Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome, Kaien…

vampire knight - kaien crossI have never done this before, and I hope I wouldn't have to again any time soon...

Ichigo, my PC, had been failing in his performance as of late. After a few system checks, it appeared as though he had a worm infestation I just could cure. And so, before the worms reach my files, I decided to reformat him and re-install his entire operating system.

It was a fairly complete success. So far, Kaien is performing very well. His reaction time is much faster than Ichigo’s, but I suppose that’s mainly because not all of his programs have been installed as of yet. I have to say, it wasn’t too bad for a first timer like myself… But I am wondering whether or not I should have wiped the entire HD clean before re-installing everything.

Well, it’s a bit too late for that now. If I want to do that, I’ll have to wait until the next reformat.

Ichigo was 5-years-old before he was turned into Kaien. I’ll miss him dearly, but it was time for him to go.

On another note, I was able to find an English copy of Paint Tool Sai. Everyone on Deviant Art has been talking about this program for a while, so I thought I might check it out. Now if only I can find some tutorials on this program so that I won’t have to go in blind.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Miramar's Ferris Wheel

taiwan miramar ticket to ferris wheel rideIf there was one thing I didn't plan on, it was this one.

I didn't know about Taiwan's fascination with Ferris Wheels until my sister told me about the biggest one somewhere in the country. Apparently, a lot of soap opera scenes are taken there, wherever that is.

I didn't see the biggest one, but I was able to see and ride on the second biggest Ferris Wheel in the country. It was about 70 meters high if I remembered correctly, and the ride was on the 5th floor of a mall known as Miramar.

You can probably imagine how high up we were. And I'm not exactly all that comfortable with heights. However, I do love Ferris Wheels. I made a mistake on convincing my sister to ride with me and my brother-in-law, because she then asked for the clear passenger car.

Clear. Passenger Car. More than 70 meters off the ground. I almost fainted!

But... I didn't regret it. Even if the ride cost me 150NT, it was worth it. I mean...

ferris wheel at miramar taipei taiwan

...just look at how beautiful that Ferris Wheel is. I don't like green, but it was such a sight to behold. I would show you photos from the top of the ride, but I only had a sucky camera phone with me. You'll have to take the ride to find out~ Especially with someone special~~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hello Kitty Sweets: Cuteness in Taiwan

taiwan hello kitty sweets calling card and map

You would think that I would get over the Hello Kitty phase by now, but my trip to Taiwan made me re-think that statement.

When I arrived in Taipei, our taxi driver asked me what I liked and what I do for work. When he heard about Hello Kitty (which he really misunderstood with my Chinese fail speak), he told us about a Hello Kitty Cafe, the only one in Taiwan. In fact, he drove us there to show us, even though the store was already closed, and I was overwhelmed with the cute overload.

hello kitty sweets take out menu - front hello kitty sweets take out menu - back

Unfortunately(?), I wasn't able to buy any of the cakes or even coffee, so I can't really say how good or bad they are. According to my sister and brother-in-law, the prices for the cakes were pretty good, especially since it's a Hello Kitty themed cafe. The chairs were shaped in Hello Kitty's head, and the waitresses were all dressed in pink and Hello Kitty clothing!

Way too much cute for me, but I dare say the next time I do go back to Taiwan, I might as well make it a point to visit and dine at Hello Kitty Sweets. I mean, who wouldn't want a bite out of Hello Kitty's head?

hello kitty sweets cake