Games to Revisit: Fishing Resort

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Fishing Resort, known in Japan and Korea as Family Fishing (ファミリーフィッシング), is a fishing video game developed by Prope for the Wii home console. It features 8 different areas for the player to fish and do several “activities”. Stores located in areas allow people to purchase items for fishing needs. Players can also take a cruiser and explore the ocean surrounding the “island” where the game takes place.

This game is one of my guilty pleasures, I’ve listed it before as one of my favorite games as well in an older post. I sometimes enjoy games with no story-line and no ending, just something like this game to relax. I’ve invested so many hours playing this game that my rank is currently World Champion.

The characters offer customization in the beginning and later on you can buy clothes and accessories using points you get from fishing. There are plenty locations to visit and obviously fish there, depending on the area from salt water fishes to swamp or fresh water ones. There’re quests in each location to challenge the player, along with weekly fishing contests.

Other than that, the game doesn’t offer much apart from the 200 fish you can catch and fill your aquarium. I would consider this game a good time waster but not necessary for everyone.

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Why Do Birds Fly ?

I’ve always been a fan of Tales of Series, I played most of the games in the line. Recently I decided to try Tales of Berseria and then play Tales of Zestiria since both of them are connected and share the same time line.

(This post may contain spoilers)

If you haven’t play this game yet, I highly recommend trying it out before reading this post since it contains spoilers.

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When she was a child, Velvet Crowe and her younger brother Laphicet were saved by her brother-in-law Artorius when a Scarlet Night happened and the Daemonblight consumed their village—Velvet’s pregnant older sister Celica is killed by the disease through an event known as the “Opening”. A few years later, Velvet lives with Laphicet and Artorius in another village. The Scarlet Night returns, with the entire village succumbing to the Daemonblight: when Velvet finds Artorius, she sees him sacrifice her brother as part of a ritual, known as the “Advent”. Artorius attempts to use her for the Advent as well, but she fights back and the Daemonblight possesses her arm, mutating it and turning her into a Daemon called a “Therion”, with the ability to absorb Daemons. In a rage, she slaughters the surviving Daemons, then witnesses the summoning of Malakhim into the world, including a reincarnated Celica, now an emotionless Malak called Seres. She is thrown into a prison for Daemons in the prison island Titania, swearing to kill Artorius and avenge her brother’s murder. Over the next three years, Artorius forms the Abbey to bring peace to the Holy Midgand Empire, becoming the Abbey’s “Shepherd” and seen as a savior by the people for establishing the Exorcists.

The whole story was a bit too complex, sometimes it was a bit too much for me to understand but it plays out perfectly as it progresses but what bothered me is something pretty much every Tales of Game has to put in the story which is multiple villains to throw you off by the ending so the plot would make your jaw drop. I’ve noticed this pattern in most of the Tales games so I was expecting that part and that took the surprise factor in my opinion but I wasn’t exactly disappointed from the outcome.

I think what I mostly enjoyed are the random skits that gets triggered from time to time, it gave the characters more of a personality and of course I love the humor in them.

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Now let me talk about Velvet because her personality was very intriguing to me. For some reason, she made me want to have a black long hair like her. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want that long hair that never tangle … at all.

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She was very interesting to me because she has that tough look with a cold glare just fixated on killing and getting her revenge but as the story progresses she reveals her softer layers and it caught me off guard at times when she shows that she cares.

Honestly when I first saw her appearance, I thought she was similar to Rutee from Tales of Destiny because of her outfit colors and of course her raven black hair. Obviously I bought the DLC that contains outfits and accessories from Tales games and sure enough Rutee whole appearance was designed for Velvet and I wasn’t disappointed.

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I have to also talk about Magilou. She instantly grabbed my attention because she reminded me of one of my best friends who has that super happy and positive face while hiding a dark side. Magilou does the exact same thing where she keeps joking and smiling all the time but the way she reveals that she knows too much, makes the whole group question her at certain times.

I was hoping that more time would be invested in her backstory just like the other characters but it wasn’t as much which made me a bit disappointed. I think she had the least role in the game but she was one the biggest triggers in most of the plot of the story.

Now the question that kept getting thrown out from time to time in the game “Why do you think birds fly?” and I thought it symbolized something but I couldn’t get a clear idea of it. Most of the answers said by the characters were a bit too obvious and broad, it didn’t have that deep meaning as the question intended to have. I admired the answer at the ending which was said by Velvet, it wasn’t that scientific and had the perfect sound in that answer.

Birds fly because they want to fly. They don’t need reason. Even if their wings may snap and doom them to die. They don’t fly for anyone’s benefit. They don’t fly because they are ordered to. Birds fly because they want to fly and for no other reason.

I really enjoyed this game, it felt different from the rest of Tales games probably because having the first solo female protagonist and also somewhat dark and evil with the lust to kill. I’m looking forward to start Tales of Zestiria and see how the ending of Tales of Berseria leads to the next part.

So tell me, why do you think birds fly ?

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GlossyBox – March 2018

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Hello April, hello Easter and helloooooo GlossyBox.

