Thoughts of an Introvert

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I’m not sure how to label myself at this point of my life. I’ve been the anti-social weirdo the majority of my existence, I’m not sure who to credit or blame for it but it’s just me. Being an introvert is my comfort zone, going to social events gave me anxiety. How many times did you hear someone says those exact words ? I’ve avoided going to weddings, gatherings, even funerals because I can’t handle it. I’ve mentioned it few times, I really can’t handle people for long time. I have my limit, I’ll pretend I have something to do when I reach my quota of “Social-ness”. I’m completely fine with being alone, it’s been part of my personality as long as I remember.

When I got married, I realized I’ll be living with my in laws and that terrified me because I don’t know if they’ll be fine with my personality. For the four years I’ve been living with them, I’ve struggled to fit in. I want to be accepted but it’s really hard doing that when my personality doesn’t really match their’s, it’s sad though because they don’t want to hang out with me or ask me to go out with them. I’m still fine with it, it didn’t really effect me. Is it bad that I’m okay not having any personal relationship with my in laws ? I just have small talks and co-exist in the same house.

Recently, I’ve been trying to better myself, try to be more positive and try to be more social. It’s been great honestly, I’ve discovered new sides of me. I was actually bonding with them which is something I didn’t think I was capable of, I’m not sure if I would consider it a happy period of time because it didn’t last that long. A conflict came up recently and the outcome of it was obviously a defeated shadow of the temporary me. It really blew up on my face and I lost that motive to even try again, I realized after this that I’m only trying to fit in. Forcing myself to fit in would be the right term.

I’m an introvert even if I try to get out from this bubble. I’m more comfortable in that bubble. I’m me in that bubble. I don’t expect anyone to understand it but I always hope of acceptance.

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Let’s Talk About Little Dragons Café

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Let me began this post with a short might-be-amusing story. I was waiting for this game for awhile and it supposed to be released by the end of August, so I thought of getting it after giving birth. Around October I went to a game store to ask about it since I didn’t see any gaming store in Oman posting about it on social media. The man working there told me he’ll ask other branches and will contact me if he finds any update. He called later on to tell me and I quote “The game is too old that’s why” and I was very confused, I was telling him it was released recently how is it that old. I figured they are clueless about the game anyway and they didn’t want to bother themselves to check it, I decided to buy it from PS Store since the game -to my knowledge- was released on PS4 and Nintendo Switch only. While it was downloading, I found out it was also released on Steam which confused me because I didn’t see it announced that it’ll be released for PC as well. The game hasn’t exactly get that amount of promotion and exposure, I was interested only because it’s created by the same creator of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory which I’m a fan of both.

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Little Dragons Café opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café with their mother. All was routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears and tells them that they must raise a dragon to save her. Working with three quirky café employees, the twins must wrangle a dragon and run the family business while finding a way to save their mother.

One of the things that attracted me the most to Little Dragons Cafe is the art style, it looks like a hand-drawn storybook. It definitely has the Harvest Moon vibe without the tedious farming tasks, while it also takes from Rune Factory in resource gathering.  Now about the story … It’s … disturbing honestly. I’m not sure how does it all correlate that the mother is sick and won’t wake up because she’s half dragon so they need to raise a dragon in order to save her ? The plot is somewhat lacking and confusing in my opinion but maybe it’ll make sense as I progress.

 

As the story starts to unfold with different characters in each chapter, the gameplay really focuses on one loop that goes basically like this: gather ingredients,  help in the cafe, find recipe fragments and repeat. That’s the whole gameplay part explained, you can get those ingredients from different areas so as you expand your exploration radius in each chapter, you’ll have to memorize from where you got each ingredient. Along with gathering resources, comes the responsibility of taking care of the dragon who needs to be fed from time to time. It gets annoying sometimes because I forget to cook before setting off to find ingredients. The dragon color changes depending on what its being fed, and my dragon currently teal-ish between blue and green. As the story progresses, the dragon grows and obviously becomes less cute but it becomes more helpful in removing obstacles and attacking certain creatures.

