Tuesday, June 25, 2013

University of Pila: Struggles and Hardships

Hah! It's been a while since I posted a worth-reading story <anu daw?> here in my blog.

Anyways, I'm really happy right now and I want to tell the whole world that finally...
I'm now officially registered for the First Semester of School Year 2013-2014!!!

Alam ng Panginoon kung gaano ako naghirap nitong enrollment period. Well, alam din siguro ng ibang mga friends ko.

Ang daming problema. Sobra.

It all started last summer. The CEAT College Sec posted the deadlines for the submission of COI pero hindi ko man lang naiisipan na bumiyahe papuntang Laguna para magpass nung mga COI. Ayan tuloy, wala akong nakuhang matinong subject sa SystemOne. Itong fifth year ko kasi, halos with COI na ang mga subjects ko kaya yun. Ang isa pang dahilan, yung sinubmit kong Plan of Coursework, eh hindi naman naupdate dun sa SystemOne account ko. At ang pinakahuling dahilan, yung grade ko ng ChE 32... incomplete pa rin ang nakalagay kahit na matagal ko na itong nacomplete!

So ayun, enlisted lang ako sa isang GE subject at sa ChE 32.

Oh well.

Earlier today, tinanung kami ng teacher ko kung bakit hanggang ngayon <kanina> eh hindi pa kami registered. Well, dahil iyan sa "one day - one transaction" na nangyari. Isang araw para sa pagpila sa pagkuha ng Form 5. Isang araw sa pagpila sa pagkuha ng Form 26. Isang araw sa pag-pa-sign sa registration adviser. At isang araw sa pag-pa-sign sa college secretary. Hindi diyan kasali yung pag-p-prerog ko sa mga teachers.

First time ko actually makaranas ng ganitong hirap. Napakahirap i-request yung mga teachers na i-accept ka sa klase nila. Kinakailangan ko kasing makakuha ng at least 15 units para pa-avail ko yung scholarship ko sa DOST. Kaya buwis buhay talaga. Walang kaibi-kaibigan at walang kakila pag nagu-unahan na sa slots!

Sa kagandahang palad, nakumpleto ko ang 20 units. Sooper bait ng mga teachers sa Chem Eng Dept kasi inaccept nila ako agad. Pati na rin pala sa Forestry. Kaya naman masasabi ko, hindi ako nahirapan sa pag-prerog kahit na first time kong magprerog! 

Ang pinakamahirap na parte? PILA

Totoo nga ang sinasabi nila. Ang UP ay University ng Pila!

Pagkakuha ko ng signed Form 26 nitong umaga, nagderetso na ako sa Registrar's Office. Kandahabang pila para sa reassessment!!! Pero napansin ko, naglagay na sila ng madaming upuan at mer mga industrial fans din so hindi na masyadong heavygat ng kabanasan habang pumipila. Pero matagal pa rin eh. Inabot ako ng isang oras dahil nasa dulo ako ng linya pagdating ko doon.

After noon, napansin ko madami pa akong time bago mag lunch break kaya naman deretso Chem Eng Dept ako para magbayad.

And yes, may PILA ulit
Napakaswerte ko pa rin dahil inabutan ko ang lunch break! Pero nga lang wala man lang shade sa pilahan. Babad kami sa araw. At yung kuya na nasa harapan ko, masyadong irritated na!

I decided to skip my 1 PM class para lang matapos na itong registration na ito. Wala pa kasing anunsyo kung extended ba ulit ang registration eh. 

Wala pang 1 PM nung nakarating ako sa Registrar at... MAHABANG PILA ULIT! Anak ng pitumpu't pitong puting putakte't tipaklong namang buhay to! Hindi na ba ito matatapos?!?! Ang sakit sakit! Inabot ako ng mahigit isang oras sa pila dahil nasa dulo ulit ako ng linya nung makarating ako... 

Pero good things happen to those who wait. I think nakuha ko naman na yung good thing na part. 
Sa wakas registered na ako. Nakuha ko na mga class cards ko.

Salamat sa mga tong sumoporta sakin. Salamat sa mga magulang ko dahil hindi ninyo ako pinabayaan at kahit malayo sa isa't isa, naging crying shoulder ko kayo. Yes, umiyak ako dahil sa registration na ito. Stress kasi eh.

Salamat sa inyo na bumabasa nito.

P.S. Salamat din dahil naka 10000 pageviews na itong blog ko! 

Aftershock: Kagagaling ko lang Robinson para mag-grocery... ang haba ng PILA!!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Two New Blogs!

Hi! I was planning for a long time ago to make two other blogs separate to this blog; intended for my music fandom and for my solo visual arts project.

The first blog is titled SKETCH. This blog is where I'll be posting ALL of my drawings; by "all", it means everything including those with NSFW 18+ tags. (*゜д゜*) I have two other sites where I post my drawings: at my Facebook Page SKETCH and at my deviantART Gallery. Of course, there's no way I will post mature content on my Facebook page; unless I censor it by covering the controversial parts which is too boring IMHO. However, I can post mature content on my deviantART gallery. BUT there's a limitation to not posting male erections and sexual penetrations; that would be too boring again, right?

So that's the reason I created this blog.

Another blog I created is titled MUSIKA Review. This blog is intended for posting reviews and news from my favorite music composer, YUKI KAJIURA; this blog also includes news and reviews for related artists such as KAORI ODA, Linked Horizon, Sound Horizon, YUUKA NANRI, ASUKA, and so on.

So what will happen to this blog?

Well, I'm intending to use this blog to document what's happening in my life; my family and school life specifically.

That's all!

God Bless us!
 


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My grades for SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester is finally out!

Err.I think I did fine with my studies last semester. Not too "pabida" at not too "delinquent".

SystemOne already updated my minichecklist. I was a bit nervous kasi yung dalawang GE subjects ko ay medyo ewan.

Ayoko naman syempre maka-5.00 sa GE ko.

ChE 41 - 2.25
ChE 156 - 2.00
ChE 192 - 2.25
ChE 172 - 2.75
PSY 1 - 1.75
PI 10 - 2.00 (nanganganib)
STS 1 - 2.25 (nanganganib)
PE 2 BR - 1.50

Yan!

Grabe talaga yung PI 10! Sobrang nerbyos ko dyan! Hinde kasi ako makapasa-pasa nung mga exams!!! Uhhh.

Yung STS 1 naman, medyo bad trip ata si Sir sakin kasi ang kulit ko kaya yun tagilid din ako. Huhuhu. Buti hindi na ako sinungitan.

Ito ang pinakapangit kong semestre ever. Although walang 3.00, masyado namang pangit at average yung ibang grades.

Well, thankful pa din ako na ganito ang kinalabasan nito.



Saturday, April 20, 2013

I've got a new blog!

Hey guys!

Do check on my new blog SKETCH.

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Childhood Memories "The Chocolate"

Yesterday, I went out to buy some bouillons. Gusto ko kasi magluto ng Lomi.

Then I remembered a funny event that happened back when I was still in Elementary.

There was an event on-going in our house; Hindi ko na maalala kung anung event ba yun. Of course, my relatives were there.

I remembered that our "balik bayan" relatives were also there.

I was with my Mom that time. She was talking with my Aunts.

Suddenly, my cousin (Yep, ikaw ito PJAM!) approached my Mom and told her she wanted to eat the "chocolate" that she found in our fridge.

My mom was puzzled dahil wala siyang maalalang chocolates dun sa fridge.

So sinamahan ko yung pinsan ko para tignan nga kung Chocolates; of course para makihati na rin if ever may chocolates man dun.

I found out na she was referring pala dun sa Knorr Cubes bouillon! Haha. Sobra ang tawa naming lahat!

Mukha naman talagang wrapper ng Chocolate yung silvery na wrapper ng Knorr!

Hehe

Enjoy the Lomi!






REVIEW: Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.#9 Shibuko-Special BD/DVD

Hello!

I finally got the time to write a review about the BD/DVD release of 「Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.#9 Shibuko-Special」!


This BD/DVD is the live footage of the fourth concert under LIVE Vol.#9; this serves as the conclusion concert after the "3days Special".

The concert had the usual vocalists (KAORI, KEIKO, WAKANA, and YURIKO KAIDA), the usual FBM, plus the addition of two guest vocalists (Hanae Tomaru and ASUKA).

I was excited because this will be the first time I'll be seeing Hanae perform her songs live! I'm also excited to see ASUKA perform 「everlasting song」 together with the stay-in members of FictionJunction.

FictionJunction's official HP was also updated prior to this release.


Suddenly, I wanted to see more from ASUKA again.


Basked in glory!

Here's the cover art of the DVD:

cover art
Pretty bluish, no? It's kinda weird seeing Yuki in the lower part of the picture and at the upper part of the picture (together with the utahimes).

Tracklist
1.lotus
2. let the stars fall down
3.my long forgotten cloistered sleep
4.I swear
5.everytime you kissed me
6.I reach for the sun
7.Distance
8.eternal blue
9.Sayonara Solitia
10.Kaze no Machi he
11.Toki no Mukou Maboroshi no Sora
12.paradise regained
13.Credens justitiam
14.L.A.
15.Himeboshi
16.Duran Shoukan
17.Mezame
18.stone cold
19.Sweet Song
20.Hikari no Yukue
21.Parallel Hearts
EC1.everlasting song
EC2. zodiacal sign 

EC3. maybe tomorrow


My review:
Overall, this is an enjoyable LIVE performance. But I still want to see the other performance from the "3days Special" specially the DAY 2 and DAY 3 performance; the DAY 2 performance had Eri Ito only and most of the songs were instrumentals while the DAY 3 performance had Yuri Kasahara and Hanae Tomaru.

ASUKA's and Hanae's performances were also great! I wanna hear more from them.

M1. lotus
Nice opening song specially the overture part which builds up the atmosphere in the concert hall; the overture has some vocals that seemed to be sampled, maybe? Hanae's voice was really cold! Don't get me wrong though, I love her voice. Among Yuki's vocalist, she has an almost non-existent vibrato which is kinda good in some ways. I think.

The violin was nice because it wasn't as flat as the one from "3days SPECIAL". Partially because they used playback strings. The guitar solo after the first first was also good! 

I already heard the LIVE Vol.#7 version of this song which featured WAKANA as the main. The two live versions are both good in a different way.
 
I love the part when KEIKO joined Hanae on the first verse harmonization; just before the others joined.

M2. let the stars fall down
I surely do love the strings! It's simply majestic! The drum build up was also nice.

Hanae and Yuriko were also good. BUT! The harmonization is not that good compared to that of Hanae and KEIKO.

Mmm. I wish Yuki made an (more) extended version of this. Maybe add some Kajiurago in par with Hikaru's verses in 「Manten」.

M3. my long forgotten cloistered sleep
The only thing I loved from the studio version (with Emily Bindiger) was the intro instrumental part. Haha.

WAKANA and KEIKO shed a light on this song; not a fan of Emily, sorry! I'd rather listen to the overused WAKANA and KEIKO harmony than Emily's self-harmony.

Yuriko's solo "la la la" in the end.... ahhhh. so much better.

M4. I swear
But of course, KEIKO has the closest voice to Clara Kennedy! I was rather skeptic about hearing the live version of this but KEIKO did a great job with her English. Her English was very audible hehe.

The chorus was very rich! Very pleasant to the ears.

I love that guitar in the bridge!!! I also love KEIKO's "yeeeeah" in the bridge. Generally, I love it when she does that just like in 「The world」, 「vanity」, and 「Red Moon」.

KAORI's "I swear by the moon" and "I swear by the sun" was also nice! Very whispery.

M5. everytime you kissed me
Really, I love it when FictionJunction covers Emily Bindiger's songs. Their versions are way much better.

Mmmm. There is not much difference from the previous live version. KAORI and KEIKO harmony is always good. No complaints. KAORI is very good with her English too.

The bridge is the best part IMHO. Yuriko and KEIKO harmony followed by WAKANA's solo is love.

I kinda love the playback music box in the bridge too.

M6. I reach for the sun
It's the last Emily Bindiger song to be performed in this live. KEIKO was really good. This song excites me better than 「Mune no Yukue」.

Yuriko and KAORI harmony is also love.

M7. Distance
This song was also nice. I like this better than the "3days Special" because the violin sounded fuller. Well, the original had strings and this live had playbacks.

In the studio version, I loved the Kajiurago and KAORI's parts in the chorus. But it's sad that KAORI's "sono mune ni aahhhh" was drowned in the chorus.

This song is very nostalgic. It was perfect for use as Gundam SEED's ED.

M8. eternal blue
The Kajiurago was great! Specially the Kajiurago at the Bridge. Well, this is a nice song overall.

Yuriko's soprano in the chorus was very stunning. I'm stunned. I love it when Yuriko does that on songs. Also, her solo Kajiurago in the end were great! Very great.

M9. Sayonara Solitia
I was surprised when I first heard this on the "3days Special". Well, the "3days Special" version had KEIKO singing in a cutesy voice which was kinda irritating for me.

This one doesn't have KEIKO's cutesy voice. Very nice. I almost gave up on this because of the cutesy voice. Well, I did gave up on Kalafina's 「in your eyes」 because of KEIKO's cutesy voice.

KAORI and KEIKO harmony is flawless. The yummy part of this song is the violin! The violinist is kinda yummy as well! Haha. That's a joke, laugh!

M10. Kaze no Machi he
During the release of LIVE Vol.#4, I was kinda disappointed because this song wasn't performed. It being KEIKO's first Yuki Kajiura song.

KEIKO's voice in this one wasn't as soft as the studio version. Still, I yearned to listen to live version of this.

Yuki's favorite part of the song was the Kajiurago part. I also loved that part because the different emotions seemed to overflow.

I'm kinda missing the extra sounds in the original, though; that percussion instrument in the studio version.

M11. Toki no Mukou Maboroshi no Sora
Mmm. Surprisingly, I love the live version than the studio version.

Yuriko did it for me again. I love it when she overlaps the chorus.

I thought the four of them would be singing the Kajiurago. Mmm.

WAKANA's voice is powerful as usual.

M12. paradise regained
I was surprised they performed this song. I don't like the original version that much.

I was again surprised when WAKANA did not sing this using her Falsetto voice. Well, sometimes her falsetto is good as that of 「land of water」 and the chorus in 「here we stand in the morning dew」. SOMETIMES, it's not.

M13. Credens justitiam
I really enjoyed listening to the studio version albeit that was very short.

The live version was so much longer; about 200%. This also features two verses, a bridge, and ending verse.

The difference of this live version from Kalafina's cover 「Mirai」 is that this sounded more playful and childish; 「Mirai」 was too pop-ish for my taste. Also the bridge melodies were different; the verse melodies were of course the same.

Again, I love Yuriko's overlapping chorus.

M14. L.A.
Mmmm. No observable difference from the previously released live version.

I wish for more Yuriko Kaida and KAORI harmony. They are really great together; on songs where KAORI is the main and on songs where Yuriko is the main.

M15. Himeboshi
Oh my gosh. Eargasmic!

I love WAKANA and KEIKO version but this is also worth loving! I can feel the emotions on Hanae's voice. Her soprano paired with KEIKO's voice is heaven.

The emotion is overflowing!

Brace yourself, more Hanae to come! Haha

M16. Duran Shoukan
Again, the Hanae and KEIKO harmony is very lovable. I just love the ominous feeling of this song.

There's also another Hanae and Yuriko harmony on the second verse; better than 「let the stars fall down」.

M17. Mezame
The highlight Kajiurago song from the live!

I'm speechless. I love this. I totally love this. Somehow, it less energetic than the usual FJ-only live version; partially because Yuriko was cut out from the verse and WAKANA was cut out from the chorus.

My gosh! That soprano voice of Hanae is very good! Eargasmic! Haha.

The WAKANA and KEIKO duet on the bridge was left unaltered. Which kinda gave the song more power (for me).

Also the climax part just before the end was shocking. Good job on that Hanae! That was really surprising.

Sadly, this is the last Hanae song in the live. I was kinda hoping to see her 「Kara no Kyoukai」 songs; specially M19+20 and M24.

M18. stone cold
Yey, another powerful song!

This is the best Japanese song in the live. You can see that from the reaction of the people! Haha. They were all standing and air fisting.

The KAORI and Yuki harmony in the first verse is lovable.

My favorite part of this song was the supposedly third verse just before the bridge where a layer voice is added in every line; First line (KAORI), next line (KEIKO joins), next line and beyond (Yuriko joins).

Also, Yuriko doing the Kajiurago while having that sexy body movement. Hehe. That was nice!

M19. Sweet Song
True to its name, this is really a sweet song.

KAORI is the main vocalist of this song. She did a good job with the English, IMHO. Also, I think this is the best English song in the live.

The KEIKO, WAKANA, and Yuriko Kaida harmony was also great as well. I love it when FJ performs a Tokyo Konsei track and able to make it into an almost another version.

M20. Hikari no Yukue
Finally, a live version of my favorite FictionJunction WAKANA song.

The intro part from the original was cut out.

WAKANA did a good job singing it. The Tokyo Konsei part was changed into a KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuriko Kaida harmony. The Kajiurago was really the best part of this song but I think the harmony kinda drowned WAKANA's vocals a bit.

I also love Yuriko and KAORI's "kastiya... kastiya".

M21. Parallel Hearts
The violin was way better than the "3days Special". I hated the flat performance from the "3days Special".

IMHO, I love the studio version better than any of the live version of this song. I wish Kajiura retained Yuriko's "aaaah" on the bridge. I also wish she retained the at least the playback "tick-tack-tick-tack" effect just before KEIKO's bridge.

But among the live version, I love this the most. Because the utahimes weren't as tired as the other versions.

EC1. everlasting song
There's nothing to hate about the Kajiurago intro. The Kajiurago was ethereal. I'm elated. Also that violin solo is also worth the love!

ASUKA was actually a secret guest vocalist in this live. The audience were really surprised when she appeared. Haha.

Yuriko and KAORI retained some of their parts while KEIKO and WAKANA didn't. But I was actually surprised that the FJ-only version was arranged in that WAKANA does the chorus for Yuriko's part while KEIKO does the chorus for KAORI's part. It's as if Yuki was actually planning to invite ASUKA right from LIVE Vol.#2.

It was fun watching ASUKA sing. ASUKA's voice is indeed expressing freedom.

