my April in the NEWS Neverland

i know i should have start this thing like when i just got back home ~
yet…no reason why…i just doing it now…

my “Neverland” here is the NEWS Live Concert ~ in which their album title is Neverland.

for the readers, who doesn’t know NEWS ~ NEWS stands for North East West South – originally there was 9 members ~ then to 6…and now 4! ~ 小山慶一郎 (Koyama Keiichiro) ~ 手越祐也 (Tegoshi Yuya) ~ 加藤シゲアキ (Kato Shigeaki) ~ 増田貴久 (Masuda Takahisa).

i wrote their names with colours based on the member’s colours! and my favourite member is Keichaaan (Koyama) *well, no one ask ~ but i just want to write it! XD
~ and he is the reason why i am quite into purple now *i used to hate this colour ~ oh well…

so…anyway ~ i went to their Concert in Fukuoka and Sendai *thank you 236! ~ and those shows were my first ever to watch Johnny’s Concert in Arena venue
*i have watched Ayumi Hamasaki in Saitama Super Arena ~ still not Johnny’s XD

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so…2 girls that was over excited to see NEWS for the first time ~ moreover this was our first arenaaa!!!

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so, we arrived in Marine Messe Fukuoka like 90 mins before the Concert started! we queue *well, not really queue ~ since i believe people already queue for the goods is morning time ~ so we were basically just walked in to the goods area and bought their goods! ~
i bought Keichan’s uchiwa, penlight *its a key shapeee ~ the key to the Neverland ~ ~ ~ then photoset then clearfiles…also towel (special for 恋祭り Koi Matsuri’s song!) then t-shirt! and…a bag…anything else?
*well, at least those that i could remember hahaha!

after that we walked around and found 2 huuugeee trucks with their pictures!
one is the first picture i posted and the other one is this…

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arghhh!!! ALL OF THEM LOOK SOOO GOODIE GOOD!!!

then we walked and looked around – some girls are cosplaying as EMMA – then some wore Chumu Chumu’s costumes ~ also there were 2 boys *or girls? well anyway…they cosplayed as Tegoshi and Masuda wearing their Quartetto Concert’s opening wardrobe!
it was AWESOME!!!
i can’t stop expressing my “WOW-ness” for everything they have done!

30 mins before the Concert ~ we decided to get in to the arena ~ we were over excited!

then when we got in…we were like “OH MY GOD!!! ITS SO SMALL!!! WE CAN SEE THEM CLEARLY!! OH MY GOD!!! GYAAAAAAA!!!
~ these sentences are repeated some couple of times LOL!
both of us…we a bit got used to Dome Concert…so, picturing and comparing Dome and Arena venue…Arena is so small!

we waited with our doki-doki feeling ~ then exactly at 17:00 ~ the music played! we got up from our chair and started to light up our penlight!
took our uchiwa from the bag! and started screaming!

as NEWS Concert is still on going ~ i don’t want to give spoilers about the Concert *who knows some of you who read this ~ will be going for the Concert! 🙂

yet…OVERALL! i foooooond this group so much!!!
their Concert is somewhat way romantic and sweet ~ love their MCs that were always discussing what happened!
seeing Keichan cried in front of me while sang “Nyanta” was bringing down my tears too… ~ i started to touched when he looked up and raised his hands for Nyanta before he sang…that was…❤❤❤
Tegoshi with “I’m Coming” that i can’t stop screaming!!! *i also got a wink from him! gyaaaah!!! Tegooo!!!
Shige with his Ayame was gyaaaaaaa!!! *my friend was totally went crazy watching him ~ i have to admit the way he sang Ayame is somehow…sexy!
then Masuda with “Forever Mine” was just…made all audience silent and brought our feelings away with his voice! aaaaaaaaaaa!

then ENCORE ~ ~ ~
yappari! U R not alone is just the BEST!!!
Tegoshi asked us to sing along ~ it was L-O-V-E-L-Y!

one thing that i really really like about NEWS ~ all along the Concert ~ all of them were smiling…except the opening! BUT! after the opening ~ they were smiling…
walking around ~ doing silly things!
its just…SWEET!!! 

after its done ~ both of us were SO LOOKING FORWARD for Sendai show!

some photos from Sendai ~

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this is sooo CUTE!
all of them gathered around to take picture! ~ don’t you love it? seeing all fans wearing their favourite member’s colours also wearing the parka and t-shirt?!!!

