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Doctor Who episode review: (Spoiler alert, so this will be under a cut)


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New episode was good on its own, but after being disappointed by last season's overall story arc, I'm not really expecting much from this season either.

New character love: Oswin (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman)

She can replace Amy any day. She has the same spunk and charisma Amy had back at the beginning of season 5. She is a good match for the doctor, and I did like the twist (which, whilst predictable, I will not spoil here) at the end. It will be interesting to see how Moffat introduces her character after than plot twist.

I would post screencaps, but I'm far too lazy :P

Anyway, play by play of the episode.

So, the episode starts off with the Doctor being propositioned (hehe, my mind went to a dirty place there) by a woman telling him to save her daughter who has been captured by the Daleks. They reveal they are on Skaro (I think they've tried to emulate Skaro as it was shown in the first Doctor who Dalek episode, but modernised, obviously). The Doctor is suspicious, the woman is revealed to be a Dalek, a recurring theme in the episode (and I suspect it will be a recurring theme throughout the season). I'm not sure I like these human-dalek thing Moffat's got going on. I mean, I know in "The Daleks in Manhatten" episode (in season 3) they had human Daleks, but that was different and made sense (in a Doctor Who kind of way). 

Next scene: Amy and Rory in fight mode. The way Rory treats Amy in this scene is so sad, because I love Rory. Rory and Amy have split up (super sad face) for a reason we don't know yet. They both get captured by the human-disguised-dalek things. It's weird.

Amy, Rory and the Doctor are now reunited and are presented to the Dalek parliament, who ask the Doctor to save them. I didn't like this part either. Now, I know that the Daleks have shown some emotion in the past, usually just fear of the Doctor, and River Song. Otherwise, they have shown emotion because they had human DNA in them (first Dalek episode with Rose, "The Daleks in Manhatten" with the Dalek human hybrid), and I think the cult of Skaro are an exception to that Daleks being void of emotion rule. I just found it flawed that the Daleks would actually ask the Doctor for help. I mean it did say that they were planning to kill the Doctor after he destroyed the Dalek Asylum (a planet full of insane Daleks, I guess that means more insane than Dalek Khan?). Whatever the Moffat explanation there, I didn't find it very plausible.

Okay, so from thereon, the Doctor plus companions in tow try and find a way to shut down the asylum, and they run into Oswin who helps them through the asylum. It is revealed that any organic matter on the planet is converted into Dalek. 

Rory and Amy reunite (yay). This was actually a really sweet episode. References back to Demon's Run (seriously, the worse climax to a season ever). Rory and Amy love, Doctor awkwardness. Big twist (which was pretty predictable. Moffat dropped a lot of hints). Even though I thought it was predictable, I did like that for once the big twist in a Moffat episode was actually led into properly and well written. Moffat took way to many leniencies in the last season with that kind of thing.

So, rating, I hear you not ask? I give this episode a 3/5 because it was okay, but it was well written and give something to look forward to in the upcoming episodes.

Let's just hope there aren't too many filler episodes.

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Travelling

Hey all, I just thought I might post my question here since I have many LJ friends around the world. I'm planning to travel as much as I can before I'm 25 and finally decide to move out. So, I'm wondering where should I go, and when would be the cheapest time to travel?

Places I have in mind already are:
London
Paris
Japan
New York
Other places in the US, i.e. the west coast & possibly Texas / other Southern States
Other parts of Europe, possibly over a month or so

Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated :)

Anyway, I've got a bunch of planned posts ahead, I just have to find the time to compile them, so look out :)

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Creativity Thursday

Title sucks, I know, but it's all I could come up with.

ANYWAY. In the middle of planning my cosplay for Manifest (anime convention in Melbourne). I'm going as Chopper from One Piece because he's super adorable plus has an easy but awesome costume. Ordered various cosplay bits from the vast regions of the internet, and making parts of my costume if I can't afford / find them.

Stay tuned, I'll have pictures as it starts to come together!

Jul. 31st, 2012

Hey all!

Been super busy with uni, study, not sleeping, and spending far too much time on youtube and playing iPhone games. To be fair, I've been trying to get into vlogging, mainly because I want to improve my public speaking skills and I think it would be a good way for me to learn to be able to criticise my public speaking. Anyway, I've been watching a lot of youtube channels to see how they vlog. They all make it easier than it looks. I mean, I don't want to, nor do I think I'm capable of doing all the funny little things all those famous vloggers can do, but I still want to be interesting. What I have gathered is that I do need to have a vague plan of what I'm going to say should I decide to vlog. 

Anyway, I just realised I haven't really talked all that much about what's going on in my life. I've graduated! Woo! My graduation ceremony is next week :) yay. So photos will be up next week. I've started my Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Chemistry). I'm working at the Bio21 institute, which is affiliated with the University of Melbourne. My project is to do with sartans! I'm not really sure how much I'm allowed to talk about it, but sartans are pretty cool stuff. I'll blog about that another time.

Okay, so the reason for my post was I wanted to share a few cool things I've discovered that don't quite fit into the Fave Five Friday theme.

