The Lockdown Tag

I wasn’t nominated for this, but I saw this on Hilary’s blog and it seemed fun. You can read the rules on her post since I’ll just be answering the questions.

It looks like there are two sets of questions on her post so I’ll just answer them all. LOL.

1. What country do you live in?

I live in British Columbia, Canada.

2. Favourite book?

I think my favourite book is Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edogawa Rampo. My favourite short story from the book is The Human Chair. It’s a horror short story collection.

3. How do you spend your time during lockdown?

I work from home. When I’m not working, I watch a lot of YouTube. Lately, I’ve been watching Chuang 2020 clips, Guardian fanmade edits, Zhu Yilong interviews, and cooking videos.

Earlier during the lockdown, I watched many Thai dramas and a bunch of other stuff.

4. Have you tried cooking a new dish because of lockdown?

I’ve tried cooking a lot of new dishes and drinks. I’ve made dalgona coffee, strawberry milk, Thai milk tea, pasta, spicy cold noodles, kimbap, coffee jelly, and more. Since I like to watch cooking videos, I like to try out new recipes as well.

5. Early riser or Night owl?

I am a night owl. I detest mornings and rely on coffee. In fact, I’m writing this at 1:30 AM. I wish I was an early riser but I like the peacefulness and silence of the night.

6. Holiday dream destination?

Japan. I wonder when it will be safe to travel to Japan. I want to go to the popular anime destinations like Ikebukuro (Durarara!!).

7. Favourite food?

I have a lot of favourite foods. I love Asian food the most. I love xiaolongbao, hot pot, noodles (pho, ramen)… the list goes on. I like spicy, savoury, and bitter food and drinks.

I do not like sweet food or drinks.

8. Instagram or Twitter?

Instagram.

9. Favourite cartoon as a child?

Death Note. It’s actually rated 16+ but I watched it when I was in elementary school.

10. What do you prefer on a Saturday night? Netflix or Partying?

Of the two, I would pick Netflix. A lot of the shows I watch aren’t on Netflix, though.


1. Overall, how are you handling the quarantine?

I’m doing okay, but I miss eating out a lot. I miss hanging out with my friends and dressing up. Kind of sad, to be honest.

2. Have you violated any of the restrictions? If yes, what rule(s) did you break?

No. Peoples’ lives are on the line. Now is not the time to be irresponsible.

3. What viral recipes have you tried during the lockdown?

Dalgona coffee.

4. What activities have you missed the most during quarantine?

Celebrating friends’ birthdays and also my graduation. I also miss drinking bubble tea. I used to drink it every week.

My friend surprised me with a paper bouquet on the day of my virtual grad! I didn’t even attend my virtual grad but my friend did. T_T

5. Do you wear a mask when you leave the house?

Yes.

6. Are you an essential worker? If yes, what is your job title?

No.

7. How do you exercise during the lockdown?

My friend shares her screen and we watch a 20-minute workout video every other day. We follow the trainer in the video and we help motivate each other.

8. Have you subscribed to any new subscription services since the lockdown started?

No.

9. What did/does your daily schedule look like before the pandemic started?

I was at practicum 4 days a week and at the university once every two weeks. On the days I went to campus, I went to Anime Club. I attended weekly online Anime Club exec meetings and went to work on the weekend. I also worked from home for my other job. Since I didn’t have many assignments, I watched shows when I got home.

10. Do you think that the pandemic is getting better or worse?

I’m not the most informed person on this topic. I don’t know because Wave 2 is approaching and I don’t know what to expect when it comes. Restrictions have been lifted so I think it’s better than before. However, I don’t know if things will change for the better or worse. 2020 is very unpredictable.

What’s Your Ultimate Talent? (Danganronpa Inspired Post!)

In Danganronpa, the characters are “Ultimate” students, meaning they are the best at what they do. Every one of them has a talent and they were chosen because of their talent.

Some examples of Ultimate talents in Danganronpa are:

  • Ultimate Anthropologist
  • Ultimate Baseball Player
  • Ultimate Biker Gang Leader
  • Ultimate Child Caregiver
  • Ultimate Cook
  • Ultimate Cosplayer
  • Ultimate Detective

…the list goes on.

In real life, I would not be chosen as an “Ultimate.” But this is just for fun.

One friend said I could be the Ultimate Photographer. Another friend said I could be the Ultimate Cosplayer. I gave it some thought, and think that I could be the Ultimate Blogger, Ultimate Fan Girl, Ultimate Otaku, or Ultimate Fujoshi.

What would your Ultimate talent be?

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Would you rather be the best at one talent, or be kind of good at multiple talents?

My Blog’s Search Terms: Explained

I decided to look at the search terms that have led people to my blog.

1. Joker Xue – Actor/Yan Yuan 演員

This one was popular. I did, in fact, write about my interpretation of the song. Click here for the post.

2. Joker Xue – Animal World

I’ve also interpreted Joker’s Animal World song. Click here for the post.

