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“Moonlight Drawn by Clouds” OST – “No Sleep”


It’s 1:15 A.M. and I haven’t gone to sleep yet, so I’m posting this song called No Sleep from the Moonlight Drawn by Clouds OST here. =P I like the sound of some of the songs from the drama, if not the cheesy lyrics. Soyou has a nice voice. It’s soothing to hear. This isn’t the first song that I’ve heard her sing for and liked.

The poster for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, as shown in video with the song, is dreamy. It also has a spring vibe to it with the green leaves in the background and the flower crown that Ra On is wearing. Did flower crowns actually exist in the Joseon era? I tend to wear flower crowns on sunny spring and summer days. I find that they add a feminine touch to an outfit. ^^

Speaking of flowers and spring, one of my new Korean friends was up for a day trip to the Leura Gardens Festival with me and another lady two weeks ago. We all happen to be fans of flowers and taking lots of photos. It was really fun! We made a new friend that day too, who is from Changsha in China, but has been in Australia for a few years now. She’s a huge fan of flowers as well (her hair even has pink shades in it). It turns out that she watches K-Dramas and listens to a bit of K-Pop. xD

She likes Park Bo Gum since Reply 1988 and mentioned that she was trying to search for him on Instagram. On the other hand, I followed the actor that plays Byung Yeon from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. It makes me feel like I’m following someone from the Joseon era on Instagram with the kind of posts that he has put on there while the drama has been airing. It’s funny. Imagine people in the past with Instagram.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been really terrible this year with updating my blog and even replying back to comments. My mind is in constant conflict with having to remember the multiple tasks that I have even while I’m at home. For some strange reason, whenever I start writing a blog post, I feel sleepy. O_O It doesn’t help that my mind gets filled with a lot of thoughts too…even random ones about the universe. =P

Just to give you an idea, my laptop is one of those in which I have three Firefox windows open and each one has multiple tabs open in them. Then there’s an Excel spreadsheet, a Word Document, etc. xD Guess you get the point.

Adding onto that, I’ve been caught up with K-Dramas these past few months and I’m finally down to almost completing two dramas that are currently on air, which are none other than Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. It’s sad that they will be ending soon, as now there will be nothing to look forward to at the start of each week. I wish the two dramas were longer. T_T

Moreover, I always forget that the actress that plays Ra On in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, Kim Yoo Jung, actually followed me back on Twitter in 2012 (it was her real account!) when The Moon That Embraces the Sun was being aired. That was a great drama as well. Another child actress from the drama followed me back too. =P Of course… After all, I’m Moonlight. ^_~ Hehehe.


“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV”


Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Finally got around to watching Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a full-length CGI film released in late August in selected cinemas outside of Japan, and I have to say, it was better than what I had expected! I won’t say that it was amazing, because I wasn’t exactly drawn into the first scene of the movie, but it progressed well and turned out to be really interesting – good enough to make me more excited for the game and give me a better understanding of the back-story or plot.

It was very unexpected of Square to actually release another Final Fantasy movie, considering how disappointing Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was and how it created a financial loss for the company to the point that most fans thought that Square should never venture into making movies again.

For this very reason, I wasn’t sure of how to feel about Kingsglaive when news about it dropped on March 30th, but I think Square kind of learned from its past and took notes from the publicly well-received Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, which shows the events that occur after the popular Final Fantasy VII game and answers a lot of the questions that fans had on whether the characters in it survived or not while putting their life on the line to save their planet.

With Kingsglaive, instead of having a movie with the name “Final Fantasy” in it and being unrelated to any of the Final Fantasy games, Square decided to make a movie directly linked to an anticipated Final Fantasy game, which is none other than Final Fantasy XV, to stir more hype as seen in the the official trailer below.

Sure, having a movie as a back-story for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV game is also a way of milking money from fans, but maybe this might be a step for Square to improve and possibly delve into making more movies since they have the technology for it? A lot of video game companies seem to be releasing movie adaptations of their games these days. One major example of an upcoming movie adaptation on a video game is Assassin’s Creed. Not everyone may be comfortable with it, as video games are called video games for a reason and not movies, but I’m not entirely against it if it adds more depth to a game.

It was a good idea that I didn’t have high expectations for Kingsglaive to begin with so that I could actually enjoy it for what it was. This was based on my past experience of watching The Spirits Within, as I had high expectations for it that were, unfortunately, not met.

I watched The Spirits Within when I was on holidays in Australia in the early 2000’s. The only people that were present at the local cinema where the movie was screened at on a weekday was my dad, brother, a stranger sitting a couple of rows behind us, and I. Flash forward many years and when I am now living in Australia again, Square decided to only have the movie released for two weekends here at the cinemas and many people showed up to watch it. It was a clever idea that the movie was only screened for a limited time and that too on a weekend. It made me feel that Square really did pick up on its mistakes and learn from them, especially from a marketing perspective.