Because of this, I'm now hoping ASUKA will appear on FJ's new album. Soon. Yes, I still believe on  FJ's second album. I hope Yuki compose new songs for ASUKA.

I remember in an interview that she's sorry because she invited ASUKA to sing only one song.

EC2. zodiacal sign
This is a perfect encore song IMHO.

It was fun watching Yuki and the uthimes singing together. Also that choreograph, although not as elaborated as Kalafina's, was nice.

EC3. maybe tomorrow
Nice ending song for a great live!

I specially loved the bridge when all four were harmonizing.

Top 5 Favorites
1. Mezame
2. stone cold
3. Sweet Song
4. everlasting song
5. Credens justitiam


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Estranged cousin's name...

I wasn't able to attend our group meeting so they told me na mag-add nalang ako ng kahit anong pwede kong i-add.

Napili kong topic yung "connecting people" na topic.

Inedit ko na rin yung tarpaulin kasi medyo off yung pagkakapatung-patong ng mga elements.

Click on the picture to enlarge!
Ayoko namang gamiting ng name ko sa comments so ginamit ko ang name ng pinsan kong neer ko pang nakita personally.

She's staying somewhere sa Canada.They're staying there for more than 20 years na. Kebs lang. Sabi ko nga, kung ayaw niya kaming i-recognize na relatives nila, magkalimutan na lang kami. Nonexistent sila.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Twenteenth Birthday to me! Day 3

Maagang-maaga. Nagpunta kaming simbahan. Masaya naman yung lecture. Ang tanging ayaw ko lang dun sa simba eh mas mahaba pa yung announcements kesa sa homily. Grabe lagi na lang ganun.

Anyways, ayokong masira ang araw ko dahil lang sa announcements.


Pag-uwi namin ng bahay, deretso impake na kami papuntang resort. Pinili naming magresort para walang uninvited guest ang pumunta sa birthday ko. Kasi according sa pinsan ko, madami daw mga hampaslupang epal ang umattend sa birthday ni mama nung nakaraang linggo! Grabe ang epal lang ha, feeling close sa amin?!?!

Naalala ko lang kasi nung birthday ni Dad 3-4 years ago...

Every October kasi, me black rosary na nangyayari sa mga bahay bahay. Sakto sa birthday ni Dad, ililipat na nila Mama yung Virgin Mary sa ibang bahay. Before sila pumunta sa ibang bahay, nagluto muna kami ng pansit panghanda; although wala si Dad nun kasi nagpunta atang ibang bansa. Naiwan kami ni lola sa bahay. 15 minutes lang after umalis sila Mama, me dumating na bata! Isang dugyuting bata na anak nung isang nanay (of 5 kids) dun sa may slum area. Kalaro nung kapatid ko yung ate nung bata so feeling ko dinaldal ng kapatid ko yung birthday ni Dad. Tanung nung bata "Asinnu ti agbirthday?". Nagulat kami ni lola, panu alam nung bata na may birthday sa bahay. Haha. Sabi namin walang me birthday kasi literal naman na wala sa bahay si Dad. Yun, umuwi na yung bata. Grabe tawa kami ng tawa ni Lola. Nyahaha. Porket me birthday, libreng tsibog agad?! 

Haha.

Anyways, yun nga diretso na kami resort. Sumama samin si Tita Tere pati na rin sina Ayesha at Miguel. 

Pagkadating namin, ligo agad mga bata eh.

Ako, kumain muna. Haha. Kain lang talaga.

  
want some barbecue?
Nagtampisaw ng paunti unti. Andami kasing ibang tao. Datirati kasi pag-a-ari naman ang mga pools nyahaha. Tsaka maaraw din.

Grabe kainan at kwentuhan lang tlaga ang ginawa namin. Had fun fun fantasy fun!

With my family!
Sobrang nag-enjoy ako sa celebration ng birthday ko kahit alam kong kinabukasan eh uuwi na naman ako pabalik sa realidad na nangyayari sa elbi. hayyyzzz.

Salamat sa lahat ng dumalo si birthday ko! Salamat ng marami sa Mama at Papa ko dahil nakapag-birthday celeb ulit ako. It's more fun with the family talaga.


Happy Twenteenth Birthday to me! Day 2

Nang umaga na yon, nagpunta kami ng Save More sa Santiago para bumili ng mga panghanda. Andami naming binili, pang noche-buena lang ang peg?


Dahil isa ako sa magluluto, nagdecide akong pumili ng madaling lutuin. Gusto ko sana pasta with pesto sauce kaso walang tindang pesto sauce ang Save More. Wala din Basil leaves so... bagsak namin ay Filipino-style spaghetti. Actually hindi ko gusto ang Filipino-style kasi masyadong matamis para sa panlasa ko. Pero gora na rin para naman maiba kasi laging maasim yung niluluto namin eh. 

Pero okay lang talaga sakin ang Barbecue at Spag. Simple lang ang gusto ko haha. I-reserve nalang yung ibang pera sa debut ko next birthday! Woooo!

Pag-uwi namin, nagprepare na agad ako nung mga ingridients. Hassle kasi pag spag kasi dapat pino ang mga ingridients.

Anyways, natapos ang gabi namin na sooper excited kami sa event para bukas.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Twenteenth Birthday to me! Day 1

Dalawampung taong gulang na rin ako sa wakas. Pero ayoko pa talagang mawala sa aking teen stage kaya naman "twenteenth" ang gamit ko. Wala nang basagan ng trip! Haha.

Dahil hindi ako nakauwi nung birthday celebration ni Mama last February 10, inobliga ako ng Papa ko na umuwi sa birthday ko. Hindi sana ako uuwi kasi andaming kong gagawin atsaka wala akong pera pero sabi niya ibabalik daw nya ang perang magagastos ko sa trip so pumayag na rin ako.

Pero kainis lang nung araw na yun kasi ina-allergy na naman ko. After ng boring na klase ko sa ChE 172, dali-dali akong dumeretso papuntang Olivarez. Pero, hep! Kumain muna ako sa Jollibee at nagtake out narin ng pang-lunch o snack. Nagulat pa ako nung nakita ko si "Dragonesa" kumakain! Si "Dragonesa" ay yung assistant ng College Secretary namin sa CEAT. Andami na niyang nabiktima sa kaswangitan nya! Haha. Isa na ako dun nung OF palang ako.

