Sunday, November 3, 2019

My The King's Avatar Fanfic in Webnovel

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The King’s Avatar is one of those stories that have left a mark in my heart. It’s a masterpiece full of adventure, wisdom, and thrill! I knew of this because of Netflix. It appeared on the suggestions list and poof! Then, I was addicted to the series. Hahaha

After that, I went to explore the story further and it has led me to Webnovel. Now, I'm reading it...


Of course, the ending of an epic novel is always a bittersweet moment. Happy that we have finally come to know the conclusion of the story. And sad because, well, we will surely miss our beloved characters. 

Lord Grim (image credit: Webnovel)

As the English translated version comes to an end, Webnovel is hosting a TKA Ending Party.  I have joined a fanfic writing contest to celebrate it. It’s been a really long time since I’ve completed a story, my last being in High School. Hehehe~

So here I am again trying. You’re free to read and if you’re in Webnovel, throw ratings and Power Stones my way, too. 😃 Every feedback is appreciated. Many thanks to all the people who edited and critiqued my fanfic. 

The characters and settings all belong to author Butterfly Blue. I’m thankful for Webnovel for hosting this TKA Ending Party and for giving me a chance to try writing again. And my thanks also to author Butterfly Blue, all credit goes to him for writing The King’s Avatar.

Read my fanfic by clicking on the link:


The cover of my first fanfic in Webnovel

Thank you so much for your support, Dearies! :D What about you? Have you watched or read something that inspired you to create a fanfic? Let me know in the comments below. :D


Friday, September 13, 2019

Getting Lost in Everland

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It feels like a good time to be a kid again! During our trip to Korea last May, we went to one of the newest tourist spots. A land of enchantment and dreams… Everland! We took the bus to get there. It’s quite far from the urban city, around an hour ride’s worth. Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed are the tall spires of the entrance palaces. You can also see the famous T-Express in the background. Are you adventurous enough to go ride it?
Welcome to Everland!

A magnificent adventure awaits! :D

Spires! Those spires!

Me and my excited self! :D

We arrived at Everland quite early. Apparently, it opens at around 11 AM. Most of the attractions were still closed except for the Panda World in Zootopia. So we visited it first before lunch. The pandas were so cute! Even in captivity, I could see that they were in a good hospitable environment. They looked healthy and happy. And it’s my first time to see a real panda! Especially a red one! :D


Cute Panda! :)

A Red Panda on a tree. Cutieee!


There are also other animals, aside from the Pandas
After the Pandas, it was time for lunch. Wheeee~ We went looking for a restaurant. There were lots of cuisines available there. And we chose Italian! Time for some yummy pizza! :D
The food in Venezia Pizza was pricey but delicious. The thin crusted pizza is packed with flavor and the cheese and herbs stood out. 5/5 would definitely recommend! :D

We ate yummy cheesy pizza for lunch.

After lunch, we went back to the zoo. My mother wanted to see a tiger and truth be told, I wanted to see one, too. So we headed for the safari to see them.

A mighty tiger! It went right past me. :O

The cage that they were in is full of trees, as well.

We further explored the safari and ended up in riding one of Everland’s main attractions, the jeep ride called The Safari Adventure. It was a looooong wait getting there, though. Like, almost 2 hours on queue. Woah! But it was worth it at the end. I enjoyed the ride as I saw a lot of animals out and about. It was my first time seeing Tigers, Lions, Zebras, Cheetas, and more in real life! They even let us go near the giraffes! 


On to a Safari Adventure! :D

One of the first animals we saw is this bird.

Woah!

... and Elephants! :D

Zebras! 


This was the closest I got to a giraffe!


Cute pink flamingos

Oooh~ Rhinos!

And Cheetas! :D
Next stop were the gardens. It’s a wonderful world of flowers out there! And the fountains and castles give it a fairy tale vibe. The Rose Garden is my favorite Instagram spot in Everland. It featured different roses from all over the world. All of them were so elegant, beautiful and vibrant. 

The place resembles a superb ancient Greek garden.

I just couldn't help but take a pic with all these lovely plants.


We further explored the park and basked in its beauty!


It's like all castles in there!
And this one is like a little Holland village...

A pretty windmill-like building is perfect for more IG-worthy shots.

This gothic structure houses a souvenir shop.
And all the while we were going around Everland, we always stopped by for a food or drink. And everything in there is just so delicious! My favorite is the buttery caramel popcorn which could be found at kiosks all over the place! :D
Ice cream to keep the heat away!

These churros are the longest I've seen. We shared it with my sisters.

This popcorn is my favorite of all. We ate it all in a few minutes. So sweet! :D

A theme park is not complete without cotton candy! 
Of course, what better way to remember the experience by buying some souvenirs.


Everland ref magnets
Everland cute plushies!

Oooh~ My favorite one of all -Panda plushies which remind me of Aggretsuko.

