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Hong Kong Trip (Day 2)

Kahapon, bago matulog ay napag-usapan ng ilan kong kasamahan na pupunta sila ng Ocean Park. Di ko pa rin alam kung saan ako sasama kasi may iba din lakad ang iba ko pang kasama dahil balak nila pasyalan ang city of the stars (un ata un) at gusto ko rin sana makapunta dun.

May 23: (Pinakamahabang araw)

Hong Kong Trip (Day 1)

Unang-una, sobrang late na nitong kwento ko. Pero naisipan ko na ring gawan ng post dahil bka makalimutan ko pa ang super great experience na ito hehe.

Nuong May 22-26, ako ay nagpunta sa Hong Kong kasama ang aking mga “kapanalig”. Marahil iisipin ng karamihan na kaya ako nagpunta doon ay para makapamasyal sa Disneyland o di kaya ay sa Ocean Park ngunit hindi iyon ang dahilan. Iisa lamang ang rason kung bakit kami nagpunta doon. Nalaman namin na magkakaron ng isang kapanapanabik sa “event” na di namin maaaring palagpasin. Eto ay ang Larc~en~Ciel concert. Sa sobrang pagmamahal namin sa bandang ito ay ginawan namin ng paraan para matuloy ang planong panonood nito.

Maraming naging problema bago maisakatuparan ang planong pagpunta sa HK ngunit isa-isa namin itong naresolba. Una ay ang ticket sa concert, ang titirhan namin, ang plane ticket at syempre, ang puno’t dulo ng lahat ng problema, ang pera. Di ko na ikkwento kung pano namin nagawan ng paraan ang lahat ng ito dahil hahaba lang ang kwento kaya punta na tayo sa aking pag-alis :D.

May 22:
Nagkita-kita kami sa naia ng bandang tanghali dahil gabi ang flight namin (di ko na maalala kung anong oras). Kelangan daw kasi mga 3-4 hours before the flight ay nandun na. Nga pala, first time kong umalis ng bansa kaya syempre excited ako at kinakabahan din.  

First time kong pumasok ng airport (o bka nakapasok na ko di ko lang maalala). First time ko din nakita ang loob nito. Dala ang aming mga bagahe, passport at ticket ay nagpunta na kami sa counter upang bayaran ang travel tax. Sa totoo lang naguluhan ako sa dapat gawin kasi walang nakasulat kung anong unang gagawin. Di katulad pag magrerenew ka ng lisensya atleast kahit magulo dun, may nakasulat na instructions. Kaya naman pagtapos namin magbayad ay derederetso kami para magbayad ng terminal fee ngunit hinarang kami ng SOBRANG BAIT na mga guard na di man lang sinabi ng maayos na hindi iyon ang sunod naming dapat gawin kundi ang magcheck-in ng gamit. Kaya ayun nag-check in na kami ng gamit. Mejo matagal ang pagccheck-in ng gamit dahil chineck pa nila ung credit card na pinambayad ng ticket. E-ticket kasi ang ticket namin. Pagkatapos nun ay nagbayad na kami ng terminal fee. NAPAKABAIT din ng tao dun sa counter. Dahil sa sobrang KABAITAN NIA ay kitang-kita sa mukha nia na kulang na lang ay pasanin nia ang buong mundo dahil ang sungit sungit nia. Nagkaron din ng inspeksyon. Dadaan ka lang naman sa isang “something” tas ichecheck nila ang dapat na icheck. Wala namang kaduda-duda sakin kaya OK hehe.

Nakapasok na rin kami sa mismong intayan kaya habang nag iintay ay nag picturan muna kami (check nio na lang ung multiply account ko para sa pics). Syempre chineck ko din ung “supposed backstage tix” namin at nalaman kong maddedelay ang kanilang flight kaya ginagawan nila ng paraan. Yung tix ay galing sa pinsan ng aking kaibigan (itago na lang natin sa letrang M). Muntik ng magunaw ang mundo ko, ako ay nagpanic at nag-alala pero syempre may ticket din naman ako just in case di matuloy un. Kaya mejo ok na din. So ayun nag iintay kami ng eroplano :)). Uso din pala ang nahuhuling eroplano dahil delayed ang aming flight (Haayy pilipinas pa talga). Nang dumating ang eroplano sa loob loob ko “eto na talaga aalis na ko ng Pinas at makikita ko na ang LARUKU!!!” Kaya pasok na kami sa eroplano at umupo sa aming mga pwesto. Sayang lang hindi ako window seat dahil ang seats namin ay nasa gitna.

