Day 54

Hello, friends. Welcome back to my blog!

It’s a gloomy, rainy day here in my city. There’s a typhoon, and what better way to pass time during a storm than to watch a show?

I recently binge-watched an anime called Asobi Asobase (highly recommended, it is by far one of the funniest anime series I’ve seen, even funnier than Joshikousei no Mudazukai, which I also love). If you’ve seen Asobi Asobase, you’d be familiar with the headbang-inducing ending theme song. I loved it, so I’ve been looking for anime with a heavy metal or metalcore soundtrack. I was recommended Zombieland Saga, so here we are!

I don’t want to spoil the series, so I won’t mention too many things about the plot. And trust me, you wouldn’t want me to, especially for the first episode!

Some other updates in my life – I recently got my second vaccine shot, which means that I can go out without worrying too much! The funny thing is, I thought I’d be excited to head out and go places, but I haven’t really gone anywhere. I’m still just staying indoors. I have also been trying lots of games like Resident Evil: Village, Overcooked and Overcooked 2, Monster Hunter Stories 2, etc. I haven’t had much time to play, though, since I couldn’t multi-task while playing games.

I also dyed my hair to black. It’s waist-length again and I’m thinking of trimming it soon.

That’s all for today! Stay safe from the typhoon, and have a productive week!

Day 53

Hello friends, welcome back to my blog. Today I want to discuss something bizarre that I have come across recently – it’s about Cameron Herrin, a young man from Florida who hit and killed a mother and daughter while street racing. Or, to be more specific, the thousands of teenaged fans who are insisting on his innocence and are advocating for his release and/or commuting his sentence.

This isn’t meant to be an in-depth legal analysis, this is me merely expressing my surprise at how seemingly delusional the fans are. I can understand feeling sorry for a person who has done something wrong, but in this particular instance, is it warranted? Let’s see.

Photo source: wtsp.com

Cameron isn’t really the problem anymore – he has pleaded guilty and is going to jail for 24 years, which is fair considering that he has been warned multiple times before with regards to his speeding. The problem here are the fans, who have done the following, if not more: (1) spamming social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok with posts requesting for justice for Cameron, (2) harassing random Florida lawyers, despite said lawyers already saying that they have never been involved in the case, and (3) making Change.org petitions, which honestly doesn’t really do anything.

Reading the entire sordid ordeal honestly made me solidify my belief that TikTok is cancer, and I’m glad I’m too old for it.

Let’s look at the established facts: Cameron was street racing with a friend at 102 mph. He plowed into the victim and her 18-month-old daughter who was in a baby carriage. According some news sources, he was attempting to brake, but since he was already over-speeding, he hit the victims at at least 45 mph.

Prior to this, he already broke multiple traffic laws and was given several warnings – these, my friends, are called aggravating circumstances. They are factors that affect criminal liability for the worse. His fans should be happy that he didn’t get more than 24 years – in Florida it’s usually 30 years maximum if I’m not mistaken, so 24 (12 years per victim) seems like the lesser evil in this case.

If you are like me, and could not understand the massive following and the adoration that Cameron is receiving, it’s actually not an isolated incident. Criminals and even serial killers have had dedicated fans, some even going as far as being copycats. Some send them fan mail, some end up marrying them. It’s strange, but it’s nothing new. It’s a phenomenon called hybristophilia, which is the attraction to criminals. Ted Bundy and his ilk had their own share of fans.

Upon further investigation, it seems as if the majority of these vocal fans are young girls from Middle Eastern, Muslim and Arab countries, so my question is – how exactly did this incident, which happened in the United States way back in 2018, gain traction and so much widespread attention over there?

More importantly, are these fans supporting him only because they think he’s good-looking? I’ve even seen comments from some of them saying that the victim’s family should get over it because the mom and daughter are already dead anyway. It’s honestly baffling.

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Anyway, I’ve said what I want to say. What do YOU think?

Thanks for dropping by!

