Sunday, August 23, 2009

early month of ramadhan

it is the muslim month of ramadhan.


i went to yokohama to see some people dance!

it's the yokohama city's hamakoi dance festival.

the number of groups performing was pretty impressive; and they bring their own originality to their routine. ranging from groups of office ladies.
to high school girls.
obasan with cool okinawan dance gear.
to freaking loli-bear favorites: elementary kids.
and this guy. he wears green scarf on his belly.
or this ojisan trying to take a peek behind the jazzy themed high school girls dance troupe.

here's some video:

then during the night, my co-workers brought me to yataizushi.

to eat sushi.

good old sushi.
maguro maki, avocado gundan, aji, saba, anago, ama ebi, ika, aburi salmon, tuna sarada... and kari.

and oh, their uni was fantastic!

then we did some random stuff until morning.

where i decided to have ice café au lait coupled with butter toast, and boiled eggs.

that might not be enough to some people, but i can't really eat much on mornings.

then later on, i found myself an american football helmet.

so i tried it on, and try to look the look.

where am i going with this?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

syurga atau neraka?

petikan dari BERNAMA:

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Ogos — Dakwaan bahawa pengakuan dan sokongan kepada orang, pertubuhan atau parti tertentu diperlukan sebelum seseorang itu layak masuk syurga atau akan ke neraka adalah salah menurut ajaran Islam, kata Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Muzakarah Fatwa Kebangsaan, Prof. Datuk Abdul Shukor Husin.

Beliau berkata, keputusan Jawatankuasa Muzakarah Fatwa Kebangsaan telah menetapkan bahawa ketentuan seseorang Islam masuk syurga atau neraka adalah hak mutlak Allah s.w.t. berdasarkan kepada keimanan dan ketakwaan seseorang itu.

Katanya, keputusan itu telah diperkenankan oleh Majlis Raja-Raja dalam Mesyuarat Raja-Raja Kali ke-188 pada Mac 2001 dan menambah bahawa Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan telahpun membincangkan isu itu sejak tahun 2000 lagi.

“Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Kebangsaan juga berpendapat bahawa sesiapa sahaja yang mengajar atau menyebarkan pandangan atau fahaman seperti ini adalah salah dan menyeleweng daripada ajaran Islam sebenar,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Menteri Besar Kelantan yang juga Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat dua hari lepas bahawa penyokong atau anggota UMNO tidak akan masuk syurga. - Bernama


cukup lucu sekali petikan berita di atas.

mungkin Prof. Datuk Abdul Shukor Husin fikir golongan muslim/muslimin di Malaysia itu,

semua nya bodoh lagi bangang.

seperti mereka semua nya tidak tahu bahawa kenyataan Tuan Guru Nik Aziz itu hanyalah semata-mata pendapat peribadi nya yang dipengaruhi pegangan politik sahaja.

pakai pengaruh dalam agama untuk meraih sokongan politikal.

bukan kah suatu ketika dahulu Tuan Guru pernah guna teknik yang sama?

cepat lupa lah orang Malaysia nih.

kerajaan pun cepat melatah, bimbang rakyat akan percaya bulat-bulat.


takut dan bimbang?

kerajaan dan pembangkang, kedua-dua nya.

main-main, anjing-anjing, bodoh-bodoh kan rakyat.

syurga atau pun neraka, tiada manusia yang tahu.

sebaik-baik manusia pun, tiada manusia yang tahu.

sejahat-jahat manusia pun, tiada manusia yang tahu.

loop-hole agama?


tapi di situ lah ironi nya.

dan ironi itu sungguh sadis kenakalan nya.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Nozomi Sasaki + Cake = Cute Boner

Thanks to reallycuteasians for this link!

Put a really, really hot Japanese gravure model in a bikini, and made her eat fattening food in her own ways, and you'd have the perfect video to watch when you got back home tired from work.

What a group of a genius bunch.

If you have not already, better check out Nozomi Sasaki; the best thing Japan had to offer at the moment, besides warm toilet seats, obviously.

Damn that really made my day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

earthquake this morning

Japan was struck with another significant earthquake this morning.