lastly ~ ~ ~

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あなたは一人じゃない ~ U R not alone…

the “not yet plan” in Bangkok

after i got back from my “Neverland”…my sister and my parents were randomly said… ~ “lets go to Bangkok!”
…i was like…i just got back and “heee?”

but then ~
who would be able to reject a holiday invitation?
moreover…sponsored by your own parents ~


its beeeeen a while that i havent visit Bangkok
…*well Re ~ your money was and is and will be amazingly very well-spend for another trip and purpose ~
so, basically i was totally clueless…like where i want to go? what would interest me? do i want to buy something? *since some friends said Bangkok is a foodie and shopper’s HEAVEN!

so…here i am now ~ in Bangkok
staying in the area that is famous with its shopping mecca,
it feels that the night never ends!

I well me managed to visit some temples in Bangkok also we went to the Grand Palace. Temples are alright ~ quite crowded with visitors – but still alright – but Grand Palace was overly PACKED!!!
Bangkok’s temperature is more or less like Jakarta – so its really hot with 33 degrees! and was getting a lil’shower when we visited Grand Palace.

Our tour guide – named Nancy said that Thailand is famous with their gold – thats why these main architectures are polished in gold *then my eyes got bling bling!
then some parts of the Grand Palace got influence from European style *for some seconds ~ it felt like i’m somewhere in Paris!

then ~ talking about Thailand…never forget their CUISINEEE!!!

looks delicious?? THEY WERE!!! 🙂

from Tom Yam Soup to Pad Thai to Durian Sticky Rice! yummy!!!

xxx ~
A.Ionapuspa

Happy Birthday Kei-chan 💜

Dear Kei-chan,

happy birthday to you…happy 33rd birthday to the NEWS’s leader ~

keep yourself composed and stand up with pride Kei-chan! 🙂
never forget to smile and laugh ~ be positive and be the “Brightest”
stay in your own “Neverland”!
with everyone who care for you will always be right behind you ~
which means ” U R not alone”

NEWS Neverland Sendai 2017

i am lucky enough to see NEWS Neverland Concert in Sendai this year!
*thank you 236! 💚

xoxo,
A.Ionapuspa

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this entry posted on April 30th 2017 at 22:00 – as in Tokyo already May 1st 2017 at 00:00 💜

its just another Jakarta on Monday

after a few months never going down to Jakarta in early morning ~
and today…
since there’s something i need to do ~ so i left home at 7:15 …i would expect i’ll be in Sudirman (Central Jakarta) around 9:00ish

…YET ~ i arrived at 10:15!

Jakarta is just getting more and more and more unbelievable!

even in the weekend ~ well, Saturday…8:30 in the morning is already traffic OMG!

~ ~ ~ tsukaretaaa  ~ ~ ~

my first of New Zealand

yappooo…

so, for this Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017, i was booked to go for family trip ~ my Dad said we need to book the ticket as soon as possible, or else…someone *means me* will getaway and got herself to be found in Tokyo 😀
*you are a true Dad of mine*

then ~ ~ ~ exactly on December 25th – i flew to Auckland from Jakarta via Singapore. I supposed to have around an hour layover time – then flight drama occurred – the flight was delayed for 30 mins HAHAHAHA!! *a sarcastic laugh*.
Because of the delay, obviously my layover time was cut shorter into 35 mins ~ more drama? Flight from Jakarta arrived at Terminal 2 – and my flight to Auckland departed on Terminal 3. I raaan with all my might with my big red backpack and a sling bag!
Further drama? when i got into Terminal 3 Gate 10 – i found out that my flight to Auckland was being delayed for 30 mins LOL! happy? tired? whatever ~

Arrived in Auckland – all went smoothly from Immigration to Custom to XRay Scan – as i did declared i brought my personal medication and some dairy products (which is Cadbury cocoa powder)…I was quite scared at the beginning – since i know that New Zealand is quite strict about natural products that comes in to their country. Then, its alright 🙂

While i was waiting for my sister to arrive from Sydney (like 30 mins later) – i used my time to look around…and the airport is as not what as i expected – i would expect a modern posh airport – this one is rather…plain ~ #eh

The accommodation that we lived in was a huge 3 levels house with 5 bedrooms – i chose the room on the 2nd floor that is near to the toilet and wifi spot LOL!
Overall, i love the house – its really huge, comfortable and CLEAN! (the most important thing)…BUT! the house is far from nowhere! i didn’t find any bus stop within 10 – 15 mins walk – no train station as well ~ so the only way was with car – which means i can’t go on my own! 😦 …being stranded like that…me no likey 😦

so, some views of New Zealand (that i took with my iPhone)…

 

for people who love nature and adventure – i believe New Zealand will be the answer ever for you! the clean air – the drinkable water on Lake Taupo (my sister said this) along with the greeneries! Makes New Zealand naturally perfect!

