Saturday, December 31, 2011

[Books, Review] Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen (may she rest in peace) is a one of the famous classic writers ever lived. I not need say what she is famous for because, all you bookworms our there should already know what she is famous for.

Pride and Prejudice, a classic. Obviously a classic. I planned to finish it before New Years, and so I did. It is my second Jane Austen novel.

I enjoyed the book, Although I am not much of a fan of classic readings (I am more of a classic movie watcher), I wanted to read Pride and Prejudice because I love the movie version of it. I struggled while I was in the middle of the book, and so I turned to the audiobooks to help me. I read along with the audiobooks in order for me to finish it before New Years. xD

The deep feelings between Elizabeth and Darcy, I just loved it, I went "awwwh". The details in the book is obviously nothing compared to the movies. I enjoyed Elizabeth's journeys, the letters they send one another, the scenery. Everything!

I found the book, all in all as one of the best classics ever written and I would definitely recommend it.

I am so happy that they require students to read these kinds of book during High School. xD


Thursday, December 29, 2011

[Music] Kis-my-ft2 released 2nd Single in Korea


Kis-my-ft2 is going released their 2nd Single, We never give up! in South Korea on December 26 2011. 

Since they released their 1st Single in multiple countries, I thought they did the same with the 2nd single. Apparently not. I'm guessing they just released it in Korea. 
I am so proud of them for releasing their singles world wide. 


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

[Music] JYJ holds special fan party for NII

(c) by Naver 

JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu) held a special fan party at Lotte Gimpo Airport with their beloved fans. <3
This special event was set by for the fans to get closer to our lovely boys, like celebrating Junsu's birthday (Happy belated Birthday love! <3)

JYJ personally wrapped scarves around their fans and cut celebratory cakes. (as shown in the picture above) (dow my gosh) 

For those who do not know NII (I had to google what they were, lol). 
NII is a clothing brand, and JYJ are their models of advertisements. (I would love to go in their store, just to stare are the boys, here is one of their branches, JYJ at NII)

I am so happy that they did this. I love it when the celebrities interact with their fans.
JYJ did this event, not only for promoting NII but also to show their gratitude towards their fans. (awwwwwwh) 

I love them. JYJ as in my top 5 favorite pop bands.

Source and Read more here: 

[Music] ABC-Z debut DVD

(c) Potato Magazine

Members are Tsukada Ryoichi, Kawai Fumito, Hashimoto Ryosuke, Totsuka Shota, and Goseki Koichi. They are finally going to make a debut, but not any normal debut, a DVD debut. I'm guessing this is the first time someone debuted with a DVD instead of a single. 
The DVD will release on February 1st 2012

Along Kis-my-ft2, I found ABC-Z, I am so proud of them to be debuting. They deserve it. 

Sources/Read more:

[Music] Alice Nine new Album, Hyde's Autobiography

Alice Nine to release a new album entitled "9" to release on February 22 2012.

I am so excited for their new album. They have always been one of my favorite jrock bands. There is going to be new songs included in the track list as always. I am still attached to their old music. I hope this one will be better. 

Source/Read more here:

Hyde from L'arc~en~ciel and VAMPS is going to release his own autobiography.

Now this I am looking forward too. If it was to be translated in English, I would read it, Since its going to be in Japanese, I will try to read it. xD
It is also said that Hyde will be the one to write his biography.

Source/Read more:

Sunday, December 25, 2011

[Books, Review] Six Geese A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella

Six Geese A-Laying by Sophie

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite author. She brought me into the genre of Comedy-Romance, she made me love it.
She recently released a free Ebook as a Christmas gift to her fans entitled "Six Geese A-Laying". When I received an email saying that she will be release a free ebook, I was so excited to read it.

I finally read it. Its a short ebook, around 9 pages.

I haven't read any Sophie Kinsella books in a while, I've been saving it for next year. This ebook wasn't what I expected. I expected a man and a woman, falling in love, has romantic night on Christmas eve, typical Christmas Romance, etc. But it wasn't

It was about 6 ladies, 6 pregnant ladies, going to a pregnancy class, and someone or some spirit comes and shows them their future. Future that may or may not happen. It is up to these 6 ladies to accept their future or change it. 

