I'm sure you've seen this picture already in my Japanese message but I'm posting this in english too anyway, just because I am so proud of my artwork :)
I am having too much fun.
Had another great night, came back to the hotel, and I'm ready to hit the sack... but no wait!! The Australian Open... I have to check who's playing tonight
Damn!! It's Nadal!! I have to see this... ooh but I'm tired and sleepy and so ready to sleep... but no, I have to watch this...!
Anyway, I wanted to say Good Night to everyone, wherever you are and whatever you may be--- but especially, to the guys that were waiting outside the Showbox after the show tonight. I'm sorry, I didn't know that you were all waiting for me there (down the dark alley...) until I got in the car and it started off, I felt a little bad about it.
And so, here it is, Good Night!
These are the balls I threw out into the audience!
Signed, with--gasp!--authentic Kuma illustrations on all 12 of 'em!
I admit preparing them took way longer than I expected... I got too into it and I got blue, orange, pink, green, black ink, all over my hands lol
The birthday gig in LA was really exciting. The crowd was really loud... the photographer was wincing when you guys all screamed--- I am NOT complaining! :)
I'm now in Seattle, about to do another show in a few hours.
Or rather, Birthday Woman!
Hello hello, it's my 27th birthday today! Thank you for all the comments and fan letters and fanmail, your words ring through me :)
I hope everybody has been having a good start-of-the-new-year so far.
Me, personally, I've just kicked off my first North American (+London) tour, and I am very excited about this small venue adventure. It's something I've always wanted to do, I know some places sold out really quickly and there were lots of requests and suggestions to move to bigger venues, but I wanted these shows to be intimate...
The first show, in Honolulu, was, my god, I hadn't done a concert in 3 and a half years, so I had no idea how it would go, but fortunately it was a big success, thanks to the warm welcome and energy of my fans! I really do have a good band and great people on sound systems to work with, too. We're going to improve and enhance our show as we carry on.
Again thank you to everyone who showed up, we had a good time didn't we?
Today is the second show, here in Los Angeles, at the House of Blues on the Sunset strip.
I know it's raining cats and dogs out there today, and I know LA isn't the best city when it comes to dealing with rain... so I hope everyone gets there safely, and I hope people don't have to wait in line outside too long!
Wish me luck on my first ever birthday show :)
I suppose a lot of you have heard already; I've had to cancel the instore events that were scheduled for this week.
The reason is, I'm sick. I came down with a case of "peritonsillitis"---it's basically a more severe form of tonsillitis, in which the area around the tonsils get badly swollen as well.
This happens this to me once or twice a year, when I'm extremely tired and my immune system gets in bad shape.
I was in bed this past week, making daily trips to the hospital to get intravenous administration of hardcore medication, and now I'm near the end of the recovering stage, but the problem with this condition is that I have to be very careful until it is completely take care of, as it tends to easily come back.
It was decided that I'm in no shape to be traveling and working for a while.
I'm trying to rest as much as possible, relax a little and take it easy.
I apologize to my fans who were looking forward to the events, and to everyone involved with organizing these events.
It feels like there's so much going on I don't know where to start!
So the album is out digitally on iTunes and Amazon? I believe? It's dancing between no. 2, 3 on the Pop chart on iTunes, AWESOME :)
I came back a little while ago from the NY Sephora Event. There were so many people outside the store, on 5th Avenue, it was pretty insane! Actually, it may have the craziest outing I have been to, in terms of being nearly mobbed by a huge crowd.
This is the first time for me and my management to do appearances like this, outside of doing concerts, just interacting with fans, I mean, so we were a bit overwhelmed yesterday, but we learned a lot and made revisions today, so I think things were a little better organized. Got to spend more time answering questions from the crowd, sign a few autographs along the way, and I even got to say a proper farewell! Quite an improvement LOL
Usually, when I'm stopped on the street, places outside, for autographs, I always do it gladly (I even signed a girl's passport once... isn't that illegal??) but during official outings, in the past, my management had a policy for me not to sign stuff randomly because it can get out of hand... but I made it a point today to sign things when I can, even if it's just a few, it made a big difference for me. I'm glad I did.
