Goodbye Chester. RIP.

Waking up to a news that the main vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, had committed suicide was just surreal. The band is in the middle of their ‘One More Light’ tour and we’d think all is well.

Sadly, Chester had passed away at a young age of 41. His death is on 20th July, the birth date of Chris Cornell.

When Chester’s friend Chris Cornell had committed suicide in May, he dedicated the song ‘One More Light’ in honour of Chris.

And I would like to think of Chester when I hear this song.

Rest in Peace, Chester.

“I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)” – Il Divo & Celine Dion

My song pick for the week is this song sung by Il Divo and Celine Dion, titled “I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)”. The 1st part of the song is sung in English, and the 2nd half in French.

You wouldn’t believe me if I said this song was released in 2006, would you?

I think that good music is timeless and you’ll remember them as a classic song. I have a lot of ‘classic’ songs that I think people should take a listen to and I hope you enjoy listening to this.

“I Believe In You (Je Crois En Toi)”

Lonely
The path you have chosen
A restless road
No turning back
One day you
Will find your light again
Don’t you know
Don’t let go
Be strong

Follow you heart
Let you love lead through the darkness
Back to a place you once knew
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you

Follow your dreams
Be yourself, an angel of kindness
There’s nothing that you can not do
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you.

Tout seul
Tu t’en iras tout seul
Coeur ouvert
A L’univers
Poursuis ta quete
Sans regarder derriere
N’attends pas
Que le jour
Se leve

Suis ton etoile
Va jusqu’ou ton reve t’emporte
Un jour tu le toucheras
Si tu crois si tu crois si tu crois
En toi
Suis la lumiere
N’eteins pas la flamme que tu portes
Au fonds de toi souviens-toi
Que je crois que je crois que je crois
Que je crois
En toi

Someday I’ll find you
Someday you’ll find me too
And when I hold you close
I’ll know that is true

Follow your heart
Let you love lead through the darkness
Back to a place you once knew
I believe, I believe, I believe in you

Follow your dreams
Be yourself, an angel of kindness
There’s nothing that you can not do
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you.

12の日

Every 12th of December is declared as ’12 No Hi’ (Day of Ichi Ni) for fans of the visual-kei group, 12012. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet my favourite band in Japan 2 years ago. The memories I had felt as if it had only happened not too long ago.

Their supposedly last concert was on 12/12/2014 before their hiatus. However, 1 of their earlier concert got cancelled due to typhoon so their final concert was at Osaka on 31/01/2015. Needless to say, I scraped just enough money to travel to Osaka for a 3 days 2 night stay for their last concert. I remembered I paid for the 8 hour bus ride from Tokyo to Osaka as I didn’t have enough money for a bullet train ride ($70 for a return trip with the bus versus $250!) and backpacked my way with only a traveller’s bag, no luggage or handbag. Come to think of it, I loved that experience.

12012 fanmeet hosted by Zeal Link was on 30/11/2014 at their Shibuya branch. It felt surreal being able to see the members upclose & exchanged a few words. The prized possession was the handsigned photocards:

As a fan, I hope I will still be able to support them once they come back from hiatus. Thanks for reading and until then, take care!

2 photobooks, Cure DVD Vol 02 featuring 12012, 2 DVDs, 4 albums, 3 mini-albums, 3 singles, Zeal Link DVD, Jishuuban Club DVD, Gekien no Houkuu alone special edition Miyawaki version.

kagrra,

I just happened to read a Facebook post about a former member wishing his friend happy birthday. The thing is, his friend had passed away 5 years ago.

His friend is the vocalist of kagrra, Isshi. Former member is Naoki.

Naoki tweeted Isshi happy birthday yesterday and that got me teared up a bit.

More so when I think that it has been 5 years since Isshi’s sudden death. This unfortunate event was my first “scar” in relation to the  visual-kei music industry. I listened to kagrra, throughout my teenage years and I even remembered telling myself that 1 day I will attend their live show one day as they just entered their 10th anniversary. Little did I know the band decided to disband and the main vocalist died few months later.

Because of Isshi’s death, I didn’t listen to any of kagrra, songs since then. It has been 5 years now. I guess when I decided to stop listening to their music, it was because I knew there is no way I can listen to their music live, so instead of giving myself a useless hope that I am able to watch all 5 members on stage, I told myself to pull the brakes and stopped listening to their music completely.

