YumeTwins – August 2018

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I was in a debate between getting Doki Doki crate from Japan Crate since I already tried Kira Kira Crate from them and I absolutely love it, or getting this box because they both looked pretty similar with the Kawaii aesthetic. I decided to go for YumeTwins because it the items looked pretty appealing to me more than Doki Doki and I just went for it, along with TokyoTreat. I’m not sure if I’ll post a food related subscription boxes unless you’re interested in that then let me know.

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For August theme, it focuses on “Dream Land” and it came at a perfect time since I’m 8 month pregnant now and I can’t get comfortable to sleep well.

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Kawaii Sanrio Notebook

I love Sanrio designs so I was so excited to see this cute notebook, the front design is just too adorable as well as the papers inside. I’m more forgetful these days because of my pregnancy so this comes handy in writing my everyday to-do list instead of depending on my phone most of the time.

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Sleepy Pokémon Cable Protector

I was praying to get Vulpix in this box when I saw the spoilers of August box but I got Pikachu, still cute so I won’t complain. It’s such a distraction to sleep while charging your phone and seeing a cute Pokémon sleeping like this on the cable, it’s written “For iPhone” I didn’t honestly try it with my cable since I got an Android phone but I assume it can hold both Android and iPhone cables since they are in the same size.

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Relaxing Puffy Plushie

The moment I opened the box and my son saw this plushie, he got so excited and said “bun bun”. This plushie is incredibly soft and adorable, when you push the tummy it let’s out a cute sound.

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Kawaii Animal Bookmark

I love collecting bookmarks, I think I mentioned that in every OwlCrate post. This adorable Monkey bookmark include sticky notes to put on certain pages if you want to go back to them later on.

Sumikko Gurashi Wash Towel

I’ve been wanting to get a wash towel this size for my face to use when I’m done with my night skincare routine. The design is also adorable almost to the point I don’t want to use it and just stare at it.

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Mini Cooling Pillow Cover

You call this mini ? It’s perfect for me. The fabric is amazing and very soft, it instantly give you a cold sensation when you run your hands on it. It’s very comfy and helpful for my current condition, my lack of sleep needs such kawaii-ness to ease my growing pains.

Overall, wow I’m in love with this subscription box already. The items are all adorable and fits the Dream Land theme, I will definitely continue my subscription with this box.

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Games to Revisit: Kingdom Hearts II

Like any other RPG fan, I got very excited when Kingdom Hearts III was announced and later on upset for the delay. By the time this game would be released, I’ll be a mom of two and hopefully will have time to play. For now till the day of the release comes, I decided to go back to Kingdom Hearts II since I consider it my favorite.

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Kingdom Hearts II begins one year after the events of Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories. The game’s setting is a collection of various levels (referred to in-game as “worlds”) that the player progresses through. As in the first game, the player can travel to various Disney-based locales, along with original worlds specifically created for the series. While Disney-based worlds were primarily derived from the Disney animated features canon in the first game, Kingdom Hearts II introduces worlds that are based on Disney live-action films as well. Each world varies in appearance and setting, depending on the Disney film on which it is based. The graphics of the world and characters are meant to resemble the artwork style of the environments and characters from their respective Disney films. Each world is disconnected from the others and exists separately; with few exceptions, players travel from one world to another via a Gummi Ship.

Ever since I was young, I’ve been a Disney fan so the whole mash-up between Square Enix with them made this game one of my favorites. The environment setting as random as it may sound, was perfectly connected.

Now the characters of this game are definitely my favorite along side who we already know from Final Fantasy series and also the Disney characters, Sora, Kairi and Riku has their own unique personality which I mostly loved. The game as much as light-hearted and cheerful it intended to be, has a dark sad side and all that stems from the characters personalities and that made me appreciate the game more. To be more specific, the Organization XIII aspect of nobodies was amazing to me, as emo as they sound it made perfect sense to me while I was playing it obviously as an angst teenager. This is why I have so much connection with this game, short scenes like this …

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If you haven’t tried this game yet, I highly recommend starting this game from the first part to have more of a grasp about who’s Sora, the heartless and nobodies. I’m honestly too excited about the third part and I hope the hype of this game doesn’t kill it because it’s such an amazing game with a great story.

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Kira Kira Crate – July 2018

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I posted in May my first Kira Kira Crate and I’ve been in love with it, June rolls around and I changed my address to Oman because I thought maybe it’ll be easier and cheaper instead of using that cursed shipping company. Well, I was wrong and I never really got June box and I was just sad that I have to go back to that shipping company again just to get my packages.

Jumping to July, I got my package of course after paying extra fee but I guess I deserved it. I cancelled my subscription after this box because I wanted to try something new and I might return back to this box anyway because I really enjoyed it. What I loved about this box is that all the items are connected to each other and makes a whole process of skincare routine.

