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5th-Jan-2019 02:45 pm - Semi-Friends

This LJ is semi-friends. Fanworks, reviews/recommendations and general content can be viewed by everyone. Some personal content is friends-only. Please feel free to add me^-^~

Fanfiction archive can be found here.
14th-Sep-2014 06:46 pm - FB, social media
I've been posting on FB more than here, mainly becoz it's easier to do so from my phone and most of the stuff I post are personal things(ie photo spams of going out, food I ate, my babies, etc) I scroll down my FB feed, seeing the same kind of things my friends post and mindlessly click 'like, like, like'. I kind of miss LJ or even the older forums like mailing lists(I know, ages ago...) when people actually spend time writing their posts instead of just uploading random pics and then people actually spend time reading and writing a proper reply. Ah, yes, why am I complaining when I'm guilty of the same thing...?! *runs away*
This is old but I wanted to share this.

I don't know much about Taiji as by the time I got into X-Japan, X-Japan had already disbanded and Taiji became just the old bassist before Heath joined. But it shocked me when I heard of his suicide in 2011. I came across this translation of his autobiography. While it isn't the most detailed autobiography and much of it, I feel, has been glossed over, nevertheless it offered some glimpses into the troubled waters that was under X-Japan even when they were together and at the peak of their fame.

Here is the link to the translation of the book:
6th-Sep-2013 05:29 pm - [fanfiction] High for This - Oneshot
Title: High For This
Author: VanillaMint  +fanfic archive+
Chapters: one-shot
Pairing: KaixUruha
Genre: vampire fic
Rating: hm, PG-13?
Warning: mentions of drug use and reference to sex
Synopsis: It would’ve been a night like any other but Uruha stumbles across something, someone, that would change him forever.
Disclaimer: I am strictly not affiliated with the Gazette or PSC and I’m just using the boys for my own perverted pleasures. Please don’t sue me…I’m poor enough as I am.
Comments: Written for uruai’s Summer Challenge. This is my first ever fic of this pairing and I struggled with the prompt and genre. Luckily, seiichiyamagai kindly gave me an idea(thank you so much!). So here it is~ please be kind and leave me some comments!

Prompt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnso8WrrOCg

Your theme is vampire!fic. Feel free to help yourself with the presence of the other band members in your fic if you think they will help your plot. You get to decide if both of Kai and Uruha are already vampires or just one of them is.

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15th-Aug-2013 11:22 am - Journal clean up
My LJ really needs a good clean up. Amidst feeding, changing nappies, entertaining babies, I shall do it these few days so this will return to mostly host jrock and yaoi fandom entries. Au revoir~
12th-Jul-2013 03:26 pm - Korean Yaoi Drama - Life is Beautiful
It's hard to find a yaoi movie, much less drama, that have some sort of a plot. That's why I am so happy to have come across this drama!

(Photos taken from http://xiahdertod.exteen.com/)

Life is Beautiful (2010)

Cast: Song Chang(Tae Sub), Lee Sang Woo(Kyung Soo)
Episodes: 63(or was it 62?? Uh, bad memory)

Set in Jeju Island in Korea, this drama revolves around the romance between Tae Sub, a doctor, and Kyung Soo, a photographer. While Tae Sub have accepted his own homosexuality, he struggles to reveal that side of him to his family who increasingly pressures him to get married. Kyung Soo, on the other hand, had gone through it all - marriage, having a kid then divorce when his sexual preference was discovered but things are no easier as his mother insists that he returns to his 'normal life' and play the 'perfect husband and father'. The stigma of homosexuality in a conservative society like Korea's tests the strength of their love for each other and their determination to be together.