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Day 52

The past few days have been strange. I’ve been seesawing between being sleep-deprived and oversleeping, my mood is at an all-time low, and I have no motivation to do anything. Just today, for instance, I’ve been drifting in and out of sleep and not really doing anything productive. I don’t think I was even thinking, I was just…existing. And before I knew it the day had gone by with me having barely any recollections of my waking hours and now it’s time to sleep again.

Earlier today I wandered down to the grocery store at the ground floor of the building I lived in to stock up on some pantry items. I wasn’t really paying attention and ended up with some weird stuff when I unpacked my groceries afterwards. And worst of all, when I was standing in the rice aisle I actually felt overwhelmed by the ridiculous number of rice varieties, so much that I broke out into a cold sweat and I couldn’t answer when a man, who was trying to be helpful, asked me which one I wanted. Jeez, Jen. It’s only a bag of rice.

I think he noticed that I was not feeling the best because he ended up carrying my bags for me on the way back upstairs. So at least I didn’t have to carry anything.

I’m also wracked with guilt over the amount of food I consumed today and I know it’s not healthy to think like this so I’m trying not to dwell too much on it.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better for me.

Day 51

I’m finally back! I have been locked out of my WordPress account for a while now because I forgot my login details. But anyway, we’re past that – what’s important is that I can access my blog again and subject my poor readers to my incoherent rambling again.

Anyway, I am currently very disappointed in my immune system because it failed to produce antibodies for COVID-19. I had my first dose two weeks ago, and I underwent an antibody test earlier to see if I had started producing them. Unfortunately, my test came back negative – something I didn’t expect, since up to 96% of vaccinated adults produce antibodies after the first shot. But then I’m not very surprised either, since my immune system has consistently failed me and I shouldn’t really expect anything else from it. I have undergone immunosuppression in the past, and my immune response has never been the same ever since.

Anyway, annoying news aside, I’m really excited because The Saga of Tanya the Evil has announced its second season! It’s my all-time favorite anime, book series, and manga so I’m triply delighted. Another manga I like, Spy x Family, is also coming out with an anime this year. I can’t wait!

Now that I’m back, I’ll post a lot more often, so stay tuned!

Have a great week, everyone 😀

Day 50

Hello, friends, and welcome back to my blog! Today we will be taking a look at my updated skincare routine. 😄

While I’m a person who usually stays loyal to the products that work for me, sometimes, certain circumstances force me to change formulas, percentages, actives, etc. And since we are now moving into the sweltering summer months, my skincare routine had to adapt as well.

The outcome I’m looking for is, as always, anti-aging. Some of the products here might need a doctor’s prescription, so do your own research before delving right in.

Anyway, without further ado, here is my new and updated routine!

First up is of course double cleansing. I use Nivea micellar water to wipe off any skincare products or makeup at the end of day as my first step. I like this product because it’s fairly gentle and you don’t need too much of it.
Next, I’ll wash it off with Celeteque facial wash, which is unscented, gentle, and non-dehydrating. After drying my face (pat GENTLY, be careful with your skin) I’ll use the Celeteque hydrating toner, which is both fragrance- and alcohol-free. I usually would use serums or essences, but since it’s summer, I switched to a toner because it feels more refreshing. After that, I’ll use the Celeteque gel moisturizer, which I also showed in my previous routine. It’s the same one, this one is just the travel-sized tube.
This is the central figure in my skincare routine: tretinoin. I used to be on .025% but I have moved up to .05% a few months ago. People always tell me that I’m too young to be on retinoids but I always retort that I look young BECAUSE I use retinoids. Case in point – I don’t have a single wrinkle or line on my face, and I intend to keep it that way for as long as I can.
After 15 minutes, I’ll pat on some 20% azelaic acid, which is my holy grail product for breakouts. I also use this in the daytime after moisturizer.

And then after another 15 minutes, I’ll go back in with more moisturizer. It’s in gel form, so it’s lightweight.