5 years now. I think I can once more release the brakes and listen to their beautiful Japanese songs accompanied by the Koto. I don’t know if I will tear up listening to their music again, but if I do, I know it’s just me reminiscing the past about how much I loved their music. There is no other Japanese bands that can produce an aesthetic Japanese sounds like kagrra, did.

Happy belated birthday, Isshi. Your poetic form of Japanese music was something I had loved and appreciate. Thank you. ありがとう。

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This is still my favourite kagrra, picture, their 10th anniversary pose.

Happy 11th Anniversary, Super Junior!

Today is the day! 11 years ago, Super Junior debut with ‘Twins’ on SBS. As an ELF, I couldn’t be more happier. Back in the high school days where K-Pop was THE thing, I remembered a friend of mine was showing me and other girls this picture (without the names):

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She asked us to pick a guy based on appearance. I remembered thinking to myself, “That guy (HeeChul) looked scary, and so as him (DongHae). Hmm, I’ll pick him (Ryeowook) coz I like the way his hair was styled and he is looking at me with a very soft look.” And yes, that is how Ryeowook became my bias until today.

The 1st video I remembered watching was ‘U’. That’s when the new member, Kyuhyun, joined the group. Still, I couldn’t remember who is who as there are 13 guys in a boyband, except for Ryeowook’s.

And then, Super Junior rocked the world with this song hit that many people are familiarize:

Thanks to ‘Sorry Sorry’, the Hallyu wave grew even stronger. I was a J-Pop fan so I don’t follow SuJu very closely. So yes, I missed 9 years of Super Junior fandom. Crazy, I know. But it’s never too late to revisit the fandom and fell in love all over again, right?

Super Junior’s existence was everywhere to me though. Every time I passed by this particular CD shop I would see this poster:

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I also remembered seeing Super Junior advertisement poster in Japan and go, “Wow, Super Junior is still going strong, that’s great!”

I don’t remember how I got back to the fandom. I guess I was watching 1 video, and then 1 lead to another, and here I am, officially being an ELF once more. Needless to say, there were SO many ‘catching up’ to do: watching live shows, concerts, performances, etc. I was glad I fell back in love to not just Ryeowook but also to other members.

And with that, let me list down the best of Super Junior videos I enjoyed watching on repeat. Even if you’re not an ELF, I think watching these videos may convert you to one 😉

#1 When you have 100+ of songs and dance choreography, not surprising you actually forgot them.

#2 Stories of the leader from his teammates.

#3 Kyuhyun’s story of the early days of Super Junior. It’s related to #2.

#4 SuJu always introduce themselves with a slogan but who does best?

#5 The title of the video is obvious so… xD

#6 How the boys would treat their angry girlfriend.

#7 The members playing musical chairs. It’s never too old for anyone!

#8 And after playing musical chair, it’s time to end the game with your own song…maybe? xD

#9 It’s amazing how the members can imitate other famous Korean singers.


#10 One of my favourite live because of Ryeowook’s high pitch voice

Super Junior official Facebook page has uploaded a video and messages from the members. I can’t read Korean so the only message I can understand is this:

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Thank you Siwon for making us non-Korean speaking fans understood your English message. Click here to view all the messages handwritten by the Super Junior members!

A fandom item from abroad!

As a w-inds. fan myself, I try my best to support them even though I know after I did, I will be broke. Upon stumbling the news that they will have a 15th anniversary live tour, I just had to buy something!

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Look at all the goodies! My wallet cries after buying 1 item but I wished I could buy one more…

From this link where all the concert merchandises and prices were displayed, I thought long and hard as I had to factor in shipping costs and weight of the item. Things aren’t cheap when it involves overseas shipping. Eventually, I decided to purchase a penlight. I liked how all the past logos they had used for their previous concerts are in one penlight and the wordings on the stick that says “w-inds. 15th Anniversary LIVE TOUR 2016 “Forever Memories” “. ‘Forever Memories’ is the title of their 1st single 15 years ago and I do think w-inds. is forever in my memories.

After contacting a kind user on Facebook, she purchased the penlight for me as she attended the final leg of the concert in Tokyo. I’m feeling very jealous. Nevertheless, the item reached me safely, no defects whatsoever. She had to remove the battery at the penlight as batteries are not allowed in parcel post. All I need is to buy my own battery and let the light work its magic.

The penlight cost me $36 altogether ($25 for the item itself, shipping is $11). It is definitely a pricey item but I know I will treasure it. I knew if I were to attend the concert, I would have bought $200 worth of goodies 😛

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My precious….