Sunday, February 18, 2018

A9 13/13 Tour @ Akita Club SWINDLE + Sign Event [21/01/2018]

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Firstly, let me apologize for the extremely late entry, work and life has been crazy since I came back from my trip. I just started my new job, it is a bit crazy, and after work all I want to do is to start on a new drawing. That being said, I am still far from able to complete it here >.< Oh wells.

Anyway, before I digress too far, let's get onto that day at Akita shall we?

21st January morning in Akita started with drifting snow, and by drifting snow I don't mean the fluffy small ones that melt right into your clothes type I've seen last year in Tokyo, no, I do really means those giant, very visible snow, and I kinda jumped out of bed with excitement, after which spent around 20 - 30 minutes fascinated the view before me, at the same time dreading about heading out into the cold. It does looks very very cold, but very exciting at the same time (I am weird I know, I've been told).

Eventually I headed out of the hotel, which is next door to the venue, though sadly I've not met the boys (like it is easy to meet someone on the street, even if they are staying just next door). I've promised Saga I won't be waiting for him to go into the venue that day (it would be crazy to wait in the snow like that!), so yeah, instead of waiting I've went off to the malls near stations, did some shopping and had my break at Starbucks (there was this nice lady who introduced me to their latest chocolate cake, and it is really good. Missing Starbucks in Japan so much D:). The busy afternoon continued with me gone to get my Saga sign ticket from a fan, then I've got an extra one when I headed down to Tower Records Akita just to have a look, there I was approached by a fan who I've gotten a Saga ticket from before, and she got a Saga ticket again. Yeah, I can't resist it, I've bought the ticket from her with the thought to just enjoy my trip fully so I won't regret it later. So there we have it, 4 tickets for Utsunomiya and 4 tickers for Akita, and I really have no regrets going back to him for signs so many times. XD

the sign outside the live house.

Flor only arrive to Akita after 2pm? I think, can't really remember the timing. I know that we went back to hotel after getting last of our goods, and I got another lots, I've got another Tora x Pon card -_- My Pon luck is super strong for this tour makes me want to cry a little. Rest of the hours were us just chilling and chatting in hotel room until before live start.

My weird Pon luck on this tour. XD

Have you ever tried standing in the darkening cold night with just a thin piece of T-shirt (Saga tee)? It is quite a new experience I promise you. The uncontrollable shaking, that you know moving a bit more might warm you up but the same time all you want to do is just standing there, holding yourself as close and tight as possible. And then the icy wind comes blowing...

Yeap! Been there done that, I have a new personal experience for my writing disposal now (yays!). Soon as I see the chance, I've ran into the warm and hide there, swore to myself never to do it again *laughs* Another good ticket number (thank you for helping me get them!) although Akita Club Swindle is another small venue so I ended up around the 5th/ 6th row still, it is not that bad, I can see what happened in front clearly so there's that.

The live started with Le Grand Bleu, followed by Kowloon (Saga! I still want to have both Adam and Kowloon in the same setlist one day! C'mon!). I was so excited to finally hear that song, I am not kidding, I yelled when the first series of tune came out. I really love their lives filled with crazy songs like these, I mean, of course, where else is the fun of going to rock concert huh?

The energy in Akita is undoubtedly, unmistakably, definitely 100% higher than Utsunomiya, even with the similar setlist. There were so much jumping and head banging right from the start, and before we reach the 4th song, I am already all sweaty, definitely one way to chase away the cold from earlier.

Shou seems to be unable to forget the illumination he saw around the town and kept talking about it once MC time came round. He kept saying how pretty it was and he can't believe it. XD "Yesterday our Saga-san is supposed to take the last Shinkansen to here but when he reached the platform he was just in time to see it went pass by him. He missed the train." Saga had that guilty face on as Shou described it to the fans. They didn't get too detail into it until another song.

Next is Pendulum, and yes, definitely still love the song and wish to be able to hear it again next live. And my option on 造花の代償 (Saga's bass is still very beautiful 😭) and 百花繚乱 has not change. I do get better at the furi though (well, when I am not too busy watching Saga on stage I am getting them right at least) XD

Came into brief MC after 4 songs, I find that slowly I come to enjoy these brief sessions more, now that I'm better with catching what the boys says, I can understand the content better, but there are still time when I just completely blank and not sure what the hell they were talking about. 🤔

They continued with Saga's adventure on the previous night, on how be missed the last Shinkansen. This time Saga went into a detailed description on how he went back home and rest after his event finished at 1.30pm. He took a nap, since he has about 6 hours, he would have more than enough time to rest up before travelling over to Akita I think (and I think they all actually didn't have much time to rest, travelling back from Utsunomiya right after the live and sign event or early the next morning before the in-store starts, poor boys). When he woke up, it was already evening and his train was about to depart. He still went off to the station, running up to the platform (the cutie made breathy sounds like he had just ran a mile), and when he reach the platform, he just made it in time to watch the train passing by him to its destination.

"あっ、これは終わったな〜 (something like, 'oops, I'm done for~')" Saga commented with a guilty face. And he stayed at the platform for a while, thinking what should he do, should he take the next train to Sendai and stay there for a night, or should he go home, then come back take the next train to Akita next morning? (I would so love to see him in that state, being guilty and lost there, omg!). He decided to go home, then took the next morning train over. XD

Saga also reviewed that he Lined Yuki from Lolita 23 trying to ask if he could give him a ride, sadly Yuki wasn't in the area to help our idiot there.

Shou commented that Tora was getting a lot of "scared" look wherever he went. Tora then shared his experience of getting asked by a Lawson staff who went, "You're Tora, right? Please give your best today!" (Tora: "It has been a while since I've been asked that." Shou: "Isn't it? He looks like Tora no matter how you look at him." 😂😂😂) Tora commented that when he heard question like that he felt like, wow I'm very glad to be in Akita, I shall do my best today. 😂😂😂 Aren't you thinking about doing your best anyway, Tora-shi? 🤔🤔🤔

Jewels is still a beautiful song, one of the slow song that we doesn't have much to do, I took the chance to just stand there and watch a certain bassist on stage being so serious as he plays his song. "He is so beautiful, omg!" I remember thinking, and he really is.

Lots of bright smiles on Blue Planet, that was a song where Hiroto and Saga decided to bite one another, those boys being silly on stage is just the best. Following that was Velvet, that's one song that gave me half my arm aches (laughs). The venue was so hot inside by then you would have no idea Akita was covered in snow outside.

Brief MC session where Shou thanked us and he told us Akita is the semi final live to 13/13 tour. He then introduced us to the next song, Armour Ring.

Twice on this tour I heard Armour Ring, both time it sounds so beautiful. I hope they will play it on their future lives too. After all these while, I still love how the fans are singing along on that part of 平成17年7月7日, it is so beautiful, it feels like connection between fans and the band you know.

Brief pause for MC again, and they are sharing about how they feel taking Shinkansen to Akita.

Hiroto was praised cute when he was out to eat. And because he hair was in such a color, he got quite some attention everywhere he went (in Akita). Show revealed that he was wearing full makeup to board the train after his in-store, and combining that and his height, he got plenty of stares from his fellow train riders (well even I would be wondering, if I don't know Show, who's this ikemen boarded the train, right?)😂 Show added that he did that because he dislike removing his makeup and color contacts in train toilet (it could be messy yes.)

It appears that the boys are not letting Saga off easy on his case of missing the last Shinkansen to Akita. Whenever Shinkansen was mentioned, Shou went like, "And you didn't miss it right?" Saga at the side was just, speechless and his expression was like "Please just stop". It's so adorable.

Nao and Tora came on the same last train it seems, and Nao was like, even though he was wearing full makeup, no one was telling him anything. *Laughs* He revealed that a lot of people shot weird stare at Tora on the train, due to Tora's height, and his half-blonde hair and tattoos. XD

Rainbow was as awesome as I always remember it on lives, so much energy, so much fun, Akita fans were really really amazing. Saga seems to be in a very good mood too, the ending bass part was so good. Basically he was just in a good mood, despite being teased so much. XD Q was very fun too, Show and Saga singing 😍 basically I just like the fact that Saga sings a lot this tour. He also sang on the next song, Undead Party, after Nao appointed him to continue continue the song (Nao: "The one who missed the Shinkansen!") *Laughs* There, after pumping up the energy (a lot of yelling there, oh dear), Saga, who put down his bass, he held two drumsticks and looking a little lost at what to do, just raising the drumsticks and dancing there being so adorable I kept laughing at him.

Meanwhile (it was very messy) apparently Hiroto has came down from the stage and walking among the fans as he plays his guitar. I was told (apparently I was too busy looking at adorable Saga and didn't notice) that Pon was leaning on my back as he plays guitar (and there I thought which fans was pushing me from behind, I am such a failure. XD)

Saga sang, he sang the last two choruses of Undead Party, such beautiful voice.

Memento, I need more of that song in my live (and my life yes!). The energy is just unbelievable (and I like how I just know what to do in every part, and there are a lot of different movements *laughs*).

