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07 April 2010 @ 05:18 pm

Title: Dear Green: Hitomi no Ounowa
Author: FUJIYAMA Hyouta
Genres: Yaoi, Romance, Slice of Life
Volumes: 3
Scanlator: Andante Peach, BLiss
Summary: The first meeting between the boyfriend, Otoumi Kou, and the best friend, Yajima Yukari, did not go well... Despite that, they soon forged a great friendship, with Ryoko as the unwavering bond between them. PREQUEL TO "Dear Green"

Volume 1 - MF || MU
Volume 2 - MF || MU
Volume 3 - MF || MU

Title: Dear Green
Author: FUJIYAMA Hyouta
Genres: Yaoi, Romance, Slice of Life
Volumes: 1
Scanlator: Obsession
Summary: Yajima Yukari and Otoumi Hiroshi know they must one day reveal the truth about their relationship to an important person: Ryouko. Especially after she sent invitations to a celebration of her upcoming wedding. How will she react when she finds out that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend? SEQUEL TO "Dear Green: Hitomi no Ounowa"

Volume - MF || MU

IMPORTANT: For download of individual chapters of this series please go HERE and HERE @ kingyo_mint 
I feel: thirstythirsty
29 September 2009 @ 10:37 pm
After a promise made way back in 2005, I was finally able to accompany magical_sphere (aka Pippin) to a Green Day concert!

It all happened yesterday and for me it was an adventure even just getting there! I went straight from work to the concert's venue and, since I work in a bank, you can imagine that it wasn't easy adapting my wardrobe to the situation. I tried to wear somewhat neutral clothes, that wouldn't stand out too much in either work or the concert, but let me tell you it wasn't easy and I'm not sure I succeeded.

I quite literally ran most of the way because the line started forming pretty early and it was already late afternoon when I got there. Thankfully, Pippin and our other friend Cátia (who is an absolute concert-junkie) were saving me a place. Because their so lovable. It helped that we bought tickets to the stands, though. We decided not to risk death by squashing this time. =P We still got great seats, with a perfect view and safe from any lunatic teenagers. However, a policeman didn't want to let me enter with my shoes inside my bag! WTH? I wear heels for work, of course I had to change shoes! What a prick! He delayed my entrance for something incredibly stupid! From where we were, I wouldn't be able to hit one of the band members with a shoe even if I wanted to!

As for the concert itself, it was a bomb and we had a blast!

I had never been to a Green Day show before, but they really take the interaction with their audience to a whole other level! There was a dancing pink bunny warming up the crowd (courtesy of Tre Cool, I was told), there was splashing of the audience with a water gun, there was throwing of t-shirts to the crowd and there were a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people who had the chance to go up on stage and either sing, play an instrument or crowd surf! They really are crowd pleasers and their show scores high on the entertainment chart.

The performance was flawless. Although it didn't feel very personal. It felt more like a great show that played over and over. Kind of like an instant formula concert. But it works in every way and doesn't disappoint.

I sang a lot, sweated a lot and had a lot of fun. You could feel the air vibrating with the energy of over 20,000 people who sold out the house to watch one of the great reference bands of the Punk movement. Green Day still act like kids but they use the experience they have to its full potential and they're very aware that their audience is their greatest ally and strength.

Thank you Green Day for making our country part of your tour! You rocked!

Some pics that we didn't take...Collapse )
I feel: pleasedpleased
Listening to: 21 Guns - Green Day
13 April 2009 @ 06:33 pm
Once again, my birthday came along. Years sure have started to run by me a little faster than I was used to... =P Since being out of work pretty much demands my whole attention right now, I didn't really make a big fuss about getting a year older. Still, there was time for a little hurrah in the shape of lunch with the ever present King and Pippin as well as my brother, who took the opportunity to show off his driving skills and be a nice guy by giving us all a ride.

There was also an opportunity for a short shopping spree with some friends. I didn't really buy much, but that wasn't the point. We had a good time, as always, and we really need nothing else but friends to feel good.

In other news, unemployment sucks and consecutive job interviews are a real pain in the butt.

The only thing that entertains and distracts me these days is watching True Blood because OMG it's sooooooooooooooo freaking awesome! Probably one of the best series I've ever watched and brought to us by Alan Ball, the wicked brain behind Six Feet Under. It takes place in a world where Vampires have revealed their existence to the world and there's plenty of romance but none of that mushy, soft stuff. If you're into the supernatural and don't mind messed up stuff happening before you, you should really have some True Blood. ;D
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I feel: mellowmellow
Listening to: Meu Caro Amigo - Chico Buarque
09 March 2009 @ 05:01 pm
Since Deviantart (and particularly Gintamards) is such a wonderful place, I was fortunate enough to receive two gifts from two of the marvellous people I got to know over there, even though I have been kind of MIA for the past month.

