Distant worlds together…

July 18, 2010 at 1:34 am | Posted in Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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… Miracles from realms beyond…


I had never heard this song before last Thursday and it is quite good. Of course, it is Final Fantasy music. 🙂

And where was I when I first heard this great song? Why, at the Distant Worlds concert in San Francisco!

Oh yes.

This was an amazing concert and a much better ‘real’ start to my trip in California after my flight got delayed a day. And guess who was at the concert?

Find out!

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Summer means…

July 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Videos | Leave a comment
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… more free time? Yes and no.

Life has been getting in the way of my blogging recently but since it’s also the end of the season, there are a number of shows wrapping up so I have plenty of stuff coming… that just hasn’t happened yet.

But I want to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day from a couple days ago and a Happy 4th of July today!

And in celebration, here is a clip of the fireworks I saw on Canada Day!
(You can hear my friends are pretty excited 🙂 )

So yeah… I will have more stuff soon plus I’m going to California next week so there will be some posts about that, particularly about Comic-Con! I’m so excited!

Random Quote: In this world, Hell is where the cooks are British, the policemen are German, the engineers are French, your lover is Swiss, and the bankers are Italians.
Hetalia Axis Powers (Oh Hetalia…)

Urgh

May 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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So with a few weeks of school left, I’m getting all these major assignments in each class which is not only annoying and mean (these people seriously need to collaborate with each other and make their projects due days apart, or better yet, WEEKS apart) but it also has been taking over most of my time. It also so happens that I’m trying to catch up with FMA and be ready in time for the finale in a few weeks. I’m still not very far along but I will simply say that it’s awesome.

I was recently introduced to this Korean pop jazz band called Winterplay and they have a really cool sound and awesome arrangements for covers, including this one of I Will by the Beatles. (Link of original version)


The singer, Haewon, has a really clear voice but can still be low and have that sexy raspy thing going on. And they are fabulous live. (Is it just me or do I find that more Asian artists are better live?) If you liked that, they also have good covers of Billie Jean and Quando Quando Quando. For originals, Crazy Love (beware the crazy love in the video), Happy Bubble and their new one Songs of Coloured Love are really good.

So next week I may not post much or if I do, it’ll be to update how FMA is going. I’m sad it’s ending but at the same time, all good things must come to an end. (Oh Lost…)

And I just want to say:
This. is. PAPER.

Random Quote: What men don’t understand is the right clothes, the right shoes, the right makeup just – it hides the flaws, we think we have. They make us look beautiful. To ourselves. That’s what makes us look beautiful to others. – Martha, Castle

Sigh…

May 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Music, Pictures, Recommendations and Reviews, Videos | Leave a comment
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My IB exams are over (the only IB course I took was standard level math) so while my heart goes out to those with at least 10 IB papers to write, I’m annoyed that I still have another 7 weeks of school. The only benefit to being full-IB is getting out of school by the end of May and right now, I kind of wish I chose that route. But only kind of. (Because the IB sucks.)

And seriously. Who FORCES you to write a math exam in pen?
I understand it’s to better see the writing after scanning the papers but we know for a fact ours weren’t getting scanned this year. So why?

Anyway, I think I’m gonna continue my recent method of posting several show reviews in one post since I like it and it keeps me slightly more on track than usual. However, since I’m covering 4-5 shows, it still may be better to split this into two posts, so here’s Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Hakuouki.
But before then, I’ve also been trying to get caught up on Fringe (particularly because of the musical episode that came out a week or 2 ago) so of course, a song caught my eye.

It’s called Freezing by MoZella. I think it’s a really cool song because it has dark-sounding verses but quite a bright and happy chorus. Plus her sexy, raspy voice is quite awesome. I was looking at some of her other songs and I like her vibe: it’s the kind of music that you’d hear at a hip clothing store or on various commercials (maybe because they have been on various commercials? lol). It’s mellow and yet has a good beat. An awesome find. Also great acoustically.

On to the shows!

BREAK

March 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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Aren’t breaks awesome? Spring break has started for me (after a crazy term. I really need a break right now) so I’m off to California next week! My sister just got a PS3 and I’ll be coming just in time for the release of Final Fantasy XIII so you can guess what we’ll be doing for the next week or so. (This may or may not affect my posting something here… we’ll see.)

But before that, I have to pack, and this is one of the songs on constant replay during my packing. I mentioned it in a previous post but it’s so amazing that it deserves its own feature. Here’s Dynamo of Volition by Jason Mraz.

Did you catch the Nintendo reference? lol

I’ll admit I’m trying to memorize this and I’ve got the first half down. Time well wasted? I think so.

Speaking of FFXIII…

Wow.

February 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Anime, Everything Else, Pictures, Videos | Leave a comment
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2-0 Canada vs. US in the second period! WOO!

Yesterday was a great day for Canadian athletes! (particularly the men!) Three golds in one day! I unfortunately missed the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom and the speed skating men’s team pursuit but I was able to watch the men’s curling and that was a great game. Go Canada!

Last Friday was my mom’s birthday so my sister in California sent her some ‘flower’s from Edible Arrangements!
I’d say this one is my best picture. (Sadly, I took a bunch of pictures but was unsatisfied with the results)

Beautiful and yummy.

And what’s even cooler this time was that there were white chocolate-covered strawberries too! Apparently this was a new addition (or something only available to some of their products) so it was a delightful surprise. The dark chocolate ones were yummy too but I have a sweet spot for white chocolate (pun intended).

