Reflection of the 2015-16 School Year

This past year, I felt, was an amazing school year. At the beginning of the year, I remember thinking, “Wow, you’re going to be a complete loner who can’t socialize.” Which was true for the first few weeks of school. I thought my only friends from middle school were going to leave me because they managed to find new friends, whether it be from their classes or their sports. Which I found to be true, but not true as well.

My friends from middle school remained to stay with me, though of course we all changed a bit. But they weren’t the only ones finding new friends. I only now just realized I have made tons of new friends as well (now I’m thinking, “Do they think of me as their friend?”). The friends I’ve made this year and the ones I’ve already known since middle school all made my life a trillion times better than I thought it would be (Okay, Valerie. You’re exaggerating). Of course, my family contributed to a major part of my life. There were times where I thought I was stuck in a dark corner, blind and lost. But both my family and friends helped me find my way to the door and helped me open it.

To simply put it, I think this past year was wondrous. Except, maybe I shouldn’t have slacked off on the academics part in the beginning (whoops). I’m glad to have met everyone that I met this year, whether it be friends, friends of friends, and even teachers. They all played a major part of my life this year. Thank you to all and I love you all!

(I was listening to EXO’s “Don’t Go” while typing this)

AVICII – Sunset Jesus

avicii-sunset-jesus-mp3-downloadAvicii’s Sunset Jesus is something I’ve been listening to recently. I’ve been listening to it during car rides, my routine jogs, while I do my homework, or when I’m just trying to relax. Something about it makes me feel so happy. Maybe it’s the guitar or the part where the song says, “Breathe for a minute, I’ll be okay”

This song has a rather blunt message, I would say. So, this wouldn’t really need an analysis.

This song really helps me run better. Haha, but seriously, it helps me feel better on a bad day. I would recommend you give this song a try as well if you’re feeling down. Sorry this post was short, but it’s all I have time for.

Bye bye!!

Song of Words – 40mp

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  art originally by niboshi ( mylist/7378631 )

( lyrics are already provided in the video )

This song is so cute, to me personally. It shows a daily struggle of a young boy. We all know the feeling, as we were all children before. We always had the guidance of our parents through our small struggles and our parents always taught us the right and wrong things to do. Without them, we’d just be irresponsible, immature people.

In this song, a young boy’s day in his life is shown. First, he wakes up to his mother making breakfast for him and his father telling him to say his morning greetings, claiming they were magical charms just as his mom tells him to say his “thanks-for-the-food” phrases. Both parents claimed that these “magical charms/spices” allowed him to smile for the whole day (from this, we can guess the kid is pretty well mannered). It proceeds with the boy saying that “there’s a ‘good morning’ for every ‘good night’ and a ‘thanks for the meal’ for every ‘the food was good'”. I guess this could mean be polite and appreciate the things your parents provide for you?

Of course, there has to be a struggle in this little, happy song. The poor boy. His toy broke and hit his little lady friend by accident. The girl runs off crying (in pain?) and he didn’t even get the chance to apologize. He cries as well as he tumbles into a dark circle of regret and loneliness. Of course, it’s papa to the rescue (and mama)! Both encourage him to go to the girl’s house and apologize. And so he does and everything becomes happy, happy and fluffy, fluffy again.  The song ends with a cute scene of the boy giving a flower to the girl and they both say ‘thank you’ to each other (by this point, I’m squealing because it’s so cute).

I believe this song is a great example of family because it shows the care and love a parent has for their children and the support they give in order to raise us up well. So give this song a listen and perhaps tell me how you felt about it? I’d love some input! Goodbye for now!

Stars Above (Poem) – Valerie Nguyen

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picture originally found on weheartit.com

“Stars Above”

1  Dear child, you may have dreamed to touch the stars with those fragile fingertips of yours

2  Let me have you know if you close your eyes and imagine, you indeed can grab them all

3  You can dream of prancing from star to star, not paying attention to the world

4  But don’t get carried away in this dream, dear child, for you can fall

 

5    The stars are farther than they seem, grinning down at us with mocking faces

6    Sure, you may pout and throw a fit, cursing at the stars

7    Keep in mind, they are the reason that we strive to become better, walking in paces

8   Guaranteed, we will stumble and fall throughout our journey, becoming scarred

 

9   On this journey to the stars, we will wander into the city of gold

10  We will become the best, turning into the worst through everyday

11   Dear child, keep on searching for the city of gold until you’re old

12   We still have a million miles to go, but find that city and you’re already halfway

 

13   You’ll reach those stars, truly you will, and smile you will when you’ve sat upon a star above

14   Dear child,  the stars call you onto this journey and the moon awaits, so on you go to the stars above

– Valerie H. Nguyen

Okay, this is a silly poem I thought about while I was listening to AVICII’s “Trouble” and wrote it to my past self. I believed I had no where to go, but in this poem, I told myself to search for the city of gold and reach the stars. This would mean I would fall and get hurt, but I will always get back up, because who reaches the stars in one perfect shot?