First, there was the Valentine Day's card I got from Nautical Nymph, which she displays here along with her other Valentine Day's Gintama cards, but of which I have, of course a pic (it had been a while since I had taken a pic, so why not?). That cute little card came to me all the way from Texas and is now in my treasure box. ;D

The second gift was just as awesome. It travelled to me from Italy, courtesy of the ever wonderful Sapphy (aka New-chaossapphire), and it's four exclusive Gintama fanart bookmarkers she made herself. This is extra special for me because the only things I do collect are bookmarkers, I have done so for years, and now I actually have rare items among it! How great is that? There's a pic of them as well, below.

Gifts are always special...Collapse )

For no particular reason, I'm going to end this post with a random image of Gintama chibis, because fandom cute stuff doesn't need a time or place.
I feel: cheerfulcheerful
Listening to: Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
08 February 2009 @ 10:01 pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIPPIN!! I know it was two days ago, but it still counts! The celebration happened today anyway, so it was the best day to post about it.

Since it's rather cold outside, we chose an exclusively indoors celebrations (which is what we do most of the time), with a caloric lunch at Burger King followed by my first purchase ever at a Starbucks coffee-shop. I don't really drink coffee but I seem to have found a delicious balance with a white chocolate moccha. It was extra yummy with some cinnamon. Still, it's all pretty expensive so I don't think I'll be going back there for the foreseeable future. It was a nice way to commemorate a special day, though.

With our stylish and very hot styrofoam coffee cups in hand, we went to the cinema to watch Revolutionary Road, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it's the kind of movie I usually prefer to watch at home. Every performance is powerful and the script is quite well written but one has a hard time separating elements of the movie for analysis not only because all aspects intertwine beautifully but also because it works very close with our emotions and, perhaps, deep rooted fears. Although apparently built on a simple premiss, Revolutionary Road is deep, thoughtful, honest and a movie that can make your heart bleed. I'll recommend it.

To end our day together and heal the hurt in our hearts caused by all the sadness in the movie, we got some candy to munch on while chatting our last hour together away. A very pleasant day, all around. =) Even though we didn't take any pictures. =P

In other, less cheerful news, I recently found out that my contract won't be renewed, meaning that by the end of the month I'll be officially unemployed. =( The silver lining on this dark cloud is that I am quite tired of my current job (not of the actual duties themselves but of all the crap we have to put up with from our non-present bosses and how poorly organized everything is) so maybe this is a good thing. A chance to change to something I'm more suitable for and comfortable with.
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I feel: apatheticapathetic
21 January 2009 @ 09:06 pm
Unexpectedly, I've been spending quite a bit of my online time over the last six months hanging around on Deviantart. The reason this is surprising is that I'm not an artist in any way, shape or form. I can't draw to save my life and any photo I take can only be considered pseudo-artistic at best. My account over there is sparkling-phoenix and I originally made it to better lurk around and check out all the amazing fanart.

However, it all changed the day I came across The Gintamards. A group of people that not only love the craziness that is Gintama as much as I do but is also incredibly nice and fun! We've been having a great time together and even chat occasionally on MSN even though we're all spread across the globe like random confetti.

A lot of the people there are also amazing and accomplished artists. I'm constantly in awe of their work and talent and it's a treat to watch it all happen.

If you're wondering what Gintama is, it's only the best Anime EVER! It's got everything from action, to romance(?), to tons and tons of comedy. It's absolutely hilarious and full of delightful randomness, so every episode's a surprise. I really can't understand why it's still quite underrated. Maybe it's because of all the cultural jokes and jokes that only make sense in Japanese? Thankfully, I watch the Rumbel-Subs episodes, which come well translated and with great notes to help all the viewers.

Since I can't really convince anyone to actually go and watch the show, here's some random advertising for Gintama, taken out of a random episode and somewhat misleading.

I feel: sillysilly
Listening to: American Idiot - Green Day
01 January 2009 @ 06:13 pm
I would like to welcome everyone to this brand new year of 2009! I can only wish and hope that it be as full of pleasant surprises as 2008 was. Looking back, I'm going to dare to say I've had a good year. =D

And with this spirit of positivity I wish each and everyone of you a tremendously happy 2009, full of the good things that make up the joys of life!

As for my celebration of the change of year, there really wasn't much of one since I was working and exhausted and not even on this night I can gather superhuman energy. Still I will leave you with a short summary of my night.

The Summary of my New Year's Party...Collapse )

I'm sorry if that was a bit too creative and/or psychedelic for you, but that's what I could come up with. And believe me, all the other pics are worst!

Finally, to start the year off in a gentle, cuddly way, here are some people I'd like you to meet.

Meet Some Kitties to Start Your Year...Collapse )
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I feel: creativecreative
Listening to: Celebration - Kool & the Gang
30 November 2008 @ 11:25 pm
Although I am clearly a few days behind, I couldn't let the great teresabloom 's birthday go unnoticed!