The boys came back out for encore after changing into their tour tee, with Fix You playing in the background. Show quickly gone through with us like which part he likes us to sing along, and about doing the wiper action during chorus, and they proceeded along with performing the song itself.

And we went into goods intro! Today's goods includes bracelet, phone case, calendar and NEW GINGER!!! 😂😂😂 (Sounds like they are promoting it too, *laughs*) Saga didn't even hesitate about opening and eating it. *Laughs* And of course, they talked about the reel charm too, Nao said they will make a pass case to go along with it next tour. 😂😂😂

They talked about Saga participating in Asagi's solo work and Tora was like, he's jealous. It's weird how Tora actually know Asagi but Saga is the one going to participate in the performance. *Laughs*

Somehow the boys brought a banana on stage. Don't ask me what or how or why. 🤦😂

Hana next, it seems like they are mainly playing the new version of the song these days. It's nice, if you have a chance please go to the live and I hope you will hear it at least once.

I love Red Carpet, I still love it, it's so much fun jumping during that song. And of course at this part of the live, during the encore, you can go all out and just don't care if you're going to hurt the next day (everyone on the pit seems to be doing the same too, so it is definitely ok). 闇に散ら桜 has become something like a ending song for me since last year Jan I think, the Black Period has some pretty good impact on me it seems, a live doesn't seems right somehow if I don't have that song, so I'm glad they are still including it in the setlist this time round.

They ended the live with the new version of 銀の月 黒い星, as I said, their setlist for these 2 lives I attended hasn't much difference. It's still good, switching Adam out and Kowloon in is definitely a good move, great job boys. 🤗

Le Grand Bleu
Blue Planet
Armour Ring
Undead Party (normal version)

-MC + goods intro-
Red Carpet Going On
銀の月 黒い星

After live they have the signing session, and yeap, I get 4 tickets for Saga and 2 for Shou, 1 for Tora (Shou and Tora is to help my friends to get signs). I went for Saga once first, it was quite as usual, hahahaha! I am asking him to sign that porn- photobook 😂 asking him which picture that he likes. He picked two, in turn asking me to pick between them, so I chose the one I think would look good to have signature on. He then went on like, is it okay I might sign across my chest? Hahahaha! Idiot Saga!

He did sign across his chest, and it is very nice. Hehehe~

We had some casual conversation, like me asking him if he's very tired these days, but Saga said it's still fun. He laughed at himself after telling me that he missed the Shinkansen that previous night, such cutie.

One of the conversation I had with him was about pizza, I was telling him I can never find Napoli pizza in Tokyo anymore, he enthusiastically assured me they are still in business, but I have to have it delivered.

Me: Erm... But it is quite hard for me to call for delivery you know...
Him: Well, when you're staying in a hotel, just go to the front desk and ask them to call delivery for you! They can do that. Please eat (the pizza).

Okay~ thank you for the tips Saga-cchi, you sound like you have such experience (and I'm so not surprise if you do, you hikikomori. XD)

His excited expression and voice told me that he really really happy I brought up the topic. I'm just so glad to be able to witness that. XD

That idiot also told me that he'll be waiting for me till June and he looks forward to see my next drawing T.T Okay, I'm going to draw something good for you (I'm still considering which picture here. Lol), I'll make sure that it is one of my best. I can't wait to see you again too *cries a river*

My conversation with Tora was really short, like it last about 30 secs *laughs* With Shou it was longer, I asked Show if he has plan to come Singapore. Show replied saying that they will have to work harder to come back over to this part of Asia (T.T poor boys), and he asked me (us) will we wait for them. I told him, we will be waiting, please come back here when you guys are able to. So yeap, South East Asia, be a bit more patient and support them however you can okay?

The night ended with me and Flor chatting late into the night about our boys. Then next day, going back into Tokyo when we parted. It seems like we brought snowy winter back home with us that day too, Tokyo became a winter wonderland, so beautiful, although I didn't go out to visit the snow-covered Tokyo that evening, which is a good thing too since most train are delayed and some aren't operating at all due to the heavy snow.

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Ahhh, kinda sad, if only I had plan on going into Tokyo, I'm did want to visit one spot in Tokyo that I'm sure will look magical covered in snow like that.

Well I found another magical view in Narita itself as I walk around a temple. Definitely a lovely way to end the trip even though there are some unhappiness happened during it. It is beautiful in its own way, and you know, sometimes you have to have some bad to balance out the good, only then the good feels even better right?

So, the next trip will be June, as I promised Saga, and I'll definitely write up another entry here again. Thank you for always reading~

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

F+IX=YOU!"A9 Will Heal You. Counselling Room for Your Problems" Talk + Handshake Event @ Tower Records Shibuya [20/01/2018]

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Our very handsome, very awkward bassist at Tower Records Shibuya that day.
 Continuing the crazy schedule, we have a in-store event happening at Tokyo on the 20th January.

Saga's event (the only one I planned on attend, and attended) happened in Tower Records Shibuya at 12.30pm, a timing early enough but not too early that I'm glad to not have to rush down from Utsunomiya. I've only reached Shibuya around 12pm, and made my way up to Tower Records slowly.

After wandering about for a while and meeting up with a friend, we wrote down our questions, just in time for the event to start.

He wore black today, head to toe, again. Well it looks good on him so I am not complaining. And that "I'm so awkward I don't know what to do" look on his face. He started with a brief greeting, asking us how are we doing and is there anyone who came down from Utsunomiya, then he thanked us for coming down even when it is so cold outside. "If it's me, I won't (come) in the cold," he laughed, being awkward and adorable there. He was really just finding casual topics to fill the silence there.

Lucky for him, it didn't last long. Following cue from the staff asking him to sit down, Saga started tackling the stack of question papers now resting in his hand. To my surprise, the fans had really taken the chance to ask him for advice, though I am really not sure he is qualify to answer some of those questions.

One of the question went "I love Saga so much that I can't sleep, what should I do?" You should look at his face when he saw that, he's like, "Why am I getting this question? How should I answer her?" It's so awkward it's so cute. "Please go to sleep!" was all he said, in that tone that's like, seriously, don't do this to me! Lol!

Nah, he's not like that, but you have to understand it is really a pretty troubling question that he has no answer to. Hahahahaha!

He got all types of questions, each and every one he did give careful consideration and reply. There are people asking him advice one how to deal with friends, with work, one asking him any advice on skin care, there are also one asking him advice on finding a boyfriend, stuffs like that. He tried his best to answer them, giving them his best advice. There was one question he lingered quite a while, giving all sorts of suggestion to the girl was asking him advice on buying a bass (his strength and topic which he likes I think).

He came to my question paper and he read too! I was kind of shock that he did, and did not, you know, skip it. What I've written was not really a question you see, I just wanted to tease him that day so I wrote "Saga, you've not been updating your salon! :P love you!" Hahahahaha! I've to school my face neutral when he read it out loud, with a bit changes here and there because yeap, he definitely isn't going to read out my last comment and my name. XD hehe idiot! It is so hard not to laugh watching that guilty expression as he explained why he hasn't been updating his salon and apologize.

He said, he will update it soon (I am holding you to it, Saga-cchi!). Recently he is addicted to a game Tora introduced him so he has been playing and forgot to update. He said sorry, apologizing a cute boy tone (wish I can pinch him). Meh come on, Saga-cchi, I'm still waiting! Don't apologize, do something!

He knows I'm trolling him by the way. 😋

There was a handshake with everyone on the way out, my conversation with him during then was quite brief (in compare to the sign and handshake I've got the day before and after). It was just a brief exchange of thanks, me telling him to take care heading off to Akita cause it is cold, he did the similar (if I'm not wrong). I told him to please remember to update his salon lastly, which he laughed and said he will do it soon. XD

The rest of the day spent on having pizza with Flor and her friends, it was a great time. Can't seems to find Saga's favorite pizza in Shibuya anymore, so we went for something else instead, which is actually very much like Napoli but it is with a different name so... It was still great. After which I traveled to Akita and settled myself down in the hotel, food, bath and rest for the next day's live, that's mostly it.

I'll have my next and last entry of the trip up ASAP! Thanks for waiting! As usual, comment and feedback if you have any! See you soon!

Friday, January 26, 2018

A9 13/13 Tour @ Heaven's Rock Utsunomiya VJ2 + Sign Event [19/01/2018]

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And as usual I'm writing this on a flight hurling me back home all the way to sunny land Singapore, left behind was my heart, and a thousand wishes that I could remain in the beautiful country, ten thousand more wishes that I can be there to attend the tour final happening on 27th January, I should have planned for a longer holiday but this is already a trip that I've done on a whim, I wasn't even supposed to fly over to Japan in January.

Anyway, no regrets. My regrets are always of the lives I never get to attend, never one of the opposite.