My daytime skincare routine is much more simple – my skin can’t tolerate being cleansed twice a day, so I only use honey on my face in the morning, followed by moisturizer and then azelaic acid. After that comes the second most important aspect of skincare – sun protection.

I use sunscreen every. Single. Day. It’s non-negotiable for me and I will not step foot outside without applying sunscreen. This one is unscented, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic. It’s also quite moisturizing, so that’s a plus.
This product is also one of my mainstays – it’s the Elizabeth Arden SPF lip balm. Your lips need SPF, too! And since tretinoin makes my lips dry, I have to remember to use this every day.

Seriously though, you may think I’m exaggerating about the sun protection, but I’m not joking when I say that the rest of your skincare routine will be rendered useless UNLESS you wear sunscreen daily. The sun is the number-one culprit when it comes to anti-aging, so always keep that in mind.

And that is my updated skincare routine! What do you think about it? Do you prefer to have a longer, more intensive routine, or a simpler one? Let me know!

Thanks for dropping by, and have a productive week.

Day 49

I miss being in nature. In fact, I am certain that being in the mountains and woods is 100% essential for my physical and mental wellbeing. I have never felt an urge to disappear into the forest as strongly as I have during this pandemic.

Before you start calling me a tree-hugging hippie, let me try to explain. Do you ever just randomly go on a hike and then just lay on the ground, closing your eyes and listening to the sounds of the river, waterfall, or the wind in the trees? It feels like you’re absorbing something and healing yourself from the inside and is one of the times where my mind is completely at ease.

I promise I’m not crazy.

This is also why whenever I’m home, I prefer being barefoot and wearing the thinnest possible clothing I have (like a sun dress etc) so I can feel the wind on my skin, the grass between my toes, and leaves and branches on my limbs.

Hmm. Maybe I am a tree-hugging hippie. Or just extremely homesick.

Anyway, enough about that.

I’ve been reading a lot about the occult recently. It’s been a strong fascination of mine ever since I was young, even though I don’t personally believe in it. I’ve had a fixation on Wicca, Native American shamanism, omnyodo, Taoist sorcery (mostly because of Gong Tau), and kulam, which is black magic here in my country.

I have little personal experience with the occult, and most of it has been disappointing – I have been told that my life would ‘burn short and bright’ and guess what? I’m still alive! And I will be alive for a long, long, long time. I have also been told that I was possessed by a fox, which is hilarious because imagine thinking that it’s possible to possess me.

Right now I’m reading about mu-sok, or Korean shamanic magic. It’s interesting how it has had such a strong influence in their culture and society.

It just occured to me that my attachment to nature may be one of the reason why I’ve always been intrigued by the occult – in all its forms, harmony with nature is always emphasized. So no wonder when I’m feeling homesick, I automatically start being drawn to reading about these things again.

Oh, well. There’s nothing we can do about it for now. Back to reading!

Day 48

The only good thing that has come out of the current European Super League fiasco is the proliferation of memes poking fun of it. My favorite by far is Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes’ passionate statement:

Indeed.

Hey, you may make fun of his questionable English, but remember that it’s not his native language (are YOU fluent in Portuguese?), but I see it as a good sign – it means that the words and its underlying sentiment are actually genuine and not the work of some overworked and underpaid PR intern.

If you’re someone who’s out of the loop, essentially, what’s happening is that several clubs are leaving the UEFA to form the ESL, or the European Super League, which has a different format and would allow the same few ‘top’ teams to secure a yearly spot. This means that the lower-level teams would not be able to climb to the top and eliminates the possibility of dark horses in the league – even if they performed particularly well during the season. It’s the very essence of pay to play.

Anyway, as I was saying, this statement has been adopted as the unofficial motto of the r/soccer subreddit and has spawned hundreds of memes since. There is even a subreddit specifically dedicated to it, and here are some of my favorite posts:

Aren’t they hilarious? It’s like the fans of the clubs joining the ESL are using the memes as a coping mechanism. I am happy that Bundesliga teams have spoken out against the ESL, even though Bayern and Borussia Dortmund were invited to join and given 30 days to decide. Bayern’s chairman is also joining the UEFA executive committee to replace Agnelli.

