YSL Make Up Store Back in Town!

Song of the Day“The Sore Feet Song” by Ally Keer (OST Mushishi)

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Finally!!!!!!  Its BACCCCKKKKK in ION!

Am so glad to see one of my favourite make up brands having its own standalone store in Singapore to compete with the rest! This brand did a disappearing act for the last few years, I wonder why. I totally miss its gold sleek make-up packaging especially what they did for the Touche Blush! The unique design with its shimmery pink blush can just make a grown-up girl fill with so much excitement!

Anyway, overheard in the store spoken by a 40s aunty to the sales attendent “Where did you guys go? I can’t find this lipstick anywhere and finally bought one in Korea..”  pfftttt……   talk about passion.  Dear madam, you’re fortunate to travel to get your make-up fix,  how about me who has not been travelling for the last few years and just have to look forlornly at the expired touche blush casing?

Anyway, welcome back YSL.Hope you stay for a longer period this time round.

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From 5 to 9 (Miki Aihara)

Song of the Day – “My Way” by Paul Anka while I’m writing this.

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Am reading the latest series from Miki Aihara -5-ji kara 9-ji made! I actually bought the manga without knowing what it is, at this low period where i don’t know what shoujo should i be reading next.

She was always writing all these harem themes that after a while it got predictable (e.g. So Bad! Hot Gimmick, Honey Hunt ), and yeah, blame me for still reading them even though I kind of know how the ending will be. Teacher’s Pet was juicy in a way but that is another story.

‘From 5 to 9′ is a refreshing change, at least I don’t see any harem romance coming up in a way yet.  It is more josei, written to target young working girls who are faced with the dilemma of getting married at the ‘xxx’ date. 3 girls form the main leads in this series. I can totally see this being a drama series since it’s quite ‘real’.

My favourite couple in this series is actually Momoe and Arthur. Maybe I can relate to this particular hobby of hers. You must read to find out what exactly it is.  Anyway, I like the above cover, set in the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter party backdrop, and just peeve that we don’t get to see such covers in the tankobon. Credits to the chinese team who did this.

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Flash of Lighting!

THIS IS WHAT I NEED!

A good plot!

Kawaii Characters!

Humour! Action! Romance!

What have I been reading for the last few years? I’ve actually missed out such an awesome series!!! This is definetely a good change from the usual shonen of Naruto and Bleach – the forever series as I reckon i’ll be in my mid 40s when it end.

Totally love the strong plotline, which is rare for shonen which forever seems to be either focusing on different skills, becoming stronger, beating up the bad guys usual plot etc. Now I can see why it won the Shonen Series award. Only peeve, i wished Kekkaishi is a longer series.

 

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A Bed Of Roses

ImageIt’s funny. After such a long absense from here, one even forgotten how and where to log in to the wordpress. That’s what babies do to you. Life’s busy..and there’s another addition to the family who just joined this Jun!

Sometimes I wonder what is life? Is it about dressing up, meeting that special someone, settling down and having a family? Is that what our lives are about? I kind of missed those days where we hang out after work for dinner and drinks, or those late sleep ins with weekend brunches with best girl boy friends.

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Boku no Yasashii Oniisan by Ima Ichiko

After taking such a long break from reading manga, it’s always refreshing to touch on something that makes you wonder ” what the hell have i been doing for the last few months”.

Chanced upon Boku no Yasashii Oniisan or My Gentle Brother while trying to see are there any scanlations by Ima Ichiko. It’s really rare to see her works being translated these days or even on a regular basis, either it’s not yaoi enough or just not enough romance. Her works are beautiful, maybe just missing those juicy bits that makes scanlators want to do it “Rgight now!!! “.

My Gentle Brother is about 2 siblings almost having a one night stand without knowing they were siblings, falling in love, and trying their best (or not) to keep away from each other. Their efforts were not the most unbelievable things that you could think of and its funny just to think of how things were being narrated in the story.

I’m dying to know more and it’s frustrating to know that only 1 chapter (1! not a volume) was being translated only, and the rest is just skimping through raws with no idea what exactly is happening, esp. when there’s a 3rd guy appearing. Is he one of their kind too?  Anyway, just wondering does anyone knows where I can find the raws from Vol 4 onwards – any language is fine.

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Savage Garden by Lee Hyeon Sook

After the controversial Flowers of Evil , I am soooo eager to read Savage Garden. The title implies wild beastly behaviour and maybe some more incestous relationships?! Probably???!  *eyes gleam*

Turns out it’s  NOT. It’s about a girl Gabriel who impersonates her dead friend’s identity to study in a prestigious boys school where it’s filled with brats, not one, but lots of them. It’s your typical gender bender story with the usual yaoiness and love confusion thrown in here and there. There are some hot scenes in the first few volumes,  between Gabriel and one of the brothers – Euan.  I wish her identity was discovered by Euan and figured how disastrous it would be for Euan to discover his usual taste turns out to be a girl. Hahaha.

Thanks to JanimeS, I get to read this series.  Its enjoyable in the beginning but ends up flat on your face. Am disappointed with the ending or maybe I’m just bias.  It’s as if the mangaka rushed through the ending, probably another new series in the making ? Hopefully.

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Haru No Katami by Chitose Hajime

One of my personal favourites. This ED is jussstttt so perfect to be the ED of Bake Neko (one of the 3 spooky stories) in the anime Ayakashi Japanese Horror, befitting this tragic story. Every time I listen to this song, I’m so immersed in her voice. The way she sings is just totally special.

On a side note, out of the 3 stories, Bake Neko is very unique in itself, a different kind of animation is used which gives it a more colourful  and rich background.  I’m not good at describing the animation but the preview of it can be seen in this ED.

p.s. Haru No Katami appears at the end of each Ayakashi episode, but it suits Bake Neko ending best.

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