It has been 5 days since I attended the 'Dream K-POP Fantasy Concert'. To those of you who don't know, Infinite, Tasty, U-Kiss, Tahiti, EXO K/M and SNSD (Girl's Generation) performed (consecutively). I was lucky enough to get a VIP Platinum ticket on the day of the concert (and now I'm still recovering from my bankrupcy) and met my old and new friends, whom I all met for the love of k-pop!
I still can't get over it. I saw 6 k-pop groups in one night! Infinite was the first group who performed. All their members are total performers. They can dance and sing very well. I had to pick a bias as well (and had a hard time!) but then I picked Dongwoo because I was a bit shocked when I saw him up close. He's too cute!!! And he has this really bright aura (maybe because of his pink hair?) and he really dances really, really well. I was totally amazed. Anyway, here's a picture I took from him. I wish I recorded his dance in video! Plus, they also sang my favorite song 'Nothing's Over' which was not planned but they pulled it off in no time! No wonder they got so many awards recently!
When Tasty performed, there was a problem with their microphones. This duo (they're twins, btw!) is so humble but they have this star quality and for sure, they will be doing good in the industry since they know how to speak in Korean, Chinese, and English (reminds me of Alexander!). Recently, while fanstalking, I just realized that we're off the same age and we're both Pisces. DaerYong/Big D and SoRyong/Lil D were both funny! When SoRyong was asked if they were the ones who did their own choreography, he said in truth that it was a 'no'. HAHA. I don't know if that question to them was really planned or not!
U-Kiss then performed after Tasty. I didn't expect it since I thought it was Tahiti that will perform next. I was walking near the backstage to stalk on EXO and it was too late when I found out that my spot was also taken! I was in panic and so I wasn't able to take pictures of them. I turned my camera off and just listened to their old and new songs, sang some lines, and followed their fanchants. For me, it was heartbreaking. Two years ago, I met U-Kiss during the Rain Intensity concert. During that time, Rain was my favorite k-pop artist and korean actor. I loved him since I first watched him in 'Full House'. But then, during that concert, it was U-Kiss who captured my heart. I never expected them to be so down-to-earth and purely fun! It was also then that I first met Xander, and him dancing 'Mazik' along with Dongho! His personality was so bright and I had to remove my glasses to double check if I was really seeing a man that I fell in love at first sight. Since then, I followed them in Twitter and bought some albums. I was planning to watch them again and promised myself that I will get buy a VIP ticket so I will see them more up-close! And so... DKFC was really my dream come true. I bought a VIP ticket. Check. I will see U-Kiss again. Check. But Xander was not there. Plus, the remaining members didn't have their happy aura anymore. It feels like they are restricted but... but... maybe it's just me. I really don't know what to say. My tears began to fall when they sang 'Someday'. It was then when I realize that I have to move on and accept the new. The old U-Kiss I love is now long gone. I hope, really hope, that this is for the better.
Tahiti was the next group who performed. I had to regain my composure and wipe the tears away. It was also the time when I was able to tweet. This new girl group was really nice. We could really see that they really work hard. For sure, they will be great artists in the near future. They are also really pretty! Still, I was not able to take photos since I was saving my batteries for EXO M/K (I forgot to buy an extra battery!). I just know that I will be seeing this girl group again!
And then, EXO M and K entered the stage. Almost all the fangirls were screaming. I had to stay really close to the outer stage and was looking for my bias, Chanyeol. I found him and I melted when he sang while playing the guitar! He was really cute and adorable! He was really shining! His funny expressions made me giggle! I will never regret that he is my bias! Kai's dancing was so hot. No wonder why he has many fangirls! He totally rocked the stage! It was also Kris and Chen who went to our side of the stage. It was then when I consumed all my batteries and took videos of Kris and the other members. I even used my phone to record after my camera died. I was totally starstruck! You can check all my fancams at my YouTube channel
After EXO's performance, I felt that my knees were already aching. I was literally running everywhere! Since I wasn't really much of a fan of Girl's Generation, I decided to leave the concert stage early and during their performance. I already felt that the VIP ticket I bought was already worth it and so I have to go home. But I left my heart with Dongwoo and Chanyeol!
Today is my mom's birthday! She had an early vacation from her house duties in the province and she went to Manila with me last January 3. Although my mom is having (some really serious
) major problems about something I don't want to mention, we had our usual shopping spree with all our delight. We also visited major churches here in the Metro and we both prayed that everything will be a lot better for our family. I stayed in our place in Makati and found out our water supply (specifically, water pipe) was broken again. I was wondering why it broke (
and got stolen
) even when I was not at home. Oh well, living in the metro (with no car)
will always be hard.
