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6 months from last post, yup still here

I was a little disillusioned by Arashi's last album (seriously, auto-tuning Ohno's voice all through out is a CRIME; granted Matsujun needs it badly but not Ohno!) so it kinda out me off the fandom for a bit.
I still love them and have LOVE album in my car blaring away, but due to worse-than-dial-up connection until that improves (not holding my breath any time soon) I'm on permanent lurker mode.
RL busy, certainly has chaged in the last 5 years. No money prevents me from any overseas travel to Japan (mortgages do that), it'll be 10 years this September though since I first stepped into Japan to live for a year! *sighs*
Let's see if I post before Dec 2015 eh? ;)

Masami singing vid

OMG! I love it!

Internally I still belive in my OTP masamiya & think that this song is perfect for Nino & Masami-chan! What? A girl can dream, can't she? Besidess, we all know Nino taught her how to play guitar when they were together,, I just think this is beautiful
After seeing Face Down preview Nino looks as scrummy-yummy as ever!

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What Arashi song(s) lift you up?

In these times where we are all going through despair, loss, tragedy and depression we always try to find a small light or hopeful message to cling to and lift our spirits.

Someone asked me the other day why I like Arashi so much.
They say I like them because they can sing and are utterly good-looking okay that part is true but in truth I actually do listen to their music carefully and many songs are dreams-inspiring and encourages positive thought.
Messages such as "you're at a loss now but you can keep moving forward", "that you have dreams and you're not alone" and "its okay to cry.. shows courage to the world" really does pull me in and honestly makes me a lot happier .

There's a lot of Arashi songs that have similar/deeper meanings and hold messages for different people.
I love Arashi fandom and from the all the donations going on in the subbing communities I can see that others share that love - and really that is AWE-INSPIRING to see so much human spirit in this world.

In light of what's happening recently, what songs are rolling in your head to pick you back up again?

For today I feel that these songs fit:
(and in no particular order)

Mukae ni iku yo
Hatenai Sora

I have hope for Japan.
I've lived there and I have seen their spirit - they have resilience, courage, hope. They build on the team, support each other and can bring communities together to overcome adversity.

Without being too cliched I do believe it is Dark before the Dawn but Japan will rise again.

And check out arashi_on to see ways to help out the cause!

Arashi performing Lotus on Music Station

credit to SD100916 for uploading:





I know it was for Aiba's latest drama but there were too many one-shots of him and very of the others (hardly saw sho - was he even there?)
Wished there was more Nino shots.
Angles of camera was all over the place as if they couldn't decide

Dancing, or as Nino puts it 'positioning' was good

This one would satisfy any Aiba fan

Lotus PV thoughts - comparisons #1

Wow.. I'm posting - again.. and here I thought I established a pattern of posting once month to ensure that I'm still around..

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Pikanchi Double & Gantz

I've started watching the older Arashi material; and I've gotta say that my <3 goes doki-doki more and more for our 5 wonderful idols (especially NINO-kun)

Recently finished watching Pikanchi & Pikanchi Double and couldn't help but see how similar (or fated) Nino looks in a tight leather suit.

Let the visuals aid you if you can't picture it ;o)



And technically, Gantz Nino is wearing a helmet... of sorts


**credits go to caramelbox, Refrain Subs and whoever I d/l the Gantz movie from (when I retrace my steps and find you I'll credit accordingly)

Mash Up Results

LOL - I was inspired to do this after reading arashilovezs journal entry!

Behold... My Future
  I will marry Nino.  
  After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Switzerland in our fabulous Shack.  
  We will have 7 kid(s) together.  
  Our family will zoom around in a Purple Silver Colt.
  I will spend my days as a Freeter, and live happily ever after.  
whats your future

Whoops again.. Jan-Feb

How did it get to February already???

I was just lulling myself into a nice January month, but here comes Feb with its cheesy summer grin.. grr

Well, this will be short (compared to my other entries).
I'd just like to say I'm looking forward to+

2010 NYE

Its 5.35pm, Melbourne VIC Australia time

Its a blistering 40+ degrees outside, with a gusty 45km/hr wind out there.
Apparently there's going to be a cool change later with thunderstorms - that's a Melbourne tradition; happened the same way for the 2009 NYE day.
Its 40 today, tomorrow it'll be 27 degrees.. that's Melbourne for you..

Originally my NYE plans were going to be to drive down the coast to Arthur's Seat (near the peninsula) with my hubby in tow, have a nice dinner beforehad & bring party hats, tooters & sparklers.

Sadly though, because of the weather there's been a total fire ban across the state (bush-fires are common here during summertime) so the sparklers will have to be placed on hold for a safer time.
Also because of the impending thunderstorms (and our car is due for a service) we're worried about the drunken nutters out there on the road at this time of the year as well as the conditions of the road.
It'll be a sad sight to see if our car breaks down in the middle of no-where's-ville at the start of 2011.

In the end, hubby and I are going to our local haunt 30 mins away; its a Korean restaurant that makes killer bubble tea and has bad Korean karoaoke vids playing in the background. Chinese run, the place is quirky in its own right.

Depending on the conditions we might head up somewhere with some height; being typically in Australia there will be still those that will gamble & set off their own fireworks somewhere - still a nice sight to see all the same.

5.45pm - taken me 10 mins to type; yeah I suck at typing.
But prior to this I was watching "Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo" with Naka Riisa-san.
Thought it would be fitting for the last day of 2010 - girl jumps back in time to give a message in 1974. Started liking her works since seeing her on HnA and that she's a Nino-look alike lol.

And like Nino, I'm an indoor person. Australian sun has a lot of bite to it and I prefer staying indoors most time playing Dragon Quest IX on my DS.

What'll be nice about tonight is that it'll have a nostalgic feeling again.. same time 2005 NYE my hubby and I were in Atami wondering around after a student of mine gave us wrong info that there will be fireworks.. For those unfamiliar Hanabi is often held in Atami during summer most of the time and the works are spectacular.
Thing is back then, we were naive at best and we were walking around a ghost town with all the shops closed and nothing to do.
In the end we hopped onto a train to Numazu, spent the midnight countdown in the waiting room of an izakaya and drank shochou (me) & beer (hubby) til 5am - cos that was the only time a train would be available to take us back to Fuji.
Our intention was to change then take a train to Mishima and visit the Mishima temple, but we ended up going to a 24-hr video outlet, borrowed Indiana Jones & raiders of the lost ark, drank some more and went to sleep..

Sure, many are still going to the city to see the fireworks but if you don't like crowds, angry drivers, sticky hot weather (I'm not a fan of summer, or hot weather for that matter) you've got to make your own plans.
Most of our friends are interstate, in the country or overseas.

With 6 hours ago of 2010, even the plans above might change.

So this brings up the point of my post (sorry for my long-winded rant):
What are your plans for 2010 NYE?
Anything extavagent planned? Taking it easy? Winging it like me?
I'd love to be in Japan right now cos I miss it so. I'd sit in front of the telly and watch Kouhaku & flick between that and the Johnny's countdown :lol:

What ever your plans may be I hope all of you have a wonder New Year's Eve and I'd like to thank you for accepting me to LJ communities and sharing everything here.
I love fan-shipping here, love the fanfics and its great to be here everyday.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2011!