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  ~ ~ ~

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 ~

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. 

a visit to Johnny’s Family Club

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…so…on January 7th 2016, before I went back home on January 8th…I went to Johnny’s Family Club in Shibuya. With only a map that is provided on Johnny’s Net along with my well-knowledge about Shibuya area…I decided to walk from the flat.

after 15 minutes…i smiled! found it! but…it seems quite – no queue, no people waiting outside – i check the website again, to make sure the open hours…after i confirmed for the 3rd times…i decided to go down *oh…the JFC is located on Floor B1 – so, we need to go down stairs*

oh well…its quite crowd – yet i still can pictures without any disturbance! 🙂

The first thing I looked for was Kitayama Hiromitsu’s Christmas and New Year’s greeting! hence…KinKi Kids was being put up front…so, i took their pictures *along with Koichi’s wheel on the display* 🙂

Looking for Kis-My-Ft2’s greetings was quite amusing! there are many greetings and they didn’t put it in order ~ so, you could find KinKi Kids’ among the Jr’s then Arashi side-by-side with Tokio…until…a group of 7 (seven) colours pictures captured my eyes – looking for the red one…and yeaaay! Mitsu’s!!! then Tama and keep going on…

Honestly! I kinda wish to take home the Kisumai’s Saigo mo Yappari Kimi’s poster! – since it’s completed with their autographs! *can’t stop looking at that piece!*

Some advise…I feel lucky because I didn’t come in early morning – since many people said it’s quite a queue until noon…so, perhaps coming there an hour before closing time would be a good idea…

~ i’m sooo happy with Japan’s journey this time! starts from Arashi’s Japonism then KinKi Kids’ 2015-2016 then Johnny’s Countdown Concert *where I could see Mitsu again …this time along with other Kisumai members*…then again KinKi Kids on Koichi’s Birthday 🙂

…hopefully to go back again soon! *this time…with a friend to watch Kis-My-Ft2 and *hopefully KinKi Kids 20th Anniversary* Con! 🙂

my 2015 ~ 2016 in Tokyo Dome

it starts with Arashi on December 23rd, 2015 ~ then KinKi Kids on December 31st, 2015…

then…

JOHNNY’S COUNTDOWN 2015 – 2016!

i watched JCD Live ~ yet i took some screenshots from the TV…just because of someone’s cuteness!*
北山宏光 ♥


the story goes…
and why i just update the story now? some days after the JCD…i was totally speechless – between believing and not believing that i just WATCHED the bloody Johnny’s Countdown!!!

so, i began my December 31st 2015 with KinKi Kids’ Concert from 17:30 ~ 20:00 – hopefully i’m not mistaken – either Koichi or Tsuyoshi said that they need time to prepare the stage for the Countdown Concert…
…we were rushed to get out as soon as the KK’s Con done…when i was outside the Dome – i realised that i was just 1 person in around 100,000 people O_o it was a total WOW!!!

then…i spared myself some times to eat onigiris and drank warm tea *it was down to 2 degrees Celcius*…then at 22:20 with my “doki-doki” heart…i walked in again in to Tokyo Dome…

on the ticket…it says that the Concert will began at 23:00 ~ yet the live streaming on TV will begin at 23:45…so, “what’s gonna happen during the 45 minutes?” was muttering in my brain…but then…i think ~ oh well just wait!!! the most important thing is i want to see 北山宏光 ♥! *alright …i’m getting crazy again ~

so…i’m was waiting patiently! *not that patient actually…but just patiently* ~ taking out my Kisumai’s penlight along with my Kisumai red wristband and Mitsu’s uchiwa ~

23:00!!! a music played! its Johnny’s West! *aaaaaak!!!* i grabbed my binocular and look for Akito LOL!! *he’s my favourite one in J-West!* ~ then…in random order *since I can’t really remember…its A.B.C – Z then Nakayama Yuma then Sexy Zone -> i didn’t really listen to them thou ~ …i was actually chat on Line with my friend in Jakarta ~ she’s Kisumai’s Tamamori die-hard fan! ~ theeen…one of the Sexy Zone said…”tsugi waaa… Kisumai Futotsu!!!” ~ …i…literally threw my mobile and stood up…

“Kono jidai no champion…………..” …i screamed “aaaaaaak! MIKKUUUUUUN!” ~ they sang Everybody Go on rollers then continue with Busaiku’s Tana Kara Botamochi then… Kiss Damashii ~
…in Kiss Damashii…i can’t helped it! i got sore throat afterwards! during the 2nd chorus, it was Mitsu’s turn *well, originally Tamamori’s* ~ when he was gonna say “Kissu Damashiii…” the music stopped! the camera…as the big screen was close-up to his face…then he gave the kiss with that lips!!! AAAAAAAAK!!! *can’t helped it!*

…after Kiss Damashii ~ then the staff were busy preparing for the Live! Arashi came up…and we were told to get excited and scream when Arashi do the opening ~ *kinda being settled* ~ but…oh well…

Live begins…as you can see it on TV!!! 🙂

ps…
either its an unmei or what…during the JCD, i was surrounded by Kisumai’s fans…but the unique thing was that we are 7 of us – and we were all light up different colours!!
i lighted-up red *obviously ~ always for 北山宏光 ♥ …the girl in front of my lighted up yellow *for Tamamori* then next to her lighted-up pink *for Fujigaya* then next to her was green *for Nikaido*, purple *for Miyata*, blue *for Senga* and orange *for Yokoo* …it was funny when 7 of us realised the nijiiro we have made 🙂

…was one of the best night I’ve ever had! yet…the bestest best for my whole life New Year’s Eve! ♥♥♥ ~ see you again soon Kitayama-san ♥

~ A.Ionapuspa