I want to say that I like the game like Harvest Moon but sadly I can’t because I feel it needs more gameplay elements. I’m enjoying it though so it’s not that bad…

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Am I a Blogger ?

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I’ve been blogging for two years now, I don’t know when I started calling myself a “Blogger” but really who is a blogger ?

a person who regularly writes material for a blog

While some people wouldn’t consider it a real job, it actually generates an income. Because of the last part of the previous sentence, some people think it’s easy to sit home and post on their blog while money will begin to pour to their account. Obviously it’s not that easy but it’s doable, along with paid opportunities as well.

I started this blog as means of an outlet for my postpartum depression and I ventured from there to post about variety of topics, honestly I didn’t think of myself as a blogger. According to most articles you’ll read, they’ll focus on something called SEO and it’s like rocket science to me. I tried understanding it but I think I’m just slow. Because of that, I didn’t see myself as your typical blogger. I still used my blog as a personal space for me and I guess in the blogging community that would be called “niche” or more of my brand.

Being a blogger has been my self-improvement method, it requires me to be a photographer, a critic, a story-teller. Creating content is never an easy task, we bloggers constantly wondering if what we publish would be good enough or enjoyable for the readers. Sometimes numbers of traffic and views would make some obsessed or stressed and it’s definitely not healthy. I’ve fallen to this trap before and I’ve been trying ever since not to compare my blog stats with others, I write whatever I want without sticking to a niche for example calling myself a Mom Blogger who’s supposed to post about parenting and motherhood only.

My point of this post is, it’s okay if you want to blog without categorizing yourself to a label. It’s okay to try to take on blogging opportunities even if you think your blog doesn’t have that many followers or you’re not good enough. As long as you call yourself a “Blogger” you are considered to be a creative person since you create content.

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YumeTwins – November 2018

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Let me be honest with you, it took me a long while to write this post and it’s not because I was busy, it’s because WordPress implemented a new editor and I was absolutely lost in it. I really tried to like it but I couldn’t so I finally found the button to switch back to the old editor, now I’m back in my comfort zone. Now on to the main purpose of this post …

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For November theme, it focused on “Twinkling Transfomation”  (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Costume Pet Plushie

The plushie of this month is an adorable dog wearing a duck costume with a hoodie. It’s confusing my son, he’s not sure if it’s a dog or a duck which I found hilarious.

Sailor Moon Cleaner Cloth

First of all, the packaging of this cloth is very creative, I didn’t even want to open it. I got Sailor Mercury cloth, instantly kept it in my bag so it would be easier for me to clean my glasses from time to time.

Sumikko Gurashi Peg Set

When I saw these pegs, I had an idea of using them to hang photos of my kids at my office when I’m done with my maternity leave. The characters on these pegs are so adorable and I can’t wait to use them.

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Sheep Microfiber Cleaner

I’ve always wanted something to remove the dust off my laptop’s keyboard easily and I finally got it. This adorable sheep got microfibers that helps remove the dust plus it contains bamboo charcoal  which absorbs unwanted scents, that yet to be tested but otherwise it looks so cute.

Kawaii Mini Mini Memo

This is a super tiny memo pad that I doubt is going to fit anything more than 5 words per paper. It has a design of Mochi Mochi Panda but those penguins in the cover are too adorable for me to not notice.

Kawaii Changing Pouch

Now the feature item of this box is this changing pouch .. wallet ? And I got Rilakkuma which is my favorite from San-X. It’s big enough to hold my phone and my daughter’s diapers -of course not to put both at the same time- It’ll be very useful for me to keep items I need without letting them get lost in the black hole void of my bag.

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Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite box because I feel it could’ve been better. My favorite items would be the changing pouch and the sheep cleaner because I know I would be using those more frequent than the rest of the items.

