Taiwan Travel Log~ Otaku Hotspots

Hey there Potatots, Happy September. I am sorry for taking too long to write this down, the wifi speed in Malayisa is just terrible. Now, I’m back at college to finish off my final diploma semester. Yay…. /Incoherent crying at the background   Anywho, back to topic~ Taiwan is SERIOUSLY Otaku Heaven for poor people that can’t afford to go Japan.

On my first two days in Taiwan, I visited my sister’s Residential area which is Hsin Chu Town. Hsin Chu maybe a small town, but I managed to find some gems for you Otakus. There is a local bookstore in town that has a Manga section, you can get all kinds of manga and light novels from that bookstore. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures for that bookstore; however I remember it was located near a nike shop in Hsin Chu town. Next must go destination for you peeps would be a store also around Hsin Chu town would be, Kuang Nan Shop. This shop is my favorite. It has a floor for Manga and Merch for your favorite anime series. For fans who are seiyuu fans, the CD section will surely please you at Kuang Nan. There is one more comic book shop at Hsin Chu Town, near Jin Pin shopping center. Just like Kuang Nan, it sells a lot of manga there even games!

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DVDs I found while blindly roaming the CD section. Mamo and Shouta’s Live performance

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Manga Section, on the 4th floor. This are all Sin aka BL manga. Translated into Chinese Language.

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Merch Section, Same floor as the manga section few was away from the sin side

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Entrance to another Heaven

Some precaution for Sin buyers, please MAKE SURE your passport is with you AT ALL TIMES; Kuang Nan is strict at buying sins. (I had experience.

For the next Six days, I spent it at Taipei eating my heart out and getting sunburnt. Taipei has amazing places to see, the underground mall of the Taipei MRT station is HEAVEN. It is one of my personal favorite spot there; the ACG (Anime,Comics,Manga) side is my heaven. There were maid cafes there, I managed to walk by one. It’s called Maiden Diner, sadly I can’t take any photos because of their rules. That was the only open maid cafe I came across, but I didn’t went in as the majority customers there are males, and I kind of Paiseh to go in. = A = ”” However, the maid is kind enough to give me their card.

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Mascot for the anime side of the underground mall

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Final Fantasy Mobile Game Ad

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Tekken Ad, you don’t see this publically shown in Train Stations in Malaysia

 Lastly, the moment you girls and guys? had been waiting for, I finally went to and died at ANIMATE TAIWAN! No shit, that place is heaven for girls and guys. All the original merch from Japan in ONE OFFICIAL STORE! I was lucky enough that Animate Cafe was also happening during my trip, and bonus; IT WAS TOUKEN RANBU EVENT! OH MY RNGSAMA! I did a live stream on Facebook during my day there, met some new saniwas chatted awhile, cried over my poor Malaysian Saniwa luck with all the Izuminokami Kanesada, Kane-san badges. Q A Q  Animate TW is located at Zhong Zheng District near Xi Men Ding, it is close to a hotel which I don’t really know the name due to being distracted by the cafe. (Kinta… Please) You need to walk down a fleet of stairs to go to the shop, it’s an underground shop.

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My loots from the cafe blind Pick. TOO MANY KANE-SAN! > A <

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Yuri and Viktor, for the Yuri on Ice hype. Yurio is a butt picture from me.

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Why I say Taiwan is Japan for poor people, Anime ads EVERY WHERE and the public (Non fans) are alright with it, they don’t really complain about it. The just brushed it off like it was nothing serious.  My other favorite thing in Taiwan is the Fate Grand Order promo train, I rode it TWICE and I am converted to be a FGO follower. Help. Even though I knew Fate series for a long time now…

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FGO train, Round 1

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Round 2, Hi Gil~ He got me into FGO. Well… He is one of my husbands.

 Overall, Taiwan was really fun. I can’t wait to go back there again. See you guys next time~

 

 

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Announcement

Hey guys,

I will be visiting my little sister at Taiwan this August, 12th until 20th. I won’t be able to update any reviews. Do you guys want me to do a Otaku travel blog? I will be covering a lot of places that are hot spots for Taiwanese Otakus?

I would also be covering a mini shopping blog as well. Do tell me should I do a Otaku travel blog on Taiwan? Since Taiwan is the cheaper version of Japan, They have similar culture and all.

 

Till then,

 

Koimo

Internship Journey Begins

In a blink of an eye, 2 years of college life is almost up. I am currently in internship program required by my college. I am internally crying for I am a type 2 introvert, and I am also a S & C from the DISC spectrum. Anywho, the company that I interned with is somewhat my dream company at my hometown, now I am on my 2nd day of the 3 months program. My current colleagues are nice people and they are super friendly, one of the Sabahan trait.

