Dancing Queens by Martini

Saw this video when I went to watch a movie at one of the Cathay Theatre recently, and something about it really touched me deeply. I’m not even sure what exactly about it keeps making me tear up, but I don’t think I’ll be able to forget this video for a long time.

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The departure of three great men

35_08-10-2013_5392First, the man who became the face of Star Trek’s Spock for decades, Leonard Nimoy. Then, Sir Terry Pratchett who created a whole fantasy Discworld for fans of all ages. And last, the founding father of a tiny nation that bloomed impossibly in just 50 years, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away today.

These past 30 days have not been good to us. We lost three brilliant men who each made history in their different areas of influence. And two of such influence featured greatly in my own life.

I came into contact with Sir Terry Pratchett’s books at a low point of my life. His sharp wit and unique brand of humor pulled me out of the darkness I let myself fell into then, and continued to cheer me up immensely since. So much so that I indulged in a bit of retail therapy and bought as much of the Discworld series that I can find, and sank my mind into the whimsical fantasy world that Sir Terry Pratchett constructed. In a sense, he saved my sanity for a while there. May his writing live on forever in his place, and bring cheer to generations more.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew is the first Prime Minister of Singapore, and together with his ministers then, were responsible for transforming what was just a small island colony into a 1st world country. And that miracle of a nation, Singapore, is my home. It is Mr Lee’s vision and more than 50 years of his life that made us into the safe and secure country that is beautiful and prosperous today. And today, we lost this giant of a man.

It is a small consolation that all three of them have lived full long lives, and they have more than earned their rest. May they be in a better place, reunited with the loved ones who have gone on ahead of them. Rest in peace.

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Playing: Neko Atsume

Just started playing this relaxing little Japanese Android game called “Neko Atsume (ねこあつめ)”, where you play as a cat lover who can’t have a kitty of your own, so you set out food and toys to attract the neighborhood cats to come in and play.

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Look at that adorable little idiot who stuffed itself into the cake box! xD

If you’re interested in the game, there is an English guide for it, 繁体中文的下载教学 和 游戏教学.

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Bye, Dragon Nest SEA. Hello again FFXIV: ARR.

As mentioned in the Collection Titles Masterlist, I have stopped playing Dragon Nest SEA since the start of the year and am unlikely to pick it up again for a while, especially since I’m now totally absorbed in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

There are quite a number of reasons for this, and I would rather not get into details with them all. Except that a friend whom I befriended because of DN once commented amidst a discussion that Dragon Nest is not the type of game for me. I was a little offended then, but now, I realize that he is right.

I am a casual player who plays only within a small social circle, a quester, explorer and a collector. I can’t care less about bragging rights, squeezing out the most damage or playing the best DPS class. DN’s gameplay is exciting and different from MMOs I used to play, and that attracted me. However, it lacked far too many things that I need in order to enjoy myself thoroughly. And all that, I found in FFXIV:ARR.

TL:DR version: I have found a game that suits me better, so its world is where I have gone and will be staying for a long time.

As such, I will not be making new Collection Title guides or updating the existing ones. I may still share any interesting stuff related to Dragon Nest that I come across, but probably not a lot of those either.

Those interested in playing with me in FFXIV, come find me~! I’m playing in Hades server (JP), and my character’s name is Selceriar Lunaxiel. :)  よろしくお願いします!

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Shizu.Yue, new name, new start

Although I am a little late with this announcement…. With a brand new look and lots of changes, Apathetic Moon is now making a return as Shizu.Yue!
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I have secretly been working on this new version of the site for a while, on and off. Using Sparkling theme as base for the appearance, I customized it to retain the old color scheme that I am still extremely fond of and also to keep a sense of familiarity, but I also added 2 new color schemes for Gaming type posts and Project type posts.

For easier navigation, some content had their categories and tags changed, and the permalink structure of the posts are also different now, so I hope it won’t cause any inconvenience.

There are still a few more minor things that I wish to add or do to the site, but they can be implemented directly, so I decided to add them in the future.

In any case, welcome to Shizu.Yue. :)

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Apathetic Moon v2?

I have been wanting to re-organize my blog so that things are more well-categorized and tagged, as well as selectively displayed.  I want to make it possible for people who wants only to read my game related posts, or things going on in my life, or cosplay related stuff (I do intend to post about them, blogging is a good way to remember stuff, actually) to be able to do so easily.

And maybe a change to the layout too, though I love this layout a lot a lot, because it’s not built to be responsive, it is starting to feel restrictive to me. If I want the post format portion of the theme to work, I have to sit down and stare at the codes for a while to fine-tune stuff and I’m just not sure when I’ll be able to do that.

As it is, I am being held back from posting random stuff by some odd logic in my head. If I reorganize, maybe I’ll have more incentive to post. Hopefully.

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So it was a Sunbird nest, not a Hummingbird

Some while back I posted photos taken at the front area of my house showing a bird’s nest. Apparently it was a sunbird’s nest, not hummingbird’s. And it’s very likely the Olive-Backed Sunbird, which is pretty common in urban areas of Singapore.

Link reference: Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarina jugularis)

The sad news is, the female bird died of unknown reason and was found hanging from its nest. :( My family took it down and buried it, and the nest was left abandoned and later, on the ground. We suspected that the neighbourhood cat that occasionally came to the front area of our house to take a nap or shelter itself from rain might have something to do with the poor bird’s death, but we don’t actually know what happened.

Here’s a photo of the bird and the nest a few days before it was discovered dead.

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On a brighter note of things, another sunbird seems to have taken a liking to that spot and was starting to build its nest. Though after a few days of no-show, it might have found a better spot. Well, good luck little birdie~

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Luo TianYi (洛天依) sings Fujoshi’s Theory of Love

Thanks to viewing the Dragon Nest China server’s news about DWC Championship 2013, I learned about one of the Chinese vocaloid Luo TianYi (洛天依). At first I wasn’t very interested, but lately I went searching for her songs on a whim.

And while this is not the first song I found that I really liked, it definitely is one of the most memorable. Afterall, I AM a fujoshi. :P

PS. The person who uploaded and translated the video/song named the song Rotten Girl’s Theory of Love, but I went with the term Fujoshi’s Theory of Love.

PPS. Warning, if you are not a fan of Boys’ Love or Yaoi, this song will likely make no sense at all to you. And google those terms at your own’s risk/

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Hummingbird nest

No, this doesn’t have to do with Dragon Nest game. A pair of actual hummingbirds is building their nest on a dangling plant in front of my house.

This photo is from days ago, we discovered the nest.

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This is from this morning, when I was leaving house for work. One of the birds is heading for their WIP nest.

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And the bird went inside to make the nest nice and comfy. Enlarge the image and you can see its cute yellow self at the centre.

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