Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More arrivals!

All these photos are up on Flickr, but I wanted to have them all together here as well xD As you can see, I got my Wizard of Oz order from Lati finally! Well, I really can't complain. They came earlier than I had expected! I went to pick them up from the post office on Tuesday morning and had to bear with leaving them in the trunk for 10 hours before getting to play with them because of my classes xD

I'm really happy with this release! All the girls I've seen on Flickr are really beautiful as well! I haven't examined their bodies closely, but no complaints so far :D I got a gray skin tinman Lea and with Lami! I couldn't resist those elf ears!

304/366: One more in comments

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I think I've got their names as well. My Lami is named Circe. I love that name and I've seen it a couple times when looking for good witch names :P And my Lea is named Aspen for the tree that has heart-shaped leaves. I was trying to find a metal-related name for her, but then thought about the tinman's character. Although he didn't have a heart by the time he reconstructed his body from metals, he was still always the most compassionate and considerate of the group. So I started looking for heart-related names and found Aspen :D It works perfectly because the tinman was also a woodsman! I'm soooo cleverrr hahah! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I laugh it off, but it really hurts inside.


The other day, I told Justin I wanted to die. He didn't really respond, so I guess he didn't really understand what I meant. Maybe it was my fault trying to unload my feelings on a boy :P

I really do feel like such a failure, though. I'm in the biology program at my school, and although it shouldn't be this hard, I'm struggling in every class. I love biology - I LOVE learning all the different parts that make the world work. I love being able to explain phenomena around me. But apparently, I'm not good at showcasing this knowledge on tests /: I've been planning on applying for the Biotechnology minor (I've actually been telling people I'm minoring in biotech already ..). One of the requirements was an internship, and I NAILED that part. Last summer, I was at Genentech working in the clean rooms in large scale production. This summer, I landed an internship at Merck working with antibodies and their effects on CHO cells. I feel like I have more lab experience than most of my peers ..

The only problem is I don't have the grades. I need a 2.0 average in the required Biotechnology classes (12 out of the many options - I had to take almost all of them for my Biology degree anyways). I got a D in ochem. The WORST grade I have ever gotten, and in such a critical class, too! I also have some C-s and currently, my GPA is just under a 2.0 in those classes /: So, even though I already did what people consider the hard part - the internship - I still may not be able to get the minor because of my grades.

I have never felt so unhappy in my life as I did these past three years. Although that's how long I've known Justin, I would be lying if I said things were just amazing in my life. He's a great aspect of my life, but even he isn't enough to deter my negative feelings. I just have been going downhill and getting worse in everything - school, taming my emotions, keeping friends, controlling my weight, etc. I just wish that there was an easy remedy for this negativity, but I'm always finding myself in a rut every now and then! I don't really know what I'm doing wrong .. I don't feel like I've been doing anything differently, although my environment has changed (I was at my "prime" in high school where I served on the ministry teams). I just wish I could be happy again ):

Sorry for the negative post, everyone. I just had to let it out /:

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Candy Broomsticks

I never get into the whole Halloween season until like .. the week of ._.; I guess I'm just weird like that haha. There's going to be a fall festival at my church this Wednesday, and I was really planning on going until I learned that my dad will be out of town this week. Which means it'll just be me, mom, and the three dogs =__= I think if we left the dogs at home alone, they'd be really stressed out with all the trick-or-treaters coming around. So sadly, I can't go )':

But! Justin and I are gonna have a movie night with - what else - The Nightmare Before Christmas :D And now I have these guys to watch it with:

300/366: All ready for Halloween!

Too bad I don't have a Sally!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Late Night Arrival!

I had been expecting my Francoise Ananassa for a while now. She was held up in New York from last Monday to this Monday with a bunch of other Francoises!! Postal nightmare! :P Anyways, I checked the tracking yesterday during class and it showed that a notice had been left. I sort of expected that - I'm never home for the mail, so I always get those slips! )': I don't get home til 8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so when I get home, the last thing I think about is mail.

I found out when my night time alarm for pills didn't go off that I'd left my phone in my car. (Who else besides me misplaces their phones a lot? I feel like it's been happening to me every week lol! =__=) I went outside at 10:30PM last night to get my phone and decided to check the mail. Lo and behold, there was a big box inside, and within that box, Francoise Ananassa! :D 


She is so cute and tiny! And look - she even fits some Lati Yellow dresses! Most of mine are a bit big for her, but they still work n__n Yay, that means I don't need to invest in a whole new wardrobe haha. 

