Manga vs. Light Novel

This will be a very, very simple guide. I’ll be comparing Pita Ten Volume 1 manga with Pita Ten Volume 1 light novel through pictures.

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Light novel on the left, manga on the right

– size of light novel is smaller

– different author. This light novel story is different from the manga

– since this is a text that has been translated into English, it reads left to right. In Japan, it would be right to left

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Manga

– despite being already translated, manga still reads from right to left

– Japanese comics

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Light novel

– Words, with an anime drawing every now and then

I hope this was a little useful! ^^

My Top 6 Taiwanese Dramas

The reason why I like Taiwanese dramas is because they bring me happiness, inspiration, hope and comfort. When I feel upset, watching a Taiwanese drama or rewatching parts of a drama is like a cure. Some spoilers ahead.

1. My Lucky Star (2007)

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Synopsis

Shortly after Ah Xing is released from jail, the jewelry ex-con artist finds herself in a situation where she is handcuffed to Tianqi. Tianqi is running away from suspicious men in suits because he stole a valuable jewel from E-shine, a famous jewelry company. They spend time with each other, and Ah Xing believes that Tianqi is a poor thief. Little does she know, he is actually E-shine’s young master!

Thoughts

I love this drama because Ah Xing is an ex-con artist who went to jail. It shows me that it is possible for a person to change and become a better person. Second chances are possible. It takes away the guilt and negative feelings I have about myself from minor problems and also gives me hope. The actress who plays Ah Xing is Korean. It’s one of the earlier Taiwanese dramas with a Korean actress and Mandarin voice over.

Jimmy Lin is a singer, actor and race car driver. In this drama, he plays all three! He also sings the ending theme which is nice. I really like it when the actors or actresses sing songs for the drama because it feels so much more meaningful. A lot of the dramas in this post have that music element. Jimmy Lin plays the main male lead, Tianqi.

If a main male lead has unconditional love for the female, I feel very touched. It’s something I look for in a drama. Jimmy Lin does it so well. Often times I feel so bad for him because of the sad events that happen to him, but he still loves Ah Xing very much.

One of the songs in particular, “Our Memories” by Shivia Lee, makes me cry. It’s a powerful song and it is so effective. I cry often and easily when it comes to sad shows. If you’re like me, expect to cry in this one.

2. Fated to Love You (2008)

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Synopsis

Xin Yi is often called “sticky note girl” at her workplace because she is too kind for her own good. She lets people take advantage of her, even paying everything for her boyfriend. Cun Xi is the opposite – he is the heir to a company and is outspoken and rude. Due to a misunderstanding on a boat cruise (Xin Yi lost her glasses and walked in the wrong room), the two have sex and Xin Yi becomes pregnant!

Thoughts

A theme I love is when the couple separate under unfortunate circumstances. They meet some years later and it gives me hope that people can reconcile after a fall out. Of course, it’s not going to happen all the time but if it is “fate” as the title implies, it will happen. This also happens in My Lucky Star which makes me very happy.

“Wo De Kuai Le” is a powerful song which has made me cry several times whenever it played in the series. This drama made me cry a lot, but also made me laugh a countless number of times.

There is a Korean remake of the drama and I still prefer this one. The Korean version is nice because the main male lead is an effective and likeable character. However, the Taiwanese version is still the best because of their chemistry and the feel in general.

3. Love Keeps Going (2011)

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Synopsis

Mei Le is a hardworking, young woman and is about to marry her fiancé, Yi Feng. Yi Feng’s younger brother Yi Lie is rude, loud and outspoken. Mei Le tries to get on Yi Lie’s good side since they are about to become one family. Yi Lie finds himself falling in love with Mei Le, but she is his brother’s fianćee.

Thoughts

Mike He plays Yi Lie, who was definitely my favourite character in this drama because of how much he loves the female lead. He loves and cares for her so much… It really screams out ‘boyfriend goals.’ He even sings a song for her, which is rare for Mike He. Cyndi Wang sings a few songs on the soundtrack. Mike He’s character is Yi Lie and Cyndi Wang’s character is Mei Le.

When I feel down by a failure with love, I am instantly comforted after watching the same clip from this series. It’s a scene when he comforts Mei Le. Not only are his words motivational, but you realize how much better of a person you deserve. You realize that the last guy was a jerk and that it was better that it did not work out.

The ending is a little disappointing. However, it does not take away the experience of the rest of the series. It is not a sad ending, if that’s what you’re wondering. I absolutely detest sad endings because I feel like I wasted my time watching those kinds of dramas. With that being said, it is fair to assume that these dramas have happy endings – and that makes the watching experience more satisfying.

