Hey there! Aika here.
It’s been a long time since I wrote in our blog. And I really missed writing here T_T So many things happened already in the past few months and one blog post isn’t enough to update this diary. But I will do my best to share it here 😀
Long time no write! Aika here~
Couple of days ago, Nao-chan sent me a YouTube video. It’s the newest commercial of Shiseido, and it really made my heart melt because my favorite actresses were there, Ryoko Shinohara, Maki Yoko and my current most favorite Yuriko Ishida!
They are so gorgeous and their beauty never fades, especially Yuri-san! (My #midagegoal is to be like her when I reach my 40s hahaha)
The video doesn’t have any English subtitles so Nao-chan had to explain everything about it. According to him, the newest commercial introduces Shiseido’s Hyoujyou (facial expression) Project. It reminds women not to be reluctant in showing their emotions. We all know that as we get older, wrinkles and visible lines appear when we smile, cry or do any facial expression which most of women don’t want to show.
Aside from the angles, videography and ‘pastel’-like vibe of the CM, I’m truly amazed to the story or concept. I like that it established a ‘human connection’ and it was able to highlight Shiseido’s significance. (As an advertising major student, I really have to observe that XD)
Recently I bought Ricoh Theta S.
This camera can capture 360 orbital view.
I would like to start take the photos of Tokyo and other areas as orbital images (‘ω’)
Seeing those images make me dizzy a bit actually, but exciting (^O^)
Anyway I strolled around my favorite place Asakusa….
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Many lovely shops.
Retouching the photo to remove myself is very troublesome.
I should compromise retouching stone tiles.
I want to be invisible to save the time to retouch.
Finally, I was able to have a my long vacation! Over the past few months, my world revolves around work and studies. (That’s why I couldn’t post so much in our blog haha) I work almost every day, even on weekends and write my thesis after tutoring. It was my first time to go on a trip abroad, and though Nao-chan wouldn’t be the first person whom I’ll travel with, I’m super thankful to my closest friend, Bebe-chan for inviting me to go on a trip with her. She planned for our trip and also introduced me to a lot of places, and importantly, food!
So after a 3-hour flight, we safely landed to Singapore! We arrived to our accommodation around ten in the evening so we just took a rest and got ready for tomorrow’s stroll!
First Stop: Little India
Our hostel was located around Veerasamy Road, so we could reach this very interesting place by a few minutes of walking. At that time, It was Deepavali Festival, a religious festivity widely celebrated in India. and since Indians are part of the Singaporean multicultural society, this has also become a very important holiday in the country.
Little India is full of shops, offering various items. The establishments are all amazing as they are vintage and vividly painted.
The streets were full of people because of the holiday. And I admit, at first I felt something. We look different so there are lots of time some locals were looking at us. But of course, this place is really safe and very interesting, I must say. In fact when I was here, I almost forgot that I’m in Singapore! I could see a few women wearing gorgeous sarees, the aroma of curry and the lively Indian music.
When I was very young I had problems like other young people had.
In my case, mostly it was my parents’ things.
It was really depressing when my parents’ relationship went wrong.
I felt so helpless.
Sometimes I wanted to escape from this planet.
Planet full of battles, anger, hatred, anxieties..
Of course I didn’t regard my life that way all the time.
I used to be pessimistic about everything sometimes.
It was so hard to imagine having a wonderful future.
But I wanted to become tough so as to pave the way for my future.
Now I know, I’m already in the future of my struggling past.
I don’t know if my present days are wonderful or not.
But I am so lucky and happy to realize :
“Life is full of miracle. Everything is miracle.”
Yes, of course everyone knows it already.
As for me, it took many years to understand this notion through many experiences (good and bad).
Anyway, before it becomes lengthy, I want to say this…
“Life will never be hell as long as wonderful music exist.
I am so grateful to all the musicians who saved me from miserable days. “