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11th-Jun-2015 08:38 am - Hallelujah
I love hearing this song with female vocals. So moving.

Lace & necklace
14th-Jul-2014 02:33 pm - Sailor Moon
When I was in Osaka I bought volume 1 of Sailor Moon manga (in Japanese obviously) from Yodobashi Camera. I wanted to buy them all hahaha, but I thought there would be no room in my suitcase or it would make it too heavy or something, so I put the rest back.

I wanted more Cardcaptor Sakura too xD but I already have the first Japanese volume of that so I thought eh, next time maybe... I want the Dark Horse omnibus series of Cardcaptor Sakura too but that's not in Japanese, and I want study material, so that can wait haha.

Soo, I started looking for Sailor Moon online since I kinda do want the whole manga collection (in both languages; I have the first 6 volumes in English so far). I'm just on a Sailor Moon kick lately xD what with Sailor Moon Crystal coming out and all.

Anyway, I looked them up and they're mostly really expensive o.o $20+ before shipping! But I found a Rakuten store, BOOKFAN, where they're only ¥529, so that would be way more reasonable even after using a shopping service. I'm not gonna get them yet so I'm just writing this down really to bookmark the links easily.I really need to study Japanese more, orz. People say manga is easy to read so I must really suck at Japanese -.-

I was already flying when Sailor Moon Crystal premiered online but I watched it on Crunchyroll after I got back. So pretty! I really like the dynamic between Usagi and Mamoru in this version, made me squee all over the place. I miss the old transformation though, really liked it before. Can't wait for the next episode :D

edit: might as well link to Cardcaptor Sakura manga tooCollapse )
Sailor Moon ☆ usa
17th-Dec-2013 11:59 am - Alan Watts
Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, speaker, who held both a master's degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.

He wrote more than 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of happiness. In his books he relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy.
1936 The Spirit of Zen (3.97★) 144pg
1951 The Wisdom of Insecurity (4.28★) 160pg
1955 Become What You Are (4.15★) 144pg
1957 The Way of Zen (4.12★) 256pg
1958 Does It Matter? Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality (4.05★) 140pg
1958 Nature, Man and Woman (4.07★) 224pg
1960 This is It & Other Essays on Zen & Spiritual Experience (4.19★) 160pg
1961 Psychotherapy East and West (3.99★) 196pg
1966 The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (4.27★) 163pg
1973 Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown (4.25★) 224pg
1975 Tao: The Watercourse Way (4.17★) 160pg
1977 The Essential Alan Watts (4.38★) 142pg
1996 Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion (4.18★) 112pg
2000 What is Tao? (3.96★) 96pg
2000 What is Zen? (4.05★) 96pg
2000 Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation (4.05★) 128pg
2006 Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks 1960-1969 (4.19★) 272pg
Once upon A time
21st-Jun-2013 02:30 pm - on EOS Lip Balm
In order of popularity according to BonjourCosmetics-AUS on eBay:
  1. [] Shea Butter Summer Fruit (475 sold)
  2. [] Sweet Mint (366 sold)
  3. [] Honey Suckle Honeydew (259 sold)
  4. [] Medicated Tangerine (133 sold)
  5. [] Lovely Strawberry Sorbet (99 sold)
I didn't put Lemon in because I don't really want it. I'm so surprised Strawberry is the least bought one! wtf! It was the one I was going to get when I looked up the lip balms on eBay.

They're really expensive on eBay too, I hope I can pick one I like! Apparently they also come in packs of 2 or 5, but they're not cheap. It's actually better to get them individually if we're talking eBay LOL! (damn you postage to Australia!)

I think I'll get the strawberry anyway~ I want passionfruit [] but the dual pack with strawberry and passionfruit is worth 3 individually bought ones! I don't know if I can justify it just for a pretty purple egg thing (which is why I want it) hahaha, oh well.

Have you tried EOS lip balm? I'm not sure they sell them here but they're SUPER hyped in America where they're cheap as chips! Lucky!

edit: I bought the dual-pack LOL
Fashion ☆ Beanie
12th-Jun-2013 10:56 pm - Blogilates Beginners Calendar
Cassey sent out a newsletter about a new Beginner POPster calendar. Yay!! I like having links and calendars because I'm obsessed with coding, so I'm gonna code a little something here..