A friend of mine  ~ she lives in Auckland…she complained that Auckland (well, New Zealand) doesn’t own Uniqlo – even Zara just came in last year…
nevertheless, their local products are really nice *and quite expensive – considering i didn’t buy anything there apart from food and honey 😀

well, by the time i typed this thing…i’m back home already ~ was quite sick on my last days in Wellington…i’m alright with cold and winter ~ yet don’t blow me away with wind… *physically and mentally lost to wind LOL!

xoxo,
A.Ionapuspa ~

dear London, i do know i miss you…

back to some days ago,
i saw a advertisement news about London Underground on BBC *so, no wonder ~ i was looking for my own downfall*…
seeing the Jubilee Line, then people tapping the Oyster (London’s transportation card) – as well as Baker Street Station…me missing London…

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London Underground

Selfridges & Co. London

Selfridges & Co. London

the city of London,
where i spent more than 2 years of my life – yet, i believe this is where i grew up the most as an individual.
The experiences of having new friends from all around the world, being independent, being lonely even the life outside my own London’s cocoon was busy like a bee, and in the end ~ being who i am as a person…

That was the first time ever that I live away from home for that long ~ I usually goes for a month holiday ~ yet, its an holiday – totally different than to live and study. So, there are times that i do miss my homey life ~ yet, i know i can’t leave things in London…
*life …a matter of choice ~*

On random days, sometimes I have a thought to go to London even just for a week or two – but then the timing …never goes right *or in the other words, i’ll be going somewhere else during those weeks ~ well ~ well ~ well ~ at least, there are some people to be blamed fufufufu…

back to my London dilemma ~
shall i plan London for next year? *even myself can’t give a good answer ~ sighhh*
even…i know i need to go to some other parts of the UK ~ yet still… there’s a thing on the other part of the world that is so much irresistible ~
…hence…i know i do miss London ~ to be exact …i miss the London’s life ~

xoxo,
A.Ionapuspa ~

Kis-My-Ft2 to our Summer’s Stroll ~

…arrived early in Tokyo Haneda on August 3rd 2016, brought along my huge vast red suitcase from the Airport to Tokyo Station to put our suitcases in the locker (since we can’t checked-in) ~ then looked for something to eat as our lunch…later grabbed back our suitcases…walked or hiked, to be exact (welcome to Shibuya, anyway ~)…checked-in and off to Azamino to take my Nike baby red shoes fufufufufu ^^

next daaay…HELLO 7 RAINBOW MEN!!!

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the main thing of this trip ~ Kis-My-Ft2’s I SCREAM Concert at Tokyo Dome and Yafuoku Dome!!!
we managed to grabbed some gintapes ~ and I did grabbed some more in Fukuoka fufufufu… and we were fortunate to be able to get the red and yellow ones!!! 🙂

And…we found this!
Tamamori for Hawaiians Resort and Spa advert in Shibuya Station ~ well, my friend was the one who insisted to went back to Shibuya (from Kanazawa) for this huge lovely advert fufufufufu ^^ ~ while I was checking the Diver magazine! LOL! oh well ~

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also…managed to watched Toma Ikuta’s new movie “Himitsu” along with their Butai Aisatsu Live on screen from Marunouchi Theatre ^^

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between Tokyo and Fukuoka…we had some strolls around Japan ~ from Tokyo Asagaya (celebrating Tanabata ~ thanks to Ran! :)), Kanazawa to Gokayama, Shirakawa-Go, Kurobe Dam and Tsurugi.

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to be honest…wasn’t that much of strolling around this time ~ yet…
ME IS TOTALLY HAPPY WITH THE I SCREAM CONCERTS ITSELF! hehehehe 🙂
as what he said in his KisuLog, “it was the best SUMMER!”

last…is our stupid picture from Kurobe Dam *we didn’t know where to face…and even didn’t know where is the position of the camera! LOL!!!