Anyways, namumukhaan niya ata ako dahil kakapasa ko lang nung week na iyon ang aking Plan of Course Work.

Around 2PM ako nakarating sa Cubao. Nagpunta ulit ako sa Jollibee dun para magrefill ng aking mga resources. Haha. Mas mura kasi pag sa Jollibee ka bumili kaysa sa mga stop overs na overpriced eh hindi mo pa na-attain yung satisfaction na hinahanap mo.

Ang nakuha kong ticket ay ticket no. 39 sa byaheng 2:30PM. Buti nalang 10 minutes lang ako maghihintay unlike nung ibang byahe ko last time na kahit 2PM ako dumating eh 5PM na lang ang bakante...

Ako na talaga ang masipag. Nagbabasa ako ng Noli me Tangere at El FIlibusterismo sa bus habang nabyahe! I can't believe na natapos ko yung selected chapters nung nakarating na kami sa Bulacan. Nainggit ata yung katabi ko at nagbasa din sya ng Bob Ong. Salamat sa bagong pair of glasses ko, hindi ako nahihilo habang nagbabasa.

Napakacomfortable ng bus ng Victory Liner. Parang deluxe na nga yung sinakyan ko pero ndi sya deluxe ah!

Around 1:40AM na ako nakarating sa bahay. Of course, sinundo ako nila Mama, Papa, at Chamme sa babaan ko. Weeeh!

Anyways, hindi ko man lang naenjoy ang Feb Fair. Tsk. Wala talaga akong social life. At least nag-e-enjoy pa rin ako haha!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kaori Oda Third Single 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」

[UPDATE]

Team Entertainment finally uploaded the short version of 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 PV in their YouTube and Nico Nico Douga account!

http://youtu.be/FQX9IoMuob8

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Hey guys!
It's already confirmed that the three songs previously announced in this post, Kaori Oda to sing new songs for 「AMNESIA Crowd」 + More!, will be released as a single.


That's KAORI's third single for you.

And yes, it seems that Kaori is really going for the game-tie route.

You can get a glimpse of the game version of 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 HERE.

It's an upbeat song. Yes!

Anyways, the confirmation post was taken from HERE.

I'll translate it anyways.

NOTE: Translation in italicized gray font placed directly below the phrase/sentence/paragraph.

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人気シンガー・織田かおりさんのNewシングル「暁のバタフライ」が、4月24日に発売することが決定した!しかも収録曲は、女性向け人気ゲームレーベル・オトメイトの最新作『AMNESIA CROWD(アムネシア クラウド)』(4月18日発売予定)のOPテーマ&EDテーマとなっている。
The popular singer Kaori Oda's new single 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 will be released on April 24! The tracklist will contain the OP and ED for the third installment of the popular otome game 「AMNESIA CROWD」 which will be released on April 18.

織田かおりさんNewシングルは、PSP用ゲーム『AMNESIA CROWD』のオープニング主題歌「暁のバタフライ」と、エンディングテーマ「君と愛になる」をフルコーラスで収録!
The PSP game 「AMNESIA CROWD」's OP theme song 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」 and ED theme song 「Kimi to Ai ni Naruwill be included in the single!

更に、スマートフォンアプリ『アムネシア for iOS & Android』オープニング主題歌「記憶(きみ)のシルエット」もフルコーラスで収録している。
Furthermore, the full version of the OP theme song for the smartphone game  「AMNESIA for iOS & Android」 shall be included.

CD+DVDの2枚組仕様でのリリースで、、DVDディスクには「暁のバタフライ」ミュージッククリップの他、『AMNESIA CROWD』と『アムネシア for iOS & Android』のゲームオープニングムービーも収録しているぞ!
The release is going to be a CD+DVD set. The DVD will contain the PV for 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」, and the opening movie clips for 「AMNESIA CROWD」 and 「AMNESIA for iOS & Android!

是非ともゲットしておきたい1枚だ!
By all means, should get your own copy! 

<Release info>
CD◆「暁のバタフライ」
(Romaji: Akatsuki no Butterfly)
2013年4月24日(水)発売
Artist:織田かおり
Catalog Number:KDSD-00633、00634
Price:1,890円(税込)
Released by:team Entertainment Co., ltd
Sold by:Sony Music Entertainment Japan


【収録予定】
【CD】
1. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」(PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」OPテーマ)
2. 「Kimi to Ai ni Naru」(PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」EDテーマ)
3. 「Kioku no Silhouette」(スマートフォンアプリ「アムネシア for iOS & Android」OPテーマ)
4. 「暁のバタフライ(Off Vocal)」
5. 「君と愛になる(Off Vocal)」
6. 「記憶(きみ)のシルエット(Off Vocal)」

【DVD】
1. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」ミュージッククリップ
(Music Video)
2. 「Akatsuki no Butterfly」PSP用ゲームソフト「AMNESIA CROWD」オープニングムービー
3. 「Kioku no Silhouette」スマートフォンアプリ「アムネシア for iOS & Android」オープニングムービー

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Plus some other things which just tells about KAORI's profile and her first one-man live commemorating the released of her first solo album  「PLACE」
<織田かおりプロフィール>
抜群の歌唱力により早くから注目され、様々なプロダクツに参加。
梶浦由記プロジェクト『FictionJunction』に参加し、NHKテレビアニメ「ツバサクロニクル」でそのベールを脱ぐ。
現在は『FictionJunction』、サウンドクリエイター“Revo”の主催する幻想楽団『Sound Horizon』参加する傍ら、ソロとしてもゲーム「AMNESIA」のテーマ曲等、数々の楽曲を担当。
またネットを中心に活躍している気鋭のアーチスト「海賊王」「ティッシュ姫」「早川誠一郎」と共に、『アナザーユニオン』を結成しライブを中心に活動を始める。
2013年2月6日に初のソロアルバム「PLACE」をリリース。
今、注目されているシンガーの一人である。


<織田かおり イベント情報>
 2月6日にリリースされた、織田かおりさんのアルバム「PLACE」の発売を記念して、CD発売記念イベントを開催!『薄桜鬼』の主題歌で人気の吉岡亜衣加さんも出演してのジョイントイベント。
日時:3月3日(日)
時間:12:00~、14:30~ (2回公演)
会場:神奈川県・たまプラーザテラス ゲートプラザ 1Fフェスティバルコート
http://www.tamaplaza-terrace.com/
(最寄り駅:東急田園都市線 たまぷらーざ駅)
内容:ミニライブ、サイン会
●詳細はこちら!




