Let’s Talk About Sally Face

It’s been awhile since I posted a video game related content else than my usual monthly series Games to Revisit. For some reason, games posts don’t do well on my blog like my usual content and it’s disheartening sometimes because I enjoy talking about games.

I came across Sally Face when the first episode was released and because I didn’t like episodic games, I overlooked it. I bought it eventually when episode two and three were released and I feel I should talk about it.

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Delve into a dark adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face and a mysterious past. In the first episode, Strange Neighbors, Sally Face and his father move into an apartment filled with odd tenants and an unfortunate crime scene. Little did they know what misfortune still awaits…

Sally Face is a horror point-and-click adventure game that follows a blue haired boy called Sal. Now I’ll admit I first thought Sal was a girl because of the hair style and also thinking Sally was his actual name not a given nickname as the game later on reveals. I had to google and research his condition while playing the game so I would understand the whole story of his condition, my interests grew about this game when it started infusing metal illness along with supernatural events because I believe there’s a fine line between those two and how your mind bleed such thoughts into your reality.

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Moving on with gameplay, it’s not exactly complicated since it’s a point-and-click type of game but it has some puzzles that made me feel stupid at times. The game wants you to understand the story by throwing you back and forth between the past when the events actually happened and the future where you ask yourself how did this happen. Like I said before I don’t like episodic games because I don’t like waiting for the next episode when it’s not scheduled and it takes a long time, it takes away the suspense you experienced in the previous episode but I can’t blame the developer for this.

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The game is definitely creepy and disturbing which I personally admire of how it’s portrayed through the drawing basically. I would compare it to Fran Bow when it comes to dealing with the main character mentality and the disturbing visions, so if you enjoyed that game you’ll love this one for sure.

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Etsy Stores I Recommend

When it comes to gifts, I like to take my time in planning the perfect gift. I focus more in keeping the gift fitted for that person character and personality, that’s why I decided to create a box with personalized gifts for my cousin who’s getting married in few days. I mentioned before that I love and support handmade products, that’s why I love shopping on Etsy. Here are the stores I bought from and I would recommend if you’re considering buying similar items.

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I found this store while searching for jewelry with real flowers because I was considering getting my cousin a four leaf clover necklace. I fell in love with the items I found on this store and I had to order, the seller is very helpful. The necklace came looking even better than the pictures displayed on Etsy, the details are mesmerizing and you can tell so much work went into creating this piece. I highly recommend the store.


Yippee & Co.

I’m all for bath and body products, I love trying new soaps or scrubs. I was searching for a similar sugar scrub I got from MerLady box because I really liked those cubes before and I found this store that sold a mermaid themed sugar scrub but in a whipped form. I bought Mermaid Wishes and it looked and smelled delicious according to my cousin, it had glitter so it’ll leave your skin shining after use.


Around The Home Decor

I wanted to get a personalized candle but I got intrigued with this store’s candles since the fragrance list had one named “Butt Naked”, I remember giggling while ordering it because it’ll be funny to see my cousin’s reaction. The candle arrived fast and it actually had a great scent, I already promised the seller to buy more from her because she was sweet and helpful when I ran into an issue with the shipping.


I bought plenty more items from other stores but those three stores were my favorite because the sellers were very helpful and kind whenever I send a private message to them, the items I received were in high quality state and I would highly recommend to anyone to check them out.

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Nursery Rhymes Lyrics Are Weird and Creepy

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I remember my mother singing for me when I was a baby “Baa baa black sheep” and “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”, those songs resided in me and I found myself as a mother now singing it to my own child. Slowly I started singing those nursery rhymes all the time by myself without no reason and of course it’s contagious so my husband was doing it as well.

The more I listened to those songs, the more I got confused on what the words actually mean, some don’t really make sense such as:

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

I decided to research this song and I found out it’s based in English history. The ‘farmer’s wife’ refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I whose also known as Bloody Mary. Mary was a very committed Catholic and she forced her beliefs across the country. The ‘three blind mice’ were three noblemen who didn’t agree on her ways so they were convicted of plotting against the Queen but she did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in Three blind mice, instead they were burned at the stake. That was an interesting backstory to a children song ? Same as “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”, it also speaks about her and her violent rulings. You could read more about those two nursery rhymes here.

One of my son’s favorite songs is Skip to My Lou and reading about this song was a journey by itself. The song is a popular American partner-stealing dance from the 1840s.

“Skip to My Lou” is a simple game of stealing partners (or swapping partners as in square dancing). It begins with any number of couples skipping hand in hand around in a ring. A lone boy in the center of the moving circle of couples sings, “Lost my partner, what’ll I do?” as the girls whirl past him. The young man in the center hesitates while he decides which girl to choose, singing, “I’ll get another one just like you.” When he grasps the hand of his chosen one, the latter’s partner moves to the center of the ring the game. It is an ice-breaker, providing an opportunity for the participants to get acquainted with one another and to get into a good mood.

The “lou” in the title comes from the word “loo”, a Scottish word for “love”.

I’m confused, how is this a children’s song ?

Fly in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo

Is it a farming related song ?

There’s a little red wagon, Paint it blue

Uh why ?

Can’t get a red bird, Jay bird’ll do

…. okay ?

Cat’s in the cream jar, Ooh, ooh, ooh

Also animal abuse ?

