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{TV Show} Carnival Eats

Carnival Eats is a Canadian television series about various eating establishments at carnivals in Canada and the United States. The series features host Noah Cappe as he travels to the many carnivals, state fairs and festivals to try a variety of unique culinary creations available only at these festivals.

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In each episode, the host introduced one or two festivals, then strolled around to taste unique foods that sold at the festival. Each owner of chosen vendor will show how they cook the food and share stories about their success. The host also ask visitors’s opinion, sometime eating together with them.

Honestly, I’m jealous with all delicious food that displayed in this show. Everything looks yummy and unique. Most of these vendor has incredible recipe. Some of them are mixed the traditional recipe to be modern, and it attract lots of customer.

This kind of show is alternative entertainment for people who loves food. We learn something new in every episode, and it makes us happy by watching it. Because food is happiness, right? ^^)

I wish I could go to those festivals. It looks so fun, trying every single food at festival. Sadly, I rarely see this kind of festival on vlogger’s channel.

So what do you think? Have you ever try food at festival? What kind of food that you like?

 

Host                             : Noah Cappe

Network                     : Food Network Canada

                                         Cooking Channel

                                          NatGeo People

Released Date            : August 2014

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{GAMES} Love Chronicles: The Sword And The Rose

Lift an evil curse that has been cast on the kingdom by a witch looking for revenge in Love Chronicles: The Sword and the Rose! Scattering the petals of an island kingdom’s magical rose throughout the land, the witch has plunged the kingdom into turmoil and it’s up to you to save the day. Gather the petals, defeat a terrifying beast, and confront the witch!

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After banished the evil forces from the kingdom and save the princess while reunite her with her true love, our nameless, brave and adventurous prince are sail onto the next place. When he arrived, he realized it’s trapped in grip of evil hand. He discovers magical rose that can melt ice and free the rose petals that are scattered all around the land. Once again, our brave prince have to free the curse and save the princess.

The gameplay are heavily focused on adventure part. We keep moving to the next location while collecting rose petals and useful items. The HOS are well-packed and very challenging. Some HOS are for collecting part of inventory items which pretty impressive and innovative. The puzzle little bit boring but it’s nice and in medium difficulty.

My complaint for this game is lack of map. I’m so tired with click back-forth every single time. Having a map means I can save more time. But looks like Vendel Games forgot the importance of map.

But so far, from the graphic aspect, Love Chronicles: The Sword and The Rose are more gorgeous than Love Chronicles: The Spell. The animation are sharp and it’s photo-realistic. No more cartoonish image. Seems like Vendel Games improve their art game.

The bonus chapter conclude the whole story before our prince ready to go back home. Two hours and I love it. It much better than I expected.

Since the witch swear she will avenge the prince, what will happen once our prince landed on his kingdom?

Developer     : Vendel Games

Release Date: 2011

Previous Review on Love Chronicles:

The Spell

 

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{ANIME} Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei

Set in a world with an alternate history, where magic exists and has been polished through modern technology. However, the ability to use magic is determined by genetics, limiting the amount of magicians in existence. Following the Third World War, the world’s superpowers shifted to these four nations: The United States of North America (USNA), New Soviet Union, the Great Asian Alliance, and Japan. In Japan, the magic community is informally governed by the ten master clans in lieu of the government. Due to the limited amount of magicians, they are treated as commodity and are forced to enter magic related schools and professions. Nine magic high schools exist in Japan; they each specialize in different aspects of magic and are just referred to by their numbers.

The story follows Tatsuya Shiba, a bodyguard to his sister Miyuki Shiba who is also a candidate to succeed the master clan, Yotsuba. They enroll into First High School which segregates its students based on their magical abilities. Miyuki is enlisted as a first course student and is viewed as one of the best students, while Tatsuya is in the second course and considered to be magically inept. However, Tatsuya’s technical knowledge, combat abilities, and unique magic techniques causes people to view him as an irregular to the school’s standardized rankings.

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Actually, I already watched it two years ago, but I had mixed feelings and scared it would affect my judgement so I cancelled the review schedule. The anime itself is airing on Animax right now, and it remind me to write what I feel about this anime.

Like I said, mixed. It’s either I’m happy, stunned, annoyed or bored. There’s few things that I concern about.

1) Story Plot

In general, the plot is very interesting. Anime combines fantasy elements with science elements. In Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, magic can be produced using a device called CAD. CAD itself has many variations, and the famous one is made by Taurus Silver.

Later, we learn the real identity of Taurus Silver is Tatsuya Shiba himself. I will talk about that later.

As I said before, it was great, interesting until I feel bored with Tatsuya’s perfectness. It’s not as good as I expected. I used to earn symphaty so quickly when I learned MC’s past, but in Tatsuya’s case, I couldn’t stop cringe. It’s….exaggareting?

I understand the story revolve around Tatsuya, but he’s too powerful, perfect, yet has miserable past. It feels forced, as if they try to shove everything into our throat at once. There’s several time I’m glad Tatsuya are genius, but at same time, I feel him being genius as deus ex machina. And I mean it.

