I’ve been baking/cooking a lot more recently. Funny, because to be quite honest, I’m not that into eating baked goods haha. I enjoy the occasional cupcake, cake or cookie, but a dozen of them? Cannot do. Which is why even if I enjoy baking I don’t do it as much as I’d like because the things I bake are more or less Western ones. My family doesn’t really enjoy anything other than Asian desserts LOL. Since I’m born here I’m a little bit of both. Western ones are much more sweeter. Asian ones are a lot more subtle. A little sweetness to play with your senses without going overload. You can never really complain of an Asian one being too sweet LOL…. Unless you’re old.. -cough- LOL.

I want to post some pictures up of my baking/cooking adventures, but I really suck at capturing food on camera haha!! They look rather oogly @_@. Alan’s actually quite good at both (at least compared to most people our age haha). He’s lazy but when he has all the equipment/ingredients he’ll do it haha ><. Example?

Can you tell who he was trying to make it to be? Charmander! hahaha >< I wish I can show you guys the frog he made out of a chicken and veggies! LOL

I captured these kind of right after school started up again. People are so bored and tired already after school started that everyone fled to Facebook which ended up in hilarity LOL

First one caused a shock, right? LOL!! When I was first reading it, I was like, “OMG! Why would someone post that on facebook D:???” But then at the end I was like oh.. lol so mean XD.

Ashley, Leen, and I were playing some RO (Ragnarok) during the summer on a private server. Since it was on private server we leveled REALLY quick. We were probably a couple levels away from the level cap (99) in a few shorts weeks (2?3?). We were trying to find a game close to Ragnarok since Leen’s attached to it LOL. It’s like her childhood game. We found Angels Online. I downloaded it and refused to play because it looked hella ghetto.

The whole interface was cluttered and the colours all clashed together. The words were all in the Asian-English font (Batang, etc.) like they didn’t even try on the North American version. It was “3D” but I couldn’t even turn the camera angle. Just awful…

I ended up searching for a new 3D MMO by myself and found Iris Online. I was instantly attached LOL. It’s a gypsy-themed game and you get to have your “fortune told” through their tarot cards. The characters also looked cute! That’s a bonus! LOL. On top of that you get to pick between human/hybrid/elf. Those are broken down into your more usual MMORPG classes like knight, priest, ranger, etc. Yeah, I know I’m not naming the first class ones >< but you know what I mean haha. However, it’s really not as clear cut as in some games. Like how warrior classes are for tanking or attacks, mages are for healing/attacks, etc. If you want to tank you can choose between human or hyrid. Want to be a healer? You can either be a human or elf. Mages in this game do a surprisingly high amount of damage. Their attacks that affect the surrounding area are the bain of my existence.. in the game.. LOL. Although once my Scout gets a hold of them, their hp melts away BWAHAHA. Apparently my characters in every game is always the skankier one. The way I dress to the way I sit.. LOL. My friends are always picking at my characters LOL. I didn’t choose to be skanky!!! I actually saw the search term “Iris Online Conflict Valley” on my site stats. The person must’ve been as pissed off as I was about CV. Conflict Valley.. oh, how I hate you >_>. It’s a level 30+ zone where people are free to kill each other. I like how they have no warnings for that. If Derek didn’t tell me about it after getting killed I wouldn’t know.

So.. what do I not like about it? Once you’re at the level to be getting quests for CV you really have no other quests to do. You could do dailies, but we all know how small of an amount the exp is compared to the regular quests. And by level 26 (?) you’re already starting to run dry of quests. You’ll grow tired of the repeats/dailies and feel more and more compelled to do quests at CV. Well.. don’t LOL.

1) They have no friggen limit on what level you are. Other than the minimum level of 30, you could be a level 52 strolling around killing level 31s as you please. And they do. They have this weird sense of joy charging up to a character 20 levels lower than them and killing them like a sick asshole. It is BEYOND frustrating when you’re going along as your innocent self, trying to pick a flower from the ground for your quest and BAM an asswipe runs up to you and kill you in one fell swoop. That’s CV for you.

2) Campers. When you die in CV it’s just like any other map. You spawn back at an entrance. Difference? You’ll probably die again within the second you respawn. People like to stand at the entrance, wait for someone to jump through the portal or respawn with your 0 hp and kill you to get points. What do you get for those points? Nothing. Why do they do it? Revenge. It’s a vicious cycle. There are many forums complaining about this and some immature brats comment saying “I did it because people did it to me.” Oh right, that’s what we should do. Kill the innocent people that did nothing to you. Smart. CV is really an eye opener to how many assholes are on Iris Online. I honestly thought people on this game weren’t that bad until CV. Not that I’m saying a majority of them are..

