Hey Everyone…

If you’re familiar with this “blog”, well, congratulations. If you recall anything remotely similar about the existence of this website, then I’m rather honored by it. If AAA triggers something deep inside your subconscious, then I hope it brings nostalgia, but it probably won’t.

*SIGH*

Okay, let’s remove this huge elephant from the room, shall we? Long time, no see.

My last submission was last year during mid-summer of June (or was it July?) where I was being excitable about working two jobs so I can support myself through college. I left the Asian Taiwanese drama Bromance on a cliffhanger, and yes, I did finish the series. I paused on my review of 1Q84 (1984 In Question) and drafted it for a later date. However, I did not realize later date meant next year or possibly never. Just kidding, I’ll post something again soon >w’.

Readers, I have a confession to make…

I’ve been avoiding this blog like the plague. Why? How? What brings this justification? Well, I guess it all boils down to shame. Pure, unadulterated shame that covers me like a tattered blanket. Due to personal and family reasons, I felt incredibly embarrassed about my unfiltered joy for Asia and its contents. Humiliated that I bothered to invest in Japan’s economic interests when I should have placed that same loyalty to America’s politics and financial decisions made by my government. But I was oblivious, blissfully lost in my fantasies of a perfect land with a perfect structure and culture just for me. It’s silly, isn’t it? Well, I worked and worked, saving up money to achieve a basic understanding of Algebra mathematics, then managing through Computer Concepts while reminiscing of Asia as I pursue Art classes.

To place it bluntly, I’d lost interest. I was too busy to bother with anime episodes, dramas, or even research latest news of tensions between China, South Korea, North Korea and U.S military disagreements. Grades, grades, grades! It mattered whether I made a B or an A, and every slip up caused me to fall in slight depression. I worked on the weekends, then tried to watch anime to recuperate my stress as I inhaled dollar made noodles. But it wasn’t enough. I would barely get past episode six.

I couldn’t keep up. I failed myself in maintaining the blog I’ve worked so hard on. Most importantly, I’ve failed the tiny audience I had. Talk about the bundling shame I felt, and so, I went into hiding, disappeared off the face of the Earth. Pretended I never created a blog within the first place. Like, what blog? I certainly didn’t make one. As next semester passed by me and 2017 smacked into my face, I couldn’t help but to feel guilty. Swept it under the rug, and now the dust bunnies were itching to crawl out. *Sigh* It is genuinely my fault, and I should take responsibility.

Forgive me, everyone.

How did I gather courage to write this? Well, it wasn’t intentionally, but I decided to start a fundraiser. It’s called FundMyTravel, and it’s a website where people can place donations and send money to campaigns- whether it’s personal, educational, medical, volunteer work and so forth. I actually happened to find this website by accident, but I’m glad that I’ve found it.

I set up an account and is currently forming a campaign, but I’m uncertain how people will react to it. Then… I found a link referring to WordPress. And I had flashbacks of my pink blossomed background with that adorable, cutesy font and me spawning over Asian music videos. And, well, that’s how I ended up typing this.

I’m still in school, and I’m trying to maintain my grades. I’ll also be working in the summer and going to summer school. It’ll be quite the trip, but I hope it’s worth it :).

Thanks for reading.

P.S: I haven’t watched an anime, drama, movie or read a good Oriental book in a while. Whenever I have free time, I’ll try and get back into motion, okay? Stay tuned.

ADATB’s Monthly Playlist :: June 2016’s Top 10

ADATB!

What better way to start off the summer than with great music? I’m here for another Top 10, this time for my favorite month of the year, June! A lot of groups had comebacks in June, and even more will come back in July.

Groups like EXO, SISTAR, U-KISS, and more had comebacks this month, and there have also been a handful of debuts, with new talents Gugudan joining the K-pop scene. I’ll share my top 10 picks with you, and let me know if there are any songs you have for your top 10!


10. “Ah Ha” by SS301

Album: Estreno

Commentary: If you’re a fan of some old-school K-pop, this is the song for you. SS301 just released their special mini album, “Estreno,” to celebrate SS501’s 11th Anniversary! “Ah Ha” is upbeat, fun, catchy, and just straight-up addicting. Once you listen to it once…

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Yona of the Dawn – A Japanese Anime Harem Review

Hello guys! I finally finished Yona of the Dawn! Or Akatsuki no Yona in Japanese. I’m feel pretty accomplished watching the anime and creating a review for it. Also, I’m trying to do a video review about it… but it’s not going ideal as I hoped ●︿●. I know the review is late, not only that but this anime is two years late. Next time I’ll try watching and reading updated content.