And, I guess as usual by now, I have a new song that is maybe not quite willingly but pleasingly stuck in my head and first it was Reason by Fonogenico (which would also make sense since it’s the ending theme to xxxHolic which I just finished) but that changed the moment I heard another one of their songs: Rhythm.


Lyrics and mp3 link can be found in the video’s description. Having never heard the band before hearing the softer ballad-like Reason, this was not the type of song I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised. I love the jazziness and it’s just so catchy and has a really lovely melody. I don’t think the quality of the Youtube video does it justice so I really suggest hearing/downloading the mp3 version. And then when she starts scatting near the end, it just blew my mind. Awesome.

So I finished xxxHolic…

DONE

February 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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Done what?
Done my university applications! I’m so glad that’s over. Now all I have to do is wait… patiently… actually this part is probably worse… Hmm…
The good news is this should give me more time to catch up on shows. Or at least it should. 🙂
Second term is always the shortest it’s the most hectic (no I’m not semestered. But I do have three spares!)

Enjoying the Olympics? Well I’m Canadian so we’re all really excited and spirited up here. I actually bought a couple Olympic shirts today. Most of them are sold out so I was lucky to get a couple in my size. And I’ve been following figure skating pretty closely and just want to say congratulations to Patrick Chan for coming 5th in his first Olympics (which is AMAZING) and I do kind of agree that Johnny Weir got robbed… but I don’t think he should have been on the podium either, so a few places to me doesn’t mean much. And I feel for Nobunari Oda who was having a great skate until his lace broke. The fact that you only have 3 minutes to fix the problem is probably what would have freaked me out the most.

Anyway, I saw this dance video on Youtube recently and it is fabulous.

(The intro is a little random but it really starts like 20 seconds in)

This is pure awesomeness.
I mean, they’re called the ANBU Black Ops. (Naruto reference for the win!) They even danced to the Naruto theme song! And Pink Panther! And Mortal Kombat! And all the music and especially the choreography was great. And I love how they showcase all of their members, particularly Victor Kim (LOVE him. Any guy who can dance like him is amazing. AND he can sing and play the guitar! Double bonus.) Victor is from Quest Crew, the team that won the third season of America’s Best Dance Crew. If you haven’t seen much of him, watch this. Craziness.

Anyway, gotta work or at least continue with my plan to not work.

Random Quote: That cat is a walking question mark. – Roxas about the Cheshire Cat, 358/2 Days

I Believe…!

February 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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And so the 2010 Vancouver Olympics have begun. Did you watch the opening ceremony? See all the amazing singers? The water-spewing whales? I thought that was really cool. And, malfunctions aside, I liked the torch and the idea of having four people light it. It had a very united feeling to it, which is what the Games and Canada are all about. It made me feel quite patriotic lol.

So yeah! I’m going to try to watch as much of the games as possible but we’ll see how much that ends up being. I’m definitely going to be looking forward to the skating, both figure and speed, so we’ll see how that goes!

On another note, I had a couple Jason Mraz songs stuck in my head but this one has stuck the longest. It’s Butterfly and this live acoustic version with Cheryl beatboxing is fabulous and quite sexy.

You’ll also notices he changes some of the words from the album version to give it a different feel which is interesting. (Am I the best part of your life or do you have everything BUT me?)
And the two other songs which are also both awesome are Only Human and Dynamo of Volition. Both equally worth checking out. I may end up posting their videos in upcoming posts because they’re so good. 🙂

Anyway…

Updates

January 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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Exams are over.

Finally.
I had a pretty weird schedule. A bunch at the very beginning then a 3-day break before my last exam on the last day of exams. I guess it could have been a lot worse, but hey. I would have rather had that break after finishing my exams. And those 3 days were pretty useless because all I really did was sleep. So as to avoid that voice in my head that would be nagging “You could be using this time to study!” if I was doing something… less productive.

Anyway, somehow in all of this, I found a new song to get stuck in my head. It’s Abracadabra by the Brown Eyed Girls. I happened to stumble upon them after looking at some Wonder Girls stuff (apparently they’re touring with Justin Bieber now which is… interesting to say the least.) But anyway, another k-pop song for your entertainment. I prefer the dance-only version of the video because the dance is much cooler than the semi-random guy sleeping around. Still, it is pretty suggestive so if you’re under… 12, you may want to just listen to it.


As catchy and sultry as the song is, it seems a little weird to me with lyrics about a boyfriend having an affair, but whatever.
Total sexiness. lol.

In other news…

♪♫ Where did my baby go…♫♪

January 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Everything Else, Games, Music, Videos | Leave a comment
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♪♫ I wish that she would get back soon (get back soon)♫♪

Yes, John Legend is awesome.

While I don’t think I’m a baby anymore (I did have my birthday last week…) I was… somewhere. I was at home but in total relax mode and didn’t do much. I didn’t even watch too many shows. Not even finishing catching up on Glee. (Mind you I was only 2 episodes in… but I still only ended up watching another 2 episodes near the end of my break). This was also when my older sister showed me this group, NLT, one of whose members is in Glee. (Can you guess who?) Anyway, I’m kind of in love with this song right now.

There’s a really smooth arm-through move at 2:50. Looks so cool.

Oh boy bands. ♥

Figured out who it is?

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