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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Life Update, Bracelets and Possible Career Change

Happy Mother’s Day

In my country we celebrate mother’s day on the 21st of May, I know some countries have different dates for this occasion. I wanted to use this day to announce something I’ve been keeping from everyone for awhile now and I thought now it’s the perfect time for that.

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I’m almost in my 4th month at the moment and I can’t wait to pass the first trimester, the past weeks were really tiring and it’s been such a challenging time for me. This pregnancy is definitely more different than my previous one, it’s been more tiring and the nausea was making me hate myself. This is why I couldn’t post as much as before, I was dizzy and feeling nauseated for weeks and I kept throwing up from time to time. I’m very excited for this new chapter of my life, upgrade my name from Mom of One to Two.


During these past weeks, I also decided to return to making bracelets. I used make them and sell them on Instagram when I finished college, I made them for fun and people enjoyed that.

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Recently I started making them again and it’s making me happy honestly.

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I opened an instagram account again for those bracelets, if you’re interested you can follow me here.


My last update is regarding my job, since I’ve been asked on twitter about this I’ll explain it here. I’ve studied software technologies so my career route was fixed in the IT field, and  I understand it’s an on-going developed field and something new happens all the time but working in my position for almost 3 years it doesn’t add to my knowledge anything new basically. My job is considered a routine drived one, 8 am to 2:30 pm and go home. I love learning new things, experiencing something out of my comfort zone like what I did few months ago when I produced a show on the radio.

I’ve been offered two jobs in two separate departments in the same firm and I have seriously considered changing my career route completely. I’ve submitted my cv for one of the jobs and now waiting for a reply, I always search for ways to develop myself career-wise and achieve more skills. Because of my pregnancy though, I don’t want to push and try for that job more till I give birth and then I’ll be in my full-focus mode. We’ll see how that goes and hopefully it goes for the best, my sanity needs that honestly.

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Make My Day

When a friend or family member is having a bad day, it’s hard to know what you can do to really help. Your instinct may be to send a meaningful text message or give them a hug, there are actual science-backed ways to help turn someone’s day around that eliminate a lot of guesswork. For example, if your coworker is feeling flustered, you can offer to go on a walk with them to make them feel better. Light exercise releases endorphins, which helps calm people down.

Or, you can order your friend something yellow, like flowers, which is associated with optimism and positivity, to cheer her up. In fact, just wearing yellow can brighten anyone’s mood (So if you’re not feeling up to snuff, change into something yellow) Of course, in the end, just being there to embrace a bad day with a friend can be meaningful enough because that’s sometimes all you can do. You can still enjoy chocolate or start a gratitude list together, and know that tomorrow will be better.

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In my personal opinion, I believe aromatherapy helps in boosting your mood whether you like using essential oil diffuser or candles. Now we all agree that happiness is temporary but maintaining a good mood helps in that feeling, I honestly believe certain scents make me smile even when I’m feeling low. Here’s my personal favorite candle scents that always make my day:

  • Moss and Mint: I got this combination in a candle send in an OwlCrate and I absolutely love it, it makes me relax to be honest even without lighting it.
  • Gardenia Trees and Fresh Bamboo: Yes I confess, nature scents makes my anxiety levels low that’s why most of my favorites are related to nature. I got a candle from Bath & Body Works and it’s been my favorite ever since, it smells like the air fused with a light floral scent and bamboo. 
  • Cherry Blossom: I love everything with the Japanese cherry blossoms, I go for shower gels, lotions, candles and perfumes. It’s not too powerful and just the right amount of lightness.

I’m pretty sure there are plenty more scents I could add in this list but these are my personal top 3 which I consider my mood boosters. Let me know what are your ways to make your day.

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Venting

It’s been a while since I ranted on my blog, I kinda consider it therapeutic since I’m outlining whatever in my mind. I know I’ve been disappearing from my blog lately and I promise I’ll post an explanation for that in the upcoming posts, but anyway tell me how you been ?

In the past year I’ve been frustrated and bottling this up, I just had to write it here and I really want to know what you think about it. Before I got married, I had a really petite body. To be honest you can clearly see my bones sticking out so it wasn’t that model-like sexy body, I looked really unhealthy and some people thought I had an eating disorder. I weighed around 35kg by the time I entered college, I get sick easily and I remember getting pain on my ankles from time to time which turned out because of calcium deficiency. Back then I didn’t think it was a big deal and people got used to seeing me like this.