I woke up at about 5 a.m. this morning with the apartment shaking.

It felt like the end of the world; scary as fuck.

I know I’m going to be fine because my apartment is earthquake-proof.

But it is still as scary as fuck.

Minutes after the shake was over, an announcement from the public speakers is informing us to check for the safety of other family members, and report any injury to the authorities.

So I checked my PS3, XBOX360 and the new D90… all were safe and sound.

My Dell Dimension is the last thing I would check… it gives me headaches lately for being so slow!

Then I went back to sleep; I figure I’ll watch the TV later to be updated on the scale of today’s earthquake.

A couple of hours later, I woke up to the sound of my iphone receiving messages.

I got 6 identical emails with an hour interval between them; it’s from my company’s disaster countermeasures system.

The system would automatically send emails to employees to respond and report their status in the occurrences of any disaster, and it will keep doing it until you answer.

When I click on the link, it would take me to a form that I could fill to report my well being.

I turned on the TV and was a bit in awe; the earthquake was a pretty big one.

6 in Richter scale.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Summer Holiday '09 Day 2

The second day of my summer holiday is all about testing the new D90.

I’ve never been so giddy since I last bought my PS3.

The inner otaku/nerd/gadget-mania in me was unleashed!

To test my D90 for the first time, I decided to go to Harajyuku because that place is packed with the most interesting young people (fashion wise) in Tokyo.

> Taking pictures of random people without their permission: Newbie in photography.

It is just a 50 minutes train ride from Hashimoto (city where I live) to Harajyuku, and I arrived at the station in awe; I have forgotten how crazy Harajyuku is.

The place was packed with people, and tourists with their big cameras.

Quickly I realized how hard it is to take photos at such crowded places.

Everything was moving so fast, I can’t really concentrate of using different configuration to check out and compare the different results… I was really overwhelmed by the many functions and manual settings that the D90 offers.

Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Composition, Bracketing… I’m lost! It felt too much, and I guess I’m doing this all too fast. I should learn to learn slowly.

I quickly crossed the road from the station to get to Takeshita Road (竹下通り), snapped some photos of the road entrance, and then a heavy pour of rain came, forcing me to get back to the station to find shelter.

And everybody else did the same thing.

The train station is packed full of gothic lolitas, gyarus, hime-keis, homies and huge fat American tourists; all wet and hot.

I can’t stand it any longer, so I decided to go home, after just arrived 15 minutes there LOL.

The train back home felt longer as the bad weather seems to slows down time and I’m a bit blue… but that’s ok because a girl passenger sitting right in front of me on the train wore a shirt so short, I’ve gained little happiness.

You perverts, I can’t take photos! Might get charged with chikan/perversion in public places!

I arrived in Hashimoto, and the Hanabata Matsuri is still going on.

The last time I went, it was during the night, and this time it is during the day, so I take out my D90 and shoot away.

One last thing, did you know that the D90 was the first dSLR that could shoot HD videos?

Although it is a bummer that the D90 will not Auto-Focus when taking videos, the video quality produced was not bad at all.

Here’s a video of a dance performance that I took during the Hashimoto’s Tanabata Matsuri:

Lastly, here's some of the pictures that I took during my first day with my new girlfriend…ok the D90 does not have a vagina but it’s cute anyways.

Festival Ornaments at the Hashimoto Tanabata Festival

The entrace to the famous Takeshite Road in Harajyuku
A broken entrance-ticket machine in Shinjuku Station
Trains coming to Hashimoto Station's Keio Line
Rabbit guy performing in front of Hashimoto Station
Crazy but cool 3rd year high school kid doing street performance
Kakikoori with various flavors
Chicken steaks sold at the Hashimoto Shrine
Cute windmill thingy


And of course, hot gyaru chicks with short-hot-pants

Sunday, August 09, 2009

D90 is HERE!

At last, my first dSLR has arrived.

I welcomed the NIKON D90 with 18-200mm lens kit with much excitement, as I’ve always been a fan of photography for a long time. It just took me this long to decide to step up and give more dedication towards this hobby of mine.

