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Jan. 5th, 2012

The Winds of Change...

If I were to say "it's been a while" that would be redundant. I'm sure I've said it many times in my previous posts that it's more like a "yeah, yeah... we get it" sort of statement now. Last time I posted was Oct 2010- more than a year ago! So much has changed in a year. For the most part-for the good. Last time I posted I mentioned I was married and was trying to get hubby to embrace Arashi. Well, 2&1/2 years later... it still hasn't happened haha. But that's okay, because I still have my "rainbow buddies" who I can share the baka-ness with!

So what's changed in over a year? The biggest change is I now have a lovely little baby boy who I like to call "Ohno jr". I call him that because he WILL be an Arashi fan. I plan on teaching him the dances and hand movements to Arashi songs. Hey, who says you can't use your kids for your own amusement? ;) But seriously, being a mom is an amazing feeling and I have God to thank for blessing us with a little angel- stinky diapers and all. My baby shower was "rainbow" themed-alluding to my love for Arashi, but no one knew that except for a select few. One of the funniest things my best friend said was trying to convince the other organizers that "the rainbow only consisted of five colours". And what a spectacular job they did. I wish I had a picture to post of the cupcakes. Not only was the cupcake itself rainbow coloured (a great feat no doubt, with so much coloured batter!) but the tops were decorated with rainbow coloured strips of sour candy shaped in a rainbow with white icing piped on the sides to give the image of clouds. They were pure GENIUS. Definitely the best baby shower ever!

My rainbow buddy machan got married this year too! She had a lovely wedding. Incidentally, baby was due one week after her wedding. I was worried if baby came early, I wouldn't be able to attend her wedding, but I did... as huge as I was. I mentioned in my last post that she and I were working together and were sharing many rainbow filled work days. However, as life as it, machan decided to change careers altogether and do something she's always wanted to do come the new year. So, as sad as I am that she won't be my work buddy anymore, I'm happy that she's moving on to do something bigger and better. That means nothing for our shared Arashi feelings, there will be many more to be shared!

With work, family, and life in general, I haven't been able to keep up with the jworld as much as I would like to. I do keep up with my jdramas and have been watching a couple each season. But I find I spend less time on LJ and thus do not get news as fast, and even miss some big news. I recently went through my links to people's LJs and sadly, I found that people who used to post a lot before have gradually dwindled in their posting- presumably because other priorities have taken over. Or is it lack of interest? Simply outgrowing the hobby? Whatever it is, life waits for no one and moves at its will. For something like Arashi, they're not going anywhere and if they are, it's up. Continuing to support them doesn't mean we have to be on top of their every move. Supporting them means we're always cheering for them even when life takes over, even if its our silent cheering and it's not always obvious. But as long as they continue to shine their rainbow brightness, they'll always be a part of us no matter where life goes.

Oct. 5th, 2010

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”...

...but sometimes it feels like it does!

HELLO LJ. You have given me much, and yet I have neglected you in pursuit of others. I now vow to slowly but surely show you affection as you have shown me.

So, it's been more than a year now since I have last posted. While I was not a super-active poster before, I did tend to post here and there more often. But this last year has been a whirlwind of change, of new beginnings and of closed chapters. In my last post I mentioned I was getting married, and it has now been just over a year of marital bliss. Marriage has been a huge adjustment, and you learn to grow and adapt so quickly, the change takes you by surprise. Mostly in a good way!

I am blessed with a wonderful husband who makes each day a wonderful experience. It sounds so cliche, but it's true! Yet he is not without faults. Namely, he has yet to embrace the awesomeness that is ARASHI. I have tried to get him into watching clips with me and he will at times, but most of the times he lets me watch it on my own. In fact, my best friend got married in November, and her husband and my husband often have conversations about whether Arashi even really exists or not! It's quite funny, because we both get so worked up.

Speaking of marriage, my other Arashi buddy, machan from Vox, who incidentally is my real-life friend, is engaged and will be married next year as well! She's lucky though because her fiance has already embraced Arashi and watches jdramas with her. Well, at least we can try to use him to influence the other boys!

In April, I was let go from my job where I had been for three years. This was devastating because as a newly married couple, we're already struggling for stability. But there was more than a cloud with silver lining in that I was able to get another job right after. And the best part. I'M WORKING WITH MACHAN. Yes that's right. Our days are filled with talks of Arashi and "did-you-see-this-drama" and it makes work an even more enjoyable place. Although now the talks have shifted to how we can incorporate Arashi into her wedding!