It doesn’t really make sense to me how’s the lyrics correlate with each other basically. Maybe I’m reading too much in this but I’m sure some parents thought about this while singing to their children those songs.

I asked a fellow blogger Karalee (Tales of Belle) to chime in with her opinion since she’s a mom as well and here’s her opinion about this:

A lot of nursery rhymes seem to have a darker meaning, so I researched two my daughter likes: Brother John and London Bridge Is Falling Down. I grew up hearing Frère Jacques in French from my mother, and my daughter knows the English version Brother John. She likes singing “are you sleeping”, which made me wonder if there was a deeper meaning. The nursery rhyme is about a friar who overslept and he needs to ring the bells for the morning pray. The origin is believed to be about Frère Jacques Beaulie who was a Dominican friar in France. Other theories believe the nursery rhyme is about taunting Jews, Protestants, and Martin Luther and also mocking Dominican monks in France for their sloth and comfortable lifestyles. Even though the origin theories are not the brightest, the nursery rhyme itself does not have a dark meaning, which is a nice relief. Now for London Bridge Is Falling Down. I played the game while singing London Bridge as a kid and now I play the game with my daughter. The nursery rhyme is about rebuilding the London Bridge and how difficult it was bridging the River Thames. However, the theories about the origin are disturbing. One theory believes the nursery rhyme is about the destruction of the bridge by Olaf II of Norway while another theory believes children were sacrificed and buried in the foundation of the bridge to prevent it from collapsing. Luckily there is no evidence of children being sacrificed, but the thought is terrifying. A more plausible theory is that the nursery rhyme came about when the London Bridge was damaged by fire then eventually rebuilt and replaced. Even though the child sacrifice theory is disturbing, I am glad it is not proven and the nursery rhyme does not have a darker meaning. The lyrics for these two nursery rhymes are straightforward and do not have a dark meaning, but some of the origin theories are rather dark.

I’d love to know your thoughts about this, have you ever questioned the songs you sing for your children while the seemed innocent and pure ?

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34 Weeks Pregnancy Update & Blog Changes

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I’ve been quite hectic preparing for the baby reception, and getting those last things that I need when the baby arrives. Also finalizing my maternity leave starting my 36 week because I’ll need all the rest and energy I can get before I push out the baby out of me. I wanted to post all the stuff I got for the baby reception but it would give away the gender of the baby and I want to keep it a secret till the birthday so I’m planning to post it when I give birth in few weeks from now.

The baby is starting to drop so my due date has shifted from the end of September to mid September and that made me a bit nervous and anxious, I mean I already know what’s coming up on those last weeks but like they say “Every pregnancy is different” and this pregnancy is definitely different than my previous one so I’m not sure what I’m expecting. I hope that the labor and delivery goes smoother than my first pregnancy since now I know more after experiencing it. I think I’m satisfied with being named a Mom of Two and I have no plans currently in expanding my family more for the time being, I’m planning to go back to college and get a higher degree and changing my career completely.

Along with those planned changes, I’ll probably post less in the upcoming weeks and maybe make it one post every week instead of two I guess it depends on how much free time I can get and how long I need in adapting to my life with a new addition to the family. I’ll still reply to emails I get from my blog and probably be more active on Twitter if you’re interested in following me.

Lastly I wanted to thank everyone who keeps reading my blog, I had no idea I would be reaching this amount of followers and interactions, I had no idea I would get those opportunities from various companies and websites so I’m very grateful for that. Thank you all for the continuous support and god bless you all.

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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 (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box) 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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Embracing my Tutor Side

A week ago I was having a conversation with Karalee (Tales of Belle) about our children and she mentioned Kindergarden. Now I know I’m all-out protective mom and I will probably (means I will 100%) cry on the day my son would start school, I’m just too attached to him and it feels overwhelming seeing how fast he has grown, I’m not mentally prepared for this.

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Me: So where do we go from here ?
Son: This way
Me: And then ?
Son: Flower
Me: You can’t pass the walls
Son: Bee flies

Yeah, I didn’t expect that smart answer.

Enjoy the outdoors with this fun maze! Be sure to check out Education.com for more learning fun.

Recently I’ve been trying to spend more time with my son before I give birth because I don’t want him to feel left out since all the attention would be shifted to his new sibling. I’ve started reading bedtime stories to my son since he was around 4 months old, of course he wasn’t interested in the stories but he liked the characters and the colors in the storybooks. As he got older he started choosing which book to read on his own, connecting the characters to his favorite nursery rhymes.

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One of the methods I used for teaching my son the basics for example color and shapes, are educational toys and sometimes YouTube videos of his favorite characters. Of course the YouTube way needs to be supervised, you never know if your kid going to end in the dark side.

I feel like most of the things I listed so far are just excuses not to let my child start preschool, to be honest I was contacted by Education.com who provided me with the maze in the first picture and I’ve enjoyed the content and worksheets they listed on their website, and I’m not saying this because they reached out to me. I personally think the material I found on that website are very helpful for children same age as my son and it helped me bond with my son even more.

Exploring my tutor side was very interesting, it sparked creativity and imagination when I trigger his curiosity. It gave our conversation a new direction and it gets hilarious sometimes, my husband and I stare at each other confused when my son says something new every time and we’ve been enjoying it.

Teach your children to never stop exploring

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