Summary

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Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. Forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard, the naïve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state.

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Diabolik Lovers II More Blood – An Anime Otome Review

An Otome adaptation sequel that originated with attractive vampires feeding off a young catholic girl for many unknown reasons, suppose for amusement and taste? I don’t know. I guess many girls find it pretty sexy. Now the sequel: Diabolik Lovers II More Blood brings us… pretty much the same in a nutshell. I decided to go ahead and watch the second season of Diabolik Lovers for amusement and eventually found myself somewhat tolerating it. However, I couldn’t managed to get past the first season whatsoever. Weird that it’s still the same show but I prefer the second season? Not saying it’s good, but tolerable than the first.

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Finding Second Job! First was Hectic…

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t posted much stuff, but at least I finally finished Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) and I have to say that I totally want a second season! I’m currently writing a review for it and then I’ll move on to a newly updated anime. Also taking time reading my 1Q84 (1984 in question) novel that I postponed for a while and it’s very good, but not finished anytime soon, about… 800 pages to read left? So, it might take a bit.

I was off work yesterday and today and I’m so exhausted! Worked from nine in the morning to six o’clock at evening Saturday serving crowds customers all day. I was planning to blog about my busy experience yesterday but couldn’t muster the energy to do so, and with that in mind keeping it rather simple. It was busy. That’s all you need to know. Like, incredibly busy that I couldn’t even stop for a split second! Mm, two new movies came out on the same day, so I wasn’t surprised that it was incredibly busy.

Anyway, today I’m going in for a interview for my second job. Not entirely certain about my position but pretty sure it’ll be hostess or waitress.

Mm, I think that’s all currently. Also, I’m looking up articles on how to save money for a trip to Japan. My goal is to go within the next two years, most likely during a summer before my twentieth birthday, or supposedly after, who knows.

EXO’S New Album: EX’ACT

Okay, I knew they were having another comeback, but I didn’t know they produced a full album. Well, no biggie since I’m already listening to EXO’s two new music videos Monster and Lucky One.

 

When I first listened to this son I was really feeling the Big Bang and BTS (Bang Tang Boys) vibes and I wasn’t exactly getting into it to be frank. However, you know that irritation when a song simply sticks in your head? It don’t even have to be likable at all. But the song, the beat and the new style was seeping through my subconscious tempting me to look at the video again. So I was like, “okay, fine, I’ll try to be more receptive and not immediately judgemental.” And I didn’t deliberately watch the music video itself, I watched through react videos.

And…

Yeah, I fell into the trap. I slowly gotten myself absorbed into the music video and rather impressed by the choreography and appreciative of the punk, dingy style. I mainly watched the dance moves and the badassery of the video itself. In my opinion, it’s actually kind of new for EXO to make a video that’s darker and rusted, both musically and visually.

The choreography I’m interested in the most. Actually, if anything I just might practice this particular dance from the video Monster because it’s simply awesome on another level. This is incredibly strange for me! I was slowly (note: slowly.) moving away from EXO and try to find other groups and new music genre to bring interest, and then these guys dropped another bombshell on me! They pulled me right back in their grasp and I cannot get out.

 

Now… this video isn’t as popular compared to monster, however, it’s strange and unique at the same time. It’s like you watched something incredibly weird yet satisfying. That’s the best I can explain it really, but I’m super stoked EXO’s reusing their powers again! It’s a smooth electronic beat that’ll probably grow on me in time, but my main obsession is Monster currently and immediately downloaded the song!

Back With Vengence!!! – Novels, Anime and Dramas!

I’m returning with determination to finish what I’ve started! (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻

Summer is ready to bless me with the freedom to continue reading my Asian novels and taking time to sit down and watch some animes, dramas and movies. I’m ready, steady, and preparing to get active in the summer.  I am also planning on taking another job for the summer to preserve for tuition. Incredibly stoked for the future and hope all goes well with motivation.

… Oh! And I’m starting out doing tiny YouTube videos. Nothing serious, in fact it’s considered a complete joke at the moment but I’m not giving up. We all start from somewhere and uh, we all made some cringy videos at some point…

Anyway, I’m pretty excited that I’m slowly growing! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀ Gotta go to work, so bye ya’ll!

Amber Liu’s – On My Own

You know, I’m starting to really like Amber Liu. She’s from SM’s girl group (f)x and the tomboy of the group which is pretty unique for a girl group. I find myself interested in Amber’s style and find her refreshing than the standard.

Amber’s music videos usually carry subliminal meanings that’s interpreted by the individual but in a sense, I think it’s something many can relate to.