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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Singin' Saturday + Lyric Translation: The Next Page of Me-Cyndi Wang

-ENGLISH TRANSLATED-


Song: The Next Page of Me
Chinese Title: 下一頁的我
Artist: Cydni Wang
TTS: None

Wdebo's Notes: I really love this song and was reminded of it while reading the DEAR TEEN ME anthology. I was too lazy to actually find a video that had the english subs and so I decided to translate something after about a year long hiatus. I love the little breaks Cyndi places in the song so that's why there are random fragments throughout the english translation. I was trying to accentuate that for the non-Chinese speakers. I got the Chinese lyrics from this site! All credits go to them ~Also, sorry each line doesn't match up exactly. Basically each line of the english translation (Until the "enter") corresponds to one line of the Chinese lyric!

Now onto the talk of the actual song~

I love it (As stated above). It's a beautifully hopeful yet bittersweet look into the future. This is how I see my future. I want to be strong as I work towards my dreams but I hope for support and strength and I cannot wait to see where I will go. I am also pleasantly surprised to see how Cyndi's voice has improved, though it still has retained its cuteness which is prevalent in her older songs it has a maturity to it. (Kind of like Rainie's vocal growth but not as drastic).

Listen and Love!



Chinese Lyrics:
Credits to mojim.com

就要出發 是嗎 這問題困擾著我
是個可能吧 或許想太多
有的夢不去做好可惜
我害怕嗎 有點 孤單很痛的對不對
我得放下 翻開這一頁 沒時間想過去

心中會怕才問自己 那些曾經的話語
謝謝是你讓我有天空和明天 學會獨立
站在未知的泥土裡 看我勇敢的深呼吸
黑的夜 我不怕 天空很大 像在說 不能哭

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的勇氣
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見

擔心什麼 去吧 愛讓人哭真對不起
之前的回憶 握在掌心裡
它讓我 再苦也肯努力
耳邊的風 吹吧 讓我聽見新消息
在旅途上 愛是氧氣 讓我越來越肯定

心中會怕才問自己 那些曾經的話語
謝謝是你讓我有天空和明天 學會獨立
站在未知的泥土裡 看我勇敢的深呼吸
黑的夜 我不怕 天空很大 像在說 不能哭

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的勇氣
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見

寓言藏在我心中 相信它吧 往前衝
我的路 我就一定讓它走成幸福
那些作了的夢忘了嗎 那些萬分之一的也許
不用說 我還是我 約定怎樣寂寞也不能哭
看吧 下大雨也不認輸 請讓我 學長大

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的勇氣
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見


English Translation:
Please credit me (Wdebo5487)


About to depart. Really? This question is puzzling me.
It’s a possibility or else I’m thinking too much.
It’s a big waste not to work towards a dream
Am I scared? A bit. Being alone is painful, isn’t?
I have to let go. Flip over this page. No time to dwell on the past.

My heart is frightened that’s why I ask myself those past words.
Thank you for letting me have a sky and tomorrow. Learning independence.
Standing in the mud of the unknown. Watching me bravely take a deep inhale.
The darkened night. I’m not scared. The sky is so grand as if it’s telling me not to cry.

Where will the next page of me go? How much courage will be used?
I’m not scared of all of the storms inside my dreams. They’re all my tests.
The next page of me, wishes to have a beautiful tomorrow.
So this time I bid farewell to the past because I can see (clearly).   

What am I worried about? Just go. I’m so sorry for loving to make people cry.
The past memories are gripped in the palm of my hands.
They let me to work hard no matter how difficult.
Blow by, winds next to my ear. Let me hear the news.
On the journey. Love is oxygen. It lets me feel more and more certain.

My heart is frightened that’s why I ask myself those past words.
Thank you for letting me have the sky and tomorrow. Learning independence.
Standing in the mud of the unknown. Watching me bravely take a deep inhale.
The darkened night. I’m not scared. The sky is so grand as if it’s telling me not to cry.

Where will the next page of me go? How much courage will be used?
I’m not scared of all of the storms inside my dreams. They’re all my tests.
The next page of me, wishes to have a beautiful tomorrow
So this time I bid farewell to the past because I can see (clearly).   

The language is hidden in my heart. Believe it and rush forward.
My road. I will definitely let it bring me to happiness
Just forgot those dreams I’ve already had. Those ten thousandth, maybe.
Don’t need to speak. I am still me, deciding no matter how lonely I will never cry.
Just watch. Even in the giant rain. I will not lose. Please let me learn to mature.

Where will the next page of me go? How much courage will be used?
All of the storms inside my dreams. I’m not scared, they’re all my tests.
The next page of me, wishes to have a beautiful tomorrow.
So today I bid farewell to the past because I can see (clearly). 
All of the storms inside my dreams. I’m not scared, they’re all my tests.
The next page of me, wishes to have a beautiful tomorrow
So this time I bid farewell to the past because I can see (clearly).
Wdebo :)

P.S. If you see any translation errors feel free to comment below and I will look them over and make the necessary changes.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review + Cafe Chit Chat: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father By: Jessica Brody

"My father's face remains a blank page but he leans in closer to me-close enough that I can feel his breath on my forehead. The proximity is making my stomach flip so I take an instinctive step back. 'You'll do it,' he promises ominously. 'Or you'll lose everything'" (51)

Title: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Author: Jessica Brody
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 335
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Geared Towards: Teens/Light Reads
From: Author (Hardback Copy)



Summary (From Front Flap):
BEING AMERICA'S FAVORITE
HEIRESS IS A DIRTY JOB...
BUT SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO IT.

Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she's the heiress to the mutlibillion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they're not supposed to crash brand-new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Boulevard either.

Which is why, on Lexi's eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. but if there's anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it's dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious "comedy of heiress" about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and, best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

Wdebo's Review: I greatly enjoy reading stories in which heriesses/rich ungrateful people are taken down a notch and taught a lesson. That is the main reason why I decided to pick up this novel. I've never read any books by Jessica Brody before so I wasn't sure what to expect from her style and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I liked the writing a lot. It was a lot of fun and was surprisingly easy to get into. Brody created a very convincing teenage voice which is not always an easy feat to manage. It was nice to see Lexi mature not only through actions but also her voice. In the novel, she also has to do "status updates" to her "babysitter," Luke, and I greatly enjoyed . They were funny and were another way to see her gradual maturity.

Now, on the subject of Luke. I really liked him and the inevitable connection/chemistry that formed between him and Lexi. Though I was not particularly found of the fact that their relationship at the end was pretty ambiguous seeing as how I like a defined love story in YA novels but it didn't bother me too much. I felt like it ended very well. Lexi, on the other hand, was an ok character. I did not connect with her as I would have liked with other protagonists. However, compared to other stories about rich, spoiled girls I surprisingly did not hate her at first sight. I harbored fairly indifferent feelings towards her. Which can be both a good and bad thing.

I was hoping that the stories would go into my depth about the jobs, but they didn't. At least they talked about them briefly in the status updates, but that was one of my main concerns about the book.

Cafe Cover Chat: The front cover is pretty good; however, all of the other random (Stock?) images on the flaps and back cover were pretty childish and not as good as the front cover. (B-)

All in all, this book is heaps of fun and for a big book it sure went by fast. Though it may not be the most insightful YA novel out there, it will definitely accompany you through a few enjoyable hours.

Grade: B+

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And now for a little author interview with Jessica Brody. Jessica has written quite a few YA novels (7) as well as a couple of adult novels. She also happens to be the awesome founder of Free Book Friday.

Enjoy!

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Wdebo: Please describe yourself in three adjectives. 
Jessica Brody: Sensitive. Motivated. Tech-savvy.

W: Please describe a typical day. 
JB: Get up. Get dressed. Drive to coffee shop (because I can’t write at home!). Order same pastry and coffee as I do every single morning. Write 1500 words (usually takes me about 2-3 hours). Drive home. Gripe to husband about latest story crisis. Listen to husband suggest ideas about how to solve latest story crisis. Shoot down everything husband has to say because it’s stupid and he doesn’t understand anything! Wait two hours. Realize husband is actually quite brilliant and his solution fixes everything. Apologize to husband for being a difficult, moody writer (and praise him for his brilliance). Eat dinner. Watch TV. Sleep. Repeat. 

W: What is your favorite color? 
JB: Purple!

W: In the "About the Author" section of the novel, it says that you researched the book by doing minimum-wage jobs. What kinds of jobs did you do? How long did you do each job? what was your experience with different jobs? How did those experiences factor in with the novel itself? 
JB: I had many jobs growing up and my parents owned a restaurant for most of my teen and young adult years. I did every single job in that restaurant. So I guess you could say I’ve been researching this book for years! But one place that I’d never worked at was a fast food restaurant. My friend happened to own one in Denver so I asked if I could “under cover” for a day and train as an employee. I especially wanted to research this location because a few really important scenes take place there in the book and I wanted it to be as accurate as possible. Plus, I wanted to know what it would feel like to come into a new restaurant/job and have no idea what you were doing and have to learn it all on the job. I have to say I was very overwhelmed. The job wasn't as easy as I thought it would be! And I put some of that emotion into Lexi when she worked there.

W: What is something that you want your readers to get out of your novel? 
JB: First and foremost, I always want my readers to laugh. I write these contemporary stories to be a source of entertainment and fun. After that, if my readers walk away with a little insight about life, family, and love, then that’s a bonus!


W: Who is your favorite character in 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER? How about your favorite character out of all of your books? 
JB: I know it’s going to sound strange but I’m going to have to go with Horatio, the butler. He was one of those characters that I didn’t expect to be very significant and then ended up having a much bigger role than I anticipated. I know, he’s not the most fun character in the book but he was interesting to me as the author. He really does love Lexi but he’s also always the consummate professional. He’s constantly torn between fulfilling his duty to the family as an employee, and his duty to Lexi as kind of a father figure, and that made for a fun dynamic in his personality. It was entertaining for me to be able to hide his affection for her in little subtle actions that some people may miss.

