13 December, 2012

Inactivity / stop blogging?

Hey all~ Excuse my inactivity in the last couple of months. I've seen that I've written my latest blog somewhere in June and I haven't really shown myself since then. Main reason for that is because I had a long break during summer holiday which I spent with my family, Shortly after relaxing time it was already time to go back to school. I also have to admit that there are some personal issues going on that I've been dealing with in the last couple of months. This also explains why I'm kinda not very motivated to write (long) posts for my blog XD

I'm actually thinking about dropping the whole blog thing and stop posting stuff here. It can be time consuming and I never really have something interesting to talk about anyway, so I'm kinda thinking "who am I doing this for again?" XD I mean there's a lot of things that I like to write about, but it's mostly about personal stories, events I've experienced or stuff I bought. I feel like it's not really interesting for visitors to read, so I could better stop waisting my time. I'll think about it more thoroughly and I might write another blog post when I feel like it.

Thanks for reading~! <3


15 June, 2012

Drawing: Sumino Hikage

Remember that my brother has gotten me Copic markers for my birthday? I've been dying to try them out, but I didn't have much inspiration at all of what I could draw.

Recently I'm kinda hooked on manga and anime again. I guess that seeing that beautiful art style inspires me to take out a pencil and start drawing. I've also noticed in the past that whenever I'm not into a specific series, I can't draw. Because I just don't know what to put on paper.

About two weeks ago I bought volume 1 of the manga called 'I am here!' (Koko ni iru yo!). I read it and loved it so much that I immediately bought volume 2 on the internet. Yes! Found something I'm hooked on. Drawing time! :D

I wanted to draw the main character Sumino Hikage and try out my newly gotten Copic markers. This is the result!

I must say that I'm kind of proud of this piece. Especially because I haven't drawn in ages! I was afraid that I had forgotten how to draw. But sketching it went really well and quickly! I'm also happy with the outcome of the Copic markers. Right now I'm limited in using colors because I only have a set of 12 markers. I will definitely color more with Copics and eventually buy new sets!

~ See more of my drawings at deviantART ~

Primark buys

I went to Primark yesterday with my parents. I wanted to score some new clothes before I go on holiday to Indonesia next month. Last time I was there I was like "Must try on EVERYTHING!!", but their collection wasn't that special this time. I did find some nice stuff though!

I think I'll keep on editting my pictures like this in the future when I bought new clothes (thanks Drea, for the inspiration~). I don't know, it just looks neat :3

Yep, dyed my hair black-ish again!

Another thing: Yesterday I also had my very first driving lesson! I actually was less nervous than I thought I'd be, so that's a good thing! I didn't really know what to expect, but everything went quite good and it was pretty fun! My next lesson will be somewhere next week. I'm curious of how that'll turn out ^^.

13 June, 2012

Games I can't wait for

For me, 2012 is an awesome year if we talk about game releases. I've never been so impatient for so many games. Argh hurry up!

Here's a list of games I'm looking forward to, sorted by (European) release date.
I'll update the release dates if something gets changed or if there's more information available.


Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release: 6 July 2012


Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
Platform: Nintendo WII
Release: 7 July 2012


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release: 20 July 2012


Pokémon Conquest
(in Japan known as Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release: 27 July 2012

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release: 17 August 2012

12 June, 2012

An Cafe's coming to Holland!


Yes, it's true! Everyone probably knows this already, but after two years, oshare kei band An Cafe (アンティック-珈琲店-) are finally back together from their hiatus!

One of the members, Kanon (bass), already announced this at the kanonxkanon concert I went to last year. He promised us that when An Cafe are finally back together, they'll come perfom in The Netherlands too! And now the long awaited tour has finally been made official! Wahh so excited! It's their third world tour and it's called NYAPPY GO AROUND THE WORLD III TADAIMA o(≧∀≦)o OKAERI o(≧∀≦)o

