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10 July 2020 @ 03:32 pm
I don't know how you got here but since you are here, let me say welcome!
I am an ARASHI and Gackt fangirl and I love nothing more than reading and writing. This LJ is a place where I share ideas of fanfictions that I'm writing or developing. I also share graphic works that I've done here.
Apart from writing, I am also a a photoshop lover and I do a lot of posters and banners for fanfictions. So if you have anything you fancy, do PM me.
I don't bite. I promise! ^^
11 June 2014 @ 11:14 am
My LJ has been dead for a while now, mostly cause I'm so busy with school and RL. That said, just leaving this here.

21 October 2012 @ 12:38 pm
First of all I want to explain why "Charmed Storm" is gone. Someone I didn't want to be reading my fics found it  so I took it down. Secondly Gimmick Game hit a really big wall - namely Meisa's marriage and pregnancy. Somehow she no longer seemed like the right voice for the main character's story and now I am left trying to find away around it. Which is really upsetting because I was almost finish with the story.
That said this is one of the current stories I have been working on.

10 May 2012 @ 09:34 pm

So I’ve listened to it again, and again, and again – and I haven’t gotten over it. Four years since their last album and after fourteen years and ten albums I can only say how much Shinhwa overwhelms me when it comes to the music they put out. The last favourite album I have from them, truth be told, had been their fifth album. Nothing had been quite as catchy as “Perfect Man”.

Remember that album? The album that opened with the bittersweet I Pray 4 U – a song about wishing your lost love a good life, smiling at memories of that love and yet laced with an undeniable longing to be with that person again when you know it will not happen. Happy and sad.
Then the album hits you hard with the power of the title single Perfect Man, Dongwan’s opening high note quite taking your breath away. Incidentally that album also holds my favourite non single song, Red Angel, a real treat to the strength of the guys’ vocals fighting against the grand scheme of the music.

But this review isn’t about “Perfect Man”, no this review is for “The Return” and so far, “The Return” has knocked their fifth album off the top rank as my favourite album. Four years we’ve waited for them, four years and it would have been incomprehensible to think that they would disappoint. What I had not expected though was the quality of that album. Of course Shinhwa would never put out anything half ass – but “The Retun” was nothing short of spectacular.

The piano, the drums that the album opens with led smoothly to HyeSung’s haunting voice asking “Where are you? Do you remember me?” in the first track On The Road. Listening to this song was almost like a long search had just ended, and you are swept right back into why Shinhwa are the legends of Kpop. The harmony, the smoothness of the transition between the rap and the singing – it’s a dedication to their fans in the finest way possible. A promise made and a promise kept; that they had never left. For the old fans like myself (10 years and counting) this song would probably hit you hard right in the throat and make you feel like a long lost beloved had just come home.

But of course, On The Road is just the start, the promise to more good things to come. So we move to the first ballad, Hurt. Effortless, sophisticated and utterly gut wrenching. When they were still boys, I found that the ballads were not really my favourite from them and had they sung Hurt in the fifth album I might not have been able to appreciate it as I do now. Hurt wins for its effortlessness. The piano intro with a just so bass beat matching Minwoo’s voice to it is almost as though he’s sighing more than singing and you understand immediately the frustration of love lost to deceit before Dongwan’s voice swells in like a tide to replace the frustration with agony. Eric’s rap in this song needs a special mention, with the exception of Yakhan Namja (Weak Man) there has not quite been another instance when the rap out did the sung verses.

Then you have their single Venus. The selling song for this album, Venus is everything it needs to be. Catchy, chic and right in there with the new electronic, dance feel favourites of today. Lyric and singing delivery wise Venus falls a little short in comparison to the first two tracks but its energy is attractive and the beat will stay with you long after all the songs have been played. Venus to me is a visual song, best enjoyed when you watch the boys performing it so I would rather watch the video that merely listen to it.

Move With Me and Red Carpet were the two tracks which to me felt like the filler of the albums. Red Carpet would not have been amiss in one of Minwoo’s solo album. In fact it almost felt like the rest of the boys were merely support act to the image of Minwoo in this song. Dance beats and a cockiness which Minwoo pulls off. Move With Me on the other hand reminds me of a little lounge, a little R&B and a little one on one conversation. The lyrics and the way the guys crooned with the strings of the music is definitely a club scene; bad boy tempting the girl to come to him. Watch that theme because it will surface again.

Let It Go is another favourite. Strong, emotional and very, very personal. Unlike the resignation and frustration in Hurt when facing a lost love, Let It Go is almost a lament, a dirge and a requiem to lost love. Hyesung and Dongwan shines in this song hitting amazing notes throughout. The next track Stay is a contradiction in rhythm and lyrics for me. The opening of the song made me expect a dance song and the mix of electronic beat made me almost want a happy song rather than a sad song. Still, it’s listenable and worth a couple of repeats.

On the other hand, when we come to Welcome I am not exactly sure as how to describe this song. It’s my second favourite song on the album after On The Road. The lyrics reek with arrogance but there is this hint of mischievousness in it which I enjoyed. Like the boys acknowledging their desirability, but not quite. Your quintessential bad boy song, sharing the same theme as Red Carpet but only more so. Cocky and right in your face, delivered in full Shinhwa style.

Be My Love is a throwback of the western boyband era. The music totally gave me late 90s NSync, BSB and Westlife. Same for Re-Love. However, as oppose to Be My Love, Re-Love wins in the aspect that for me there seems to be a lot more Shinhwa SM Town era feel to it. And that brings us to the final track in the album Breathin which is simply a fitting closing to the album.