That's all!
Once again, please support KAORI by buying this single.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kaori Oda to sing new songs for 「AMNESIA Crowd」 + More!

KAORI will be singing the OP and ED for the PSP otome game  「AMNESIA Crowd」; this game is the third game from the series.

FYI, the game series is actually popular and I hope these songs will be released as a single.

For more information, please the official web site at:
http://www.otomate.jp/amnesia_crowd

But wait, there's more!

KAORI will also be singing the OP for the iOS and Android port of the first game  「AMNESIA」.
The OP will be included in the album 「MANYO WORKS BEST!!」.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.team-e.co.jp/products/kdsd-00623.html

That's all!

I'm actually curious. Will KAORI's solo work be focusing on game-ties? I want an anime-tie though.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy vs. Grumpy... you decide!

Anyways, yesterday I changed my Facebook DP and actually used the grumpy version of me because it looked more mature than the happy version. Well, I'm turning twenteen soon so I decided to at lease look mature on the photos.

Here's the Happy me!





The grumpy version




Haha. My mom told me to shave-off teh facial hair because I don't look good with teh mature look.

Friday, February 8, 2013

REVIEW: Kaori Oda 「PLACE」

Note: I don't provide download links. I only give download links for exclusive releases. Thank you! Although some of the songs are available for download somewhere in my blog.

Fans of KAORI, the long-awaited 1st Album 「PLACE」 is finally available in the market!!

Support KAORI by buying the original CD!

Also, Yuki Kajiura tweeted her supports on KAORI. Show you support too! Tweet her with the hash tag #place_kaori.

RELATED POST: TRANSLATION: "kaori's melody: 1st Album PLACE 発売!!

Here's the cover art:

simple?

Tracklist:
1. PLACE
2. Brilliant World
3. Eien no Ichibyou
4. Promise
5. My Destiny
6. Mizukagami
7. No sing, No life
8. Sekai no Hate de
9. Hi no Ataru Basho he
10. Honki ni Uso (Ver. True Heart)
11. Hajimari no Kioku
12. Emotional
13. Calling

My review:
There are nine songs with tie-in projects. Only seven of the tie-in songs were previously released in the market as singles or compilations. The remaining five songs are new.

M1. PLACE
The title song is an upbeat song \(^0^). This song was composed by Takumi Ozawa; she's also the composer for most of YUUKA's solo songs nowadays. This is actually their second song together. The first one was 「LOVE×∞」; This song is relatively unknown to most of the fans. Anyways, 「PLACE」 is actually good. Very pop-pish. I was expecting some Ozawago though. The chorus is very catchy too! This is actually what I expect for most of the new songs in her album. (9/10)

M2. Brilliant World
This song was used as the OP for the DS game 「Luminous Arc」. I played the game, it was actually a very good JRPG; though I still haven't finished it. A typical J-pop song. Actually, it's quite repetitive. I used to like this back when I was still searching for her solo songs. But IMHO, this is better than the second game's OP 「Unlimited World」. I really love the piano parts and the build up of strings before the chorus. (6/10)

M3. Eien no Ichibyou
This song was used as the ED for the PSP game 「AMNESIA Later」. Yuki Kajiura really like KAORI singing ballads; this is not a Yuki Kajiura composition BTW. For me, I like KAORI singing upbeat songs more. But this quite nice anyways. Though it is still not a favorite song of mine. This sounds very otome-ish; well, the game is an otome genre game. (7/10)

M4. Promise.
I've been stressing in a lot of social networking sites that is is my favorite new song from her album. I love upbeat songs! I wish I can see this performed live. I really love the chorus because it's very catchy. I hope for more songs like this in the future! The mix of the chorus vocals were also good. (10/10)

M5. My Destiny
This song was used as an theme song[?] for the drama CD 「AMNESIA of the Dead」. Another otome-ish upbeat song. It was actually a likeable upbeat song of hers until 「Promise」 came. (8/10)

M6. Mizukagami
This song was used as the ED for the PSP game 「L.G.S ~Shinsetsu Houshin Engi~」. Another ballad! I'm not actually a fan of ballad but sometimes just hafta listen to it. KAORI's sweet voice is all over the song. It is actually one of the "progressive" ballads that starts of at low pitch and ends in high pitch. Nice one although still haven't reach LSS mode for me. I actually love the "aaaahhhhh" in the bridge (7/10)

M7. No sing, No life
And another upbeat song... but slower compared to 「Promise」. The chorus was actually weird.... for me. But thanks to that, I was LSS on this song for two days hahaha! (7/10)

M8. Sekai no Hate de
This song was used in another PSP otome game 「L.G.S ~Shinsetsu Houshin Engi~」. I only heard this from previews of the song in youtube. Yes there's also another "aaaaaahhhh" in this song. This is actually a likeable ballad. A sweet song indeed. The chorus build up was nice IMHO. (8/10)

M9. Hi no Ataru Basho he
This song was tied with the 3DS game 「Unchained Blade EXXiV」. I hope to get my hands on this game once it localizes in my country. A very long ballad but it's worth listening to it. I specially like the "unchained my heart" lyrics before the chorus. The last part of the chorus had a twist part which left me wanting for more but sadly, it ends there... Haha. (9/10).

M10. Honki no Uso (Ver. True Heart)
This song was used as the OP for the game 「Wild Arms XF」. I thought it was actually balladish at the start but this is actually an upbeat song. This was also one of the first song I heard when I was searching for her solo works. The instrumentals are actually very rich; It got a lot of instruments you wouldn't normally hear on typical Jpops. Nice one although I was actually hoping it's sister song 「Taga Tameni」 would be included instead of this. (8/10)

M11. Hajimari no Kioku
This song was used as the OP for the PSP otome game 「AMNESIA Later」. This is my favorite ballad song among her other ballads. The song is very sweet and nostalgic. \(^0^ ) (10/10)

M12. Emotional
Yey another upbeat song! But a typical Jpop song. It has yet to grow on me. (6/10)

M13. Calling
This song was used as the ED for the anime 「Baccano!」. This was composed by Yuki Kajiura. Well, duh? Of course this is a good song. It's actually quite high pitched. The mix of Yuriko Kaida and Kaori Nishina in the chorus is very enjoyable. (10/10)

Overall Rating: 8.08/10
But this is just me rating. You are free to rate the songs according to your liking.

