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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2991593I personally also don't understand why so much people have problems with paying up front. I mean, for almost everything you pay from the moment you decide "I want to get it", no matter if it's groceries or clothing shopping or any way of online shopping. But then there's also of course the people that rather see pre-orders like a "reservation" and cancel them later when they lose interest. >.>
    The costumer service of BiJ I have really mixed experiences with. But yeah, not much other choice there is for an European, so BiJ is still better than N-Y or any of our own local shops. (Because seriously European shops ask even more than having a figure full retail price shipped to me from Japan + getting costums!)
    Talking about SEGA pre-orders there, I hope they will list ITEM #238305 as I don't like to be stuck to (pre-)ordering her from Yahoo! Japan. :/
    About government surveillance in the Netherlands, I have no clue! First I was really afraid of it, but I guess it went away the more years I spend online! At my local anime forums, almost every collectors talks about undervalueing, so when that part of the internet comes on the government radar, they have tons of people to look into, lol! And even then, it will probably be super hard to find proof. People can talk about it on forums, but you can't be sure they really ordered a certain figure or tell the truth. Btw, I'm not trying to cover my ass here, it is wrong, I know. But with the ways of payment I told you about + high fees that the post companies ask that come on top of the taxes, it's just crazy what you end up paying for a single item. It makes (seperate) pre-orders not worth it at all and you're better of with spending a lot of time finding everything second hand and/or bulk/group order. To give an example, lots of Dutch people team up for group-orders for things like GSC bonusses. Even with the extra shipping within the Netherlands they pay, it's worth it so they can split the fees and taxes.
    And jep, exactly that! The payment must be done directly to an Dutch post employee (most of our post offices are inside other stores and not run by people from Dutch post themselves, I have a long story about that too, if you're interested xD).
    *choked in my drink when you said bean juice* :'D Anyway, yes, I love coffee! I mostly go for medium or dark roasts with milk and no sugar. :) But I like all sorts of coffee, even the "candy" coffee (as people call them around here xD), such as ice coffee and mocha coffee.
    I'm amazed you can slack off so much at work! xD I wish I could do that too. Instead I'm mainly typing back at you in my work breaks and from home. :P
    Ah my dad recently got one of those surface-type laptops/tablets, the one he has is from Sony VAIO. It's a really good one, but it's a lot bigger than a regular tablet, so I'm not really sure what to think of it. :P
    My bf and I used to be Nintendo-followers, but we kept that up only until the Gamecube and first DS. The way Nintendo went after those 2 machines was not really to our liking, so from that moment on we made the switch to Sony. We don't necesarilly follow consoles or new releases (as we got the PS3 only half a year ago), but we mainly do it for the exclusives. Both of us game the most on our PC's. Or well, used to, but now the PS3 takes up most of our game time. xD When it comes to xbox, we have the first one and liked it a lot for the Dead or Alive and Fatal Frame games. :) I really love my DS though. xD There are a lot of really good RPG's released for it! But I also have to say I really really like my PSP as it has multiple nice spin-offs from games (such as GTA, Silent Hill). And the graphics are amazing for a portable console! :)
    And no, don't remind me of Silent Hills! D: I was looking forward so much to it!!! I can understand that the project was a huge money pit, but so much people were looking forward to it and wanted to buy it, it must have been possible for them to make a profit in the end???
    That reminds me of an old co-worker of mine that works in a government office in a different municipality. She does almost the same work as I do, but everyone is a lot more laid-back at her place and she also takes longer breaks or sometimes arrives later or leaves earlier! I guess it's also because the area she works in has a lot less residents and thus less employees and not much work that goes wrong or happens too late. They are they more like "as long as you get the work done, it's okay!" while at my office we already can't keep up with the phone calls and emails, no matter how big we make our front office team. >.<
    Ah, Len is such a cutie-pie! <3 His singing voice is also really nice, it sounds really different from the other Vocaloids. :) Bacterial Contamination will also be my forever favorite, not only song-wise but also for the story and video. I'm personally not sure about what my first Vocaloid song was. I think I just found a lot of MMD video's and was referred to Vocaloid songs thanks to it. The first songs that come up in my memory are some hardcore remixes that I now can't find anymore. I thought Vocaloid voices sounded really nice with electronic music. Then after that "Sweet Devil" comes up in my mind, but I don't think that one is that old yet. So actually I have no clue. I saw so much random stuff from Vocaloid years ago. xD Sweet Devil www.youtube.com... is also still one of my favorites, Miku acts so bitchy there (there are English subs in that video at the top left) and her dancing is something you don't normally see her do. :P
    DECLARE DEINO YOUR LOVE BACK. Joking of course But that's really nice of him to do! :D
    Oh yeah for sure. Once in the past I also had a washing machine I needed to get rid off within a day, so I listed a "free, take it" ad and we were bombarded by emails and phone calls within minutes. And most people were fucking annoying too. We also noticed lots of people asking for pictures and the exact stats of the machine while we only had a few hours to give it away while in a moving truck going back and forth to our new and old apprtment all day. (Long story short: we moved to a new appartment and the landlord of our new one suddenly said on the day of the moving that we weren't allowed to take the washing machine with us, so we either had to give it away or dump it within a day.) Also during that same move, a roommate of my bf tried to sell her (high quality) desk for multiple weeks before the move took place for 25 euros (because it was too big for her new appartment) and decided to do the same that morning by giving away the desk for free to the first caller/responder. And boom, her phone also wouldn't stop ringing. Cheap ass high quality desk? "Nah, not even worth to respond on." It's free? "OMG I NEVER NEEDED A DESK SO MUCH IN MY LIFE". I'm not sure if it's just Dutch people (as they are well known for being cheap) or people are just that shitty in general. (Sorry for being so negative here, stuff like this just pisses me off, as she also had a really hard time to sell something for less than 10% of what she paid herself.)
    Last cosplay compo that took place, 2 of the 3 winners were in (quite simple, to be honest) nostalgia costumes and the other one was from something well-known with a big costume. People also told me that the reason I had no chance with Elizabeth myself, was because nobody knew who she was + she was too "though" of a character and people want cute stuff. Personally I have no clue about how much of that is true, but you become an audience favorite if you are a popular character (but audience don't vote, so yeah). Chi-Chi is quite nostalgia, but on the other hand only nostalgia for the "older" convention visitors, so there will probably be a lot of people going like "What the heck is Chi-Chi wearing?" (because most people only know her from her appearance in Dragon Ball Z).
    There is no rush with cosplay and it's lots of fun~ The only stress-part for me is forgetting parts, but nowadays I do everything in matching bags and boxes, so I'm completely organized. :')
    Ah well, in high school most of my friends were yaoi-crazy. Afterwards I also thought to myself "why exactly was I hanging out with them?" but I guess it was because they also watched a lot of "normal" anime, so we had a lot to talk about. I'm also glad that most people I hang out with now, never saw my past me being surrounded by squeeling yaoi-fangirls at conventions. :P
    Oh yeah, but this was way before Rebellion, in the year the anime came out people were already calling it yuri. o.O I think they did that in Rebellion, because they noticed so much people were already pairing them up based on the original series? xD
    I think it was for the most of them, just the "kick" of getting and owning items they are too young for. The only thing I could always ask and think about back then was "what if your parents find it?" I knew my parents would flip their shit if they found (drawn) hardcore (gay) porn books in my room if I was underage. :P I remember I was quite anxious already when my parents visited my home for the first time when I moved out, because I decided when I lived by myself I would proudly display my collection (including the 18+ figures and items) and don't give a damn because I'm an adult anyways. And I was already anxious what my parents would think at 18+, can you imagine if I owned anything of that kind of material at a youner age?! xD
    Now that I talk more about it, I think it's mainly because it are Dutch people... I have a good friend in Florida who runs a figure shop and she never gets such horrible people messaging her. She's been selling for years and only had a few really bad experneices. And I don't even sell 1% of the amount of stuff she sells and I have so much bad experiences. >.> Dutch people tend to be overly picky. They want stuff cheap or if they do pay high, they want to be sure to get the best and will bother you a lot instead of just using Google. :///