Their schedule:
  • November 3rd: Moscow, Russia at MILK Moscow
  • November 4th: St. Petersburg, Russia at Zal Ojidaniya
  • November 6th: Helsinki, Finland at Nosturi
  • November 7th: London, UK at O2 Academy Islington
  • November 9th: Amsterdam, The Netherlands at Melkweg (you can buy your tickets here)
  • November 10th: Dortmund, Germany at FZW
  • November 11th: Munich, Germany at Theaterfabrik
  • November 13th: Cracov, Poland at Klub STUDIO
  • November 14th: Budapest, Hungary at Club 202
  • November 16th: Mailand, Italy at Magazzini Generali
  • November 17th: Marseille, France at Espace Julien
  • November 18th: Paris, France at Bataclan
  • November 20th: Berlin, Germany at Astra Berlin
(source: JaME Nederland)

I'm going to their concert together with my cousin Elisa. Still asking around who wants to come along with us. Some of my friends want to go real badly too, it's going to be so awesome!

To me, An Cafe can be considered important. It's one of the very first J-rock bands I listened to frequently and they kinda 'introduced' me to lots and lots of other J-bands! Even though I hadn't listen to their music anymore when I started to listen to the more 'dark' J-bands, they are still the roots of my J-rock fandom I once had ^^ And even now J-rock is still my favorite of few music genre I listen to. I can't wait to finally see them!

Is anyone else going to one of their concerts?

05 June, 2012

My manga collection

Today I went shopping in Amsterdam together with my parents. I bought some new manga today, and I suddenly got the idea to blog about my manga collection! Well, my 'collection' isn't that impressive at all though! I used to have a lot of manga from different series but I've sold most of them I lost interest in.

DIAN's manga collection

The ones on the top row are my favorite series. I still want to complete and re-read them some time. It's a bit frustrating when you finish a volume and you can't continue. I don't buy manga very often, so sometimes I forget the story line when I finally bought the next volume and I'm not so fond of reading manga online.

So which series and volumes do I got?

  • Vampire Knight vol. 1 - 9
  • Loveless vol. 1 - 8 (and yes, I used to be a shounen-ai fangirl lolol XD)
  • We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) vol. 1, 2, 3, 6
  • Naruto vol. 4 (got two copies of it, Indonesian and Dutch)
  • Inuyasha vol. 30
  • DragonBall vol. 17, 18, 24, 48, 49
  • Alice 19th vol. 1 - 7 [complete]
  • NANA vol. 1 - 4
  • Cherry Juice vol. 1 - 4 [complete]
  • Love Attack vol. 1 - 3
  • Otomen vol. 1

Today I bought:

 

I am here! is completely new for me. I've read some good things about it and the story seems interesting (I'm a sucker for drama/romance hehe). 

Pandora Hearts is a series I simply love. I've watched the anime a few years ago and it's still one of my favorites. I've wanted to start reading the manga for a while now :3

I'm really excited to read both of them!

Do you also read/collect manga? Which are your favorites? :3

18 May, 2012

How to transfer a Pokémon from Global Link to your DS

You can transfer Pokémon you've encountered in the Dream World to your Pokémon Black/White game. I saw that there's a Lucario promotion going on until 23 May 2012 (thanks Sanne!) which you can befriend in the Dream World and send it to your game through Game Sync. As I haven't caught Lucario yet, I wanted to have it. 

It was my first time using Dream World, so I had to figure out how it works. I got a little confused XD I managed to get Lucario in my game, so below there's a step-by-step explanation about how to tranfer a Pokémon from the Dream World to your copy of Black or White. I don't know if more people didn't really get it or if I'm the only one lol XD But anyway, I hope this helps!


Wi-Fi Event: Get Darkrai in Pokémon Black and White!

I read about this Wi-Fi event to get Darkrai on my friend's blog. I thought I could just share this with the rest of you Pokémon gamers! ^^

This special Dark Pokémon is available from May 9 till June 10 2012. The step by step instructions are very easy to follow. What are you waiting for? Come on and get your Darkrai!

An explanation about how to get Darkrai can be found here.



09 May, 2012

Latest buys

I came across these cute Chocobo items when browsing the web. The Chocobo tumbler was made for Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary and I really wanted to have it once it got released! It's so adorable, and might come in handy when I'm going to Indonesia this summer! And you just gotta love the little face towel right? ^^



Since I'm wearing eye contacts again for about a month now, I wanted to get a cute case to store them in. Unfortunately the face on it kinda faded away already, so I had to trace it with a marker, haha. Got this one from eBay.