January Japan trip has been treating me well enough, apart from the unexpected snow on the 22nd Jan, even that is pretty nice in my opinion. As I've always wanted to see snow, and it made such a beautiful view, a brand new experience, and yeah, it is really not that cold (or maybe I am just too busy enjoying the cold weather that I will never get back in Singapore) *laughs*

19th of Jan started... Rather early for me. I've got to finish the gift for someone at the last minute (yes, handmade again, and no you're not getting a picture of it because even I didn't get a picture of it after I've finished it, *laughs*). I've only finished and got to the venue around 11am, and worrying that I couldn't catch them going in. I wasn't late at all, indeed I was so very early that none of the staffs arrive yet, less of the boys. 🤦 *Laughs* At least the staff didn't ask me to go away as I was wait there. Practically most of them ignored me, except one of the lady who I always thought as strict and scary. Well she isn't, she's quite nice (I discovered this last June) and she came to talk to me for a little as she smoked. *Laughs*

Caught Hiropon before he goes in, he came by cab, wearing black with a pair of blue lenses sunglasses. I noticed that he didn't wear braces for his neck that morning, and wondered did he actually felt better. Stupid of me that I didn't ask. All I did was simply passed him the gift my friend made for him, and told him it's from a friend from Malaysia. He said thanks! 😉

Saga didn't arrive until well after noon. He arrived in taxi (same as Pon, and seriously what else should I expect. *Laugh*) it was in good time too, I was either getting too cold in the shade or too warm in the sun. And the sun was so blinding I couldn't see in one of the direction, making me keep worrying that I'll miss him going in. He wore black, all black. Top to toe, including his hat (it is the same hat he wears these days), and no makeup yet. After paying the taxi he came down, slowly walked over towards the entrance. I'm so glad there was no other fans around, so I passed him the gift with a few words exchange. After which, I happily skipped away to find warm place to wait until goods sales. XD

And no, I didn't wait for the other 3. XP

It was until way later I got myself prepared and head off to the venue. Not fully prepared though, I still have gazillion of stuffs I need to pack/ get readied for the sign later, and I am so glad that I prepared early - I was having a hectic time right before and after the live, meeting up with all the traders to get my Saga, Nao, Shou and Tora's sign tickets. The amazing thing is though, I managed to get all my tickets without needing to go buy the album's in store and pick a random ticket (not sure I can handle the stress at all, dear God). So yeah, a big thank you for selling me the tickets, you guys are the best!

And yeah, somehow I've also gotten myself 2 extra tickets (1 Saga 1 Nao) for the day one (Utsunomiya) and 1 extra ticket (Saga) for my day 2. Oh dear. 😂😂😂

I just can't resist it when anyone comes up to me and ask me if I want a Saga ticket, a ticket to see him one more time? Anytime please, anytime.

😂😂😂 I'm so hopeless.

Anyway, no regretsssssss~~~~

I've mistaken the starting time of the live, kept thinking we will start queuing around 5.30pm, it actually starts around 6.30pm. *laughs* and the moments we have to stand outside waiting for our number to be called (my number was quite front so I dared not to stand inside in case I missed it so... Shivered in the wind! LOL!) Thank God it wasn't too long a wait! Soon I've got in and I got quite a good view, it is still around the fifth row (always there, lol! Why though!) and I'm standing right in front of someone, *Laughs* not like it should be a surprise to you all.

My view!
Came the music grown louder, and one by one, the boys walked out to the stage. Starting with Nao, Tora, Saga, Hiroto and then Shou. Shou was so cute, because the ceiling is quite low and he's very tall, when he stand up the small step at the front of the stage there's barely space for him to stand straight, so he peaked his head forward, acting so cute it's too adorable. XD

They started the live with Le Grand Bleu (the famous "pointing your finger to the sky" furi, it is fun. XD), the come the series of head banging, jumping for Adam. What a start to the night.

The brief MC with them thanking us about this being a sold out live, then Shou told us we should all do our best after having eaten the lovely gyoza at Utsunomiya, they went back to their next song Pendulum.

Such energy, I think I fell in love with that song for live. A9 should play Pendulum on every live because it is really really good.

At the same time, there are so many moments throughout Pendulum I just wish to stand there and watch Saga plays his bass. He's so charming when he's just concentration on playing, face turned to one side where his side profile prominently shown, beautiful, that man is just so beautiful.

Shou was the one giving out the rose that day before the next song, 造花の代償. While I really think it is a really nice song, I couldn't help myself missing Haikara instead. But maybe because it is an older song and I'm bias in a sense that I just love it so much more than 造花. It could be just me.

The bass on the newer song is still one to die for. XD

百花繚乱 is one of the song that I find the furi being a bit too messy, I always mess up my furi on that song. XD

Asking Tora about the gyoza in Utsunomiya, Tora was like, is Masashi gyoza nice? Fans: They are nice! Tora: Don't lie! *Laughs*

They've all tried the gyoza there it seems, I did ☹️ Wish I have more time to try food and explore around next time.

They played Jewels, it is a beautiful song, and I'm very glad that they play that instead of say, 輪廻と一夜の物語, which shall guarantee me to have tears shinning in my eyes. Haha. I just love that song ok? Blue Planet is nice too, reminded me how I was looking down from the plane on the way to Japan and pondering if they will play that song on these lives I'm going to see. They played the song at both lives by the way.

Basically the setlist of both lives aren't much of a different one, except the fact that they changed Adam to Kowloon in Akita, and it is a good change.

Velvet has so much energy and at the same time it's so tiring. All the arm pumping XD

Saga only recently learned where is Utsunomiya. he learned about this place around when they were at Gunma. And Tora is worse, he thought Utsunomiya is like a a prefecture instead, much like Yokohama prefecture. The boys has no clue where the place is until coming over is just... XD LOL.

Hiroto talked about his addiction to the ginger, it seems like not just him who's addicted to eating it, Saga and Tora too, they kept eating them. XD Tora is like, I don't even care if my calories goes up eating them... XD

One of the song I never expect to hear on live is definitely Armour Ring, and it is so good. Saga is taking his role as the backup vocal so seriously (since when he isn't taking his performance seriously though XD). I just like to say this because yes, I like watching him when he's just there concentrating on his singing/ playing/ doing his thing, it is a very beautiful view.

That being said, I don't think my eyes actually takes in any other view apart from him. XD There's another funny story which... Did not happen in Utsunomiya, but Akita instead, so I'll share with you guys on another entry.

Fantasy is a song that exist way before I get to know the boys, but it is a song I will always have a special place in my heart for. The melody of the song is just so beautiful, and Shou's voice when he's singing it, even back then. I am really glad to be able to hear it again. :) Same for 平成17年7月7日, I am pretty sure the song hold a different meaning to the older fans who has been there with them since they were アリス九號, to me they are beautiful songs and I am glad to be able to hear it on live.

Apparently Hiroto brought some snacks into the stage, he brought 9 pieces (significantly). Later he distributed them to the fans.

Asking Tora what he knows about Tochigi prefecture he said he knows nothing until them all mentioned about Nikko. Again, Tora thought Nikko is an prefecture on its own. He mentioned he went to Nikko when he was in high school. They mentioned about ninja high school, which apparently the only thing Tora knows about Nikko. He reacted very adorably towards fans protests, apologized in that very unapologetic way about not knowing much. *Rolls*

Finally Rainbows, I am not sure if you know how much I miss the song, I really really missed the song like, I love to play along and jump along the beats and everything and I was just bouncing the moment I hear that first note came on. XD Yeah I'm that crazy annoying a fan still. XD

ShouPon has a lot of moments up there during the song by the way XD and Shou had so much fun maybe, they he even forgot lyrics/ totally messed up the second last chorus of the song XD Not like any of us mind it much.

I love Q, I'm just so glad to have Saga singing so much on this live/ tour. His voice is really beautiful T.T I want to listen to him singing a whole song again soon. Huhuhu~ (impatiently waiting for Alternative or Volland Gump event)

Said the next song after Q is normal version of Undead Party it is still a mess. XD It's so much fun. And we have Nao as the feature (I am not sure what to call him, maybe the MC? He was there to pump up the energy and being funny but he never really sing though XD). Passing the mic to Hiroto at the later part of the song, Hiroto went: Ladies of Utsunomiya's! -no one reply him- Hiroto: Eh? Should I be calling for bastards of Utsunomiya? *Laughs* Hiropon, don't use vulgarity! XD

After which everything was a mess, the members taking each other instruments. Nao was so lost for a moment, cause they (someone, I forgot was it the staff or a member) passed him Hiroto's guitar, and he was like, "I can't play guitar! Really?!" Hahahahaha! But they did it, even though it was a mess, they completed the song playing each other's instruments.

Memento ended the live for that night, ah... I miss Memento so much. It is literally one song that I didn't quite get at first, then grew to love so much, especially after listening it on live back last January. And yes, it has grown so much better sounding on live since then too. Hard to believe though, that the song is a little more than one year old now, and I just finish the second winter tour with live on my birthday itself. And thank you A9, for having live on my birthday 2 years in a row (yes thank you, Tora, even though you guys clearly didn't do it for me :P I don't care, I am still taking it as my birthday present from you guys :P).