This may or may not be inspired by my habit of watching the stars at night. I hope this poem actually made sense and had some meaning to you, if not, then oh well! I recommend you listen to the song that inspired this poem, by the way!

 

 

Starduster – OneRoom (JimmyThumb-P)

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original art by emumelo

Starduster” (video includes translations) is a beautiful song that can be interpreted many different ways. However, if looked in a general view without going too deep into the song, it is merely the story of an individual’s “journey through the stars” as he wonders if the person whom he cherishes loves him back. It is a song I connected with the moment I heard it (not to mention the cute drawing of the cat).

In truth, this song may as well be considered a love song, but it also had a component of imagination as well, as the songwriter managed to write the song as a journey through space.

“Fearing that the most precious person won’t love me,

I took off on a solo flight to the stars ten thousand years away”

This first line is what I rambled about in my first paragraph above. Quite heart-wrenching, isn’t it? A fear that love can cause can make an individual hide away forever. However, it seems this individual can’t live without this “precious person” by their side. But they cannot reach them as they are in “space”. Which is why the singer repeatedly begs for “the love to be given”.

“Give the love at once,

Give the love to me,

Give the love, please,

Give the love…”

Okay, this seems a bit desperate. But think about it, being in space with no one else by your side must be pretty lonely. What can one do but beg and desire to be loved?

You must be wondering: “where is the ‘space’ part coming from?”

Well, several lines include bits and pieces indicating the author is implying space. For example:

  • “I definitely just had been drifting in space among these debris.”

 

  • “The light can’t shine from the stars, as if darkness engulfs it.”

 

  • “As I slowly open my eyes, a dark sea of sky stands before me”

Alright, enough talk. Give the song a listen!

To sum everything up, this song is related to imagination as the song is taken place in space, yet it has the message that love can create fear that is very heart-wrenching.

I hope you enjoy the song as much as I did and I hope you didn’t cry as hard as I did (just kidding I totally didn’t cry).

Bye bye for now, everyone!

Laying Down in the Center of Tokyo – 40mp

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image originally drawn by pichyoko ( ぴちょこ )

Author Update: I am feeling much better than I did the past few weeks!! I hope that means I can write a longer post this time…

So, the song “Laying Down in the Center of Tokyo” (translations here) by 40mp  (have fun reading the Japanese, folks) can be very relatable to young adults who have the same fears, struggles, and anxieties.

The song primarily focuses on a young adult man, as seen on the right in the image, who struggles throughout his everyday life. The song repeatedly says, “A single tear fell” after every chorus. However, after meeting (or perhaps reuniting) with the girl seen on the left of the image, the phrase changes to “Two tears fell together”. This could symbolize the hope we get from others and how their help could in turn help us move along in life. Aside from that, the song also discusses the fear of being an outcast as the first verse talks about the man being pointed out (and ultimately, called out) by a kid, in which the kid’s mother quickly pulls him away. We all get that in real life, getting picked on, pointed at, avoided. The second verse (after the first chorus) also discusses being unable to tell one’s emotions, something we’ve all gone through at one point in life.

However, I find it interesting that the male decides to lay down in the center of a crowded intersection or as the song says, “an asphalt”. I could not decipher the deeper meaning of it, but I assume that it symbolizes the exhaustion we feel and us deciding to just lay down, facing the blue sky, while life is bustling by.

This song is very catchy (at least to me). I feel as if I can relate to this song, in terms of the stress and anxiety I can get from something, whether it be about school or social life. I can also connect to the “single tear fell” in the beginning which turns to the “two tears falling together” as I was alone in my struggle, but my family and friends came to my aid just when I was about to lose hope.

I suggest you listen to the song as it is motivational and simply beautiful! I personally like these two covers by ENE and Yoru. Go ahead and enjoy your day, munchkins!

” Having risen up beneath the sky atop the asphalt

I clung to it, the warmth I felt, from your outstretched hand

the crowd of people began to move in that harshly blue sky

A pair of tears, fell down together “

Outer Science

So Outer Science is related to control because the main character in here is controlled by the bad guy and all of her friends are ultimately killed until she turns back time. I chose this cover because I really like Kanseru’s voice. The KagePro series is really intriguing, however, the art isn’t quite advanced.

Pardon that this is shorter than my usual posts. I’m currently sick and it’s hard to type and think while your mind is in a haze. I’ll try to improve this when I’m better.