... in which I kill time by the hour ...

Feb 24, 2012

Just one of those days...

Public holidays Friday + Saturday + Sunday = the first "long" weekend of 2012, so of course we were obligated to celebrate it by hitting the beach early this morning. Only, my celebration went something like this:

Sis + Rif: *too cool for the ocean, so plop down on rocks*
Bro-in-law + nieces: *go happily gallivanting into the sea the moment we reach the beach*
Me: *cannot resist the lure of turquoise waters despite ridiculously low tide*
Me: *go gallivanting after them*
Me: *chest deep in sea water when hand brushes against a lump in pants' pocket*
Me: *pull out mystery object from pocket*
Me + Bro-in-law: *gape in shock*



Sis: Damn it, Arvy~! (._.)
Rif: *tries to dry phone with bro-in-law's tee*
Me: WHAT AM I GONNA DO~ ヽ(゜ロ゜;)ノ
Sis: :( It might or might not work afterwards...
Sis: Well, just ... go back in the water and try to have some fun. We'll take care of your phone after it's dried.
Me: *tramp back into sea* (T-T) I'm so dead...

Later, after leaving the water...
Me: I need to use the bathroom.
Me: *enter public rest room like a boss*
Men inside: *stare*
In-charge: *runs in* Wait, miss! What are you trying to do?!
Me: (O_o) Eh? ... I, um, need to use the toilet...?
In-charge: Uh, the women's toilets are next door...
Me: O///O ... Fook.

Even later, after finishing up in the restroom...
Me: *gather up stuff*
Me: Let's get going, then! =D
Sis: Arvy...? Aren't you forgetting something?
Me: What? ... OMG MY PHONE!!! YOU HAVE IT?
Sis: *shakes head*
Me: *glare at Rif* Where is it? I gave it to you!
Rif: O_O Wait.
Me + Rif: *run back to beach*


Me: Dafuq??? Where is it? Didn't you leave it here?
Rif: D= *run back to sis*
Me: *narrow eyes at every living soul on the beach* If it was any of you that stole my phone ...
Sis + Rif: Get over here!
Me: D'you have my phone?? :D
Sis + Rif: *identical evil smirks*
Me: ... what did you do?
Me: What did you do?!
Bro-in-law: xD Relax. Your parents dropped by earlier when you were in the water. They took your phone back with them.
Me: Mum and dad were here? They took my phone?? THEY KNOW I BROKE MY PHONE?!?!
Me: Nyuuuuuu~ What is Dad gonna say?! D:
Sis: Don't worry. We told them it wasn't your fault and you felt really guilty. I asked Dad not to yell at you ^^
Me: But - but, what did they say??
Sis: *grin* "What's there to be said? It's already broken."
Me: ALJKDHAJKSDSFH Sis, take me back to your place! I don't wanna go home!!
Sis + Rif + Bro-in-law: TROLOLOLOLOLOL *walk away*


Much later, in front of my house...
Me: *unwilling to go inside*
Sis: Here are your keys you left with me.
Me: *take key ring and twirl it on my finger like a boss*

*Keys go flying to the ground*
*Key. Ring. Effin'. Breaks. In. Half* HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE

Everyone: O______________________O ................................ wtf
Me: *twitch*

First my phone, then my dignity, then my courage, now my bloody key ring - and all before 10.30 a.m. in the morning.

Bro-in-law: ... Well. *trollface* As long as you can make it through the rest of the day without breaking your heart or something...


Feb 12, 2012

Childhood Ruined. Again. (+ benefits...?)

I've never had much regard for the Maldivian so-called music "industry". Any original songs produced are few and far in between. Pick out a Dhivehi song and 99% of the time, it turns out to be nothing but a rip-off of some famous Bollywood hit. Plagiarism doesn't sit well with me (can't they just take the trouble of giving credit where it's due?) - especially unoriginality - so I just tend to brush off "Dhivehi songs".

However, one of the very few exceptions for me was "Ummeedh" by Ali Rameez. I first heard it as a child - couldn't have been more than five or six years old - and it has stuck with me all this time. For me, it was a personal childhood favourite, because apart from the absolutely gorgeous melody (and Ali Rameez's voice, which goes without saying), I've never heard a non-Dhivehi version of it. I remember asking my mother more than once whether it was possibly another rip-off from Bollywood - because, frankly, the song seemed too beautiful to be a true Dhivehi original - and each time she replied she had never heard of another. I remember how happy I felt then. It gave me this belief that even among all the copied fakes our "musicians" keep belting out, genuine gems like Ummeedh did exist; there was hope for truly talented Maldivian composers coming out into the open.

