😱 What happened to Buy.com?

Besides becoming Rakuten some moons ago, it seems their inventory just completely vanished and now all you can buy from are third-party sellers?

I have to 😢 at the discovery because for the longest time Buy.com was my best kept secret for buying cheap mangas.

I was browsing just last month but decided to wait for a few more volumes to get released before batch-ordering them.

The website even remembers my search and the old prices:

But it’s like staring at an extinct animal now! Sad Hamster is sad.

Also, clean your Clarisonic! Who knows it can accumulate so much filth behind that ring?


❄️ 2015 Snow Miku ❄️

This… is just a random bragging post. Haha, no need to read unless you share a love for cute nendos.

The 2015 Snow Miku finally arrived at my doorstep yesterday. I actually saw it a couple of months ago in Japan but since I already preordered one, it didn’t make sense to lug another home.


She’s so adorbs! I love the attention to detail in this design: the bells inside each lily bulb, the dew drops on her skirt, the snowflakes everywhere. I can’t quite decide between this one or her 2013 incarnation, which is absolutely unique and beautiful in her simple elegance.

Hee, I posed her according to this fanart with decent success:   
I played with her all morning, but my mind’s already on the next nendo! Days before she arrived, my bff texted me a link to preorder the Harvest Moon version (bcoz bffs are horrible enablers), which reminds me of HQG’s silly drunk dance. I just had to snap her up too. That hairdo! And costume! And mooncake! My shopping ban didn’t have a chance of lasting 😅



1/2-Way Around the Moon: Introduction!

So, here we get to the original reason as to why I created this blog in the first place. It wasn’t for reviews or English translations although there will be some of those. After reading plenty of Ancient East Asian mangas, manhuas, manhwas and novels, I was inspired to write some of my own ancient fantasy East Asian fiction. This, of course, counts watching all those Chinese Wuxia dramas since childhood thanks to my parents.

Hamster has allowed me to co-occupy her blog so you will see my work and translations here.

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13th in 13

*weep* I didn't watch yesterday's final and now I'm waiting for the Tennis Channel's rerun or my download to finish, whichever pops up 1st. It's my punishment for being a bad fan… but my poor heart just couldn't have dealt with it yesterday. 2 sets in and I was completely drained by their slogging brand of tennis. I was having recurring nightmares of 2011 all over. The grunting, the laboring, the nice-try-but-not-good-enough!
But apparently I was saved from another embarassing CBS aftermatch ceremony. OMG when will they ever learn? A Major match is best 3 out of 5. That means at least 3 hrs, likely 4 or 5. Add in pre-match warm-up and post-match ceremony you need a good solid 4-5 hrs scheduled. The hell do they think they can squish it in a 5-8pm slot? And then cut the competitors' speeches so rudely? And apparently they still emphasize the prize money so tackily. 3.6 M. Isn't that just grand? The biggest cheque cut ever. Only in America.
You deserve Nadal doing this to ur trophy: