Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2 Hours of Gaga

Lady Gaga is currently on her ''Born This Way Ball Tour'' around the world. It started with 1 show in Seoul, Korea, then 4 in Hong Kong, and she has just finished 3 solid shows in Japan. 

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to her 2nd show in Japan which was actually 1 of the 2 additional shows since I was late to buying the ticket for the original show. I was and still am very new at this concert thing cos I've never really been to a concert this big before in my life, although I've been to Hang Meas Best Of The Best twice, Hang Meas Top Music Show, and QB Goes Live featuring Stacie Oricco, all in Cambodia, but they were all no Gaga or international standard. Speaking of how late I was in buying the ticket, I was actually just a few hours late. I was so shocked at that time; I went on to its facebook page and had seen many complaints people writing on the wall that the tickets were all sold out the first 15 minutes. 15 minutes! Are you kidding me?! Is it just me or was that too fast? I was so sad that day (March 11, 2012) that I thought it wasn't going to be one of my biggest experience in Japan anymore. Very very fortunately, after I came back from my visit in Cambodia, I found out that there were two additional shows to the original one, and I could finally get a ticket. I was so beyond excited.

The night before the concert, I found a little trouble sleeping because of excitement. I mean, who don't? I spent almost two hours on the train to get to the Saitama Super Arena where the concert will be held, and I didn't bring much stuff or dressed very warm cos I thought I would be jumping up and down throughout the whole thing. I would be completely right if I knew I didn't have to queue outside the arena for almost another two hours to get in cos the line might have started since at least noon. And it was very windy and it got a little cold. 

There were thousands of people all around me, queuing in different line, some dressed casually like me, some pulling on Gaga's signature looks, some had the BTW Ball T-shirts on, and some even going drag. It had already been a lot of fun just seeing those outside the arena, and what would happen in there must be beyond my imagination. 

4 o'clock was the time we, little monsters, got to get into the arena. It was such an enormous arena and tens of thousands, or maybe hundreds of thousands of people could have fit in there. I rushed to the block where my ticket indicated to get a good place where I would be able to enjoy the Ball and especially take a good look of Gaga, this time with my bare eyes. I was in a position in the first third front of the block at that time. The show would actually start at 6pm so they have a DJ, DJ Zedd, entertaining us for about an hour with non stop club music, and it wasn't bad. 

After another 15 minutes of waiting, the show finally started. The curtain fell down revealing a giant 3 stories castle with very great lighting and the crowd went crazy. Then the intro song started, I knew it was ''Highway Unicorn'' cos I did my research about the set list. So, would she be riding on a unicorn? Well, since unicorn's just a myth, she was then seen riding A FREAKING HORSE on the stage. Seriously?! I literally laughed out loud. 

The show went on very smooth, and everytime a well known song came on, the crowd went nuts, jumping up and down, and every of those I time, I ceased the chance to get to the front, passing a few lines of people at a time, and by half of the show, I was less than 10 meters from the front stage where Lady Gaga would come and gone. There, I could really take a good look at her and everything had paid off. 
10 songs had passed, I really had the best time and I sweated so much I hadn't sweated like that in months. The 11th song was ''Heavy Metal Lover'', and guess what? She entered the stage not with, but on a freaking motorcycle with her hands on the front wheel just like the picture in her album cover. I shook my head and laughed at that point, once again. She really is something, something new, something weird, and very unpredictable. 
After the song is finished, she had a little conversation with us again. She asked ''Tokyo, are you having fun?'' with her soft sweet innocent voice, and the crowd was just screaming without any clear context. And then she said ''I don't know if it a yes or a no, cos all I hear is nhanhanhanhanha''. She was kinda right, haha, cos when Japanese people speaks fast, it would totally sound something like that. Then she asked again ''Tokyo, are you having fun tonight?'' and without waiting for the answer, she said ''Well, I don't give a f**k!'' and went on with the song ''Bad Kids''. 

She ended the show with ''Marry The Night'', and with 23 songs, she gave the best show and I was glad to have seen this fantastic show. It sure was one of the best experience I'd never forget. 

Below is the songs I recorded from my iPhone during the concert. 
1. Telephone
2. Hair
Please excuse my jumping :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

It's Sprummer!

Is it me or is it too hot before it's supposed to be? It's hot like it's already summer which is actually a few months away!!!