There were a lot of people at the LA store that I wished I could have signed autographs for... there were a couple of times when I could've and really wanted to, on my way in and out of the store, but I hesitated and then I was ushered by security to keep on going.
There was this one guy who stood out, right as I was exiting, if you're reading this, please forgive me! I hope I can see you again somewhere...
I usually don't dwell on things, but I felt so bad , especially when I found out later that the photos I presigned (100 for the LA store) weren't enough to go around for everyone. And I know many of my fans in the US have been waiting for years for an opportunity like this.
Am I just caring too much?! I do feel like I am stressing too much over this... it's just hard for me to look at my fans as "a bunch of fans", it's like a one to one, person to person interaction for me... I mean with each person, you know?
Aye, I have to get more used to doing this kind of stuff, though, otherwise I'll die of guilt, trying to make everyone happy and be fair, which is impossible.
I was much happier with how things went today, though! I shall sleep better :)
I'm at the airport right now, about to get on a jet to fly to NY.
To everyone who came to the Sephora event, thank you so much for coming!! I apologize for the confusion, things were a bit disorganized, and a little awkward!
I'm so sorry I had leave before finishing taking pictures with everybody, without saying good bye!!! My crew told me I had to go, to get to the airport, and it was very confusing, I should have demanded to get my microphone back to say good bye. I regret having had to leave like that. The individual photo thing was unplanned and I am really sorry for the people that were still waiting for their shot.
We'll work things out so that things are a little smoother for tomorrow, in the Sephora store in NY.
Again, to everyone who came out today, and waited so long for me, thank you so much for coming, and please forgive me for leaving without a final farewell, I thought it was a very rude way to leave... I have to get on the plane now, I'll write again! Good night!!
Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm going to be on the KTLA morning news? show, early tomorrow morning. I start make up at 5pm. Yikes! Better go to bed early tonight!
I did a taping of the Ryan Seacrest Green Room performance this morning at the E! building, I believe it was---did Come Back To Me, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence -FYI, and Me Muero. Me Muero is so fun to do live!! It definitely is my favorite song on the new album :)
In the afternoon I did a bunch of interviews and little messages on camera for Southeast Asia, like for MTV and Channel V and stuff like that... I was really tired from doing an early morning taping, and it might have come across on film, but, oh well, that's the way the day was; I can't fake being over-energetic when I'm not.
Now I'm watching the World Baseball Classic Championship with Korea and Japan, with my bear Kuma.
The pitcher for Japan is called "I-wa-ku-ma"---I've never heard the word "Ku-ma" repeated so many times (or ever, for that matter) on national television in America! LOL
(I-wa) Ku-ma! (I-wa) Ku-ma!
I'm having palpitations every time the announcer enunciates those two syllables :)
Yes, I am probably the only person in the world watching this game with that as the main focus LOL I guess I am cheering for Japan, but team sports don't really excite me so I'm just enjoying the game :)
Hallo hallo from Sacramento!
I'm in the middle of doing a bunch of radio station rounds in the West coast.
I started out in Seattle yesterday morning, did a few radio interviews including a live one, then flew to Portland to do some more, then to Reno, Nevada, to do another live one, then flew to Sacramento and checked in to a hotel.
I visited a really interesting dance radio station (big on the internet) in Seattle, called C89.5---it's located inside a regular, local high school!
We took some group shots with the students who take the radio class, and it was hilarious because I looked just like another high school student LOL I was the smallest kid, too LOL I'll get one of those shots to post here, too.
I'm about to take a shower and get ready for a live radio show here, in Sacramento, on the station 107.9 The End. I think I'm appearing sometime between 9-10am.
I'll be doing some recorded interviews in other stations here too (KSFM/102.5 and KBMB/103.5), and in the afternoon I'll be in San Francisco to do some more (KNGY, KYLD, and KMVQ), then end the day in LA.
Alright, the lady's gotta go and get ready!