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Aug. 9th, 2010


norwegian wood

I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me

Yesss! I'm so excited for this! Norwegian Wood is one of my favourite books from Murakami and this film have Matsuyama Kenichi, Rinko Kikuchi AND The Beatles! Definitely on my list of to-look-forward-to-films.

I know I have been MIA for the most part. I have been reserving a post for some drama ranting but I haven't been able to bring myself to start writing about it. Also, my short attention span is getting shorter and is making it impossible to finish any dramas or books lately. So basically I've started watching tons of dramas both Korean and Japanese but have yet to complete any which is the main reason for stalling any sort of update. But despite that, I have finally stumbled upon a drama that I can confidently say has grabbed my attention and I'm absolutely in love with and that is the new Japanese drama, Mother. I'm currently at ep 6 and already has cried a total of 3 times. It's also visually beautiful but the biggest attraction for me is the genius child actress they have in it. So freaking adorable and convincing. I'm on the prowl for the 7th episode and beyond right now so that I can finally admit to finishing a jdrama series in the last 3 or 4 months.

Feb. 25th, 2010

ueno juri


A weird revelation: Although I am presently immersed in K-pop, what got me into Asian pop music and entertainment (well, mostly Japanese and Korean) was from my venture into not-so-mainstream/indie Japanese bands like Cornelius, Mono and Envy (to name a few). I am not sure how I managed to veer off the path that way but it could possibly be this simple interest with anything Japanese be it low or high culture. I haven't been keeping myself updated with "cool" music but I stumbled upon this trailer for a documentary on Japanese indie music called Live From Tokyo and it's looking and sounding great. I probably won't be able to let go of K-pop (even if I wanted to) anytime soon but I guess I should at least keep myself updated with these other sub-cultures that got me into this mess in the first place. I have yet to be fascinated by any Korean indie music though (maybe k-pop's too huge of a force to allow any other creative music to surface).

Live From Tokyo Trailer from Lewis Rapkin on Vimeo.

Nov. 20th, 2009


i'm still alive

[reposted from my other journal]

20-Year-Old Model Daul Kim Is Dead

Wow. So basically one of my favourite models and favourite people has just died. I'm still shocked and trying to process this. I frequent a lot of random blogs and her's is one of them, I read her blog like almost everyday coz I can relate to it alot and she's hilarious and she has very cool weird interests. I love the way she writes. It's kinda broken and disconnected yet it makes perfect sense and then you get this random posts where she reveals what a depressive and perverted person she is among her other loud and opinionated entries and I love that too. I think what I relate to the most are her entries about loneliness and it's like I get these moments of great depression too but there's nothing I can do about it but go on with life and put a smile on my face and pretend things are cool and then I forget that I'm depressed and then like the weather in Singapore, my mood changes and I am sad again. I guess what's inspiring is how I know how she feels and yet she can still do so much in life so when news of her death broke and how rumours are going around that it's a possible suicide, I was shocked and disappointed. It feels so freaking random that wow, life can really be random and unexpected and like you really don't know what goes on in someone else's head. And it's like, if this could happen to her, it could happen to me too? You could be fine but then, no one is free from feeling completely hopeless, and helpless and completely alone and I pray for myself and the people I care about that we'll never crumble under all that emotion up to the point where nothing in this world could lessen that burden.

Daul Kim, you will be missed. T_T

Also, this Tuesday marks the end of my 1st semester of my last year in school. I have an exam for my Forensic Science module and also a presentation on my final year project(FYP) on the same day and this news basically distracted me from doing any form of studying. Prft.

Oh and, hi everyone. I know it feels like I've disappeared from the face of the Earth in this journal but I'm gona start updating and checking out the friends list more often once this semester ends. I apologize for the depressing entries. Hah. Till then, goodbye.

Jun. 25th, 2009

ueno juri

but your heart's not in it

I have to confess I am neglecting my favourite 7-member idol group from Japan (Kanjani 8) for the other new favourite 7-member idol group from Korea (2PM) and the latter has even slowly pulled me into the world of kpop which before this has been a big mystery and the only kpop groups I was aware of was DBSK, SuJu, Big Bang and Wonder Girls.

Anyway, less talk, more rock: 2PM in Vogue Girl.

