Anipike, Flashback!

It’s been the talk of the Internet (or at least the otaku part of the Internet) about Anipike finally going down after 20 years. I had quite a flashback because Anipike was the shit back in the day. It’s the source or all things anime related and 90% of my otaku friends probably visit that site at least once a week.

Oh, oh! While on the topic of vintage websites, my favorite website back then is still around the Internet but is not updated anymore. Hello, Kurama’s Territory! It used to be in Geocities though (this site as well spawned from Geocities). I used to send love poems there weekly for Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho). I used to also write fan fictions using Ken (from Hidaka Ken of Weiss Kreuz) as a pseudonym too. And I love collecting anything Sailormoon from stickers, to cards, stationary, pens, paper dolls, etc. I even have that old Moon Stick. I think I still have most of them in my mom’s old house with my X/1999 VHS.

Information about anything manga, anime, J-pop/rock, etc. related back then are not as wide as it is today. Much more, if you wanted to acquire actual goods. For example, when my brother was all over Utada Hikaru’s First Love Album, we literally went to each and every mall in Metro Manila just to find that goddamn album, on which we found finally at Tower of Records, somewhere. I’ve also spent a considerable amount of money (ugh, shipping fees!) and serious amount of effort just to acquire an original VHS copy of X/1999 OVA. I can’t even remember how I happened to acquire one, I just did. I still have that VHS and I will probably have it until I grow old, and my hair turns grey, while my face gets filled with wrinkles. And even after all those years, X/1999 still remains unfinished. D:

Beyond Eternal 11th Anniversary!

So, today marks the 11 year that I have been running this site. Hooray for 11 years, and I think it’s about time to change my layout because this one’s been around for about 6 years already. XD I’ll try to come up with something by the end of the year. Anyway, here’s a little gift from me, feel free to grab. :D

I skipped the usual obligatory fan signs because I was way busy with something else. I’ll be a surprise, so watch out for it. :)

I have no giveaways this year, because I’m broke and is buried with debts to my neck. But I’ll probably give people free sigtags since it’s a special day. But it’ll have to be later.

Oh, and I’ve also updated my graphics/collection page, Niji, into a winter layout and it snows! I kinda edited the original Jquery converted code I used for a more snow-like feel, although, I haven’t actually experienced snow ever in my life, I just thought that snow is much prettier like that. Or I may stand corrected.

Tattoos

I had a long discussion with one of my brothers about tattoos, and how one of his friend was shunned because of her tattoo.

You know, in this country, at this day and age, there are still people who thinks that those people who has tattoos are “not good people.” By “not good people” they mean someone who does drug, are alcoholic, or violet and stuff like that.

I remembered when I was looking for an apartment years ago. Friends and I went to inquire for an available apartment somewhere in Pasig City. The owner of the apartment we were looking to rent interviewed us and her first question was, “Does anyone of you have tattoos?” To which we answered no and immediately followed a question of why. She told us that if any of us has tattoos, she wouldn’t rent us her apartment regardless of whether we capable of paying rent or not. She told us that a week before us, there was a rich lady with a Japanese husband who also inquired about the same apartment but she refused to rent it to her because of a tiny tattoo she has in her ankle. She said that people with tattoos often bring trouble and that they full of vices and the like. At that moment she was saying it, I wanted to slap her with a thick book. But I held it up pretty good. I have to commend my maturity of that moment, if I say so myself. This irked us and we decided not to rent her house because she’s a big fat old stereotyping bitch.

I do not have tattoos, but I have a lot of friends who has. And they are passionate, kind and beautiful people. They are not drugged addicted, alcoholic nor violent like how the old lady suggests. They simply express themselves and their creativity through their tattoos. They love their tattoos. It’s a symbol of who they are, what they wanted to be, and sometimes, a reminder of something, something to gain or something they have lost. Having people throw these kind of opinions on you often lead you to dismay and eventually, it will discourage you to have a tattoo on. And I think that’s wrong.

I think that having tattoo is supposed to be your personal choice and not some stranger’s. If you wanted to have one, go and have one. Don’t let other people bring you down. To hell with other people’s opinions. It’s your body. What you do with it, is your choice and your consequence. Having tattoo is another form of self expression. We should not be afraid of expressing ourselves. We all have our personal freedom, and we should not let society dictate how we want to live our lives and what we want to do with our bodies.

Search Game: Pumpkin and Kuma-chan

This is really late, but I’ve added new items to find in the Search Game – a pumpkin and a missing Kuma-chan! If you found them, you’ll get prizes for each.

For the first 5 people who finds them, I’ll make special siggies as additional rewards for each of the items you find!  If you found them, please do either of the following:

  • Comment to this post. Please do not post the links where you found them in the comment box.
  • Email me.
  • If you’re a member of TSVP, leave a post in this thread.

Special siggie count: only 2/5 left (as of 2014.10.29)!

Good luck in finding them! :D

Productive Day

I’ve been taking a break from the pixel community for weeks now due to really busy schedules and my muse going on holiday. I didn’t feel like doing anything other than bumming at home and living my shut-in weekend life to recharge and de-stress. It’s been really toxic at work lately due to the peak season approaching.

Generally, when I’m tired or stressed, I don’t really feel like doing anything. Not even eating. I just sit and stare at the walls or ceiling or sleep or do anything that doesn’t really require too much physical nor mental effort, like reading manga or watching anime, movies or something else. I usually just shut myself in a room. Since I don’t have my own room because I only go home during weekends, I usually take over my older brother’s room.

But, you know, I’ve been really productive today. I filled out people’s buckets from the Treat or Trick event at LJ. But this doesn’t mean I’m not making them anymore for the others who’d post later than today. I just wanna make them early before things get too hectic again and I wont have time for them. So if you want gifts from me for this event, it’s not yet too late!

So, if you’re a member of:

Oh, and in case you’re interested in leaving me gifts too, this is my bucket.

I’ve also updated a lot of parts in this site. In particular, my sigtags and cyberstamp collections. I’ve also updated the Free Monthly Sigtag page. And since the monthly sigtag page was out for several months, if you send me a request, you’ll also get all the sigtags from the 4 months that my site was down. I’ve also added a few pages  in my collection site for those cuties I’ve collected from TSVP.