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“Precious Love” Remake by TWICE…and Other Ramblings

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I’m a bit behind on a post that I want to publish about my trip (trying to juggle other priorities), so I’m going to post this instead for the time being.

There was a gut feeling in me that I was going to end up liking this song when I first heard it in the 4th teaser for TWICE‘s upcoming MV, Cheer Up, and 2nd Mini Album – Page Two:

The song is called Precious Love and is a remake of a song that was sung in the 90’s by Park Ji-Yoon. I’m not surprised, because it did sound like an old-school song when I first heard it. When today’s singers or bands do remakes of old songs, it’s evident that old songs were really great for their time and still are! xD It also indicates that music back then was much more original. There’s something very raw about the sound of old songs, and maybe it’s because it isn’t tampered as much nor contains a lot of auto-tune.

I couldn’t help but notice that the instrumental version of the song in the teaser for the Cheer Up MV goes very well with the scene containing cherry blossoms. Mina‘s part in the MV (she kind of looks like Suju‘s Sungmin from some angles), which had a similar cherry blossom background as the teaser, was particularly very pretty and so dreamy! It looked like a scene from an anime or manga. Makes me miss Japan. There needs to be a drama with pretty scenes like that.

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Mina in TWICE‘s MV for Cheer Up

Although TWICE‘s Cheer Up MV looked nice, the song wasn’t exactly catchy for me when I first heard it, but like SNSD‘s IGAB, after listening to it more than 3 times, it started to sound more catchy. Not as great as their debut song, though. Precious Love still sounds the best to me out of all the songs from TWICE‘s latest mini album.

Even though I’m not into K-Pop as much as before, it’s not hard to really catch up with the more popular groups. TWICE, being from the Big 3 entertainment companies in South Korea, is an interesting group consisting of 9 members like SNSD, but with three different nationalities: Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese. With this mix, it looks like JYP may have a lot of plans in regards for the future of the group and tapping into different markets with some of the members.

TWICE‘s Japan line is great and seem to have their own charm, so I’m not going to be surprised if some of the members become popular later on in Japan. Furthermore, even though it might be too early to say this, but I feel that TWICE also has a lot of potential to be the “Nation’s No. 1 Girl Group” in South Korea like SNSD.

TWICE for Cheer Up MV

TWICE for Cheer Up MV

As for each of the members of TWICE, I find Sana, Nayeon, and Chayeon really cute, but all of the members look like visuals that it’s hard to really say who’s the prettiest. To me, they all look pretty and talented! xD Seeing these young girls also reminds me of the beauty of youth. I remember reading a comment from an elder lady online saying that almost every young person looks beautiful, but it’s strange how people at that age don’t see it and have low self-esteem because of their looks (maybe it’s because  bullies at that age like to put down others based on looks).

I guess when you get older, you start to value youth or see what the beauty of youth means. Looking at my cousins bloom as they pass through their teen-age years, and who are almost graduating from high school soon and turning into beautiful ladies, makes me remember of myself at that age and how I should have cherished that moment more.^^’ When I think about it, it’s amazing seeing my cousins, who were cute little babies that I used to pick up and carry, now grown up into beauties in their late teens. The same goes for my guy cousins. They used to be babies that I was able to pick up and carry, but if you saw them now. LOL. They’re huge compared to me. xD Makes me realize how fast time flies and how short life is.

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Beautiful Kyoto

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Last year, I watched this video by Discover Kyoto out of curiosity, and a couple of months later, I visited most of the places shown in it. Visiting Japan was just an idea on my mind that I was contemplating on whether I should go ahead with last year, and little did I know that it would quickly turn into reality from that point on. All I knew that if I wanted to visit Japan, I would want it to be during the cherry blossom season.

Even though I traveled to Japan with a group, I spent most of my time exploring Kyoto on my own and then meeting up with my group in the evening for dinner just like the lady in the video. Didn’t know that things would turn out the same like that, either! xD

The video shows 12 of the following places in Kyoto for cherry blossom viewing:

  1. 00:22 – Maruyama Park
  2. 00:34 – Philosopher’s Path
  3. 00:58 – Arashiyama (Togetsukyo Bridge & Kotokikichaya Mochi Shop)
  4. 01:09 – Haradani-en Garden
  5. 01:32 – Okazaki Canal
  6. 01:56 – Kamogawa River
  7. 02:08 – Heian Shrine
  8. 02:19 – Taizo-in
  9. 02:30 – Daikaku-ji
  10. 02:42 – Keage Incline
  11. 02:54 – Kiyamachi-dori
  12. 03:06 – Hirano Shrine

The places that I didn’t get the chance to see were Taizo-in and Daikaku-ji, but I’m happy that one of my dreams came true, alhamdulillah. I’m already missing Japan and the beautiful cherry blossoms. I would definitely visit again, if I could, IA!