Makalipas ang ilang minuto ay umandar na rin ang eroplano at start na ng take-off. Aba! mejo nagsshake sia at nawawala-wala ng onti ang ilaw. NORMAL BA TO??? ewan ko kaya syempre tinanong ko sa kasama ko. Ang hilig ko kasing manood ng Air Crash Investigation sa National Geographics Channel e alam ko sinasabi lang ng pilot pag may problema pag talgang di na nila magawan ng paraan. sa awa naman ng diyos e walang kagimbal gimbal na nangyari. Nagstablize na rin ang eroplano. ganun lang ata talga un. Kaya punta na tayo sa mga makikita sa eroplano. PAL ang sinakyan naming eroplano. May free food. Naappreciate ko naman ung food. Nakakabusog naman pag kinain mo lahat. May mga magazines din na pdeng basahin. Pwede ka din makinig ng music. Syempre ni-try ko. Sayang e minsan lang mangyari kaya dapat maexperience lahat :). Ayun nagtaka kami kung bakit may magazine na parang airplane guide na sinasabi ung mga channels. Narealize na lang namin after 30 minutes siguro na ung guide palang uyon ay para sa channels na pde mong piliing pakinggan. May english music, chinese music, classics, korean musics at syempre japanese music. Alangan namang palagpasin ko ang chance na di ko mapakinggan ang japanese music na samples nila dun kaya kahit malapit na kaming mag landing e ni-try ko. May kattun song dun hehe. ung real face ata kung di ako nagkakamali. sayang lang at di ko naulet ung nasa list. Pero atleast naexperience ko hehe. May TV din pero di ko gaanong pinansin. Di naman kasi maganda ung pinapalabas.  

Pagtapos ng 1 oras ata ay lumapag na din kami sa Hong kong. Nga pala, nag on ako ng roaming. First time ko din un buti na lang nagwork hehe. Kala ko di gagana e. Balik tayo sa kwento, syempre wala kong kaalam alam kung ano ang gagawin buti na lang at mejo madali lang naman alamin dahil wala ka na rin naman tlagang gagawin kundi kunin ang bagahe at lumabas ng airport hehe.

Parang ang simple no pero hindi. So ayun daan ka muna ng immigration. Na tanga pa ko kasi di ko nagets ung sinabi nung guard na dun daw dadaan. hahaha di ko kasi magets ung english nia. Tapos ung salita nila, no offense ha, pero para silang galit lagi. Pero alam ko namang hindi. Kaya ok lang. Pagkatapos nun ay kinuha na namin ang baggage namin. ok naman sia kasi wala namang kaguluhan sa pagkuha ng baggage. Malaki din kasi ung airport. Mejo nga nakakawala sa loob nia e. After nun naghanap na kami ng pdeng pagpalitan ng dollar. Bago kami magpapalit ng dollar syempre nag CR muna kami para naman maexperience ang CR sa airport ng hong kong. Aba kakaiba. may pila pero di sia sa tapat ng doors. dun ka sa malayo. Di mo dapat harangan ung mga pintuan sa cubicle ng CR. Pag may umalis tas ikaw ang sunod tsaka ka pa lang pupunta dun. O diba ang ayos. After nun nagpapalit na rin kami ng dollar. Nakakatuwa ung girl na nagpapalit ng dollar. Kakaiba sila mag english pero naiintindihan naman. Kaya ayun nagpapalit na ko ng dollar para makabili din ako ng Octopus card. Di ko pinapalit lahat kasi balak ko magpapalit sa money changer. Sabi kasi ng mga kasama ko mas ok daw dun. Mahal kasi pag sa loob ng airport e.

