Hika
15 June 2016 @ 06:35 pm
Visiting Vietnam  
All right, after years of refusing to go every time my dad went to Vietnam, I finally went this year since I am completely free for the summer. In the middle of the trip we visited Thailand for my dad's business trip, which I have written about here.
 
First and Second Day
Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City I was welcomed with an immediate rush of humid heat. I found it hard to breathe and wondered how I would make it through the entire two weeks if it was already this hot on my first day. As we left the airport and looked at the city buildings flying past us as we traveled by car, I could see numerous buildings typical of a bustling city. The streets were populated with motorbikes. I hear a lot that there are no road rules here and seeing that in truth is terrifying. Even the car we rode in had no seat belts. I was very confused and concerned about that fact for awhile.

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Hika
15 June 2016 @ 06:17 pm
Trip to Thailand!  
I went to Thailand over the weekend! Funny enough I was kind of using this post from the [livejournal.com profile] 2wenty_2wo community to plan my trip. I thought it would lead me to discover some exciting things and food, since the LJ users responding were all natives. XD Well, I didn't follow it exactly, but I did have quite the adventure!

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Hika
26 May 2016 @ 07:09 pm
School Revolution Tsubasa again! He's cute!! I can't help it!!  
I was going through my art folder looking for any unfinished projects and I found a WIP I had totally forgotten about and finished it. XD It's meant to accompany the School Revolution Tsubasa doodles I did awhile back but I didn't have the time to.

He's so cute!! This is the in-pain version. XD


That's it! I thought to post since.. I posted last time. I'm going on a trip soon and I'm really nervous!
 
 
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Current Music: SOUL'd OUT - BASTARD
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Hika
23 April 2016 @ 09:07 am
Short weekend in Portland/Seatle  
Breakfast at IHOP, since we were starving upon our arrival into PDX at 8 AM. We hit the road, making our way towards the city's highest bridge.


We headed straight for southern Portland to check out the Air Tram, thinking we'd start our trip with an aerial view of the city. I could see a lot of the bridges that connected Portland and Mt. St. Helen. 

Afterwards we headed for Downtown Portland where we stopped by the Alder Street Food Cart Pods. I had read that Portland is very famous for its food carts that run throughout an entire block. I got a Spanish Seafood Paella from a Morrocan stall and my dad and I had the most delicious deep fried soft-shelled crab. It was very tasty!


Alder Street Food Cart Pods

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Hika
15 November 2015 @ 10:04 pm
Tsubasa is too sweet.. Q_Q  
According to this Twit, Tsubasa gave away that necklace he has worn since forever. I remember seeing it about 3-4 years ago around the time T&T came back after a hiatus of sorts of solo-only activities.

Nothing big, I just wanted to say it was an accessory of his I always loved seeing on him. I just thought it was cute how he always remembered to wear it. When I'm drawing him, if he's wearing a shirt with a neckline deep enough, I'll be sure to include it.

I don't care so much that he has given it away, but I'm just overfilled with feelings on how wonderful he is to his fans. I swear, he will give anything he can away (the shirt off his back for once! D&R'09!), He is seriously the sweetest man ever and I really really adore him >_<

I hope we can always remember to be kind too! It's especially important when there is sad news going on!
 
 
Hika
17 October 2015 @ 10:13 pm
Tsubasa's birthday *^^*  
My scanner is working again!! For the month of October, there is art challenge called Inktober where one tries to draw something everyday using ink. I participated last year and I guess so far I am doing okay this year. I hadn't originally intended to participate since I've been so busy with school, but I am trying to set aside at least one hour a day to draw to unwind. Aaand, somehow I've been able to do it.

I also intended to draw only with black ink as I did last year due to interest of time, but some days ago, I saw another fellow artist color her pictures beautifully with pen. It reminded me that I have some colored pens I stashed away since the 5th grade! I thought I should try to use them up, since they weren't great pens or anything like that and I wanted to get rid of them. So since, I have been trying to do colored works, which was also unexpected on my part. Man, this month is just making me do the unexpected! It's an interesting challenge I set forth for myself.