I also bought two new Hello Kitty protective bumpers for my iPhone. I loved my previous case, but it was pretty big wasn't really handy to carry around. This bumper is a lot smaller and thinner and my iPhone easily fits in my pocket now XD I'm really happy with it~! I bought two so I could change the color every now and then and I couldn't choose just one. I'll make another picture later of how it looks on my iPhone.


Two weeks ago I bought Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, a game for the DS. I've always wanted to play this one~ It's loads of fun, very addictive and I just love the simple turn-based fighting system. After I finished it I want to buy Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (or maybe save that one for my long airplane flight to Indonesia?)


Happy with my new buys! ^^

04 April, 2012

New monitor!

Yes! I've finally gotten myself a brand new monitor! I'm so happy with it~ I needed a bigger monitor to work with because I always work on my MacBook (13") and my desk is rather low. I have to keep looking down and sometimes I automatically bent forward just to be able to see my screen well XD It's not that great for my back posture at all.

Last week I went to a electronics store with my dad to look for a new monitor. I don't understand anything of all those technical specifics and stuff so I had to drag him with me. I eventually bought a 23" Philips monitor. For those who want to know, it's a Philips 234EL2SB Full HD LED monitor (XD). The resolution is 1080p (1920x1080).


I've connected it to my MacBook now and everything looks so big and bright now o_o So happyyy! I even got a lot more space on my desk now, yay!

23 March, 2012

Primarrrrk!

Wah, yesterday was the very first time I went to Primaark! I know, sue me xD I've always wanted to go there but never had the time (and money) to go. Today I went to the Primark in Zaandam together with Drea! :3

I was really excited for this day because I've heard girls everywhere being all hyped up about Primark XD And I was like; Heyyy I wanna go too D: I was hoping they had a nice clothing collection and they had! *-* I bought so much! I had a budget for today but I went a bit over it, oops~

Here's what I bought!
- Light blue cardigan, 4 shirts
- Short trousers: dark blue & dark pink (looks red on pic)
- Hairbrush, small purse, nail files, 10 pairs of socks, black tights

Score! :D I'm ready for summer~!

After some shopping Drea and I went to my home. We watched some anime and made sushi for dinner. So yummm! *_* After having eaten it all we made some pics, she packed her bags and I brought her to the train station to go home. It was awesome! :3

21 March, 2012

Current wallpapers

Just a random post of my 20 favorite wallpapers I'm currently using on my MacBook. My desktop wallpaper changes every 30 minutes and I thought I'd share the ones I'm using right now with you! ^^

I mostly use game- and anime wallpapers. I'm sorry for the Final Fantasy spam, but everyone should know by now that I just love the series haha ;3

None of the wallpapers are mine, I found them all on the internet, so credits go to those who made them!

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Cloud & Sephiroth (1600x1200)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Cloud & Sephiroth (1920x1200)
Final Fantasy X - Yuna & Tidus (1280x800)

Able to wear contact lenses again!

Aah I've been waiting for this~

I used to wear eye contacts about 4 or 5 years ago but eventually had to stop wearing them after 2 years because my eyes got dry each time I wore my lenses for only a couple of hours. I eventually went to see an optician to get my eyes checked and they said that it could damage my eyes if I continued wearing my contact lenses. I seemed to have a lack of lacrimal (tear?) fluid, which is the reason why my eyes felt like they were burning when wearing them D:

Sooo I decided to go for glasses. I didn't really mind though, I still don't actually have any problems wearing glasses, but sometimes it gives me a headache when watching to a screen too long. And I do think that I look better without wearing glasses teehee ^^;;

Yesterday I went to let my eyes checked again. I wanted to know if my eyes are able to deal with contact lenses now. So after 40 minutes doing all kinds of 'tests', the lady who helped me got all kinds of results and she told me that there are special contact lenses on the market these days that are suited for very dry eyes. Yay! I immediately got some lenses to try out for a month. Wearing them as I'm typing this post! (^_^)b

Now the only thing that's left is to find a cute lens case! I've been looking on eBay (doh), but I'm not sure if I want a 'travel' set (you know with tweezers, a mirror etc. etc.) or just lens cases to store them in.

Here's some random cute cases that I found~

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