Ekkusu no Studio phase 4.1.
Happy 44th birthday, dearest Yoshiki ♥!!
The last time i updated my skin was on Yochan's 43rd birthday, and a year had passed. I'm glad that his surgery went fine and i hope he's recovering well. Don't neglect your therapy, Yochan, and hope to see you next year in China ^^
God bless your abundantly!!
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A fan of JRock music and bands. Most favourite band of all time: the legendary band, X Japan.
Loves its leader, drummer, pianist and main composer, Hayashi Yoshiki , usually called Yoshiki.
Loves one of X's guitarists, Matsumoto hideto, or usually called hide, and
one of the best vocalist I've ever heard, Deyama Toshimitsu, or usually called Toshi.
A list of favourite bands and artists/singers:
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet
(members: Kamijo (vo), HIZAKI (gt) , Teru (gt) , Yuki (dr), , Jasmine-You (ba) ,
Tohoshinki or Dong Bang Shin Ki or TVXQ
(members: Xiah Junsu (mid-high), Micky Yoochun (mid-low), Youngwoong-Hero Jaejoong (lead), Choikang-Max Changmin (tenor), U-Know Yunho (bass))
(members: Yoshiki (dr, pi) , Gackt (vo, pi), Sugizo (gt, vi), Miyavi (gt))
(members: Kamijo (vo) , Mayu (gt), Emiru (ba), Machi (dr))
(bands: Lareine, Versailles
(bands: HIZAKI grace project, Versailles )
(bands: Moi dix Mois, Malice Mizer)
(members: Kazuki (gt), Yukito (ba), Yuki (vo), Hiro (dr))
Dir en Grey
L~Arc en Ciel
Janne da Arc
Psycho le Cemu
Rentrer en Soi
Was part of management committee of Endless Dream website and ScreamingKIAI International forum, dedicated to Yoshiki and his music.
Alumni of the following schools:
SD Tarakanita III
Chung Ling Private High School
Kent Ridge Secondary School
St Margaret's Secondary School
Pioneer Junior College
St Andrew's Junior College
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Happy new year 2011!!! Labels: resolution
firstly, let's do a quick recap and reflection on 2010. last year, 2010, was the year of change. there were a lot of changes, starting from me going to beijing, which signalled the change of a new environment, a new language to be learnt and a completely new circle of friends. it was the year when i unconsciously let go a lot of my past habits such as taking random pictures anywhere and everywhere and for any ocassion. somehow i just became more lazy at taking pictures and i think i missed out a lot because of it. it was also the year when i blogged the least. this was due to china's regulation against a lot of overseas websites, which included here and FB and youtube. on a more personal note, i felt a lot of changes last year, especially since starting MBA. maybe because it was a new environment, a new set of friends who didn't know me at all, but i felt like i'm gradually gaining back on the sense of confidence that i used to have when i was still young, which gradually disappeared when i hit puberty and went completely gone when i went into fashion. somehow i started to get back the confidence to speak up and be more willing to speak during class. maybe it was partly due to my familiarity with english, and it helped that i was suddenly learning things that was ENGLISH (instead of ART or MATHS) which encouraged us to speak more and logically, instead of artistically, or to count >"< last year was also the year when i was being physically, this time really really far, away from koko and hany. last time, we were always in the same house, and even though we don't meed often due to our conflicting schooling schedules, we could still meet every night. this year, it was no more, and starting from now, too, it might be hard for us to do that.
and another thing, last year (in fact recently), i found a friend whom i can have deep talk with, like i did with bel. this time we weren't just talking about random things and life, we talked more about our personal self. it might have started with all the leadership courses that we had, starting from Organisational Behaviour (small portion), to HRM (greater portion) and to last course with slayton (the whole course about leadership) that i started pondering more about my leadership style and me, myself in general. it was a whole new experience for me, never really thought about it before. in the past, whenever i was put into a position of leadership or the likes, i did it without much thinking, and i didn't really know what i should do. all these leadership programme really opened my eyes and made me realised more about myself. it made me think. and my conversations with my friend made me think even more.
