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daily strawberry #3 – a sense of accomplishment!

So I recently got my surgery done. It’s something I needed to do and I’m so glad it’s finally done with. I was feeling so nervous and depressed nearly every day before the procedure for quite some time. I felt on the edge nearly all the time.  :aseru:

Right before the procedure, I went to a separate room so they could give me something to make me drowsy and sleep during the surgery.  During that time, I got into panic mode and was thinking, “Nooooo! I can’t do this!” And I just wanted to run away especially because I still felt wide awake! I went to the lobby and they gave me another dose and then I couldn’t remember much.

The recovery wasn’t the most easy. I had bed rest for a couple of days and could hardly eat, but now I’m almost 100% recovered, YAY!  :bear:

But what I really want to tell you guys is how I spent my recovery period!

I got hooked on some books and went on a full on nostalgia trip catching up with all boy bands I used to follow. I had such passionate feelings become arousing in me!  :heart:

I read 2 of 4 the books in the the Ring Series. The Ring is written by Koji Suzuki – the basis for the Japanese film Ring (1998) and the American Version The Ring (2002). I’m not sure if everyone knows about it so let me explain –  it’s like one of those chain letter emails you once received threatening something like,  “If you don’t send this to 10 people, you will die tomorrow!” Unfortunately, the threats in the Ring do come true and a reporter goes to investigate it.

It’s a thriller book and it totally kept me turning the pages. I felt scared reading it alone. I’m the hugest scaredy cat in the world, haha.  :aseru: I really recommend the series. I’ve actually read the whole thing before a couple of years ago.

I now have started reading Battle Royale – which also served as the basis for the Japanese movie with the same name. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s about a group of Japanese high schoolers forced to fight each other to death of an island.

And now on to the boy bands..

I know that a lot of you that follow me are also into Japanese pop music. Well, I first became interested in Japanese music around 2003 via boy bands – namely a conglomerate of boy bands managed by Vision Factory. They were w-inds., FLAME, and Lead otherwise known as  WFL.

Lead was my favorite of the groups! They were a pop group, but with a hip hop influence. One of the reasons why I liked them (as opposed to w-inds. which is a 3 member group) was they had an even number of people. No center or fight for lines. You know that can get frustrating fast and can be just detrimental to the whole fan experience.

My favorite was Akira nicknamed Akirakira because of his cute eyes and rumored being half Taiwanese. I loved these boys and I grew up with them. We’re around the same age and I remember their little cute boy voices when they debuted. I remember visiting Hong Kong during one of my summer vacations and I visited the Japanese shopping center went all crazy for their merch. I was so happy when I got one of their singles.

HURRICANELEADPROMO[1]Left to Right – Keita, Akira, Shinya, Hiroki

Lead is a group I was always catch up with every couple of years. I got so giddy watching their latest concert celebrating their 10th anniversary. They had all become some grown up and so handsome. And their singing and dancing also reached new levels.

Unfortunately – to my surprise, I found out Hiroki graduated from show business in March 2013.  :aseru:   :aseru:   :aseru:

I was absolutely heart broken. I was glad to hear they were continuing with the group, but I have my doubts how long the group will last. As it is, they have very mediocre sales (ie. 15K sales tops per single), one single per year, and just a few concert dates each year as well.

Not only that, Hiroki was the one that could really sing. Not that the rest were bad, but he was the one that could do it effortlessly and still sound great.

I’ll just have to be positive and support them like crazy!

I want to link a couple of their songs I really love – Fly Away (that first single I bought) and Speechless. Please listen and support them!

Another boy band I was hopelessly love with is Shinhwa. They preceded my love for Jpop. I actually got into Kpop before my Jpop days in 2003. Anyways, they are like the kings of Kpop – top of the food chain and are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.

So at least, I can be more optimistic when I catch up with them. Unlike most idols, they actually have large control over their work. Why? They created their own company to manage their activities. With that, they’re not working to please anyone, but do what they like! This makes them very unusual in the idol world. I respect their work because of that!

8FcF8OG[1]From top clockwise – Jun Jun, Minwoo, Dongwan, Eric, Andy, Hyesung

And pictures like the above are why I like them so much. They’re sooooo adorbs :heart: and funny!
Minwoo is my favorite, also for the cute eyes, haha. Eric is a close second. I guess I am partial to him for being an Asian American from California as well.

They recently released a new album celebrating their 15th anniversary. The lead single is called This Love. I really recommend it and so does Korea! It’s winning them loads of awards like the one above! Please give it a listen. :bear:

One thing that really got me into Shinhwa lately is their variety show called Shinhwa Broadcast. It’s so hilarious. One reason why is it’s set to humiliate Shinhwa in the worst ways possible, haha.

Here’s a summary of what happens in just the first couple of episodes –

  • Shinhwa is tasked with saving the President’s daughter as she has been kidnapped
  • To start, Shinhwa has to be transformed into super heroes. How do they do this? Well, they play a game similar to Musical Chairs (except there’s one chair and once someone sits on it, you can fight to it out to get the chair still). Whoever wins, gets their pick out of 6 of the costumes which are hilariously embarrassing – to name a few, Wonder Woman, Invisible Man, Tarzan, etc.
  • Now in these horrible costumes, they find themselves in a swimming pool sitting on spring boards answering trivia questions. Answer wrong and they’ll be sprung in the pool while still in the costumes!

Shinhwa Broadcast can be watched subtitled in English at Dramacrazy. If you’re bored, try giving the first 30 minutes a try. I haven’t laughed so much in a LONG time. It’s good for a rainy day.  :raburabu:

And that’s this post. If you’ve read this far, you deserve an award! I’m sorry for boring you all terribly with my interests. I just got so excited and passionate after being down in the dumps for so long. I’m hoping to share these feelings with someone.  :wink:

P.S. Before my surgery, 2 clothing hauls came – one from Taobao and another from Tokyo Fashion. I hope to review one of them this weekend!



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  1. Tanja
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    You had a surgery?! I am really glad that you recovered now!!!
    This was really interesting post!
    This boys Lead are really great I think I like them!
    Anyway continue to do your best.. to recover completely! Fighting!

    • strawberryjam
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I did. It was a minor surgery though!
      I’m glad you like Lead, haha. I was hoping I wasn’t boring everyone terribly with my interests!

      Thanks for commenting! :bear:

  2. kaki
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    So glad you recovered!!! :strawberry: Good Job!
    As for horror stories…I really admire those who can read them!!! and actually enjoy them.
    I get scared too easily :aseru:

    Look forward to the reviews!!! :kira: :wink:

    • strawberryjam
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      You got more guts than me girl! I’m so gullible too so that doesn’t help.
      Scary just doesn’t suit me, I’ll have to have someone bring me to the toilet too, haha.

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