This blog used to be some sort of a news and review site about my favorite artists and other popular culture interests, since this was created at a time when social media was still a budding trend, and the likes of allkpop and tokyohive were at its infancy. But now that the people have a lot of resource sites to update them with, with the latest in everything, my blog has ceased to serve that function.
Basically this blog has now become the avenue where I can share the latest of everything I’m interested in: fandom, food, books, travels, Asian Studies, events organized/attended, and other writing stints.
The blog’s name NEO UNIVERSE is inspired by one of my favorite singles of Japanese rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel.
My name is Lara. I currently work in a Japanese company, while doing freelance writing gigs for a concert website and a writing agency. As a freelancer, I have interviewed local personalities in the field of art, music, and entrepreneurship. I also cover events of Korean pop music artists when they promote in the Philippines, and do some freelance work involving books and publishing.
I am also an Asianist and a Japanologist whose research interests in the academe are Security Issues in Asia, Regionalism and Community-Building in Asia, Popular Culture in East Asia, and Philippines-Japan Relations.
Despite being a corporate worker, writer, and a researcher, I read more than I write, though. My favorite novel genres are Young Adult, New Adult, General (Adult), Literary, and Historical Fiction.My favorite non-fiction books are about Asian Studies, Japan Studies, International Relations, Globalization, and (Mass) Communication.
As a professional reader, I betaread short stories, novels, as well as fanfictions in the fandom. While I mostly post my book reviews on Goodreads, books that have been sent to me by the author and publisher are reviewed/posted in this blog. Also, with my freelance work in a writing agency, yep, I do get paid by reading books.
As a fan, I used to be very active in several forum sites, including being a moderator of http://www.Japinoy.com. Currently, I am an admin of BoA Philippines, L’Arc~en~Ciel Philippines, Namie Amuro Philippines, Koda Kumi Philippines, and Utada Hikaru Philippines. Oh, and Gundam Wing fanfiction is also one of my outlets. Haha. ❤
I also love to eat, so expect some food trip posts here, as well!
For more of my food trips, latest reads, and fandom stuff, ya’ll can view everything at my Instagram.
For any inquiry or message, feel free to leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.