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maimailove13
19 February 2015 @ 12:57 am
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Hi, my name is Mai. I am currently working as a Marketing Analyst for a New York based company, my work is online so I'm online most of the time, but not always on LJ especially when I'm swamp with a lot of work and I'm too lazy. I'm a very lazy person and very cheapskate.

My parents raised us in a very strict manner when it comes to money. Even though they had money, they don't give us luxury.. If we want something, we have to save up for it. I even had to save up money to buy oshare clothes. But this way of raising us actually did me good, I learned how to find ways to get to what I want, if I want it, I could always find a way to get it. No matter how many hindrance I have to overcome.

Anyways, I am in LJ because of Arashi. My ichiban is Sho! But from time to time, I wanna have some fun with Nino. And I think that Jun is the most handsome among the members. I've seen them live, the Digitalian Tour Osaka 11.28.14 and Jun is really handsome, he is sparkling and shining and you will just stare at him when they are onstage together. -_-

Right now, my fandom is Arashi and OOR! But I'm leaning towards OOR right now, my excuse for myself is that I am catching up on OOR's music and that my music preference is OOR's music but I think that's a lie. Ha! I'm really crazy over these four OOR members, not as much as I love Arashi members though. For now, I love both groups. <3

I love watching Jdramas and Kdramas, yesterday I just finished Birth of A Beauty and I was really charmed by Ji Sang Wook! He's so charming!! Right now I am looking forward to watch Itazura na Kiss 2 but I'm still waiting the drama to be finished.

I am currently learning the Japanese language, I will resume my study next month, March 2015. But I've already subbed 2 videos with the help of some friends. Downloads

My favorite Arashi song is Subarashiiki Sekai, but I love Life, Magic Hour and Ima, motto Yori!! Niji no kakera too! My favorite album is Time!

My favorite OOR song is Chaosmyth and Yes I am. My favorite album is Niche Syndrome.

That's me. I love making friends and I love talking to people. <3


BUCKETLIST

I realized I have already done a lot of things that were just a dream years ago, like watch Arashi cons, go to Japan, join Arashi fanclub, watch OOR con, etc! This time I want to keep track of the things that I want so that I can achieve them easier. So here's my list :))


☯ Watch Arashi concert in Tokyo Dome
☯ Watch One Ok Rock tour in Europe
☯ Watch One Ok Rock tour in US
☯ Go to Cebu
☯ experience winter in Japan
☯ experience Cherry Blossoms in Japan
☯ ride the Shinkansen
☯ go to a disco bar with friends
☯ buy a condo
☯ dye my hair in a very odd color
☯ regularly visit gym
☯ take a part time job in a coffee shop
☯ stay for a month in Japan
☯ live on my own
☯ support my parents financially
☯ tell my longest fling that I still think about him
☯ get married
☯ have 2 kids (can be through surrogate)
☯ build my dream house
☯ watch NBA game with pops
☯ go to Santorini
☯ go to Maldives

There are a lot more things to be added but I'll settle with these for now. :)) Some of them can be done this year, some probably in the next year 5 years. Who knows. :))
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maimailove13
22 December 2015 @ 10:08 am
I actually received my membership card last night, but I waited to confirm first if the ones I've help register from this post also got their membership cards already. And they already did so I'm posting this now!!



It was really fast since I just registered to the fanclub last Dec 9, 2015. Yaaaay! But anyway, I will be giving some advice and tips since I had no one to ask when I was about to register and I was really relieved that it all turned out well even though I have no idea what I was doing.

[How to join the fanclub]First off, there's only 2 vital factor in the membership.. Japanese address and Japanese phone number.

Japanese number: it's pretty easy to own a Japanese number. You can buy one at any virtual number services online that offers some Japanese number. You will only this anyway for the registration. I've never heard from

Japanese address: I'm not sure if Hotel Addresses work but I think it does. But , the hotel must agree to the fact that packages from the jimusho will arrive and that they have to keep it for you. Not sure if there are hotels who would agree to this. But one could only try, lbr, you can't just have a Japanese address unless you're residing in Japan or you know someone there. I actually used a sort of Japanese business address for the fanclub membership of some of the ones I've helped register and they were able to get accepted in the fanclub. So I think hotel address will work as long as the hotel agrees to it.

If you've solved those 2, then you should go to Japan. There's no other way to register to the fanclub other than going to Japan. Or you could ask someone to go to the post office for you. Either way, registration can only be done in Japan. :(

Once you're in Japan, you have to get a form from the post office to register to the fanclub. That's where you will write all the information about you.