I hope you are all doing well. Honestly I wanted to post about Tales of Berseria since I recently beat the game and I wanted to outline my thoughts about it but I noticed that beauty related posts does a lot better which stresses me out since I don’t want to start focusing on numbers and how my posts attract traffic. I’ll post it anyway on Thursday, I still want to post about games.

Anyway here’s my review for March GlossyBox …

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FORM – Multitask. Leave-In Lotion

A hair product yay. I honestly love the smell of this, it’s very light-weighted. It left my hair softer and more easier to manage when its having the dry days. I would actually go for the full size of this, that’s how much I love it.

Figs & Rouge – Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD + Matte Veil

I didn’t use it, I gave it to my sister so I’m taking her words for it. It did make her skin smooth as a base for her foundation but didn’t help much with the shine and it felt patchy after awhile so she wouldn’t recommend it. Let me know if you got a different result.

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De Bruyère Beauté – Jumbo Eye Pencil (Bubble 07)

I got this eye pencil before back in November 2016, I still like it. It blends easily and the color is pretty nice and has a nice shimmer.

COVER FX – Perfect Pencil Concealer (Medium)

I never really tried any Cover FX products so I was excited to try this out. It’s very useful for little touchups and defining the brow arch, I wouldn’t say it’s good for larger areas like the circles under the eyes.

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I forgot to mention, it’s blendable.

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Morgan Taylor Nail Polish (Heaven Sent)

Subscribers will receive one of three colors and I got this white one. The formula is a bit too runny, I wasn’t expecting that so it was a messy experience for me. It needs plenty of coats to reach the desired shade since it’s really too sheer, I didn’t like it that much.

Unani il-lumnate Milk Cleanser

This item is labeled as Glossy Fave so this may vary for subscribers but I’m really glad I got this cleanser. I got it before back in October 2016 and it’s been my favorite cleanser for a pretty long time, it leaves my face soft and fresh.

Overall, after my disappointment on February box, this month products redeems itself and I’m back in love with GlossyBox.

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Sephora Mini Haul

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Last week I was in UAE finishing my Eid outfits since I’ll be larger by the time ramadhan ends. When I was done, I had the time to check out Sephora since we don’t really have the store in my country. I honestly wanted to understand the hype behind Fenty Beauty products so I decided to get couple of items from that brand to test them out.

Fenty Beauty – KILLAWATT Freestyle Highlighter (Trophy Wife)

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I wouldn’t go for such a bright metallic golden color but I’ve seen so many people I follow praising it, I thought of trying it out. I don’t know if I can use it as a normal highlighter unless I keep it light but I could use it as an eyeshadow because it has a really pretty shimmer.

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Fenty Beauty – MATTEMOISELLE Plush Matte Lipstick (S1ngle)

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Lipsticks were the new products in this brand and I was more interested in trying them out. I chose this nude with slight pink shade for an everyday look, it looks too natural and the formula is very creamy and didn’t dry out my lips. It’s also long lasting so consider me a fan, I’m in love with it.

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Yves Saint Laurent – Les Sahariennes Bronzer (5 Ambre)

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Honestly I wasn’t planning on getting this but the lady working in Sephora was recommending it to me and I tried it on my hand and I liked it. It works well as a contour and it gives that natural look after applying it, it has a really nice powdery matte finish and also blurs the skin so it hides any pores or imperfections. It blends easily and has a slight shimmer which faded after awhile after I tried it out. The package includes a brush and soft sponge which I haven’t used because I’m more used to my own brush collection.


Have you ever tried any of these products ? Let me know what do you think.

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Games to Revisit: Final Fantasy X

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Final Fantasy X is set in the fictional world of Spira, consisting of one large landmass divided into three subcontinents, surrounded by small tropical islands. It features diverse climates, ranging from the tropical Besaid and Kilika islands, to the temperate Mi’ihen region, to the frigid Macalania and Mt. Gagazet areas. Although predominantly populated by humans, Spira features a variety of races. Among them are the Al Bhed, a technologically advanced but disenfranchised sub-group of humans with distinctive green eyes and unique language. The Guado, which are less human in appearance, with elongated fingers and other arboreal features. Still less human are the lion-like Ronso and the frog-like Hypello. A subset of Spira’s sentient races are the “unsent”, the strong-willed spirits of the dead that remain in corporeal form. In Spira, the dead who are not sent to the Farplane by a summoner come to envy the living and transform into “fiends”, the monsters that are encountered throughout the game; however, unsent with strong attachments to the world of the living may retain their human form. Other fauna in Spira, aside from those drawn from real animals, such as cats, dogs, birds, and butterflies, include the gigantic, amphibious shoopufs (which are similar to elephants); and the emu-like chocobo, which appears in most Final Fantasy games. Spira is very different from the mainly European-style worlds found in previous Final Fantasy games, being much more closely modeled on Southeast Asia, most notably with respect to vegetation, topography, architecture, and names.

