the me + music tag / 2022 edition

Hullo, world!

I’ve been looking forward to today ever since the wonderful Ryan Elizabeth tagged me to do this–The Me + Music Tag!! It feels like a while since I did a tag, so it’s nice to be doing a goofy sort of post. (   ˙꒳​˙   )

THE RULES

  1. Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics).
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!

DISCLAIMER: A lot of the music I listen to is not in English (oft. in Japanese) or don’t have lyrics at all (like classical ones). I won’t be able to translate those that are in Japanese, so yeah… 

  • I Like Me Better – Lauv //I like me better when I’m with you/I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time ’cause/I like me better when/I like me better when I’m with you//
  • Champagne Problems – Taylor Swift //Your mom’s ring in your pocket/My picture in your wallet/Your heart was glass, I dropped it/Champagne problems//
  • Blank Space – Taylor Swift //Got a long list of ex-lovers/They’ll tell you I’m insane/But I’ve got a blank space, baby/And I’ll write your name//
  • 心予報… Kokoroyohou – Eve //君に染まってしまえば染ってしまえば/心遊ばせ余所見してないで/想っていたいな想っていたいな/桃色の心予報//
  • Thou, Oh Lord – The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir //But Thou, oh Lord are a shield for me/ My glory and the lifter of my head//
  • SELAH III – Hillsong Young & Free //Love, joy, peace/ patience and faithfulness/ Your goodness is here now//
  • O store Gud – Lena Maria Johansson-Klingvall //Then sings my soul/my Saviour God, to thee/how great thou art/how great thou art!//
  • Another Day Goes By – Lizabet //Before I walk out the door/To say goodbye to you/I’ll try to stay strong/I’ll try to move along//
  • 朝ご飯の歌…Sunrise ~The Breakfast Song – Satoshi Takebe, Aoi Tejima //みんなで朝ご飯/わたしが作った/いそいで、いそいで/でも味わって食べてね //
  • 世界の約束…The World’s Promise – Chieko Basho //木漏れ日の午後の別れのあとも/決して終わらない世界の約束//
  • ひこうき雲…Hikouki-gumo – Yumi Arai //空に憧れて/空をかけてゆく/あの子の命はひこうき雲//

> other favourite movie soundtracks (all of Studio Ghibli, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, Ad Astra, Your Name, Weathering with You &c.)

  • The Call – Regina Spektor //You’ll come back/When they call you/No need to say goodbye//
  • 銀河鉄道999…The Galaxy Express 999 – Godiego //さぁ行くんだその顔をあげて/新しい風に心を洗おう//
  • 鉄腕アトム…The Astro Boy March – Takai Tatsuo, London Philharmonic Orchestra //misc.//
  • アンパンマンのマーチ…Anpanman March-Dreaming //なんのために生まれて/なにをして生きるのか/こたえられないなんて/そんなのはいやだ!//
  • 服部…Hattori – Unicorn //ハッタリ/ジゴロ/服部おかしな2人/ペーター/パパは金持ち/逆光/珍しく目覚めの良い木曜日/デーゲーム/人生は上々だ/抱けるあの娘/大迷惑/ミルク//
  • The Wind Rises Soundtrack– Joe Hisaishi //misc.//
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4-6 – Tchaikovsky, Berliner Philharmoniker //misc. //
  • 101 Classical Greats – Prism Leisure UK //misc. //

 