One of the problems I've encountered is writing Kanji, I'm not good with writing kanji! I can't even write Arashi or Sho's name. So I just asked for a form from the post office and went home with it so I can take my time to fill it up. It took me days to fill it up, I leave spaces for the Japanese address(where kanji should be used). I just wrote all the info that I can write, like the account number of Arashi, katakana of my name, my phone number, etc. If you can't write kanjis, you can ask a friend to write it for you, ask the hotel staff to write it for you or ask the post office staff to write it for you.

After filling up half of the form, and bringing with me my super basic nihongo I went to the post office and asked the staff to write the kanjis for me. The staff is super nice and helped me write the Japanese address in my form. Although I have to stop for about 10 seconds during our conversation because I have to process some of her words, and this happened numerous times in the entire conversation. Learning written nihongo is so different in actual conversation nihongo, especially the loan words. The words are pronounced differently. But thankfully, the staff also did her best to understand what I was saying so all is well.


One thing that confused me is the email address. It's also a necessity in the membership if you want to receive fanclub emails, however it is not mentioned in the tutorial post. I asked the staff where should I write it and she didn't know either. So she just told me to write the email beside my phone number. She had to explain to me that the one I'm writing on is the one which will be sent to the jimusho. I only found out few days ago that the email address will be added on your home page in the Fanclub website. An info which was not mentioned by anyone anywhere.

You can see tutorial here, it's accurate since that's the one I followed when I registered.
 
 
 
maimailove13
29 November 2015 @ 04:55 pm
Okay I'm sold. Sakuraiba's definitely married and Juntoshi's probably dating. Lol. Sho keeps on initiating skinship with Masaki, Jun also keeps on flirting with Ohno! These four keep giving us what we want. Lol

For today's concert, the energy of the crowd is super amazing! They are too hyper and they fans' responses can be clearly heard in the dome. Unfortunately for us, they didn't gave us a double encore, unlike Nagoya. :(( The thing is, it's hard to sync with everyone chanting Arashi! Arashi! Different groups of people start the chant and it's hard whom to follow. Also, there are a lot of guys in the concert. It's refreshing to see fanboys, the one in front of me was even using a binocular.

Anyway, the concert is great! I still can't choose my fave solo! After watching Nino's solo, I am so sure that his solo is my favorite. I was smiling the entire time. But his solo was followed by Jun's and Jun's solo gave me a different feeling of entertainment. It's hard to compare 2 solos. And Ohno's solo is great too but I was bored on the singing parts..

Sakurai didn't dropped his drumsticks so I guess the drop on the 26th was just a mistake. He's so good, he made it feel like part of the routine. It was so smooth! He was super hot in his solo. Masaki's solo is the same, the crowd is just louder! We chanted Mr Funk!

At one point, while dancing, the members had to back dive and Sho didn't do it. He just watched them do it like he wasn't supposed to do it as well. Not sure with Jun though since I only had my eyes on Shuuuuuuu! <3

I had a moment with Sho too!!!! He ignored me. Lol. I kept waving at him, but sempai didn't noticed me.. Sho in general greets the audience. I think he just wave and wave and wave. Without any particular person to wave at, he's just waving. Riida on the other hand, points at fans and makes sure that that fan knows he acknowledged her. I think Aiba and Nino is the same, not sure with Jun.


On the MC part, Jun, as always, does what he wants and just went backstage. The 4 have to janken to know who will stay and who will go back stage. Ohno lost. ON THE NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, like normally, 2 people should be left so that there would be conversation and entertainment right? But as usual, Nino said they'll just abandon Riida and they all head to back stage. Poor Riida. He has to do the MC alone! He did fine though. Haha.

On the past nights, Masaki has been giving riddles, so Ohno tried it too. I have no idea what the riddle was, it has something to do with bento and the answer is Sandwich. Some people didn't get it at first and then he said slowly San-do-wi-chu. And people were "Ahhhhh"

He was giving more riddles when the 3 came back and being the riddle master, Aiba took over and gave riddles. No clue what the riddle was haha.


On the closing remarks, Nino's speech is so serious. I find it odd because he was always joking, on the closing remarks on the 26th, it was when he complained about not having a birthday concert. This time, he's so serious. I have no idea what he was talking about, the only phrase I remember and understand was "otona, jichan obachan, gambarimasu. " He's so serious on his speech that he even apologized for it. Same thing with Jun, he's so serious. The only ones who fooled around are Riida and Aiba.

While Sho and Riida were giving their closing remarks, Nino and Aiba were talking. They were apart from each other at first but they moved next to other to talk! <3 On the other hand, while Riida is talking, Sho and Jun were on the same side, unfortunately, they're apart from each other. Not even talking or anything. :((

And then during the encore, on the rap part of A.Ra.Shi, Nino keeps bothering Sho and Sho ended up just laughing and wasn't able to sing his part. Nino did the same on the 26th and Sho sang the part, I guess Nino's more hyper this time so Sho ended up laughing.