I thought the ebook was good and easy to read. I enjoyed reading it. 
For a short story, I think it was great. If Kinsella were to write even more, then it wouldn't be called a short story now would it? 
I always enjoyed Kinsella's books. and I enjoyed this short story as well. 

Thank you Sophie for giving us this free ebook as a Christmas Gift. 
Happy Christmas!

here is the Ebook if you all want to read it as well. "Here"

Happy Christmas to all of you! ^.^

Saturday, December 24, 2011

[Books, Review] A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

I absolutely adore this book.
Even if i took my time reading it, I loved it.

Kate Daltry; the heroin and Cinderella of the story, She is a strong, doesn't give a damn about anyone's opinion, will do as she's told; even if she doesn't want to, and knows nothing about romance.

Her Stepmother, Mariana, wasn't much of meany as I expected, she was mean, but not to the extent that she'll actually chop someones head off. Mariana would do anything for her daughter.

Her stepsister, Victoria, is a sweet loving girl, also not what I expected for a retelling of Cinderella. Victoria is such a sweet, someone clueless girl, who is extremely nice to her stepsister Kate. Her and Kate has a good sister-sister relationship. I like Victoria. I'm so glad there was only one stepsister involved not two.

Victoria's fiance Algie, he enjoys fashion. I think of him as some what of sissy, but I know he loves dear Victoria deeply.

Kates Godmother, Henry, She is awesome. I just love her. She brought the happy ending.

Gabriel. Oh gosh!! Gabriel. Such a typical hot and sexy playboy prince. I like how Eloisa James made him foreign. It adds to his sexiness. xD

His brother Berwick. (I named my phone after him. xD) I just adore him.

The story line in general was fantastic. This is my first actual historical romance book that I actually payed attention to. And finished in less than a month.

My first Eloisa James book, and I already think she's an amazing author.

I can't wait to read the next of the Fairy Tales series.


Monday, December 19, 2011

[Food] Coco's Restaurant

I went to Coco's for a friends birthday lunch, and decided to slightly review it. xD

What I've heard
It was my first time eating at this restaurant, and what I've heard of it, was that, the service sucked, but the food was delicious.

What I think
We arrived at 1:35pm. The restaurant was packed. We had to wait for our table for 20 minutes. By the time we did get our table, the waiter just pointed us to it, he did not show it to us, so we weren't sure which table to be sitting at, the table was dirty. We waited another 5 - 8 minutes to wait for the waiter to clean our table and give us our menus.
We ordered a Chili Mini Burger for an Appetizer. We got it in 20-30 minutes, or even longer.

It was 3 burgers, we cut them into half to serve the 5 of us. Even if i only had a piece, the burgers were delicious and when they say chili, they mean chili. It was delicious, and well cooked. 
For our main course, I ordered a Grilled Chicken, bathed in gravy. It had 2 chicken breasts, with mashed potatoes in between and under them, with carrots, green pepper and zucchini. It looked delicious, tasted delicious. Their portions was a bit too much I though. I could only finish one breast. 

For my awesome beloved friends, sister, and the birthday girl. 

Risotto. Seafood Risotto
It was ordered by 2 of my lovely friends and the birthday girl.
I had a bite of it, and it was completely delicious. It was see food, with shrimp and squid, and creamy rice.

Cottage Pie.
My sister had this dish. It was delicious, as all cottage pies.
Shredded beef with vegetables topped and backed with mashed potatoes and cheese.
My sister couldn't finish the dish, it was too much, so we took it home.

Even if Coco's are known for their bad service here in Bahrain. They sure make up for it by the delicious, big portioned food.

Coco's Adliya, Manama, Bahrain
+973 17716512

[Fashion] Outfit of the night (Dec. 17 2011)

My Outfit on December 17th 2011. For my friends birthday.
I apologize for the flash. >.<

Dress: Cache Cache
Shoes: Red Tag
Jacket: New Look

A very comfortable dress. Since it was cold, I wore leggings.
I had trouble pairing my shoes with the outfit. I ended up with plain black flats.