Ummeedh was always special like that. It had catchy, melodious music, Ali Rameez's voice and it was beautifully romantic enough to move the heart of even a cynic like me. And it was original. That was the most important part for me.

And now some fifteen or so years later, I've discovered that Ummeedh really was too good to be true. This favourite childhood baby of mine is nothing more than another pathetic, lazy, fraudulent rip off. Not of some popular Bollywood hit though, which could have been traced at once. But a Japanese song. "Say Yes" by Chage and Aska.

I don't know what to think even...

Oh my gosh, I can't even-
Ummeedh is such a blatant rip-off. Compare Say Yes to Ummeedh and oh my gosh - the very instrumentals are the same. Barely a speck of difference!
It didn't escape my notice that our plagiarist also paid a whole lot of attention to Say Yes. Much of the Dhivehi lyrics were based on what the Japanese words sounded like. There are a ton of similarities between both. Such as at 2:55, the "assawaa dhu'aa magey" in Ummeedh that coincides with "asa wo mukaete" in Say Yes. Or at 3:12, the "saahibaa ey zawaajee" and the "koi no tezawari". They sound way alike when sung aloud. Meticulous job, there...

Seriously, this. I just - I can't.
I might not care much about Dhivehi music - because it's not ours anyway - but I held onto the few things like Ummeedh because I thought it symbolised what truly talented individuals among us Dhivehin could achieve.
Sure, with every Bollywood hit that comes out, there will always be a Dhivehi version two days later (complete with a lame music video >.>) and that probably won't change for a long time yet to come, but there was at least a spark of hope that songs like Ummeedh brought me. It told me that there was room for true ingenuity in the music business. A talented composer just needed to step out into that world and overshadow all that copied music. Inspire the existing musical leaders to dip their fingers into originality. The Dhivehin has potential.

But now ... Ummeedh has just been shattered for me, and along with it, all that it symbolised. I knew - I knew it was too good to be true. The evidence just didn't reach me back then.

I still can't believe how I found out about this. I was just browsing through all the JE stuff Nao gave me and I realised there were some episodes of Utaban I hadn't watched. Damn you, Nakai and Taka, for asking KAT-TUN about their favourite childhood songs. Seriously. I couldn't have ever even imagined -

They just show a VCR of old 90's Japanese songs and then smack in the middle is Say Yes and I'd recognise that melody anywhere and I think I got a bloody heart attack at that moment and then I just slammed down on my keyboard and gaped at Chage and Aska singing before I bolted from my room and ended up wailing all over my mother about how my Ummeedh is not the effin' awesome song we all thought it was for the past decade and a half. (Looking back on it, my mother probably thought I was being incredibly silly and childish; I would, too ... but I think it made me realise just how precious Ummeedh used to be for me. It really meant something.)

Perhaps it's the childhood love acting up, but I think I'll always end up listening to Ummeedh every once in a while. It's one of the few songs I've never grown tired of and kept loving even as I grew up. Now that I see it for what it is, all that it stood for has been utterly destroyed, yes. But as just a song ... it will be there, I suppose. At least for the sake of Ali Rameez's voice /bricked.

And now, having been exposed to Say Yes - though it came with such a shock - I can honestly say this song is absolutely gorgeous. Chage and Aska are talented musicians and singers and they sing this song so beautifully and with such emotion. The instrumentals, the melody, the romance - all of them are just as moving, perhaps even more so because this is the root of it all (or maybe I just have this uncontrollable affinity for all things original and genuine).

My dad sympathised with me because he loves Ummeedh too and hates plagiarism; he ended up watching the PV of Say Yes with me and I was amused at the awe on his face. He admitted that their singing was brilliant. And then he went onto comment on Aska's hotness. Oh, Dad, don't ever change xD

And now I'm going to be a spam troll and embed my favourite live performances of Say Yes because this song may be as old as I am, but it is effin' beautiful and I'm going to give it all the love it deserves, which I've been wrongly bestowing on another song for the past twenty years. Or something like that. =_=
(But just have a listen to the live perfs if you have time ^^ I like how they vary some of the instrumentals or the lines towards the end etc ^^ Plus the song is bloody gorgeous enough to watch all of them >.>)

Plus a ton more on Youtube.

Oh, sheesh, look at me, ranting about a song. I should be used to all the plagiarising and copying going on around me, but Ummeedh - I cannot say how disappointed I am. It was just one of the extremely few I actually believed in, but...