so, this new year, the year 2011, it's new because this is the first time i'm spending it here in beijing, china. we went to solana for brazillian BBQ dinner and then spent the new year ON THE ROAD practically, trying to get taxi home XDDD it was an unusual new year indeed~
anyway, i didn't do any new year resolution for 2010, which was MY year, the tiger year, and i regretted it a lot. it felt a lot of difference, having a resolution for the year and not having any. but, i still remembered vaguely my 2009 resolution. so, reflecting upon those, i've managed to ignite back my sense of curiosity, and now i'm back to my ask-anything-that-comes-to-mind mindset, which was good. i'm still trying to be less short-tempered, but maybe i've gotten more lenient and tolerant to people because this MBA course pushed us to work in groups for a lot of projects. i didn't manage to keep to my exercise-more spirit this year because it's cold! T T but i've gotten much more aware of my food intake and more insistent of getting veggies =D however, recently i gotten kinda addicted to malatang, which might not be that healthy too T T but! due to sur's encouragement, and kus's vehemence, i started to learn how to cook. it seems like every year-end i would learn how to cook o.O 2009 it was ako who taught me how to cook in park infinia. but what i picked up from her wasn't the cooking part but the clearning up part XDDD but it was useful! i believe that before one wants to cook, s/he must learn how to clean up first! hehe....
so now i'm definitely going to make a new year resolution. it doesn't matter that my year had already passed, i will continue to strive to improve myself this year and the following years too =) so here goes my new year 2011 resolution!
1. to consider more about suggestion and try them out.
i know i'm kinda stubborn at heart, but the more i know people, the more i realised that i can learn from them. and next year i'll be 25. i think i've been unconsciously restricting myself from trying out new things long enough. this year, i'm going to consciously try to get myself to try out new things, to learn as much as possible from everyone around me about anything at all. i should learn a little from hany's motto of "you only live once". i have a motto too, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger", and it's been a faithful friend for me for a long time. it's time to get this motto a new friend ^^
2. to consciously keep in touch with koko and hany.
i said that last year we were physically apart. the thing is, i didn't feel much difference between now and then, and that's bad. real bad. so, starting this year, i'm gonna try make the habit of keeping in contact with them, telling them anything and everything random in my life more often. I can't really promise on the regularity, for this year i'll start with conscious effort to make it as often as i can. hopefully, then, i can get them to keep me upated with their lives too.
3. to be more firm when it's needed
so, during group work i found out that i can't say no and i'm just a very weak leader. dr liu said i was gentle and that it was my strength, but i really think that to be a good leader one has to be able to be strong so that you can lead people properly and not let the group astray. then, during slayton's consultation, he suggested for females to consider the "velvet glove iron fist" leadership style, which means it's okay to be gentle but when it's time fo be firm, one should not hesitate to be assert oneself. so, this year i'm going to try adopting that leadership style, until it's proven to be effective or otherwise. when the time comes, i'll review its effectiveness and decide whether to continue using it or not.
4. more self reflection and continuous improvement
so, the thing about leadership development programme is that it really made me think about myself. there were points raised regarding being self aware and, most importantly, keeping oneself in check regularly. are you being arrogant? are you starting to act superior? i'm going to make use of what i've read so far (8th habit, slayton's reading materials) to improve myself. starting from being more self aware and self critical, i shall strive to continuously be a better person, and hopefully subsequently i can be a better friend and better leader too. also, self reflection means i gotta think more about my future. that's important too -_-
5. learn to cook!
kus had been teaching me how to cook. although now i'm still receiving instructions from him, at least i've started to cut things up and prepare them instead of, like when ako taught me, straight away putting ingredients into the wok xD this shall be part of my attempt to live more healthy lifestyle and to eat better. i'm gonna try increasing my meat intake as well, and to not binge on carbo -_-
6. revive old habit of taking pictures
this shall be the last half year of my MBA days. i shall take as much pictures as i can as tokens of commemoration. i want to be able to look back on my album and revive loads of memories from just seeing the pictures, much like what happened when i looked back on my BA days pictures =) maybe i should really get that satio...
this is hard for me to do, being the introvert that i am, but i want to try to do more networking, to consciously open myself up to more friends. maybe i should start by going to church with ling and expanding my circle of friends from there. next year diana's gonna join the mba too, and it might be good if i can get to know her batch's people too. this shall be hard, but this is important. i really should try to do this since the start, but now that most of my friends in beijing are going back, it's even more important to continue networking now. yes. this shall be the challenge this year. let's see how much i can do this and to what extent =)
so, that's done. now, my personal hopes for the coming year. of course i hope i can successfully pass all my subjects and graduate on time. after that, i hope i can get good job and learn a lot. i'm going to take chinese lessons again and hopefully i can improve my chinese into fluent level. at the very least, i should be able to use it as one of my arsenal when i'm working, this chinese knowledge! hopefully i can resume my japanese lesson and can read hangeul faster and more accurately so that i can start singing in karaoke without having to use romaji lyrics teehee~
on a bigger scale, i hope that by the end of the year my parents can really consider seriously slowing down on work. by the end of the year, i should already get a job, and then all of us would have a job, and papa mama should start taking a break and let us take care of them instead. i hope they would start thinking about having more leisurely time and start taking care of themselves better, treating themselves to the enjoyment of life more often. they have done enough for the past 27 years and now i hope they would find peace and contentment =)
and from the entertainment front, i hope for a good and well closing for jaechunsu - sme case. i hope the boys get what they deserve to get, i hope they get the credit that their talents entitle them to, and i hope that no matter what they do, the fans will always be united in supporting them!