Working for a familiar magazine company is most of everyone’s dream, including mine. I have yet to learn a lot, I’m turning 20 tomorrow on the 27th. Yay quarter life crisis.

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This post doesn’t have a specific title for my own emotions are all over the place. My grandfather passed on on Easter Sunday afternoon, I managed to see him one last time the night before. I was away from home from college, One my second year last year… He was diagnosed with cologne cancer and was in a bad state for me. My grandfather and I have a special bond, even though I have younger cousins and a sister below me… I am the first grandchild he had and my given name, Sonia was given by him. Yes, even though I personally dislike that name because of sceptical people; I am still grateful for that.

Growing up, I may not physically express my love to my grandpa. However, I do love  him in my own way. Normally, I would wait for my mom and grandpa after church for his elderly choir. I was a kid back then, I threw a lot of tantrums about it. Yet… My grandpa doesn’t say anything about it. As years goes by to my adolescence years, I am the black sheep of the family due to my ‘hanzo’ phase; I would always scream and shout at all of cousins including my sister. I know my grandpa is always annoyed with me behaving like that, he never said anything.

Fast foward, today.  I am almost finished with my diploma studies, his condition was getting worse each day. It pains me to be far away from him, cause I am scared of losing my grandpa. All my memories with him would forever be memories and I don’t have anyone reminisce with . However, I am reliefed that God decided to take him away during Easter. He knows that my grandpa had been suffering, All of god’s doings are the best. Although I am not ready to let go yet, I have to.

My best memory with my grandpa would be my preschool days, sometimes after school he would fetch me, my cousin and my sister. He would bring us to eat ice cream without telling my mom, however… She would found out eventually and lecture him on not to let us eat ice cream. My grandpa is also very peculiar, he wasn’t allow to eat any kind of food, he would have the ‘Kia Su’ attitude and tried to eat it. That happened when he was first admitted to the hospital and it was the lunar this year, it was the reunion dinner. He wasn’t allowed to eat braised pork, everyone – the adults already told him he can’t eat it. While everyone was chit chatting, He would try to go incognito and snuck a bite. Now, he can’t eat it anymore.

Good bye grandpa, I will miss you tenfold for you had been asking where I was all the time when I am far away from you. May you reunite with your sister and brother there. You would always be the best grandpa I ever have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I growing up?

It had been 7 weeks since I stopped watching Anime, or mingle around the topic that has to do with it. I still read some comics; not just Japanese. I do read from Mainland China. They have good ones there. However… I am more interested in Western TV show now. Like Gotham, The Flash, Riverdale, Arrow, Shameless (US). Its it possible for me to trade my 8 years worth of immaturity for something new and more mature?

What I meant on the word ‘Growing Up’ doesn’t revolves around my psychical feature but more on the psychological feature. I admit that I wasted 8 years of my life being immature and irresponsible. Looking back at myself, it’s really stupid and childish on acting like that. Well… I got a good slap in the face from reality last year when my life was suddenly thrown out of the window and it was shitty.

Unlike Western households, Asian households are not really open about mental illness, broken family and sexual orientations. Which is understandable, not even the major influence spectrum, Anime & Manga could accurately portray a broken family well. It’s kind of like taboo to talk about these topics in an Asian house.  Other than external sources on how am I ‘growing up’, religion is also the key player on my maturity.

I maybe a born Christian, through out my lifetime; I am never religious nor I care about the Christian lifestyle. God called out to me last year from Alpha in my college. Now, I am getting back on my own feet with a more mature mindset.

Why I go back to Superheroes

It had been a solid 5 – 6 weeks that I did not returned to the Asian pop culture spectrum of my life. I am quite comfortable here with the western pop culture. I’m not talking about celebrities or songs. I am talking about SUPERHEROES!

My life had been turning 360 degrees, my mom is working 2 jobs. My family is breaking thanks to my ‘dad’. The reason why I chose the topic , Superhero is because of my mom. She is both my wizard and my hero. Other than that is also due to my life is unrelatable to the positive vibe that all the anime had been promoting. I know not all anime is like that, there are a bunch of dark themed ones. However, the Asian spectrum isn’t well in knowledge on dealing with broken family, the struggles and all….

Going back to the superhero topic, having a role model to look up to is always a child’s dream especially when the role model is a superhero. My all time superhero that I always look up to is Superman, I know he is too OP in the 21st century now. But, I was only 5-10 years old when I look up to him. Now, Wonder Woman is my  role model now, I chose her is also due to my mom being a strong and brave woman.