298/366: Wubba Wednesday!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fun with Mod Podge

via Ten June
Loving all the mosaic mod podge art featured here at Ten June. I think I might try something like this soon. I have a bunch of canvases left over from my painting class, so why not? (: Although, that reminds me! I do have to work on my Nightmare Before Christmas painting that I started last spring, haha. I'm still just on the background! O___O;;

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sushi hat!

Have you all seen this wonderful hat by Maggi (Kawaii Kandy)? :D I had this commissioned just a while ago and Maggi did such an amazing job on it! I had asked for a bento/sushi-inspired hat with at least an octopus hot dog! Eventually, I got greedy and asked for the salmon nigiri and tamago as well. The onigiri was a complete surprise to me, hehe! When she sent me pictures of this hat, I was just amazed! I had been having a really bad day, and on top of that, I was getting sick (ugh!). So this hat couldn't have come at a perfect time! I knew it would be perfect for Astrid! ^__^!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I met a new girl & I'm in love!

I admit that I splurged a while back when I pre-ordered both Slow Nimes and Francoise Ananana-whatever her name is. I was feeling horrible that night, and I guess I'm one of those suckers for retail therapy :P Except mine involves the interwebs + paypal. Two creations that I think I would be so much better without haha (not really!!!). When I explored the threads on BK and posts on Flickr, I discovered that there wasn't so much love for Slow Nimes.

Honestly what drew me to her was her outfit, which was such a nice-looking stock outfit for Blythe (no offense, Takara, but you guys need some more stylists!). But seeing all the negative comments about her face, I felt like I'd made a mistake in pre-ordering her just then x_x;

But then she arrived yesterday after a grueling two-week wait. And honestly, I couldn't be happier with her!
Slow Nimes is here!
I grabbed the box as soon as the mail person left it just because .. I mean, who wouldn't be excited to get a package, right? I was waiting for my Francoise (still am!) and had expected her to arrive first because of the shipping methods they were sent by. But when I saw the box had come from Otacute, I was a bit disappointed at first .. Until I decided to open her shipper box and saw that face through the plastic window!
289/366: I decided to unbox her. She's so beautiful! But her hair is sooooo greasy!
Long story short, I had expected to try to sell her but then thought to myself, "No one even likes her! Who would buy her?!?" I'm glad I had a moment of naughtiness and opened her box, because I haven't been this excited about a dolly's arrival in sooooooo long! :D 

291/366: Olivia

She now goes by Olivia. Don't you think she looks like an Olivia? lol :P She has also inspired me to attempt sewing again. I made her a skirt just now! But .. more on that later. I definitely will NOT be showing off my attempts at creating doll clothes for a long time until I get it down lol! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This is super late, but .....

Oops! Here's the rest of my blog concerning my trip to the Philippines (:

Day 3:

The morning of our third day there, Mrs. Nubla's mom and sister (Auntie Carol) came over to meet us for our trip to Pagsanjan. I had a wonderful time there, but wish I'd brought sunblock. I've still got my farmer's tan to remind me T___T! We got hats in our package deal, though! Good investment! At least my face wasn't sunburned!

Justin and I went in one boat and his mom, auntie and grandma were in the other. We had two "drivers" each, who worked so hard while I just sat there on my bum, haha! The trip took like an hour upstream, and the boaters even had to pull us over rocks and such! I would never be able to do that :P

I wish the boaters didn't keep asking for tips, though! Would've been great if Justin didn't tell them that I only speak English, too .. The entire time after they found out, they kept trying to communicate with me in their broken English and I found it sooooo awkward! xD Anyways, when we got to the falls, Mrs. Nubla asked if we wanted to go underneath them. We were wondering why everyone else on our raft was wearing hard hats .. Apparently a Korean guy came here once and died because a rock fell on him from the top of the falls! If we'd known that earlier, we would've worn hard hats, too! x______x;;;;;

 After that, we went to lunch .. at Jollibee, of course, hehehe. Their pies are so cute there! Anyways. We stopped by another place to pick up some sandals made of the river lilies there, but I was still not in the shopping mood yet. We spent the rest of the afternoon recuperating and just rested.

Day 4:

In the morning, we set off for Tagaytay, a wonderfully lush and green area! The drive up was pretty nice. I attempted to take photos of the nice pineapple fields all around, but failed miserably because of all the little houses dotting the road!