3. Joker Xue – Puppet & 4. Joker Xue – What Do You Want Me To Do

I’ve never interpreted these songs… Maybe I’ll write something so that OP won’t be disappointed!

5. What is the point of wearing a vest?

When I was 16, I took pictures of myself wearing a vest. The post has now been deleted.*** I think I wrote something like, “Some people think that vests are pointless. I don’t care about that. I wear jean vests because I like the way they look.”

*7 years later* Some vests do provide warmth. Sometimes your arms are not cold but your stomach is. I was watching Love O2O the other day. Wei Wei’s vest provides practically no warmth but I think her jean vest looks nice.

6. What episode was Den Den Mushi afraid of Buggy?

Episode 482 (One Piece). Technically, the Den Den Mushi was afraid of the other pirates but felt touched by Buggy.


There’s a lot more search terms so maybe I’ll do another post like this in the future.

Falling in Reverse – The Drug in Me is You Gold Tour 2020

I saw Falling in Reverse for the second time. You can read about the first time here.

So this was their second time performing in Vancouver and the openers were the bands, The Word Alive and Escape the Fate. FIR played every track on The Drug in Me is You album to celebrate that album becoming gold. This was perfect because it’s the album that got me into the band 7~ years ago back when I was 16! It’s also my favourite album of theirs.

They also played their new song, Popular Monster, which was awesome. My friend and I lined up early and got very close to the front, where the VIP ticket holders were. The concert was wild… There was a mosh pit during ETF and lots of crowdsurfing. Ronnie is so good at singing. It was awesome to see him so close in person and hear his beautiful voice. All in all, a cool and fun day.

The drummer of FIR liked my post of the concert on Instagram, which was icing on the cake.

Why Do I Cosplay?

I’ve written about why I blog, so this time I’ll write about why I cosplay.

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  1. It’s fun. I like fashion and clothes.
  2. It’s a way to show my love of anime.
  3. It’s cool to own things from anime. For example, I have Luffy’s straw hat from One Piece, Kaneki’s mask from Tokyo Ghoul, a No Face mask from Spirited Away, Mitsuha’s hair tie/bracelet from Your Name, and a lot more stuff. I don’t care much about expensive, brand name things but I like to own things from anime because I think it’s cool.
  4. Cosplay is a creative outlet.
  5. I get to look different anytime I want. For example, I’ve cosplayed as Nana Osaki from Nana (punk look) and I’ve cosplayed as several boy characters. I’ve cosplayed as child characters and as mother characters too. Even my day-to-day style changes all the time. I don’t like to be restricted to one style because I like to feel free and fluid.
  6. Cosplay has helped improve my self-confidence. I cosplay for myself. I am happy when people tell me that they like my cosplays, but my own self-perception is really important. When you see photos that you feel proud about, there is a feeling of self-satisfaction which ultimately boosts your self-esteem.
  7. I’ve met cool people through cosplay and it has also reaffirmed my friendships because it feels so good when you are supported by friends.
  8. It’s a way to spend time. I spend most of my free watching shows but cosplay is a break from watching something.
  9. It’s fun to cosplay at conventions.

The Five ATTRACTIVES Tag

Auri tagged me in this back in November 2017. Yeah. I’ve only done one other tag thing (Click here to read it) so this is not something I regularly do.

RULES (Copied and pasted)

  • Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts to all blogs involved and including the picture above.
  • List five of your greatest hotties undeniably attractive people from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
  • Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
  • Add some appealing pictures.
  • Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties Super Attractive People.
  • Post the rules.

MY LIST

I’ll stick with 2D boys because musicians and actors are a whole other post.

1. Uta from Tokyo Ghoul

Okay, for context Uta is a ghoul and ghouls eat humans. I like anime characters with piercings and I have a few ear piercings myself (7 in total).

2. Xue Yang from Mo Dao Zu Shi

I would classify Xue Yang as a yandere. My favourite character archetype is yandere.

***Yanderes are really problematic and I don’t agree with what they do. People that have yandere-like characteristics in real life are extremely toxic and I recognize that. However, my favourite characters in fictional stories are mostly villains and I think that yanderes make stories more interesting if it is done well.***

3. Juuzou Suzuya from Tokyo Ghoul

Juuzou is my favourite character in Tokyo Ghoul. He has a unique appearance and did his stitches himself. I like unique-looking characters because they seem more authentic(?) – Characters that aren’t afraid of being themselves.

4. Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!

Izaya is my number one favourite anime character. I wrote a post outlining the reasons why I like him lolol (Click here to read it).

5. Doppo from Hypnosis Mic

Doppo is a salaryman and pessimist. I like his hair.

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Besides Uta (I feel neutral about him), I really like the remaining four characters. It’s not just appearance but their personalities as well. Or I find them really interesting characters. Appearance and personality generally go hand-in-hand for me.

NOMINATIONS

I’m going to open this up for anyone who wants to do this tag. 🙂