I'll rant about my ever-present-never-failing love for JE at another time but for now, this was the long excuse for my absence from blogging over the past year. And just in time for Ohno's birthday where I will "SQUEE!!!" and "KYAAAA!!!" over him just like old times :D

Jul. 9th, 2009

There's Life...and then there's "Life" (Arashi Life, that is)

It's been about two months since my last post. (O_o WHAT?!)  Wow, I didn't realize time had gone by, and is going by, so fast.

Why does this hit me all of a sudden?

In less than a month now, I will be getting married.


We're having a wedding out at sea on a fishing boat with fish dancing behind us as we say " I do".

...I wish.

Don't tell my fiance that.

But yes, I will be getting married next month (August 7th, to be exact) to a great guy and will be starting a new life together. Months and months of planning will finally pay off, I hope. It'll be busy, fun, exciting, frustrating etc. What does this mean for my Arashi obsession though? NOTHING. Things will stay the same as they are. My fiance yet doesn't know just how Arashi-crazed I am. He knows that I'm really into this Japanese boy band named Arashi, and into Japanese dramas as a whole. But the mass downloading, the Vox/LJ updates, the CDs/magazines... he has yet to find out it all.

I haven't mentioned it before, but I got my best friend into Arashi. She's a huge fan now. It's awesome, because now machan, my best friend and I can all flail about Arashi together. So on the day of the wedding, they're planning on having Arashi videos downloaded to my iPhone so I can watch them to calm my nerves. It's an awesome plan! So machan, yoroshiku!

And that's part of why the title of this post is as it is. There's Real Life, and then there's Arashi Life. I'll let you guess which one takes priority ;) Because there is that distinction, I can already see what a potential conversation between my fiance and I will be like:

Fiance: "I'm home! I had a really rough day today. My boss was driving me nuts and..."
Me: *watching a downloaded Arashi video intently* "SHHH! Can't you see I'm busy?!"
Fiance: "But I'm really tired and hungry. What's for dinner?"
Me: "I'm watching Arashi and you want me to make you DINNER?!"
Fiance: "....."

Fiance, if you ever read this, I'm just kidding. I'll make you dinner as I watch Arashi. :D

May. 5th, 2009

I Just Noticed...


It was an interesting observation as I was watching ep 2 of Smile.

I guess this means that Jun Vito and I share a bond.

I realize this also means that I have just dated myself.

Apr. 29th, 2009

A Mish-Mash of Stuff

This post will contain many ups and downs... so to clarify in advance, I am NOT bipolar! :P

Right now, I feel kinda crappy. We had a meeting at work this morning informing us that one of our managers was let go. I can't say it's a huge surprise because there were signs indicating that this might happen. I didn't always think he was the most useful person, but it just makes feels bad to think that someone's livelihood is taken away, especially in this time of recession where jobs aren't easy to come by. It just brings the whole tension of my day down. I haven't spoken to him yet to say goodbye, but I do wish him all the best.

Onto other stuff, I finally finished Boys Over Flowers. I looooooved it! I still kinda was rooting for Ji Hoo in the end. I didn't like the part where Jun Pyo has amnesia and the girl in the hospital is totally taking advantage of the situation. But to it's credit, it's the situation itself I don't like. Even in HanaDan, it just kind of made me go "GAH!". I think it's because I know it's almost the end of the series, and I just want the happy ending, not another obstacle. I watched the special, but it didn't close any open storylines so it didn't do much for me. There's ANOTHER special next week, let's hope that one has more closure.

On that note, I love the ending song used in the first half of BOF, called "Because I'm Stupid" by SS501. I haven't been into kpop or kdramas at all, but this has definitely sparked an interest. I'm on the fence as to whether I should take the full plunge into it, but I don't know if I can handle another fandom.

THE QUIZ SHO(W). Oh crazy Sho. I like it. Since I've watched the first season of The Quiz Show, I have a bit of a jaded opinion. First off, this season isn't as "dark" as the first one. MC Kamiyama isn't is crazy as MC Tazaki (he doesn't do the "DREAM CHANCE!" dance!!!) and Kamiyama seems to remind me of how Sho acts on Shukudai kun. I was impressed with the last scene of ep 1, with Honma and Kamiyama. So creeeeeeeeepy. I'm looking forward to the story developing.

Smile. Hmm. To be honest, I was a bit bored in the first episode. I stopped it halfway to watch the AnS episode with the balloons (OMG what an episode, I laughed so hard). It kind of seemed like it was all over the place, and I was having a hard time following the story. I love Jun to bits, but his overacting is a bit much and everything was over the top. I'm really hoping not to drop this one for Jun's sake, but I feel like I'm in no rush to continue.