W: I also heard that 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER has been optioned for film. Can you tell your readers the status on that? 
JB: Yes! It’s very exciting! The status is that it was optioned for film by a wonderful producer named Jane Startz whose credits include The Indian in the Cupboard, Ella Enchanted, The Babysitters Club Movie, and Tuck Everlasting (A bunch of really great book adaptations!) She’s chosen a writer to adapt the book into a screenplay and now she’s currently looking for a studio to attach to the film. Still a pretty long way to go but I’ve got my finger tightly crossed!

W: If you were stranded on an island what are five items you would want to bring?
JB:
1) A copy of “How to Survive on a Deserted Island.” (I’m sure that book must exist somewhere!)
2) My laptop (so I can write)
3) One of my dogs (to keep me company)
4) My collection of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER dvds. I will NEVER get sick of that show!
5) An airplane to get me off the island? Or is that cheating? Okay, I’ll go with my Magic Bullet so I can make yummy island smoothies.

W: Are you working on any projects right now? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
JB: Last year, I sold a sci-fi/suspense trilogy to my publisher and the first installment releases in March, 2013! The first book is called UNREMEMBERED and it’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash. She’s the only survivor but she has no memories and identity. The only clue to her past is a mysterious boy who claims they were in love and that he helped her escape from a top secret science experiment. It’s kind of like a Bourne Identity for teens. I’m really excited about it because the genre is totally new to me and writing the first book was so much fun! Plus, it’s my first crack at writing a series so that presents a whole new set of fun challenges. The second book, which I’m currently writing now, is called UNFORGOTTEN and it will release in early 2014. 

W: Who are some of your favorite authors? 
JB: In no particular order:
1)   Sophie Kinsella
2)   Suzanne Collins
3)   Emily Giffin
4)   J.K. Rowling
5)   Alyson Noël
6)   Jennifer Bosworth

W: Do you have anything else you would like to add?
JB: Thank you SO much for featuring me and my book! I hope you and your readers enjoy the interview! XO – Jessica
W: Thank you for agreeing to do the interview! It was awesome to have you on TEBC~
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Wdebo :)

I have not been paid for my review or interview of the author. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How to Achieve Their Signature Styles

Title: The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How To Achieve Their Signature Styles
Author: Erika Stalder
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: 127
Publisher: Zest Books
Release Date: May 18, 2011
Geared Towards: Makeup-Wearing Readers/Teens
From: Publisher (Review Copy)
Extra Info: Also has contributions by two hair/makeup artists
Extra Info 2: This a non-fiction make-up guide esque book

Summary (From B.O.B): Clara Bow's bee-stung lips. Audrey Hepburn's winged eyes.Veronica Lake's peek-a-boo curls. Over the last century, celebrities have been at the forefront of fashion, introducing or simply popularizing some of the most innovative hair and makeup looks of all time. Now you can find out where these looks came from-and get them for yourself. THE LOOK BOOK celebrates icons from Marilyn Monroe to Naomi Campbell to Bjork, and examines when each one ushered in a unique look, why it became so legendary, and how to recreate it. Written in conjunction with celebrity hair stylist Christopher Fulton and celebrity makeup artist Cameron Cohen, this unique collection includes professional tips on how to get the best look, as well as detailed, easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. With THE LOOK BOOK, you'll become a classic beauty expert-and have loads of fun in the process!

Wdebo's Review: Seeing as how this is a non-fiction makeup guide book, this will be a very short review.

This book combined the history of beauty icons (from around the 1920's till the present) with makeup tutorials and made it into a very interesting make-up guide. Each make up tutorial was very simply laid out and made it so that even a beginner like me had no problem following it. I enjoyed the little extra information on the side of each page.

There were interesting tidbits like how certain features that many legendary beauties popularized are still used now by stars. It lists those stars which shows us a simple way in which history can repeat itself, not only in our actions but also in our appearances. I also liked the tips that were shown in the tutorial, they ranged from different brush techniques to different ways to change the makeup style to fit your own physical appearance. (Skin color, eye shape, etc).

The biographies were all very interesting and I was happy to see some of my favorites like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Joan Jett. There are also quotes from every single women which were fun to read.

The only bad thing that I can think about this book is the fact that it costs 18.99 which feels like a pretty steep price for a paperback that weight/size/etc.

Grade: B+

Wdebo :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Singin' Saturday: Rainbow Girl-Gero ft. Lon

-ENGLISH TRANSLATION-

Title: Rainbow Girl
Artist: Gero ft. Lon
Language: Japanese
TTS: None

Wdebo's Notes: Gero is an Utaite (Nico Nico Douga singer) I really like. I love his unique/sexy voice and also when he screams. Anyways, I love this song a lot and both Gero and Lon's voice fit well and it sounds wonderful together.

Even though I personally am not a gamer, I like to think that this song pertains to me in that it shows the distance that separates me and hot 2D anime guys. *Sigh* None of my other friends understand my problems...I guess I should send this song to them so that they might be able to empathize. Haha.

Since the English translations are not on the video itself, I have posted a translation of the song below under the video. None of the translations are done by me, they were posted by the video poster, JunjouAi. I give all credit to them!

Listen and Love!



Wdebo :)