ijou desu!~ v(^^
JaeChunSu - The... (preordered)
JYJ - Thanksgiving Live in Dome DVD (preordered)
Tegomasu - Tegomasu no Ai minialbum
Versailles - Ascendead Master (mini movies in Limited Ed singles type I,II,III)
Yoshiki - Eternal Melody 1
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet - Jubilee (major debut album)
Jejung & Yuchun from Tohoshinki - COLOR~ Melody & Harmony/Shelter Double A single
Tohoshinki - Stand By U single
Dong Bang Shin Gi - Rising Sun album
Tohoshinki - Five in the Black album
Tohoshinki - Heart, Mind, Soul album
Dong Bang Shin Gi - Tri-Angle album
Tegomassu - Tegomassu no Uta album
Tegomassu - Tanabata Matsuri
NEWS - Touch
Tegomass - Miso Soup
Yamashita Tomohisa - Daite Senorita
Hizaki GRACE Project - Ruined Kingdom
Hizaki Grace Project - Dignity of Crest
Within Temptation - Mother Earth or Silent Force
Saint Preux - Concerto Pour Deux Voix
Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Complete Recordings
Raphael (Kazuki) - Forever and Ever
Raphael - Raphael Singles
X - Vanishing Vision Album
X Japan - Dahlia Album
X Japan - Art of Life ~mini album
X Japan - Art of Life ~live
L'Arc en Ciel - Smile
Hyde - 666
Tohoshinki - The Secret Code live in Tokyo Dome
TVXQ - All About TVXQ Season III DVD <--- !
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet - Chateau De Versailles DVD
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet - History Of The Other Side DVD
X Japan Returns Complete DVD 30th/31st December 1993
Versailles - Aesthetics HIZAKI version, with perfume Princess Stairs
Versailles - Aesthetics Kamijo version, with perfume Louise
Hizaki Grace Project - Monsho
Raphael - First
Raphael - Last
Raphael - Raphael Clips
Raphael - Pictorial Poem 2
X Japan - Art Of Life - 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome
X Japan - Dahlia Tour / Dahlia Tour Final
X Japan - Complete Collection II (which, upon acquiring, will cancel the earlier 2 DVDs mentioned)
hide - Film The Psychommunity Reel.1
hide - Film The Psychommunity Reel.2
hide - Seventeen Clips - Perfect Clips Presented By Hide Museum
hide - Ugly Pink Machine File 2
hide - Alivest Perfect Stage 10000 Cuts Hide Hide Hide
CD In Possession
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet - Jubilee (major debut album)
Tohoshinki - Bolero/Kiss The Baby Sky/Wasurenaide Triple A single <--- !the perfect single!
Tohoshinki - Stand By U single
Dong Bang Shin Gi - Mirotic album (Platinum edition)
Tohoshinki - T album
Tohoshinki - The Secret Code album
Versailles - Ascendead Master (Reg + Ltd Ed. DVD Type I, II, III)
NEWS - Koi no ABO single (Reg and Ltd Ed.) <-- i'm selling the regular edition, contact me if you're interested (only for beijing, singapore and jakarta buyers only)
Versailles - Prince & Princess single
NEWS - Color album
Versailles - Noble album
Tegomass - Ai Ai Gasa single
Tegomass - Kiss ~Kaerimichi no Love Song single
NEWS - Summer Time single
NEWS - pacific album
My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
HIM - And Love Said No, The Greatest Hits 1997 - 2004
HIZAKI Grace Project - Curse of Virgo single
Hyde - Faith
Yui - Can't Buy My Love
Versailles - Lyrical Sympathy mini album
Yoshiki - Catacombs Soundtrack
HIZAKI - Maiden Ritual ~experimental edition
HIZAKI - Dance with grace
Raphael - Fumetsuka
Within Temptation - Heart of Everything
X Japan - Blue Blood & Blue Blood Special Edition
X Japan - Jealousy & Jealousy Special Edition
X Japan - The Last Live
X Japan - X Japan on Piano
X Japan - B.O.X (Best of X)
X Japan - X Japan Perfect Best
X Japan - Best Fans Collection
Yoshiki - Eternal Melody II
hide - hide BEST Psychommunity
Malice Mizer - La Meilleur Selection de Malice Mizer "best selection"
Moi dix Mois - Dix Infernal
Gackt - Mars
Dir en grey - Macabre
L'Arc en Ciel - Awake
L'Arc en Ciel - The Best of L'Arc en Ciel 1998-2000
Luna Sea - Never Sold Out
Glay - Speed POP
Glay - Rare Collection vol.1
Glay - Rare Collection vol.2
Glay - Love is Beautiful
Glay - Drive, Complete Best
GLOBE - Level 4
Aikawa Nanase - ID, Best Album