They came out for encore in tour tee (Saga was wearing something black and long sleeves not the hoodie nor the tour tee though). F+IX=YOU was the first song they played for encore. Just before that though, as they were introducing the song and had it playing as the BGM, Saga being the cheeky idiot he was that day, shown us the nerdy pose (which Tora joined him doing it for a bit). Then being even more cheeky, he went ahead and made kissy face, waltzing left and right to the tune. That was sooooo adorable. (Shou and Tora had a "whatever hell happened to this silly guy" face on. XD)

Saga was being really cheeky and cute that day for real. Which I'm really grateful to be able to witness. He has all the kissy/ pouty/ sticking out tongues faces as he played the whole time. And smiles, a lot of smiles. Ah, the precious!

Introducing F+IX=YOU, Shou requested us to sing along the English part of the song, like "Give Me Tic Tic Toc" and "Sing a song for you". Shou said that's a lot of English lyrics and he apologized for putting them in. Saga commented that we should just sing with passion and it will be OK. XD Oh and we should do the wiper action for the chorus.

It is a very fun song to have at live, I hope you guys will get to listen to it someday XD

Oh, Shou put a pink reindeer headband on Hiroto before F+IX=YOU, halfway through the song though, Pon went on and put the headband on Shou's head. XD after finishing the song, Shou went on being super cute and like "Hironyan! You can't just anyhow put your things anywhere OK? Please remember to bring this home OK?"

Hiroto has another thought then and he wanted to put the headband on Saga. Pon got his way, despite how much Saga protest (of course, now Pon mentioned it and all the fans responded to it). After he put it on Saga's head, Pon: somehow, when the headband is on Saga's head, it feels so erotic!"


Goods intro next!
Pon: "Come in now, goods!"
*Came the staff carrying the goods*
Pon: "Oh, it is here! Are you ready, Nao-san?"
Nao: Readied! Hoi-hoi-hoi-hoi-hoi-hoi-hoi (pumping up the energy)


Their introduction of A9 2018 calendar, you should put them in your toilet too, so you can see A9 anywhere and everywhere.


Don't ask me what the boys are doing, I think they are high.

They introduced a goods that's call a reel key charm. Basically just something you can hang your keys, or card holder or anything you want to hang, and the string can extend or reel back inside. Pon said, that they barely sold 8 throughout year 2017, and after they introduced it on Goods intro, that night they sold about 20 - 30 pieces. Pon is like, "Kuugumi are so kind that they all buy after we introduce!"

They also promise to do a card pass that will go along with it, releasing it on spring tour. *Laughs*

Shou: the previous live, because our MC was too long, some fans had to rush to catch Shinkansen home can't attend our sign/ handshake event after live. We are so sorry. We will try to shorten our MC this time so you guys can attend the event after live too.

Saga-sensei said that after he ate the 生姜, his body feel hot. *Laughs* then they went on talking about names. Saga was like, I'm not giving out his real name, so even when people see him on the street when he has no makeup on and all, asking him is he Saga he can still deny it. *Laughs* stupid idiot.

While the one who has his real name out and known, Tora commented it is weird being call Masashi, as he has been known as Tora so much longer than Masashi.
Shou was like: they only call you Masashi at home right?
Tora: No, they call me oniichan (big brother) at home.

Well definitely not much chance of being call by Masashi then. XD

Hana was very fun, lots of jumping. And there came Red Carpet, the only song with gyaku dive *rolls on and did all the jumping* I miss that so much! Following Red Carpet was 闇に散ら桜, and yeah I totally got a painful neck for the next two days after the live, with all the headbangs and gyaku dive packed at the last 2 songs. Painful, but definitely satisfying. XD

The new version of 銀の月 黒い星 sounds great from what I  heard at live, and I really can't wait to check it out once I get home and able to take it out of my CD.

So there is it, the A9 live on my birthday this brand new year. It's hard for me to even believe it, two years in a row, will you give me a third year boys? Anyway, since it's a Saturday next year I'll be hoping for one. XP

Below is the setlist for the day. What a setlist for real, I am here thinking I want to go for every winter tour if this is the kind of setlist they do, it's just too much heat and fun to miss out on.

Setlist (19/1/2018)
Le Grand Bleu
Blue Planet
Armour Ring
Undead Party (normal version)

-MC + goods intro-
Red Carpet Going On
銀の月 黒い星

After live it was the sign and handshake event. Rushing out as quickly as I could so I could grab my stuffs (and there are many, my arms are all red from carrying them from livehouse all the way back home!) and get my remaining tickets from some girls. Thankfully, I got everything way before they even start the sign session, so I have enough time for everything (well except to check how I look on the mirror, but yeah, I was holding too many things to check it anyway).

So... Initially I planned on going for Saga 3 times and Nao once so I can get sign for my friend.

Ended up I got enough ticket to go meet Saga 4 times, and Nao twice. Woots!!

Gone up to Nao first (because they are looking for Nao fans first so I was like, why not?) And I passed him first my Alternative photobook.

Me: Nao-san!
Nao: Ah~ Thank you!
Me: *passed him the ticket* I got two.
He replied something like thank you, and asked me to put the ticket into the basket, which I did. Then I passed him the photobook to sign.
Me: Well, firstly, this one*flipped open the page and passed him the Alternative photobook* お願いします。
Nao: Wow, this is nostalgic!
Me: Isn't it?
Nao: This is Nao playing guitar! *Whisper* Actually Nao doesn't play guitar you know.
Me: (softly) I know. (Sorry Nao, how else you want me to react to that! Lol!!) But yeah, if you don't mind, please sign here.

(I like that page cause it is a 2shot of Nao and Saga, they are side to side. And yes I planned on asking Saga to sign on the next page)

Nao: *break out his silver marker*
Me: Nao-san! Well, actually... Today is my birthday...
Nao: Really?! Whoa, Happy birthday!
Me: Thank you! Um, can you write a message for me?
Nao: *made a face* I'm so sorry, there are rules saying I can't write messages...
Me: Oh, yeap, understood. Please help me to sign here then.
Nao: Sure!(Nao continued to sign, he couldn't write message but he drew me a Nao emoji)
Me: Thank you! (And yes I'm already very happy. Like I'm sure he draw the same thing on every sign but still XD)
Nao: Your birthday, and you're spending it with A9, thank you so much!
Me: No biggies.
Nao: Congratulations (it actually more meaning like, happy birthday, but Nao just saying おめでとうございます there)! Happy birthday!
Me: Thank you!

(After taking it, I passed him the 5 Elements Pieces, Nao personal photobook, which I was asking him to sign on behalf of my birthday twin.)

Me: So the second one...
Nao: Thank you! (He flipped a few pages) Where should I sign?
Me: (no idea either but I had to tell him something first so) Actually, this book is not mine, it is for a friend. She is also celebrating her birthday today.
Nao: Eh! Really! (Then softly, like mumbling to himself) Same birthday...

(Why Nao, you can't believe that we share the same birthday? Well it is hard for me to believe it at first XD)

Nao: But where should I...?
Me: Erm (think fast) Well, which picture you think you look the most handsome?
Nao: Eh? Me? The one I like you mean? Which one I like... Hmm.... There's only one that I like... (Nao start to flip through the book looking for that picture)

He found. And it was a picture that has me gone O.O but yeah, I don't think I will share that picture because it's not mine to share. It is a very surprising one for Nao to say that's his favorite imo. But yeah! He signed it, and it's all wonderful and beautiful. XD

Nao was very surprised I said please sign that page too. He kept asking, is this OK? OMG is this really OK? Really OK?

Yes, ojisan Nao, it's better than OK! Because I also think my friend will love it. (And she does) hahahahahahahaha!

After few more Thank You's and Happy Birthday's, I left Nao's table headed back to the queue. This time for Saga. I have 4 times to go!

Since I've asked Nao to sign the Alternative photobook having out and all, I ask Saga to sign it first.

I am totally not sure if Saga overheard what I was talking to Nao or something, because I am still wondering why of all message he can write, of everything he can write, anything, everything, but when I asked him to write me a message he chose to write me おめでとう (congratulations, or well happy birthday we say 誕生日おめでとう, so...). And I didn't tell him it is my birthday before that.

I... Don't think I'll go into a lot of details about my meeting with Saga because 1. I don't really remember everything word by word. And 2, some of these... memories, I would think is private moments and I don't want them to be circulated. I can tell you though, he is a wonderful guy and definitely deserve 110% of all our love. He is sweet, and he is caring. I will be amazed by anyone who has any personal interaction with him and still able to resist his charm.

He definitely worry about me being in the cold since afternoon, since he saw me waited for him, and he worried that I stayed out in the cold too long and catch a cold myself. *Rolls* It is really so sweet, I melted right there after hearing it. *Rolls around*

He also said happy birthday to me a lot of times. And yeah, he definitely love the drawing I asked him to sign, like... He was impressed (or looking at the picture) that he went silent for a while. Like, the kind of speechless silence? Saga also encouraged me to keep drawing and he kept saying that he will look forward to see my next one, which I promised to pass him on his birthday. *Rolls* I need to find a picture to draw first!!