Everland is such a huge place! We weren’t able to explore it all in one day! If ever you would come to visit, I suggest getting the late bus ride back to Seoul, or a two-day trip for it. The queues are so long that most of your time will be spent there. My family and I weren’t able to explore all the attractions. I wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel and all the others. But uhm? T-Express? I’m not yet courageous enough for that but who knows. I might try something out of the box next time. And yep, you read it right! There will be a next time, most definitely! 

Monday, August 12, 2019

[Game Review] Ride-or-die: A Bad Boy Romance (Choices) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hey dearies! I’m back after weeks of hiding in the cave! Inspiration hit me quite fast this weekend. So I’m writing something down before my inspiration disappears. 

Thanks to another Choices book, I have written again after a while. Kudos to the Pixelberry Team! And thank you for making these wonderful stories. Choices is one of those games I have stayed on. The fresh content always make me come back. 

So this book in Choices that captured my heart is about race cars and crime and romance, aptly titled Ride-or-die: A Bad Boy Romance.

That's one sexy cover!

And as the saying goes “Never judge a book by its cover.” Don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautiful cover. It captures the essence of the title itself. However, it gave me a perception that it’s going to be focused on the romantic aspect only. 

I’m not really into the romance genre. But! I love cars, especially badass ones! And this book has a lot of it. Sexy and fast cars! 

....but this cover is sexy, too!

To be honest, I decided to play this to earn Diamonds. But just like my other favorite, Perfect Match, Ride-or-die became into one where I actually spend Diamonds on. 

And unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of photos at first so I kinda can’t share with you some deets. But hey, you can play Ride-or-die and see the amazing stuff first hand!


Art and music:

The characters are well depicted. The way their art is done makes it possible for me to imagine the appropriate voice for each. Like uhm... rebellious voice for Logan and sweet girl voice for my MC?

And yep, the customization part is one of Choices’s best features. I got to play a naive high school girl for this book so I chose the perfect look!

My main character in a gorgeous outfit.

Woah! I can’t believe I get to choose how a love interest would look, too. So I decided...

Meet Logan, my chosen Bad Boy.

But the best art in this book are the classy, sexy, and fast cars! They come with cool names, too. Look out for them in the chapters! My jaw literally dropped at that black and orange speed demon. But my favorite car is definitely Logan’s. Too bad I can’t have it. 😲



That's one sleek ride, y'all!

Oooh! Vintage!

And woah! Motorcycles are here, too!

The art and the background music fit like a glove. It changes in every setting and it enhances the mood of the book. 

Vroom! Vroom! That roaring engine sound can be heard in a lot of chapters. It’s the first time I heard that and only in this book. So I guess it’s a new sound. It sure revs up the thrill in every ride. 


Writing Style and Plot:

I like how they presented the plot and the subtle twists and revelations along each chapter. Woah... my character’s dad is a what? Investigating who? It blew my mind in the first few pages. And that gave me a reason to continue playing the book. I even analyzed the contents and think how the writers would fix the conflict. Or how it would play out in the ending. 

I wonder how that would work out?

Ride-or-die explores some issues like teen angst and life-of-crime and first sweethearts. Like in high school but with badass cars. Plus, it adds the forbidden romance trope in the storyline. Well, it’s on the title, right? “A Bad Boy Romance”. Heehee~ 🥰 Didn’t expect it would develop into a good story with substance. 

He's dreamy, isn't he?

One thing that struck me is the feeling of adrenaline. Yep! Whenever there are heists, I can feel my own heart beating fast, as if I’m behind the wheel for real. You know, I went to battle with Kenna Rys a lot times, fought in the fray with Hayden and other androids, and clawed out some vampires with Adrian Raines... but never had I been more scared in a Choices book like in Ride-or-die!

Woah!

Yep... I can feel it while reading, too!

Probably because I’m used to playing battle scenes in video games that going into one doesn’t scare me anymore. But I sure as hell don’t know how to drive! And that, my friends, gave me a fright! I held my breath and concentrated hard on each mission with the Mercy Park Crew. It was then that I fell in love with the story and the protagonists... with Logan, Mona, Toby, Colt, Ximena, and Kaneko. 


And that bittersweet ending just tugged at my heart. I’m gonna miss the characters and most especially, Logan. Nooooo! I can’t say goodbye! It’s too soon! 😭


Conclusion:

My rating: 5/5 stars

Ride-or-die is an excellent and well written story. The art, the music... everything came together to give the audience a great gameplay. The book gave me a roller coaster of emotions, too. It clearly is a work of love, as what Pixelberry promises in every Choices book.

My one regret? I didn’t get the Diamond choice badass car that I wanted. I chose the free car that came with the book. And worse? I don’t even have a picture of it! Ah! This calls for a reread. I’m taking that one sexy car and paint it red or pink or flashy yellow like Logan’s! Or... a motorcycle? I don’t think it was in the options but Colt would definitely agree! Ha! 🤣

Lemme think about it, Colt.

Here’s to hoping for Book 2! The ending held a lot of potential for another high octane love story. And please, more riding shotgun with Logan. 🚘


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