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5 Things To Do While Breastfeeding

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It’s 3 a.m. and I’m sitting as straight as possible so I wouldn’t have any backache after I’m done feeding my child, I’ll still doze off few times. I try to reach my phone sometimes just to keep my eyes open while she’s done but that doesn’t always work, I always find myself dozing off all the sudden. Since feeding time is getting longer, I thought of ways I can keep myself occupied while breastfeeding and maybe keep me awake at night.

  • Watching YouTube and Netflix

Probably the easiest thing to do, open the apps from your phone and just watch a random video on YouTube or catch up with your favorite TV show on Netflix. I started watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina recently and I’ve been enjoying it during feeding time, since the episodes are an hour long, I continue watching the episode throughout the day.

  • Reading a Book

I thought of setting for myself a goal to read at least 15 minutes every day because I stopped reading ever since I cancelled my subscription to OwlCrate, so I downloaded the Amazon Kindle app on my phone and got few free books since I have prime. I’m currently reading Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates and I’ve been enjoying it so far, I highly recommend it if you’re into horror novels.

  • Talking to Friends

In my first pregnancy,  I went through postpartum depression and I’ve gave myself the label “Isolated Parent” because I’ve kept myself isolated under heaps and heaps of house chores, neglecting myself and my well-being. This time I’m keeping my social life, chatting with friends online or giving them a call. It helps releasing some stress, also venting and complaining with other moms.

  • Gaming

This one is tricky as I found gaming using a laptop would be hard when you play a game using keyboard and mouse because one hand would be free for gaming but the other one would be supporting the baby, so I’m suggesting a controller for this and using a nursing pillow to help support the baby and also help you keep your back straight.

  • Feed Yourself

Being a mom can be hectic, taking care of babies, cooking, cleaning and doing laundry, and like me you might forget to eat. While feeding the baby, how about feeding yourself as well and of course drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Games to Revisit: Jazzpunk

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Jazzpunk is a comedy adventure set in an alternate reality Cold War World, plagued with corporate espionage, CyberCrime, and sentient martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yesteryear, with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales, and open-world style exploration.

So originally I didn’t want to try this game because it wasn’t my cup of tea but the art style had me intrigued. When the game started … Let’s just say the intro is quite colorful.

Now that I’m very interested in this game, it starts in a first-person view and opens up a world to interact with apart from the main quest. The game is absolutely hilarious, I found myself tearing up from laughing. I honestly tried focusing on the main story-line but I couldn’t because I was interacting with NPCs and trying most of the mini games so I’m still not exactly sure what’s the end goal was, maybe I’ll focus this time revisiting this game.

I highly recommend trying this game, it’s relatively short and has simple controls so you can try it to pass time.

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Kindness

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We celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13th. It’s a day where people set aside their differences and practice love and compassion. There are many ways to show kindness, as simple as a warm smile or helping someone with their groceries. But what is giving kindness if you cannot teach it to others? Allow your little ones to join in on the event and practice kindness together. That’s why Personal Creations has put together printable random acts of kindness for kids.. From helping the environment printables to simple acts of kindness, these easy and adorable printables are the perfect activity to give back. For more inspiration check out the blog post here.

One of the first things our parents teach us as we grow up is being kind to others, I remember my parents telling me “Treat others how you want them to treat you” and I lived by this principle until I realize it’s actually flawed. Not everyone going to treat you with kindness regardless how nice you are to them, so I think you should be the better person and be kind without expecting something in return.

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get those cute printables from: https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/random-acts-of-kindness-for-kids

Teaching kids about kindness can start from saying “please” and “thank you”, to give and take. Being a parent, it starts with you being a perfect example and role model for your kids. Remember to encourage sharing and let them help around as its an act of kindness, and of course you could reward such behavior.

Don’t forget to be kind to yourself as well, try to take 5 minutes for you. Breath and sit in a calm place for while…

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