Top 5 Favorites:
1. Calling
2. Promise
3. Hajimari no Kioku
4. Hi no Ataru Basho he
5. PLACE

TRANSLATION: "kaori's melody: 1st Album PLACE 発売!!"

Did you already buy your own copy? Just asking \(^0^ ).

Anyways, after the long wait, KAORI's album is finally out in the market. I'll do a review on the songs later. 

This is a [rough] translation on the blog post made by KAORI prior to the release of her album. She visited many stores who's currently selling her album.

Hopefully, lots of people will buy. I wanna listen to more KAORI on the future, so let's all support her with this giant leap in her career! 

permalink: http://blog.livedoor.jp/kaori_melody/archives/51764620.html
NOTE: Translation in gray color place directly below the original text. Some lines were left unstranslated.

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1st Album PLACE 発売!!
1st Album PLACE released!!


2013年2月6日(水)!

大雪警報が出ていた関東地方ですが、皆さまご無事でしょうか??
The announcement of heavy snow over Kanto was out in the news, was everyone okay??

そんな中、無事に織田かおり1st Album 『PLACE』が発売されました.。゚+.(・∀・)゚+.゚
On the other hand, today is the launching of my 1st Album 『PLACE』.

大雪と言っていたけれども、なんとか天候が持ち、最後は雨になって良かったです!
Though it was supposed to snow, it only rained! I'm so happy

今日は、たくさんの店舗さんにご挨拶に伺わさせて頂きました。
Today, I went to introduce myself to the a lot of stores selling my album.


~アニメイト秋葉原店さんにて~
~Animate Akihabara Branch~





















~ステラワースさんにて~


~アニメイト池袋店さんにて~
~Animate Ikebukuro Branch~




















~タワレコ新宿店さんにて~
~Tower Records Shinjuku Branch~




































~アニメイト新宿店さんにて~
~Animate Shinjuku Branch~
















~アニメイト渋谷店さんにて~
~Animate Shibuya Branch~




















~タワレコ渋谷店さんにて~
~Tower Records Shibuya Branch~























各店舗のスタッフの皆様に、本当に良くして頂きました。
Every staff in the stores were really nice.
アニメイト秋葉原店・吉岡さん、 ステラワース・川村さん、アニメイト池袋店・大工園さん、タワレコ新宿店・中澄さん、アニメイト新宿店・甲斐さん、アニメイト渋谷店・田畑さん、嶌さん、タワレコ渋谷店・滝野さん!
Thanks to... (She's basically giving thanks to the persons in each picture.)

各店舗さんにサイン入りポスターや色紙、メッセージ等ありますので、是非チェックしてみて下さい♪
Come and check out the autographed posters and my messages on each store ♪


本当に、私一人の力では出来上がることはありませんでした。
I couldn't have done all of this alone.

制作に関わったスタッフチーム、楽曲提供して下さった作家チーム、そして応援して下さる皆様あっての作品です。
This is the result of everyone's [the staff, song writers, etc.] work and everyone who supported us.
末永く愛してもらえたらいいな。

織田かおり『PLACE』、宜しくお願いします!!
Oda Kaori 『PLACE』 , Thank you!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

REVIEW: SWORD ART ONLINE Original Soundtrack

NOTE: Again, I'm not giving any download links. So if you want a copy, go search elsewhere. I only give download links to exclusive releases. Thank you!

It's been a while since the last soundtrack release by Yuki Kajiura; The last one before this was the second part of 「Fate/Zero」's sountrack.

I started watching 「SWORD ART ONLINE」 after Yuki Kajiura announced that she'll be doing the soundtrack. The first episode was quite enjoyable. Well, I'm a fan of JRPG that's why I can relate to the anime because the theme revolves around playing MMOJRPG.

What also made me motivated to watch the show is that REMI, popularly known as a member of Revo's 「Sound Horizon」, will be providing vocals for the soundtrack. I really love REMI's voice. I actually wished REMI to work for Yuki Kajiura. Now, that wish was granted. #sohappy.


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The original soundtrack was again bundled with the limited edition BD of the anime. -sigh- I've been wanting a standalone OST for a long time. By the minute, the way they sell Yuki's OST is getting worst.The pattern... SO FAR.

「Kara no Kyoukai」 - OST bundled with the DVD release. Included the credits for the whole soundtrack and not for each song.

「Puella Magi ☆ Madoka Magica」 - OST bundled with the BD only release. Included the credits for each song... but some mismatch with the credits especially the third volume of the soundtrack.

「Fate/Zero」 - OST bundled with -sigh- BD box! Included the credits for the whole soundtrack and not for each song.

「SWORD ART ONLINE」 - OST bundled again with the BD only release. No other credits for the soundtrack but Yuki Kajiura.

Hah! The only SMEJ released of Yuki Kajiura soundtrack which is a stand alone and included proper crediting is her 「Rekishi Hiwa Historia」 soundtracks.

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Anyways, enough with the ranting.

Since this is not a standalone, here's the Limited BD cover:





Here's the tracklist:
1. swordland
          Vocal: REMI, Tokyo Konsei
2. feel uneasy s
3. everyday life
4. quiet strain s
5. no way s
6. stand at bay
7. weird place s
8. survive the swordland
9. taut nerves s
10. a tense situation
11. a strategy meeting s
12. in your past
13. march down
14. left in suspense
15. we have to defeat it
          Vocal: REMI
          Chorus: Tokyo Konsei
16. at our parting
17. confront battle
18. at our parting -piano only
19. luminous sword
          Vocal: REMI
20. at our parting -vc only
21. a close battle
22. a tender feeling
23. a narrow escape
          Chorus: REMI
24. he rules us
          Chorus: Tokyo Konsei
25. fight!!!
26. a tiny love
27. smile for me
28. gracefully
29. a squabble
30. with my friend
31. the first town
          Vocal: REMI
32. at nightfall
33. despaired

My review:
I actually enjoyed the whole soundtrack. One thing I notice about the soundtrack is that there are lots of SFX music. Generally, SFX music is not a bad thing. But there are lots. As in lots. And they were place in succession starting from 「feel uneasy」.