So that's mostly it, the amazing live on my birthday following by that 1 adorable  interaction with Nao, and 4 beautiful ones with Saga. That night ended with me passing out pretty quickly that I barely had the chance to hype over everything that happened with my friends. *laughs*

Next one is on the "Consulting Session" with Saga in Shibuya. See you on my next entry! Pictures below!

Arriving to the venue very early in the morning, I didn't even see this sign till when I am coming back from combini with food and coffee...
My trading cards seems to be Pon-bias that day... T_T At least I got my Saga!
He signed my drawing! I am done! Goal completed!
Nao's sign! XD That guy is really too cute!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A9 FC Trip 2017 - Alice in Halloween Night Tour @ Hilton Fukuoka Seahawk [24~25/10/2017]

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***this picture is definitely not taken at our night, but they did the same cosplay during on our room visit so...***

I don't even know how should I start this blog for real. Currently feeling like I have just been rammed by a giant train of emotions, and I don't even know what I'm feeling anymore, except for the fact that I wish to be able to stay there, back at the hotel, with the boys; I wish for some moments to be replayed and done differently; I wish the moment would've been longer and I can have more time talking to a certain member...

That being said, with all these wishing for a different outcome, the trip is still amazing. I was probably just holding higher expectations than I should have for this trip, and that is never any good of course. I'm still very grateful though, for the boys has been so nice to us. And the fact that we managed to impress them with our Halloween decoration, that feels pretty amazing.

Without further delay, let's get on the trip itself. My personal trip started on 19th Oct, the day Aisu and me fly to Fukuoka itself. We went by Vietnam Airlines this time. I have to say, I'm truly impressed by the airline food and service, despite it being one of the cheapest option (the cheapest I think, even compare to budget airlines like AirAsia and Jetstar), the food was so good that I couldn't help myself finishing every last bite. And they serves milk and ginger ale on board! If it's not for my worry about their long layover at Hanoi (and food in Hanoi is on the pricey side) I might actually fly with Vietnam Air next time. Well now I'll definitely consider it as one of my next trip's options.

Arriving early at Fukuoka International Airport on the 20th Oct, what I love about flying straight into Fukuoka is definitely the shorter timing needed to transport from airport to the city itself. By 9am we've already arrived at our guest house and soon after, readied to head out for the day. Aisu had a live on the day so I had the evening to myself. Went to do a little shopping (I bought contact lenses! And they are so comfortable!) and I had my Ichiran ramen for dinner (I've been missing it so much)! The day ended rather early for me as I have to catch up on the previous night's lost sleep. Our next two days itinerary brought us to Dazaifu (a beautiful place, and the theme Starbucks there is such a lovely place, very beautiful and relaxing, despite it being crowded that day), we had a lovely time around Hakata and Canal City. On 22nd morning we moved to Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, staying there for 2 days before the FC trip itself.

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The hotel is good, but I have to say it's not impressive yet (maybe because I had a lovelier stay at another Hilton branch, and yes the one I am referring to is Double Tree by Hilton in Kuala Lumpur, which you might know if you've read my past entries), we had fun. We caught a glimpse of the boys when they arrived at the hotel in the evening of 23rd Oct, I do think we are the only 2 fans staying at the hotel that evening though (laughs).

They all looked so casual that evening. My eyes automatically went to a certain bassist of course, he was in a black oversized long sleeves and tight jeans. He wasn't wearing sunglasses which I found pretty surprising (because yes, I think we all know how much he likes his sunglasses XD). With no makeup, those adorable small eyes gave him an adorably innocent look. It makes me wonder if he has just woke up, that look which makes him look lost in the way like he was thinking "what the hell am I doing here?" as he followed the rest of the group and the staffs guiding them down to look at the banquet hall.

And Aisu did the shocking thing, she followed them into the lift!

Now, before you jump on the wagon thinking that we are stalking them, I have to say, that is not our intention. Aisu wanted to show them the A9 Indonesia banner from their promotion event. With that in mind we were following them until they gone inside the lift. It was a brief yet awkward lift ride, I didn't even dare to look at Saga to my right, worry that he will notice/ recognize me (well who says he hasn't already huh?). Not looking at Saga left me the option of looking at Hiroto standing to my left, just to note that guy's eyes widened in surprise and recognition (oh I'm so screwed). I gave him a grimace and nodded to him in greeting.

And that is the crazy lift ride/ first encounter with the boys on the trip. *Laughs*

They gone off at first floor, the boys went to check out the banquet room. We waited, for about half an hour, but they must have got out from the hidden passage, we never get to catch them going up to their rooms. We did catch the Tiger heading out for a while though, maybe he was heading out for a smoke, we never bother to go find out. No further sighting of the boy's that night but we did catch sight of their staff/ manager and realized that they are staying on the same floor with us, same side even, but on the opposite alley. It is so amusing.

FC TRIP DAY 1: Halloween Live and Room Visit.

FC trip day started early. My initial plan to get my hair done in a salon was forced to cancel because I couldn't make it in time, we ended up using the time to work on Aisu's makeup instead. It wasn't too tough a piece in my opinion, it was somewhat fun even, as that was the first time I actually spend time drawing on a complicated piece on another person's face like that. And the effect was stunning, it gave fright to plenty of people, of which I'm pretty proud of really. XD

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We split up after checking out of our room. As Aisu waited for the check in for the FC trip, I went ahead to the live venue to wait for goods. The Halloween T-shirt is so pretty I couldn't help myself buying one even though I didn't include it into my budget. And I bought 5 2-shot tickets (ka-ching) to take pictures with them for the room visit later too.

I feel glad, our entry number for live is rather front this time, mine is #48, that leave us at around the 4th row from the stage(it was a small venue). The live started with Undead Party, member vocal version. They are all so adorable, looking so happy up there, singing and dancing and playing. And I'm so glad that I get to witness it. You have no idea how big a regret I was in to have decided against attending their 13th Anniversary live. I mean, I am happy, there is no feeling that could compare seeing these precious boys having so much fun on stage, but I wanted to see it live as in live, as in, having them right in front of my eyes.

I am just so glad, I get to witness that at least once.

Before we go into it, here is the full setlist of the Halloween live:
UNDEAD PARTY (member vocal version)


Funny part happened at the MC right after the opening Undead Party, I'm not sure if Shou was feeling sleepy, or he was just blur, or maybe he just woke up from a afternoon nap? *laughs* He made a slip, asking us all "So have you all check out (from the hotel) yet?" A round of confused "Eh??" went around the crowd. Hiroto being sharp as usual, he started correcting our adorable vocalist saying, "shouldn't it be check in?" Pon said, "If they all checked out, everyone, tonight you shall be sharing a room with Shou then."

*Laughs* well I'm sure a lot of people would love that Hiropon XD

I was standing where I can see Saga directly again (of course, where else?) He was so gorgeous, with that dark ninja outfit he wore last time they had the Halloween live. But hear this, he really look 100 times more fabulous in person than those pictures you saw on Twitter. The ninja outfit is actually half transparent, and yeah, he is so very gorgeous that for the whole of the live I could barely take my eyes off him. Like really, I couldn't even peel my eyes off him if I try. I think, I fell in love with him once again right then and there, watching him concentrated on playing his bass. He gets so into the music, that beautiful face serious, and there's something so charming about that that pulls me in.

I really think I fell in love once again. It was the same feeling as when I saw him for the first time, when he stood on that stage at Stellar Ball, back in April 2016. That day was the day I realized that I want to love this bassist, and I don't want to have 2 biases anymore, I just want him. It is just Saga. And it feels like everything can be okay because he is such a lovely man to love.

Anyway, I have digressed. The live was good, it was rather heavy, but I felt that it is not enough. They didn't play much headbanging songs and that's a shame. Guys! I want Kowloon! Lol~ They played a lot of songs I never heard live though, like Sleepwalker, Royal Blood, Pendulum, 白夜ニ黒猫...

白夜ニ黒猫!! It is that song I have been wanting to listen live for a very long time, I'm so glad to be able to listen to it, thank you Saga! Thank you for making Shou wants to sing it! I love you~

They played Drella too, another song I love with my heart. I think I have an affinity to their heavy songs, and it's just theirs, any other bands playing heavy songs would make me feel like they are being noisy. I'm bias I know, but hey I'm a fan so... XD

Royal Blood is really good, I think I really like that song. And the next song is something more unexpected, they played Sleepwalker, and it sounded so good at live! I'm not sure, I'm just so surprise at their setlist for this live, it is filled with songs I've not hear on live often. My only complaint remains for they never play Kowloon or Adam, I mean, come on guys! I miss those songs and gyaku dive. Well, at least they played 闇に散る桜.