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Bub Bub Sponge

This adorable sponge is just too cute for me to use, it has silicon ends and it helps with exfoliating and bubbles up the foam of the cleanser you apply on the lower part.  Like I said earlier the products are connected so the next one is the cleanser you can use with this sponge.

Aloe Face Wash

I love aloe based skincare products and this one isn’t any different, I love how it smells and it felt so refreshing.

This duo was a fun experience for me to try compared to the usual skincare routine I always do, I would love to try a different face wash with this sponge.

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Collagen and Vitamin C Lotion

I’m not sure why it’s called lotion because it’s definitely a toner to me. I love using vitamin C serums, I always make it part of my skincare routine and like the previous products it’s paired up with a rather interesting mask.

Compressed Sheet Masks

So this thing just blew my mind, they are small heart shaped tablets which absorbs toners or any liquid and they grow all the sudden to be a sheet mask.

Just like this video, I used the toner and dropped one of the tablets to create a vitamin C sheet mask and I liked how my face felt after using it. The toner can be used alone as well with cotton pads, as well as the sheet masks they can be customized with different toners and face products that can absorbed by those small tablets.

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Cheek Roller

As a final step from all those skincare products, this cheek roller is a perfect ending. It helps improve blood circulation and enhancing collagen, and it gives you the perfect massage for your cheeks before going to bed.

Overall, I’m kinda sad that I cancelled this subscription box. I really love everything they sent out so far, mostly because they are such interesting products to try out and also I think Asian skincare products are the best. I will definitely consider resubscribing soon, I highly recommend this subscription box.

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Games to Revisit: Pepsiman

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Pepsiman is an action video game developed and published by KID for the PlayStation. It was released in Japan in March 1999, and is based on American carbonated soft drink Pepsi’s superhero mascot with the same name, and focuses the player on avoiding obstacles by running, dashing, and jumping, while Pepsiman automatically runs forward through each of the game’s stages.

The game was made with a low budget, prompting the decision to make videos in-between stages that show a man drinking Pepsi, as they were cheap to produce. The game also features 3D cutscenes, which the future visual novel writer Kotaro Uchikoshi created 3D models for. While an American publisher did look into acquiring the rights to publish the game in the United States, it ended up being a Japan-exclusive game.

If you don’t know this game, you’re either too young or you have been living under a rock. This game can be considered as the great grandfather of Temple Run and Subway Surfers, I don’t think there was a game that followed the same game-play back then.

As cheap as the cutscenes are, the game is actually fun and I remember I spent hours on it. I’m not sure if I would consider the game actually having a story but my god the theme song gets stuck in your head for hours.

The game can be finished in one hour, it’s not exactly that long. There’s nothing much to say about this game but it’s a good time killer and I had fun revisiting it.

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Let’s Talk About World of Final Fantasy

I’ve been a fan of Final Fantasy as long as I can remember, I think it was the game that got me into RPG in the first place. I’m not going to say that I played all Final Fantasy games but I did play plenty of them that I am familiar with the characters and their stories. I’ve been excited when I heard about World of Final Fantasy, I wouldn’t say no to cute chibi characters. I bought the game when it came out for PS4 but I stopped playing it for a long time and then recently I decided to buy it on Steam. I recently beat it and I’m .. just not satisfied and so being the blogger that I am, I have to post about it.

 This post will contain spoilers

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World of Final Fantasy is a role-playing video game in which players take control of twin siblings Lann and Reynn as they navigate the world of Grymoire. In Grymoire, all the characters and monsters encountered by the player are rendered in a chibi-style. The exceptions are Lann and Reynn, who can shift at will between chibi form and their true forms. During their travels, Lann and Reynn befriend various monsters called Mirages that they can utilize both in battle and within the navigable environment: examples of this usage include riding larger Mirages as mounts or using them to navigate environmental puzzles.

I’ll sum up the game by saying my honest brutal opinion. The game is basically Pokemon with cube shaped Pokeballs, where the Pokemon are creatures from Final Fantasy games and the main characters are Kingdom Hearts rejected twins. I’m sorry if that’s a bit rude to say but that’s what this game looked to me when I played it.

The Characters

Let’s talk about the characters, and I’ll start with Lann.

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This is why I said the characters seem like they are rejected from Kingdom Hearts. I was hoping for something different since it doesn’t even mention Kingdom Hearts in any way. I personally enjoyed Lann’s humor and his personality, there were a lot of times that I laughed at some scenes.

Reynn on the other hand has the same face as Hauyn who’s another character in the game, and of course they both reminded me of Kairi and Namine.

Different hair styles and colors but same face, I couldn’t get over that part. Reynn is the smart one so she thinks more logically compared to her twin brother Lann which brings the balance in their personalities.