I am too lazy to look for the actual photoshoot pictures and re-upload them here but they're very pretty to look at. :)

That's all I have for now.
Till much later.
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Mar. 24th, 2009

ueno juri


I am not exactly a big fan of Rip Slyme but I think they occasional come up with some gems and approach what is known as hiphop music differently. Of course we also have the mandatory songs about girls, partying, booze and money that is rampant in most mainstream hip hop music. But this song's different, and I quite like it.
I obviously have no idea what they're singing about here but I'm guessing from the title and the video and the vibe from the song itself, it feels like it's something motivational/inspirational? Also, I've always kinda enjoyed these type of documentary style videos rather than the usual shiny-dancing-in-a-fancy-looking-place.
I've been listening to this song while finishing my comic about my great grandmother for my graphic storytelling class which was due 2 weeks ago. 
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Jan. 22nd, 2009

ueno juri

friend of the night

I am going to watch Mogwai tomorrow night! EEEEEEEEEP! cantwaitcantwaitcantwait. CAN'T WAIT. XD

Also, i'm using school as an excuse for the lack of updates. well, it's partly true. school has started and it is eating me up alive and running my pockets dry. but it's been fun so far. i got the illustration module that i wanted and all i need to do for that module is draw draw and draw; whatever i like. i love it. today, i dragged myself to meet J at Little India to do some recce-ing for our documentary project and i was actually down with the flu and it turns out, so was he! it was hilariously pathetic.

Anyway, i havn't started watching any dramas of this season except for the Korean Hana Yori Dango. :D i'll leave my thoughts on that for another day. i'm not that big of a HYD fan but i thought the different approaches we get from Japan and Korea would be interesting to study. so yeah, another time. XD

Oct. 16th, 2008

ueno juri


I have approximately 2 more months of school left which means workload increasing, deadlines encroaching and feelings of i-want-school-to-be-over-coz-i'm-sick-and-tired-of-it takes over my heart. T_T almost there, kiddo.

Thinking about the photoshoot tomorrow is making my heart squeeze itself like a prune and then inflating like a balloon made out of thick pink rubber.

I'm gona drown myself in Envy and I Am David Sparkle now.

edit: pimping, audio safari - sharin

Aug. 27th, 2008


molecular crystal formations!

I haven't been updating for awhile, mostly coz I have been avoiding all forms of Jdramas and as much of JE as possible.

Has anyone watched Nagisa Oshima's movie, Gohatto? I personally enjoyed it alot eventhough it was kinda dialogue heavy but overall, it had an awesome cast which includes young Matsuda Ryuhei looking chubby, Asano Tadanobu looking hot and charming as always and Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano among many others, and also a brilliant and fitting soundtrack/music composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto! I love the whole mystery about it and the vague ending where many different interpretations can be formed. Is anyone interested in discussing the ending?! Heh. The English title for the movie is Taboo and one of the reasons is probably because of the yaoi themes in the story which took place during the Edo era. AND! You can watch the movie online Here! If you haven't already. Below is a french subtitled trailer of the movie.

Anyway, I probably won't get any response but I'll just ask anyway, whether anyone knows any links to watch other movies by Nagisa Oshima online?? The only movie I found is this one, probably coz it's the most recent, but if anyone have any idea, pls tell me!

Last but not least, my latest fav band: Antony and the Johnsons

I LOVE this guy! His songs are written and sung/played so emotionally it's almost spiritual.

Oh I'm scared of the middle place
Between light and nowhere
I don't want to be the one
Left in there, left in there
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Aug. 9th, 2008



What you'll be seeing in this video (if you want to) is Envy, a post-rock/hardcore/indie/screamo/what-ever-you-call-it/fuckgenres band from Japan. The fact is that, they're brilliant, and have a huge following outside Japan, and among their fans are cool bands like Mogwai and Mono and me. And and and, guess what, in a few hours time, I'll be watching them live at their concert! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I'm so excited. I never thought that I'll ever get a chance to experience their music live!

I'm surprised they have a some sort of video clip for this song and that it was actually shown on that "s" channel thing in Japan.

Anyway, below is an epic EPIC song accompanied by an unofficial video, probably from a fan. Pls listen to the whole song. It always evoke some form of emotion from me everytime I listen to it. T__T

ARGH. Can't wait to be awed at their concert. Can't. fucking. wait.

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