As for the movie itself… at first, I didn’t like how a lot of the characters had features that looked more Western in comparison to the characters in the game. I had already grown accustomed to the appearances of the characters in the game and I’m very particular about consistency in things like these, so that’s why I wasn’t really drawn into the movie at first sight, but some of the characters in it, such as the lead hero Nyx, later grew interesting.


Artwork on Insomnia
(Credit: Square Enix)

King Regis looked almost the same as he does in the game so I wasn’t too bothered about him, but Lunafreya looks a lot older and noticeably different in the movie. Don’t get me wrong. The one in the movie looks nice, but maybe as a separate character altogether. On the other hand, Noctis, the game’s lead character, and his gang consisting of Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto, don’t appear throughout much of the movie. They’re outside of Insomnia, the main setting of the movie, and Noctis‘ whereabouts is where the game is meant to pick up the story from.

Apart from that, the graphics in Kingsglaive were AMAZING! The Final Fantasy series doesn’t fail to disappoint in this aspect. Insomnia, which is home to King Regis and his son Noctis, is really beautiful. I could see a lot of inspiration drawn from the city of Tokyo, especially the districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku (with display advertisements for UNIQLO and JAL that you can catch in the background if you watch closely =P). It’s sad to see that much of the city is destroyed when the peace treaty between Insomnia and Niflheim, an evil empire with ulterior and hidden motives, doesn’t follow through.

Seeing Insomnia destroyed also reminds me of the many beautiful cities in the Middle East, rich in history, that have been destroyed because of war. -_- If people actually knew how pretty Syria used to be, they would have created a huge outcry at its destruction, but because it’s not a Western country…it doesn’t seem to really get much coverage of how it truly used to be before greed took over the nations that set its eyes on it. It’s also worth noting how we have games that focus on war, and how we have to be a hero and save the world in it… but when it comes to reality, we’re so helpless. To think that war is still taking place in the 21st century… when will we learn?

Anyhow, my post was mainly going to be on the end credits theme of Kingsglaive with the following video, but it turned into a general post about the movie, which I don’t mind. With that said, the OST for the movie was awesome and I’m looking forward to what other amazing tracks we will be hearing in the game, IA. The tracks that we have heard so far sound great.

Final Fantasy, in general, known to be the video game series with some of the best video game music in history. Even so, it only seems to get much appreciation from gamers rather than non-gamers, as the latter aren’t as aware about the franchise. However, when I introduce some of my favorite role-playing games to my friends that don’t normally play video games, they tend to usually fall in love with the graphics and music in them, and Final Fantasy is definitely one of them!

I grew up with Final Fantasy, so it will always be considered special to me. It was the beautiful ballroom scene with Waltz for the Moon playing in the background in Final Fantasy VIII that made me so intrigued about the game, and the rest is history. It has been a very long wait for the next installment in the series, and even if it’s not as epic as it’s intended to be, I’d be happy to play it just for the nostalgic feel.

On an important note, the release of Final Fantasy XV has been delayed from September to November. I’m okay with that. I have waited for the game for 10 years already, so waiting for another 2 months isn’t a big deal. Especially if the delay is for the purpose of perfecting the game and delivering it in its highest quality. Though, I might have a feeling that one of the reasons for the delay is because the release date for the game was too close to the release date of Kingsglaive and the company wanted to let the movie sink in first. =P

P.S. I met a girl my age named Luna from Italy at a sushi place during lunch hour from work last week. We were strangers sitting next to one another, and once we started talking, we got into a whole entire conversation and became friends. She informed me to join an event with her on the weekend, but I had other plans. This is the first time in my life here that I was able to become friends with a stranger like that in the city, where people normally keep to themselves if they don’t know you. When she mentioned her name, I said, “It means…,” and at the same time we both stated, “Moon.” I replied, “My name means Moonlight…what a coincidence!” xD

Furthermore, I’ve been watching a lot of K-Dramas since last month and have even finished watching a couple of them without taking long breaks, which means that those dramas have been really good! You can probably guess which K-Dramas I’m watching right now…. one has the word “moonlight” in its title and another has the word “moon”. Hahahaha! Both dramas are really dreamy and fantasy-like, and some of the scenes are incredibly beautiful, especially the scenery of the characters looking out into the sunset. I was anticipating both dramas before they were even aired, so it’s nice to no longer wait!