4. Smiling Pasta (2006)

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Synopsis

Xiao Shi is your ordinary girl who is unsuccessful at love. She has had nearly 20 boyfriends but none of her previous relationships have made it past 3 months. He Qun is a famous pop star. While running away from the paparazzi, he bumps into Xiao Shi and they kiss by accident on the street. Their accidental kiss gets caught on camera and now Xiao Shi has to pretend to be He Qun’s fianćee.

Thoughts

Smiling Pasta is very funny, but also makes you cry in the same episode. It’s not too serious and I enjoyed this series thoroughly. As with 1-3 on this list, I would not mind rewatching this one. Nicholas Teo plays a famous pop singer and idol in the series. It’s great because he sings the songs himself and he is a singer in real life. Cyndi Wang also sings some of the songs in the series, including the opening song. She’s the same actress from Love Keeps Going.

5. Hanazakarino Kimitachihe (2006)

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Synopsis

Lu Rui Xi watches high jump athlete, Zuo Yi Quan, on television and he becomes her idol. She decides to leave her school in America and flies to Taiwan to enrol in Zuo Yi Quan’s school. The drawback? It’s an all-boys school! No worries, she cuts her hair short and pretends to be a boy. He also happens to be her roommate. When she meets him, he is not very friendly!?

Thoughts

Here we have a lot of famous lead characters. There’s Ella Chen from S.H.E, and Wu Chun and Jiro Wang from Fahrenheit. JJ Lin also makes a guest appearance as Ella’s brother. S.H.E. and Fahrenheit are popular music groups and JJ Lin is a popular singer. Ironically my favourite character was neither one of the two male leads, but Danson Tang, the actor who played a minor character. S.H.E sings the opening theme song.

This series was based on a manga. There is a Japanese version of the drama and I enjoyed that a lot as well. Both have a different feeling to it and it’s a different watching experience. I think that I liked the Japanese one slightly more, but this one is still worth watching.

I’ve heard criticism that the acting in Taiwanese dramas is not that good. I do agree to some extent but the acting has gotten a lot better throughout the years. I want to point out that sometimes the acting is exaggerated – and this is done deliberately to create a comical effect. This is not a sad drama. It’s a funny watch to pass the time.

6. It Started with a Kiss (2005)

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Synopsis

Yuan Xiang Qin (very clumsy and not very smart) confesses her love to Jiang Zhi Shu, the smartest and most handsome guy at school. He rejects her in a humiliating manner. Just when things couldn’t get worse, an earthquake tears down her house. Yuan Xiang Qin and her father move in with her father’s friend… who happens to be Jiang Zhi Shu’s father. So now the two of them are living together under the same roof.

Thoughts

I was going to make this a ‘Top 5’ post, but I couldn’t leave this one out. This was my first Taiwanese drama and I watched it when I was about grade five. Jiro Wang was the second male lead in this one and Hana Kimi (see above), but I’m glad he finally got the girl in newer dramas.

There are Japanese and Korean drama versions, and an anime – but none of the other dramas capture the same chemistry as this one. Compared to the first three dramas on the list, this is not that sad. It’s a light-hearted watch to pass the time. There’s a new Taiwanese remake of this drama staring Dino Lee but I have yet to watch it.


Other dramas that did not make the list but are very good include Hi My Sweetheart and Peach Girl. If you’re interested, definitely check those out as well.

Superstar Spotlight: Hua Chenyu

Hua Chenyu 华晨宇 is a famous Chinese singer. Most of the information online about him are in Chinese, so I decided to write a post in English for non-Chinese speakers (and for everybody to know about him). He is currently my favourite singer.

Nickname: Hua Hua 花花 (means ‘flower’)

Fans’ name: Huo Xing Ren 火星人 (Martian)

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After he posted photos with the monkey on his Weibo, the toy ran out of stock.

I first learned about him through a Facebook video that was shared on my homepage. It was him performing his song, My Skateboard Shoes 我的滑板鞋. I thought his rapping was impressive. Afterwards I decided to find more music by him and found the song, Ashes from Firework 烟火里的尘埃. He has a very powerful voice, especially when he performs live.

I like that his music is comprised of different genres, such as pop, alternative rock, folk and classical music. The fact that he is capable of singing to this wide range of music shows that he is talented.

My favourite song by him is Quasimodo’s Gift 卡西莫多的礼物. Quasimodo is a fictional character from the novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Everyone calls Quasimodo “hideous” because of his deformities, and as a result he experiences deep loneliness. In the song, Hua Chenyu sings  “Quasimodo’s gift is to enjoy the loneliness” 卡西莫多的礼物 享受孤独. This is my favourite part because he helped me realize that loneliness is not necessarily a bad thing. Often times, we associate ‘lonely’ with negative feelings but to be able to enjoy it is actually quite nice. I can relate to aloneness very well from my personal life, and the moment you begin to enjoy is really an eye-opening experience. Practicing self-love, and finding your own interests and passions are just a couple of reasons why this is important.

