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Friday, 31 July 2015

BLOG -- Recap of July

July was a super-busy month for me. The funniest thing was that most of the busy stuff kept falling around my birthday -- meaning any celebrations for my birthday just got kicked to the curb, lol. I haven't even yet taken the time to really celebrate it. And then, with other things happening, celebrations just weren't on my mind at all... though I still had to be all happy sometimes. The craziness of Life, I guess. ><'' 


Outings/Events in July:
- Stayed over at my sister's place x2. 

- Attended my sister's wedding.

- Was an emcee at my sister's wedding reception... alongside the groom's father (who totally stole the show, hahaha. And it was much appreciated!).

- Internally mourned Satoru Iwata's passing. When I think about it, I still get really sad. I didn't share this on Facebook (like I usually do), but I blogged my own quiet good-bye to him. Even though I didn't share it, I noticed a few clicks on the post, so thank you for reading it, whoever you may be.

- Had a gaming day with my sister and friends.

- My birthday came and went.

- Went karaoking by myself. It's been a while, hahaha.

- I blocked two people on PSN for the first time. I didn't realize that blocking also removed the person from your friendslist. No idea if I would eventually add them back on... I was so pissed off at them.

- Just got a new cell phone. I can finally be a bit more with the times! Though I lost some old contacts in the process... *sigh* XP


- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn achievements / news: 
-I finally unlocked flying in one area. Hahaha... just because I wanted to do a treasure map.
-I got the Twintania mount! Thanks to my friend for staying subscribed for so long.



Exposures:
- (Restaurant) Scaddabush -- This is an Italian restaurant with a specialty in homemade cheese. My reaction to that? *sigh* The food was good, though. Just so cheesy... hahaha.


Finished...
Watching:
- (Movie): Circle of Friends -- I watched this for Colin Firth. I remember watching an interview where he mentioned he filmed in Ireland and pointed his moustache at people. I think this was the movie he was talking about. It was a good movie, but darn it -- I hated Colin Firth's character. I love the friendship between Benny and Eve.

- (Movie): Contagion -- This was good! I was kinda expecting to get super paranoid afterwards, but I didn't. I guess that's 'cuz I'm normally very paranoid. I find it kinda realistic, how people would react to an epidemic. 

- (Movie): Before Sunrise -- So this movie has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes... and I just found it okay. I think something's wrong with my mind, lol. To me, I found it a little disjointed. And I didn't really feel the attraction between the characters. That's my opinion though. Since it's got a 100% rating, I know a ton of critics would disagree. 

- (Movie): Before Sunset -- I enjoyed this more than Before Sunrise (it's the sequel). I found the discussions more engaging and thought-provoking. It still felt a little disjointed, but not as much.

- (Movie): Paul -- This was pretty enjoyable. I like that the main characters attended the San Diego Comic Con. I would totally like to go someday.

- (Movie): Femme Fatale -- So I rented this, totally expecting to see Colin Firth in it. Little did I know that there are actually two Femme Fatale movies! There is the one that is more widely known (though I've never seen it till I rented it). And then there is the one with Colin Firth. The Femme Fatale I watched was okay. I really hated the main girl character, though.

- (Movie): A Single Man -- I watched this for Colin Firth -- and then also for Nicholas Hoult once I found out he was in it! I really enjoyed A Single Man. The music was great, and the story, emotion, and ideas -- I really liked it. I really hated the ending, though I could see how some would find it fitting.

- (Movie): The World's End -- My initial reaction was 'This movie is just blah and uninteresting' until after the first half hour. Then everything turned upside down, hahahaha. I don't know if I would watch it again, but it's totally worth watching at least once -- and especially if you watch it not knowing a thing like when I watched it.

- (Anime): Tales of Phantasia: The Animation -- I liked the animation quality. But I was kinda thinking, Tales of Phantasia fans would probably want more than this.


Playing:
- (PS4): Torën -- This was like a big WTF while I played it. The surreal-ness and symbolism didn't really do much for me unfortunately, and I found it really short.

- (PS4): Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds -Overdrive- -- This game was also pretty short. But it's fun! Especially when playing with others. It's unfortunate that the online multiplayer feature is laggy. Local co-op is sooo smooth. I'd probably play this off and on for the next while.
 

