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  It's been a while since I last sent a postcard.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Incoming Postcards for Postcrossing (May 2017)


It took a while for mail to start arriving. I was getting anxious thinking that they might have gotten lost or sent to my old address since I recently moved. Thankfully, I remembered to change my address and the postcards started to steadily arrive throughout the past 2 weeks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

10 Reasons You Need to Watch American Gods

I am happy to say I was one of the lucky people who sat down to read Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel before it was made into this amazing TV Show. Back then all I had to enjoy the book and its story was my imagination. I definitely feel so lucky that I'm alive right now to witness this amazing story come to life. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What on Earth is a Fidget Spinner?


Fidget spinners. Chances are you've come across this little thing while you were prancing around the Internet at some point. And if you're like me, you're probably wondering what they are and what makes them so popular.

Friday, May 12, 2017

My Top 5 Japanese YouTubers


I started watching Japanese YouTubers when I was prepping myself for Japan about 4 years ago. I wanted to get used to listening to actual Japanese speakers use the language rather than rely on anime the whole time. Watching the videos definitely helped me improve my listening but I soon found myself unable to stop watching their videos.

***These YouTubers are not arranged in any particular order.***

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PDRKabushikiGaisha

PDR created this channel as a spoof of his younger brother PDS's YouTube channel. I don't remember how I came across Duncan exactly, but I think it was around the time I was going around Youtube looking for people who made videos exclusively about Japan. PDR or Duncan (yes, he has an English name as he is only half Japanese) is the only Japanese YouTuber on the list that has amazing English. It's always surreal to hear him speak in his distinctly British accent as he had spent some time in the UK when he was younger. While he mainly vlogs in Japanese on his main channel, you can expect English subtitles and distinctly Western style humour and great editing. I used to binge watch him all the time. He also has an English channel (he doesn't update often) and a collab channel with his wife Mimei who is also a YouTuber.
 Here's one of his Q&A videos:


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Fischer's (フィッシャーズ)

This is a gem of a channel I came across thanks to YouTube's autoplay function. This channel mainly focuses on the various antics and adventures of a group of friends. From hilarious pranks to investigating haunted spots there are various videos for you to enjoy. While the channel mainly features the group's leader, Silk Road or Shiruku and Ndaho (both screen names), you'll see the other members like Peketan, Motoki, Masai, Daama and Zakao appear on the channel occasionally too. Unfortunately, the videos do not have any English subtitles. :(

I love this video they made for YouTube Fan Fest 2016:


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Gyu Channel (恭チャンネル)

This is another channel I don't know how I came across. I believe the first video I watched from Kyouichiro's channel was him making giant pudding. After that, I just couldn't stop watching him do food reviews. However, he doesn't just eat. He's also a great singer and he does various voice impressions. Kyouichiro's channel doesn't have subtitles either, but unlike Fischer's channel, it can be pretty hard to enjoy and follow unless you have an understanding of Japanese. Kyouichiro has also appeared in various Japanese entertainment shows. 

Here's Kyou-chan's super catchy channel intro:


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Yuka Kinoshita

This Youtuber was featured in my Oogui post. She's one of my favourite YouTubers. I can't explain why it's so mesmerizing just to watch her eat. Yuka does a lot of food reviews on her channel. She also does livestreams where she eats large meals while hanging out with her fans. She's appeared on various Japanese eating shows on TV and even has her own gaming app. Yuka has English subtitles on her videos so you should definitely go check out some of her videos!

If you're wondering what's so good about watching someone eat, Yuka has an adorable personality. Her random comments throughout the video, awkwardness and sometimes clumsy nature are what make her videos so fun to watch.

Here she is eating 10 packs of Sedaap Indomee: 


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Avantiz (アバンティーズ)

This is a fairly new YouTube channel that I've subscribed to. I've seen them suggested by YouTube a few times but I refused to check them out because I was enjoying Fischer's videos. It wasn't until they did a collab with Fischer's that I decided to sub to their channel. They do basically the same things as Fischer's. There are lots of wtf moments and messing around. If you like watching Japanese guys do stupid things then this is the channel for you. However, just like Fischer's they don't have subs either.

 I haven't been watching them long enough to recommend a video, so here is a one of their pranks: 


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Hajime Syacho was on this list but I lost all respect for him after news of his cheating came out. It just goes to show that you really can't judge a book by its cover. He seemed like a really good guy. You can read more about the scandal here

Another YouTuber that I would have liked to add to this list is Maru the cat's channel but I thought I'd just list a bunch of humans instead.

 If you watch other Japanese YouTubers similar to the ones I've listed above, do share them with me and I'll check them out! I'd love to subscribe to new YouTubers. 😍

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Outgoing Postcards for Postcrossing (April 2017)

It's been almost 2 months since I sent out my last postcards (or made any posts whatsoever on this blog). It takes a while for all of them to arrive at their destinations and I didn't want to send out one postcard at a time since I wanted to make another big outgoing mail post. You can check out my last post here and my other Postcrossing posts here.

So far, 2 of the 9 postcards I sent out have not reached their destinations yet. (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻

They might be lost, I have no idea. I believe I have 90 days for the postcards to get to where they have to go before they're considered "Lost".

I've been away from this blog for a while and I have various reasons, I swear but 99.8% of the reason is due to my laziness. So, to kickstart my blogging, I thought I'd do another outgoing mail post. However, the postcards I'm sending out this time around are a little different.

In the past, I did a little experiment to see whether I could stick a stamp on a 3R picture and send it through the mail. You can read all about that in this post but long story short, it worked! The only thing is, Singapore is literally right beside Malaysia. Will a picture postcard make it all the way to the UK? To Africa? To the US?

I'd like to find out, so this time I'll be sending 6 printed pictures turned postcards to 6 different locations, including Malaysia.

I apologise if these are not the type of postcards you were expecting. But #science. 
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Here are the postcards that will be heading out:

To Antje S. from Germany
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To Adriana G. from the USA
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Nikolai M. from Russia
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Agung R. from Indonesia
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Sammi L. from China
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YC T. from Malaysia
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I hope the postcards reach their destinations safely!
If you happen to see your postcard here, please do drop a comment down below! 
I'd love to hear from you!

Likewise, if you're interested and want to try it out for yourself, I'd be happy to try and answer any questions that you have! 

Happy Postcrossing!
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Postcards that have arrived:
**to be updated as postcards arrive**

Adriana G. in the US - 14 May 2017 (17 days)
Nikolai M. in Russia -  EXPIRED - 25 July 2017
Antje S. in Germany - 20 May 2017 (23 days)
Agung R. in Indonesia - 27 May 2017 (30 days)
YC T. in Malaysia - 12 May 2017 (15 days)
Sammi L. in China - 22 May 2017 (25 days)

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