After namin magpapalit ng dollar ay hinanap na namin ang bilihan ng octopus card. Ung octopus card kasi ay pdeng gamitin sa maraming bagay. Pde mong gamitin sa train, bus at convenience store. 150 HKD sia tas 100 HKD. Ung 50 HKD dun pde mong i-refund o kaya isagad mo ung gamit. Ayun na nga at hinahanap namin ang bilihan. Dahil nga ang laki laki ng airport at muka kaming nawawala ay nagtanong na rin kami. Buti na lang at nakakapag english ung mga guard dun kaya natuturo naman nila. Meron din isang lalaki na tumulong samin. Bait nga e. Kaya ayun nakita din namn sa wakas ang bilihan ng card. Tinawagan din namin ung dapat naming tuluyan para humingi din ng directions kung saan talga ung place. Wala pa rin kasing nakakakita nung pupuntahan naming place. O diba ang lakas ng loob namin hahaha. At kamusta naman no, mejo gabi na nun, mga 9 o 10 na ata un ng gabi. O well, sama-sama naman kaming mawawala kaya ok lang :D. Syempre prepared din naman kami. Nagprint kami ng directions/sakayan kung pano pumunta dun tsaka may mga maps kami hehe. Actually sila ung nakaisip ng mga plano. Ako hitch lang hehe. Binigyan din kami ng directions nung tinawagan namin, un nga lang di namin sinunod at nagstick kami sa plano namin na magbus tas magtrain.

Labas na kami ng airport at hinanap ung bus na dapat namin sakyan. Aba! akala namn ang simpleng hanapin dahil ang daming bus, e may numbers ung bus tas iba iba. Ang dapat naming hanapin e ung S1 na bus para makapunta kami dun sa sakayan ng train na MTR. Di kami nag airport express kasi super mahal un pag un ang sinakyan namin papunta dun sa place na pag-stayan namin. Lakad kami ng lakad para hanapin ung S1 pero di namin mahanap kaya nagtanong na kami. Syempre ang una kong tanong “Excuse me, can you understand english?”. Dalawa sila at ung natanungan ko ay di nakakaintindi, buti na lang ung kasama nia nakakaintindi kaya tinanong ko kung san ung S1 bus. Naintindihan naman nia ung tanong kaso nga lang.. My goodness! “non-comprehendable” ang pangyayari. Para kong naglistening ng nihongo na dumaan lang sa tenga lahat ng sinabi at key words lang ang narinig hahaha. Syempre thank you na lang ako tas dahil marami naman kaming nakarinig nung sinabi nia ay tinry naming “i-parse” ang sinabi nia. Mejo nagets din namn namin dahil na rin sa hand gestures dahil may paturo turo din naman siyang nalalaman. 😀 Pagkatapos namin magpabalik balik sa paglalakad ay nakita na rin namin sa wakas ang terminal ng S1. Ayun ok naman at nakasakay kaming lahat. Nakarating din kami sa MTR.

Mejo komplikado ng onti ang train station nila kumpara dito sa pinas pero magegets mo din naman. Kelangan lang magtanong tanong, magbasa ng mapa, magbasa ng signs at lahat ng pdeng gawin para malaman ang dapat gawin ay ginawa namin. Muka namang tama ang nasakyan namin. Ang swerte nga namin kasi wala masyadong sakay ung train. Siguro din dahil dis oras na ng gabi hehe. Buti na rin lang at may train pa hehe. Nag change train pa nga kami kasi base sa mapa, at train map ay kelangan naming mag change train. Mejo nalito nga kami nun kasi halos wala na kaming matanungan na tao kaya taas baba kami dun sa station. Naguluhan kasi kami sa pagcchange ng train dahil may color code. Buti na lang may nakakita samin na muka kaming nawawala at naturo nia ulet ang tamang train.

Ok nakaraos na kami sa train. Next naman ay hahanapin na namin ung dapat naming pagstayan. Sabi kasi samin after nung train station na un ay walking distance na sia.Un nga lang di namin alam kung anong daan ang dapat naming tahakin hehe. Buti na lang at mababait ata ang mga tao pag foreigner kaya ayun ung isang girl na natanungan namin ay sinamahan pa kami para makarating kami sa place na dapat naming puntahan. 🙂 Thanks sayo kung sino ka man. Ang lapit lang nga nia. Isang liko lang at dalawang tawid ay dadating ka na sa place na un. Nakita na rin namin ung person (itago na lang natin sa letrang E) na dapat naming imeet na pinagkatiwalaan ng place na pagstayan namin.