Reading:
- (Comic): Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn -- It was a good read, but I personally enjoy the movie more. I've updated my Kingsman movie review with more details about my thoughts (spoiler-free, as usual).


Currently... 
Playing (not all at once):
- (PS3): Borderlands 2   
- (3DS): Bravely Default
- (3DS): Liberation Maiden 
- (3DS): Fantasy Life
- (3DS): Senran Kagura Burst
- (3DS): Pokemon Rumble 
- (GBA): The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition   
- (PSP): Persona 
- (PSP): Crush
- (PSVita): Persona 4 Golden  
- (Wii): Fortune Street 
- (PS2): Atelier Iris 2 
- (PC): UnEpic  
- (PC): King's Bounty: The Legend


Watching:
- (TV Show): The Walking Dead (Season 5)
- (TV Show): Orphan Black (Season 3)  
- (Anime): Yu Yu Hakusho (don't remember)
- (Anime): Shakugan no Shana (Season 1 -- Episode 19)
- (Anime): Log Horizon (episode 3)
- (Anime): K-On! Season 2 (episode 3)



Reading:
- Nothing at the time.


That's it for July. Here's a few pics I took this month.


 A pic of me in my dress for my sister's wedding. I think the shades and phone 
do a smashing job of covering my face. I think the dress also 
does a smashing job of covering my figure. Woops! Hahaha x.x

A birthday package sent from a friend in Australia. I tried a bit of that vegemite.
I barely survived.

I got another Rosalina amiibo from a friend for my birthday! It was surprising 
since I totally gave up the idea of ever owning a North American Rosalina amiibo (since the Rosalina amiibo was a Target exclusive and the Targets in Canada 
closed down before it was released). I'm really happy though -- 
it means my friend really knew what I wanted! :)


Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to comment if you have anything to say, and have a good weekend! :)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

BLOG -- Some of My Favourite Quotes/Moments from Odin Sphere

With the announcement of Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (spelling might be off), an updated / upgraded remake of Odin Sphere, I figured I would blog about some of my favourite quotes / moments from the game. Funny enough, I was thinking about Odin Sphere weeks before this announcement -- about my favourite moments and how I wanted it brought over to the PS4 so that I could still experience it whenever my PS2 breaks down ('cuz I know that it will happen someday... *sigh*).

I probably don't have to say this, but this blog will have spoilers. BUT... I will section that off like how it's usually handled in my reviews (wedged between a wall of scrolly things). First, I just wanna geek out about Odin Sphere, spoiler-free -- for people who have not yet played Odin Sphere. And also because I want to talk about it. When Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir comes out, I will do a proper review.

Me and Odin Sphere
In short, I loved Odin Sphere. It was one of the first times where I played more for the story than anything else. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed the gameplay, too. It was just the first time where I kept thinking while playing, 'What's going to happen?? I want to know what happens!'

I loved everything about that game. The characters, the artwork, the music, the gameplay, the translation, the story (of course), and the voice-acting. It was the first time where I really enjoyed English voice-acting in a video game. Oftentimes I could feel the sincerity and emotion. Some of my favourite quotes / moments are so because of the line delivery.

One thing I really loved about the character designs are the little details. On top of the standard character sprite actions, like when they're fighting, using an item, and such, they didn't seem to cheap things when came to the story and had the characters facial expressions and body re-acting and moving accordingly, even if the character's expression might have been designed for one scene. To me, it really helped to make the scenes come alive.  

My favourite characters are Gwendolyn, Oswald, and Cornelius. I could really relate to their fears, needs, values, and desires. It made me want to play through and see their story so much more.

When I think about it, despite it being a side-scrolling beat-em-up game, Odin Sphere is probably one of the most romantic games I've ever played. Maybe this is why it is one of my all-time favourite video games (right next to Final Fantasy VI). It allows me to beat up baddies and at the same time, is capable of speaking to me on such an emotional level. I'll always remember that feeling of satisfaction when I beat the game and the credits started rolling. I felt completely elated -- another first for me.

So that's my bit about Odin Sphere. For people who haven't played Odin Sphere and don't want to get spoiled, thanks for reading! I would highly recommend the game.

Now I'll do the scrolly thing and my favourite quotes / moments will be listed afterwards. Remember: those quotes / moments are spoilers!! Then I'll add some more scrolly things in case anybody wants to comment, but not see that section.