There was one MC where they discussed about Halloween dress up, and they all laughed about how Nao dressed up as a bacon on the DJ night. Nao: "It was very hot being a bacon you know?" *Laughs* They were like someone would probably dress up as Takoyaki too, during which topic Nao certainly look strangely excited about the idea... 😅🤣😏

They ended the live with Undead Party again, the normal version. There was no encore, we were told to go back to our room and wait for the boys coming for room visit, which will start from 10pm.

Crazy time for me, as I mentioned, I've missed the salon appointment in the morning, and I really wanted to cover up all the different colors of my hair, we rushed back to our room to get it done, after which the room decoration, do my own makeup and fix up Aisu's make-up. If you can't tell it yet, we put plenty of effort in it, well, not like we threw everything we had into it, but we did put in lots of effort. And having our room to become one the boys remember so clearly even on the day after, I felt proud and satisfied. XD

It took me until 11.30pm to finish my own makeup, or around that time. By then, the boys are already heading to our level, or on our level (cause sometimes ago a staff came to our room to announce that the boys are on the way), we made a request for the staff to let us be the last room they come in. I wonder did that help, but yeah at least our room is the last they visit on that level.

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We heard noise outside way before they reach our room, "Those three are too loud!" I remember thinking as I waited for them at the hallway. All the lights in our room were off, saved for one I dimmed to the lowest by the bedside. And Aisu has the tune from One Missed Call playing from her phone.

"Knock Knock!" it was followed by a slight movement of the door. Came Tora's voice exclaiming, "Oh, scary!" The statement was quickly change to being "This is interesting!" It seems like our Tiger is pretty impressed by our room. Saga was like "This is bad, this is bad, this is bad," and Nao was like, "Scary! This is so scary!" not just at the entrance, but throughout the room visit. Hahaha! He yelled when he saw me by the way, which I find damn funny. And I was just like, "Welcome (in Japanese)! Trick or Treats~!" I went on luring them into the room so Aisu could sneak up on them from the back as we planned.

We really did gave them a scare, although Tora was laughing the whole time and kept going on like, this is so interesting! The rest of the room visit sped into a series of photo taking with various members, and we trying to talk to each of the members as much as we could.

While they preparing for Aisu's photo taking session, came Nao dragging Saga's attention to my drawing of Saga which I've left among the gifts. I felt a little bad though, well, for a mistake I have not realized I've made. Japanese have a culture for framing black and white photo for the dead. And I have not noticed the similarity until Saga pointed it out, he said it looks like he has died and it feels quite scary (I'm so sorry Saga-cchi! I definitely didn't mean that!! T.T don't hate me! Sorry!). I didn't get to react to that either (with three of them in the room, it was chaotic!). I don't think he's mad about it however, cause when I told him, I'm sorry I never get to draw any other member but him because I've been so busy, he was just like, "But I'm happy about that, thank you!"

Ugh I need to apologize for that somehow sometimes, write in letter or something I guess.

I've another drawing for him, one I never thought he will take but he was very happy to do so, which makes me quite happy. Just hoping that he didn't take it because he felt obligated to though.

It was pretty much a mess around, I never expect Saga coming with these two. That being said I didn't get a lot of chance to talk to Saga, less the other two. The staffs were rushing so much that the whole room visit session felt like it's just for photo taking. Saga was very happy to have got so many gifts from us however, I can still remember his high pitch cries when he hugged all the presents we gave him went like, "Whua! So many! Thank you!!" He sounded like a happy boy on Christmas day there for real.

And there they went. I didn't even get a chance to say anything to Tora. Lol. That is rather alright though. I mean yeah I'm really bias, sorry (not sorry). XD

There leave us waiting for the other 2, Shou and Pon. We off the lights in preparation again, sitting there in the dark and cold, I almost fell alseep, LOL, oops. So when they comes in I barely had time to get into position.

Hiroto was so cute, he was making scary voice on the way in. Upon seeing me standing there Shou asked me something like, "Can you see?" (I think? Since the room is dark) I replied him like, yes I can see. This is when things got a little... beyond our plan and we didn't get to surprise Shou and Pon with Aisu's appearance much. The staff had her stuck behind the door where she was hiding and she couldn't get out until I get there to help her out, poor bby.

Worthy mention both boys were so confused when I went over to bring Aisu out. And upon seeing her appearance, "ヤバイ (this is bad)!" Shou exclaimed, he was so loud too, it was so funny.

I've used up my 2shots tickets so Aisu is the only one taking pictures with these two, her photoshoot started with Shou first and Pon and me was left to one side. I never has anything much to tell Pon, I have no idea, it's just that I always never pay much attention to that baby, I mean, he's good looking and all and I admire his guitar skills, but I just don't know how to talk to him. Part of me was like, if the group arrangement is same as last year it will be so nice, since I will have all this extra time to talk to Saga. But yeah... I'm being bias. Hiroto's fan, don't hate me okay? I mean, at least you know I'm not after your PonPon, like at all.

I do want to make it up to him next time and talk to him properly though. *Laughs*

So the awkward moment with Pon went like:
Pon: (watched me with wide, curious eyes, so obviously admiring my makeup.)
Me: (noticing it, feeling self conscious, asking him softly like) "hmm?"
Pon: "凄い (it's cool)…"
Me: (probably blushing) "ありがとうございます (thank you)."
-back to silence-
Me: (found next topic after a while, went to pick up my package of sweets to Pon,) "これは、どうぞ(please take this)!"
Pon: (surprised, got up from his seat to accept it properly) あっ、ありがとう (ah- thank you)!"
-silence again-
Pon: (watching Aisu and Shou, commenting) 将さん、殺される (Shou is being killed)!
Me: (couldn't help laughing) そう、魔王様殺されるよ (Yup, Maou-sama is being killed)。
(We change position since now Aisu and Shou moved for their second shot)
-Pon still staring at me with such intensity. He moved to stopped me from turning my face away-
Me: (raised eyebrows)
Pon: あーキラキラです (ah~ it's sparkling***)。
Me: ありがとう〜
***He meant the stones I placed around my eyes, they caught light and sparkled, and he just noticed that when we changed position.

There was my little moment with our curious guitarist. Well yeah, for a moment I was quite mesmerized by how pretty he looked with his cosplay and curious expression too, but yeah, awkward.

And it's Pon's turn to take picture with Aisu, so Shou came to join me at the side.
Me: (picked up my gifts to pass to him) Shou-san!
Shou: ありがとう!Terima Kasih! (Thank you, in first Japanese and then Indonesian)
Me: (reflexively) えっと…インドネシアじゃないですけど… (Erm... I'm not from Indonesia...)
Shou: Not Indonesia.
Me: 私は、マレーシアから- (I am from Malaysia-)
Shou: Malaysia, ah~
Me: -でも、今シンガポールに住んでいます(-but I'm staying in Singapore now)。
Shou: あー ありがとう(Ah~ thank you)!
Me: いえいえ (no problem)〜
Shou: シンガポールで "thank you" (I look lost for a bit there so he went on elaborate) 普通に "ありがとう" は英語のをね (In Singapore, you say "Thank you"- like when usual you use  English to say thank you right)?
*** He was so cute, stuttering over the word Thank You for a moment there. XD
Me: うん、英語です、thank you.

Shou gave me a really nice smile on my reply, like he was glad that he got it right (can you get that wrong, Shou?) He has a small smile on his face all the way, and did try to speak a little English here and there because he knows that I'm not from Japan. It's cute of him. There are some other words exchange afterwards but I don't remember what exactly, it is about our gifts to him/ them that's all I can remember.

Oh and we called him Maou-sama which Hiroto definitely enjoys hearing. XD

What's good about this year's room visit is that they've ended it pretty early. We're done with the room visit before 2am. But with the removal of the decoration, shower, letting myself calm down enough, it is near 3am that I slept. Well still better than last year where I only get my sleep by 5am. *Laughs*

FC TRIP DAY 2: Six Shots, Lunch Time Show, and Goodbye

Next day as usual started around 7plus for me.

And I think what we should've done: go down right after a quick wash up to have breakfast, and then come back to pack.

What we actually did: we showered, packed, dressed and makeup, then we go down to have breakfast around 9+am and eat until around 10.30am.

Result? Looking at the wonderful lunch option laid out there (during the Lunch Time Show) and I could barely eat a thing (because breakfast looked so good too and I might have ate quite a bit too much) *rolls*

By 11am plus that we went down to the banquet room, and one of our friends picked us the table and guess what? We got the first row! Not only that, it is one of the 3 tables that sitting right in front of the stage. We are at Kamite (Hiroto side), though it is not bad at all, we still got good view.

The boys came out for a brief greeting before lunch start. They talked about their recollection of the previous night. It seems like Tora went off to sleep soon after he got back to his room, claiming that it was very intense with his group (I wonder what everyone made them do that's so intense for our Tiger there XD) that it tired him out. *Laughs*

Saga revealed that he was the one wanted to switch to the 3 person group to give it a try, to see how it feels being there. "Now I tried, it is horrible!" He said, rousing a round of laughter among the member and fans.

Ne, Saga-cchi, now you know it is horrible can you come back with Shou team next time? XD

The boys said that it seems like very little fans recognize that they cosplayed as characters from Touken Ranbu.