Um, anyway!! Because it's Tsubasa's birthday, I went ahead and drew him. ^^a My wish is for him to always be happy and have something to smile about. His smile is my sunshine. ^^

.. Really!! If it weren't for Tsubasa, I would not have been drawing as much as I do now or trying new things with both art and life. I am able to be brave because he is brave, so.. yeah.. The usual "this is my idol" insert lines.  ^^;;

Ah, I'm talking so much. The reason for my opening statement was because I just wanted to say how happy I am that I don't have to deal with crappy phone photos of my doodles, but I know what you're thinking: just post the art and go already, Hika!


This one was for @J_1Draw on twitter. ^^

For some reason, writing this entry makes me feel like confessing things. -laugh- I actually get so nervous every time I draw these in pen! I don't use whiteout (because I want to avoid being too much of a perfectionist, again, due to interest of time) so I'm always scared when I start putting pen to paper. Sometimes I don't even have a proper pencil sketch before I start working. When I make a mistake and miss a stroke, I feel like dying. XDa So you can imagine the stress levels when I'm doing something like inking a drawing of Tsubasa !! (But I do it anyway, I'm crazy!)
 
 
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Hika
17 October 2015 @ 10:09 pm
Tsubasa's birthday *^^*  
My scanner is working again!! For the month of October, there is art challenge called Inktober where one tries to draw something everyday using ink. I participated last year and I guess so far I am doing okay this year. I hadn't originally intended to participate since I've been so busy with school, but I am trying to set aside at least one hour a day to draw to unwind. Aaand, somehow I've been able to do it.

I also intended to draw only with black ink as I did last year due to interest of time, but some days ago, I saw another fellow artist color her pictures beautifully with pen. It reminded me that I have some colored pens I stashed away since the 5th grade! I thought I should try to use them up, since they weren't great pens or anything like that and I wanted to get rid of them. So since, I have been trying to do colored works, which was also unexpected on my part. Man, this month is just making me do the unexpected! It's an interesting challenge I set forth for myself.

Um, anyway!! Because it's Tsubasa's birthday, I went ahead and drew him. ^^a My wish is for him to always be happy and have something to smile about. His smile is my sunshine. ^^

.. Really!! If it weren't for Tsubasa, I would not have been drawing as much as I do now or trying new things with both art and life. I am able to be brave because he is brave, so.. yeah.. The usual "this is my idol" insert lines.  ^^;;

Ah, I'm talking so much. The reason for my opening statement was because I just wanted to say how happy I am that I don't have to deal with crappy phone photos of my doodles, but I know what you're thinking: just post the art and go already, Hika!


This one was for @J_1Draw on twitter. ^^

For some reason, writing this entry makes me feel like confessing things. -laugh- I actually get so nervous every time I draw these in pen! I don't use whiteout (because I want to avoid being too much of a perfectionist, again, due to interest of time) so I'm always scared when I start putting pen to paper. Sometimes I don't even have a proper pencil sketch before I start working. When I make a mistake and miss a stroke, I feel like dying. XDa So you can imagine the stress levels when I'm doing something like inking a drawing of Tsubasa !! (But I do it anyway, I'm crazy!)
 
 
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Current Music: Tackey & Tsubasa - Venus [Eurobeat Remix]
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Hika
29 September 2015 @ 12:03 pm
School Revolution Tsubasa  
I drew this a week and a half back when Tsubasa guested on School Revolution.



He's SOOOOO cute!! I wanted to draw more but I don't have the time. I wanted He blended in sooo well with HSJ. XD

I have a clip of the preview for the episode here on Mediafire. It's the same thing I posted to [livejournal.com profile] 2wenty_2wo and [livejournal.com profile] takitsubalove.
 
 
Hika
20 August 2015 @ 08:25 am
2015 Summer of Playzone  
I've been meaning to marathon Playzone for some time now to make sure I watch EVERYTHING, since there were things I pretty much denied myself due to school at the time. That is to say, I didn't REALLY start marathoning, but.. 