    It's just because irresponsible financial practices are apparently so common with figure collectors :/ They are also entitled brats who throw tantrums when they actually get punished for not following rules, like all the whiners who complain when AmiAmi won't cancel their orders.
    Eeesh, it does seem that you're kind of stuck. But at least BiJ won't sell you a bootleg and then be rude to you when you call them on selling said bootleg. Why there are always these people defending N-Y to the last breath is beyond me when it's been shown over and over again that they're a terrible business.

    You can preorder on Y!AJ? I guess it's not any different than preordering on eBay but I sure wouldn't do it. Let's hope BiJ stocks her. If not, at least SEGA prizes are rarely difficult to find on the aftermarket.

    Oh, I see. I do understand why you and other people in countries with customs taxes would take those kinds of risks, though--those kinds of customs fees are terrible... but like you said, it is still illegal. When you can't just avoid the fee it does seem like it's better to get one huge package just so you can take one customs fee hit all together instead of 4 separate ones that might add up to a bigger total?
    So... your postal service is privately owned entirely and isn't just run by the government??
    Oh sure, do tell lol. That sounds like a "fun" experience.

    From what I understand the cancellation was not because they thought it wouldn't be profitable, but because of issues between Kojima and Konami. And del Toro hadn't ever made a video game before so he couldn't exactly just go on by himself... Really it's a shame. Actually, Konami is making the baffling choice to move out of the North American market entirely. They already put in the notice to have their stock de-listed from the New York stock exchange. Most likely, MGS V Phantom Pain will be their last international release :(

    That sums up my work pretty well. As long as you get the work done, nobody makes a fuss. It might be hard to believe but I actually work harder than most people here despite my ability to chill and slack off more than someone at your average job (well definitely more than someone at a non government job...)