Love in the Moonlight/Moonlight Drawn by Clouds surpassed my expectations, though, and I found some interesting facts about the Goryeo dynasty after my growing curiosity about it when watching Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. I was very curious, because normally in saeguks or Korean historical dramas, the focus is largely on the Joseon dynasty and it was actually during the dynasties before that, such as the Goryeo dynasty, where there used to be a lot of trade with nearby countries and people of different races or religion taking place, even with Muslims that eventually settled down in Korea! The country started to become more homogeneous and secluded during the Joseon dynasty, but before that, it was quite open to different groups of people beyond their borders. Quite interesting to know.


DMM.Planets Art by teamLab


Why wasn’t this collection of art installations called DMM.Planets by teamLab around when I was in Tokyo!? T_T This would have been a dream and a must-see for me! Everything about it is beautiful, dream-like and magical!

So jelly of those that got the chance to see this. All the awesome exhibitions, including the Sailor Moon exhibition at Roppongi Hills, happened either before or after visiting Tokyo. Guess I’ll have to live through the experience through other people’s videos for now. =P

After watching the above video, I noticed that I’ve seen something similar to The Crystal Universe from DMM.Planets during VIVID Sydney, but on a smaller scale. VIVID Sydney should think of collaborating with teamLab and have something like DMM.Planets for next year’s event. It would be HUGE, as VIVID is all about lights, music and ideas and teamLab seem to deliver that, or probably even surpass that! Someone please pitch in this idea!

P.S. Imagine the lights flickering on and off at DMM.Planets and the monster with the flower head (how fitting for the setting) emerges from Stranger Things? O_O Instead of it being a scary scene, this is where Eleven confronts the monster and tries to tame it with her mind by sending it a message through the lights and the projections in the water. Moreover, the Upside Down, being dark and almost all-black, can transform into something similar to DMM.Planets when Eleven has control over it rather than the monster (or any other sinister creature that lurks there).

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Within a Week

Colorful Sky

(Source: Unknown)

There have been a few things I have wanted to blog about over the weekend, but wasn’t able to due to some of the things that have been happening in my personal life.

My maternal grandma passed away the day-before-yesterday. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May Allah grant her a place in Jannat-ul-Firdous (the highest place in Heaven). Ameen. I’m going to miss my grandma so much. An image of her sweet smile and happy face keeps replaying in my mind. She was one of the reasons I would want to visit Pakistan. Not being able to hear her stories about the past and words of wisdom, or eating her yummy food (especially her daal aka lentils, which I used to call “Naani ki daal”), anymore makes me sad. I wish I got to spend more time with her, but I guess Allah had written her time.

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OMG’s “Cupid” and KARA’s “Cupid”


Note: This is a post from May 27th, 2015 that I didn’t publish. I’m trying to get my old posts out every now and then, so I can clear them from my drafts. With that said, the new generation girl group that caught my attention before TWICE has been OMG aka Oh My Girl. I didn’t get around to mentioning them, but I anticipate their songs, since they’re catchy, while their MV’s are unique.

It’s also sad to hear about KARA disbanding, but it was going to happen sooner or later. As stated before, I feel that K-Pop companies are allowing old groups to break apart so that the focus is on the new groups.


Just noticed… When I saw KARA‘s Cupid MV today, I thought… “Why does this sound familiar?” and then I realized that one of the new girl groups has a song called Cupid as well. xD OMG‘s Cupid is probably the only debut song from a girl group that I like so far this year. I know that it’s cheesy, but the concept suits them very well and is perfect for their age. They’re all really cute. The song is catchy too. I usually skip over most K-Pop songs by new groups (and a lot of old groups), but this one retained my attention somehow. Furthermore, one of the members in the group looks like the Korean actress Han Ga-in.

KARA, on the other hand, has a more mature concept for their song, Cupid. Their video, which was released a month after OMG‘s, is alright minus the emphasis on the booty (but they’re most iconic song MR, which was really popular, emphasized on that and didn’t look vulgar like most booty shaking in today’s K-Pop. Guess it’s all about the body language and the way one is dressed). =P Their makeup and jewelry is always on point. I actually like KARA‘s songs. Their previous song, Mamma Mia, is more catchy to me than Cupid, though.

There isn’t a lot of originality in the title of songs when it comes to K-Pop. =P It’s like Red Velvet‘s Ice Cream Cake and f(x)‘s Ice Cream, and both of those groups are under the same entertainment company (a stupid sly one, may I add). f(x) as a whole; however, is an original group. Probably one of SME‘s most unique groups, which they don’t promote as much in comparison to their other groups. I do like f(x)‘s old songs, like LA chA TA, in comparison to their new ones. You don’t have to listen to them more than once to find them catchy. Once is enough to keep you hooked!


Looking back at this post, and reading the content in it, it seems like it was a little rushed, but this is as good as it’s going to get when wanting to make a simple point about two MV’s having the same song title. =P


Changing Blog Theme to “Plane”

WordPress Theme - Plane

WordPress Theme – Plane
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I have now changed my blog’s theme to Plane. The initial theme that I was using, which was Matala, is now a retired theme. Sad to hear about it, as I was planning to change back to that theme. So in order to somewhat retain the look of Matala, I decided to search for a Matala-themed banner and use it as a banner in Plane. =P This will have to do.