The thing is, there’s actually a 40+ area just like Conflict Valley, called Frozen Nest. If the people that are responsible with coming up with these idea thought up of a minimum, why not a maximum? They do it for battlefield, but they do not do it in Conflict Valley. Hmmm.

One of us told the GM about campers inside the portal and he said he couldn’t do anything about it unless we can give him the names of the people who are camping. Funny thing is that in Conflict Valley, IGNs do not show up. You also cannot right click them to see their info like equips. You literally have no way of knowing who the person is, that is, unless they talk on public chat so you can see their IGN.

I understand that going in their is at your own risk. I just find it ridiculous that a person will come up REPEATEDLY to kill you. They stake out at the spots where you get quests/hand in quests and just slaughter everyone. And to top it all off they don’t even give you a chance to heal. They meet you back at your spawning place and then kill you again. Really? Real mature. How cool do you think you are defeating someone with no health??? No dignity, whatsoever. If you’re going to do that, go to the battlefield. Pick on someone your own level. It’s only amazing if you’re lower level and you could kill everyone at their full hp -rolls eyes-.

Rant aside.. LOL, I really do enjoy the game. If you play and for some reason you read my blog too (:O ♥) Add me! I’m lacybebe. On Luminous Star server. That’s my Scout up thurrr. Can you see our guild, NOMNOMZ, icon? PEDOBEAR!! I actually have the words “Candy, dear?” above it now LOL.. I wanted to put “Candies, dearie?” apparently that’s too long :'( Sounds more creeper thoughhh.

Currently at lvl 38 harharhar. Been dungeoning and farming some force points.. which they’re getting rid of at the moment -sigh-. RIP Agnes.

I was hella frustrated last flag match because so many people were just standing there doing nothing. And then Agnes and enemy team were both neck in neck in flags. Both of us had the 5th flag at our base but then enemy team put it in faster LOL. I was like screaming, “NOOOOO OMG!!” You know how hard it is to farm Agnes points when your team keeps losing repeatedly?? LOL!! But at the same time I was proud because that was the first time I got so many kills HAHA. I never see Scouts in top ranks.

After I learned how to play battlefields I don’t think I’ve ever dropped to the bottom of the list in kill-death ratio. Only when my team’s sucking and I’m trying to do anything possible to get us points.

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I like how the top 2 are girls BAHAHAHA.

– Jiawen

Another Move

Helloooo!! Wow my first post in January and it’s already pretty much over LOL! I can see in my stats that I’m getting a lot of readers on mobiles so I looked around for a plugin to convert my blog into a mobile-friendly version. I know I hate loading a really huge site on my iPod Touch too haha ><

This is also my first post on my new domain. Third one in about.. two years -sigh-. This time though, I really do feel at home. I kept debating for a while if I should move from my blog from livejournal to my own domain. First I had lovemusicfashion and for some reason no matter what I did I couldn't get my domain and my web host to connect. I think they were like the same company (???) but different domain name.. so I changed it to lovefashionmusic instead and signed up through Bubble Crush web hosting. Super cheap, but I thought, whatever I want to get one to learn my way around all this. Actually, owning my own site wasn't anything hard. When I was much younger, someone offered to be my hostess so I already knew about running my own site and using FTP. However, when you suck at learning coding.. life gets hard LOL. Which was what happened when I tried to tinker with wordpress on LFM. Kristy, the girl that ran BC, decided to stop hosting because it was starting to be too much for her to handle and she wasn't making anything since her prices were so cheap. I decided to try again. When I was in Vancouver during the summer, I wanted to start anew. Lots of things were going on in my life and I wanted a new start. Being by the ocean and seeing new(ish ><) things felt inspiring so I bought a new domain from Hostpitality called refreshedinspirations. I just want to say.. what you pay for is what you get LOL. I paid for the package which includes the domain and waited while they set me up. After I got my information I went onto the client area and saw that it said I never paid for the package and still owe $xx.xx. I was a bit uneasy about this. I entered a ticket asking about it. No answer. I thought, well no harm since I checked paypal and there's no sign that they will automatically take from me each year. Plus, they already set up my site and e-mailed me my information. Their cPanel was really lacking o_O. They disabled a whole bunch of stuff including Softaculous which I thought would be a good thing to have... makes life much easier. Later on I guess clients were suggesting it so there was an announcement that it had been added... I never saw it >_>.