More importantly, there was something therapeutic about the trip, especially when I would venture out to explore on my own. That feeling isn’t something that I’ve felt while I would venture out in Sydney alone. Maybe it’s because Japan is different (in a good way!), and has a culture that it knows how to merge with the modern. Japan is like a world of its own and there’s a lot to learn from it, but I think I’ll leave that for a separate post, IA! =)

—Moonlight

Sydney to Guangzhou and then Tokyo

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Updating from Tokyo, Japan! Had a stopover at your oppa’a city, Guangzhou, today. =P It has been 10 years since the last time I was in Guangzhou, which was 2006…and now it’s 2016. xD

I don’t know what to say about Tokyo. This place is like a whole different world…felt like I stepped into a video game as I got on the local train from the airport. There are animated characters everywhere, TONS of restaurants on every floor + everyone dresses really nice. Still trying to get used to the massive train system and trying not to be so distracted by every object wherever I look. =P

Going to sleep now (haven’t gotten much sleep).

—Moonlight

Never, ever give up

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I feel like I can relate to this on so many levels… but I haven’t become a writer yet. =P

Cristian Mihai

523213_441480405922775_1158081202_nOne of my favorite quotes goes like this: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Ambrose Redmon wrote that.

Fear is an impulse, or like the tattoo on my arm says, “Fear is the mind killer.” Frank Herbert wrote that. So you can’t stop being afraid, but you can fight fear, you can control it.

I don’t think I ever told you how I became a writer. Or if I did, it was long ago.

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“Love Me Again” Cover

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Wow! THIS is an awesome cover of John Newman‘s Love Me Again by a group of very talented Pakistani females. Definitely worth a listen! These girls should think of forming an official group.

Interestingly, not only is the cover song good, but the theme of NESCAFE Basement sounds nice too! =P I’m not surprised by who produced it. He’s well-known in Pakistan’s rock music scene, since the days of E.P. NESCAFE Basement reminds me of Coke Studio, though, which was very popular among the Pakistani audience in the past few years and showcased some of the amazing raw talent that our country has.

Having said that, we have very talented musicians that the world just hasn’t been able to discover yet. We generally do a good job with blending traditional instruments with modern beats and sounds, something that I enjoy listening to. Wish people knew more about our country from a positive light and not by the image they see of it in mainstream media. I’m sure that I may have said that many times, but the fact that it hasn’t happened yet… I have to say it again. =P

—Moonlight

Happy Leap Year!

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It’s that day again that appears every four years – February 29th! The last time we had February 29th, it was in 2012, the year I started blogging. I’ve always been curious about how people that were born on this day celebrate their b-days. Do they say that they age every 4 years rather than every year? That would be cool! =P If I recall, in Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura’s elder brother Toya has his birthday on February 29th. xD

Anyhow, I’m going to leave this here:

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The part about celebrities… I sometimes think that the media likes to focus more on the marriages that haven’t worked out rather than the ones that have. Moreover,  I’m not going to doubt that it must “exciting” to be surrounded by so many good-looking people in the entertainment industry, especially when one first joins it with dazzled eyes and the hopes of making it big, but I don’t really think it’s all that’s made up to be with the competition for landing roles, corruption of morals and values, insecurities, and other problems that come with fame and money.

Not to mention, being a celeb. is almost like a 24/7 job…and how do celebs that are married manage to work out how to spend time with family with their busy schedules… I don’t know. They would have to be very compromising in that aspect. If I were married to a celeb., I don’t think I would be too happy with the idea of his skin-ship scenes with other female celebs. lol. =P One reason why I’m not very keen in wanting to marry a celeb.

Going back to the above quote and noticing that simplicity is more, I realize that the world has its tendency to be strange…very strange…most of this strangeness created by humans themselves, but when it comes to what’s natural and pure… the world can be a beautiful place. If I were living in the past, I would definitely have been an explorer on a quest for adventure and finding out what else is out there in this world, and not worry so much about “making a living”, as most explorers were paid to do what they enjoyed most. If you think about it, there’s a reason why people feel more positive and spiritual when exploring the world’s natural surroundings…it’s because it’s their soul feeling more connected to the Source or the Creator, a connection that is getting more harder to come by with all the distractions in our world today.

—Moonlight

“There is no such thing as…”

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“There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world.” As I was watching Episode 44 and 46 of Cardcaptor Sakura (CCS)… the above scenes emerged. That moment when the characters in an anime share the same philosophy as me… and the creepy part is that my last post on Cardcaptor Sakura was this… Christmas “Coincidence”.

I haven’t seen these specific scenes in the anime before and that’s what makes this talk about “coincidence” more interesting. I have come to a realization that this whole universe is plain out strange, and that even though things like this happen to me every now and then, I wish I had all the answers as to why.

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