Yaoi content: certainly yaoi but quite mild stuff, suitable for family viewing
Good points: good acting for most parts, touches some difficult but very real issues, eye candy Kyung Soo, light hearted parts that made me smile and laugh
Bad points: not really bad points but just some bits I don't understand...like the 'falling down'(you'll get what I mean if you watch it), the odd drama time length(uh, 10 minute episodes then 40 minute episodesO__o)

Overall: whether you're a yaoi fan or not, I would certainly recommend this drama~

Where to watch it: I watched the whole series with English subtitles on Dailymotion, kindly uploaded by caprenne: link to episode 1-2
22nd-Jun-2013 12:04 pm(no subject)

Lately I've been posting more on Facebook. Mostly pictures of babies and such, haha~ but somehow I want to come back to LJ. Although LJ isn't totally anonymous, I still feel more comfortable writing about my thoughts and feelings here. Kind of like...hiding partially behind a nickname, I can admit things that I find it difficult to voice out. Hmm...

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6th-Dec-2012 05:27 pm - Accident prone
Stepped on an icy patch while coming out of my car today. Fell onto my knee and bashed the side of my face against the pavement. Owwie;__; My eye and temple is all bruised now...*covers herself with blanket and self pity*
29th-Sep-2012 06:26 am - Insomnia...
Slept 5-7am yesterday then noon-5pm...now it's nearly 6.30am and I haven't been able to sleep the whole night! Jet lag with holidays is ok...but I hate jet lag after working nights>.>;

I'm currently reading a Gazette fic that I absolutely love so I thought I'd share it with everyone.

It's a multichapter fic written by urulover_427 to commemorate Gazette's ten year anniversary. As the band becomes more successful, the very bonds that hold the members together start to unravel due to interpersonal tension and disagreement. When disbandment seems inevitable, a mysterious book appears and the members get transported to a world where they have no choice but to face their own personal issues and work together to fulfill their quest. The author perfectly manages to weave together real life and fantasy. That and well-written portrayals of each member with a mix of humour and angst thrown in, it is a damn good read. There is a touch of AoixUruha too(but I dunno what's gonna happen next...I'm still waiting for the next chapter!) If you haven't read it, I'd strongly recommend it~ You can read it here. Don't forget to leave a comment^^
14th-May-2012 07:57 pm - iNtErNeTz!!!!!!!!!!
I am connected!! Yay for broadbandXDD! *dancing happily*
(I will start writing some meaningful entries soon, I promise=p)
4th-May-2012 10:48 pm - Disconnected...

I need...internet!!*gaspwheeze* but the engineer is only coming to install the phone line in 10 days time. I can check my mail and surf a bit on my iPhone but I NEED proper Internet on a proper compy...*withdrawal mode* x_X uuuu...

I want to post some pics using this Lj app but for some reason, the camera icon doesn't work when I try to attach or take a pic...(super noob VM;_;) Help, anyone??

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27th-Apr-2012 09:09 pm - Miraculous pass!

A few weeks back, I took an optional exam for a diploma. With the distraction of property buying, furniture shopping and oddly vague exam questions, I thought I was gonna fail for sure. But the results came out today and I somehow passed*o*! yay! ^^

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Amidst having to find a new place to rent, finishing up my portfolio and doing my presentation on top of working full time, you may wonder how I found time to read a novel but I've always been good at distracting myself from important tasks...

Over the weekend, I was browsing Amazon and bought the daily bargain Kindle book entitled Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See for 99p.

It had been years(or over a decade) since I read historical Chinese women type literature(after reading too many of them in a succession, it became boring) but this was actually quite a good read. The book brings you back to the footbinding days of China, recounting the life story of a common farmer girl who married into a better life on account of her 'perfect gold lilies' and her friendship and love with another girl, her 'old same' whom for which destiny was much crueler. Through the book, even the happy times, there is a strong sense of melancholy, sadness and regret. It paints a window into the lives of women in this time, how their fate is linked to their 'eight characters', their family ties and their marriageability. For a modern woman, perhaps it is inconceivable to be expected to serve your husbands and your in-laws without question even if they treated you like dirt but in book, you can empathise with those women that had no choice but to conform when it is expected of society in those times. It is a poignant tale of women in China. Although the main character fared quite well, there is a deep emptiness that is relayed in her narration.