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Some of My Favourite Quotes
As mentioned earlier, some of these quotes are my favourite because of really good voice-acting -- where hearing it would evoke something almost every time. For parts where I'm kinda quoting a lot of dialogue to set the scene (like the first quote!), I'll bold what quote(s) are actually my favourite. If I don't bold anything, it means I like everything. For people who own the game, I'll mention specifically which scene the quote comes from.

From Oswald's book
(Scene 6-2)
Myris: "She won't wake up, no matter how long you stare at her."
Oswald: "I know. It must be this spell."
Myris: "Yes. But... if you kiss --!"
Oswald: "Oh? So... that's how to wake her."
Myris: "Please. You mustn't. Princess Gwendolyn disobeyed the King's orders... in order save someone very important to us. Thus, she was punished. Regardless of her own mind, her fate is to fall in love with a total stranger. That is too cruel..."
Oswald: "Indeed it is."
Myris: "Huh? You won't kiss her? But didn't you come to take Princess Gwendolyn away?"
Oswald: "I would like her to love me -- but -- not in this way. *people are not objects* Still... it breaks my heart to see her like this. I must find another way to break Odin's spell..."

(Scene 7-6a)
Onyx: "What of my own feelings?!... My soul burns with a beast -- a beast called love. I cannot attempt to leash it. How can I live with these feelings?! And to lose her to you in one terrible moment..."
Oswald: "Your words are my thoughts exactly."

(Scene 7-6b)
Oswald: "No matter how you react... and even if it only brings me pain... I want to see... I want to see my reflection in your eyes... I want to hear... I want to hear those soft lips speak my name... and if for a moment a smile lights your face... I will be able to live.  No one controls me now. From now on, I act on my own... for you..."


From Mercedes' book
(Scene 3-6b)
Mercedes: "Well... since I saved you... our kissing deal is off."
Frog (Ingway): "But that's different. I never asked you to save me. You saved me on your own. You promised me a kiss!"
Mercedes: "What?! I shouldn't have saved you..."

(Scene 1-3 [at the bottom])
Mercedes: "Don't laugh, okay? Ingway... I... I really care for you... truly... care..."
Ingway: "No... oh heavens, strike me down! Smite me, please! Mercedes... 'Tis unbearable. Do you know how painful it is to hear that? My destiny is cursed. I cannot reciprocate your pure feelings... Now I realize what my heart has been telling me..."


From Cornelius' book
(Scene 7-6c)
Velvet: "Prince Cornelius... let me stay with you."
Cornelius: "Don't confuse pity for love. I am no match for you now. It will tear my heart apart, but I will leave your side and let you find another."
Velvet: "'Tis not pity!"
Cornelius: "You shall regret it."
Velvet: "No! Prince Cornelius."
Cornelius: "Please -- look -- my arms -- they are too small to even hold you."
Velvet: "No! You have never held me so strongly."
Cornelius: "I no longer have a palace. I don't even have a home."
Velvet: "If I can be with you, I have no need for shelter... No matter what you appear to be, you are still the same person, Cornelius. My love shall not change."
Cornelius: "The hopelessness and despair I felt have been replaced with joy and love. I have faith. In time, I will return to my human body. I have lost nothing..."


From Gwendolyn's book
(Scene 3-6a)
Odin: "Rebellious valkyrie: you will undergo the customary punishment. A sleeping spell will be cast upon you. When you awaken, your heart will belong to a stranger. Your pride and honor will be stripped away. You will devote your life to him, bear his children, and grow old."
Gwendolyn: "I care not. My actions spared you from suffering."
Odin: "Oh, my dear... What have I done? You do not doubt yourself, my precious daughter..."

(Scene 4-2b)
Oswald: "Gwendolyn -- will you wait for me?"
Gwendolyn: "I belong to you now. If you command me to wait, I shall obey."
Oswald: "You are not an object. And I will not allow anyone to treat you thus -- never."

(Scene 5-6)
Onyx: "Why?! Why him?! That man has been selected by the Queen of the Dead. He will eventually die as her servant. His very existence is torment. Leave that doomed soul and take my hand."
Gwendolyn: "Your Majesty, if you persist in insulting my husband, my spear will take your hand. If you do not want your life extinguished, get out of my sight!"