[Music] Kis-My-Ft2 is best selling new artist of the year

Oricon has revealed its sales ranking for 2011, and in the new artist category, Kis-my-ft2 ranked #1 at approximately 1.47 billion yen. 
I am so proud of them!! Congratulations! *throws confetti* 

Read more about it here Oricon & Tokyograph

Friday, December 16, 2011

[Music] My Kis-my-ft2 article

(pic (c) Popolo Nov. 2011 edition)
Group name was derived from the 7 members last names. Kitayama Hiromitsu, Senga Kento, Miyata Toshiya, Yokoo Wataru, Fujigaya Taisuke, Tamamori Yuta & 二 Nikaido Takashi, They have been together since 2005. Debuted on August 2011 with their Everybody Go single under Avex Trax record label, which made no. 1 on the Oricon Charts.

Since Kis-my-ft2s' Debut on August 2011, a lot of fans noticed that the way their management treats some of the members. The 3:4 formation. I just wanted to clear out this tension among the fans commenting about this 3:4 formation.

On my We never give up review on my previous post, I said, or more like was complaining about the 3:4 formation. I shared my review with other fans on Livejournal here, and they made me understand more about the situation.

Kitayama and Fujigaya are the lead singers of the group, so its understandable for them to sing most of the parts. While Tamamori, being within the 3 is due to his popularity with his drama along with Fujigaya "Ikemen Desu Ne" So the management decided to put these 3 men up in the front all the time, for performances, talks, photo shoots, etc.

I read the feedback on my previous post, and the fans said that it was natural for newly debuted groups to have  inequality of popularity, and the members do their best to support their fellow members. Since kis-my-ft2 was the first group I've grown to love before their debut. This situation has happened to the current
famous groups as well.
Yaon1101 from LJ commented "NEWS for example, has always been all about Yamapi and Ryo... Arashi was the same at the beginning. Matsujun got all the drama parts and so he was number one for a while (though Ohno is the main vocalist) It wasn't until a few years ago that the members have been getting a more equal treatment with Nino even coming out in foreign movies as well as Sho going to the US for his movie.", Farwalah from LJ commented "Koyama, when NEWS 1st formed, he wasnt given lot of chance to sing but look at him now", and Shibaru11 from LJ commented "Kanjani8 might not have equality but hey, each member has his own talent to be fan to"

These comments mean that most groups go through the same thing in different ways.

Kisumai's situation has been happening for years now but not to this extent. It was merely done to gain profit and publicity. Goodbyethankyou on LJ commented "Back in 2006/2007, when Kisumai performed, the 3 main were Kitamitsu, Taipi and Yokoo. Understandable, because they were the oldest. Then in 2008 they realised Senga could sing and the main 3 became Kitamitsu, Taipi and Senga. Even back then the other 4 looked like back dancers already. Fast forward to 2011, Tamamori's all popular now a little because of Gokusen and mostly because of Your Beautiful" 

Denkira from LJ commented "what I think we fans should do (of course it's just my point of view I don't want to force it on anyone) is stop looking at the so called "backdancers" rolle as something bad. I mean...what's wrong with it? Perphaps it's normal that singing is rated better than dancing, although I don't see why...but hey, how would you like a PV where they all just sing or where they all just dance for that matter? I think it's exactly that tempo that makes their songs so great :) So I don't see why we should look at the word backdancers as something so bad."
And I agree with her.

On Kisumai's Everybody Go PV, every was okay and normal. They were all given a some what fair amount of screen time. They wanted to show the world that they were 7 members in the group, and they did that, even if it was still a 3:4 formation. It was understandable. 

But, on their We never give up PV, I think they went a little to far. The PV was great, the concept was great, the song was marvelous and the routine was spectacular, but I don't understand why they made Senga, Miyata, Yokoo and Nikaido wear similar plain costumes while Kitayama, Fujigaya and Tamamori wear ones that make the other 4 look excluded from the group. 
As I was watching the PV Making, I was really happy that they were all working so hard, laughing, joking, and enjoying their new life as debut artists. I'm so proud of them for not letting this temporary situation get in the way. 

To those who worry and are annoyed at Kisumai's 3:4 formation. 
I'm assuming that this is just temporary, so be patient, it just takes time. Some of the members are already regulars on shows, and them officially debuting is a great thing, we should be proud of them. We all just have to do our best to support them and cheer them on, no matter what. Keep your hopes up. Remember, its not Kis-my-ft2 without ALL the 7 members, and it will all be better in the future. 