NEWS. Oh God, NEWS. Yamapi, stop going to Jin's hairstylist.  And if you were electrocuted before your performance on Music Station, at least wear a hat. Even Afroman can't pull that look off, and his name is AFROman. NEWS needs to do something drastic to regain their dying popularity. I really hope that Koi no ABO wasn't an attempt to do that. As an objective NEWS fan, I can sincerely say that song is a disaster. The video just makes is worse. Disco belonged in the 70's, let's keep it there. Sigh. I miss smiley-smiley NEWS.

I can't believe the Tsuyoshi drunken news made the headlines on Yahoo.ca. Yahoo CANADA. Apparently it's that big of an international deal.

I'm hungry. I think I'm going to go eat lunch now. Bye!

Apr. 21st, 2009

Boys Before Flowers vs. HYD

I haven't watched any Korean dramas before, and I've been pretty limited to the Japanese drama/music fandom so far. But some of the blogs/communities I follow post Kdrama/Kpop stuff, and I've been noticing there has been a huge influx of posts related to the Korean version of HYD. It's piqued my interest and despite not having any previous introduction to the world of Korean entertainment, I started watching Boys Before Flowers. And oh man, am I addicted. I LOVE IT. I like how it's the same, but different. I like how some of the situations in the story don't appear in HYD, at those times it feels like I'm watching a different drama because I'm waiting to see what the outcome will be.

Coincidentally, Hana Yori Dango was my first Jdrama, and really, my foothold into Japanese entertainment overall. I've watched many, many Jdramas, but HYD remains my favourite of all time. That's one of the reasons I started watching Boys Before Flowers. I haven't finished the entire series yet, but am more than halfway through. On the whole, it's hard to say which version I like better so far. Though with the K-version, the situations evoke stronger feelings from me, and I feel the angst and the sadness of the characters. Individual characters though, I go back and forth.

Makino Tsukushi/Geum Jan Di: It's not that I don't like Jan Di, but I think Makino comes across as more fierce where as Jan Di comes across as more feisty. But one thing I do like about Jan Di is that I can sense her sadness and it shows in that subtle way. Makino covers her sadness with either anger or brushes it off. I noticed this difference the most in the scene where it's Doumiyoji's/Jun Pyo's birthday and he grabs the wrong girl's arm and storms off. But I think all in all, I lean more towards Makino.

Doumiyoji Tsukasa/Gu Jun Pyo: I can't decide between this one. To me, MatsuJun will forever be Doumiyoji. I was trying to explain this to a friend  the other day as well. Jun Pyo seems to embody more of what that character is supposed to be like. He comes off as arrogant, self-centered and proud, but at the same time he can be silly. But when he is affectionate towards Jan Di, you can see the layers of hardness melting away. With Doumiyoji, he too is arrogant and self-centered, but he seems more bratty and stupid. With him, it's harder to see the soft side because there's still that shadow of pride. I'm not saying one is better than the other, it just might be the differences in the storyline itself.

Hanazawa Rui/Yoon Ji Hoo: I surprised myself with this one. My friend brought up a good point. In the K-version, you're almost rooting for Ji Hoo and Jan Di to get together. You can really see how much he cares for her, and how much he would do for her. Like in the scene where they're in Macau and they've both lost their wallets, so he plays the guitar to earn money and buys her shoes with his first earnings. At that time I melted and felt like screaming at her to forget Jun Pyo and tell Ji Hoo she likes him. I can also feel Ji Hoo's silent frustration that Jan Di is thinking only of Jun Pyo. Rui doesn't show that side, at times it's like he's just...there. You know he likes her, but question how much.

Nishikado Soujiro/So Yi Jung: I just like him better. More depth, maybe.

Mimasaka Akira/Song Woo Bin: Doesn't really make a difference, though I can never remember Woo Bin's name.

Yuki/Ga Eul: I like Ga Eul better because she's more of a stronger character than Yuki, she likes Yi Jung but she doesn't chase after him like Yuki does after Soujiro.

Other characters I don't have too much of an opinion on. I like Shigeru more, I can't stand Jan Di's mother, Jun Pyo's mother seems more evil.

My favourite scene in the entire HYD series was when Doumiyoji is waiting for Makino at the Ebisu tower, and the situation that follows. I was REALLY looking forward to it in the Korean version, but after seeing it, I still maintain that the J-version is still in my heart.

It's hard to say if I like one version better than the other. Each has it's own elements that I like over the other. Either way, I love both versions and will definitely watch each of them again and again and again!

Mar. 18th, 2009

Sho's New Challenge and a Bit of Fangirl Rant

Like everyone else, I'm excited that Sho is starring in his own drama this upcoming season. ANY Arashi member in a drama = WIN and instant success, because well, let's face it, despite whether the story or even acting for that matter is any good, Arashi fangirls will not their beloved idols' efforts be in vain.