(Scene 6-2b)
Blue Bird: "You're going to attack alone? You're asking to be killed!"
Gwendolyn: "If I can retrieve that ring, the entire war will change."
Blue Bird: "Are you doing this for your father? Or... for him?"
Gwendolyn: "I never imagined losing someone could be so terrifying... I don't want to lose him!"

(Scene 7-6b)
Odin: "This is unacceptable. You are ruining my plans. But my dear, beloved daughter, look at your father. I am powerless against your decisions. If I am to be any kind of a father, I must show you compassion. Do as you wish..."

(Scene 7-6c)
Oswald: "You are a shining star that lit my way as I roamed the darkened earth. Until I met you, my heart was empty. But now, it is different. I have experienced both happiness and fear. Happiness in experiencing the light that is your love. And fear of losing it -- a light that is more precious that Life itself.
Gwendolyn: "It will never disappear. My love will shine like the stars forever..."


Some of My Favourite Moments
Here I'll mention scenes where I really liked the character's reactions or actions. It's a little different from my favourite quotes since it's the overall emotion or development I liked.

-When Alice tears off Valentine's coin from the book and offers it to the Pooka (who are not there). Then she comes back to reality and says "I tore off the book's decoration..."

-When Gwendolyn pleads with Velvet to not hate Odin.

-When Velvet reminds Odin of who really loves him.

-When Velvet realizes that Cornelius has been turned into a Pooka, and asks about Ingway's whereabouts.

-When Mercedes kisses Ingway.

-When Mercedes reveals her real name and Onyx realizes why he lost.


If you read all of this, thank you for reading! Now to finish with more scrolly things. If you want to share your favourite moments / quotes, feel free to comment. Just... if it's a spoiler, please mention that for other people's sakes.

Thanks again, and have a good week! :D

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

BLOG (PERSONAL) -- My Thank You / Good-Bye to Satoru Iwata

I didn't think I'd write an entry this week. But then I found out last night about Satoru Iwata's passing... and I just had to do something.

Last night, I was browsing around Facebook and then I saw that one of my friend's shared this posting from Kotaku with the header "Today, There Was a Rainbow Over Nintendo's Kyoto Headquarters". My friend's comment to the posting was "*sigh* Something in my eye..." All at once, I knew something happened to Nintendo, and it didn't take long for me to find out just what...

Satoru Iwata... I honestly didn't know that much about him. But what little I did know about him, I had high respect. When I read about Nintendo deciding NOT to layoff employees to improve profits and about Satoru Iwata taking a 50% paycut, I thought, this is a really good guy. I think it's rare nowadays for somebody to stand firmly behind his employees and sacrifice his own gain for the company. It's very admirable. After reading up more about what he's done and his general nature, I am so much more saddened.

Thank you, Iwata-san. Thank you for all the lovely games. Thank you for being a gamer at heart. Thank you for being you. I think the future of gaming already misses you.


Well... here is my small tribute to Iwata-san. In reference to the rainbow over Nintendo's Kyoto headquarters, which is now supposedly dubbed the "Rainbow Road to heaven" (Mario Kart reference), here is me singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" a cappella with some slightly re-jigged lyrics. I just kinda thought that singing something would suit as my kind of send-off (since I love to sing), and I think "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" really does fit.

If you think it sucks I apologize. But this is my way of expressing my good-bye and thanks to Iwata-san. You'll probably need to turn up your volume. Also, just like with all my other videos with me singing, it is just audio, so you can press "play" and do something else.



video
Me singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with slightly re-jigged lyrics.


Here's my "worksheet" if you wanted to see my thought processes (click to enlarge if you want):




Re-Jigged Lyrics
Note: Whatever is highlighted are the re-jigged lyrics. All the original lyrics are by E.Y. Harburg.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And all that I can do is give you my gratitude

Today I look up at the clouds
And wish that you were still around... still earthbound
To bring more joy with awesome games
Nintendo just won't be the same
If Time could be re-wound

Somewhere over the rainbow
He resides
I stand... my head bowed down to give you my deep good-bye

But...
Even though his soul is high beyond the rainbow
Let's keep his dreams alive

To anybody who read this, thank you. Please take care.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

BLOG (PERSONAL) -- My Marriages in Final Fantasy XIV

Since my sister's wedding is next week, I figured I'd (finally) make a post about all my marriages in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Yes, I said all. If you had been reading my blogs for the past six months or so, this wouldn't be a surprise. In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I have one main character and three alts. All my alts are married. My main character is unmarried, and probably will stay unmarried for the rest of my playing time.