    I think the best description of Len's voice is "sharp and clean." Well tuned, he has a clear, high voice that really stands out. and I'm a filthy shotacon anyway so I love him
    Vocaloids are particularly well suited to techno and techno subgenres. It works with the idosyncracies of their voices instead of against them. Oh, I love Sweet Devil! Actually, year before last at the rave at AX I remember they played a remix of Sweet Devil, I was very pleased.
    LOL WELL ACTUALLY FUNNY YOU SAY THAT when the first Deino figures went up for preorder, I actually did message him to tell him that I live in the USA but that I bought one because I love his work. In Japanese because I don't think he speaks any English. So I hope it made him smile to hear about someone in another country who took the time to tell him that they bought merchandise and like his stuff.

    Oh god getting rid of big stuff is the biggest nightmare no matter where you live, I think. Are the Dutch known for being cheapskates? I'd never heard of such a reputation XD

    I'm still salty about the winner of a contest that I entered in a few years ago. I don't even think it should have been me necessarily because there were lots more elaborate outfits, but the winner was just such a terrible costume. It was a "steampunk Sailor Moon" (idk if you had this in your country but a few years back here in the USA there was a huge "steampunk" craze, it was everywhere. And most "steampunk" stuff is just "I glued gears to it", it really should be more interesting but people take a shortcut. And this hideous Sailor Moon cosplay was just Super Sailor Moon but with a stupid top hat with gears on it and with gears on the dress and random gears and gaskets on the wand and UGH IT WAS SO DUMB WHY THE FUCK DID IT WIN.

    lol sometimes I cringe at the friends past me had. I try not to think about it to be honest... otherwise I'd go nuts.
    Mmh well IIRC Gen Urobuchi said that Homura and Madoka were always meant to be together from the beginning, but I forget if he said anything about Kyouko and Sayaka. My boyfriend loves that second pairing actually. I like it too for being tragic! Many of my favorite pairings are tragic.

