Shut Out That Negativity

So, I’d say I’m officially back from my internet break. I really missed blogging, and now that I’m back, I have so many fresh ideas to blog about.

After being offline for a while (no WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter, etc) I learned to do other things that I loved like photography/videography, cooking, meditating, enjoying nature, and being positive.

I noticed this only when I got back, but the internet can be so negative. YouTube is stuffed full with hate comments, everybody is complaining about the celebrity they hate, people are being murdered left and right on the news and I must say, the internet has been a really depressing place.

After learning this, I wanted to reach out to you. Make the internet a better place. Radiate positive vibes. Talk about things that make you smile. Encourage people to live in the moment and to enjoy life. Just go outside and breathe. There are so many things in life to love. This world that we live in is a beautiful thing. We humans just need to realize that. I know that humans will never get along, but can’t we just try? If you do, then you know that at least YOU aren’t the one contributing to hatred and negativity.

I’m proud of my sudden maturity these last few months, and some of the posts in the past that I have written are just so… negative. I won’t delete them, because they are memories and they show me growing as a person, but I will continue to grow. I hope you are with me on this. I hope we can work together.

So, I decided to write a post of a simple 10 things that make me happy. I highly encourage you to do the same, and if you read this, comment below (or even write a post) about 10 things that make you happy. I’d absolutely LOVE to read them. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

  1. Nature. This one is a no brainer if you know me. When I’m in nature, I’m truly myself. I don’t feel the stress and negativity of modern city life. I feel serene and in the moment.
  2. Animals. Animals never cease to make me smile. They make me love the earth and all that it holds. They show me that life can be innocent and beautiful.
  3. Video games. They let me fill a role in a fantasy world where I can just escape. Whether I am kicking butt while being the intelligent Lara Croft or talking to Cortana in Halo, I am having fun.
  4. Anime. I have been an anime lover for only 2 years but it feels like a long time. When I watch anime I feel like I’m being immersed into a whole new culture. I learn a lot and laugh a lot as well.
  5. Sunny days. Now that it’s summer, I’m going to see a lot of these, which is so great.
  6. Chai tea.ย Simple, but magical.
  7. Cooking. Making things with my own two hands and then enjoying them is such a great feeling.
  8. YouTube. There are so many YouTubers that radiate so much positivity, and they make me smile.
  9. Hiking. Where I live, it is so beautiful and full of forests.
  10. Helping others. These aren’t in order, but helping others and seeing them thrive just makes me know my purpose in this world.

Thank you very much for reading. I can’t wait to read yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

Halo 5 Guardians First Impression

So, today I played Halo 5 Guardians for the first time… and I was incredibly surprised and impressed.

The plot is a little difficult to describe if you haven’t played Halo before so there are plenty of websites that would explain in much better detail than I ever could.

Anyways, firstly, the controls are a lot different. In fact, they are extremely different. It takes a while to get used to, but once you do, you realize the new controls are a lot easier. (At least I did. I’m really good at getting used to controls quickly.) I hear that some people don’t like changing between two games they are playing frequently because they get confused between the controls. This doesn’t happen to me often. I play 3-4 different games a day. Currently I am playing:

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Styx: Master of Shadows
  • Halo 5 Guardians
  • ย Hand of Fate
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishments
  • Halo: The Masterchief Collection (Various halos and the multiplayer)

I’m slightly ashamed to say that I play almost all of these daily. You may be wondering how I could possibly have so much free time, and that’s mostly because I’m online schooled, and so when I’m done with my work or waiting for a response from a teacher, I play video games.

I know it’s a bad habit, but I’m the type that doesn’t study and miraculously gets good grades. (I’m still wondering why.)

ANYWAYS, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself yet, but Halo 5 has to be one of the best Halos that I’ve played. Halo 5 has:

  • Beautifully crafted graphics
  • Interesting storyline
  • New and cool features

I don’t understand why it was getting so much hate. I am going to be quite honest with you though… I mainly play Halo for the gameplay, and not the actual storyline. I actually don’t really care about the storyline, which might hurt some Halo fan’s feelings, but I don’t mean to!!! I just don’t mind.

Maybe Halo 5 doesn’t have an AMAZING storyline, and so fans were disappointed.

Overall, I am really excited to see what Halo 5 will bring.

Thanks for reading

Sunny Day Thoughts

The sun is making the raindrops on the trees sparkle. Nothing but good vibes fill the air. I love the rain, but when the sun comes out, I feel like being productive and positive.

This past week has been extremely busy so I haven’t been able to post anything. I have missed writing blog posts. It has been finals week at my school, so that will explain a lot.

I discovered a new genre of music on 8tracks. It’s kind of study chill indie Japanese music. It’s actually really good. I don’t like American indie music because they all sound like they are either sick or they screamed at a concert all night so they are left with a raspy, smoker-type voice. Yuck.

I am still learning Japanese, and I think I’m actually getting better. I am also watching a lot of anime. I might do a review on them soon. I am watching Black Butler (please don’t spoil anything!), RDG (Red Data Girl,) and I just finished Noragami (which was amazing! I really recommend it, although it might be weird for people who are new to anime. Actually, anime is always weird for people who are new to anime.)