One thing I need to stress right now: My alts being married to multiple people does NOT reflect how I am with relationships in real life!! Haha, it's totally the opposite (i.e. I would never marry multiple people at the same time, nor have multiple romantic relationships).  None of my marriages in-game are romantic.

After a failed attempt at trying to marry somebody I liked romantically in-game (and it came with a lot of drama and emotional pain for me), I decided that my weddings in Final Fantasy XIV, unless we romantically confessed to each other or something, will be friend weddings. Have it light and fun. And to make things clear (so I'm not misleading anybody), I'd say it's a friend wedding and ask if that's okay before actually buying the wristlets (depending on the wedding level, you could end up paying either $10 or $20 USD to get married in-game).

The only exception to that decision is my main character. She is reserved to marrying either somebody I like romantically or somebody I consider a close friend (who doesn't want to marry somebody else). And that is why I think she will probably stay unmarried.

A Few Observations About My In-Game Marriages
When you pay either the $10 or $20 level to get married in FFXIV, you can make some customizations to your wedding. You can change things like your entrance scene, exit scene, who is holding the bouquet, intro and outro music, etc. I find this pretty funny, but all my marriages in-game have the gondola entrance scene, kissing scene, chocobo exit scene, and the Hildibrand theme song. All my marriages were also platinum level (costing $20 USD to get married).

If I was to get married again, I would still have the Hildibrand theme song playing (it's my favourite track from the selection), but I would probably have the contract scene instead of the kissing scene. I like that the kissing scene is light and kinda ridiculous, but I also like the seriousness in the contract scene.

My Personal Stance on Marriage (in Real Life)
Before we start with the wedding pics, here is my personal (and most likely unpopular) stance on marriage: I see marriage as more of a public declaration/celebration of love and commitment. At its core, though, between the couple, I don't think marriage is necessary. I think if a couple loves each other and wants to spend the rest of their life together, that kind of love and commitment will come naturally. If a couple wants to stay a monogamous couple with each other, I'd like to think that would come naturally, and not due to the status of being married.

Don't get me wrong -- I'd still like to get married one day. I think it'd be a fun celebration (and I would also make it ultra geeky if possible). I'd just like to think that the transition from being lovers to being married would have no impact on how we treat each other. I just don't want to ever think things like 'he'd be more faithful if we were married', 'he'd treat me better if we were married', 'he'd drink less if we were married', 'he'd be more this', 'he'd be less that', or even thoughts like 'I'd be more social if we were married', 'I'd be more accepting if we were married', 'I'd be more this', 'I'd be less that' ... etc.

I'm certain that many of you do not feel the same about my view on marriage, and that's fine. This is how I personally feel.

And now -- to the wedding pics! And little blurbs about the grooms. My blurbs may make a lot of FFXIV references so non-FFXIV players might not know all that I'm talking about.

You can click on any pic to enlarge it.


Wedding #1
I think I chose the colours for the chapel.

Gondola entrance scene!

The Groom
I randomly met him while light grinding my Novus weapon with my main character (I was still on the North American [NA] server at the time). We were both in North Shroud close to the low level fates. I noticed he had a Novus weapon and asked if he was light grinding. He said yes, and after a while, asked if I wanted to party up. I said yes, and we grinded HM trials for about an hour.

Afterwards, he would send me tells from time to time about how his static was doing with the second coils. He wanted to recruit me, but I was always behind his static. I did get to run Turn 7 and Shiva EX with them once, which was an interesting experience. Before I transferred servers, I left an alt on the NA server so I could still play with my free company and friends. He still sent me tells while I was leveling my alt and offered to help with some of my dungeon queues (he mained a Paladin class so that was really helpful).

Now I just have to say: ugh, that moustache! I told him if he wore that moustache for the rest of the wedding, I would divorce him afterwards. At the time, I thought I was just going to marry once, so I thought, It's gotta be a lovely wedding!! I just don't like that moustache, hahaha.

Where We Are Now
He switched servers after some issue with his static (according to his friend), and then stopped playing FFXIV altogether. After he quit the game, I didn't feel any point in staying married, so I divorced him after that.

We've tried playing a couple other games after he quit FFXIV but there were a few issues -- like me not having the game (the only way I'd get to play with him was if his friend share played the game with me and gave me rights to control the game), or the multiplayer feature just wasn't working properly (like with Little Big Planet 3). 
 
Other Wedding Photos
Me with some mask. I figured, if he could wear a moustache 
for this opening scene, I might as well wear something for fun as well!

My character is so pretty! Hahaha.

The groom waiting for his ring. Check out the topless 
guest on the right side, haha.

Us with our rings.

Us flying to get ready to kiss. Yup. So ridiculous, hahaha. :)

My character and her pretty wings.

I like the way her hair moves in this shot.

Us on the wedding chocobo.


Wedding #2
I think we both decided on the chapel decorations.

Us on the gondola. I'm the Lalafell.

The "Groom"
He may not look it, but this character is a guy in real life. While my main character was still on the NA server, he joined the same free company as me and we somehow became really good friends. We often ran coils and EX primals together, as well as other things like Expert roulette, Alex maps, Syrcus Tower, etc. I remember spending a whole evening running Turn 7 just to try winning some gear (and we got them, yayy). Those were some really fun times.

I was willing to marry him with my main character, and I was really thinking about transferring servers (my main character was on Masamune at the time, and I even told my free company leader about it). In the end I didn't want to leave the free company or the server, so I stayed on Masamune (my main character is still there). I think it was a good call, though, because the groom ended up transferring to another NA server. I ended up creating an alt on the other NA server and leveled her to 50. I really wanted him to have the wedding he wanted.

For our wedding, I invited some of my friends on the first NA server and they actually came! They created alt characters and I helped escort some of them to the wedding chapel (since most of them were level 1 and the mobs around that area are level 15-20). It was an amusing and challenging task. Unfortunately, the giant gnats always got them at least once.

When the wedding came to the part where we could exchange vows, the groom actually had one! It was along the lines of "Thank you for being here". It was really touching and such a nice surprise. :)

Where We Are Now
We're still married, though I haven't been on the server much since the Heavensward expansion came out. My character is really behind on the story quests (especially since I'll want to level another class to 50 and continue the quests with that class). I will eventually get her up to speed, though. :)
 
Other Wedding Photos
My character. I changed her hairstyle before the wedding 
and came to the chapel in a snowman suit.

The groom about to send me the ring. The groom also changed 
her hairstyle before the wedding and came to the chapel wearing a goblin cap.

Me with the ring. Whee!

Me sending out the ring.

The groom with the ring, whee!

Kiss scene! XD
 
Us smiling on the wedding chocobo.

Us riding off into the sunset!


Wedding #3
The groom chose the decorations.

Us on the gondola. I'm the pretty Miqo'te (the kitty).

The Groom
Now this wedding came about very unexpectedly. This guy is actually real life friends with the first groom. He asked one day if I would marry him as a favour because he really wanted the wedding chocobo mount. He told me that other people he asked wanted the free wedding (you have to pay either the $10 or $20 level to get the chocobo mount). At the time, I had an alt that was level 30, so I thought, okay, that shouldn't be too hard to do (in order to marry, your character has to be level 50). 

The guy then offered to buy my wristlet as well (the bride and groom each have to buy their own wristlet in order to get married). I didn't think about it at the time, but I should have asked him if he wanted to marry somebody else who was already level 50 if he was going to buy the other person's wristlet.

Leveling up my alt to 50 was really painful this time. Even though it was 20 levels, it was my 4th time going through the same quests and motions. I don't think I could create another alt to level for a lonnnnng time, hahaha.

I did not invite anybody to this wedding since it was a favour to him. I moogle mailed all my wedding invitations to him and he sent them out. The wedding was surprisingly packed, hahaha.

And again: ugh, that moustache! I created a /slap emote macro with the text "pulls off <target>'s moustache" and used it on him after the gondola scene.

Where We Are Now
We're still married, though he's been thinking of transferring servers. If he does, I may end up divorcing him if he doesn't transfer back.
 
Other Wedding Photos
My character taking notice of the moogle.

My character grabbing the ring.

My character is so pretty. She was originally a Hyur (human), 
but the guy wanted to marry a cute Miqo'te, so I Fantasia'd her.

Uh oh... the groom's wearing gloves. If a character is wearing gloves, 
the ring won't show in the cutscenes. I guess it's some layering issue.

Us about to fly for the kissing scene.

Us after the kissing scene.

I really like my character's expression here.

I also love her expression here.


Thanks for reading! I honestly didn't think I would write so much... haha...

There will be no blog next week as I'll be too busy freaking out over my sister's wedding. I am the emcee for the family reception and I still don't know what to say for it, hahaha. Anywho, have a good week! :)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

BLOG (PERSONAL) -- What I've Been Thinking About These Past Months

Well, to follow-up with my last blog, I figured I'd write about some of the things I thought about these past months. This is like my "mental" update, though I won't write about everything. I can't remember everything that's run through my head -- my mind is always thinking, or at least it feels that way. 

Again, as I said in my last blog, this might not be very interesting for you.

Obligatory Romances in Movies
So I briefly mentioned this a couple times in earlier blogs. Movies with "obligatory romances" kinda annoy me. When I was growing up, I noticed this in many movies. Unless they were a movie for kids, I actually can't think of any movie I watched back then that didn't have some kind of romance in it. 

Now, it's fine if the romance is genuine, is already established between the characters, or is the focus of the movie and works (I mean, I am a hopeless romantic after all, so I do enjoy good romance in movies). I'm talking about movies where the romance feels tacked on or convenient. For example, the main character joins a club and it has tons of members and only one member is the gender the main character is attracted to. Or only one member is super-attractive while everybody else is not so attractive. If the main character falls for that one member, it would annoy me for the most part, because it seems like the character is falling out of convenience. I've never told anybody this before, but the tacked on / convenient romance is the main reason I haven't watched a lot of the James Bond movies. I'm under the impression that the James Bond movies have this general formula (please correct me if I'm wrong): James Bond saves the day and gets the woman. It's just not that appealing to me.

Thankfully, seeing movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Big Hero 6, and Kingsman: The Secret Service gives me hope that not every movie in the future will have an "obligatory" romance. Fingers crossed!


Getting Older
Well, my birthday is coming up, so of course this has been on my mind. I wish I wasn't getting older. I certainly don't act my age, and I don't think I'd ever want to.


Saving The "Best" for Last
I kind of have this weird mindset sometimes when I'm trying to decide what to read, watch, or play. A lot of times, I hold back on experiencing something I really want to experience, because I know I will enjoy it, or because I hear it is really good. I don't know why, but I often want to save the "best" for last. I guess it's maybe in case I have a bad time in my life, there will be something I could experience to "cheer" me up. Because of this, though, sometimes it'll be years before I experience something. Even now I haven't played Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne on the PS2, many of the Tales of games, many of the Atelier games, Final Fantasy games...

I never really thought much about my mindset before, but now that I'm older with less time and a wayyyy larger collection, I'm wondering if I'll have to re-prioritize things. I don't want to save something for later, and then that "later" just never comes because of everything else that comes up.


Video Game Progression / Save Data
This thought just came into my head a couple weeks ago: how would I feel if maybe 15-20 years down the line, the servers for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn shut down and all the progress with my characters are lost? How would I feel if my PS2 memory cards suddenly stopped working? Would I feel that everything's been a waste? My short answer is no. I still have the memories and at least for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I've met people that I consider my friends -- people I probably never would have met any other way. That is definitely not a waste. I guess it makes me think about things, though. When I enjoy a game, I always try my best to "preserve" my save data, like having it on multiple memory cards, or saving an online copy for my PS3 / PS4 (since I have a Playstation Plus subscription). Kinda like proof of my time spent.

It's just -- when the newer consoles come out, and the old stuff just doesn't function anymore, will I be okay with it? When Final Fantasy XIV released its Heavensward expansion, they included this feature where if you type "/playtime", it will output your playtime on that character. I did this on my main character a week ago, and it said that I've played for "106 days, 19 hours, and 32 minutes". 106 days... that's over 2,500 hours. That's pretty crazy for me, this being my first paid MMO. Now, I won't stop playing Final Fantasy XIV or other video games I wanna play. I'm still really looking forward to Persona 4: Dance All Night, Persona 5, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, and a ton of other games. I'm just thinking about it, most likely because I'm thinking of something else, like my reason / meaning for living or something.


Thanks for reading! Next week should be a regular-ish blog since now I'm all caught up. Have a good week! :)