DAY 15DAY 16DAY 17DAY 18DAY 19DAY 20DAY 21
DAY 22DAY 23DAY 24DAY 25DAY 26DAY 27DAY 28

click destinations below the cutCollapse )
Fashion ☆ garter
I really need to adapt this concept into something I know I'll look at everyday until I remember it, until it's all at the forefront of my brain when I don't know what to do.
1. Start with moving toward accepting who you are. If you do some analyzing, you’ll find that most problems are, one way or another, rooted in not accepting and loving yourself. This is the best place to start.

2. Don’t rely on ineffective coping mechanisms, find healthy outlets for yourself. For example, suppressing your feelings and ignoring the problem will never bode well for you in the long term, and you know this.

3. Make lists, write things out, consider the possibilities. This is how I deal with mostly everything I can’t figure out immediately. I write things down, make lists and weigh pros and cons. For the sake of acceptance, write down why you can’t change it or the reasons why you may be happy this happened in the future.

4. Don’t try to change everything at once. You won’t do anything thoroughly if you try to uproot your whole life one day. Take it one step at a time, the best changes, and the ones that last, are the ones that happen in gradual steps.

5. Find your happy place. My happy place is often my bed. This is not a sexual innuendo. I just love to nap, read or write while sitting in bed. Your happy place can be a state of mind or a room in your house. It doesn’t have to be some intangible unrealistic place that you won’t be able to go to on a daily basis. Find it, and go there.

6. Find other thoughts to fill your head. You won’t just stop thinking about what hurts unless you find other things to think about. Suppressing your thoughts, as mentioned before, will not make them go away. They’ll make them more powerful when they eventually all come back to haunt you. Find new things to think about. Go to bed reading poetry and wake up letting any negative thoughts pass by you and finding beautiful ones to fill your emptiness.

7. Let the feelings wave through you and pass. Breathe through them. Don’t resist them, just let them go. You will never, ever, reach a day where you don’t have feelings, the good and the bad. Resisting them will not help, it will hurt. Train yourself to acknowledge your feelings, consider what they’re trying to tell you, and let them pass.
Fashion ☆ garter
1st-Mar-2013 12:13 pm - Centrelink, FUUUUUUUUUU
Here are a series of letters I received from Centrelink:

Letter 0 (information backup):
SMS: 02 January 2013
Your reporting date has changed. The new date is 22/03/2013 [...]

Letter 1:
25 February 2013
Cancellation of your Newstart Allowance
  • Your Newstart Allowance has been cancelled from 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013.
  • Attached is a copy of the Application for Payment form for the period 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013. Please lodge this form within 14 days from the day you receive this letter.
    If you don't lodge this form straight away, you may have to give back all payments made to you during the period 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013.
Spoiler: There was no form attached.
Letter 2:
25 February 2013
Cancellation of your Newstart Allowance
Seriously, that's pretty much all it said, and it was the first one I read... great.

Letter 3:
SMS: 26 February 2013
Your reporting date has changed. The new date is 08/02/2013 [...]
On the 26th I called them about being back in the country, as I didn't get a payment on the 25th as I was supposed to and wasn't aware they suspend you automatically when you leave the country. I misread 08/02/2013 as 08/03/2013 (because, duh) and changed the date from the 22nd to the 8th March on my calendar.
Letter 4:
27 February 2013
Cancellation of your Newstart Allowance
  • Your Newstart Allowance has been cancelled from 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013.
  • Attached is a copy of the Application for Payment form for the period 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013. Please lodge this form within 14 days from the day you receive this letter.
    If you don't lodge this form straight away, you may have to give back all payments made to you during the period 29 December 2012 to 8 February 2013.
Apparently my payment was reinstated (I got the part-payment I was entitled to for the period of my payment that I was back in the country) and then cancelled again...?