In final two episode, several character died during terrorist attack. They brought back to life by using Tatsuya’s ability. This ability cost him painful feedback. The amount of pain that Miyuki mentioned was felt forced and exaggareted. Are you trying to make audience feel symphaty towards him? If yes, please, be reasonable when you create his backstory.

2) Character

Most of character are one dimensional. The author/animator/whoever made this want the hero stay look cool and innocent, while the villain stay evil. They didn’t let viewers see the character’s development. And that was frustating.

Yes, I get it, they’re perfect, they have special ability, especially Tatsuya who apparently attracted lots of girls in his school. Dude, having him little bit naughty is fine. Make the character more humane.

3) Too Much “Big” Words

Once again, it felt forced. If they try to sound intelligent by using big/scientific word when explain something, then it doesn’t work. For me. Really, I need new dictionary. Whenever I watched the scene where they explain how executes the magic spell, I was like, ” Um, yeah, I get it,” In the end, they just tried to show brag how genius Tatsuya is. Urgh.

4) Incest Relationship Between Shiba siblings

Really……………….

Why?

I know Japan has different beliefs and culture with my country, but it still inappropriate. It’s digusting seeing how often Miyuki got jealous over Tatsuya.

Despite all the four things I mentioned above, I quite enjoy some part. I love how they able to put several arcs into one anime. I know some people may get confuse with the arc format, but I already get used to it (thanks to years read lot of manga, especially Detective Conan). I love the magic elements in the anime, fusing it with high technology. I just hope they make it better than this.

I don’t know if they have plan to release second season. There’s still lots of things need to explain. What happened with Tatsuya that made him emotionless? Is he connected with Elite Clan?

I wonder when they give us the answer. Hopefully soon.

 

Author           : Tsutomu Sato

Studio            : Madhouse

Release Date: 2014

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{GAMES} Cake Mania: Lights, Camera and Action!

Return to Jill Evans’ hometown of Bakersfield in Cake Mania: Lights, Camera, Action, a fun and exciting Time Management game! Now an attractive and quaint tourist destination bustling with new stores, Bakersfield has caught the eye of Hollywood producers scouting locations to film their next big action blockbuster. As production gets underway, Bakersfield is overrun with all-new eccentric personalities determined to mix and mingle with the locals.

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Following the Cake Mania: Main Street’s formula, Cake Mania: Lights, Camera and Action introduce three shop: Evans Bakery, Gordon Pizzeria and Risha Boutique. The gameplay on Evans Bakery is same with the other Cake Mania games, while Gordon Pizzeria and Risha Boutique is similar with Burger Barn and Sumo Sushi from previous Cake Mania.

In Evans Bakery, we get 60 levels to complete. Since Jill is pregnant and unable work too hard, Jack replace her as main baker. The problem is, Jack sometime break an equipment which slow the cake progress. To fix it, we have to pay. Jill not vanished completely, she’s sitting behind fruit topping counter, helping decorating customer’s cake.

While in Risha Boutique, we play some sort of seek-and-find when searching the customer’s order. Some customer will give us clear clue what outfit they want, but others will only display the item name. In Gordon Pizzera, we stand behind the counter, combine the ingredients based on the menu to make pizza, pasta and grilled stuff. These gameplay are very different experience and the most fun thing I ever try.

Both of Boutique and Pizzeria has 25 levels. Unlike Evans Bakery where we can upgrade the equipment, in Risha Boutique and Gordon Pizzeria, we can purchase new recipe/ingredients/fashion collection. The more you purchase, the challenge become more harder.

The customer also comes with their different type. Their behaviour can be funny, entertaining, but also annoying. You need strategy to overcome their antics since it can affect the whole level. Luckily, in Cake Mania: Lights, Camera and Action, we get two game mode: Relaxed and Timed. Relaxed will allow you to play without timer and reach the daily goal. While in Timed, you need to speed up to earn minimun amount of money before the time ended. If you feel Timed Mode are exhausting challenge, I suggest you to choose Relaxed. But in Relaxed, we will not able to earn expert goal.

Cake Mania: Lights, Camera and Action stay on their Main Street’s formula which is very entertaining and fun. It has everything you need in one package. Fun gameplay, bright graphic, twisted challenge and endless entertainment.

 

Developer        : Sandlot Games

Released Date : 2010

Cake Mania Walkthrough:

Cake Mania | Cake Mania Back To Bakery | Cake Mania 2 | Cake Mania: Back To Future | Cake Mania: Main Street

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{ANIME} Akatsuki No Yona

The story follows the redemption of Yona, the sole princess to the kingdom of Kouka. Yona lives the carefree life of a princess in Hiryuu castle, being sheltered by her pacifist father, King Il, and protected by her bodyguard and childhood friend Son Hak. During a party being held for her sixteenth birthday, her other childhood friend and love interest Soo-won comes to pay tribute to her. Intending to tell her father that she cannot forget her love for Soo-won, she visits King Il’s chambers and witnesses him being killed by Soo-won, who reveals that he will now properly rule Kouka. Hak intervenes and saves Yona and they escape from the castle to Hak’s birthplace, the Village of Wind. Under the suggestion of Hak’s grandfather Son Mundok, Yona and Hak search for an oracle named Ik-su. Ik-su tells them the legend of the first king of Kouka, Hiryuu, and the four dragons who unified the kingdom. Yona and Hak, joined by Ik-su’s assistant Yun, begin a journey to find the reincarnated legendary dragons in order to survive and save the Kingdom of Kouka.

