Japanese Snacks on a Lazy Sunday Afternoon...

Konnichiwa! Fuuu... Feeling so lazy today. Woke up around noon, had lunch, and now I'm snacking on Japanese stuff. Gomen ne, I'm such a glutton...

My favorite is Pocky, especially the Chocolate flavor! I recently discovered that SM supermarkets sell these in 'gift boxes', 4 packs with different flavors. The least one I like is Choco-Banana...

Pocky madness!

Chocolate, Milk, Choco-Banana, and Strawberry

I also love Apollo (why they named it as such, I don't know... same thing with Pocky...), strawberry-chocolate melt-in-your-mouth confections.

 There's also Hello Panda. I really like the chocolate filling bursting from the shortbread shell!

Pandas are super-kawaii!

And what better way to wash these off than with a hot cup of milk tea!

 snacking while watching Fairy Tail, heehee...

Ayt! That's it for now... Ja ne!

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

So says George Elliot, and I believe him...

I was searching for my Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth walkthrough (which I lost to Ondoy, as I later realized) when I stumbled upon my old drawings. Seeing them again made me feel nostalgic, and then it hit me: what would you do when you lost your passion for doing something you love?

Back to my high school and college days, I was passionate about drawing, particularly anime characters. I'd collect photo cards and stuff (a bit rare during that time) so I can use them as reference, including the local comics. And they inspired me so much to plan and take the same route as the illustrators. It really felt good when I complete an artwork, or when my classmates would ask me to draw for them.

I planned to take up Fine Arts in college, but instead I went for an Engineering course (long story...). I continued to draw, only to stop once I joined the workforce. I started losing the drive and interest the more I became busier and my mind got preoccupied with other things. In rare occasions I still dabbled in drawing, even buying new materials, but I haven't finished them. Now I feel so sad when I think what would have happened had I pursued my passion...

I found some help from the internet:

What to Do If You Have Lost the Passion to Paint (which I think can also apply to simple drawing)

Chibi-Sailor Senshi. Using colored pens at the time.

Image on the logo of the PS1 game Elemental Gearbolt. I originally wanted this to be printed on a shirt, but now I fancy having it as a tattoo.

My college classmates photocopy some of my drawings. I left the originals and my other works in Bulacan.

Safety, from Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety. I find her to be uber cute!

One of the last few unfinished. Squall Leonhart of Final Fantasy VIII.

I never stopped watching anime or reading manga and looking at artbooks, just to keep whatever I can. And seeing my old drawings, I feel somehow it helped bring back some of that passion. My first step? I got myself a new sketchpad! Now, I am considering studying again. So wish me luck!

Because yes, it is never too late to be what you might have been.

Ja ne!


Otaku Alert! Gods will fall. Humanity will rise.

This is the tagline of probably one of my most favorite games on PSP, Gods Eater Burst!

And I finally finished it, yatta! By the end of the game, my character onihime is a scout lieutenant.

I managed with only Tsumugari, Rustungen+, and Bugle Gun N (BTW, I almost never use guns...), 'cause I still lack a lot of items to make more badass equipment. Fuuuuu...

I love buster swords...

I always describe it as a 'toned-down' version of Monster Hunter. I guess I haven't played much MH to say but that is my first impression upon laying my hands on GEB. Honestly, I like this one better but hey, as I say, 'to each his own'.

I loved customizing the character, weapons, and whatnot, although sometimes they can be a pain in the butt. Heck, I haven't really understood bullet creation that much even if I tried... The missions and monsters can get a wee bit tedious and repetitive, but my main gripe is the camera! You have to use the D-pad to control it, and it's such a hassle to try and use it the same time as the analog stick. Some people do 'claw- or crab-handling' but I find it so uncomfortable.

image via Google

Annoyances aside, what gets the + on my book are the intriguing storyline and diverse characters (I like Lindow the most), the actual gameplay and the balanced AI. Oh, of course the graphics and soundtrack too! And with the numerous hours I spent on this, needless to say, I love Gods Eater Burst to bits and I definitely recommend it...Time to wait for God Eaters 2!

If this piqued your interest, you may want to visit IGN or Gamespot Asia for more info.

Here are the video, lyrics and translation of the game's opening theme.

Over the Clouds -BURST mix- by alan
(credits to lordphr0zen for the lyrics)

Kanashimi ni nureta tsuki ga shizuka ni
Daichi wo akaku akaku somete kieru

Boku no koe ga kikoemasu ka?
Satsubatsu to shita kono jidai de boku wa boku de iraremasu ka?

Kokoro afuredasu namida wa
Kitto mirai wo motometeru akashi na no
Boroboro ni natta hane demo
Dareka wo omou sono kimochi ga aru nara

Donna kurushimi ni mukatte mo tonde yukeru sa
You can get over, over the clouds
You can get over, over the clouds

Nagaruru chishio wa inochi no hikari
Yami yo ni tomoru wa inochi no hikari


The moon is soaked in sadness
It quietly paints the land red and disappears

Can you hear my voice?
Can I stay myself in this bloodthirsty era?

The tears that overflow your heart
Are surely proof of your wish for a future
If you still hold feelings for someone
Even though your wings have become tattered

You can fly away no matter what pain you might face
You can get over, over the clouds
You can get over, over the clouds

The light of life is a flood of emotions
The light of life is lit in the dark night