There's also a lot of rendition of the main theme 「swordland」. Actually, the main theme itself is similar to 「Fate/Zero」's 「rule the battlefield」. You can hear a fragment of the main theme on 「survive the swordland」 and 「in your past」, to name a few. This song has two parts, REMI's and Tokyo Konsei's part. Actually, the instrumental parts for both parts were kinda repeated. REMI started it with her majestic voice... Ahhhh she's so good. The second part features Tokyo Konsei. They were good as well. I think this is my most loved Tokyo Konsei track so far. What intrigued me is that the anime version feature them in reverse; Tokyo Konsei's part first before REMI's part.

The next vocal song is 「we have to defeat it」. This sounded like a typical Yuri Kasahara and Tokyo Konsei song but the female voice is younger so I think this is REMI's operatic voice. Very enjoyable especially the instrumental part. The string!!! The string \(^0^ )

My most awaited vocal song is REMI's 「luminous sword」. It's a generic Yuki Kajiura battle theme music but I still kinda love it because of REMI. She also did the chorus for the song, btw. I really love her voice in this music. This song is also one of the generic type of songs to be included in Yuki Kajiura LIVEs so I'm crossing my finger on hearing FictionJunction performing this; My bet that it would be Yuriko as main vocal. Although inviting REMI for the LIVE is also a a dream, nee? BTW the string was great!

The fourth vocal song is 「a narrow escape」. It features REMI on the chorus of a techno song. If you've been listening to non-Yuki Kajiura soundtracks that featured REMI, you can see that this song is similar to those. The wailing voice is overwhelming. I actually want Kajiura to make songs like this in the future. Of course, more REMI puhlease! If you want to hear more REMI songs like this, you can listen to 「Fairy Tail」's and 「SHIKI」's soundtracks.

The fifth vocal song is 「he rules us」. The instrumental was good. This would be similar to 「Fate/Zero」's 「you are my King」. Albeit, I kinda like this one better. Strings again FTW! At least this has no flute. I don't actually like flutes although flute is the only instrument I can play.

The last vocal song is 「the first town」. Actually, I never heard the vocal part of this song in the anime. As in never. I hated the staff for that. Why not include the vocal part?!!?! That was eargasmic, you know! Uhhh. Anyways, this is another strings music. The vocal part was sung by REMI. I also think this a typical song to be included in Yuki Kajiura LIVEs. The song kinda fitted 「Rekishi Hiwa Historia」, don't ya think?

I was expecting more songs such as 「fight!!!」. With more piano etc. But we got strings instead. Strings were good, IMHO. I hated the fact that some songs were not utilized especially 「luminous sword」 and 「the first town」. What were they thinking? This is just so wrong. Now, I do hope that there are also REMI songs for the second volume of the soundtrack.

Well, I do hope some song would appear in the next Yuki Kajiura LIVE coming this May! Also, more REMI songs puhlease? Yuki Kajiura, please? Thanks!


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Unexpected Trip = Sabaw

Hay buhay. First Hell Week ko ito ngayong sem. Ngayon lang ako nakaranas ulit ng ganito: araw-araw me exams tapos may mga ipapasa pang requirements. Last na nangyari sa akin ito eh nung sophomore ako. Sobrang tagal na non.

Anyways, ngayong araw na ito, ChE 41 ang exam ko. Tungkol sa chemical process industries. Eh di syempre aral ako masyado. Noong Monday pa ako nag-aral pero paulit-ulit lang ang pagkabisa.

Sobrang ganda nang umagang ito. As usual, maaga akong nagigising para maaga ding pumasok. Ang first class ko ay PE 2 Bridge sa may copeland. Hassle kasi magmadali kaya laging 30 minutes before pasukan eh umalis na ko ng bahay.

So yun nga. The usual routine. Lakad-Jeep-Lakad. Nakabili na rin ako ng bagong earphones kaya nakasalpak sa tenga ko; plus, surround sound sya kaya feel na feel ko yung music weeeh!

Dati-rati, "Kaliwa" na jeep mga sinasakyan ko. Pero nitong mga nakaraang araw, puro pa-"Kanan". So ngayong araw, pinalampas ko yung pa-"Kaliwa" tapos dun ako sa pa-"Kanan" sumakay.

Hoops. May bakante!

Yun nga. Feeling comfortable na ako sa seat ko. Naiinis lang ako nung nag-a-abot na ako ng pamasahe ko kasi pinagtinginan lang nung mga Kuyang katabi ko sung bayad ko. Ni isa, walang nag-abot! Hanep kayo! Anlaki nyong t*e! Kinailangan ko pang kulbitin yung ate sa pinakadulo - two big man away from me.

Binuksan ko na lang yung notebook ko tapos ni-re-recall yung mga notes. Medyo madilim pa noon pero keri lang. Hindi ko pinapansin yung daan. Nung napasilip ako sa labas, nagulat ako dahil abot-tingin ko na yung infirmary!

Nagulat ako pero hindi ko pinahalata. Nagmasid ako sa mga katabi ko. Napansin ko halos matatanda yung mga kasabayan ko.  Kaya pala...

Nagsibabaan sila sa duun sa pinakadulong babaan sa taas.

Nagpanic na ako nung ako lang ang natira sa jeep. Sabay tanung kay kuya kung baba siya.

Nagulat din si kuyang driver. Haha.

Pumayag naman siyang bumaba agad. Although naririnig ko na bumubulong bulong siya. Aba partially kasalanan din niya ah! "Kanan" lang kasi nakalagay sa karatula niya. Dapat me "Forestry" din noh.

Ayoko lang ma-late kasi baka pakantahin ako ni Ma'am sa PE2!!! Ayoko nga! Binabayaran kaya ang boses ko! Ahahaha.

Thank God, ndi ako late!

Sana hindi na ulit mangyari ito sakin.