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I have booked myself tickets to Singapore in November... to attend the Anime Festival Asia at Suntec! Wheeee~~ Anyone else going?? Thought I saw magnetic_rose as an official affiliate?? :D
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Haven't updated for soooo long!

So much things had happened, and more to come.

Will update something huge at a later date.

Meanwhile, back to Facebook and one-liner updates. LOL~
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Happy NIU Year~

Year of the Ox. 2009.

Time sure flies.

The year started well, let's just hope it will end well too.

Maan, got lots of things to deal with offline. I will probably update less nowadays, unless I got some ground-breaking stuff to share. Hehe.
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Goodbye, 2008~

Resolutions for 2009:
1. Find and stick to that much-needed full-time job!! Economic outlook is bleak, so no reason to be too fussy now. *sobs*

2. Save up and make my Japan trip a reality!

3. Be more patient with people. <-Always fail at this.

Not going to make a lot of resolutions nor going to wish for stuff. Other good things that come along, if they do, will be bonuses. :X

This could very well be my last public entry for the year, so closing it with some goodies. In the form of illegal music, hah!

Utsusemi download
Artiste: Plastic Tree
Album: Utsusemi (2008)
Language: Japanese
Genre: Rock
Comment: This album is what Plastic Tree is all about before they turned into pop-ish crap with their last couple of albums. The title track has that typical Platree melancholy and it rocks!

Future download
Artiste: Dustz
Album: Future single (2008)
Language: Japanese
Genre: Indie / Rock
Comment: The debut single from this Tokyo-based band. It's fronted by Ray Fujita, the Japanese-French actor most well-known for his roles in the tokusatsu genre.

Over download
Artiste: ClearVeil
Album: self-titled mini album (2007)
Language: Japanese
Genre: Visual Kei
Comment: A new-ish band signed on to Under Code Production, with a rather harsh overtone to their music. They're sounding promising and definitely something to look out for in the VK scene!

Spiders download
Artiste: Ashbury Heights
Album: Morningstar in My Black Car EP (2008)
Language: English
Genre: Synthpop
Comment: One of Sweden's many remarkable electronic music exports. This young and dynamic duo is fast becoming my fave in the genre!

L'ombre Triste download
Artiste: Dark Sanctuary
Album: Royaume Mélancolique album (1999)
Language: French
Genre: Gothic / Dark Atmospheric
Comment: Someone sent me Dark Sanctuary's debut album recently, and I must say, they had maintained their cool sounds well throughout the years! I very much prefer their French songs over their English ones though.

Hero download
Artiste: Younha
Album: Someday (2008)
Language: Korean
Genre: Rock
Comment: 20 years old Younha is making waves not only in her homeland but also Japan. This album really showcases her powerful vocals that could sing rock numbers as well as ballads.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2009!
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Tis the season to be jolly~~

Just got back from a week's trip to Singapore.

Singapore Tourism Board had been hyping about "The sweetest Christmas" using a Candyland theme this year but it didn't seem to be as grand in reality.

However, I had great fun with friends. Been eating and eating the entire week! Steamboat, coffee, sushi buffet, coffee, ice cream, hawker food, more coffee, etc. It was just feasting all the way and less shopping.

I didn't even buy any manga this trip! Maan~ was planning to get some, but ended up buying novels instead. Currently reading 犬と私の10の約束 (Inu to Watashi no 10 no Yakusoku, 10 Promises to My Dog). There's a recent movie adaptation starring Tanaka Rena.

That reminds me. How was the JLPT, you ask? Hehe.. I.. I might need a 3rd attempt next year! LOL~ I've read somewhere that 2-kyuu and 1-kyuu will have the test bi-annually starting next year. Hmm, good thing, I suppose.


I miss the rush and crush of Singapore streets. LOL~
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Node of Scherzo

OH MY~! I'm so behind in Visual Kei stuff that I missed out on this one!


If you've known about this, just bear with me as I do the necessary introduction of what I know so far.

Node of Scherzo is a single-track release by a 'theatrical rock show' of the same name under KAMIJO's record label Sherow Artist Society. It features THREE vocalists of KAMIJO, Juka (ex Moi dix Mois) and Kaya (ex Schwarz Stein), and is supported by HIZAKI and Jasmine You of Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet- (Oh yeah, I wasn't aware of Versailles' name issue until today).

Very much KAMIJO's style, this song tells a story. It is the story of Darkness (Juka) and Light (KAMIJO), battling over Beauty (Kaya). I think it's an on-going act, performed at lives..?

Someone please enlighten me more on this!!
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Departing from the norm.

In moments when our lives derail from the norm, do we desperately try to get back on track or do we sit back and enjoy the ride?

Are we too complacent with routine and habits that we become fearful of the unknown, which could be full of wondrous things for all we know?

I have the utmost desire to find out. I refuse to be complacent like some of the folks I know. They ooze negative vibes and I refuse to be part of that. Yet, the more I try to depart from the norm, the more I find myself back to square one. It's like a vicious cycle that refuses to break. I'm inevitably pulled back, and often against my will.

I sense the mockery from those complacent beings: "No matter how you try, it's useless. You're no better than any of us. Join us, relish in the familiar."

NO! Never!

Please do not plant seeds of doubt in me.

I will be different and I shall prove it someday. Even if that day never arrives, at least I know I had tried. The result isn't as important as the process of getting there.

Meanwhile, I shall just sit back and enjoy the ride into the unknown.