After I got married and then getting pregnant, obviously I’ve gained weight throughout my pregnancy and after birth I managed to return my body to a better state and my weight was around 55kg which is according to my IBM rate perfect weight for my height. I looked better and more healthy, at least my bones weren’t showing and I won’t say I had a flat stomach looking all perfect but I was normal and better than my old skinny figure.

Family members and coworkers didn’t see this as a good change, and I’ve been hearing a lot of comments that basically says “You’re fat now” or asking “are you pregnant?”. I heard these words so many times it began to effect me, obviously it hurts hearing those words. I may not look like I was before but compared to my past self, I am much healthier and that what mostly mattered to me. I don’t know if that’s just society standards of how a female should look and if she changed all the sudden she’s considered fat, maybe she’s comfortable in her own skin but you’re labeling her because of her body shape changing?

I’ve been frustrated regarding this so much, it began irritating me how people I have conversations with all sudden inserting this remark within context. I don’t really appreciate it and it honestly made me less social than before. I don’t know if I’m being too sensitive over something silly, I just wanted to vent this out and wanted to know what do you think about this.

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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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The Beauty Tag

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First of all I want to apologize for disappearing this long from blogging, I’ve been sick and for some reason medicine weren’t that effective. Thankfully I’m fine now and I’m so happy that I’m back to my blog.

I’ve been tagged by the beautiful Michala to do this beauty tag, it’s been a while since I did those tags so I thought it would be fun to post.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
yes, a vanilla scented lip-gloss and I remember it was in a tube container. It was unnaturally shiny but I thought I looked cool.
 
2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
One that separates lashes and give them more volume and length. I would say Too Faced Better Than Sex and also L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara are my current favorites.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

Medium or light, I don’t mind showing my face imperfections.

4. Favourite high end brand?
Kat Von D

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

Nars, Jeffree Star, Morphe .. Probably more but I can’t think them now
 
6. Favourite drugstore brand?
Definitely NYX.

7. Do you wear false lashes?

Not always, only on special occasions.
 
8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
I don’t mind going out without makeup actually.
 

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
I’m not sure about this, I don’t think I have one

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once?
Honestly it’s once in a while because I like staying on what I’m more used to so I buy if that product finishes. Also I receive plenty in Glossybox.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

 I spend not freely but insanely … guilty.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

 We don’t really get much of that in shops, except for Shukran points if that counts.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Depends on what catches my eyes, I wouldn’t say I have one specific item. 

 

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand?
Herbal Essence hair products, I tried multiple shampoos even conditioners but it always made my hair more frizzy more messy more dry.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates?

 Not really, I tried recently TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo that claims it has less Sulfates. The only difference I noticed is that it doesn’t bubble like normal shampoos but has the same effect and outcome anyway.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

 Not really, it depends on what I want. Some stores sell that brand some don’t.

17. Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine?
Yes, this is why I subscribed to Glossybox. They send out brands I never heard or or tried before so I’m always excited to try them out.

18. Favorite bath and body brand?
Bath and Body Works

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

This is hard. I can’t …

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
Kat Von D for sure

21. Which celebrity always have great makeup?
Blake Lively, her look is always so effortless and I love how she keeps it natural.

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22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

Not really, I’m not that DEEPLY into makeup.

23. 5 Favorite beauty gurus?
Like I said before I’m not that into makeup to follow beauty gurus, I guess I can say it’s not in my interests list.

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?

Yeah I wouldn’t mind using them but they aren’t a priority to me.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Honestly, can you ever do a perfect line on both eyes in one go ? I don’t think so.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Nope.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

I don’t wash my hair daily so when I do wash my hair, obviously I’ll use shampoo then conditioner and sometimes hair mask. After that, while it’s damp I use an oil on the ends.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

I don’t really use concealer so foundation. 

29. Would you ever consider taking makeup classes?

Not really, like I said it’s not one of my interests and I feel I teach myself how to do makeup the way I’m comfortable in doing.

30. What do you love about makeup?

I guess it’s always nice to have an option to enhance your look.

I Tag:

Anyone who wishes to do this tag.

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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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