Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Seems most people voted for more funny videos and our photos on the blog. I'll try to oblige, so here are some photos taking just this week. Mabel, being inspired recently by our neighbour Jojo, attempted to make her first banana cakes. With the help from friends Mabel.P & Huiming, she succeeded in finally understanding how to best make use of our oven. After several tests and trials, the cakes were finally ready, and I must admit they tasted pretty good. Not too bad for a first attempt.
Mabel prepared the cakes for Jason and Tony's birthday party during the weekend. Together with her 2 buddies, they worked till late into the night just to get the cakes right. Well me and William worked hard too, watching TV while doubling up as guinea pigs for the 1st few waves of the cakes. In the end, the cakes, made using heart shaped and star shaped moulds were given away, to her helpers as well as Jojo for lending her some of the baking equipment. Now Mabel's scouting around looking for more recipes, and also on the equipment needed for her next baking session. She's also keen on Japanese cuisine, and we've bought quite a bit of sushi making stuff from Tokyo from our last trip, yet to be used. I'm looking forward to her Oyako don~!
As mentioned earlier, the Lah birthday celebrations were held at Jason's gigantic house this weekend. As usual, it was done in pot luck fashion and while Mabel brought her home made cakes along, we were treated to other delights such as lemon chicken, coconut tarts, donuts, spagetti, goreng pisang, otah, etc. It was quite a feast in the end, and we had the birthday cake to top of the whole meal. It was one of the most crowded gatherings ever, and thankfully there was even space for the kids to run around. We had the honour of visiting Singapore's very own Bandai museum, right in Jason's home. The amount of stuff he had collected is nothing short of awesome.

As far as I can tell, the ladies or WAGs (wives and girl friends) were having an enjoyable time too. While the guys were engrossed in their toku or gaming talk, they were busy discussing about travelling plans, household tips, and other girl talk. Until the next gathering where we celebrate Dennis and Derek's birthdays, me and Mabel will be planning on what food to bring. :p

Next, H!P news! Last week, I updated that 2 new girls, Jun Jun and Rin Rin from China are going to join Morning Musume as the new 8th generation members. I've also posted a clip showing leader Yoshizawa Hitomi being introduced to them. This week, I will be posting a clip where they meet the rest of the members from MM. Remember, Jun Jun doesn't much speak Japanese, and even has trouble counting up to 10.... Rin Rin on the other hand is a little better. But seriously, with everyday practice and being surrounded by Japanese media, it won't be long before these 2 Chinese girls start speaking perfect Japanese. Check out the part in the clip where Hitomi says they might have to start the dance practices in Chinese, and proceeds to say 5, 6, 7, 8 in Mandarin (wu liu qi ba). Absolutely hillarious. And I thought that Mikitty would give the 2 girls the cold shoulder treatment, reason being because she's one of the top members, but she was really friendly to them, and even gave advice on studying Japanese (yeah check out the last part of the clip for yet another funny scene regarding "Japanese steady"). Till more news and pics of the 2 new members, check out the clip here, which is subbed in English for your enjoyment. Listen out for the parts when the 2 girls reply in Chinese to the other girls' questions.

This week, there's yet another major news being announced on the H!P official website! Kago Ai (加護亜依), ex-MM member and W member, who was suspended last July for being caught smoking as a minor, has been fired by H!P. Here is a translation of the official statement from the website.

Regarding our client Kago Ai and the article in the weekly magazine that went on sale on March 26th, the information in the article has been verified with Kago herself, to our regret. One year ago, when Kago was 17 and the smoking problem happened, we still considered her future in this company, and as punishment, she was imposed to house arrest in her parents' home. Seeing how she had progressed over that year, it was decided to start from scratch and start preparing for a comeback by bringing her to Tokyo and having her do clerical and other office duties, starting on January 23rd. Although this worked out well for two months, there was another incident and the comeback plan was abandoned. After consulting with the family, as she is a minor, it has been confirmed, and she has been released from her contract. We're very sorry that it has come to this, and accept full responsibility. We feel a renewed sense of responsibility for the future, especially when it comes to minors. 2007/3/26 Up Front Agency Kawaguchi Yuukichi, Representative Director

It seems that the other incident mentioned in the statement was that Kago was caught by the media (0r paparazzi) holding hands with a middle aged man which apparently was married. Just when her suspension was about to be over, she does something incredibly stupid again. Well, here is a mini tribute for her in the form of a youtube clip:

Good bye, Aibon. You were fantastic till you became fat and had your career self destruct. Now, run along and go smoke by yourself.

My uncle's recently introduced a new anime to me. I've caught up with the series within a day and had a marathon session of up to 13 episodes. It's called Kekkaishi. Story extract from wiki:

Five hundred years ago, a landlord was attacked by demons wanting to retrieve his mysterious inner power, the invincible power that can help them take over the human world. The famous mage, Tokimori Hazama, was called upon, and with his 2 students, managed to save the whole land. But due to their sickness, the landlord got killed, his power buried with him at a site called Karasumori. In the present day, Yoshimori Sumimura and Tokine Yukimura, heirs of the Hazama clan, became the kekkaishi protecting the land and the power. They use a technique called Kekkai, a form of magical barrier, used to capture and destroy Ayakashi (monsters/demons) that are drawn to this land. Any demons that come near to the power will become stronger and therefore Yoshimori and Tokine are to guard the land from intrusion by the Ayakashi. But the demons form a powerful organization, led by a nine-tailed demon fox to take over that mysterious power. Yoshimori plans to destroy not only the demons, but also the power to completely save the world from being controlled by demons. To do that, he first need to know what the power actually is, and also strengthen his poor kekkai skills. Kekkaishi is translated as "Barrier master".
I've been following up with the new Kamen Rider series for 2 months now. While vastly different from its predecessor, it manages to charm with its unique blend of story and comedy. To be truthful, I still need to get used to the new suits, but the story line is interesting and there are lots of comedic scenes which are hillarious, for example Den-O telling Hana to move out of his way as she was blocking him from doing his post-henshin move. You gotta see this to understand.

That's it for this update. Until the next big event, or rather the next time I've got time to spare, check back often. And if you've yet to vote in my new poll, take a few seconds and just vote for which item you'd like to see more of in my posts. Believe me, I'll try my best to accomodate..... but no promises, of course. Ja!!

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