What have I done 13 days after the New Year? I was searching for another place to stay near my school (If you're not updated, you should know I left my place in Makati and is currently staying in a room in a convent. HAHA.). I went to several apartments, bedspaces, and condos but I'm still undecided where to stay for my clerkship! (Damn! I never thought this will be hard!). I'll be sharing a photo of one of the apartments (and a shot of me, BWAHAHA). It was the cutest, of course, but it was also the most expensive one. Oh well, I have to wait for several years to get a decent income. Who said earning money is just a breeze when you're going to be a doctor?
And now to share one of my favorite movies last 2012: Moonrise Kingdom
! I've watched a few movies with my classmates and friends but this one really made my 2012 complete! This movie reminded me of 'Little Rascals'
and 'My Girl'
Although the protagonists in this romantic comedy-drama are two minors, this one is definitely not for the younger population. The characters, Sam and Suzy, had this puppy love that the rest of the people involved will never forget. The music playing during the movie was very memorable, the plot was a bit eccentric (at first) but smoothly written, and all the actors really did their job well (Did I say Bruce Willis is also there?). Although I was a bit terrified and felt weird about the ending, it is still definitely one of my favorite movies. This movie deserves more awards please!
It's never too late to make a post about 'The Hunger Games' movie and its books. I wanted a clean post without my ultimate fangirl mode like most of the people who followed the said 'craze' a few weeks back. This was the setting when I first watched the movie: I never had any idea about the books and I never tried to search anything about it on purpose...aside from reading some posts about it in 9gag.com before the premiere. I wanted to be moved by a movie once again (and after a long time) and since I felt that it was the perfect movie for what I want, a movie that was highly expected to be a blockbuster,and although I was also upset that a friend wasn't able to watch with me at the last minute, I had enough guts to watch it alone. It was also a lonesome Saturday on one of the deadliest months, March, in med school too and soooo... I definitely need a break.
Armed with a large chicken burrito and coke zero, I entered the cinema and luckily, since I was all alone, I got my favorite movie seat: at the eye level, exactly in the middle of the big screen. When I first looked at the main character, Katniss, I was so sure that I already saw her (but she was blonde that time)... she was also the actress who portrayed as Mystique in the movie 'X-Men: First Class' that I watched almost a year ago. I told myself, 'What a nice choice', since I was also moved by her during the previous movie. Awesome.
Being also the eldest, I know what Katniss had felt in order to save her little sister from the killfest.. If I was there and one of my little brothers would be called to be a tribute, I would go gaga and volunteer, and wherever District I would be, I would also make history if ever allowed: 2 female tributes in a District. LOL. Whatever.
And then I met Peeta. I was puzzled with his character at first, 'Who the heck is this character?' and thought of him as a soft kind of guy,
a type I usually like.
He can bake bread, too...
Definitely, a big plus
. His entire existence in the story was all for Katniss' benefit.
Okay, I have to stop talking about him already or else pink, fat hearts will come out in mid-air and into my system once again. Gale is out of the picture, see??
Last but not the least, the death of Rue awfully made me feel heartbroken. Even when I watched the movie after reading the books again (and even while reading that part in the first book), my heart bled and my lacrimal apparatus overworked. For me, it was a major part of the story from the very beginning and I was not wrong even after reading the trilogy. Even though the visuals during the Games itself was just...so-so, somehow it was backed up with strong acting skills from some of the cast (I cannot name all of them since I'm just a fan and not a movie critic - but I expect much more on Peeta's actor though). Woody Harrelson was also a great actor as Haymitch, even though some good parts of him from the book were not seen in the movie, I am rooting for him for the next movies. He will probably be very funny like in his previous movie, Zombieland.
WE ARE FIGHTING THE POWERS THAT BE
For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.
Why? Because the new owners of LJ said they were going to listen to a user driven advisory board before making any changes, and didn't. They instead tried to take away all GLBT related interest groups, and were about to take away all free, ad free accounts as well and make LJ paid. Basic/free users help drive this site! And paid or not, our interests should not be dictated to us.
This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.
This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.
This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of ad-free space.
This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.
Content Strike Friday March 21, from midnight to midnight GMT
* We are holding the Content Strike because we want to demonstrate that LiveJournal is content-driven.
* We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.
* We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.
* We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!
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3. Run change proposals by the Advisory Board and take their advice into account before implementation of any change.
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