Pasok na kami sa place, tinuro kung pano buksan at sarahin ang pinto tapos ay nilapag na namin ang gamit namin. Mejo maliit lang ung place pero nagkasya naman kami :). Dapat matutulog na kami kaso nag offer naman si E na ibili kami ng kakainin namin.Para daw maexperience namin ung chinese food. Di daw kasi kami makakaorder basta basta dahil di nakakaintindi ng english ung pupuntahan namin. Nahiya nga kami kaso nahiya din kaming tumanggi kaya ayun sumama kaming bumili ng food. Pili kami dun sa menu na di namin maintindihan. Buti na lang sinasabi samin ni E kung ano un. Intay kami na maluto ung food. Binigyan kami ng free tea hehe. Naalala ko tuloy ung tea na nainom namin sa isang japanese resto sa pinas kasi pareho sia nung tea na binigay samin. WALANG LASA hahaha. pero mejo sanay na ko kasi ung tea sa bahay namin weird ang lasa. Lasang dahon atleast ito walang lasa. Dumating na din ang food at dinala na namin sa house para dun kainin.

Sa bahay na namin binuksan ung binigay samin na food. 3 kinds ung food na binili nia para samin at marami ung serving. Di nga namin naubos lahat e. Buti na lang may fridge hehe. Ayun so picture picture, kain, tutbras/etc, then tulog.

PS. Ok ang haba na nito. Day 1 pa lang yan e half day lang yan! naku pano ko pa ikkwento ung ibang araw. ang hirap! pero cge bahala na. next time ko icontinue. basta day 1 muna. Pag sinipag ako day 2 naman hehe.

PS PS. WOW umabot ka hanggang dito. Sipag mo hehe.

Laruku on TV

I just finished eating my dinner and decided to watch TV. The TV in our room is always on Channel V and when I turned it on… a familiar song hit my ear. IT WAS CARESS OF VENUS and to top it off the face I first saw was HYDE! I was almost shocked to death seeing L`Arc~en~Ciel on our very own TV. I never expected it because I wasn’t able to check their site recently and I didn’t see any new info about it.

I was on panic afterwards. They are actually showing the 15th L’Anniversary concert which was shown previously on WOWOW. Our computer has a TV tuner and since I’m not aware of the schedule… I wasn’t able to record it on time. I was hesitating on whether to still record it or not and after a lot of debating with myself… I decided to record the remaining performance just in case there is no more replay of the show.

I was really happy seeing them perform all together. I’m just so hyper seeing them again! As for the performance… all I can say is… AWESOME! They performed really well. The medley part was GREATTTTOOO!!! As for the ending song NIJI, it was so perfect! I felt I could cry hearing it and watching it all at the same time. I have a feeling of nostalgia because of how they looked. The clothes they were wearing somehow looked as if they were the same clothes during their previous concerts such as in GCC time.

After the show I logged on the internet and checked the official site. I was very fortunate to see there were 3 schedules of the show on Channel V. It was first aired last march 31. The show I saw today was already a replay. Lucky enough, it has another replay which is scheduled on April 3, at around 1700.

I then checked the schedule for channel V and I was able to confirm that it will have a replay on 1730 HK time (so basically same 5:30 pm here in the philippines). The show is only for an hour so I guess it would not show the complete concert.

Just when I thought my laruku fever is over… I decided to check the program guide for our NHK channel and there … all I could say is that I’m a lucky girl! Today is the broadcast of Laruku’s performance on POPJAM! I can’t believe I’ll see laruku on two different channels on the same day! I’m definitely a LUCKY GIRL!!!

Honestly, I have already downloaded the performance beforehand but I’m still excited to see it on our TV screen. It has a different feeling when your actually watching it on TV and thinking that others are also able to watch it with you at the same time you’re watching it.

I’m so hyped right now!