But is Bruno Fernandes right, though? Can dreams be bought? As far as I’ve seen, they can, unfortunately – but they SHOULDN’T, and I’m glad that the football community is standing as one behind this sentiment.

What do you guys think about this issue? If there are any refugee fans looking for a new club to support, I endorse Bayern Munich. You won’t regret it. 😉

Day 47

Hello, I’m sitting here bravely battling the sniffles and trying to stay awake from the waves of drowsiness from my latest dose of NyQuil. I would have taken DayQuil but I ran out, all the over-the-counter stuff I have right now are sleep-inducing.

Before we get started, allow me to show you my newly-renovated island entrance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

So this is an update post, but as I am quite drowsy, forgive me if I seem to be incoherent or all over the place. Without further ado, here are my updates.

  • Today I watched the third To All the Boys movie on Netflix and I loved it. I was just so confused about the anxiety about being accepted to university and why it’s such a big deal. I mean, I get it, but I never put much thought when I was younger into whether or not I’d be accepted to the schools I wanted, I just knew it would happen. I don’t know if I managed to pull it off through sheer willpower or I was just extremely lucky (although of course I still ended up attending where my parents wanted me to).
  • Yesterday was Summoner’s War’s 7th anniversary and they had this scroll event. So, all in all, I think I was pretty damn lucky because when I look at the SW subreddit, I see a lot of people complaining about their pulls. I summoned from about 100 scrolls in total, and I got the following: water archangel, wind chimera, fire paladin, fire oracle, water unicorn, water fairy king, wind panda warrior, and countless wind jokers. Still no LD lightning, but for a 41-day-old account, not bad at all.
  • Sabaton has released a song called Livgardet, which is about the Swedish Royal Guard. They also have an English version of the song, but I prefer the original better due to the choral introduction. I do prefer the English version’s music video, though.
  • Shadows House, a manga that I love, has released an animated version. I’ve already seen the first episode and I was surprised at how quick-moving it was. I guess I was just used to how slow the pacing in the manga was – not that I’m complaining!
  • Speaking of anime and manga, the spoilers for the next Boruto manga chapter manga are insane. The new villain is called Ada (from the programming language and from Ada Lovelace, I think), which is apt since the other villain is called Code. And the sidekick is called Bug. Ada is supposed to be a cyborg so I get the logic behind the names.
  • Hansi Flick is officially leaving Bayern at the end of the season, which I think will be a good career move for him. If he becomes the coach of the national team, he will be there until retirement and he will also be able to help bring back the NT’s former glory (by reinstating Muller back into the team LOL). Sad for Bayern, but Nagelsmann is one of the top choices for his replacement and I want to see how that goes.
  • And last but not the least, there is a category 5 storm approaching the country, the first cat. 5 cyclone for the year. I hope it doesn’t wreck us too badly.

And there are all my updates. Now let me show you the cute things I’ve bought recently.

Some cute fuzzy socks that would go really well with my fuzzy teddy bear hoodie~ 🧸
A mousepad, phone stand, and coaster.
A soot sprite keychain for my backpack.
And an extra mousepad for my desk at work.

What about you guys? Was your week as uneventful as mine was? I hope you had a good weekend. Stay safe and have a productive week!

Day 46

Hello, friends, and welcome to another blog post. Today we will be fangirling over another naval vessel – namely, the British Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth. It is going to be deployed soon to the South China Sea as part of a carrier strike group.

Source: r/WarshipPorn

It is the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful warship, carrying up to 40 fighter jets. It has been the fleet’s flagship carrier since January 2021 and the possibility that I might be able to see it in person (even from afar) is making me incredibly excited.

Source: royalnavy.mod.uk.

Honestly, with all this tension caused by China in the area, I am thrilled that Lizzie is arriving. She will be carrying a squadron of USMC F-35s and was re-ammunitioned recently. In short, she is ready to wreck some Chinese ships if they try to stir up trouble.