Also, there's this song that keeps on playing on my head, it's the line Yurare yurete! Chacha cha na cha cha. I have no idea what song that is, I also love the song "we're walking on the road" I'm assuming that's Yume ni Kakeru. Still not sure too because I still haven't downloaded that song. :D
 
 
maimailove13
28 November 2015 @ 03:59 pm
Let me first thank flubbz for giving me a ticket for 11/26 for a very very VERY reasonable price. It was a really really good seat. 10th row! <3 She's an angel, we have to meet at lunch time of the 26th so I can get the ticket and our meeting made the day a lot more fun and memorable. She's so fun to be with and so so so so nice!! I love her tbh!

I only listened to the album a week before the concert so for me, there are some dull moments because I can't sing along to the songs, so meh. As mentioned by some people who watched the con, the concert has the Japanese feel into it.

For the solos, I seriously can't choose a favorite. I'm torn between Nino's and Jun's!! They are all really creative and did something different.

Nino tapped dance for his solo. And then on the bridge part, he played that tap tap game using his feet. It was really enjoyable. And of course, it can be seen that he's enjoying himself which made it so much fun to watch! <3

For Jun's solo, he did a lot of jumping stunts. There were a lot high jumps and fighting scenes. I really enjoyed it as well. Not sure about the relevance of the fight scenes on the song though.

For Ohno's solo, he did some magic using very Japan-ish items like the Japanese umbrella. He also wore a lot of kabuki masks. His solo is the most Japonism among their solos. This would have been my favorite solo IF I'm familiar with his solo song. Lol. I've heard it twice or thrice but it didn't stick to me.

For Sho's solo, he played the drum! Hm.. Futsu. :D

For Aiba's solo, he's sort of fly using a balloon and a clothing(blanket like white cloth). The solo is enjoyable because there's sort of audience participation, we have to chant "Mr. Funk" at some parts. But what I didn't liked is that he is not wearing harness during the parts where he will climb the clothing to reach the top. He's about 10-15 ft from the ground I think. It's not that I don't trust him, it's just that accidents happen, so instead of having fun, I'm sort of nervous that he might fall while climbing..

Since I know better this time, I brought my binoculars and followed Sho on all corners of the stage. And I can see some details on the stage which can't be seen at the big screen monitor..

My closest encounter EVER is with Ninomiiiiii! When the funky came on, we were all getting ready to dance when out of nowhere Nino appeared, he rose from the platform. We were all surprised to see him there. He was so close to me!! And I love funky Nino because he's sooo cute! I even made a GIF of it because I really really really love Funky Nino. Lol. So imagine my happiness when he have to dance in front of me! Like in my face! Lol.

Overall, as I said there were dull moments, but I sang along to the songs I know. I was caught off guard when they sang Wild at Heart! It's one of my favorite songs and they sang it in a sort of traditional Japanese style. It was really cool! <3

A friend told me that there were some minor changes in the con. During Sho's solo, he dropped the drumstick, flubbz who watched on the 27th told me he didn't dropped his sticks. Not sure if it was a mistake because it was like a part of the routine. I'll probably find out tomorrow since I'm watching it again :D I hope they won't change positions during the rising in the platform, because my seat tomorrow will be where Sho will rise into the platform!!

Unlike last year when Satoshi acknowledged me and Sho waved at me, this time I didn't have any encounters or moments with them this time.. :(( I hope I can have moments with them tomorrow.

For the talk and MCs, I think people have already heard about the highlights. About the cake they gave Satoshi. About Nino's gift to Satoshi, Aiba and Sho sending birthday greetings to Ohno and Jun not greeting Ohno because they will meet anyways and so he's greeting him while they were dancing. Ohno said that it was their first time to hold his birthday concert in Osaka. The people were like, e chigau chigau. Yeah, he's wrong about that because he's had his birthday fell on a concert day in Osaka. :D. My favorite speech was when Nino sort of complained that they don't hold concerts on his birthday. He called out to Jimusho for it.
 
 
maimailove13
15 November 2015 @ 11:40 pm
Hello! A friend has a spare Japonism concert ticket for Ohno's birthday. It's a good seat. Please PM me. Thanks. 
 
 
maimailove13
Let me first apologize to the unreplied messages. Gomen. I am too busy these past few months and I'm also busy being lazy during free days. :( I'll reply as soon as possible! <3
I've been meaning to write this post ever since I watched Eita in Wakamonotachi early this year but I was really lazy and I can't find the time to do so. But finally Sunao ni Narenakute made me write this.