I was watching Playzone 2014's disc 2 at first, and switching back to 2010.. Dang!! It's really something to see how the boys have grown up within those 4 years of performing together. In PZ'14, we can see Tsubasa talking about how he's the troupe leader and see him discussing dance numbers with the other boys. He says things like, "Think about your roles when performing this." Honestly, if I was told that, I'd be terrified! Like, what role?! I know that that way, the boys are assigned responsibilities for what they want to perform, but that's some huge pressure in my opinion. XD

I'm watching 2010 and you can just sense how worried and unsure Tsubasa was then in taking part in Playzone. I could feel my tears well up, knowing how much more confident he's become now. I'm so proud of him, and I'm so happy to see how much all the seniors praise him!! AND THEN WHEN MATCHY CAME AND SAID TSUBASA WAS REALLY HUMBLE AND THAT HE WONDERED WHAT TSUBASA WAS WORRIED ABOUT.. AND THAT NO ONE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT TSUBASA ANYMORE.. I could cry!! I've lost count of how many times I could hear Tsubasa saying "arigatou gozaimasu" to all the seniors who came to see him. He's so earnest. I'm completely floored with admiration for him.

Actually, if I didn't cry then, I DEFINITELY DID WHEN MATCHY SUDDENLY APPEARED AT THE LAST SHOW and told the audience how before the shows Tsubasa had given him a call asking for advice. I remember reading about this and kind of forgot since, but seeing it now I can better understand the amount of pressure Tsubasa felt. That just makes me happier that Tsubasa has become so much stronger, for himself and for everyone.. and he shows it, especially since he's had the position as chairman for Playzone. 

ANYWAY, it was SOOO funny! I love JE! Everyone's so hilarious!! I love how some of the special guests come on stage like they're there to audition. I LOVE when Uekusa came and said he was the theater's owner (Is this a reference to SHOCK? Was SHOCK ever performed at this theater?) and wanted to audition!! AND THEN HE STARTED DANCING TO DIAMOND EYES!! AND THEN MESSED UP!? YARA WAS SO CUTE. He noticed and started playing along before Uekusa yelled STOP!!! I laughed so much at that.. Everyone loves good senpai/kouhai relationships, and I am no different. 

Other things:
-When Higashiyama said his and Uekusa's pictures shown as a montage on the screen made it seem like they were dead. XD
-Yara rehearsing and Higashiyama watching him. So cute XD
 
 
Hika
08 August 2015 @ 10:36 am
Weekend Trip to Reno, Nevada  
I went to Reno, Nevada for a 2-day trip last month. I had the week off and I wanted to go out and do something out of town, so I went on a road trip there along with my dad and sister. It's been some years since we last visited there.

It was nice! We mostly did sight-seeing, since my sister and I are old enough to appreciate that kind of thing better. The first day we were there, we took a look at the casinos that gave us fond memories. Atlantis had a nice top floor with a sky roof where they served sushi and hosted an oyster bar. I thought it was a nice and calming atmosphere, despite the numerous slot machines scattered all around the bar.


Heck, I'd love to pull slots here.

We visited the El Dorado/Circus Circus/Silver Legacy joint as well. It has always been our favorite place when we were kids. The game floor was always exciting, and winning stuffed animals was always the best. Every time I come here, since I was a kid, I would always hope there'd be giant plush Pokemon as prizes. The number has increased dramatically since. This time, a whole like of giant Pikachu were displayed all around a "knock the blocks" kind of game booth.

We also made a quick trip to the planetarium to look at ACTUAL METEORS FROM SPACE. It was free, but I left some money for donations.

My dad and sister wanted to eat at a buffet, since that is THE thing to do while in Reno for us. We chose to eat a seafood buffet, and it was nice! The dessert bar was beyond anything I had ever seen at a buffet (I don't eat buffets often). All the desserts were so cute! As I went back to get another serving of cheesecake, a man before me asked the chef if he could have a bananas foster.