P.S. The people living in the apartments in my area aren’t allowed to have dogs, but on rare occasions, I can here barking coming from an apartment nearby. Someone is definitely keeping a dog in their apartment, and is trying to be low-key about it! xD It would be nice to have a pet. I like cats, but I find dogs really loyal, caring and playful. Sometimes, it’s hard to disagree with those that say that their pets are nicer than their fellow humans. =P


“The Matrix”, Martin Place, and Pokemon GO


Whenever I look at the following scene from the The Matrix of Morpheus explaining to Neo what the Matrix is, I feel amused because I often pass by the area this scene was filmed at here in Sydney, which is Martin Place and its surrounds.

I’ve been to Martin Place during rush hours, which is right before work in the morning, and in the afternoons when the majority of people get off work. Since there are many offices near there, you’ll see many people in corporate attire, and it can often get very busy during rush hours and sort of look like the way the scene in The Matrix does, but with less people.

Furthermore, there are a couple of designer stores in the area, such as Burberry and Giorgio Armani, and some of the buildings there have a very European feel to it. It’s particularly nice during spring time when the flowers bloom and has less of a cold atmosphere, as depicted in the movie, but whenever I walk around Martin Place now, I can’t help but think of The Matrix. xD

I must admit, I was really surprised when I found out that The Matrix was shot in Sydney. I thought New York City would be the kind of place to film a movie about how everyone is “wired” into the “system”, since life there is very fast-paced, and from a couple of stories that I’ve heard about, New Yorkers rush to work and ignore tourists that ask for directions because they don’t have the time to stop and help – a complete contrast to Tokyo, which is massive and where everyone works even longer hours, but are often ready to help tourists and even accompany them to their destination if they’re lost.

Moreover, the first time I watched The Matrix was in my philosophy class back in high school. The movie was already out when I went to middle school and my dad had the DVD for it back it home, but I never got around to watching it until I had to. The movie reminds me a lot of Plato‘s Allegory of the Cave, and I feel like the ending song of the movie, which is Rage Against the Machine‘s Wake Up fits well too.

On an amusing note, I’ve tried catching Pokemon, such as this Clefairy, using the Pokemon GO app., when there were less people at Martin Place. Even so, there was one guy that noticed, came up to me and said, “Pokemon GO!,” and then walked away. It was random, but funny at the same time, because it was a sign that Pokemon GO was the new craze that everyone knew about. The next time I tried catching Pokemon in the city, a person in his car drove by and yelled out, “Pokemon GO!” to me. I was a bit startled at first, because I expect Sydney-siders in the city to be rather calm and keep to themselves and not be yelling out of their cars at a stranger, but because of this app., and the recent craze for it in Australia (we, Aussies, and New Zealanders got the app. before anyone else in the world), it seemed like people were a little too excited. =P

Pokemon GO - Clefairy

Trying to capture Clefairy – Martin Place has never looked cuter. xD

Pokemon GO is a very interesting phenomenon, though. It’s an app. that includes augmented reality that seems to have really kicked-off among smartphone users, which will most likely pave way for future apps. that integrate augmented reality. On the other hand, virtual reality is already in the works and is going to play a large part in our future.

The only concern I have is, like in The Matrix, the lines between reality and the virtual world might begin to blur, making people plugged into a world that doesn’t really exist and that can never materialize – perhaps even making one think… what is real and what is not real?

There has also been news about the Pokemon GO app. collecting all of our personal information, particularly on our where-abouts, and selling it to “third parties”. I think most apps. on our phones have access to our personal information that we give up voluntarily, so my reaction when I heard of such news wasn’t that of surprise. It’s true that our information can be used for marketing and advertising purposes, but if you’re the kind of person that isn’t easily swayed by advertisements targeted towards you, then it doesn’t have much effect. The only time you should be worried is if your personal information is used for ulterior purposes that can result in harm. Technology has its price.

Fun fact: A scene from Superman Returns was also filmed at Martin Place, and I hear that Jackie Chan is in Sydney at the moment to film a movie – a Chinese science-fiction thriller called Bleeding Steel. Not exactly thrilled, since Jackie Chan seems to be involved in what I call a stunt with you-know-who, who now has to share profit with two agencies (one being Jackie Chan‘s Sparkle Roll Media), which normally would have been the case without a lawsuit when promoting overseas. Furthermore, you-know-who is still signed under the head agency he had always been part of. =P I hope the Chinese public wakes up soon and realizes that they can’t trust their own entertainment industry, let alone any entertainment industry around the world.