In my opinion, the storytelling was smooth with simple language. Some bits that are translated straight from Chinese may sounds funny(but really, that's how things are said in ChineseXD). There are one or two typos but nothing that would deter you from the story(or maybe it's just the kindle edition?).

The book does not focus heavily on political or historical events but the actual day-to-day practices and culture. If you enjoy reading about Chinese culture, I'd recommend this book. It helped me appreciate how much freedom and choice I have as a woman in a modern world(well...the downside is I have to work as hard as a man and still cook and have babies>.>; alright, enough whining!)

Anyone have any historical book recommendations^^?
1st-Jan-2012 01:58 pm - Happy 2012~!
To all my friends on LJ, just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year~!*big hugs all around*

So what happened in 2011 for VM? Thinking back, it felt like an awfully long year. At the beginning of the year, I was still in the leafy suburbs of the countryside. Went for interviews and stuff and got offered a job in London which I was ecstatic about(kinda like...just gimme whatever job you have and I'll do it!). Quit my old job and was jobless for 3 months over summer. It was great not having to wake up and go to work, haha! Went to Dorset to chill out. Returned to Malaysia to visit my parents. My hubby treated me to a seaside holiday for my birthday^^ Came back to UK to start work(just as well since I was broke by this time-_-;). Looked for a house but the banks gave me a run-around and in the end, it didn't work out. A really stressful time. Decided to go for a short break to Prague to de-stress. Then it was December and Christmas and I got into a spur of fanfic writing~!

All in all, I am happier now than I was this time last year and I think that counts for something. Of course there had been unhappy times and even worrying issues that continue to linger on without a solution in sightO_O...but let's pray for a better, healthier and happier 2012^__^! May the plot bunnies stay alive~!

Title: Passing
Author: VanillaMint  +
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Pairing: KaoruxToshiya
Rating: G
Summary: Toshiya is waiting for someone.
Comment: Merry Christmas, everyone! I was hoping to write a Xmas fic(though this turned out to be a strange Christmas fic…) Anyway, hope everyone is having a good time~ Some comments would be nice^^~

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Title: Mistletoe
Author: VanillaMint + VM's fanfic archive +
Chapters: one-shot
Pairing: DiexShinya
Genre: alternate universe, fluff(?)
Warning: a self-contradicting Shinya
Summary: Shinya is introduced to Die, a friend of a friend’s. Problem is...they had had a one night stand 3 years ago…but Die doesn’t seem to recognize Shinya.
Comments: Christmas is almost here! So here’s my attempt to contribute some DxS over the festivities^^! It's been a while since I wrote this pairing~ I wanted to join the Dainya December Calendar but I’m really bad at deadlines>.> Wishes rather early but…Happy Birthday, Die!! And Merry Christmas everyone^-^! (no need for presents but do leave me a comment or two please…?)
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Deeper Than Blood
Chapter: 9/? 
Pairing: KaoruXToshiya
Genre: AU
Rating: NC-17
Warning: incest, malexmale sex, unbeta-ed(VM: but will be happy if anyone would help me beta my fics)
Summary: Separated for 15 years after their parents' divorce, Kaoru and Toshiya meet again when Toshiya suddenly decides to move back to Japan. Following their father's suggestion, Toshiya stays at Kaoru's apartment. One night, both intoxicated, they end up sleeping with each other. After coming to terms with what they've done and their complicated feelings, what will happen next? Will it all be calm seas? (VM's too sadistic to let it all end calmly now...XD)
Comment: It's been so long since I posted the last chapter! I'm really sorry*bows* This is dedicated to erikaoiand 4ul33. If anyone is still interested in this fic, please do leave me some comments and give me some encouragement~!

Here are links to the other chapters: (note: earlier chapters have Bound by Blood as title, it's the same fic)

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 || Part 6  || Part 7 || Part 8 

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9th-Dec-2011 11:06 pm - Fanfic archive updated
It's December and Christmas is almost here! Been a good girl and updated my fic archive^^~ I've only finished 3 fics since last year. Talk about non-productive. *pokes plot bunnies only for them to fall limply back into bed*

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