    I actually did own some physical stuff, but it was always presents from miscreant friends and nothing I'd bought myself. I don't think I've been innocent since I was like 8 years old but I had the good sense not to try and buy porn while underage... Though I did send some naked pictures of myself to someone online when I was like... 15? 16? Which wouldn't be worth mentioning except that my parents found out that I had sent them, so subsequent to that I had issues about it for years and years.
    Now though, I really don't care and just think "well, I hope he enjoyed them" XD Doesn't bother me.
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2984843Ik ben veel te laat, sorry! D:
    Maar een hele fijne verjaardag gewenst!!!!!
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    Bedankt!!! ^^
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2983133I personally never bought from N-Y (and proud lol), I tend to keep it to BiJ, which is about the only other good option there is for Europeans when it comes to pre-orders. But a lot of people dislike how BiJ wants their pre-orders paid upfront, but I don't mind that actually. I prefer to pay for a figure when I plan on buying it + I have the money ready, because otherwise I forget and have to take money out of savings when it releases etc. xD
    And yes, I also feel like it won't take long until all of the stores quit with undervalueing. When I entered the hobby I mainly bought from AmiAmi and eBay and got costum fees on everything. Then I once found out through some local forums that there were shops that undervalued and it blew my mind. It also blew my mind how 90% of the people there were just blatantly admitting to undervalueing. But then I started looking into shops doing it and before I knew it, I was one of them. xD
    Oh, haha NO. They don't do "paying at post offices", you can only pay at the door or it gets returned. :/ I wiiiiiiiiiiish they allowed paying at the post offices. I heard from other European countries they even allow credit and debit cards at post offices. So those people let their packages be send to the post office and then pay for it there. Would make life a lot easier for me and I would probably not or at least lessen the amount of packages I undervalue (because in the end, I don't like undervalueing at all, as it's unsafe and there is always the teeny tiny chance they find out).
    Yeah I heard about the excuse that it would be better to boost their economy if they didn't allow international packages. Pretty much bs, I know the Dutch goverment earns great amounts of money because of them having such high taxes on items, so here they want people to buy more and more, no matter which country it's from. ;)
    It's also pretty rare for me to feel rested. But good and bad for me at the same time is that I love coffee, energy drinks, soda's etc. so it keeps me awake during the day. ;)
    I'm personally never bored, it's been yeaaaaaaaars since I felt bored (and that last time I was bored was while I was super sick and couldn't do what I want). I always feel like I have too much hobbies. xD I rather have too much to do instead of being bored a lot though, so I don't mind this lifestyle at all~ Only thing is that it's stressfull at times when people expect something very fast from me (which especially happens with all the lectures I give and cons I visit).
    Ah, I'm not active on Tumblr or Facebook myself~ But I do know there are a lot of memes and images about it indeed. xD View spoilerHide spoilerThe person that made this one is amazing, laughed my ass off the first time I saw it xD d22zlbw5ff7yk5....
    Oh wow, I'm not even that much into computer parts anymore to do that. xD I also currently have quite an "old" computer. I made my own laptop with the best stuff around at that time about 5-6 years ago and I still use that same one even now. I don't play that much games anymore (and if I do, on the PS3 or PSP/DS) or do things that made me want to upgrade yet (I used the computer during college for heavy 3D rendering and programs like Unity, but nowadays that is not relevant anymore). But I do feel a bit of his "old age" whenever I use my laptop. But it feels like a waste to replace it already, because I don't need better. :P
    I'm very very very lucky that my job doesn't allow call-in! But you can imagine a lot of people "sneak" past the boss his office on their way in or out, because they are afraid of getting extra hours or days. xD Even though I dislike how this works at my job, I had a lot worse jobs in the past and I have friends currently with jobs with even more horrible rules, so I should be grateful, at least I'm earning quite a bit thanks to it being a government job!
    Yeah you told me before and it's really sad it went like that this year. :( Seems like a situation where you can't win, whatever you chose.
    With Vocaloid I had periods where I listened more or less to it. I can't really call myself a 100% Vocaloid fan, although Deino/Calne has made me more interested in it in general in the past few years. :)
    I would think of only giving away it to friends or people I know, because I know that when I list a "free, take it!" ad on the internet, I would only get greedy dipshits that spam my mailbox and then I would rather keep the costume and "harvest" parts of the fabric for other costume projects or just scrap material to test new techniques on. I think that when I have time to really photograph everything I will list them and put on "free bidding" while I put in the description how much I invested in the costume myself. Then I'll just see how much people offer and if I get a good offer, I'll sell it. With bad or no offers after a while I will make scrap material out of them. Sounds like a good plan, right? Now just to find time to photograph and write extensive descriptions. xD
    Well, maybe that gives me a chance next cosplay compo when I enter with Chi-Chi www.cosplay.com... , lol! The character is also nostalgia for a lot of people, so I hear from friends they think I make a good chance, but personally I don't think I have much chance for winning as the costume is way too simple. My Elizabeth from last year had a lot more parts and details and I think the finish on it was cleaner than what I did with Chi-Chi (that costume is very close to being finished right now, but I don't have the time to remake parts and already started on my next costume).
    There's nothing wrong with pairing characters, the only thing that annoys me are the stereotypical yaoi-fans that grab (quite) normal shows and see every small thing as high fanservice. HE TOUCHED HIS SHOULDER THEY'RE SO MUCH INTO EACHOTHER etc. It's not only yaoi btw, I also had people tell me that they thought Madoka Magica was the yuri-spectacle of the year when it was released and that made me really think "did we even watch the same series???"
    All of my underage anime friends in high school managed to buy yaoi manga from stands at cons or they just bought it online with a Paypal with a fake age. So there was no stopping them there, if people want it, they can get it, no matter the age. My first introduction to hentai/yaoi/yuri was because of the stuff that was pushed in my face by my friends back then. :P
    Ah no, I never watched Weiss Kreuz, but I heard quite some stuff from it from friends that watched it. I'll put Triage X on my watchlist! Maybe interesting to watch with my bf one day, we also watched HOTD together (my bf is not necessarily into anime, but he likes fighting/action series/movies a lot).
    I was personally quite drama-free with relationships as a teenager, but it felt like my friends did a double dosis on everything. And then as the "(almost) always single" type I was, I was the shoulder most people cried on or they asked me advice even though I had no clue what was going on. :P
    Oh pickups are huge drama, argh! Bad memories are flowing back! Currently I live in the middle of nowhere, so I barely get people that ask for pick-up, but at my previous address I lived in a small city inbetween two big cities and had a lot of people asking for it. It was always horrible. People wouldn't show up, or we would decide a price and when they're at my door they would suddenly try to haggle, I would get tons of calls and spend a lot of time instructing people to find my home, then on top of that even though I didn't want them in my home, a lot of people would force themselves in and I can go on and on and on about bad stuff that happened, urgh. Nowadays I only do pickups at cons and very rarely I do pickups in public spaces, but I have so much bad experiences with those too. Having stuff with me in multiple bags and then for the other person to not even show their face or answer their phone, urgh. I really prefer people that just pay online and then I drop it off at the post office. There is also the problem here of people messaging you and saying they "only want to see" the stuff. Like I'm some kind of shop. No thanks, I don't want a stranger to know my address to have the slight chance they will maybe buy something off me. View spoilerHide spoilerAlso all of my sales items are in bags and boxes, nothing is on "display" like a shop. I'm pretty sure none of my neighbours realize the worth of my collection, but the people looking online at my sales + MFC profile do. So I rather not have them know where I live.

    Yeah there's so much whinging about having to pay up front... except you don't even HAVE to for every item on BiJ! Just exclusives and really expensive stuff mostly. I avoid BiJ unless necessary because they have poor service but for SEGA prize preorders they're pretty much the only game in town these days. I'm so sad! HLJ was always great for me in that area. Oh well, it's not their fault that their supplier went down.

    You might want to be a little careful about mentioning it publicly, actually... well, I don't know how government surveillance is in the Netherlands. In the USA, it's actually become a bit of a problem. I am more careful about what I say online, even just on random sites, than I used to be. I make it sound like a "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING" and it definitely isn't THAT bad but it's certainly something I am aware of. Damn NSA. ...I'm probably already on some kind of watchlist LOL.

