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Jay-han.com Site Updates

I have been running this site for almost a month, and thanks for all the supports from you all, I appreciate it. But now I think my blog needs some polishing. And now I already decided, instead of stuff all the things I like into this blog, now I focus only two field, as title:

DESIGN and JAPAN.

This two is my top favorites in my life. Although is just two, but that is enough for me to write, because they covers a lot of stuff too. For example, Design will go from web design, advertising to typography, wallpaper, tutorial, resources etc, while Japan will have dramas, musics, idols and more.

Because of this, I have to delete some post, so some comments will be gone, sorry bout it. Plus, I had change my feedburner RSS address too, please update the previous link with this, thanks very much!! Plus, I changed my WordPress theme too, what do you think of the new theme? It takes a long time to configure the theme thou, haha.

Please continue support my blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

25 Websites We/I Can’t Live Without

Today I came across this link about 25 Sites We Can’t Live Without, presented by TIME. Well, I actually quite curious what website will be in the list so I go and read it. Read it if you are curious too. Well actually there is some sites in that list is I really can’t live without. So, I also want to make a list of websites that I rely the most and visit almost everyday. There you go.

Websites I Can’t Live Without.

Daily Visit / Web Application
1. Lowyat.net – I can’t live without it. Joined this forum and visit this site almost everyday.
2. Del.icio.us – Discover nice sites and useful articles through here.
3. Wikipedia – One stop knowledge center.
4. Last.fm – To check my music taste-o-meter and various charts.
5. Google – Probably the website that I visit and rely the most.
6. Gmail – The email client that I trust.
7. Photobucket – Use this website to upload my pictures.

Graphic, Design and Images
8. DeviantArt – My daily design inspiration.
9. Stock Exchange – Think of royalty free images, think Stock Exchange.
10. Flickr – Another great site to search for photo inspiration.
11. SmashingMagazine – Inspiration, resources etc, great info on web design is here.
12. TheBestDesigns – Gallery of great websites
13. CSSBeauty – There is so much CSS sites, but I rely this the most.

Japan!
14. Jpopsuki – A great site to get latest J-pop goodies.
15. myTVBT – Get latest J-dramas from here! Chinese Sub!
16. Imagegarden – Great site for J-Idol pictures.
17. Tokyograph – Japan Entertainment news in english.

Games
18. NFSunlimited – I’m NFS fan. So I go to this site regularly to get latest buzz of NFS.
19. PCGameWorld – Sites that I visit to get games related stuffs.

Languages
19. Wordlingo Translator – Need this site to translate some foreign languages.
20. Kanji Converter – Need this site to convert kanji to romaji.
21. Dictionary.com – Rely this website more than dictionary now!

NBA
22. Yahoo NBA – Get the latest NBA news, match results here.

Site Management
23. Feedburner – Obviously, I have to check how is my site going.
24. WordPress – & WordPress related websites like themes and plugins library.
25. Jay-han.com – Last and not least, my own precious personal websites.

Ok lah, here is the lists of websites that plays important role in my daily surfing activity. I do visit a lot of other website and RSS it. Probably I will post them in the future. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge

I’m having a mix feeling when I writing this post. I’m joining this company back in January 2007 until now already six months long, is not short but not long either.. so I’m still consider as “newbie” in that company. So, one day I was doing this brochure design and the boss like it and finally, send for print and arrived back to us yesterday.

Actually, I was satisfy on the design I did, so I feel very happy and delighted, because I can design thing for the company. But the thing is, everyone was laughing at the brochure. At first, I think it was OK because the brochure is promoting a casual game that intended to bring a lot of smiles and enjoyment to audience, so I think it successfully portray the game feeling.. But, just don’t know why, everyone just laughing at it, and I feel not very happy for it by then.

I got depressed by this.. they even not appreciate the effort I put in. For me, every design is special and should not be laugh, and I won’t laugh people’s work because I respect him. After that, finally I realized something: I’m just a newbie, small employee here. No matter how the design is, at the end will still get laughs by others, especially seniors. So now, I will not feel bad anymore, and I will take that as a symbolization of my early career, and I will be stronger next time.

Then suddenly, I recollect this stencil graffiti work in my mind, which was done by one of my favorite street artist Banksy. I finally can feel the message of the tagline. Ok, you can laugh my works now, but one day somewhere in near future, you should recognize all the efforts that I put in. Thanks Banksy for enlighten me.

