Saturday, February 22, 2014

Babymetal

This week I came across a new band and I'm still trying to decide what I think about it. I saw the name mentioned in an article and decided to look it up, thinking it was a joke or parody at first, but strangely it's not.



Babymetal is a Japanese band consisting of three young ladies. They are the 16 year old singer Su-metal (Suzuka Nakamoto) and two 14 year old so called screamers Maometal (Mao Kikuchi), and Yuimetal (Yui Mizuno). They were apparently part of a pop group called Sakura Gakuin, which only has girls in it until they are of junior high age. The agency that manages them (because like most Japanese music these "bands" are completely manufactured) decided to form a new project that combined idol style pop and metal. As a side note non of the girls had even heard of metal before this.
Obviously the manufacturedness of the music is a turn off for me, although I understand this is the norm for J-rock, so fans of this may not have a problem with this fact. That being said, the singer can actually sing, and the idea is hilarious. The idea of combining feminine cuteness and metal is one I have thought about. I did talk about forming a gothic lolita metal band with some friends and would still like to do this.



The music is rather cute, and while I can't understand a word of Japanese, I don't know if that's necessary to enjoying the music. I did look up English lyrics and found one song to be about worrying about gaining weight from eating chocolate. Not exactly a deep or very female positive message. If you would like to hear the music for yourself, you can click below to see the video for their single Doki Doki. or click the link http://youtu.be/4QbAXXXOJF8


If you enjoy this single, you may want to note that their first full length album "Babymetal" is released on iTunes on Wednesday Feb.26.

What are your thoughts?

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Things That Make My Heart Sing

I'm a little late with this assignment, brought to us by The Curious Proffesor Z . But here is the February assignment - What makes my heart sing.
1. My friends and family of course, especially my lovely boyfriend. He is an amazing partner, and makes every day happier and better. Below are some of the roses he gave me for Valentines - what a sweety!


2. My bunny. On a sad note, my pet bunny Pippin passed away suddenly last week. Of course I cried a lot and I miss him very much. I am glad for the almost 11 years with him and for all the lovely memories.



3. Art - I love to draw and paint, and have my second solo art show to prepare for next fall. I've always been inspired by medieval art, and right now I'm especially inspired by the Tres Riche Heures, one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts.



4. Reading - I always have books on the go, and lately I started reading the Game of Thrones series. I loved the TV show, so I thought I would start reading the books. I also can't wait for season 4 to start - squee!



5. Ghosts and the paranormal - I love cheesy ghost hunting shows. Everything from Most Haunted to Paranormal State, I find these shows entertaining and fascinating. Right now I have been watching Ghost Adventures frequently. I like that they have a sense of humour about themselves and aren't overly serious at times.



6. Tarot Cards - this goes in with my love of the paranormal some could say. I love the symbolism, and the art work, and I enjoy reading for others.



7. Chocolate - who doesn't love chocolate? With Valentines just passed and Easter approaching, there is a plethora of chocolate around. Yum.



8. Snowy and rainy days - these are my favourite days for snuggling up with a warm winter blanket and lighting candles and reading or writing. What could be cozier?

These are just a few things I enjoy. What about you?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tropical Adventure!

I apologize for not posting for a while. I do have a good excuse though - I was having a tropical adventure! The BF and I decided to
escape the polar temperatures of Canada, and go for a week to a resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. If you don't know where that is, it is near Cancun, in the south eastern part of Mexico, which is in the Yucatan peninsula, along the Caribbean Sea.



The beach at the resort.

I have to say that I have never done a winter holiday before, and never been to somewhere so hot. The furthest south I'd ever been before this, is Chicago - which is not very tropical at all.
Getting there was interesting as we saw the snow disappear after about an hour into the flight. Then when we flew over the Gulf of Mexico we saw oil platforms and cruise ships that looked so tiny!



The tiny white dot is a cruise ship

The resort we stayed at was lovely. It was all inclusive, so we could drink and eat whatever, whenever we wanted, and our room was right by the pool and steps away from the beach.



The view from the room - complete with a rainbow one day!

We spent our days walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, sitting around reading on the patio or on the beach, and drinking fruity drinks. It was so nice to wear flip flops in January and not have to put on a big parka. Also not having to do anything I particular was pretty amazing too.



Mmmm....fancy pastries.

The food was very yummy and it was nice to have a buffet with such a variety of choices. They would do different things on different nights as well so it wasn't always
the same. One night they had traditional tacos with lovely homemade tortillas - they are hands down the best tacos I've ever eaten.
The staff was really great and friendly as well, and I tried to learn a little Spanish too (when in Rome, as they say).



My view reading on the beach

We did take an excursion into the jungle one day to see some Mayan ruins at a place called Ek Balam. It was extremely hot though, so I got a little heat sick and didn't get tons of pics. The BF did better and climbed to the top of the pyramid! at least one of us did.



The pyramid at Ek Balam

After we were taken to a Mayan village where they served us traditional food. We then got to swim in a cenote, which is a cave with stalacies and stalagmites in it. We had to get blessed by a shaman first though, as they believe these caves are a portal to the underworld and that if you are not purified, bad spirits may attach themselves to you. It was very interesting, and the water was really refreshing and cured me of my heat sickness right away!



The cenote I swam in.

We also saw lots of animals on our trip that we don't get here in Canada. There were agoutis running around the resort, that are kind of like a large rat with no tail and long thin legs. There was also a coatimundi that is a little like a long tailed and nosed raccoon that begged for food. We saw some colourful tropical birds, and lots of vultures too.



Agouti

And I can't forget the iguanas!



All in all it was a nice break from the winter and I enjoyed myself thoroughly! I will be back next week with more of my usual fare. :)

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