Despite how down I feel about this, I can't say I regret having discovered Say Yes. It has won my preference and deservedly so, and I don't care that the song is 20 years old - it's just gorgeous, OK. Deep down, I'm actually glad for all this.

In that respect, song plagiarism has shown me some benefits even before. I cannot deny that many plagiarised songs is the reason why I stumbled across their better, original ones. (No point in taking examples out of Dhivehi songs since nearly all of them stem from Bollywood anyway >.>) But taking Bollywood itself, for instance; their cases of plagiarism are notable.
Like, if it weren't for their film Murder's song Kaho Na Kaho, I would've never found out about the original Arabic Tamally Ma'ak. Or Woh Lamhe's Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai which led me to Indonesian band Peterpan's Tak Bisakah. Or Race's Pehli Nazar Mein which introduced me to it's Korean original Saranghaeyo (which happens to be the OST of "Sassy Girl, Chun Hyang" for which I have a humongous soft spot). Heck, even Bodyguard's Teri Meri, which was stolen from ... wait for it ... a Romanian orthodox Christmas Carol >.> Yeah, I'mma stop now

I'm not saying that makes plagiarism OK. Nothing can. Just no. But this is me looking on the bright side of this situation. I'm glad I got to know of Say Yes, even if it came with a price.

I don't know, but one day - I hope us Dhivehin will actually live up to our potential. There are plenty of musically inclined people among us. If they want to make a career out of that - at least do it right, please.

(And if ever I find out that Sameeu - who, in my opinion, was the leading Maldivian in producing good, original Dhivehi music, even if only in the 90's - had also been belting out nothing but plagiarised songs he ripped from the farthest corners of the earth ... then - then my faith in our so-called music industry, which is hanging just by the frayed ends of a thread, really will break completely. That's it. That's the end of it.)

Feb 5, 2012


My first post of 2012 and it's February. /fail 
Meh, so many things have been happening, I can't keep track of them all or remember even lolz. Good and bad. Geez 2012, I know the Mayans predicted the KA-BOOM for this Year of the Dragon, but are you trying to make me live a full lifetime before the supposed Apocalypse? >.> Not that I believe in it...

Family issues, family issues. Sheesh, when did it come to this? At first I just felt incredibly sad and utterly helpless because people are people and, hence, complete idiots. And some are just @$$h013$, but what else is new? =_= Things were so totally out of my control and power that inevitably all that bottled up depression and haplessness evolved into anger and there were furious outbursts and life just generally sucked. In every possible way. Exhausting start to a new year ... 
Meh, I just don't care anymore. Well, not as much, anyway. I'm still wary of all the negative outcomes that may occur in the future, but at the moment, things are looking up and I don't feel like committing murder everyday now, so it's all good, I guess. ^^

My second year at Uni has started and I actually like my studies now. :D The lecturers are pretty epic - well, most of them - and the lessons are actually interesting. That's a first xD But they grill us harder than ever. The third week has barely started and already I'm overwhelmed with projects, assignments, due dates, the fear of penalisation. /le sigh But I like my classes, so I'm just gonna overlook our slavery xD
(But I half wish I could skip this year; apparently the third years are so free they are bored. Geez. I can't wait till the next year so I can rub that in my underclassmen's faces too xP I'm a total S)

My writing mojo is still fluctuating. T^T WHY, MOJO, WHY? D: This is getting ridiculous now. I've had a long break, you'd think the writing spree would return at one point. Isn't that how it works? (I'm blaming you, Uni, like always >.<) I've tried writing lately, but I'm not happy with what I come out with; the flow doesn't feel right. And I can't write more than a few paragraphs; sometimes, just a couple of sentences. I feel guilty. ;-; 
(And it doesn't help that when I turned in our group's project proposal to my Bio prof, she returned it telling me to break down my "long, elaborate, flowing" sentences to simple scientific ones. Don't do creative writing here, she says. Well, tough; THAT IS MY DEFAULT WRITING STYLE. GET OVER IT D: /melodrama)

I'm a little behind on keeping up with fanfiction, too. Found myself some really intriguing fandoms and fun OTPS xD The rare ones are always epic haha~ I'm lucky there are people that actually write them ^^ Not as often as I'd want them to, though...