They also mentioned about our room. Well not like they point us out, but upon the topic that which room leaves them an impression, Tora was just like, there is one in particular which decorated like Ghost House. We knew immediately that it is us, and being the only one... XD They have seems to have deep impression of everything there, and each member went on giving out what they remember of our room. Like Shou was like, there was music from Sadako (No Shou, it is One Missed Call), it was so scary. And Tora was like, there's toilet paper hanging from the ceiling, there went a round of gasping around the fans, I think some even commented it is scary by listening to that. *Laughs*

Tora: "By the way, why am I the first one to walk into the room? Shouldn't it be Nao?" Nao's was like, squealed and like, "No way no way, it was so scary." (I'd love to see Nao lead the way into the room however, why Tora, why did you lead the way in?? XD)

Hiroto have a deep impression how we have one welcoming them in and the other coming up behind them with a knife once they got into the room *laughs* But Pon, we never get to scare you for real~

Then it was lunch, followed by 6shots. I had a weird face on when it was snapped :-x They took with Polaroid this time and the color isn't coming out that nice. But someone is smiling in my shot, and Pon definitely looks cute in it, I am pretty happy about it. XD

After the 6shot and once we were done with lunch, there was a lucky draw, which I got nothing, my luck is always like... you know. But it is fine I think, since there isn't something I really want (Well, I'd love to have that cool jacket from Nao, but it's OK cause I already have a jacket from Nao so... XD)

The karaoke session was funny, they didn't allow fans to go up participating this time, just singing among themselves. But what worth mentioning was the duet Tora and Hiroto did, which is obviously a male-female duet, so one of them sang in low voice while the other has to go for the high pitch, or more feminine vocal. The awkwardness obvious on Tora's face when he has to do the feminine voice, and then Pon's, it is so funny!

Saga was obviously on awkward mood that day so he put on a pair of sunglasses and pretended that he is someone else whenever he needs to sing. That adorable idiot.

Nao was entertaining as usual, singing Rainbow again this year, he is obviously better prepared, even have the lyrics printed out in stacks, which he went around reading from as he sang, at the same time he distributed the lyrics to the fans around the room.

The karaoke session ended with them singing Number Six, and there it is, the end of the 2 amazing days. Of course, we still had a handshake on the way out, so they can say goodbye to us. I tried to take my time, but of course they don't allow us to delay much. And since we were the first row, we are to head off to say goodbye first.

They lined up in such order: Shou, Hiroto, Saga, Nao and last Tora.

Me: (smiling when approaching Shou)
Shou: ありがとうね (thank you)!
Me: いえいえ、ありがとう!早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (no problem, thank you! Please come to Singapore soon ok)!
Shou: (couldn't catch what I said, cause it is really noisy with every members and fans chattering beside us. He leaned in closer)
Me: (repeat) 早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (please come to Singapore soon)!
Shou: あっ、はい (Ah, OK)!
Me: またね、ありがとう (I'll see you, thank you)!

*move on to Hiroto*
Hiroto: ありがとう (Thank you)!
Me: ううん、ありがとう!楽しかったです。早くシンガポールに来てくださいね (Don't mention it, thank you! I had fun. Please come to Singapore soon OK)!
Hiroto replied something, which I couldn't quite remember. I think he said of course or something similar. And he definitely told me thank you again before I moved over to Saga.

And yeah, with Saga.
Saga: 今までありがとう (thank you for everything up till now)!
Me: *shook my head for a bit in reply, but mainly focusing on putting a Minion band on his wrist*
Saga: (looked down in surprise then he look back up at me again) 何これ(what is this)?
Me: ブレスレット, ミニオンの (bracelet, Minion's (bracelet)。
Saga: (laughed a little, clearly surprised now) えっ、くれるの (eh, are you giving it to me)?
Me: うん (yup)。
Saga: くれるの (you giving it to me)? (I wonder why he has to repeat his question. Did he finds this hard to believe or something? Maybe I have given him dozen of gifts and he is just... unsure? Haha!~)
Me: そうですよ (Yes I am)。
Saga: ありがとう (Thank you)!
Me: いえいえ、ありがとうね (No problem, thank you)!
Yeah, I didn't utilize the time to tell him what I really wanted to tell him, there I should went ahead and apologize for framing that drawing, and I didn't make my song request for January, but I feel that this is a good way to end the trip, by leaving that bright, beautiful smile on that face, and hopefully a  light, cheerful mood inside that heart despite of how tired he must be running around meeting all of us since the live on the day before.

Oh, and Nao still remember me it seems~ Aww Nao!
Me: Naoさん、ありがとう (Nao, thank you)!Justice!
Nao: Justice! Thank you!
Me: シンガポールに待ってるね (Waiting for you in Singapore OK)~
I know Nao replied me something, but the same case as always, I couldn't remember it clearly. My goodbye with Tora is the shortest this time, he just told me "ありがとうございました!" and I replied the same to him. He passed me a mug they give out to every fans who came to the FC trip. And we took our bags to leave.

It was a very nice trip, with many beautiful memories, and it showed me plenty about myself, my love for a certain bassist has just grown so much I am not sure I can contain it anymore. And I don't think I can stop loving him, that adorable someone, charming and confident at times, while awkward and such an idiot at another. Ending the trip to come back to regular life felt like waking up from a particularly blissful dream which till now I think I have yet to fully accept.

My next trip will be in January 2018! Heading over for 2 lives, one on my birthday and the other right on that weekend. As it is another solo trip I'm very hyped about that too~

As usual, some photos below, and shall be here awaiting for your comments and feedback.

Till my next entry then~✌️

Two Saga fans.
4 girls, from 4 countries.
Another beautiful memory, another beautiful FC Trip. And for many reasons, it feels like it is just a beginning.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A9 × Lolita-23q 2MAN TOUR NINE TWO THREE @ Hipshot Japan, Kooriyama [24/06/2017] -SAGA'S BIRTHDAY-

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And here I am, on the flight about to reach KLIA to change flight back home once again, so short a time just about a week after my last trip, everything felt so rush this time, even though I had this planned about 6 months ago, I've promised myself to celebrate Saga's birthday with him every June 24th, I hope I will and I can always hold truth to my promise. Well, at least I've managed to do it this year, regardless how difficult it was to pull off when I first heard that it will be held in Kooriyama instead of Tokyo.

And so, there I was, June 24th, in Kooriyama. Saga's hometown is a very nice place, it is very relaxing, slow-pace, the town actually reminded me a lot like my own as I was growing up, with a lot of low buildings that's a little out of time, old but at the same time with a touch of solidity and friendliness. Actually my first impression of the place was, "wow, this feel exactly like my home (Ipoh) except it's cleaner, safer, nicer (weather wise) and with everything there written in Japanese instead of Malay language." Lol. I'm sorry I got a little sidetracked here, I just got a lot of good vibes from there, and I hope that one day I can just move to a nice little place like that and just be there, building a family, settling down... Um.

So after the previous night's crazy dash from Sendai to Kooriyama and back to Sendai again for instore then back to Kooriyama, 24th proved to be another busy day that I got to check out and arrive at the live venue early so I can wait for someone and show (and if he would like to take, pass) someone the drawing I've finally finished. Turned out being there early is totally unnecessary, because they all came out so late about 11pm (they all probably gotten so drunk the night before that they decided to start the day late) and Saga and Tora didn't show up the live venue until about 2pm (after Shou, how rare!).

Unexpectedly, they all stayed at that hotel just across the street from Hipshot Japan, where the live would be held. We didn't realized it at first, until the staff pushed their luggage with their live outfits back to the hotel, temporary leaving it there. And then around 11am... Plus? That I saw their van parked right over there slightly ahead of the hotel, watching it for a moment and then I caught them, Tora, Hiroto, Nao and Saga, walking out from the hotel and got into the van (having the live venue being just across the street you would think they would walk over, well no, I'm still very amused about that. Then again, they are all getting older and it's probably better to save the energy for the live later huh? *laugh*). The van drove away and then came back, surprise surprise, we only got Nao and Hiroto coming out of the van, Saga and Tora has left for somewhere (I strongly suspected it being either food that Saga like to go eat, or a saloon trip). We greeted them as they go in, at that moment I did hesitated a little should I show Nao and Hiroto the drawing I did or not (I really did thought of just showing Saga, since he has been expecting it from earlier that month). I did show them in the end, under my friend's prompt for me to do it. A little surprised but they both seems to like the drawing, Hiroto gave me a thumbs up. It was a little weird, I'm always feeling a little weird showing my drawing to other people somehow. *laughs* Except Saga. *laughs more*

Next to arrive is Shou. We thought Saga and Tora would arrive with him, but those two didn't. So Shou entered on his own. And again I showed him the drawing too (since I did showed Hiroto and Nao before, I figured I might as well). Shou didn't notice it at first, probably rushing a little and eager to get into live venue, but when he saw it he was like, big grin, he said something like it was good (I can't recall any of their reactions exactly, so sorry) before he gone inside the venue.