Youtube channels:
danisnotonfire and amazingphil are two UK vloggers, who are friends with charlieissocoollike, nerimon, kickthepj and crabstickz, who are flat mates and do a lot of videos together. They're funny and nerdy and I've just discovered them.

iPhone games:
Since I don't have time to play computer / DS / Wii games, I've been playing iPhone games because they require no more than 10 minutes of my attention at any one time. (I play Pokemon on my DS, so it require several hours, also I've foregone playing my DS so I have time to read)

Anyway, games I recommend:
Tiny Tower
Pipe Roll (except I got stuck on world 6)
Snoopy's Fair (it's one of those Farmville-like games, but Snoopy is awesome, so I keep playing it)
Smurfs (same concept as Snoopy's Fair & Farmville, but again, the smurfs are so weird and adorable I can't seem to stop playing it)
Any of the Dash games, e.g. Diner Dash, Wedding Dash, Hotel Dash, Cooking Dash, the latter being my favourite

Games I'm yet to play:
Spy Fox --I've played the computer game version which is actually pretty fun for a kids' game
Spy vs. Spy --I loved this section in MAD as a kid, so upon seeing the game, I HAD to try it

~~Anyway, I need to catch up on my youtube subscriptions and go to bed. Night all!

Tasty Tuesday

Totally forgot to take photos, but I made lemonade scones. I like this version of scones because it's less dry and flour-y than regular scones.

Here's the recipe if you want to try them. I won't include a photo of mine because mine got a bit burnt (temperature of the oven was a touch high because mum had just used it to make a roast).

Lemonade Scones (makes 13 of ~3 cm diameter)
300 g (2 cups) self raising flour
55 g (1 / 4 cup) caster sugar
125 mL (1 / 2 cup) cream
125 mL (1 / 2 cup) lemonade
40 mL (2 tablespoons) milk

Knead flour, sugar, 1 / 2 teaspoon of salt, cream and lemonade.
Roll out over a floured surface (~2 cm thickness).
Cut with a cutter & brush with milk.
Bake at 220 degrees Celsius for 10 - 15 minutes, fan on.

I've found that you might need to add a bit more flour. Though if you find the dough a bit too dry, add a bit of milk :)
Also, you should bake for 10 minutes first, then check  with a skewer to see if it's cooked all the way through, though it doesn't matter too much since there are no raw ingredients in this.

Next week I'm going to try strawberry & cream biscuits, so stay tuned!

'Til next time my nerd-migos

xoxo

So I've had no luck with regular posting, to be honest, I've just not been really inspired to blog since all I've been doing is going out shopping or to lunch with friends or the boyfriend, dealing with uni crap, and now I've got the flu. I don't feel horrible but I know I have the flu since I had a slight fever, and my glands and sinuses and the rest of me is aching a bit.

Anyway, my real reason for blogging is that I've noticed that I have had a few follower requests on instagram, and since I filter my follower requests pretty carefully, I figured I should mention that any of my lj friends who have requested me, shoot me a message or comment on this post and let me know what your username is so I can accept you :)

Will have a proper post planned out soon!

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Blog Post

I haven't been really in the mood to blog this week. I've been feeling quite down in the past week, but been feeling better over the past few days. Especially after Comic Con yesterday. I didn't manage to get many pictures but I bought a few things, in the way of manga and comics. I also got a TARDIS mug for pebblegosling because hers broke, I was going to get her one and send it to her whilst she was in Japan when she asked me to months ago, but I realised it would have ended up costing me over $60 to do so and I figured she didn't want to spend that much money on a mug no matter how awesome it is. Luckily I found it for $20 at Comic Con and she comes back in a month!!! (SO EXCITED!!!!)

Anyway, I haven't really been in the mood to photograph things besides food. Might do a touch of shopping for some new skirts and maybe a new pair of flats. 

I've also been seriously considering vlogging to build my public speaking skills because I still get hella nervous every time I have to make a speech, and considering I will be going into grad school soon, I will need to work on public speaking.

Pebblegosling and I have a tentative vlogging plan whereby if one of us doesn't blog in more than a month, there will be a punishment. We haven't worked the details of this plan out yet, but I think it will encourage us both to vlog on at least a semi-regular basis.

That being said, if the vlogging thing takes off, I will have a Video Blog Saturday or something :)

My goal for this week will be to be more diligent with photographing things :) I don't think I have very many plans to go out and be social this week, but I'll see how it goes.

Be sure to check out my tumblr for other updates.

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Blog Post

So I've got a few more ideas on weekly segments. I would like them to be named so that they're vaguely catchy, otherwise I will settle for not-so-catchy names...I guess.

So, how's Tasty Tuesday sound? The name is inspired by the blog That's Chic, but I would be trying out new recipes & blogging my process. 

I'm also thinking something along the lines of and art project themed Thursday, but I want a catchier title. Since I've got a few art projects lined up for my winter break, I was thinking of blogging my process, since it would be kind of cool to document it for my DeviantArt as well. I've also got some new pretty ink and a glass dip pen that I can try drawing with.