At a price tag of about 140000yen, this is also the most expensive thing that I have ever bought with my own money.

Wait a minute, actually in the past, I had bought something more expensive than this dSLR some 5 years ago (my Dell Dimension), but that’s using scholarship money, so that did not count as my own money lah!

I am writing this as I waited without patience for the battery to be fully charged.

Can’t wait to take my new baby out for a test drive!

My new main camera with the sidekick Nikon Coolpix P5100.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Summer Holiday '09 Day 1

Today is the first day of my Summer Holiday, so what better way to start it by going to the beach!

I've been in Japan for almost 6 years and a half now, but weirdly enough, I’ve never been to a Japanese beach, so this might be fun!

The Enoshima Beach was just a 45minutes densha ride from my place, and I met with Bentong and Yu at Fujisawa so that we could go together.

Reached the beach at about 10:30 a.m. and there was already a crowd at the beach.

After successfully influencing Yu to buy a new pair of swimming pants, we head on to the beach with our sunscreen lotions on.

So I got to be honest here, one of the major attractions of going to a Japanese beach during summer is none other than: Japanese girls in bikinis HAH!

But I’m blind as a duck so I have to wear my glasses in order to see the beauties, so I went into the water with my glasses, and only a few minutes later that I realized that this is an extremely stupid thing to do.

Getting deeper into the water to hide my boner, I mean, to experience the wave, I didn’t know that Japanese beaches has such strong waves!

Before I knew it, a strong wave knocks me off balance; I got sea water in my nose and ears.

Then I realized that it was too late: I’ve lost my glasses during the tumble.

It was impossible to recover it.

So I got off the water and went to the spot where we put our stuff, to relax and slap myself on the head for being such a stupid pervert.

As I squished my eyes to make sense of my surrounding, I could slightly see that there were like hundreds of sexy Japanese girls in their cute bikinis running around playing frisbees and beach balls, laying down and doing some other stuff that they usually do when on the beach, and I can only project this image clearly with my imagination, because I can’t see shit without my glasses!


Next time I’m going to the beach, I’m wearing contact lenses!

LOLs, am I a scary person?

After that extremely unproductive and failed attempt at ogling sexy Japanese girls in skimpy clothings for FREE, we went our separate ways, with me returning to Hashimoto.

In the afternoon, I placed an order for a Nikon D90 with the 18-200mm kit lens, after a thorough research and opinion-asking activities.

I really can’t wait for my first Digital SLR camera!

Then somehow, I went to sleep.

I was probably quite tired, and I woke up at about 8:15 p.m. to the sound of my door being knocked.

My Korean co-worker told me that there was a matsuri (festival) being held just 5 minutes from our apartment.

I quickly washed my face and get ready to go out with him.

Does that sound gay?

Damn homophobes hahaha.

It’s Hashimoto City’s 58th Tanabata Matsuri (七夕祭)!

The festival was great with a lot of people showing up, including loud kogyarus (子ギャル) eating chocolate bananas in their skimpy short-shorties.

After a decent amount of watching cute girls in their summer yukatas and ganguro gyarus being drunk while pushing their baby-cars, I decided to buy a pack of tako-yaki, and went home to eat it.

It costs me 500 yen, and this is probably the worst-tasting tako-yaki that I have ever tasted, and I’m really disappointed because I love tako-yakis to death!

I guess that is pretty much what I did today.

Not bad for a first day of holiday.

I cannot wait for my shiny new D90 to arrive at my doorstep tomorrow!

Doki doki doki!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Edogawa Firework Festival

If last week I joined my co-workers and went to the Sumidagawa Firework Festival, this weekend I joined a shady group of 300 people and went to the Edogawa Firework Festival, where the scale was just different from the Sumidagawa Firework Festival.

There were just so many people!

It really looks like a huge summer rock concert as people camped about the Edo-River.

Here's a video of the opening act, and sorry for my 'over-excited' voice on the background:

People crowded the train station after the show, and it was several times worse than the usual train morning rush that I had to endure to get to work; but it's OK because I'm wearing my fav 3/4 pants!

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