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Up on this bridge, I stared at the the direction of your house.
Even if there was nothing there, it made me happy and hurt and regretful
The future we imagined is changing just like the scenery of this town.

– KAT-TUN – Hodoukyou

Many fans revolted when Maakiii, the former female vocalist of HIGH AND MIGHTY COLOR, went to the other side of the music spectrum and returned solo to release an electro- single. I myself was aghast to hear her voice severely autotuned and see her awkwardly strut toward the camera in a poppish vibe. However, upon seeing her post that she attended the SUN OF A STARVE live (the new band of her co-vocalist Yusuke), seeing they even posed for a picture, and they had a short exchange expressing recollections of their band, it made me think change is important but amidst the drastic transformations, an element in each of them never left.

KAT-TUN became a four-member band, losing an element of rap in their core. Shigeaki Kato carried on releasing his fourth book of short stories; ARASHI’s Satoshi Ohno had his second art exhibit, Freestyle 2, in Shanghai. Subaru Shibutani of Kanjani 8 delved into acting and from what I have heard, he was awarded Best Actor for “Misono Universe”. His band steadily developed as musicians through associations with other bands on their collaborative TV show. Subaru continuously became adept on harmonica, Yoko on trumpet, and Hina even expressed interest on the accordion. My favorite people were indeed growing up, but they never lost their childish and fancy sides. Take for example Kanjani 8, who are still a bunch of crazy thirty-somethings for dressing up as high school girls and performing as Canjani 8 (Which definitely made me insecure of my femininity). Last but not the least, they made me really happy when I heard their “more matured, rock version” of Zukkoke Otokomichi. (My all-time fave!!) They changed at one point, but they just accepted updates on another.

Come to think of it, How did I update myself?


Third Year’s the Charm

Without any limits let’s fly so high & stretch out our hands
Someday, as time goes by, we’ll surely grab it, you see
No matter what happens we’ll look up to the same sky
Laughing and humming… “Hello”
NEWS – Hello 

According to history, it has been three years since I closely followed your radiance. But off the record, you were the first person who I noticed among those back dancers; your awkwardness was what held my attention. Well, who would have known you’ll be this gorgeous now? Still, you retained that shyness, that public awkwardness despite your growing confidence and more easygoing nature, and that’s what makes you you.  All I can promise is to continue sending you my honest thoughts, hoping you’ll pick up something from them, in exchange to the inspiration you’ve been providing for me to become my “best version” in this lifetime.

Year by year, you’re getting closer. Here’s to another year of trailing you, my Mister Blue Sky. 

I’ll pick you up when you’re getting down.
And out of all these things I’ve done
I think I love you better now.
Ed Sheeran – Lego House

Please feel my love.

You are like a phoenix, reborn from the ashes with plumes of fire more enticing. It is true, you’ve become much more attractive through the years. You worked hard for it in the physical sense, but I’m speaking based also on what I see from the inside.

The way you have answered your interviews resounds how humble you’ve become; in the sense that you stopped minding how others would look at you, and did hobbies for your satisfaction and improvement instead… which makes you unique and creative in your own right.

In the same vein, you relied more on others for support and
evaluation. It shows with how you’ve met various people, how you gained more fans, who became dear to you (and you to them) by baring yourself through your talents.

Still, you are a man with complexes and mysteries I am sure most would want to solve. A man with everchanging moods; mature and whimsical, intellectual and sensitive at the same time. You’re someone with incompleteness that makes you relatable, draws people to you to make you whole. You’ve found your personal charm long ago; you just have to use it properly for it is very volatile. It can make or break you.

The way you smiled at the camera, the way you spoke and cried in the MC, the way you comically hugged the other three showed how happy and grateful, in its purest sense, you are. And I sure am grateful, too, for you exist within my time.

Sir Shigeaki Kato of NEWS’ fame, I’m so proud of you. Despite this distance, you’ll always have my deep respect and love.

The Current Standing

Sho Sakurai: 3
Shigeaki Kato: 1

This is becoming more like the NBA Finals, Thunders versus Heat!
I find myself guilty for flailing over NEWS latest single “Chankapana” for only an hour, while I played my recent discovery, Sho Sakurai’s “Love Light/Love Like” on loop, for over 4 hours already. Not only that, I think I downloaded every single Sho solo available to humankind already! I’m sorry, Shige, but please gain more weight before I return my sights on you.

Grade Down

Sharing a song I composed because I totally cannot escape the last song syndrome named “Face Down”  by Arashi. I dwelled on the experience I had when I was a graduating Nursing student. Yes, it has to include a Tagalog curse word at the Sakurap part because for sure everyone will feel the same. Here’s the scenario: Your thesis work which had you sleepless for three days gets deleted a DAY before your defense just because of your siblings’ recklessness… and failure to install a powerful antivirus software. Title is such because… I cannot think of a more proper name. (It has always been my problem.)