The biggest problem though was the downtime I got =_=. Every time I felt like making a post or a draft I go on and see that my site is down. The site even claims 99.99% uptime.. LOL. I thought to myself okay well after this year I’m definitely switching host. I guess it’s for the best because I never really liked those other domain names. I was just trying so hard to squeeze one out haha. Sad part is that they suddenly out of no where mentioned that they were closing down hosting by Feb 1. They never said if they were at least going to keep hosting the people for the rest of the time they paid for but I think they should just cut their losses. All those cheap hosting companies run by a couple individuals just keep closing and pushing their clients to another one just like that and the cycle keeps going.

I decided to do some more research to see what hosts got good reviews and also at a good price (no too good to be prices though!). Now I’m here! I’ll post about this one some other time. I literally just moved this site like…yesterday?

So I’m the type of person that loves to buy my own copy of a book. I used to love going to the library but I started getting frustrated. I was telling a friend of mine that I hate sometimes when a book isn’t even an old one and it already looks battered and gone through too many people’s hands. When a book’s pages are all wrinkly like it soaked up liquid and it smells old, it bothers me LOL. She said she doesn’t know what books I’m getting because hers seem like they’re in a good condition. I don’t know man.. my other friend agreed with me LOL.

I’m also impatient hahahaha. Unless I’m like my friend who puts a dozen books on hold at a time I can’t stand waiting. Our university’s student ID can be used at our public libraries too. I thought since our ID works and I don’t have to sign up for membership, I might as well borrow some books to read – books that I’m kind of interested in but not really sure I want to buy. All of them were waitlisted x_x…

Problem with buying books though.. I’m starting to run out of space.. LOL. That’s the shelf in front of my bed. You can see all the Gossip Girl books harhar. Don’t mind the plushies.. HAHA.. I put all my childhood ones in the bag, but I didn’t want to bag the ones I got from my friends.

You can tell I read a lot of Young Adult books. I don’t mind reading the ones aimed for an older crowd, but it’s kind of hard to find one from scratch. A lot of the bestsellers (NYT & Publisher’s Weekly) are thriller and.. I don’t want to read all thriller haha! Young adult books though are fast and easy to get through which makes it easier when I recommend them to friends. A lot of young people nowadays, even though they might enjoy reading, don’t want to pick anything up because – other than the fact that they don’t really know what’s out there – they don’t have time to get through it. Especially when you’re a university student and you already have textbooks to get through.. the last thing you want is to read a book full of hard words because an author is trying too hard to be descriptive.


I got to read an excerpt of The Hunger Games and really liked it. I never watched Battle Royale but the premises of the ‘game’ seemed similar. Well.. the battle to the death part haha! I was telling some of my friends about the excerpt I read – was kind of summarizing it for them from memory. Everyone seemed really interested. Now all my friends have bought a copy and are telling me how much they love it LOL. I don’t even have the set yet.. but!! I ordered it the other day so it should be coming this coming week hehehe ^^.

I was looking through NYT and PW’s bestseller list and saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Title already got me interested… LOL. I searched around and read a couple synopsis on it. Sounds really interesting! Yeah, it’s a mystery/suspense, but I don’t read those too, too often so I going to put that onto my “To Read” list haha. They even made a movie out of it???

Apparently it’s been the highest amount of snowfall for my city since 1989. That’s before I was born! Our city agreed to do a 24-hour snow removal from the streets. I always thought to myself that we were pretty much built for weathers like this because when I hear about how my relatives in Vancouver are suffering, I’m usually saying, “Are you for real? You didn’t even get that much snowfall. How did you guys get stuck?” Now that we snowed every single day non-stop for like two weeks… I don’t think we’re doing so well LOL. My coworker from Nova Scotia said their streets would’ve been plowed much, much more quickly. Except, for them, they can remove the snow and put them over the dock. We’re landlocked ><

How high’s that?

I’m 5’2-5’3 LOL.. And it’s been snowing more since I took these so I’m pretty sure it’s my height now in my front yard.

Well.. this has been a longgg post hahaha >< I hope it makes up for almost a month's absence. - Jiawen PS. I notice a lot of traffic's through searching for makeup/skincare reviews. I'm afraid I don't do much of those since I'm not a beauty blogger LOL. Ah wells ><