    WTF? So if you are unlucky and run out of cold hard cash one day, you'll have to go through the hassle of having an international package reshipped and pay shipping twice? That's outrageous!
    Yeah I was always under the impression that it was a crap excuse. But South American countries are not known for making the best financial decisions...

    Coffee, delicious bean juice! I like medium and dark roasts, with some cream/milk and sugar. How do you take your coffee? My IRL best friend drinks hers black and as dark as possible. I find that a little bit too bitter, myself.

    I am bipolar so it's hard for me to get bored. Instead, if I am in a depressive state, it's just that nothing will feel satisfying. I won't be at a loss of things to do, but rather, nothing will feel worth it. But when manic I fixate on something big time. Actually, I fixate on the things I like anyway even in a neutral state. My obsessions stick forever.

    Ahahaha that's great. Yeah I've been seeing some memes about it recently but I shouldn't search such things at work XD

    I have a laptop that's quite old, but I don't use it enough to consider it worth replacing just now. I keep my desktop computer souped-up instead. Anyway, the next time I need a portable computing upload, I will get a tablet instead, maybe a Windows Surface because that actually runs a real OS unlike most tablets.
    Oh yeah, my boyfriend and I have to have a recent console too. We can't really afford to get ALL of the new ones of each generation, but we'll always get one. We tend to be XBOX gamers ourselves, so I got him the XBOX One for Christmas last year. We might get a PS4 at the end of this year...less reason to get it now that Silent Hills is cancelled (cries loudly) but might still be worth it for FFXV! We also have a WiiU and a DS but I don't really use those that much.

    I'll admit, I sneak out a little early sometimes. I justify it by taking a shorter break the next day or something. Nobody's ever complained, anyhow. And yeah, it could be worse!

    I'd say I am definitely a fan, I try to keep up with all the new songs and stuff. The first song I listened to was "Butterfly on the Right Shoulder" so maybe that's why Len is one of my favorite Vocaloids. (Also he's adorable.) But "Bacterial Contamination" is my favorite of all Vocaloid songs! So amazing.
    (omg, I followed Deino on Pixiv and he followed me back. I bet it was a courtesy follow, but it made me feel a little teensy bit special anyway!)

    UGH YEAH. Although I have been lucky so far. I gave away a broken figure here on MFC and it was entirely an ok experience. They paid for shipping as agreed upon and were satisfied, even got back to me to let me know it was all good.
    But for larger things it's perhaps more trouble than it's worth. Especially when it's a thing you would need to take pictures of, if you aren't even going to get any compensation for it.

    Well even if you don't win, I bet lots of people will like it. The nostalgia factor is a pretty strong one! I keep telling (reminding?) myself "NO MORE COSPLAY, IT JUST STRESSES YOU OUT" but I admit I still have a couple cosplays I would want to do, Lain and also Lina Inverse.

    Hahaha yeah, "slash goggles" turned up way too high! Oh well, they're pretty harmless as long as you don't have to spend much of any time with them.
    To be fair, in Rebellion they do come right out with two gay pairings, Kyouko/Sayaka and Homura/Madoka. But it's also not "yuri fanservicey", more like just implied stuff.
    lol I didn't buy it, I just looked/downloaded it online! I thankfully didn't try to buy any of the stuff until I was an adult. I don't think people understand how much trouble the poor sellers could get in from being conned in such a way. It's quite irresponsible of them.

    Weiss Kruez is old and low budget and totally ridiculous, objectively not that good, but it's entertaining. "Florists by day, assassins by night!" And oh my god so much homoerotic melodrama.
    Triage X is like that except instead of florists, it's doctors and nurses. And instead of homoerotic melodrama, it's lots of half-naked girls :P I recommend it for anyone who isn't looking to take it too seriously XD

    Oh wow yeah, I can see why that would not be an attractive option at all. If I was doing a pickup I would arrange for it to happen somewhere not at a house. Like a cafe or park or something, a public place in case anything is iffy. And man I would just ignore someone saying they only wanted to see. Nor would I ask that of someone, how rude!
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #29810556th of june, right? I'll write it down, I hope that I have the time to listen to it, but there is a possibility that I won't be home that weekend. >.<
    There was a short while that I collected doujinshi, so I know about hunting for the limited items and editions with bonusses. xD An expensive, but very fun hobby!
    Yeah it's really hard to make good pictures of collections from books, cd's etc. I personally have my most special books and CD's on small acrylic displays in my detolfs inbetween figures and other merchandise. :)
    Most of my packages nowadays are from proxies. Still don't have a favorite one, so I'm trying a lot of them out~


    5th through 8th!