Hua Chenyu is someone I consider authentic. Authenticity is something I look for because a lot of artists create content for the sake of being more popular. Hua Chenyu does not care about that (he even has a song called, I Don’t Care 我管你).

Despite being famous, he is an introvert and that’s why his first album was dedicated to the topic of loneliness. He also has some quirks which differentiates from other celebrities. He does not try to hide who he really is. Hua Chenyu promotes the idea of being true to yourself, even if others do not like it.

He loves to watches anime!

My Dream Crate

Loot Crate is a popular monthly subscription box service. Basically, you choose which crate you want (there’s anime, superhero, video game themed and other geeky gift ideas and subscriptions) and every month a box of 4-6 items arrive at your door! It’s a pleasant surprise to find out which items you got. Here’s an example so you know what I’m talking about.

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Loot Crate reached out to me and asked me to come up with my dream Loot Crate. Since I love anime, my dream crate is anime themed. The box probably won’t be able to to fit a body pillow of Roronoa Zoro from One Piece, so I’ll leave this item out. I would totally want to get one though. 😛

1. Tickets to Japan.

LOL. If this is my dream crate, and my dream is to go to Japan and eat white strawberries and cosplay there then… this is the first thing I want!

…But if we are being a little more realistic, THIS is what I want.

Sailor Moon compact mirror 

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I showed this to my girlfriends and they want one too. Guys can use it as well because it’s practical, or they can give it to their girlfriend, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, or classmate.

2. Levi Ackerman nendoroid from Attack on Titan

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My only requirement is that I get the Cleaning Version.

3. One Piece flag 

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In my imagined dream anime fan room, this is definitely one of the things I want.

4. Ken Kaneki mask from Tokyo Ghoul

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This is something I want for cosplay purposes, and I am hoping to get it one day!

5. Yuri!! on Ice socks

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I love socks lol. If I could pick what gift people give me for my birthday or Christmas, I would ask for CUTE socks. They’re so practical!

Yuri!! on Ice socks are cute, and I would really appreciate having this in my crate.

6. Rem mug from Re:Zero

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Mugs are practical. I want to be able to have things I can actually use in my crate. When I have the time to watch anime, I spend days without leaving the house (true story). I lock myself in my room and end up with like 5 cups in my room. You can never have too many mugs. Rem is so cute!

Jiro Wang 汪東城 List of Anime Cosplays

I originally wanted to find a blog post with an updated list of Jiro’s anime cosplays. Unfortunately, I did not find it. I decided to take matters into my own hands and write one myself! (It also helps that I am an anime fan and know the characters.)

Jiro Wang is a famous Taiwanese musician and actor. Links go to his Instagram.

1. Saitama from One Punch Man

#onepunchman #😆 #cosplay

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2. Goku from Dragon Ball

知道我站你旁邊是在跟你比肌肉吧😎

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3. Super Saiyan from Dragon Ball

戰鬥指數飆升!已滿血回復!#七龍珠 #悟空 #cosplay #超級塞亞人

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4. Pegasus Seiya from Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

#聖闘士星矢 #LEGENDofSANCTUARY #聖鬥士星矢 #聖域傳說 #cosplay #燃燒吧小宇宙

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5. Dragon Shiryu from Saint Seiya

#紫龍 #聖鬥士星矢 #cosplay #動漫展 #gz

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6. Portgas D. Ace from One Piece

感覺應該手上要有🔥!#onepiece#

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7. Roronoa Zoro from One Piece

#onepiece #Zoro #cosplay 路痴隆駕到萌萌噠😸😽😆

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8. Kaworu Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion

9. Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan

#里維的劍 #進擊的巨人 #進撃の巨人 #cool #cosplay #里維

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10. Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk

「籃板球!!!」🏀

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11. Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul

#金木研 #cosplay #東京喰種

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12. Kokkuri-san from Gugure! Kokkuri-san

#銀仙 #cosplay

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13. Miketsukami-kun from Inu × Boku SS

#裕狐神 #御狐神雙熾 #雙熾 #cosplay #妖狐×僕SS

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14. Kakashi Hatake from Naruto

#Kakashi #Naruto #cosplay 為紀念#火影忍者 而cos 為我男神#卡卡西 而cos

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He has more but I think I’ll stop scrolling… Let’s just say that he has cosplayed a lot of characters, given his busy schedule!

My Photo Editing Apps

I currently use 5 in total. I take just about all my photos from my phone, Samsung Galaxy S4.

1. Camera360

Sample pictures:

2. Cymera

Sample pictures:

3. Instagram

I keep the app installed on my phone for the filters. 

4. PhotoCollage

Once I’ve added a filter to more than one photo, I can make a collage with this app. Or, I can make the collage first then add a filter later. 

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5. MeituPic

I use this app for the stickers, but I mainly just use the strawberry sticker. 

Have fun taking photos!

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Hitachiin twins from Ouran High School Host Club