If they opened with the reminder of a promise, they closed the song with a new promise made.
That they continue going stronger than ever.
01 January 2012 @ 10:03 am
So I wanted to watch Johnny's countdown for the year as usual but I was just a little too tired so I went to sleep instead but I wasn't too worried cause I knew JustinTV always has replays and I was right, they do. HIgashiyama was there this year and Arashi on remote streaming due to them being at Kouhaku. But it was great as usual and the best part was that there was a performance of Andalucia at the countdown this year ^^.
04 September 2011 @ 01:12 pm
Next one shot I am working on because I am absolutely smitten with the Nino X Yuriko pairing.

09 August 2011 @ 06:28 pm
How do you guys organize the ideas in your head? My biggest problem really is the follow through. I start one story and then I get ideas for another story and I have trouble finishing the story I had started previously. It's annoying and it's what amatuer writers do so I seriously need to learn to focus.
What about your guys? DO you have the same problem?
24 June 2011 @ 02:05 pm
Of course! I mean it's a giver :P And Sho's fifth on the list, woot!

Arashi Tops Power Ranking
Source: Architect & Mingpao
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net

Japanese research firm Architect Marketing recently conducted a survey to determine which celebrities had the highest 'Power Ranking'. Johnny's group Arashi took the first spot on the list, moving up one spot from last season. Arashi members Sakurai Sho, Ninomiya Kazunari and Matsumoto Jun all placed on the list individually, coming in at numbers 5, 15, and 26 respectively.

Power Ranking is based on how widely recognized the artistes are, as well as how much appeal they hold. Professional baseball player Ichiro placed second on the list, while Fukuyama Masaharu dropped two spots down to take third place. Southern All Stars came in at number four, while actress Ayase Haruka and Akashiya Sanma tied for sixth place. Beat Takeshi took eighth place, while SMAP moved up from 15 to ninth place. Rounding up the top 10 list was professional figure skater Asada Mao.

Talent Power Ranking Top 30
(The first number is the power score calculated in points, while the second number is the level of recognition given as a percentage.)

1. Arashi (50.4pt - 93.2%)
2. Ichiro (47.5pt - 96.4%)
3. Fukuyama Masaharu (47.0pt - 93.2%)
4. Southern All Stars (45.5pt - 90.9%)
5. Sakurai Sho [Arashi] (45.2pt - 90.1%)
6. Akashiya Sanma (43.2pt - 97.2%)
6. Ayase Haruka (43.2pt - 86.0%)
8. Beat Takeshi (43.1pt - 97.2%)
9. SMAP (43.0pt - 96.6%)
10. Asada Mao (42.5pt - 94.3%)

11. Okamura Takashi [Ninety-nine] (42.2pt - 91.6%)
12. Nakama Yukie (41.5pt - 94.6%)
12. Tokoro George (41.5pt - 95.3%)
14. Ishikawa Ryo (41.2pt - 95.2%)
15. Ueto Aya (41.1pt - 93.6%)
15. Ninomiya Kazunari [Arashi] (41.1pt - 85.9%)
17. Cream Stew (41.0pt - 88.7%)
18. Ikegami Akira (40.8pt - 88.5%)
18. Amami Yuki (40.8pt - 85.5%)
20. Matsumoto Hitoshi (40.7pt - 94.5%)

21. Becky (40.5pt - 93.7%)
22. Kuwata Keisuke (40.2pt - 87.5%)
23. Bakusho Mondai (40.1pt - 92.8%)
24. Abe Hiroshi (39.9pt - 84.2%)
24. Nakai Masahiro [SMAP] (39.9pt - 95.8%)
26. Ikimonogakari (39.6pt - 72.5%)
26. Matsumoto Jun [Arashi] (39.6pt - 87.2%)
28. DREAMS COME TRUE (39.5pt - 79.2%)
29. Kanno Miho (39.3pt - 85.5%)
30. Tamori (39.2pt - 96.4%)

The full chart can be found on Reposen
13 June 2011 @ 04:41 pm
If you had to relocate to another city, what would you miss most about the place you're leaving behind.

 This is no IF for me as I will be relocating from Seoul very soon. Going back to my home country first, and then, who knows where from there. It's crazy to think that I have spent almost six years of my life in this city and there would be so many things I would miss about it.
My friends definitely but apart from that I think I would miss the cafe culture the most.
Goodbye to all my favourite indie cafes and wonderful dessert places.
I'm also going to miss taking long walks in the beautiful gardens and palaces that Seoul has as well as the amazing shoe shopping you can do in Seoul.
I'll also miss the beautiful campus grounds and the amazingly convenient public transport system.
And I'll miss the sakura blossoms in spring and the autumn leaves.
Oh, and my favourite cosmetic line.

But on the other hand, there are so many more things I WON'T miss.
Goodbye rude people who spit everywhere and don't know how to say 'excuse me' or 'I'm sorry'. Goodbye crazy drivers, insane traffic and motorcyclists who drive on the pavement.
Goodbye cold winters and expensive lifestyle.
Goodbye expensive stables and spoiled rich hagwon kids with their equally crazy moms.

That said though, I WILL miss Seoul. Very very much so. But it's not the city I will miss, it's the people in my life here that I will miss so very very much.
12 June 2011 @ 01:10 am
Here is a question.
How many of you have absolute control on how your characters grow?
For some reason, I have no control over mine. I envision a particular character and then then next thing I know he or she completely takes over on her own.
It's frustrating.
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