    I'm struggling cause there's no IKEA anywhere close and they're the only place I can find with the bookshelves and stuff I need xD My room's also pretty small which doesn't help. So alot are sitting in a stack on a shelf or my dresser or in a box lol

    I usually have friends who will act as proxies or I use a forwarding service. Makes packaging vary quite a bit.
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2981053Oh wow, dat zijn zeker goede cadeaus! :D Helpen met (pre-)orders betalen is iets dat ik ook vaak gevraagd heb als cadeautje, haha!
    En ah ja, ik ken het. xD Mijn beste vriendin woont aan de andere kant van het land en mijn cadeautjes voor haar liggen hier al een ruime maand klaar, lol.

    Ja, we volgen wel in dezelfde stad les, maar we zitten op twee verschillende universiteiten, dus het is altijd een challenge om tijd te vinden LOL
    Dus we hebben nu maar besloten om verjaardagscadeaus uit te wisselen na de examens XD
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2968398Yeah... :( I got all excited about TOM until I remembered "oh yeah, they don't undervalue". :/ So then I would probably be off cheaper with BiJ + shipping + no/low costums. But I'll keep an eye out for the price they will list her with!
    And yeah, costums are horrible. The part that annoys me the most is how everything that gets costums here is hold a lot longer at the offices + they need the money in cash when they ring your doorbell. Especially that last part, urgh. They always come up with another amount than their fee calculator and never have change on them. And if you don't pay it gets send back. -.-' I wish that at least they would have a PIN (debit card) machine or deliver a bill upfront so you can pay online or something... SIGH, it's 2015, guys!
    But when I get annoyed of my own costums I think back of people having it way worse, especially people in South America! I've heard of multiple countries there having a limit on how much international packages you are allowed to get in a year!
    With Calne I'm currently thinking "urgh maybe I need to pre-order her anyways from BiJ", because with Mandarake not declaring a value of choice anymore, I don't have much second hand shops that would give me reasonable prices after costums. >.> Actually when that news from Mandarake came out, my thought was "well, now my only second hand figures place will be Yahoo! Japan now I guess..."
    Oh man, I would love it if I didn't need sleep. xD Then I would mind working just as much hours as I do now. xD To me just my day-schedule feels so...wasted? When I come home from work and I eat dinner and my free time starts I mostly have only 2-3 hours left before I need to go to bed and get ready for the next day. :/
    Oh that's nice! So when you're at a point of having (almost) enough money to go back to college you could spend a few days/weeks looking at how the work is there! :)
    Well officially it has to be when the previous royalty dies, but if they want and their oldest child is of the right age, they can pass the queen/king-ship on them. They always make jokes here of how the queen of England doesn't want to step off, lol. xD But even our queen waited until quite late before passing it onto her son, people were expecting her to stop way earlier than what she in the end did. And that's pretty amazing, any clue why even the UK gossips gets to your place? xD
    Ah, my bf and I don't necessarily keep up with the newest technologies, but with both of us having gaming as one of our main hobby's, we need to keep updating our systems at least every once in a few years with new parts and/or a new OS. And we try to keep up with the news at least. ;) I think currently my bf is even more up to date than me, as for his job he needs to work on the newest computers and OS systems (both Mac and Windows) and has to test what he makes on a lot of different types of devices. I am trying to get a job in ICT companies for a while, though. So hopefully it will change soon for me too. *kicks crappy computers that crash all the time at my current job*
    Ah, with being ill, well that's actually really annoying at my current job! >.< The first 3 days of sickness are unpaid and after that you need to prove you are really sick to get any paid days off. >.> I'm really annoyed at (how they call it in the Netherlands) being a "flexworker". I don't mind different hours and days of works, but the part I don't like is--"Hey! Good you're at the office, work an extra 5 hours today, okay? Thankkksssss. *walks back* Oh yeah and tomorrow, your day off? I need you too, come in here 8AM! Bye!"
    Use it! Spend a lot of time on your hobby's, meet up with friends, go on a date with your bf etc.! If you have no vacation plans, those are the best ways to spend your time off (at least to me)! :)
    To me it's Kingdom Hearts, Naruto and Vocaloid as the main teen-starting-out-with-the-hobby costumes and fandoms. xD I'm already afraid for any possible Vocaloid meet-ups if I ever decide to really start on working on my cosplay of Calne, lol!
    Ah, my friend at my first con was her own gothic lolita OC. We missed that cliché in the list so far. :')
    I'm also not in the deseperate need for money (even though more is always better xD), to me it's that currently my cabinets are filled with more cosplay than normal clothes and everything screams THROW ME OUT GET RID OF ME and everytime I hang a new costume in there or pick one out to wear again I get reminded that I should really tidy up my old stuff. Throwing old costumes away is a waste and I heard horrible stories from people trying to get rid of stuff for cheap/free. So I guess I would rather put them up for medium/slighly high prices and see if someone will ever buy it. But in that case I would still have my overflowing cabinets and won't sell quick. :P
    Here in the Netherlands most compo's have pre-judging and I'm pretty sure the judges have at least their top-5 ready after that. To me when I entered the biggest Dutch compo, when I was on stage, it just felt like to me that I just did my part so that the audience could enjoy. It didn't feel to me like that part was the competition. But I don't blame the judges for that btw, I think you can get a much better opinion from the costume by looking at it from up close + talking to the cosplayer. The skit/stage part is more for show.
    Ah yes, the screaming squeeling yaoi fangirls (mostly aged 14-18 year old). Always interesting how they pick quite normal shows and stamp them as yaoi and say how everyone has the hots for each other. I guess it's because (at least here in the Netherlands) most of them are underage or just old enough for the real yaoi, that they are a bit reluctant on that and stick to yaoi-fying the regular TV series. xD
    Haha, I won't judge you, everyone can watch some simple-minded entertainment every once in a while. xD How is Triage X so far? I guess the action is good, story is bad and fanservice high? Or is it different than expected?
    I do have to say that in my early teens when the first people around me were getting their first relationships, most of my friends were full of teenage drama. I remember I once got a call in the middle of the night of one of my classmates that I should call her bf to break up for her. I'll never forget that, ahhh 14-year olds in love. But yes, with anime you have the awkward teens on top of their culture. No wonder parents throw their kids on arranged dates.
    Yeah that last part I feel a lot. Why buy from a collector when you can "safely" buy from Mandarake or AmiAmi preowned? The only luck we Europeans have here is that within Europe collector-to-collector selling is quite bigger, as buying from a fellow European doesn't get you any costums charges and has cheaper shipping most of the times. ;)

