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Clearing my head October 21, 2015

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When was the last time that I used this blog? I believe my last post was on October 2011. Many things has happened since then. It was a roller coaster ride where I experienced a few ups and downs. However I would like to talk about one particular item, or in this case a hobby.

As an individual, I came across a lot of hobbies yet I remained faithful to a handful of them. It is hard to stick a particular hobby yet when you do find one, it is something you do not want to let go. Yes, I finally found that passion to stick with for the rest of my life. It goes something like ” Don Dokko Don”…

What is that? What is some important about it? Why was it necessary to mention it? That particular sound comes from a drum. A taiko drum. The sound made from a taiko drum is beautiful. But its true beauty can be seen from its culture.

The taiko group that I learned from plays as an ensemble. An ensemble is a group of at least 3 individuals that plays a taiko piece on any particular drum. Here is a list of those drums, from smallest to biggest: Shime-daiko, Chu-daiko, O-Daiko. With these three drum sizes (Edit: there are various other drum sizes) and other instruments like the cannon, fue, gong,etc, can be used to play existing and potential taiko pieces.

However, there are different styles of taiko and I was fortunate to learn the Suwa-style from non-other than Hiro Kurashima, founder and leader of Taiko Masala and member of the New York Suwa Taiko Association. Kurashima-sensei teaches all the NYSTA groups and every summer, he opens up his dojo offering a months worth of classes to any individual who wants to learn and perform taiko at the Mitsuwa Natsu Matsuri Festival (Edit: these past two years ’14-’15, classes were not available).

To my understanding, he has offered these free courses for probably more than 3 summers in a row. I can recall a certain Mitsuwa 2011 flyer that had these free taiko classes ad. I was more than willing to learn something new and related to Japanese culture. I also wanted to learn playing the drums. Though there were a few factors that prevented me from participating: being a coward, my LA trip for AX’12, and my summer job.

So I decided to wait until next year to see if another opportunity would pop up. Little did I know, the June pamphlet posted an ad for free taiko classes.  I thought to myself “I must take these classes now” I submit my email and waited for a response. A few days later I got the response I was looking forward to. My love for taiko just started.

Fast forward to August, the performance was done, the festival was over, but I was not satisfied. I craved to learn more about taiko playing. After Hiro-sensei’s final performance, he handed out flyers to audience with the notion of recruiting more students for his saturday open classes. I thought to myself ” I can continue to learn and play taiko by saving up my money!” Surely, I went ahead and save as much as I could for taiko classes.

I managed to attend classes after my part-time job but I knew that money would become an issue if I did not find employment after the seasonal job. I managed to get work through my father’s restaurant and managed to continue with clases. Unfortunately it came to an end when I had to work on Saturday afternoons.

Though with work and other spending priorities got in the way, it got to the point where I waited for the restaurant to close down one Saturday so I can attend a class. That day came finally arrived where there was very little work for brunch. During the brunch shift, my manager was overlooking the guest numbers for the night shift. There were less than average for a Saturday dinner and I saw a glimmer of hope. I hoped the manager would tell me to pack up for the afternoon. I was prepared to run back home, get my bachi sticks and go down to brooklyn and play some drums. However the restaurant received more reservations and I was stuck at work.

I had no possibility of changing my schedule. But something miraculous happen and I had the opportunity to quit my part-time (felt like full-time) job in order to pursue a consultant gig. It was one of the happiest moment in my life. I could drum with everyone again.

Let’s fast forward a bit to June 2013. I learned some new songs and I was ready to play with my colleagues at the NYSTA open house. On the day of the open house, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the leaders, and probably co-founder, of New York Taiko Kai. On our way to Sensei’s dojo, we got to know each other and become good acquaintances.

Simply put, 2k13 was a good year for me and I got to play with incredible individuals. I stopped playing in January 2014 as I moved down here to Florida. Where I am currently located, there are no local taiko groups. The nearest group is in Orlando, a 2 hour trip. I made the trip twice and it was a great experience. However it was too time consuming and it placed a deep dent on my pockets. Should I ever have the pleasure to move again, I will head to a city/town that has an open taiko group and resume with this passion. I love taiko so much that I do not want to give up on it.

Maybe October 31, 2011

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Maybe it is natural for us humans to be selfish
To probably not give a second thought about our selfish actions
To probably disregard the consequences the surrounding party will receive

Maybe that is why we have rules, regulations, laws
To guide people into doubting their selfish actions
To prevent anyone from conflicting harm to everyone

If this is true, then we should be considerate to everyone
Be helpful to one another in times of dire need
And to make that one sacrifice for the greater good

But what if doing this, everyone will be taken advantage of
And have conflicting meaings of dire need, nobody will try to help you out
that by making this sacrifice, we do not achieve happiness

All of these ideas are just fragments of the big picture in our current society
The root of such a chaotic society lingers from the past
What can be done be about this when only small fragments of this country’s population voices their opinions for change

In regard to these current movements, we know that change is needed, but how big will that change be?
And who will be affected? No, this is not the appropriate question.
Instead, Can we all be united for this change?

iPad2? March 2, 2011

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As rumors have been circulating for the past couple of months or so, today Apple has finally announced the iPad2.