The Chinese vessels surrounding the Philippines are, to be polite, a bunch of recycled 80’s Russian trash. Liaoning for example is nothing more than a ‘trainer’ carrier, a ‘paper tiger,’ if I may, and the fighter jets stationed on it are not that threatening, either. If I remember correctly, they are all way below NATO’s standards LOL. Add to that the fact that the US has a few Virginia-class (I’m actually not sure, could be LA-class) nuclear attack submarines trailing in the area.

So, here’s my crack theory – Iran, China, Russia and maybe North Korea are in cahoots. The real target here is Ukraine. China is stirring up trouble in Southeast Asia to draw attention away from what’s happening up north. Putin has already began closing in on the Ukraine, after all. After what happened in Crimea, he probably estimates that he could get away with more, but first he has to make sure that the rest of the world is not entirely focused on sending military aid to the Ukraine. As for China’s part, well, they’re not really planning on waging war, which is why the naval vessels they’re fielding are all crap. But if it somehow works, then it’s just an added bonus.

Or maybe I’ve just played too much Civ 6.

Anyway, the only good thing that’s come out of this entire issue is that I get to fangirl more over warships. I am still vehemently anti-war, and I am still disappointed at my government’s response to the Chinese Navy attempting to annex our territorial seas and shoals.

That’s all for today, I hope this post was somewhat entertaining, at least. If you like warships and tanks, subscribe to r/warshipporn and r/tankporn on Reddit. They’re not porn, just photos of warships and tanks!

Have a productive week!

Day 45

So China has decided to be a jerk (even more so than usual) and is parking its naval vessels around the Philippines. Not only the Philippines, may I add – it’s also currently surrounding Vietnam and Taiwan. The infuriating thing is the administration won’t address this, deeming it to be a non-issue.

Hello?? When is this going to be an issue? When China has completely surrounded us with manmade islands and accelerates its harassment over the disputed islands and waters? At this point the arbitration at The Hague, where the win was awarded to the Philippines, is a joke because we all know China will ignore the ruling anyway.

The US Navy in the east Philippine sea watching the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning from USS Mustin. Source: Google Images.

I found this image on the news this morning and I’m torn between wanting to fangirl over the ship – it’s an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer!!!! One of the youngest in its fleet and has won battle E awards more times than it lost – and being pissed off once again at the incompetence of the Philippine government. We’re basically being pincered by the Chinese and we’re sitting ducks at this point.

While I like war history, I’m personally very anti-war. It’s a waste of human life and resources, and it tanks the economy as well. And most importantly to me, I have a genuine fear of being conscripted, having done citizen’s army training in high school and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in university. I do NOT want to be drafted in this lifetime.

I also want to know what China is thinking, basically pissing off the entire South East Asian region, India, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. If we look back on history (waves to Germany) fighting a war on several fronts is a BAD idea, manpower-wise and resource-wise. Most of China’s natural resources right now apparently comes from Africa, so I hope that if push comes to shove, China’s opponents will have the wisdom to disrupt supply chains.

I’m worried about the Philippines, but right now I’m even more worried about Vietnam. At least the Philippines has US presence as a deterrent, but as far as I know, there are none in Vietnam currently. Vietnam’s track record is pretty darn good when it comes to land war (insert the trees speak Vietnamese joke here) but I don’t know how they’d do in a naval battle where they’re outnumbered.

I’m scrolling through my newsfeed right now and apparently Germany will be sending warships to the South China Sea. Sigh.

2021, please stop. We still have whiplash from 2020.

Anyway, enough doom and gloom, let’s proceed to the portion where I fangirl over the USS Mustin.

The Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Mustin. Source: Google Images.

Look at how badass it is. It has an Aegis combat system like the rest of the ships of its class, too! It’s very heavily armed and it’s comforting to know that it would be able to break Liaoning like a twig.

Anyway, that’s all for today. I hope everyone’s having a productive week!