    No wonder so many people have kept resorting to the bootleg store N-Y when they're staring down potentially paying half the figure's price again in customs fees if they don't do something like that. But I have the feeling more and more stores are going to stop undervaluing; after all, at the end of the day, they are breaking the law, after all :(
    What, cash only, really? So you have to go up to the post office again to pay the taxes if you don't happen to have enough cash for it on hand at the time? That's dumb.
    Yeah I know Argentina is one of those countries. Only a certain quantity of imports per year allowed... it's an attempt to hold up their terrible economy which goes about as well as you'd expect. At least that's my understanding. I'm of course not an expert on that.

    Maybe if I didn't need sleep I wouldn't feel tired all the time orz
    I get what you mean, I also get that feeling sometimes. I just try to be ALWAYS doing something, which helps considerably (I have found that unless I'm too sick to do otherwise, lazing about just makes that feeling worse.)

    Ohh, I see. I think UK gossip makes it to the "colonies" (lol) because there's just enough of a subset of people who are interested to keep it circulating. It isn't going to be in USA tabloids but it's all over the place online. Especially tumblr and facebook.

    I am too impatient with new tech to wait around that long for it. Always have to have the new windows OS, and hardware is replaced at a steady rate--I end up replacing a computer part of some kind about twice a year depending on the part.

    Bleeehhhh, that sounds annoying, sounds more like my friend Rin's job. She's always being called in for things and having her schedule fly all over the place. I wouldn't do very well at all with a job like that. I need a steady schedule or I go to pieces not being able to know what is happening.

    Well really, I wish I could go to a convention... Normally I would go to Anime Expo like I have for the past few years, but my grandmother's funeral service is at the exact same time as AX so I obviously cannot go to that. And the time off work + travel expenses that I WOULD have used for a convention have mostly if not entirely gone to the trip (I think I told you about it already) that I took on zero notice to see my girlfriend right after her grandfather died.
    View spoilerHide spoilerIt was the right thing to do but it was so stressful and I felt so on edge the whole time that I couldn't even really enjoy seeing her or doing anything. That sounds so selfish ugh.

    Haha you nailed it. Though it's funny, I didn't get into Vocaloid until much later, when I had just turned 18 or so. But those other 2 yep for sure. I even used to read the Naruto manga in my noob days.
    I've considered just trying to give away the costume. Sure, I paid money for it at the time, but that was years ago, I've long since written off such an expense. I don't think I'll get rid of the couple of costumes I made myself, though. Too much work to let anyone else have them o wo;; But I hope you can divest yourself of the excess cosplays, more space is always better.
    Hmm, I suppose to me it's more like it's usually really evident who's going to win (and not necessarily who has the best cosplay, either. Showing a lot of skin if you're hot is a pretty surefire way to secure a win even if your costume is not otherwise that good... at least in my experience. Perhaps I'm just bitter. Actually, no perhaps about it. I am small and bitter, a human espresso.)

    I totally like slashing characters in shows, but the particular behavior patterns of aforementioned squealing yaoi fangirls are especially annoying and are separate from just wanting to slash characters with each other. They usually are finding ways to read the hard yaoi too... I used to read some of that stuff but now I just read doujin if I want to read some yaoi stuff. The plots in yaoi stories are way too predictable; if I'm just looking for smut I don't want it to put on airs about what it is XD

    Action and fight choreography is good and it is of course SUPER FANSERVICEY, but actually the writing has surprised me. I expected it to be much dumber than it has been. It's hardly highbrow, but the main male character actually had attention paid to him and they even went to the trouble to give him his own tragic backstory. Pretty surprising for this kind of show. It also has yuri subtext which wouldn't be weird in straight male targeted entertainment in the USA, but which is actually a bit unusual for the same in Japan. Most yuri stuff in Japan is actually female targeted instead. Overall I'm liking it for what it is. Go into things with the right expectations and it's much easier to enjoy lots of different stuff, I think. Come to think of it, did you ever watch an anime called Weiss Kreuz? Triage X has some surprising parallels with it, but for a male audience.

