Merry Christmas to You, You and You !

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Christmas Card 2008

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Kanji of the Year

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Kanji for the year 2008 : 『変』

For further informaton, check the Wikipedia.

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Kanji of the Year 1995 - 2008

In Japan, they started using a 漢字, 【Kanji】 (which means Chinese character)

to represent the whole year from 1995.

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For this year, the keyword is “change” as in the frequent changing of the Japanese Prime Ministers (Abe to Fukuda to Aso), Mr. Obama winning the American Presidency elections spreading the word ‘change’ globally and also the obvious and serious economical and ecological changes around the world. The word “変” is read as “hen” (for the Chinese reading 音読み) and “kawari” (for the Japanese reading 訓読み). It mainly means change but it also means weird. There were many changes in this year and of course, a very weird year indeed as well. Anyway, we all are hoping for better changes in the world, no matter where we are. What will year 2009 have in store for us ? Let’s get surprised. Hopefully, surprised in a good way.

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Mr. Children : エソラ

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Mr. Children: 『エソラ』

Visit their official website here.

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Mr. Children SUPERMARKET FANTASY

Out with their latest album “SUPERMARKET FANTASY”.Spacer

A unique and amazing video clip by them. Very unlike them but like the new style.

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SUPERMARKET FANTASY Kiss scene

Simply loved the kiss scene at the end of it, fits the title “SUPERMARKET FANTASY” very much indeed.

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二足歩行してる空っぽの生きもの
無意識にリズムを刻んでいる
フルボリュームのL-Rに
萎んでた夢が膨らんでいく

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君が話してたの あそこのフレーズだろう?
まるで僕らのための歌のようだ
君は どんな顔して聞いてたの?
甘く切なく胸を焦がす響き

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メロディーラインが放ったカラフルな魔法のフレーズ
輝きを撒き散らしては僕らに夢を見せる
明日へ羽ばたく為に
過去から這い出す為に
Oh Rock Me Baby Tonight
ほらもっとボリュームを上げるんだ

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天気予報によれば 夕方からの
降水確率は上がっている
でも雨に濡れぬ場所を探すより
星空を信じ出かけよう

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雨に降られたら 乾いてた町が
滲んでキレイな光を放つ
心さえ乾いてなければ
どんな景色も宝石に変わる

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やがて音楽は鳴り止むと分かっていて
それでも僕らは今日を踊り続けてる
忘れないために
記憶から消すために
Oh Rock Me Baby Tonight
また新しいステップを踏むんだ

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メロディーラインが描いたカラフルな希望のフレーム
輝きを撒き散らしては僕らに夢を見せる
めぐり合う度に
サヨナラ告げる度に
Oh Rock Me Baby Tonight
さぁ踊ろうよ ボリュームをもっと上げるんだ

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The Movie, “Dan in Real Life”

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‘Plan to be surprised.’

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Dan in Real Life

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I didn’t expect this movie to be any good at all when I picked it up among the other comedy drama movies that I decided to digest over the past couple of days. Yes, I am a movie junkie who just wanted to tune it for a simple laugh or some easy-going movie that doesn’t make you think much which is the point when you are trying to escape from all the brainstorming sessions for the dreaded research. Anyway, as I have said, I never did expect the movie to turn out to be any good and indeed, it was more than I expected. The simplicity of the movie was the catch. Yes, very predictable stuff but that’s the beauty about the movie. The following could be a spoiler so just ignore this if you have any plans to watch it.

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The American comedian, Steve Carell, played the lead role, Dan Burns, who is an advice columnist who is supposed to be an expert in relationships but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent. Throughout the whole movie, he was pathetic. The whole family even the little kids were teasing him, jeering him as if he’s like a nobody but though being treated so, he resisted it all until the day he met Marie, a “hottie” that is being played by the lovely actress, Juliette Binoche. Yes, obviously, he fell in love with her after 4 dreadful years being a widower. For a moment, he thought he wouldn’t find love anymore after losing his wife but somehow the lovestruck was beyond his control and in just merely 3 days, the love forced him to break many rules that he had been trying to abide to all these years for his 3 daughters’ sake.

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I really liked the last part, a voice-over in which Dan narrates his column to the readers, indicating that he was chosen by the newspaper media company to have his column nationally syndicated. It goes something like this, “Dear readers, for most of you, this is my first column in your paper. In the future, I will be answering your questions but today, I want to break from my usual format and talk to you about the subject of plans. Not so much my plan for this column, more like, life plans. How we all make them and how we hope our kids make good, smart, safe plans of their own. But if we are really honest with ourselves, most of the time our plans don’t work out as we hoped. So, instead of asking our young people, “What are your plans ?”, “What do you plan to do with your life ?”, maybe we should tell them this. Plan to be surprised.”

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I have always been the boring type person who asks those silly questions to others about their future plans and had been judgmental when someone answers they don’t have anything particular in mind. And, of course, biased in many ways accordingly to my sets of values. I guess I am the type of person who gets weary about the idea of not planning. Plans are good, (since there’s the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”) I still believe but we must always remember there’s a possibility that certain plans may not turn out as how we hoped, the main message that this movie wanted to convey. Life is filled with randomness and we, human, tend to want to be in control all the time and definitely, it could be easier for ourselves to ‘plan to be surprised’. Anyway, there’s quite a few cute scenes especially the quarrels between Dan and his 2nd daughter, Cara, who’s in a rebellious teenage phase who’s deeply in love with a young boy. The keyword, “murderer of love”. *hehe* When you find time and want an easy-going movie like how I did, this could just be that movie.

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Lifehouse: You and Me

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Lifehouse: “You and Me”

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In Malay, I think this is what we refer as a “lagu jiwang“.

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What day is it? And in what month?
This clock never seemed so alive
I can’t keep up and I can’t back down
I’ve been losing so much time

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‘Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you

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One of the things that I want to say just aren’t coming out right
I’m tripping on words
You’ve got my head spinning
I don’t know where to go from here

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‘Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you

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There’s something about you now
I can’t quite figure out
Everything she does is beautiful
Everything she does is right

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‘Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you
and me and all other people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you

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What day is it?
And in what month?
This clock never seemed so alive

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