Since we figured out which side they will be coming in from, and the staff doesn't really stop us from greeting them on the way in, we hovered around and waited. The staff did stopped us however, when my friend wanted to pass the members her letters to them. Well, that builds up to my next surprise.

Finally, Tora and Saga arrived at the venue. Sometimes after 2pm, near 2.30pm I think. If I don't remember it wrongly, I think Saga was wearing his hat in the morning when he exited the hotel, he was wearing the same shirt he wore for in-store the day before. But when he got out from the van this time, there was no hat, he was wearing a pair of sunglasses however.

Tora got out the van first, and he was with the black parka and cap like his look from the day before. I briefly showed Tora the drawing (well he saw it anyway cause I was holding it in front of me), I think he did commented or if he did not, he gave me a nod of approval before moving on to go into the venue. And then Saga, our sweet, kind birthday boy! XD Upon seeing the drawing after he got out the car, that guy just casually wandered over to where I stood, stopping just a short distance in front of me and he looked at the drawing with such a grin. It was like he really like the drawing, I don't really know how he feels but, that smile was dazzling. He said something to me, probably praising the piece but I really couldn't remember (should I blame it on the smile this time? Nah, my memory was shot that day for some reasons, probably from the lack of sleep last 3 days plus my eyes was really feeling uncomfortable from the contact lens I have to wear so I can see during live). I remember after he stopped talking, we stood there for a few awkward seconds. I was lost for a moment because I didn't expect him to come up to me, in that manner not unlike a puppy upon seeing someone or something it likes (I mean it in a good way, his reaction was so adorable!). Belatedly, I finally open my mouth to speak, wanted to ask him would he like to take the drawing with him, but even my Japanese escaped me that moment, I repeatedly trying to remember how to ask him, and he waited so patiently for me to get the sentence out. I think I did get the correct sentence out, or at least he get the gist of what I wanted to ask *rolls around* then he just went on like "Sure!" and he held out his hand. I hurriedly put the drawing back into the bag *still in shock* and handed it to him. There is a lot of reasons why he could have not taken the gifts from me. There are 3 other fans waiting nearby in hope to pass him gifts directly too, and they watched the whole thing. And usually we won't allow to pass gifts to the members anyway, especially with the staff around, they would stop us. I think the staff was there watching, but Saga was the one saying be would take it so he couldn't stop us. Saga took the other fans' gifts as well (because he took mine? He will have to take the others now especially cause he took mine you know) and then he went into the venue.

Oh God, it's now a little more than 24 hours later, and I couldn't get that smile out of my head. Lol~ I still kind of finding it surreal, the fact that he still remembers me after 4 months. Granted I talked to him a week ago, but before that it was 4 months, and yet there he is acting so familiar with me like he sees me all the time.

I miss him already. :(

My drawings this time round! Left is for Saga's birthday and the right is the one I've promised him, and showed him. He seems to like them. And oh God, I LOVE them in frames!
After that, it was queuing for goods, I bought his shirt, the postcard and a Galaxy bracelet, purple color - because hey! Purple is My color before it is Saga's (LOL). And then we gone for food after putting our bags into lockers.

Saga-sized towel!

Going back to live house around 5pm, the fans had already started queuing.

My number for this live wasn't that good, it was 215. Granted it was way better than the one I got last year at 400plus. The entrance and everything was very efficient, one thing i don't quite like is how they gave out drinks right on entry, it means I either go on without one or I would have to hold my bottle throughout the live and it will be no fun. Lol. Ended up after 2 - 3 songs where I couldn't enjoy fully due to the bottle in my hand, I had to put it down on the side knowing I will never drink it again, because I won't be able to be sure if it is my bottle left sitting there after every one took theirs and went off.

The live started on time. Its either that or even a little early, soon as we all entered and settled down. Lolita23 was first to perform. I didn't have previous experience with the band, but so far from the songs I heard that night, they was pretty good and I really enjoy it. Their furi are pretty complicated though. They're probably a band I will check out later and if you have any confident in my music taste, go take a listen to them too. *nods*

A surprise for many fans but I kinda expected it anyway, (I've seen him done that during the last 2 2man live I've attended, LOL) Nao came out during Lolita's last song, 春夏秋冬. They played it in celebration of Saga's birthday. XD and I have to say they did quite a good job with it too.

Brief paused when the staffs arrange the instruments behind those black curtain on stage, it wasn't too long, just half an hour? And then we were greeted by a familiar tune; A9 would come out soon.

The first song after Cradle to Alpha, was Memento. The energy in the venue was awesome, which one won't suspect from the previous low energy level when Lolita was performing. Lol. Rainbow next, you know how crazy it is. I missed that song so much and really didn't expect to hear it again here, since you know, Saga did a very special setlist for his birthday live last year that include all the good but not so popular songs, well we should just learn to expect the unexpected from that guy huh? XD

There was gyaku dive during Red Carpet and because some fans won't do it, I soon find myself way closer to the stage than I thought I would get. I think I ended up at around the 5th row? It was about halfway closer than where I was before. I do really miss gyaku dive, had so much fun playing there. I wonder if any Japanese fans who attended that day's live is reading this, but if you are reading, and you happened to stand near Shimote side in front of Saga, I might have hit you or stepped on your foot, or in some ways maybe caused inconvenience to you, I'm so sorry. I hope it is nothing too serious.

Seriously, I think I kinda stepped on someone's foot there that night and I didn't get to apologize because the party was wild and everyone moved around so much! The girls at my side kept changing every few songs because of all the jumping and diving and rushing back and forth. Lol.

Haikara though... *laughs* It makes me wondered if Saga has gone back to the habit of bass licking these days or somehow I just keep catching him in the right mood to lick his bass out of nowhere? Totally didn't expect it but when I heard the first note of that song, the thought did cross my mind: "Oh God, is he going to lick his bass here again?" Seriously Saga, if you don't be more careful I'll start thinking you're doing it for me *shamelessly claiming glory* ;) But yeah, I guess he was just in a good mood, and when he's in that mood, he licks his bass. *laughs* Weird guy, I know.

Undead Party was fun, Scarlet was sexy, and I'm glad I can always get to hear that song on lives, it's still one of my favorite. And Daybreak was... Bright with lots of good energy. After Daybreak there come a bit of MC, during which the boys revealed that they've went to celebrate Saga's birthday the night before. Tora and Hiroto apparently gotten drunk and they both found themselves woke up naked in their own room later, hahahaha! Saga also revealed that Yuki came to greet him happy birthday the night before, but that guy has barely opened his door and told him that from the doorway, he didn't even step into Saga's room. *LOL* Sometimes after that, Yuki came out with a cake. Everyone sang birthday song. Saga was so awkward when the member suggested for him to take a photo, he always go on and think it would be his solo shot when member suggested him that, and the members have to ask him to turn around and take it with the fans. *LOL* He and Yuki also took another photo with the fans XD and those two hugged afterwards.

After that, they introduced another piece of goods, Saga tee! And the giant "Saga-size towel"! That gave Shou an idea, he was like, hey, why don't Saga change into the tee on stage? Well, now, I'll hold this towel up to cover you, Tora will hand you the t-shirt, you just change here. Shishou being Shishou, although he was a little unsure about the idea he did it in the end. Hiroto at the side playing some sensual melody, Shou and Nao held up the towel. As Saga was changing, Shou gave us some commentaries like "I got a good view," and "This is a member's specialty." interjecting the middle with the "Oooh!" and "Ahh" to add to the tension. I kinda think Saga blushed but I was a bit too far to see properly. XD In the middle of it, be it accidental or (but seeing it is Maou holding the towel, I have to say it is) intentional, the towel came down a bit showing Saga's beautiful white shoulders and neckline, the crowd cheered. Lol. That was it, no further incident and he managed to change into the t-shirt safely.

Next song, A9 did a cover of Glay's Kanojo no Modern. Saga looked so happy to be able to do a cover of a song he likes, his happiness  was shinning on his face. XD

They close the night with Kowloon, follow by Yami ni Chiru Sakura and then Heisei Juushichinen Shichigatsu Nanoka. Wonderful end to the night, at the same time too crazy, I'm not kidding, my neck still hurts. Lol.

Waited for the boys to come out afterwards, I saw everyone but Shou and Saga however, appears that those two went off first in a taxi that we didn't even realized while waiting there (we couldn't wait too near to the exit, doesn't want to be in the staffs' ways as they carry all the equipments into the cars). But I did saw a taxi gone off (and I didn't realized it, damn!) We managed to say goodnight to Tora, Hiroto and Nao though. XD And after which off I go, chasing the last Shinkansen back to Tokyo for next day's flight. It was really sad, I wished my stay in Kooriyama could've been longer, it was really such a nice place that I want to go around discover more 😳 Well perhaps next time.

As usually, thank you for reading. It has been 3 long entries *laughs* My next will be October now, patiently waiting for its arrival and bring me to Fukuoka~ Looking forward to it so much~