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When the anime released on 2014, my Instagram explore was flooded by amount of Akatsuki No Yona’s screencap. I wasn’t follow it back then, but I was aware that this anime is reverse harem (judging from amount of boys in it). I was overwhelmed at that time, decided to not watch it and focus on other things. Two years later, I stumbled upon the anime when I searched on KissAnime, and start digging it.

The first thing that caught my attention was the opening song. It reminded me with Chinese-based action film. The music is enchanting with flute sound dominating throughout the song. I fell in love with that, and start watching each episode one by one.

On the first episode, Yona looks like naive princess. Loved by her father and protected, she barely know outside world. After Soo Won killed King and took over the kingdom, Yona run with Hak. Since then, she trained herself to become warrior and take her kingdom back.

Not much happened on season 1 since the story focus on finding the four dragon warrior. I hope they will reveal more plot on season 2. The manga itself still ongoing, which means there’s so much thing need to adapted into anime version.

After done watched 24 episode and 1 OVA, I become more love this anime. The character development in each episode, the bond that grows stronger and the fascinating storyline takes my heart completely. Akatsuki No Yona is definitely something you need to watch as your #1 shojou anime.

Forget about damsel in distress, here comes the warrior princess!

Mangaka                           : Kusanagi Mizuho

Anime Released Date   : October 2014-March 2015

Studio                                 : Pierrot

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{JOURNAL} The Privacy Border

“Is a portion of Generation Y so desperate for attention that they’ll completely ignore the concept of personal privacy and practically ask for stalkers?” –Kaitlyn Silva’s Journalism Blog : The Dangers Of Vlogging –

It was 10 AM on Saturday.

I was surfing on Youtube, figuring out what should I do with my second channel (Amelie Fallen). It’s been a month since I uploaded video on there. The last video was a vlog.

I remember, back in 2015, I was tried to create college-related vlog series but failed. I can’t balance between college and vlogging. I’m too shy to take my phone and record. I’m scared with judgement. So I stopped vlogging.

Menuju Sidang (Skripsi) was the only series I could update until the final exam. The rest of it? You can guess.

There’s few things that make me doubt that I’m passionate with vlogging. At some point, these thought haunted me and stressed me out.

1) Too Much Things I Need To Handle

I have two blog, one Wattpad and two Youtube channel. Until today I only able handling one blog and one channel. I don’t know if I try to vlog again, will I able to manage it? Maybe yes, but it only works if I don’t have any other job. Of course, I won’t take that risk. Not everyone are able to make living from Youtube. I have to be realistic.

2) Is It My Passion?

This one has been stress me out. At some point, I believe this is my passion. But I also feel like I’m not doing it this for hobby. After a month tried vlogging, I felt exhausted. It doesn’t feel fun anymore. It more like chore.

If I already thought it as chore, mean I wasn’t passionate.

3) Privacy

What is the benefit of vlogging? By exposing my private life, will that change what people think about me? I always being anxious when it comes to privacy. The trauma caused by cyberbullying 5 years ago still haunt me.

4) Scared With Judgement

As much as I’m anxious with people cross my privacy border, I’m more anxious with people’s judgement. I often think the reason why people won’t watch my video is  because I’m ugly.

I also too shy in public place. I always feel like people staring at me and it scare me so much. On top of that, I feel scared if my friend know my real lifestyle. Don’t ask me why. The thought itself scare me.

So with all these thought, I take another break from my second channel. I don’t know if I will disappear completely from the second channel, I still try to find another solution.

 

 

 

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{GAMES} Danse Macabre: Thin Ice

Ruth Fisher is the up-and-coming star of a popular figure skating show, but her final dress rehearsal is cancelled after her biggest fan drops dead. He was trying to warn Ruth, but about what? Who would want to kill a fan? Is Ruth really in danger? You’ll need to use all of your deductive skills to investigate the scenes and uncover the true threat, before Ruth Fisher’s opening night becomes her final performance.

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Another murder mystery game from Eipix. Everything looks gorgeous, cold, and stunning from graphic aspect. As usual, Eipix’s choice of colors is the best among other developer on same genre. But somehow, this gorgeousness isn’t balance with the gameplay.

The gameplay are straightforward and feel so easy. The HOS and puzzle are pretty entertaining, though, but there’s plenty of time I skipped puzzle because I feel bored. The storyline is boring as I already able guess who’s the real culprit. Same goes to adventure part. It’s predictable, unlike the previous Danse Macabre.

This is the first game from Eipix that I want to drop. I never feel so disappointed with Eipix for being uncreative and messed up. The game is still entertaining and fun, but I wish Eipix can learn from their mistake and put more effort into their work.

Developer        : Eipix Entertainment

Release Date   : June 2015

Previous Review on Danse Macabre:

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