  • 踊り子…Odoriko – Vaundy //回り出した あの子と僕の未来が/止まりどっかで またやり直せたら//
  • ジャイアント・キリング…Giant Killing – Luwan //ローリン、三振だったんです/フォーリン、慢心だったんです//
  • 言って。… Say it. – Yorushika //あぁ、いつか人生最後の日、/君がいないことを/もっと、もっと、もっと、/もっと、ちゃんと言って//
  • うっせえわ…Ussewa – Ado //正しさとは愚かさとは/それが何か見せつけてやる//
  • Believer – Imagine Dragons //Third things third/Send a prayer to the ones up above/All the hate that you’ve heard/Has turned your spirit to a dove, oh-ooh//
  • おジャ魔女カーニバル‼…Ojyamajyo Carnival – Ōmori Yoko, Mahoushoujyo ni Naritai //お空にひびけ ピリカピリララ/とんで走ってまわっちゃえ/テストで3点 笑顔は満点/ドキドキワクワクは年中無休//
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii //So wake me up when it’s all over/When I’m wiser and I’m older/All this time, I was finding myself, and I/Didn’t Know I was lost// -> This was the first English pop song I’ve ever listened to!!
  • Touch the Sky – Hillsong United, TAYA // My heart beating/My soul breathing/I found my life/When I laid it down// -> This was the song we always sang at my first youth group & makes me tear up all the time…( ´•௰•`)
  • Souvenir de Florence – Tchaikovsky //misc. //
  • Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky //misc. //
  • Symphony no.5 – Beethoven //misc. // -> all of these three were childhood favourites I got to play in orchestra & gave me the confidence as an amateur violist (୨୧ ❛ᴗ❛)✧
  • Rain On Me – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande //I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive/Rain on me, rain, rain/Rain on me//
  • Various Waltz  – Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Strauss //The Nutcracker op. 71-Waltz of the Flowers/Swan Lake op. 20-Waltz/Sleeping Beauty op. 66-Waltz/Coppelia-Waltz/On the Beautiful Blue Danube, op. 314//
  • In Case You’re Gonna Jump – Omoi //君が飛び降りるのならば僕は/笑って一緒に飛び降りる/止めてくれるとでも思ったか!/僕らの絆を見くびるか!//
  • すばらしい日々… The Wonderful Days – Unicorn //すばらしい日々だ 力溢れ/すべてを捨てて僕は生きてる/君は僕を忘れるから/その頃にはすぐに君に会いに行ける//
  • 見上げてごらん夜の星を … Look up at the Stars – Kyu Sakamoto //見上げてごらん夜の星を/小さな星の 小さな光が/ささやかな幸せを祈ってる//
  • My Favourite Things – Julie Andrews // Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens/Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens/Brown paper packages tied up with strings/These are a few of my favourite things.//

Wow, that was long!! I mean, I wasn’t planning to cover so many songs. But alas, it is what it is. (ˉ ˘ ˉ; )


I’m tagging…

Maya Joelle @when through the woods

Emily @ Emily Charlotte

Esmeralda @ Lattes & Literature

Elizabeth Hyde (The Temperamental Writer) @ Trivialities

Meg @Meg’s Magical Musings

& anyone else interested!

Thank you for listening! What are some of your favourite songs? What genre do you listen to the most? Do you have a weird mix of genres you listen to (like me)? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

Books + Music + Movie recs for Each Hogwarts Houses

Hullo, world! 

I do so apologise that I forgot to post last week. I was at a 3-day intensive karate camp feat. 6 training sessions which was each around 2 hours long. Yes, it sounds kind of gruelling, but it was super fun! I learnt two new katas–Saifa and Tekki 1. Plus, if you remember me going on about the Tokyo Olympics’ karate results, you can probably piece those two together…

Today, I wanted to do something fun and light! I was initially planning to write a Complete Narnia Review since I re-read the entire series for the umpteenth time, yet realised that’s kind of…also intense? So, instead, I’ll be sharing the Books + Music + Movie recs for Each Hogwarts Houses from another fandom I’m re-reading–Harry Potter!

🦁Gryffindor🦁

– The Illuminae Files

-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

– My Hero Academia

– Stand By Me/Dead Poet’s Society

– Attack on Titan

– Beethoven Symphony no. 5, Dvorak Symphony no. 9

> My thoughts

A. This was one of the most fun lists to come up! I love the Gryffindor energy and their Shonen Jump vibes. 🙂

B. At the same time, it’s probably the second most-removed from my own personality…which is another reason it makes me kind of excited about it.

C. Random thing, but my fav. Gryffindor character is probably Hermione and the Weasleys. (Sorry, Harry!)

🦡HUFFLEPUFF🦡

– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

– I Capture the Castle

– March Comes Like A  Lion

– 100 Days of Sunlight

– The Sound of Music/To Kill A Mockingbird

– Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flower, Delius Coppelia

> My Thoughts

A. This one has the warm, fuzzy vibe that I totally want to stay soaked in!!

B. I think that Hufflepuff is the most removed from my own personna–although I’m still a nice person, I do swear–so I wish I can be more relaxed and be at-home. ☺️

C. My fav. Hufflepuff is Newt and Cedric. Obviously.

🦅RAVENCLAW🦅

– The Secret History

– The Picture of Dorian Gray

– Sorcery of Thorns

– The Promised Neverland

– Inception/Interstellar

– Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.2, Debussy Clair de Lune

> My Thoughts

A. This is my house!! So obviously, a lot of my tastes and favourites are reflected in the recs…

B. I really love the intellectual and magical vibes of Ravenclaw. I also love the pursuit of wisdom and ideas, too!!

C. My fav. Ravenclaw of all time is Luna. She’s also probably my fav. character in all of HP 😉

SLYTHERIN

– Six of Crows

– Crime and Punishment

– Wicked Saints

– Tokyo Ghoul

– Schindler’s List/Goodwill Hunting

– Verdi’s Requiem, Chopin’s Funeral March

> My Thoughts

A. Personally, I think that Ravenclaw and Slytherin are THE dark academia houses in HP. Which, btw, is saying I loved them to pieces 😆

B. If I was not in Ravenclaw, I’d love to be in Slytherin despite their bad rep. I love the grungy-vibes and everything angsty about this house.