As most have expected, the new model provides two cameras, facetime capabilities, the new A5 processor, same battery duration as the original, availability on both at&t and verizon networks, early release date, a slimmer form factor, a larger speaker and a new dongle for HDMI output. As for software features, the iPad 2 will have GarageBand, iMovie, photobooth, facetime, and the new iOS 4.3 update. The price is still the same as the original iPad and there is a new cover addition to the iPad.

But what is missing? There was no mention of the retina display for the iPad2 and no mention of an SD slot. Maybe these two weren’t as important for this recent update to the iPad but it would have been nice to have a higher resolution and the opportunity to add external storage. I shall wait for the iPad3 since rumors have been spreading around the launch date for the iPad3 is later sometime this year. edit: Since I do not remember where the article of the “supposed rumors of the iPad3 for this year” is at, I will just have to remove that content until further notice.

All of the following information comes from the engadget website.

links: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/the-ipad-2/

Back to blogging February 28, 2011

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I have taken a nice vacation from blogging but I am finally back to resume my responsibilities as a blogger. I have received a couple of awesome figures these past few weeks and I will be receiving a few new magazines in a few days. I will be posting a few articles hopefully in the next couple of weeks. check back to see my wonderful beauties that are added to my collection and have a peak at my flickr account for pics of my current figure collection.

Heading for a holiday break December 20, 2010

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Hello Everyone,
I am currently packing up before my flight to Mexico on Tuesday morning. I finally got myself a set of Bakemonogatari nendoroids for this trip. Along with my Lumix camera, I will take a few snaps of my trip

A single word December 1, 2010

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A single word can bring a little happiness to you, your family, to someone, or to your love ones.
A word can be a harmless creature,
Or it can be a ruthless critter.
A word is never biased against race, gender, religion and class, just the person who uses it.
It is just a word,
just a word.
Why do you make such a big deal out of it when the word is offensive?
Because it is morally wrong? Well, that is your opinion.
Is it logically wrong? No cause a word is a word. A word does no harm but the person using it does create harm.
Can the person plead a defensive case towards the motive he uses a word or two or more that offended you? Yes, if the opposite part is not ignorant to your plead.
In a highly civilized world, we are all attach to our emotions and we allow it to get the best of us when we feel we are offended by certain words.
We also feel please when certain words shows affection to us.
We all cry when the word shatters your dreams or sense of reality.
If we can just look away from all at the offensive meanings of certain words,
Meanings developed by us humans,
maybe the world could become a better place.
well maybe a little better then before

hmm, flickr… December 1, 2010

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yes, it has been a while since i last posted and I am truly sorry, ><. But with my coursework and work-study, I have had little time to post. ~In actuality, I've forgotten my WP password numerous times XD ~ So I am trying to upload a few pics to my Flickr account and I see that the album I am uploading is a few MBs over my free-account limit, so I will have to try and adjust my postings accordingly in a timely-fashion. As for the next couple of weeks, I will be busy with the "end of the semester" load (3 or 4 papers, a few hwks, and some programming needs to get finish, glomps X3 ) so let us see how this goes. anyways i will upload a nice little writing that I posted on a separate discussion forum later on. bai bai

Sorry for the late updates September 5, 2010

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I managed to get two jobs this past summer which took most of my time. However, I saved up a bit for some pre-orders on the upcoming months. I also bought some stuff this past few weeks so I will be uploading them soon. And I would like to say that I am a proud owner of a Lumix LX3 camera!!! woot woot! Now everyone will witness some high-res pics XD

After a long hiatus June 6, 2010

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I have returned to update about my life progress and the otaku-related materials that I have heard of, bought, and dreamed of. More updates will follow soon, as well as updates on my plans to attend AX 2010, Miyavi’s Neo Tokyo Black World Tour at the Irving Plaza in NY,NY and possibly two more conventions by October.

PS- I am looking for any travel companions for AX 2010. Leave a comment here if anyone is interested

What a wonderful night February 15, 2010

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The Polysics
Last night, February 12, was the Polysics concert at the Gramercy Theater on east 23rd street and it was a night that I will never forget. The founder and guitarist: Hiroyuki Harayashi, Bassist: Fumi-chan, drums: Masashi Yano, and Synthesizer: Kayo-chan performed a great concert. As they were performing songs from their new album, Absolute Polysics, and other great hit songs, I realized how great the band truly was. I recalled listening to their music before, about 4-5 years ago, when I stumbled onto their myspace website. Since then, I tried collecting their music but my attempts were futile and my passion for this band eventually died out until last week when I heard of the concert being held in NYC.

I got my concert and train tickets, as I was living away from NYC for uni, and arrived with such anxiety to be at my first Japanese concert. I also won a free pair of tickets from the NYAF committee, but I was left with an extra ticket. Such a waste, =.=. But anyway, I truly felt happy of the outcome and hope to continue being their fan for a lifetime. Pics will be up soon.

~edit 1: Pics are posted. To view more of my pictures, go to here
All pictures were taken by me. If there is any copyright infringement, then I will remove these pictures asap.~

~edit 2: After “These people”(look them up on myspace music) performed, the DJ started playing Take-on-me by Aha and I found myself singing along with the crowd. It was an awesome moment as the entire crowd was singing a famous song.~

~for information about the band, go to the sites below~
Wikipedia: Polysics
Polysics Myspace
Polysics Official Website