Speaking of which, I've lately developed a craving for Yoko/Yasu fics. D= OH NO, THE LAST OF MY SANITY. WHERE HAS IT GONE? What happened to the old me that loved Kanjani8 just as they are and felt no need to read fanfics about them whatsoever??? /bangsheadonwall

I blame this on Kicyu. IT'S TOTALLY KICYU'S FAULT, I tell you D: Not the PV, though, which is just ... no. But their Puzzle concert performance. OH GAWD xD Thank God I got it with subs; my cuz Rif and I spent the whole time ROFLing when we watched it. 
I mean, apart from Yasu's typical "individualistic" costume which is eyeball abuse in its purest form and Yoko actually looking cute in pink, it is like the ultimate gay version of TORN (and let's admit it, TORN is pretty gay in itself xD)

Seriously, the lyrics??? Yokoyama wrote those lyrics??? xD I should not be surprised, but seriously, Yokocho? Are you effin' serious? "What's the difference between kiss and chu?"? "Kiss is for adults and chu is for kids"? "Kiss is the night version and chu is the day version"? "Let's put kiss and chu together, kicyu"? "I want to kicyu kicyu kicyu forever"? 
And then it has those awesomely weird/cool but questionably gay dance moves and Yasu being all cute and hyper and that instant when Yoko acts sexy towards the fans (which I found to be hilariously disturbing and creepy despite my hardcore adoration for that man) and then WHUT? 
Dancing together under a freakin' huge disco ball and "Please tell me you like me more than that girl" and the totally TORNesque moment with both of them looking in each other's eyes and singing more questionable song lyrics while they place their palms together (Yoko has long beautiful fingers and Yasu's hands are cutely tiny, sort of like Yesung's hands lolwhut) and Rif and I were both like, AKJLDHAJKSFHJKSDFH OMG WHAT IS THIS XD XD XD HURR HURR ME GUSTA~

We still watch Puzzle simply to point and laugh at that Kicyu performance, which is epic in its entirety what with all the lyrics and the costumes and dancing and the whole package xD I still haven't warmed to the official PV, but Puzzle Kicyu YES PLEASE. The Yoko/Yasu-ness of the whole thing plus Yoko's endearingly adorable embarrassment at the very end ♥ (while Yasu just enjoys it all, being the otoko he is).

Eh. I just realised I wasted three paras spazzing over Kicyu. Of all songs! IMPOSSIBRU xD The world has come to an end xD But there we have it and I've lately been spazzing over their other concerts, especially every time Yoko gets all touchy feely with Yasu and there have been quite a lot of those moments if you keep an eye out for them and I DUNNO WHERE THIS CAME FROM, BUT I CRAVE YOKO/YASU FICS D= /killmenow
(And just a wee bit of Hina/Yasu, because they have that running gag of Yasu turning down Hina's invitations to going on a date eating out for years and thereby "hates Hina" and they make a joke of having Hina/Yasu feuds on Recommen every so often and who am I to say no to a love/hate relationship? xD)

Anyway, now that we're on the topic of JE, I watched the 2011-2012 Johnny's Countdown (with subs! LE GASP) and I just generally sqee'd through the whole thing, because it reminded me that though Kanjani8 rules my heart like no other, I do very much like the people of KAT-TUN, NEWS, Arashi, Tackey and Tsubasa, Kinki Kids and TOKIO and etc etc way too many in JE to list, so it was just awesome, watching all of them come together and their collaborations xD Though it amused the heck outta me that Tackey and Tsubasa were "together" in two different locations - TROLOLOL - and Arashi was on a freakin' rooftop (the view of Tokyo Tower me gusta, though) and Kanjani8 was of course at Kyocera Dome, Osaka while the rest accumulated in Tokyo Dome. 

FORGIVE MY BLATANT BIAS, BUT NOTHING MADE ME ROFL LOUDER THAN KANJANI8 PERFORMING NINJIN MUSUME. *dies* Oh gosh, NSKD dressed as a girl with a horrible wig (and lots of leg hair, let's not forget) is always win - ALWAYS - but then Eito popped up dressed as vegetables (*snort* what's with all these Eito/SuJu parallels?), followed by a wild blender!Yoko and could this get anymore WTFish? xD 
Zukkoke Otoko Michi <-- always an Eito favourite at shows xD With good reason.