C. My fav. Slytherin character is Draco and Severus and Regulus!!

And that’s it for today! 

Thank you for reading! Which Hogwarts house do you belong in? Do you have any favourites in the list? What books/movies/music would you recommend in your house? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

May Afternoon Tea with SJ + Bujo!

Good afternoon!

As you can see, I’ve slightly recovered from my battle with the influenza. (At least well enough to sit up on my bed.) Today, we’ll be doing something a little unconventional.

Since I’m still feeling woozy from the past week of high fevers, we’ll be having tea out in the front porch, where I’ve set up a recliner for me and some nice wicker chairs stuffed with cushions for you. From where we are situated, we can observe the quiet street in front of us and the neighbouring gardens all verdant and luscious. A quiet wind flutters in our faces. We’re having various mint teas from a glass teapot, and simple finger foods like vegetable sticks with miso-mayonnaise. 

Ready?

Here we go…

Easy Guide to Bujo:

May brought many unexpected changes, and it also brought me bujo. For those of you who do not know, bujo is short for bullet journal, something I have been obsessed with as of late. I sat down one day and thought, “I’m not getting things done either with my Google calendar or calendar blocking. Perchance I need a third method…” 

And voila! 

I had a bullet journal created in one afternoon, and I will not be going back to life without it. 

It’s quite simple to create (in fact, it only takes you one afternoon), so let me show you just how you can do that…

1: Cover 

You start with a right turn page in your notebook, where you create a cover. Mine looks kind of hastily done, because it was done hastily, but it doesn’t have to be super opulent or anything. You just need a page telling you which month is starting. 

2: Monthly Spread 

This is probably the page that takes the most time. You should probably use a ruler when creating this page, as that gives you a nicer, crisper look. You can add Goals of the Month and Notes like I did, or use up the entire space for the spread. 

3: Weekly Spread + Everything Else 

Next comes the Weekly Spread. This is the most practical thing about bujo, where you fill in daily goals with a little tick box next to it after you finish. You can also add pages for things like Mood Tracker, Music, and Book/Movie list. I also added a Prayer list at the end. 

This month, I listened to songs like:

  1. セカイはまだ始まってすらいない (The World Hasn’t Even Started Yet)–PinocchioP
  2. Little Astronaut, Big Dreams.–Dreamy
  3. さよなら、僕のヒーロー (Goodbye, My Hero)–傘村トータ/Tota Kasamura
  4. いのちの食べ方 (How to Eat Life)–Eve
  5. Brigg Fair, An English Rhapsody–Frederick Delius
  6. 豚になってyeah yeah (Become Pig yeah yeah)–Neru
  7. YELLOW–神山羊/Yoh Kamiyama
  8. Coppélia–Léo Delibes

(I know, I know, I’m a weird person. I listen to classical music and vocaloid and lofi.)

I watched a grand total of six movies, all of them Japanese:

  1. 帝一の國 (Teichi no Kuni)
  2. 太平洋の奇跡 (Pacific’s Miracle–The Man they Called Fox)
  3. 君の膵臓をたべたい (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)
  4. 日日是好日 (Nichi-nichi-kore-koujitsu)
  5. 恋は雨上がりのように (After the Rain)
  6. BAKUMAN

For May, I managed to read 13 books! Finally got back on reading over ten books a month!

  1. A Winter’s Promise–Christelle Dabos
  2. My Plain Jane–Fland, Meadows, Ashton
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–Ransom Riggs
  4. What I Like About You–Marisa Kanter
  5. Wayward Son–Rainbow Rowell
  6. The Wicked King–Holly Black
  7. The Great Divorce–C. S. Lewis
  8. As Many Nows as I Can Get–Shana Youngdahl
  9. The June Boys–Court Stevens
  10. Wilder Girls–Rory Power
  11. Bridge of Clay–Markus Zusak
  12. Suggested Reading–Dave Connis
  13. Sorcery of Thorns–Margaret Rogerson

And right now, I am reading The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. 

And that’s it.  Bujo is a super fun and easy way to keep track of where all your time goes and help you be more aware of yourself. (When adequately motivated enough, I can read more, pay attention to where time goes, and listen to music I love!) I wrote around 30K+ for my WIP and short stories that I wrote for various contests. Hoping to get more writing done next month!

Thank you for joining me for a brief tea and bujo session. Quite enjoyed it!

What are some things you did this May? Do you bujo? If so, has it helped you stay more focused? What are some media you enjoyed this month? Let me know in the comments below; I love chatting with you!