I haven't thought of anything for Saturday or Sunday but maybe I could take them as a day(s) of rest? haha

Any thoughts on names for Thursday or themes for Saturday and Sunday?

I went out last night, so I'm super tired and I think I'm just going to go read in bed now.

xo

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Five Five Friday

For those who don't remember, I'm starting this Fave Five Friday as inspired by Felicia Day's segment in the Flog. I like the idea of recommendations of cool things available to us on the internet. I might not do this every Friday, it depends if I come across 5 things I actually want to share.

1. Springfield Punx
A site / blog where various characters are drawn in the form of Simpsons characters

 
{Tommy Lee Jones / Kay from MIB; Tony Stark / Iron Man}

2. Surviving the World
A cool and funny sort-of web comic basically giving you tips on how to survive the world. I came across it whilst reading SMBC (I believe Zach did a guest strip for them vaguely recently).

I've only just started reading it, so I'm only about 200 "comics" in, so I can only really link you the ones I found amusing from the first 200.





3. Nerdist "Just Cos"
This set of videos is from the Nerdist youtube channel. It is about cosplay. I think that's enough said. I'm linking my favourite one thus far.



4. Left-Handed Toons
This webcomic is very much a hit a miss with its comics. Some of them are hilarious, and with others I'm thinking W.T.F?! Good fun to read though. I think I also came across this via SMBC because Zach did a guest strip for them a while back.


 

5. This Is Colossal
This blog showcases many cool and wacky art projects and exhibitions. Never a disappointment.


{Multiple exposure photographs by Christoffer Relander}


{Lego anatomy / dissection by Jason Freeny}


{Sand sculptures by JOOhend Tan}

Okay! So that's all for this week. Hope you all enjoyed it :) I actually really enjoyed writing this post. Please give me recommendations for other cool things from the internet and I'll add it to my ever growing list. Also, make sure you keep an eye on my tumblr, because I will be posting a lot of cool things I find on the internet there :)

xo
Got the new Lime Crime eyeliner, just in black because I'm conservative that way :P I'm not too confident that I could pull off one of the other colours yet...for now, I'm happy with the black, because it is difficult to find a good black eyeliner that's easy to apply and stays on.


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I've also really been getting obsessed with facial cleansers and the like. Now, before you get all judgemental, I am well aware of the crap that beauty companies advertise on their products and the fact that it is very loosely regulated. I have very temperamental combination skin that gets terribly dry during Winter, oily in Summer and I break out when I'm stressed, tired or in weird weather (i.e. ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME IN MELBOURNE!!! #rageragerage). So anyway, I'm on the pill for my skin which is the most amazing thing ever. Little to no side effects and my skin is clear and relatively problem-free during times on relaxation and non-stress. I've also found that keeping my skin clean and well-hydrated has definitely helped prevent breakouts (which I still get occasionally if I've had make up on for too long or I'm overly stressed or tired). Also, since my skin tends to get very dry, very easily, I can't use products like Proactiv or Clearasil because they make my skin super super dry and no amount of moisturiser works. 

Anyway, after that little rant, I use a foaming cleanser for acne-prone skin (once or twice a week) from a Korean brand called The Face Shop since it suits my skin tone, and for a more general every day cleanser, I use a foaming cleanser by Olay. It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling very nice and soft afterwards. I've also started using toner in the morning and at night. I've found that if I don't have time to do a proper cleanse in the morning, it helps prevents breakouts whilst I'm wearing make up all day. You might ask, why do I bother wearing make up? To be fair, I only wear the lightest layer of foundation just to even out my skin tone, eyeliner & mascara (mascara only if I have time) and lipstick if I feel like it. When I go out for a party it's pretty much the same, just adding on eyeshadow (I am crazy obsessed with glittery eye make up, next on my list is to find a long wearing glittery eyeliner). Anyway, foundation isn't fantastic for your skin, so I do moisturise and wear a make up primer to protect my skin as much as I can, and in Summer I tend to just use moisturiser with sunscreen (SPF 15) plus facial sunscreen (SPF 30) and bring along a compact, because I cannot stand that face-shiny-ness. I also need to invest in some waterproof & smudge-proof eyeliner & mascara for Summer, but I'll think of that when Summer comes :P

Oh...I just realised I've gone completely off-track. What my original train of thought was that I have been getting really into facial masks. I got this amazing one from Clarins. It was a bit pricey, but after already having used it twice and seeing how little I actually use in one go, it will definitely last me a long time. Also, my face feel AMAZING not only after, but the following day as well! Even after I do my usual cleansing and make-up routine!! I went out shopping today as well and got some facial masks of the cloth variety from The Face Shop. I have yet to try them but I have used masks from there before and I did quite like them. They are inexpensive and fun to use, so it's a little extra splurge since I have finished exams now :)

Anyway, I need to clean my room because it's annoying me how messy it is at the moment. I shall post a fave five tomorrow! so that's something to look forward to.

xo

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