Grade Down
(Filipino Parody of Arashi’s “Face Down”)

Ay ‘takte, bakit nagka-crash ang computer?
Ba’t ganon, puro virus ang nade-detect?
Nag-reboot, pero ganon pa ring nalabas
Nag-blue screen na, S.O.S.

Tatlong araw ko pinaghirapan iyon
Di mapigilan na ako ay mag-lose control
Umiinit na talaga ang ulo ko
“Pigilan niyo! Pigilan niyo!”

Countdown countdown, wala na akong oras
Hold on hold on, mag-eedit pa ako
Secret secret, please lang mag-open ka na
“Pindutin mo na kasi ang escape!”

(woh woh) Marami pang gagawin
(woh woh) Please lang utang na loob!
(woh woh) Wala pa akong tulog
(woh woh) Bye bye bye-

Mahirap bang sundin aking ibinilin?
Di ba sabi ko wala na munang gagamit?
Yun pala, may nag-download at nag-DOTA pa
Mundo ko’y nag-upside down

Biglang dumaan yung mga taong salarin
Talong-talo niya si Lady Gaga poker face
Di mapigilang tumaas ang tension ko
“Kasi kayo! Kasi kayo!”

Liar liar, sino’ng gumawa nito?
Tell me tell me, tell me nang mabugbog ko
Secret secret, ayaw mapagalitan
“Pag nakita ko siya, walang escape!”

(woh woh) No choice kung di magbura
(woh woh) Di ako mapakali
(woh woh) Wala pa man ding backup
(woh woh) Bye bye bye-

Makapunta nga’ng Netopia
Doon sa MOA
It’s like a supernova next to the door!
Punyemas! Nakakabwisit na!
Ba’t walang antivirus na naka-install dito?
Talaga! Ta-ta-tangina!
Pa-pa-pa-patayan na!

Countdown countdown, wala na akong oras
Hold on hold on, mag-eedit pa ako
Secret secret, please lang mag-open ka na
“Pindutin mo na kasi ang escape!”

Liar liar, sinong gumawa nito?
Tell me tell me, tell me nang mabugbog ko
Secret secret, ayaw mapagalitan
“Pag nakita ko siya, walang escape!”

Sobrang naiiyak na ko
Bukas pa man din ang defense ko
Pagod na pagod na ang memory
Ga-graduate ba ako? Paano na ito? (Bye bye bye)

(woh woh) No choice kung di magbura
(woh woh) Di ako mapakali
(woh woh) Wala pa man ding backup
(woh woh) Bye bye bye-

I was about to post a crappy mp3 of me singing it for reference, but I figured it’s quite easy to follow on already so yes, enjoy. Filipino Arashi fans, don’t hate me. :3

More, from now on.

As they say, the truth will set you free.
(Insert background music: The Carpenters’ Close to You Piano version)
The love has deepened. The final bait came when I heard his refreshing latest solo song, then his 3-part self-baring compositions.
I’m committing a perfect crimeit’s too late go back!
But I cannot. I’m sorry!
I cannot deny anymore. He’s the reason why I smile more lately.
(Augh, this cheesiness! Please get it off my system! HURRY!)

I want to watch Johnny Depp on the big screen soon. But first, The Avengers.
(Maybe I am the only loser in our vicinity who still hasn’t watched this movie.)
Is it still showing anyway? Oh well a DVD will suffice!
But the movie I want to watch most? The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

Mother’s Day will be on Sunday. I’ve bought a great gift. I am certain she’ll like it.
Waiting like this has become quite painful already, but I’m happy I’m nurturing my hobbies during this downtime.
My ambitious project is doing very great. Post-productions will most likely occur before May ends. Another humongous goal crossed off my list. Hooray~

Dear Privia Keyboard PX-330 or Celviano Piano AP-620,
You shall be mine. NEXT YEAR.

This, my friends, is Mia’s random rambling before she heads to the studio.

Legitimately Charmed

Hello~ I’m on the last spurt of my certification process. Final demonstrations are due on Wednesday, so I’m working hard to harness my communication skills. Upon completion of this phase, I can properly facilitate and administer examinations for my students. Officially a teacher as a side line, yeah, that’s what I am busy with! Other than that, my life is plain…

Oh, fandom-wise, it is not.

The main point of today’s writing is to express how dangerous this man named Sho Sakurai is. I’m trying my best to escape his charm, but the poison, I realized, has already crept into my central nervous system, that I end up singing his solo song and thinking (read: mentally drooling at) his face, the S-line and the (air) biceps at the most random of times. Shameless revelations, I know, but I cannot deny that he’s become one of my sources of happiness/inspiration as of late. What’s more, my eyes still hurt from watching their 2-hour 5×10 concert DVD this afternoon, and other TV recordings, which fueled my admiration a lot more. (I am SO dead right now.) It should be noteworthy that I haven’t even sat still watching a single NEWS DVD like that (My once uptight schedule didn’t allow.) I somehow feel guilty for neglecting the other party… but no use denying, hey I’m just enjoying the view! :p

Town fiesta will be on Sunday. I’m not quite revved up about it but let’s see when we get there.