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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
7:44 am - New kitten
I haven't posted here in forever but I wanted to share my new kitten with anyone who is still on my feed.

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
10:11 pm - Captain America Civil War - no spoilers
Saw Captain America Civil War over the weekend -- TWICE! It was the best Marvel movie I've seen in recent years. Yes this definitely surpasses Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Ant Man etc. Seriously, go watch it. The action is just amazing. Everyone's a boss and a badass.

And for my little fangirl moment, I'm still a firm Steve/Bucky shipper.

Oh yeah, if you're watching, stay for the 2 end credits. Both are awesome.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
8:39 pm - My Inner Fangirl Is Screaming


My inner fangirl is screaming right now. I don't post often but this announcement by Squareenix is enough to bring me out of my shell.

Final Fantasy 7 has always been my fandom and I'm so happy to see its being remade. Oh hell yeah I'm buying this Day 1 if it ever comes out. I can't believe how beautiful Midgar is, and Cloud and everything ShinRa! *screams and frails about wildly*

Also, if anyone else remembers this, I can't wait to see HD Cloud cross dress, and also groped by a roomful of guys at the bath place. HA HA HA!

current mood: happy

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
10:32 am - Just to mention that I am still on this LJ
Just to let anyone who's still following this LJ that I'm still around. I haven't posted in ages but that doesn't mean I haven't been checking this LJ. In fact I still do every day!

Anyway quick update on my status - mostly still playing my games in between insanely long work hours. I did manage to get my hands on an iphone 6 plus, and then promptly got sucked in Puzzles and Dragons. So if anyone else is playing that on my f-list, do give me a shout out. On the 3DS front, its Fantasy Life, and on my Vita, Tales of Hearts R. So you can see, I'm terribly distracted and between all these games and paying for my new phone, I'm terribly broke. Hahaha

Also obsessively following Keira Marco's Rough Trade November ficathon which has the theme of one of my favorite tropes - soulmates! Lots of great writers in that group to give encouragement to.

And for all catlovers on my list, thats a picture of my kitty taken recently looking very pretty.

Snowy at age 14

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9:45 am - wtf moment
My life is complete, I have read Envelope porn

http://smokesforwolves.tumblr.com/post/102832655508

Fantastic literary example

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Friday, July 18th, 2014
8:05 am - Stunned
Really stunned that a commercial flight from Malaysian Airlines was shot down over Ukraine. Wow that conflict zone is really unsafe.

Also second commercial plane from MH to go down in half a year. This must be a record.

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014
10:02 am - On fanfic and publishing
Having a good read of this article:

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2014/02/fanfic-and-publishers/

Its basically about how Big Bang Press signed onto gyzym and is publishing her original story, and the good part is that they're actually capitalizing on her fanfic background instead of making her pull everything off the net. I suppose with the insane success of 50 shades and Twilight all being reversioned fanfic ideas, people in publishing are thinking of new ways to cash in on the people writing the stories. All I have to say is that at least gyzym is a good writer so hopefully she'll enjoy success with her original stuff.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
9:27 am - Having some good days and bad and a Bravely Default review
It's annoying me how long this pain I've got seems to be lasting. Woke up this morning all stiff and in pain again, just after I was feeling much better yesterday! I tried walking around for longer than 15 minutes in a stretch yesterday and that must have been too much. I'm a little frustrated by the slow pace of healing.

On the bright side, I got hold of Bravely Default for my 3DS and I have to say, its been a looooooong time since I had the feel of a Final Fantasy-esque role-playing game recaptured. Bravely Default is very very good.

Seriously if you have a 3DS, buy it. Squareenix did practically everything right. It's very customizable with the job system, the grind has difficulty levels so you can set it to easy or hard (there are also accessories that will double the job/exp points so the process is less painful), and the characters get to change into adorable clothes with every job change. There's also no barrier on what gear you want anyone to wear, though some will obviously better suit spellcasters than melee fighters if you just go by the stats. You also get to decide if you want to listen to the Japanese voice acting or english with subtitles. To be honest, the english voice acting is surprisingly good too, so its not a hardship. All the graphics are top notch, I really like everything about how it looks. The 3D effect isn't too bad either, though I have it turned off. Squareenix really went all out to make this a quality game and it shows.

Plotwise is where it gets a little cliche (amnesia boy(not the main character), crystals, world in danger etc, no spoilers, this info is all in the first hour) - but there are enough surprises later on that make it fresh for me. There are also these amusing little party conversations in which your characters discuss things that happen in skits (just like a Tales game!). I'm loving the rebuilding of Norende mini game. So if anyone wants to add friends with me, just let me know! The only thing I'm pissed off about is that some mystery person on the internet sent me a level 99 Nemesis! I'm never going to be able to get it out of Norende. :(

And for anyone else curious about my 3DS library, I have Pokemon X, Fire Emblem Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei 4, Animal Crossing New Leaf and Rune Factory 4 also waiting for me to get to. Hahaha my gaming backlog is a little insane.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014
7:48 pm - Back from hospital
Well this wasn't a very good start to the New Year for me. On monday, as I was prepping to go to work, I bent forward and somehow threw my back out. The pain was so excruciating that I ended up having to call an ambulance. I simply couldn't move at all.

Anyway, fast forward several days in hospital and many tests, and I'm back home now, although my back still hurts like a bitch, I have painkillers at least. Doctors said it'll take time to heal. Good thing is I have several days of sick days off, and physiotherapy to look forward to next week.