    How awkward. Sounds like some stuff that happened when I was a teenager too XD

    Yeah or you could even just drive for a little while and pick it up from the person, I bet. Good luck reasonably doing that in the USA, too much space between large cities.
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2969596Ah, looks interesting! I'm not active on Facebook myself, but I'll try to check out info about the event every once in a while! :) Cute artwork btw! ^^
    Yeah same here! But I personally have the problem that I blow money easier on figures than on CD's. :P Impressive pics btw! ^^
    A lot of times with packages it also really depends on the seller or shop and how much they care about the packing. Luckily most CD cases are basic transparant ones, of which I have a pile stocked here. xD


    Yeah event's first weekend of next month. A lot of people will be in a chatroom for it so def worth checkin out. I know like Thanatos, Le Dos-on, etc will be around. We've got new art on the way...should be done any day now.

    CDs and manga/artbooks I tend to blow money on like you wouldn't believe...especially event only stuff. Thanks about the pics...I'm still trying to figure out best way to take pics of my doujin manga & stuff though.

    As for packages...it varies so much for me. I don't use typical means of obtaining stuff haha
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2970595Np! :D Nog leuke cadeautjes gehad? ^^
    Van mijn zus kreeg ik drie pillows van Free! en mijn moeder heeft wat geld voorgeschoten om een paar figuren van andere mensen over te kopen (drie grails eindelijk na al die jaren in mijn bezit :D )
    Ik heb geen idee wat mijn beste vriendin heeft gekocht aangezien we elkaar pas zien na de examens LOL
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2959000Aah, it's completely the other way around with me, when family/friends bring up something and go like "don't you remember that???" to me. xD I tend to forget things rather quickly which is a good and bad thing. xD It's also the reason why I like computers so much, because they remember a lot of stuff for me. :)
    Oh man, I also was a really really really bad kid with my family members also bringing up stories that I hit people and wrecked stuff. I don't remember doing it, but there are pictures as "proof" that I was a horrible kid. For both of us I have no clue why. xD With me the bad behaviour grew out when I was around 11-12 years old.
    Yeah same here, home improvement stores, furniture, kitchen, bathroom etc. stores are all in the middle of nowhere. xD But where most things here yuo can get to by bike, the IKEA is always a lot further away than those. xD I think it's both the space + they want people to come with cars and buy lots of things to take home. ;D
    Luckily for me I live in quite a safe neighborhood right now. It's not perfect, but with a lot less crime than my last one. xD Also 25%+ of the appartments is empty here (nobody wants to live in this part of the Netherlands lol), so there is always parking space. xD Gas is here also expensive, but public transport is about just as expensive. So when you travel together by car, you already save 50%, but when you're alone public transport is quite good. Especially the west and south of the Netherlands have reallyyyy good public transport, so most people living there don't even bother for a car, even though they can afford it.
    Yeah, they mirrored her!!! I also noticed that when the first prototype picture was released! I'm not sure if it's an accidentally mirrored picture, or they just decided she should be left-handed instead. :P

    I was actually pretty well behaved as a wee commercial, along with my older sister. Sometimes I see kids in public running around, screaming, throwing things, hitting/kicking their parents or throwing tantrums... I never did any of that! At worst I did mild mischief and I can generally remember the bad things I did.

    Not only that, I read that IKEA stores are designed like a maze so you "get lost" and see more items as you try to find your way out. I'm getting better at navigating my way around my local IKEA, but it's easy to create temptation anyway. Just put a really nice item for discount~ in the final stages of renovating my room, I put on some new bedsheets but I discovered my duvet, which is a down comforter my older sister handed down to me, is full of teeny holes that are spewing out tons of annoying feathers! So I made a speed trip to IKEA to get a new comforter on sale + some pillows to replace my old ones. I made it there, shopped, and back in 1.5 hours. I feel proud!

    Ah, my neighborhood is pretty safe but I can't say there's any vacancy. If anything MORE people are moving in and there are concerns about developers buying space to build expensive condominiums. I think it's a silly idea. Not just because it pushes out people and businesses who have been here forever, but because the luxury condos aren't having the effect people think it will. People are moving here because it's cheaper than where they were (though it is still expensive here, don't get me wrong). Why build expensive housing??? In the area where I work they built several condos, and I'm not even sure if they all filled up. High end businesses started filling that area, but I know of one that shut down because they weren't making business. The ones making good business? Low end price range stuff! H&M. Century 21 (discount department store). And a few high end retailers that put outlet price shops. Is anyone understanding thiiiiis?

    I think it must be an error. That open hand is supposed to be sweeping her hair, otherwise it looks like one strand of hair is just floating. I just can't figure out HOW they made that mistake!
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