First half 2007 Oricon Ranking

Recently Oricon posted up the single and album selling ranking of the first half of year 2007. Akikawa Masafumi big hit “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” top the single chart with a whooping 915,884 copies sold. His single leads a pack above the 2nd place as Utada Hikaru’s “Flavor of Life” only sold 629,904 copies. Akikawa’s single was not that hit when it first released 1 year ago, but after the performance of this song in last year’s NHK Kohaku Utagassen, it become a sudden hit and always into the top 10 singles ranking after then, and now it nearly reach the 1 million mark.

Both Hana Yori Dango 2’s opening and ending theme did quite a great job by taking the 2nd and 3rd spot. Both songs are soft ballads and really nice to listen. The 4th is Kobukuro’s “Tsubomi” and Kanjani8 took the fifth spot. Other honorable mentioned are the 8th place’s “Winding Road” by Ayaka and Kobukuro, 10th spot’s “Ashita Hareru Kana” by Kuwata Keisuke, 16th spot’s “Shirushi” by Mr. Children and 23rd spot’s “Tokyo ni mo Attanda” by Fukuyama Masaharu.

More than half of the single chart songs I already listen, but I was really impress by the Johnny’s music group, their singles are really well selling! Groups like Arashi, Kanjani8, NewS, KAT-TUN, Tegomass, kinki Kids, V6 can be seen on the chart, I wonder how they have such a power to make the fans buy their single? ๐Ÿ˜›

While the album chart, Mr. Children’s “Home”, tops the chart with the only album sold more than a million. 2nd place is Koda Kumi’s album “Black Cherry”. Both of them normally doing well in selling their albums. While Ayumi Hamasaki’s A Best 2 album selling is quite disappointing. I thought will hit 1 million mark for each of album but just over 600k. Haha, I think her popularity is dropping already, because her first best album “A Best” sold more than 4 million copies alone.

Avril Lavigne is damn popular in Japan! Her album “The best damn thing” takes the fifth spot, cool. She is quite influential in Japan because her music and fashion was favorites and followed many female Japanese teenagers. While the four Japan new Diva: YUI, Yuna Ito, Kimura Kaela and Ayaka take the 7, 10, 13, 17 spot respectively. This shows that they are quite popular in Japan now.

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Summer J-Dorama Perfect Guide!

Time running so fast… the spring season drama is going to end this month and the most anticipated summer season is coming right up in July! Click here to get to know what shows is up including SP dramas! If you don’t know nihongo, you can always go here. This year’s summer season is very young and manga feel, because many dramas are derive from manga and many young actors and actresses. Definitely is a great season of dramas and I’m quite interested to watch some of it.

Ushi ni Negai wo: Love & Farm

Tamayama Tetsuji, Koide Keisuke, Nakata Atsuhiko, Aibu Saki, Karina, Toda Erika etc.
This drama has quite a big cast, and the most important is…my favorite idol Toda Erika is in it! She’s been active in dramas recently haha. Well the story revolves around six third-year students at the Tokyo University of Agriculture who go to Hokkaido for a summer to get first-hand training in an agricultural setting. They will perform tasks such as milking a cow, cleaning pig sties, and feeding animals. One scene even features a cow giving birth. This drama will takes place in natural green environment, so I think this is a quite refreshing to watch!

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

Horikita Maki, Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma, Kimura Ryou etc.
Due to the popularity of the Taiwan version, Japan also wants to make their own. Maki Horikita is back since the not so good drama “Teppan Shoujo Akane”. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S. who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi (Oguri) compete in the high jump on television. She begins to idolize him, and decides to move to Japan to attend the same school as him. However, Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy to achieve her dream of being with her idol. This drama will features a huge bunch of IKEMEN or good looking guys, I think sure will attracts the females crowd.

Oguri Shun as usual, act as a leng chai character again, like in Hana Yori Dango. Really can’t hide his leng chai-ness hahaha. Definitely I will watch this drama.

Yama Onna Kabe Onna

Itoh Misaki, Fukada Kyoko, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Koike Eiko
This is also a manga based drama. The story revolves around a woman working in a department store Itoh Misaki whose meager bust has earned her the nickname of “kabe onna” (kabe means wall, mean is flat lah haha, something like fei kei cheong in canto). Unfortunately for her, a well-endowed “yama onna” (yama meas mountain) gets assigned to the same department, heightening her insecurity.

