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There was this gecko that would come to this spot near my laptop every single day. He/she wouldn’t budge even if I tried to scare it away, it would just hide somewhere for a while and when it’s convinced I wasn’t looking (I was), it would crawl back to his favorite spot. I even had to wipe off its dump and pee, yes, not exactly the best experience. After about a week, it finally left and never to be seen again.

DSC06284 (2)It loved to crawl all over my books as well.

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I was having some trouble sleeping so I thought maybe camomile would help.

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Parents were in town for a short visit and they brought me my DAI album, which I ordered last month.

 

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Bought Gillian Flynn’s novels too. I first read Gone Girl and was surprisingly delighted with the twists and turns so I thought of giving her previous works a try. Reviews have so far been quite positive, I still have Malice by Keigo Higashino to finish before starting these. Borders gave that can of tea as gift.

 

 

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Bought Tomica Snoopy for nephew.

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More yoghurt and chocos

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Went for a midnight movie with friends. Kingsman was good. Think the director was inspired by GoPro action camera.DSC06271

Finally Malice was release in a cheaper version, saved about RM40 there. I still have about 30 pages to with Wild.DSC06273

This gecko has been lingering around my table today…keep seeing it appear from under my laptop cooler.DSC06277

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Bought a new pair of earphones. The Sony ones that I currently have is showing some deterioration so I guess it’s about time to replace it. You’ve served me well enough, Sony. 3 years I think?

Normally I avoid China Made brands because I have a bad impression on China overall since they produce lots of counterfeits and stuffs. But upon reading up reviews about this new brand, I think it shouldn’t be that bad. I was planning to the get the slightly cheaper Vsonic VSD3 but there’s no stock available so I topped up a bit for this, RM209. *Here’s to hoping it’ll last me another 3 years.

DSC06205Their tagline is a bit weird though lol
But anyways, I don’t expect China brands to come with correct grammar or anything like that.
I had some trouble fitting the smallest tips into the earphone but I finally managed today, thank god! My ears are small so it’s a bit annoying to find the right size. My right ear is slightly larger than my left too. The sound quality is definitely a step-up from my current Sony. While it lacks bass, I’m not a basshead so I’m fine with it. I’m more of a treble person. The sound is clear, especially female vocals, very forward and focuses on the mids.

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This is all about food today. I’m going to start doing something from now, that is, to try all sorts of yogurt available in the market, which I can obtain locally of course. I’ll start with some cheap stuffs and move up the ladder to the more expensive ones. I used to hate yogurt. I used to hate how they taste like and Mum used to force them into me because I have a long history of constipation and it sucks tbh. I find papaya works the best for me personally. And it helps a lot that I love papaya. Bananas on the other hand seem to promote constipation for me so nope. I tend to avoid them like a plague and I don’t really like it either.

Now I did find yogurt to be quite helpful in my health case so I shall try to eat them on a maybe 2 days once basis.

DSC06157Nestle is probably one of the cheapest in the market currently, priced around RM 1.70 or so. They taste fine, now I’m not a pro in tasting so whatever I’m gonna write here is based on my own preference. However when compared to Yoplait (RM 3), you can actually see the significant difference, at least with the whole grapes in it instead of tiny little bits and pieces in Nestle. Yoplait’s also tastes more sour (and I like sour stuffs xD), it’s probably smoother as well. In this regard, I do prefer Yoplait.

DSC06175I will continue to post my Yogurt diary from time to time ^^

This was something I bought at a local mart, RM17-ish. It was a miracle I managed to chomp everything down my throat. But yeah, not advisable.

DSC06139Then, these are just some stuffs I prepared on my own. I love broccoli. Just an amateur attempt on a more healthy dinner.

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Didn’t last long though…

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These butter-egg fried bread may look messy but they tasted yum! I was a bit tired of eating with jam and whatnot so I thought why not fry it. Not very healthy but yeah, once in a while – cheat day. It was also a desperate attempt to not let the bread go to waste because they’ve reached the expiry date.

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Random pics S011

It’s been a while since the random pics series. So here goes another.

I love broccoli and so I thought of preparing a simple dinner for myself. Blanched the broccoli and carrots.

DSC06149Baked beans with fried eggs. I read that baked beans help to relieve/prevent constipation and since I have a long history with that problem, why not give it a shot.

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I’m currently addicted to Keigo Higashino’s novels so I’ve read Devotion of Suspect X and now onto his second one. I’ve watched the Galileo series (Japanese drama) but I’ve basically forgotten them. So reading this is sort of brings back some vague memories of the show.

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Hopes and Fears of Jpop in 2015

Since the year’s ending, I thought of writing something like this. Feel free to comment below and give your thoughts too.

What are your hopes and fears for Jpop in 2015?

HOPES

– indie bands get more exposure and continue to expand. We’ve seen a surge this year and that’s good.
– Japanese music industry to reduce blockage towards international fans, instead promote them further
– Solo artists like Namie Amuro to continue making great music
– Ayumi Hamasaki to take a much needed hiatus and reconsider her direction, then makes a comeback with a hit song, a legitimate one and not her Utada Hikaru cover.
– One or two male and female solo artist to make it big. As of now, we only have Namie Amuro making a name for herself. There are abundant of groups already so now I’m just craving for a solid solo artist who can compete with the idol groups.
– Speaking of idol groups, as much as I like them, I wish there aren’t so many of them that dominates the charts (yes, Oricon, looking at you). This gives a somewhat unbalanced view or perception to international listeners thinking that that’s all Japan has to offer. I’m not talking about the veteran Jpop fans, they know where to find their favorite genre already and seasoned enough to know there’s a huge variety in Jpop if you look deeper. But for a casual listener or someone who’s new to the scene, may have a look at the charts just to see who to listen to and all they get are the male and female idol groups dominating half of the chart, leaving the rest obscured. Seriously, there are gems if you do a bit of research. But how much time do you think these newbies would spend. This turns off most of them, in my opinion. There are quality idol songs out there, but let’s be honest, most of them are too generic and doesn’t quite measure to those underrated real artists. I’m not bashing on idol groups, I love Momusu (a huge fan indeed and do follow quite a few others as well, including AKB). As someone who views Jpop as a whole, I’m just worried about how the charts would give wrong signals globally. Then again, Japan can still survive without international support lol
-Oricon to create a separate chart system for Idol groups alone
– Appeal to more international fans as a whole, yes, I wish more people can actually appreciate the diversity Jpop can offer us

 FEARS
– Idol boom will continue, maybe even bigger, dominating Oricon
-My favorite artists stay stagnant and release mediocre singles/albums or none at all
– Japanese music company continue to block us international fans (Sony especially) and give us those short version PVs, and overall this again, turns off any hope for gaining new Jpop fans.
– Hearing any of the artists I’m following going into hiatus
– Hearing any artists who succumbed to any form of sickness/disease
– 48G expand again to other countries, I heard rumors of them planning to go Phillipines and Okinawa a while ago. Just no more, Aki-P. I don’t see the purpose of creating new groups in other countries when all they do is sing the exact same song (even if sung in their own language) and not getting as much attention as the flagship group itself. I mean, do the Japanese fans even care about those sister groups abroad? I don’t think so.