"What's that?" I ask him, and as he explained to me it was ice cream with bananas and rum, I glanced over at the chef and said, "I'll have what he's having." Oh boy, it was delicious!! I discovered a new favorite dessert and I would love to have it again someday, somewhere. I really regret not having a second helping, but my dad said I had had too many sweets already at that point. XD


I will probably never get to have dessert like this again unless I'm at another buffet. XD

After dinner, my dad and sister wanted to walk off the energy from everything we had eaten, so we took a stroll down Victorian Square nearby. It was really pretty! I wanted to see the train tour the next day, but we couldn't.

Topping off my trip off, we ate at a place called M&M's Fish and Chicken Express. It's a small little shack, but because the food was very different from our usual tastes, we thought we'd give it a try. I mean, it's Southern cooking, and they have frog legs on their menu?! Frog legs have always tasted exactly like chicken to me, as cliche as they always try to pull it off.


The ribs were okay, but the fish and chicken are yuuum!
 
And that's it! I don't go on trips all that often, and I've been trying to go out and see places more to try and learn how to appreciate that kind of thing. I'm not very outdoorsy at all. XD
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Hika
25 February 2015 @ 08:32 pm
Post-birthday thoughts  
 I just wanted to write a short entry.

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent it in the good company of my family. There's a seafood buffet in the next town over that has a sweet birthday deal, but I didn't want to trouble my parents into going with me. Despite offering to celebrate locally, they decided to go have that buffet with me for lunch. 

And, well, it was just nice! It was nice to be with my mom and dad and have everyone in good spirits.. I feel good times like those are uncommon, so I'm definitely grateful that we were all in a good mood. My mom doesn't usually like to eat, but she was pretty excited about eating bowls after bowls of green tea ice cream with me! I just felt overall emotional, overcome with love for my family. My sister left me a nice message, since she's away for school and couldn't join us.

I'm grateful for all the birthday messages I received, too! Really, I always believe that simple "Happy birthday!" messages can really make someone's day, since you never know who it can come from! I have to admit I was surprised to received them from quite a few people! I'm so appreciative of everyone who's kept me in their thoughts! 

I think every year we learn to let our heart grow a little bigger as we meet new people, revisit old friends, and learn to let go of things that might have hurt us. I remember reading a quote that time heals everything - you just have to let it. I also like the one that read if everyone's happy with you, you've made many compromises; if you're happy with everyone, you've had to oversee many faults. I think that's what it means to grow as wiser as an adult - to be an understanding and caring person (... along with lame responsibilities like having to go to the bank and getting groceries).

Am I a depressing kid? -laugh- I don't think any of that had to do with me, but they're interesting reminders. What I really wanted to say is that I'm surrounded by wonderful family and friends, and I really appreciate the time everyone took to keep me in their thoughts by wishing me happy birthday. You all helped make it wonderful. ^^
 
 
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Current Location: Work
 
 
Hika
18 February 2015 @ 11:22 am
Meeting Mino-san  
I met Mino-san in San Francisco on Monday! Mino-san is one of my mutual friends from Twitter. I initially followed her because I loved her art and I thought she was fun, from whatever tweets I was able to read. I didn't know enough Japanese to really speak to her, so I was pretty shy about talking to her. Imagine how shocked I was when she told me she would be visiting California and asked if she could meet me!

At first I told her it would be impossible, since she was visiting the Los Angeles area. When I told her I lived closer to San Francisco, she said she'd fly up there. Q_Q It was a wonderful opportunity I couldn't pass up. I asked Mino-san if my friend JoAnn ([livejournal.com profile] squarebubblex) could join us, and she said yes!

 

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Hika
11 December 2014 @ 08:40 am
[Subbed] 061119 SCP Imai Tsubasa Slave of Love  

 
Lyrics & Translation from megchan.com

I don't know how long I had this sitting on my hard drive, but it was most definitely before 2012. I think I kept forgetting to upload it, but here it is.

Man, this is so nostalgic! It makes me miss the availability of subbed videos back in the day!! I want to bring that golden era back hahahah..
 
 
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Hika
17 June 2014 @ 09:18 pm
All my exes live in... ??  
 