It was a gorgeous mountaintop! Loved how green everything was here. And because it was at a higher altitude, it wasn't so hot. We saw a few market stalls, which, by the way, are my favorite places to shop. I wish we could've gone to more of these outdoor markets, which my people call "pasar." It's the best place to buy stuff, haha. The malls are too pristine imo :'P There was a guy selling inflatable dolphins, too! I REALLLYYYYY wanted one, but my room is seriously bursting-at-the-seams full.

After our short visit to Tagaytay, we went to Justin's grandma's house in Paranaque. Everyone from his mom's side was there! :D It was a really nice lunch. Sister Mary (his grandma's sister, who's a real nun!) prayed for us and mentioned me in her pre-lunch prayer. I felt so special! At the end of the visit, she also gave me a keychain that had a medal with a dove on it. Awesome! I felt bad that everyone had to go to such lengths to find something that I could eat .. vegetables, fish, etc. :P But I was super full that day! We kept on eating and eating! After one meal came another, then another .. O_O It was crazy!

The highlight of that day would have to be the fish spa! After lunch (and the three meriendas), we went to the local fish spa that Auntie Gina frequents (: At first, the fish eating the dead skin cells on my skin felt so prickly! And we were only supposed to soak our feet in there for 20-ish minutes, but there were 6 of us and it ended up taking a lot longer.

The doctor fish (I have no idea why they're named that!) in my tank were the medium sized ones. Mr. and Mrs. Nubla directly next to me had the biggest fish!! It was a bit freaky how big they were, lol! The leg massage after the soak felt so nice, too! I guess soaking and exfoliating did make my skin softer for about a day :P

Day 5:

On day 5, we went into the city to take a walking tour. We ended up in Intramuros for a tour on a kalesa! It was super cool :D I was scared going on the kalesa at first because it only had one axle and would tip depending where the weight was shifted, haha! The horses in the Philippines are a lot smaller, too! Poor thing, having to cart us around town! Intramuros was pretty cool, too, because we finally got to be walking around outdoors. I started to cough near the end of our trip there, though, because I wasn't used to all the smog from the cars x__x!

We visited a lovely church (but I didn't catch the name)! We pretty much sped through it, though, because the tour rate was based on time haha. It had a really, really nice courtyard, though :D Loved the gardens there!

There was also a park-like area honoring Ruiz (?). There was a place that had 14 cannons, which were used for attacking invaders coming from the ocean. The area around Intramuros, which is a city now, used to be just water! Interesting!

After the tour, we went to the Mall of Asia because it was so close (woo!). I was feeling like shopping that day and I ended up with a few new pairs of shoes, hairclips, and random cell phone charms which are wayyyy too big to actually put on my cell phone haha! And when we came home to Los Banos, I even got to take a ride in a tricycle with Eggar! WOOOOOO!

Day 6:

The early part of that day was spent on packing and going to the supermarket to buy snacks. I wish we'd gone earlier so that I could've tried out the snacks first .. That way I would've known which snacks to stop up on! For instance, the granny goose chips that we got were DELICIOUS, but I only got two bags T__T! Lame!

Justin's parents took us to a hot spring as well, which was more like a giant pool. There were rocks on the bottom of the spring, though, and water was flowing straight into the pool. It was really interesting in the water because it would alternate between hot and cool water! Also, there were doctor fish swimming around with you at the same time :D Too bad none of them were helping me get rid of my dead skin cells, lol! It started to rain after we got out, and we could see the doctor fish coming up to the surface of the water to get some air! There were also people getting full body massages by the side of the spring, but it looked a bit gross to me because of all the algae xD

Later that night, Justin's parents took us out to dinner! So sweet! We went to Isdaan, which is subtitled "the floating restaurant!" It wasn't like the Jumbo floating restaurant in Hong Kong. It reminded me of when we went to the mountains to eat in Indonesia as well.

They had a normal outdoor restaurant area but also little bungalows above water where you could eat. The whole floor connecting everything was made of bamboo reeds, and the decorations were everywhere.

The dinner was pretty good as well. I ate so much that night, hehe. Also got lots of photo opportunities. Too bad it was dark and I didn't have a flash diffuser!

They had all sorts of random characters there, like Superman and Batman, Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, a trashcan meant to look like a stack of fries and a hamburger .. O_O; Strange things, haha. I bet if we came during the day or on a not-so-rainy night, we could've seen more. Still, there were lots of places to take pictures, lol.

It was a very nice meal and a wonderful close to our short journey! I can't wait to go back to the Philippines. The people there were so friendly and always smiling and making jokes about everything! (: Great place to visit!