Take "Kami no Shizuku" for example. Has any drama had as low ratings as that one did? Consistent weekly ratings below 5%. And yet, it managed to bag how many Nikkan Television awards? Best actor? Best DRAMA? Really, with ratings below 5%?! But KAT-TUN fans did not disappoint and stood behind their beloved Kamenashi, bolstering his ego with awards where ratings did not. I have to admit, though I'm not a huge KAT-TUN fan, I do like Kame, and did attempt to start this drama for his sake. Though I quickly lost interest after half of the first episode. I could see it going in a downward spiral... and spiral down it did. I thought One Pound Gospel was Kame's low (although I loved that drama for the pure ridiculousness of it!) but this definitely takes the cake.

Back to my Sho point. I'm looking forward to seeing him in The Quiz Show 2. We've seen him in light, happy roles that I'm interested to see how he plays a dark, tortured and overall CREEEEEPY character! I think he can pull it off though. I think he'll convey his creepiness through his facial expressions. It'll definitely be interesting to watch, because if he does it well, it'll be brilliant. If he lacks, he'll end up looking psychotic.

WHICH, in fact, the host of the 1st Quiz Show season actually looks. I've started watching the 1st season of The Quiz Show, kind of as a precursor to see what this one will be like. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be BIZARRE. The host spends his time in an asylum, trying to regain his memory when he is not hosting. The producer (who incidentally is Prince Himuro from UtaOnii) always appears complacent, with the occasional chuckle at the contestant's misfortune. A quiz show where people's private lives and sins are exploited publicly? Contestants are broken down slowly, almost painfully, as their misdeeds are brought to light. I'm 2 episodes into it so far, and I wonder if further episodes will shed some more light on to what's actually going on (like why the premise of the show is what it is, and what the stories behind the producer and the host are).

Similarly, I hope they do that with this season of the Quiz Show as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sho in that light. Ohno pulled it off well in Maou, let's see how Sho does. Though I secretly am hoping for Sho's character to have psychotic episodes.

Oh, and of course, I'm looking forward to Jun's Smile too! Yay for Arashi dramas! 

Feb. 13th, 2009

Sigh, it hurts...

...(my wallet)

... to be an Arashi fan at times. Especially in this time, our recession-ridden, economic down time. Like many people, I received the golden email from CDJapan yesterday with the subject "Upcoming Artist Newsmail". As soon as clicked it and saw "Arashi Around Asia 2008" DVD I texted my friend to let her know and her response was "BUY BUY BUY!". That was no surprise, since that was a given.

But I wanted to comparison shop a bit, so late at night I stalked all the sites, CDJapan, HMV Japan and YesAsia. My preference is for YesAsia because they have free shipping over $39, but they didn't have any info up as of yet. So as I was checking the sites the prices, including shipping, and I'm like okay, the prices are around 12,300yen (for 2- one for me, one for my friend) so I'm like not bad, just around $123 dollars for 2 ( I'm dividing by appx 100yen=1 dollar)




When you factor in the currency conversion to Canadian dollars... it was coming to around $170-$190 for 2. That's about $85- $95 a DVD. Luckily, as I was pondering what to do (and texting my friend in the middle of the night to wake her up and ask her what to do) YesAsia finally listed the DVD as I hit the refresh button.

So, in the end we ended up buying from YesAsia. It still came to about $77 Canadian per DVD.

Darn the economy and darn the falling currency. Yet Johnny's knows, even in tough times, Arashi fandom will never die.

Nov. 26th, 2008

To the love of my (JE) life...

Otanjoubi omedetou! The past year has been wonderful, and I am glad to have been with you at every step of your success. We've dealt with the good and the bad, but we've gotten through it together, and it has made you a stronger person. Your simple smile, your cute way of spacing out, and even the way your face brightens when you talk about fishing makes me happy. I hope this year brings you much joy and continued success, and I'm looking forward to spending many more birthdays with you. 

Happy birthday Oh-chan!  

Nov. 4th, 2008

Non-JE Post

As I sit here glued to my television/computer, I think it's funny how as a Canadian, I'm watching the US presidential elections so closely (and I KNOW I'm not the only one). We don't even pay half as much attention to our local elections. But heck, the entire world is watching. I am cheering on Obama as much as I possibly can as a non-American, but it just goes to show the super power the US has become. It's all over Facebook with people "donating" their status' to support their favoured candidate. But, hopefully a win for Obama will be the change the US needs to see, and hopefully a change the US needs in it's relations with the rest of the world. Go Obama! Let's wake up to a new world order.

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