♥HAPPY BIRTHDAY OH GREAT AND GLORIOUS KING!♥ I wish you nothing but happiness, good health and the will to keep partying with us crazy people for years to come!

We repeated one more of our already typical but always fun celebrations of getting together, having lunch and do some window shopping (or, as the case was, some real shopping). It's simple, enjoyable moments like these that can make us stop and smell the flowers, really appreciate the nice things life has to offer.

We had classy Pizza for lunch. That's worth mentioning because we don't usually do that. We just eat trashy Pizza. This one was a whole other level of fast-food. =P

We spent quite a bit of time window shopping and were so engrossed we even forgot to take pictures. That's very, very weird. It doesn't happen very often that we miss out on a photo opportunity.

Having been driven insane in previous years with the picking of each other's Christmas presents, this year we decided to do things in a radically different way and simply have a Pick Your Own Gift special while we were on a prime location. Each one of us got to pick two gifts out of the shops we visited, meaning we picked them all at Fnac because we're unhealthy addicts to that store! It was a very unusual way to get Christmas presents and it was extremely hard to decide on something for myself! Who knew?

Anyways, by the end of the day, we had celebrated teresabloom 's birthday, eaten a great Pizza and picked our first Christmas presents. I'd say that was a day well spent. ;D
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I feel: bouncybouncy
Listening to: It's My Life - Bon Jovi
On Sunday, amidst all the excitement of telling everything about my friend's wonderful wedding, I forgot to even mention that it's so amazingly freaking HOT over here at the moment! I've been boiling rather than sleeping for the last two days!

It doesn't help that, with the coming of the Summer holidays, I have to deal with more and more teenagers at work. Really, they're insufferable! Have I ever been that annoying? I don't remember being the type of girl to make other people want to smash their skulls against a wall. Will the Summer ever end? I want it to be over so I can go back to my relatively peaceful job.

It was going well, too. As it turns out, I connect quite a bit with old people and no one has hated me so far, which is a good sign. Planning classes takes a bit of work, as does dealing with our non-physical leadership (meaning our bosses are more than 30km away and we get our sparse and non-detailed instructions via e-mail), but apart from that things were running smoothly. Teenagers are just spoiling that for me. Please go exist elsewhere! Thank you!

Sunday was also the day the company I work for selected for its yearly Summer festivities. Since I work Sundays, this meant I had to watch everything from afar and drool over the illusion of being offered free food. As it turns out, we couldn't have our usual classes because of the festivities but we also couldn't attend the festivities because we were supposed to be teaching. A real endless loop of bullshit that resulted in me being bored all day. An equally interesting fact is that, since I work for a tourism-related institution, none of the weekend workers were able to attend the celebrations, for the obvious reason of having to work. Also, the workers of the tourist compound I work at had to work extra to serve all their partying colleagues from all over the country. Just lovely that no one thought of investing in some catering. A-holes!

On happier things, yesterday was quite special because it was the day of my little cousin's first birthday! All the family gathered to give him toys and sloppy kisses and he looked like he thought we were all mad and his mother bursted out crying instead of blowing the single candle out. Quite a heart-warming evening. Still, it's a special event and I can't wait for him to be more aware of these precious moments because then he'll realize what a crazy loving family he has. =D
I feel: hothot



I am very, very far from being an expert when it comes to concerts but last night was absolutely incredible!!

I'll admit that it started out a little rocky, as it was a bit of mess getting inside the venue and finding a nice, safe place to watch the concert from (as it turns out, the whole area directly in front of the stage was slightly murderous and not suitable for people who enjoyed the simple pleasures of breathing). But, luckily for us, a nice gentleman allowed us to squeeze into a corner of the sitting spots and we ended up having a great, comfortable view of the show (as you can see below).

As for the concert itself, what can I say? It made us forget any troubles. It was amazing! Incredible! Outragiously awesome! The very energy emanating from the place and all the people there felt very right. Jared Leto is an extraordinary frontman and a shameless crowd seducer (not that any of us minded one bit). He knows just how to mess with his audience and to push them to explode in musical energy! It was brilliant!

Too bad we didn't get to meet the band and hang out with them after the show (it was common practice up until recently). We waited around for quite a bit, but that luck was reserved to those who received a mysterious bracelet (which I still don't know where it came from) and were able to get autographs. =(

Anyway, we were just four friends who were big fans of a band when we walked in but when we came out we were faithful worshippers of the very air 30 Seconds to Mars breathes. I waited for yesterday for four years and it was so totally and completely worth the wait! It was everything I had hoped it would be, and more! The whole band is an insane stage animal that sucks us in and spits us out in the end, completely drained. And it's still a wonderful feeling!

But I guess you just had to be there to know it. ♥

(Also, on a side note: Happy belated Birthday Pippin! I know I've already said it to you in person, but I like to make things official. Much luck and health! ♥)

I feel: ecstaticecstatic
Listening to: From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars