[Games] Dark Parables The Red Riding Hood Sisters

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

There is not much time left for playing when the school term has started, but I would like to write about this Hidden Object game (HOG) that I was playing just before school started.

The opening screen. Image from Softpedia
What I liked about the plots was that they took their own twists to the conventional fairy tales. Dark Parables already has several titles released, namely:


  • Curse of the Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
  • The Exiled Prince (The Frog Prince)
  • Rise of the Snow Queen (Snow Queen)
  • The Red Riding Hood Sisters (Red Riding Hood)

The games included some bonus game play as well, either shedding more light on the back story, or hints for the next game or based on another fairy tale.

From the picture I posted about, you can tell that the one I played was the latest one, The Red Riding Hood Sisters. In the game, centuries ago, the first Red Riding Hood, after being saved from the wolf by a hunter, established what came to be known as the Order of Red Riding Hood Sisters. But now, the nefarious Wolf Queen has entrapped the sisters and plans to unleash legions of ravaging Mist Wolves onto our world by fixing it so that it is always the night of the Full moon. The player must assist the Red Riding Hood Sisters to put an end to the queens evil plan. [Taken from Wikipedia.com]

The game has 3 modes you can choose from: Casual, Normal & Hard.

It was quite cool that at the end, the Wolf Queen is actually one of the Sisters who had succumbed to the Wolf Talisman and became evil, and the remaining (evil) Mist Wolves were trained to work with the Sisters instead.

FYI, she becomes the new head of the Order. Image from Softpedia.
The artwork is really quite pretty as well.



With regards to game play, the game is quite unique in that you don't have words to find objects. Rather, you find broken parts of objects that will make up to form one, which will help you in the game. The game also includes several mini games.


I took about 3 days to finish it because I only played for about an hour each time. I found it really fun ^.^ The credits also showed that the next game would be on Cinderella, kinda cool in my opinion.

Hope you will give this game a try too when you have the time!

Signing off,
Amaya.



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[Review] SUKI kiss and admire Lip Colour Palette

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

I have gotten some cosmetics from Taiwan some time ago, but did not get down to reviewing them, so here I am! :P Today I'm reviewing the lip palette from SUKI (吻色˙羨慕唇彩盤).

SUKI is a popular Taiwan cosmetics brand that is cheap and affordable! I think what is cool about them is that most of their products are released with a theme, and always comes with helpful lookbooks! FYI, Singapore duo BY2 endorses the brand too ^.^

From Official FB

I really adore the cute packaging :D It comes in a pocket-sized compact, containing 6 lipsticks and 1 lipgloss! Each lipstick is pretty small, about the length of a thumb.



bling bling!

How the shades look like under normal light:



Under sunlight:



Under flash:


(I look like I have 3 different skin colours #fail )

To be very honest, the last three only seem to add shimmer, even after lip concealer. The top three has a bit more colour when applied. The accompanying gloss is very shimmery, and has a nice menthol smell to it.

The lipsticks are really creamy, so I find that using a lip brush to apply the shades brings out more colour. Also, the lip sticks tend to break really easily partly due to the small amount. At the same time, it is more hygienic to use a brush.

When I bought this, it was buy-2-get-1-free, so each set cost me about $9~$10. Quite worth it in my opinion.

Since there have no local stocks, there is also a need to overcome the language barrier (for some). Also, they no longer stock this product, but they do sell many other cute products, so do check them out!

I bought a concealer and a foundation from SUKI too, and will review them in due time ^.^

Find out more about SUKI below:
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
PAYEASY

Signing off,
Amaya.

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OOTD [Star Night Theatre] +rambly ramble

, by dollonstrings


I'll be doing a very casual photoshoot with Maa-tan tomorrow, so I'm pretty excited for that! Please look forward to our photographs. *bows*




ramble about virus, and clothes under the cut.



Been really stressed with all the projects and test to study for. >_> My eczema has been acting up, so I've been wearing nothing but jeans and long sleeves recently..
Before the stress started piling up, I went to meet my friend ZT for dessert at Medz! Wore my new SNT skirt. <3 it's been a wishlist item since I started lolita 3 years ago, so I'm pretty excited to get it in my favourite colour. I have the replica in red that I bought cheap from a friend, but nothing beats owning the real thing. ^^ The cutsew I'm wearing is the Apple Princess cutsew by AatP, which I bought from ZT last year. Maa-tan wore it last year with my wonder cookie SK and it fit her much better because her arms are just the right length.
                                   
                                            Look how cute she is!


                                   
I had a crepe with strawberries and chocolate sauce. The strawberries were fresh and tart. I actually don't like my strawberries sweet. =X
                                           
And ZT had a tiramisu that was light, fluffy, yummy and yummy.

Medz is half-price for students on weekdays 2-5pm except for beverages, so my crepe was only $3.50. <3 ZT's tiramisu was $3.45. =D


My laptop died because a malware hit it. it's the Win2011 virus.. pretty horrible. Had to reformat everything.. and my lappy isn't back yet. I'm not sure why the Acer people need 7 days to reformat a laptop!   Serves me right for not using good anti-virus software, I guess.

I lost most of the legoland photos and class outing photos. I feel pretty bummed out about it. >_>


while my teacher digressed a lot talking about non-related things in class, I doodled some dresses on my notes. These are outfits I'd totally wear if they existed IRL. >_> I might try sewing them myself if I improve.
When I take notes the first time, my handwriting is always haphazard!
Last week I got so bored taking notes that I tried to do it with my left hand, since I figured he'd be teaching as slowly as was normal, but he went pretty fast for that topic, so I gave up. XD

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[Taobao] Fake or real? My Beauty Diary Masks

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

Quite some time ago, while I was browsing through Taobao for some masks, I came across this:


As we all know, My Beauty Diary 我的美丽日记 is a famous Taiwan brand for their masks. But this was selling for a much cheaper price than even the official website itself! So is this a fake brand?

Well, not really.


我的美丽日记 is a brand name legally registered in China by company Han Miao. It has stocks on shelves in other countries in Hong Kong, but is not sold here. Apparently, Han Miao registered this 我的美丽日记 trade mark before the Taiwan company could, so in China, it is marketed as 我的美丽日志 (difference of one word) instead.

You can see the Han Miao trademark at the back of the mask packaging.
But as a person who has taken EL3256 Language and the Workplace, we all know that this naming isn't coincidental. What does Han Miao stand to gain by associating their masks with the famous Taiwan My Beauty Diary? Will we start thinking that their masks might have the same quality? Is the coincidental branding in the first place, intentional?



Price for Quality

The masks are not as good as the actual My Beauty Diary ones. Although serum is generous and the mask fits well, it tends to drip and leave a sticky feeling behind, so I always wash my face after. I would rate the masks 3.5/5, considering it is cheaper and works relatively well. If you really want to get the original My Beauty Diary from China, look out for 我的美丽日志. They are still slightly cheaper than Singapore prices. Even then, you still have to beware of the 'real' fakes being sold online. Check out the articles written by Sunnanz and Rinny's Beauty Diary for more information (:

Also, you can check if each piece of your masks are of different serial numbers. Unless the masks are of the same type and came from the same box, all your masks should have different serial numbers. Will have a picture up illustrating that soon!

Hope this will help you on your Taobao adventures!

Signing off,
Amaya.




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[Music] START OF THE DAY

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

One of the best opportunities that I had in 2012 was to be an ALO for Esplanade's Baybeats Festival. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, they not only had newbies but also invited several more veteran bands back to perform! In addition, they brought in bands from overseas, like Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan!

I was very impressed by the quality of the bands for the 3 nights, but one band that seriously stunned me was START OF THE DAY from Japan!

Image from Official Website.

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[Personal] Photos on a Walk

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

Recently, if you have been paying attention to my statuses, you would know that I have started to exercise a bit more! XD Everyday, when I take the LRT back home, I would have a pretty nice preview of the Punggol Waterway (along with all the construction).

So I finally got down to exercising! While I am jogging, I get to scope out what pretty places there are, and then I do walks to take photos and exercise more leisurely. Though I wonder if I should count it as exercise when I am stopping so many times XD

The entrance!

For the entrance, you can take the MRT all the way to Damai LRT, walk a bit and you will reach it! You can also access from two other areas, from the Adventure Bridge and Punggol Walk Road.

Kelong Bridge
This bridge leads up to a heritage trail. Haven't gone there to see yet, but saw many cyclists on the road.

View from the Kelong Bridge
Zoomed in shot. There are many benches in the area too.

Plentiful rest areas



Lovely sun reflection!

Another rest station. :D


Spotted a sand pit. I have no idea what it is doing there for.

Then came the waterfalls!

I was so impressed okay. I think this will be my main motivation to jog all the way to this wall which is about 1 km away from the starting point. XD





The whole heartwave wall! 
The waterworks! Pardon the construction in the background.


You can actually venture inwards to touch the water. Still, it's always good to be cautious and not alone.


A free platform! There's another one, but it's barricaded for now. Looks good as a stage for a cosplay shoot XD

Nicely positioned rocks.

For the full set of photos, you can view them on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521922841173478.122058.470622852970144&type=1

There are many places I have yet to explore inside Punggol Park itself, including Punggol Beach and the wetlands! Can't wait to go for them all ^^ And apparently the Heartwave Wall lights up at night, so I'm definitely going back at night just to catch it XD Most photos, more posts!

Do comment if you have any questions, or comments about my photos! I'm not even amateur, just a point-and-shoot photographer. I welcome tips in any case, pretty places need pretty pictures ^.^

P.S. Do like my page if you haven't, pretty please? (: #shamelessadvertising I will definitely be going back for more photos and a possible photo shoot, so liking my page will keep you updated :P

Signing off,
Amaya.

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My Guide to Selling Lolita Clothes on the Egl Comm Sales

, by dollonstrings

♥ dollonstrings' guide to selling on the egl community sales ♥

 I experienced much grief with my first sales posts. I didn't know how to respond to buyers, or gauge pricing, deal with ridiculous post office staff, unreasonable customers, estimate shipping, pack clothes (I received a 4/5 rating for shipping a skirt in a most expensive bubble wrap envelope) and I didn't realise that the rules on the egl comm sales profile page were NOT the full set of rules (it's on the rule page, which is linked on the home page, and I didn't notice). It was aggravating have to try for unmoderated posting when I got warnings for small things here and there. >___>

You can cut through all that hassle with this step-by-step guide using my personal experience. =) I have sold over 50+ items, though I have not received feedback for all of them. ): I've bolded the main points, so you can skim over the text for the tl;dr.

here we go!
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[Food] Random Foodie Post!

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

The title says it all. A short post about what delicious food I have eaten this holiday, so far. There's not much holiday left ><

I did mention that I missed out on the cakes at Kki Sweets while at the Drawn to Nostalgia exhibition in a previous post. So here I was, back again to try out the cakes!

Kki Sweets


Sencha at Kki (: 

Little Red Riding Hood! Dark chocolate with raspberry
This little cake was really sweet! Thankfully, the sencha was light and fragrant, so it complimented the cake really well! I will definitely be back soon to try another cake (: They are all so petite and delicious!

Kki Sweets also has speciality cakes released all year round! Some cakes are so special, they are only available through pre-order of at least 5 days in advance! Be sure to check them out, and book your cakes early!

Kki Sweets
Facebook
No. 7 Ann Siang Hill, 069791


Ootoya Japanese Restaurant


The next foodie I will be introducing to you is from Ootoya Japanese Restaurant! I had the Torotoroni Rice & Tamago Soup Set. The rice was very uniquely served, in bamboo and over a fire to keep the rice piping hot throughout the meal. The soup was fantastic, really XD I loved the eggy taste, and the soup was filled with soft veggie and silky tofu. Delicious!





Ootoya Japanese Restaurant
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
#08-12, (S) 238896
Nearest MRT: Somerset


Le Chocolat Cafe


Recently, I've been back to Ann Siang/Club Street area, supposedly to try out shots cafe. But alas, many places were closed for the year end, and so my friends and I walked around to find another cafe to high tea at. We were at kki, but they were completely out of cakes. ): But we still found one!


Tried the chocolate brownie & a New York cheesecake. They were out of their famous rainbow cake ):


Pretty cup for my green tea (:
Will definitely be going back to this area for some more quaint foodie exploration (:

Interior of Le Chocolat Cafe (:

Le Chocolat Cafe
Facebook
28 Ann Siang Road, (S) 069708


Amaya.



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[Event] Toy Parade: A Christmas Lolita Tea Party

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]



Another happening event I attended in 2012 was Toy Parade, a Christmas-themed Lolita party (: Although this was the first Lolita party I ever attended, this party was the second one they have organised. You can check out the photos to the first Halloween party here: Halloween Hijinks 2012.



I only have one Lolita coordinate, so I wore that to the party (the same one I wore for EOY). I wanted to spend time to tie the ribbons on my shoes properly, but got too tired and skipped quite a few things because I was feeling sick.

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Some retro decor

Lovely cakes!
Halfway through the tea party we played some games! Basically someone had to pick a prepared word from a bag and draw it. The remaining people would have to copy it and the last person was tasked with guessing.


whut??
 We also had prizes for the best dressed! I don't have a pretty picture of them, so please wait for the pictures from dollonstrings. She has infinitely better pictures than me.


Our prize for winning the guessing game!
After all that, it was time for the visit to Mint Museum of Toys! The museum entry is priced at $15, and it is open till 6.30pm. The museum spans 4 floors with each floor having a particular theme!


Reminded me of Richfield ^^

Despite feeling unwell and having to leave early, I really enjoyed myself at the party (: Many conversations about toys, especially alpacas XD

I don't have many satisfactory pictures, partly due to me leaving early (skipped the second floor entirely) and playing with lovely girl:

The lovely girl I was playing with 80% of the time
But I will definitely be back again to fully check out everything ^^

Would you like to attend one of their parties? Like their page so that you will always be kept updated!

Amaya.

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