Thank you all for those who gave me marvelous feedback on my We never give up review

Thursday, December 15, 2011

[Music] [Single] Kis-my-ft2 - We Never Give up

Kis-my-ft2's 2nd Single "We never give up!" released in Japan on December 14th 2011. Their debut on August 2011 with their first single "Everybody Go!" made them a great success instantly, and with their 2nd single out in the market, I bet the fans went crazy.

I have been a Kis-my-ft2 (kisumai) fan since 2009. Before they debuted, they have been together for years. Their unreleased songs were great, I loved watching their performances over and over. Ever since I found them, and got into them, I've been dying for them to debut. But not just me, many other fans as well.
When they did debut on August 2011, I was very happy and proud of them. I bought all 3 Types of the available CD's Limited Edition.

As I watched the Everybody Go PV, I noticed, that Kitayama Hiromitsu, Fujigaya Taisuke, and Tamamori Yuta, are at the front of the group while the other 4 look like backup dancers. I know that the 3 are main singers of the group but at least give the other 4 something else to sing besides the chorus!. Not only in performances but also in songs. In their Everybody Go single, if you listen and watch the performances carefully, you will notice that it is only KiF&T singing the main parts while the S (Senga Kento) M (Miyata Toshiya) Y (Yokoo Wataru) & 2 (Nikaido Takashi) sings the chorus and dances behind the 3. I was shocked that they debuted as 3:4 members, not 7 members. I'm sure its not only me who disagrees with the placement and inequality of the members.

In the end i got over it and hoped that they will fully show in SMY&2 in the future.
I don't mean to bash one of my favorite groups, but it's true. (I hate myself for just saying what I said, but it can't be helped)

Lets talk about the Single and PV
The Promotional Video (PV)
I watched the PV. argh...the PV....
The concept was great, but i expected that in this single the members would have equality... nope.SMY&2 still look like backup dancers. If people who don't know them watches it, they would really think that they were backup dancers.

Again, the concept of the PV was great, I loved the snow. The routine was great, they were all in formation, and all in sequence. I know they worked hard on the routine, because as Kitayama commented "It's a surprisingly hard routine so maybe it'll be hard for the fans to copy it xD." (credit to loveandcoffee for the translation, Thank you) I liked the outfits of the KiF&T, but please give SMY&2 better ones, its just too plain, they are apart of the group as well you know! *points at costume artist*

The Single
The single is consists of 3 main songs:

  • We never give up!
  • Kis-my-Venus
  • Love is you
We never give up, being the title of the single, is a great song, a very catchy one too. I love the melody, I love the lyrics. It gives everyone motivation and inspiration never to give up.Which is their main goal. After listening to it, I can't stop singing and dancing to it. 

Kis-my-Venus, I'm guessing it represents Japan. The spelling of J.A.P.AN in the intro and the lyrics "We are here for you Japan." and "Love, Dream, Courage, Future" It tells the people of Japan to keep moving forward. I like it. Its a great song. The lyrics means a lot in many ways  (even if I don't really understand half of it). Its a great addition to the We never give up! Single

Love is you, a love song. <3 Its a mellow/a bit up beat song. Good for the audience to dance to during concerts. It's a good song, not as good as We never give up!. Not to be offensive, but it sounds like a typical JE song. *runs away*

The single in conclusion I would give it a 4/5 stars. Its missing one star because of the 3:4 formation again. -.- (I blame it all on the manager. he should google the word "TEAM WORK")

I am looking forward to their future releases.

Also posted on Livejournal. See other comments here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

[Music] Jin Akanishi's Seasons PV

Jin Akanishi, to release his 2nd Single in Japan; entitled Seasons, on December 28th 2011; which is very very soon. 
Jin recently topped the Oricon Weekly Charts with his American Debut single, Test Drive featuring Jason Derulo, 
The PV of the song Seasons, was released, and what do you think of it? here is a link Seasons PV

What I think of it? 
I watched the PV preview that was released, and I was already excited for the single. But when I watched the full PV, I found the cute to go with my excitement. As Jin commented"Its not only a love song between couples, but a song to express your love towards families and friends, and all types of love." And I agree with him. Its a very good song
The little girl is suppose to be Jin's daughter I think. He makes a good father. I kind of fell for him for that whole PV...but..
Is it me, or does his Japanese accent sound a bit unnatural to you? It took me time to realize he was singing in Japanese. He has been spending too much time speaking English, its changing his Japanese accent. 
The setting of the PV was great, the editing was great, the song was great. Over all i think it was a marvelous PV and I am super excited for the release of the single. 