I've liked Eita ever since I watched him in Lucky Seven, I didn't really know much about him when I saw him in Nodame Cantabile, Kimi Wa Petto and Last Friends.

This admiration started when I saw him in Saikou no Rikon. A friend sent me a gif of Saikou no Rikon and said that Eita is the lead actor for that drama. Since I like Eita, I downloaded it and watched it immediately. I was stunned and I loved him rightaway, he immediately made the top in my favorite actor's list. His role in Saikou no rikon is not that kind of intense Ryu Naruse type of character, but you can't really see a foot print of Nitta, Mizushima, Ryutaro and any other character he has played.. It feels like all these characters are played by different actors. He's like Ohno Satoshi, he totally immerse into the character and completely forgets the real Eita for the time being. If you've seen Saikou, even his manner of walking is very Hamasaki like.



What's great about Eita is that it seems like he choose his projects wisely. I haven't seen all of his dramas but from what I've seen so far, I concluded that if it's an Eita drama, it's a good drama. He's so amazing in portraying his character, from a very feminine Mizushima to a perfectionist nerd to arrogant sly detective to an hard headed ex-convict and the list goes on.


Anyways, last weekend, we have no internet connection and I have completed all my to-dos for the week so instead of using another service of prepaid internet connection, I just decided to go offline that day and watch any dramas/movies I've downloaded. I was supposed to watch Running Man but I wasn't able to download the subs so I need to find a hardsubbed drama/movie on my files. So I checked my files and I realized that Sunao ni Narenakute has been with me for ages. And luckily it was hardsubbed. <3
So I finished Sunao that same day and Eita is love! <3 I never digged Eita's look because he's futsu to me, but after Sunao, I developed a huge crush on him! He's so kakkoi! Well, in the drama 3/4 of his friends fell for him so I guess that's a huge factor because the drama made him "fallable"(is this even a word? lol). Nakaji is just so cool and so lovable! I used to admire Eita, but now, I have a huge crush on him!

I don't know how to end this post. I just want to write something about Eita and my love for him and how amazing he is and how he's kind of underrated. Might be his fault because he only choose good projects.

Also, it is only after watching Sunao ni Narenakute that I realized that Juri and Eita has worked on various projects. How stupid of me. Lol. They've worked on Nodame and Last Friends. And after Sunao ni, I realized how these 2 has always been the "pair". I just found out that they also did Summer Blues together and I just finished downloading them last night. I'm so excited to watch it! <3
 
 
maimailove13
This is probably a fact and I've known this for a long time and I've experienced it over and over... Still... I just can't help myself. How can I lower my expectation or don't expect at all?

When I was in college, I had a group of friends, which always surprise each other on their birthdays. Unfortunately for me, my birthday always fall on the exam week. ALWAYS! 4 years in college and 4 birthdays during Hell Week. Most of the surprises for the other members of the group consist of birthday gifts, while I always, ALWAYS receive food as a gift. It's funny because they know I live in a dormitory and I don't have fridge in my room. And one time I received whole cake as a gift, WHERE WOULD I STORE THAT? So I ended up sharing them to my classmates.  In this scenario, maybe because I already expect them to give me something, so I am disappointed with the things they are giving me? -_-

Aside from them, I have dorm mates whose rooms are just right next to mine. I became close to them when i was in 3rd year but they don't really know my birthday, I just told them that Heechul's accident happened on my birthday. That's the only time I mentioned my birthday which was a few months before my day... .. Lo and behold, the night of my birthday, they had a surprise for me, a bouquet of flowers, a picture of Kim Heechul's face pasted in a meter stick and my favorite dessert in the nearest restaurant in our dorm. I was so surprised that I even cried.. In this situation, maybe because I wasn't expecting anything from them since I am aware that they don't know my birthday or at least won't remember what I told them few months ago....

And now, I was expecting some friends to at least greet me. I'm not even expecting any surprises since I live nowhere near them, but I was expecting some greetings... I know I can't expect anyone to care and to remember my day, but I am really disappointmented.

I hide my birthday in all accounts I have in the internet, one of the reasons is because I don't want to comment "Thanks" to every HBD in my wall... But maybe the primary reason is because I don't want to expect something from anyone, at least they can have an "oops, sorry I forgot" excuse.. I did this to primarily lower my expectations. But for some reasons, I expect someone to greet me. I'm having trouble lowering my expectations.... How could I possibly lower it? -_- Disappointment is such a bitch. Lol. And I am so petty. Lol. -_-