But yes, I very much enjoyed the rest of it, too xD The "new" NEWS  (why you still look younger than me, ego? D: All of them, really >.>) and then KAT-TUN where I realised I kinda miss Nakamaru, like, A LOT because if I had to choose, he'd be my KAT-TUN bias and Kisumai who are just too awesome. DANCING ON BLOODY ROLLER SKATES, WHO DOES THAT ;-; (And a group called Sexy Zone, which was a total WTF facepalm moment for me because SEXY ZONE LOLWHUT JOHNNY-SAN YOU GOING SENILE ALREADY?) I kinda experienced a somewhat similar reaction to V6's "Sexy. Honey. Bunny" xD

And then TOKIO came out with Sora Fune and I went all ajkdhajksfhjkfh MY BOSS MY HERO (it's an awesome song, Sora Fune, and not just cos I heard it at the end of every episode of MBMH >.>) and SUCH DORKS THESE SEMPAI ARE. Taichi is precious; he flails everywhere! xD And all of them mucking about on a conveyor belt ROFL. Ahh Kinki Kids~ Koichi, the man of fail, looks so much like a prince WAEEE ;-; but I think I'm still mildly biased towards Tsuyoshi. I don't even know why lulz

Old dai-sempais I'm still unfamiliar with but heard of - herro thar, V6, I know of the single-lidded eyes!Inohara /bricked - and Matchy and whatnot and then there is singing each other's songs ♥ KAT-TUN singing Kanjani8's "Musekinin Hero" AHAHAHAHAAA EPIC (I can imagine the RyoDa that musta flashed across Nao's mind lolz) while Eito themselves chill out and slurp up their vegetable juice hurr hurr and Kame taking the first chance to fall back and rub all over Nakamaru's chest, the man that just cannot be seduced AJKSHASJKDFHJK No use hiding it, NaKame is my not-so-secret KAT-TUN OTP now ...

I should stop spazzing now.
And it's called "Eight x Eighter" AJKLASKLFHJSDKFH I want it so damn much! So far, resisting to go on tumblr and seeing the gif/pic trends, but I'm not sure how long I will last. I hope they performed a lot of their Fight album songs. TWL <-- needs to be performed live. O_O PLEASE.

Speaking of concerts, I'm still waiting for someone to upload Super Junior's Super Show 4 in Osaka that Fuji TV aired - in HD. I have it in low quality, but dammit, I do not feel like watching such awesomeness in LQ D: I want my YeChucky and KyuJobs and Marilyn MINroe and Hae Chaplin and Teuk Hogan and every other good thing - in HD. T-T
(I can whine forever about the concerts I want /le sigh)
Or at the very least, some HD fan pictures from SS4 Taiwan, because shirtless!Yesung is not a sight that is often exposed to the world. One does not simply pass up a semi-nekkid Kim Jongwoon /shot

OK, let's put away fandom. I'm spazzing way too much over it >.>

I started watching Merlin. DAMN YOU, NAO, FOR GIVING IT TO ME. Ahh why is it so addictive??? I'm already on the third season D: My Uni work ... it be affected ... I regret nothing
Ugh, I should have seen it coming. I mean, not only did Nao put the whole "Merthur" in my mind, but I've seen shameless Merthur shipping on fanfiction.net even before this, but I was still swept away by that pairing. Yeah, OK, so I do admit it: How can you not ship Merthur? >.> Apart from all the subtext and just trolling the fans with their interactions - darn, it works. But it's a good thing I like Gwen because anyone that knows anything about the legend knows that Arthur marries Guinevere anyway (though that relationship could have been more elaborated on. Seriously, why not??? D:) But me gusta the snarky banter and bromantic Merthur interactions and you just know Arthur adores Merlin though he pretends otherwise and Merlin is awesome and the whole saving each other's puny asses countless times and all that jazz - meh, it's an entertaining, addictive show ^^
(Though lately I've also developed an interest in Merlin/evil!Morgana ... don't ask me why, but really ... why not? xD Merthur pwns all though)

I'm planning to start Sherlock afterwards, but I think I need to have a word with you, Nao, because I highly doubt the first season has only three episodes ... Are you sure you gave me everything?

Also downloaded the 1998 Shinjuku Boy Detectives cos I found a subbed link and though I already know it's a low budget movie with probably horrible graphics, I still got it for the pleasure of seeing chibi MatsuJun, Aiba-chan and Yoko. Especially a blond, seventeen year old, beautiful Yoko. (Sorry, dipped back into fandom there)

Planning to write a bit more again these days, when the time permits, because I miss it. The words may not flow (WHY? D:) but I miss it. Terribly ;-;

More stuff happened, but I think I'll stop there now. I'm tired and just needed to blog a bit. *looks up* It appears I spazzed more than blogged anything haha xD Ahh well. What's new, then :P