There are seven main playable characters in Final Fantasy X, starting with Tidus, a cheerful young teenager and a star blitzball player from Zanarkand, who seeks a way home after an encounter with Sin transported him to Spira. To do so, he joins Yuna , a summoner on a journey to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat the enormous whale-like “Sin”. Journeying with them are: Kimahri Ronso, a young warrior of the Ronso tribe who watched over Yuna during her childhood; Wakka, a blitzball player whose younger brother was killed by Sin; and Lulu, a stoic black mage close to Yuna and Wakka. During the journey, they are joined by Auron, a former warrior monk, who worked with both Tidus’ and Yuna’s fathers to defeat Sin 10 years prior; and Rikku, Yuna’s cousin, a perky Al Bhed girl and the first friendly person Tidus meets upon arriving in Spira.

I think this game is a J-RPG classic and every gamer I know have heard of Final Fantasy series whether through earlier releases or newer ones after Final Fantasy X. I remember the hype around this game back then, I was still in school and was completely addicted to PS2.

The story is very interesting and I think what attracted me the most in this game are the characters themselves. The characters are very like-able and to some point relate-able as well, and of course I’m all for a love story that Yuna and Tidus shared that made me tear up by the ending. Like every rpg you need to grind EXP for hours because the boss fights aren’t that easy which I enjoyed because it gave challenge to the game.

Can we talk about the music of this game, the tracks blew my mind. I cannot listen to “Zanarkand” track without getting emotional, sometimes I would actually tear up.

The HD remastered version got released on Steam and I instantly got it because I really miss this game, it gave me a surge of memories the moment I saw the main menu.

Have you ever played this game ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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GlossyBox – February 2018

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It’s been awhile since I last posted, again I’ve been under the weather and it’s not exactly fun. Also I’ve been ticked off from a French website that took my latest post, translated it fully word by word in Google Translate which showed in the many grammar mistakes their post had, and ignored my emails and comments that I sent to the owner about it. It made me upset but at the same time it validates that I’m getting relevant in the blogging scene ? Maybe I’m just telling myself that, anyway I’m back and hopefully I won’t miss a posting day again. Here’s the review of the February Glossybox …

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Royal Apothic Scrubbie Exfoliating Lip Treatment

Honestly when I saw a sneak peek of this product last month, I was very excited to try it out because I’ve always wanted to use those sugar lips scrub. It’s sweet and fruity as it’s written “fig” on it but also slightly oily so it keeps your lips moisturized even after washing the sugar off, you can use a lip balm after it or keep it that way.

JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask

Now I’m familiar with sheet masks but this isn’t any ordinary sheet mask, it’s a 3D mud mask. The packaging is all in Korean so I applied the mask the way I think it should be and I felt like it’s a bit messy and not exactly easier compared to normal mud masks so I wouldn’t say I liked this product that much.

Luxie Makeup Brush

Aaaaaaand I already got this brush from a previous Glossybox so that was disappointing.

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John Masters Organics Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash and Milk

This set smells absolutely amazing, I really love it. The lotion gets absorbed really fast and it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky afterwards.

Doucce Gloss Wear Lip Gloss

I don’t really mind getting lip glosses but … This one had my jaw drop because I got the shade 766 (Tasty Mango) and it’s really bright. It’s definitely not my shade and I can’t ever wear such a bright in-your-face lip color. I would say though the formula is really nice and creamy, also it took a long time to wash off so I can safely say it’s long-wearing.

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Overall, I think this is the first time I feel disappointed from Glossybox. I was hoping from something more since it’s around Valentine’s season, I would say the body wash and milk are my favorite products this month.

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Glossybox – January 2018

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I wanted to post this earlier but I’ve been scheduling posts in the past two weeks trying to give the post topics more variety and also I wanted some time to use the products that was sent out if I can notice any difference.

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Steve Laurant – Dusty Rose Lip Tint

At first I was a bit intimidated seeing “lip gloss” because the last time I wore a lip gloss was back when I was a teenager and I was afraid it’ll been like those old super shiny lip glosses, see how old fashioned I am ? Thankfully I was wrong and it turned out to be a really nice pink almost natural, I used it after applying liquid lipsticks using my finger and it gave my lips a subtle shine as if my lips were smooth. I love it, it can be used as a cream blush as well since it blends so well.

Theorie – Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum

I think I mentioned before that I love getting hair products, and this came in a perfect time since the serum I was using just finished. I wish it came in a larger size since I have a very thick hair so 10ml isn’t exactly enough for me. It helps protecting your hair from heat and also adds shine which I noticed.

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Dr Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil

I’m all for the “100% Natural” label, it makes me feel safe of the stuff I put on my skin. Honestly I was afraid it would be thick in consistency since it was an oil substance but it was the complete opposite, it’s very light, smells really nice and it got absorbed quickly.

Lumene Lahde – Pure Dew Drops Hydrating Eye Gel

Lately I haven’t been sleeping well so it shows in my eyes as it gets puffy and dark circles began to appear. It was the perfect time to test this product, so per directions written I used it after cleaning my face couple of times now and I felt that cold sensation under my eyes which feels really refreshing.

Buxom – Big Tease Plumping Mascara

I’m a certified Mascara hoarder, seeing mascaras excites me. If you’re looking for lash separation, great volume and length, this is the mascara for you. It’s amazing I absolutely love it, too bad it’s such a small size.

Overall, loving every product in this box specially the lip tint and mascara.

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