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Friday, July 24, 2009

JPOP 101: Utada Hikaru

I was a sucker for JPOP a long time ago back then when I was still a scrawny teen with bursting volcanic acne on my face and a voice that sounded like a goose. Now eons later, I am still suckered by JPOP, albeit a little bit wiser.

Most of the JPOP groups & pop idols that I fancied have long gone. Some faded away into obscurity like Shohjo-Tai.

While some left this world too early like Minako Honda.

Others stayed on as legends like Seiko Matsuda & still manages to look good.

I call these the first generation, which came out onto the scene about the same time as Robotech in the 80s.

Today, we have a whole new generation of JPOP idols.


If you're new to this, don't worry. I'm just as lost as you are. However, there is one 2nd generation singer who came forth in the 90s worth knowing. Her name is Utada Hikaru, or otherwise know as Utada, or Hikaru, or Hikki.

Born from a set of super-famous & talented musician-singer parents, Utada came out of her mother's womb at childbirth yodelling, instead of screaming. My apologies. I made that up. Can't help it.

Hikaru has been around since the 90s. Truly a talented prodigy, she writes & composes her own songs. Maybe that explains for her long staying power. I could still remember when her music videos started appearing on MTV, & the radio started playing her songs - if you remember Automatic.

But it wasn't until Sakura Drops that I really felt that I had to buy her album. Cos that was when her music videos started going psychedelic, fusing music with art. If you don't know what I'm talking about, watch this.

And then this one too - Travelling.

I like this one too. The single is called Hikari (Shine) & I thought the music video was a genius! Instead of more of the endless bombardment of psychedelic images & colours, this MV was a return to basics, to a more sanitised authentic Utada.

One of my favourite singles - Colors

And now she's back with a new Japanese doll look & a new album appropriately titled as This is The One.

This One (Crying Like a Child)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra

I don't know about yours but my childhood leisure in the 70s was filled with playtime in my grandma's yard. And when I wasn't rolling on the grass, I climbed Guava trees and caught fishes in the drain.

Of course I had plastic toys too. They were mostly replicas of violent weapons like cowboy pistols, Native American bow & arrows set, & little green plastic toy soldiers in various states of war-like action. Mostly American & Nazi soldiers, they were cheap, really cheaply made in Taiwan/Hong Kong.Anyway, my point is that kids of my generation back then weren't that lucky. I mean we were fortunate enough to have plastic toys but compared to the kids in the 80s, their plastic toy soldiers were much more advanced.
I mean just look at G.I. Joe. They weren't even called plastic toy soldiers. They were called action figures, and each of the characters had their own names.

Now that was a big jump from the days of nameless green soldiers which looked all the same & it didn't even matter if you lose one of them.

But the kids in the 80s had it going for them. There was even a cartoon show on TV where their action figures come alive.

What?! Where did that come from? Were they really called American Terrorists at that time?!! It sure means a different thing in today's context.

Now kids in the new millennium are even more fortunate, on the brink of being spoilt brats. Today, plastic action figures are fundamental, TV animated series is expected, & there must be a video game version out there, plus a real life action movie!

This is so cool.Yo Joe!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Things That Adults Can Do

Okay people. This will not be like the usual postings that I would put up here. Honestly, I wasn't really sure what I'd label it. Looking back at the contents, the closest that I could get to was Ah Beng Do Manly Things, although it turned out to be the opposite of manly.

I'm sorry if the first photo might shock you out of your socks. I know how it can look like - systematic Guantanamo-like torture & abuse of small, innocent children, who will be scarred for life by this experience. That's why I blacked out the identity of the adult perpetrators.

And then, there were adult prisoners as well. Do not succumb to your feelings of empathy for this one, for he fulfills the profile of an international terrorist. Look at his build. I was told by a an anonymous source, someone close to him, that he does push ups & sit ups after every meal. He IS dangerous.

The little unidentified girl in girly pink hovering around the prisoner adds to the torture with her cynical laughter which can humble any proud man, & in this case, a potential terrorist. It is a system that has similar effects as the use of continuous Sesame Street songs on the prisoners of Guantanamo.

The potential terrorists thought that they were being forced-fed cream from an ugly & disgusting toe, & thus broke down & confessed their crimes of the recent bombings in Jakarta. But unbeknownst to them, the cream on their lips were from my beautiful thumb. MUAHAHAHA.

And, to add to the pain, they were forced to make works of art from slimy chewed chewing gums.

Look at the blotted stains on the cardboard. Imagine the amount of saliva they had to deal with.

There's nothing like forcing dangerous grownup terrorists to make pretty, girly artworks in pink.

It can bring a grown man down to his knees.

I hope the Indonesian authorities sees this & make full use of these systematic processes on those responsible for the Jakarta bombings.

And I also hope that the Malaysian authorities DO NOT see this & use them for the ISA.