Hamasaki Ayumi - Duty
Every Little Thing - Every Best Single + 3
V6 - seVen
V6 - Very Best I
V6 - Very Best II
My Chemical Romance - Threee Cheers For Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
DVD/VCD in possession
X Japan - X VISUAL SHOCK DVD BOX 1989-1992
TVXQ - All About TVXQ Season II DVD Set <--- ♥&hearts♥
NEWS - Pacific Concert 2007-2008 and First Tokyo Dome Concert
NEWS - Never Ending Wonderful Story
Happy Feet Japanese version - Tegoshi Yuya as Mumble
X Japan - Aoi Yoru Shiroi Yoru Complete Box
Yoshiki - Yoshiki Symphonic 2002 featuring Violet UK
hide - Ugly Pink Machine File 1
X - Hamettsu ni Mukatte 'On The Verge of Destruction' Concert
X Japan - The Last Live
X - X Clip 1
Phase 3.2 (2008)
Phase 3.1 (2008)
Phase 2.0 and 2.1 (2007)
Phase 1.2 (2006)
Phase 1.1 (2006)
Phase 1.0 (2006)
featuring: Yoshiki about: Yochan underwent a surgery to correct his spine, a problem that had persisted since 1995, when he finally started to feel numbness in his fingers. the surgery went fine, thank goodness. hopefully he will recover completely and it doesn't affect his piano playing. as for drums...don't forget your neck braces everytime you drums, yochan!
etc: read below xD i've made too many layouts featuring Yoshiki i don't wish to repeat myself =P
Background: formed in 2007 by founding member Kamijo (ex Lareine) and Hizaki (ex Sulfuric Acid), they released their debut single Revenant Choir which tells a story about a clan. Just as like Kamijo's past works, Versailles tells a story through their symphonic metal music and extravagantly elaborate costumes inspired from antique European era.
Members: Kamijo (vocals), Hizaki (guitar), Teru (guitar), Jasmine-You (bass), Yuki (drums)
etc: Versailles beautiful music managed to win my heart totally. saddened by the loss of Jasmine-YOU in 2009, but i hope the 4 of them will still make great music from now onwards. rest in peace, Jasmine-YOU, and watch out for the guys from up there...
Background: Formed in 2007, performed first during Anime Expo at the States in May.
Members: Yoshiki (drums, piano, guitar), Gackt (vocal, piano), Sugizo (guitar, violin), Miyavi (guitar, shamisen)
etc: ekkusu phase 2.0 was lost because i didn't save it in photobucket (because it refused to upload it properly). and so, from now i'll start my skin from phase .1 instead of .0
Featuring: Hiruma Youichi
Model's background: manga character (Eyeshield 21)
More about the model: quarterback of Deimon Devilbats, The Commander From Hell; the backbone and the brain behind Deimon High School's American Football Club, The Deimon Devilbats.
Icons: various facial expressions of Hiruma, the maniacal, elven-faced leader of Devilbats ^^
Etc: Eyeshield 21 is a sports manga about American Football and it's one of my current favourite. My rating for them is:
intellectual level: 9/10
Featuring: Hayashi Yoshiki
Model's background: leader, drummer, pianist, main composer of legendary band X Japan (1982-1997); leader, drummer, pianist, guitarist, composer of band Violet UK, debut coming soon.
More about the model: Yoshiki in the early X Japan era in early 90's when he still has long curly locks.
Etc: YOSHIKI IS MY HERO AND IDOL!
Featuring: Hayashi Yoshiki
Model's background: leader, drummer, pianist, main composer of legendary band X Japan (1982-1997); leader, drummer, pianist, guitarist, composer of band Violet UK, debut coming soon. Born in Tateyama, Chiba (Japan) in 20th November 1965 and currently living in Los Angeles, California (USA). Head company of Extasy Records, Extasy Japan and Extasy Records International (now defunct). http://myspace.com/yoshiki
More about the model: the faint background picture of Yoshiki was taken in the recent years when he's already cut his hair short and started the habit of wearing sunglasses.
Icons: pictures taken from Yoshiki's house in LA: his front door, piano in the middle room, dining room and swimming pool.
Etc: I can write essays on Yoshiki, but let's just keep it simple and straightforward: YOSHIKI IS MY HERO AND IDOL!