I think the story could be quite interesting and fun to watch haha. Long time didn’t see Kyoko Fukada acting already. And I can see the uber pretty Itoh Misaki acting again! Wonder how she “hide” her assets because I think her body shape ain’t bad!

Yamada Taro Monogatari

Ninomiya Kazunari, Sakurai Sho, Kikuchi Momoko, Matsuoka Mitsuru, Oshinari Shugo etc.
This drama also first made in Taiwan, based on Japan manga. The chinese name is ่ดซ็ฉท่ดตๅ…ฌๅญ acted by one of the F4 member. Ninomiya Kazunari plays the title role of Taro Yamada, a smart, good-looking, and athletic high schooler. Unknown to his classmates, however, is that Yamada is actually living in poverty. Not really interested in storyline thou, but I would like to give it a try.

Sushi Oji!

Domoto Koichi, Nakamaru Yuichi, Kato Natsuki, Taira Tomi etc.
From the title itself already suggested that it’s going to be a food related drama! I think this drama should be quite interesting to watch… since I miss out Bambino! current season, which is also food related, so I gonna watch this.

Other interested titles that I would give it a try is FIRST KISS, Tantei Gakuen Q, Juken no Kamisama, LIFE and Papa to Musume no Nanokakan. Wow, that would be 10 dramas I interested in. I will watch the first episode, after that only judge whether will continue to watch or not. I’m going to busy download all those in next few months ๐Ÿ˜€

*Updates: Tokyograph also put up their guide. Click here.

So what’s your watch list? ๐Ÿ˜€

My favorite Art & Brand Collaborations

Since the beginning of millennium, the word collaboration is very popular in the industry, particularly collaborations between artists and popular brands. Many big brands start to incorporating arts into their products, normally will come out very surprising outstanding outcomes. Actually these collaboration is a win-win situation, because artists can get more exposure while big brands can reach further more audiences. Below are some collaborations that I would like to share.

Shu by Ai

In constant pursuit of combining art with beauty, Shu Uemura has collaborated with emerging talent Ai Yamaguchi to produce this limited edition collection. Her traditional-yet-modern edge complements Shu Uemura products. The first collaboration is done in 2004 and due to its popularity, they collaborated again next year. Her illustration makes the products more friendly and soothing.

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Where to get free patterns?

Because of Web 2.0 trend, patterns is kinda gaining back its popularity. But indeed, patterns will really enhance the beauty of a website. Besides to used as web design, patterns also can use as desktop wallpapers! I’m not saying those Windows ugly wallpaper patterns, but here, I compiled a list of 4 websites that provides free and nice patterns.

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Don’t have Photoshop? Try Picnik

Yesterday, I read through an article about the “25 web Sites to Watch“, I stumbled upon this website: Picnik.com. The web site is nicely designed with eye soothing graphics like grass and faded clouds. It is an online photo editor with some basic tools like: Resize, Crop and so on, plus with many cool and handy filter effects. You can just simply sign up, and start edit your pictures!

I like this website and the convenience of the service, it is real cool. Definitely a site worth watching at!

Kousuke Atari – “Hana” Lyric

I first heard this song in the Music Station that aired in Friday on Animax Channel. They introduced a newcomer named Kousuke Atari. Absolutely no relationship with ATARI the game developer, he has quite a great looking face, but his appearance is a little simple, so I think he is not sing those pop songs. But when he perform his song, I was “pikkuri shimashita”. He sang like Hajime Chitose’s type of style and the song “Hana”, is very nice! Immediately I go find his biography and background.

Now I know, actually when he was young, he is a fan of Hajime Chitose. Having influenced by her, he starts to teach himself to sing in shima-uta style. The song “Hana” is very nice to listen, definitely a song worth listen, if you like Japan folk songs with a modern fusion, something like Natsukawa Rimi’s modern Okinawa style. And I want to share the lyrics with you guys too.

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15 Graffiti Style Logo

I bought this book back in few years ago. The book is Street Brand Bible vol. 4 2004 version. Inside there listed out some street brands from Japan and International. It is a very sourceful books if you want to get to know those brands. I found out some really nice graffiti style logos that I want to share with you guys, plus with some other popular brands that not included in this book. The logos I selected is more to graffiti scribbling, tagging style originated by Taki183. Hope you guys like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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