After AFA and CGM, I had woken up with a sore throat like no other. I had lost my voice and often coughed uncontrollably. There was no way I could meet up for WLNF, and sadly, had to live vicariously off of other bloggers’ posts on the get together. It looked like fun.
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An absolutely excellent RPG with a very fun and challenging turn based combat mixed with classic SMT battles, and a deeply involving storyline and characters. I loved the story and the conspiracies it brought up, the religious tones were great too, giving God and other divine beings a sort of physical entity. Quite recommend, if you haven’t played it, and are itching for an RPG that’s more anime themed.
The following pix are interesting… see if you can figure out what’s interesting about them.
One of the breakfasts that my mother in law gets for me sometimes. She’s under the impression that I really enjoy this breakfast. It’s not bad of course, but there are definitely other things I don’t mind eating… like prata, and McDonald’s.
I’m still impressed with how many malls there are in Singapore. This is just some sort of “small mall” where it used to be a tiny plaza-y “hole in the wall”. I’m amazed at how much stuff gets built in Singapore in such a short period of time.
Can’t say this is very Singaporean, but it tasted good. It’s fish.
Much better. Self-heated hot pot. It tasted very good. I still remember.
Uniq-lo. One of my favorite clothing stores in Singapore. An excellent place to pick up gamer/anime T-shirts. The styles are definitely more in-line with fashion trends as “Graphic Tees” as opposed to the “In Your Face” type nerd-shirts. The Hadoken shirt I got last time is epic win, and very stylish. I’ll post about this in the future.
One of the many offerings at Uniqlo.
Courtesy in Singapore is so bad, signs like these need to be posted. I do like the comedic entertainment value of this though. Honestly, there’s something wrong at a much deeper level if a government has to use signs like these to try and fix the problem.
Mangosteen. My wife tells me this fruit stains shirts. It tastes pretty sweet and delicious, but not very refreshing. If you’ve never had mangosteen before, I suggest you try it. It looks weird, and is somewhat slimy/squishy inside. They kinda remind me of oranges, but feels yucky. 😛
Now that’s refreshing. What’s this called again?
Common traffic at the MRT. I hate this. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t want to live in Singapore. I am assuming this isn’t as bad as Japan though.
What really drives it home is that this traffic continues from 5pm all the way till late. The people of Singapore work way too hard, and for what? I heard a saying once “Work to live, not live to work.” Singapore breaks this to no end.
At the same time, Singaporeans seem to play just as hard as they work. I noticed many Singaporeans will go shopping or hang out after work. The social bonding aspect of the Singaporean culture is a lot better than North American’s xenophobic nature.
Not sure if this is real. This was taken at the Ion. So new and interesting! Weird stuffed exotic animals make excellent decor for the modern shopping center. It’s so controversial!
Amazing architecture. And this is just at the food court area!
The modern chocolatiere. There’s something… missing. Oh yes, tradition. I really like the design of this place though.
Colorfully packaged chocolates on display.
I can tell you right now, that the chocolates taste good. We got a bag of chocolate covered potato chips last time. I can say that not everything tastes good covered in chocolate. It was an interesting taste experience though.
This year, I bought some new chocolate medallions. Basically as pure chocolate as you can get. They taste incredible.
Woodblock toys at Meiji. I really like how Japanese it all seems. Nanaa na na na na na na na na na na na na naaaaa (cookie for you if you know what that refers to).
More human transports. Not as crazy as the network of conveyor belts from my previous Singapore post.
You probably can’t see it at this size, but that dude with the hot chick in the center is Jackie Chan.
There is only one place in Vancouver that has upscale stores like Dior – Holt Renfrew. It seems so exclusive! Seeing all these big names in Singapore makes me happy. It proves that there’s a market in Singapore. It also makes Vancouver look like a hick-town.
While Holt-Renfrew seems a little more upper-class than most Vancouver department stores, the branded shops within are more like little stalls as opposed to full-sized boutiques shown at Ion.
More amazing architecture. Did you know I wanted to become an architect when I was a kid? And I can’t even spell architect without using a spell checker!
When I came out and saw this, I was blown away. That wall of lights and glass on the left is actually some sort of screen composed of all these florescent-tube-like lights that change color and everything. Singapore’s city districts are so amazing, and it brings me back to the disparity between the rich and the poor there.
Inside the massive Christmas tree. (taken last year) You may recall Alodia took a picture in here too. To think, I stood in the same spot as Alodia squeeeeeeal.
Inside the Takashimaya, they were having some sort of toy fair in their umm… fair area. That area is so huge, they’re always having some sort of fair there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that floor empty.
That’s one thing that makes Singapore and Japan closer. And one more thing that puts Vancouver and Japan further apart. I can’t believe there’s only ONE place in Vancouver where you can get these. And I’m not even sure if it’s still there!
$1.20 each is freaking EXPENSIVE. Needless to say, I didn’t buy one. We have Purdy’s Hedgehogs in Vancouver. They cost less, and probably taste better.
More Japanese favorites! Which flavor did I get? Have a guess! Next pic shows the answer.
You get a cookie if you guessed right!
I believe it’s Chun’s favorite. Popiah? It’s fully loaded, Chun!
I can’t remember what these were, what was inside of them, and if it tasted good.
Yup! I bought one! Chocolate filling! Now I know how Ayu-Ayu feels.
I actually quite like the youth Olympic mascots. The drawings are cute. Not fond of the stuffed toys. They look lame. It’s a shame that the very first Youth Olympics wasn’t promoted enough. I heard Singapore wasn’t all that excited about it. Vancouver didn’t even do any news coverage of it, which was sad. I mean C’mon! It’s the first one EVAR!
Didn’t manage to go there last time… didn’t manage to go there this time. Also didn’t get to go to Mos Burger last year either. This year however, I managed to get some, but it wasn’t very tasty. Dang, I love how Singapore is so much like Japan!
There’s nothing special about this. You can find this in Vancouver. But the fact that you can also find this in Singapore makes me love it. So much diversity!
The sausages look a little pale though. But it was good anyway.
It’s like I’m in India.
Drill Holes in Hand, Bleed on the Side the Bird Stands only.
This is the new kind of “hole in the wall” in Singapore. This mall was practically deserted. We came here just to find a washroom. It’s new too!
Singaporeans may know where this is. Them’s a lot of stinkers. I’m glad that it’s uncommon to find in Vancouver.
I could have spent some time to do some photoshop magic on this, but I don’t have the time.
While this is common in Singapore, it only just started appearing in Vancouver.
This building looks incredibly out of place in Singapore’s mostly gray skyline.
Ice Kachung. Cannot stay in Singapore without having eaten this. And my favorite Qoo (I wish it was orange)
Look how old this pic is! It’s Otacool ONE! And I managed to find all three Shana artbooks at a discount book store. Screw you, Kinokuniya!
No idea what this was, but was tempted to buy it. Anyone know?
That’s it for now. Unfortunately, this week I’ve been a little busy, so hadn’t had time to write some decent material for this post. Hopefully, I have an art post made soon too.