Poetic Lyrics

I was reading the translations of laruku songs and I’m pretty amazed of the difference on how they make the lyrics as compared to western lyrics. They looked rather poetic in nature. Most of it requires you to think it thru twice before you’d be able to understand what it actually means.

I was trying to compare the OPM lyrics to their lyrics but I guess I’m too biased to have an objective view on them. hehe Lyrics here in the philippines tend to be to direct but as for laruku’s lyrics, they tend to come from a poem or something. I love it more now that I’ve read it.

I can’t believe I just noticed it today! How can I be called a fan! I hate myself for not reading it before. I’m so sorry laruku for not noticing it early. I even had these translations for ages but this is the only time I actually read them. I’m so into their music that I never bothered looking at the translations anymore.

I really appreciate them more than more hehe. They do great lyrics and outstanding music. Jeezzz I want to see them live in concert.

WHY DON’T I HAVE ANY MONEY!!!

Laruku Live Concert @ Shanghai

I was watching Shanghai live and I remembered just how much I really liked to see them performing live here in the PHilippines. How I wished that someday they’d perform here and do the MCs in Tagalog. I really envy the “Chiner” (That’s how hyde pronounced China during the concert when he said “HELLO CHINER”). They were able to witness my most favorite band in whole wide world in concert performing all those great songs!

Their opening act was KILLING ME. I was addicted to this song for a long time. I really liked the upbeat tempo of it. If you’ve seen the PV you’ll feel something mind boggling watching it. I don’t know… when I watched it the first time, in my mind I kept thinking what the heck is going on! it’s so stripey and weird. People flying and getting stuck on walls with red faces. Good thing about the PV was that they all looked cool there. Back to the performance. I think it was a great opening act since it makes the audience lively. THe song makes you want to headbang while singing. Everyone was jumping and waving their hands. IT was really fun watching all of them having fun.

Next was Heaven’s Drive. Another rockin’ song! It keeps all the audience hyped while they still have the energy. THis song are just some of the few songs were hyde gets to play the guitar. I just remembered! somehow his look during this concert (the haircut) was somewhat similar to his haircut for the heaven’s drive PV although it was a little bit shorter before and there were i think some highlights.

NExt was Driver’s High. This song was from their album ark. Heaven’s Drive was also from ark album (their definitely into driving?). I also like this song because whenever they perform it, you can definitely see that they’re having fun on stage. Dang! ken showing his stuff (i mean his guitar skills). I just liked it when it was already the CRASH! and FLASH! part coz you feel the energy of the song.

afterwards HYDE did the MC. Speaking in chinese language. How hyde said the words were remarkable. I thought he memorized the words then i realized he was looking down! dang! I was almost fooled into believing that he knows what he was saying. He then introduced their next song Lost Heaven.

i guess that’s it for now. I can’t write everything right now. Had some stuff to do 😀 All I can say is that they performed really well. I may be biased but what can i say, I do admire them! LARUKU ROCKS!!! I hope they’d stay together as a band for as long as they can.

I’d try to post the setlist and some pics if i have some time. (and if i’m not lazy hehe)

BTW. I don’t know if anyone’s reading this that’s why I don’t really have to put a lot of effort hehe.

Roentgen Stories

I watched Roentgen Stories earlier coz I missed HYDE. I liked that DVD a lot. I bought it I think last year and I think that was the first time I ordered something online. I wasn’t actually the one who ordered it but a friend ordered it for me. THANK YOU!!!

The DVD contains 4 PVs from HYDE’s roentgen album. They were Evergreen, Angel’s Tale, Shallow Sleep and Secret Letter. All the PVs were somewhat connected with each other which was probably the reason it was called roentgen stories.

Actually, before I bought the DVD, I did not know that the PVs were connected with each other, but after watching the DVD, I realized that they did have a story behind. Hyde somewhat killing the old man>> then he decided to think about what he did>> then killing himself>>Hyde dying (so scary thinking about such things) and being inside the casket after that he’s still alive but was captured. It’s mind boggling but it was fun watching it. THe songs made me feel different emotions: teary-eyed, thoughtful, relieved and sad.

I guess HYDE really did a good job in connecting his emotions to the listeners thru his songs.

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