NOW, after an hour on the phone that's all settled, but REALLY! Cutting me off without even telling me about my new reporting date until two and a half weeks after it's been! I'm so excited to not need benefits anymore, and quite scared of what will happen when I move out if I'm still on them and don't have a landline, as my mobile phone plan doesn't cover premium numbers such as these... eek.
Cardcaptor Sakura ☆ *x*-
20th-Feb-2013 06:25 pm - Planned reading
I've talked about my adventures in reading under friend lock, but haven't said a word publicly since October.

Jul - Nov: Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Dec into Jan 2013: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga book 1

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (#1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (#2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (#3)
Starting next: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4)

It took me so, so long to finish Let The Right One In, which is a pity because it was actually really good. I think if I read it now it would only take me a month at most, but I wasn't in a bookish mood last year at all. I finished 4 books, not making my 5 book goal.. As you can see, including the graphic novel I've already read 7 books this year, hahaha, how things change. I had my goal set for 5 books originally, but when I got to 3 and it was still January I thought I should up it. I upped it to 10 or 15 but decided to up it again to 24: 2 books a month. Even not including the manga (as I feel a bit guilty including it, somehow), I'm already at 3 a month. When uni starts next week though it'll slow down I think.

I started reading The Secret in January, but it was just horrible. I still have it in my currently-reading shelf, but I don't know if I'll finish it.

Last year I started reading What The Buddha Taught, but the book is quite hard to understand for me, having no prior knowledge of the teachings and having trouble gulping the masses of information at once to move on. I do want to finish this one. Maybe I'll restart it, though.

I have A LOT of books on my Goodreads to-read shelf, but I guess I mainly add them to keep track of things I might be interested in. Some jump out more than others.

Books I'm really interested in reading:I hope to finish the whole Harry Potter saga this year at the very least, if not get through a good chunk of these picks as well. At 24 books a year, it will take me 6 years to clean out my current to-read shelf. That's not even touching my "maybe eventually" shelf for books even less urgent than the ones in to-read. I really need to update the order, but it's very overwhelming when I can't really plan what will pique my fancy 10 books away, much less 150.

Anyway, I've been watching the Harry Potter movies after reading the books. #2 was less than enjoyable due to a certain unbearable character, and a plot I found a bit too tight toward the end (of the book)... I'm assured the rest of the series is much, much better, especially as it gets darker. I'm looking very much forward to book 5, so much that it made my list above before I've even picked up book 4. I'm lead to believe #5 is very focused on inner-Harry, which apparently made for a very short movie as there's not much you can materialise out of thoughts for visual appeal, I guess.. So far I've liked the books more than the movies, but the movies do lend nice or amusing or helpful visuals to carry with me. Like all movies that I've seen after reading the book though, they come up short in comparison.

I read A Walk To Remember after it being my favourite movie and found I preferred the movie, however. Same happened with Interview with a Vampire. I've learnt from this that I should always read the book first, so when I notice a movie I want to see, like Perks of Being A Wallflower and Life of Pi, I must read it first. Comics not so much, though. I liked A Little Princess in both mediums (90s film version, not earlier ones) for different reasons, I was very pleased to find.
Fashion ☆ Gyaru
7th-Oct-2012 12:05 pm - Today!
  • Pull my skirts & shorts out of their drawer; fold them all! They're a mess.
  • Sort out what clothes I'm throwing out and put away anything I'm not.
  • Straighten my hair (before the gym).
  • Go to the GYM! (3pm)
  • Make some progress on finishing Let the Right One In.
I started Let the Right One In back in June or July, either before Mitchell left for Germany or while he was there. I got 45% in and... yeah. I read a bit the other night, got to 55%. I'd like to finish it this week and start on another book.

There's a bit of a pile starting to back up of "to-read" books in my room..I'm curious about The Secret, too, but I don't own it.

I bought the graphic novel edition of The Last Unicorn on The Book Depository :D Hopefully that's good heh, I thought it was a hardcover of the novel, I only noticed when I put the ISBN on Goodreads today ^^; Oh well, nice to own!! I'm sure the illustrations are gorgeous. I might get the novel version for my kindle instead of buying the paperback, but with that backlog up there I'm in no rush haha.

Once upon A time
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