Hey, all! I just came back spending 4 days in Texas! The last time I’ve been on a plane was probably over a decade ago, when I was a little kid. I decided to go along with my dad because I haven’t really had the experience of travelling by plane.


I ate some pretty good food! My dad and I pretty much drove around to eat wherever when we weren’t working. I don’t think I ever ate so many different Mexican food. El Fenix had the best tostados I have ever had offered to me as appetizers.


I met my dad’s friend’s daughter who just graduated from high school. Apparently she’s only been living here for 2 years! She lived in Vietnam all this time. Her English was really, REALLY good. We talked a LOT, but it was mostly her telling me things since I was so curious about her. She told me about the education system in Vietnam (and how incredibly rigorous it is). It just made me think so much about the relationship between education in the States and other countries… She also told me about a field trip she had with her class back in Vietnam. They went to the jungle and seriously had to do a whole week like a real jungle survivor. … Except she cheated and used a lighter to light a fire she couldn’t get started with rubbing sticks together.


Really though, she’s so cool! She has a completely different upbringing from me so I was very fascinated with her.


I found out she LOVES Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak. It’s been translated in Vietnamese! Of the 31 languages the series has been translated to, Vietnamese was one of them. Nice! I was so excited to be able to talk about it. I never knew anyone in real life who’s read it before! I didn’t finish all the books, though, and she was kind of spoiling me, hahah!


We went to the mall together, and that was quite a trip. I ended up having to teach how to fill up a gas tank.


In any case, for breakfast this morning, I went to the Old Pancake House and had their special “Dutch Baby”. It’s an oven baked pancake that takes 22 minutes to cook. I didn’t know how to eat it so the waitress showed me. The Dutch Baby doesn’t taste like anything special until you do it right, she said. She rubbed the whole thing with butter and squeezed lemon juice on it, then added powdered sugar. When I took my first bite.. dang! It was really sweet and I really liked it! It was definitely something strange that I’ve never had before.


I’m really going out of order here, but as I went around eating food, I tried to think about what looked easy enough for me to try to do at home for myself. I never, ever cook, but I’m trying to get familiar with a lot of simple stuff I can make. For instance, a breakfast I had at the hotel I stayed at had this delicious healthy sandwich that had slices of turkey, egg white and spinach on top of an English muffin. I think I tasted some cheese but I’m not sure if there was any. In any case, that’s easy enough for me to pull together on my own, right?


I’d like to go on more trips with my dad in the future, but taking time off from work isn’t always possible, so I can only keep my fingers crossed that the months he chooses to go are convenient enough for me!

Ah, my coworker asked if I saw any big bugs as I had hoped, and I remembered I did! It was some weird beetle thing. I had to take care of it 'cause the daughter didn't like bugs. XD

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Hika
13 April 2014 @ 09:08 pm
LA Kpop Festival 2014  

I attended my first ever concert, LA Kpop Festival 2014!


I went down there with my Inspirit cousin along with her brother and father. I was waiting to meet up with another cousin of mine who had a spare ticket for me since I wasn’t able to get one. (They were free, so naturally they were unavailable online when I tried to get some.)


Right outside the gate where my two cousins entered to go find their seats, an elderly man handed me three tickets, asking if I wanted them. “What, really? Are you sure?” I asked, but he only responded “Gift!” What a surprise, and here this whole time my ability to attend had been up in the air! I wanted to give away the extra ticket, but by that point it seems everyone had tickets…


The tickets I got were at the bottom rows, directly in front of the stage behind the pit. What a surprise at how good the tickets were! I texted my family about the news, to which they responded, “It’s a trap.”


The coliseum was so huge! 93,000 were expected to attend, so I’ve been anxious all week fearing the worst that could happen, like a stampede or something. Nope, that didn’t happen. Whew!


It was pretty fun. I got to see CNBlue, 2 PM, SHINee, and of courrseeee, Infinite! Ah, and Dynamic Duo,


I’m sorry everyone, I’m a noisy fan. I tried to be very conscious about what would be proper etiquette but with my die-hard cousin next to me, I lost my place and cheered with her. But seriously, when 2 PM’s “Put Your Hands Up” plays, what am I to do but?