I haven’t been writing fun things after I went on the Asian pop to Western Pop transition. It’s had been rough for me to do so, but I am slowly coping it.

 

Do tell me who is your Superhero role model now or from childhood.

What a Valentine

Yesterday was the one and only, Singles Realization day…. Valentines Day. As you all know, I had been single for a long time. Not that I mind, all my Valentine had been fictional characters. /laugh cry

Anywho… I had quite a day,  I went to class the whole day as my beloved Russian cat from Yuri on ice. All my lecturers liked my look; I didn’t get any discrimination verbally so far. My friends were a-ok with it.  Then, I had a scare… I thought I flushed my ID and dorm keys down the toilet… I rushed into a lot of things. When I rush, no good things ever happen to me. Minami… Why? My ex wants to rekindle with me as friends after so long. To Be Honest, I don’t know how to react to that. I am practically fine alone since I am back on track with western fandom like Harry Potter, The Flash, Gotham and more.

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I hope everyone had an awesome Valentines.

 

Biggest regrets of my life so far…

I subscribed to Netflix last few days and boy…. I am questioning myself already. Don’t get me wrong, Netflix is AWESOME! During lunar new year this year, I got back to Harry Potter from the awesome movie marathons on TV. Now, I am obsessed with the TV drama, Gotham. Hence the headline of this post.

Gotham is undoubtedly a good TV drama, based on DC’s iconic BATMAN franchise. Most of you all may know that I mostly talk about anime, manga and all the Asian pop culture  that I am involved and influenced with. /laugh cry

How I knew Gotham was a good question, not from Tumblr; not from Friends but… Billboard advertisement from my city area along side the the Green Arrow ad. I was very intrigued  by the name itself, Gotham. And… I deduced that the series may or may not have connections with Batman. I was right, it does have connection; not very in depth since Gotham is loosely based on the cape crusader’s story.

It had been 5 days since I knew Gotham deeply, 3 days since I started watching the series. I have a permanent favorite character, Jerome Valeska. The reason why I got in to this series. Jerome has the traits of Batman’s long time rival, Joker who is also my favorite villain in the whole comic book loving side of me. I have to admit, the actor Cameron Monaghan did a damn good job portraying him. I couldn’t ask for a more better Joker after Heath. Letto fans, I haven’t watch Suicide Squad so I can’t say anything about him as Joker.

Me going into the Gotham fandom is both a blessing and a curse, however…. I do enjoy the series so far.

 

 

 

Harry Potter and More…

Hey guys, long time no write. Even though it’s only a few weeks of no writing, I am driven to a corner in my family during the Lunar New Year break last two weeks. My grandfather was hospitalized for cologne cancer and it’s really painful for me, my grandfather was my only father figure in my life. I solemnly say, my biological father is no longer the ideal father figure in my life.  Moving on, the title of this post has Harry Potter involved and why does HP has to do with my purpose of this post?

To be honest, I wasn’t too keen in the Harry Potter fandom during it’s peak year from 2001 -2011. During that time, I am only on the surface as fan. However, recently…. I am officially in to Harry Potter; I blame fan fiction, the movies marathon on TV. I never really thought that I would be in the HP family few years late.  Harry Potter had been my sanctuary to escape from my really messed up life. Last two weeks, I made some self crafted wands from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Pottermore. I burnt my fingers from the hot glue gun and it was worth it.

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My wands that I made,  it is relaxing for doing crafting.

Till next time. ヘ(´ω`ヘ)

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year! It’s 2017, GMT+8 My time zone. A lot of things happened last year and what had burnt into my memories were bad ones. Both from college and home. Moving on, I hope 2017 would be better, I’m going in to my early 20s and it wouldn’t be fun. I am finishing my diploma studies soon and I will be in my internship in May. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I AM NOT READY FOE ADULTHOOD! Not only that, I am thinking of celebrating my 20th birthday at Japan; it’s had always been my dream to go Japan for once. Earlier Japan trip dreams were mostly to feed my weeaboo dreams, now it’s a different for Touken Ranbu and Bungou Stray Dogs came into my life and shifted my travel purpose.

I do sincerely hope my Japan trip dream would happen, it would make my 20th birthday worth awhile. And, I do hope I wouldn’t want to see nor face back stabbers that hurt me last year. 2017 would be a slow year for Baked Potatoes since I would be in internship in May and won’t have all the free time to watch anime and review them on time. further more, I have college to worry about and I need to keep those potential back stabbers away. Ewwwwwwwwww. * takes out repellent * I should probably stop bitching on  New years. Last but certainly not least, I am officially starting my Itabag lifestyle. /Laugh cry I need a new life.

 

Happy New Year 2017! Stay Awesome people.