I have also been playing a LOT of video games. I am replaying Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Seasoned Raider difficulty, which is almost the hardest. It’s really really difficult but I feel like it’s a lot more realistic. The difficulties have different names. They go from Adventurer (easy), Tomb Raider (normal,) Seasoned Raider (hard,) Survivor (really hard.) I still can’t get over the graphics in this game. They are phenomenal. If you have an Xbox One, I highly recommend it! You will not regret it.

I also got this Rayman Legends, which is super fun and the graphics are so pretty! It’s kind of like Ori and the Blind Forest mixed with Mario. It’s a great multiplayer game.

Well, the sun is really shining outside so I think I’m gonna do some work for a bit and then golf outside if I have time. I hope you’re enjoying the weather where you are!

Thanks for reading.

Sword Art Online Thoughts

Sword Art Online is incredibly popular anime ย (and manga) and just a few weeks ago I finally finished it. It has 25 episodes that are each around 20 minutes long.

Right off the bat, I knew that I would love this anime, especially since it is fantasy based. (Fantasy is my favorite genre.)

 

 

Plot: This anime takes place in the future (2022 if I’m not mistaken) and is about a popular MMORPG game called Sword Art Online, which you play using NerveGear. The NerveGear fits around your head and takes over your senses, allowing you to feel, see, smell, and taste your surroundings or items in the game. It makes you feel as if you are really there. However, on the day of the game’s launch, everybody who logs on into SAO is unable to log out. The creator of the game keeps them captive, and the only way they can log out is if they complete all 50 levels of the game. It doesn’t seem that difficult, until the creator announces that anybody who dies in the game, dies in real life. It’s an intense action adventure that I love, and anything can happen. The anime focuses around the main character, Kirito, and his later best friend, Asuna.

Plot Rating: I think the plot is very intricate and creative. I haven’t seen something this creative in a long time, so for that, I give 5/5 stars.

Characters: I believe that the characters are very realistic. Asuna is not your typical anime girl. She is brave, strong, and arguably as good at fighting as Kirito. Regarding Kirito, he is a very realistic character, as well as a good role model.

Character Rating: I give 5/5 stars. The characters are very inspiring and just so lovable.

Ending: I am usually very picky about endings, and if it is not realistic or it doesn’t go the way I like, I will be incredibly disappointed. This anime however has exceeded my expectations. It is an ending that everybody will enjoy.

Ending Rating: 5/5. I just had to.

Overall, I recommend this anime to anybody, regardless of if you watch anime or not. If you have Netflix, it is there. Just make sure to watch the Japanese audio version! (The English one SUCKS!)

Thank you for reading, and if you watched this anime, please leave your thoughts below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Video Games

I have always enjoyed video games, especially since my generation is born in the age of technology. I never had to deal with bad quality 2d games. (Nothing against them! I lot of them are very amazing, I mean who doesn’t love Mario or Pacman?)

My dad recently purchased the XBOX ONE and ever since then I have been really into gaming. I am no pro, but I am slowly getting better. I think gaming has actually taught me a lot about strategy, skills, and survival.

A few really good games that I am playing now are…

  1. Ori and the Blind Forest: I just finished this game quite recently (Okay, I finished it two times within the span of 2 weeks) and I can safely say that this is one of the best video games I have EVER played. The graphics are incredible, the soundtrack is so beautiful, and the storyline is very mystical. It reminds me of Legend of Zelda and a fairytale mixed together. I HIGHLY recommend this game if you have the XBOX ONE, or a PC. It is kind of an underrated game for some reason, but trust me it is amazing.

Age: I think an appropriate age to play this game is 12 and up. I do not think it is violent at all, but it can be very challenging, and that is why I say 12 and up. A 5 year old could play it and not be scared, but that doesn’t mean that he/she will be good at it. It is officially rated E for everyone.

2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection: I know, I know, you already know about Halo and how great it is, but just saying, if you’re a new gamer like me, then you will love this game. It is not too hard for beginners, and the graphics are very impressive. I have just finished Halo 2 and am now on Halo 3, and I have played a ton of the multiplayer games (Spartan Ops) which are also very good, and I think this is not too violent.

Age: In my opinion, this game is very appropriate for 12 and up. For some strange reason it is rated M 17+, and in my opinion it should be rated Teen or something of the sort. There is little to no swearing, and very little blood. (Unless green and blue alien blood counts) so I think it’s very appropriate.

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3. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition: I have never played any of the other Tomb Raider games so Tomb Raider is fairly new to me, but as I am almost done with the game I can say that it is very close to being one of my favorite games ever. The story line is fantastic, Lara Croft is very brave and strong, and the graphics are amazing. Her face is very detailed and I am very shocked at how realistic it is.

Age: This is one of the more violent games, if not the most violent games I have ever played, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of 15. (Unless she/he is very mature.) It is very graphic, and it contains a ton of swear words, so it is for mature gamers. I have seen my fair share of gore and violence so this game is not violent at all to me, but to others who are more sensitive, this can be very frightening to play. I still highly recommend it.

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I am slowly branching out to the more mature games, and I am really enjoying the new games so far. I used to play stuff like Super Mario brothers, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and then 2, The Legend of Zelda, etc. So this is quite a change for me, but I am really enjoying the detailed graphics.

I am now playing Shadow of Mordor, which is arguably one of the most detailed and good quality games out there. I will tell you what I think of it later on. It is actually very hard so far.

Thanks for reading and if anybody has any good recommendations for the Xbox One please leave them in the comments below! I would love to play some of your favorites!