review on Ataru as soon as I am done with the series and SP. This one is just going to be a short intro to the wonderful and wacky world of Ataru! Am currently hooked on this and my drama geek sisters are half in love with the lovable Ataru/Chokozai! He is acted by Masahiro Nakai (SMAP) who believe it or not, is 41 years old this year! This drama also stars Kuriyama Chiaki (Battle Royale, Battle League in Kyoto) and Kitamura Kazuki (Team Medical Dragon 2, Galileo).
The summary from the broadcast station (TBS) is as follows:
Ataru, who suffers from "savant syndrome," has the power to discover, observe, see through, and deduct microscopic evidence of unsolved cases. Why does he always go to the criminal sites? What explains his strange behavior? His sad past will be revealed as the story unfolds.
An explosion occurs at a chemical factory, leaving one person dead. The investigation team concludes that it is merely an accident, but Ebina Maiko has her doubts. When…

Guba's "Aku Pergi" Music Video

I am completely unable to stop listening to this song at the moment! When did Sabahan singers get so good? Guba or Gabriel Robert Rawantas writes his own music and debuted last year under Laguna Records.

This one in particular is my favorite:

How much do I love that he seems to be a cat person? I hope he'll continue to make good music for many years to come.

Also recommended: A Beauty Company (feat. Diana Danielle)


Keep our people and law enforcement safe from those who wish us harm.
May God bless us all in the coming days.

"Make love, not war."

Music Time: Ok Bah Kalau Kau

Let's end February with something a little different! I don't usually do this but a Sabahan song has caught my attention this time. The song is called Ok Bah Kalau Kau (Okay If It's You) by Enoch Cosmic (also Aki Nabalu). The song is about forgiving someone for almost anything just because that person is special to the other. I think. Very simple lyrics and quite nice on the ears, although it sounds a Tapi ok bah kalau kau... :)


Meski pun itu suatu pedoman,
meski pun kau tahu tapi kau buat alasan,
ok bah kalau kau...

meski pun ini semua terjadi,
suatu hari ku tahu kau akan insafi,
ok bah kalau kau...

meski pun itu suatu tragedi,
meski pun kau tahu tapi kau tak peduli,
meski pun itu satu memori bahagia..

meski pun itu satu melodi,
meski pun kau tahu tapi kau lupa diri,
meski pun ini bukan fantasi bahagia..

ok bah kalau kau...

Verse 2:
meski pun itu satu cobaan,
meski pun kau tahu pasti kau lakukan,
ok bah kalau kau..


A Short Story By A 16-year-old Me

Stumbled on this short story written when I was sixteen after the story came to me when I was going about the business of falling asleep. Here it is, in all its raw glory (with some minor corrections), dated 19th June 2004.

Blue Eyes The sun had gone down and the moon had replaced it in the sky, laying rest its gentle moonbeams one particular hillside. Under the branches of a willow tree, a man lay lazily stretched out on the sweet-smelling grass. It had been a long day at work and his tie was in his pocket and he was staring dejectedly at the sky. His house was some ways down the hill but he wasn't yet ready to face his hectic household. It was then that it him, right on his cheek.Rubbing his sore cheek, he picked up whatever it was and peered closely at it. The object was hard and smooth but oddly enough, it glowed as bright as the moon that night. Of all the rocks he had come across, none was quite as strange as this one.As he pondered on it, he realized with a start that someon…

Lee Je Hoon to Belt Some Notes for Paparotti!

How cute is this piece of news? Everybody's favorite actor gone for military service, Lee Je Hoon, is acting as a gangster who wants to sing! Jang Ho (Lee Je Hoon) has a talented voice, but because of his poor family background, he became a gang member. Nevertheless, Jang Ho still likes to sing and desperately wants to become a singer. He enlists the help of Sang Jin (Han Suk Kyu) who used to be a well regarded performer in Italy, but is now a music teacher at a local high school in a small city. He's not the most passionate of teachers. Kang So Ra plays Sook Hee, a classmate who has a crush on Jang Ho. 
This movie is based on the true story of Kim Ho Joong, who first appeared on Korean TV Show, Star King, on July 18, 2009. During the program, Kim Ho Joong surprised people with his vocal abilities and also made people cry because of his back ground story. He grew up as a troubled kid who joined gangs, but because of his grandmother he began to sing in earnest. Stills and the …

J-dorama: Orange Days (2004)

Picked up this drama a week ago after I realized it was sitting in my hard disk. I have heard of this drama and it seems to have achieved cult status with lovers of this genre. It should have been right up my alley but since I mostly watch kdramas, I didn't have a lot of time for jdoramas. I discovered that it is quite a charming drama that most university graduates or students on the brink of graduation can relate to. The screenshot above pretty much captures the dilemma of these university students.

For starters, Dramawiki tells me that Kai Yuuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with no job offers so far. One day, he meets a girl who is playing violin in the campus. She is Sae Hagio (Kou Shibasaki). In marked contrast to her beautiful tone and attractive looks, her personality is somewhat impertinent. And to top it off, she communicates thr…