Anyway, talking about holidays, every year in Japan, starting from the end of April to the beginning of May, there are 4 holidays, 1 apart and 3 consecutive, which makes up a long consecutive holidays called ''The Golden Week'' that can last up to 9 days. However, sadly, the 9 consecutive days doesn't happen to students because there are always 2 days of non-holidays in between that leaves us 1st half of 3 and 2nd half of 4 consecutive holidays.

Golden Week is considered the longest holiday in Japan (for office workers) and usually it is time for them to travel. I, myself, also made a plan to spend my 1st half of holidays to go to see the Firefly Squid in Toyama Prefecture, but it didn't happen due to uncertainty and lack of preparation. What is so bad about it is that the Firefly Squids only exist in Japan and show up within a period of about only one month per year starting around April 5th to May 5th each year. I should have known about this in previous years, because this is my last year in Japan, so I may never be able to see them EVER since I'll be graduated on March next year. But I guess that's okay. I still have my eyes on a lot of other places to visit/things to do and I'll make sure to make the best of it. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Originality & Bad Timing


The terms ''Original'' or ''Originality'' are not kinds of words you get to see/hear/use everyday. However, it's not that hard to hear if you study/work in particular fields which creativity is always a priority, or that you just watch American Idol on a weekly basis. Then you would have heard the judges who always say that contestants need to be relevant, consistent, and original, almost all the time. And yes, originality is quite important in the music business because nobody would want to listen to the same thing over and over, or listen to the new artist who'd just mimic the great ones, you would want to listen to what you've never heard before, you would want to be surprised.

I - got to hear the word ''Originality'' a lot more than hearing it on American Idol. As an architecture student, originality is pretty much everything. I got/had to use it a lot within the last three years on the designing courses. Even though, I was still just a student - with less knowledge about architecture & design - originality is always a requirement. You can't just copy from anybody else' works, and that's how you learn; just like in what the quote above is saying. You need to be wrong to know what is right, but most importantly you will have to know that ''it'' is wrong and you will never make such mistake again.

Coming up with a new idea is tough. You don't just walk and got hit by an idea on the way, no! Especially, in our generation when there's billions of people and that square number of ideas, it is already hard enough to distinguish between what is new and what is old. Sometimes, when you think you came up with something new, but on the other side, it is already on the internet. So, is that ''originality''? Or did you just telepathically steal someone else' idea? -Yes & No. Simply put, ''bad timing''.

So, if you seek originality, don't be afraid to fail! Don't be afraid to be called crazy. If it weren't for those crazy people, we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't have what we have today.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Beginning of the Finale

Inspiration tends to come and gone, and repeat its cycle too many times in the last couple of months of my life. And guess what, inspiration just strikes again!
I always feel the needs to write stuff, you know, anything, because that way I can get my brain to work, to think, since it hasn't been doing anything practical quite some times now.

I'm currently in the beginning of my 4th and final year at the university now. There aren't many classes on the timetable now - thank god - especially that I could have full Monday and Tuesday off if I don't register for Spanish Class & Oral Communication which are both selective. But even if I take up those classes, I would still have my Monday morning off which is already super ah-mazing.
This is also the year that I'll have to choose between Design, Structure, Equipment, Environment and so on in the field of Architecture, and Environment was the one I chose so I'll be spending time the whole year doing research and experiment, as well as writing the thesis for graduation. I'm both nervous and excited how it will turn out to be, but I'm really looking forward to it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Making a Comeback!

So I've been struggling with my life for several weeks now. I was always good at giving people advice to be strong, to stand up for what they believe in, to move on, but when it comes to myself, I just couldn't talk myself into doing it. It was like something one of my best friend use to say ''រឿងគេ​អោយ​យោបល់​ឥត​រអែង ដល់​រឿង​ខ្លួន​ឯង​ស្ញេញ'' and that can never be truer. Just like doctors; they can save lives, they operate on people but they can't operate on themselves. People need help somehow, in anyway, anytime. Well, it hasn't been easy for me at beginning either, not that it's good now, but what's the point? Being sad, depressed is just a waste of time, not to mention it would effect on your health, both physically and mentally. I've been wasting too much time than I've ever thought I would have wasted them ever in my life. I shouldn't have been like that. Maybe I just need to talk to somebody, and yeah, I've talked to a few people who's been very helpful. It has made me feel a whole lot better. All I'm saying is, damn it, I'm moving on! I'm never gonna look back again! There's a bright fun colorful life is waiting for me out there, and I'm gonna get it and make the best of it. After all that I've been through, I at least deserve that.