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xoxo,
A. Ionapuspa

…its been a year now since August 19, 2015 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore ♥♥♥

the little bit Red in me

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either i’m too excited or i’m just too biased with Red ~

just one thing that i can be sure of ~ that my eyes …at the moment could only see red and pink (well…bright pink is like my favourite colour eveeer!)…
while other colours would be like…black and white LOL!

moreover, without i really aware of it…i have buying everything red…red…red ~
well, i know whom is to blame #ups…

so now…i just JUST can’t wait for August! ♥

kiss & peace,
~ a ~

some steps back in to the 90s

in 1989 ~ 1990s,
…i had the chance to live in the US – in a small vibrant city of Wichita Falls – with its location is in Texas, many would assumed that i live around the cowboys era fufufufu ~ – but…its totally different than what people imagine…

Wichita Falls,
the town where i spent my most memorable childhood – i was fortunate to have my Elementary there – even only for a while.
the town where my family and me had been living – my Dad was getting his degree in Midwestern State University while my Mom is working as the librarian in my school.

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School ~
is the school where i went to when i was in the US.
is the place where i was forced to speak *please note that the little lady in red were only able to say “yes” and “no”.
as well as…the moment when i was well-proud of myself – i may not be able to utter the language but i was able to get along very well with my fellow classmates ~ i do still remember some names ~ Camille, Allan, Debra, Kenji, Ashley, Oliver and Lauren.
Camille and Allan would be the two that was really close to me – i was sad when i had to say “farewell” *again…please note that this little lady back then can’t say a proper farewell*

Then…
the unforgettable teacher eveeeeeer, Ms. Lisa Parks,
she was…AWESOME! i can’t express this feeling in any other way – I can’t speak a word of English, but she was so patient and showed me one by one what is the english word for this…for this…
My third word in English that i was able to say was “can” (meaning: able to) then followed with “rain” LOL! *this little lady just didn’t eager to learn huh?*

Then…
years goes by…so quick ~

Lately…well within these years, I’ve been looking for her *my former teacher* ~ but I didn’t know where to start…
Well, i tried to browse for the Ben Franklin Elem’s website – found it – then i emailed the School Principal …yet, nothing ~ the results was none…
next…i went thru the Social Media – such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google ~ yet none… *lately, this young lady just had a thought…ahh she should be married by now – so, she might use her husband’s family name ~ yet…how do i know his nameee?*

Its been some years…until 5 days ago,
when i had nothing to do…my fingers was just suddenly typed the Ben Franklin’s website and looking at each teachers’ profile!

UNTIL…i found Ms. Penny! She has been teaching in Ben Franklin for 29 years now *so, with my fingers…i counted back…ah! she should be there when i studied in Ben Franklin!…yatta!*
her email stated on the website…emailed her …telling her why i sent her a sudden email along with my academic reports and the withdrawal form lalalala ~ *yes, i’m still keeping those! my takaramono [means: treasure]*

the next day…ding ding…*an email came in*
it was from Mrs. Penny and she gave me Ms. Lisa’s email address!!
i was beyooooooond happy!
i just want to tell her everything! yet…at the moment i composed the email – i was stuck! LOL! *doki doki*
so…i sent her a medium length of email – telling her how i am right now and sent her some pictures of mine 🙂
and yesterday ~ she REPLIED! 🙂 she told me that she still remembers me and she still keep a picture of my with my Indonesian clothes…* i was totally into tears!*
even after 26 YEARS!!! 🙂

next!
i really want to find some friends of mine back then ~ especially Camille and Allan!

…i’m just walking some steps back to the past ~ my childhood…the treasured one!

kiss & peace,
~ A.Ionapuspa

the trails in Nara ~


AT LAST!!!
I went to Saidaiji ~ where 堂本剛 Domoto Tsuyoshi‘s sakura trees are located 🙂 *since its quite a must for a KinKi Kids fan like me* ~ then, I went to Kasuga Taisha (honestly, I’m a bit crazy about the Shinto …so, during the trip – mostly I visited Shinto shrines than the Buddha temples…)

then…I went to Nara Centennial Hall ~ where he held his TU Concert last year *me still dreaming to watch his solo live ~ i made one of my dream with watching him and Koichi in New Year* ~ yet Tsuyoshi’s solo is more tempting…at least, for me 🙂

Nara,
a small city with nice atmosphere ~ awesome transportation…even it seems you actually could just walk to discover Nara…
maybe just me…but, I would love to go back again to Nara ♥

…BONUS ~ Eni wo Yuite (by: 堂本剛 Domoto Tsuyoshi)
*password: Domoto Tsuyoshi’s date of birth (format: yearmonthdate – 8 digits)
please see Nara from his point of view ~ as he has been appointed as Nara Tourism Ambassador.