My kitty cat showed she really missed me when I got home. She's not stopped clinging to me. So sweet of her.

current mood: sick

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013
5:22 pm - In the spirit of the season
Christmas was very quiet for me this year but I was quite happily playing with my brand new Playstation Vita 2000 which was really a gift to myself after my trip to Japan. And as I was downloading all my purchases from PSN, I got to thinking about all the good times I had with video games from the years past. This led me to thinking about the best video game OSTs that I'd heard - of which I probably put Chrono Cross OST as my favorite.

But my search for video game OSTs led me to this:



Thats the theme to Civilization 4 named Baba Yetu which even won a Grammy! It's the Lord's Prayer in Swahili which put me right into a Christmassy mood. Thought I'd share, please enjoy!

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
12:29 pm - Hobbit trailer The Desolation of Smaug
Oh I'm loving the new Hobbit trailer. There's SO MUCH LEGOLAS! And I find King Thranduil to be very hot.

Not sure I'm all that keen about the addition of a "mary-sueish" red-haired(?!) elven female. I thought elves were blonde?!

Anyway, take a look and enjoy!

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
3:20 pm - Why am I not surprised
Why am I not surprised that there've been three more cockroach species found and they're all in China?

Though they fall into the giant cockroach family, these newly found, yellow-bodied creatures are small compared with some of their cousins — they grow just a little more than an inch (3 centimeters) in length in adulthood, compared with Blaberus giganteus, for example, which can reach lengths of 4 inches (10 cm).

I think one inch cockroaches would be quite large enough for me, no thank you.

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Friday, December 14th, 2012
9:17 am - Cat scare
Had a horrible scare yesterday with my cat.

Was working very long days, and so night before, when I came home, the house was dark and I didn't go searching for my kitty. Sometimes she does greet me, but she's often asleep too so I don't go waking her up for nothing. Anyway, I woke up next day and new maid tells me cat is missing.

We launch a search, she's not in the house. And mom finally says she must have gotten out when she went marketing with maid yesterday, who obviously didn't look around when cat ran out of the door. I don't know how she couldn't have seen, since our landing is an OPEN SPACE. But anyway, lost for almost 24 hours. I was almost in tears.

In the end, decided to call the 2 animal agencies here, AVA and SPCA. Left details of missing cat etc, all heart sick. Fortunately a little while later, SPCA called me back and said they had my cat. She had gone up to the 10th floor and was perched on a ledge. So neighbours called them in to rescue her. Whew.

Ended up out of pocket about $100 to pay for getting her back, and am pissed off with new maid for being so careless. But at least my cat is home, and albeit very dirty and traumatized, she's safe. Seems a bit more clingy and meowing a bit more to me. But hopefully she learns not to run outside anymore.

current mood: awake

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
4:11 pm - Hot guys
Bunch of shirtless men came into my office today. Everyone was giggly and trying not to stare. One of them gave me a bun. Seems that they're the contestants in the reality show "Hot Guys Who Cook".

So basically, a Hot Guy gave me a cold bun at work today. :)

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, November 18th, 2012
8:01 pm - Gaming mood
This is bad. I've been in a dangerous mood lately as far as my gaming interests are concerned. I'm starting to want to get back into another MMO. But I don't even know what online games people are playing these days. There're just so many! Well, I don't know anything that people are playing except for WoW but the thought of the time sink that game requires is just too scary.

Not sure that anyone on my F-list even plays much besides WoW these days though. So many people have moved away from LJ now, its kind of sad. But if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Pondering just sticking to playing a bit of Puzzle Pirates which is a super old game - it just celebrated its 10th anniversary! The bad thing about such an old game is that its kind of dying. There's only a few hundred people on the server now, down from the thousands that were on five years ago when I first picked it up. More sadness. On the other hand, its still an incredibly cute game, plus I really really love the puzzles.

current mood: bored

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Monday, November 12th, 2012
5:58 pm - Sudden passion for electronics
Have a sudden desire to spend money on kitchen electronics. Namely an oven, a waffle maker, and a bread maker.

I'm not even sure when I'd ever have the time to cook!

current mood: chipper

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Friday, October 19th, 2012
9:43 am - temp dean cas fic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/539929?view_adult=true&view_full_work=true

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012
12:35 pm - Yay Coulson lives!
Happiest news out of New York Comic Con is that Marvel is bringing back Agent Coulson in the SHIELD live action pilot. So glad they didn't let Joss Whedon kill him. And Nick Fury is a lying son-of-a-*bleep*.

http://marvel.com/news/story/19553/nycc_2012_coulson_lives_in_marvels_shield.

And in other happy fandom news, Scifigrl47 posted her Cap_iron Big Bang fic. Things Unseen (That Are Captured on Film): Read it at AO3! Great story, and really delves into Tony's psyche, seen from Steve's view while trying to understand the complicated, wonderful person that is Tony Stark.

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Monday, October 8th, 2012
12:44 pm - This is awesome
Recent debate between Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart. This presidential campaign is comedy gold, it seems.



current mood: amused

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
10:25 am - For my own reference
Came across this lovely recipe for Japanese cheesecake. I might try it one day. Figured I'd share in case anyone else is interested in baking too.

Japanese cheesecake recipe

current mood: calm

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