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Bought a Converse backpack today. Been wanting a smaller one just to put small essential things when I go out. So this is a pretty good one.

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CDJapan impressed me this time. They actually shipped my order a couple of days earlier and I received it on the release date itself. I got the latest single by Morning Musume ’14 – TIKI BUN/ Shabadabadoo~/ Mikaeri Bijin. It’s also a graduating single for Leader Michishige Sayumi.

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She’s the one in kimono on the cover. I chose this Limited Edition C because I love Mikaeri Bijin and the cover’s great. Basically, it’s a song with lots of memories, I even teared up watching the music video. I can’t imagine how the girls are gonna perform this song on her graduation day.

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All I can say is

Get ready your tissues!

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It comes with the DVD for Mikaeri Bijin’s music video. DSC02816I might get the regular version when I go Japan in another two weeks. I kinda regretted not getting the regular because TIKI BUN’s photocards are great.

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The promotion version is out but I can’t wait for the dance version to be honest. I’ve always preferred watching their dance version because then I can focus on the choreography and go “ooh, that’s nice” or “that looks so cool” or “looks difficult” or “why do they not bump into each other?!” I think you get the drift lol…

I love that intro dance. It’d look much better in the dance version because the camera won’t zoom in or out.

ezgif.com-gif-maker(2)Then this sequential move looks cool too. It’s all about timing and I admit the spotlights behind did contribute to the effect.

ezgif.com-gif-maker(1) ezgif.com-gif-maker(3)Then of course, this iconic DJ scratching.

ezgif.com-gif-maker(4)Here’s the MV

Budget Budget *_*

I’ve started to list down stuffs I’m planning to get in Tokyo. I just wish I actually have enough money to get them all. But reality sucks and there’s always a limit. So budget tells me that I have to cross a number of items. Let’s just list them all first and I’ll explain why most of them didn’t make it into the final list.

Otaku stuffs
I’m not an otaku but maybe on the road of becoming one (a mild one). I love anime, love figures and certain idol groups (only 2 to be exact), does that make me an otaku? Don’t think so. Anyways, since most of these will be in Akihabara, let’s just group them as Otaku stuffs.

1. Figures- Anything with K-On!, Fate Zero and Mikoto Misaka from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun anime. These are my favorites so I have a thing for them. I’m not ashamed to confess that since I already own 3 figures of Saber from Fate/Zero and 3 from K-On! So I was looking forward to get another Mikoto Misaka.
Gundam- was in a short phase just recently. I planned to get MG Astray Red Frame which is soooo much cheaper in Japan than local.

2. Manga – Shingeki no Kyoujin (vol 13 to most recent) and maybe another title

3. Hello! Project official shop – To be honest, I don’t know what to get here.I don’t collect photos of idols (which they have tons), I don’t really collect anything else much, but I love the concert merchandise for example the T-shirts (Chance! tour shirts are awesome). So I’m just hoping they may have some leftovers from the concert merch for sale. Chances are slim but I’d still pay a visit since I’m a Momusu fan now.

4. AKB48 Official shop - same thing as H!P, I don’t collect photos, so not buying anything. I think I’ll just find the shop, go in, look around in 2 circles maybe? And leave, if nothing catches my attention.

So actually, that wraps up Otaku. I’ll need to grab some Tomica diecasts for my nephew though. That should be easy, I’ll go Yodobashi or any hobby shop.

JPOP stuffs
1. Morning Musume ’14 ~14 Shou~ The Message (CD + DVD Limited A)
It’s not only awesome that I’ll be there when this is released but I’ve heard some of the other tracks in the album, and I love them. It’s most probably going to be my favorite Colourful Era album. Also, this is Sayumi’s last album before she graduates, like duh…definitely a MUST GET!

2. Morning Musume ’14 Evolution Haru Tour DVD – Wasn’t planning on getting this but I’ve read a lot of fans saying 10th gen members improved so much since Chance! tour. I mean, they were already pretty good in Chance! so for them to improve some more, that’s just great. I have a soft spot for 10th gen, they’re my favorites.

3. LILIUM Shoujo Junketsu Kageki (CD + DVD)
This is a musical to be exact. I was blown away by the surreal performances and I posted a review in my Jpop blog. It’s really good, exceeded my expectations and even before watching, when I heard the soundtrack a few months back, I knew I’d love this already. The songs are actually really good! So different and fits my taste. Only downside is, this is gonna cost me quite a lot.

4. DIVA – Discovery (CD+DVD)
DIVA is a AKB48 subunit where my favorite member belongs to. Also, this is going to be their final single before disbanding. The group has great potential but two out of 4 members have already graduated and ventured into their own things so I can understand why it’d be kinda complicated to continue. But I’m still glad they all came back for this one last single.

5. SKE48 – Bukiyou Taiyou (CD+DVD)
I like this song and again, my favorite member is in this sister group.

6. Paasepied – Makunouchi ISM (CD)

7. Yu Takahashi – Ima Soko ni Aru Meimetsu to Gunjo (CD)

So without further ado let’s narrow this list down.

