Sunday, May 13, 2007


Had a relatively busy weekend this week, mostly due to the double Mothers' Day celebrations for me and Mabel's mum. We went for a buffet lunch with my mum and grandmother, followed by a hearty dinner with Mabel's family. It was a very fulfilling day for our stomaches, and I'd also like to take this chance to wish all mothers a very happy Mothers' day. Of course, you should treat your mum well everyday, but just take this chance to give her a treat and thank her for everything she's done.

Downloaded a fair bit of Toku shows this week, and will be sharing some of the more interesting clips here. First up, a video showing Geki Red (Jan) shouting "Pork Cube Stew!" every time he fires off the Geki Waza: Geki Geki Hou (激激砲). In one epsiode, Jan was too impatient and lost a battle. So, he learnt about being patient through the waiting of a dish known as the Pork Cube Stew. Since then, he'll shout out the dish's name every time he fires it off, much to the displeasure of the other 2 Gekirangers. In the video, he even tries to convince them to shout along with him. Absolutely comical.

In another episode, Geki Yellow (Ran) learns about injecting fun into training and fighting. Thus, she is transformed into this overly cute ranger who's constantly smiling and winking. A little over kill on the kawaii meter, but still pretty funny. Watch this scene where she is given a special henshin sequence, complete with winks and ribbons and what not.

I'll be making and uploading more scenes from the series onto Youtube, so check back often. It's the first sentai series I'm actually watching, but I'm already thinking about getting some of the figures to display. I've already got the mini ones on my fridge (check an earlier post). :)

We went to Adrian and Cheryl's place this weekend, and was surprised that Adrian returned home with a brand new Nintendo Wii. I've never been a Nintendo guy. I've got the Sega Megadrive, followed by the Playstations 1 and 2, after Nintendo's reign was over with the Famicom. But I was pleasantly surprised by the Wii. Nintendo, being the current no. 1 in the video gaming industry, shows that it's leading through sheer innovation and creativity. We played a couple of rounds of Wii sports, including mini games such as tennis, boxing, bowling and golf. And it was a really tiring session, but really fun as well. Mabel had such a great time she was wondering whether to get one for herself. But I'm determined to get the PS 3 though, for titles such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy XIII. Expect mine to appear on this blog soon. Yeah!
Quote from "The Standard": With its slogan "Disneyland is too far," Beijing's Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella's Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters. None of this is authorized by Disney - but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming. The United States announced Monday it would file a case at the World Trade Organization over rampant copyright piracy in China, a practice which US companies say deprives them of billions of dollars each year. End quote. Check out this Japanese report, complete with English subs.

I was quite shocked when I first read the report and saw the video. It was pretty funny to see all the copied characters, but on the other hand I was also sad that the Chinese didn't give a damn about copyright laws. Everything was so obviously copied from Disney, even though the Chinese manager claimed that their version of Mickey was infact a big eared cat. I teased Mabel and asked whether she wants to go there for our next overseas trip. I should have recorded her reaction and broadcast it here. Haha! Seriously though, a lawsuit is on the horizon, and this might be the trigger needed to educate the people about copyright issues.

In another H!P related news, something big has happened to another ex-Morning Musume member! Remember Kago Ai, the girl who was sacked recently for smoking (refer to previous entry)? Her other half in of "W", Tsuji Nozomi (辻 希美), has gotten headlines following the announcement of her pregnancy. Yes! It's a shotgun affair! For a 19 year old aspiring singer who was just given a new start after the sacking of her partner recently, this came as quite a shock. Her new unit, "Gyaruru" might now be disbanded although their first single is scheduled to be released next month.

According to multiple Japanese news sources, Tsuji is nine weeks pregnant, and currently engaged to actor Taiyō Sugiura (age 26), lead role of Ultraman Cosmos, whom she had been dating since Summer, 2006, after the two were introduced to each other earlier in April. Their marriage is planned for June 17, 2007 (her twentieth birthday). This was confirmed the next day by several news sources. A press conference was held on May 10, appologizing to fans of both.

An official decision regarding Tsuji's status within Hello! Project has yet to be made, but Tsuji stated at the press conference that she would return to the public eye "when things calm down" after childbirth. That's it for her. Both Tsuji and Ai were not the best people in H!P as idols for fans looking up to them, and I'm glad they're out of H!P. Luckily all these bad publicity happened after they graduated from Morning Musume.

Here's a screen shot of my current wallpaper for my laptop desktop. It features 松浦亜弥 (Matsuura Aya) in her role as 麻宮サキ(Asamiya Saki) in the movie Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki (スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ) . It's not that great a movie, but I loved her role as an undercover student. She's one of my fave in H!P, and I've made a few new banners of her this week. :)

That's it for this week. Thanks to those who posted comments in the tag box this week, and also the guys who voted in the poll. Sorry for not putting in more photos lately. Although it's the number 1 of wanted item, we've not been too photogenic lately. Actually we haven't been going out too much.... because Mabel was ill last week and I've been getting the flu bug this week too. Will definately get more pics for the next post! Ja!

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