This morning we stopped by New Port restaurant to eat the best lobster I have ever had.


And that’s all I’ve got to report, it seems!


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Hika
07 September 2013 @ 08:20 pm
Saved draft??  
I was about to post a journal, but then I saw this in the saved draft. I have no idea what else I was going to say, but I like to keep memories, so I'll go ahead and submit this. -laugh-

Hellooooooo everyonnneeeeee. I am in the city that never sleeps, but as I write this I am drawing very close to incapacitation. I've been running on 3 hours of sleep all day, I just realized.

My aunt from Ohio is having a week-long celebration in Vegas for her wedding, and my family have come for the extended weekend bit. We left in the early hours of the morning and got here in the afternoon. So far my sister and I did sight seeing. We just walked around inside casinos observing the theme of each resort and the pool layout. We bought whatever food we felt like eating, the deciding factor being the coupons we had with us.
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Hika
28 July 2013 @ 07:18 pm
JPop Summit 2013!  
After thinking I wouldn't go, I went to JPop summit yesterday! When Kinokuniya first announced it on their Facebook page, there wasn't much information about it on the website so I wasn't sure, but when [livejournal.com profile] squarebubblex mentioned on Friday suggesting we go, I immediately went to see if new events had been posted on the website. I knew I wanted to visit the VizMedia and FUNimation booth at the very least. I also wanted to see artist Katsuya Terada and possibly get his autograph (which I wasn't able to!). Kinokuniya posted some photos up in an album on Facebook here, though!

I missed beatboxing JPOP ambassodor DAICHI's performance by the time we got there, but I got to see him walking in the streets and was literally inches away from him when these girls dressed as butlers said hello to him. I took the chance to wave at him as well.

I didn't really take very many pictures. I'll just wait on [livejournal.com profile] squarebubblex to upload hers. I think she took a few photos for me. I did get to take a picture with models Ayumi Seto and EVA. They were really cute and sweet and Ayumi pointed at my shirt saying, "Mario!" then at my hat, "Pikachu!" Aaah, I didn't know how to speak to her but I was happy that she'd point them out like that. It was a connection link in culture!

I got a Bleach shirt from the VizMedia booth, which I was pretty excited about. I got some other nice freebies too! We checked out the Harajuku KAWAII pop up shop, and pretty much meandered around the street shops. We watched a Fashion Show  featuring a number of popular Japanese models including Ayumi Seto, Yura, and Saki Sato. There was a special appearance of Sebastian Masuda and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as well! Kyary's concert was today, which my friend went to watch. ^^

Aand yeah! We ended the day at the event watching performances by LoVendoR. It was pretty fun and definitely a new experience for me in terms of getting there. I had never taken the BART train or a bus around a busy city before, and though I still can't trust myself on my own, at least it was something different!
 
 
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Hika
26 May 2013 @ 10:27 pm
 
 It's been awhile! I just finished a picture I took awhile to finish and I wanted to go ahead and update with a small art dump while I'm at it. I've been really obsessed with the manga, One Punch Man drawn by Murata Yusuke. It's hilarious, and I highly recommend it. I drew Genos in a suit!

Spaaaam )
 
 
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Current Music: PZ'11 OST - Guys PLAYZONE
 
 
Hika
31 October 2012 @ 11:50 pm
Happy Halloween!  
 
Just something done really quick while trick-or-treaters were visiting my house. ^^ TakkiTsu with the hats and neckpillows that Yamapi gave them at their 10th anniversary concert.

There was a small earthquake last night and I'm really worried... Every time it happens lately, my life passes before my eyes. I'm more scared about being unable to protect my family more than a natural disaster itself, I think. I'll try to seriously get that disaster kit together tomorrow so I don't have to be so scared every time something like this happens. I just hope it won't be too late!
 
 
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Current Mood: worried
 
 
Hika
17 October 2012 @ 11:56 pm
Happy birthday to Tsubasa~  
 
omg I have to go to bed now