Monday, December 12, 2011

[Books] 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Hello, For those of you who do not know, My name is Nada. I call myself Naddy (why? I guess to be a bit different, and because Nada sounds so brutal). This is my first post as a book blogger and my first time actual posting a reading challenge on my blog. I have only participated in the 2011 book reading challenge on goodreads.

I have had many books sitting on my shelf for years, waiting for me to pick up and open it. The only time I do pick it up is to change its place on my table. ( I don't really have a book shelf, my sister took all the space on it, so I use a sidetable) So I have decided to take part in the To Be Read Pile Reading Challenge of 2012.

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Challenge guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month.For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL. 
  11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life - @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read - @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books - @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - @mermaidvisions

Wrap-up POST Schedule:
January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April - Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

For the full blog post > click me! <
I am planning to read 15 books for this challenge so I will be...
1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug;-- On that level. xD
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

The Books I'm planning to read are: 
  1. Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic ties the Knot
  2. Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic and Baby
  3. Sophie Kinsella - Mini Shopaholic 
  4. Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham - Sleeping Arrangements
  5. Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham - The Gatecrashers
  6. Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham - The Wedding Girl
  7. Emily Griffin - Something Borrowed
  8. Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones Diary 
  9. Tera Lynn Childs - Forgive my Fins
  10. Stacey Kade - The Ghost and the Goth
  11. Stacey Kade - Queen of the Dead
  12. Lisa Kleypas - Secret of a Summer Night
  13. Simone Elkeles - Perfect Chemistry
  14. Simone Elkeles - Rules of Attraction
  15. Simone Elkele - Chain Reaction
  16. J.R.R Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Perhaps increase the book number during time. 
Thats it! I'm looking forward to reading all these books and getting them off my to-read pile. 
Love all. xoxo

Blog for all, that's why Interested in ALL

I have decided......*imitates Tree bread from LOTR2*
Yes, I have decided to turn my blog; not that it kind of already is, into a Blog when I post all types for things. They will be categorizes into:

  • Drama/Series (New release of Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese drama, and TV Series, my certain views on the series, etc)
  • Books (New release of books, Books I would like to read, Challenges, my reviews)
  • Fashion (I think I'm just going to be posting the Outfit of the day, and the clothes I buy)
  • Food (Dishes that I make, Reviews on dishes that i taste, new dishes, Food shows, recipes)
  • Music (mostly Japanese pop and sometimes rock, reviews, updates)
As you notice, I have already been posting up my Outfits of the day. They aren't as good, but, I'm still working on it. Winter ain't my season to dress up. 

Note the name of the blog; "Interested in ALL". I just realized what that really meant and what I can really do with that name. Awesome. 

I'm thinking of posting videos as well...hmm.. still thinking. 
Also thinking of doing a separate food blog, but I guess this will do
This will still remain as my personal blog. I think...we'll see. xD

That's it. I'll be looking forward to the recent changes on my blog
Love all everyone. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Dec 8 2011

My outfit of the day.
Again with Red and Green. Two of my most favorite colors, and happen to be Christmas colors.
Scarf: BHS
Sweater: Zara
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: Lee
Socks: Forever 21

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Dec 7 2011

This is my outfit of today.
Green Scarf: BHS
Jacket: Ayesha
Flannel Shirt: Lee
Jeans: Lee
*my sister thinks i'm weird now because I'm posting about this!* lol

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This is currently my favorite necklace.
Obviously from forever21.

It happens to some how go with most of my outfits.

I do love New York, and hope to actually go there. Perhaps live there as well, for like 6 months or a year. XD

Johnny Rockets

We had dinner at Johnny Rockets.

If I were to review it, I would give it a 2/5

Even if I only had a salad. Caesar Salad; to be exact, the dressing was nasty. The chicken was fine. The dressing was just nasty. No way am I ordering that again. And they didn't have fries with the burger. ~.~
I felt like the staff were being lazy...