Things I will absolutely get:
1. Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou~ The Message (CD + DVD Limited A)
2. Morning Musume ’14 – Evolution Haru Tour DVD
3. DIVA – Discovery (CD+DVD)
4. Manga – Shingeki no Kyoujin (3-4 books)

Things I will get only if budget still alllows:
1. SKE48 – Bukiyou Taiyou (CD+DVD)
2. Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki (CD+DVD)

That means, I’ve decided not to get any of the figures because JPOP takes top priority now. SCANDAL is going to release a new album too this December and Do As Infinity might have a new single soon, I just can feel it because Ban Chan was recording in studio after giving birth to her son. So I need to save some allocation for that too.

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I was curious what it’s like to actually build a Gundam from scratch so I decided to venture into this new unknown territory. I’m used to collecting Good Smile Company figures like Nendoroids, Figma and Scale figures and they’re all complete figures. You just pose your figures however you like, everything is provided.

Gundam is different in the sense that you buy the kit, it comes with parts, and you start building it.

Yesterday, I went to get this cutting mat and a precision cutter.

DSC02644I received my first Gundam from a local seller. I chose a SD (Super Deformed) gundam to start with since I’m a beginner and I just want to have a taste of it. It’s also the cheapest gundam grade (RM18-40) so I won’t feel so bad if I decided to quit after one ^^DSC02652I don’t watch Gundam but I will start with Gundam Unicorn tonight, I’ve only heard the OSTs because they’re super nice.DSC02653The parts come with different colours and coded with ABCD and numbers. The manual is straightforward, even if you don’t know how to read Japanese. Just follow the numbers, pick the parts and assemble according to the pictures.DSC02655 DSC02656 DSC02661 DSC02662 DSC02664 DSC02665DSC02666 I took about 2 hours to assemble this. I had a rough time putting on the stickers because I’m bad at accuracy and so some parts (the yellow ones on the helmet) were not covered properly.

But I have to say, this was quite fun to build. To actually start from scratch and putting all the parts. Watch them come together as one. It was quite fulfilling. So I’ll get a HG soon (which is bigger) and see how it goes.DSC02672

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Got a new headphone, the Audio Technica ATH-M50X. It’s a closed back headphone, which is something I’m not very used to as my current one is an open back Alessandro Grado MS1i. But I wanted something that won’t leak music and more portable than the MS1i. I’ve read tons of reviews and watched youtube where I see lots of positive ones.

DSC02607It’s the best selling headphone on Amazon so it’s a beloved can from customers. I think it’s mostly because of the love for its predecessor, the ATH- M50 and now with a slightly higher price, better quality (softer, plushier pads and according to some, sound quality) with 3 interchangeable cables- 3m straight , 1.2m straight and 1.2m -3m coiled.

DSC02612I decided to get the Limited Edition Blue colour instead of the cheaper black because something different is always nice. I already have a black headphone so another colour looks fresh. Plus, the brown “leather”-ish design with the dark blue actually looks very good in person. DSC02614

I never thought the blue actually stands out quite a bit in person, because they look like black in pictures. DSC02621That chrome on the sides looks great too. The build quality is quite sturdy but also flexible. You can fold it and keep it in the pouch it comes with. I forgot the take picture of the pouch, I’ll probably take this headphone outside somewhere with some greenery for some pictures soon, I prefer natural light instead of my own room lighting.

DSC02622I’m still letting it burn in so I won’t judge the sound yet but so far, it’s great. DSC02624I need a headphone holder now (>.<)

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Had a pretty crappy day at the lab yesterday, didn’t get the results I wanted and I had to repeat. So to let go my frustration, instead of weeping about it, I decided to binge on pizzas.

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Then today I was randomly browsing and saw a review recommending best 5 headphones under $200. I’m no audiophile but I don’t mind spending (within my budget) for the music quality. I used to have crappy cheapo earphones and after getting my first headphone Alessandro Grado MS1i two years ago, I never turned back. Like ever. I can’t go any below that kind of quality anymore.

Of course, for portability, I still cling onto my Sony earphones (below) which I think I’ve been wearing for 4 years? Still good although the rubber is starting to wear off.

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I bought this pair as a second hand headphone. It was only a few months old and the owner sold it for cheaper price than original, so I got it, just to try out a different kind of music I’m used to listening. This pair gave me a whole new experience, which I’m glad to have discovered. It was one of those defining moments of when you start craving for that certain level of music quality.

The only downside is I can never bring this out. It’s meant to be a home equipment. So I’m looking for something more portable.

DSC02606I’m eyeing on Audio Technica M50X at the moment. It’s definitely a step up (obviously it costs more than the Alessandro) and I’m hoping for a better quality as well. Alessandro is an open headphone so I’m just curious how it feels like to have a closed one.