Gameplay

The game’s battle system makes use of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system employed by multiple Final Fantasy games. In battle, players control a party of Mirages which can be stacked upon each other to grant various boons in battle while decreasing the number of turns that can be taken. The types of Mirages used affect the party’s available skills and abilities in battle. Mirages are befriended in battle after they have been sufficiently weakened, and once in the party can be freely named. In addition to standard Mirages are special Mirages that can be temporarily summoned into battle using Action Points (AP): the Mirage remains in battle, replacing the main party, until the summoner’s AP is depleted.

In my opinion the stacking part was new to me, implementing the classic Final Fantasy battle system was fine but I found myself holding the fast forward button because of the wait time. As the game progressed, I got used to the usual mirages I always choose and I was just powering up those mirages till the end of the game. Maybe that’s me, I was comfortable staying with the chibi form and same mirages throughout the gameplay.

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The Story

I have mixed feelings about the story of this game. It’s engaging at first but later on, I found myself not interested anymore and I was fast forwarding some parts to get over it. I wasn’t satisfied with the endings, obviously I got the bad ending first then the game continues for the true ending so either way you’ll find yourself going for the second ending as  the story continues from the bad ending.

Overall, I won’t say it’s a bad game. It’s alright in my opinion but not as strong as Final Fantasy games if that makes sense to you, I enjoyed some parts and of course dreaded other parts. Have you ever played this game before ? What are your thoughts about it ?

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Games to Revisit: ObsCure 2

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ObsCure II, known also as Obscure: The Aftermath, is a survival horror game and the sequel to ObsCure.

The story is set two years after the “Leafmore Incident” (the events of Obscure); Shannon and Kenny are now enrolled in the nearby Fallcreek University, while Stan is reforming his life as a Delivery Truck Driver. Stan and Kenny have to take medication to prevent the effects of the plant from infecting their bodies, while Shannon has been able to adapt to the changes.

As the story begins, a new drug created from a strange flower is quickly spreading its influence over the University’s populace. Soon enough, a small group of students, along with the Leafmore High survivors have to face a horde of mutants and try to stay alive.

I’ve played this game before trying the first part so I connected the older parts as I progressed in the game. I would describe this game as a Resident Evil game but also trying to be more like a teen slasher movie because of the having a stereotypical characters, like in the first part which taken place in a highschool. Now the characters are older, while adding new characters who still has the stereotypical element but this time for more of a university environment.

I personally enjoyed the story but I think it made some parts made the story trying too hard to give that gore-y aspect when it wasn’t that necessary, apart from that I would recommend this game along with the first part if you felt interested to know the past events.

Let me confess this, I got introduced to Sum 41 from the first part of this game where they featured Still Waiting.

The game as released back in PS2 but got released on Steam later on so you could buy both of them as a collection if you’re interested.

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Kira Kira Crate – May 2018

I’ve been a fan of Glossybox for a pretty long time, but recently I’ve been getting disappointed from the items they sent out in the boxes that eventually made me deactivate my account again. I wanted to try something new and I found Kira Kira Crate, I’ve been into Asian cosmetics for awhile and I think their skincare products are the best so why not try it every month and see how it goes?

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The crate comes directly from Japan so it takes time to arrive, say about 2 to 4 weeks. It contains 6 full sized items along with a cute booklet that has the instructions of every item in English and tips on how to use them.

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Bath Salts

You could guess from the package, it’s honey and lemon. Of course it smells citrus-y and I appreciate anything that makes me relax in my bathtub.

Moasis Oil Milk

A hydrating oil milk that has cactus oil. It doesn’t get absorbed by the skin fast, and also it has a sticky feeling after using it so I didn’t like it that much.

Paper Soap (Rose)

A cute little package that has 50 sheets of paper soap. This is something completely new to me and I was mind blown about this. It can be kept in your bag so you would have soap whenever you need it.

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Hot Eyes Mask

The package include 3 sets of eye masks and it comes with a cute polar bear with glasses design. Honestly I didn’t think it would get this warm when I put it on my eyes, it was very soothing and smells like lavender which is my favorite. I absolutely LOVE this.

Organic Mask (Chamomile)

I love those masks, they are always so soothing to use before going to sleep. It helped calming down my skin and I love how my face feels after it.

Black & Shiny Eyeliner

Even Japanese packaging look cute, this eyeliner got a leopard design and the tip is a bit bulky for what I’m used to. It has a slight glitter on it once you apply it but it gets smudged easily so I wouldn’t say it’s long lasting. I would add it on top of my usual eyeliner if I need a little shimmer on my eyes for a night out.

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Overall, I would say I’m interested in Kira Kira Crate and I’ll keep my subscription for a while to see what more they have to offer in the upcoming months. I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know if you tried any of Japan Crate subscriptions.

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