Category: Fan Girl Moment

A m b i t i o n s ☆ Tour: ONE OK ROCK

HondaiMood: Ambitious !!!
Listening to: American Girls – ONE OK ROCK
Playing: Tetris App
Craving: Something filling but light
Watching: Late Night Lysee

wow Wow WOW.  WELCOME BACK TO SEATTLE!! I’m so glad I decided to see ONE OK ROCK again. At first I wasn’t going to go because they just played at the same exact venue in January.. Being in the K-pop mode lately doesn’t help me get into the mood to go to a rock concert either. Haha. But I went to see a local band called Tangerine in June and I felt the rock concert rush again and it got me hyped so I invited my Uni friend, whom we bonded over OOR, and my sister!

If you haven’t heard about ONE OK ROCK, and you love J-Rock, punk rock or any kind of rock rly, you must put aside some time to hear them out. Their music is filled with energy and their live performance makes everything BETTER. I think my most favorite thing about OOR, though, is the topic they sing about. There are just too many love songs out there… but OOR songs explores different topics especially coming of age and pure ambition. So the album titled Ambition is just so perfect for them.

Anyways, more going into the concert, this time’s show was 10x better than last show. I don’t know if it was because I decided to stay out of the pit or what, but the audience seemed more respectful. Except for one very powerful moment… While OOR was performing “Take What You Want”…. there was a long… a very l o n g silent.. waiting for everyone to quiet down. But there were these damn people on the bar area who just wont SHUT UP. Like HELLO? GET A CLUE. I wanted them to be escorted out SO BAD because they ruined such a great moment…. but I think the show recovered afterwards when everyone was being an awesome audience for the remaining so. Also, the encore moment was AWESOME. So many of us screaming “ONE MORE SONG” non-stop. They came out and played American Girl for encore and hell yes, it was the best.

And I would just like to end with an appreciation for my favorite band member, Guitarist Toru. I am still waiting for the day Toru would rap/sing in a song again.


Perfect Imperfections

HondaiMood: Fighting!
Listening to: Yes We Are – SMAP
Playing: Osu!
Craving: Bun Thit Nuong
Watching: Clip! SMAP!

Welcome to another スマロス post. I should make that a category. lol

Anyways, my dad caught me by surprise this weekend. He dropped the bomb saying “we got to clear everything off the floor by the 17th because they’re going to do our carpet that day.” The 17? That’s this Tuesday! A lot of people in my family are upset about my dad’s sudden announcement but I was just like eh, and did all I could. I’m not even mad I didn’t potato this weekend. I just packed stuff in boxes and move them downstairs.

While I was working with sorting and packing stuff I did find something enjoyable to do. Since my sister was staying over on Saturday Night, I moved the PS3 upstairs to our old room and blasted some SMAP Clip! On our first night we got through the first CD (this is actually my 2nd time watching the 1st CD) and man, it was a long journey. As you watch it, you can see how each and one of them grow and how they grow as a group. I really enjoyed watching their old live performances.

Unlike a lot of the boybands nowadays, SMAP did not debuted at #1. Not to mention their debut event was in a typhoon.. it was a disaster. Although these boys weren’t successful upon debut, they still hung on and kept going for years. I would say they finally reached their point of success in 1996, that’s 4 years after their debut. But even after they reached a peak, they didn’t stop and kept going.

My sister and I pondered as to why we became such huge SMAP fans. Is it their looks? Lol no way, our initial response to how they physically look is ‘they look funny’. I even remember being disappointed that they did not look cool. Is it their popularity? Nah, as popular as they are in Japan, they’re not known to people around us at all. Is it their music? I guess the music is one thing, but they honestly aren’t the best singers lol. SO, WHY?

When I look at KPop boy band and girl bands who are so dam perfect at what they do, I feel like an ant when I look at myself in the mirror. I hate it. It makes me feel like there are so many faults in myself and I feel stress that I have to achieve a certain level of coolness like these people. Of course I’m smart enough to put myself apart that they have CG, professional production, makeup, training, plastic and all that $$$ stuff to make them like that but thoughts in the back of my mind will always be there. But when I look at SMAP, their value as an idol is different. If you ask Japanese people, they’ll probably agree. Maybe I’m just like Japan who likes that がんばる attitude. Even today I can’t find a straight answer as to why I became a SMAP fan. But who can ever say for sure why they fall in love with someone, right? All I know is that all of their imperfections is what make them so perfect.


愛するSMAPへ、ありがとう。そして、またいつか。

I rant so much about it on Twitter. I wrote so much about it on notepad. I wrote, thought, cry, and expressed myself in so many ways about how I feel about SMAP’s disbandment. The closer it got to the end of the year, the closer it became a reality to me. When I wake up tomorrow and the clock strikes midnight in Japan that’s when SMAP will officially become part of the past. And I’ll admit it I’m extremely sad.

After writing so much about it, I think I’ll keep this farewell message short.

I want to thank everyone who is a part of SMAP and help made them who they are today. I’m glad I discovered them when I did. I found the happiness I lost and I started  loving myself ever since I met SMAP. I started accepting myself for who I am and believing that uniqueness is what makes you, you. Because of SMAP I pushed myself to learn Japanese beyond what’s on the textbook, and understand Japan’s entertainment industry beyond Anime, Manga and Dramas. I want to thank them for truly brightening up my life and being the bridge for me to discover many other wonderful things in life.

Thank you for being there for me for the past 9 years. Hope to see you again one day.


Peter Corp Dyrendal

So yesterday someone on Instagram posted a cover of the Thai song Unlovable by Mild and I was like, omg I remember that song. So I started making a YouTube playlist of all the Thai songs I enjoyed. Then I ran into Peter corp Dyrendal’s old songs. Omg (again), how did I forget about this guy? He was probably my first celebrity “crush”. Saw him in my favorite Thai lakorn The Wind and The Stars that he starred in with Marsha.

I remember owning one of his album… I think it was Version 4.0 because I remember the cover and the Foremost Milk ad on there lol. I remember joking with my sister how Foremost probably picked him as an endorsement because he has nice teeth.

Curious as to what he’s been up to as of late, seems like he’s still active in the entertainment scene: good! However, at the personal level, seems like there are some scandals floating around him along with the fact that his marriage didn’t go well. Unfortunate. I don’t want to judge him base on what we read in the media because you never know what’s going on in the personal level. I’m just glad he’s still active in the entertainment scene because let’s be honest here… he still looks dam good for his 40’s LOL

Looks like he’s starring with Marsha again for some show. wow.. cool. I might check it out. I /might/ check it out.

Note: my top picks from Peter Corp’s discography

Kum Pa Pun (February)
Tua Plao (Nothing but me)
Ja Ruk Kun Nan Tao Rai (aka I love you)
Yom (surrender)